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Italian teenager wins Castello Masters

Matteo Manassero became the youngest winner in European Tour history yesterday after triumphing by four shots at the Castello Masters in Spain. The Italian, aged 17 years and 188 days, breaks the previous record set by New Zealand's Danny Lee, who was 18 years and 113 days old when he won the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic.

Montgomerie hails winning European team

The man who secured the point that won the Ryder Cup for Europe described the moment as "bananas".

Pavin barely heard as full Monty treatment lifts the home side

The contrast in captaincy styles at Celtic Manor is stark – with Europe's man looking like Seve in 1997

James Lawton: Montgomerie plays a masterstroke by tapping incomparable spirit of Ballesteros

Whatever else Colin Montgomerie achieves over the next few days he will not surpass, in either imagination or judgment, his decision to call Seve Ballesteros.

James Lawton: From acrimony to camaraderie – this Ryder Cup has everything

Personal duels promise to make this week's tournament golf's last great amateur contest

Pavin calls in the US Air Force, but Europe have Seve as inspiration

Corey Pavin brought in a fighter pilot to deliver an inspirational speech to his players, while Colin Montgomerie called on Seve Ballesteros and Gareth Edwards. And so the lines continued to be drawn for a Ryder Cup which will now inevitably be compared to the notorious 1991 tussle at Kiawah Island.

Celtic Manor Diary: No pressure, Colin, but Ballesteros is the man to outshine

Seve Ballesteros has been chosen as the best European captain of all time in a survey of British golf fans. The Spaniard polled 29 per cent of the vote for the inspirational way he led Europe to victory at Valderrama in 1997.

James Lawton: From Old Tom to Tiger, 150 years of the Open have brought intrigue, passion – and glory

It was entirely to be expected that no place on earth this week could have rivalled the readiness with which the old grey town accepted that if Tiger Woods is flawed as a man he remains, almost certainly, unsurpassable as a golfer.

Dredge and Whiteford set early pace

Wales's Bradley Dredge and the Scot Peter Whiteford took the first-day honours at the BMW International Open in Munich with eight-under-par rounds of 64 yesterday.

Tiger signs up for Open exhibition

While Jack Nicklaus has declined the Royal and Ancient's invitation to play in a 150th anniversary exhibition featuring former Open champions, Tiger Woods has accepted.

'Next Seve' signs off as amateur with a flourish

Manassero heralded as future champion after winning Silver Cup at the Masters

Woods sneaks off to Augusta to fine tune his comeback swing

World No 1 serves Masters warning to rivals with intense 72-hole practice session

The Hacker: Drinking too much of the black stuff keeps me off the greens

My golfing ambitions for the spring, if it should ever come, depend mainly on the acquisition of a steady, rhythmic swing that will maintain consistency under the pressures of a series of torrid rounds. At the moment, I am taking my timing from slowly repeating the name Alexander Cadogan during the swing, and it is working well.

Giggs left speechless by shock victory in BBC poll

The evergreen Ryan Giggs was crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year last night, taking pole position in the public vote ahead of the pre-event favourite Jenson Button, who was second, and Jessica Ennis, third.

Last Night's Television: Prescott: The North/South Divide, BBC2<br /></b>Inside Sport, BBC1

I don't suppose Sir Thomas Legg has a lot of time to watch television at the moment, but since he's worked out the cost of Gordon Brown's repayment to the last 10p he might also be interested in the Case of the Admiralty House Teacup, a shocking abstraction of government property, which was revealed halfway through Prescott: the North/South Divide. To the protests of Pauline ("Oooh, John! For goodness' sake... they'll think I'm a kleptomaniac!"), the former Deputy Prime Minister trotted into the kitchen of his impressive Thameside penthouse to reveal the gilded souvenir Pauline had carried away with her when they left their grace-and-favour residence. Personally, I'm inclined to let bygones be bygones here, because there's something rather touching about the way that Pauline fills out the stereotype of one kind of aspirational Northern woman: modelling her style on Joan Collins, using her telephone voice when out in public, and showing such candid pleasure in the trappings of class. "Things can only get better," she said gleefully, lifting a glass of champagne to the camera as a Learjet flew the Prescotts down to London on the night of the 1997 election, "...but not much." She spoke too soon, really. Still to come were the mock Tudor boards fitted to their Hull constituency house, for which Mr Prescott claimed £312.

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