Celebrating the Ryder Cup win on Sunday night golfer Rory McIlroy, wearing a red tartan kilt and wig, parties with Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher

From getting Alex Ferguson in as a motivational speaker to ensuring only blue and gold coloured fish adorned the fish tank in Europe’s team room, the (...)

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy of Europe celebrate winning the Ryder Cup after Jamie Donaldson defeated Keegan Bradley of the United States on the 15th hole. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

As Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell left Gleneagles yesterday, one on to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Scotland’s eastern seaboard and the (...)

Rory McIlroy of Europe puts his arm around Sergio Garcia of Europe after the afternoon foursomes yesterday at Gleneagles. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

A curious if invigorating first day of this 40th edition of the Ryder Cup yesterday ended with Europe occupying familiar territory, on top of the h(...)

Rory McIlroy watches the result of his drive during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. Photo:  Andrew Milligan/PA

This week is different. Usually, players’ golf bags have the name of their club manufacturer in big, bold lettering. In the Ryder Cup, for one week on(...)

 Chief feferee Andy McFee talks with Europe team captain Paul McGinley ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

A cool breeze brushed over the hillocks here at Gleneagles resort yesterday, almost as if it were blowing away the smokescreens that had formed around(...)

 Rory McIlroy  hits an approach shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club  in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s driver was again the best tool in his bag as he claimed a fourth career Major in the US PGA at Valhalla on Sunday. In overturning a th(...)

 Pádraig Harrington: hits from a bunker at the 14th green during practice for the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Illinois, USA. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The planning is as meticulous as ever, his caddie Rónán Flood conveying the numbers from the yardage book and Pádraig Harrington absorbing them in hi(...)

Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke in relaxed mood as they stroll down the 16th fairway during yesterday’s practice session for today’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla. Photograph: John Sommers II/Reuters

The convergence of a perfect storm came about yesterday in and about the car park of Valhalla Golf Club, as Rory McIlroy – with the Claret Jug in his (...)

Rory McIlroy adopts the classic James Bond pose for a  photo in the Omega Exhibition prior to this week’s 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy is very much in character these days, the newest poster boy of golf. Anyone travelling in from the airport to downtown Louisville can’t a(...)

England’s Paul Casey and Jamie Donaldson of Wales practise their putting on the 13th green at Valhalla GC in Louisville. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

It’s an owner’s right, almost a duty, to play a championship on your own course. The PGA of America own Valhalla Golf Club and the staging of the 96th(...)