Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup (Yahoo Sports) - European captain Paul McGinley chose Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections Tuesday for the Ryder Cup - leaving former No. 1 Luke Donald off the team. Donald has been on the winning side in each of his four Ryder Cup appearances but has struggled for form this year after making changes to his swing. ''He wasn't expecting it - he was very disappointed,'' McGinley said after announcing his picks at European Tour headquarters at Wentworth. Gallacher will be one of three rookies in the 12-man European team that will face the United States at Gleneagles, Scotland, from Sept. 26-28, along with Victor Dubuisson and Jamie Donaldson. Villa wait for Cleverley approval - Aston Villa await Premier League approval of their planned loan deal for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. Gallacher gets Ryder Cup wildcard - Europe captain Paul McGinley selects Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his wildcard selections for the Ryder Cup. AUDIO: Ryder Cup: Wildcard announcement - Listen to Radio 5 live coverage of the announcement of Europe's wildcard inclusions for the 2014 Ryder Cup. Weguelin hit by deep vein thrombosis - British Olympic sailing hopeful Sophie Weguelin faces being sidelined for six months by deep vein thrombosis. Wiggins in Tour of Britain defence - Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins is aiming to become the first man to win successive titles since the race restarted in 2004. Hardaker in homophobic abuse claim - The RFL is to look into claims Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker allegedly used homophobic language in his side's defeat by St Helens. Watford appoint Garcia as new boss - Watford name former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino. Man Utd identity is broken - Phelan - Former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan fears the club's identity is broken with the departure of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal. Ivory Coast get go-ahead to host tie - Ivory Coast get government permission to play their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Abidjan.

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Golf-Westwood, Poulter, Gallacher named as wildcards (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 12:14 pm]
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named as Europe's wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against the United States by captain Paul McGinley on Tuesday. Westwood, Poulter and Gallacher join automatic qualifiers Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson and Graeme McDowell in McGinley's 12-strong team.

Gallacher, Poulter and Westwood get the nod (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 12:07 pm]
Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood have today been named by European Captain Paul McGinley as his three wild card selections for The 2014 European Ryder Cup team. The trio will join Thomas Björn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson on The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from September 26-28, as Europe bid to retain the trophy won in such dramatic fashion in Medinah two years ago. ...

Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher named to Team Europe as Captain's Picks (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 11:52 am]
European captain Paul McGinley chose Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections on Tuesday for the Ryder Cup, with Luke Donald the high-profile name to miss out. Donald, a former No. 1, has been on the winning side on each of his four appearances for Europe but has struggled for form this year after making changes to his swing. "He wasn't expecting it -- he was very disappointed," McGinley said after announcing his picks at European Tour headquarters at Wentworth. Team USA: Make your predicitions for Tom Watson's three Captain's Picks

Gallacher gets Ryder Cup wildcard [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 2, 2014, 11:49 am]
Europe captain Paul McGinley selects Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his wildcard selections for the Ryder Cup.

Westwood, Poulter, Gallacher named as wildcards (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 11:41 am]
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named as Europe's wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against the United States by captain Paul McGinley at Wentworth on Tuesday. Westwood, Poulter and Gallacher join automatic qualifiers Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson in McGinley's 12-strong team. ...

Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 11:37 am]
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher are Europe's wild-card selections for this month's Ryder Cup against the United States at Gleneagles.

Kirk wins Deutsche Bank, gets into Ryder Cup talk (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 7:43 am]
Chris Kirk figured the Ryder Cup was out of his hands when he failed to earn one of the nine automatic spots. ''It's not like there's anything that I can do to sway it one way or another,'' Kirk said Monday after his victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship. The last three weeks - particularly the opening two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs - effectively served as an audition for players who didn't make the team. Hunter Mahan won last week at The Barclays.

Chris Kirk makes case for Ryder Cup team with Deutsche Bank victory (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 3:16 am]
Tom Watson should include Chris Kirk among his three captain's picks for the U.S. team.

