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Ian Poulter

Poulter hails Europe’s united approach

Ian Poulter has revealed how the European team kept their egos in check in pursuit of team glory in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

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Paul Azinger

Azinger not ruling out Ryder Cup return

Paul Azinger says he’s open to a second spell as US Ryder Cup captain.

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Afternoon woes see Ireland lose opener to hosts

Ireland’s defence of the Sue Johnson Trophy faltered yesterday as they capitulated in the afternoon’s singles to lose 5½-2½ to England at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals in Huddersfield.

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McDowell and McIlroy now ‘better than ever’

Graeme McDowell believes his relationship with team-mate Rory McIlroy is now better than ever.

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McGinley won’t be influenced by Clarke rift

Victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley admitted that his relationship with Darren Clarke would have no influence on who he backs to lead the side in 2016.

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Paul McGinley with the Ryder Cup

McGinley left nothing to chance

Paul McGinley left nothing to chance in his masterplan to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe. It was an attention to detail that one journalist suggested was borderline "disturbing" but it got the required outcome.

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Graeme McDowell

McDowell backs Clarke to step into McGinley’s shoes

Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell praised Paul McGinley as the best captain he had played under and then backed his friend Darren Clarke to succeed the Dubliner in 2016.

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I’m no king-maker, insists happy Rory

World number one Rory McIlroy insists he is not the new Ryder Cup king-maker, but appreciates that his voice was heard.

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Phil Michelston and Tom Watson

American media divided over Mickelson’s attack on Watson

After an eighth Ryder Cup loss in 10 meetings, the American media were divided over what was behind their latest defeat and split over whether Phil Mickelson was right to publicly question the leadership of captain Tom Watson.

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Phil Mickelson, Ryder Cup 2014

Azinger may throw hat in ring again for captaincy

Phil Mickelson could get his wish after Paul Azinger said yesterday he was open to a second spell as US Ryder Cup captain.

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Harrington ‘less keen’ on leading Europe

Pádraig Harrington wants to play in the 2016 Ryder Cup but admits he was so daunted by Paul McGinley’s sensational captaincy that he is now "less keen" to be captain himself.

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A European win forged in Ireland

Between them, Paul McGinley, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell ensured that Europe’s Ryder Cup success over the United States had ‘Made In Ireland’ stamped all over it.

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Stars unite in praise of Paul

Paul McGinley deserved the praise he was receiving from his players as they sipped the champagne and held the trophy that meant he was a winning Ryder Cup captain.

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Fergie factor inspires GMac

They might have been dressed in blue but Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy proved to be true red devils for Paul McGinley at Gleneagles, closing out crucial early wins to send Europe to an eighth win from the last 10 Ryder Cup matches.

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McGinley proves true value of being prepared

When eight-time major champion Tom Watson was picked to captain the US Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles, it was considered a masterstroke by the US PGA.

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Lefty questions Watson role as defeat leaves US sore

The repercussions of another Ryder Cup defeat for the USA have already begun, with senior professional Phil Mickelson openly questioning the captaincy of Tom Watson.

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Mulholland goes the extra for Lurgan

Tie hole drama was the order of the day when the Private Home Care All-Ireland ladies inter-club finals came to a thrilling climax at Monkstown Golf Club on Saturday.

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Phil should take lead from gentleman Jim

As he walked to the first tee of the Centenary Course at Gleneagles to start his singles match on the final day of the 40th Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy stopped to exchange pleasantries with a very special guest.

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Euro hero Donaldson in dreamland

Jamie Donaldson completed a "remarkable journey" from journeyman to hero at Gleneagles.

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McGinley hoping McIlroy can inspire Poulter to produce heroics

Paul McGinley has turned to Rory McIlroy to get beaten and bruised Ian Poulter back into Ryder Cup hero-mode after reuniting the pair for this morning’s fourballs session at Gleneagles.

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Europe’s dogs of war dig deep to fight off Americans

Nowhere are the twin impostors of success and failure more in evidence than in the cauldron of Ryder Cup battle.

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Poulter will fight on after blow to pride

For once, Ian Poulter talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk.

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McIlroy steps up to the mark in style

When Europe needed him most, Rory McIlroy stepped up to the mark and delivered.

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Watson’s faith in his rookies pays dividend

You can’t say that Tom Watson doesn’t change with the times.

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East Cork treble dream falls short

While there was disappointment for East Cork in the Private Home Care Ladies Inter-Club Championships at Monkstown yesterday when they lost in the finals of the Minor and Intermediate Cups, there was glory for Killarney in the Senior Foursomes and for Wicklow and Edenmore, the clubs who put paid to East Cork’s hopes of a famous treble, in the other two finals decided on another day at the superbly presented Co Cork course.

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McGinley steers perfect course

When Tom Watson was appointed captain of the US Ryder Cup team he talked openly about having finishers in his team — players capable of closing the deal when the chips were down — and yesterday in the morning fourballs he got his wish.

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Watson defends pairings but admits ‘we were outplayed’

United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson conceded his team were outplayed on the opening day at Gleneagles but defended his decisions on pairings.

