Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were all qualified but each declined to take part
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Thursday 19 May 2011
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.
Wednesday 18 May 2011
Monday 16 May 2011
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.
Sunday 15 May 2011
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.
Friday 29 April 2011
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.
Thursday 28 April 2011
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.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
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.
Saturday 23 April 2011
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.
Friday 22 April 2011
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.
Monday 11 April 2011
Thursday 07 April 2011
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.
Friday 25 March 2011
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.
Monday 07 March 2011
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.
Monday 28 February 2011
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.
Sunday 27 February 2011
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