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

Clarke leads chorus of complaints over monster par-three

The joke doing the rounds here is that Atlanta Athletic Club members use the par-three 15th for the nearest the pin competition and the longest drive competition.

Tiger team hit back after Williams' day in spotlight

Tiger Woods has heard quite enough bitterness from his former caddie, Steve Williams. Yesterday Team Tiger struck back, vehemently denying the Kiwi's claims that Woods lied when telling the press he had sacked Williams "face to face".

Luke Donald rockets up the leaderboard

World No 1 finds putting touch in day's-best 64 to lie three behind Scott

Donaldson set for US PGA bow

Welshman Jamie Donaldson will play his first major in America next week despite falling out of the world's top 100.

Casey admits health concern as Lawrie hits rock bottom

The expensively equipped European Tour physiotherapy truck looking after players at The Open offers massages for aching backs but could do nothing to help the bruised egos that have trudged off Royal St George's in the past three days.

Is it Westwood's time – or will Donald beat him to that elusive first major?

Our experts believe that one of the Englishmen will walk away with the Claret Jug – and Darren Clarke may be a good outside bet

Donald and Westwood delighted to be out of the spotlight for home game

The English duo head to Royal St George's as one and two in the world yet are being overshadowed by a certain Northern Irishman

Luke Donald: 'I'd love to be part of that club who have won majors'

The Brian Viner Interview: Earnest and consistent, Luke Donald – the world No 1 – knows an Open victory will end doubts about his rising to the big occasions

Westwood takes to the wind while Montgomerie fights for Open spot

First Colin Montgomerie blanks Sir Alex Ferguson then one of the pacesetters reveals how much he likes wearing skirts. If it was not for Lee Westwood once again turning in a performance befitting the very best in the world then reality would have been a complete stranger on the Castle Stuart links.

Westwood stays positive about his major problem

There is a glaring omission on the English world No 2's career CV. He is confident this US Open can remedy it

Woods' caddie in surprise link-up with Scott for the US Open

Tiger Woods may not be at the US Open, but his caddie is. In a move which inevitably lead to speculation concerning his future with the former world No 1, Steve Williams has agreed to work with Adam Scott at Congressional this week.

Hanson's brilliance forces McDowell to play second fiddle at 'adopted home'

Graeme McDowell is not accustomed to coming second in a Ryder Cup showdown here, scene of his winning-point heroics eight months ago. But on his return to the Twenty Ten course he calls "my adopted home" yesterday, the Ulsterman was forced to bow to his Europe team-mate Peter Hanson.

Players see Tiger and not Donald as the real No 1, says Nicklaus

Luke Donald begins his competitive life as the world No 1 today at the Memorial with the predictable question marks greeting his ascent. But in the unlikely event this unflappable Englishman was looking for a backer to state his case he couldn't have chosen any better than Jack Nicklaus.

Poulter hits out at 'unfair' course

It was less like the West Course and more like West Side Story here yesterday as it all kicked off over the corruption, or otherwise, of a loved one. For the second year running, the BMW PGA Championship was overshadowed by a rumpus as Ian Poulter risked the wrath of Ernie Els when slating the redesigned layout.

Stellar field take part in Ballesteros tribute

It was an emotional day here at the famous Surrey course yesterday as some of the game's biggest names gathered to play in a pro-am to raise funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

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