Mark's Feed
Aug 7, 2015

Furyk surges five ahead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – American veteran Jim Furyk birdied three of his last five holes in firm conditions at Firestone Country Club to charge to a five-shot clubhouse lead in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday.

Though Furyk bogeyed his final hole after hitting his approach into a bunker, a second successive 66 gave him a commanding advantage over his closest challengers as he posted an eight-under 132 total.

Aug 7, 2015

Spieth paired with Johnson and McIlroy at PGA Championship

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth will play with British Open winner Zach Johnson and top-ranked Rory McIlroy in the first two rounds of next week’s PGA Championship, organizers announced on Friday.

Spieth and company are set to start on the first tee at 2.20 p.m. ET (1820 GMT) in Thursday’s opening round at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Aug 7, 2015

Closing birdie gives Spieth welcome relief

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – A birdie finish put a welcome smile on Jordan Spieth’s face after nothing seemed to go quite right for him over the previous five holes in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday.

The Masters and U.S. Open champion ended with a two-under-par 68 on a difficult day for scoring at a sun-baked Firestone Country Club, good enough to lift him into contention for the elite World Golf Championships event, six shots behind clubhouse leader Jim Furyk.

Aug 7, 2015

Memorial win elevates Lingmerth’s Ryder Cup hopes

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – A breakthrough victory at this year’s Memorial Tournament cemented David Lingmerth’s belief that he was “good enough” to compete at an elite level and the Swede now has his sights set on next year’s Ryder Cup.

Lingmerth has climbed to a career-high 59 in the world rankings after a successful PGA Tour season highlighted by three top-10s in 23 starts and he would dearly love to represent Europe for the first time at Hazeltine National in late 2016.

Aug 6, 2015

Signs of hope for McDowell after a ‘rough year’

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Graeme McDowell reaped the benefits of hard work on the practice range and banished some of the hangover of “a rough year” as he charged into contention for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman, who has recorded just one top-10 and six missed cuts in 18 starts worldwide during his 2015 campaign, ground out a four-under-par 66 to end the opening round at a firm and fiery Firestone Country Club one shot off the lead.

Aug 6, 2015

Golf-Signs of hope for McDowell after a ‘rough year’

AKRON, Ohio, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Graeme McDowell reaped the benefits of hard work on the practice range and banished some of the hangover of “a rough year” as he charged into contention for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman, who has recorded just one top-10 and six missed cuts in 18 starts worldwide during his 2015 campaign, ground out a four-under-par 66 to end the opening round at a firm and fiery Firestone Country Club one shot off the lead.

Aug 6, 2015

Golf-Lee sets pace with an opening 65 at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Former teenage prodigy Danny Lee birdied three of his first four holes en route to a one-shot lead in the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.

On a day when Jordan Spieth finished five strokes off the pace, the 25-year-old Lee, who won his first PGA Tour title in a playoff for the Greenbrier Classic last month, fired a five-under-par 65 at Firestone.

Aug 6, 2015

Scott wants caddie Williams to work well into ’16

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Adam Scott is optimistic that he can persuade his caddie Steve Williams to continue working for him well into next year, even though their second stint together is due to end after next week’s PGA Championship.

The pair reunited in June after former world number one Scott abruptly dumped Mike Kerr after just 10 tournaments together.

Aug 6, 2015

American Fowler takes clubhouse lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Rickie Fowler used a sharp short game to offset a mediocre day of ball-striking as he took an early one-shot clubhouse lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in the opening round on Thursday.

The in-form American, runner-up at last week’s Quicken Loans National, fired a three-under-par 67 at a soft and receptive Firestone Country Club in the third of four World Golf Championships (WGC) events to be held this year.

Aug 6, 2015

Captain Price wants a Korean player, on merit

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – South Korea will host the Presidents Cup in October and International captain Nick Price says he would dearly love to have a golfer from that country on his 12-man team, as long as that player gets in on merit.

Price will also be keeping a close eye on South African veteran Ernie Els over the coming weeks as he looks at the likely contenders for what is shaping up to be a relatively inexperienced lineup to take on holders the United States.