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Masters 2013: Jamie Donaldson shoots hole-in-one on sixth hole

Xbox practice pays off as Welshman Donaldson hits hole-in-one on debut

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Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

17:50 GMT, 11 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 11 April 2013

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Welshman Jamie Donaldson made a flying start to his first Masters with a sensational hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Augusta.

The 37-year-old was one over par by the time he reached the 180-yard, par-three sixth before his amazing shot on the hole known as Juniper.

He became the fifth golfer record a hole-in-one on the sixth, the first since Chris DiMarco in 2004.

Donaldson's shot was the 24th ace in Masters history after Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott made holes-in-one on No 16 last year.

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

The Welshman, who was priced at 300-1 before the tournament, prepared for his first trip down Magnolia Lane by playing on his Xbox.

Donaldson won the Abu Dhabi
Championship in January, his first victory on the European Tour.

Elsewhere, Englishman David Lynn was the early leader in the clubhouse thanks to an opening round of 68.

Playing only the third major of his career after securing his place by finishing second to Rory McIlroy at the US PGA Championship last year, Lynn carded a four-under-par 68 in the first round at Augusta National.

The 39-year-old from Stoke, who has just one win in almost 400 European Tour events, carded six birdies and two bogeys during his round on Thursday.

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Luke Donald two shots behind leaders at the halfway stage of the Northern Trust Open

Donald remains in the hunt in California after rising to fifth at halfway stage of Northern Trust Open

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Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

07:22 GMT, 16 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:27 GMT, 16 February 2013

World No 3 Luke Donald put himself firmly in contention as Bae Sang-moon and Fredrik Jacobson shared the lead at the halfway stage of the Northern Trust Open in California.

England's Donald, playing his first tournament since November, produced a five-under 66 to sit seven under overall, two off the leading pair of South Korea's Bae and Sweden's Jacobson on nine under.

Donald, 18th overnight, carded seven birdies against two bogeys to end day two fifth – and he could have been in a share of third alongside Americans John Merrick and John Rollins but for a dropped shot on his penultimate hole, the par-four eighth.

Climbing the leaderboard: Luke Donald hit five under par to rise to seventh

Climbing the leaderboard: Luke Donald hit five under par to rise to seventh

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Donald told www.pgatour.com: 'Happy with my score, obviously coming off a pretty good break, you never know with how you're going to deal with being back in competition again but certainly a big improvement today, ball striking wise and my short game has been very sharp.

'I've been excited about that. It's been a big key to my score so far, and, yeah, excited to be in the mix again.'

On the top of the pile though were Jacobson and Bae, both of whom were six under for the day to climb from sixth to joint first.

Surveying the scene: Donald and his caddie John McLaren walks up to the sixth green

Surveying the scene: Donald and his caddie John McLaren walks up to the sixth green

For Jacobson it was a continuation of the form which saw him finish seventh at Pebble Beach last week.

'Obviously I take a lot out of that, just being in contention again,' Jacobson said. 'I've had some good practice sessions before, but to bring it on the course and play under pressure, that's what it's about.'

There was no room to relax, though, with a number of notable names on the heels of the top five.

Leading the way: Fredrik Jacobson shares the lead at the halfway stage

Leading the way: Fredrik Jacobson shares the lead at the halfway stage

World No 8 Lee Westwood headed up a group of three players on six under, which also included major winners Charl Schwartzel and Webb Simpson.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar was among the players on five under having carded a two-over 73, as was defending champion Bill Haas, while Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson were all four under.

Out in front: Sang-Moon Bae is going well in California

Out in front: Sang-Moon Bae is going well in California

Among the remainder of the British contingent, Brian Davis (three under), Greg Owen (two under), David Lynn (one under) and Ross Fisher (one over) all made the cut, but Martin Laird and Graeme McDowell missed out.

Other big names to miss the cut included Dustin Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Mike Weir, Zach Johnson, Geoff Ogilvy, Bubba Watson and Lucas Glover.

Justin Rose in contention at Australian Open

Rose in contention in Sydney but blows chance to share lead with Senden

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11:28 GMT, 8 December 2012

Justin Rose will head into the final round of the Australian Open two strokes off the lead after a late stumble cost him a share of the overnight lead at The Lakes in Sydney.

