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Jan 29, 2015

Snedeker elated to be at ‘centre of the sports world’

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – With Tiger Woods and the Super Bowl both back in town, Brandt Snedeker feels as if he is at the centre of the sporting world as he prepares to compete in this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The PGA Tour event already boasts the noisiest hole in golf and the electricity is likely to be at an all-time high with record crowds expected at the TPC Scottsdale where former world number one Woods will be making his first start of the season.

Jan 28, 2015

Golf-Scottsdale’s sweet 16th evokes strong memories for Tiger

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has not competed at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 14 years but he is remembered most by the raucous crowds that gather here at the TPC Scottsdale for his electrifying debut four years earlier.

In January 1997, Woods was just three months from clinching his first major title in record-breaking style at the Masters and he gave the fans at Scottsdale a hint of the magic to come with a stunning ace in the Phoenix Open third round.

Jan 27, 2015

Golf-Super Bowl, Tiger give Phoenix Open extra spark

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The Waste Management Phoenix Open and Super Bowl are both being staged this week in the Phoenix area and Patrick Reed, one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, is licking his lips in anticipation.

The National Football League’s showpiece is the biggest sports event in the United States while the $6.3 million Phoenix Open, played at the TPC Scottsdale, is renowned for its raucous crowds and the loudest hole in golf.

Jan 27, 2015

Golf-Rusty but smiling Woods reveals a full set of teeth

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, set to compete at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week for the first time in 14 years, was in a humourous mood on Tuesday as he spoke about his rusty game and a repaired set of teeth.

Eight days ago, Woods lost a front tooth and had another cracked by a video camera after watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn claim a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy.

Jan 27, 2015

Golf-Allenby stands by initial report of Honolulu ordeal

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The curious tale of Robert Allenby’s bruising ordeal in Honolulu has taken some unexpected twists but the Australian on Tuesday stuck by his original version of events.

On Jan. 17, Allenby reported that he had been abducted the previous day from a wine bar, robbed and then dumped from a car in a Hawaii park about six miles (10 km) away after failing to qualify for the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Jan 24, 2015

Patriots say they followed rules, accept no blame

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots said on Saturday they had followed “every rule to the letter” and accepted no blame for using footballs that were under inflated in their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts six days ago.

The victory earned the Patriots a spot in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.

Jan 15, 2015

Golf-Kapalua’s elite formula under pressure to change

KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 15 (Reuters) – For almost two decades, the PGA Tour’s opening event of the year has been held on the picturesque Hawaiian island of Maui with a winners-only field, an elite aspect tournament director Nancy Cross wants to retain.

The absence in recent seasons of top drawcards such as Tiger Woods and reigning world number one Rory McIlroy has led to dwindling spectator attendance and calls for a change to the qualification process but Cross is happy with the status quo.

Jan 13, 2015

Reed embellishes credentials with Kapalua win

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Ten months after clinching his third PGA Tour title and declaring he was among the game’s top five players, Patrick Reed enhanced his golfing status by winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday.

Never short of confidence, the 24-year-old American produced a stellar display of shot-making over the closing holes at the Kapalua Resort before beating compatriot Jimmy Walker in a playoff to earn the winner’s check for $1.14 million.

Jan 13, 2015

Cold putter over closing holes costs Walker title

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Jimmy Walker was left to rue a few putts that got away over the closing stretch as he narrowly failed in his bid to win a third PGA Tour title in 12 months at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday.

Walker squandered a three-shot lead with eight holes to play on a gorgeous afternoon of dazzling sunshine at the Kapalua Resort before being edged out by fellow American Patrick Reed in a playoff.

Jan 13, 2015

Golf-Reed wins Kapalua title in playoff

KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Strong-finishing Patrick Reed held his nerve to beat fellow American Jimmy Walker in a playoff for the $5.7 million Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday to clinch his fourth victory on the PGA Tour.

Reed, who vaulted into contention by spectacularly holing out from the fairway to eagle the par-four 16th, coolly sank an 18-foot birdie putt at the par-five last to win the PGA Tour’s opening event of the year.