Lee Westwood said he needed his A game yesterday to win

The Open 2013: Major 'positives' for Lee Westwood but Tiger Woods speeds to the excuses

Westwood let a two-shot lead slip away as Phil Mickelson pulls-off the 'best round of my career'

Ian Poulter holes for par on the 14th

The Open 2013: Ian Poulter gets that wild look but can’t quite match the Miracle of Medinah

Last day charge from Englishman see's him with clubhouse lead but Phil Mickelson dashes any hopes of Open victory

Out of the blue: Lee Westwood on the 13th tee at Muirfield on his way to a two-stroke lead

James Lawton: The putt that made Lee Westwood believe

As he rolled it fully 60 feet into the hole for an eagle to take the outright lead, you could sense Briton felt the moment that could define his career may be close

Rory McIlroy walks off the 18th green after finishing his round of 75

The Open 2013: Rory McIlroy, the doctor will be ready to see you now...

What the heck is wrong with Rory McIlroy?  He can’t be cursed, can he? It was only an equipment and clothing deal with Nike, not the Devil.

Graeme McDowell has missed the cut or won in last eight events

The Open 2013: Graeme McDowell makes cut (which means that he’s going to win)

Ladies and gentlemen, we now know your winner of the 2013 Open Championship. Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the Royal and Ancient, can already fill in the blank in his speech at the awards ceremony tomorrow night. Spoiler alert. The champion golfer of the year is… Graeme McDowell.

Tiger Woods

The Open 2013: Tiger Woods believes he is in 'a good spot' after steady round at Muirfield

The world number one is at two under at the halfway stage

Lee Westwood

The Open 2013: Lee Westwood plans to 'kick back on the couch' after surging back into contention

The Brit posts a card of 68 to leave him two under par

Tiger Woods finished two under par despite a difficult dry course

The Open 2013: Tiger Woods fights to keep hopes alive in dry conditions

An instinct for survival kept Tiger Woods’s chances of a fourth Open crown, and a first major title for five years, alive yesterday.

Justin Rose plays out of a bunker during practice

The Open 2013: Justin Rose aims for double Open triumph to lay ghost of Sir Nick Faldo at Muirfield

Having laid to rest the ghost of Tony Jacklin last month by becoming the first Englishman to win the US Open since that son of a Scunthorpe lorry driver in 1970, Justin Rose and his fellow English golfers are still haunted by the ghost of Sir Nick Faldo at the Open Championship.

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Justin Rose walks on the seventh green during a practice round

The Open 2013: Only the truly kingly need apply for the crown in East Lothian

It will take a champion of champions to join the list of greats at one of the great courses

Tiger Woods watches the progress of a practice shot at Muirfield

The Open 2013: Tiger Woods: I’m as good as I’ve ever been, but the opposition has improved

Is the favourite suffering psychologically as he chases his 15th major? Not a bit of it, he tells Kevin Garside at Muirfield

Tiger Woods and his partner, the skiier Lindsey Vonn, are all smiles as they walk the course ahead of this week’s Open at Muirfield

The Open 2013: Rory McIlroy paired with Phil Mickelson on opening days

It’s Northern Ireland versus North America at Muirfield with Rory McIlroy grouped with Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell with Tiger Woods over the first two days at the Open Championship.

Rory McIlroy will play alongside Phil Mickelson at the 2013 Open

The Open 2013: Rory McIlroy grouped with Phil Mickelson while Graeme McDowell is alongside favourite Tiger Woods

Groups set-up Northern Ireland v North America as favourites look set to collide at Muirfield

The highs and lows of Justin Rose

Justin Rose has had quite a career, and after his maiden major victory he is now being tipped to challenge at any event he plays at. However, that does not mean he has had it all his own way. See below for a selection of Rose's highs and lows:

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