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Sporting Heroes: Natural Moe Norman was real-life Happy Gilmore

In life, we are often faced with the question of what might have been. Those familiar with the late Canadian golfer Moe Norman are in no doubt. He was the greatest ball striker in history. Powerful and accurate, Moe once hit more than 1,500 drives in about seven hours, and landed every ball within 15 yards of each other.

Rory McIlroy won the Australian Open last week
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the Australian Open

Australian Open 2013: Rory McIlroy reels in Adam Scott for elusive first win of year

Northern Irishman pleased to put frustrating year behind him

Jason Day has suffered tragedy from the Philippines typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan: Jason Day learns eight relatives died in the Philippines tragedy, but will compete in event in Melbourne this week

Australia's Jason Day will compete in this week's World Cup in Melbourne despite learning that eight relatives, including his grandmother, have died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Jordan Spieth pipped Jim Furyk to the US Presidents Cup team

All eyes on rookie Jordan Spieth's step up at Presidents Cup

Unlike the Seve Trophy, the Presidents Cup has little trouble attracting America's big names. Jim Furyk is still lying down in a darkened room following his failure to make the team via the mechanism of the captain's pick.

American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson wants to get rid of the captain's picks and have the 12 best players from the USA and Europe compete

'The purist form of Ryder Cup would be no picks' claims American captain Tom Watson as the countdown clock hits 12 months

Watson wants both teams to have 12 players who have qualified rather than picked to earn a feeling of something 'very. very special'

Tiger Woods in the trees where his ball strayed and moving the twig that caused it to move

Kevin Garside: The best under more scrutiny than the rest due to TV vigilantes

The Way I See It: Technology works in sports where all players fall under the same lens

Tiger Woods in action at the BMW Championship

FedEx Cup provides the chance for Tiger Woods to round out 'pretty good year' with £6.6m jackpot

The grand finale to the PGA Championship sees the world No 1 enter the tournament at the top of the points table

Suzann Pettersen celebrates her Evian win

Suzann Pettersen holds off teenage challenger Lydia Ko

How do you like your champagne moments? Suzann Pettersen posted her entry with victory at the Evian Championship to claim her second major championship. An eight-footer for par at the last to give her a two-shot victory over 16-year-old prodigy Lydia Ko triggered an avalanche of corks at the foot of the Alps.

Hard times: McIlroy admits this year has been a bit of a struggle

Rory McIlroy tries to get mind right after saving face 

In the context of what had gone before, a birdie was cause for letting off flares. After three in four holes around the turn yesterday and an eagle at the last for a 68 Rory McIlroy was pledging a round of drinks in the Conway Farms clubhouse.

Jim Furyk joins the 59 Club after matching record low score on PGA Tour

Jim Furyk was today coming to terms with his achievement after carding an historic 59 on day two of the BMW Championship in Illinois.

Donald is looking to improve his ball control

Luke Donald takes on new coach to halt slide

It's a big week in Chicago for the cream of British golf. With just 30 players progressing to the final FedEx Play-off event of the season, next week's Tour Championship, only Justin Rose is guaranteed a shot at the $10m (£6.3m) jackpot that comes with victory.

Bernard Gallacher critically ill in hospital

Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher is critically ill in hospital, NHS Grampian have confirmed.

Suzann Pettersen celebrates Europe’s victory at Killeen Castle

Europe’s women seek a Solheim Cup miracle of their own

Team look to defend their title by registering first ever victory on American soil

Rory McIlroy watches anxiously after playing out of the rough on the fourth hole

Rory McIlroy in raptures as he finds the magic is on his side again at US PGA Championship

Defending champion finishes with two birdies to put himself back in the hunt at Oak Hill

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