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Sep 20, 2013

Stenson and Woods highlight ups and downs of Tour life

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Professional golf’s fickle nature and the difficulty for players to find consistency in form could hardly have been better contrasted by Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson in the opening round of the Tour Championship.

Woods came into the PGA Tour’s season-ending event hunting a third FedExCup playoff title and a sixth victory this year but tumbled out of contention with a three-over-par 73 at East Lake, failing to make a single birdie in a woeful putting display.

Sep 20, 2013

Sizzling Stenson one ahead, Woods struggles to 73

ATLANTA (Reuters) – In-form Swede Henrik Stenson, boosted by a red-hot front nine, totally upstaged his playing partner Tiger Woods as he surged into a one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the elite Tour Championship.

In glorious sunshine with barely a breath of wind at East Lake Golf Club in the PGA Tour’s season finale, Stenson piled up five birdies in six holes with a superb exhibition of pinpoint approach play on the way to a six-under-par 64.

Sep 19, 2013

Scott ups his bid for Player of the Year award

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A late birdie blitz by Adam Scott rocketed the Australian into contention for the elite Tour Championship on Thursday, and gave him timely momentum in his bid to earn the PGA Tour Player of the Year award.

Coming into this week’s PGA Tour season finale at East Lake Golf Club, the Masters champion had stated his burning ambition to be considered for the accolade but conceded that only victory here would thrust him into the conversation.

Sep 19, 2013

Horschel ‘a kid in a candy store’ at East Lake

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Wherever he finishes in this week’s season-ending Tour Championship, tournament debutant Billy Horschel feels like “a kid in a candy store” just having qualified for the elite field of 30 players.

The 26-year-old American had never seen the iconic East Lake Golf Club layout until he arrived at the course on Tuesday but had a fair idea of what to expect after watching television coverage of the prestigious event countless times.

Sep 19, 2013

Golf-Sizzling Stenson one ahead, Woods battles to a 73

ATLANTA, Sept 19 (Reuters) – In-form Swede Henrik Stenson, boosted by a red-hot front nine, totally upstaged his playing partner Tiger Woods as he surged into a one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the elite Tour Championship.

In glorious sunshine with barely a breath of wind at East Lake Golf Club in the PGA Tour’s season finale, Stenson piled up five birdies in six holes with a superb exhibition of pinpoint approach play on the way to a six-under-par 64.

Sep 19, 2013

Sizzling Stenson sets early pace at East Lake

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Red-hot Henrik Stenson piled up five birdies in six holes with a superb exhibition of pinpoint approach play to take an early one-shot lead midway through Thursday’s opening round of the elite Tour Championship.

In glorious sunshine with barely a breath of wind at East Lake Golf Club in the PGA Tour’s season finale, Stenson birdied the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh as he raced to the turn in five-under-par 30.

Sep 18, 2013

Haas once again a long shot to win at East Lake

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Bill Haas faces long odds in his bid for FedExCup playoff honors at this week’s season-ending Tour Championship but no one in the elite group of 30 players has better experience in knowing what is possible.

Two years ago, the unassuming American came into this tournament ranked a lowly 25th in the points standings and yet, helped by the misfortune of a few other players, he went on to complete an astonishing double by winning both titles.

Sep 18, 2013

Woods wants more chat over TV’s role in rules issues

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Television evidence has played an increasingly significant role in deciding rules violations on the PGA Tour and Tiger Woods, the most scrutinized player of his era, believes further discussions are needed over its use.

In what has been a curious 2013 campaign for Woods, the American world number one has been given two-shot penalties for infringements on three occasions, most recently at last week’s BMW Championship in Chicago.

Sep 18, 2013

Painful wrist a concern for Stenson at East Lake

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Swede Henrik Stenson holds one of the coveted top-five positions in the FedExCup points standings going into this week’s season-ending Tour Championship but has growing concern over tendinitis in his left wrist.

Stenson, who won his third PGA Tour title at the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month, initially realized he had a problem with his wrist during last week’s weather-delayed BMW Championship in Chicago and says the pain has since intensified.

Sep 18, 2013

Scott eager to end ‘great year’ with a flourish

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Masters champion Adam Scott has already enjoyed the best year of his career but knows he could make it a sensational campaign if he can end the 2013 PGA Tour season with a flourish at this week’s Tour Championship.

Two prestigious titles are on the line at East Lake Golf Club, the tournament itself and overall FedExCup honors, and Scott believes he has to record his third win of the season to thrust his name into contention for PGA Tour Player of the Year.