Rory McIlroy  plays a bunker shot during a practice round for the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club  in Dubai, UAE, yesterday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Step by step, tournament by tournament, all roads will eventually lead Rory McIlroy to Augusta National in April where he will get another chance to c(...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland takes a drop on the 9th hole during the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Andy Sullivan followed a flying start with an equally fast finish to further impress Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke by claiming the clubhouse lead in(...)

England’s Andy Sullivan tees off at the 18th hole during the second round Abu Dhabi Championship. He finished the day leading on 10 under par.  Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters.

If the forging of a strong relationship with the captain is key to Ryder Cup selection, Andy Sullivan’s quest to board a plane to Hazeltine in Septem(...)

 Andy Sullivan and Shane Lowry of Team Europe: “The whole experience of playing in the EurAsia Cup has whetted my appetite for the year ahead and on trying to make the team for the Ryder Cup.”  Photo:  Arep Kulal/Getty Images

I locked the clubs away for the winter, four weeks in the club glove bag with no desire at all to unzip them. But, once I did, it was with a renewed a(...)

Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler  with golf boards at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, vunue for  the  HSBC Golf Champinoship  in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photo:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

It does not require Hercule Poirot to determine where focus will be diverted during the opening two days of the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi. The g(...)

Members of Team Europe with their trophy after winning the Eurasia Cup golf tournament at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Subang, Malaysia. Photograph: Joshua Paul/AFP

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke secured an encouraging first triumph as skipper on Sunday as his side romped to a blowout 18 1/2 - 5 1/2 vict(...)

Shane Lowry and Andy Sullivan congratulate each other after winning their day two match in the EurAsia Trophy. Photo: Arep Kulal/Getty Images

Darren Clarke’s Europe strengthened their position on the second day of the EurAsia Cup by winning four of the six foursome matches to open up a six-p(...)

Darren Clarke, Captain of team Europe looks happy during the first day’s fourball matches at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM at Glenmarie G&CC. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Darren Clarke’s Team Europe took early control of the EurAsia Cup after dominating the opening fourballs to take a 4.5-1.5 lead in at the Glenmarie Go(...)

 Darren Clarke, Team Europe captain,  during the practice round ahead of the Eurasia Cup 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo:  Arep Kulal/Getty Images

When Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were making grand plans for 2016, it can surely be assumed that the Eurasia Cup didn’t feature highly in their thou(...)

Shane Lowry in action during a practice round  for the EurAsia Cup  at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photograph: Arep Kulal/Getty Images

Shane Lowry insists the EurAsia Cup is not just a dry run for this year’s Ryder Cup as Europe look to make amends for squandering a massive lead in th(...)