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

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Westwood defies leg injury to shoot 70

Lee Westwood bravely shook off this week's health scare to shoot an opening 70 at the Alstom French Open in Paris on the day when Jean van de Velde popped up to remind people he was still in the game .

McDowell hails 'career-best' final round to halt Davies' bid

Graeme McDowell crushed home hopes here to win the Wales Open yesterday and on the evidence of this remarkable performance the Ulsterman will be entrusted to do the same to American hopes on the same course in four months' time.

Montgomerie battles to keep scandal at bay

In the morning he was apologising for "the hurt I have caused my family"; in the afternoon Colin Montgomerie was moving into contention for the Wales Open. Of all the bizarre days which have filled this Scot's career very few have rivalled the one witnessed yesterday.

Donald joins the England top 10 club after putting on masterclass in Madrid

English golf awoke this morning in dreamland. A week after throwing away the BMW PGA Championship, Luke Donald prevailed in the Madrid Masters to break back into the top 10. It means that there are four Englishmen in the top nine of the world; an astonishing representation, particularly when one considers that just a decade ago Lee Westwood was the only Englishman in the top 100.

Davies disappointed as Donald takes Madrid Masters lead

Luke Donald leads at halfway in the Madrid Masters after Welshman Rhys Davies just failed to crown his 25th birthday by taking top spot.

Casey and Poulter outshine Americans

With just the one representative in the quarter-finals of the WGC Match Play Championship and with a certain somebody revealing that he is still on his "indefinite leave" this was a nightmare day for American golf.

Players moved by Woods' contrition

Cink and Donald touched by world No 1's words but others refuse to be drawn

World No 2 Stricker targets Woods

Steve Stricker has become the new world No 2, taking the mantle from fellow American Phil Mickelson, after he overcame a late charge from Britain's Luke Donald to win the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

McIlroy up for the Cup as Poulter vows to end English drought

Rory McIlroy will look to consign his Dubai dejection to the past with victory in this week's Omega Mission Hills World Cup. The Ulsterman is representing Ireland alongside the Ryder Cup player Graeme McDowell. The 20-year-old missed out on the Order of Merit title on Sunday when the brilliant Lee Westwood overhauled his £115,000 lead in the Dubai World Championship. However, McIlroy did fare impressively in the season-ender, finishing third with four sub-70 rounds, and the new world No 10 has a chance to end his year on the high it deserves. "It's very easy to stay motivated – I don't want to let my partner down," said McIlroy. "We are playing for our country, which is a huge honour. I can't think of a reason why you wouldn't be motivated."

Donald hits 64 to close on Dunhill win

Luke Donald gave himself the chance to end three-and-a-half years without a win by matching the lowest round of his European Tour career in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship yesterday.

Donald rues his missed opportunity to claim title

Rather than toasting his best-ever finish in an Open, Luke Donald was last night lamenting his first-round performance, which cost him a chance at victory at Turnberry.

New clubs the key for Lorenzo-Vera

Frenchman who gave away old irons out of frustration thrives with replacements

Casey's charge runs into pedigree of Ogilvy

England's drought in the Accenture World Match Play continued here in the Arizona desert yesterday as Paul Casey was beaten 4&3 by the Australian Geoff Ogilvy. The scoreline suggested that the 36-hole final had been closely fought, but, in truth, it flattered Casey, who came up against an inspired opponent.

Stenson cruises to nine-shot Nedbank win

Sweden's Henrik Stenson cruised to victory in the Nedbank Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club here yesterday. He carded a closing 68 for a 21-under-par total of 267 and nine-shot victory over Ryder Cup rival Kenny Perry, whose 65 was the best round of the day.

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