Sport Justin Rose (left) and Rory McIlroy have both dropped out of the Seve Trophy

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were all qualified but each declined to take part

Paul Lawrie: 'Most of us are out here playing because of what [Seve] did years ago'

Paul Lawrie upset by absentees from Seve Trophy

Paul Lawrie can understand some of Europe's big names missing this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but admits he is baffled by their absence from next week's Seve Trophy.

Tiger Woods in action at the BMW Championship

FedEx Cup provides the chance for Tiger Woods to round out 'pretty good year' with £6.6m jackpot

The grand finale to the PGA Championship sees the world No 1 enter the tournament at the top of the points table

Donald is looking to improve his ball control

Luke Donald takes on new coach to halt slide

It's a big week in Chicago for the cream of British golf. With just 30 players progressing to the final FedEx Play-off event of the season, next week's Tour Championship, only Justin Rose is guaranteed a shot at the $10m (£6.3m) jackpot that comes with victory.

Charley Hull (left) and Jodi Ewart- Shadoff of England and The European Team celebrate
Tiger Woods had a steady start to his final round in Ohio

Tiger Woods builds momentum as he closes in on PGA record

Tiger Woods, playing rock-steady golf, was coasting toward his 79th career win on the PGA Tour as he preserved a commanding seven-shot lead midway through last night’s final round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

18-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick consults his caddie Lorne Duncan on his way to the Silver Medal

The Open 2013: First British win at Muirfield as teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick wins Silver Medal

Can Lee Westwood or Ian Poulter continue the home success after 18-year-old finishes top amateur

Justin Rose walks on the seventh green during a practice round

The Open 2013: Only the truly kingly need apply for the crown in East Lothian

It will take a champion of champions to join the list of greats at one of the great courses

Just Rose with the US Open trophy and 15 years ago as a 17-year-old at Royal Birkdale

The hoodoo 'is broken': Justin Rose hopes US Open victory can inspire fellow Englishmen to Major success

Rose became the first Enlish winner of a Major for 17 years

Pretty lethal: Ian Poulter attempts to blast out of a sand trap on the 16th hole as he completed his second round

US Open 2013: Ian Poulter discovers Merion favours the lucky player

This brute of a course punishes good shots rather than testing the best as many have discovered

US Open 2013 Day Two: Phil Mickelson ties Merion lead with Billy Horschel at close of play

A birdie at the last after the horn had blown to signal the end of play for the day took Phil Mickelson back to the top of the leaderboard for a share of the US Open lead on one under par. Mickelson was two over for his round but relieved to tie Billy Horschel, who also birdied the 18 hole, as the only players in red numbers at Merion.

Lee Westwood at Augusta

The Masters 2013: The wait goes on for Lee Westwood

English golfer was six shots short of the play-off

Bubba Watson of the United States speaks to the media

The Masters 2013: Ian Poulter paired with defending champion Bubba Watson

The two have history from the Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods alongside Justin Rose at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods begins pursuit of world number one ranking with steady 69 at Bay Hill

Rory McIlory could be knocked from the top of the standings this weekend

Tiger Woods with new girlfriend Lindsey Vonn

Can Tiger Woods finish the week on top of world as well as head over heels?

The American golfer can replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Wild west: Ian Poulter avoids the Arizona cactae with his tee shot on the 12th hole during his narrow second-round victory over American Bo Van Pelt

Ian Poulter revived by break from game

Englishman feels the benefit from making equipment changes during six-week absence

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