Stories by Alistair
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.
At 44, Catriona Matthew finds ultimate balance of golf, family
Catriona Matthew, 44, is not only competing with the young guns at this week's Ricoh Women's British Open, but also managing to maintain a solid family life with husband Graeme and daughters Katie and Sophie.
Liverpool factory worker dares to dream, earns spot in British Open Championship at Hoylake
English factory worker John Singleton is 'overwhelmed by it all' after qualifying for the 2014 Open Championship at Hoylake -- and so should more amateurs be as the tournament approaches.
Lost? Not for long as Paul Dunne wins British Open qualifier
A week removed from aiding Europe's Palmer Cup team to a convincing victory, Ireland's Paul Dunne was the top Open Championship qualifier at Woburn Golf Club.
Tait: R&A needs to change formula for GB&I Walker Cup captaincy
With Europe's success at the Palmer Cup this week with a pro at the helm (Andrew Coltart), the R&A should take notice and begin to look at the likes of Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington to captain the Walker Cup team.
Europe dominates USA in final session to win Palmer Cup, 18.5-11.5
Europe won the final singles session 8.5–1.5 to win the Palmer Cup, 18.5–11.5 over the United States at Walton Heath Golf Club on Saturday.
USA, Europe tied at 10 heading into final day at Palmer Cup
There has been nothing to separate Europe and the United States through the first three sessions at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England at the Palmer Cup. The teams are tied at 10 heading into the final day.
Europe takes narrow lead at Palmer Cup over USA after Day 1
Europe takes a narrow lead into the second day’s play of the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club. The home team leads the USA 5 ½ – 4 ½ after the first two sessions.
European captain Andrew Coltart eyes home-course edge for Palmer Cup
European captain Andrew Coltart thinks Walton Heath might favor his team over the United States, hoping it help Europe win the Palmer Cup for the eighth time.
European Tour opens 2022 Ryder Cup site bidding
The bidding process for the 2022 Ryder Cup is now open. The European Tour is inviting countries to bid for the match to be held eight years from now.
Scotland's Bradley Neil captures British Amateur title at Royal Portrush
Bradley Neil delivered Scottish success 10 years after Stuart Wilson won the 2004 Championship at St. Andrews, winning the 119th British Amateur with a 2-and-1 victory over South Africa’s Zander Lombard at Royal Portrush Golf Club on Sunday.
New diet fuels Zander Lombard to British Am final; Bradley Neil advances, too
After cutting chicken from his diet, Zander Lombard has seen his health and performance on the golf course improve massively. Now, the South African has earned a spot opposite Bradley Neil in Sunday's final of the British Amateur.
Merseyside club golfers among quarterfinalists at British Amateur
The 119th British Amateur Championship is in danger of turning into the Southport and Ainsdale Club Championship, as two of the club's members, Paul Howard and Sean Towndrow, advanced to the quarterfinals Friday.
Former Cal star Brandon Hagy ousted at British Amateur
Brandon Hagy’s dream of winning the British Amateur is over. The former University of California player lost his first-round match to Switzerland’s Mathias Eggenberger on the 20th hole.
Former Cal star Brandon Hagy makes match play at British Amateur
Former Cal All-American Brandon Hagy moved onto match play at the British Amateur Championship and will look to become the first American to ever win the title.
Rory McIlroy makes sensible choice in opting for Ireland in 2016 Olympics
Our Alistair Tait says that Rory McIlroy made the right choice in opting to play for his homeland in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
It's official: Royal Portrush to stage Open Championship; year undetermined
Golf's oldest major, the Open Championship, will return to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, the R&A announced on Monday morning. The year has yet to be determined.
5 Things: Mikael Lundberg wins Lyoness Open in playoff; Bernd Weisberger places 2nd to likely earn U.S. Open spot; more
For the second week in a row, a playoff was needed to settle the winner of a European Tour event. Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg holed a 40-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to win the Lyoness Open in Austria.
5 Things: Thongchai Jaidee spoils Henrik Stenson's party at Nordea Masters
It was supposed to be the Henrik Stenson show, but Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee crashed the World No. 2's party. The 44-year-old took the title in a playoff over Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson of France.