There are ‘Good Vibrations’ coming from both Ryder Cup sides

The classic Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations seemed entirely appropriate to be blaring out of a speaker close to where the 41st Ryder Cup will get underway shortly after dawn here today. It sums up, after all, the feeling in both team rooms heading into a contest that, let’s face it, has been keenly anticipated from the moment Europe’s third victory in a row at Gleneagles two years ago was followed immediately by Phil Mickelson’s stinging attack on Tom Watson and Team USA’s subsequent setting up of a “task force”.

Danny Willett has been left out of the morning foursomes by Darren Clarke. Picture: Gettyy Images

Danny Willett left out of opening session in Ryder Cup

As was the case at Gleneagles two years ago, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson will lead the way for Europe when the 41st Ryder Cup gets underway at Hazeltine.

Europe's Andy Sullivan and Rory McIlroy makes their way back onto the sixth hole during a practice session ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Danny Willett hopes fans keep calm at Ryder Cup

Danny Willett has urged home fans heading to the Ryder Cup over the next three days to join Team USA captain Davis Love in accepting an apology over his brother’s anti-American comments so to avoid the Hazeltine event being “tainted” by unsavoury incidents.

Paul Lawrie was put into quarantine in Europe's team hotel. Picture: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Ryder Cup vice-captain Paul Lawrie laid low by virus

Paul Lawrie was hoping
to be back fulfilling his vice-captain’s duties today 
after being put into quarantine in Europe’s team hotel 
when he was diagnosed with a virus.

Phil Mickelson gets ready to drive on the 10th hole during a practice round at Hazeltine. Picture: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Phil Mickelson sorry for criticising Hal Sutton captaincy

Another day at the Ryder Cup, another drama surrounding Phil Mickelson. Twenty-four hours after claiming that the 2004 US captain, Hal Sutton, had “prepared the team to fail”, the former Open champion was back in the spotlight at Hazeltine as he issued 
an apology.

European captain Darren Clarke chats to Danny Willett about his brother's comments. Picture: Getty Images

Danny Willett ‘bitterly disappointed’ after brother slams US golf fans

Masters champion Danny Willett is “bitterly disappointed” about his brother launching an astonishing attack on American golf fans on the eve of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to spark as a pairing in Hal Sutton's USA team at the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills. Picture: Al Messerschmidt/WireImage

Phil Mickelson criticises former USA captain Hal Sutton

He ended the last one slaughtering Tom Watson. Now Phil Mickelson has thrown another of his former captains under the bus heading into this Ryder Cup. Davis Love III, the home captain at Hazeltine, is safe for now and “Lefty” likes him. Or so it seems anyway. The man in big Phil’s firing line this time was Hal Sutton. Remember him? He sent out Mickelson and Tiger Woods in the opening session at Oakland Hills in 2004 and was duly tagged “Captain Cock-up” as their obvious lack of chemistry resulted in two disappointing defeats.

Mark Crane offers Chris Wood some advice during a practice round at Hazeltine today with Rory McIlroy. Picture: Getty Images

Caddie Mark Crane hoping to help Europe bag win

Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler all used the 2007 Walker Cup at Royal County Down as a springboard for the 41st Ryder Cup. So, too, did Mark Crane, one of two Scottish caddies on Team Europe in Minnesota.

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Grant Forrest set for pro debut in Dunhill Links

Craigielaw’s Grant Forrest will make his professional debut in next week’s $5 million Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Sergio Garcia of Europe speaks during a press conference prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty

Sergio Garcia: Ryder Cup not won with words

Sergio Garcia told Team USA they need to do their talking on the golf course as Rory McIlroy admitted comments made by Davis Love and Johnny Miller in the build-up to this week’s Ryder Cup are merely “motivation” for the European players.

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Andy Sullivan has been making used of the dartboard in the European team room.  Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

European Ryder Cup team turn to darts to make their point

Table tennis – or ping pong as they call it over here – is so yesterday. Finding the treble 20 bed or the bullseye on a dartboard is Europe’s secret weapon in the team room 
for this Ryder Cup, writes Martin Dempster.

Team captains Darren Clarke and Davis Love III.  Picture: David Cannon/Getty Images

Darren Clarke turns to rugby legend Paul O’Connell

Darren Clarke’s motto for this Ryder Cup is “shoulder to shoulder” and the European captain turned to rugby union legend Paul O’Connell to help deliver that message to his players last nignt.

Europe captain Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy pose with the trophy before a practice round for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. Picture: AP

Rory McIlroy wants to repay Darren Clarke for special memory

It’s not unusual to get a brand-new wedge on your birthday. Perhaps not even being treated to a visit to one of the world’s top links courses. Add in being star-struck by meeting Darren Clarke for the first time, though, and you can probably see why there was a sparkle in Rory McIlroy’s eyes as he recalled his special relationship with the man who, 
17 years on, is his fourth Ryder Cup captain this week.

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Paul Lawrie likened the Ryder Cup away from home to a football crowd. Picture: Getty

Ryder Cup: Beware the Hazeltine cauldron, warns Paul Lawrie

Having hit the opening shot at Brookline on his debut in 1999 before returning to the event 13 years later to claim a notable singles scalp in helping pull 
off the ‘Miracle at Medinah’, Paul Lawrie is well-equipped to be part of a Ryder Cup backroom team for a match in the 
United States.

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Arnold Palmer with the famous Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship trophy at Royal Birkdale in 1961. Picture: PA Wire.

Arnold Palmer: Icon and pioneer who took golf to the masses

Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner’s touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, “The King” died on Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

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The Americans have lost the last three matches in a row and eight of the last 10 in the Ryder Cup: Picture: Getty Images

You don’t win Ryder Cup having fun, warns Paul Azinger

Forget fun and bring your game faces. That’s the message being delivered to Team USA by the last man to come up with a winning formula for Uncle Sam’s boys in the Ryder Cup.


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Bubba Watson, right, was on the losing side at Gleneagles two years ago. Picture: Jane Barlow

Bubba Watson named as Ryder Cup vice-captain

Bubba Watson has landed a role in the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, after all.

Donald Trump unveils the multi-million pound refurbishment of the Trump Turnberry clubhouse. Picture; John Devlin

Turnberry golf resort set for ‘Trump Tower’

Plans for a new clock tower at the Trump Turnberry have been given the go-ahead at the clubhouse in the South Ayrshire resort.

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Arnold Palmer brought a touch of charisma to the sport

Obituary: Arnold Palmer, golfer, 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner’s touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, ‘The King’ died on Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

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