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Sep 26, 2014

We didn’t panic and it paid off, says McGinley

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Paul McGinley leaned on all the experience gained as a player and vice-captain in five previous Ryder Cups to ensure he kept his head after a tough first morning and it paid off with Europe’s record-breaking comeback performance on Friday.

The hosts trailed 2 1/2-1 1/2 after the opening fourballs in which their biggest names — Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter — misfired horribly.

Sep 26, 2014

Golf-Record-breaking Mickelson blows hot and cold

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson became the first American to play in 10 Ryder Cups on Friday and duly marked the occasion with the sort of day that sums up his long association with the competition — won one, lost one.

Before this week the five-times major champion had been on the beaten side seven times in nine Cups, winning 14 matches, but losing an American record 18, including five in singles.

Sep 26, 2014

Golf-Europe roar back to take two-point Ryder Cup lead

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Europe produced a stirring fightback to win three and halve one of their Ryder Cup foursomes matches against the United States and take a 5-3 lead after a typically tense, fluctuating and hugely entertaining first day on Friday.

Lee Westwood, playing his ninth Ryder Cup, and rookie Jamie Donaldson played some of the best golf of the day to beat Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar 2-up in the alternate shot format.

Sep 26, 2014

Mickelson opens record 10th Ryder Cup with win on 18th

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson became the first American to play in 10 Ryder Cups on Friday and duly marked the occasion with a trademark flourish on the final hole to earn a one-up victory with Keegan Bradley against Europe’s strongest team.

After trailing by two after 10, world number one Rory McIlroy and number three Sergio Garcia had fought back to lead by one in the fourth and final fourball of the opening morning’s action as Mickelson looked set to extend his unimpressive Ryder Cup record.

Sep 26, 2014

Ryder Cup choir sends players on their way with a smile

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The Ryder Cup’s unique atmosphere is in safe hands so long as its self-titled “Guardians” choir continue to attend and their lusty singing and bespoke chanting brought smiles and applause from both teams on Friday.

Unlike the boorish, often alcohol-fuelled drone of the “Barmy Army” that is now the regular backdrop to any England cricket match, the “Guardians” are cut from a different cloth — literally.

Sep 26, 2014

Golf-Ryder Cup launched on a wave of colour and noise

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The 40th Ryder Cup began on Friday amid scenes that would have been unimaginable for those playing the first in 1927 as a packed amphitheatre produced a spine-tingling cauldron of noise and colour.

Thousands packed in and around the monster grandstand on the first tee as the morning fourballs swung into action to start three days of battle between the hosting Europeans and an American team seeking their first away victory since 1993.

Sep 26, 2014

Athletics-Happy 10th birthday parkrun, and my, haven’t you grown

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – A decade ago 13 friends set off on a 5km run in a park in south-west London. Next week all 13 will return, though this time accompanied by 1,000 others, with some 70,000 running worldwide to mark the 10th birthday of the parkrun movement.

This is not some long-planned special event to celebrate the Oct.4 anniversary, these numbers are normal — if 6.2 million completed runs can be considered normal — and growing by the week.

Sep 26, 2014

Volunteers and community spirit build momentum behind parkrun

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Keen to get a regular Saturday fix of 5km runs under the parkrun banner but finding himself some distance from his nearest event, Gary O’Leary went for the obvious solution — start one on his doorstep.

So, on Oct. 11, a week after parkrun celebrates its 10th anniversary, Panshanger parkrun, near Hertford, north of London, will become around the 290th UK adult event.

Sep 25, 2014

Ryder rookies in at deep end for fourball openers

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – American captain Tom Watson has rolled the dice for Friday’s opening salvos at the Ryder Cup by teaming rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed together and throwing Jimmy Walker into the fray for the morning fourballs.

European captain Paul McGinley gave Scottish rookie Stephen Gallacher an early taste of the atmosphere by putting him out with cheerleader-in-chief Ian Poulter – against Spieth and Reed, and said fellow debutants Jamie Donaldson and Victor Dubuisson would play in the afternoon foursomes.

Sep 25, 2014

Golf-Rookies thrown in early for Ryder Cup opener

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Europe’s Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson will take on Americans Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson in the opening Ryder Cup fourball match on Friday as both captains revealed their initial strategy during a glossy opening ceremony.

Europe’s world number one Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia will meet Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, who will set an American record of 10 Ryder Cup appearances, to close out the first session.

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