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The world No 1 Luke Donald will play Ernie Els in the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Tucson tomorrow

Donald draws Els in Tucson

The world No 1 Luke Donald will play Ernie Els in the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Tucson tomorrow. Rory McIlroy, the world No 2, will take on South Africa's George Coetzee.

Sergio Garcia gave himself a timely boost for this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona

Garcia back in the groove as Haas triumphs

Sergio Garcia gave himself a timely boost for this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona with a scintillating finish to the Northern Trust Open yesterday.

England’s world No 1 Luke Donald

Donald defies icy California winds

England's world No 1 Luke Donald got his PGA Tour season off to a sub-par start with a first-round 70 in blustery conditions in the Northern Trust Open in California.

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Woods falls apart as Mickelson romps home

Phil Mickelson went from a six-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in just six holes, closed with an eight-under 64 for a two-shot victory and gave Tiger Woods a thrashing at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am yesterday that not many saw coming.

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McIlroy forces the pace in the desert

Northern Ireland's US Open champion Rory McIlroy justified his position as favourite to win the Dubai Desert Classic by adding a 65 to his first-round 66 to reach 13 under par yesterday. But the 40-year-old Dane Thomas Bjorn has matched him shot for shot and Martin Kaymer had the first hole-in-one of his life, on the seventh (his 16th) as he reached 11 under with a 67. Lee Westwood's 65 for 10 under included birdies on the last three holes.

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From Kent to Texas, grandfather facing 35 years in US jail

Accused of arms dealing, Chris Tappin is the latest victim of what many believe to be a lopsided extradition treaty

Rory McIlroy hit seven birdies after a slow start in Dubai

McIlroy is quickly back into swing of things

Rory McIlroy kicked off a month which could see him reach the world No 1 ranking by charging into contention on the first day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Djokovic’s altitude training has helped him to reach peak fitness

James Corrigan: Wada's bigwigs need to get off their high horses

The Way I See It: Altitude training is not a health risk – so how then could it possibly be against the spirit of sport?

Masters blown off course

The Qatar Masters was reduced to a 54-hole tournament after 45mph desert winds allowed only three hours of play in yesterday's second round.

Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy perform a traditional Emirati dance

Revitalised Tiger Woods enjoying plenty of bucks for his bang

He admits playing in the desert is all about the money but he is also excited about pitting his wits against young pretender Rory McIlroy

Lendl is there to get Murray over the final hurdle

Ivan Lendl determined to keep the focus on Andy Murray

The idea seemed a good one when broadcasters here at the Australian Open installed a fixed camera in the stands just a few feet from the players' boxes in the hope of getting an even closer view of the coaches and entourages. Then Ivan Lendl arrived. Within minutes of taking his seat in Rod Laver Arena for Andy Murray's match against Mikhail Kukushkin yesterday, Lendl reached over and covered up the all-seeing eye.

Tiger Woods believes he has the game to win in Abu Dhabi this week

Tiger lacks the concentration to win, says Faldo

It will not just be the top four players in the world Tiger Woods will be trying to conquer on his seasonal bow in Abu Dhabi this week, but also his "broken concentration". That is the view of Sir Nick Faldo, who does not necessarily agree that the 14-time major champion turned a corner with his first win in more than two years.

Amazing Grace lands two from two to match Couples

Ernie Els and Retief Goosen did battle at Fancourt again yesterday, but this time found themselves out-gunned by the new star of South African golf.

Cap that: Jose Maria Olazabal admires this third-round shot yesterday

Olazabal rolls back years in pursuit of good Grace

Europe's captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, still has a chance to kick off this Ryder Cup year with his first win for seven years – from the depths of 596th in the world.

Tiger Woods says he is ready to show the world what he can do once again

Woods accuses former coach Haney of writing book 'just for the money'

Tiger Woods vented his fury at an ex last night, accusing his former coach, under whom he won six majors, of writing a book about their time together "just for the money".

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