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Slick City move to summit after thrashing Spurs

Rory McIlroy could lose the number one spot to either Luke Donald or Lee Westwood - his playing partners in the opening two rounds - this weekend

Rory McIlroy turns attention to Miami

With a first major in the bag and the world number one box now ticked as well, Rory McIlroy will try to show this week that golf really has entered a new era.

Luke Donald hopes to claim back his No 1 ranking at Doral this week

Donald out to 'slip past' No 1 rivals

Great Britain and Ireland should rightfully feel on top of the golfing world when the first three players in the rankings tee off here together tomorrow. Who would ever have thought that a 22-year-old from Ulster would be the No 1 and that his nearest pursuers would be two thirtysomethings from England? Or that everyone would be feeling positive about Tiger Woods, down there at No 16?

Rafael Cabrera-Bello takes a ‘bite’ out of the Desert Classic trophy

Woods falls apart as Mickelson romps home

Phil Mickelson went from a six-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in just six holes, closed with an eight-under 64 for a two-shot victory and gave Tiger Woods a thrashing at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am yesterday that not many saw coming.

Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy perform a traditional Emirati dance

Revitalised Tiger Woods enjoying plenty of bucks for his bang

He admits playing in the desert is all about the money but he is also excited about pitting his wits against young pretender Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods believes he has the game to win in Abu Dhabi this week

Tiger lacks the concentration to win, says Faldo

It will not just be the top four players in the world Tiger Woods will be trying to conquer on his seasonal bow in Abu Dhabi this week, but also his "broken concentration". That is the view of Sir Nick Faldo, who does not necessarily agree that the 14-time major champion turned a corner with his first win in more than two years.

Something For The Weekend: 07/01/2012

It's squeaky bum time for...

Ian Holloway

The neighbourhood dispute 60 miles down the road in Manchester may be grabbing all the headlines on FA Cup third-round weekend but there is one tie that will be even more fiercely contested taking place on the north-west coast.

Rory McIlroy: 'Masters meltdown made me cry'

Rory McIlroy: My Masters meltdown was such a crying shame

In the first of a series of interviews with the year's major players, Rory McIlroy tells James Corrigan about the horrors of Augusta, bouncing back to win the US Open and his 'soppy' love match with Wozniacki

Luke Donald named European Tour Golfer of the Year

Luke Donald has added the European Tour Golfer of the Year title to all his other achievements this season.

Luke Donald celebrates with the Race to Dubai trophy

Donald tailors 2012 schedule for majors

World's No 1 player plans to improve upon his record-breaking season of global dominance

Luke Donald bounces back from slow start

Luke Donald was back in control of his own destiny after three closing birdies gave him a second-round 68 at the Dubai World Championship today.

James Lawton: Is the mice's fun over now the big cat's back?

With the highest respect to the extremely creditable mice who have been growing more sturdily competitive and so much wealthier over the last two years, we have to note this morning that the cat, or rather the Tiger, is back.

Tiger Woods enjoys the ‘awesome’ feeling of victory at the Chevron World Challenge in California on Sunday evening

James Lawton: Mice, you've had your fun... but is it over now that the Cat's back?

A nightmare might be over. What had become so impossible, so blocked, might just be free again

Rory McIlroy celebrates after his birdie on the 18th green

McIlroy sets up Dubai showdown

The Hong Kong Open does not sound as prestigious as the US Open, but Rory McIlroy revealed "that was the most excited I have ever been on a golf course" after shooting a brilliant 65 to win in Fanling yesterday.

Donald will see out season despite the upheaval in personal life

Luke Donald yesterday allayed suspicions he would put his clubs away for the rest of the year when committing himself to play at Sun City next week. The world No 1 has not played for five weeks and in this time has experienced the death of his father and birth of his second daughter.

For the first time in his career Tiger Woods will tee off his season outside the US

Shifting sands help Abu Dhabi to capture Tiger Woods

Same desert, different Sheikh. Tiger Woods has shown he is still prepared to stray if the money is right by moving his long affiliation from the Dubai Classic to the Abu Dhabi Championship.

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