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Tiger Woods should disqualify himself from Masters, says Sir Nick Faldo

You should disqualify yourself! Faldo says Woods will damage legacy if he plays on at Augusta

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Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

14:31 GMT, 13 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:58 GMT, 13 April 2013

Sir Nick Faldo has hit out at Tiger Woods after the American superstar was given a two-shot penalty for a controversial drop at the Masters, saying he should disqualify himself from the tournament.

Woods hit his third shot against the flag stick on the 15th hole at Augusta, with the ball bouncing into the water. He then took a drop from what appeared to be the wrong place, two yards away from its original lie.

It was thought at one time that the world No 1 could have been disqualified, but he was given a reprieve on Saturday morning by rules officials.

However, three-time Masters winner Faldo told the Golf Channel that he should elect not to play the final two rounds, saying he 'should think about mark this will leave on his legacy'.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Drama: Woods reacts after his ball flies into the water (left) and then takes his drop (right)

Key moment: Woods seen here dropping the ball on the 15th after his third shot found the water

Key moment: Woods seen here dropping the ball on the 15th after his third shot found the water

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Faldo added: 'For me, this is dreadful. Absolutely, no intention to drop this as close as possible. Simply, a breach of rules.

'The rules of golf are black and white and Tiger broke them. He’s admitted he broke them. He should stand up and earn himself some brownie points and say to all his fellow professionals: ”I’ve broken the rules, I’m going home and I will see you next week.” He should consider the mark this will leave on his legacy.’

Woods will start the third round on one-under par, five off the lead held by Jason Day.

Golf's rules were changed a year ago, with players now not being disqualified for signing the wrong card.

New rules state that 'if the Committee is satisfied that the competitor could not reasonably have known or discovered the facts resulting in his breach of the Rules, it would be justified under Rule 33-7 in waiving the disqualification penalty prescribed by Rule 6-6d.'

Way back when: Woods receives the green jacket from Sir Nick Faldo in 1997

Way back when: Woods receives the green jacket from Sir Nick Faldo in 1997

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Former US Open champion Graeme
McDowell said on Twitter: '2 shot penalty for TW for wrong drop. New
rule applied for trial by tv. Instead of retrospective DQ, player
receives a penalty. Decent rule.'

The
leader after two rounds was Australia's Jason Day, on six-under. But
all the talk as the weekend began was once again about Woods.

Watch Tiger Woods' shot fly off the stick and into the water…

VIDEO: Tiger Woods hits embarrassing drive at Abu Dhabi Championship

VIDEO: Tiger hits embarrassing topped drive that just makes it past ladies' tee

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11:52 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 18 January 2013

The ugly topped drive that barely makes it past the ladies' tee – it's the shot that brings us hackers out in cold sweats. Is there anything more embarrassing on the golf course

Well, just ask Tiger Woods. The 14-time major champion proved that even golfing Gods are not immune from first-tee meltdowns (although it was actually his tenth hole) when he pulled his drive low into the rough at the Abu Dhabi Championship, his first tournament of the year.

Woods looked on aghast as his shot travelled barely 130 yards. We know how you feel, Tiger. But we also secretly enjoy it when it happens…

Oh Tiger! Woods reacts after hitting his shocking drive off the first tee

Oh Tiger! Woods reacts after hitting his shocking drive off the first tee

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Rivalry with Rory McIlroy can drive on Tiger Woods, says Jack Nicklaus

Rivalry with McIlroy can drive on Woods like Watson battle boosted me, says Nicklaus

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UPDATED:

08:04 GMT, 18 December 2012

Never underestimate the value of a
young rival. It worked for Jack Nicklaus when Tom Watson came along and
starting beating him on a regular basis and it will be good for Tiger
Woods that Rory McIlroy has wiped the floor with him this year.

Who says so None other than the great
man Nicklaus himself. 'I think the force that was pushing Tiger for so
long was my major record but that might get stale during a period of
time,' said the Golden Oldie Bear, now 73.

Rory McIlroy has put Tiger Woods in the shade

Rivals: Rory McIlroy has overtaken Tiger Woods to be world No 1

'Now Rory has come along and it will definitely be helpful for Tiger. He probably needs somebody to pop him a few times so he gets a chance to go pop him back. It's kind of good for you to get drummed a couple of times and then all of a sudden he says: “I'm not getting drummed anymore. I'm going to drum that guy back.” That's what rivalries are all about. The competition is fierce, and that's good.'

