James Corrigan

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

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Donald Hook: All eyes are on Luke Donald's tee shot on the third hole yesterday

Donald admits he is a major let-down

World No 1 says his Masters performance 'just isn't good enough' – although he is still angry about almost being disqualified in the first round

Phil Mickelson marches on to the 15th hole during his third round of 66 yesterday

Mickelson awaits as McIlroy falls apart

Home favourite looks poised to pose in fourth Green Jacket after young pretender finds demons chasing him around the National course again

Fred Couples tees off on the 18th yesterday

Veteran Couples and young McIlroy move on up

52-year-old former champion and the Ulsterman 30 years his junior head pack but toiling Woods suffers torrid day

Lee Westwood has a first round lead in a major for the first time

Westwood cuts through all the hype to deliver

McIlroy recovers from slow start, Woods has erratic day while Stenson suffers meltdown

Augusta Diary: Donald's comic turn proves a blast

The cat is well and truly out of the bag, the cool cat even. So much for Luke Donald cast in the role of the staid, quiet Englishman with all the humour of John Major during a sponsored silence. The dude, as the say over here, is a blast.

Lee Westwood is looking to put an end to his - and England's - major drought

Masters that offers so much more than a two-horse race

The talk is all of Tiger and Rory but don't forget Mickelson in what promises to be a birdie-fest

Peter Alliss, the BBC's voice of golf, says: 'It's like playing poker with someone with millions'

Alliss saddened as BBC Masters coverage goes down the tube

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.

Tiger Woods is all smiles during practice at Augusta yesterday

Tiger purrs over Rory who is given reminder of horror show

Tiger Woods has finally joined in with the Rory-mania. The 14-times major champion had previously resisted adding to all the hype which has accompanied the young Ulsterman's rise into the world's elite, but yesterday he found the temptation to praise irresistible.

England's Lee Westwood (left) shares a joke with Ian Woosnam, of Wales, during a practice round at Augusta yesterday

Donald urges BBC not to turn its back on 'tradition'

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.

Tiger Woods inspects his ball during a practice round at Augusta yesterday

Woods feels 'old times' are here again after revival

Tiger Woods is two practice rounds into his bid to win a fifth Green Jacket and the word from his companion is highly promising. When Mark O'Meara stepped off the course here yesterday he looked like a man who had seen it all before. "Everything I've seen out there was extremely good," said O'Meara, who donned green himself in 1998. "He said it felt like old times out there again."

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