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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.

Christmas comes early for McIlroy who feels he can crack Augusta

Irishman excited by prospects of opening his major account

Tiger has joined ranks of mere mortals, claims Montgomerie

Not so very long ago the only question was how many he would win by. Now it is whether he will finish in the top five. Tiger Woods continues to dominate the agenda here, no matter how open this Masters is supposed to be.

Kaymer fears Donald's mastery of the greens as Westwood fine-tunes putting

America's focus will inevitably fall on the groupings involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but in terms of the world rankings there is only one marquee pairing in the first two rounds of the Masters. Martin Kaymer, the world No 1, will face off with the No 2, Lee Westwood.

Masters draw partners Graeme McDowell with Tiger Woods

Graeme McDowell, conqueror of Tiger Woods in a play-off in December, will face him again in the first two rounds of The Masters on Thursday and Friday.

Mickelson has rivals on knees as he drives on to The Masters

Reigning champion installed as favourite after superb third-round display in Houston

I’m ready to play best golf of my career, says bullish Harrington

The masters should look out. The game's forgotten champion believes he is about to play the finest golf of his career and is ready to remind everyone of his major qualities at Augusta next week.

Lee Westwood: 'I still can't quite believe Mickelson made that shot'

He has been practising this week back at Augusta, scene of last year's painful Masters defeat, but, he tells James Corrigan, there could be a happier ending this time

McIlroy drops dumbbell on his foot but is 'fine'

Rory McIlroy was a relieved young man in Miami yesterday after a training mishap appeared to be having no lasting impact. The 21-year-old completed a first-round 68 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship after dropping a 22-kilogram dumbbell on his big right toe.

Storms wreck first day in Miami

The storm which ripped through this Miami course here yesterday uprooted 17 trees, toppled TV towers and reduced a giant scoreboard to matchsticks. But at least Tiger Woods's challenge for his first title in 19 tournaments remains intact. If not altogether convincing.

Donald relishes taking short cut up rankings

Never mind Phil Mickelson, never mind Tiger Woods even. Britain's Luke Donald has the best short-game in the world. That is the verdict from Martin Kaymer, the man who just happens to be rated as the game's best overall player.

Kaymer leads summit race but Donald keeps the British flag flying

Martin Kaymer could replace Lee Westwood as world No 1 today, but if that is an ominous thought for the British golf fan then the progress of Luke Donald here at the Accenture World Championship is more than a welcome distraction.

McIlroy unceremoniously hoisted and dumped by Crane

Rory McIlroy suffered the beating of his young life here at the Accenture Match Play Championship yesterday as the head-to-head format once again displayed its penchant for the unexpected. Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson both joined the young Ulsterman in this big-name exodus on a day of shocks.

Tearful Watson holds off Mickelson

The American Bubba Watson held off late charges by Phil Mickelson and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas to clinch his second PGA Tour title with an emotional one-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open late on Sunday.

Scottish Open set for Castle Stuart

This year's Scottish Open will be played at Castle Stuart near Inverness in July. Loch Lomond has hosted the event for the last 15 years, but it will be moved to the new venue this summer.

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