Zhang leaves best until last with 20-foot putt

Zhang Lian-Wei thrilled home fans with a birdie at the 18th hole to take a share of a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Asian Open yesterday.

Players leap to Faldo's defence after Azinger attack

Aspiring members of Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup team leapt to the Europe captain's defence yesterday following criticism from his American counterpart Paul Azinger. Five months before the tournament in Louisville, Azinger claimed that players want nothing to do with Faldo, saying, "He did what he did as a player, and there are relational consequences."

Woods outburst as winning run ended by Ogilvy

Tiger Woods was never going to give up his winning run quietly, so perhaps the world of golf was not too surprised when he pushed Geoff Ogilvy all the way before releasing his grip on the WGC CA Championship in yesterday's rain-delayed finish here in Miami. What is sure to shock, however, was his extraordinary, expletive-strewn outburst at a group of photographers. Yes, Woods lost his streak. But with it went his temper.

Stenson blown back as Kaymer tames the wind

Martin Kaymer, the European Tour Rookie of the Year, carded an impressive six-under-par 66 to hold a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson following the first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship here yesterday.

Forsyth fuels hopes of rare home success

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Butch Harmon: Masters and pupils; golfing guru who nurtured Tiger to top of food chain

At next week's US Masters, a burly figure with a twitch in his left eye that, when it gets going, is reminiscent of Herbert Lom's in the Pink Panther films, will practically set up camp on the Augusta National practice ground.

Golf: Langer starts race for Ryder captaincy

BERNHARD LANGER paved the way for Ian Woosnam or Nick Faldo to be appointed the European Ryder Cup captain by confirming yesterday that he will not seek a second term. Instead, the German, who has already finished in the top five in the States this season, will attempt to regain his place as a player at the K Club in Ireland next year.

Injury 'just a tweak', says cautious Clarke

If there was one word Darren Clarke wanted emphasised, underlined, capped up, the works, it was "precaution". But then it is the week before the Ryder Cup so he knew what to expect after withdrawing from the pro-am on the eve of the Linde German Masters.

Europe's best chase last Ryder Cup spots

Torrential rain delayed the start of the World Golf Championship in Akron for over four hours yesterday. The tournament is the penultimate qualifying event for Europe's team for next month's Ryder Cup.

Clarke fired up to defend title

Since the World Golf Championships were introduced in 1999, Tiger Woods has played 16 of the 19 events, won nine of them and earned more than $10m (£5.5m).

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