In an unusually long blog on his website, Woods was full of praise for what McIlroy has achieved this year but was more circumspect when it came to the rivalry part. Well, you never talk up an opponent too much, do you

'Rory had a wonderful year and my hat is off to him, he deserved Player of the Year,' declared Woods. 'Whether we develop a rivalry remains to be seen. Let's just play it out and see where it takes us.'

Where it will take them first of all is to Abu Dhabi in a month's time, which will be the first of around 15 tournaments next year where the pair will both be part of the same field.

This year they went at it for the first
time down the stretch at the Honda Classic in March, where McIlroy not
only emerged the winner but became world number one for the first time
at the age of just 22. They played together on a number of occasions
during the four tournament FedEx Cup series in the summer, where McIlroy
won two events and finished second behind Brandt Snedeker.

Classic rivalry: Jack Nicklaus (left) and Tom Watson at the 1977 Open

Classic rivalry: Jack Nicklaus (left) and Tom Watson at the 1977 Open

Now the year has ended with the Northern Irishman picking up all the end of season awards that used to be the preserve of Woods. The latest was being named European Tour Golfer of the Year on Tuesday.

As for Tiger, he might not have had a year that lived with McIlroy's but he will be quietly pleased about a season of solid progress that saw him win three times to move up 20 places in the world rankings and re-establish himself in the top three. Woods will be 37 at the end of this month, which was exactly the age Nicklaus was when Watson beat him at Turnberry to win the 1977 Open.

Nicklaus's response was to take back Watson's Open crown the following year, and add three more majors to his glittering collection in the years to come. Could Woods respond to McIlroy's challenge by doing something similar

'Looking ahead to next year, I'm just trying to win those big four tournaments and obviously try to use other events to prepare for them and try to win them as well,' wrote Woods. 'I have had to alter my practice schedule because my kids come first. It takes a little better time management on my part but I expect to play a similar number of events to this year.'

Regarding the season just ended, Woods concluded: 'Golf-wise, there's really no comparison between this year and last year. This year I got a chance to play a full season, compete and win three tournaments, whereas last year I was hurt most of the time. Being able to compete as much as I did was very exciting. I could actually go out and practice and prepare and play and not have a limited ball count or rehab training, and recording nine top ten finishes in 19 starts shows my game is back on track.'

But is it back enough to live with the ever-improving McIlroy Roll on 2013.

Spurs wizard Gareth Bale shows off his new trick shot – video

Spurs wizard Bale shows off his new trick shot… on the golf course

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 5 December 2012

Spurs winger Gareth Bale is revered for his deft touch, mazy dribbles and silky skills – and his ball juggling on the golf course is not bad either.

The Welsh wizard, who shares 11 as his squad number and golf handicap, is regular on the golf course with team-mates Michael Dawson, Carlo Cudicini and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

And Bale finished off a recent session at the driving range with a trick shot.

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Bale mimicked Tiger Woods famous Nike advert by juggling the ball on an iron before smashing it down the range on the half volley.

But he may need a little bit more practice before he is really a match for Tiger.

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Amir Khan on why he gave up karate, his cookery skills and Dubai

It's top secret: Amir Khan on why he gave up karate, his cookery skills and Dubai

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22:30 GMT, 23 November 2012

Amir Khan tells Sportsmail about the embarrassing reason he packed in karate as a nine-year-old as well as the worst moment of his career and why he's not one for karaoke.

Who is your sporting hero

Muhammad Ali. He was the greatest there has ever been and ever will be. He was a champion in the ring but he set himself apart by being a champion outside the ring, too.

What would you be if you weren’t a sportsman

I would have quite liked the idea of being involved in business but, saying that, I’d have probably ended up working in a supermarket.

Let us in: Amir Khan reveals some of his secrets

Let us in: Amir Khan reveals some of his secrets

Which other sportsman would you like to be

I wouldn’t mind being a footballer, so I’ll say Wayne Rooney. Football is so much easier than boxing, in that you are working as part of a team and you can rely on others.

Career highlight

Winning a silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

It was unbelievable and I still feel humbled when I think about the support I received from the nation. I was only a kid and it totally changed my life.

