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Martin Kaymer gets to play gooseberry for the next two days alongside golf's hottest two-ball. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are inevitably grouped together in the opening two rounds of the HSBC Champions tournament in Abu Dhabi. Kaymer, a winner here three times, is the privileged third party handed the best seat in the house.

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McIlroy spent much of last week on the Sydney tourist beat with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki ahead of her involvement in the Apia International tennis tournament

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Golf needs McIlroy in Rio more than he needs an Olympic medal

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Miguel Angel Jimenez's year ends on an unlucky break after skiing accident

Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez will be out of action for at least three months after breaking his leg in a skiing accident on Saturday.

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Paul McGinley with Rory McIlroy at the Vivendi Trophy in 2009

McIlroy’s sweet on McGinley to lead the fight against Watson

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Tom Watson

Tom Watson set to captain United States' Ryder Cup team in 2014

Tom Watson is set to be unveiled tomorrow as the surprise choice to captain the United States for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

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Rory McIlroy stars in the Dubai sun

Rory McIlroy overcame what he thinks was a touch of sunstroke to move into a share of the halfway lead at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai today.

Poulter shocks US again by taking a swing at baseball

Ryder Cup hero blasts American institution and claims he would make a great sports psychologist

Ian Poulter celebrates winning the HSBC Champions yesterday

Victorious Ian Poulter still surfing Ryder Cup wave

Ian Poulter has climbed from 26th place to 15th in the world after his two-shot victory at the HSBC Champions in China. It was his first solo win since the Australian Masters last December, but came in only his second appearance after winning all his four games in Europe's outstanding Ryder Cup triumph in Chicago.

Rory McIlroy with Tiger Woods in China

Rory McIlroy outscores Tiger Woods during head-to-head clash in China

Rory McIlroy outscored Tiger Woods for only the third time in 11 head-to-head clashes in China today, winning their “Duel at Jinsha Lake” with a five-under-par 67 to the American's 68.

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