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Aug 8, 2014

Stop-start day in the forecast at stormy Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – The players were facing a stop-start-stop-start day at the PGA Championship on Friday as heavy rain swept across Valhalla Golf Club with further thunderstorms expected.

Second-round play was suspended for 45 minutes less than half an hour after the first tee shots of the day were struck and tee times have since been pushed back 50 minutes.

Aug 8, 2014

Westwood in three-way tie for lead, Tiger toils

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Lee Westwood stormed into a share of the PGA Championship lead with five birdies in his last six holes on Thursday as four-times winner Tiger Woods ended the opening round a distant nine shots off the pace.

Englishman Westwood, long regarded as one of the best players in the game who has yet to clinch a major title, fired a six-under-par 65 on a calm, muggy day at Valhalla Golf Club to finish joint top with Americans Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer.

Aug 8, 2014

McIlroy sizzles at Valhalla after feeling hot under collar

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s opening round at the PGA Championship could have unravelled after he went double-bogey, bogey on his back nine but he used that lapse to spark a red-hot birdie blitz and surge into contention.

The British Open champion reeled off four successive birdies from the 12th, where he hit his approach to five feet, then picked up another shot at the last for a five-under-par 66.

Aug 7, 2014

Sizzling Westwood gains Ryder Cup boost at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Former world number one Lee Westwood, still hunting his first major title, gave his Ryder Cup prospects a massive boost as he charged into contention for the PGA Championship on Thursday.

The Englishman is on the outside looking in as he bids to earn selection for the Sept. 26-28 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland but gave European captain Paul McGinley plenty to think about with his sizzling form in the opening round.

Aug 7, 2014

Ailing Dufner aborts title defence after 10 holes

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – American Jason Dufner aborted his PGA Championship title defence after 10 holes in Thursday’s opening round at Valhalla Golf Club, withdrawing from the event because of a lingering neck injury.

Dufner has been severely hampered by two bulging disks in his neck since April and was eight over par for the day, having triple-bogeyed the par-five 10th, when he decided to pull out of the year’s final major.

Aug 7, 2014

Golf-Dufner aborts PGA Championship title defence after 10 holes

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 7 (Reuters) – American Jason Dufner aborted his PGA Championship title defence after 10 holes in Thursday’s opening round at Valhalla Golf Club, withdrawing from the event because of a lingering neck injury.

Dufner has been severely hampered by two bulging disks in his neck since April and was eight over par for the day, having triple-bogeyed the par-five 10th, when he decided to pull out of the year’s final major.

Aug 7, 2014

No major relief in sight for Tiger after bad Valhalla start

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods’ lengthy title drought in the majors showed no sign of ending any time soon after the former world number one struggled to an opening three-over-par 74 at the PGA Championship on Thursday.

A day after pronouncing himself fit enough to compete in the year’s final major following a back scare he suffered at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, Woods looked out-of-sorts as he mixed four bogeys with just one birdie.

Aug 7, 2014

Golf-Westwood in tie for Valhalla lead, Tiger toils

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Lee Westwood stormed into a share of the early lead with five birdies in his last six holes at the PGA Championship on Thursday as four-times winner Tiger Woods struggled in the opening round.

Englishman Westwood, long regarded as one of the best players in the game who has yet to clinch a major title, fired a six-under-par 65 on a muggy day at Valhalla Golf Club to finish joint top with American journeyman Kevin Chappell.

Aug 7, 2014

Todd in early tie for PGA Championship lead as Tiger toils

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Unheralded American Brendon Todd moved into an early three-way tie for the lead at the PGA Championship on Thursday while four-times winner Tiger Woods made an erratic start to the opening round.

Woods, watched by huge galleries after teeing off from the 10th in a high-profile grouping with former champions Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington, looked rusty as he bogeyed the 11th and 14th to slip five strokes off the pace.

Aug 7, 2014

Woods set for early teeoff as PGA Championship starts

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Four-times winner Tiger Woods, pain-free after suffering a back scare on Sunday, prepared for an early morning start as the 96th PGA Championship began under clear skies at Valhalla Golf Club on Thursday.

Woods, who clinched the most recent of his PGA Championship titles in 2007, was scheduled to begin his opening round from the 10th at 8:35 am EDT on a challenging course that measures 7,458 yards off the back tees.