Lorena Ochoa tees off from the 18th with the St Andrews clubhouse in the background, during the 2007 Women's British Open

Kevin Garside: Golf's outposts of prejudice should follow R&A's example and vote on whether to admit women

Early indications from the members are very positive indeed

General view of the Clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews

260 years after it was founded, R&A Golf Club set to allow women members

The club came under considerable pressure to make the change

Faldo/Norman: The 1996 Masters by Andy Farrell

Book of the week: Faldo/Norman - The 1996 Masters by Andy Farrell

Coming second in a major is hardly a disgrace – there are many very good golfers who never manage to rise as high. But when you have started the final round six shots ahead of your nearest rival and end the day five shots adrift, defeat must scar the soul.

Tiger Woods clutches his painful lower back at Doral a fortnight ago

The Masters 2014: This time, Tiger Woods will find it harder to reach first at Augusta

With the first major of the season three weeks away, will the world No 1's back be up to the challenge?

Tiger Woods had a day to forget at Doral after posting an impressive score of 66

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On the bright side, Tiger Woods progressed beyond the 13 hole on championship on Sunday. For the second week in succession Woods limped out of the picture if not the contest with a recurrence of back trouble, his closing round of 78 only the ninth of his career without a birdie.

Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd

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Graeme McDowell took the clubhouse lead with a one-under-par round of 71

WGC-Cadillac Championship: High scores as wind blows field wide open

All that money to return the Blue Monster to something like its former notoriety as a course to fear. Donald Trump should have kept in his pocket the $250 million it cost to reinvent the greens and resculpture the fairways. A gusting wind made this a brute for free.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, hits from a 12th hole sand trap during the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament

Rory McIlroy and Co trumped by weather at the WGC-Cadillac Championship

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Ryder Cup 2014: Europe captain Paul McGinley appoints Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as vice-captains

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Tiger Woods laughs off his back problems

WGC-Cadillac Championship: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake off the pain and come out joking

Fun and games were the order of the day ahead of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami, which starts on Thursday, Rory McIlroy cracking the jokes at England's expense and Tiger Woods fit as a butcher's dog just three days after quitting on the course with a poorly back. Or is he?

Victor Dubuisson pulls off a spectacular shot from the desert in last month’s World Match Play

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It’s Donald Trump’s exclusive, glitzy, dazzling cocktail jamboree. Oh and the world’s finest golfers will be playing a tournament too

I can look forward to ‘a vodka-infused cocktail party at a South Beach club’

Tiger Woods grimaces with pain before his withdrawal from the Honda Classic on Sunday

Honda Classic 2014: Tiger Woods quits mid-round as back injury returns

The first major of the season, the Masters, is only five weeks away

Shake on it: Tiger Woods was happy to hit form after a difficult spell

Honda Classic: Tiger Woods rediscovers form to delight adoring fans

Is the Tiger on the prowl again after months in hibernation? Woods had his lowest score on the US PGA Tour in seven months and although he remains way off the pace at Palm Beach Gardens he was at least assured of playing in the fourth round of the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65.

Edwin Curtis was hit on the head at the Honda Classic Palm Beach by George McNeill's drive

FORE! Fan left with massive golf ball-sized lump on head after being hit by George McNeill's drive at the Honda Classic

Edwin Curtis was seated near the 18th green when he was hit by the stray golf ball, with McNeill giving him a signed glove to make up for the wound

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