Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter inspired Europe to success in Boston last year

Ian Poulter lifted by late salvo at the St Jude Classic in Memphis

Ian Poulter posted an opening round of 69 at the St Jude Classic in Memphis as he finalises his preparation for next week’s US Open at Merion.

Charl Schwartzel: The South African had to play 25 holes yesterday due to rain delays

Charl Schwartzel weathers storm to keep up Malaysian hopes

Pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel already has one eye on a Monday finish after finishing round two of the weather-delayed Maybank Malaysian Open one shot shy of the leader.

Rory McIlroy struggled with his new Nike equipment in Abu Dhabi

Shane Lowry faces Rory McIlroy in World Match Play

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Tee break: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods chat during the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final at Antalya

McIlroy hot on Donald’s heels at World Tour Championship in Dubai

World No 1 demonstrates intent to land the tournament and finish year on a high

Jose Maria Olazabal (left) and his Ryder Cup vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles

Nicolas Colsaerts fishing for a place in Jose Maria Olazabal's Ryder Cup team

Belgian hopes he has done enough to beat Harrington to one of captain's picks today

Superb outlook: Paul Lawrie, in fine form before the Ryder Cup, plays the second at Gleneagles on his way to a 67

Lawrie eyes victory as Colsaerts waits in hope

Paul Lawrie is in position to celebrate his return to the Ryder Cup with another victory today, as Nicolas Colsaerts fights "like a dog" to join him on the plane to Chicago.

The sporting week ahead (26/08/12)

Today

Tiger Woods at the Open

Adam Scott equals record with opening 64 at the Open, with Tiger Woods close behind

The cream rose to the top at Royal Lytham today with six major champions at the top of the leaderboard at the Open Championship, including former world number one Tiger Woods.

Justin Rose paired with Tiger Woods at The Open for fourth time

England's Justin Rose insists he has grown used to the circus which comes with playing alongside Tiger Woods and believes a home crowd will be a great leveller at Royal Lytham this week.

Westwood's joint third place in The Masters was the sixth top three finish he has had in his last 10 majors.

Lee Westwood left disappointed again

Lee Westwood suffered more major heartbreak last night - but at least it does not seem to be affecting him as much as it is Sergio Garcia.

Tiger Woods began well but faced a battle to make the cut in Florida

Rose back in bloom as McIlroy rallies

England's Justin Rose shot another 66 to share the lead at the Honda Classic at Palm Beach, Florida yesterday – but three birdies in his last five holes brought Rory McIlroy right back into the thick of things.

Cap that: Jose Maria Olazabal admires this third-round shot yesterday

Olazabal rolls back years in pursuit of good Grace

Europe's captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, still has a chance to kick off this Ryder Cup year with his first win for seven years – from the depths of 596th in the world.

Rory McIlroy pictured at the Hong Kong Open

Rory McIlroy retains share of Hong Kong Open lead

A weary Rory McIlroy dropped two shots over his final three holes but still managed to cling on to a share of the lead after the second round of the co-sanctioned Hong Kong Open today.

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
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'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
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Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

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Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home