Captain Paul McGinley (top right) holds the Ryder Cup as Team Europe golfers pose for a group photograph after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

The American fight came when it was too late. Europe - under Paul McGinley’s captaincy - had outplayed the USA where it mattered, on the golf course, (...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy is entitled to strut as he walks down the fairway. He is entitled to twirl the club in his hands, his trademark reaction to a perfectl(...)

Nick Faldo: said Sergio Garcia was “useless” during Europe’s  2008 Ryder Cup defeat at Valhalla.

Nick Faldo has lost the respect of Europe’s leading players after calling Sergio Garcia “useless” during their Ryder Cup victory over the United State(...)

Paul Azinger has turned down the chance to be part of a US Ryder Cup task force. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are part of an 11-strong “task force” created to examine all aspects of the US Ryder Cup process in the wake of last m(...)

Job done: Oliver Wilson  celebrates with his caddie on the 18th green  after winning the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

It is often wisely quoted to a flagging player on tour that it only takes a week to turn things around. This mantra tends to be used more so at this c(...)

 PGA  president Ted Bishop has defended Phil Mickelson after his criticism of US captain Tom Watson in the wake of last week’s Ryder Cup defeat. Photograph:   Harry Engels/Getty Images

PGA of America president Ted Bishop has defended Phil Mickelson after his criticism of United States captain Tom Watson in the wake of last week’s Ryd(...)

 Darren Clarke  drives off the 18th tee during the first round of the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson outshone the four members of last week’s winning team in the field on the opening day of the Alfred Dunhill Link(...)

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(...)

Tiger Woods (left) and Paul Azinger (right)    during their fourball match against Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn at the  34th Ryder Cup in 2002. Photograph:Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

Phil Mickelson could get his wish after Paul Azinger said on Monday he was open to a second spell as US Ryder Cup captain. Mickelson caused controvers(...)

USA captain Tom Watson speaks to the media as he leaves The Gleneagles Hotel. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

What happens in the team room stays in the team room. A notable exception occurred Sunday after the United States had lost another Ryder Cup to Europ(...)