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May 20, 2014

Golf-U.S. Open could be bomber’s paradise: McDowell

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Past U.S. Opens have been notorious for narrow fairways and thick rough but next month’s edition at Pinehurst in North Carolina will buck that trend and could end up as a bomber’s paradise, says 2010 winner Graeme McDowell.

The fabled Pinehurst No. 2 course, designed by Donald Ross and restored to his initial specifications by the architectural team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, will have wide fairways and no rough whatsoever for the June 12-15 championship.

May 17, 2014

Consistent Chicago in rematch with ‘comeback Kings’

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – For the second year in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks will take on the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, a matchup pitting one of the NHL’s most consistent teams against the ‘Kings of the Comeback’.

The Blackhawks have hoisted the Stanley Cup twice in the last four years (2010, 2013) and are bidding to become the league’s first back-to-back champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

May 12, 2014

Golf – Nervy Kaymer triumphs by one shot at the Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer withstood an early challenge by Jordan Spieth, a weather delay and a late wobble to clinch his second PGA Tour title with a nervy one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday.

The German, co-leader overnight with American playing partner Spieth, produced rock-solid golf to move briefly four strokes clear, then survived a double-bogey on 15 as he closed with a one-under-par 71 at the challenging TPC Sawgrass.

May 12, 2014

Extraordinary par on 17 underpins Kaymer’s Players win

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer’s one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday will be remembered most for his extraordinary par three on the island green at the infamous 17th hole.

Kaymer held a one-stroke lead at the TPC Sawgrass when his tee shot on 17 narrowly cleared the water, bounced off a mound and span sideways hard until settling just a couple of feet short of the water on the fringe of the green.

May 12, 2014

Golf – Disappointment for Spieth after another close call

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Having established himself as the most exciting young prospect in the game, Jordan Spieth was left bitterly disappointed after suffering another near miss at the Players Championship on Sunday.

A month after slipping back into a tie for second at the Masters where he led by two shots early on in the final round, the 20-year-old American again relinquished an outright lead as he faded into a share of fourth place at the TPC Sawgrass.

May 12, 2014

Disappointment for Spieth after another close call

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Having established himself as the most exciting young prospect in the game, Jordan Spieth was left bitterly disappointed after suffering another near miss at the Players Championship on Sunday.

A month after slipping back into a tie for second at the Masters where he led by two shots early on in the final round, the 20-year-old American again relinquished an outright lead as he faded into a share of fourth place at the TPC Sawgrass.

May 12, 2014

Nervy Kaymer triumphs by one shot at the Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer withstood an early challenge by Jordan Spieth, a weather delay and a late wobble to clinch his second PGA Tour title with a nervy one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday.

The German, co-leader overnight with American playing partner Spieth, produced rock-solid golf to move briefly four strokes clear, then survived a double-bogey on 15 as he closed with a one-under-par 71 at the challenging TPC Sawgrass.

May 11, 2014

Elated McIlroy finishes Players on a high note

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – An elated Rory McIlroy ended an erratic week at the Players Championship by matching his lowest ever score at the tournament on Sunday, confirmation that his game was “heading in the right direction.”

The Northern Irishman finally came to terms with the front nine at the TPC Sawgrass, which had given him all sorts of problems in the first three rounds, as he piled up a total of eight birdies and two bogeys to fire a six-under-par 66.

May 11, 2014

Kaymer two ahead with nine holes left at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Germany’s Martin Kaymer moved a step closer to his second PGA Tour victory by taking a two-shot lead into the last nine holes of the Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass on Sunday.

Co-leader overnight with his American playing partner Jordan Spieth, Kaymer covered the front nine in two-under 34 to reach the turn at 14 under for the tournament.

May 11, 2014

Rose’s two-shot penalty rescinded at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Rules officials at the Players Championship, in a stunning U-turn on Sunday, rescinded the two-stroke penalty imposed on Justin Rose following Saturday’s third round “after further review.”

U.S. Open champion Rose was penalized after his ball was revealed, by high definition television, to have moved very slightly just off the back of the 18th green after he had placed his wedge behind it.