Ireland’s Christy O’Connor Jnr in action on the 2nd tee at the 2000 Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. One of the biggest stars of Irish golf, has died. Photo:  Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

There were a few embellishments to Christy O’Connor jnr, like the trademark white flat cap from under which his silver locks escaped. Always, too, the(...)

England’s Nick Faldo: An ‘arsehole’, according to Sam Torrance. Photograph: Rebecca Naden / PA

Sam Torrance has described Paul McGinley as the “best (Ryder Cup) captain there has ever been” but labelled 2008 skipper Nick Faldo an “arsehole”.Fald(...)

 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(...)

A convoy of buggies at Gleneagles yesterday as preparations continue for this week’s Ryder Cup. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA.

The empty grandstands rise like sentinels into the Perthshire skyline at Gleneagles, jockeying for visual dominance with the monolithic, multi-tiered(...)

Philip Price of Europe celebrates on the 16th green after a 3 & 2 victory over Phil Mickelson during the final day singles of the 34th Ryder Cup matches between Europe and the USA at the De Vere Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England on September 29, 2002. Europe won 15.5 to 12.5. Photo:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

European captain Sam Torrance sidled up to Philip Price on the putting green ahead of the Sunday singles in the 2002 Ryder Cup at the Belfry and told (...)

One of Paul McGinley’s vice-captains Des Smyth. Photograph: Inpho.

Des Smyth is still competing, still has his eyes on the ball in pursuit of titles. His travels this week take him to Germany for the Winston Golf Seni(...)

European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley (right) and America Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson with the Ryder Cup. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former world number one Ian Woosnam is bemused by European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley’s decision to opt for five vice-captains instead of the us(...)

Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington during yesterday’s pro-am before the start of today’s Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

As a brief distraction to his own game, Pádraig Harrington’s appointment yesterday as one of five vice-captains to Paul McGinley for the Ryder Cup la(...)

  Padraig Harrington has been named as a vice captain to the European team for the upcoming Ryder Cup. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jiménez and José María Olazábal have today been named by European Captain Paul McGinley as the men who will complete (...)

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley at the official announcement of Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood of England as his three captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles at Wentworth yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

In the ballroom of the Wentworth Club in the stockbroker belt beyond the big smoke, Paul McGinley yesterday delivered his three wild card picks. One o(...)