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

The Last Word: Reaction to 'minor setback' shows Rory is a major player

Even Tiger Woods has tasted major defeat three times more often than victory

James Lawton: If Tiger is to recover his zip, he should remember how Nicklaus relocated his genius

The fact is Nicklaus also had an early mid-life crisis, and it was one that persuaded himhis winning touch had possibly gone for ever

James Corrigan: With all his troubles does Woods need a coach who thinks he can save the world?

Nobody should doubt the sincerity of this Robin Hood in a Nike-sponsored visor; least of all a cynical Brit. But what can be queried is Tiger's need for all this

Augusta memories: 'The loudest roar I ever heard on a golf course'

Nicklaus nostalgia still going strong – 25 years after his Masters miracle

Ernie Els looks for boost from Lee Westwood

Ernie Els is determined to prove again that it is possible to go from zero to hero in the space of a week - and that spending time with Lee Westwood pays dividends.

James Lawton: If Lièvremont hates the English, is it because he fears humiliation for France in World Cup year?

A number of hard questions will be asked at Twickenham this evening, not least at the front of the scrum, but let's start at the beginning.

Paul McGinley: 'It would be a huge honour to be the first Irish captain'

The Brian Viner Interview: He sank the winning putt in 2002, and has ambitions to lead the team in 2012. But first, as Monty's lieutenant, he has work to do this week, and he knows it won't be easy

James Lawton: From Old Tom to Tiger, 150 years of the Open have brought intrigue, passion – and glory

It was entirely to be expected that no place on earth this week could have rivalled the readiness with which the old grey town accepted that if Tiger Woods is flawed as a man he remains, almost certainly, unsurpassable as a golfer.

Tom Watson: 'How long did I suffer after the last Open? 24 hours... honestly'

The Brian Viner Interview: A year ago, and then aged 59, he so nearly sealed one of golf's great victories. As St Andrews looms, he recalls the good times and bad

Woods pencils in Memorial return

Tiger Woods will make his latest comeback to competitive golf in Ohio next week. The Golf Channel revealed last night that the world No 1 will play in The Memorial at Muirfield Village, alleviating fears that a neck injury would force him to go into next month's US Open without a prep event.

Britain's honest 'loser' wins over America

Public celebrates golfer who forfeited a $1m prize by calling a penalty on himself

James Lawton: Woods conjures flashes of his old genius

All Tiger needed was an opening drive which dissected the fairway and he got it

Augusta Diary: Tiger and Nike turn family affair into tasteless advert

Anybody who has seen the ill-timed, ill-considered, just plain ill Tiger Woods advert could be forgiven for thinking that Nike have a new ouija board to market. How else can you explain this macabre 30 seconds in which Woods' father, Earl, makes contact from beyond the grave?

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