Kevin Phelan: hoping to build on his third-place finish in the  Hong Kong Open – but he needs to finish in at least fourth place this week to retain his card. Photo:  Stanley Chou/Getty Images

Peter Lawrie, Gareth Maybin and Kevin Phelan have to deliver a big result in Western Australia

Job done: Oliver Wilson  celebrates with his caddie on the 18th green  after winning the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

Fairytale story of golfing redemption for a man who kept the faith

Influential locker room figures Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia (right) talk tactics during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

The competition format of 18-hole matchplay presents an exacting and testing standard

Ernie Els of South Africa walks alongside caddie Colin Byrne on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club yesterday in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Despite defections the FedEx Cup has afforded players the chance to alter their careers

US president Barack Obama watches his putt on the first green during a round of golf at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

My boss Ernie Els gave it his best shot in last week’s The Barclays but the high-class field failed to come back to us

A rules official waits on a rain-soaked ninth green during the weather-delayed final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10th. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

No thanks to the PGA as players and caddies left out in the deluge

A non-golfer offers two golfers the best lesson they would ever get: switch the brain off and ease off on the technical stuff

Ernie Els, watched by caddie Colin Byrne,   hits an approach shot during his practice round yesterday prior to the  143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool  in Hoylake. Photograph:  Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Readjusting to the changing conditions vital for British Open success

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay on his way to victory at  the BMW International Open at  Gut Larchenhof GC in Cologne last weekend.

Reality in top golf, as with any other sport, is that it is increasingly narrow margins that separate best from rest

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