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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


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?


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

Royal Tara resident professional John Byrne believes the 15-inch hole idea has the potential to regenerate the game.

Bigger cup expected to pull in more players

On a wall in the pro shop at Carnoustie Golf Club hangs the putter that Jean van de Velde used in the 1999 British Open.

The Loughrea club, winners of the 15th Annual All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge at  Waterford Castle GC were, from left; former Galway hurler Greg Kennedy, Eamon Dervin, former Galway selector Mattie Kenny and Ger Lynch.

Loughrea win All-Ireland

Galway’s Loughrea GAA club were crowned winners of the 15th annual All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge at Waterford Castle Golf Club.


Frustration for McIlroy in Atlanta finale

Rory McIlroy’s hopes of claiming the $10 million dollar FedEx Cup jackpot and another $1.4m for winning the season-ending US PGA Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta, ended in bitter disappointment last night when a series of serious errors beginning with a double bogey five at the short 6th put paid to his chances.

AP Photo/John Bazemore

Lucky McIlroy may have it in his pocket

Rory McIlroy admitted he owed one spectator more than just a handshake for aiding his bid for an extremely lucrative victory in the Tour Championship in Atlanta yesterday. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Mixed day as McIlroy opens with round of 69

Rory McIlroy’s bid for a first FedEx Cup title – and with it a bonus of £6m – got off to an eventful start in the Tour Championship in Atlanta yesterday.


Controversy rumbles on after Zanotti struck by errant drive

Two leading players have questioned why there was no ambulance on site after Fabrizio Zanotti was struck on the head by a ball in the KLM Open yesterday.


Rested Rory not all about the money

There are six million reasons to want to win the FedEx Cup title, but Rory McIlroy insists he needs just one.