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Feb 21, 2015

Goosen moves two ahead at tricky Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – South African veteran Retief Goosen survived a trying time on the back nine in tough scoring conditions at the Northern Trust Open to stretch his lead to two shots after the third round on Saturday.

A stroke in front overnight, Goosen ground out a two-under-par 69 on a firm and fast-running Riviera Country Club where the players faced a testing challenge reminiscent of a major championship.

Feb 21, 2015

Rio Games course ‘virtually complete’, says Votaw

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Though work on the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games lagged well behind schedule, construction is now “virtually complete”, according to International Golf Federation vice-president Ty Votaw.

The Venue Reserva de Marapendi layout, controversially built in an environmental reserve, will benefit from two growing seasons between now and the Olympics, Votaw said, but he was unable to specify when a planned test event could take place.

Feb 21, 2015

Golf-Rio Games course “virtually complete”, says Votaw

PACIFIC PALISADES, California, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Though work on the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games lagged well behind schedule, construction is now “virtually complete”, according to International Golf Federation vice-president Ty Votaw.

The Venue Reserva de Marapendi layout, controversially built in an environmental reserve, will benefit from two growing seasons between now and the Olympics, Votaw said, but he was unable to specify when a planned test event could take place.

Feb 21, 2015

Goosen moves one shot clear at challenging Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – South African veteran Retief Goosen, a twice former U.S. Open winner, seized a one-shot lead at the Northern Trust Open on Friday in tough conditions more reminiscent of a major championship.

On a firm and fast-running Riviera Country Club layout where most players struggled to get the ball close with approach shots, Goosen scrambled well as he eked out a one-under-par 70 in the second round.

Feb 21, 2015

Unfamiliar spot for ‘Iceman’ Goosen at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ because of his steely demeanor, Retief Goosen found himself in unfamiliar territory after moving one stroke clear in the Northern Trust Open second round on Friday.Though the South African veteran has won more than 40 tournaments worldwide as a professional, he cannot recall being in the hunt for a title since he clinched his most recent victory on the PGA Tour, at the 2009 Transitions Championship.

“It’s been such a long time since I’ve been in contention,” Goosen, 46, told reporters after carding a one-under-par 70 in tough scoring conditions at Riviera Country Club where the iconic layout in the Santa Monica Canyon ran firm and fast.

Feb 21, 2015

Boxing-Mayweather to clash with Pacquiao in mega fight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The long awaited mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which has been more than five years in the making, will take place in Las Vegas on May 2, Mayweather announced on Friday.

A duel between the defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the biggest drawcards of their generation, has been savoured by boxing fans, if only to decide the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

Feb 21, 2015

Mayweather to clash with Pacquiao in mega fight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The long awaited mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which has been more than five years in the making, will take place in Las Vegas on May 2, Mayweather announced on Friday.

A duel between the defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the biggest drawcards of their generation, has been savoured by boxing fans, if only to decide the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

Feb 20, 2015

Moore takes early control at challenging Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Already a winner on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, Ryan Moore put himself in good position to claim another title by seizing an early one-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open second round on Friday.

Three strokes off the pace overnight, the 32-year-old American fired a three-under-par 68 on a firm and fast-running Riviera Country Club layout where most players were struggling to get the ball close with their approach shots.

Feb 20, 2015

Struggling Woods to miss next week’s Honda Classic

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods will skip next week’s Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, raising questions about his prospects of competing in the year’s first major, the April 9-12 Masters.

Woods, who had back surgery last year, has played just two PGA Tour events this season and said last week he would not return to competition until he felt his game was “tournament-ready.”

Feb 19, 2015

Golf-Rising talent Spieth once again in PGA Tour contention

PACIFIC PALISADES, California, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth was golf’s hottest player at the end of 2014 and the fast rising American believes he is close to that level as he prepares for the Masters, the opening major of the year.

World number nine Spieth has recorded top-10s in two of his last three PGA Tour events and was able to recover from a slow start to the Northern Trust Open first round on Thursday with a sizzling back nine.