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COMMENT: The 14-time Major winner deserves to be venerated just as much as Jack Nicklaus for his career achievements, yet he is not loved

Out of the blue: Lee Westwood on the 13th tee at Muirfield on his way to a two-stroke lead

James Lawton: The putt that made Lee Westwood believe

As he rolled it fully 60 feet into the hole for an eagle to take the outright lead, you could sense Briton felt the moment that could define his career may be close

Best of enemies: Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington, left

The Open 2013: 'Handbrake' turn by Padraig Harrington drives Sergio Garcia to distraction

Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia have history. Or, as psychologists today like to say: “They have issues.” The bad luck of the draw thrust them together for the third round. It didn’t take long for one of them to become irritated by the other.

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.

Rory McIlroy walks off the 18th green after finishing his round of 75

The Open 2013: Rory McIlroy, the doctor will be ready to see you now...

What the heck is wrong with Rory McIlroy?  He can’t be cursed, can he? It was only an equipment and clothing deal with Nike, not the Devil.

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.

Lee Westwood launches his approach to the 14th green yesterday

The Open 2013: Nearly man Lee Westwood the real deal again

Three late dropped shots fail to dampen enthusiasm of forgotten major contender 

Lee Westwood celebrates his eagle at the fifth on day 3 of the Open Championship

The Open 2013: The latest report from the third round at Muirfield

Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood edge into contention but Miguel Angel Jimenez leads

Henrik Stenson plays off the second tee on his way to a second consecutive round of 70 yesterday

The Open 2013: Henrik Stenson puts slump behind him

Henrik Stenson believes rolling with the punches is the key to his attempt to become the first Swedish man to win a major title.

Graeme McDowell has missed the cut or won in last eight events

The Open 2013: Graeme McDowell makes cut (which means that he’s going to win)

Ladies and gentlemen, we now know your winner of the 2013 Open Championship. Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the Royal and Ancient, can already fill in the blank in his speech at the awards ceremony tomorrow night. Spoiler alert. The champion golfer of the year is… Graeme McDowell.

Tiger Woods

The Open 2013: Tiger Woods believes he is in 'a good spot' after steady round at Muirfield

The world number one is at two under at the halfway stage

Lee Westwood

The Open 2013: Lee Westwood plans to 'kick back on the couch' after surging back into contention

The Brit posts a card of 68 to leave him two under par

Tiger Woods finished two under par despite a difficult dry course

The Open 2013: Tiger Woods fights to keep hopes alive in dry conditions

An instinct for survival kept Tiger Woods’s chances of a fourth Open crown, and a first major title for five years, alive yesterday.

The Sport Matrix: Friday 19 July 2013

Open under fire as players lambast ‘joke’ course

Did people complain because of what Inverdale said, or because of the fuss about what he said?

What Inverdale was expressing was the sort of sentiment that millions of otherwise right-thinking men watching Wimbledon may have shared

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