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Aug 11, 2014

Mickelson in, Dufner out of U.S. Ryder Cup team

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson narrowly missed out on a sixth major victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday but the 44-year-old would take some consolation from the fact he had played his way onto the United States Ryder Cup team for a record 10th time.

Heading into the year’s final major, the American left-hander had been one spot outside the automatic top-nine selections for Tom Watson’s team to take on holders Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept. 26-28.

Aug 11, 2014

Fourth major win gives McIlroy pause for thought

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy continued to enhance his status as one of the golfing greats by winning a fourth major title at the PGA Championship on Sunday, before admitting the significance of his achievement will take time to sink in.

Aged just 25, the Northern Irish world number one became the fourth youngest player to land four majors, with only Tom Morris Jr, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods completing the feat before him.

Aug 11, 2014

Fowler feels the sting of yet another major close call

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Rickie Fowler achieved the rare feat of top-five finishes at all four majors this year but Sunday’s tie for third at the PGA Championship was the one that stung the most.

The 25-year-old Californian, who has triumphed just once on the PGA Tour, was hunting his first victory on golf’s biggest stage and for much of the final round at Valhalla Golf Club he was perched atop the leaderboard.

Aug 11, 2014

Second spot leaves Lefty with bitter-sweet taste

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson had bitter-sweet feelings about his second-place finish at the PGA Championship on Sunday, happy to be back in the title hunt after a disappointing season but frustrated to have fallen one stroke short at Valhalla.

The American left-hander had dueled with compatriot Rickie Fowler, Swede Henrik Stenson and eventual winner Rory McIlroy throughout Sunday’s final round before a bogey at the par-four 16th effectively ended his bid.

Aug 11, 2014

McIlroy wins PGA Championship, claims fourth major

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy recovered from a stumbling start to overcome a series of challengers and clinch his fourth major title by a shot at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

A stroke in front of the chasing pack overnight, the Northern Irish world number one lost the lead but regained control after the turn, signing off with a three-under-par 68 at Valhalla Golf Club for a 16-under total of 268.

Aug 11, 2014

Golf-McIlroy wins PGA Championship by one shot

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Amid a breathtaking display of shot-making, the PGA Championship headed for a gripping finish as pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson shared the lead late in the final round on Sunday.

Northern Irishman McIlroy recovered from a stumbling start to up his game around the turn and, helped by a spectacular eagle at the par-five 10th, was two under for the day and 15 under overall with just three holes to play.

Aug 11, 2014

Golf-Rory and Lefty lead as thrilling finale looms

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Amid a breathtaking display of shot-making, the PGA Championship headed for a gripping finish as pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson shared the lead late in the final round on Sunday.

Northern Irishman McIlroy recovered from a stumbling start to up his game around the turn and, helped by a spectacular eagle at the par-five 10th, was two under for the day and 15 under overall with just three holes to play.

Aug 10, 2014

McDowell pans organizers, says Valhalla was ‘unplayable’

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell slammed PGA Championship organizers on Sunday while describing conditions as “unplayable” early on in the rain-hit final round at Valhalla Golf Club.

Roughly an inch of heavy rain swept across the par-71 course in just under two hours, eventually forcing play to be suspended before ducks began to frolic in the rivers of water that flooded some of the fairways.

Aug 10, 2014

Golf-McDowell pans organisers, says Valhalla was ‘unplayable’

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell slammed PGA Championship organisers on Sunday while describing conditions as “unplayable” early on in the rain-hit final round at Valhalla Golf Club.

Roughly an inch of heavy rain swept across the par-71 course in just under two hours, eventually forcing play to be suspended before ducks began to frolic in the rivers of water that flooded some of the fairways.

Aug 10, 2014

Golf-Play resumes after weather delay at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 10 (Reuters) – PGA Championship play finally resumed at 2:44 p.m. (1844 GMT) on Sunday after a weather delay of just under two hours due to water-logged conditions in the final round.

Action was halted just before noon local time as heavy rain swept across the par-71 layout at Valhalla Golf Club, leaving rivers of water on several fairways and pools covering many greens.