The Open 2013 diary: Gary Player sticks to naked truth

Gary Player raised many eyebrows at the start of the week when pictures of the 77-year-old posing naked appeared in a magazine as part of an anti-obesity campaign.

It’s a borderline lottery on some holes claimed Charl Schwartzel

Kevin Garside: A horror show, but it’s been shared out on equal terms at the Open

It’s a borderline lottery on some holes claimed Charl Schwartzel, grateful to have completed the morning shift.

Darren Clarke thrashes around in the bunker on the sixth on his way to a quadruple bogey eight

The Open 2013: Bunker hell no bother for Darren Clarke

So the major winner from Northern Ireland is sneakily placed behind the leaders to make a tilt at the Claret Jug. No, not that major winner. Or indeed the other one.

Coasting: Phil Mickelson enjoys the views on day three of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart yesterday

Big Phil stands between Paul Casey and a shot at The Open

Paul Casey's chances of extending his proud run of playing in the last 12 Open Championships will be on a knife edge at Castle Stuart today. Just one 11th-hour ticket to play in the year's third major, which starts at Muirfield on Thursday, is available to the field at this weekend's Scottish Open.

Just Rose with the US Open trophy and 15 years ago as a 17-year-old at Royal Birkdale

The hoodoo 'is broken': Justin Rose hopes US Open victory can inspire fellow Englishmen to Major success

Rose became the first Enlish winner of a Major for 17 years

Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie emerges as contender to Paul McGinley for Ryder Cup captaincy

Discussions over who will take role to be held later this week

Darren Clarke has all but ruled himself out of the running

Kevin Garside: It's time golf woke up to Ryder Cup captaincy's big business appeal

The Way I See It: Europe must bring in a process that reflects the event’s shift in importance

‘This was it. The moment that would decide the Ryder Cup. A 10-footer for glory ... Get in!’
Superb outlook: Paul Lawrie, in fine form before the Ryder Cup, plays the second at Gleneagles on his way to a 67

Lawrie eyes victory as Colsaerts waits in hope

Paul Lawrie is in position to celebrate his return to the Ryder Cup with another victory today, as Nicolas Colsaerts fights "like a dog" to join him on the plane to Chicago.

Lee Westwood plays out of a bunker during practice at Royal Lytham

Lee Westwood hoping life begins at 40 in the majors

Briton's move to the States is final push to emulate the likes of Els and Clarke

Darren Clarke keeps his pencil on hand during a practice round

Clarke: I've struggled but found the missing links

Defending champion admits to a year of difficulty but claims Lytham will suit him

Justin Rose paired with Tiger Woods at The Open for fourth time

England's Justin Rose insists he has grown used to the circus which comes with playing alongside Tiger Woods and believes a home crowd will be a great leveller at Royal Lytham this week.

The sporting week ahead (15/07/12)

Today

Padraig Harrington: 'I've been playing well for
a while now. Both parts
of my game are good'

Harrington maintains Irish interest

Dubliner takes centre stage as Ulster trio drop out of running at Royal Portrush

Clarke's Spanish title left in limbo

The Iberdrola Open, scheduled to take place in Mallorca in May, has been cancelled because it could not attract a sponsor.

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