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Tiger Woods on his way to victory at Sawgrass, his fourth win of the year

Tiger Woods heads for Merion with Jack Nicklaus back in his sights

After Players victory Tiger is heavy favourite to win a 15th major at the US Open next month

Tiger Woods holds the winner's trophy after the final round of The Players Championship (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods wins Players Championship after Sergio Garcia hits water

Who needs friends when you have an enemy like Sergio Garcia? Tiger Woods did not so much win the Players Championship as fish it out of the water after Garcia’s challenge drowned at the penultimate hole.

Sergio Garcia, left, and Tiger Woods, right, had another frosty round

Tiger Woods wins Players Championship after Sergio Garcia hits water

Who needs friends when you have an enemy like Sergio Garcia? Tiger Woods did not so much win the Players Championship as fish it out of the water after Garcia’s challenge drowned at the penultimate hole.

Lee Westwood plays a shot at the 11th during his second round

Slowly but surely Lee Westwood is recovering the aura of old

This was a twirly stick day for Lee Westwood, when the shots he likes, and there were plenty of those on the second day at The Players, are finished off with an extravagant flourish of the club. It is the golfing equivalent of ’ave it, and not unique to Westwood. It is just that we have seen too little of it of late.

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at his three previous visits to Sawgrass

Rory McIlroy finds that old magic to throw down a challenge at The Players in Sawgrass

World No 2 in fine form to card six under par in the first round of the Players Championship

England’s David Lynn (left) shakes hands with Derek Ernst after losing in a play-off

US rookie Derek Ernst belies his status to shock David Lynn

The PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst parred the first hole of a sudden-death play-off yesterday to beat Briton David Lynn and win the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Padraig Harrington used a belly putter for the first time yesterday

Padraig Harrington in U-turn on belly putters

Less than a year after calling for anchored putters to be banned, the three-time major winner Padraig Harrington switched to one in the Wells Fargo Championship.

Mood player: Rory McIlroy

Mood player Rory McIlroy seeks to exit trough at Quail Hollow

The chemistry of deer antler spray and its place on the list of banned substances in golf has had the game in a right old spin, which is good news for Rory McIlroy as it allows him to return to competitive action almost through a side door at Quail Hollow.

A giant alligator sits on the 14th fairway

Video: Watch as three-legged alligator crosses golf fairway in New Orleans

Golfers and caddies were left stunned when they were joined on the 14th hole by an unexpected visitor - a huge alligator.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 23 April 2013

United take 20th league title as Villa are swept aside

Guan Tianlang finds it tough going at Augusta yesterday

The Masters 2013: Guan Tianlang learns a harsh lesson after slow-play penalty

On Thursday “The Kid” gave the grown-ups a tweak. On Friday, they sent him to his room. Slow play is the scourge of golf but the whole debate about why no one ever gets penalised came crashing down on 14-year-old Guan Tianlang.

Rory McIlroy

The Masters 2013: Rory McIlroy left in the shade by unheralded Brits at Augusta

World number two comes in at level par

Rory McIlroy addresses the media in Augusta

The Masters 2013: Rory McIlroy insists he's '100 per cent there' with new Nike equipment

World number two appears to have arrested his recent slump

Tiger Woods practices at Augusta

The Masters 2013: Tiger Woods has plenty of opposition in Augusta

World number one is favourite to win first major of the year

Darren Clarke

The Masters 2013: Darren Clarke withdraws from Augusta

Former Open champion suffering from hamstring injury

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