Europe captain Thomas Bjorn  during a press conference in Paris ahead of the  Ryder Cup  at Le Golf National. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

A controversial ‘wild card’ pick, the Spaniard's form has been less than inspiring

US golfer Tiger Woods and his Ryder Cup team mates arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Photograph: Getty Images

If this is the second coming of, a better Tiger Woods, then it is going to be great for golf

 Phil Mickelson finished bottom of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship - 13 over par. Photograph: PA

Brian O’Driscoll and Niall Horan are part of the Europe team in the celebrity match

Tiger Woods celebrates his win on the 18th green. Photo: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

14-time Major winner records first victory since 2013 at season-ending Tour Championship

 Europe team captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the 2014 Ryder Cup with his team  at the Gleneagles Hotel in  Scotland. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

‘I think the golf course is more suited to the European style of player than the Americans'

Oliver Fisher during day two of the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria golf course. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Record-breaking Fisher shares lead in Portugal with Shane Lowry three off the pace

Celia Barquin Arozamena pictured after her victory in the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship. Photograph: EPA/EGA

Tributes flood in for 22-year-old Spanish amateur found dead on course in Iowa

At the Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge presentation to victorious Galway Bay Golf Club  were, from left, Philip Reid, Irish Times Sports; Donal Devery, Captain of Galway Bay; Peter Kilcullen, Sales Director at Allianz; Eileen Clasby, Galway Bay  Ladies Captain; and Mark Gantly, Galway Bay  President. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Westerners conquer Officers’ Challenge as Gregory and Cloke wrap up holes-in-one

Rory McIlroy will need a helping hand from others as well as himself. Photograph: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Holywood star could conquer East Lake but $10m payday would depend on rivals’ results

Justin Rose has become the 22nd world number one. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Phil Mickelson is one of 15 players to reach world number two without taking extra step

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the fourth hole during the weather-delayed final round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Former USPGA champion won in a playoff as Justin Rose went to world number one

  Justin Rose of England reacts on the 17th green during the third round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club  in Pennsylvania. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Justin Rose leads Rory McIlroy by one shot but tournament may be cut to 54 holes

Ireland’s John Murphy during the World Amateur Golf Championships at Carton House. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland managed to salvage a top-10 finish after a disappointing third round on Friday

Robin Dawson  pitching to the 10th green during the second round of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship  at Carton House. Photograph: -Pat Cashman

Dawson, Purcell and Murphy in joint-second place behind leaders New Zealand

Robin Dawson has put Ireland firmly in contention at Carton House. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Home side are firmly in contention at Carton House after Dawson inspires team with a 65

 Bryson DeChambeau during the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham and St Annes. Photograph: Getty Images

The young American in the flat cap stood out from the crowd at the 2015 Walker Cup

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have both been named as Ryder Cup wild card picks. Photograph: Getty Images

USA captain names three of his Ryder Cup wild cards and Phil Mickelson is included

Tiger Woods is one of the Team USA wild card picks for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Photograph: PA

Jim Furyk has named three of his four wild cards to play at Le Golf National in Paris

Eight possibilities but who will be the four men Thomas Bjorn will select for the European Ryder Cup team? Photo: Getty Images

European captain has a selection headache ahead of making his picks on Wednesday

Rory McIlroy will be one of Europe’s big guns in Paris. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty

Thorbjorn Olesen joins the likes of Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy in Paris this month

Peter Kilcullen, Allianz sales director  with Mike Burke, captain, Phyllis Lee, lady captain, and Tom Conlisk, president of the victorious Ballinrobe GC. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Mayo club defy extremely testing conditions to prevail at Galway Bay

A young Brooks Koepka during the English Challenge in 2012. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Back in 2012 Brooks Koepka took a punt on European Tour’s secondary circuit. . .

