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Dec 17, 2014

Olympics-U.S. bid seen as ‘clear favourite’ to land 2024 Games

Dec 16 (Reuters) – Prospects of the Summer Olympics returning to U.S. soil look good, according to domestic sports business experts who rate the United States as the early favourite to host the 2024 Games.

The United States on Tuesday became the third country after Germany and Italy to launch a bidding process with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington vying to become the first U.S. Summer Games host since Atlanta in 1996.

Dec 11, 2014

Rehabilitated Woods heading toward his second billion

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – His goal of 18 majors is in serious doubt, but five years after his precipitous fall from grace a rehabilitated Tiger Woods is entering the next phase of his career heading toward making another billion.

Five years after driving into a fire hydrant in front of a neighbor’s house in Isleworth, an accident that set off sordid tales of extramarital affairs and an exodus of sponsors, Woods returned to the exclusive enclave with high hopes restored.

Dec 8, 2014

Spieth, at top of his game, takes aim at McIlroy

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth, who created a buzz when at 19 when he became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years, is playing the best golf of his 21-year-old life and taking aim at top ranked Rory McIlroy.

Spieth followed up a six-stroke victory at last week’s Australian Open with a 10-shot romp at the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth on Sunday to end his year inside the world top 10 at number nine.

Dec 8, 2014

Improved swing gives Woods optimism despite poor finish

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods flubbed chip shots and suffered glitches on short pitches that would rile a 20-handicapper, yet the 14-times major winner and colleagues rated his return to competition this week a success.

The 38-year-old Woods finished tied for last in the 18-player Hero World Challenge that benefits his foundation, but believes the back problems that sidelined him the past four months have been fixed as has his golf swing.

Dec 8, 2014

Analysis – Improved swing gives Woods optimism despite poor finish

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods flubbed chip shots and suffered glitches on short pitches that would rile a 20-handicapper, yet the 14-times major winner and colleagues rated his return to competition this week a success.

The 38-year-old Woods finished tied for last in the 18-player Hero World Challenge that benefits his foundation, but believes the back problems that sidelined him the past four months have been fixed as has his golf swing.

Dec 7, 2014

Spieth wins Hero World Challenge by 10 strokes

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Young Jordan Spieth capped off a second consecutive runaway victory with a six-under 66 on Sunday to win the Hero World Challenge by a massive 10 strokes at Isleworth.

The 21-year-old Spieth, who closed with an eight-under 63 to win last week’s Australian Open by six shots for his first win of the year, collected a $1 million prize and satisfied a goal by winning his second title of 2014.

Dec 7, 2014

Golf-Woods’s triple bogey leaves him tied for last

WINDERMERE, Florida, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods stumbled with another case of yips on his chip shots, taking a triple bogey that consigned him to a last-place tie in the Hero World Challenge on Sunday.

Woods, plagued by chipping disasters in this comeback tournament from a four-month absence, chunked two chip shots and then sent another racing by the hole on his way to an eight at the par-five 13th hole.

Dec 7, 2014

Woods aiming to escape last place: mother

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods shot a two-under 34 for the first nine holes in Sunday’s final round of the Hero World Challenge in what his mother said was a bid to escape last place in the 18-player tournament he hosts.

“He said, ‘I’m sick and tired of being in last place,’” his mother, Kultida, told Reuters from behind the first green, where she watched Woods two-putt from 25 feet to open with a par.

Dec 7, 2014

Golf-Woods aiming to escape last place – mother

WINDERMERE, Florida, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods shot a two-under 34 for the first nine holes in Sunday’s final round of the Hero World Challenge in what his mother said was a bid to escape last place in the 18-player tournament he hosts.

“He said, ‘I’m sick and tired of being in last place,’” his mother, Kultida, told Reuters from behind the first green, where she watched Woods two-putt from 25 feet to open with a par.

Dec 6, 2014

Spieth seizes seven-shot lead, Woods shows his grit

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) – Young American Jordan Spieth was on course to satisfy his 2014 season’s objectives by storming to a seven-shot lead at the Hero World Challenge, while host Tiger Woods showed his grit in Saturday’s third round.

Spieth, who two years ago became the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years, made three birdies in a row to start the day and another trio from the 12th.