And the worst moment

I don’t have to think too hard about this one. Losing my world titles to Danny Garcia in Las Vegas. It was such a frustrating night.

Favourite karaoke song

I wouldn’t be in a hurry to get up as I promise you I can’t sing!

If I had to give it a go, I’d go for something everyone knows. Frank Sinatra and My Way, maybe

My Way: Frank Sinatra's classic would be Khan's karaoke choice

My Way: Frank Sinatra's classic would be Khan's karaoke choice

Three most-listened to songs on your ipod

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor; then I’ll take anything by Jay Sean and Sean Paul.

Last film you saw

Man On Fire. It was really good, actually. Denzel Washington was brilliant, as he always is.

Favourite pre-fight meal

I tend to have something light, usually salmon with vegetables.

Can you cook Best dish

Yes, I can cook and I would say that the sea bass dish I do with rice and vegetables would be the best one. I watch plenty of cookery shows on TV, so I’m not bad.

Your favourite holiday destination

It can only be Dubai. It’s peaceful, the beaches are beautiful and you are guaranteed nice weather.

In a film of your life, who would YOU like to play you

Denzel Washington. It’s that simple. He’s the man and I couldn’t think of anyone better.

The man: Khan would love Denzel Washington to play him in a film of his life

The man: Khan would love Denzel Washington to play him in a film of his life

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought

I really love watches and I have got quite a few. I bought an Audemars Piguet with diamonds a while ago that, let’s just say, didn’t come cheap.

Tell us a secret…

Not many people know this. When I was nine, I enjoyed karate and had big hopes when I went to my first tournament.

My interest in the competition ended, though, when I got punched in the face… by a girl.

It was probably one of the hardest shots I’ve ever taken!

Dunlop Phoenix tournament 2012: Luke Donald leapfrogs Tiger Woods in world rankings

Donald leapfrogs Woods to No 2 with five-stroke Dunlop Phoenix win in Japan

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UPDATED:

11:16 GMT, 18 November 2012

Luke Donald is back ahead of Tiger Woods as world No 2 after a five-stroke victory at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan.

Donald fired a closing 68 to finish the week 16 under par, with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama second after a 67 and compatriot Koumei Oda's 64 lifting him to third spot.

Donald’s fourth and final round was preceded by a 65, 64 and a 71 over the previous three days, leaving him in a strong position on the final day.

'Great!': Luke Donald leapfrogged Tiger Woods to world No 2 with victory in Japan

'Great!': Luke Donald leapfrogged Tiger Woods to world No 2 with victory in Japan

Four clear with a round to go, Donald's first win since the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May never looked in doubt after he birdied the fourth, eagled the seventh and birdied the next.

He did bogey the next two, but then came seven pars and a birdie on the long 18th, sealing victory for the 34-year-old.

The Englishman was delighted with his victory in Japan, and praised the organisation of the tournament as well as the hospitality of the country.

He tweeted after the win: ‘Following the win, Donald tweeted: 'Loved my week here in Japan – the Dunlop Phoenix is a great event, on a great course, great food, great beer….it's just great!’

Back at No 2 in the world, Donald will now set his sights on usurping Rory McIlroy as No 1, who remains some way ahead of the chasing pack.

Never in doubt: Donald went into the final day with a four-stroke lead

Never in doubt: Donald went into the final day with a four-stroke lead

Eyes on Rory: Donald will be chasing Rory McIlroy, who sits at the top as world No 1

Eyes on Rory: Donald will be chasing Rory McIlroy, who sits at the top as world No 1

Nick Faldo says Tiger Woods" issues have stopped him being best ever golfer

Woods' indiscretions have stopped him being the best ever golfer, says Faldo

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14:31 GMT, 11 November 2012

Tiger Woods' extra-marital affairs have ruined his chances of becoming the best golfer in history, Nick Faldo has claimed.

The American was widely tipped to beat Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships after making a stunning start to his career, but is still to win a major title after revelations about his private life emerged almost three years ago.

Woods took a four-month break from golf after admitting cheating on his wife, and he has struggled to impress since returning to action.

