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Jordan Spieth has backed the decision to appoint Tiger Woods as USA Ryder Cup team vice-captain

Jordan Spieth says Tiger Woods appointment will be an 'intimidation' advantage for USA Ryder Cup team

Major target: Jordan Spieth was put on the clock during July's Open at St Andrews (Picture: Stewart Attwood)

Campaign to get golf moving gathers pace

Handicap solution for slow play in golf

Handicap solution for slow play in golf

Danny Willett of England tees off during the final round at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Picture: EPA

Danny Willett among automatic qualifiers for Europe's 2016 EurAsia Cup team

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hugs his caddy after winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Picture: Reuters

Rory makes a splash in Dubai to end the year in style

Status Ko: Lydia Ko, the teenager from New Zealand, with her LPGA Tour Player of the Year award (Picture: Getty)

Status Ko helps LPGA Tour thrive

Bogey brilliance as McIlroy bounces back to No.1 spot in Dubai

Bogey brilliance as McIlroy bounces back to No.1 spot in Dubai

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 14:  Paul Casey of England on the par four 18th hole during the third round of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club on November 14, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) (47004940)

Ryder Cup rejection reason for Paul Casey's European Tour snub, says Justin Rose

The Sullivan Show: Andy Sullivan leads the field at the halfway stage of the DP World Tour Championship (Picture: Getty)

Andy Sullivan leads in Dubai as McIlroy stays on course for European No 1 spot

Team talk: Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk have both been named as US vice-captains for next year's Ryder Cup (Picture: PA)

Tiger the team player? Woods takes Ryder Cup vice-captaincy role

School's out: Peter Whiteford was one of three Scots who failed to pass the Qualifying School test (Picture: Getty)

Scots trio fail to make the grade at European Tour Qualifying School

Sink or swim: Andrew McArthur has returned to the European Tour after backing from Team Scottish Hydro (Picture: Getty)

Numbers finally adding up for Andrew McArthur

On the ball: Ian Poulter shares the lead after round one of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai (Picture: Getty)

Pride, prizes and points at stake as Ian Poulter makes fast start in Dubai

All smiles: Justin Rose is looking for a happy end to the season in the DP World Tour Championship (Picture: Getty)

Rose looks to bloom in desert as Race to Dubai reaches finale

Status Ko: Lydia Ko can win the Player of the Year on the women's tour this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Golf Round-up: Q-School reaches final round while Lydia Ko goes for glory

Fans in the bar at half-time. Picture: FC United

A football club run for fans and not finance can work, just ask FC United of Manchester

Fighting talk: Keith Pelley, the European Tour chief executive, has ambitious plans for the future (Picture: Getty)

European Tour chief executive unveils new vision

Scotch mist: Kirkhill's Paul Shields slipped off the pace at the European Tour's Qualifying School (Picture: Getty)

Three Scots left standing in Qualifying School scramble

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the pro-am event prior to the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Picture: Getty Images

Rested McIlroy 'has upper hand' in battle to be European No.1

New vision: Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour, has announced a number of changes for 2016 (Picture: Getty)

New chief executive rings the changes at European Tour

Pumped up: Russell Knox just missed out on a second consecutive Tour triumph (Picture: Getty)

Scotsman Russell Knox loses in play-off on PGA Tour

Missed opportunity: Russell Knox missed out on PGA Tour glory in a play-off (Picture: Getty)

"I don't deserve it" says Russell Knox after PGA Tour play-off loss

Comeback trail: Peter Whiteford is climbing up the order in the European Tour's Qualifying School Final (Picture: Getty)

Scots battle to make the grade in European Tour Qualifying School

Russell Knox during the third round of the OHL Classic at the Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club on November 14, 2015 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

D-Day for Scots golfer Russell Knox on Euro Tour future

Sergio Garcia of Spain watches his shot on the 8th hole during the third round of the BMW Masters golf tournament at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China

Sergio Garcia back in contention in Shanghai

Fine Nick: Australia's Nick Cullen leads the European Tour's Qualifying School final (Picture: Getty)

