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Rory McIlroy has taken Tiger Woods’s place as Nike’s face of golf

Top dollar for Rory McIlroy who joins blue-chip brotherhood with Nike deal

Comeback Kid takes Tiger's place as Nike's face of golf – to the tune of $125m

Charl Schwartzel has won the last two Tour titles convincingly

Another huge win for Charl Schwartzel at Leopard Creek

South African Charl Schwartzel completed a fantastic finish to 2012 with an astonishing 12-stroke victory on home soil at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Manny Pacquiao (left) will fight Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time at the MGM in Las Vegas tonight

Boxing: Marquez seeks trial of strength with Pacquiao

Mexican uses services of controversial coach to bulk up for fourth fight against nemesis tonight

Ernie Els is a fan of the long putter

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods to welcome proposed ban on belly putters

The end of the belly putter is nigh. Golf’s regulatory bodies on both sides of the Atlantic, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the United States Golf Association, have moved in unison to ban from 2016 the anchoring of a putting device to the body.

Anthony Hilton: Archer would be hard pushed to sell Greece

For the past 10 years, Philip Lader, who was the US Ambassador here in the Clinton years and who is now an adviser to Morgan Stanley, has hosted thanksgiving lunches in what was once the London home of the Astor family.

Claire Beale on Advertising: Forget kissing babies, social media is the vote winner

When Barack Obama came to power in 2008 it was on the back of what had already been dubbed the first digital election campaign. Four years on, the race for the White House has taken the use of technology to a whole new level. As the US electorate prepare to cast their vote this week, it is being bombarded by the most sophisticated multi-media campaigning ever.

Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 18th green in Shanghai

Rory McIlroy move to Nike under scrutiny

Rory McIlroy may be on a week off, but he remains in the news and at the centre of debate - both for the clubs he plays with and for his choice of tournaments.

Claire Beale on Advertising: Big brands pay up big to bask in a star's success

You'd think a marketer as savvy as Nike would know better. When your brand spokesman hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, think carefully – very carefully – before you insist you're standing by him.

Tiger Woods was ousted by Justin Rose

Rose fightback denies Woods and earns showdown with Westwood

No dream final in Turkey, only dream golf from Lee Westwood. A 61 in the afternoon followed a 64 in the morning to guarantee Westwood $1m (£625,000) today when he goes up against Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose for the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final first prize of $1.5m.

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 11 October 2012

Usada reveals its 'conclusive' verdict on Armstrong case

Tiger Woods in action yesterday

Golf chief apologises after headbutting journalist before Tiger Woods match at the Turkish Open

The president of the Turkish Golf Federation today apologised for an incident with a journalist which threatened to overshadow the Turkish Airlines World Golf final and the creation of a new 7million US dollars tournament on the European Tour.

Lee Westwood
Central to Europe's prospects despite a poor singles record. Binds group with endless banter and laser irons. 9/10

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Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros at Valderrama in 1997

James Lawton: US need to extinguish the spirit Seve instilled in Olly

It was inevitable – but not necessarily right – that the American high command should target Rory McIlroy here over these next few days.

Rory McIlroy signs autographs at a saturated Ocean Course

Bullish Rory McIlroy says rare USPGA grass fits his game

Irishman claims first major to be played on tougher paspalum surface will suit him down to the ground

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