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Jun 16, 2015

Struggling Woods dwells on positives ahead of U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – It has been seven years since Tiger Woods won the last of his 14 major titles and he heads into his week’s U.S. Open with his game under a glaring question mark after struggling for most of this season.

As ever, though, the former world number one preferred to dwell on the positives when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday at Chambers Bay, saying that he was happy with his tournament preparations.

Jun 16, 2015

McIlroy loves the look of links-style U.S. Open layout

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Chambers Bay will not suit every player at this week’s U.S. Open but Rory McIlroy has embraced the challenge posed by a links-style venue that suits his power game and high ball flight.

The Northern Irish world number one saw the par-70 layout for the first time on Saturday and was stunned by its ‘British Open’ feel with huge sand dunes, fescue grass, undulating greens and semi-blind shots from several fairways.

Jun 16, 2015

Day sees life in Tiger, if driving can be improved

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – The rapid decline of Tiger Woods’ golf game has stunned his fellow players and the fans but Jason Day believes the former world number one can work his way back if he can improve his form off the tee.

Australian Day played nine holes with Woods in practice on Monday for this week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and was hugely impressed by the quality of the American’s iron play and short game.

Jun 16, 2015

Spieth yielding some Chambers Bay attention to his caddie

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Masters champion and world number two Jordan Spieth is one of golf’s biggest drawcards, yet for many he will be playing second fiddle to his caddie at this week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

Former school teacher Michael Greller has been working as Spieth’s bagman since 2012 and, as a former Chambers Bay caddie, he is a popular figure within golf circles in this part of the Pacific Northwest.

Jun 15, 2015

Mahan looks to Merion for Chambers Bay mindset

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Two years ago, Hunter Mahan went into the final round of the U.S. Open at Merion just one stroke off the pace and held a share of the lead with four holes to go before falling back into a tie for fourth.

Mahan signed off with a five-over-par 75 in difficult scoring conditions, but said later that he was happy with how he swung the club, maintained composure and stayed in contention for the title on what he described as “a brutal” day.

Jun 11, 2015

I just don’t see Tiger enjoying the game: Mahan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Six-times PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan used to share the same swing coach as Tiger Woods and, purely as a golf fan, he has been left stunned and confused by his fellow American’s recent struggle for form.

Former world number one Woods plunged new depths when he posted the worst 72-hole total of his PGA Tour career at last week’s Memorial Tournament, which included a mind-boggling 13-over-par 85 in the third round.

Jun 11, 2015

Golf-I just don’t see Tiger enjoying the game – Mahan

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (Reuters) – Six-times PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan used to share the same swing coach as Tiger Woods and, purely as a golf fan, he has been left stunned and confused by his fellow American’s recent struggle for form.

Former world number one Woods plunged new depths when he posted the worst 72-hole total of his PGA Tour career at last week’s Memorial Tournament, which included a mind-boggling 13-over-par 85 in the third round.

Jun 11, 2015

Chambers Bay U.S. Open rich with possibilities

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – There is no shortage of compelling storylines ahead of next week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay where the likely form of a struggling Tiger Woods is a major question mark on a links-style course that has sparked controversial debate.

Masters champion Jordan Spieth, aged 21, will spearhead a formidable challenge by an exciting crop of young guns seemingly set to dominate the game for the foreseeable future while world number one Rory McIlroy will bid for a fifth major title.

Jun 11, 2015

McIlroy, Spieth lead young gun U.S. Open challenge

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – As golf’s best players converge on Chambers Bay in the Pacific Northwest for next week’s U.S. Open, much of the focus will be firmly fixed on the young guns who are likely to dominate in the majors for the foreseeable future.

Masters champion Jordan Spieth and world number one Rory McIlroy, a four-times major winner, are top of that class but in hot pursuit are the likes of Australian Jason Day, American Rickie Fowler and rising Japanese talent Hideki Matsuyama.

Jun 8, 2015

Struggling Tiger says encouraged by progression in swing

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Even after posting the worst 72-hole total of his PGA Tour career at last week’s Memorial Tournament, Tiger Woods says he has been encouraged by the progress he has made with his revamped golf swing.

The former world number one signed off with a two-over-par 74 at Muirfield Village on Sunday, a day after struggling to a career-worst 85 in the prestigious event hosted by Jack Nicklaus.