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Too cool for School

He might have lost his European Tour card but Waterford’s Kevin Phelan is feeling so good about himself after a strong finish to his rookie season that he can’t wait to get to the European Tour Qualifying School.

Darren Clarke

G-Mac gives Clarke the nod

Graeme McDowell has become the latest player to call for Darren Clarke to be handed the 2016 European Ryder Cup captaincy.


Happy dad G-Mac won’t change playing schedule

As Graeme McDowell stressed the importance and focus of a new family life he insists his playing schedule will not alter heading into the New Year.


Pádraig’s positive thinking

Pádraig Harrington didn’t allow himself to plumb the depths of despair during what he admits was the worst year of his career in 2014.


McIlroy looking on with great interest

Rory McIlroy will be an interested spectator as the first event of the European Tour’s Final Series gets under way in China today.


Bishop exits with legacy in tatters

Ted Bishop spent Tuesday trying to salvage whatever was left of his legacy as the 38th president of the PGA of America.


Martin survives final day struggle in Las Vegas to land first PGA title

Ben Martin made an eagle on the 16th as he held off the pack to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, his first PGA Tour title.

Work gets under way on Phase One of the major renovation project at Rosses Point which will see the creation of four new championship tees, several new bunkers, a new third green and another six greens extended to provide more challenging pin positions.

Driving into the future on Western front

The West is officially awake as a major international golf venue with Carne Golf Links and County Sligo Golf Club deep in negotiations to host a revived Irish Seniors Open in 2015 and 2016.


Flying Finn Ilonen crowns great year with Volvo win

Golf: Mikko Ilonen hailed the best year of his career after becoming the first Finnish player to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship with a hard-fought victory over top seed and good friend Henrik Stenson.


Reed on a roll as Donaldson and G-Mac crash out in Kent

Patrick Reed gained a small measure of revenge for last month’s Ryder Cup defeat by knocking European hero Jamie Donaldson out of the Volvo World Match Play Championship yesterday.


Birthday boy Els celebrates with sizzling 65 in Hong Kong

Former world number one Ernie Els celebrated his 45th birthday by shooting a five-under-par 65 to take the lead in the Hong Kong Open at the halfway stage.