Stories by Alistair
R&A names Martin Slumbers as CEO replacement for Peter Dawson
The R&A announced that Martin Slumbers will replace Peter Dawson as chief executive on Oct. 1, 2015. Slumbers also will serve as secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews.
Graeme McDowell disappointed by U.S. airing 'dirty laundry' after Ryder Cup
Graeme McDowell has joined Lee Westwood in condemning the U.S. Ryder Cup team for airing its dirty linen in public. The Northern Irishman also accused Tom Watson of seeming “disconnected and aloof” from his players.
Volvo cuts back European Tour sponsorships for 2014-15
Volvo’s decision to withdraw sponsorship from two European Tour events comes as no surprise, renewing only the Volvo China Open through 2019 and dropping the World Match Play and Golf Champions events.
5 Things: Alexander Levy wins Portugal Masters win on European Tour
Alexander Levy earned his second European Tour victory Sunday despite playing only one hole before rain truncated the Portugal Masters. Here are 5 Things to know.
Oliver Wilson breaks through for European Tour win after trusting in self
Oliver Wilson won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by a shot over Rory McIlroy and two others. More importantly for Wilson, he rejoined the European Tour by topping his nine career-best runner-up finishes.
Lewton wins Taiwan Masters with late father in mind
Steve Lewton, once a top amateur in Europe, looks to use his win at the Taiwan Masters as a springboard.
Tait: U.S. Ryder Cup captain system is flawed
The PGA of America should follow Europe's lead and get PGA Tour players more involved in their Ryder Cup captain selection.
Tait: Europe shows Ryder Cup dominance again in 2014 win over U.S. squad
Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup victory makes it three in a row against the U.S., the sixth European victory in the last seven matches and eight of the last ten.
Ryder Cup captains set singles lineups for Sunday at Gleneagles in Scotland
The Ryder Cup captains have set their singles lineups for Sunday at Gleneagles in Scotland -- with Tom Watson's U.S. team needing to gain ground on Paul McGinley's European team.
Ryder Cup recap: Donaldson-Westwood (Euro) d. Kuchar-Johnson (U.S.) 2 and 1
Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson of the U.S. fall to Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood of Europe 2 and 1 at Gleneagles in the first Saturday foursome match.
Ryder Cup Tracker: Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (Europe) vs. Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker (U.S.)
Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker notched a pair of halves on Friday, and will look to continue to put points on the board when they take on Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy in Saturday morning's final four-balls match at 3:20 a.m. EDT.
Ryder Cup pairings for Saturday four-ball matches in 2014 at Gleneagles
Complete pairings for Saturday's four-ball matches at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Level afternoon lets Victor Dubuisson, Graeme McDowell cruise to Ryder Cup win
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley of Team USA couldn't repeat their morning Ryder Cup heroics as they lost in the afternoon, 3 and 2, to Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson of Europe.
Recap: Spieth/Reed (U.S.) d. Gallacher/Poulter (Euro), 5 & 4 in 2014 Ryder Cup
The U.S. rookie duo of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed knocked off local boy Stephen Gallacher and Mr. Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter, witha 5-and-4 victory in four-balls Friday morning at the Ryder Cup.
McGinley rips up template with Ryder Cup four-ball pairings
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley strayed from the template that has proven successful with his Friday four-ball pairings.
Ian Poulter's passion makes him good fit for future Ryder Cup captain status
Ian Poulter, sometimes known as Mr. Ryder Cup, loves the atmosphere surrounding the biennial match and could be a good fit as a captain once he's done shredding American opponents.
Could Stephen Gallacher be early European Ryder Cup trump card?
Stephen Gallacher will hear plenty of cheers this week, as he is the only Scot teeing it up for Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup -- and might get the first tee shot of the matches.
Mystery man: Dubuisson marches to beat of his own drum
Victor Dubuisson might have a spot in Hollywood after his golf career, as the Frenchman has proven to be unlike any other on the 2014 European Ryder Cup squad.
Team Europe keeps it light in preparation for Ryder Cup
The European squad has won four of the past five Ryder Cups, and many point to their relaxed nature and camaraderie off the course to stellar performances on it.
Ryder Cup: Thomas Bjorn excited to be playing this time around
Thomas Bjorn will make his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2002 this week at Gleneagles, and only the third since his debut in 1997.
Europeans won't necessarily have Ryder Cup home-course advantage at Gleneagles in 2014
Home-course advantage might not be such a key factor in this week’s Ryder Cup. Most of Europe’s stars are only slightly more familiar with the Perthshire layout than their American rivals.
Royal & Ancient Golf Club vote to admit women as members
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club has voted to allow women as members, changing a 260-year-old policy.
Tait: Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell should unite for Ryder Cup
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell should settle their legal differences for the sake of the European side before the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, says Alistair Tait.
5 Things: Paul Casey wins in first tournament as a father
Paul Casey fired a 4-under 66 on Sunday to win his 13th European Tour title and now inches closer to the World top 50, a goal that the Englishman has had since tumbling out of relevance due to an injury.
David Lipsky wins 2014 Omega European Masters in playoff on European Tour
David Lipsky caught Graeme Storm then defeated him in a playoff Sunday at the European Tour's 2014 Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
Westwood edges Donald to join Gallacher, Poulter as wild cards
Stephen Gallacher will make his Ryder Cup debut after receiving a wild-card pick from European captain Paul McGinley. The Scot was one of McGinley’s three picks Tuesday, with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.
