Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug

Rory McIlroy named European Tour Golfer of the Year for 2014 after victories at The Open and the US PGA Championship

McIlroy was also part of the Ryder Cup-winning European team and won both the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW PGA Championship

Paul McGinley shows off the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles after Europe’s 16½-11½ victory in September

Interview: Paul McGinley rewrites art of captaincy

In the first of a series of interviews with the heroes of 2014, Kevin Garside talks to the triumphant Ryder Cup skipper whose attention to detail and expert man-management delivered an unforgettable weekend at Gleneagles. He reveals success has brought book offers, near-universal congratulations – but not any credit from the beaten Americans

Ian Poulter

Book of the Week: No Limits by Ian Poulter

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Stenson targets more success in the coming years

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Touchy Tiger Woods fires back as parody piece gets under his skin

Woods's scheduled comeback in a fortnight has taken on a vivid new dimension

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Tiger Woods brands Golf Digest parody interview a 'grudge-fuelled piece of character assassination'

The golfer said the piece appeared to be a 'piece of character assassination'

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World Tour Championship 2014: Rory McIlroy confident of finishing season on a high in Dubai

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Brooks Koepka shows off his Turkish Airlines Open trophy

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