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Sep 3, 2015

Golf-How green should a course be in times of drought?

LOS ANGELES, Sept 3 (Reuters) – For the non-golfer, the image is an unsettling one — lush golf courses sprawling across the desert areas around Palm Springs in arid California while the state is suffering a drought for a fourth consecutive year.

Similar scenes can be found in states such as Nevada, Texas and Arizona where golf courses appear to be getting more than their fair share of water in an era of climate change when usage is increasingly restricted in the private and public sectors.

Sep 3, 2015

Mayweather ready to hang up gloves as ‘the best ever’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to go out unbeaten and on his own terms, as ‘The Best Ever’, when he ends his boxing career in Las Vegas next week with his welterweight title defense against fellow American Andre Berto.

Should Mayweather win, as is widely expected, he would match the 49-0 record of former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano but says he would not be tempted to come out of retirement for a 50th fight.

Sep 2, 2015

Berto ‘on a mission’ to unseat Mayweather

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Andre Berto will go into his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas next week as a heavy underdog but also as a man “on a mission” as he bids to end his fellow American’s perfect 48-0 record.

Berto, 31, he has blinkered himself from all the hype and hoopla that usually surrounds the build-up to a Mayweather bout and claims he has never been fitter as he prepares to step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 12.

Aug 28, 2015

Presidents Cup must emulate Ryder: Price

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A points change for this year’s Presidents Cup is “a move in a positive direction” but long-term the biennial team competition should mirror the format used at the Ryder Cup, says International captain Nick Price.

Earlier this week, the PGA Tour announced that the total number of points on offer at the Presidents Cup will be reduced to 30 from 34 for this year’s edition in South Korea, much closer to the 28-point tally competed for at the Ryder Cup.

Aug 28, 2015

Golf-Presidents Cup must emulate Ryder: Price

LOS ANGELES, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A points change for this year’s Presidents Cup is “a move in a positive direction” but long-term the biennial team competition should mirror the format used at the Ryder Cup, says International captain Nick Price.

Earlier this week, the PGA Tour announced that the total number of points on offer at the Presidents Cup will be reduced to 30 from 34 for this year’s edition in South Korea, much closer to the 28-point tally competed for at the Ryder Cup.

Aug 27, 2015

What next for Tiger after a season of struggle?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – What next for Tiger Woods? This is a tantalizing question on the lips of many, including the former world number one himself as he puts his golf clubs away for a while after enduring a dismal PGA Tour campaign.

Now ranked a mind-blowing 257th after mainly struggling over the past two years, Woods missed four cuts — three of them in the majors — while recording just one top-10 in 11 starts on his 2014-15 schedule.

Aug 26, 2015

Wilson tributes flow among calls for safety review

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Tributes continued to pour in on Tuesday following the death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson the previous day, along with renewed calls throughout the motor racing world for a review of driver safety in the sport.

Wilson, a former Formula One driver and seven-time winner in IndyCar racing, died at the age of 37 after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Aug 26, 2015

Motor racing-Wilson tributes flow among calls for safety review

Aug 25 (Reuters) – Tributes continued to pour in on Tuesday following the death of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson the previous day, along with renewed calls throughout the motor racing world for a review of driver safety in the sport.

Wilson, a former Formula One driver and seven-time winner in IndyCar racing, died at the age of 37 after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Aug 24, 2015

Fewer points on offer at Presidents Cup in format change

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Format changes including fewer points will be introduced to the Presidents Cup later this year in South Korea, bringing it more in line with the Ryder Cup, the PGA Tour announced on Monday.

The total number of points on offer at the biennial team competition will be reduced from 34 to 30 and each player will be required to take part in only two of the first four sessions, as opposed to three of four in the past.

Aug 19, 2015

Spieth a prototype, Woods going wrong way: Azinger

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Jordan Spieth is “the prototype” of the modern-day golfer while Dustin Johnson, “the most immensely talented guy out there who hasn’t won a major”, needs to take his game to a higher mental level, according to Paul Azinger.

In an interview with Reuters, former United States Ryder Cup captain Azinger also weighed in on the ongoing woes of Tiger Woods, saying he “continues to go in the wrong direction” with his focus on the physical rather than the mental.