Defending champion Graeme McDowell  plays from deep rough into the 18th green in his World Match Play against Joost Luiten of the Netherlands. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Defending champion Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry both lost for a second day to end their participation at the Volvo World Match Play Championship a(...)

Defending champion  David Lynn of England plays a chip shot on the 15th hole during the Portugal Masters ProAm held at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Defending champion David Lynn is looking for some inspiration as he returns to the scene of his last victory. Since winning the Portugal Masters at t(...)

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(...)

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley at the official announcement of Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood of England as his three captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles at Wentworth yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

In the ballroom of the Wentworth Club in the stockbroker belt beyond the big smoke, Paul McGinley yesterday delivered his three wild card picks. One o(...)

 England’s Luke Donald narrowly missed out on a Ryder Cup place. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

European captain Paul McGinley revealed Lee Westwood had “slightly pipped” Luke Donald to a Ryder Cup wild card after completing his team for Gleneag(...)

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland sees a putt just miss during the third round of  Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Richie Ramsay would hate to be the man to deny fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher a place in the Ryder Cup, but admits he will have to look after his own i(...)

Hennie Otto of South Africa putts during the second round of the 71st Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

As a South African he cannot compete in the Ryder Cup, but Hennie Otto may still have played a significant part in deciding Europe’s team in the Itali(...)

Ryder Cup Capatain Paul McGinley talks with the media prior to the Pro - Am of the 71st Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

European captain Paul McGinley will leave it to the last minute to decide on his Ryder Cup wild cards, admitting “something spectacular” could yet inf(...)

Italian Francesco Molinari hits his tee shot during the final round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla last week. He plays in North Carolina this week. Photograph: Getty

Stephen Gallacher and Francesco Molinari will look to boost their Ryder Cup hopes in the final regular event of the PGA Tour season in the Wyndham Cha(...)

Rory McIlroy hits off the 14th tee during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The familiar spring was still in his step as he marched towards the scorers’ hut, with a one-under par round of 69 safely banked on his return to work(...)