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 attracts the early-morning crowds at Olympic yesterday

Tiger stalks the fairways while rivals get lost in the woods

Donald and McIlroy make poor starts after Woods shines on first day of the US Open

Donald challenged top Americans to play the PGA Championship

Luke Donald and Lee Westwood aim to be first Englishman to win Players

Americans will get the taste of a full English today as Luke Donald and Lee Westwood tee off together, both attempting to become the first Englishman to win the Players Championship in its 38-year history. Scotland's Sandy Lyle in 1987 remains the only Brit to win the US Tour's marquee championship.

Masters win completes turnaround for Bubba Watson

From idiot abroad to Masters champion - Bubba Watson has come a long way in the last 10 months.

The crowd on the 18th go wild as Mickelson sinks a third-round putt

James Lawton: Mickelson and Watson are home heroes in compelling concluding act

Louis Oosthuizen is a major champion with a regained sense of his own possibilities

Rory McIlroy stays focused on his task at Augusta

Packed galleries make McIlroy the new ‘Here he comes’ poster boy

America's courtship of Rory McIlroy, which began with a hug after his Sunday 80 last year, is now a full-on love affair. The 22-year-old from Holywood signed for a second-round 69, three under par, that took him to four under for the tournament, and had the galleries cheering his name as he climbed the hill to the clubhouse.

Tiger Woods during practice yesterday

James Lawton: Hot air about 'greatest Masters' will soon be gone with the wind

We should enjoy the beauty of the course and the quality of the action that is expected

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.

Tiger Woods in Florida

Tiger Woods glad to be in the hunt

Tiger Woods enjoyed himself in the Florida sunshine yesterday. With a three-under-par 69, the former world No 1 was three off the clubhouse lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

The Sporting Week Ahead (18/03/12)


England’s world No 1 Luke Donald

Donald defies icy California winds

England's world No 1 Luke Donald got his PGA Tour season off to a sub-par start with a first-round 70 in blustery conditions in the Northern Trust Open in California.

Garcia celebrating with the winner's trophy after the fourth and last stage of the Andalucia Masters on Sunday

Sergio Garcia pulls out of Shanghai

Sergio Garcia has decided to rest rather than go looking for a third successive victory at this week's world championship in Shanghai.

Donald plays invisible man but leaders aware of his presence

Poor Luke Donald. He's golf's Invisible Man. The world No 1 should expect to be swamped by huge crowds at the final major of the season – and he was. But the sad thing for the Englishman is they were following the world No 30 in the group behind and the world No 6 in the group in front. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were the fan favourites of the morning threeballs here. Donald was the forgotten man in the middle.

McIlroy feels course will suit him to a tee at his favourite major

When Rory McIlroy set out on his life-changing season in January, he did not see his best chance coming at Congressional, the scene of his stunning US Open triumph. Back then, when he was a mere future superstar, he dreamed of the USPGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Brian Viner: Masterly Mickelson shows just why the fortysomethings matter

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