James Corrigan

James Corrigan writes about golf and other sports for The Independent.

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Rory McIlroy picked up a two-shot penalty for breaking a bunker rule

Donald dobs in McIlroy for 'brain-dead' bunker error

What is Northern Irish for "what a stupid I am"? Try, "I'm brain-dead".

Tiger Woods keeps an eye on Rory McIlroy

Tiger eclipsed by Rory's rescues

Rory McIlroy chose the perfect day on which to perform his young Tiger Woods impersonation. With the 14-time major winner looking on, his would-be heir performed golfing alchemy by turning a 72 into a 67 to take the first-day lead in the Abu Dhabi Championship yesterday.

Rory McIlroy gets into the swing of things inAbu Dhabi

'Tiger geek' McIlroy set to tee-off with his hero

The last time Rory McIlroy accompanied Tiger Woods on 18 holes in the Arabian Desert he was a 16-year-old amateur who was forced to borrow a sports photographer's camera and bib to get close to his hero. Six years on, all the lenses were destined to be trained on the Ulsterman.

Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy perform a traditional Emirati dance

Revitalised Tiger Woods enjoying plenty of bucks for his bang

He admits playing in the desert is all about the money but he is also excited about pitting his wits against young pretender Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods believes he has the game to win in Abu Dhabi this week

Tiger lacks the concentration to win, says Faldo

It will not just be the top four players in the world Tiger Woods will be trying to conquer on his seasonal bow in Abu Dhabi this week, but also his "broken concentration". That is the view of Sir Nick Faldo, who does not necessarily agree that the 14-time major champion turned a corner with his first win in more than two years.

Lonely this winter: England enter a deserted stadium to bat in the First Test against Pakistan in Dubai last week

The Last Word: Test cricket running on empty

Dwindling crowds have put five-day game in crisis but Pakistan's revival offers some hope

Tiger Woods says he is ready to show the world what he can do once again

Woods accuses former coach Haney of writing book 'just for the money'

Tiger Woods vented his fury at an ex last night, accusing his former coach, under whom he won six majors, of writing a book about their time together "just for the money".

Chris Coleman: 'I'm man enough to say 'This is how I want to do it. Come along or don't.'

Wales still need Bellamy, says new coach Coleman

Chris Coleman's first priority as Wales manager will be to convince Craig Bellamy not to retire from international football. Yet while in his sit-down with the Liverpool striker he will stress his intention not to rip up Gary Speed's winning formula, he will ensure there is no doubt about who is boss.

Chris Coleman will be unveiled as Wales manager today

Coleman will take Wales job stressing continuity

Chris Coleman will today be named as the new Wales manager, entrusted with succeeding Gary Speed, who committed suicide two months ago. The former Fulham manager was the overwhelming choice of the Football Association of Wales.

Gavin Henson has been called into the Wales squad despite being dropped by the Blues this week

Wales offer Henson another last chance

Gavin Henson has yet another chance to stake his claim for Wales despite having made only nine first-class starting appearances in almost three years and having been dropped from this weekend's Heineken Cup decider by the Blues. Warren Gatland warned, however, that if the utility back "is not up to speed" he will not appear in the final Six Nations squad.

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