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

Duel in the Sun: The epic battle between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus

At Turnberry in 1977, golf – and the spirit of sportsmanship itself – were taken to heights rarely seen before or since. James Corrigan recalls the 'Duel in the Sun', an epic battle between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus that will live for ever on the famous links

Stan Hey: 6-5 Against

Like planets aligning, the conjunction of two events next Thursday will produce a heavenly British summer's sporting day – weather permitting. The second Ashes Test will unfold at Lord's, while up on the coast below Ayr, the Open Championship is staged at Turnberry for only the fourth time.

Padraig Harrington: 'If I win a third, I'll sing from the rooftops'

Padraig Harrington has won the last two Opens – not bad for a man who once seemed destined to remain an also-ran. He tells Brian Viner about his plans to add to the collection of replica Claret Jugs in his kitchen

Woods holds off Mahan's late charge to triumph

Tournament host Tiger Woods saw off the defending champion Anthony Kim and held off a last-round charge from Hunter Mahan to win the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Maryland last night.

New Songdo City: Atlantis of the Far East

On land reclaimed from the sea, South Korea is building a new city that aims to banish the problems of the modern world. David McNeill reports

James Lawton: As Sir Nick knows, truly great competitors have no need for popularity contests

Faldo lost the Ryder Cup but won by 10 up the George W Bush diplomatic medal

The Hacker: You need to have a screw loose to play St Mellion – I really did

It was like meeting an old friend who had fallen on hard times but is now spruced up and smarter than ever. The only trouble is that he's just as nasty as he used to be.

Faldo will return for the Open

Nick Faldo has officially entered what will be his 33rd Open and 96th major championship at Turnberry in July. The three-times champion missed last year's event for the first time since he failed to qualify as an amateur in 1975, but that was because he was Ryder Cup captain and wanted to study potential candidates.

Peter Bills: Walls between rugby and the media are getting higher

Augusta National golf club in America, where I spent last week, is a world away from the rugby grounds of the world, my usual working habitat. But I've come to the conclusion that it isn't just facilities that are superior in the game of golf.

James Lawton: Competitive fire fails to take Perry to highest level

American veteran, unable to fulfil his dream of making good on a lifetime of struggle and taking a place among elite.

James Lawton: Never say die is Tiger's cry as game eludes him

Tiger Woods said he had fought harder than ever before to get a score, which just goes to show that even a genius isn't always guaranteed success. A run of three birdies on the back nine took him to four under, but that still left him seven shots outside the lead after a fine, nerveless save on the last hole. It also just happened to be precisely where he had started the day.

Campbell maintains strong start at Masters

Chad Campbell got off to another strong start today in the second round of the Masters.

James Lawton: A generation inspired by Tiger takes centre stage

Gary Player tells McIlroy and his young contenders that now is the time to step up.

James Lawton: Norman's last conquest

Thirteen years after his epic meltdown at the Masters, Greg Norman is back in Augusta – this time with his son as caddy and Chris Evert cheering him on

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