Ian Woosnam

The art of the concession

Jack Nicklaus concedes Tony Jacklin’s putt in the 1969 Ryder Cup.

To give or not to give a putt, that is the question.

Frankly, the art of the gimme depends on so many factors that you could write a doctoral thesis on the subject. Or a website article, like this one.

Irish Open trivia - Who is the caddie in the bow tie?

Who caddied for John O’Leary in the Irish Open in 1982? The bow tie is no longer popular with the caddies for some reason. There’s nothing like a trip down memory lane to whet your appetite for the Irish Open.

Harrington and G-Mac - Ollie's new Langer and Woosie?

Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington are part of Jose Maria Olazábal’s plans for the Ryder Cup.If you thought the fall out from the fallout over pitchmark-gate at the 2003 Seve Trophy would scupper Padraig Harrington’s relationship with Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazábal, think again.

The Spanish maestro, 46, specifically mentioned the three-time major winning Dubliner in an audio interview with EuropeanTour.com, expressing his hope that the Irish star will rediscover his putting touch and win his seventh Ryder Cup cap in Chicago.

Asked by the Spanish media if he was worried that the friction between some European heavyweights (Westwood and McIlroy?) could cause problems at the Ryder Cup, he said: “I’m not worried at all. I had also problems with some players, but those problems were left behind as soon as Ryder Cup came. I hope they are mature enough, but if I see any friction I will let them know.”

Woosnam back for another Irish party

Ian Woosnam is hoping for more success on Irish soil next month when he defends the Handa Irish Seniors Open presented by Fáilte Ireland at Carton House from June 11-13. 

The Welshman has enjoyed some of the best moments of his career in Ireland, winning back-to-back Irish Open titles in 1988 and 1989 before leading Europe to Ryder Cup glory at The K Club in 2006.

Sparkling Ruangkit continues Senior Tour domination

When Tiger Woods was at the height of his powers it was often said that the rest of the field were simply playing for second place behind him, that’s how it must feel on the European Senior Tour at present, as Boonchu Ruangkit continued his amazing run of form with a four under par round of 69 to lead the Berenberg Bank Masters after day one.

Irish Seniors Open missing from 2010 schedule

The European Senior Tour describes it as "ground-breaking" but the 2010 schedule looks decidedly thin and the Irish Seniors Open does not figure at all - so far.

New destinations in South Africa and The Netherlands and a first visit to Carnoustie’s historic links are some of the highlights for the over 50s brigade.

However, it is not at all certain that the Irish Seniors Open will be played for the 14th year in a row.

O'Sullivan slips back as Harwood wins in Castellon

Denis O'Sullivan is still waiting for his first win since 2005 after a closing 75 smashed his chances of lifting the OKI Castellόn Senior Tour Championship.

The 61-year old Cork veteran was just two shots off the pace starting the day but finished tied for ninth with Des Smyth on five under - eight shots behind Australia's Mike Harwood.