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Apr 2, 2015

Ice-cool Ko aims to have fun at Mission Hills

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Lydia Ko has been exposed to increased expectation and much bigger crowds since becoming world number one but, so far, the 17-year-old is handling it all with remarkable poise.

This week, the South Korea-born golfing prodigy heads into the first women’s major of the season with a chance to break Annika Sorenstam’s run of 29 consecutive rounds under par on the LPGA Tour.

Apr 1, 2015

Mission Hills fan Lewis targets a third major win

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – Eight years ago, Stacy Lewis was an amateur when she tied for fifth at Mission Hills Country Club in the first women’s major of the season, a tournament she has grown to love.

In 2011, the American overhauled the world number one Yani Tseng in the final round at Mission Hills to claim her first major crown, and this week she will be bidding to extend her career tally of grand slam wins to three.

Apr 1, 2015

Korean Park back at happy hunting ground

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – Park In-bee returns to one of her most successful venues for this week’s ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club where two years ago she won her second major title with a “nearly perfect” display.

Park was the overnight leader heading into the final round in 2013 and was never threatened after she birdied the first two holes on the way to a commanding four-stroke victory.

Mar 31, 2015

Ko’s consistency a major topic at Mission Hills

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week’s ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals.

The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consecutive rounds, one shy one of the record set by former world number one Annika Sorenstam in 2004.

Mar 27, 2015

Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – As speculation mounts over whether Tiger Woods will compete at the Masters, the former world number one has spurned the chance to play in next week’s Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the year’s first major.

Woods’ name was conspicuously absent when the list of players for the April 2-5 Houston event was posted on Friday.

Mar 27, 2015

U.S. game will flourish after Serena: WTA leader

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Just as American writer Mark Twain described premature reports about his death as “greatly exaggerated”, doom and gloom about U.S. women’s tennis is way off the mark, according to WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster.

While some pundits question the future of the American game after world number one Serena Williams’ stellar career ends, Allaster oozes optimism about the country’s emerging prospects on the WTA Tour.

Mar 27, 2015

Tennis-U.S. game will flourish after Serena-WTA leader

March 26 (Reuters) – Just as American writer Mark Twain described premature reports about his death as “greatly exaggerated”, doom and gloom about U.S. women’s tennis is way off the mark, according to WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster.

While some pundits question the future of the American game after world number one Serena Williams’ stellar career ends, Allaster oozes optimism about the country’s emerging prospects on the WTA Tour.

Mar 26, 2015

WTA leader sees more growth via TV, fan input

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – With gender equality achieved and a host of new sponsors brought in, WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has set her sights on further growth of the tour via a landmark television deal and by enhancing the fan experience.

Allaster, who took over as the tour’s leader from Larry Scott in 2009, believes the sky is the limit for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) because of its global reach and a plethora of top players from different countries.

Mar 26, 2015

Tennis-WTA leader sees more growth via TV, fan input

March 26 (Reuters) – With gender equality achieved and a host of new sponsors brought in, WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has set her sights on further growth of the tour via a landmark television deal and by enhancing the fan experience.

Allaster, who took over as the tour’s leader from Larry Scott in 2009, believes the sky is the limit for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) because of its global reach and a plethora of top players from different countries.

Mar 25, 2015

Nash upbeat despite anticlimactic end to stellar career

EL SEGUNDO, California (Reuters) – Steve Nash could have felt cheated after assorted injuries over the past two years culminated in his retirement from the NBA, but he prefers to focus on all the positives during a stellar career.

A two-time NBA most valuable player who is one of the best point guards ever to grace the game, the 41-year-old Canadian held a news conference at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo on Tuesday to mark his formal farewell.