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Woodland claims maiden victory after Rose wilts

American Gary Woodland saved par with a 10-foot putt on the last hole to claim his first US PGA Tour title with a one-shot victory over compatriot Webb Simpson at the Transitions Championship in Florida yesterday.

Rory Sabbatini triumph in Florida brings extra rewards

South African Rory Sabbatini has a sixth PGA Tour title to his name - and with it places in this week's world championship and next month's Masters.

Sabbatini savours emotional victory

Three months after undergoing surgery for skin cancer South Africa's Rory Sabbatini grabbed his sixth PGA Tour title in Florida yesterday.

Woods 'more balanced' for Masters

Tiger Woods insists his life is "a lot more balanced" as he prepares to return to the Masters, the scene of his comeback last year.

His Father's Son, by Tom Callahan

The headlines Tiger Woods makes on the golf course these days are as often for boorish behaviour as for sparkling strokes. And the more one learns about his father, Earl, in this joint biography, the harder it is hard to resist the thought that, in so many ways, Tiger is, ahem, the spitting image of him.

Tearful Watson holds off Mickelson

The American Bubba Watson held off late charges by Phil Mickelson and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas to clinch his second PGA Tour title with an emotional one-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open late on Sunday.

Love named US Ryder Cup captain

Former PGA Championship winner Davis Love III was appointed United States captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup by the PGA of America.

Westwood snub to US Tour with refusal to play in fifth major

The Players Championship – aka the world's richest tournament, aka the fifth major, aka the PGA Tour's flagship event – will be minus the professional currently ranked the game's best player. With the news American officials were dreading, Lee Westwood revealed yesterday he will be skipping Sawgrass this year.

Ian Poulter: 'It's a chain effect. A mate wins so you want it even more'

Interview No 1: In the first of a series of interviews with the year's major sporting figures, the man who started the ball rolling, tells James Corrigan how the UK dominated the world of golf in 2010

Westwood attacks US Tour over McIlroy snub

Lee Westwood, the world No 1, yesterday accused the US Tour professionals of being vindictive and "employing the same voting process as Fifa" in naming Rickie Fowler Rookie of the Year ahead of Rory McIlroy.

The ex-mistresses club celebrates Tiger 'anniversary'

Three of the golfer's former lovers hold a party to mark their part in his continuing downfall

PGA Tour changes rules for Westwood's benefit

A measure of how far British golf has risen and, perhaps how far American golf has fallen, was provided here by Lee Westwood yesterday, when he revealed that the US Tour has changed its rules in their desperation to avoid the world No 1 missing its flagship event.

Westwood and McIlroy limited to two PGA events

Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy were informed last night that their decision to rip up their PGA Tour cards means they will not be able to play as many times in America as they may wish.

Blow for PGA Tour as McIlroy turns his back

What is good for Lee Westwood is good for Rory McIlroy – and absolutely sensational for the European Tour. Yesterday the young Ulsterman revealed he will be following the lead of the world No 1 and cancelling his membership of the PGA Tour.

Celtic Manor Diary: Get your snow boots ready, the weather could be worse in 2012

The PGA of America yesterday made assurances that Ryder Cups of the future would take place earlier than the first week of October; and that it would be held not later than the last week of September. Well, thank goodness.

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