James Corrigan

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

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Rory McIlroy hits from a bunker on the 10th during his difficult start yesterday

McIlroy feels a draught at the top of the world

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, particularly when it's gusting 25mph, you're “feeling flat” and a Blue Monster is rattling your cage. So it was for Rory McIlroy here at the WGC Cadillac yesterday as, on his first competitive day as world No 1, he shot over par for the first time in five months.

Tiger Woods waits to putt during the final round of the Honda Classic, where he was in storming form

Rory v Tiger – let battle commence

Woods desperate to play down rivalry but it is all anyone can think about at WGC Championship

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Lewis Moody: Flanker to try his hand at coaching after body says enough is enough

A shoulder injury has forced 'Mad Dog' to call it quits. He talks to James Corrigan

Luke Donald hopes to claim back his No 1 ranking at Doral this week

Donald out to 'slip past' No 1 rivals

Great Britain and Ireland should rightfully feel on top of the golfing world when the first three players in the rankings tee off here together tomorrow. Who would ever have thought that a 22-year-old from Ulster would be the No 1 and that his nearest pursuers would be two thirtysomethings from England? Or that everyone would be feeling positive about Tiger Woods, down there at No 16?

Rory McIlroy reacts after winning the Honda Classic on Sunday to became the top-ranked golfer in the world

How McIlroy became king of the world

The moppy-haired boy from Belfast always thought he would be world No 1. Now expect him to dominate the game for decades, writes James Corrigan in Miami

Rory McIlroy makes sure everyone knows he is the new world No 1 after victory in the Honda Classic in Florida yesterday

McIlroy reaches top of the world after marching past Tiger's trap

The greatest doubted him and the other greatest pushed him. But Rory McIlroy became the world No 1 regardless what Jack said or Tiger did. If ever a coronation possessed validity, it was here at the Honda Classic in Florida yesterday.

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Rory aims for world domination but despite his admiration for a fallen hero he'll do it the McIlroy way

McIlroy poised to claim his throne

Rory takes two-shot lead into final round of Honda Classic with world No 1 spot the reward for victory

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Tiger Woods planned to switch to the military, says former coach Hank Haney, right

Tiger aimed to 'give up golf to be a Navy Seal'

Book by former world No 1's coach reveals Woods's obsession with US special forces

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