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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.

Harrington's good old habits outlast revamp

To the baffled outsider, Padraig Harrington has always lived by the motto, "if it ain't broke, DO fix it". Yet here yesterday the Irishman's incessant tinkering did appear to have paid instant dividends.

Schwartzel hot streak continues

Charl Schwartzel has been tipped for super-stardom ever since he won a European Tour card just after his 18th birthday in 2002 - and maybe now it is about to happen.

Westwood snub to US Tour with refusal to play in fifth major

The Players Championship – aka the world's richest tournament, aka the fifth major, aka the PGA Tour's flagship event – will be minus the professional currently ranked the game's best player. With the news American officials were dreading, Lee Westwood revealed yesterday he will be skipping Sawgrass this year.

Olazabal starts Ryder Cup reign by reducing his wild-card picks

Spaniard hopes former playing partner Seve Ballesteros will be at Medinah next year after ripping up Montgomerie's selection system

Mickelson red-faced as rain delays Scott's charge for victory

Phil Mickelson was hit with an embarrassing two-stroke penalty at the Singapore Open yesterday after the US Masters champion was late for the resumption of the final round following a delay for bad weather.

Westwood makes perfect start to life at top but Tiger is on prowl for No 1 spot

Lee Westwood began life as world No 1 with a sparkling 66 in the HSBC Champions first round yesterday. The 37-year-old Briton, who ended Tiger Woods' 281-week reign at the summit last weekend, played through thepain of ankle and calf injuries to sit just one shot behind Italian Francesco Molinari at the top of the leader board.

James Lawton: It took a while, but Lee Westwood deserves credit

Even though the fuss over Lee Westwood's rise to No 1 could be over almost before it has begun, it is no reason to dim the celebration when he tees off with Phil Mickelson in Shanghai for the World Championship tournament in the small hours of tomorrow morning.

Golf's Fab Four ready to cross swords

The first encounter between Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods since they switched spots at the top of the world ranking was not exactly the momentous occasion some thought it might be here yesterday.

Tiger Woods not surprised by drop in rankings

Tiger Woods says it was no surprise to lose golf's No. 1 ranking to England's Lee Westwood after struggling through a disappointing year.

'I am the best on the planet. It is so satisfying to say that' - Westwood

Britain and Europe awake today atop of the golfing world for the first time in 16 years as Lee Westwood officially displaces Tiger Woods from the No 1 position he has held for 281 weeks.

Westwood one round away from No 1 spot

When it comes to realising his long-held ambition of becoming the world No 1, the "if" no longer has to be a question for Lee Westwood; only the "when" and "how" remains. With a 66 which defied not only the pain in his calf but also the conditions here on the feared Angus links, the Englishman gave himself a chance today of usurping Tiger Woods in, as he puts it, "the right way".

American media reaction to Ryder Cup defeat

The United States press came out in support of Hunter Mahan after his defeat to Graeme McDowell ultimately decided the Ryder Cup.

'I've dreamt about that putt on the 16th all my life. Wow!" - McDowell

It was mud, sweat and beers on Monty Monday here in south Wales yesterday. And it wasn't just the fans that were drinking at the end of the day. "That was bananas," said Graeme McDowell, whose victory in the final match sealed the Ryder Cup for Europe, between glugs of beer. "That putt on the 16th was the stuff I have dreamed about all my life," he said. "It was the best putt I've ever hit. I have never felt as nervous in my life. Wow!

Monty's perfect mix: field commander, cheerleader and a touch of mother hen

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