Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley (right) and Tom Watson.

In Atlanta last week, Tim Finchem, PGA Tour commissioner and the most powerful man in American golf, delivered his annual state of the nation address.(...)

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(...)

 Tiger Woods  rubs his back before hitting his second shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After the playing of a video clip of highlights from Tiger Woods’ golf trip to India in February, Woods stepped to the microphone yesterday at Islewor(...)

Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits a  shot  during the first round of  the KLM Open held at De Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Zandvoort, Netherlands. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington has admitted he will use his vice-captaincy position at the Ryder Cup partly as a trial run to assess whether he can lead Europe at(...)

Rory McIlroy has defended his comments that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are in the final holes of their careers. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

World number one Rory McIlroy has defended his comments about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson being in “the last few holes of their careers”. McIlroy f(...)

Rory McIlroy: After twice four-putting at the weekend the world number one said: “I don’t know if it’s fatigue. I don’t know if I’ve lost concentration.” Photograph: Stew Milne/AP

If there are those in golf’s corridors of power in the United States scratching their heads in bewilderment that this week’s Tour Championship is mis(...)

Stephen Gallacher: in fine form after third place finish at Italian Open and has good track record at Gleneagles. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.

Paul McGinley must wish he was a magician, able to distort reality. But he’s not, and the simple fact of the matter is that he has three “wild card” (...)

European team captain Tony Jacklin of England and Seve Ballesteros of Spain raise their arms aloft in victory on the final day of the Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village in Ohio. Europe won the event with a score of 15-13. Photograph: David Cannon/Allsport

Tony Jacklin punctuates the conversation with an occasional chuckle in recalling his time as Europe’s most successful ever Ryder Cup captain.Some 25 y(...)

 Rory McIlroy  in action during the pro-am event prior to the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston  in Norton, Massachusetts. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

  The Deutsche Bank Championship offers a prize fund of almost €6.28 million with €1,094,000 going to the winner, but it will also effecti(...)

 Graeme McDowell  celebrates with his father Ken (left), Horizon agent Connor Ridge (right) and caddie Ken Comboy after winning the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

As they say, breaking up is hard to do! And, on a day when Tiger Woods parted ways with coach Sean Foley, the parting of ways between Graeme McDowell (...)