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Dec 6, 2013

Golf-Holder McDowell ‘quite happy’ with Sherwood start

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 5 (Reuters) – California has been a successful hunting ground for Graeme McDowell over the last four years and he was happy enough with his start to the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Thursday.

Seeking his third victory in the elite event hosted by Tiger Woods, McDowell launched his title defence with a level-par 72 to end the opening round in a tie for sixth, five strokes behind pace-setting American Zach Johnson.

Dec 6, 2013

Golf-Poor putting costs Woods two shots at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Two short missed putts bookended a grinding round for Tiger Woods as the tournament host opened with a one-under-par 71 at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Thursday.

In pursuit of his sixth victory this year, the American world number one drove the ball well but was not as sharp with his irons and his putting as he finished up four strokes behind the pace-setting Zach Johnson in an elite field of 18.

Dec 6, 2013

Johnson takes early control at Tiger’s event

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Zach Johnson, with his renowned wedge game in sparkling order, soared to the top of the leaderboard with a five-under-par 67 in Thursday’s opening round at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.

Twice a runner-up in the elite 18-player event hosted by world number one Tiger Woods, American Johnson mixed seven birdies with two bogeys to take control on a sun-splashed but chilly day at Sherwood Country Club.

Dec 6, 2013

Tiger Woods eyes emotional Sherwood farewell

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has prepared for an emotional Sunday when his World Challenge golf tournament, which has raised over $25 million for his foundation, will end a successful run of 14 years in California.

Every December, an elite field has assembled at the picturesque Sherwood Country Club, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, to compete in the Woods-hosted event which will relocate to Florida for next year.

Dec 5, 2013

Woods eyes emotional Sherwood farewell

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has prepared for an emotional Sunday when his World Challenge golf tournament, which has raised over $25 million for his foundation, will end a successful run of 14 years in California.

Every December, an elite field has assembled at the picturesque Sherwood Country Club, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, to compete in the Woods-hosted event which will relocate to Florida for next year.

Dec 5, 2013

Golf-Fatigued McIlroy aims to end year on high note

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Just three days after winning his first title of the year in Australia, a jet-lagged Rory McIlroy is looking forward to one last tournament before he puts his clubs away for a well-earned rest.

The Northern Irishman has ended a largely frustrating 2013 campaign by producing good form in recent events and would dearly love to sign off on a triumphant note at this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods.

Dec 5, 2013

Golf-Tiger motivated by Snead, Nicklaus and kids

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 4 (Reuters) – As Tiger Woods eyes the twilight of a remarkable career, he has his sights on records posted by Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead and a growing pleasure that his children are starting to understand what he does on the course.

World number one Woods, comfortably the greatest player of his generation, has long targeted the 18 major titles claimed by fellow American Nicklaus and the 82 career victories piled up on the PGA Tour by the sweet-swinging Snead.

Dec 5, 2013

Westwood targets all-round improvement for majors

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Lee Westwood, reunited with his longtime caddie and happy to put in long hours with his swing coach, plans to improve every aspect of his game for next year as he hunts a first major title.

Former world number one Westwood has piled up 16 top-10 finishes in golf’s blue riband events, including eight top-threes, and would dearly love to fill that ‘major’ gap in his otherwise glittering resume.

Dec 4, 2013

No time for forward looking Jordan Spieth to reflect on past glory

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth has a great deal of success to reflect upon after delivering a sensational debut season on the 2013 PGA Tour but he would far rather look ahead as he bids to become an even better player.

The remarkably composed, 20-year-old American was taught by his father to improve himself at something on a month-by-month basis and he is using that lesson as a template in his rapidly burgeoning golf career.

Dec 4, 2013

No time for forward looking Spieth to reflect on past glory

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth has a great deal of success to reflect upon after delivering a sensational debut season on the 2013 PGA Tour but he would far rather look ahead as he bids to become an even better player.

The remarkably composed, 20-year-old American was taught by his father to improve himself at something on a month-by-month basis and he is using that lesson as a template in his rapidly burgeoning golf career.