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English golfer was six shots short of the play-off

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the semifinal against Lee Westwood

World No 1 title eludes exhausted McIlroy

Rory McIlroy won the battle but lost the war. Having shot down Lee Westwood in yesterday's morning's World Match Play semi-final grudge match, McIlroy got held up and ambushed 2&1 in the desert by Hunter Mahan in the final.

Montgomerie backs wild card for Tiger

Colin Montgomerie fully supports Fred Couples in his decision to hand Tiger Woods a Presidents Cup wild card almost three months before the match in Melbourne.

Caddie 'shocked' after Woods wields axe

Unlike many of Tiger Woods's jilted, Steve Williams could not be silenced. Last night the New Zealander reacted with thinly-veiled fury when suddenly sacked as caddie after 13 years, 72 victories, 13 major triumphs and one very public scandal. "So much for loyalty," was the gist of the New Zealander's reaction.

Rory is ready for the madness as world tunes in for new hero

Ulsterman's arrival brings Open venue to a standstill – but only after the R&A forget to pick him up

Rory McIlroy turns focus to multiple major success

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 praises US Open winner Rory McIlroy

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.

Brilliant McIlroy marches towards first major title

Ulsterman rewrites record books while Westwood finally comes through in the chasing pack

Paul Casey: From a standing ovation to please give me a hand

Once his fellow pros simply stood and applauded but the world No 10 has had to overhaul his game leading up to this week's US Open in Maryland. James Corrigan meets Paul Casey

Battling McDowell hauls himself back into contention

Guts go a long way at Sawgrass, meaning Graeme McDowell should go a long way at Sawgrass. The Ulsterman displayed his customary fortitude yesterday to remain in contention at the halfway point of The Players Championship.

Tiger Woods quits tournament after nine holes

Tiger Woods walked out of the lucrative Players Championship after just nine holes at Sawgrass today.

Donald takes aim at world No 1 spot in shotmaker's paradise

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.

The Hacker: Forget McIlroy's woes, Roger's 147 leaves him snookered

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".

Leading article: All in the mind

Only someone with the hardest of hearts would be unable to summon up some sympathy for golfer Rory McIlroy after his disastrous final round at the US Masters tournament. Having gone into the last day with a four-stroke lead, he managed to blow it in spectacular fashion, between the 10th and the 12th, ending up in a tie for 15th place.

Westwood turns up heat on young pretenders

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.

Sam Torrance: My memorable Masters moments

With The Masters under way, Sam Torrance, the Ryder Cup-winning captain and OBE, recalls his favourite moments from among the azaleas at Augusta.

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