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Rory McIlroy was hit with a two-shot penalty for a rules infraction in the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship that dropped him into a tie for fourth place as Scotland’s Craig Lee installed himself at the top of the leaderboard.

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

Dustin Johnson looked back to his best in Houston last week and the big-hitter could thrive at Augusta

The Masters 2013: Tiger Woods under threat as chasing pack bare their teeth

Stellar list of in-form players will vie for a slice of Masters glory at Augusta next week

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

Tiger Woods dominated from start to finish in Miami

Another Green Jacket up for grabs? Six areas of improvement for Tiger Woods

Woods' win at Doral was his most significant since the 2009 scandal. Kevin Garside studies six facets of World No 2's new approach with the Masters just a month away

‘If the top four reach the semis, we’d be in disbelief,’ says Justin Rose

Justin Rose warns that plenty of shocks will hit Tucson

Brit believes Match Play event in Arizona will live up to tradition with early exits for leading names

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia: 'I would not have won without Seve Ballesteros'

Europe's triumphant players had Seve Ballesteros on their minds after their remarkable Ryder Cup victory in Medinah.

Ryder Cup: Europe's incredible fightback completed by Martin Kaymer

German's nerveless putt on the 18th retains Ryder Cup for Olazabal's side

In the groove: Bradley enjoys approach shot to the fourth hole in the foursomes

James Lawton: Bradley and Mickelson prove an irresistible force

Man from Vermont and his childhood idol are proving to be the most compelling American pairing since Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as they beat all before them

Sport on TV: Rough Ryders leave Europe hunkering in the bunkers

The Ryder Cup is as close as golf gets to being a contact sport. On the opening morning, the nervous players on the first tee belted the balls into the crowd and the spectators jostled each other to get to the little white orbs among the trees. At the start of day two, after Ian Poulter had bizarrely whooped the crowd into a feeding frenzy, Bubba Watson high-fived about 100 fans. And then there's the way the United States team chest-bump each other whenever they win. Europe's best hope may be that if the spectators don't get them first, the opposition will injure each other so badly that there wouldn't be enough of them to play in today's singles matches.

Lee Westwood
Central to Europe's prospects despite a poor singles record. Binds group with endless banter and laser irons. 9/10

Ryder Cup: Player ratings

Europe

Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter plays himself into Ryder Cup reckoning

The Ryder Cup battle lines are being drawn. The qualification period for the United States is over. Europe's closes in a fortnight at the Johnny Walker Championship at Gleneagles. Ian Poulter's timely assault of the PGA leader board propelled him into the 10th automatic qualification spot.

Paul Casey watches another shot miss its mark yesterday

Casey's birthday cake has bitter taste after the unkindest cut

So, the first order of business today is to wish Paul Casey a happy birthday. Sadly, while having a day off with family and friends might sound perfect for such an occasion, what Casey would really like is still to be playing in The Open.

Justin Rose paired with Tiger Woods at The Open for fourth time

England's Justin Rose insists he has grown used to the circus which comes with playing alongside Tiger Woods and believes a home crowd will be a great leveller at Royal Lytham this week.

Tiger Woods vies for the lead with Graeme McDowell, but Rory McIlroy is out

Swept away by Tiger's tsunami

Rivals are an irrelevance to the human chain which tagged along behind Woods in the US Open

It was a bad day for Rory McIlroy

Lee Westwood holds it together as Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald struggle at the US Open

Defending US Open champion Rory McIlroy and world no.1 Luke Donald, return to Olympic Club in San Francisco today facing a monumental battle to remain in the championship.

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