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Jan 30, 2015

Rusty Woods delivers good, bad and ugly

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – Tiger Woods mixed the good and bad with a fair dose of the ugly on the way to an opening two-over-par 73 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday in his first PGA Tour start of the season.

Playing in only his second tournament in five months after enduring back problems for much of last year, the former world number one looked rusty as he struggled with his short game under leaden skies at the TPC Scottsdale.

Jan 29, 2015

Woods struggles as Bradley in early control

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – While Tiger Woods struggled in his first PGA Tour start of the season, Keegan Bradley birdied four of his last eight holes to seize an early one-shot lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday.

Bradley, who recently switched back from a long to a short putter, produced a sizzling display of all-round golf on the way to a six-under-par 65 in the opening round at the TPC Scottsdale.

Jan 29, 2015

Golf-Reed targets majors, and a top-10 habit

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Already established as one of the best players in the game, American Patrick Reed has set his sights on making a bigger splash at the majors this year while also improving his consistency week-by-week.

The 24-year-old Texan has climbed to 15th in the world rankings after winning four PGA Tour titles during the past 18 months, a meteoric rise for someone who had not competed in a major until last season.

Jan 29, 2015

Super Bowl omens look bright for Mickelson in Phoenix

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – The omens look good this week for Phil Mickelson, a long-time fan of the National Football League who has made a habit of flourishing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open when the Super Bowl is in town.

Mickelson, who attended Arizona State University, won the first of his three Phoenix Open titles in 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 to clinch the Super Bowl in nearby Tempe.

Jan 29, 2015

Snedeker elated to be at ‘centre of the sports world’

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – With Tiger Woods and the Super Bowl both back in town, Brandt Snedeker feels as if he is at the centre of the sporting world as he prepares to compete in this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The PGA Tour event already boasts the noisiest hole in golf and the electricity is likely to be at an all-time high with record crowds expected at the TPC Scottsdale where former world number one Woods will be making his first start of the season.

Jan 28, 2015

Golf-Scottsdale’s sweet 16th evokes strong memories for Tiger

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has not competed at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 14 years but he is remembered most by the raucous crowds that gather here at the TPC Scottsdale for his electrifying debut four years earlier.

In January 1997, Woods was just three months from clinching his first major title in record-breaking style at the Masters and he gave the fans at Scottsdale a hint of the magic to come with a stunning ace in the Phoenix Open third round.

Jan 27, 2015

Golf-Super Bowl, Tiger give Phoenix Open extra spark

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The Waste Management Phoenix Open and Super Bowl are both being staged this week in the Phoenix area and Patrick Reed, one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, is licking his lips in anticipation.

The National Football League’s showpiece is the biggest sports event in the United States while the $6.3 million Phoenix Open, played at the TPC Scottsdale, is renowned for its raucous crowds and the loudest hole in golf.

Jan 27, 2015

Golf-Rusty but smiling Woods reveals a full set of teeth

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, set to compete at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week for the first time in 14 years, was in a humourous mood on Tuesday as he spoke about his rusty game and a repaired set of teeth.

Eight days ago, Woods lost a front tooth and had another cracked by a video camera after watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn claim a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy.

Jan 27, 2015

Golf-Allenby stands by initial report of Honolulu ordeal

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The curious tale of Robert Allenby’s bruising ordeal in Honolulu has taken some unexpected twists but the Australian on Tuesday stuck by his original version of events.

On Jan. 17, Allenby reported that he had been abducted the previous day from a wine bar, robbed and then dumped from a car in a Hawaii park about six miles (10 km) away after failing to qualify for the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Jan 24, 2015

Patriots say they followed rules, accept no blame

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots said on Saturday they had followed “every rule to the letter” and accepted no blame for using footballs that were under inflated in their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts six days ago.

The victory earned the Patriots a spot in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.