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McIlroy Leads Push For Gallacher As McGinley Stares At Scottish Supporter Backlash.

European Ryder Cup Paul McGinley is facing not only a possible Scottish spectator backlash but also being at odds with the world’s top ranked player should he not select Stephen Gallacher as a ‘wildcard’ pick. The mood here in the Home of Golf is that Scottish fans will be ready to lynch McGinley should he not hand Gallacher his first team cap. This is after Gallo made the effort to travel from Prague to Turin but then go within one stroke of qualifying automatically at Sunday’s Italian Open ...
Luke Donald has fond memories of his 2012 PGA Tour win at Tampa.  (Photo - www.pgatour.com)

Luke Donald Spoils Gleneagles ‘Pick’ By Crashing Out Of FedEx Cup Play-Offs

Luke Donald will be hoping his record of being in  four winning Ryder Cup teams will help after he crashed out of the FedExCup Playoffs with a round of 67 to finish even par at the Deutsche Bank Championship — and outside the top 70 in the points standings who qualify to travel now to Denver. Now he’ll head home to Jupiter, Fla., and wait for a phone call from Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley to see if he is one of three Captain’s Picks. Most observers believe McGinley will use ...
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Who Will Paul McGinley Hand His Gleneagles ‘Wildcard’ Picks?

As the emotions from Sunday’s thrilling conclusion to the Italian Open subside speculation is now rife who will receive the European ‘wildcard’ picks. Paul McGinley will sit down this morning UK time with his two vice-captains Sam Torrance and Des Smyth and choose three players from a pool numbering as many as seven. Those in the mix include:- Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, the England pair of Luke Donald and Ian Poulter, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, Italy’s Francesco ...
Russell Knox sure to be signing autographs for his Scottish fan base after confirmation of an invitation to contest July's Scottish Open.  (Photo - www.golfbytourmiss.com)

Webb Simpson Hands Russell Knox Generous Compliment.

Former US Open winner Webb Simpson has two agendas this week. First and foremost the American is looking to capture Monday’s concluding Deutsche Bank Championship and secondly Simpson is desperate to impress USA Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson into being afforded a Gleneagles ‘wildcard’ pick. But after posting a third round 68 to move to a share of sixth place on only three shots from the TPC Boston lead, Simpson  found time to single out Russell Knox for special praise. The pair ...
Rory McIlroy after a 64 on day three 2014 Deutsche Bank

McIlroy Muscles His Way To A Hopeful Fifth 2014 Success With Sizzling 64 At TPC Boston.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy muscled his way towards a fifth success this season with a blistering 64 on day three of the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston. McIlroy didn’t drop a shot to race to a share of the clubhouse lead with playing partner Chris Kirk at 10-under par with the American shooting the same score in the second of four FedEx Cup Play-Off events. The third round of the $8m event ended with American Russell Henley posting a 65 to move to 12-under par and just one clear of compatriot ...
Padraig Harrington paying the price for a downturn in form - looking for a sponsor on the front of his golf cap.  (Photo - Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ie)

Padraig Harrington’s Troubles Mirror The Irish Economy.

We came across what at first seemed like a bizarre story – comparing the downturn in the Irish economy with the downturn in form of three-time Major winning Padraig Harrington. The article is not golf-related but focuses around the up-coming Irish budget and it was written by Dr Daragh McGreal, an economic advisor to the independent TD Stephen Donnelly, and wonderfully examines the issue of competitiveness. And the manner in which Dr.McGreal draws comparison with Harrington makes for delightful ...
Double celebration for Graeme McDowell with the birth on Monday of his daughter and celebrating Sunday with a fourth (Not a 3rd as G Mac mentioned on Twitter) European Ryder Cup cap.

McDowell Says He’s Proud To Secure Fourth Ryder Cup Cap.

Graeme McDowell says he’s proud to have secured a fourth Ryder Cup in qualifying automatically for next month’s European Ryder Cup side. McDowell locked-in the ninth and final automatic spot after Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher gallantly fell one shot shy of securing second place in the Italian Open in Turin. G Mac had been glued to the TV early yesterday (SUN) US time watching events unfold in Turin, and with Gallacher needing to finish top-two to knock out McDowell and secure the ...