Team USA captain Davis Love III: “This team has no history. They are a great team.”  Photograph: Erik  Lesser/EPA

American captain unperturbed by previous bad record in that format

Rory McIlroy: “I relish the opportunity to rally our guys and be one of the leaders and speak up in the team room but definitely lead by example on the course.” Photograph: John David Mercer/USA TODAY

World number three in no doubt about the scale of the challenge against US at Hazeltine

 Rory McIlroy after sinking his birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole, the 16th hole, to win the Tour Championship golf tournament at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: EPA

McIlroy’s personal CV is very nearly complete, with only the Masters left to win

 Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking his birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole, the 16th, to win the Tour Championship and secure the FedEx title at  East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Americans Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell seen off in Atlanta

 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits to hit a tee shot  during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 25th, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Title and cash windfall claimed as Ryan Moore beaten at fourth playoff hole

Team USA’s Rickie Fowler in the deep rough at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Photograph: Getty Images

Davis Love assures Darren Clarke there will be no real sleight of hand at play at Hazeltine

Rory McIlroy in action during the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Golfer is sole member of Europe’s Ryder Cup team competing in championship

Niall Kearney has a busy few weeks ahead of him, starting with his Irish PGA defence. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

He looks to follow Christy O’Connor Snr, Harry Bradshaw and Pádraig Harrington

Leona Maguire helped Ireland to bronze medal success at the World Amateur Team Championship in Mexico. Photo: Inpho

The trio of Leona Maguire, Olivia Mehaffey and Annabel Wilson usurped Denmark

Former Epsom Derby winning jockey Christy Roche helped Cill Dara to a historic Jimmy Bruen Shield win at Carton House. Photo: Pat Cashman

It was a remarkable feat for the nine-hole club with Co Sligo winning the Senior Cup

Athenry team members and supporters celebrate their victory on the 20th green in the semi-final of the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield at Carton House today. Photograph:  Pat Cashman

Sides show their mettle as they come through tough semi-finals in AIG Irish Senior Cup

Junior Cert takes second place as Smyth seals the deal for Castle in Irish Junior Cup

A view of Carton House. Photo: Inpho

In a tight game, Galway managed to pull off win against Carton House on their home soil

Bubba Watson plays his shot from the fifth hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes selected as Davis Love III’s first wildcards

The 9th green and clubhouse at Portmarnock Golf Club. The Dublin venue has been selected to host the 2019 Amateur Championship. Photo: Inpho

The R&A has selected the Dublin club despite recently removing Muirfield from Open rota

Aer Lingus ambassador and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke at St Anne’s Golf Club in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Tyrone man delighted to see ‘inspirational’ McIlroy recapture form on PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy: after impressive win in Boston, he will target  FedEx Cup with just BMW and Tour Championship left. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Northern Irish man overcomes six-shot deficit to win the Deutsche Bank by two

Darren Clarke, the European Ryder Cup captain, is pictured during the Ryder Cup Europe Press Conference at Wentworth  in Virginia Water, England. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

For first time since 1997, there’s only one Irish player on European Ryder Cup team

Europe Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will make public his wild card selections shortly after 12.30pm today at the Wentworth Club outside London. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer viewed as certainties, third spot is up for grabs

Patrick Reed boosted his Ryder Cup hopes with an opening round of 65 at The Barclays. Photograph: Getty

American takes first round lead at The Barclays with Rory McIlroy at level par

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon scores his side’s second goal of the game against Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Dublin forward believes best chance for Kingdom is to counter-attack champions

GAA president  Aogán Ó Fearghail presents an  award to Kerry’s  John O’Keeffe during the announcement of the 2016 Inductees into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame. Photograph:   Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Legendary figure says injection of real pace in key area will be crucial to Kingdom’s plan

Shane Lowry will need a captain’s pick from Darren Clarke if he wants to make the European Ryder Cup team. Photograph: Getty

Fitzpatrick’s fifth-place finish in Prague ensures all nine automatic places are filled

The Olympic Hockey Centre (blue fields) and the Youth Arena (L) that will host the modern pentathlon fencing matches. Photograph: Getty Images

Just what you need when caught behind enemy lines

Greco-Roman wrestling: “The Russians are rather good at it  . . . and so are the Turks, Mongolians and Iranians, where wrestling is the national sport.”  (Katsumi Kasahara/AP)

It can get hot and sometimes sweaty on the mat but there’s nothing below the belt

USA’s Kristin Armstrong falls after finishing the Women’s Individual Time Trial event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Women turn out to be even crazier than the men in individual Time Trial

Padraig Harrington: “It might be sacrilege in the golfing world but I think an Olympic medal would add more to my career at this moment than a fourth Major.”

