Shane Lowry shelters from the rain during the BMW International Open in Germany last month. “Lads, I’d rather be playing in the sun with no wind.” Photograph: Getty Images

My caddie Dermot Byrne went to Hoylake on Monday for a sneak preview ahead of next week’s British Open. On Tuesday, after playing a practice round her(...)

 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley during a press conference at the Irish Open at Fota Island in Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley had a sense US Open champion Martin Kaymer was on the verge of producing something special and believes the “(...)

 Paul McGinley, European Ryder Cup captain, at a Ryder Cup press conference on March 6th in Dublin. Photograph:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Recently, Paul McGinley sat perched in the front row of the Allianz box close to the Hill 16 end at Croke Park. As he looked down from on high to t(...)

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his approach shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral  in Doral, Florida, at the weekend. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell believes Paul McGinley has done the Ryder Cup a favour by removing potential future captains from the assistant’s role by appoi(...)

 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(...)

 Des Smyth has been named as one of Paul McGinley’s vice-captains for the Ryder Cup. Former captain Sam Torrance will also assist McGinley at Gleneagles in September. Photograph:  Phil Inglis/Getty Images

Sam Torrance and Des Smyth will act as the buffer between the players and “headmaster” Paul McGinley after being named Ryder Cup vice-captains (...)

England’s  Chris Wood is looking forward to competing in this weekend’s Seve Trophy.

Chris Wood believes it is a “shame” that the emotional pull of playing in the event named after the late Seve Ballesteros appears to be waning, less t(...)

 Jose Maria Olazabal  reacts to a shot during the second round of the Italian Open.  Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

An experienced Continental Europe team featuring five Ryder Cup players will take on defending champions Great Britain & Ireland at next week’s Se(...)

Sam Torrance will captain the Britain and Ireland team at the Seve Trophy. Photograph: Phil Inglis/Getty Images

Jose Maria Olazabal and Sam Torrance will lead the respective teams in the Seve Trophy in France this October.European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley(...)

Colin Montgomerie acknowledges his victory at Fota Island in 2001, the last time a player ranked inside the world’s top ten won the Irish Open. Photograph:

By its very nature, the official world golf rankings are designed to reflect a player’s status. The more successful a player is, the higher his positi(...)