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Sep 18, 2014

Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S.: Rose

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be “a double-edged sword” for them at next week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition.

Sep 18, 2014

Extra Cup motivation not necessary for Johnson

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – American Zach Johnson says he does not need any extra motivation at this month’s Ryder Cup in Scotland where the United States will bid to improve on a dismal record of seven losses to Europe in the last nine editions.

The last time the teams met, in what became known as the ‘Meltdown at Medinah’ in 2012, the Americans threw away a commanding four-point lead going into the last-day singles to lose by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2.

Sep 18, 2014

Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S. – Justin Rose

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be “a double-edged sword” for them at next week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition.

Sep 15, 2014

Interview: Excited Walker eyes Cup debut after stunning year

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Making the United States Ryder Cup for the first time had long been a goal for Jimmy Walker, though it was a fairly remote one as he toiled away almost anonymously as a journeyman on the highly competitive PGA Tour.

But that changed in the proverbial blink of an eye after the American made a stunning start to the 2013-14 season, winning three times in eight events to rocket up the U.S. Cup standings.

Sep 15, 2014

Best three weeks come at perfect time for Horschel

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Billy Horschel felt “surreal” after producing the best three weeks of his golfing career just when he need to, capping an astonishing playoff run with a three-shot victory at the Tour Championship on Sunday.

With his PGA Tour season hanging in the balance after a missed cut at last month’s Barclays tournament, he gave himself a timely wake-up call and proceeded to finish second, first and first to secure FedExCup honors and the $10 million jackpot.

Sep 15, 2014

No pain for Furyk after yet another runner-up spot

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Jim Furyk has not tasted victory on the PGA Tour for four frustrating years but he had very little to complain about after recording his fourth runner-up spot of the season at the Tour Championship on Sunday.

The veteran American went into the final round at East Lake Golf Club two strokes off the pace and twice moved into a tie for the lead before finishing in a share of second place with world number one Rory McIlroy.

Sep 14, 2014

Tired finish for McIlroy to end stellar PGA Tour season

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s bid to add several exclamation points to his brilliant PGA Tour season was derailed at the Tour Championship on Sunday as the world number one succumbed to mental fatigue after a hectic 10-week run.

Competing in his eighth tournament during that time, McIlroy had to settle for a share of second place after his title challenge was effectively scuppered by a double at the sixth, followed by three consecutive bogeys from the ninth.

Sep 14, 2014

Golf-Horschel wins Tour Championship, $10 million bonus

ATLANTA, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Billy Horschel took the limelight from world number one Rory McIlroy to win the biggest title of his career at the Tour Championship on Sunday, along with FedExCup honours and an eye-popping $10 million bonus.

Tied for the lead overnight with Northern Irishman McIlroy in the PGA Tour’s season-ending playoff event, American Horschel held his nerve to triumph by three shots, clinching his third career victory on the U.S. circuit and second in two weeks.

Sep 14, 2014

Excited Walker eyes Cup debut after stunning year

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Making the United States Ryder Cup for the first time had long been a goal for Jimmy Walker, though it was a fairly remote one as he toiled away almost anonymously as a journeyman on the highly competitive PGA Tour.

But that changed in the proverbial blink of an eye after the American made a stunning start to the 2013-14 season, winning three times in eight events to rocket up the U.S. Cup standings.

Sep 14, 2014

McIlroy in title hunt even without his ‘A’ game

ATLANTA (Reuters) – As Rory McIlroy hunts his fifth tournament win of the year at this week’s Tour Championship, his rivals could well feel a sense of foreboding that the world number one is tied for the lead despite not playing at his best.

Just as Tiger Woods in his heyday used to intimidate his peers by contending for titles even when not possessing his ‘A’ game, McIlroy has swept to the top of the leaderboard at East Lake Golf Club without playing at his best.