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Apr 8, 2015

PGA Tour making digital reach-out to younger audience

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Golf fans surfing PGA Tour’s websites and apps can now score rewards points in the golf organization’s efforts to reach younger audiences and fantasy game players, a tour executive said Wednesday.

More than one million daily visitors to the tour’s various platforms will be accumulating PGA Tour mPoints in conjunction with SessionM in a loyalty program launched this week.

Apr 7, 2015

McIlroy new face of game, but don’t compare to Tiger

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Major champion and former winning U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger says Rory McIlroy has a winning personality and is becoming the face of golf, but should not be compared to the game’s latest king, Tiger Woods.

“I don’t think Rory can ever beat Tiger,” Azinger told Reuters on Tuesday under Augusta National’s massive oak tree in front of the clubhouse as players set off for Masters practice.

Apr 7, 2015

One at a time for McIlroy, in line for career grand slam

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy is targeting the Augusta National par-fives at the Masters this week as a key to joining golf’s elite club of career grand slam champions.

McIlroy, 25, would not predict his chances of reaching Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 majors, or of matching boyhood idol Tiger Woods’s mark of 14, but knows what he needs to do to wear the green jacket.

Apr 7, 2015

Woods shows flashes of old form in Masters practice

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods strolled up to his second shot at the short par-four third hole and routinely hit a 35-yard pitch shot at the pin that finished about eight feet from the cup to cheers at Augusta National.

It was only a practice round with old friend Mark O’Meara on the Monday of Masters week, but it gave hope that the four-time winner of the green jacket might still be capable of major championship magic.

Apr 6, 2015

Woods shows flashes of old form on Masters practice day

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods strolled up to his second shot at the short par-four third hole and routinely hit a 35-yard pitch shot at the pin that finished about eight feet from the cup to cheers at Augusta National.

It was only a practice round with old friend Mark O’Meara on the Monday of Masters week, but it gave hope that the four-time winner of the green jacket might still be capable of major championship magic.

Apr 6, 2015

Rory relaxed at Masters, says British Amateur champ

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy may have a lot riding on this week’s Masters but his 19-year-old practice partner at Augusta National on Monday said the Northern Irishman seemed free and easy.

British Amateur champion Bradley Neil said you would not know that McIlroy, 25, gets his first chance to complete the career grand slam this week at the year’s opening major.

Apr 6, 2015

Frozen in time, Masters conjures a golf heaven

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Golfers glide along as if walking on air and the crowd is polite and smiling at Augusta National Golf Club, where time stands still like a Norman Rockwell study of bygone days when the Masters rolls around.

The deep green grass is perfectly groomed and azaleas are in bloom when the first major championship of the year returns to the Georgia pines each April for a glorious reunion where more golf history will be made.

Apr 2, 2015

Rodriguez, Yankees aim for peaceful coexistence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lies, cover-ups, and cheating seemed destined to lead to a messy divorce between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees, but the warring parties are heading into the 2015 season hoping for peaceful coexistence.

Rodriguez, still owed $61 million from a record 10-year $270 million renewal with the Yankees, sued the Yankees, team doctors, Major League Baseball and the Players Association in 2013 before accepting a one-year doping ban.

Apr 2, 2015

Optimism abounds as teams set to open 2015 MLB season

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Optimism among baseball’s longshots abounds at the start of the new season, spread by last year’s rousing run by the small market Kansas City Royals, and the long-suffering Chicago Cubs have caught the spring fever.

The Cubbies, who have gone 107 years without a World Series title, head a list of Cinderellas hungering for a taste of postseason success and open the season on Sunday against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Apr 2, 2015

Elbow breakdowns spur MLB to set up new study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The plague of elbow injuries struck again in spring training with Texas ace Yu Darvish and young Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets the latest key pitchers to fall, and Major League Baseball wants to know why.

“The last three or four years, we’ve seen an increase of Tommy John injuries at the major league level,” Chris Marinak, MLB’s senior vice president for economics and league strategy, told Reuters. “That trend is certainly concerning to us.”