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Rory McIlroy:  surprised Tiger Woods’ back injury was serious enough to warrant surgery. Photograph:  Larry W Smith/EPA

Any sense that the appeal of this year’s Masters has been instantly reduced by news of Tiger Woods’s absence has been contradicted by another of th(...)

 Paul McGinley, European Ryder Cup captain, at a Ryder Cup press conference on March 6th in Dublin. Photograph:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Recently, Paul McGinley sat perched in the front row of the Allianz box close to the Hill 16 end at Croke Park. As he looked down from on high to t(...)

 Paul McGinley, European Ryder Cup caption, is pictured with his vice-captains Des Smyth and Sam Torrance during a press conference in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

In a year of firsts, another first for Paul McGinley. Yesterday, as he strolled through the corridors of power in Leinster House, looked at the(...)

 Des Smyth has been named as one of Paul McGinley’s vice-captains for the Ryder Cup. Former captain Sam Torrance will also assist McGinley at Gleneagles in September. Photograph:  Phil Inglis/Getty Images

Sam Torrance and Des Smyth will act as the buffer between the players and “headmaster” Paul McGinley after being named Ryder Cup vice-captains (...)

 Phil Mickelson hits out of the greenside bunker on the third hole on the North Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines  in La Jolla, California. Photograph: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Stewart Cink, seeking his first PGA Tour title in five years, charged into a one-shot lead at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Thursday as (...)

American captain Fred Couples watches on during the second practice round for the 13 Presidents Cup in Ohio.  Photograph: Jeff Haynes/Reuters

Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson will be extremely interested observers when the 10th Presidents Cup gets under way on Thursday.Althoug(...)

Jim Messina is a specialist in social media which played a  not-insignificant role in Obama’s campaign. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Conservative Party in Britain has scored a major coup by hiring the man who led US president Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 to play a(...)

Colin Montgomerie: “When I peg the ball up tomorrow it will be with a feeling that I have an opportunity to win as opposed to treading water on the (European) Tour. Photo: Phil Inglis/Getty

Former European number one Colin Montgomerie believes the introduction of a shot clock would instantly solve the problem of slow play on the course.Th(...)

Ernie Els makes a remarkable save from a bunker on the 13th green during the final round of his British Open win at Muirfield in 2002. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images.

Every so often, as the rota winds its way from one famed links to another, The Open – i.e. the British Open to those who prefer a geographical distinc(...)

 Tom Watson, British MP who has resigned from his shadow cabinet role as Labour general election co-ordinator.  Photograph: PA

For the Labour Party, Falkirk in Scotland, which should be one of its safest, sleepy seats, has been a discontented place for nearly 20 years since th(...)

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