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Olazabal pulls out of Open qualifer

Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has withdrawn from the Open Championship final qualifying competition at Littlestone in Kent tomorrow.

Northern Ireland adds new name to glorious parade of champions

Two US Open titles in succession is the latest dizzying success for small country of just 1.8m people, reports James Corrigan

Sideways Glance: 18/06/2011

Pretty In Pink

Pink is the colour of the 111th US Open. On the first day, the Spanish pair of Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Angel Jimenez took to the course looking peachy. Yesterday, American Bo Van Pelt and England's Robert Dinwiddie followed suit to keep up with the trend.

Garcia overcomes putting demons to regain pride after spectacular fall

Sergio Garcia is sporting a new haircut at Congressional. It's not severe enough to be a Last of the Mohicans Mohawk; it's more a Fauxhawk. But it's not what's on the outside of Garcia's head that causes all his trouble; it's what's going on inside.

Palmer's grandson proud to earn major spot on merit

He does not bear the surname, he does not have the army, but Sam Saunders does boast the genes. Of all the potential storylines here this week none rivals that of Saunders winning the US Open title 51 years after his grandfather, Arnold Palmer.

'Disappointed' Woods pulls out of US Open to avoid aggravating injury

It's time to listen to doctors, says former world No 1 as he confirms that he won't play at Congressional

Graeme McDowell: Hoping Manor can kickstart his season again

Irishman's victory in the Wales Open last year led to a wonderful spell of success – so it's no wonder he's happy to be back in the Gwent hills. He speaks to James Corrigan

Can new No 1 handle life at the summit?

Luke Donald is naturally coy so how he copes with his new status over the next few vital weeks will be intriguing

Royal St Georges goes longer and lower for the Open

The Royal St Georges course will be just over 100 yards longer for this year's British Open, with par being reduced from 71 to 70.

Victory lifts Manassero to major level

Matteo Manassero's Malaysian Open win has catapulted him from 57th to 33rd in the world rankings, earning him a place at this year's US Open, Open and the US PGA Championship.

Wentworth to host major four

The four Major winners will all compete at the European Tour's flagship PGA Championship for the first time next month.

Donald the only bright spot as English challenge fades away

Westwood and Co left waiting for major after latest disappointment

Sam Torrance: My memorable Masters moments

With The Masters under way, Sam Torrance, the Ryder Cup-winning captain and OBE, recalls his favourite moments from among the azaleas at Augusta.

Poulter tweaks the tail of a wounded and weak Tiger

Outspoken British player claims that Woods 'won't finish in the top five' in the Masters but American insists he's ready to end win drought

Laird looks to the manner born in claiming Scottish birthright

First European to win at Bay Hill sets sights on Augusta – and on restoring his country's reputation
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