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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

Ian Poulter found his Ryder Cup form to produce a mesmerising run of eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie to put himself into contention as clubhouse leader on one-over.

US PGA Championship: Ian Poulter feels pressure could be the key to breaking his Major Championship duck

After third-place finish at Muirfield, Ryder Cup hero Poulter believes a fast start on Thursday could see him lift the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday

Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney

Transfer news: Chelsea convinced that Wayne Rooney will still arrive from Manchester United this summer

The Blues have now made two bids for the England striker

Tiger Woods shows off the trophy after his eighth Invitational win

Child’s play win for Tiger Woods spurs major challenge

Victory at Firestone has world No 1 looking good to end five-year drought at US PGA this week

Tiger Woods had a steady start to his final round in Ohio

Tiger Woods eyes major glory after 79th PGA Tour victory

The world number one won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods had a steady start to his final round in Ohio

Tiger Woods builds momentum as he closes in on PGA record

Tiger Woods, playing rock-steady golf, was coasting toward his 79th career win on the PGA Tour as he preserved a commanding seven-shot lead midway through last night’s final round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Inbee Park in action at St Andrews. Those who constantly seek to compare women’s sport to the men are missing the point

Kevin Garside: You only need to watch women’s sport to see what you’re missing

The Way I See It: The British Women’s Open was awash with compelling tales last week

Stacy Lewis shows off the Open trophy after her triumph

Indefatigable Stacy Lewis storms to Open glory with late run

American refuses to be blown off course by high winds and comes from behind for second major

Matt Butler: Beeb snubs medallists and rides equality out of town

View From the Sofa: There was not a single woman among the riders

Inbee Park chips on the fourth hole yesterday

Inbee Park bid for glory blown off course by cruel winds at British Open

It will take a humungous heave to pull in the field from here, the kind of feat that is commonplace in Inbee Park's season of unprecedented riches. No one needs convincing of Park's status as the world's best female golfer. A fourth major victory on the spin to keep her grand slam ambitions alive would add lustre to her name but hardly substance.

Tiger Woods carded a four under round of 66

Tiger Woods roars into Firestone lead with course record at Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods put himself well on track for an eighth Bridgestone Invitational title with a stunning course record 61 that left him seven shots clear of Keegan Bradley, his nearest rival.

Inbee Park, of South Korea, stands on the Old Course at St Andrews, where she will begin her attempt at a fourth major this year

Inbee Park: A walk in the park at the British Open?

The South Korean has won three majors this year. At St Andrews she starts her quest for a fourth – a feat no pro golfer has achieved

The Northern Irishman spent the last week at home playing golf with friends

Rory McIlroy recalls the days when golf was a joy to play

Well, at least he can't miss the cut this week. Rory McIlroy sets out at Firestone to rekindle the spirit of 2012, when he finished fifth at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational en route one week later to his second major title.

Carissa Yip is the youngest chess expert since records began

A chess expert at nine, Carissa Yip is set to be master next

Percy Yip began teaching his daughter Carissa to play chess in 2010. After just one year, she could beat him. Two years later, the Massachusetts schoolgirl has just become the youngest female on record to reach the US Chess Federation’s (USCF) “expert” level. Carissa is nine years old.

People have looked for the reason behind Rory McIlroy’s struggles

‘Distractions’ are not spoiling Rory McIlroy – the ball is just not dropping

Apparently the desire to be with the girl he loves is bad for his golf

Lee Westwood will seek advice from three golfing experts

Lee Westwood shifts focus in quest for first major

Lee Westwood will seek advice from three golfing experts as he attempts to bury the disappointment of his Sunday-afternoon collapse in The Open at Muirfield by finally winning his first major at next month's USPGA Championship.

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