David Law and Paul Shields lead Scots at Qualifying School

Youth movement: Bradley Neil (left) enjoys a practice round at the Masters with Rory McIlroy (Picture: Reuters)

Bradley Neil gets his kicks ahead of Qualifying School test

Great Dane: Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark leads the BMW Masters by three shots (Picture: Getty)

Lucas Bjerregaard upstages big names to lead BMW Masters

USA's Zach Johnson celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews. Picture: PA

Twilight ticket introduced for the Open at Royal Troon

Twilight ticket introduced for the Open at Royal Troon

Twilight ticket introduced for the Open at Royal Troon

Cruel School: The European Tour's Qualifying School is an anguish-laden examination (Picture: Getty)

School of hard knocks provides plenty to write home about

Cool Cat: Catriona Matthew during September's controversial Solheim Cup match (Picture: Getty)

Matthew reflects on Solheim Cup 'gimme-gate' as Knox heads for Mexico

Go Sergio: Spain's Sergio Garcia equalled his lowest score of the year to lead the BMW Masters in China (Picture: Getty)

Richie Ramsay catches the eye as Garcia leads in China

Statement of intent: Justin Rose speaking ahead of this week's BMW Masters (Picture: Getty)

Rose ready for final push as Matthew earns European call-up

Highland fling: Russell Knox from Inverness lifts the WGC HSBC Champions trophy in China (PIcture: Getty)

Russell Knox the door down as Scot breaks into world elite with WGC conquest

Made the grade: Bradley Neil was one of five Scots to come through stage two of the European Tour's qualifying school (Picture: Getty)

Scots posse pass European Tour qualifying test

Nightmare year: Chris Doak is facing possible surgery on a neck injury that has ruined his season (Picture: Getty)

McArthur and McLeary earn European Tour cards but it's despair for Henry and Doak

Opportunity Knox. Scotland's Russell Knox won the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai (Picture: Getty)

Scotsman Russell Knox claims superb WGC win

Russell Knox walks down the 18th with his caddie walk before declining to play the hole due to bad light

Unfinished business before Knox launches last-day title assault

So close: Scott Henry just missed out on promotion to the European Tour at the Challenge Tour Grand Final (Picture: Getty)

Henry comes up short in European Tour promotion bid

Phil Mickelson with his caddie Jim Mackay

Phil Mickelson splits with long-time coach Butch Harmon

Back in the swing: Rory McIlroy recovered from food poisoning and shot a 68 in the WGC HSBC Champions event (Picture: Getty)

Shanghai surprise for McIlroy as Grace leads in China

Chip off the old block: Craig Lawrie (right) is trying to join his dad, Paul, on the European Tour (Picture: SNS)

Tough school but Craig Lawrie is ready for his qualifying exam

Boom time: Rory McIlroy launches a raking drive during last week's Turkish Airlines Open (Picture: Getty)

Crash, bang, wallop but a golfing brain beats the ball and the brawn

Good to go: Jordan Spieth, the world No 2, returns to action in China after a period of rest (Picture: Getty)

McIlroy struggles as Spieth returns for Shanghai showpiece

Desert storm: Scott Henry made a good start to the Challenge Tour's Grand Final in Oman (Picture: Getty)

Henry off and running in Challenge Tour Grand Final

Marching on: Rory McIlroy will be looking to extend his Race to Dubai lead in China this week (Picture: Getty)

Eastern promise as stars align for WGC event in China

Rough patch: Scott Henry believes he can find his form again in this week's Challenge Tour Grand Final (Picture: SNS)

Henry up for the Challenge as sultans of swing gather for Grand Final

Victor Dubuisson of France winner of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Open walks on to the 18th green for the prize giving ceremony during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open

Tears and cheers as emotional Dubuisson triumphs at Turkish Open

ANTALYA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stretches on the 18th tee during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club on October 30, 2015 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Imag

Stress-free for Rory McIlroy as he keeps moving up

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