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Aug 19, 2014

Vikings reach settlement with former punter Kluwe

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – The Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe over his claim that he was released by the team last year due to his support of same-sex marriage.

Though terms of the resolution were not disclosed, the Vikings said they will “provide continued financial support for human rights and anti-hate causes” and enhance their “sensitivity training policy”.

Aug 14, 2014

Tiger’s Ryder decision wise, but raises fresh questions

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods’ decision to rule himself out of contention for next month’s Ryder Cup was a wise one given his struggles since undergoing back surgery in March, but it also raises fresh concerns over the former world number one’s playing future.

Questions will undoubtedly be raised as to whether he decided to return to competition too soon after having a procedure to treat a pinched nerve in his lower back.

Aug 14, 2014

Ailing Woods rules himself out of Ryder Cup

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods ruled himself out of contention for a wildcard spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team due to lingering back problems on Wednesday and has been told by doctors not to play or practice until his condition improves, the former world number one said.

Woods, who had surgery in March to treat a pinched nerve and has played just eight tournaments this year, asked U.S. captain Tom Watson not to consider him for one of three wildcard picks for the biennial team competition against Europe next month.

Aug 11, 2014

Is McIlroy’s dominance ushering in a ‘Rory era’?

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Talk of the ‘Tiger era’ being replaced by a ‘Rory era’ escalated after Rory McIlroy thrust himself into golf’s pantheon of greats by clinching his fourth major title at the 96th PGA Championship on Sunday.

While Tiger Woods ended a disappointing week at Valhalla Golf Club by missing the cut at a major for only the fourth time as a professional, McIlroy won his third consecutive tournament with a dazzling display of shot-making down the closing stretch.

Aug 11, 2014

Golf-Watson trusts Woods to make call on health for Ryder Cup

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 11 (Reuters) – U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson expects Tiger Woods to give an honest assessment of his fitness before he decides whether to make him one of his three wildcard picks for the Sept. 26-28 event against holders Europe.

Though Woods missed the fourth major cut of his professional career at last week’s PGA Championship after playing a limited schedule this year following back surgery, Watson said he would rely on Woods’s to honestly assess his readiness to play.

Aug 11, 2014

Woods not being ruled out for U.S. Ryder Cup team: Watson

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has not yet ruled an ailing Tiger Woods out of his team to take on holders Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland from September 26-28.

Though Woods missed the fourth major cut of his professional career at last week’s PGA Championship after playing a limited schedule this year following back surgery, Watson is still considering him as a possible wildcard pick.

Aug 11, 2014

Golf-Woods not being ruled out for U.S. Ryder Cup team-Watson

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 11 (Reuters) – United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has not yet ruled an ailing Tiger Woods out of his team to take on holders Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept. 26-28.

Though Woods missed the fourth major cut of his professional career at last week’s PGA Championship after playing a limited schedule this year following back surgery, Watson is still considering him as a possible wildcard pick.

Aug 11, 2014

Mickelson in, Dufner out of U.S. Ryder Cup team

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson narrowly missed out on a sixth major victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday but the 44-year-old would take some consolation from the fact he had played his way onto the United States Ryder Cup team for a record 10th time.

Heading into the year’s final major, the American left-hander had been one spot outside the automatic top-nine selections for Tom Watson’s team to take on holders Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept. 26-28.

Aug 11, 2014

Fourth major win gives McIlroy pause for thought

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy continued to enhance his status as one of the golfing greats by winning a fourth major title at the PGA Championship on Sunday, before admitting the significance of his achievement will take time to sink in.

Aged just 25, the Northern Irish world number one became the fourth youngest player to land four majors, with only Tom Morris Jr, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods completing the feat before him.

Aug 11, 2014

Fowler feels the sting of yet another major close call

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Rickie Fowler achieved the rare feat of top-five finishes at all four majors this year but Sunday’s tie for third at the PGA Championship was the one that stung the most.

The 25-year-old Californian, who has triumphed just once on the PGA Tour, was hunting his first victory on golf’s biggest stage and for much of the final round at Valhalla Golf Club he was perched atop the leaderboard.