Shane Lowry of Ireland tee’s off at the seventh during the second round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor Resort. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Shane Lowry leads Wales Open by one
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  • September 19, 2014, 18:50

Ireland’s Shane Lowry is the halfway leader after the second round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor. Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an a(...)

Shane Lowry was best of the Irish at the Wales Open, finising three shots off the lead. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Ryder Cup to the fore at Wales Open
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  • September 19, 2014, 01:42

The Ryder Cup continued to dominate the agenda at the Wales Open, even though none of the four European team members competing at Celtic Manor feature(...)

Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts  tees off at the 17th during the first round of the  Wales Open at Celtic Manor. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Nicolas Colsaerts outshone the Ryder Cup players competing in the Wales Open, but admitted to pangs of jealousy at missing out on a second appearance (...)

The funny thing is that most of the talk among players this week – at least so far – has been about Billy Horschel and how he isn’t in the American team. He wins the FedEx Cup. He goes second-first-first in the last three weeks. And he, like most of us, will be watching on television. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Tuesday morning. 3.40am. The alarm goes off. It’s gas in a way that this week is the shortest flight out of Dublin airport I will do all year and it b(...)

  Joost Luiten of the Netherlands hits a shot on the ninth hole during the KLM Open ProAm held at De Kennemer Golf and Country Club  in Zandvoort,Netherlands. Photo:   Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Defending champion Joost Luiten will look to put the disappointment of missing out on the Ryder Cup behind him in the KLM Open this week.Luiten was o(...)

Paul McGinley: “The Donegal link reminded the lads of their darkest hour on Sunday, and there was no joy either as McGinley flourished his wild card trio.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

That a fourball of middle-aged men could tee off for a pint a little after noon on a Tuesday seemed slightly incongruous, but Foley’s pub on the Clont(...)

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(...)

 England’s Luke Donald narrowly missed out on a Ryder Cup place. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

European captain Paul McGinley revealed Lee Westwood had “slightly pipped” Luke Donald to a Ryder Cup wild card after completing his team for Gleneag(...)

  The names of Ian Poulter of England, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Lee Westwood of England are positioned in the final line-up of the European team as European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley of Ireland announces his three captain’s picks during a press conference at Wentworth. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
European Ryder Cup Pen-pics
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  • September 2, 2014, 13:53

RORY McILROY (Northern Ireland). Age 25. Caps 2 (2010, 2012). Record Won 4 Lost 3 Halved 2. Majors 4 (2011 US Open, 2012 US PGA, 2014 Open, 2014 US (...)

 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley of Ireland announces Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, Ian Poulter of England and Lee Westwood of England as his three captain’s picks during a press conference at Wentworth. Photograh: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

European captain Paul McGinley completed his Ryder Cup team for Gleneagles which starts on September 26th by naming Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and S(...)