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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.

Mickelson the miserable trudges a lonely path to become the biggest loser

Phil Mickelson yesterday claimed a singularly unenviable distinction, becoming the most prolific American loser in the 83-year history of the Ryder Cup. For multiple winners, Americans have a peculiar adjective: the winningest. But with Ian Poulter and Martin Kaymer consigning Mickelson and his partner Rickie Fowler to defeat in the second round of fourball matches, the 40-year-old left-hander, with 17 losses, replaced Raymond Floyd in the record books as the 'losingest'.

Fisher leads Harrington back into the win column

Reliable rookie inspires experienced partner to first first full point since 2004

Europe give US six of the best as sun comes out for Monty's men

Westwood and Donald lead the stunning charge as hosts take the final session by storm to fuel hopes of regaining the trophy

Captain uses hairdryer treatment to lift troops

Colin Montgomerie is starting to sound like a cross between Winston Churchill and Sir Alex Ferguson. On the eve of the final day of the Ryder Cup he put out a rallying call demanding more passion from the crowd – and admitted he gave his players the hairdryer treatment. "I can't repeat what I said," he grinned. Something that rhymes with "rollicking" would be close, apparently.

Westwood does his captain proud

Worksop's finest follows in footsteps of Montgomerie with nerveless displays to raise European hopes

Celtic Manor Diary: Put your best out first – that is Sam's secret winning formula

Sam Torrance, Europe's winning captain from 2002, has the following advice for Monty. What makes a great captain? "Winning. There is a thin line between winning and losing," Torrance said. "Mark James got a lot of criticism in 1999 but he was a fantastic captain. The job was almost done by Saturday night. But the singles just went wrong. I learned from Tony Jacklin to put your best players out first in the singles to seize the momentum, get blue on the scoreboards, then hopefully keep it going." Bernhard Langer, winner in 2004, lends his advice for Monty. "Be a leader and a servant to the team. You don't have to yell and scream to get your point across." Got that, Monty?

Harrington takes one small step for Europe

His last win was not quite as long ago as the moon landing, but Padraig Harrington finally took one small step for Europe and one giant leap for himself at the Ryder Cup today.

Emergency plan thrusts lesser players into the eye of the storm

Each man must play once today in tighter schedule as Europe try to recover footing

Ryder Cup resumes at rain soaked Celtic Manor

European captain Colin Montgomerie has already resigned himself to the Ryder Cup being extended into Monday for the first time in its 83-year history.

US Ryder Cup team in wardrobe malfunction

The United States Ryder Cup team have complained about their waterproof gear at Celtic Manor and have now been provided with different tops and trousers from the tented village.

Where's Woods? Monty bemused by US captain's oddball fourballs

Never has a Ryder Cup captain gone into the opening session claiming such an advantage. Colin Montgomerie last night all but thanked Corey Pavin for handing Europe a point before the 38th staging of the biennial dust-up has teed off here. The Scot's comments have lent this morning's fourballs even more of an edge. As if they needed one.

Poulter wants revenge against Woods

Ian Poulter, beaten by Tiger Woods in his first-ever Ryder Cup match, finally has the chance for revenge at Celtic Manor tomorrow.

Westwood and Mickelson to lead out teams in fourballs clash

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer will lead Europe's attempt to regain the Ryder Cup when the 38th biennial contest gets under way at Celtic Manor tomorrow.

Brian Viner: The day I tried to butter up the Duke of Edinburgh

Let me speak up for the Royal Family. I can tell you that the Windsors, having reportedly applied for and been refused a government heating grant, are commendably frugal in how they warm Buckingham Palace. In March this year I interviewed the Duke of Edinburgh, in what is charmingly known as the Sunshine Room, just off the Principal Corridor, and it was heated by a two-bar electric fire, only one bar of which was switched on. I might have been visiting The Royle Family.

No surprises with Montgomerie pairings

Colin Montgomerie played things very much as expected with his pairings for the first official practice session for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor today.

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