Countdown to the Ryder Cup: The Faldo factor

Always a controverisial choice, Europe's captain is already raising eyebrows with his unconventional manner. James Lawton reports from Kentucky

Mahan to play despite Ryder Cup 'slaves' jibe

While there was widespread astonishment at Nick Faldo's choices for his Ryder Cup wild cards, there was but a sympathetic shrug at the Americans who Paul Azinger felt compelled to pick yesterday. One of them happened to be Hunter Mahan, the young man who but four weeks ago declared that the competitors at the biennial extravaganza were used as "slaves" and hinted at possible boycotts in the future because all the fun had been sucked from the event.

Clarke's coach attacks Poulter selection

While Darren Clarke went fishing yesterday and then retained his air of dignified acceptance to his controversial exclusion from the Ryder Cup, his coach's outburst hinted at the depth of disaffection running through Team Clarke. It is fair to suggest that should Europe lose their first match against America in nine years later this month, then Nick Faldo – or, for that matter, Ian Poulter – will not be receiving any consolation cards carrying an Ulster postmark.

Blooming Rose banishes the doubts

Englishman's brilliant six-under 67 tightens grip on Ryder Cup spot but Montgomerie loosens his.

Monty rounds on Poulter in Ryder Cup wild card row

Never mind squeaky bum time, this is squawking gob time. As the race to make the Ryder Cup reaches its critical stage, two of the players in the frame to be named as Nick Faldo's wild cards here on Sunday evening are involved in a verbal skirmish that reveals just how tense this run-in has become. So much for all that legendary European camaraderie.

Wilson ready to handle the Ryder nerves

On the day it was revealed that Nick Faldo plans to use DJ Spoony and the drummer from Iron Maiden to inspire his team at Kentucky next month, two young Englishmen declared their eagerness to be a part of the party. For Justin Rose and Oliver Wilson these next four days of the Johnnie Walker Championship could just be some of the most nerve-wracking of their short careers.

Poulter 'has been given nod,' says Dougherty

Nick Dougherty was brave enough to articulate what most were thinking here on the range yesterday as the news circulated of Ian Poulter's late withdrawal from this week's Johnnie Walker Championship. "All I can think of is that he's been given the nod," said Dougherty. And so the great Ryder Cup conspiracy theory gathered momentum. True or not true it has given the build-up to Nick Faldo's wildcards announcement on Sunday night a fascinating edge.

Faldo plays wild cards close to chest...until the US media called his bluff

Europe's Ryder Cup captain may regret showing his final hand too soon. James Corrigan reports from Gleneagles

Clarke's comeback puts him on course for Ryder Cup pick

As one of the finest ball-strikers in the game, the timing of Darren Clarke has never been in doubt. And after yesterday's emphatic win at the Dutch Open it will go on being unquestioned for some time. Almost certainly by a Mr Faldo.

Wood joins professional ranks

Chris Wood, the 20-year-old amateur from Bristol who finished joint fifth at the Open eight days ago, has decided to turn professional. Wood has signed for the International Sports Management group and becomes a stablemate of Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and David Howell, as well as last year's Open silver medal winner Rory McIlroy.

Wood turns pro for shot at big time – and lots of wedge

Money talks as 6ft 5in Bristolian who could have won the Open calls time on his amateur career, writes Tim Glover

Darren Clarke crashes out of Open Championship qualifying tournament

If Darren Clarke is to appear at Royal Birkdale later this month he will have to get there the hard way. The popular Ulsterman crashed out of the 36-hole qualifying tournament on Monday at Sunningdale, where 18 players out of a field of 120 earned their ticket to the Southport links.

Strange starts a party after Clarke's charge reaches watery end

Birdie bursts from the Ryder Cup pair Darren Clarke and Robert Karlsson were not enough to stop the Australian Scott Strange completing an impressive victory in the Wales Open here yesterday.

Strange finds race for first tour win puts head in a spin

Australian leader has dizzy spell as Dougherty advances in Wales Open

Sorenstam earns player praise

Laura Davies was just one of many golfers queuing up yesterday to pay tribute to Annika Sorenstam. "We owe a debt to Annika," said Davies, about her long-time rival and friend who announced on Tuesday that she is to retire at the end of this season. "What she did for the women's game can never be repaid."

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