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Aug 9, 2014

Debate escalates over Tiger’s health, shutdown urged

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – The early exit by an ailing Tiger Woods from this week’s PGA Championship prompted widespread debate about his immediate playing future, with many suggesting that he should shut down for the rest of the year.

Woods has been a shadow of his former self since back surgery in late March and he missed the cut at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday after struggling for form and rhythm while clearly not at full health.

Aug 9, 2014

Golf-McIlroy set to tee off as early starters go low

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 9 (Reuters) – As overnight leader Rory McIlroy prepared for a mid-afternoon tee time at the PGA Championship on Saturday, the early starters took full advantage of receptive, rain-softened conditions at Valhalla Golf Club.

Attacking the pins at every opportunity, American Brooks Koepka, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Scotland’s Marc Warren fired five-under-par 66s to rocket up the leaderboard in the year’s final major, all of them finishing at five-under 208.

Aug 9, 2014

Golf – Rose makes an early splash at wet Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Early starters faced receptive, rain-softened conditions in the PGA Championship third round on Saturday and former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose was among those who took advantage.

The English world number five, who made the cut by just one shot, birdied four of the first seven holes to reach the turn in four-under-par 31 on a damp, muggy and mainly overcast day at Valhalla Golf Club.

Aug 9, 2014

Rose makes an early splash at wet Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Early starters faced receptive, rain-softened conditions in the PGA Championship third round on Saturday and former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose was among those who took advantage.

The English world number five, who made the cut by just one shot, birdied four of the first seven holes to reach the turn in four-under-par 31 on a damp, muggy and mainly overcast day at Valhalla Golf Club.

Aug 9, 2014

Furyk, Day cash in on favorable route at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Veteran American Jim Furyk and Australian young gun Jason Day took advantage of the favorable half of the draw at the PGA Championship on Friday to sign off with consecutive birdies to share second place.

Furyk carded a three-under 68 in wet conditions at Valhalla Golf Club while Day fired a sizzling 65, the best score of the second round, as they posted matching totals of eight-under 134 to trail leader Rory McIlroy by one stroke.

Aug 9, 2014

Imperious McIlroy moves one ahead at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy, helped by composed shot-making and a stunning eagle on his ninth hole of the day, soared one stroke clear in the weather-hit second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday.

The British Open champion, in pursuit of a third consecutive victory on the PGA Tour, fired a four-under-par 67 on a wet, ultra-long Valhalla layout where play was suspended for 45 minutes earlier in the day due to water-logged conditions.

Aug 9, 2014

Soothing 68 kills DeLaet’s pain at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Thanks to a few painkillers, Canada’s Graham DeLaet was able to transform what began as an ominous morning at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday into his best performance in a major at the PGA Championship.

The 32-year-old from Saskatchewan had to take medication after feeling a kink in his neck while warming up for the second round and, with his movement limited, was convinced he would be destined to miss the cut.

Aug 8, 2014

Golf-Woods misses fourth major cut as a pro at PGA

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 8 (Reuters) – A badly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods missed the fourth major cut of his professional career after again struggling with his game in the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday.

At a rain-sodden Valhalla Golf Club playing ultra-long, the American former world number one dropped four shots in his first seven holes before carding a three-over-par 74 to make an early exit from the year’s fourth and final major.

Aug 8, 2014

Ryder Cup spot ‘hasn’t crossed my mind’, says Stricker

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Being a part-time player these days, American Steve Stricker never contemplated making a fourth Ryder Cup appearance for the United States this year at Gleneagles in Scotland.

He is happy to perform a background role and, having been appointed this week by U.S. captain Tom Watson as an assistant for the biennial team competition, he was sticking to that plan despite flourishing at the PGA Championship.

Aug 8, 2014

McIlroy reaps rich rewards after total immersion in game

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Having immersed himself in golf since the breakup three months ago of his engagement to tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy has reaped rich rewards with a sizzling run of form at the game’s highest level.

Just days after saying he was not ready for marriage, the Northern Irishman clinched the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth in May, then won last month’s British Open and the PGA Tour’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in successive starts.