Sport Lee Westwood at Augusta

English golfer was six shots short of the play-off

Augusta in a world of it's own

The glittering stars of world golf, resplendent in their designer apparel and comfortably ensconced in their private jets, have few problems in life.

Masters Diary: 10/04/2009

Ball the record breaker still going strong at 98 – and counting

Considering how relentlessly the Augusta National clings to its traditions, its handling of Errie Ball remains something of a mystery. Despite being the only man still alive of the 72 who played in the inaugural Masters, the green jackets have resisted inviting back the golfer born in Wales. They may be running out of time. Errie is 98.

Donald confident wrist will hold up

Luke Donald insists he is fit and ready to compete in tomorrow's WGC CA Championship at Doral, despite the injury that has hampered his start to the season. Donald, who missed the second half of last season following surgery on his left wrist in August, thought he had caused further damage when he felt weakness during his WGC Match Play quarter-final with Ernie Els 10 days ago in Arizona.

Quiros is shaken but stirs to win

Alvaro Quiros has promised to keep his feet firmly on the ground after yesterday's Qatar Masters victory propelled the talented Spaniard firmly on to the world stage.

Montgomerie pins Masters snub on not being Chinese

Over the years Colin Montgomerie has made the occasional statement that has send eyebrows sky-bound, but yesterday's claim that he would be teeing it up at next week's Masters if he were only Chinese was hard to refute.

No matter what changes are made, the marvel of Augusta course remains

There are no tour guides or marker posts but the instinctive urge of any first-time visitor to Augusta National, having marvelled in general at the scene laid out in front of the clubhouse, is to head for the 10th tee.

Golf: Monty's masterful reply to attack by Faldo

FOR THE seven European Ryder Cup players present at the 30th edition of the Lancome Trophy, which starts today at the chic St-Nom-la-Breteche club, the event represents their last chance for a morale-boosting few days before jetting out to Boston on Concorde on Monday.

Golf: Medinah the status symbol

Bruce Critchley says the fourth major is making up lost ground

Golf: Open 99: Hard cases can crack Carnoustie

SOMETHING ON which a number of notable past golfers are in agreement is that good fortune will be less crucial to the outcome of the 128th Open Championship than dogged application.

Golf: The Open - Rough ride awaits wary Montgomerie

FOR ALL the agony of going through the final qualifying, those in competitive action yesterday had one advantage over the exempt players already practising on the championship course here at Carnoustie. At least they could postpone their first look at the venue for the 128th Open Championship for another 24 hours.

Golf: Tough choice for James

MARK JAMES has set himself a one-month deadline before making the most important decision of his playing career. The 45-year-old was named captain of the European Ryder Cup team 10 months ago, but his form this year has propelled him into seventh place in the European rankings.

Golf: Davies rues poor finish

LAURA DAVIES, twice a winner of the LPGA Championship, again displayed her affection for the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, by firing a superb first-round 65 as English players mounted a spirited challenge.

Golf: Olazabal puts up with fourth

JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL shot a dazzling closing round of 62 in the rain-delayed FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, but had to be content with finishing in fourth place. The Masters champion had moved into a one-stroke lead when the final warm-up event for the US Open was hit by torrential storms on Sunday.
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