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Mar 5, 2015

Holmes takes control at Doral, McIlroy cards a 73

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – American J.B. Holmes made light of the daunting Blue Monster course as he fired a sizzling 10-under-par 62 to seize a commanding four-shot lead in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami on Thursday.

While world number one Rory McIlroy recovered from a dismal start to open with a one-over 73, the long-hitting Holmes piled up an eagle and eight birdies to take control of the first of the year’s four elite World Golf Championships (WGC) events.

Mar 5, 2015

Beckham effect ‘pretty significant’ on MLS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As Major League Soccer prepares to open its 20th season, the impact made on MLS by former England captain David Beckham during his six years with LA Galaxy is widely viewed as “pretty significant.”

Though Beckham’s time in the U.S. began unpromisingly as he was sidelined by injury and then skipped several Galaxy games to play on loan with AC Milan in Italy, his eventual influence on the sport extended well beyond his performances on the field.

Mar 5, 2015

Soccer-Beckham effect ‘pretty significant’ on MLS

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (Reuters) – As Major League Soccer prepares to open its 20th season, the impact made on MLS by former England captain David Beckham during his six years with LA Galaxy is widely viewed as “pretty significant.”

Though Beckham’s time in the U.S. began unpromisingly as he was sidelined by injury and then skipped several Galaxy games to play on loan with AC Milan in Italy, his eventual influence on the sport extended well beyond his performances on the field.

Feb 27, 2015

Masters countdown ticks fast for Tiger

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year’s opening major.

Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season.

Feb 24, 2015

Love’s second term restores U.S. Ryder Cup team unity

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – The appointment of Davis Love III as United States Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 match against Europe at Hazeltine will be viewed by many as a chance for American redemption after what happened at Medinah in 2012.

Three years ago in his first stint as skipper, Love orchestrated a commanding 10-6 lead for the U.S. heading into the final day before Jose Maria Olazabal’s European team stormed back to win by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2.

Feb 24, 2015

Interview: Veteran Furyk still has the drive to do well

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – While Tiger Woods wrestles with back issues and sharply declining form and Vijay Singh has battled assorted health problems in recent years, veteran Jim Furyk is playing some of the best golf of his career.

At the age of 44 and despite a few “dings, nicks and bruises along the way,” American Furyk is still one of the most consistent players around as he continues his quest to add further PGA Tour titles to his impressive tally of 16.

Feb 23, 2015

Veteran Furyk still has the drive to do well

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – While Tiger Woods wrestles with back issues and sharply declining form and Vijay Singh has battled assorted health problems in recent years, veteran Jim Furyk is playing some of the best golf of his career.

At the age of 44 and despite a few “dings, nicks and bruises along the way,” American Furyk is still one of the most consistent players around as he continues his quest to add further PGA Tour titles to his impressive tally of 16.

Feb 23, 2015

PGA Tour breakthrough for ‘Gangnam Style’ Hahn

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Best known for his “Gangnam Style” moves at the 2013 Phoenix Open, James Hahn announced himself to a much wider audience by winning his first PGA Tour title at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

In a breath-taking finish, Hahn delivered his own magical script to beat fellow American Dustin Johnson and England’s Paul Casey in a playoff shortly before the coveted Oscars were up for grabs at the 87th Academy Awards being held in nearby Hollywood.

Feb 23, 2015

Golf-Hahn lands maiden title in playoff at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California, Feb 22 (Reuters) – James Hahn, whose wife is due to give birth to a daughter in three weeks, clinched his maiden PGA Tour title with a gripping playoff victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Hahn, 33, ended a wild day of multiple lead changes on a difficult Riviera Country Club layout in wet and cool conditions by edging out fellow American Dustin Johnson and England’s Paul Casey for the win.

Feb 23, 2015

Golf-Hahn lands maiden title in playoff at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California, Feb 22 (Reuters) – James Hahn, whose wife is due to give birth to a daughter in three weeks, clinched his maiden PGA Tour title with a gripping playoff victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Hahn, 33, ended a wild day of multiple lead changes on a difficult Riviera Country Club layout in wet and cool conditions by edging out fellow American Dustin Johnson and England’s Paul Casey for the win.