Reflective calm: Loch Lomond, where 'the scenery is stunning'

My life in travel: Gordon Strachan

'Loch Lomond is like a different country'

Rory McIlroy (left) joins Tiger Woods (right), Justin Rose (centre) and an Emirati host in a toast to the Abu Dhabi Championship

Nike's first obstacle: Will it be Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy in Sunday red?

World No 1 claims to be ignorant of any rule stating Woods must wear power colour on last day

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.

Golden standard-bearer: Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis wants more attention on women's sport

Ennis among the 12 nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Bradley Wiggins wins gold for the men's individual time trial cycling event on day five of the Olympics

BBC Sports Personality of the Year award nominees due to be announced

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NBC agree deal to show Premier League matches in the US

The Premier League will change broadcast partner in the United States from next season after announcing a two-year deal with the NBC Sports Group.

The Sports Matrix: Monday 15 October 2012

Watson ends GB's drought as Djokovic gains revenge

In the groove: Bradley enjoys approach shot to the fourth hole in the foursomes

James Lawton: Bradley and Mickelson prove an irresistible force

Man from Vermont and his childhood idol are proving to be the most compelling American pairing since Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as they beat all before them

Rory McIlroy

Ryder Cup: The first day of action in Medinah

Phil Mickelson celebrated becoming America's most capped Ryder Cup player with two wins on the opening day in Chicago.

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

Ryder Cup: Player ratings

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Jose Maria Olazabal, Captain of The European Ryder Cup team

Jose Maria Olazabal ready for Ryder Cup challenge

Jose Maria Olazabal now knows his Ryder Cup team, but it does not change his view about next month's match in Chicago.

Rory McIlroy was imperious at the US PGA

Rory McIlroy admits wanting to 'prove a few people wrong' after winning US PGA

Rory McIlroy was savouring yet another major masterclass today - and just loving the fact that he had proved some people wrong about him.

Rory McIlroy was imperious at the US PGA

Young monarch Rory McIlroy seizes US PGA crown from the front

Poulter's last-round challenge inspires the Ulsterman to clinch first UK triumph since 1930

Tiger Woods, back up to No.2 in the world, during the WGC Bridgestone Invitational

In-form Woods ready to put on armour for War on the Shore II

Tiger unfazed by major drought as he looks to rediscover his aura at US PGA Championship

In the swing: Roger Chapman conquers the US after one win in 618 events

Chapman gets the hang of it – after only 28 years

Better late than never, should be tattooed on Roger Chapman's bag. His record in the United States reads: played two, won two. Chapman is 53 years old. In 28 seasons on the European Tour, a career that extended over 618 events, Chapman won once. And in all that time he barely crossed the Atlantic to play golf. He wasn't good enough.

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