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Watch the videos below, from the organisers of The Open, to see clips of previous Open champions.

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Watch the videos below, from the organisers of The Open, to see clips of previous Open champions.

Video: Champions of The Open

Watch the videos below, from the organisers of The Open, to see clips of previous Open champions.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 18 April 2013

Terry's double helps Chelsea stroll back into third place

Rory McIlroy celebrates his 30-foot putt on the final green

McIlroy caps amazing year by completing money list double

A 30-foot eagle putt on the final green at the Barclays Singapore Open yesterday made Rory McIlroy the European Tour's youngest money list winner since Sandy Lyle in 1980.

Ian Poulter roars after sinking his putt on the 18th on Saturday

Jose Maria Olazabal: 'Ian Poulter would make a wonderful Ryder Cup captain one day'

Ian Poulter, the new golden go-to guy of European golf, will in due course make a "wonderful" Ryder Cup captain, according to Jose Maria Olazabal, but whether the Englishman will accede to the post as a major winner remains far less certain in the Spaniard's mind.

Justin Rose glugs the traditional post-game triple magnum of champagne

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Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, Nicolas Colsaerts and Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrate after helping their team defeat the United States

Ryder Cup: European victory party 'a bit wild' says Nicolas Colsaerts

Belgian rookie Nicolas Colsaerts described the post-match Ryder Cup party as “a bit wild” after emerging bleary-eyed this morning following Europe's remarkable comeback win over United States.

Team captain Jose Maria Olazabal hugs Francesco Molinari after Europe defeated the USA 14.5 to 13.5

Ryder Cup: Jose Maria Olazabal says tournament turned on Saturday afternoon

Europe may have taken 8 1/2 points from 12 singles matches to win the Ryder Cup - but captain Jose Maria Olazabal believes the seeds were sown the previous afternoon.

In the groove: Bradley enjoys approach shot to the fourth hole in the foursomes

James Lawton: Bradley and Mickelson prove an irresistible force

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Mark Cavendish's heroics in the Tour de France rightly earned him the BBC award

James Lawton: Uplifting Cavendish cheers the soul as troubled year ends on its highest note

Thank God for the passion and the achievement of Mark Cavendish and the uplifting evidence that enough people in this country still value such extraordinary effort they voted him BBC's Sports Personality of the Year in a landslide.

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are a top double act for Ireland

McIlroy's magic may not prevent end of the World

Rory McIlroy is not only playing for Ireland in China this week, but possibly for the future of the World Cup as well. Certainly, a high-profile win for the young golfing prince would give the 58-year-old competition a better chance of survival.

Despite all the hype McIlroy's hopes are gone with the wind

Like the bloat fish says at the end of Finding Nemo: "Now what?" Rory McIlroy rolled into Royal St George's riding the wave of hype and expectation that he surfed so effortlessly to win the US Open in Maryland last month. He got blown out to sea in Kent. McIlroy was unlucky with the draw and got as battered as the fish on sale in town. Hours before the end, he knew he'd had his chips, too. He trudged off the links looking like he was suffering a nasty case of indigestion from a soggy Sandwich. He shot a final-round 73 to finish bedraggled, befuddled and delighted to be in out of the rain at seven over par.

Sport on TV: Seve's story shows strides golf has taken – in wrong direction

When Seve Ballesteros dinked a tricky shot along the ground between the bunkers during The Open at Royal Birkdale in 1976, "golf had a new entertainer". So said Gary Lineker in Seve: The Legend (BBC1, Sunday), adding that the Spaniard combined "sport and showbusiness". So Seve was the new rock 'n' roll of golf – or at least the new chip 'n' run – and his premature death in May adds to the impression. The sport whose only claim to craziness was lurid trouserwear could boast flair of a different kind.

Donald stays in the shadows but cannot locate missing putter

A stranger to the game of golf would have been hard-pushed to recognise Luke Donald as the world no 1 yesterday, partly because there was very little accompanying razzmatazz – spectators were manifestly more interested in the group just ahead, which included a young Ulsterman called McIlroy – but partly also because Donald's short game, usually as reliable as a metronome, clicked only sporadically.

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