If Rory McIlroy’s significance to Europe was obvious in advance of this Ryder Cup, few could have envisaged his rising status as battle fever gripped Hazeltine. McIlroy might be the most unlikely of pantomime villains given his routine popularity both on and off the course but that is precisely his role as cast by the galleries here.
Whatever degree of momentum the Americans had enjoyed after Friday morning’s dramatic foursomes sweep had long been exhausted when Lee Westwood and Danny Willett teed off Saturday’s fourball match against JB Holmes and Ryan Moore beneath a cloudless sky and baking Minnesota sun.
Darren Clarke insisted Europe’s Ryder Cup team are not without Sunday hope, despite trailing the USA by three points heading into the singles at Hazeltine.
The Southampton striker has been in fine form.
Finding appropriate context or comparison for the behaviour of spectators at a Ryder Cup is not particularly easy.
For one particularly determined Marilyn Monroe fan, the price tag associated with owning a piece of Hollywood history was nearly $40,000.
Derby County’s Nigel Pearson has been suspended by the club.
The striker has been in scintillating form for his current team.
Mark Lawrenson is expecting an exciting encounter as Spurs take on Manchester City.
Dimitri Payet scored a goal of the season contender for West Ham United against Middlesbrough and the football world has been reacting.
Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to “wipe the slate clean” after winning a convincing victory in Labour’s bitter leadership battle, securing 62% of the vote.
Leeds United host Ipswich Town in the Premier League this afternoon.
Tottenham Hotspur have signed as many as seven first teamers on extended deals since the end of last season, but there are two big names who are missing so far.