Rose had held a two-shot advantage in the afternoon but spoiled his round with consecutive bogeys on the final two holes to finish the day on five under overall.

Despite that the world No 4 remains firmly in contention to end 2012 on a high with his third-round two-under-par 70 leaving him in second place behind local hopeful John Senden.

In with a chance: Justin Rose is two shots behind the leader at the Australian Open

In with a chance: Justin Rose is two shots behind the leader at the Australian Open

It is the second consecutive year Senden has held the 54-hole lead at the tournament and Rose is expecting a tough battle when they are paired tomorrow with high winds expected.

'I hear the wind's going to switch and blow just as hard,' Rose said.

'Whoever literally stands up could win the golf tournament, it could be last man standing.

'I think it's going to be a battle – but I'm excited, as long as it doesn't get out of control and blow too hard, it's going to be a fun day to try and hit some shots.

'It's going to be my last round of the year and I'd like to go out on a high note.'

Senden, who had led after the opening round, had to withstand a shaky start today as he bogeyed his opening two holes to fall behind a cluster of seven players who briefly held the lead.

Leading the way: John Senden is top of the leaderboard going into the final round

Leading the way: John Senden is top of the leaderboard going into the final round

But the 2006 Stonehaven Cup winner made his charge on the back nine, producing an eagle on the par-five 11th and adding consecutive birdies from the 13th to card a two-under 70 and sit at seven under overall.

'It was a day of just trying to do my best to stay up there and it's nice to be leading the golf tournament,' Senden said.

'I thought the last two holes were pretty much close to the edge – it was so windy out there it was hard to hit the ball straight.'

Matt Jones (69), Peter Senior (69) and Kieran Pratt (70) are level in third place a shot behind Rose.

Pratt stole the outright lead with spectacular eagle at the 11th but his stint at the top of the leaderboard ended on the very next hole with a bogey.

Champion in 2001, Stuart Appleby and his American playing partner Kyle Stanley both posted two-under 70s to be three under for the tournament alongside Cameron Percy (72).

Home favourite: Adam Scott ponders his options during the third round

Home favourite: Adam Scott ponders his options during the third round

Pre-tournament favourite Adam Scott is a shot further back among a group of nine players in a share of ninth after posting his second straight 71.

Scott burst out of the blocks with consecutive birdies but had given both shots back by the fifth hole to make the turn in level par.

He mixed two bogeys and three birdies on the way home and will need something special on Sunday to claim his second Australian Open title, trailing by five shots.

Scott Gardiner fired the low round of the day, a four-under 68, to sit a further shot back alongside amateur Cameron Smith (69) and defending champion Greg Chalmers (69).

Geoff Ogilvy is also at one under after carding an adventurous 70 that included an eagle and a double bogey.

Struggling: Tom Watson had a round to forget in Sydney

Struggling: Tom Watson had a round to forget in Sydney

Meanwhile, veteran Tom Watson made a move in the wrong direction with a six-over 78.

'It was ugly out there today for me, very ugly,' Watson said immediately after his round.

'I struggled on the practice area warming up, I didn't have any feel for the club and didn't put the clubface on the ball.

'I'm not blaming anything but I woke up at 3 o'clock this morning and couldn't go back to sleep and I'm jetlagged pretty good coming back from South Africa.'

Rory McIlroy misses Hong Kong Open cut

Rory misses Hong Kong Open cut after taking FOUR putts on the last hole

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10:37 GMT, 16 November 2012

World No 1 Rory McIlroy crashed out of the UBS Hong Kong Open after four-putting his final green at Fanling on Friday.

While New Zealander Michael Campbell continued his recovery from the depths of despair with a 64 to set the halfway pace, the tournament's defending champion suffered his first early exit since the US Open in June.

McIlroy had four birdies in his first 11 holes to climb to one under par in the tricky wind. But then came four bogeys in the next five and, with his survival in the balance, a closing double bogey six at the 367-yard 10th for a 72 and five over total.

Agony: McIlroy missed the halfway cut after four-putting his final green

Agony: McIlroy missed the halfway cut after four-putting his final green

'I just got on a slide and couldn't stop it,' said McIlroy, who was on such a high last Sunday after clinching a European and US Tour money list double.

