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MASTERS 2012: Caroline Wozniacki caddying for Rory McIlroy at the Par-3 Contest

Wozniacki caddying for Rory, kids putting… it can only be The Masters' Par-3 Contest! (But don't go and win it… you'll be cursed)

Padraig Harrington, Jonathan , carries his son Ciaran down the first fairway last year

Can you guess what his name is Davis Love III putts watched by his son Davis Love IV in 1999

Can you guess what his name is Davis Love III putts watched by his son Davis Love IV in 1999

Aaron Baddeley with his daughter Jolee last year

Open wide: Australian Aaron Baddeley with his daughter Jolee last year

Happy family: Louis Oosthuizen and his wife Nel-Mare and daughter Jana pose for a photo two years ago

Happy family: Louis Oosthuizen and his wife Nel-Mare and daughter Jana pose for a photo two years ago

THE MASTERS: Hole-by-hoe guide

THE MASTERS: Hole-by-hole guide to Augusta National

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08:55 GMT, 8 April 2013

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The waiting is over for the year's first Major as the best players in the world arrive at Augusta National for The Masters.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy stroll down Magnolia Lane as the top two in the world while Bubba Watson is defending the Green Jacket he won 12 months ago.

Woods is the man to beat with three wins under his belt already in 2013 while McIlroy looks like he's finally getting used to his Nike clubs following a fine display finishing second at the Texas Open.

But this is Augusta National where anything can happen and here, Sportsmail has everything you need to know in our hole-by-hole guide.

The Masters: Hole by hole

Hole-by-hole guide to Augusta National – everything you need to know ahead of the season's first major

*Holes ranked from 1 (most difficult) to 18 (least difficult) based on how the course played in 2012

1st (Tea Olive), 445 yards, par four: A deep bunker on the right of the fairway and trees both sides make for a daunting start, while long and left of the undulating green both spell big trouble. Unsurprisingly played the hardest hole on the course last year. 2012 average: 4.39 (rank 1)

2nd (Pink Dogwood), 575 yards, par five: Driving into the trees on the left cost Padraig Harrington a nine in 2009, but Louis Oosthuizen memorably holed his second shot for an albatross in the final round last year before losing in a play-off to Bubba Watson. Important early birdie chance.
2012 average: 4.64 (rank 18)

3rd (Flowering Peach), 350 yards, par four: Shortest par four on the course but a pear-shaped green with steep slope in front allows for some wicked pin positions. 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel pitched in for eagle in the final round. 2012 average: 3.90 (rank 14)

4th (Flowering Crab Apple), 240 yards, par three: The back tee – not always used – turns it into a beast with the green sloping from back to front. Phil Mickelson took six here in the final round last year and finished two shots outside the play-off. Jeff Sluman's ace in 1992 remains the only hole-in-one here in Masters history. 2012 average: 3.22 (rank 6)

5th (Magnolia), 455 yards, par four: Jack Nicklaus twice holed his second shot in 1995 and Colin Montgomerie did it in 2000, but it is another devilishly difficult green. To clear the fairway bunkers requires a 315-yard carry. 2012 average: 4.21 (rank 7)

6th (Juniper), 180 yards, par three: From a high tee to a green with a huge slope in it. Four holes-in-one, but Jose Maria Olazabal took seven in 1991 and lost by one to Ian Woosnam, while Arnold Palmer has also run up a seven. 2012 average: 3.17 (rank 8)

Say your prayers: Amen Corner claims many victims each year - the 11th green is on the left with the 12th in the distance towards the back right

Say your prayers: Amen Corner claims many victims each year – the 11th green is on the left with the 12th in the distance towards the back right

7th (Pampas), 450 yards, par four: What used to be a real birdie chance has been lengthened by 35-40 yards, while trees were also added and the putting surface reshaped. More bunkers – five – around the green than any other hole. 2012 average: 4.17 (rank 9)

8th (Yellow Jasmine), 570 yards, par five: The bunker on the right, about 300 yards out, pushes players left and from there it is harder to find the green in two up the steep hill. Still a good birdie chance and Bruce Devlin made an albatross two in 1967. 2012 average: 4.86 (rank 15)

