Kevin Phelan of Ireland tees off on the second during the final round of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Kevin Phelan’s career-best finish as a professional in the Joburg Open proved to be a case of “so near yet so far” on the double for the Waterford man(...)

South Africa’s  Wallie Coetsee  tees off on the second hole during the third round of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

World number 509 Wallie Coetsee, who has recorded one top-10 finish in 37 European Tour events, will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the (...)

Ironically enough, it was an American, a pretty famous one at that, who once remarked: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a(...)

Former Open champion Darren Clarke has been named European Ryder Cup captain for 2016. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Darren Clarke admitted it would be remiss of him not to put his personal differences with Paul McGinley to one side and seek advice from his predecess(...)

 Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal and vice-captains Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Darren Clarke ahead of their departure to the 2012 staging of the event at Medinah. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Ryder Cup hiatus, which has stretched to almost five months, will end on Wednesday when the European team captain for next year’s clash with the U(...)

  England’s David Howell has been named as the final member of the selection panel to choose Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

England’s David Howell has been named as the final member of the selection panel to choose Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain.The Englishman, who was a m(...)

Paul McGinley: “The Donegal link reminded the lads of their darkest hour on Sunday, and there was no joy either as McGinley flourished his wild card trio.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

That a fourball of middle-aged men could tee off for a pint a little after noon on a Tuesday seemed slightly incongruous, but Foley’s pub on the Clont(...)

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland drives   during the final round of the  Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher will have to rely on a wild card after coming up agonisingly short in his last-gasp bid to qualify automatically for the (...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd after making a par putt  on the 17th green at Royal Liverpool   in Hoylake. Photograph: Toby Melville / Reuters

Low scoring dominated the first day of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool — with even a rusty Tiger Woods getting in on the act, despite (...)

 Pádraig Harrington will contest US Open qualifying at Walton Heath for the first time on Monday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Three-time Major winner Pádraig Harrington will contest US Open qualifying for the first time on Monday.Harrington has played in every US Open since 2(...)