'Obviously not the week that I wanted. I was only four off the lead and thinking I could make a couple more and be right back in contention. Unfortunately it just went the other way.

'I still love this course. It's just a pity that this year had to end like that.

In support: Wozniacki watches on as McIlroy misses the cut for the first time since the US Open in June

In support: Wozniacki watches on as McIlroy misses the cut for the first time since the US Open in June

'I didn't putt well in Singapore last week and sort of got away with it (he came third). This week was the same, so I think a bit of putting practice is required in Dubai.'

He plays the European Tour's season's ending DP World Tour Championship there starting next Thursday.

'I think if I was completely fresh I wouldn't have been making the mistakes. Just one of those things – hit it in the wrong spot and misjudged the speed on a couple of putts. That's just the way it goes.

Out of sorts: The world No 1 says he'll practice his putting in Dubai

Out of sorts: The world No 1 says he'll practice his putting in Dubai

'On the last I saw the projected cut was plus two, so I wanted to try to hole it (for birdie). I hit it a few feet by, then really knew the second putt was to make the cut.'

After missing that one he admitted he lacked concentration on the next and failed again.

'I feel like I'm hitting the ball pretty good still and I think these couple of days off might actually do me good,' he said. 'It'll give me a chance to rest.'

Campbell has climbed from 910th in the world four months ago to 339th – he was once 12th – and the 64 was his lowest Tour round for six years.

Leading the way: Campbell had slipped to 910th in the world rankings

Leading the way: Campbell had slipped to 910th in the world rankings

The former US Open champion went to the turn in 30, made it four birdies in a row on the 10th and added another from 10 feet at the last to reach nine under.

That put him one ahead of twice winner Miguel Angel Jimenez and China's Zhang Lian-wei – aged 48 and 47 respectively – and also Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

Padraig Harrington was another to miss the cut, but he drew applause on the last by skipping his second shot from the trees across the lake and back onto grass, from where he saved par. The Dubliner still had to sign for a 75 and six over aggregate, however.

Welshman Rhys Davies, 119th on the money list and needing to stay there this week to keep his card, was one over par with five to play. The cut was predicted to fall at two over.

Robert Garrigus outshines Tiger Woods at CIMB Classic in Malaysia

Garrigus and Kruger outshine Tiger as big-hitter builds halfway lead in Malaysia

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11:19 GMT, 26 October 2012

Big-hitting Robert Garrigus fired a second successive 64 to grab the halfway lead in the CIMB Classic at The Mines in Malaysia.

The 34-year-old American, three times a runner-up on the PGA Tour this season, had eight birdies in 11 holes before a closing bogey left him 14 under par and two ahead of South African Jbe Kruger.

Out in front: Robert Garrigus plays out of the rough on the 18th hole at The MINES Golf Club

Out in front: Robert Garrigus plays out of the rough on the 18th hole at The MINES Golf Club

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Also round in 64, world No 181 Kruger
out-scored playing partner Tiger Woods by three to keep alive his hopes
of the massive 806,000 first prize.

Outplayed: Tiger Woods shakes hand with Jbe Kruger after finishing round two of the CIMB Classic

Outplayed: Tiger Woods shakes hand with Jbe Kruger after finishing round two of the CIMB Classic

Hats off: A hot Woods sports an unfamiliar look while waiting to play on the 10th hole

Hats off: A hot Woods sports an unfamiliar look while waiting to play on the 10th hole in Kuala Lumpur

Woods improved from joint seventh to tied fifth, but is now five strokes behind rather than three.

As for first-round pacesetter Troy
Matteson, he did not have a bogey for the second day running, but his
only birdies came at the third and sixth holes and with a 69 he dropped
into a tie for third with Australian left-hander Greg Chalmers.

Garrigus had to wait until the short
seventh for his first birdie, but then rattled off four in a row and
continued to make forward progress over the back nine until his slip-up
at the last.

Woods added six birdies to the seven he had on the opening day, but once again there were also two bogeys on his card.

Scotland's Martin Laird birdied three of the final five holes for a 67 and joint 11th place on seven under, while Swede Carl Pettersson is one further back after a round that included an eagle, six birdies and four bogeys.

