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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Rose’s two-shot penalty rescinded at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Rules officials at the Players Championship, in a stunning U-turn on Sunday, rescinded the two-stroke penalty imposed on Justin Rose following Saturday’s third round “after further review.”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

May 11, 2014

Moving ball ‘a bitter pill’ for Rose to swallow

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Justin Rose dropped from a tie for eighth to joint 13th after being penalized two strokes on Saturday after his ball moved very slightly during the Players Championship third round.

Behind the green in two shots at the par-four 18th, the Englishman was attempting to chip from 20 feet away but, as he addressed his ball, he felt the ground underneath give way.

May 11, 2014

Golf-Moving ball “a bitter pill” for Rose to swallow

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, May 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Justin Rose dropped from a tie for eighth to joint 13th after being penalized two strokes on Saturday after his ball moved very slightly during the Players Championship third round.

Behind the green in two shots at the par-four 18th, the Englishman was attempting to chip from 20 feet away but, as he addressed his ball, he felt the ground underneath give way.

May 11, 2014

Late bogey drops Kaymer into tie for Players lead

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Germany’s Martin Kaymer bogeyed the par-four last to drop back into a tie for the lead with playing partner Jordan Spieth after Saturday’s third round of the Players Championship.

Kaymer, who had been a stroke in front of the chasing pack overnight, overshot the 18th green with his approach, chipped up to nine feet and missed the par putt to card an even-par 72 on a breezy afternoon at the TPC Sawgrass.

May 10, 2014

Newly married Scott gives his fading No. 1 hopes a boost

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – A day after disclosing details of his secret wedding last month, Adam Scott gave himself an outside chance to end this week’s Players Championship as world number one for the first time.

Needing to finish no worse than joint 16th on Sunday to dislodge Tiger Woods from the top spot, the Australian world number two clawed his way into the top 30 at the TPC Sawgrass by shooting a three-under-par 69 in Saturday’s third round.

May 10, 2014

Golf-Global game responds to cries of ‘Fore’ with new gimmicks

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, May 10 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods is the world’s top-earning athlete and tournaments still lure blue-chip sponsors and huge TV rights but golf is losing millions of players, prompting desperate ideas to stem the tide.

In almost every part of the globe the number of players participating in the game has slumped alarmingly in the last 10 years, mainly due to the amount of time required to play a round in the high-speed digital age where attention spans appear limited.

May 10, 2014

McIlroy baffled by his contrasting nines at the Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy on Saturday was once again left shaking his head in disbelief over how much he has struggled on the front nine before flourishing after the turn at this week’s Players Championship.

Making his fifth appearance in the PGA Tour event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major, the Northern Irishman has covered the opening nine holes in an aggregate of nine over par for the first three rounds at the TPC Sawgrass layout.

May 10, 2014

Cool Keymar maintains lead at Players Championships

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Ice-cool Martin Kaymer produced a controlled display to stay in front of the chasing pack at the Players Championship on Friday, but American Jordan Spieth was in hot pursuit just one shot behind.

Germany’s Kaymer, who tied the course record with a sizzling nine-under-par 63 on Thursday, followed up with a second-round 69 to post a 12-under total of 132 in the PGA Tour’s flagship event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major.