Sport Tiger Woods looks on from the first hole during the second round at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods endured one of the worst days of his distinguished career as he shot a 79 at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday to miss the third-round cut.

The Amateurs, By John Niven

A golfing comedy that makes the cut

Raul breaks record as Real narrow gap

Barcelona's supermen finally hit some kryptonite in the shape of mid-table Betis and a rampant Real Madrid took full advantage with a 4-0 win over Sporting Gijon that closed the gap at the top to 10 points and continued their impressive run of eight consecutive wins ahead of the visit of Liverpool in nine days time.

Quiros is shaken but stirs to win

Alvaro Quiros has promised to keep his feet firmly on the ground after yesterday's Qatar Masters victory propelled the talented Spaniard firmly on to the world stage.

Olazabal would be willing to accept Ryder captaincy

Colin Montgomerie remains the favourite to be appointed as the next Europe Ryder Cup captain, despite last night's revelation that Jose Maria Olazabal would accept the Celtic Manor job if offered.

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Stenson cruises to nine-shot Nedbank win

Sweden's Henrik Stenson cruised to victory in the Nedbank Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club here yesterday. He carded a closing 68 for a 21-under-par total of 267 and nine-shot victory over Ryder Cup rival Kenny Perry, whose 65 was the best round of the day.

Stenson's stunning round equals Els' record

Henrik Stenson surged five strokes clear of the field with a course record-tying 63 in the Sun City Challenge first round here yesterday. The big-hitting Swede was in impressive form, combining accurate tee shots with precision putting at the Gary Player Country Club to fire his nine-under-par score and equal the record set by Ernie Els in the final round of the 2002 event.

Westwood grinds way into contention

Lee Westwood has long been an unashamed sadist of the fairways and yesterday the Englishman restated his love of the grind with a 70 on the first day of the season-ending Volvo Masters. His classy display of perseverance put him right in contention to win a second Order of Merit title.

Westwood aims to shake Ryder hangover

The Ryder Cup is over and now the Order of Merit remains; which might not mean a lot to most but clearly does to Lee Westwood. The Englishman shook off the jetlag, the hangover and the disappointment of Louisville to figure high on the first-round leaderboard of the British Masters.

Injection of needle after Poulter and Westwood accuse US of dirty tricks

Nick Faldo's wet weather warning apart, Celtic Manor would have been rubbing their hands together at the events at Valhalla on Sunday evening. Not only did the US victory restore the competitive feel to the Ryder Cup, but there is now real needle between the two sides. And needle sells.

James Lawton: Faldo's instincts proved correct after old guard's desertion in hour of need

Were we really supposed to be impressed by the way Europe's old guard golfers gathered around their embattled captain Nick Faldo here in the ashes of Ryder Cup defeat? It is fervently to be hoped not, because in any league table of spurious loyalty this had to be in the running for some kind of championship medal. The old guard had been asked to seize the day, but instead, they could only reach, when the day had been lost, even surrendered, into that ragbag of platitudes that is so often produced when a degree of honesty might just invite a little too much self-scrutiny.

US press hail victory for American multitude

The American press were glowing in their praise of Paul Azinger and his USA team after the 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 victory that sent the Ryder Cup back across the Atlantic.

Mickelson and Kim lead renaissance as US team plays like it's 1999

Europe's domination of the Ryder Cup effectively ended yesterday as Paul Azinger's team of seasoned veterans and hungry newcomers fought, played and, more importantly, putted with rare defiance here as they banished nine years of humiliation.

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