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At 32 Adam Scott could not see a way to lose. Ernie Els, 10 years his senior, had essentially forgotten how it was to win. But then, for sweet and savage beauty – if you happened to be the man they still call The Big Easy – this was something guaranteed to take you back to the days when there was every reason to believe anything was possible.

Adam Scott of Australia hits his tee shot on the first hole

Scott and Williams set for final-day battle at Open

Less than a year after hiring golf's most successful caddie in a bid to end his long wait for a first major title, Australian Adam Scott hopes he is just 18 holes from achieving his dream at Royal Lytham tomorrow.

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Lee Westwood relaxed over search for first major

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a while now. Both parts
of my game are good'

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Dubliner takes centre stage as Ulster trio drop out of running at Royal Portrush

Rory McIlroy outperformed his
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Home hope Rory McIlroy fails to impress huge crowds

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Lee Westwood at the US Open

Punishing course hands out rough justice to world's best

None would argue that Lee Westwood lost the US Open because his ball lodged in a tree. Yet this bizarre episode on the fifth fairway that stole the momentum from Westwood's challenge on Sunday was representative of a quirky week that gave us the 15th different winner in successive major championships.

Webb Simpson of the United States (R) looks down at the trophy as Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland looks on

Graeme McDowell expresses frustration after missing out on US Open by one shot to Webb Simpson

Graeme McDowell admitted to frustration and pride after losing out in the US Open by a shot to Webb Simpson.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off during the third round

McDowell revels in proving he is more than a mentor to McIlroy

The Ulsterman is determined to keep his emotions in check after returning to form

Tiger Woods vies for the lead with Graeme McDowell, but Rory McIlroy is out

Swept away by Tiger's tsunami

Rivals are an irrelevance to the human chain which tagged along behind Woods in the US Open

McIlroy, Donald and Watson miss cut at US Open 

The record-setting US Open winner: gone. The Masters champion: gone. The top-ranked player in the world: gone. 

It was a bad day for Rory McIlroy

Lee Westwood holds it together as Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald struggle at the US Open

Defending US Open champion Rory McIlroy and world no.1 Luke Donald, return to Olympic Club in San Francisco today facing a monumental battle to remain in the championship.

Rory McIlroy throws the first ball for the Giants

Rory McIlroy feeling good ahead of US Open

The San Francisco Giants unveiled a new star pitcher in front of 35,000 last night. This was not quite the curve ball girlfiend Caroline Wozniacki lobbed his way at Madison Square Garden in March, more a symbol of Rory McIlroy’s rising profile in the United States.

Paul Casey

Paul Casey Ryder Cup hopes hit after withdrawing from US Open

Paul Casey’s season continued its downward spiral with his withdrawal from this week's US Open in San Francisco. Casey’s shoulder is not fully recovered from his snowboarding accident in January. Though he hopes to return later this month, the setback further reduces his chances of making the Ryder Cup team in Chicago in September.

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