With the Masters less than two weeks away, Tiger Woods stayed on course for the Arnold Palmer Invitational title here in Orlando, taking a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell into today's final round.
Tiger Woods eased concerns he would miss the first Masters of his career by coming through 18 holes of an exhibition event yesterday, just eight days after an Achilles injury forced his withdrawal from the WGC Cadillac Championship.
The greatest doubted him and the other greatest pushed him. But Rory McIlroy became the world No 1 regardless what Jack said or Tiger did. If ever a coronation possessed validity, it was here at the Honda Classic in Florida yesterday.
England's Justin Rose shot another 66 to share the lead at the Honda Classic at Palm Beach, Florida yesterday – but three birdies in his last five holes brought Rory McIlroy right back into the thick of things.
Ulsterman's arrival brings Open venue to a standstill – but only after the R&A forget to pick him up
Fourteen years after Tiger Woods won his first major with a record score at The Masters, Rory McIlroy has done the same at the US Open.
Jack Nicklaus had to laugh last night when reminded that new US Open champion Rory McIlroy was a few months younger than him when he landed the first of his record 18 majors in 1962.
Ulsterman rewrites record books while Westwood finally comes through in the chasing pack
Britain has two shots at reclaiming golf's world No 1 crown these next four days. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald may be playing in different hemispheres but their objective is the same – win a tournament and displace Martin Kaymer at the top of the rankings.
Rory McIlroy's sad collapse at The Masters last Sunday brought forward the usual guff including the statement that on holes 10, 11 and 12, where he dropped six shots, he played "like a hacker".
Expect the unexpected. That was Lee Westwood's message for the climax of the 75th Masters. And he should know. With 27 holes to play last year, he was cruising around here, taking a five-shot lead into Amen Corner. Then crash, bang, wallop. Phil Mickelson exploded into action with an eagle at the 13th, eagle at the 14th and birdie at the 15th. Westwood's lead was gone in a heartbeat. But the lesson he learned is that there is no lead that can't be pegged back at The Masters – especially on Sunday, when pulses are racing, the roars are echoing through the pines, and the brains of rookies and veterans alike can be turned to scrambled eggs.
With The Masters under way, Sam Torrance, the Ryder Cup-winning captain and OBE, recalls his favourite moments from among the azaleas at Augusta.
Lee Westwood must consider whether to ditch his new putter for The Masters after what he termed "an atrocious week on the greens". The world No 2 will take great hope from his performance tee to green at the Houston Open, but realises his chances of a first major will be doomed if he fails to rectify his short game.
Nicklaus nostalgia still going strong – 25 years after his Masters miracle
The demise of Scottish golf has clearly been greatly exaggerated. Last night the birthplace of the ancient game was celebrating a spectacular Sunday as Martin Laird followed up Paul Lawrie's victory in Spain with a remarkable win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.
Another tournament, another low point for Tiger Woods. For the first time in 11 appearances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida, the former world No 1 opened up with an over-par score yesterday.