At risk: Tiger Woods chances of being the best golfer ever have been damaged, according to Nick Faldo

At risk: Tiger Woods chances of being the best golfer ever have been damaged, according to Nick Faldo

He has not added to the 14 majors he won before the sex scandal erupted and Faldo, himself a six-time major winner, thinks Woods stands next to no chance of eclipsing Nicklaus' record, which has stood since 1986.

When asked about Woods' chances of winning 18 majors or more, Faldo told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: 'I think it's slim. I would lean towards no.

'It has been four years since he last won at the US Open.'

Faldo thinks the psychological strife caused by the news of his affairs continue to haunt Woods three years on and he believes they will continue to do so for the rest of his life.

'(The revelations) have done more damage than people would give them credit for,' Faldo said.

Strong views: Faldo is a golf pundit and player

Strong views: Faldo is a golf pundit and player

'People thought he would deal with it and then get back on the golf course.

'It's wrecked that wonderful tranquility you get of going to a golf course, tipping out a bag of balls and hitting them from 9-5 and just thinking of golf.

'When you're a golfer that is great. But now… He has shattered that peace. He won't get that back. Once you lose that concentration and that ability to become completely engrossed in your golf… then slowly things have changed for him.

'His swing… physically, technically, mentally, karma… it's a harder climb right now. Sure, he could come back and do things, but he won't be dominant like he was.'

And with Woods turning 37 next month, Faldo thinks age is also catching up with the American.

'As you get older in this game, the little demons start to sit on your shoulders because you have seen one too many bad shots at the wrong time and it starts to eat away at you and I think he has a little bit of that going on,' Faldo added.

Feeling it: Woods turns 37 next month and Faldo says his age is catching up with him

Feeling it: Woods turns 37 next month and Faldo says his age is catching up with him

One man who has stepped in to the limelight as Woods has faded is Rory McIlroy.

Despite being 23, McIlroy has already won two majors and Faldo thinks the Northern Irishman is set for even bigger things, providing he resists the temptation to play in every lucrative tournament on the tour.

'I have been very impressed with Rory. He is a special kid,' Faldo said.

'There has only been Jack (Nicklaus), Seve (Ballesteros) and Tiger who have won two majors before they were 25, and now there's Rory.

'It puts him in a very special category. There always will be pitfalls for him. He is already feeling it. He is in demand. You can't please everyone.

'You have to be your own boss. He has to pace himself and do all the right things himself. He has 20-odd years left in the game.'

Lee Westwood shoots 61 to share HSBC Champions lead

Westwood shoots super 61 at Shenzhen to share HSBC Champions lead with Louis

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11:15 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 3 November 2012

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods may have angered officials by not participating in the HSBC Champions, but Lee Westwood more than made up for their absence on a thrilling third day at Mission Hills.

The no-shows of the sport's two biggest names were not well received by sponsors or organisers alike, but Westwood and a strong supporting cast did their best to prove there is a depth of talent on the tour.

The world No 4's scintillating 11-under-par 61 helped him take a share of the lead, while overnight pacesetter Louis Oosthuizen added a late touch of drama when he missed a chance to go back out in front on the last.

Storming into contention: Lee Westwood shot a superb 60 to share the lead with Louis oosthuizen

Storming into contention: Lee Westwood shot a superb 60 to share the lead with Louis oosthuizen

Beyond the lead duo, who are locked together on 18 under, Brandt Snedeker went within inches of achieving golf's magical 59 when he missed a 15-footer for birdie on the final hole, with the American instead having to be satisfied with a course-record 60 – a shot better off than Westwood.

But although Snedeker shot the lowest, Westwood was the day's biggest winner. The 39-year-old had an unblemished third round of 11 birdies and soared up the leaderboard from 12th to joint first, with he and Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, three shots clear of nearest challenger Phil Mickelson.

The Ryder Cup star set his stall out with birdies at the first three holes and he did not look back. His putting was in good fettle – he landed a tricky 10-footer on the ninth to emphasise such – and he looked in control all the way round.

Oosthuizen had led by five going into Saturday, but a sluggish display with the putter cost him dear.

Good day's work: Westwood was more than happy with his third round at Mission Hills

Good day's work: Westwood was more than happy with his third round at Mission Hills

He had several near misses on his way around – showing signs of decline when he slid one wide from five feet – and things were summed up by his penultimate shot of the day when a 15-footer on the last would have given him a one-shot lead heading into Sunday. He missed by an inch.