Tiger Woods reacts after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 100th PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Former world number one was more than giddy with runner-up spot at Bellerive

Shane Lowry of Ireland celebrates after making a birdie on the 13th green during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Offalyman will need a strong finish at Wyndham Championship this weekend

 Tiger Woods  plays his shot from the 17th tee during the third round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club  in St Louis on Saturday. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

With players sorely tested by US PGA, Jim Furyk is left with big decisions as to who to bring to Paris

Brooks Koepka poses with the Wanamaker Trophy on the 18th green after winning the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

American claimed his third Major title on a day of high drama at Bellerive Country Club

Shane Lowry bemoaned the decision of a rules official after the final round of the US PGA Championship at Bellerive. Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP Photo

Offalyman made a bogey at the Par 3 after a lengthy debate about where he could drop

Rory McIlroy during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

His USPGA final round had a little bit of everything, but very little of what he wanted

Ireland’s Shane Lowry plays his shot from the third tee during the third round of the US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club  in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Irish golfer rediscovers his mojo to lie four shots off leader Brooks Koepka in St Louis

Ireland’s  Shane Lowry of Ireland plays his shot from the second tee during the continuation of the weather delayed second round of the US  PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

McIlroy finds some form on the greens but Harrington and Dunne miss the cut

Jordan Spieth jogs after his shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

American made some miraculous saves on the way to a 66 on day two at Bellerive

Shane Lowry plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Gary Woodland tops the board as day two play is cancelled to resume Saturday

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas walk down the eighth hole during the first round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Justin Thomas emerged on top in marquee group as Woods and McIlroy both shot 70

Gary Woodland putts on the sixth green during the first round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Americans both made hot starts in sweltering St Louis with a host of big name behind

Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy  and Shane Lowry of Ireland walk off the 12th tee during a practice round prior to the 2018 US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

McIlroy and Lowry joined Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm for a final practice round

Caddies walk up the ninth fairway during a practice round for the 100th PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Philip Reid takes a look at the St Louis layout and analyses some key holes on a long course

 Rory McIlroy  waiting to hit from the first tee during a practice round for the PGA Championship  at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: EPA

McIlroy’s season has been one of great consistency, eight top-10 finishes

Tiger Woods: “I’ve had my share of chances to win this year and hopefully I’ll get it done this week.” Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty

American in good form and convinced he can add to his already staggering tally of 14 wins

The PGA Championship will only be available live to an Irish audience through streaming on the Eleven Sports website, its Facebook page or via its app.  Photograph:  John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports

Final Major of the year will be available to Irish viewers per the Eleven Sports App

 His chance to become the youngest may have gone, but Jordan Spieth can still mark the 100th US PGA Championship in style by completing the career grand slam at Bellerive. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

New player Eleven Sports make the year’s fourth Major available free of charge

 Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy after finishing their final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Irishman dropped down to tied-sixth after hitting just four of 14 fairways in Ohio

Tiger Woods injures his back as he hits out of the rough on the second hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in 2014. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Woods is the master in Akron with eight wins but it was also a scene of despair

Rory McIlroy and caddie Harry Diamond shelter under an umbrella on the fifth tee during the second round of the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

It’s been a year since four-time Major winner took on his friend Harry Diamond as caddie

Clare’s Tony Kelly, Peter Duggan and Jack Browne tackle Galway’s Johnny Coen at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare’s stirring fightback earns pundits’ forgiveness over half-time ‘gamesmanship’

Francesco Molinari kisses the Claret Jug after his British Open win at Carnoustie. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty)

Francesco Molinari among the world’s form players set to be at Thomas Bjorn’s disposal

 Rory McIlroy will return to action at the WGC Bridgestone in Akron. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

“I’ll look back and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played”

Italy’s Francesco Molinari with the Claret Jug after winning the Open Championship 2018 at Carnoustie Golf Links. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Francesco Molinari kept cool head in Carnoustie carnage to prevail ahead of big names

Italy’s Francesco Molinari  celebrates after making a birdie on the 18th hole  during the final round of the British  Open  at Carnoustie. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

As challengers rose and fell, the Italian’s coolness under pressure secured the Claret Jug

 Jordan Spieth reacts to making a putt on the 16th green during his third round  of the british Open at Carnoustie. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Defending champion tied at the top at Carnoustie with fellow Americans Kisner and Schauffele

 Zach Johnson of the US reacts after making birdie on the 18th during the second round of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

He’s often confused with the world number one, but ZJ still has two Major titles to his name

Rory McIlroy reacts after his birdie putt just misses on the 18th hole during the second round of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

McIlroy two shots behind joint leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner

