Ireland lived up to the RTE panel’s expectations with the final score. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

After the week that was in it, it was hardly a surprise Roy got an extra mention

 Rory McIlroy sits on the 17th tee as he waits to play his shot during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Final Series in the desert a foregone conclusion as Irishman has won over twice as much as his nearest pursuer, Sergio Garcia

Celebrating the Ryder Cup win on Sunday night golfer Rory McIlroy, wearing a red tartan kilt and wig, parties with Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher

Darren Clarke favoured to follow Dubliner into leadership role for Hazeltine in 2016

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy of Europe celebrate winning the Ryder Cup after Jamie Donaldson defeated Keegan Bradley of the United States on the 15th hole. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Partnership could be renewed in future and Ryder Cup scheduled for Medinah in 2016

 United States team captain Tom Watson: “I had a different philosophy as far as being a captain of this team. You know, it takes 12 players to win. It’s not pods. It’s 12 players.” Photo: Harry Engels/Getty

Captain seemed distant from his players while his decision to drop Phil Mickelson on Saturday proved controversial

Europe’s Graeme McDowell celebrates winning his singles match on the final day  of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.

“The Europeans kicked our butt,” conceded Tom Watson. He wasn’t wrong

Rory McIlroy of Europe puts his arm around Sergio Garcia of Europe after the afternoon foursomes yesterday at Gleneagles. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

United States lose early momentum after hosts overcome setback to take lead

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose react after being announced as the first pairing for Europe for the 40th Ryder Cup, at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Reuters.

Ryder Cup European captain has pick of crop but not necessarily a winning hand

 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

While Paul McGinley is not paid directly for his captaincy, it is still a very lucrative role that pays huge dividends over the ye(...)

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