One of the few things that Briege Corkery (above) hasn’t won is the ploughing championships,” said Daire O’Brien, at which point she commandeered a tractor. So, that’ll be next. Photograph: Alan Betson

Breathtaking. Simply breathtaking. The pride. The passion. The emotion. The crowd. The atmosphere. The colour. The leadership. The unity. The teamw(...)

Jesters, bad shoes and a coming-of-age
  • Golf
  • September 29, 2014, 01:00

Well that was exciting wasn’t it. I’m supposed to write about the highlights and lowlights of my fantasy golf sojourn at the Ryder Cup. It would be ch(...)

Europe’s Ian Poulter putting on the highly-manicured 18th green during a practise round on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles. Photograph: David Davies/PA

First, let’s get this out of the way. I would like to apologise. When I wrote in 2006 that my trip to the Ryder Cup at the K Club was a once in a life(...)

Jack Nicklaus: “To have Gleneagles, the first course I have designed in Scotland, host the Ryder Cup for the first time in Scotland in 40 years is something that’s very special to me.”

There are blank canvases and, then, there are blank canvases. Jack Nicklaus has put his signature to courses around the globe, from mountains to lakes(...)

Darren Clarke embraces Zach Johnson after their singles match in 2006 at the K Club as caddie Billy Foster looks on. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Over its last three decades, the Ryder Cup has been so finely contested that the destination of the cup often hinges on a particular singles match lat(...)

Course of action: US president Barack Obama golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, at the weekend. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP

Fore! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and ded(...)

A rules official waits on a rain-soaked ninth green during the weather-delayed final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10th. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

There is no doubt that us Irish have a deserved reputation for talking about the weather; “nice day”, “soft day”, “fierce close” and “you wouldn’t put(...)

Rory McIlroy hits his final drive on the 18th hole at Valhalla on his way to claiming a one-shot victory at the US PGA Championship. Photograph: Erik S Lesser

Jack Nicklaus has hailed the “poise, confidence and determination” that Rory McIlroy showed in claiming a fourth Major title with his exhilarating US (...)

 Rory McIlroy  kisses the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 96th PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: EPA

No unfinished business. Under dark, threatening skies at Valhalla Golf Club, Rory McIlroy – who has become golf’s ultimate closer of deals – secured b(...)

Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke in relaxed mood as they stroll down the 16th fairway during yesterday’s practice session for today’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla. Photograph: John Sommers II/Reuters

The convergence of a perfect storm came about yesterday in and about the car park of Valhalla Golf Club, as Rory McIlroy – with the Claret Jug in his (...)