Sport Henrik Stenson

Swede who lost form and fortune in Allen Stanford fraud proves popular FedEx Cup champion

Video: Champions of The Open

Watch the videos below, from the organisers of The Open, to see clips of previous Open champions.

Video: Champions of The Open

Watch the videos below, from the organisers of The Open, to see clips of previous Open champions.

Video: Champions of The Open

Watch the videos below, from the organisers of The Open, to see clips of previous Open champions.

Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie emerges as contender to Paul McGinley for Ryder Cup captaincy

Discussions over who will take role to be held later this week

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Never mind Julia Gillard, is there no end to the insults they'll throw at opponents Down Under?

Our diarist notes another conflagration among Australia's fiery parliamentarians, and watches anarcho-Tory Douglas Carswel, pictured, endure a public test of loyalty

Jack Nicklaus the six-time winner of the Green Jacket

Augusta Diary: Ambition achieved when Nicklaus met his father’s hero, er, Nicklaus

No prizes for guessing who Nicklaus Lewis is named after. His father Randy Lewis, who condemned the 19-year-old to a lifetime of having his first name misspelled, admitted: "Jack was always my hero."

Rory McIlroy makes sure everyone knows he is the new world No 1 after victory in the Honda Classic in Florida yesterday

McIlroy reaches top of the world after marching past Tiger's trap

The greatest doubted him and the other greatest pushed him. But Rory McIlroy became the world No 1 regardless what Jack said or Tiger did. If ever a coronation possessed validity, it was here at the Honda Classic in Florida yesterday.

Tiger Woods began well but faced a battle to make the cut in Florida

Rose back in bloom as McIlroy rallies

England's Justin Rose shot another 66 to share the lead at the Honda Classic at Palm Beach, Florida yesterday – but three birdies in his last five holes brought Rory McIlroy right back into the thick of things.

Environmentalists call Giant's Causeway golf course plan 'inherently and fundamentally wrong'

Plans for an ambitious new golf course close to the Giant's Causeway have received a broad welcome in Northern Ireland - apart from environmentalists who describe it as "inherently and fundamentally wrong."

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.

Diary: 'Fill yer boots' Blair is a letdown for Labour

Since disowning the grubby past is clearly to be the leitmotif of Labour's conference in Liverpool (see Tessa Jowell, below), my advice to Ed Miliband as he finalises tomorrow's forensic tour de force is this. Find space in the leader's speech to announce that, under the "bringing the party into disrepute" header used to expel Geoff Hoon and others last May, he is suspending Tony Blair's Labour membership pending an inquiry into his financial affairs. The insinuations about Mr Tony's Libyan dealings grow louder, with The Sunday Telegraph reporting that, in the three years after he left No 10, he secretly visited Gaddafi not twice, as previously believed, but on six occasions. The paper links one visit to the (unrealised) ambition of JP Morgan, which pays him £2m per annum for advice, to broker a huge aluminium deal between the Libyan Investment Authority and Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Both parties firmly deny this, and who would doubt the word of either an investment bank or Mr Tony Blair? Yet the latter would agree that appearances count in politics – and that until his Byzantine commercial dealings acquire the transparency they deserve, his continuing membership of Labour cements the party to a fill-yer-boots ethos not strictly in keeping with the economic realities of today.

The Hacker: Course lessons can bring even the golfing gods down to earth

As wee Rory discovered in July, the weather can wholly cloud your view of the game in general or of a course in particular. Play somewhere when you can't grip the club properly because your glove is so wet, or you're swaddled by layers into near-immobility, or you risk being blown over if you attempt any sort of weight transfer through your swing, or possibly all three simultaneously, and you're not going to be rushing back. Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a case in point; I'm sure the course in a south Manchester suburb is sometimes truly lovely, but all I can remember is a faceful of mud with every strike, not necessarily excluding on the greens.

Tiger Woods announces return to action

Former world number one Tiger Woods is to return to action at next week's Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.

Brian Viner Loving, hating and just being mildly annoyed

The other day in a questionnaire on the food and drink pages of a Sunday newspaper, asked which kitchen gadget he couldn't live without, a farmer called Tim Wilson, owner of the Ginger Pig butcher group, identified his Aga, the "hub" of his kitchen.

Brian Viner: Masterly Mickelson shows just why the fortysomethings matter

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