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Rory hooks Kaymer, Donald and Reed — but can he get Phil Mickelson?

Rory McIlroy might have added Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Patrick Reed to a stellar field but the world No 1 is believed to be chasing an even bigger name for next month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open — Phil Mickelson.
 

Rory hooks Kaymer, Donald and Reed — but can he get Phil Mickelson?

British Masters returns to The European Tour

The British Masters supported by Sky Sports will return to The European Tour International Schedule for the first time in seven years in 2015, with a quartet of Britain’s leading golfers rotating as the tournament host over the next four seasons, writes the European Tour.

British Masters returns to The European Tour

Who will be the fall guy - Donald or McGinley?

Luke Donald can have few complaints if he's driving a buggy rather than a Titleist in the Ryder Cup later this month. But while most observers believe it will be Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher who get the nod to joined Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter at Gleneagles, it may well prove to be a very painful decision for Paul McGinley.

Who will be the fall guy - Donald or McGinley?

McIlroy eases into the frame again

The top 15 might be covered by just five strokes but there's a clear favourite for the  Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Monday — Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy eases into the frame again

Gallacher puts a gun to McGinley's head

First the big news — Graeme McDowell and his wife Kristin have named their first child Vale Esme. Discovering the names of Paul McGinley's three wildcard picks will have to wait until Tuesday afternoon but if McDowell's comments on Stephen Gallacher's sprint for the line carry any weight, the Scot will be one of them.

Gallacher puts a gun to McGinley's head

Wildcard race hots up in Turin and Boston

Rory McIlroy was no more than afterthought for a change as European and American Ryder Cup wildcard hopefuls shuffled themselves in the deck on Friday with Stephen Gallacher emerging as the clear ace for Paul McGinley.Rory McIlroy was no more than afterthought for a change as European and American Ryder Cup wildcard hopefuls shuffled themselves in the deck on Friday with Stephen Gallacher emerging as the clear ace for Paul McGinley.

Wildcard race hots up in Turin and Boston

Who will McGinley pick?

With just two events left to decide nine automatic qualifiers for his team ahead of September’s Ryder Cup, European captain Paul McGinley faces some tough decisions over his three wildcard picks.

Who will McGinley pick?

Westwood boost for McGinley

Paul McGinley received an Easter Sunday boost to his European Ryder Cup team plans when Lee Westwood secured his first European Tour title for nearly two years.

Westwood boost for McGinley

Class act Rose breaks Mickelson's heart at Merion

Justin Rose poses with the U.S. Open trophy after the final round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Joel Kowsky) Justin Rose put on a display of sheer class as a golfer and a sportsman to consign his early career struggles to history and capture his first major championship with a two-stroke US Open victory over eternal bridesmaid Phil Mickelson and Australian’s Jason Day at a punishing Merion last night.

McIlroy and Woods lurking in the long grass

Rory McIlroy plays his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Friday, June 14, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods ducked and weaved as best they could but tough gal Merion continued to land her punches in what’s turning out to be a fascinating US Open.

Phenomenal Phelan shows them how it's done

Kevin Phelan plays his opening tee shot on the 11th hole during a first round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Thursday, June 13, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Michael Cohen)Amateur Kevin Phelan headed the Irish challenge in the clubhouse in the weather-delayed US Open as major winners Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell battled their demons on a day of delays at storied Merion.

Lawrie and Harrington lurking in 54-hole Malaysian Open

Pádraig Harrington drives on the 17th during the second round in Malaysia. Photo: Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.iePádraig Harrington and Peter Lawrie are in position to end their five-year European Tour droughts after the Maybank Malaysian Open was reduced to 54 holes.

G-Mac has major respect for Lowry: "He's got guts"

Graeme McDowell is a big admirer of Shane Lowry. Picture by Getty ImagesGraeme McDowell knows he has his work cut out when he takes on friend and stablemate Shane Lowry in the last 16 of the WGC-Accenture Match Play today.

Ireland's golfing 2012 in quotes - Part IV

Sunset at the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at PGA Catalunya Resort. Rory McIlroy’s Race to Dubai win and his decision to leave Titleist for Nike dominated the end of season chat as Shane Lowry clinched his first win as a professional and David Higgins won back his tour card. Naturally, the scramble for the 2014 European Ryder Cup captaincy was also a hot topic at the close of an epic 2012.

The difficult art of fence-sitting

Graeme McDowell is clear on his choice for 2014 Ryder Cup captain. Just don’t ask him to choose sides in the Olympic debate.It’s a good news, bad news scenario for Paul McGinley in the race to captain the 2014 European Ryder Cup team. That’s if you believe that Darren Clarke hasn’t quite got it all sewn up.

Blown away

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson were just too good for Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieExuding enough positive energy to power a small nuclear plant, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley wiped Luke Donald and Lee Westwood from the face of planet Ryder Cup when they equalled the biggest margin of victory ever recorded in team play with a resounding 7 and 6 foursomes win that edged the United States closer to regaining the trophy.

"Man, can he roll the rock”

Keegan Bradley holes another putt. Picture: Fran Caffrey/www.Golffile.ie.On paper it was a match that the United States should never have won yet Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley defied the record books and ripped the heart out of Jose Maria Olazabal’s side by consigning Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia to their first defeat in a combined 15 foursomes matches with a thrilling 4 and 3 victory.

Tiger roars to world No 4

Tiger Woods reacts to his chip in on the 16th with a huge fist pump. Tiger Woods leapt from ninth to fourth in the World Golf Rankings as Paul McGinley climbed 86 spots to 310th thanks to his tied sixth place finish in the ISPS Handa Wales Open.

McIlroy in crisis as US Open looms

A disappointed Rory McIlroy speaks to reporters after his round.Rory McIlroy suffered another back nine meltdown to miss three cuts in a row for the first time for nearly four years when he crashed to a second round 79 as Tiger Woods surged into contention in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.