9th (Carolina Cherry), 460 yards, par four: The tee was pushed back 30 yards in 2002. The raised green, with two bunkers on the left, tilts sharply from the back and anything rolling off the front can continue down for 50-60 yards. 2012 average: 4.25 (rank 4)

10th (Camellia), 495 yards, par four: A huge drop from tee to green on this dogleg left and over all the years of the Masters the most difficult hole. It was here that Rory McIlroy began to fall apart in 2011 with a seven, while Watson clinched the title 12 months ago by making par in the play-off from the trees. 2012 average: 4.249 (rank 5)

11th (White Dogwood), 505 yards, par four: The start of Amen Corner. Toughest hole in 2011, with the water front and left scaring many. Best remembered for Larry Mize's chip-in in 1987 and Nick Faldo's back-to-back play-off wins. 2012 average: 4.32 (rank 2)

12th (Golden Bell), 155 yards, par three: Probably the most famous par three in golf. Narrow target, water in front, trouble at the back, it has seen everything from a one to Tom Weiskopf's 13 in 1980. McIlroy four-putted it in 2011. 2012 average: 3.06 (rank 13)

Dangerous: The 12th hole at Augusta National - measuring just 155 yards - is probably the most famous par three in golf

Dangerous: The 12th hole at Augusta National – measuring just 155 yards – is probably the most famous par three in golf

13th (Azalea), 510 yards, par five: The end of Amen Corner. Massive dogleg left with scores ranging from Jeff Maggert's albatross two in 1994 to Tommy Nakajima's 13 in 1978. Watson's crucial run of four birdies in succession last year started here. 2012 average: 4.72 (rank 16)

14th (Chinese Fir), 440 yards, par four: The only hole on the course without a bunker, but three putts are common on the wickedly difficult green. Course record holder Nick Price took eight here in 1993, while Phil Mickelson holed his approach en route to 2010 victory. 2012 average: 4.09 (rank 12)

15th (Firethorn), 530 yards, par five: Often a tough decision whether to go for the green in two across the pond on the hole where Gene Sarazen sank his 235-yard four-wood shot for an albatross in 1935. There have also been three 11s here. 2012 average: 4.67 (rank 17)

16th (Redbud), 170 yards, par three: Tiger Woods' memorable chip-in in 2005 came the same year as 73-year-old Billy Casper's 14, while Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter are among 15 players to record holes-in-one. 2012 average: 3.11 (rank 11)

17th (Nandina), 440 yards, par four: Tee shot is played over the Eisenhower Tree on the hole Justin Rose double-bogeyed when one off the lead in 2007. Jack Nicklaus birdied here to take the lead as he won his 18th major in 1986. 2012 average: 4.16 (rank 10)

18th (Holly), 465 yards, par four: The drive through an avenue of trees was made much harder when the tee was moved back 60 yards in 2002. The fairway bunker from which Sandy Lyle got up and down to win in 1988 is now 300 yards away. 2012 average: 4.31 (rank 3)

Rory McIlroy solid start in Texas Open 2013

He's not out of the woods yet! McIlroy fails to hit top form but posts solid start in Texas in his final preparation ahead of The Masters

, including a
second major at the US PGA Championship.

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

But with caddie JP Fitzgerald advising him that he needed more competitive rounds under his belt, McIlroy travelled to San Antonio and carded an opening level-par 72 to lie five shots behind Matt Bettencourt, who carded a 67 to overtake long-time clubhouse leaders Padraig Harrington and Billy Horschel.

Starting from the 10th on the difficult Oaks Course – the fourth most difficult on the PGA Tour last year – McIlroy opened with four pars before picking up a birdie on the par-five 14th and another on the short par-four 17th.

However, a bogey on the 18th after finding the water was the first of three in succession which dropped him back to one over par, not what the world No 2 was looking for after speaking of the need to cut out 'silly mistakes' in his rounds.

The 23-year-old stopped the rot with pars at the third and fourth and then birdied the next two holes after pitching to five feet each time, but carded his fourth bogey of the day on the ninth.

