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McIlroy recovers from slow start, Woods has erratic day while Stenson suffers meltdown
The talk is all of Tiger and Rory but don't forget Mickelson in what promises to be a birdie-fest
Peter Alliss is determined to enjoy this Masters, because he doesn't know how many more on which he will be commentating. Blessedly, that isn't because the evergreen 82-year-old is counting any days; his fears are due to the latest news of the BBC's continued withdrawal from big-time golf.
Lee Westwood and Luke Donald have expressed their "extreme disappointment" at the news that the BBC is pulling out of showing any live European Tour action and pleaded with the corporation to increase its coverage as British golf goes through a boom.
Golden Bear tells world No 1 to focus on long game
Perhaps it says much about the ever-growing fame of Rory McIlroy that last year he brought three friends from home as his Masters guests – and this year he has invited Ant and Dec. When the Geordie presenters arrive at the Augusta National they will find their friend talking up the chances of Tiger Woods.
Augusta National is a bastion of sexism that even a female IBM big shot cannot hope to bring down
Hank Haney was once employed as Tiger Woods's coach but after causing widespread sympathy for the shamed superstar perhaps he should now apply to be his PR man.
Is that the sound of Tiger Woods' rivals running to the hills? Not quite, although Justin Rose does believe that he and his fellow pros should resign themselves to another period of domination from the red-shirted one.
Swansea City 0 Everton 2
Former world No 1 shows old authority to seal first victory in two years and become Masters favourite
Haney's warts-and-all book might have been avoided had Tiger not built so many barricades
Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy have upset the King. Arnold Palmer yesterday revealed his anger at the absence of the world's Nos 1 and 2 from the tournament bearing his name.
Tiger Woods eased concerns he would miss the first Masters of his career by coming through 18 holes of an exhibition event yesterday, just eight days after an Achilles injury forced his withdrawal from the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Luke Donald grasped the world No 1 tag back off Rory McIlroy last night with victory in the Transitions Championship in Florida. The Englishman showed ice-cool nerves to win a four-man play-off and ensure he will tee off the season's first major at the top of the rankings.
Wales 16 France 9