In the heat of battle, it's best to have your key allies closest to you and European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has certainly done that by naming two close friends as his vice-captains.
Despite a miracle shot to join a four-man playoff, Rory McIlroy ultimately was left to rue his failure to negotiate the notorious Bear Trap at PGA National as Russell Henley claimed the Honda Classic title Sunday.
Rory McIlroy remains on course to repeat his 2012 triumph at the Honda Classic after finishing a third day on the top of the leaderboard at the PGA National in Florida.
The good news for Tiger Woods at the Honda Classic was that his second round was better than the first. But Woods still has plenty of ground to make up to win.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy stormed to a seven-under round of 63 in the opening round of the Honda Classic at Florida's PGA National on Thursday.
Rory McIlroy says he has learned lessons of his 2013 "low" as makes a return to the elite field at the Honda Classic.
They were miraculous escape shots even the late, great Seve Ballesteros would have been proud of.
The big names just keep on falling in the desert.
Things might be a bit frosty between Graeme McDowell and Gary Woodland in Lake Nona for a little while.
Henrik Stenson's accountant must be grinning from ear to ear after the Swedes's incredible winning streak last year. But the world No. 3 isn't getting carried away.
Tiger Woods' career may or may not be on the wane, but the fortunes of his niece, Cheyenne are most definitely on the rise.
Scott Stallings hit about as many fairways as Tiger Woods on Sunday but he still managed to take his third PGA Tour title.
Stephen Gallacher became the first man to make a successful defense of the Dubai Desert Classic title as tournament favorite Rory McIlroy had a day to forget.
It could've paid for some wedding.
Rory McIlroy believes his ability as a frontrunner will land him the Dubai Desert Classic title despite seeing his lead cut to a single stroke at halfway.
Rory McIlroy believes he is "close" to the form that took him to the top of the world rankings after carding a nine-under 63 to lead the Dubai Desert Classic.
The year 1989 launched the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament and the baseball film 'Field of Dreams' but the latter's famous line about how building a sports field in an unlikely setting would draw in major players can certainly apply to both.
While Tiger Woods continues to find his feet at the Farmers Insurance Open in California, the man who many are tipping to be his heir is racing to the front of the pack.
Time waits for no man -- not even Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlory and Phil Mickelson find form in the desert despite losing out on a dramatic final day in Abu Dhabi.
The eagle eyes of his playing partner's caddie halt Rory McIlroy's charge at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
The thought of it is enough to make fair-weather golfers shudder in horror.
Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson tune up for 2014 opener in Abu Dhabi by taking part in a traditional dance display.
The old adage has it that you wait ages for one bus then two come along at once -- but Jimmy Walker isn't complaining.
Louis Oosthuizen successfully defended his Volvo Golf Champions title in Durban Sunday despite still feeling the effect of injuries which have derailed his career.
England's Tommy Fleetwood leads the Golf Champions event in Durban, South Africa by one stroke after posting a three-under par round 69 on Saturday.
Remember the name: Jordan Spieth is only 20 years of age, but the golfer is already being mentioned in the same breath as Tiger Woods after a whirlwind start to his PGA Tour career.
Golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki ushered in 2014 by announcing their engagement on social media.
He spends most of his time playing golf courses all over the world, but Sergio Garcia's thoughts are never too far away from what's happening on a football pitch much closer to home.
It's the putt all golfers want to be stood over. The final hole of a Masters weekend, find the cup and the coveted green jacket is yours.
He left it late but Sergio Garcia finally won his first tournament of the year.
When Dawie van der Walt said capturing the Nelson Mandela golf championship was "special," you can believe him.
South Africa's Colin Nel and Spain's Jorge Campillo both shot rounds of 59 at the Nelson Mandela Championship on the European Tour.
Golfer Notah Begay II is taking up the fight against childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes among his Native American community
She's the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and now teen sensation Lydia Ko looks set for a long and lucrative career after teaming up with a major sports management firm.
The next time you step foot on a golf course, beware the legal minefield that can await you.
Zach Johnson denied Tiger Woods a sixth tournament victory in 2013 in a dramatic climax to the World Golf Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club in California on Sunday.
Tiger Woods produced "incredible golf" to equal his own course record of 62 at Sherwood Country Club and take the halfway lead at the PGA Tour-sanctioned World Golf Challenge in California.
Is Rory McIlroy saving his best for last?
Tiger Woods said he had been inspired by Nelson Mandela as he paid his own tribute to the former South African president.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods is anticipating an "emotional" weekend as his annual invitational tournament bids a fond farewell to the Sherwood Country Club.
Rory McIlroy salvaged his "frustrating year" with a dramatic victory in the Australian Open Sunday to shatter Adam Scott's hopes of completing his domestic triple crown.
Adam Scott doubled his lead over Rory McIlroy to four strokes at the Australian Open on Saturday to put him on course for the "Triple Crown" of Australian golf.
Rory McIlroy is well versed to talk about the pressures the modern day sport star faces.
Jason Day nearly pulled out of the World Cup of Golf after learning he had lost eight relatives to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Talk about going from ecstasy to agony.
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and American Kevin Streelman are tied for the lead after Thursday's opening round of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.
Henrik Stenson is targeting the World No.1 spot and his first major after completing the 2013 season with a historic double on the PGA and European Tours.
Victor Dubuisson moved into contention at the World Tour Championship with an eight under 64 in Dubai to trail leader Henrik Stenson by a shot.