Disappointment for the home fans came with Danny Chia managing only a 75 and crashing from seventh to 41st in the 48-man field.

Emiliano Grillo leads Perth Invitational after two rounds

Grillo grabs surprise lead in Perth but American stars Dufner and Van Pelt lurk

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11:59 GMT, 19 October 2012

Argentinian youngster Emiliano Grillo is the surprise halfway leader of the ISPS HANDA Perth International after a second-round 67.

The 20-year-old went into the week just focused on securing his European Tour card for next season, lying 112th in the Race to Dubai standings with the top 115 earning another year on tour.

But he leads by four shots after rounds of 66 and 67 at Lake Karrinyup and is now able to aim higher.

Frustration: Paul Casey couldn't maintain his fine form from day one as he slipped down the leaderboard

Frustration: Paul Casey couldn't maintain his fine form from day one as he slipped down the leaderboard

'I think I hit it better yesterday than today but a couple of eagles and a hole-out from the bunker helped a lot,' he told the European Tour website. 'I just want to have a good week. My goal this week was having a good one to keep my card for next year. If I can win, awesome.'

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Both eagles came in a spectacular front nine as Grillo holed from a greenside bunker at the third before his second to the par-four ninth spun back into the hole. His five-under-par round also featured three birdies and two bogeys.

American Bo van Pelt and home player Jason Scrivener are Grillo's nearest challengers at seven under, Van Pelt recording an eagle and five birdies in a 67 while Scrivener's 69 contained five birdies and two dropped shots.

Roo beauty: Some local spectators watch Ryan Lynch tee off on the fourth hole on Friday

Roo beauty: Some local spectators watch Ryan Lynch tee off on the fourth hole on Friday

Another Australian, Max McCardle, is at six under alongside New Zealand's Michael Hendry, American Ryder Cup player Jason Dufner and Alejandro Canizares of Spain.

England's David Howell shot 68 to reach five under, in a large group sharing eighth place, and was keen to capitalise by sealing a place in the end of season DP World Tour Championship near his home in Dubai.

Howell is 71st in the Race to Dubai and a top-five finish in Perth would leave him in a top-60 place and on track to qualify.

'I have been working really hard to
make the top 60 and I've played really consistently the last two or
three months without any particularly good finishes,' he said.

'I'm going to have to have at least one good one if I'm going to make it, so hopefully I'll have a crack at it at the weekend.

'I live five miles from the course in Dubai and I've missed out the last few years, which is a bit frustrating.'

Compatriots Robert Coles and Richard Bland and Australians Peter Cooke and Stephen Dartnall are also at five under.

Former world No 3 Paul Casey briefly held a share of the lead before slipping back down the leaderboard.

Birdies galore: Josh Geary walks past a line of ducks on the third hole at Lake Karrinyup

Birdies galore: Josh Geary walks past a line of ducks on the third hole at Lake Karrinyup

Casey carded an opening 67 to lie two shots behind joint overnight leaders Hendry and Canizares and after two birdies in his first six holes on Friday, the former Ryder Cup star found himself in front.

However, Casey then dropped a shot at the 18th, his ninth hole, and worse was to come with a double-bogey six at the second. Another six followed on the par-five third and when he also bogeyed the fifth, Casey was on his way to an inward half of 40 and a halfway total of two under par.

Ryder Cup 2012: How the battle unfolded

Medinah Mayhem! How three days of unbelievable drama unfolded at Ryder Cup

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UPDATED:

23:52 GMT, 30 September 2012

ALL SQUARE

Session 1: Foursomes

Match of the session: McIlroy/ McDowell beat Furyk/Snedeker one up. All square after the 17th, Snedeker drives into the trees while McIlroy holds his nerve.

Shot of the session: McIlory holes from five yards off the fourth green with a gloriously judged chip that sparks four birdies in a row.

Holding his nerve: Rory McIlroy stood firm on day one

Holding his nerve: Rory McIlroy stood firm on day one

Pivotal moment: Jason Dufner putts for a birdie from 12 feet on the ninth that teeters on the edge of the hole before dropping, pulling the US level in his match.

Quote: 'I felt young and it felt great, I love playing with Keegan – I said to him a couple of times that I needed a pep talk and he'd tell me something to get me boosted right up.' – Phil Mickelson on Keegan Bradley.

