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Aug 6, 2013

Title duel with Tiger the goal for motivated Mickelson

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Like a bottle of vintage wine, British Open champion Phil Mickelson believes he is getting better with age and says he has never been more motivated as a golfer.

The 43-year-old has recorded four top-threes in his last nine major starts and relishes the prospect of a head-to-head duel with Tiger Woods at this week’s PGA Championship.

Aug 6, 2013

Strong Firestone finish lifts Kaymer for Oak Hill

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – A storming finish to last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone has given Germany’s Martin Kaymer a huge boost ahead of this week’s PGA Championship, where he will bid to claim a second major title.

By his own lofty standards, the former world number one has not played particularly well this year but a superb four-under-par 66 on Sunday in tricky scoring conditions confirmed the hard work he has put into his game in recent months is paying off.

Aug 6, 2013

Elusive 15th major title proving toughest to win for Woods

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – The stars could hardly be better aligned for Tiger Woods to end a five-year major title drought at this week’s PGA Championship, though he feels the task has been the most difficult of his career.

Woods has not won one of golf’s elite championships since his remarkable playoff victory at the 2008 U.S. Open, often playing his way into contention over the first two rounds in recent years only for his game to fade over the weekend.

Aug 6, 2013

Scott aims to ‘bookend’ golden season at the majors

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Adam Scott heads into this week’s PGA Championship with bitter-sweet memories of his British Open finish last month and a clear-cut aim to “bookend” what has already been a golden season for him in the majors.

The Australian made a long-awaited breakthrough in golf’s elite championships with a playoff win at the Masters in April, and was in good position to clinch the British Open at Muirfield before letting slip a one-shot lead with seven holes to play.

Aug 5, 2013

Preview: Woods the favourite at Oak Hill after Firestone win

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – The PGA Championship has often been the most unpredictable of all four majors but this week, at Oak Hill Country Club, Tiger Woods will start out as a heavy favourite after coasting to his 79th PGA Tour victory on Sunday.

Though the American world number one has not claimed a major title since his remarkable playoff victory at the 2008 U.S. Open, his runaway triumph at Firestone Country Club on Sunday suggested that every component of his game is in top order.

Aug 5, 2013

McIlroy heads to Oak Hill still searching for confidence

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Twelve months ago Rory McIlroy went into the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island on a high, having ended a run of poor form with an encouraging tie for fifth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational the previous week.

The mop-haired Northern Irishman took full advantage, clinching the season’s final major by a record-breaking eight shots before going on to win twice more on the 2012 PGA Tour as he stormed back to the top of the world rankings.

Aug 5, 2013

Golf-Woods the favorite at Oak Hill after Firestone win

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – The PGA Championship has often been the most unpredictable of all four majors but this week, at Oak Hill Country Club, Tiger Woods will start out as a heavy favorite after coasting to his 79th PGA Tour victory on Sunday.

Though the American world number one has not claimed a major title since his remarkable playoff victory at the 2008 U.S. Open, his runaway triumph at Firestone Country Club on Sunday suggested that every component of his game is in top order.

Aug 5, 2013

Golf-PGA Championship course at Oak Hill hole by hole

Aug 5 (Reuters) – Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course, which will stage its third PGA Championship from Aug. 8-11, was designed on a 355-acre plot of farmland by architect Donald Ross in 1923.

Its early reputation as one of the finest layouts in the United States was cemented when it hosted the 1949 U.S. amateur, won by Charlie Coe who beat Rufus King 11 and 10.

Aug 5, 2013

WGC specialist Tiger Woods coasts to seven-shot win

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Tiger Woods eased to a seven-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, earning his 79th win on the PGA Tour and sounding an ominous warning to his rivals ahead of next week’s PGA Championship.

Seven strokes ahead overnight, the world number one left an elite field trailing in his wake as he signed off with an even-par 70 at Firestone Country Club to land a record eighth title in the World Golf Championships (WGC) event.

Aug 5, 2013

WGC specialist Woods coasts to seven-shot win

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Tiger Woods eased to a seven-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, earning his 79th win on the PGA Tour and sounding an ominous warning to his rivals ahead of next week’s PGA Championship.

Seven strokes ahead overnight, the world number one left an elite field trailing in his wake as he signed off with an even-par 70 at Firestone Country Club to land a record eighth title in the World Golf Championships (WGC) event.