“I’ve always been geed up for it, excited about it, but was it gets closer I’m thinking ‘wow, this is great’”

Jim Furyk of the United States celebrates after shooting a record setting 58 during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TCP River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo: Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The 46-year-old had already previously matched the PGA Tour’s record score

Darren Clarke: the European team captain  needs some experienced players to meet the Americans. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy assured of a place, while US captain Love given four wild card selections

Jimmy Walker celebrates with his son after sinking his putt on the 18th hole to win the 98th US PGA Championship.Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Winning US PGA Championship seals Texan’s place on Love’s team for Ryder Cup

This PGA Championship could yet prove to be a game-changer for Rory McIlroy. Photograph: by Andrew Redington/Getty  Images

Four-time Major winner must address his glaring weakness – his putting stroke

Pádraig Harrington (right) and Danny Willett of England after playing the 18th hole during the third round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey on Saturday. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

‘I could have holed a few more putts. But I probably came out of the round neutral’

Jimmy Walker: At 37 claims a maiden Major in what was his sixth PGA Tour win. Photograph: Getty Images

Fears that play would run into fourth day allayed as sun finally makes an appeareance

Jimmy Walker of the United States reacts to his birdie putt on the 17th hole during the continuation of the final round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Texan sealed his first major championship title on a marathon day at Baltusrol

Pádraig Harrington  plays from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole  during the final round of the US  PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club  in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Three-time Major winner in line for top 10 position at Baltusrol

 Pádraig Harrington shares a joke  with Danny Willett on the 18th green during the third round of the US PGA Championships at   Baltusrol Golf Club  in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A Saturday of frustration as thunderstorms ended play before the leaders even teed off

Andrew Johnston  plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the 2016 US PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club  in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The big, bearded Englishman is not about to get distracted by his growing fanbase

 Rory McIlroy  chips to the 18th green during the second round of the US  PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club   in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Closing bogey seals fate for McIlroy as Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb share lead

Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his shot on the 3rd fairway during the first round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo: Jason Szenes/EPA

Only Martin Kaymer managed to make any impact late on as conditions got tougher

Rory McIlroy reacts after a missed putt on the 10th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo: Jason Szenes/EPA

The world number four didn’t make a single birdie in an opening round of 74 at Baltusrol

Rickie Fowler of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Meanwhile, slick Rick on the radar, peanut butter and jelly, no cameras and more

Rory McIlroy, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler during a practice round at Baltusrol ahead of the US PGA Championship. Photo: Getty Images

World number four is hoping to end this year’s run of first-time major winners

Pádraig Harrington hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Also, monster par five a test for the best, ‘Beef’ continues to entertain and can Sergio finally break through?

ory McIlroy  during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

World number four’s aim is to win a Major a year – but he’s now gone two without one

Shane Lowry hits a chip shot on the fifth hole during a practice round prior to the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. (Photograph:Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Offaly man says it is good to play practice rounds with the likes of Dustin Johnson

Jason Day is hopeful of retaining the US PGA championship at Baltsurol. Photograph: Getty

World number one says temporary putting woes can be soon overcome at Baltusrol

Philip Reid looks at the three key holes at the week’s PGA Championship. Photograph: Inpho

US PGA Championship takes place at Baltusrol Golf Club, in Springfield, New Jersey

Jason Day of Australia during the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy he’s attempting to find a fix for putting worries

Greater awareness about strength and conditioning has allowed older players compete

Pádraig Harrington returned home to Dublin for a different kind of date – providing wisdom about life on tour. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish players set to unwind for a few days ahead of preparation for final Major in US

 Rory McIlroy is in Switzerland  to support Sergio Garcia’s charity foundation. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Tour news: Rory McIlroy is in Switzerland at a charity day supporting Sergio Garcia

The Iceman - Henrik Stenson of Sweden celebrates victory after the winning putt on the 18th green at Royal Troon. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Swede produces a stunning final round of 63 to keep brave Phil Mickelson at bay

Henrik Stenson shot a stunning final day 63 to hold off Phil Mickelson and secure his maiden Major title. Photograph: Reuters.

