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(...)

Brian O’Driscoll walks off with his teammates after beating Toulouse away from home in the 2006 Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With Toulon currently the Everest of European rugby, Leinster’s evolution in France sees them attempt to scale the highest peak tomorrow. It’s also(...)

Europe’s Nicolas Colsaerts tees off on the 10th tee during his singles match against Asia’s Liang Wenchong at the Royal Trophy  at Dragon Lake Golf Club  in Guangzhou, China. Photograph: Victor Fraile/Getty Images

Europe won five of the last six singles matches for a stunning 8.5-7.5 comeback win over Asia to reclaim the Royal Trophy in China on Sunday and give (...)

Nicolas Colsaerts plays a shot on the 9th hole during the second day’s play at the Royal Trophy. Photograph: Victor Fraile/Getty Images
Asia in command at Royal Trophy
  • Golf
  • December 21, 2013, 13:03

Asia require three-and-a-half points from Sunday’s eight singles matches against Europe to defend the Royal Trophy after the teams split Saturday’s f(...)

Caddy Colin Byrne with Ernie Els of South Africa  during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course, at St Andrews last weekend. Photograph: Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Playing in the Dunhill Links Championship last week was probably the ideal warm-up for the Team Challenge this week in Jack Nicklaus’s domain at Muirf(...)

David Howell with pro-am playing partner Hugh Grant (left) celebrates winning the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championships at St Andrews. Photograph : David Cheskin/PA

Ireland’s Shane Lowry let a chance to claim the biggest victory of his professional career slip by at St Andrews on Sunday as David Howell claimed his(...)

Shane Lowry  hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at  Carnoustie. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A bogey on the 18th hole stopped Shane Lowry setting a new course record at Carnoustie as he played his way right into contention at the Alfred Dunhil(...)