Ryder Cup update: Post Deutsche Bank (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 11:30 pm]
The day before Watson will announce his three Captain's Picks, the trio of Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel and Russell Henley all stepped up in a big way at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Kirk wins Deutsche Bank title [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 1, 2014, 11:14 pm]
Chris Kirk wins the Deutsche Bank Championship to boost his Ryder Cup hopes and move top of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

American Kirk wins Deutsche Bank title (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 10:03 pm]
NORTON Massachusetts (Reuters) - American Chris Kirk broke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard with two late birdies to clinch his third PGA Tour victory by two shots at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. In a gripping final-round shootout at the TPC Boston, Kirk fired a five-under-par 66 to win the second of the four lucrative FedExCup playoff events on the U.S. circuit. The 29-year-old birdied the 13th and 16th to pull two strokes clear and narrowly missed another birdie attempt, from nine feet at the last, to post a 15-under total of 269. ...

Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 10:02 pm]
NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- Chris Kirk closed with a 5-under 66 on Monday to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and bolster his case for a Ryder Cup pick.

McGinley braced for tough decisions [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 1, 2014, 7:23 pm]
European captain Paul McGinley says personal feelings will "go out of the window" when he chooses his Ryder Cup team.

McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 10:10 am]
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- Europe captain Paul McGinley will make his three wild-card picks for the Ryder Cup on Tuesday, with five players seemingly in contention for a late call-up.

Gallacher 'should be Ryder Cup pick' [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 1, 2014, 10:02 am]
Former European captain Bernard Gallacher says his nephew Stephen should be named as a Ryder Cup wild card in this month's event.

Henley leads a large chasing pack at Deutsche Bank (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 7:07 am]
Russell Henley either was playing down his chances or looking at Rory McIlroy's name high on the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was sitting atop a crowded leaderboard at the TPC Boston, which is becoming standard fare for these FedEx Cup playoffs. Henley ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn and added a late birdie for a 6-under 65. Henley has won in each of his two seasons on the PGA Tour.

Ernst wins LPGA's Portland Classic in playoff (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 2:25 am]
Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea's I.K. Kim. It was the first professional victory for the 22-year-old Ernst, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 14 under at Columbia Edgewater. A year ago as a rookie in Portland, Ernst shot a third-round 62 on the way to a ninth-place finish. In Ernst's mind, Columbia Edgewater was a likely place for her first career win.

Fred Couples wins Champions Tour event (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 12:31 am]
Fred Couples rallied to win the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday, chipping in for eagle for a course-record 9-under 61 and beating Billy Andrade with a tap-in birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Couples broke the course record of 62 set by Bill Glasson last year in the inaugural tournament and matched by Tom Pernice Jr. and Bart Bryant in the first round Friday. The Hall of Famer won 15 times on the PGA Tour. Steve Lowery and Joe Daley tied for third at 13 under.

Golf-Henley leads, McIlroy two behind at Deutsche Bank (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: September 1, 2014, 12:17 am]
* Henley moves ahead with a 65 * Charging McIlroy trails by two (Adds details, quotes) Aug 31 (Reuters) - American Russell Henley took the lead but Rory McIlroy loomed large, just two strokes behind after the third round at the $8 million Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Sunday. Henley dominated the par-threes to card a six-under-par 65 and jump to the front at 12-under 201 on a day of low scoring in ideal conditions at the TPC Boston. He edged one shot ahead of compatriot Billy Horschel (67), while world number one McIlroy made his presence felt with a sizzling 64 to join Australian Jason Day (69) and American Chris Kirk (64) in a tie for third at 10-under. Northern Irishman McIlroy, seeking his fourth PGA Tour victory in five starts, almost holed out at the 15th and 16th holes, tapping in from inside a foot both times.

Bud Cauley wins Web.com Tour Finals opener (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 11:43 pm]
Bud Cauley won the Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday to regain his PGA Tour card, earning $180,000 in the Web.com Tour Finals opener. Cauley closed with a bogey-free 7-under 65 at Sycamore Hills for a one-stroke victory over Colt Knost. ''I played really well all week,'' Cauley said. ''I got off to a really good start today.'' Cauley was 143rd in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, forcing him to play the Web.com Tour Finals for the second straight year.







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