Stat: Despite conceding five bogeys to three, and having four birdies each, Europe's Northern Ireland duo edge across the finish line.

USA: 2
EUROPE: 2

OMINOUS SIGNS

Session 2: Fourballs

Match of the session: Nicolas Colsaerts on his debut totally carries Lee Westwood and fends off the back nine improvement from Tiger Woods to clinch a one up victory.

Shot of the session: Mickelson drives into the trees then hits the shot of the day, threading the ball 200 yards around the 12th green's guardian tree to 10 feet.

Pivotal moment: Bubba Watson playing his drive off the first tee to hollering and clapping, which spooks the Europeans and sets the tone for the afternoon.

Debutant: Nicolas Colsaerts (left) carried Lee Westwood in the fourballs

Debutant: Nicolas Colsaerts (left) carried Lee Westwood in the fourballs

Quote: 'It was incredible, a pleasure to watch and I had the best seat in the house for the whole thing.

'It was one of those amazing days and he'll look back on it and smile.' – Westwood on Colsaerts.

Stat: Colsaerts hits eight birdies and an eagle, while Europe's other seven players in the session manage only 16 birdies between them.

USA: 5
EUROPE: 3

US TAKES CONTROL

Session 3: Foursomes

Match of the session: Justin Rose and the impressively rock steady Ian Poulter draw ahead on the back nine and hold on under intense pressure to win on the 18th.

Shot of the session: Mickelson stiffs it to within a foot of the pin from out of the semi-rough around 60 yards out on the first, giving momentum to the last three pairs.

Pivotal moment: Webb Simpson misses a simple four-foot putt on the 10th that puts Europe one up, a lead they never relinquish to prevent a whitewash.

Hold on: Ian Poulter and Justin Rose won in the foursomes

Hold on: Ian Poulter and Justin Rose won in the foursomes

Quote: 'I'm putting so much emotion into my rounds it's probably good I'm rested up for tomorrow's singles.' – Bradley, with a 3-0 record, having played only 44 holes.

Stat: Outside the Rose/Poulter match, in the three other games the Americans strike 12 birdies to Europe's six.

Sixteen pars and no bogeys for McIlroy/McDowell tells of missed chances.

USA 8
EUROPE 4

EUROPE HANG ON

Session 4: Fourballs

Match of the session: McIlroy/Poulter v Dufner/Johnson is the outstanding fourball of the event, culminating in the Europeans edging ahead on the 17th and clinging on to their lead.

Shot of the session: Poulter caps a memorable display by birdieing the last five holes, the best of which being a 12-foot putt on the 18th.

American fans on the final green wait to salute a half but Poulter's stunning birdie matches that already sunk by Dufner.

Come here: Poulter and McIlroy celebrated beating Dufner/Johnson

Come here: Poulter and McIlroy celebrated beating Dufner/Johnson

Pivotal moment: On the picturesque 17th green, Colsaerts lips out, allowing Dustin Johnson to sink a 15-footer to put the Americans one up.

A hole later they have the symbolic 10 points.

Quote: 'It comes from within. If we can do anything to get this trophy from this position, and Seve is looking down on us, then you've got to do what you've got to do.' – Poulter on his source of inspiration.

Stat: Since 1979, one team have reached 10 points or more from the first two days six times and only once – the Europeans at Brookline in 1999 – have that team gone on to lose on the final day.

USA: 10 EUROPE: 6

THE COUP de GRACE

Session 5: Singles

Match of the session: Superb quality from Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, who in the original nip-and-tuck game win 10 holes between them with birdies against just two bogeys.

Nerves of steel: Martin Kaymer held firm and putted on the 18th to ensure Europe retained the Ryder Cup

Nerves of steel: Martin Kaymer held firm and putted on the 18th to ensure Europe retained the Ryder Cup

Shot of the session: Rose's winding downhill 30-foot putt on the 17th gives him the birdie which puts him level with Mickelson and allows him to pounce for victory on the 18th.

Pivotal moment: Jim Furyk's missed eight foot putt at the last gives Europe a 13-12 lead, the first time they have been ahead.

