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

Rory McIlroy on a day of little joy

McIlroy misses another cut and admits 'taking my eye off the ball'

James Morrison, ranked No 236 in the world, crafted a 64 to lead the BMW PGA Championship by four shots. Rory McIlory, world No 1, needed a birdie at the last to avoid the embarrassment of an 80 and close 21 shots in arrears. To corrupt Sir Alex Ferguson; golf, bloody hell.

Rory McIlroy watches with dismay as he goes into the water at the 16th at Sawgrass yesterday

McIlroy misses the cut again as his Sawgrass woe continues

Rory McIlroy said his decision to skip the Players Championship last year “was not one of my brightest”. It turns out it may have been one of his smartest. His record at Sawgrass is now played three, lost three after completing his hat-trick of missed cuts.

Fogg's 'blasphemous' take on golf

Those crazy golfers! Spoof video is 'blasphemous' say former players

For some, the idea of watching golf on TV ranks somewhere alongside drain-cleaning in the fun stakes.

Tiger Woods during practice yesterday

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

We should enjoy the beauty of the course and the quality of the action that is expected

Three-year deal for Scottish Open

The future of the Scottish Open has been secured for the next three years, after the announcement yesterday of a new sponsor.

Rory McIlroy reacts after winning the Honda Classic on Sunday to became the top-ranked golfer in the world

How McIlroy became king of the world

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

Rory McIlroy makes sure everyone knows he is the new world No 1 after victory in the Honda Classic in Florida yesterday

McIlroy reaches top of the world after marching past Tiger's trap

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.

Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy perform a traditional Emirati dance

Revitalised Tiger Woods enjoying plenty of bucks for his bang

He admits playing in the desert is all about the money but he is also excited about pitting his wits against young pretender Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods believes he has the game to win in Abu Dhabi this week

Tiger lacks the concentration to win, says Faldo

It will not just be the top four players in the world Tiger Woods will be trying to conquer on his seasonal bow in Abu Dhabi this week, but also his "broken concentration". That is the view of Sir Nick Faldo, who does not necessarily agree that the 14-time major champion turned a corner with his first win in more than two years.

Westwood he was swayed by Luke Donald's efforts on the PGA tour

Westwood joins PGA tour in quest for 'fresh approach'

There was worrying news for the European Tour yesterday when Lee Westwood announced he is joining the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy revealed that, due to his new American commitments, he may skip his home Open.

For the first time in his career Tiger Woods will tee off his season outside the US

Shifting sands help Abu Dhabi to capture Tiger Woods

Same desert, different Sheikh. Tiger Woods has shown he is still prepared to stray if the money is right by moving his long affiliation from the Dubai Classic to the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Paul Casey is in great shape after a second-round 66 in Shanghai

Casey finally on the mend after painful time on and off course

England's 'forgotten man' shows signs of form after a slump down rankings caused by bizarre toe injury.

Garcia celebrating with the winner's trophy after the fourth and last stage of the Andalucia Masters on Sunday

Sergio Garcia pulls out of Shanghai

Sergio Garcia has decided to rest rather than go looking for a third successive victory at this week's world championship in Shanghai.

The Hacker: The further my new clubs hit it into trouble, the luckier I get

I've always thought, in my relatively limited experience of the game, that how you hit the ball is more important than what you hit it with.

Donald and Westwood rue chances

Englishmen mount impressive challenge but then fall away as demanding course takes its toll over closing holes

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