Stories by Alistair
Former Gamecock Madsen, 20, earns top honors at LET Q-School
Eyebrows were raised when Nanna Madsen recently left the University of South Carolina halfway through her freshman year to try to earn a Ladies European Tour card.
Number crunching: Steve Lewton hits paydirt on Asian Tour in 2014
Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Steve Lewton.
Torrance's defense of Garcia should come as no surprise
Sam Torrance’s criticism of Sir Nick Faldo in a recent Scottish golf magazine comes as no surprise.
Goldschmidt, af Rosenborg join European Tour board
Could the appointment of two women as non-executive directors to the European Tour board herald a radical shake-up of the world’s second-best professional tour? That will be the speculation that greets the appointment of Jutta af Rosenborg and Sophie Goldschmidt.
Tait: Amateur Championship an annual reminder to have a plan B
The untold story I wanted to write this year is the same story I want to write every year. I always ask myself the same question after attending the Amateur Championship: Will the winner make it in the professional ranks?
Royal & Ancient mourns death of ex-club captain's daughter
Members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club are in mourning along with the rest of the golf world over the news that one of the victims of the Sydney cafe siege was the daughter of Sandy Dawson, the former Royal & Ancient captain.
Charley Hull's Order of Merit title further proves drive, determination
Charley Hull’s achievement in becoming the youngest winner of the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit came as no surprise to anyone in golf. When you can call Ian Poulter a mentor and have Dave Hull guiding your career, anything is possible.
Notes: Branden Grace's Alfred Dunhill victory familiar, overdue
The final European Tour event of the year in the second event of the 2015 season produced a home winner. Here’s what you need to know from the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
With Nedbank title, Danny Willett joins young English standouts
Danny Willett, who surged on Sunday for the Nedbank Golf Challenge victory, is one of many young English golfers on the rise.
Paul Lawrie gives back to the game, Aberdeen with Euro Tour event
Golf would be in much better shape if every tour pro had the same attitude as Paul Lawrie. It’s debatable whether any current tour pro gives more back to the game than the 1999 Open Champion.
European Tour notes: Tyrrell Hatton in rookie race against Brooks Koepka; Shane Lowry to Masters
Tyrrell Hatton of England, made the most of his week at the DP World Tour Championship with a sixth place finish, but it will only be good enough for a runner-up finish in the Rookie of the Year race on the European Tour.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello well ahead of fellow countryman Pablo Martin in terms of a successful career
Rafael Cabrera-Bello may have lost out on the chance to win the DP World Tour Championship Sunday, but he is exceeding expectations and outplaying former collegiate No. 1 Pablo Martin in the process.
Henrik Stenson successfully defends his DP World Tour Championship title in Dubai
Henrik Stenson won the European Tour's season finale Sunday with a one-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship over Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson in Dubai.
Fitzpatrick, Paratore among Euro Tour card winners
Renato Paratore, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Paisley and Andrea Pavan earned cards for the 2015 European Tour season after the sixth and final round of European Tour Qualifying School at PGA Cataluyna Resort in Girona, Spain.
Renato Paratore one step closer to bright future on European Tour
Remember the name Renato Paratore. Not because he’s leading after five rounds of European Tour Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya in Girona, Spain, but because he has the talent to be a major European star.
Big moves, misses highlight fourth round of European Tour Q-School
John Hahn’s dream of a European Tour card is alive and well thanks to a career-low 58 in the fourth round. He was the biggest mover on cut day at European Tour Qualifying School at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, but there were others who made big moves to keep their dreams alive.
John Hahn fires 12-under 58 at European Tour Qualifying School in Spain
John Hahn shot 12-under 58 in the fourth round of European Tour Qualifying School at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.
Notes: Ian Poulter finds form at WGC-HSBC Champions, Graeme McDowell falters
Ian Poulter has had a pretty poor season by his own lofty standards. However, the Englishman proved he’s in better form heading into the final two events of the European season.
Thriller in Shanghai: Bubba Watson walks away with HSBC Champions title
The final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions turned into a shoot-out Sunday, and required sudden death at the end of a long week. Graeme McDowell led through each of the first three rounds, but Bubba Watson walked away with the trophy.
Tait: George O'Grady's successor must lure top Europeans back home
George O’Grady’s replacement as chief executive of the European Tour needs to succeed where O’Grady failed. The new CEO needs to find a way to get Europe’s biggest stars to play more in its traditional heartlands
5 Things: Perth International title signals Thorbjorn Olesen's healthy return
Not even a camel could stop Thorbjorn Olesen from his second European Tour win. Olesen returned a 17-under 271 for a three-shot victory at the Perth International.
European Tour releases early part of 2014-15 schedule of tournaments
The early part of the European Tour's 2014-15 schedule has been released -- and Hero, sponsor of the Tiger Woods Foundation's World Challenge near Orlando, Fla., will put its name on the new Indian Open.
Mikko Ilonen edges Henrik Stenson to win 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship on European Tour
Mikko Ilonen outplayed Henrik Stenson, especially during the middle of the round, in Sunday's final to win the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship.
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.