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Aug 10, 2015

Kaymer a changed man for Whistling Straits return

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Five years ago, Martin Kaymer was overwhelmed by the level of media attention and heightened expectations from his German fans after he won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Now aged 30, he is much wiser and more careful with how he handles media and sponsors’ commitments as he heads back to the spectacular links-style layout that hugs the shores of Lake Michigan for the year’s final major championship.

Aug 10, 2015

Rory, Jordan share top billing at PGA Championship

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – The return from injury by Rory McIlroy to defend his title at this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits gives the year’s final major extra spice as Jordan Spieth aims to carve out another slice of golf history.

World number one McIlroy and second-ranked Spieth have between them won four of the last five majors played and, aged just 26 and 22 respectively, they are likely to dominate the game at the highest level for some time to come.

Aug 10, 2015

Golf – Impressive Firestone win leaves Lowry in disbelief

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Irishman Shane Lowry was still in disbelief moments after winning the biggest title of his career at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday and sewing up his PGA Tour card for the next three years.

The 28-year-old from Clara in County Offaly had overcome the last-day challenge of three major winners in Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose, firing a flawless four-under 66 to seal victory by two shots on the challenging Firestone layout.

Aug 10, 2015

Further Firestone frustration for Furyk

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – PGA Tour veteran Jim Furyk once again tasted disappointment at Firestone Country Club after squandering a share of the 54-hole lead in Sunday’s final round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Two strokes in front overnight along with England’s Justin Rose, Furyk struggled with his ball-striking for much of the day and carded a two-over 72 to finish tied for third, four strokes behind winner Shane Lowry of Ireland.

Aug 10, 2015

Lowry triumphs with clutch display at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Ireland’s Shane Lowry, helped by sensational recovery shots at the 10th and 18th that both led to birdies, clinched his first PGA Tour victory by two strokes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

Two off the pace heading into the final round at Firestone Country Club, Lowry overhauled third-round leaders Jim Furyk and Justin Rose, and held off a charging Bubba Watson with a closing four-under-par 66 in overcast conditions.

Aug 10, 2015

Impressive Firestone win leaves Lowry in disbelief

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Irishman Shane Lowry was still in disbelief moments after winning the biggest title of his career at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday and sewing up his PGA Tour card for the next three years.

The 28-year-old from Clara in County Offaly had overcome the last-day challenge of three major winners in Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose, firing a flawless four-under 66 to seal victory by two shots on the challenging Firestone layout.

Aug 9, 2015

Ireland’s Lowry triumphs at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Ireland’s Shane Lowry, helped by sensational recovery shots at the 10th and 18th that both led to birdies, clinched his first PGA Tour victory by two strokes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

Two off the pace heading into the final round at Firestone Country Club, Lowry overhauled third-round leaders Jim Furyk and Justin Rose, and held off a charging Bubba Watson with a closing four-under-par 66 in overcast conditions.

Aug 9, 2015

Spieth signs off with timely 66 at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth gave himself ideal momentum heading into the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits as he signed off with his best score of the week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

The Masters and U.S. Open champion fired a sparkling four-under-par 66 in the final round at Firestone Country Club to climb into the top 10 at the elite World Golf Championships event.

Aug 8, 2015

Ideal final Firestone pairing for Rose and Furyk

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Justin Rose and Jim Furyk will head into Sunday’s final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational ideally placed, tied for the lead and happy to be paired together for the closing stretch at Firestone Country Club.

They enjoy one another’s company and each has triumphed once on the PGA Tour this season, Englishman Rose clinching the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April and veteran American Furyk landing the RBC Heritage in a playoff one week earlier.

Aug 8, 2015

Charging Rose joins Furyk in tie for Firestone lead

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – England’s Justin Rose rolled in a 38-foot birdie putt at the par-four last to move into a tie for the lead with overnight pacesetter Jim Furyk after the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday.

Rose, who has produced stellar form this year since tying for second at the Masters in April, charged to the top with a sizzling seven-under 63 in slightly more receptive conditions at Firestone Country Club.