Sport Rory McIlroy plays a shot on the 13th during the pro-am event ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic

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Justin Rose paired with Tiger Woods at The Open for fourth time

England's Justin Rose insists he has grown used to the circus which comes with playing alongside Tiger Woods and believes a home crowd will be a great leveller at Royal Lytham this week.

Francesco Molinari throws his ball to the crowd after taking a 17-under-par, one-shot lead into today's final round of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart

Olazabal tips Westwood, Donald and Molinari to lead the way at Lytham

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Webb Simpson of the United States (R) looks down at the trophy as Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland looks on

Graeme McDowell expresses frustration after missing out on US Open by one shot to Webb Simpson

Graeme McDowell admitted to frustration and pride after losing out in the US Open by a shot to Webb Simpson.

Lee Westwood watches his tee shot on the 10th hole yesterday

McIlroy heads for early exit but Westwood battles back

It is a job to know which was handing out the greater lesson, a brutal US Open course or life. A year ago he was the toast of Congressional, a 22-year-old supernova ripping up the tournament template with a pair of 65s en route to a record low score. How America loved Rory McIlroy, the tousled haired cherub with a murderous swing and the confidence to go for everything.

It was a bad day for Rory McIlroy

Lee Westwood holds it together as Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald struggle at the US Open

Defending US Open champion Rory McIlroy and world no.1 Luke Donald, return to Olympic Club in San Francisco today facing a monumental battle to remain in the championship.

Els: 'You make changes on a great course like this one, you know people are not going to like it'

Ernie Els: Wentworth is ready after all the complaints

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Donald Hook: All eyes are on Luke Donald's tee shot on the third hole yesterday

Donald admits he is a major let-down

World No 1 says his Masters performance 'just isn't good enough' – although he is still angry about almost being disqualified in the first round

Fred Couples tees off on the 18th yesterday

Veteran Couples and young McIlroy move on up

52-year-old former champion and the Ulsterman 30 years his junior head pack but toiling Woods suffers torrid day

Tiger Woods during practice yesterday

James Lawton: Hot air about 'greatest Masters' will soon be gone with the wind

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Lee Westwood continues his search for a first major

Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood to battle it out at Masters for world number one spot

Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood fill the top three spots on the world rankings going into The Masters - and any one of them could be number one at the end of the week.

Poulter has pulled out

Ian Poulter pulls out of Honda Classic with pneumonia

Ian Poulter has pulled out of this week's Honda Classic PGA Tour event after contracting pneumonia.

The world No 1 Luke Donald will play Ernie Els in the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Tucson tomorrow

Donald draws Els in Tucson

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Rory McIlroy is the favourite to win the Dubai Desert Classic

McIlroy forces the pace in the desert

Northern Ireland's US Open champion Rory McIlroy justified his position as favourite to win the Dubai Desert Classic by adding a 65 to his first-round 66 to reach 13 under par yesterday. But the 40-year-old Dane Thomas Bjorn has matched him shot for shot and Martin Kaymer had the first hole-in-one of his life, on the seventh (his 16th) as he reached 11 under with a 67. Lee Westwood's 65 for 10 under included birdies on the last three holes.

Rory McIlroy hit seven birdies after a slow start in Dubai

McIlroy is quickly back into swing of things

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