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Graeme McDowell: It was only 'a bit of craic'. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Rory and G-Mac turn G-Men on Phil

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell refused to make a federal case out of Phil Mickelson’s comments on the lawsuit that rumbles on involving their soon-to-be ex-management company.

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TARTAN ARMY: Europe's Justin Rose, Ian Poutler, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell at the opening ceremony. Pic: Inpho

McIlroy relishing perfect match

Rory McIlroy got the partner and the match-up he wanted as opposing captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson served up a fascinating opening session to the 2014 Ryder Cup this morning.

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Justin Rose (left) and Henrik Stenson enjoy some playful banter with the Americans yesterday. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Watson can turn his collection of individuals into formidable team

Over the past 30 years Europe more often than not have found a way to disrupt golf’s natural order in the Ryder Cup.

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Ian Poulter during practice. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

Pumped-up Poulter even scares his kids

It is not just the Americans Ian Poulter has spooked. Europe’s Ryder Cup hero admits watching himself in intense putt-sinking celebration mode scares himself and his kids. <

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Team USA's Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy of team Europe make their way to the stage for the opening ceremony. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Lefty needs to take better care of his biting wit

It was at the 2002 Ryder Cup at The Belfry when American players mingled outside the team bus.

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European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and vice captain Sam Torrance in the tunnel at Gleneagles. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Tunnel vision: Players must walk the walk to conquer nerves

The walk from the Gleneagles practice area to the packed arena of the first tee of the PGA Centenary Course is a long one for the players, and not just in terms of distance.

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European team captain Paul McGinley with his wife Allison during the opening ceremony. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Switched-on captains tick all right boxes

Rule number one for the Ryder Cup opening ceremony: Don’t fall over when leading your team up to the stage.

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Rory McIlroy tees off on the 1st hole during practice at Gleneagles yesterday. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

McIlroy ready to play the leading role

Rory McIlroy will stride into the Ryder Cup arena a changed man from his last appearance for Europe two years ago.

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Europe captain Paul McGinley with assistant captain Pádraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell. Picture: Cathal Noonan

Riding shotgun set me up nicely for the captaincy

Paul McGinley believes his experience "riding shotgun" during Europe’s remarkable Ryder Cup run of success has made him better equipped to step into the captaincy role at Gleneagles this weekend.

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Rory McIlroy hits his second shot from the rough on the 9th hole during practice at Gleneagles yesterday. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

There’ll be no time issues this time

Paul McGinley is confident Rory McIlroy’s conversion into the dominant figure in world golf also includes a new-found penchant for punctuality given his predecessor Jose Maria Olazabal’s heart-stopping moment at Medinah two years ago.

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Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell after their round yesterday.

Lefty throws a low blow at Irish rivals

Phil Mickelson hurled a verbal grenade into the Ryder Cup pressure cooker yesterday by suggesting the ongoing legal dispute between Rory McIlroy and his management company was affecting European team harmony.

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Rickie Fowler during a press conference at Gleneagles. Picture: PA

Fowler keen on Rory reunion

US Ryder Cup star Rickie Fowler is keen on a Walker Cup reunion with Rory McIlroy at next season’s Irish Open at Royal County Down.

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Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson with The European Ryder Cup team. Picture Ross Kinnaird/Getty

Ryder stars in awe of inspiring Fergie

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell displayed all the signs of being star-struck by Team Europe’s evening with Alex Ferguson, but not so much as to ignore the potential benefits for this weekend’s Ryder Cup defence.

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US captain Tom Watson admitted he is targeting Rory McIlroy: 'He's the one we want to take down.'

Watson cranks up Gleneagles intensity

Tom Watson wearily — perhaps even tetchily — completed his third press conference in as many days, and remained behind in the near-empty interview to eat a sandwich.

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Bubba Watson plays out of a bunker during a practice session at Gleneagles. Picture: David Davies/PA

The trouble with Bubba

WHILE it is impossible to be bored by the playing of the Ryder Cup, it is possible to sleep through the lead-in days.

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Team Europe and their wives and partners with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond ahead of last night's gala dinner.

Calm before the storm as stars have fun day out

It was almost the calm before the storm as the European and US Ryder Cup teams joked and wise-cracked their way through a light-hearted practice session.

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Jim Gavin: Experience managing a team expected to prevail.

Gavin advises McGinley on coping with hype

Jim Gavin has revealed how he passed on advice to Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley about the pressures of managing teams that are strong favourites for success.

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Fergie aims to inspire another home win

Manchester United fans may be pining for his glory days but Paul McGinley has ensured European golfers will be benefiting from an Alex Ferguson team talk ahead of their clash with the United States this weekend.

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Graeme McDowell

Still friends but G-Mac and Rory to start seeing other people

Graeme McDowell might have called it a "conscious uncoupling" but whatever way you put it, the Ryder Cup star admitted his golfing dynamic with Rory McIlroy was very different now to when they first played together five years ago.

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Tom Watson

US stars reject captain’s talk of redemption

United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson called for his players to use redemption for motivation at Gleneagles this week, but many appear not to have received the memo.

