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Sep 18, 2013

Tiger targets sixth win to lock up Player of Year

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Tiger Woods heads into this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club with his sights set on a sixth victory of the season which, in all likelihood, would secure him PGA Tour Player of the year honors.

Though he has not claimed a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open, the American world number one feels his 2013 campaign has been one of the most consistent of his career, having included two wins in the prestigious World Golf Championship events.

Sep 17, 2013

Johnson aims for big ‘splash’ in season finale

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Fresh from a two-stroke victory at the weather-delayed BMW Championship in Chicago on Monday, Zach Johnson would dearly love to end his 2013 PGA Tour campaign with “a splash” at this week’s Tour Championship.

Not only is another tournament win on the line at East Lake Golf Club in the season’s finale, but also FedExCup playoff honors and the eye-popping $10 million bonus that comes with it.

Sep 17, 2013

Chance for Spieth to end fairytale season on another high

ATLANTA (Reuters) – From being a lowly Thursday qualifier with no status to reaching the elite season-ending Tour Championship, rookie sensation Jordan Spieth has enjoyed a meteoric rise during a fairytale PGA Tour campaign.

At the start of this year, the American was competing on the lower-tier Tour and simply harbored hopes of securing his playing privileges for 2014 on the main U.S. ciircuit.

Sep 17, 2013

Golf-Jacobsen wins Payne Stewart award

ATLANTA, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Peter Jacobsen, a seven-times winner on the PGA Tour who is known for his generosity and laid-back, humorous personality, was named the recipient of the 2013 Payne Stewart Award on Tuesday.

The honour is given annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game and his commitment to uphold golf’s heritage of charitable support.

Sep 17, 2013

Tiger in prime position for East Lake despite some doubts

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Tiger Woods heads into this week’s season-ending Tour Championship in pursuit of his sixth victory of the year as the top seed in the FedExCup standings, yet a few question marks are still hovering over his game.

No one has come close to his six PGA Tour wins during 2013 but the American world number one has lost some momentum in the last two FedExCup playoff events with poor putting undermining his once renowned ability to close out tournaments.

Sep 16, 2013

Heavy rain at BMW Championship sets up Monday finish

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Play was suspended for the day at the BMW Championship on Sunday after torrential downpours left the course water-logged, with the final round scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. CT (1300 GMT) on Monday.

Twenty-two players in the field of 70 were yet to tee off after three-and-a-half hours of action had been wiped out earlier in the day and at 4 p.m. officials abandoned a further resumption as steady rain kept the par-71 layout saturated.

Sep 15, 2013

Stricker thankful to stay dry on rainy day

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Steve Stricker thanked his lucky stars he was one of 22 players who did not have to tee off in Sunday’s rain-hit final round of the BMW Championship before play was suspended for the day.

Torrential downpours at Conway Farms Golf Club forced play to be halted twice in the PGA Tour’s penultimate FedExCup playoff event, after the early starters had to contend with a saturated course in cold and wet conditions.

Sep 15, 2013

Golf-Play again suspended at rain-hit BMW Championship

LAKE FOREST, Illinois, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Another band of torrential rain forced play to be suspended for a second time during Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship, which was already heading for a Monday finish.

As heavy downpours swept across the par-71 layout at Conway Farms Golf Club, where pools of water began to form on fairways and greens, the siren sounded to halt the action at 2:28 p.m. CT (1928 GMT).

Sep 15, 2013

Rainy BMW Championship set for Monday finish

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – The BMW Championship was heading for a Monday finish after torrential rain swept across Conway Farms Golf Club on Sunday, forcing final-round play to be suspended for three-and-a-half hours.

With standing water affecting fairways and greens on the par-71 layout, the siren sounded at 10 a.m. CT (1500 GMT) to halt the action at the FedExCup playoff event after only 36 players in the field of 70 had teed off.

Sep 15, 2013

Furyk in prime position, despite not going low

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Having shot a magical 59 the previous day, Jim Furyk knew he faced a near-impossible task to follow that up with another low score in Saturday’s third round of the BMW Championship.

Though he finished up 10 strokes worse by carding a two-under-par 69 at Conway Farms Golf Club, the veteran American was delighted to end a challenging day on a fast, firming layout with a one-stroke lead.