It has been a long season for Henrik Stenson but the Swede is on the verge of ending it in style after taking the halfway lead at the DP World Tour Championship.
Are one of sport's most high-profile power couples back together? Or did they never part?
Tiger Woods was whacking golf balls across a bridge in Turkey last week, but back in Spain, Sergio Garcia is still feeling the need to build them following the "fried chicken" saga earlier this year.
Victor Dubuisson saw off a challenge from Justin Rose and Tiger Woods to claim the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya on Sunday.
Tiger Woods remains in contention at the Turkish Airlines Open but it is a little-known Frenchman who could make a name for himself come Sunday evening.
His girlfriend Lindsey Vonn thinks he's "dorky," but what does Tiger Woods think?
Tiger Woods lived up to his star billing at the Turkish Airlines Open with a tournament best 63 Friday to put himself firmly in contention at the halfway stage.
It might have felt as if the lights had been turned off but Tiger Woods still has a flicker of hope at the Turkish Open.
Patience is finally paying off for Dustin Johnson. One of the most naturally gifted golfers in the world, he feels he is now closer to fulfilling his promise after clinching the "biggest win" of his career in circumstances that might previously have proved too testing.
Dustin Johnson was left frustrated after two lapses gave his rivals hope of stopping the American from running away with the biggest victory of his golf career in China.
With arrow straight driving, big hitting Dustin Johnson powered his way clear of the field at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai Friday.
Was this the real Rory McIlroy or an imposter? Given it's Halloween, it's a fair question.
Tiger Woods has been clubbed into the long grass by EA Sports after the games manufacturer ended its association with the world's most famous golfer.
Rory McIlroy has had a 2013 to forget but chose a lucrative exhibition match with World No.1 Tiger Woods in China to give promise of a return to his best.
Rory McIlroy leaves South Korea in "good shape" after finishing joint second at the Kolon Korean Open.
Tiger Woods' agent says he may take legal action after the world's No. 1 golfer was accused of cheating on the course this year.
It's not the biggest tournament in the world but Rory McIlroy will take a win anywhere he can get it and the former No. 1 is in contention through two rounds at the Korea Open.
World No. 2 Adam Scott continued his standout 2013 season by carding a record-breaking final round to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.
If ever there was an appropriate prize for a hole in one, the organizers of the Portugal Masters certainly found it when fun-loving Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez struck it lucky on the eighth at the Oceanico Victoria Course on the Algarve.
Scott Jamieson was so close to breaking new ground at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.
It is a rivalry which can make or break golfers.
International golfers were choking on the greens in Beijing over the weekend -- but it wasn't due to an outbreak of the yips.
Tiger Woods doesn't have a great record in team events, especially in light of his stellar solo achievements, but the world No. 1 helped the United States win the Presidents Cup for the fifth successive time Sunday.
Some of the president's men are still working. In golf's Presidents Cup, that is.
A Tiger prowling the fairways may be a familiar sight, but at a golf club in Switzerland it is a fox that has emerged as a new star of the game.
Nick Price is not one to shy away from a battle.
It may be a year away, but the mind games have already begun in the Ryder Cup.
Henrik Stenson kept his cool to collect the biggest paycheck of his career Sunday, landing a $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot along with the $1.44 million prize for winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Henrik Stenson may have just become golf's $11.4 million man, but the Swede insists it's not all about the money.
If Henrik Stenson fails to hold his advantage at the Tour Championship and misses out on a $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot, then the Swede will no doubt look to a potentially costly second half of his third round on Saturday.
Come the end of Sunday, one lucky golfer will go home at least $10 million richer.
Henrik Stenson increased his lead to four shots at the Tour Championship on Friday as the race for the $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot heats up.
With a win at the Tour Championship, Tiger Woods will almost certainly be named PGA player of the year for the first time since 2009.
Zach Johnson took a step nearer the $10 million end of season prize after claiming victory at the rain-delayed BMW Championship in Chicago Monday.
Suzann Pettersen denied 16-year-old amateur Lydia Ko a fairtytale first major triumph as the Norwegian took the Evian Championship in France Sunday.
Jim Furyk has won a major and was in the top 10 in the rankings for about a decade but lately he's been known for near misses instead of big titles.
Andriy Shevchenko has returned to pro sports.
If it were a heavyweight boxing contest it would probably be ruled a mismatch.
Thomas Bjorn holed a a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win the European Masters in Switzerland Sunday.
The majors have been and gone for another year, but golf has officially entered its most money-spinning phase of the season.
Henrik Stenson capped his recent rise with a record-equaling victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship which propelled the Swede to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.
For the second straight day at the Deutsche Bank Championship, a player who won a major this season hit a 63.
Phil Mickelson is making a habit of setting pulses racing with inspired birdie filled charges this year and Friday was no exception on the TPC Boston.
Asia's emergence as a golfing power has received a boost with the announcement the continent's top golfers will face off against their European counterparts in a competition similar to the Ryder Cup.
He didn't win, but Tiger Woods showed why he is still the No. 1 drawcard in golf with a brave bid for victory at The Barclays tournament Sunday.
Tiger Woods will go into the final round of The Barclays four shots off the lead after completing his second successive round of two-under-par 69.
World no. 7 Brandt Snedeker targets strong finish to 2013 after fighting back from a bone disease.
Europe won the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time after a record 18-10 victory over their U.S. rivals at the Colorado Golf Club.