Former Brazilian national soccer player Ronaldo, Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills group Ken Chu and US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps pose for a picture during a news conference ahead of the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am tournament in Haikou, China's Hainan province October 18,2012.
The United States had labelled world number one Rory McIlroy a marked man at the 39th Ryder Cup but it was the Northern Irishman who sounded like the hunter after the opening matchups were announced on Thursday.
Jose Maria Olazabal brings a world of Ryder Cup experience to the upcoming matches at Medinah, but it is his passion for the competition that figures to distinguish the quiet Spaniard as European captain.
Former Masters champion Fred Couples, a 15-times winner on the PGA Tour who is one of the most laid-back figures in the game, has been voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013.
Tiger Woods has not won a major title in more than four years but he is delighted with his progress this season, highlighted by three victories on the PGA Tour, after a frustrating 2011 campaign cut short by injury.
Arnold Palmer became the sixth athlete to earn a Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony on Wednesday where the golfing great and humanitarian made light of the divided US lawmakers who gave him the award.