Scott looking to hone his game ahead of the Masters

"After a great deal of thought and consultation with my team, I have chose to withdraw from this week's Houston Open", he said.

Going by the standard we have for most golfers, Spieth is in terrific form, but he's still faded a bit over the past month - his last top 10 came when he won at Pebble Beach in February.

"I've been hanging out with my mum and seeing her and she's recovering well". It's hard to do that. "It's a lot to think about when you're in your swing, but once you get it down pat it's really easy". Mentally saying okay, I'm just going to hit my shots, play my game and I know I can beat him. It's very, very hard to even think about playing golf when a loved one is going through such a dramatic experience such as trying to battle cancer.

"It's trying not to feel that way and trying to recognize that you add them up at the end". For so long the world's top four players have battled it out for supremacy, and finally one of the elite group has stuck their head above the rest.

Johnson also apologised for the withdrawal, although commitments that are required in advance of PGA Tour events are not binding.

Golf's world No. 1 Dustin Johnson withdrew from this week's PGA Houston Open on Monday, citing fatigue after winning seven matches last week to capture his third consecutive US PGA Tour victory.

Golf Club of Houston Golfers competing in the Shell Houston Open better keep their tee shots straight and their approach shots on point.

In all likelihood, Spieth probably wishes he didn't get to say "I told you so", but unfortunately for him, he's been forced to sit back and watch Johnson challenge, dethrone and even pull away from him as world number one and quite possibly the hottest golfer on the tour right now.

Five days after overhearing Ben Hogan wonder aloud "how the hell Palmer got an invitation to the Masters", Palmer earns a lifetime invitation by birdieing the 18th hole during the final round to win his first of four titles.

The New England Patriots playmaker posted a picture of himself playing Augusta National with Spieth, the 2015 champion, on social media site Instagram.

That's where Spieth's hopes of winning a second straight green jacket foundered a year ago with a quadruple bogey.

Having confirmed last week that surgery on his mother, Dening, had been successful, Day says he is now uncertain about whether he will play the year's first major or not. So now I'm scheduled to play Augusta ... but if things don't come back the way we want them, I don't know what's going to happen. With that off-course balance, golf - just a game - is easily put in perspective.

"I like to play the week before a major if I can".

"I sincerely apologize to my many friends and fans in Houston. and I look forward to returning in the coming years".

It followed the Englishman carding a four-under 66 in the second round on the New Course at the Lossiemouth for an impressive 133 total.

In the past 10 years, this event has seen 10 different winners, but few of them really have strong history here despite the wins.

Taking advantage of the calmer early conditions, Marc Murphy and Charley Allsopp set the pace in the fifth staging of the Links Cup in East Lothian. He would wake up every day and ask us if he was playing golf.

The duo sit two points clear of Minto's Gary McDonagh heading into today's second round at North Berwick, with a visit to Kilspindie on Thursday before the final circuit over Gullane No 1 on Friday. The last two U.S. Women's Amateur champions, Eun-Jeong Seong and Hannah O'Sullivan, were among six amateurs to receive exemptions.

  • Julie Sanders