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Justin Rose: 'In his heart of hearts Justin knows that he has the ability'

As a close friend of Ian Poulter, Justin Rose is only too aware of the pitfalls of making the grand statement. But while the former continues to be pilloried for declaring that it is only a matter of time before he is world No 2, the latter continues to plot a far more subtle course to that startling height. While Poulter is saying it, Rose is actually believing it.

Inside Golf

James Lawton: Hungry Tiger's unbroken grip gives lean Westwood a new appetite for success

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

There are probably a thousand ways of measuring the impact of Tiger Woods and his extraordinary annexation of golf and you could see some of the more familiar ones when he came prowling on to the practice tee on a soft, moist dawn here yesterday. But then the eulogies, and the genuflections, have been more or less unbroken for more than a decade now and more intriguing, maybe, is his current effect on all those golfers who are fighting to believe that they can still operate successfully on their own potentially world-class terms.

Players leap to Faldo's defence after Azinger attack

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Aspiring members of Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup team leapt to the Europe captain's defence yesterday following criticism from his American counterpart Paul Azinger. Five months before the tournament in Louisville, Azinger claimed that players want nothing to do with Faldo, saying, "He did what he did as a player, and there are relational consequences."

An email conversation with Martin Kaymer: 'I have had a taste of Augusta. It is a great experience'

Monday, 7 April 2008

You are playing in your first Masters this week. What did you make of Augusta on your first visit there recently, with Fanny Sunesson? Hilly. Very hilly. Fanny and I just walked the course, because she thought if I played I would be focusing on my swing and not on the course. I was really impressed by the shape of the course, the shape of the holes. And the greens are so fast. On the ninth green, I put a couple of balls on the left side and the pin was right front. I made a couple of putts and my first three putts went all the way down there on to the fairway. That gave me a taste of what can happen in the tournament. I just see it as a great experience this early in my career. The first goal is to make the cut.

Azinger slams 'unpopular' Ryder rival Faldo

Monday, 7 April 2008

The American Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger has laid into his European counterpart Nick Faldo, claiming that many players want "nothing to do with him".

Can Tiger win the Grand Slam?

Monday, 7 April 2008

When Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie – the Hinge and Bracket of European golf – stop the bickering and consent to agree on something, one knows that thing must have a hell of a lot of credibility. But then golf is seemingly unanimous in believing that this could be the year when Tiger Woods wins the modern game's first calendar Grand Slam.

Howell's magic runs out in play-off defeat

Monday, 7 April 2008

France's Grégory Bourdy denied David Howell what would have been an amazing victory yesterday, winning the Portuguese Open at the third hole of a play-off at Oitavos Dunes.

Masters preview: Dougherty flies west with the goose, primed to fulfil his American dream

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Here is how it goes for the Masters first-timer. Arrive on Sunday, spend four days of practice walking around in a trance, whispering things like: "This is where Tiger holed his chip from, right here" to your caddy. On Thursday, tee it up in the first round. Make a few birdies, get all excited. Make a few double bogeys, the odd treble, the even odder quintuple, get all downhearted. On Friday evening, reluctantly hand in your player's pass and desperately look over your shoulder as security ushers you through the gates.

Tiger and his prey: Woods hot on the trail if the sun comes out to play

Sunday, 6 April 2008

However many regular tournaments Tiger Woods wins, however many he wins in a row, the world No 1 does not consider a year "great" until he has won a major championship.

The Hacker: Good players are still the big winners in this numbers racket

Sunday, 6 April 2008

The phrase "Never give a sucker an even break" was probably coined by a gangster in Chicago, but I am horrified to find that it has been adopted by low-handicap golfers not only at my club but all over the country.

Brian Viner: Does Tiger burn too bright to keep up with Jones?

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Our betting correspondent, Mr Hey, with whom I am privileged to share this page, knows as well as I do that every gambler, like every fisherman, has a story about the one that got away. And while I hesitate to call myself a gambler, lest I give the wrong impression to my mother, who reads this column and was married for 24 years to a compulsive gambler in the form of my late father, I have been known to press into the palms of Mr Ladbroke the odd tenner, one of which accompanied a betting slip marked "double: Durham Edition to win the Grand National, Nick Faldo to win the US Masters".

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