The funny thing is that most of the talk among players this week – at least so far – has been about Billy Horschel and how he isn’t in the American team. He wins the FedEx Cup. He goes second-first-first in the last three weeks. And he, like most of us, will be watching on television. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Tuesday morning. 3.40am. The alarm goes off. It’s gas in a way that this week is the shortest flight out of Dublin airport I will do all year and it b(...)

  Joost Luiten of the Netherlands hits a shot on the ninth hole during the KLM Open ProAm held at De Kennemer Golf and Country Club  in Zandvoort,Netherlands. Photo:   Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Defending champion Joost Luiten will look to put the disappointment of missing out on the Ryder Cup behind him in the KLM Open this week.Luiten was o(...)

Paul McGinley: “The Donegal link reminded the lads of their darkest hour on Sunday, and there was no joy either as McGinley flourished his wild card trio.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

That a fourball of middle-aged men could tee off for a pint a little after noon on a Tuesday seemed slightly incongruous, but Foley’s pub on the Clont(...)

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley at the official announcement of Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood of England as his three captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles at Wentworth yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

In the ballroom of the Wentworth Club in the stockbroker belt beyond the big smoke, Paul McGinley yesterday delivered his three wild card picks. One o(...)

 England’s Luke Donald narrowly missed out on a Ryder Cup place. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

European captain Paul McGinley revealed Lee Westwood had “slightly pipped” Luke Donald to a Ryder Cup wild card after completing his team for Gleneag(...)

  The names of Ian Poulter of England, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Lee Westwood of England are positioned in the final line-up of the European team as European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley of Ireland announces his three captain’s picks during a press conference at Wentworth. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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  • September 2, 2014, 13:53

RORY McILROY (Northern Ireland). Age 25. Caps 2 (2010, 2012). Record Won 4 Lost 3 Halved 2. Majors 4 (2011 US Open, 2012 US PGA, 2014 Open, 2014 US (...)

 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley of Ireland announces Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, Ian Poulter of England and Lee Westwood of England as his three captain’s picks during a press conference at Wentworth. Photograh: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

European captain Paul McGinley completed his Ryder Cup team for Gleneagles which starts on September 26th by naming Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and S(...)

Stephen Gallacher: in fine form after third place finish at Italian Open and has good track record at Gleneagles. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.

Paul McGinley must wish he was a magician, able to distort reality. But he’s not, and the simple fact of the matter is that he has three “wild card” (...)

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland drives   during the final round of the  Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher will have to rely on a wild card after coming up agonisingly short in his last-gasp bid to qualify automatically for the (...)

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland sees a putt just miss during the third round of  Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Richie Ramsay would hate to be the man to deny fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher a place in the Ryder Cup, but admits he will have to look after his own i(...)

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