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Rory McIlroy takes a shot at Adare Manor last year, as the 2020 JP McManus Pro-Am was launched. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Adare Manor in Limerick is facing competition to host the 2026 Ryder Cup with The Belfry being considered as a possible venue for the the biennial con(...)

Pádraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup at Wentworth after being named as Europe captain for the 2020 match against the United States at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

At the appointed hand signal from the television mandarins, a bearded Pádraig Harrington, hand-in-hand with his wife Caroline, slipped in a side door (...)

Europe vice-captain Pádraig Harrington is introduced during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on  in Paris. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

An inkling of white smoke emerging from the conclave, perhaps? With a Ryder Cup press conference called for the Wentworth Club outside London next Tue(...)

The 165 yards par 3, 15th hole ‘Walled Garden’ on the Faldo Championship Course at Lough Erne Resort. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

As an experiment, the so-called “Links Swing” segment of the European Tour season - with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as an important cog in the whe(...)

Phil Mickelson celebrates with his $9 million  winnings after defeating Tiger Woods in The Match at Shadow Creek Golf Course  in Las Vegas. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images for The Match

It took the addition of floodlights and a makeshift 93-yard hole, but Phil Mickelson finally beat Tiger Woods in near-darkness to win their $9 million(...)

Paul Dunne of Ireland lines up a putt during day two of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

It’s an old truism that golf is a numbers game. The basic task is to get the ball into the hole in as few strokes as humanly possible; yet the other s(...)

Pádraig Harrington of Ireland plays a practice round ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

The juggler, trying (and succeeding) to keep a number of balls in the air. No matter where he goes these days Pádraig Harrington is followed by a ques(...)

Luke Donald, Pádraig Harrington, Robert Karlsson, Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell with the Ryder Cup. Harrington is now the overwhelming favourite to be the captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Lee Westwood has ruled himself out of the running to be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain, leaving Pádraig Harrington as the overwhelming favourite to s(...)

Tiger Woods of USA at Le Golf National in Paris  ahead of the Ryder Cup. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Tiger Woods’s feet have returned to terra firma, a new challenge ahead. He’s not one to keep his head in the clouds. Tuesday’s first venture onto the (...)

 Rory McIlroy and the 2018 European team with the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy; the Ryder Cup years. It is difficult to know where to start. Even for an individual with such propensity to generate column inches, the (...)

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