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(...)

2014 United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson (left) with his European counterpart Paul McGinley ahead of competition which starts on Friday at Gleneagles, Scotland. Photograph: PA.

A very clever and amusing Frenchman once dismissed people’s post-event capacity to portray history as inevitable as “retrospective clairvoyance”. The (...)

 Ronan Rafferty:  “It is a stunning course to look at and equally great to play. I am raring to go although year one in the Seniors is a case of learning the ropes again.” Photo: Phil Inglis/Getty

Ronan Rafferty has relished the opportunity of turning out in his first British Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl on the South Wales coast t(...)

Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke in action at  Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. “There’s Darren Clarke,” said Peter Alliss, “well, what’s left of Darren Clarke”.

Whatever challenges lay ahead of Rory McIlroy going in to the final round of the British Open yesterday, they were nothing compared to the trials and (...)

 Paul McGinley, European Ryder Cup caption, is pictured with his vice-captains Des Smyth and Sam Torrance during a press conference in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

In a year of firsts, another first for Paul McGinley. Yesterday, as he strolled through the corridors of power in Leinster House, looked at the(...)