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The Masters 2013: Martin Laird and Rory McIlroy receive lifts at the Texas Open

Scotland's Laird takes brilliant victory while McIlroy shows much improvement

Way back when: Nick Faldo sports the green jacket in 1996

The Masters: British hopefuls aim to pick their way past Tiger Woods

It is 17 years since Sir Nick Faldo last raised the flag of the Union at Augusta, 14 since a European triumph. There has been a Fijian, a Canadian, an Argentinian and a South African winner since Jose Maria Olazabal won the second of his green jackets in 1999, but those apart, golfers from the United States have turned the first major of the season into the parochial affair it always was before Severiano Ballesteros in 1980 ushered in a golden epoch for European golf.

Rory McIlroy started well with two birdies in his opening nine holes

Rory McIlroy suffers round of two halves as his bid to find Masters form falters in Texas

Harrington shares clubhouse lead as world No 2 shoots four bogeys in opening round of 72

Rory McIlroy showed signs of regaining his best form at Doral

Rory McIlroy happy to stalk in the shadow of Tiger Woods

Ulsterman can return to No 1 with victory in Houston but is glad of a spell out of the spotlight

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12-year-old becomes youngest European Tour qualifier

Ye Wocheng claims place at Volvo China Open at Binhai Lake Golf Club

Tiger Woods with new girlfriend Lindsey Vonn

Can Tiger Woods finish the week on top of world as well as head over heels?

The American golfer can replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

World No 1 Rory McIlroy stunned spectators here at the Honda Classic yesterday when, close to tears, he quit the tournament

Rory McIlroy admits Honda Classic walk-off was 'not the right thing to do'

World number one left the course before completing nine holes

European Tour backs belly putter ban

The European Tour yesterday followed Rory McIlroy in telling the PGA it had got it wrong over the proposed ban on belly putters from 2016.

Keegan Bradley says he will take legal action if the belly putter is banned

Consultation period ends over use of controversial anchored putters

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are against the use of the club

Rory McIlroy wants a quick decision over controversial putter

World number one Rory McIlroy admits belly putter saga is a 'mess'

Rory McIlroy has put his hefty support behind the proposed ban

World No 8 Lee Westwood with rock star Alice Cooper (left) during a challenge match in Dubai yesterday

Fit and 40 in Florida: Could this prove the making of Lee Westwood?

Former world No 1 hopes winter training in the sun can help him end his wait for a major victory

Tiger Woods speaks during a news conference at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego

Major victories in Tiger Woods' sights on Pines trail

The major question is never far away. At least at Torrey Pines the question has a topical link. It was there five years ago that Tiger Woods won the US Open on one leg, his 14th and last major championship success. The Farmers Insurance Open does not have quite the same ring, but Woods likes it well enough, having won it six times on this track.

Rory McIlroy (left) joins Tiger Woods (right), Justin Rose (centre) and an Emirati host in a toast to the Abu Dhabi Championship

Nike's first obstacle: Will it be Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy in Sunday red?

World No 1 claims to be ignorant of any rule stating Woods must wear power colour on last day

Charl Schwartzel has won the last two Tour titles convincingly

Another huge win for Charl Schwartzel at Leopard Creek

South African Charl Schwartzel completed a fantastic finish to 2012 with an astonishing 12-stroke victory on home soil at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

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