Sport Scott Draper

This is a tale that, when told, seems to have been embellished by Hollywood. It’s a tale of tragedy and triumph, talent and dedication, love and loss, and it’s all true.

Rory McIlroy throws the first ball for the Giants

Rory McIlroy feeling good ahead of US Open

The San Francisco Giants unveiled a new star pitcher in front of 35,000 last night. This was not quite the curve ball girlfiend Caroline Wozniacki lobbed his way at Madison Square Garden in March, more a symbol of Rory McIlroy’s rising profile in the United States.

Paul Casey

Paul Casey Ryder Cup hopes hit after withdrawing from US Open

Paul Casey’s season continued its downward spiral with his withdrawal from this week's US Open in San Francisco. Casey’s shoulder is not fully recovered from his snowboarding accident in January. Though he hopes to return later this month, the setback further reduces his chances of making the Ryder Cup team in Chicago in September.

Tiger Woods drives in the third round of the Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods' showdown with Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson

Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson have been grouped together for the first two rounds of next week's US Open. That is not the only stellar grouping for the Olympic Club in San Francisco, defending champion Rory McIlroy plays alongside world No 1 Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.

Levin cashes in as Woods stumbles on back nine

Journeyman hopes for first PGA Tour title as four-times champion loses way

World's top two squash players James Willstrop and Nick Matthew begin British Open bid

James Willstrop is in the form of his life; Nick Matthew is defending champion and aiming for a third title.

Luke Donald shot a third-round 66 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Donald on course to regain No 1 ranking

Jason Dufner beat Ernie Els in a sudden-death play-off last night to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, an event which saw Britain's Luke Donald regain top spot in the world rankings.

Luke Donald

Rory McIlroy replaces Luke Donald as world number one

Luke Donald took the disappointment in his stride after surrendering the number one ranking to Ryder Cup team-mate Rory McIlroy.

Jack Nicklaus the six-time winner of the Green Jacket

Augusta Diary: Ambition achieved when Nicklaus met his father’s hero, er, Nicklaus

No prizes for guessing who Nicklaus Lewis is named after. His father Randy Lewis, who condemned the 19-year-old to a lifetime of having his first name misspelled, admitted: "Jack was always my hero."

World No 1 Luke Donald struggled on the opening day

Fax of life saves Donald from disqualification

Never let the fax get in the way of a good story. Luckily for Donald, who was summoned to the headmaster's office, it turned out that the tournament committee's administration department had got their fax wrong and not the world No 1.

Lee Westwood continues his search for a first major

Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood to battle it out at Masters for world number one spot

Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood fill the top three spots on the world rankings going into The Masters - and any one of them could be number one at the end of the week.

Dropped shot: Tiger Woods lets go of his club after his tee shot at the 15th

Woods has title in sight after dicing with disaster

With the Masters less than two weeks away, Tiger Woods stayed on course for the Arnold Palmer Invitational title here in Orlando, taking a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell into today's final round.

TIGER WOODS: The former world No 1 is not happy about a book written by his ex-coach

Woods looks in shape for Masters after making quick recovery

Tiger Woods eased concerns he would miss the first Masters of his career by coming through 18 holes of an exhibition event yesterday, just eight days after an Achilles injury forced his withdrawal from the WGC Cadillac Championship.

Paul Lawrie got the better of the promising Ryo Ishikawa yesterday

Irate Woods takes his leave at the last

Lee Westwood has made it through to Friday at the World Match Play for the first time in 12 attempts and probably headed to TGI Fridays for his dinner.

Sergio Garcia gave himself a timely boost for this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona

Garcia back in the groove as Haas triumphs

Sergio Garcia gave himself a timely boost for this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona with a scintillating finish to the Northern Trust Open yesterday.

Golf's latest superstar gets new title

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Monaco: the making of Wenger

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Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
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In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

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Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
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A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

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