English golfer was six shots short of the play-off
The two have history from the Ryder Cup
Rory McIlory could be knocked from the top of the standings this weekend
The American golfer can replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
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
Rory McIlroy overcame what he thinks was a touch of sunstroke to move into a share of the halfway lead at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai today.
World No 1 demonstrates intent to land the tournament and finish year on a high
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.
It is a job to know which was handing out the greater lesson, a brutal US Open course or life. A year ago he was the toast of Congressional, a 22-year-old supernova ripping up the tournament template with a pair of 65s en route to a record low score. How America loved Rory McIlroy, the tousled haired cherub with a murderous swing and the confidence to go for everything.
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.
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.
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
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.