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Aug 5, 2014

Ryder Cup looms large for Mickelson at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson, who has endured a disappointing season by his usual lofty standards, will have the Ryder Cup in mind while he competes in this week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

The American left-hander is not assured of a place in Tom Watson’s team to take on Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept. 26-28 and he needs to climb into the top nine in the U.S. point standings by Sunday to earn automatic selection.

Aug 5, 2014

Contending is not enough for title hungry Scott

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – It has been a case of so close and yet so far for Adam Scott this year as he has, for the most part, produced “really solid golf” without being rewarded with tournament wins.

The Australian, who lost his world number one ranking to Rory McIlroy after last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, has triumphed just once on the 2013-14 PGA Tour while racking up eight top-10s in 12 starts.

Aug 5, 2014

Ultra confident McIlroy wary of ‘Rory era’ talk

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – With his confidence sky-high and his golf “in really good shape”, Rory McIlroy says he has never driven the ball better as he heads into this week’s PGA Championship fresh from wins in his last two tournaments.

The Northern Irishman clinched his third career major in wire-to-wire fashion at last month’s British Open, then landed his first World Golf Championships (WGC) title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

Aug 4, 2014

Vivid Tiger memories of last Valhalla PGA Championship

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – It has been 14 years since Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship when it was last held at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky but the memories of his epic battle with Bob May over the closing stretch remain sharply etched in his mind.

Woods and American journeyman May matched one another shot for shot in a thrilling duel on the back nine before Woods clinched his fifth major title, and third in a row, in a three-hole playoff.

Aug 4, 2014

Preview – New order likely to hold sway at Valhalla

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – This week’s PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky is likely to deliver further confirmation that a new world order is establishing itself in the game with players such as Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott now leading the way.

While Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh have been golf’s dominant figures over the past two decades, the present and immediate future appears to belong to McIlroy, Scott, Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and other ‘young guns’.

Aug 4, 2014

New order likely to hold sway at Valhalla

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – This week’s PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky is likely to deliver further confirmation that a new world order is establishing itself in the game with players such as Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott now leading the way.

While Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh have been golf’s dominant figures over the past two decades, the present and immediate future appears to belong to McIlroy, Scott, Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and other ‘young guns’.

Jul 29, 2014

Lakers appoint Scott as head coach

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Lakers appointed former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday, bringing an end to their “extensive and thorough” search for Mike D’Antoni’s replacement.

Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant ‘Showtime’ era in the 1980s and has worked as a head coach in the league for 13 years, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Jul 25, 2014

Lakers close to naming Scott as coach: reports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three months after coach Mike D’Antoni resigned, the struggling Los Angeles Lakers are expected to offer former player Byron Scott the job, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

According to ESPN and the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have begun contract negotiations with Scott and are likely to reach an agreement within the next few days.

Jul 4, 2014

Kaymer’s composure a major trump card, says Levet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Coolness under pressure, a strong work ethic and never-say-die attitude makes Germany’s Martin Kaymer one of the favorites for this month’s British Open, according to Frenchman Thomas Levet.

Kaymer will go into the year’s third major at Hoylake with his status considerably elevated after his remarkable eight-shot victory at the Pinehurst U.S. Open last month but it is his unflappable temperament that stands out most of all for Levet.

Jun 16, 2014

‘Germanator’ Kaymer adds luster to already lofty status

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer’s astonishing dominance at the U.S. Open, on a challenging Pinehurst layout where only two other players finished under par, left his rivals purring in admiration.

More significantly, the German’s eight-stroke victory at the year’s second major has elevated him into elite company, and one can only wonder how much more the ultra-talented, hard-working Kaymer will achieve by the time his career is over.