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Sep 13, 2013

Steaming Woods docked two shots at BMW Championship

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – A fuming Tiger Woods refused to speak to reporters following his second round at the BMW Championship on Friday after he was penalized two shots due to his ball moving on his opening hole.

The infringement occurred on the par-four first at Conway Farms Golf Club where Woods struck his second shot over the back of the green, then tried to remove a loose impediment before playing his third.

Sep 13, 2013

Furyk becomes sixth member of ’59 club’

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Jim Furyk became only the sixth player to shoot a magical 59 on the PGA Tour with a sizzling display of shot-making in Friday’s second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Despite breezy conditions on the outskirts of Chicago, the American piled up 11 birdies, one bogey and an eagle at the par-four 15th to fire a course record 12-under 59 that left him in a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker.

Sep 13, 2013

Golf-Els applauds Shevchenko’s pressure-cooker debut

LAKE FOREST, Illinois, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Former European Footballer of the Year Andriy Shevchenko struggled on his professional golf debut in Ukraine but Ernie Els gave him 10 out of 10 for effort in what was always going to be a tough task.

Shevchenko, the former AC Milan and Chelsea striker who has a handicap of two and plays left-handed, plunged to a 12-over-par 84 in the opening round of the Kharkov Superior Cup in his native Ukraine on Thursday.

Sep 13, 2013

Mickelson flies blind to opening 70 at BMW Championship

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Three late birdies gave Phil Mickelson a welcome boost at the BMW Championship on Thursday after he came into the penultimate FedExCup playoff event unprepared and effectively flying blind.

The American left-hander had not seen the par-71 layout at Conway Farms Golf Club until he teed off in the opening round, and had to rely a great deal on his experienced caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, as he fired a one-under-par 70.

Sep 13, 2013

Opening 66 not good enough for frustrated Tiger Woods

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Tiger Woods was a frustrated figure at the BMW Championship on Thursday, despite draining a 22-foot birdie putt on his final hole to end the opening round just three shots off the lead.

The American world number one missed three putts from inside five feet and failed to birdie any of the three par-fives as he carded a five-under-par 66 on a breezy day at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Sep 12, 2013

Opening 66 not good enough for frustrated Tiger

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Tiger Woods was a frustrated figure at the BMW Championship on Thursday, despite draining a 22-foot birdie putt on his final hole to end the opening round just three shots off the lead.

The American world number one missed three putts from inside five feet and failed to birdie any of the three par-fives as he carded a five-under-par 66 on a breezy day at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Sep 12, 2013

Golf-Sizzling Snedeker takes control with a 63

LAKE FOREST, Illinois, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Brandt Snedeker wielded a red-hot putter to pile up a PGA Tour season-best seven consecutive birdies on the way to a one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the BMW Championship.

The fast-talking American fired a flawless eight-under-par 63 despite tricky, gusting conditions at Conway Farms Golf Club to seize control of the third of the PGA Tour’s four lucrative FedExCup playoff events.

Sep 12, 2013

Sizzling Snedeker takes early control

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Red-hot Brandt Snedeker piled up a PGA Tour season-best seven consecutive birdies on the way to an early one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the BMW Championship.

The fast-talking American fired a flawless eight-under-par 63 despite tricky, gusting conditions at Conway Farms Golf Club to seize control of the third of the PGA Tour’s four lucrative FedExCup playoff events.

Sep 12, 2013

Golf – Sizzling Snedeker takes early control

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Red-hot Brandt Snedeker piled up a PGA Tour season-best seven consecutive birdies on the way to an early one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the BMW Championship.

The fast-talking American fired a flawless eight-under-par 63 despite tricky, gusting conditions at Conway Farms Golf Club to seize control of the third of the PGA Tour’s four lucrative FedExCup playoff events.

Sep 11, 2013

Veteran Stricker finally meets in-form rookie Spieth

LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – It was a chance first meeting on Wednesday between two of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, a 46-year-old and a 20-year-old who will both represent the United States at the Presidents Cup next month.

Rookie sensation Jordan Spieth had just finished his pre-tournament news conference for this week’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club when he came face-to-face with tour veteran Steve Stricker who had just arrived in the media center.