Rory McIlroy plays from the rough during the second round of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: Will Oliver/EPA

Four-time Major winner has positioned himself nicely heading into the weekend

Paul Dunne of Ireland lines up a putt on the fourth green during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Greystones man played opening round of Carnoustie with painkillers and strapping

Rory McIlroy runs up the 18th hole during the first round of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Opening 69 leaves Northern Irishman just three behind first round leader Kisner

Brooks Koepka plays from a bunker during a practice round ahead of the British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Double US Open champion is confident of competing at Carnoustie this weekend

Rory McIlroy shakes hands with Shane Lowry as Paul McGinley looks on during Wednesday’s practice round ahead of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

A chess match awaits at Carnoustie but will American claret jug dominance continue?

  Shane Lowry during preview day three of the British Open Championship   at Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus. Photograph:  : David Davies/PA

Offaly native won’t be opting for a ‘driver everywhere’ approach despite its popularity

The 147th Open championship takes place in Carnoustie this week. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

He last played in the championship at St Andrews in 2015 when he missed the cut

A spectator sleeps in the grass as Pádraig Harrington passes by during the Scottish Open at Gullane GC  in Gullane, Scotland. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty

Two-time British Open winner says Rory remains on course to get into double-digits

Sean McGrath, chief executive Allianz with the victorious Thurles team; Dave Crowley, president, Marian Finn, lady captain, and Joe Kerrigan, captain and  Philip Reid (The Irish Times) at the K Club . Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

Tipperary club take honours in Allianz Irish Times Officers’ Challenge at Mount Juliet

Monaghan’s Conor McManus and David Hyland of Kildare during their Super 8s round 1 match at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One hard game after another caught up with Kildare, as much mentally as physically

 Rory McIlroy in action at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club last week. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

McIlroy should be justifiably proud of his four years as tournament host

Spectators sheltering from  rain  during the final day  of the  Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

McDowell has change of heart and will play in Scottish Open

Scotland’s Russell Knox celebrates winning the  play-off on the 18th during the final day  of the  Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Scottish player sinks 40-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole to get into a play-off – and does it again in the sudden death

Russell Knox celebrates his winning putt on the 18th after winning the Irish Open on a playoff. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The Scot pipped Ryan Fox in a playoff after a dramatic day at Ballyliffin in Donegal

Rory McIlroy struggled again on the greens in the third round. Photo: Craig Brough/Reuters

Erik van Rooyen leads at Ballyliffin but there is a strong chasing pack in hot pursuit

Rory McIlroy after missing a putt on the 18th during his second round at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph:   Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Four-time Major winner says he will figure it out himself but there is work to be done

Shane Lowry of Ireland fist pumps after making a birdie on the ninth green during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy endured another frustrating day on the greens as Fox and Pavon lead

Rory McIlroy  lines up a putt on the third green  during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

McIlroy hits 12 of 15 of fairways but 32 putts made for a frustrating opening day

Pádraig Harrington in action during the first round at Ballyliffin. “I know if I just stay patient, hopefully I’ll manage it well enough to get myself into position with nine holes to go [on Sunday]. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three-time Major has an eagle and three birdies in an impressive opening 68

Pádraig Harrington hits out of a bunker on the eighth hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at  Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Dubliner one shot off leader Ryan Fox after morning tee-times

  Jon Rahm   on the fourth tee during the pro-am event on Wednesday prior to the   Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Spaniard keen to emulate Seve Ballesteros' success and win tournament three times

 Rory McIlroy on the first fairway at the Pro-Am at Ballyliffin on Wednesday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

29-year-old says he’s done well to get to this point but ‘there is more left in the tank’

Kieran Donaghy, Michael Murphy, Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne at the GAA Challenge ahead of the 2018 Irish Open at Ballyliffin. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Donegal captain says the players are focusing purely on the task ahead and nothing else

Shane Lowry speaking on practice day for the Irish Open at  Ballyliffin Golf Club in  Co Donegal.  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Offalyman has very fond memories of the Irish Open and ‘treats it like a Major ’

 Graeme McDowell: “In hindsight I should have flown private or drove. But there was a perfectly-timed flight heading from Paris to Manchester. I was trying to do the sensible thing.” Photograph:  Getty Images

Player opted to withdraw from qualifier as he has chances at Irish Open and Scottish Open

Rory McIlroy  on the 17th tee during practice   for the Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Co Donegal. Photograph:   Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Borehole at Glashedy Links has other links courses green with envy as heatwave continues

Rory McIlroy  practises ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Donegal links will host the biggest golf tournament on the planet this week

 A view from behind the green on the 450 metre, par 5, 18th hole in Paris. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

‘There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt . . .’