The same fate befell Snedeker, who looked set to go sub-60 when he approached the 18th, only to pull up just short.

Earlier in the day, Ernie Els had briefly snagged a share of the lead on his way back to the clubhouse, but undid his hard work when he found the water on the 15th, taking a double bogey.

He finished with a 69 and sleeps on 14 under, along with Bill Haas and Ian Poulter.

So close: Brandt Snedeker just missed out on a 59 in the third round of the HSBC Champions

So close: Brandt Snedeker just missed out on a 59 in the third round of the HSBC Champions

Snedeker is a shot further back but seemingly the man with the momentum to mount a last-day assault. His overnight mood could have been even better too.

'I was disappointed not to shoot 59,' he said. 'In a career you might only get a couple of chances to do it. When I made eagle at the 15th the idea of shooting 59 came to me but I knew I needed to make birdie at the last three holes.'

Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar is a shot further back after an impressive nine-under round, with Martin Kaymer, Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy and Adam Scott alongside him on 12 under overall.

In a highly competitive field, Luke Donald and Jason Dufner are next on 11 under, although it was not such a good day for everyone, as Dustin Johnson slipped from nine under to three over thanks to a horror 12-over round, with a quadruple-bogey nine on the 15th the lowlight.

Graeme McDowell season over after hand injury at HSBC Champions

McDowell set to miss rest of season after suffering freak injury at hotel in China

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UPDATED:

11:12 GMT, 2 November 2012

Graeme McDowell's season looks to have come to a painful and premature end – after the former US Open champion slammed his hand in a hotel door.

The Ryder Cup hero of Celtic Manor suffered painful bruising in the accident at Mission Hills in China, where he is competing in the HSBC Champions tournament, and will undergo medical tests on Saturday to determine whether he can play on.

McDowell played through the pain and got through his second round at the presitigous World Golf Championship event, but dropped out of contention after he could only shoot a 75, which left him well down the field at the halfway stage.

Ouch: Graeme McDowell tees off on the seventh hole at Mission Hills - with strapping clearly visible on his right hand

Ouch: McDowell tees off on the seventh hole at Mission Hills – with strapping clearly visible on his right hand

The Portrush man could be forced to sit out the remaining two rounds in Dongguan and, even worse, his final three tournaments of the year, according to manager Conor Ridge.

McDowell is due to play in the World
Tour Championship – the European Tour's season-ending extravanganza in
Dubai where the money list winner will be crowned – the Australian
Masters and the World Challenge in California – Tiger Woods' tournament,
which McDowell won in 2010.

'He got it treated this morning. It was obviously quite sore because he said it feels like it's broken,' said Ridge. 'They've confirmed since that it's not broken, it's just bruised.

Out of contention: McDowell is well down the field after two rounds at the HSBC Champions

Out of contention: McDowell is well down the field after two rounds at the HSBC Champions

Out of contention: McDowell is well down the field after two rounds at the HSBC Champions

'He did it this morning before he left the hotel room, literally when he was on his way down here so we're going to see what it's like in the morning.'

Ridge added: 'He's not going to want to miss any of them (his last events). He's looking forward to going to Australia, he hasn't played there for a long time.

Can't catch me: Leader Louis Oosthuizen (left) chats with McDowell during the second round in China

Can't catch me: Leader Louis Oosthuizen (left) chats with McDowell during the second round in China

'He's certainly not winding down. He won't want to miss the last two rounds here either, let's be honest. Hopefully he's OK but knowing him he'd have to be pretty bad not to play.'

McDowell sits in 56th place at the HSBC Champions on two over par after adding to his opening round of 71, and sits fully 18 shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen.

The 2010 Open champion is five shots in front of Adam Scott and Ernie Els on 16 under par after carding a course-record 63.

Leicester take Brandon Fernandes on trial

Leicester take look at Fernandes after inviting Indian midfielder for trial

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UPDATED:

22:44 GMT, 30 October 2012

Leicester have taken India Under 19 midfielder Brandon Fernandes, 18, on trial.

He also had a two-week stint at Reading this month.

Fernandes plays in South Africa for ASD Cape Town.

Tiger time: Brandon Fernandes has joined Leicester on trial

Tiger time: Brandon Fernandes has joined Leicester on trial