Victor Dubuisson looks on as Shane Lowry  misses a putt to extend their match on the 16th green at the Volvo World Matchplay Championship at The London Club  in Ash, Kent. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Defending champion Graeme McDowell suffered just his third ever defeat in the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Thursday, as Ryder Cup team-mate (...)

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays into the first green during his  match against Alexander Levy of France at the Volvo World Matchplay Championship at The London Club  in Ash. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell outlined a renewed commitment to the game and some ambitious career targets after making an ideal start to the defence of his Volvo Wo(...)

Phil Mickleson with US team captain Tom Watson. Watson confirmed Mickleson had pressed him to play on Saturday. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Phil Mickelson began the Ryder Cup week by commandeering the headlines at the Ryder Cup in directing a mischievous jibe at Rory McIlroy and Graeme McD(...)

Phil Mickelson of the United States was critical of Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson immediately after defeat to Europe at Gleneagles.  Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

Phil Mickelson has been strongly criticised for openly questioning the captaincy of Tom Watson, just two hours after the United States lost the Ryder (...)

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(...)

Rory McIlroy: “I was more up for it today than in the final rounds of the two Majors that I won.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:59

There was no artifice in the embrace at the back of the 17th green at Gleneagles, just two friends celebrating with genuine warmth. Locked in a bear h(...)

Europe’s Graeme McDowell celebrates winning his singles match on the final day  of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.

Just as day turns to night, the outcome of this 40th edition of the Ryder Cup had a sense of inevitability about it. Long before it was finally confir(...)

  Europe team captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the Ryder Cup with his team after the Singles Matches  on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, the target for American jibes earlier in the week, led from the front as Europe won the Ryder Cup for the eighth tim(...)

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(...)