Jose Maria Olazabal

The legend of John Jacobs and 50 years of Leopardstown Golf Centre

Golf was a popular sport in Ireland, with great traditions and a proud history of achievement, when John Jacobs entered the fray in the mid 1960s with his vision for taking the game to a new level in this country.

The legend of John Jacobs and 50 years of Leopardstown Golf Centre

Dazza v Big Mig: Ryder Cup captaincy decision likely February 18

Unless someone nicks the plane that's scheduled to whisk Paul McGinley from Pebble Beach to London, there should be white smoke emanating from next Wednesday's 2016 European Ryder Cup captaincy pow-wow.

Dazza v Big Mig: Ryder Cup captaincy decision likely February 18

Howell to help decide 2016 European Ryder Cup captain

Two-time Ryder Cup player David Howell has been named as the tournament players' representative on the five-man panel which will select the European Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota.

Howell to help decide 2016 European Ryder Cup captain

Seve Trophy teams named

Captains José María Olazábal and Sam Torrance. Picture ©Getty ImagesAn experienced Continental Europe team featuring five Ryder Cup players will take on defending champions Great Britain & Ireland at next week’s Seve Trophy by Golf+ following confirmation of the two ten-man teams for the eighth edition of the biennial contest, writes the European Tour.

McGinley chooses Torrance and Olazábal for Seve Trophy

José Maríia Olazábal and Sam Torrance. © Getty ImagesDarren Clake and Thomas Bjorn might have Ryder Cup captaincy ambitions but current skipper Paul McGinley has gone for two men he thoroughly respects in naming old hands José María Olazábal and Sam Torrance as captains for October’s Seve Trophy presented by Golf+.

Casey takes a giant step in Ireland

GET IN. Irish Open champion Paul Casey celebrates his tournamernt winning eagle putt on the 18th at Carton House. Picture: Fran Caffrey / www.golffile.ieIt was the most English of distances - a couple of paces less than a cricket pitch - yet for Paul Casey the 20 yard walk to pull the ball out of the hole on the 18th green on the Montgomerie Course was the most pleasant of journeys.

Jiménez must improve his English to be captain - Olazábal

Paul McGinley loses the 1994 Open de Mediterraneo to José María Olazábal. McGInley led by four strokes with four holes to play but lost out to the Spaniard in a playoff due to nerves and lack of experience. Nineteen years later, Olazábal regards the Dubliner as the perfect choice for the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy. José María Olazábal believes that Paul McGinley’s ability to say the right thing, in the right way at the right time was one of the keys to his successful bid for the Ryder Cup captaincy.

But when it comes to word power, the two-time Masters champion insists that if compatriot Miguel Ángel Jiménez must improve his English or give up all hope of becoming the third Spaniard to captain a European team.

Ireland's golfing 2012 in quotes - Part III

Rory McIlroy’s eight-shot win in the US PGA at Kiawah Island was the highlight of the Irish golfing year. Picture Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieThe Ryder Cup was truly memorable but Rory McIlroy’s eight-shot win in the US PGA at Kiawah Island will go down as the highlight of a wonderful summer that was not without its moments of controversy.

Ireland's golfing 2012 in quotes - Part I

Rory McIlroy’s run of early season form began in the desert of the UAE and contiued in Tucson (above)The 2012 season was all about Rory McIlroy. He certainly hit the ground running, winning the Honda Classic in March to become Irish golf’s first world No 1.

Vice man Clarke bows to The Dude

Before the party. Colsaerts, Graeme McDowell and Peter Hanson before pose at Medinah before heading back to the team hotel. Picture: Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieBig hitter Nicolas Colsaerts was the all-night Ryder Cup party animal after vice-captain Darren Clarke crashed out early after just four glasses of wine.

McGinley on Poulter: "He's like an actor getting into character"

Vice squad. Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke with fellow vice-captains Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn and captain Jose Maria Olazabal. Photo Colum Watts/www.golffile.iePaul McGinley and Darren Clarke will have to battle it out for the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy in Scotland.

But if world No 1 Rory McIlroy had his way, he’d give Clarke the job in America in 2016, indirectly backing McGinley to take over from Jose Maria Olazabal at Gleneagles in two years’ time.

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.

McIlroy and Europe leave it late

Rory McIlroy salutes the crowd as he arrives on the first tee for his singles match with Keegan Bradley. Picture Stuart Adams www.golftourimages.comRory McIlroy confessed that he never would have forgiven himself had he missed his tee time and cost Europe a vital point in Sunday’s dramatic singles comeback.

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.

McIlroy and McDowell to lead from the front

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy are clearly Europe’s top two and will lead out the side at Medinah. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieYou wanted Rory McIlroy. Now get him if you can.

McGinley confident of winning formula

European Team Captain Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP) and Vice Captain Paul McGinley (IRL) on the 6th hole during Wednesday’s Practice Day of the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois 26th September 2012 (Photo Eoin Clarke/ Cup vice-captain Paul McGinley insists that Europe won’t change their winning formula as they bid for a seventh win from the last nine matches.

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/ 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.