ATLANTA, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Tournament wins on both sides of the Atlantic have made 2014 “a good year” for world number five Justin Rose, who says a slightly better showing in the majors would have transformed his campaign into a great one.
For the most part, the Englishman was happy with his performances in golf’s four grand slams where he pinpointed his only blemishes as slow starts at the Masters and U.S. Open, along with an occasional putting lapse.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – American Chris Kirk could not have scripted it any better as he heads into this week’s Tour Championship finale atop the FedExCup standings, in prime position to clinch overall playoff honors in his home town.
The 29-year-old Atlanta native won his second PGA Tour title of the season at the best possible time, clinching the second of four playoff events earlier this month to vault to the top of the FedExCup point list.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – While the prospect of earning a $10 million bonus after this week’s Tour Championship finale is tantalizing, Rory McIlroy says he is much more motivated by the chance to win the PGA Tour’s FedExCup trophy for the first time.
The Northern Irish world number one has already enjoyed a brilliant 2014 campaign, clinching two major titles among four wins worldwide, and has now set his sights on claiming playoff honors on the U.S. circuit after a season-long race.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Bubba Watson has never been a great fan of East Lake Golf Club but he is excited to be at the iconic venue for this week’s Tour Championship where he carries his highest ever FedExCup ranking into the PGA Tour finale.
Though the long-hitting American has not always thrived at East Lake because of its tight fairways and clinging rough, he is in an ideal position to clinch FedExCup playoff honors and the eye-popping $10 million bonus that comes with it.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Former world number one Nick Faldo, a six-times major champion whose Faldo Series has given a huge boost to junior golf worldwide, was named the recipient of the 2014 Payne Stewart Award on Tuesday.
The honor is given annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game and his commitment to uphold golf’s heritage of charitable support.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Little-known American Morgan Hoffmann is still pinching himself over a “dream come true”, having qualified for this week’s Tour Championship finale at East Lake Golf Club in stunningly unique fashion.
In just his second season on the PGA Tour, Hoffmann became the first player ever to book his place in the elite field of 30 for the fourth and final FedExCup playoff event after being outside the ‘cutline’ in the previous three.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he expects Argentina’s Marcos Maidana to be “once again extremely dirty and wild” in their heavily anticipated re-match in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Mayweather improved his perfect professional record to 46-0 with a majority decision victory when they first clashed in the ring on May 4, a fight in which the American felt the Argentine did “a little bit of everything.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The final pieces of the Ryder Cup jigsaw were slotted into place on Tuesday as holders Europe, who will be hosts and heavy favorites later this month, and the United States rounded out their 12-man teams with three wildcard picks.
European captain Paul McGinley, spoilt for choice, ultimately went for seasoned Cup veterans in Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood along with 39-year-old rookie Stephen Gallacher.
Sept 2 (Reuters) – Michael Sam has already made a significant impact on the National Football League, even though his long cherished dream to become the league’s first openly gay player may never materialize.
Though the 24-year-old defensive end failed to make the St. Louis Rams’ final 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season on Saturday and cleared waivers the following day to remain on the outside looking in, he achieved one of his primary goals.
Aug 27 (Reuters) – With just six days to go before United States captain Tom Watson announces his three wildcard picks for next month’s Ryder Cup, the heat is on for several players competing at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
On Tuesday, Watson will round out his 12-man team to take on holders Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland from Sept. 26-28 and Ryan Moore, Brendon Todd, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan are among those vying for a spot.