Sport Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the Australian Open

Northern Irishman pleased to put frustrating year behind him

We’re all in this together (the Royal Box)

While unions put the final touches to their plans, the great and good had more pressing matters to attend to

James Lawton: Frenchman finds nerve and adventure to force Federer to lose the faith

Former champion forfeits two-set lead for first time at Grand Slam

McIlroy plans to keep Open fans waiting

Rory McIlroy plans to be the last man in and the last man out at the Open Championship. The US Open champion – aka "the hottest man in golf" – yesterday revealed how he will skip the first two official practice days at Royal St George's, delaying his long-awaited reappearance until the eve of the British major.

Jack Nicklaus praises US Open winner Rory McIlroy

Jack Nicklaus had to laugh last night when reminded that new US Open champion Rory McIlroy was a few months younger than him when he landed the first of his record 18 majors in 1962.

'Rory is potentially the next Tiger. Yeah, he's that good'

"He's got a great golf swing, great tempo and doesn't try to kill it or do anything unusual with the ball. I like his moxie; he's cocksure in the way he walks. You have to have a little swagger like that. He's a great kid – humble when he needs to be, confident when he needs to be confident. He'll have a great career, there's no question about that. He's way ahead of my pace when I won my first major and well ahead of my score." - Jack Nicklaus 18-time major winner

James Lawton: McIlroy brushes off brickbats after meltdown at Augusta

Only a fool would have dismissed the perils. McIlroy still had to get in safely. He still had to drive home the reality of some of the greatest days golf has even seen

'He'd be sitting in the pram with a plastic golf club in his hand'

From a boy to a man. Eight-year-old Rory McIlroy used to chip golf balls with a plastic club into the washing machine at his Holywood home in Northern Ireland. The 22-year-old spent the last four days tossing the world's greatest players into a spin cycle and hanging them out to dry. It has been a glimpse of what to expect for the next decade.

Augusta's lost boy turns into Holywood starlet

"Rory McIlroy is back at the top – but staying there is a different story".

Boxing: Hopkins, 46, out to be oldest world champion

Bernard Hopkins was aiming to become the oldest boxer to win a world title when he challenged Jean Pascal for the WBC light-heavyweight crown in Montreal in the early hours of this morning. The American, 46, is six months older than George Foreman was when he dethroned the heavyweight world champion Michael Moorer in 1994.

Brian Viner: My unforgettable bunker lesson with Ballesteros

Even when the great man's career was in decline, he made time to help Brian Viner improve his short game, as well as talking Woods, wedges, putters and personalities

James Lawton: Why don't the stars of today burn as brightly as Seve did?

Of course, there's Bolt and Messi but none of the current generation of greats can create a depth of passion the way Ballesteros could

Ballesteros, passionate genius with unique talent

The Spanish legend lost his battle with cancer yesterday. James Corrigan pays tribute to golf's pied piper who made the stuffy old game cool

James Lawton: Seve - fierce commitment and uncharted brilliance

Ballesteros's death was more than the end of a great sports career

Seve Ballesteros, who brought a flamenco snap to all he did

One of the most charismatic and exciting players golf has seen died yesterday, after a three-year battle with cancer

Ballesteros dies at home in north Spain

Golf legend Seve Ballesteros has died at the age of 54, his family have confirmed via his official website.

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