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Jan 11, 2015

Golf-Holder Johnson in four-way tie at top in Hawaii

KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Defending champion Zach Johnson was among four players tied for the lead after an ideal day for low scoring in the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Johnson, who clinched last year’s title by one shot, fired a six-under-par 67 on the hilly Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort to finish level with fellow Americans Jimmy Walker (68) and Russell Henley (70), and South Korea’s Bae Sang-moon (69).

Jan 10, 2015

Mahan dwells on the here and now, not major goals

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Specific golfing objectives are off Hunter Mahan’s agenda for this year as the American focuses on the impending birth of his second child, along with a desire to be healthy and live in the moment.

A six-times winner on the highly competitive PGA Tour, Mahan has yet to claim his first major title but he firmly believes that setting precise goals for the game’s blue riband events – as many other players do — would not be in his best interests.

Jan 10, 2015

Putting maestro Henley sets pace at Kapalua

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Russell Henley is known for his superb putting but even he was pleasantly surprised by his stunning form on the greens as he seized a one-shot lead in Friday’s opening round at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The 25-year-old American sank 14 of 14 putts from 15 feet or less on the way to a flawless eight-under-par 65 at Kapalua Resort in the opening PGA Tour event of the year, and the eighth in the wrap-around season for 2014-15.

Jan 10, 2015

Blinkered approach helps Bae into Kapalua contention

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – South Korean Bae Sang-moon did well to keep his off-course distractions largely in the background as he charged into contention for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a sizzling display on Friday.

Bae, who is getting legal advice to help resolve a requirement that he return home by the month’s end to complete military service, piled up eight birdies and a lone bogey on the way to a seven-under-par 66 in the opening round.

Jan 9, 2015

Golf-Fresh slate for Walker after golden 2014 campaign

KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Trying to replicate a career-best season is no easy task for any golfer and for Jimmy Walker the slate will be “wiped clean” as he launches his 2015 campaign at this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

After toiling away as a journeyman for several winless years on the highly competitive PGA Tour, Walker finally made his breakthrough in stunning fashion as he triumphed three times early on in 2013-14.

Jan 9, 2015

Golf-Refreshed Day raring to go at Kapalua

KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Frustrated by injury problems last year, Australian Jason Day says he has benefited from a few month’s rest and is in fine fettle ahead of this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort.

The world number eight returned to competition last month for two post-season events in Florida where he displayed encouraging form, and will make his first appearance on the 2014-15 PGA Tour when he tees off in Friday’s first round.

Jan 8, 2015

Family expectations a ‘problem’ for Johnson on Maui

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Returning to the Hawaiian island of Maui for the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a double-edged sword for Zach Johnson, whose young family now expect him to be a perennial qualifier for the event.

Johnson clinched last year’s title by one shot over fellow American Jordan Spieth and will be competing in the winners-only field at Kapalua Resort for the eighth time, having missed out on qualification only once since 2007.

Dec 30, 2014

Golf-’Celtic Tiger’ McIlroy emerges dominant in 2014

LOS ANGELES, Dec 30 (Reuters) – A year to forget for an injury-plagued Tiger Woods was savoured sweetly by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy after the ‘Celtic Tiger’ won two majors in 2014 to regain his status as the game’s leading player.

McIlroy ended a stellar campaign with four victories and five runner-up spots in 23 starts worldwide, embellishing his credentials as a genuine golfing great in what many regard as a handover of the ‘Tiger’ torch to usher in a new ‘Rory’ era.

Dec 24, 2014

Curry spices thing up with dazzling three-point prowess

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Blessed with one of the purest shooting strokes in the National Basketball Association, Stephen Curry is on track to end his career as one of the best three-point shooters ever.

A strong work ethic has helped the Golden State Warriors point guard hone his unique skills and at the age of 26 has scaled heights reached by very few with his astonishing ability to pour in three-pointers.

Dec 19, 2014

Accolades pour in for Lakers’ Bryant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has often been a polarizing figure during his illustrious NBA career, criticized by some for being too selfish and not doing enough as a facilitator for his team mates.

For his peers, however, Bryant is simply a winner and will do whatever it takes to instill a winning mindset, even though this season has been especially challenging for an injury-hit team decidedly low in overall quality.