Europe team captain Paul McGinley: his raised profile  is likely to prove beneficial to his  golf course design work, media deals and sponsorship deals.  Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Fact: The Ryder Cup is a licence to print money. Fact: The Ryder Cup is the heart that pumps the lifeblood into the PGA European Tour. Fact: The Ryde(...)

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(...)

Setanta Sports Australia was founded in 2005 as a pub-only service, migrating to a consumer platform two years later.

The Irish company that owns Setanta Sports Australia has reached an agreement to sell it to the beIN Media Group, a subsidiary of the Qatari state-(...)

The tenth green at Augusta National Golf Club in  Georgia which once again hosts the US Masters next week. Photo:  Harry How/Getty Images

It doesn’t come across on television, even with the advent of high definition images, but the impact – regardless of being a first-timer or a s(...)

Mickey O’Rourke: Setanta has made a good recovery in Ireland, with its operations here salvaged by O’Rourke, Leonard Ryan and Mark O’Meara

You have to give credit to Leonard Ryan and Mickey O’Rourke, founders of Setanta Sports, for their stamina. The 2009 collapse of Setanta in the UK, af(...)

Colin Montgomerie: “When I peg the ball up tomorrow it will be with a feeling that I have an opportunity to win as opposed to treading water on the (European) Tour. Photo: Phil Inglis/Getty

Former European number one Colin Montgomerie believes the introduction of a shot clock would instantly solve the problem of slow play on the course.Th(...)

At Howth Summit, Vinny Fitzpatrick pulled in at the car park, where they all admired the grandeur of Dublin harbour and mountain.  Photograph: Bord Fáilte

THE coastal tour to Howth Head and back had been arranged at short notice. It explained the dozen or so middle-aged men assembled in the forecourt of (...)

1998 champion Mark O’Meara has seen plenty of tougher days at The Open. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Veteran Mark O’Meara hit out at younger players who “whine a lot” after the older generation shone on day one at the Open Championship. Ian Poulter le(...)