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Feb 7, 2015

Gold medal favorite Jansrud again comes up empty

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Kjetil Jansrud once again fell short in his bid for a first world championship medal, placing 15th in the men’s blue riband downhill after setting off from the start hut as a heavy favorite on Saturday.

The in-form Norwegian had extra motivation to shine on the challenging Birds of Prey course following his Super-G disappointment on Thursday but, though he led briefly after the second split, he lost time over the bottom half of the course.

Feb 7, 2015

Jansrud in spotlight for men’s downhill

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – The spotlight at the alpine ski world championships will once again fall on in-form Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, who is unquestionably the man to beat in the men’s blue riband downhill on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has won three times in World Cup downhill this season, most recently in Kitzbuehel last week, and will have extra motivation to shine on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek after his Super-G disappointment on Thursday.

Feb 6, 2015

No pressure for double medallist Fenninger

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – A Super-G victory at last year’s Winter Olympics freed Anna Fenninger from the shackles of self-doubt and the Austrian has gone on to claim two medals at the alpine ski world championships.

Fenninger won the championship-opening Super-G on the challenging Raptor racecourse on Tuesday, then followed up with an impressive second place in the women’s downhill on Friday when she finished just 0.02 seconds behind Slovenia’s Tina Maze.

Feb 6, 2015

‘Ghost forerunner’ tribute paid to U.S. skiers

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – A poignant tribute for two U.S. Ski Team development athletes who were killed in an avalanche last month was held shortly before the start of the men’s Super-G at the world championships on Thursday.

Instead of a full complement of forerunners heading down the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek before the first ski racer pushed out of the start hut, the clock ticked in silence in lieu of a commemorative ‘ghost forerunner.’

Feb 2, 2015

Yips or no yips, Tiger is too technical: experts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Whether or not Tiger Woods is suffering from the chipping ‘yips’, several mental game experts agree that the former world number one is paying a steep price for becoming too technically focused on his swing.

Woods stunned the golfing world last week when he missed the cut at the Phoenix Open, posting the worst score of his professional career as he struggled to a mind-boggling 11-over-par 82 in the second round at the TPC Scottsdale.

Jan 31, 2015

Dark day for Woods raises prospect of the ‘yips’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stunned golf fans at the Phoenix Open were left to ponder how the mighty have fallen after Tiger Woods plunged to new depths with the worst score of his professional career in Friday’s second round.

Looking more like a struggling amateur than the greatest player of his generation, and arguably of all time, Woods was out-of-sorts in every phase of his game as he laboured to a mind-boggling 11-over-par 82 at the TPC Scottsdale.

Jan 30, 2015

Golf-Technical focus bad for Snedeker’s putting touch

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 30 (Reuters) – If proof was ever needed for the average club hacker that even the very best players can struggle in golf, then look no further than at putting maestro Brandt Snedeker.

Widely viewed as one of the game’s leading putters over the past eight years, the fast-talking American has recently been struggling on the greens after clouding his mind with too much focus on technique.

Jan 30, 2015

Belly putter fan Bradley adapting well to shorter version

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – So far, so good for Keegan Bradley, who four months ago traded a belly putter for a conventional one in a bid to prepare himself for a major change to be implemented by golf’s rulemakers at the end of this year.

As of Jan. 1, 2016, the Royal & Ancient and United States Golf Association will ban long putters being anchored to the body, forcing Bradley to ditch a method he has employed for all three of his PGA Tour wins, including the 2011 PGA Championship.

Jan 30, 2015

Golf-Woods struggles as Palmer sets pace in Phoenix

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 29 (Reuters) – While Tiger Woods struggled in his first PGA Tour start of the season, Ryan Palmer birdied two of his last three holes to seize a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday.

Palmer, bidding for his fourth career victory on the U.S. circuit, covered his last seven holes in five under par to card a seven-under 64 in the opening round at the TPC Scottsdale before play was suspended for the day in fading light.

Jan 30, 2015

Rusty Woods delivers good, bad and ugly

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – Tiger Woods mixed the good and bad with a fair dose of the ugly on the way to an opening two-over-par 73 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday in his first PGA Tour start of the season.

Playing in only his second tournament in five months after enduring back problems for much of last year, the former world number one looked rusty as he struggled with his short game under leaden skies at the TPC Scottsdale.