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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.

Magic McIlroy emulates Tiger to blow away rest of the field

Ulsterman on a different plane as he fires the lowest 36-hole total in US Open history to go six shots clear

McIlroy seizes another first day as world's top three struggle

Masters meltdown consigned to history but Donald and Westwood left with plenty to do

Westwood and Donald aim to keep Americans on the ropes

The world's top two are in form and should maintain Europe's recent major dominance

Players see Tiger and not Donald as the real No 1, says Nicklaus

Luke Donald begins his competitive life as the world No 1 today at the Memorial with the predictable question marks greeting his ascent. But in the unlikely event this unflappable Englishman was looking for a backer to state his case he couldn't have chosen any better than Jack Nicklaus.

Westwood seeks three in a row to fight off Donald's challenge for his No 1 spot

Lee Westwood has never won three successive tournaments before, but he has the opportunity here at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. The Englishman is aware it might very well take such a feat to ensure he tees it up next week in his homeland still as the world No 1.

Westwood's absence gives Donald his chance to shine at Sawgrass

Lee Westwood played golf in a charity event with Alan Shearer yesterday, will watch his beloved Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-offs tomorrow and will go to York races on Friday. Yes, it is fair to say he is not moping on the sofa, regretting his decision to skip this week's Players Championship, the richest event in golf.

Seve Ballesteros, who brought a flamenco snap to all he did

One of the most charismatic and exciting players golf has seen died yesterday, after a three-year battle with cancer

America laps it up as Mickelson embodies spirit of Ballesteros

Watching Phil Mickelson play golf is like listening to Forrest Gump looking for the meaning of life in a box of chocolates: "You never know what you're gonna get."

View from the azaleas: Day two at Augusta

Shot of the Day

After finding himself amongst the trees on the eighth, Phil Mickelson brought out a wood to fire a beauty off the pine straw to the green on the way to the unlikeliest of birdies at the par-five. Echoes here of his wonder-shot on the 13th last year as the American charged inexorably towards his third Green Jacket.

McIlroy stays in the groove but Woods produces his old rhythm

Northern Irishman two out in front however Tiger roars back into contention with a 66

McIlroy stands tall after work on short game pays off with 65

Ulsterman sets blistering early pace but late surge from Quiros sees leadership shared

It all clicks for Irishman who wins engaging battle of the young guns

World No 9's masterclass of power and finesse defies the critics who doubt his major potential

Westwood is off colour on greens as Kaymer flaw draws attention

Huge crowds gathered around the first tee here shortly after a late breakfast yesterday to watch the best two players in the world begin their Masters adventure.

The British contenders for The Masters

With the Masters due to start this week, British fans will be optimistic that a player from our shores can gatecrash the tournament in Augusta - something that hasn’t been done since Nick Faldo in 1996. In fact, there hasn’t even been a European winner in 12 years - a bit of glory is long overdue.

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