Quote: 'An unbelievable week. Seve has been trying hard for us.' – Europe's hero, Ian Poulter

Stat: The four players to whom it all came down at the end were 0-9 for the weekend going into yesterday. Fortunately for Europe, Kaymer came good.

FINAL SCORE:
USA: 13
EUROPE: 14

Rory McIlroy beaten to FedEx bonus by Brandt Snedeker

Brit of a shame! Snedeker beats McIlroy to $10m bonus and Rose to Tour title

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22:47 GMT, 23 September 2012

It was supposed to be a two-horse race between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods for the $10million FedEx Cup, but nobody told the American Brandt Snedeker.

He headed for Chicago and the Ryder Cup on Sunday night with not only that mammoth amount in his back pocket for winning the four-event FedEx play-off series but also another $1.44m in loose change for winning the grand finale, the Tour Championship.

The 31-year-old American earned lots of admirers in finishing third at The Open in July. Asked about the fact that not many people in Britain would know who he was, he replied: ‘I don’t think many Americans know who I am either.’

I need a dollar: Brandt Snedeker poses with the trophies after winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup

I need a dollar: Brandt Snedeker poses with the trophies after winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup

In the money: Brandt Snedeker has won the Tour Championship and the FedEx bonus

A lot more will know him now, and a heck of a lot more will be hailing him as a hero if the man with the demon short game continues his form on and around the greens at Medinah and helps the US win back the Ryder Cup.

Having holed three long birdie putts, Snedeker made sure of victory with a fabulous chip in at the 17th to secure a three-shot victory.

Woods fell away early, as his inconsistent form of late continued with a terrible start that saw him register two bogeys and a double in his first six holes.

Missing out: Rory McIlroy was in pole position for the bonus going into the Tour Championship

Missing out: Rory McIlroy was in pole position for the bonus going into the Tour Championship

As for McIlroy, his wonderful run of 11 straight rounds in the sixties came to a rather abrupt end with an error-strewn display in breezy conditions at East Lake.

Four bogeys and a double added up to more mistakes than he usually makes in an entire tournament these days, let alone 18 holes, as he signed for a disappointing 74 that saw him fall from tied fourth overnight all the way down to tied 10th.

The bottom line is it cost him the breathtaking sum of $7m, since the runner-up prize in the FedEx is $3m. Let us hope Rory takes out his frustration on the Americans at the Ryder Cup this week.

Close but no cigar: Justin Rose made a challenge for the title but fell short

Close but no cigar: Justin Rose made a challenge for the title but fell short

Snedeker had gone into the final round tied for the lead in the Tour Championship with Englishman Justin Rose, but he did not have his best day either on a curiously flat afternoon. Rose finished with a 71 to finish second.

If this all sounds disappointing news for European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, then he can console himself with the fact he will not need to bring anyone down to earth in time for Friday’s first matches.

There was also the encouraging form of Luke Donald to cheer him, as he put a month of inconsistent form behind him to turn in his second 67 in a row yesterday to finish in a tie for third place.

Gearing up: Luke Donald was in fine form ahead of Europe's bid to win the Ryder Cup

Gearing up: Luke Donald was in fine form ahead of Europe's bid to win the Ryder Cup

‘I don’t think I needed this good tournament before the Ryder Cup but it certainly doesn’t hurt in terms of confidence,’ he said. ‘I think the first three events in the play-offs were held on long courses that didn’t really suit me but I have a good record here at East Lake and it has been a very satisfying weekend.’

Lee Westwood finished last in the 30-man field, and regretting his decision to go home last week, where he found himself practising on greens a world away from the lightning pace of these surfaces.

His playing partner was American Nick Watney who suggested on the sixth tee they have a private game to keep themselves interested. Westwood won that one on the 18th green to collect $100.

‘That match was good practice for this coming week,’ he said, smiling. In the tournament itself, he finished with a 74.

Tough times: Tiger Woods struggled during his final round of the Tour Championship

Tough times: Tiger Woods struggled during his final round of the Tour Championship

Women"s British Open suspended due to wind

Wind blows Women's British Open off course as play is suspended at Hoylake

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09:51 GMT, 14 September 2012

Strong winds forced play to be suspended on the second day of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Hoylake – but not before some real horror stories.

Gusts of up to 50mph had been predicted, but officials deemed conditions good enough to resume the championship at 7am.

