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Rory McIlroy leads fight to keep Europe’s Ryder Cup hopes alive

PGA: Ryder Cup

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.

Rory McIlroy acclaims ‘buoyant’ Ryder Cup team after fightback

PGA: Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy insisted the European team mood is “buoyant” after an afternoon Ryder Cup recovery took Darren Clarke’s men from a morning deficit of 4-0 to 5-3 by close of play on day one at Hazeltine. McIlroy, who celebrated in emphatic style after converting an eagle putt on the 16th green to seal a third point for Europe, admitted to being inspired in part by a “hostile” home crowd.

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European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy celebrates after halving the hole during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles

Rory McIlroy’s Rio decision puts spotlight on golf and Olympics

Rory McIlroy had a potential out from golf’s Olympic return from the moment that landmark decision was voted through in 2009. The delicacy of a Northern Irish sportsman, not least one as high-profile as McIlroy, having to declare for an Irish or British Olympic team meant the option of passing up the 2016 Games entirely was initially a live prospect.

File photo of Team USA vice-captain Tiger Woods talking at the 13th green during the practice round for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska

Tiger Woods aims for December comeback ... and Jack Nicklaus's record

Tiger Woods, beset by injuries and the decline of his playing career, appears to have at least one person who still believes in him. And that person is Tiger Woods. In an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS on Thursday night, the former world No1 said he is targeting an imminent return to golf as well as more victories in the majors.

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Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen tees off at the 16th hole during the Pro-Am

Thorbjorn Olesen holds off David Horsey to take Turkish Airlines Open

For a brief Sunday afternoon spell, Thorbjorn Olesen must have contemplated a horror scenario. The seven-shot lead as held by the Dane before the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open had been whittled down to one by the marauding David Horsey. One of the great golfing capitulations of our time was very much on the cards.