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The time has come for someone to say no to Tiger Woods, if only to save him from himself. We are about to discover if Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson is that man. Paul Azinger, the only American skipper to have won golf's game of thrones this century, and without Tiger to boot, came out as a beacon of reason when he said yesterday that Woods was unselectable.

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US PGA Championship 2014: Rory McIroy in 'the best place to be' going in to final day

Northern Irishman ends round on 13 under par, but Bernd Wiesberger, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day are close behind

US PGA Championship 2014: Tiger Woods fails to make cut after suffering with back condition

On a day when the withdrawal count hit five it was a triumph of sorts that Tiger Woods took his leave of the PGA Championship via the cut, only the fourth he has missed in majors as a pro and his fifth in total.

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US PGA Championship 2014: Rory McIlroy - 'It wasn't pretty but neither was the weather'

Your leader in the clubhouse, Rory McIlroy, has become the refrain of summer.

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US PGA Championship 2014: McIlroy shows full mettle by battling through the storm

World No 1 overcomes difficult conditions at Valhalla to keep on track for more major success at the US PGA

The ninth green is completely flooded by torrential rain on day two of the US PGA Championship at Valhalla

US PGA Championship 2014: Torrential rain halts proceedings after just 20 minutes of play on day two

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Chris Wood at the US PGA Championship after changing his trousers having split them on the second hole

US PGA Championship 2014: Chris Wood tears up Valhalla after tearing up his trousers

Wood split his trousers bending over on just the second hole but went on the card an impressive 66

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US PGA Championship 2014: It wasn’t very good. I hit lots of bad shots, says Tiger Woods of his opening round

Under par after two rounds and he is right in the ball game was the optimistic gloss applied by Tiger Woods to a three-over-par 74 today. If only he played like he spins bad news. Woods is nowhere near this game, he’s in denial.  

Lee Westwood, right, celebrates completing his round of 65

US PGA Championship 2014: Lee Westwood soars back to former heights as Tiger Woods is grounded

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PGA Championship 2014: Sergio Garcia hoping to shake off bridesmaid tag and run off with Rory McIlroy’s cake

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US PGA Championship 2014: Rory McIlroy holds the spotlight as the man they all need to beat at Valhalla

World No 1 draws gasps on the range and praise from Jack Nicklaus

Rory McIlroy plays out of a bunker during a practice round at Valhalla

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He may be the heir apparent to Tiger Woods, but one major player is determined not to be intimidated by the new No 1

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