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

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The PGA Tour is back in San Antonio this week for the Texas Open, where Rory McIlroy will be hoping to fine-tune his game ahead of the Masters.

Ben Curtis took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

Three-time major winner Harrington had
also bogeyed his final hole, the 18th; the only blemish on his card
caused by three putts from 35ft.

The 41-year-old won the Open Championship in 2007, successfully defended
it the following year and then won the US PGA Championship a few weeks
later, but has not tasted victory on one of the major tours since – his
last win came on the Asian Tour in 2010.

Harrington admitted he had enjoyed his fair share of good luck in cold
and blustery conditions, with his only bogey caused by three-putting the
18th.

'It was cold and that really does affect the ball,' the Dubliner told
reporters. 'I didn't have a great ball-striking round but my misses were
either in the right places or I got slightly fortunate and then got up
and down.

'I'm not walking away from this round thinking “wow, I hit a number of
pure golf shots”, or anything like that. It was more mental fortitude
than ball striking.

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

'This morning, early on, it was a battle of survival. Last week back in
Ireland it was snowing and I didn't feel this cold. There was a feeling
of “let's just hang in there and stay in the tournament”. Sometimes that
lets you play a little bit more within yourself.'

Anyone winning this week will have to defy the odds if they want to also claim a Green Jacket at the Masters, however.

Only two players have won the week prior to the Masters and then gone on
to win in Augusta; Sandy Lyle in the Greater Greensboro Open in 1988
and Phil Mickelson in the BellSouth Classic in 2006.

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

Louis Oostuizen leads HSBC Champions at halfway stage

Oostuizen builds five-shot lead at HSBC Champions after shooting course-record 63

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09:43 GMT, 2 November 2012

Louis Oosthuizen stormed into a five-shot lead at golf's final world championship of the season in China.

The 30-year-old South African, who won the 2010 Open by a massive seven strokes, produced a course-record 63 to reach halfway on 16 under par in the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills.

'I'm in a great position to win, but it's not even crossed my mind at the moment,' Oosthuizen said. 'There's still a lot of golf to be played – I need to put myself in a great position going down the back nine on Sunday.'

King Louis: Oosthuizen shot a course record 63 to lead the HSBC Champions at the halfway stage

King Louis: Oosthuizen shot a course record 63 to lead the HSBC Champions at the halfway stage

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After making birdies at each of the five par fives in his opening 65 he went even better on his return to the Jose Maria Olazabal-designed lay-out.

Oosthuizen birdied four of them again, eagled the 566-yard seventh and also picked up four other birdies to go clear of the field.

'I started off a bit shaky with a bogey on the second, but immediately made birdie and was putting really well.

'I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie and if you make the putts you shoot a low number.'

Leader: Oosthuizen plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the second round at Mission Hills

Leader: Oosthuizen plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the second round at Mission Hills

Australian Adam Scott, tied for the lead after his opening 65, added a 68 and was joined in second place when current Open champion Ernie Els matched his compatriot's 63.

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Making his return from an ankle injury that forced him out of last week's PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda – replacement Padraig Harrington won it – Els threatened to go even lower when he turned in a seven-under 29.

The 43-year-old added further birdies at the 12th and 14th, hitting approaches to within two feet of the flag, and kept a bogey off his card for the second day running.

Great Scott: Aussie Adam hits his tee shot on the fifth hole on his way to a second round 68

Great Scott: Aussie Adam hits his tee shot on the fifth hole on his way to a second round 68

Five shots back: South Africa's Ernie Els

Five shots back: South Africa's Ernie Els

Scott was keeping pace early on with five birdies in the first 11 holes, but he bogeyed the next two and after coming back with two more birdies he came up short of the green at the 197-yard 17th and dropped another shot.

That was not as bad as the finishes of Phil Mickelson or Masters champion Bubba Watson, however.
After eagles at the third and seventh – and three birdies – Mickelson was alongside Scott, but then came a missed four-foot putt at the 14th and after that bogey worse was to come on the last.

