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."

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific