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Aug 6, 2015

Golf-Lee sets pace with an opening 65 at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Former teenage prodigy Danny Lee birdied three of his first four holes en route to a one-shot lead in the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.

On a day when Jordan Spieth finished five strokes off the pace, the 25-year-old Lee, who won his first PGA Tour title in a playoff for the Greenbrier Classic last month, fired a five-under-par 65 at Firestone.

Aug 6, 2015

Scott wants caddie Williams to work well into ’16

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Adam Scott is optimistic that he can persuade his caddie Steve Williams to continue working for him well into next year, even though their second stint together is due to end after next week’s PGA Championship.

The pair reunited in June after former world number one Scott abruptly dumped Mike Kerr after just 10 tournaments together.

Aug 6, 2015

American Fowler takes clubhouse lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Rickie Fowler used a sharp short game to offset a mediocre day of ball-striking as he took an early one-shot clubhouse lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in the opening round on Thursday.

The in-form American, runner-up at last week’s Quicken Loans National, fired a three-under-par 67 at a soft and receptive Firestone Country Club in the third of four World Golf Championships (WGC) events to be held this year.

Aug 6, 2015

Captain Price wants a Korean player, on merit

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – South Korea will host the Presidents Cup in October and International captain Nick Price says he would dearly love to have a golfer from that country on his 12-man team, as long as that player gets in on merit.

Price will also be keeping a close eye on South African veteran Ernie Els over the coming weeks as he looks at the likely contenders for what is shaping up to be a relatively inexperienced lineup to take on holders the United States.

Aug 5, 2015

Spieth tops Firestone billing, no Rory or Tiger

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, the world number two, will command the spotlight at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational where Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are both conspicuous absentees.

Top-ranked McIlroy won last year’s tournament at Firestone Country Club by two shots but is unable to defend his title after rupturing a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends early last month.

Aug 5, 2015

Spieth re-sets goals for year, eyes top spot in rankings

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Stung by his inability to close out victory with two holes left at last month’s British Open, Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth has re-set his goals for the big events that conclude the PGA Tour season.

Though Spieth’s bid for a calendar grand slam of the majors ended at St. Andrews, he can still add a third leg at next week’s PGA Championship while he would become world number one with victory this Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Aug 5, 2015

Golf-Korean An eyes Olympic gold to outshine his parents

AKRON, Ohio, Aug 5 (Reuters) – South Korean An Byeong-hun relishes the prospect of trying to eclipse his parents by winning gold in Rio de Janeiro when golf returns to the Olympics next August after an absence of more than 100 years.

An is the son of two Olympic table-tennis medallists. His mother Jiao Zhimin won silver (doubles) and bronze (singles) for China at the 1988 Games where his father Ahn Jae-hyung (doubles) took bronze for Korea.

Aug 3, 2015

Price eyes Akron meeting for Cup points change

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For International captain Nick Price, the future of the Presidents Cup is hanging in the balance and could hinge on the outcome of a meeting in Akron, Ohio this week with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

Price has long argued that the biennial team competition, which has been dominated by the United States, should overhaul its points system and playing format and contest fewer team matches by adopting the structure used by the Ryder Cup.

Aug 3, 2015

Golf – Price eyes Akron meeting for Cup points change

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For International captain Nick Price, the future of the Presidents Cup is hanging in the balance and could hinge on the outcome of a meeting in Akron, Ohio this week with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

Price has long argued that the biennial team competition, which has been dominated by the United States, should overhaul its points system and playing format and contest fewer team matches by adopting the structure used by the Ryder Cup.

Jul 12, 2015

Spieth sparks debate on best British Open build-up

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth’s decision to compete in this week’s PGA Tour event in the United States has cast a spotlight on the best way to prepare for the British Open — whether or not to play links golf in advance.

Many of the biggest names in the game opted to tee it up at the Scottish Open in Gullane while tuning up for the third major of the year but Spieth preferred instead to get his competitive juices flowing at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.