Davis Love

Clarke heads for the bar as McDowell and Harrington count cost

Darren Clarke headed straight for the bar to get “hammered” as Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell were left licking their wounds in the US PGA at Whistling Straits.

Clarke heads for the bar as McDowell and Harrington count cost

Can Clarke beat the captain's curse and win big again?

Darren Clarke is hoping his appointment as European Ryder Cup captain can improve his on-course performance, starting at this week’s Joburg Open in South Africa. But can he overcome the weight of responsibility and win again before he joins the Senior Tour? It's something that few have managed.

Can Clarke beat the captain's curse and win big again?

Harrington on Love return: "When you let the inmates run the asylum that's what they come up with"

Padraig Harrington continued his streak of shooting par or better in the first round of every tournament he's played this year by opening with a one under 70 in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

Harrington on Love return: "When you let the inmates run the asylum that's what they come up with"

Where the Ryder Cup was won and lost

Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter celebrate Europe’s Ryder Cup victory. Photo Colum Watts/www.golffile.ieThe Seve Factor

No-one made the seemingly impossible look easy like Seve Ballesteros. The great Spanish golfing matador, who passed away in May last year, was certainly in Chicago in spirit as Europe made an epic recovery to win on the final day.

Olazábal calls on Europe to "step it up"

Graeme McDowell will be determined to improve on Friday afternoon’s fourball performance when he partners Rory McIlroy against Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker for the second morning in a row. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieDavis Love became the first Ryder Cup skipper in history to bench Tiger Woods when he left him out of this morning’s foursomes session.

Love: "We've all got a lot of sting from not winning enough"

Jim Furyk with Captain Davis Love III at the USA Team photo shoot during Monday’s Practice Day of the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois 25th September 2012 (Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)Europe might be inspired by the silhouette of Seve Ballesteros but the American will still be hungry for some Ryder Cup revenge.

That’s the view of US skipper Davis Love, who reckons that the “sting” of six defeats from the last eight matches will inspire veterans like Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods to set the record straight.

McDowell begins mental battle for Ryder Cup

Graeme McDowell holes that crucial Ryder Cup birdie putt at Celtic Manor’s 16th. Hunter Mahan folded when he fluffed a chip on the next. Picture ©Getty ImagesGraeme McDowell has fired the first shot in the psychological battle for the Ryder Cup.

Rory's US PGA win was the biggest - just not the best

Rory McIlroy signs off on a majestic performance. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieBigger doesn’t always mean better, especially for the statistics freaks of the sports world.

Rory McIlroy’s phonomenal eight-stroke win at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course beat the previous margin of victory record for the US PGA, set by Jack Nicklaus at Oak Hill in 1980, by a shot. But was it the best?

Harrington and Woods in the toilet in Atlanta

Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods. Pic: www.golffile.iePadraig Harrington started by looking for a WC before ending his day alongside a disastrous Tiger Woods in facing an MC - missed cut - in the US PGA.

As Woods collapsed to a nightmare 77 - his worst ever opening round and his second worst score in a major  - Harrington flirted with missing his tee time as he searched frantically for a toilet before the start.

In the end he made it with only a couple of minutes to spare but like Tiger he failed to fire and posted a three over 73 that leaves him in danger of missing the cut and failing to qualify for the $10m FedEx Cup play-offs.

Woods heads Top-10 of the decade

Just two European players made the Top-10 of the Decade - a ranking of the best performances in the 81 biggest tournaments played around the globe between January 2001 and December 2010.

Making the cut - the top 5 best dressed pros

By Andy Dean

I’m not old enough to remember Walter Hagen or Jimmy Demaret and tragically, Payne Stewart no longer struts the fairways in all his knickerbocker glory. Gone, too, is Ben Hogan - a man with a sense of style even sharper than his swing.

The new millennium has seen some new stars shine brightly. Yet there are some old glories out there who still turn heads. For what it’s worth, here’s my list of the top 5 dressers on tour. They may not be winning majors right now, but they are grand slam champions when it comes to picking out a wardrobe.