Martin Kaymer hits an approach shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

What did Graeme McDowell do? Only open the floodgates, if you must know; after a drought of European winners that dated all the way back to Tony Ja(...)

A freight train passes Chambers Bay Golf Course. The train passes the course several times a day, adding an odd element to the course that could throw some golfers off. Photograph: Stuart Isett/The New York Times

Graeme McDowell can already picture the celebrations if he wins another US Open title to maintain Europe’s recent dominance of the year’s second major(...)

 Nick Faldo  speaks during his induction ceremony as the 2015 Memorial Honoree   at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Photo:  Sam Greenwood/Getty

Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament held last week in Dublin, Ohio is more than just a golf tournament, it is a golfing institution. Traditionally hel(...)

 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(...)