McGinley's decision: Go with Gallacher or with trio of proven stars?
Stephen Gallacher committed himself to playing on the European Tour to earn Ryder Cup points. He came up just short and now is up against the likes of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald for three captain's picks on Tuesday.
A closer look at the 12-man European Ryder Cup team
Here is a closer look at the European squad for the 2014 Ryder Cup, to be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.
5 Things: Stephen Gallacher makes his Ryder Cup case in Italy
On a day that Hennie Otto won his third European Tour title, the focus was on Stephen Gallacher and his last-ditch effort to make the European Ryder Cup team. His fate is in the hands of captain Paul McGinley after a third-place finish in Italy.
Tait: Italian Open can provide path to Ryder Cup in Scotland
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley could easily favor Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald for his at-large selections -- but don't count out Stephen Gallacher if he plays well at the Italian Open.
5 Things: Jamie Donaldson earns Ryder Cup spot with win at Czech Masters
Jamie Donaldson captured the Czech Masters in Prague, winning his third European Tour title and also securing his spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
Amateur roundup: Ashley Chesters goes back-to-back at European Amateur
Ashley Chesters made history in the European Amateur Championship by becoming the first player to win the title twice, and the first to successfully defend the title.
Amateur roundup: Marsh, Robb, Griffith win titles on mainland Britain
Nick Marsh, Chris Robb and Evan Griffith earned ultimate amateur bragging rights in their homelands by winning the national amateur championships of England, Scotland and Wales, respectively.
Bernhard Langer runs away with 2014 Senior British Open win at Royal Porthcawl in Wales
Bernhard Langer won his second senior Open Championship and fourth senior major by a landslide, Sunday's 67 getting him 13 strokes clear of Colin Montgomerie at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.
All Royal & Ancient members to vote on allowing female members
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club says it will allow all members to vote either in person at the Sept. 18 business meeting, or via mail as the club decides whether or not it will allow women.
Rory McIlroy soars to six-shot British Open lead at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England
After three rounds in the 60s, it’s hard to see Rory McIlroy shooting a high number tomorrow and failing to win his first British Open championship.
British Open players' black ribbons honor Bob Torrance
What did Bob Torrance mean to golf? The black ribbons on the hats of competitors in the 143rd Open Championship said it all.
Tait: Paying homage to the legend that was Bob Torrance
Our Alistair Tait has a long history with the late Bob Torrance, and here is a column he wrote about the legendary coach in 2008.
Behind newfound 'inner peace,' Rory McIlroy leads British Open by four shots
Rory McIlroy put on a clinic at Royal Liverpool on Friday, posting a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson after 54 holes at the 2014 British Open.
Rory McIlroy runs out to British Open lead, but does a Freaky Friday lurk?
Rory McIlroy was a machine on Thursday, posting six birdies in a bogey-free, 6-under 66 that saw him take the lead at Royal Liverpool. Can he avoid another Friday disaster and chase his third major title?
Forget bomber's heaven; Hoylake will take some strategy for 2014 British Open
Eight years ago, Tiger Woods won at Hoylake by using driver only once. A similar strategy could work this week despite the course being a bit more green due to recent rain.
Rory McIlroy looks to avoid second-round blues at British Open
Marred by less-than-stellar second rounds over the past couple of years, Rory McIlroy aims to add the third leg to a career grand slam at this week's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
International Golf Federation expresses guarded confidence in '16 Olympic golf course
The International Golf Federation has put in place contingency plans in case Brazil’s Olympic golf course is not ready for the 2016 Summer Games, although it not reveal what those plans were Monday at a press conference in Hoylake, England.
Mo Martin completes 'rags-to-riches' journey with Women's British title
A relative unknown, Mo Martin was the only player to finish the 2014 Women's British Open in red figures, outlasting Suzann Pettersen and Shanshan Feng to win her first major title.
Sun Ju Ahn's penalty in bunker costs her Women's British Open lead at Royal Birkdale
Korea’s Sun-Ju Ahn got a harsh lesson when she was penalized in light of Rule 13-3, Building Stance, during the third round of the $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Charley Hull cards 66 to move into contention at Women's British Open
Charley Hull moved into contention Saturday at the Ricoh Women's British Open, carding nine birdies and posting a 6-under 66 in the third round at Royal Birkdale.
Mo Martin leads Women's British Open as stars fade at Royal Birkdale
They say the cream rises in major championships. The $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale is doing its best to disprove that old adage.
Her greatest win in mind, Karen Stupples calls it a career at Women's British Open
Whatever the affable Karen Stupples does in the future, she’ll always be introduced as 2004 Women’s British Open champion. Friday at Royal Birkdale, she ended her playing days.
Charley Hull bounces back after rough start in Women's British Open
Charley Hull, Britain’s main hope of becoming the first home winner of the Women’s British Open since Catriona Matthew in 2009, trails after a rough start at Royal Birkdale led to a 1-over 73.
Americans use Solheim Cup loss as major motivation
With the Solheim Cup loss in 2013 fresh in their minds, Americans have taken women's golf by storm, with Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie winning the year's first two majors.