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May 11, 2014

Golf-Moving ball “a bitter pill” for Rose to swallow

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, May 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Justin Rose dropped from a tie for eighth to joint 13th after being penalized two strokes on Saturday after his ball moved very slightly during the Players Championship third round.

Behind the green in two shots at the par-four 18th, the Englishman was attempting to chip from 20 feet away but, as he addressed his ball, he felt the ground underneath give way.

May 11, 2014

Late bogey drops Kaymer into tie for Players lead

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Germany’s Martin Kaymer bogeyed the par-four last to drop back into a tie for the lead with playing partner Jordan Spieth after Saturday’s third round of the Players Championship.

Kaymer, who had been a stroke in front of the chasing pack overnight, overshot the 18th green with his approach, chipped up to nine feet and missed the par putt to card an even-par 72 on a breezy afternoon at the TPC Sawgrass.

May 10, 2014

Newly married Scott gives his fading No. 1 hopes a boost

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – A day after disclosing details of his secret wedding last month, Adam Scott gave himself an outside chance to end this week’s Players Championship as world number one for the first time.

Needing to finish no worse than joint 16th on Sunday to dislodge Tiger Woods from the top spot, the Australian world number two clawed his way into the top 30 at the TPC Sawgrass by shooting a three-under-par 69 in Saturday’s third round.

May 10, 2014

Golf-Global game responds to cries of ‘Fore’ with new gimmicks

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, May 10 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods is the world’s top-earning athlete and tournaments still lure blue-chip sponsors and huge TV rights but golf is losing millions of players, prompting desperate ideas to stem the tide.

In almost every part of the globe the number of players participating in the game has slumped alarmingly in the last 10 years, mainly due to the amount of time required to play a round in the high-speed digital age where attention spans appear limited.

May 10, 2014

McIlroy baffled by his contrasting nines at the Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy on Saturday was once again left shaking his head in disbelief over how much he has struggled on the front nine before flourishing after the turn at this week’s Players Championship.

Making his fifth appearance in the PGA Tour event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major, the Northern Irishman has covered the opening nine holes in an aggregate of nine over par for the first three rounds at the TPC Sawgrass layout.

May 10, 2014

Cool Keymar maintains lead at Players Championships

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Ice-cool Martin Kaymer produced a controlled display to stay in front of the chasing pack at the Players Championship on Friday, but American Jordan Spieth was in hot pursuit just one shot behind.

Germany’s Kaymer, who tied the course record with a sizzling nine-under-par 63 on Thursday, followed up with a second-round 69 to post a 12-under total of 132 in the PGA Tour’s flagship event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major.

May 10, 2014

Newly married Scott makes Players cut on the number

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Adam Scott made the cut right on the number at the Players Championship on Friday, several hours after revealing that he was married in secret to his long-time girlfriend three weeks ago.

The Australian world number two, for several years regarded as one of the most eligible bachelors in global sport, rebounded from a dismal opening 77 to fire a five-under-par 67 in the second round at the TPC Sawgrass.

May 9, 2014

Golf-Cool Kaymer maintains lead at Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, May 9 (Reuters) – Ice-cool Martin Kaymer produced a controlled display to stay in front of the chasing pack at the Players Championship on Friday, but American Jordan Spieth was in hot pursuit just one shot behind.

Germany’s Kaymer, who tied the course record with a sizzling nine-under-par 63 on Thursday, followed up with a second-round 69 to post a 12-under total of 132 in the PGA Tour’s flagship event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major.

May 9, 2014

Furyk flourishes at an ‘extremely awkward’ venue

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Pete Dye golf courses have never rated highly on Jim Furyk’s wish list but the American took advantage of his experience at the TPC Sawgrass to surge into contention for the Players Championship on Friday.

On a par-72 layout he described as “extremely awkward”, the veteran Furyk fired a four-under-par 68 to end the second round at six-under 138, alone in second place among the early starters.

May 9, 2014

Swede Blixt happy to fly under Ryder Cup radar

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) – Swede Jonas Blixt has won twice on the highly competitive U.S. PGA Tour in the last two years but is happy to be flying under the radar as a potential member of Europe’s Ryder Cup team in September.

The 30-year-old from Nassjo has been based in the United States since he attended Florida State University on a golf scholarship and readily accepts that his name is not being bandied about as much as some of his other fellow Europeans.