Captain Paul McGinley (top right) holds the Ryder Cup as Team Europe golfers pose for a group photograph after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

The American fight came when it was too late. Europe - under Paul McGinley’s captaincy - had outplayed the USA where it mattered, on the golf course, (...)

Europe captain Paul McGinley, right, with Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. “I see my role as quite a big one, because we are going into the unknown. With the Ryder Cup captaincy, I knew what I was doing,” said McGinley. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Typical of Paul McGinley really to leave no stone unturned. When Redmond O’Donoghue – the chairman of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland – first co(...)

 Jordan Spieth salutes the crowd after holing  a long birdie putt on the 18th green to shoot a nine-under-par 63 in  the third round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club  in Windermere, Florida. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Young American Jordan Spieth was on course to satisfy his 2014 season’s objectives by storming to a seven-shot lead at the Hero World Challenge, whil(...)

Patrick Reed (left) and Tiger Woods walks off the third tee during the second round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club   in Windermere, Florida. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Tiger Woods looked to have turned a corner in the second round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Florida, but a (...)

Tiger Woods is propping up the leaderboard after carding a five over par opening round of 77 at the Hero World Challenge on his return form injury
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  • December 5, 2014, 08:35

World Cup bid The Rugby World Cup is less than a year away and hopes of an Irish victory are higher than ever. But, if Joe Schmidt’s men fall s(...)

Tiger Woods feeling the heat on the third tee during the first round the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Florida. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Tiger Woods may have pronounced himself fit but he looked far from ready for his return to action at the Hero World Challenge, after a four-month abse(...)

Shane Lowry: “A win would top off the year superbly and kickstart my 2015 campaign as well.” Photo: Yoshua Arias/EPA

This is the part of the golfing year which Ernie Els once euphemistically labelled as “wheelbarrow time” for the hugely obscene amounts of greenbacks(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Ireland’s Shane Lowry has moved up to 47th in the updated official World Golf Rankings, all-but securing a Masters Tournament debut for the Irish man (...)

Rory McIlroy plays his tee shot at the par four 16th hole during the first round of the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Shane Lowry may not be able to lift 275lb weights as world number one Rory McIlroy did in a gym session in Dubai earlier this week but the affable Of(...)

Rory McIlroy  in action during the pro-am event prior to the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates  in Dubai. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

Ian Poulter will look to salvage his season with a first victory for two years in the DP World Tour Championship, a win which would be worth almost(...)