Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal and vice-captains Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Darren Clarke ahead of their departure to the 2012 staging of the event at Medinah. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Ryder Cup hiatus, which has stretched to almost five months, will end on Wednesday when the European team captain for next year’s clash with the U(...)

Rory McIlroy  tees off on the seventh hole during his final round on his way to victory in the  Dubai Desert Classic. Photograph:  Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters

World number one Rory McIlroy admitted he was looking for the solid rather than the spectacular as he won the Dubai Desert Classic for a second time.T(...)

Rory McIlroy in action in Dubai. Playing each half of the course in 32 shots illustrated the consistency in his game. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

So much for distraction. If the sense that Rory McIlroy’s professional pursuits have not been harmed by the imminent nature of a court case with his (...)

Rory McIlroy has made a strong start in the Dubai Desert Classic, sitting one shot off the lead after an opening round of 66. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

For Rory McIlroy, the challenge now is to improve on what was one of precious few tournament disappointments in 2014. In the case of Andy Sullivan, mo(...)

World number one Rory McIlroy has backed his old friend Darren Clarke for the 2016 Ryder Cup captaincy. (Photograph: INPHO/Getty Images/Andrew Redington)

Rory McIlroy wants fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke to captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team in 2016 in what is shaping up to be a battle between the(...)

Rory McIlroy is confident going into the Dubai Desert Classic, in which he has finished in the top 10 every year since winning it in 2009. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

When the putter works, is there anyone better? Rory McIlroy is next to unbeatable. And the world number one – who returns to a favoured hunting gro(...)

 Cliff Avril (56) of the Seattle Seahawks tackles Aaron Rodgers (12) of the Green Bay Packers during the  NFC Championship game  at CenturyLink Field  in Seattle, Washington. Photo:  Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Asthe final episode of Charlie gripped a nation on Sunday night, Vinny Fitzpatrick was in thrall to another leader of men; arguably, a far more noble (...)

France’s Gary Stal in action during the finals round on his way to winning  the Abu Dhabi HSBC  Championship. Photograph: Stephen Hindley/EPA

Gary Stal profited from Martin Kaymer’s extraordinary collapse to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and claim his maiden European Tour victory.(...)

 Martin Kaymer of Germany holds a six-shot lead after the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Cub. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Martin Kaymer is on the brink of a fourth HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship after an impressive third round. The German carries a six-shot advantage go(...)

Rory McIlroy is congratulated by Rickie Fowler after his hole-in-one on the 15th hole during his second round 67 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Martin Kaymer held a one-shot lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after carding a five-under-par 67 on Friday, with Rory McIlroy two shots of(...)