Sport Lee Westwood at Augusta

English golfer was six shots short of the play-off

Golf: Norman hints at retirement

GREG NORMAN has given his strongest hint yet that he may be ready to quit the game. Norman, who is out of action for five months after undergoing shoulder surgery, claimed yesterday that he will pack up his clubs forever if he is unable to rekindle his enthusiasm for the sport. "I get more pain than pleasure now by going to the golf course," the Australian said.

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Golf: Master of the comeback

As Augusta looms, the golfer nicknamed 'Green Machine' refuses to concede and works towards a new revival; Andy Farrell watches a past Master show typical determination in his fight against decline

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Damron shades out luminaries


Golf: The taming of a young Master

Disappointment again for the prodigal as an underachiever secures his first major while Ryder Cup team takes shape; After winning at Augusta, Tiger Woods has not made the impact expected in the year's other majors. Andy Farrell reports

Golf: Disciplined Daly takes early lead

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THE 126th OPEN: `Dumb' mistake hurts Lehman

It would be an embarrassing mistake at any time but Tom Lehman's absent-minded blunder on the second green was magnified by occurring in the championship of which he is the holder, writes Andy Farrell. The American forgot to replace his marker, after moving it out of Vijay Singh's line, and the error cost him a two-shot penalty.

Stricker no longer feeling stricken

A double-bogey, bogey finish turned a potential 69 into a one- over-par 72 for the American Steve Stricker at the Open yesterday, but did little to lessen his conviction that he is on the way back.

'Mere mortals' try to stop the charge of Tiger

Andy Farrell, in Bethesda, Maryland, looks at golf's major attraction at the US Open which starts today

Golf: Woods stays in touch with leading pack

Tiger Woods was six shots off the lead after the first round of Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Four players shared the lead at six under par - Jesper Parnevik of Sweden, Tim Herron, Billy Andrade and Glen Day shot rounds of 66.

Golf: Johnson's play-off pay-off

Laura Davies, the defending champion, failed in her attempt for a third victory in the LPGA Championship at Wilmington, Delaware, although a final-round 68 moved her into joint fourth three shots behind. First place went to the American Chris Johnson, who had a par on the second play-off hole against her countrywoman Leta Lindley to take the title.

Golf: The Masters: Sublime Woods the Master for new generation

Taking huge catlike strides, and stepping in the Bearprints of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods waltzed to his coronation as the new greatest golfer in the game among the cathedral pines of Augusta National yesterday. Lee Elder, the first African-American to play in the US Masters 22 years ago, was present to witness the occasion as a special guest of the club. "I came to see history," Elder said.

Woman golfer's master stroke stymies bookies

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