Kevin Garside

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Phil Mickelson will be the leader of the US team, according to Butch Harmon

Ryder Cup 2014: Sky’s green room is home to predictions, inside info and a bit of blue language...

Kevin Garside goes behind the scenes with TV channel to hear the pundits Harmon, Montgomerie and Torrance talk Gleneagles

Rory McIlroy on the practice range at Gleneagles

Ryder Cup 2014: Rory McIlroy rested and raring to go after enjoying social whirl

McIlroy back on the range as he warms up for Ryder Cup curtain call

Kevin Garside: James Hourigan is living proof of the restorative power of golf

The Way I See It: James puts his survival and his recovery down to the grand design of a higher authority

Tightened belt: Slimline Lee Westwood aims to give his career a boost

'Lumpy' Lee Westwood sheds nearly two stone for Ryder Cup

You had only to witness the sleek profile of a hitherto lumpy Lee Westwood racing up the hill to the scorers hut at the Wales Open to realise something was up. It wasn’t the opening two-over-par 73 at Celtic Manor that loosened the loins. No, that would be the anticipation of a ninth Ryder Cup appearance at Gleneagles next week.

In the swing of it: Rory McIlroy, left, and Europe captain Paul McGinley

Ryder Cup: Rory McIlroy could play in all five sessions, says Europe Captain Paul McGinley

McGinley says McIlroy can handle the pressure of being leader

Paul McGinley talks to Eddie Jordan back in 2005

Eddie Jordan interview: Behind-the-scenes Ryder Cup 2014 caddie carrying hopes for Europe

Eddie Jordan, steeped in Irish golfing culture and a close associate of Paul McGinley, tells Kevin Garside about his role in the captain's Ryder Cup set-up, bringing Victor Dubuisson on board and how Gleneagles next week will beat any thrill in F1

Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts hit a ball 447 yards, the longest ever drive on the European Tour

Wales Open 2014: Nicolas Colsaerts hits record drive to eclipse Ryder Cup foursome

The Ryder Cup theme here at Celtic Manor was hijacked by Belgian hammer Nicolas Colsaerts, who launched a ball 447 yards, longer than any golfer in the history of the European Tour, en route to the top of the leaderboard at the Wales Open.

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Royal and Ancient Golf Club vote in favour of welcoming women members

The move ends 260 years of male-only membership at St Andrews

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Ryder Cup 2014: Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell court row ‘won’t affect Ryder Cup performance’

Pair are both involved in a court case with McIlroy's former management company

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