Twice winner of the title in Shanghai, Mickelson pushed his second to the last into the hazard and in attempting to hack it out from amongst the rocks moved the ball only a matter of inches.

The next found the green, but a double bogey six meant a 69 and dropped him to sixth place.

Joint fourth are Ireland's Shane Lowry, bidding for a second win in three starts and a place in the world's top 50 for the first time, and American Ryder Cup player Jason Dufner, but they are six strokes behind.

Watson, who beat Oosthuizen in a play-off at Augusta in April, was in a tie for seventh until he put two balls in the water for a triple bogey eight at the reachable 15th.

Harrington wins first title for two years with victory in Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda

Harrington wins first title for two years with victory in Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda

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Padraig Harrington stormed to a 375,000 victory in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda, his first win for two years.

Not in the four-man event – meant to be a battle between the season's major winners – until Ernie Els pulled out injured last Saturday, and only there because Rory McIlroy and first two reserves Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods all turned it down, the 41-year-old Irishman had rounds of 66 and 67 to beat US Open champion Webb Simpson by one and both Masters champion Bubba Watson and last year's winner Keegan Bradley by six.

Winning formula: Padraig Harrington chips onto the sixth green on his way to victory

Winning formula: Padraig Harrington chips onto the sixth green on his way to victory

In the swing: Harrington

In the swing: Harrington

He joins 1991 champion Ian Woosnam as the only European winners of the title, and it was a case of third time lucky after losing play-offs to Angel Cabrera and Jim Furyk in 2007 and 2008.

Two ahead overnight, Harrington went to the turn in 34 with birdies at the fifth and eighth, but with eight holes to play was only one in front of both Simpson and Watson.

Then came a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th, and although Simpson narrowed the gap by picking up shots at the 14th and 17th, the Dubliner was able to bogey the last and still triumph on nine under par.

Harrington's last victory came in Malaysia 24 months ago, but he has not tasted success on the European or PGA Tours since 2008 and is down at 57th in the world.

After three-putting the 18th Harrington, who switched from the BMW Masters in Shanghai when the invitation came, said: 'It was always the right decision no matter what.

'You've got to give yourself the chance – it's a fantastic tournament and even if I finished fourth I'd be quite confident that I made the right decision.

'It is a bonus to come and win, no doubt about it, and it was unfinished business for me having lost in two play-offs.

'I believe I'm playing really good golf. I see a lot of good things happening and I do believe that I'm turning the corner into a peak. What those peaks are, we'll wait and see.'

Simpson said after his bogey-free 65: 'He's playing well and made the putts you've got to make, but I'm really encouraged with how I played.

'My weakness this year has been when I'm in between clubs and I try to smooth one. My body kind of shuts down and doesn't work as well – it's just an eye-opener that I've got a lot of work to do in the off-season.

'I wish I could have putt a little more pressure on Padraig (at the last), but he'd probably have two-putted if he had to.'

Padraig Harrington leads Grand Slam from Bubba Watson

Harrington takes control of Grand Slam after surging into two-shot lead over Watson

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22:29 GMT, 23 October 2012

Padraig Harrington is halfway towards the 375,000 PGA Grand Slam title in Bermuda – just three days after being offered the chance to play.

The 41-year-old Dubliner, who lost play-offs at Mid-Ocean in 2007 and 2008, started with a five-under-par 66 at Port Royal to lead Masters champion Bubba Watson by two, US Open winner Webb Simpson by three and holder Keegan Bradley, Rory McIlroy's replacement, by six.

Leading the way: Padraig Harrington is halfway towards winning the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda

Leading the way: Padraig Harrington is halfway towards winning the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda

The event is meant to be between the year's four major winners, but with McIlroy opting to play in Shanghai, Ernie Els pulling out with an ankle injury and reserves Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods turning it down – they are in Asia as well – Harrington received a call.

In contention: Bubba Watson is two shots adrift of Harrington

In contention: Bubba Watson is two shots adrift of Harrington

Eighth behind Watson at Augusta and fourth to Simpson in San Francisco, he grabbed seven birdies and would have been even more in control but for bogeys at the third and 16th, both par threes.

