A lion who saved the Ryder Cup



IF it wasn't for the efforts of a former Millwall footballer, this week's Ryder Cup probably wouldn't be taking place.
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Rory McIlory to get Europe responsibility at Ryder Cup



CAPTAIN Paul McGinley is ready to hand Rory McIlroy a leading role in the European team room at Gleneagles this week.
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Ryder Cup 2014: US captain Tom Watson told to target Europe’s world No 1 Rory McIlroy at Gleneagles

Tom Watson advised by the only winning US captain this century to 'find and break Rory McIlroy' at next week's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles






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Ryder Cup: the tantrums and set-tos that helped define the rivalry

From the war on the shore to Ian Poulters cheeky goading, the Ryder Cup hasnt always been played in the best of spirits

The 1957 Ryder Cup at Lindrick GC in Rotherham was somewhat ahead of its time in showcasing some of the contests less amicable elements. The United States player Terrible Tommy Bolt had already described the home crowds as the worst I have ever seen in my life when he came up against Scotlands Eric Brown (more of him later) in a bad-tempered singles match. Bolts mood was not helped by his 4&3 defeat, after which he said to his opponent: I guess you won, but I did not enjoy it one bit.

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Gleneagles guide: Ryder Cup scoring system, personnel and the course

Matchplay is vastly different to strokeplay; the captains and vice-captains play key roles; the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles will have no shortage of rough edges

Matchplay golf means each hole is won, halved or lost; cumulative strokes over the entire round (as in, say, the Open) count for nothing. A half-point is awarded when a match is drawn, and the ampersand is employed for a win. If a player is 7&6 he is seven holes up with six left to play.

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Paul McGinley a portrait of calm as he prepares for life after Ryder Cup | Ewan Murray

When the 40th playing of this famous trophy is over, Europes captain will have little trouble in reverting to normality
Paul McGinley: I knew the players wanted me as captain

If the dream of captaining Europe to Ryder Cup victory over the USA really has consumed Paul McGinleys life, he does a fine job of hiding as much. No conversation with those who have observed McGinleys captaincy at close quarters, or who know the man well, is complete without a nod to the intensity of the Irishmans work. A danger lies therein; that McGinley may over-complicate the challenge in front of him.

At Celtic Manor this week, McGinley was a portrait of calm. Those aspects of his life that existed long before he was chosen as the European leader for Gleneagles and will remain once the Ryder Cup dust has settled have not been disregarded totally. Far from it. So how has McGinley been sleeping? Great, no problems, he says. All things are in place and all Im doing at the moment is keeping in contact with the players.

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Ryder Cup 2014: Martin Kaymer ready to follow up his Medinah miracle

German who holed the putt that gave Europe victory against the US two years ago is grateful to be able to talk about it
Martin Kaymer seals Europe comeback to retain trophy
Kaymer dominates US Open 2014
Kaymer wins Players Championship

The moment captivated millions, worldwide. A Glaswegian caddie, Craig Connelly, thought of football in an effort to calm his anxiety. Germans never miss in penalty shootouts, he told himself. Do they? Connellys boss, Martin Kaymer, duly converted from 6ft on the 18th green. Europes miraculous Ryder Cup comeback on the outskirts of Chicago was complete. The biennial meeting with the United States was hardly insignificant to Kaymer before, but it was now bound to resonate even deeper.

The putt comes up immediately and it will do so for the rest of my life, says Kaymer when asked of Medinah memories. Standing there, I remember it was all quite clear. I had made many of those putts in the past. In tournaments and in practice. I just knew I had to make it. There was nothing else in that moment.

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Ryder Cup 2014: Martin Kaymer ready to follow up his Medinah miracle

German who holed the putt that gave Europe victory against the US two years ago is grateful to be able to talk about it
Martin Kaymer seals Europe comeback to retain trophy
Kaymer dominates US Open 2014
Kaymer wins Players Championship

The moment captivated millions, worldwide. A Glaswegian caddie, Craig Connelly, thought of football in an effort to calm his anxiety. Germans never miss in penalty shootouts, he told himself. Do they? Connellys boss, Martin Kaymer, duly converted from 6ft on the 18th green. Europes miraculous Ryder Cup comeback on the outskirts of Chicago was complete. The biennial meeting with the United States was hardly insignificant to Kaymer before, but it was now bound to resonate even deeper.

The putt comes up immediately and it will do so for the rest of my life, says Kaymer when asked of Medinah memories. Standing there, I remember it was all quite clear. I had made many of those putts in the past. In tournaments and in practice. I just knew I had to make it. There was nothing else in that moment.

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Ryder Cup 2014: Gleneagles will be a worthy setting to produce drama

The seeds of the famous tournament were planted on the Kings Course in 1921, even before the opulent hotel opened

For the duration of the 40th Ryder Cup, the cream of European and American golf will have the run of the Gleneagles Hotel. It is a fitting place for first-class sporting talent to be holed up: a luxurious five-star pile in verdant Perthshire countryside, elegant suites, roaring fires, a restaurant with two Michelin stars, fine wines, holistic spa, rare single malts, corridors as wide as fairways, carpets as thick as rough. It has been good enough in the past for prime ministers, presidents, chancellors and Jackie Stewart. A study in opulence.

It has not always been like this. Back in June 1921, the brand new Kings Course at Gleneagles hosted a lucrative new event, the One Thousand Guineas Tournament. The unprecedented purse drew all the top professionals to Scotland, and seeing everyone who was anyone in the world of golf would be there, it was suggested the week should begin with an international face-off between the visiting Americans and the best of British.

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Ryder Cup 2014: Europe’s Lee Westwood relishing his role as US tormentor-in-chief at Gleneagles

England's Cup specialist is eyeing history and rejuvenation at Gleneagles, he tells James Corrigan






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