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G-Mac seeks Ryder crunch

Graeme McDowell already has his place in Ryder Cup history but the hero of Celtic Manor would love a repeat at Gleneagles.

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Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell

Shy Dubuisson just wants action to start

For someone who lists ‘socialising’ as one of his interests and has the nickname D’Artagnan, the tag of being the ‘Greta Garbo of golf’ appears at odds for someone like Victor Dubuisson.

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Darren Clarke

Clarke says McIlroy can be new Monty

Darren Clarke pleaded the fifth on the exact state of the relationship between Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, but when it comes to Holywood star McIlroy’s role in the Ryder Cup this week, Clarke is certain the world No. 1 can be Europe’s leading man.

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Rory McIlroy during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.

Rory admits fame has forced him to live with his guard up

The Ryder Cup is the ultimate pressure cooker for a golfer but for Rory McIlroy — who wants Darren Clarke to succeed Paul McGinley as captain in 2016 — it’s not a lot different from the goldfish bowl existence that sums up the world No 1’s life these days.

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Skipper may split Irish stars

Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has blown the debate over Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell playing together wide open by saying there are not an unbeatable pairing.

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USA have a score to settle with Poulter

Tom Watson has targeted beating European hero Ian Poulter in Scotland this weekend as the way for his USA team to gain redemption for their Medinah meltdown two years ago.

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‘With Pádraig, I know I won’t be short of an opinion’

Players aside, this week’s Ryder Cup is expected to be the most commercially successful ever.

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Victory tastes so sweet for Muskerry

The joy etched on the faces of Muskerry’s Dave O’Donovan and Niall Gorey said it all. Their wait for an All-Ireland title was over, they had won a Barton Shield and ended their club’s 61-year wait for glory in the national senior foursomes competition.

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East Cork women chase treble at inter-club championships

Monkstown Golf Club will be a hive of activity this week as it plays host to the national finals of the Private Home Care inter-club women’s championships from tomorrowthrough to Saturday.

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Sojourn to savour in golfing heaven

You don’t need to travel through Ireland to get to Scotland. But that only begs the question: Why wouldn’t you?

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Host Rory aiming to lure US stars to Irish Open

Rory McIlroy hopes his decision to host the Irish Open at Royal County Down next year will help restore the event to its former glory.

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Liam Martin, President, GUI, presenting the AIG Senior Cup to Owen Kavanagh, team captain of the Tramore Senior Cup team after their victory at Carton House on Saturday.

Tramore win caps week for Munster

Tramore crowned a remarkable week for Munster golf clubs at the AIG Cups and Shields national finals when they claimed the Senior Cup at Carton House.

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Rory McIlroy with the Ryder Cup after the win in 2012.

Rory: Ryder win would be ‘icing on cake’

Rory McIlroy says winning the Ryder Cup would be "the icing on the cake" of an incredible year for him.

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New putter helps Lowry ‘Tank’ his way to the top

Shane Lowry carded a flawless 65 to claim a one-shot lead over Nicolas Colsaerts and Joost Luiten, with former champion Thongchai Jaidee and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari another shot back, in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

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Clean sweep on for Munster clubs

Munster champions Tramore needed all their fighting spirit after six years of campaigning together to reach today’s AIG Senior Cup final at Carton House.

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Lowry to stay away from Cup... for now

Shane Lowry stressed he will have no connection with the Ryder Cup until the day he becomes a member of the European team.

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Tramore have learned from finals heartache

Tramore Golf Club go into today’s AIG Senior Cup semi-finals at Carton House hoping third time will be the charm for their team after national finals disappointments in 2011 and 2012.

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Gorey and O’Donovan lead Muskerry to Barton Shield glory

Niall Gorey works for the company that makes the All-Ireland winners’ medals but yesterday he earned one to keep as Muskerry delivered one half of an AIG Cups and Shields double for Munster.

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Rory on course for career grand slam, says Player

Rory McIlroy will be Europe’s talisman at next week’s Ryder Cup and then go on to become the sixth player to complete the career grand slam,according to Gary Player.

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McGinley confident legal battle won’t upset McIlroy and McDowell pairing

European captain Paul McGinley insists he has no concerns over Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell’s relationship ahead of next week’s Ryder Cup.

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Smyth: McGinley will bring cup home

Paul McGinley will use a pod system similar to the one that helped Paul Azinger win at Valhalla to take on a wounded US side at Gleneagles next week.

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Muskerry’s shot at redemption

Muskerry Golf Club have the chance to bury their demons of three years ago when their quartet bids for an All-Ireland title in the AIG Barton Shield at Carton House today.

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Germany's Sandra Gal tees off in the Solheim Cup Charity promotion event  at  Sankt Leon-Rot, Germany.

Muskerry primed for challenge

If Muskerry do not take the AIG Barton Shield back to Cork from the national finals at Carton House this week it will not be for lack of experience.

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Extra pressure on Castletroy to deliver

Casteltroy go into today’s AIG Junior Cup semi-finals at Carton House knowing there is extra pressure to succeed for the first time since 1972.

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