Simpson came back into the picture with three back-nine birdies but then bogeyed the 431-yard last while left-hander Watson, his Ryder Cup partner, mixed an eagle and five birdies with four bogeys. Bradley, who last year beat McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel, was always fighting an uphill battle from the time he double-bogeyed the fourth and bogeyed the next two to stand four over.

Even the player who finishes last still earns 125,000.

Grand Slam of Golf: Live leaderboard

PGA Grand Slam of Golf leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

A midweek treat for fans is the PGA Grand Slam of Golf with four of the world's top players battling it out over two days in Bermuda.

The event is open to the year's four major winners but Bubba Watson (Masters) and Webb Simpson (US Open) are the only two taking part.

Open champion Ernie Els is injured and Rory McIlroy – the US PGA winner – is defending his BMW Masters title in Shanghai.

Keegan Bradley and Padraig Harrington have stepped in and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Big winner: Keegan Bradley won the Grand Slam of Golf last year

Big winner: Keegan Bradley won the Grand Slam of Golf last year

Pardaig Harrington to play in Grand Slam of Golf as Ernie Els pulls out with ankle injury

Bermuda bonanza for Harrington as Els pulls out of Grand Slam of Golf

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10:44 GMT, 21 October 2012

Bonanza: Harrington

Bonanza: Harrington

Ireland's Padraig Harrington has suddenly found himself called into the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal in Bermuda on Tuesday and Wednesday, and even if he finishes last he will earn 125,000.

Harrington replaces Open champion Ernie Els, who has pulled out with a left ankle injury, and in an event meant to bring together the season's four major winners is up against Masters champion Bubba Watson, US Open winner Webb Simpson and last year's USPGA champion Keegan Bradley – himself a replacement for Rory McIlroy.

Northern Ireland's world No 1 qualified with his USPGA victory in August, but is defending the BMW Masters title in Shanghai this week, while second and third alternates Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods are also honouring commitments to play in Asia.

Harrington said: 'While my entry is under unique circumstances, I am excited to compete in the event again. I came close the last two times I was there, losing in play-offs to Angel Cabrera in 2007 and Jim Furyk in 2008, so maybe the third time will be a charm.'

Els, winner in 1997 and 2010, stated: 'I am bitterly disappointed. It is a great reward for winning a major and something I have enjoyed in the past and was looking forward to again.

Ankle injury: Els has had to pull out of the event in Bermuda

Ankle injury: Els has had to pull out of the event in Bermuda

'Unfortunately I sprained my left ankle a few days ago and while it isn't too serious and should recover relatively quickly, I have been advised not to try and play on it.'

The winner receives 375,000 and the runner-up 187,500.

Ryder Cup 2012: Sportsmail compare captains Davis Love and Jose Maria Olazabal

Love is all around… but Olazabal gets it right in the end in the clash of the captains

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23:45 GMT, 30 September 2012

Dominated on the course for two days by the resurgent home team, Europe were beaten outside the ropes as well.

Jose Maria Olazabal redeemed himself in the end, or rather his players did. At times he looked like a rabbit caught in headlights and some of his partnerships were plainly guesswork.

But it all turned round for him thanks the incredible singles performance, and a massive error made by his counterpart, Davis Love.Here's our verdict on Olazabal and Love on their areas of influence.

Got there in the end: Jose Maria Olazabal picked some peculiar pairings

Got there in the end: Jose Maria Olazabal picked some peculiar pairings

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Wild Cards

Only those with Padraig Harrington blinkers on felt Ollie had any other choice but to pick Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts, and both men came up trumps.

Poulter's stunning performance was the principal reason Europe pulled off their improbable success.

Colsaerts might have had just one win to his name but what a point.

He gave perhaps the best fourballs display in Ryder Cup history on Friday afternoon in beating Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker singlehandedly.

It was going well for Love's four picks for two days but it changed completely on the final day. Only Dustin Johnson of the four won.

Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker choked horribly. Love had gone with experience and it backfired massively.

Verdict: Olazabal one up.