England's Felicity Johnson, who had been
joint leader early in her first round, set off with a quintuple bogey
nine, dropped another shot at the second and then two more on the third.

Blown away: Cristie Kerr walks off the course after play was suspended

Blown away: Cristie Kerr walks off the course after play was suspended

It sent her next-to-last on 14 over par before she and the other early starters were brought in. German Caroline Masson double-bogeyed the opening three holes to stand 10 over and there was also a change at the top of the leaderboard.

Last year's US Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu, who shared the overnight pace on two under with fellow South Korean Haeji Kang, bogeyed the long 10th, the only hole she had time for before the suspension.

Johnson and Masson were the worst sufferers, but the 18 players who teed off on the front nine were a cumulative 52 over par at the time of the suspension – and none of them had even completed five holes.

Tee trouble: Kerr's ball was blown away before she could drive on the 12th hole

Tee trouble: Kerr's ball was blown away before she could drive on the 12th hole

England's last winner of the title Karen Stupples had two double bogeys and a birdie, while amateur Holly Clyburn – joint third following her level par 72 – bogeyed the first and double-bogeyed the fourth.

The scoring was better for those who resumed on the 10th tee, but there were still some furious players before the decision was taken to halt the action.

American star Cristie Kerr saw her ball blown off the tee three times at the 12th, but she, Norwegian Suzann Pettersen and Japan's Erina Hara were told to play on for a while longer.

Once at the green Hara's ball was two feet from the hole, but then blew eight feet past.

Strong: A flag shows the force of the wind before play was stopped

Strong: A flag shows the force of the wind before play was stopped

Phil Mickelson charges into contention with course record to share lead with Vijay Singh at Crooked Stick

Mickelson charges into contention with course record to share lead with Singh at Crooked Stick

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UPDATED:

00:32 GMT, 9 September 2012

Phil Mickelson equalled the course record with a stunning eight-under-par 64 on Saturday to surge into a share of the lead alongside Vijay Singh in the PGA Tour BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana.

The four-time major winner had 10 birdies, offset only by bogeys at the third and 14th holes, and will head into Sunday's final round tied with Fijian Singh on 16 under par.

Midway leader Singh carded a third-round 69, which would have looked much healthier had he not bogeyed three of his last five holes.

The pair were a shot clear of England's Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland's world number one Rory McIlroy after 54 holes.

In a happy place: Mickelson

In a happy place: Mickelson

Westwood posted a four-under 68 on Saturday, spurred by three birdies in his closing four holes, with PGA champion McIlroy signing for a 69.

Tiger Woods, who was level with McIlroy a stroke behind Singh heading into the third round, slipped off the pace with a 71.

The 14-time major winner, who had four bogeys on his front nine, will start Sunday on 13 under and in eighth place – a shot behind fellow Americans Robert Garrigus (66), Dustin Johnson (67) and Australia's Adam Scott (66).

Speaking after his sparkling round, Mickelson expressed his delight at the form he has shown over the past two weeks.

'Certainly my game went south for a while, and I was trying to piece it back together,' said the American left-hander, who finished joint fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton on Monday.

Poster boy: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks across the practice green in front of a giant billboard

Poster boy: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks across the practice green in front of a giant billboard

'I
started with some iron play and it progressed to getting my driver back
to where I was hitting the ball straight and getting my speed back, and
now the putter is back.

'It's
taken me a little while to piece it back together, but I could tell
last week that my game was back and I was ready to play at the highest
level again.

'I knew heading
into this week I was going to have a good week. I came out very anxious
on Thursday and forced it a little too much the front nine and didn't
play a good nine holes.

'But
after that I've been able to settle down and play some good golf. I'm
looking forward to tomorrow's shootout. It should be fun.'

Colourful: Lee Westwood (L) and Tiger Woods

Colourful: Lee Westwood (L) and Tiger Woods

McIlroy admitted he had not been at his best but was content with his position heading into Sunday.

'It
wasn't the greatest ball-striking round out there that I've ever had,
but I somehow managed to scrape it around in 69 and still in with a
chance,' the 23-year-old said.

'As badly as I did hit it out there, I'm still happy with my position going into tomorrow.'