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Sep 24, 2014

Golf-McIlroy mesmerised by Ferguson pep-talk

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy is the world’s number one golfer, a four-times major winner, multi-millionaire and the focal point of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, but he was like a wide-eyed schoolboy in the presence of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

The all-conquering Scot, who led United to 13 Premier League titles and a host of other trophies in his 26 years at Old Trafford, gave the team a pep-talk on Tuesday night and McIlroy, a United fan, said it was the highlight of his week so far.

Sep 23, 2014

I’m not the big dog, I’m just having fun, says Bubba

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Bubba Watson played down his newly-acquired “big dog” epithet on Tuesday and said he was ready to curb his exuberance if he felt it could help his American team deal with what is likely to be a red-hot Ryder Cup atmosphere this week.

Earlier on Tuesday United States captain Tom Watson said the big-hitting two-times Masters winner would probably be the man the Europeans would most like to beat, just as his team have their crosshairs firmly fixed on Ian Poulter.

Sep 23, 2014

No hair-dryer treatment as ‘fun-Fergie’ addresses Ryder Cup team

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Alex Ferguson was on Tuesday unmasked as the man Europe captain Paul McGinley has asked to address his team on the eve of the Ryder Cup but the former Manchester United manager will be leaving his hair dryer at home.

McGinley had said previously that he had a big name in the pipeline but the secret was let out when Ferguson was seen on the course on Tuesday morning.

Sep 18, 2014

What they said about the R&A vote to allow women members

LONDON (Reuters) – The Royal & Ancient golf club’s decision to allow women members after 260 years on Thursday has been widely welcomed within and beyond the game.

Here are a selection of reactions to the vote, which was passed with an 85 percent majority:

Sep 18, 2014

Golf-What they said about the R&A vote to allow women members

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The Royal & Ancient golf club’s decision to allow women members after 260 years on Thursday has been widely welcomed within and beyond the game.

Here are a selection of reactions to the vote, which was passed with an 85 percent majority:

Sep 18, 2014

R&A allows women members after overwhelming ‘yes’ vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The Royal and Ancient golf club agreed on Thursday to open its doors to women, ending 260 years of male-only membership at one of the oldest clubs in the world and paving the way for women to play a role in the sport’s governance.

The club’s 2,400 worldwide members voted in person and via proxy and postal votes, and, after being encouraged by chief executive Peter Dawson and the club’s committees, more than 75 percent took part with 85 percent in favor of the change.

Sep 17, 2014

Everton ready to embrace Europa League

LONDON (Reuters) – Bucking the trend of most successful Premier League managers, Roberto Martinez will not complain if his Everton side face some fixture congestion this season – in fact the Spaniard is positively hoping for it.

Everton are back in Europe for the first time in five years and begin their Europa League campaign with a tricky home game against Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday.

Sep 17, 2014

Soccer-Everton ready to embrace Europa League

LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Bucking the trend of most successful Premier League managers, Roberto Martinez will not complain if his Everton side face some fixture congestion this season – in fact the Spaniard is positively hoping for it.

Everton are back in Europe for the first time in five years and begin their Europa League campaign with a tricky home game against Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday.

Sep 16, 2014

Golf – R&A set to allow women members after 260 years

LONDON (Reuters) – It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday’s ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club?

True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfing and equality circles it marks something of a landmark.

Sep 16, 2014

R&A set to allow women members after 260 years

LONDON (Reuters) – It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday’s ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club?

True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfing and equality circles it marks something of a landmark.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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