Wild card: Ian Poulter (above) and Nicolas Colsaerts dazzled in Medinah

Wild card: Ian Poulter (above) and Nicolas Colsaerts dazzled in Medinah

Strategy

American Davis Love had a plan in place and wasn't going to change from it.

No player was going to compete in more than four matches and only once did it seem incongruous, with the ridiculous decision not to play Keegan Bradley on Saturday afternoon, after his foursomes match had finished at 10-15am.

Another horrendous mistake came on Sunday in trying to fight fire with fire in the singles.

He knew Europe would topload their singles order with their best players. Trailing by four points, they had no choice.

But why would you put your best alongside them. It shouldn't have been the struggling Stricker in 11th spot it should have been someone like Bradley.

We're told Olazabal had a strategy for two days but it remained unclear. When you end up with an obvious foursomes player like Francesco Molinari picked instead for the fourballs it becomes unfathomable.

Blind panic is the best guess, but he got away with it in the end.

Verdict: Olazabal one up.

Love is all around: Davis Love greeted Dustin Johnson

Love is all around: Davis Love greeted Dustin Johnson

Pairings

Love drew on all his vast experience and went with pairings that made common sense.

Men with similar unflashy games playing in the foursomes like Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, with the flair players reserved largely for the fourballs, like Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley was also a blindingly obvious pairing given they're mates and the younger man grew up idolising his elder, but let's credit Love with not trying to swim against the tide.

After all, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia was also an obvious fourballs pairing that both men wanted to happen but it never materialised, despite them practising together.

Some of Olazabal's pairings made no sense. Why play Lee Westwood in the foursomes on Saturday morning when clearly his confidence was shattered

Why lumber Justin Rose with two partners in the fourballs with whom he had no chemistry

Verdict: All Square.

No chemistry: Justin Rose often struggled with those who Olazabal paired him with

No chemistry: Justin Rose often struggled with those who Olazabal paired him with

Public Relations

From his interviews in the press room to his remarks at the opening ceremony, Love played a blinder.

He always wanted the crowd involved but made it clear there was a boundary that ought not to be crossed.

On the eve of the Ryder Cup, he told the crowd: 'Let's remember we're about to witness a golf event. Nobody should confuse the battle that follows with anything other than an athletic one.'

Olazabal also scored well in this regard. Few remained unmoved with the obvious emotional strain he was feeling at the absence of Seve.

For two days however, he was hardly ever seen on the course. It has passed into legend that Seve, when he was captain, appeared to be in five places at the same time.

Nobody would expect Ollie to be so hands-on but it was puzzling he was so hands-off.

There's nothing wrong with being a low-profile figure but for two days he played the part of the invisible man.

Verdict: All Square.

BMW Championship 2012: Vijay Singh leads from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

McIlroy and Woods lurk as Vijay takes one-shot lead into third round at Crooked Stick

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Vijay Singh moved into contention for his first tour win in four years as he took a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship at the Crooked Stick course in Carmel, Indiana.

The 49-year-old three-time major winner recorded a round of 66 for a two-round total of 13-under 131, putting him one shot clear of first round co-leader Rory McIlroy, plus Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore.

McIlroy's round of 68 included an eagle and six birdies was let down by four bogeys as he dropped level with Woods, who made up a shot to reach 12 under after a bogey-free round of 67.

Out in front: Singh takes a slender lead ion the third round at Crooked Stick

Out in front: Singh takes a slender lead ion the third round at Crooked Stick

Lee Westwood produced one of the the best rounds of the day with a seven-under 65 to move to 11 under after two rounds, and his feat was matched by Padraig Harrington, whose 65 left him two strokes further back.

Justin Rose's disappointing 70 left him level with Harrington at seven under, a position also shared with former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, with Luke Donald one further back on six under.

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

In contention: Westwood is just two shots behind the leader with two rounds remaining

In contention: Westwood is just two shots behind the leader with two rounds remaining

Swing out: McIlroy is in fine form heading into the forthcoming Ryder Cup

Swing out: McIlroy is in fine form heading into the forthcoming Ryder Cup