Swede shoots 63 to hold off Phil Mickelson challenge and claim first Major

Rory McIlroy was ultimately pleased with his final position at the Open after his challenge faded in the second round. Photograph: PA

Four-time Major winner admits chances of victory were remote after the second round

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson shake hands at the end of the third round of the British OPen at Royal Troon. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

Swede takes the narrowest of leads into the final day after a magnificent 68 at Troon

Rory McIlroy endured a frustrating Saturday at Royal Troon as he shot a 73 to slip out of ceontention. Photograph: Getty

Poor putting costs four-time Major winner as he slips out of contention at Royal Troon

 Pádraig Harrington of Ireland chips to the  18th green during the second round  of the British Open  at Royal Troon. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Irishman level par after two rounds and will try to chase down leader Phil Mickelson

 Phil Mickelson plays out of a bunker during the second round of the Open Championship at Royal Troon. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

Henrik Stenson hot on American’s heels while Rory McIlroy stays in the hunt

Phil Mickelson of the US finishes the 18th hole on the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon, Scotland. Photo: EPA

The American was denied the lowest ever score at a major championship by a lip out

Ireland’s Shane Lowry drops his club after his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the British Open at Royal Troon. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Meanwhile, Oosthuizen aces, Ramsey recovers and Bubba gets to grips with Postage Stamp

 Shane Lowry:  “When you are playing with good players, they drag you along with them.  . . It’ll be nice to go out early and try to shoot a score.” Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Offalyman eager to lay down a marker in the British Open at Royal Troon

USA’s Dustin Johnson plays a shot towards the clubhouse on the 18th during the practice day at Royal Troon Golf Club, South Ayrshire. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Despite presence of the ‘Big Four’, many in quality field capable of British Open glory

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington plays from a green-side bunker on the 8th hole during practice ahead of the British Open  at Royal Troon in Scotland. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

British Open’s most challenging hole may well be the innocuous-looking par three

Rory McIlroy at Royal Troon yesterday: “I don’t feel like I’ve let the game down at all. I didn’t get into golf to try and grow the game.” Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

Irishman’s forthright words like a dagger twisting into golf’s Olympic dream

Ireland’s  Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington talk during practice at Royal Troon.  Photo:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Five of the six Irish players in the field have been handed early-late starts on Thursday and Friday

Jordan Spieth will not compete in the Olympics. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

World number three the latest high profile golfer to decide not to travel to Rio next month

Dustin Johnson after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Sunday. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

McIlroy has opted not to play in Scottish Open and will make early visit to Troon

Shane Lowry: “Based on these circumstances, I have received firm medical advice that I should not travel to Rio.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shane Lowry and Jason Day the latest big names to say no to Games in Rio

Paul Dunne has secured a place at next month’s British Open at Royal Troon. Photograph: Getty

Greystones golfer topped qualification at Woburn for a third consecutive year

Shane Lowry: the holder of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational has returned to Akron, Ohio to defend his title. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy leads a strong Irish contingent at the French Open in Paris

Dustin Johnson celebrates with partner Paulina Gretzky and son Tatum after winning the US Open at Oakmont. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Outpouring of goodwill towards Johnston from fellow tour players after US Open victory

Shane Lowry on the fourth hole during his final round of the US Open at Oakmont. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

In collecting a cheque for €660,000 Lowry jumps from 41st to 25th in official world rankings

 Dustin Johnson of the United States poses with the winner’s trophy as Shane Lowry looks on at Oakmont Country Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

‘I always say it’s only a mistake if you don’t learn from it. I’m sure I learned a lot’

Shane Lowry of Ireland walks along the 11th hole during the third round of the US Open at Oakmont Country Club. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

From his coach to his caddy - good judgment very nearly paid off with US Open glory

Evaporated dreams: Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to a missed putt on the 14th green during the final round of the US Open at Oakmont  before finishing joint second in the competition with  Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy . Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

Dustin Johnson retains calm after confusion over shot penalty to take first major title at US Open at Oakmont

Dustin Johnson holds his son Tatum as his wife Paulina reacts after he birdied the final hole to win the 116th US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Shane Lowry’s final round challenge collapsed on the back nine amid rules chaos

 Shane Lowry  reacts after holing his par putt on the 18th green as he completed his third round at the US Open at Oakmont   Country Club  in  Pennsylvania. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Irish golfer plans to take in Tipperary-Limerick game ahead of date with destiny at Oakmont

Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to his third shot on the first hole during the third round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Offaly golfer leads the US Open after third round play was suspended due to darkness

Shane Lowry of Ireland walks  off the ninth green after saving par in the second round of the US Open. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Despite calling penalty on himself, Lowry remains in the thick of things

Dustin Johnson made a strong start on Friday at Oakmont. Photograph: Getty

McIlroy, Spieth and Day all struggle as players make up for lost time at Oakmont

 Shane Lowry  drives from the 18th tee. “What’s the point of moaning about it? I find the guys that are moaning about it are guys that are going to be going home early.” Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

Offaly man undaunted by the stiffest of tests at Oakmont Country Club

A general view of the fifth green during a delay due to inclement weather during the first round at Oakmont Country Club yesterday. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty images

Chance for unknowns to make limelight after incomplete round

Ireland’s Shane Lowry  drives from the   fourth tee during the first round of the US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Elements have their say on a stop-start day that was just about survival

Rory McIlroy on the 16th hole during the final practice round for the 116th US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club in  Pennsylvania. Photograph: Erik Lesser/EPA

Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Willett among the leading contenders

All you need to know ahead of the US Open at Oakmont

The iconic stretch of bunkering known as the Church Pews line the left-hand side of the fairway.

Dangers threatens from first hole as McIlroy admits players will feel trepidation

Rory McIlroy: “I feel like I’ve got a good game plan for the course. It’s just a matter of going out there and executing it.” Photograph: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

World number three says winning at Oakmont would be biggest accomplishment

Shane Lowry practising for the US Open at Oakmont country club. He believes if you make 10 birdies in the week “you’ll have a chance of winning the tournament”. Photograph: EPA

Offaly man has put a two-iron in his bag as he takes on the ‘brutal’ Oakmont course

Graeme McDowell: “I do relish that challenge. I think I am more of a purist US Open guy. I’ve performed well on the pure US Open tests like Pebble Beach, Olympic Club and had it going at places like Winged Foot – very much looking forward to this one and feel like I am taking some decent amount of game in there.”

Busy weeks ahead as 2010 US Open winner aims for place in Ryder Cup team

Irish trio Leona Maguire, Maria Dunne and Olivia Mehaffey celebrate ther GB&I  victory over the United States at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

Important win in her singles clash helps B&I squad regain title with an 11 ½ to 8 ½ win

 Leona Maguire: “We know what to expect, the captains know what to expect. All week, we’ve been trying to pass on any bit of advice we can give to the other girls,”

Nothing could rain on Maguire’s parade, for the 21-year-old was queen of her own domain

Olivia Mehaffey of Britain and Ireland plays her tee shot on the 13th  during the morning foursomes matches at Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: by David Cannon/Getty Images

Britain and Ireland claim foursomes in Dun Laoghaire but Americans tie matters at 3-3

Leona Maguire, and Charlotte Thomas fought back to claim a 4 and 2 win in the middle foursomes. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

USA managed to avoid a morning whitewash thanks to Bailey Tardy and Monica Vaughn

 Ireland’s Leona Maguire gets in some  chipping practice on the ninth hole at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey will also feature in today’s opening foursomes

Leona Maguire: was ranked world number one amateur for almost a full year before being overtaken by Curtis Cup rival, the USA’s Hannah O’Sullivan. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Great chance to see likes of Leona Maguire and world No 1 amateur Hannah O’Sullivan play

Paul O’Hanlon: “I am working full-time now and it kind of feels like one against the head. It’s come out of nowhere. It’s bizarre.” Photograph: Pat Cashman

Local hero Gerard Dunne staged comeback in Louth to come within one shot of winner

The victorious 2012 Great Britain and Ireland team with the Curtis Cup after their ten and a half to nine and a half win during the final day singles matches  at Nairn Golf Club. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Meanwhile, McIlroy on his Oakmont lack of knowledge, McGirt’s first win and more

 Rory McIlroy of Europe shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus at the Ryder Cup  in   Scotland. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Meadow has cut at tournament drop-outs; Spieth’s goal; Twitter twaddle; In the bag; Know the Rules

Pádraig Harrington has missed out on a place at the US Open following international qualifying at Walton Heath. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Paul Dunne and Peter Lawrie also miss out at Walton Heath

Chris Wood secured the biggest win of his career at Wentworth. Photograph: Getty

Englishman grinds out tense victory with Danny Willett finishing two strokes adrift

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