Clarke, the Ryder Cup cash and the green-paved road to the Champions Tour
The past few seasons have been lean ones for Darren Clarke on the golf course but landing the 2016 European Ryder Cup captaincy could be worth up to €2.7m in endorsement income to the 46-year old over the next 18 months, possibly much more, easing him to his 50th birthday, when he becomes eligible to join the lucrative US Champions Tour.
Golf's global era well and truly upon us
One of the strengths of the European Ryder Cup team is the sense of it being one big family pulling in the same direction for the same goal. It’s only a slight exaggeration but it holds true and the same could be said for European Tour itself, which, while it has grown beyond the wildest imaginings of those who set it up in 1972, is still a business of handshakes and relationships on a global stage.
McDowell decision a reflection of changing tide for agencies and top players
Rory McIlroy is unlikely to have shed a tear in sympathy for Conor Ridge and Horizon Sports Management following the announcement by Graeme McDowell on Sunday night that he's leaving the boutique Irish agency to manage his own affairs.
Arise, King Kev
Waterford’s Kevin Phelan - known as King Kev to his former amateur friends - produced one of the performances of the season to win his European Tour card at the Qualifying School Final Stage. His manger Chubby Chandler believes he could become Ireland’s answer to Luke Donald. It’s little wonder.
McIlroy goes his own way
Going their separate ways. Rory McIlroy and Horizon Sports Management’s Conor Ridge visit the White House in March 2012.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Rory McIlroy has been hailed as golf’s Golden Child and the natural successor to Tiger Woods but while he announced yesterday that he has officially terminated his contract with Horizon Sports Management and become “Rory McIlroy Incorporated” (RMI), there are still troubled waters ahead for the former world number one in the form of a legal battle with his former agency.
As Dunbar takes first steps, Chubby pushes Clarke for PGA Tour return
McIlroy facing Sawgrass banana skin
Ireland's golfing year in quotes: Part IV
Shanghai showdown after "jokes with jabs"
McIlroy takes control and seizes his destiny
The news, broken to Chandler by McIlroy in JFK airport on Wednesday night, came as a shock to the ISM founder. In truth, neither McIlroy’s exodus nor Horizon’s elevation to global player should come as a huge surprise to anyone.
Congressional threat to McIlroy's Irish Open future
Rory McIlroy could be tempted to skip next year’s Irish Open for a return visit to the scene of his record-breaking US Open triumph.
At least, that appears to be the scenario facing the player, his management and the European Tour as the 2012 schedule hoves into view.
McIlroy shows major courage - but at what cost?
Darren poised for £2m major bonus
McIlroy looks to history and new frontiers
Rory McIlroy insists he now has the self-belief to play for his place in the history books as he heads to Sandwich as the red-hot favourite for The Open.
The cash doesn’t count anymore for a player who has amassed more than €10m in prize money alone in just three and a half years as a pro.
But he also knows that while he’s already got major No 1 under his belt, he’s yet to show he can win an ugly dogfight coming down the stretch.