Europe’s Rory McIlroy (left) and Graeme McDowell during the Ryder Cup opening ceremony at Gleneagles. Photograph; Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Fate, demonstrating a sense of timing of which the protagonists in the 40th Ryder Cup would approve, demanded that Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson wou(...)

Tiger Woods of USA tees off on the first hole during the morning fourballs of the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club in  Straffan, Co Kildare, Ireland. His shot swung left and kept going until it found a watery grave. Photograph:  Donald Miralle/Getty Images

The horse-shoe grandstand’s metal frame embraces the first tee here on the Centenary Course, offering only a hint of what awaits come tomorrow’s star(...)

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

Playing in a first Ryder Cup would be potentially nerve racking but to do so in your own country, as Scotland stage the tournament for only the second(...)

Rory McIlroy watches the result of his drive during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. Photo:  Andrew Milligan/PA

This week is different. Usually, players’ golf bags have the name of their club manufacturer in big, bold lettering. In the Ryder Cup, for one week on(...)

 Chief feferee Andy McFee talks with Europe team captain Paul McGinley ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

A cool breeze brushed over the hillocks here at Gleneagles resort yesterday, almost as if it were blowing away the smokescreens that had formed around(...)

Graeme McDowell makes his way to the practice area this morning. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Graeme McDowell does not expect to be paired with Rory McIlroy at this week’s Ryder Cup, telling reporters this morning that his on-course dynamic wit(...)

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

The empty grandstands rise like sentinels into the Perthshire skyline at Gleneagles, jockeying for visual dominance with the monolithic, multi-tiered(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland tee’s off at the seventh during the second round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor Resort. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Shane Lowry leads Wales Open by one
  • Golf
  • September 19, 2014, 18:50

Ireland’s Shane Lowry is the halfway leader after the second round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor. Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an a(...)

Shane Lowry was best of the Irish at the Wales Open, finising three shots off the lead. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Ryder Cup to the fore at Wales Open
  • Golf
  • September 19, 2014, 01:42

The Ryder Cup continued to dominate the agenda at the Wales Open, even though none of the four European team members competing at Celtic Manor feature(...)

Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts  tees off at the 17th during the first round of the  Wales Open at Celtic Manor. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Nicolas Colsaerts outshone the Ryder Cup players competing in the Wales Open, but admitted to pangs of jealousy at missing out on a second appearance (...)

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