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Aug 6, 2014

Confidence sky-high for in-form Garcia at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Long labeled as one of the best players in the modern game who has yet to win a major title, Sergio Garcia is oozing confidence as he heads into this week’s PGA Championship after a sizzling run of form.

The 34-year-old Spaniard has recorded four top-three finishes in his last five PGA Tour starts, including runner-up spots in his last three, and has great expectations for the final major of the season.

Aug 6, 2014

Woods says ready to go at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – The waiting game ended when Tiger Woods pronounced himself pain-free and ready to compete in this week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club after playing nine holes in practice on Wednesday afternoon.

His fitness for the year’s final major had been in some doubt after he was forced to withdraw midway through the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio on Sunday.

Aug 6, 2014

2016 PGA Championship moves to July to accommodate Olympics

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Organizers of the PGA Championship made official on Wednesday what had long been a proposal by announcing that the 2016 edition of the year’s final major will be held in July.

The PGA Championship usually takes place in early August but, with golf reappearing as an Olympic sport at the 2016 Games after an absence of more than a century, the schedule for the four majors is being revamped.

Aug 6, 2014

Watson names Stricker as a vice-captain for Ryder Cup

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – United States captain Tom Watson has appointed PGA Tour veteran Steve Stricker as a vice-captain for this year’s Ryder Cup against holders Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Stricker, 47, will join Andy North and Raymond Floyd as an assistant, though Watson pointed out that he could qualify for the team as a player if he wins this week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Aug 6, 2014

Woods arrives at Valhalla, status in question

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – The waiting game on whether or not Tiger Woods will compete in this week’s PGA Championship entered a new phase on Wednesday when the former world number one arrived at Valhalla Golf Club for an afternoon practice round.

Woods, who withdrew midway through the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio on Sunday due to back spasms, has until his tee time on Thursday morning to register officially for the year’s final major.

Aug 6, 2014

Valhalla preparation a pain in the neck for Dufner

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Most golfers are meticulous when it comes to preparing for tournaments but Jason Dufner has had to abandon his usual attention to detail ahead of this week’s PGA Championship because of a lingering neck injury.

Dufner has been severely hampered by two bulging disks in his neck since April and will launch his title defense at the year’s final major in Thursday’s opening round at Valhalla Golf Club after seeing very little of the par-71 course in practice.

Aug 5, 2014

Bubba not concerned over recent lapse in form

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Two victories by Bubba Watson in the first four months of this year, including a second triumph at the Masters, highlighted a sizzling start to the 2013-14 PGA Tour by the long-hitting American.

The left-hander piled up seven top-10s in 10 events, two of them runner-up spots, and it seemed that an emotional player known for audacious shot-making and up-and-down form was heading for a season of extraordinary consistency.

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.