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COMMENT: The 14-time Major winner deserves to be venerated just as much as Jack Nicklaus for his career achievements, yet he is not loved

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.

Tiger's texts transformed Clarke into a major player

American's messages provided detailed advice on how to capture the Claret Jug

Clarke: 'I had a couple of really good texts from Tiger ... his advice was brilliant'

So much for Tiger Woods not playing any part in this Open Championship. Darren Clarke last night revealed how the former world No 1's text-messaged advice helped him to win his first major.

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James Lawton: Sun is setting on age of the Tiger but Rory provides the new dawn

With the less-than-magnetic Nick Watney their leading hope, and Woods licking his wounds, American golf looks in a sorry state

Rory McIlroy in the limelight during Open warm-up

Rory McIlroy added another £20 to his millions today after he and Darren Clarke warmed up for The Open by beating defending champion Louis Oosthuizen and Masters winner Charl Schwartzel at Sandwich.

James Lawton: McIlroy reports back for duty with major bearing

Rory agreed that such moments at Congressional were the stepping stones to a new level of self-belief, a new sense that an obstacle has been removed

McIlroy rejects Tiger treatment but still tees off in the spotlight

Ulsterman turns down a Woods-sized security detail but takes over the former world No 1's 9.09 start time

Ian Poulter: Rory not only one with an eye for glory

Failure is not an option for golf's ultimate showman. And Sandwich could provide the setting to show he's not just mouth and multi-coloured trousers. James Corrigan meets Ian Poulter

Tiger did right thing in missing Sandwich, says Mickelson

Phil Mickelson is glad Tiger Woods will not be at next week's Open Championship. But far from expressing his satisfaction for selfish reasons, the world No 6 was thinking only of his rival's long-term future.

Tiger Woods plays safe and misses Open

Tiger Woods' withdrawal from next week's Open Championship has been greeted in the locker room with a mixture of disappointment and concern.

McIlroy's swing is better than mine was at 22, admits Tiger Woods

Even Tiger Woods believes Rory McIlroy's swing is better than his was at the same age. The former world No 1 admitted as much last night while casting further doubt on his participation at the Open Championship in two weeks' time.

Musa Okwonga: Talent. Graft. Bottle? The annual Wimbledon conundrum

It's nerve; it's grit; it's the key ingredient that makes a true champion. As Andy Murray aims to break his Grand Slam duck, our writer gets to the root of what every winner needs

Holywood hero: Rory McIlroy's home town toasts his triumph

Champagne flows as golf's new superstar destroys rivals to win his first major tournament

'Rory is potentially the next Tiger. Yeah, he's that good'

"He's got a great golf swing, great tempo and doesn't try to kill it or do anything unusual with the ball. I like his moxie; he's cocksure in the way he walks. You have to have a little swagger like that. He's a great kid – humble when he needs to be, confident when he needs to be confident. He'll have a great career, there's no question about that. He's way ahead of my pace when I won my first major and well ahead of my score." - Jack Nicklaus 18-time major winner

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