United States team captain Tom Watson: “I had a different philosophy as far as being a captain of this team. You know, it takes 12 players to win. It’s not pods. It’s 12 players.” Photo: Harry Engels/Getty

As Paul McGinley was yesterday mobbed by a group of fans dressed in Europe’s colours of blue and yellow, a crowd of songsters who went by the name “Gu(...)

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed have been handed the first  two spots in the USA list for Sunday’s singles where they will play Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson. Photograph:    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

United States captain Tom Watson put his faith in his three youngest players to kickstart his side’s bid for an unlikely Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagl(...)

Graeme McDowell  and Victor Dubuisson celebrate on the 14th hole after their 5&4 foursomes victory over Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker at the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles. Photograph:  Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Oh, how the Americans must detest those alternate shot formats. For a second day running, Europe dominated the foursomes to strengthen their grip on t(...)

 Patrick Reed after making his putt to win the 13th hole. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The fat lady ain’t ready to sing just yet, as Saturday’s first session in the Ryder Cup – fourballs which produced records and drama – contrived to b(...)

Rory McIlroy of Europe puts his arm around Sergio Garcia of Europe after the afternoon foursomes yesterday at Gleneagles. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

A curious if invigorating first day of this 40th edition of the Ryder Cup yesterday ended with Europe occupying familiar territory, on top of the h(...)

Europe’s Sergio Garcia  and Rory McIlroy react on the 17th green after the World No 1 sunk a long birdie putt on the 17th in the Ryder Cup foursomes match against Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. Photograph:  Andrew Milligan/PA

Europe claimed a 5-3 lead after the first two sessions of the 40th Ryder Cup, despite their star trio of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulte(...)

The 40th Ryder Cup began on Friday amid scenes that would have been unimaginable for those playing the first in 1927 as a packed amphitheatre produce(...)

  A general view during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles  in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Ryder Cup: The lowdown
  • Golf
  • September 25, 2014, 18:45

So the Ryder Cup is the greatest sporting show on earth? Well, it’s a subjective view perpetuated by those directly involved in staging and play(...)

Europe’s Rory McIlroy (left) and Graeme McDowell during the Ryder Cup opening ceremony at Gleneagles. Photograph; Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Fate, demonstrating a sense of timing of which the protagonists in the 40th Ryder Cup would approve, demanded that Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson wou(...)

Influential locker room figures Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia (right) talk tactics during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

So the most popular show in world golf is about to begin, the teams are established and pairings are becoming more obvious for the captains. You have (...)