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

Westwood seeks three in a row to fight off Donald's challenge for his No 1 spot

Lee Westwood has never won three successive tournaments before, but he has the opportunity here at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. The Englishman is aware it might very well take such a feat to ensure he tees it up next week in his homeland still as the world No 1.

Luke Donald: Targeting Westwood's crown in all-English affair

In-form World No 2 is aiming to overtake his countryman this week in a format he enjoys. James Corrigan reports from the Costa del Sol

Joy for Choi as McDowell crumbles

Graeme McDowell failed to make it the dream golfing day for Northern Ireland last night when trailing in a desolate figure behind KJ Choi at The Players Championship. Darren Clarke’s sporting resurrection in Majorca had given his countryman’s charge in Sawgrass that bit more resonance, but the US Open champion’s momentum abandoned him in dramatic fashion in a final-round 79.

Red-hot Luke sets record after bogey-free round

Whatever else Luke Donald may achieve this weekend, at the very least he could stand on the first tee at Sawgrass when the third round eventually began yesterday knowing he had already entered the record books. The Englishman became the first player in seven years to negotiate the first two rounds of The Players without taking a single bogey.

Westwood's No 1 ranking put at risk by double bogey

Lee Westwood double-bogeyed the final hole of his first round at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea yesterday to finish six shots behind leader Ireland's Damien McGrane.

Donald resumes English battle for No 1 ranking

In New Orleans and South Korea, the contest between Englishmen to be world No 1 resumes today. Luke Donald, the current No 3, plays the Zurich Classic in Louisiana, hoping to atone for his play-off defeat in The Heritage title. He is seeking to overtake Lee Westwood, who regained his supremacy in Indonesia last weekend and competes this week for the Ballantine's Championship in Incheon.

Major question 'getting on nerves' of Westwood after return to top

World No 1 Lee Westwood is growing increasingly weary with being asked about his failure to win a first major title and said in Seoul yesterday the question was getting on his nerves.

Donald leads from the front in race to claim No 1 spot from Kaymer

Luke Donald is 36 holes away from becoming the world No 1 after a brilliant 65 gave him a two-shot lead at the halfway point of The Heritage in South Carolina.

Donald and Westwood quick out of the traps in race to be No 1

Luke Donald's and Lee Westwood's race to become world No 1 began in promising style yesterday as both shot rounds of four-under to feature high on their respective leaderboards. Certainly Martin Kaymer would have harboured a sense of foreboding at the form of the two Englishmen.

McIlroy’s 80 horror show sets up Schwartzel’s glory

Charl Schwartzel powers to Masters victory after 21-year-old Ulsterman falls apart to ruin chance

Tiger has joined ranks of mere mortals, claims Montgomerie

Not so very long ago the only question was how many he would win by. Now it is whether he will finish in the top five. Tiger Woods continues to dominate the agenda here, no matter how open this Masters is supposed to be.

Elson shows signs of fulfilling his promise

A few years ago Jamie Elson was stacking supermarket shelves as he, and golf, waited for his talent to bear the fruits it always promised. At last the Englishman appears to be blossoming.

Luke Donald takes European Tour award

Luke Donald has been named the European Tour's Golfer of the Month for February after his astonishing victory in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.

From Plod to God as Donald defeats Kaymer in the desert

The unusual sight of snow in the Arizona desert yesterday gave way to the rather more familiar spectacle of an Englishman winning the Accenture Match Play Championship. Luke Donald retained this prestigious trophy for his country, moving up to world No 3 in the process.

All-European final as Donald dispels doubt

Kaymer claims world No 1 spot and a shot at Match Play Championship title
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