This brute of a course punishes good shots rather than testing the best as many have discovered
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.
English golfer was six shots short of the play-off
The two have history from the Ryder Cup
World No 1 endorses Irishman after 2010's winning captain makes surprise late entrance into the running
Golfer among those nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year
The round of the day belonged to Sergio Garcia, who equalled the course record with a 64
The cream rose to the top at Royal Lytham today with six major champions at the top of the leaderboard at the Open Championship, including former world number one Tiger Woods.
A week that meant so much to Northern Ireland turned out to mean even more for Welshman Jamie Donaldson last night. In his 255th European Tour event and after a career afflicted by a genetic spine problem, the 36-year-old finally tasted victory in the Irish Open – and did it by four shots, with five birdies in his last seven holes.
The record-setting US Open winner: gone. The Masters champion: gone. The top-ranked player in the world: gone.
For some, the idea of watching golf on TV ranks somewhere alongside drain-cleaning in the fun stakes.
We should enjoy the beauty of the course and the quality of the action that is expected
The moppy-haired boy from Belfast always thought he would be world No 1. Now expect him to dominate the game for decades, writes James Corrigan in Miami
The greatest doubted him and the other greatest pushed him. But Rory McIlroy became the world No 1 regardless what Jack said or Tiger did. If ever a coronation possessed validity, it was here at the Honda Classic in Florida yesterday.