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Golden Bear predicts Tiger will struggle to catch him

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James Lawton: The beginning of the end for Tiger? Never write off a great champion

No one knows better than Nicklaus the terrain Woods currently occupies

Sport on TV: It's Alliss in wonderland with the king of clubs &ndash; and hearts

If you don't particularly like golf, there are few players you would be prepared to watch a TV programme about. Perhaps only one: Severiano Ballesteros. OK, so he had some dodgy pairs of flares in his time but it was his flair on the course that transcended his staid pastime; he had a sunny disposition mixed with Mediterranean emotion; and, for those who only really get interested in the game when the Ryder Cup is on, "he was without a doubt the reason why Europe started winning", according to Jack Nicklaus on Inside Sport Special (BBC1, Wednesday). If you were to watch a programme about Nick Faldo or Bernhard Langer, you would be likely to reflect upon a good three-quarters of an hour spoiled.

'If our boys don't win it's because they're not good enough...'

The USPGA returns to the site of Tony Jacklin's greatest win this week. He tells James Corrigan why Britain's finest may come up short once again

Property abroad: The undiscovered Algarve

Away from the high-rise blocks and stratospheric prices of the tourist trail there are quieter, cheaper areas with historic towns, rustic markets and golden beaches, says Laura Latham

When sport became more than just a game

These rare moments transcend the intense heat of competition and recall the times foe becomes friend.

Watson takes swing at ageism

59-year-old with an artificial hip demonstrates that age is no barrier to success &ndash; nearly

James Lawton: Time runs out for a hero from days past

Jack Nicklaus watches from Florida with tears in his eyes as his old friend's poignant quest to turn back the clock fails at the last

Woods' failure puts his coach in line of fire

There hasn't been an inquest as urgent as this in these parts since the locals discovered that Mr and Mrs Sawney Bean and their 46 offspring had been living undetected in caves for 25 years feasting themselves on more than 1,000 (human) victims. Why did Tiger Woods miss the cut? Seemingly everybody had a theory here yesterday.

A day when Tiger looked mortal and bewildered

Sometimes the genius of the Tiger has failed. Seven years ago some way east of here in Muirfield it was blown away, but there was a storm of biblical proportions going on when he shot 81 on the third day of that Open.

Watson the talk of Turnberry

Miguel Angel Jimenez equalled the lowest first round in Open Championship history with a six-under-par 64 today - but Tom Watson was still the talk of Turnberry.

Great Sporting Moments: Tiger Woods wins the US Masters Augusta, Georgia, 10-13 April, 1997

With hindsight, it was just one major among many. At the time, it was a breakthrough that shook the world. A spectacular new talent had arrived &ndash; and our whole idea of what golf is had been turned upside down. James Lawton on the day Tiger Woods stunned Augusta
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