Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.  Photo:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Having spent over 40 years logging the failures of dead certs and sure things, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt he’d become immune to sport’s capacity to spring(...)

 Europe team captain Paul McGinley: his raised profile  is likely to prove beneficial to his  golf course design work, media deals and sponsorship deals.  Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Fact: The Ryder Cup is a licence to print money. Fact: The Ryder Cup is the heart that pumps the lifeblood into the PGA European Tour. Fact: The Ryde(...)

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 (...)

Darren Clarke embraces Zach Johnson after their singles match in 2006 at the K Club as caddie Billy Foster looks on. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Over its last three decades, the Ryder Cup has been so finely contested that the destination of the cup often hinges on a particular singles match lat(...)

‘It was Seve and the Europeans that eventually turned the Ryder Cup into the extraordinary event it is now.’ Photograph: Steve Munday/ALLSPORT

In this household, as defined in the Here’s Some Water Now Pay For It Act of 2014, there are two adults. I mention this only because I’m filling in th(...)

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 drives from the sixth tee during the final round of the  WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Two-time Major winner Tony Jacklin hailed Rory McIlroy’s “sensational” driving display in winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and believes the n(...)

Germany’s  Bernhard Langer on his way to an emphatic victory at the British Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club,  Bridgend, Wales. Photograph: Getty Images

Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have called for the 56-year-old Bernhard Langer to be considered for Ryder Cup selection after his emp(...)

The 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2, without any surrounding rough, in a departure from the usual US Open set-up. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

No Michael Campbell, no Tiger Woods, no rough. Anyone expecting this year’s US Open at Pinehurst to resemble the last in 2005 is in for a surprise.In(...)

ustin Rose of England looks to the heavens in acknowledgement of his deceased father after putting on the 18th hole to complete the final round of the 113th US Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Some scripts work out to plan, others are torn to shreds. Justin Rose, who experienced his fair share of travails in the early part of his career w(...)