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Tom Watson outguns all the Irish bar Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton could reflect on his best European Tour finish in more than a year and a cheque for €18,180. But there was little else positive for the Irish to take from the KLM Open.

Tom Watson outguns all the Irish bar Simon Thornton

Thursday's Open dairy - Padraig's putter, the Goose and Ivor Robson's bladder

Finishing last for greens hit in regulation (seven of 18) had  silver lining for Pádraig Harrington — nobody had fewer putts.

Thursday's Open dairy - Padraig's putter, the Goose and Ivor Robson's bladder

The Special One: "The ultimate satisfaction of winning is understanding how I got there"

When Pádraig Harrington was preparing to chase his third Open victory in a row at Turnberry and his fourth major in the space of two years, he reflected on what it meant to be great, or special.

The Special One: "The ultimate satisfaction of winning is understanding how I got there"

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?

Intriguing fourballs for Ryder Cup opener

Has Paul McGinley been overthinking? Or has he got it spot on? Will Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter be able for US young guns Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed? Can Sergio and Rory hit it off and gun down Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the anchor match? Has Watson taken too many chances.

Intriguing fourballs for Ryder Cup opener

Ryder Cup Tuesday — GMac uncomfortable with Rory dynamic

Ryder Cup Tuesday brought the first full day of serious practice and 14 media centre interviews that threw up the usual questions about Europe's "template", targeting "big dogs",  Rickie Fowler's haircut and exactly how shy/odd is Victor Dubuisson.

Ryder Cup Tuesday — GMac uncomfortable with Rory dynamic

Could Langer be McGinley's "shock" assistant?

Paul McGinley surprised few with his wildcard picks and continued his so far impeccable Ryder Cup captaincy by choosing Scottish rookie Stephen Gallacher, Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter and veteran hard-man Lee Westwood to do battle at Gleneagles.

Could Langer be McGinley's "shock" assistant?

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?

McGinley and Watson braced for slugfest

Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson at Gleneagles. Picture Fran Caffrey www.golffile.iePaul McGinley predicts it will be “a heavyweight contest from toe-to-toe from start to finish” but whatever about the boxing analogies, the Year to Go weigh-in was a draw on points at Gleneagles yesterday.

Tom Watson - McIlroy will find it in the dirt

Tom Watson belieces practice is all that Rory McIlroy needs to get back to the top. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieUS Ryder Cup Tom Watson dismissed off-course problems as the reason for Rory McIlroy’s 2013 slump and believes he must find his mojo in the dirt of the range. Judging by McIlroy’s 67 at Oak Hill last night, he might just be right.

McGinley on Clarke and Westwood's "bottle"

Paul McGinley speaks at Oak Hill on the eve of the 95th PGA Championship. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieRyder Cup skipper Paul McGinley vowed to bury the hatchet with Darren Clarke and then hit back at the critics wh say that Lee Westwood is a choker who will never win a major.

Clarke - McGinley reunion was computer generated says PGA boss

Kerry Haigh of the PGA of America says the grouping of Clarke, McGinley and Watson was not requested by Tom Watson.It’s no surprise that 2014 Ryder Cup skippers Paul McGinley and Tom Watson have been paired together for the first two rounds of the US PGA. But tournament director Kerry Haigh insists there was no premeditation in adding Darren Clarke to mix.

McGinley looks to Woods and McDowell in tactical battle

Graeme McDowell practices on the 10th ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield. Picture Stuart Adams www.golftourimages.comRyder Cup skipper Paul McGinley didn’t qualify for the Open but that doesn’t mean he won’t be hanging on every shot played at Muirfield.

McGinley on European qualifying changes: "It will just boil down to my gut feeling"

Paul McGinley will wait until May before deciding on any potential changes to the European Ryder Cup qualifying systemEuropean Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley says he will rely on his “gut feeling” before deciding if he wants an extra captain’s pick for the 2014 clash with Tom Watson’s USA at Gleneagles.