Chris Farrell scores a try for Grenoble  during the French Top 14 match against Racing Metro at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble. Photograph:   Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Former underage star hopes to have put injury frustrations behind him at Grenoble

 Munster’s Keith Earls (right) will be out for up to four months. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Ireland wing had surgery on his right knee in London this afternoon

Phil Mickleson with US team captain Tom Watson. Watson confirmed Mickleson had pressed him to play on Saturday. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Phil Mickelson’s targeting of team captain Tom Watson at press conference had players squirming in their seats

Rory McIlroy: “I was more up for it today than in the final rounds of the two Majors that I won.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pagentry of first tee fades to steely glint as world number one hits opening drive

Graeme McDowell celebrates winning his foursomes match with Victor Dubuisson against Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley at Gleneagles yesterday. Photograph: PA

Partner flags French man’s performance as one worthy of ‘Europe’s next superstar’

Stephen Gallacher: “If I can help in any way, I’m delighted with that.” Photograph: Getty Images

Ability to manage emotional side of game that will permit rookie to deliver physically

A convoy of buggies at Gleneagles yesterday as preparations continue for this week’s Ryder Cup. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA.

Staff working into early hours to have everthing ready for Friday’s start

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)

Tight Ryder Cup battles have often been decided by the proverbial ‘swing encounters’

Peter Stringer of Bath dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Jackman ’s Grenoble have nine points to spare over Bayonne in top 14 clash, while Coughlan gets off to winning start at Pau

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