Graeme McDowell  reacts after missing a putt during the second round of the US Open. He missed the cut at Shinnecock Hills. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

Northern Irishman joins Dunne and Lowry at French Open before playing Irish Open

Phil Mickelson: he   intentionally hit a moving ball  to prevent it from running off the green.  Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Out of Bounds: The US player hit a moving ball on the 13th but was not disqualified

Brooks Koepka holds up the Golf Champion Trophy after winning the US Open Golf at Shinnecock Hills,  Southampton, N.Y. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

‘It’s validation that he is one of the best players in the world’ says thrilled Elliott

Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the eighth tee during the final round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. P hotograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

Actions were construed by USGA as worthy of a two-stroke penalty but not of disqualification

Henrik Stenson:  described Shinnecock Hills as “silly, it’s like glass around the hole and it’s not a smooth surface either . . . . they never fail to fail, they lost this golf course.” Photograph: Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

Authorities again allowed course at Shinnecock Hills to slip over the edge

Brooks Koepka of the United States and caddie Richard Elliott celebrate on the 18th green after the final round of the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The American made it back-to-back titles after seeing off the field at Shinnecok Hills

Dustin Johnson chips onto the sixth hole during the third round of the 118th US Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Photo: Justin Lane/EPA

The dreadfully difficult course conditions caused havoc on Saturday in Long Island

 Rory McIlroy drives  from the 13th tee during the second round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club  in Southampton, New York. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Irish challenge ends at Shinnecock Hills as McDowell and Lowry also bow out

Graeme McDowell during the first round at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club  in Southampton, New York. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Others also responded well in bid to catch leader Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills

 Dustin Johnson in action during the second round of the 118th US Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York.  Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Impressive 67 in second round puts world number one in control at the US Open

 Dustin Johnson  celebrates making a birdie on the seventh hole as Tiger Woods  looks on during the second round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club  in Southampton, New York. Photograpgh: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Shinnecock Hills can’t rock DJ as world number one shoots a second round 67

Ireland’s  Shane Lowry  plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

‘I can’t play any better golf than that’ says Irish golfer after opening round at US Open

Rory McIlroy shot an opening round of 80 at the US Open. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

29-year-old limps to an 80 on Long Island - matching his worst ever round at Majors

Tiger Woods of the United States smiles on the range prior to the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

The 14-time Major winner was touted as a possible competitor but his agent has said no

Rory McIlroy: “I feel I know this course as well as I know any US Open set-up and hopefully I can use that to my advantage.” Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

McDowell and Lowry also harbouring hopes of a big display at Shinnecock Hills

 Varying cuts of grass in increasing heights away from the fairway on the 16th hole at Shinnecock Hills, venue of the 118th US Open in Southampton, New York. Photograph: TannenMaury/EPA

There will be no repeat of the farcical course set-up which marred the US Open in 2004

Rory McIlroy has said he will adopt a conservative approach off the tee at this week’s US Open. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

‘Fun’ golf part of the preparation as he bids to end four-year wait for elusive fifth Major

Tiger Woods: “To  play against these guys, the best players in the world, it’s just a great feeling and one that I don’t take for granted.” Photograph:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Shinnecock Hills beckons 10 years after he claimed the last of his 14 Major victories

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker during practice rounds prior to the 2018 US Open 2018 in Southampton, New York. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

A stress-free Graeme McDowell arrives for 118th US Open with a spring in his step

Phil Mickelson during his practice round yesterday prior to the US Open this week at Shinnecock Hills. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Victory at Shinnecock Hills would see him join an elite club of just five famous names

 Brooks Koepka of the United States  during practice rounds on Monday prior to the 2018 US Open  in Southampton, New York. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

US Open champion has hit the gym to help him come back from injury to defend his title

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