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.

Faldo pairings plan rumbled by long arm of the lens

Nick Faldo admitted here yesterday that he had been "caught out" and had "learnt a lesson" when photographers zoomed in on a piece of paper he was carrying on which he had written the European pairings. The captain claimed they were the partnerships that will go out in today's final practice round, although his erratic response to questioning convinced many that this was a more serious error.

Ballesteros warns Europe to beware America on home turf

Paul Azinger has made no secret of his wish for the Valhalla galleries to get loud, if not personal, in their backing of the home team this week and yesterday he confessed that he is planning to fire them up straight from the off. The American captain is ready to lead the way in the foursomes on Friday morning with the two Kentuckians in his squad, Kenny Perry and JB Holmes.

United win race to sign Berbatov for full £30m

Manchester United last night appeared to have secured the purchase of Dimitar Berbatov for Spurs' full £30m asking price plus agreeing to Frazier Campbell going on loan for a year to White Hart Lane, although United were run perilously close by Manchester City.

Book of the Week: Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia! by Tom Cox

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Dougherty faces hard charge for Cup place

Nick Dougherty slipped out of the lead at the Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm after the Swede Peter Hanson, co-leader with the Briton overnight, shot 68 to head the field on 10 under par.

Azinger in a quandary over America's Ryder Cup wild cards

The America captain, Paul Azinger, yesterday welcomed Boo Weekley's qualification for his Ryder Cup team to face Europe in Kentucky next month and the unashamed redneck immediately revealed his intentions by warning Padraig Harrington, the Open and USPGA champion, "you have a target on your back".

'Tiger-like' Harrington concentrates on usurping world No 1

Fresh from another major win, Ireland's 'greatest sportsman' outlines his plan to tackle Woods. James Corrigan reports from Oakland Hills, Michigan

Harrington conjures dramatic triumph to stun Garcia

Padraig Harrington denied Sergio Garcia his first major yet again last night in scenes so remarkably reminiscent of last year's Open. Just as at Carnoustie the Irishman with the manic eyes broke the little Spaniard's heart and just as at Carnoustie the difference between the pair was so small, while the contrast of fortunes was so great. For unbridled ecstasy see Harrington, for Garcia see bitter agony.

USPGA Championship: Monty defiant but Ryder Cup dream appears doomed

Scot reeling after worst major round but limits chances of making Faldo's team by playing only one of final three qualifying events

Ochoa plans short reign as the next 'Tigress' of greens

Pity the poor organisers of the women's game, even if your surname does happen to be Wie. No sooner do they find one superstar to replace the other who is just retiring, then she declares she is quitting as well.

Open champion calls on Faldo to pick Monty

If Nick Faldo is to ignore the wildcard claims of Colin Montgomerie for the Ryder Cup he will not only be working merely against the wishes of the majority of European supporters but also against that of The Open champion. Padraig Harrington yesterday added his weight to the "Pick Monty" campaign. And he did so with some gusto. "It is very important to get the balance in the team and now that I am in, I hope to tee it up with Monty in Valhalla in September," he said yesterday. "Of course, I would look forward to playing with anyone in the team but going back to the last couple of times I have played, I would certainly pick Monty."

Harrington completes unlikely triumph in style

Five days after Nick Faldo told him to "pull your finger out" and four days after he still feared a wrist injury might keep him out, Padraig Harrington was tonight celebrating more Open Championship glory.

Wakefield puts wind up rivals to make name for himself

Journeyman's chance of incredible first victory on grandest stage

Course flexes its muscle to get better of Villegas

Spider-Man. Golf punk. Ripped. Call Camilo Villegas what you will. His agility while lining up putts on one leg and one finger has led to one nickname. His look and his six-pack have led to others. But whatever happens today to the freshest breath of air that Birkdale has conjured in human form this week, the nascent Colombian has made his mark in his debut Open.

Storming Norman dazzles as Harrington keeps dream alive

Veteran defies 50mph winds to take two-shot lead over defending champion. By James Corrigan at Royal Birkdale
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