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Apr 16, 2015

Athletics – Hosting worlds in Eugene hailed as a ‘bold move’

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – United States athletics officials hailed the IAAF’s awarding of the 2021 world championships to Eugene, Oregon on Thursday as a “bold decision”, dismissing European grumblings as disappointment they had all experienced.

“They (the International Association of Athletics Federation) deserve a lot of credit for stepping up and making a bold decision to accept this bid outside the process,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said during a conference call.

Apr 16, 2015

Hosting worlds in Eugene hailed as a ‘bold move’

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – United States athletics officials hailed the IAAF’s awarding of the 2021 world championships to Eugene, Oregon on Thursday as a “bold decision”, dismissing European grumblings as disappointment they had all experienced.

“They (the International Association of Athletics Federation) deserve a lot of credit for stepping up and making a bold decision to accept this bid outside the process,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said during a conference call.

Apr 13, 2015

Spieth ready to take golf throne after Masters win

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth was crowned Masters champion on Sunday and immediately hailed as the new face of golf after completing a wire-to-wire win at Augusta National.

With a winning game and winning personality, the humble 21-year-old American won over fans around the world with a fearless and clinical display of golf, rewriting the Masters record book on his way to the first of what is predicted to be many major victories.

Apr 13, 2015

McIlroy unable to chase down Spieth and green jacket

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s career grand slam was put on hold after American Jordan Spieth ran away with the Masters green jacket on Sunday, signaling it may remain in his locker for some time.

Slow to find his form through the opening two rounds, McIlroy began to hit his stride on the weekend but was unable to chase down the rampaging 21-year-old Texan despite carding a joint best final round of six-under 66 that still left him fourth, a distant six shots behind the winner.

Apr 12, 2015

Spieth refuses to crack under Masters pressure

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The biggest names in golf put major pressure on Jordan Spieth but the young American refused to crack, carding a two-under 70 on Saturday to take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Masters.

Masters champions Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and world number one Rory McIlroy all took turns trying to rattle the 21-year-old Texan, but Spieth held steady on a sweaty Georgia afternoon, setting a Masters record 54-hole total of 16-under 200 to better the previous mark of 201 shared by Woods and Raymond Floyd.

Apr 11, 2015

Woods leads Masters chase to reel in Spieth

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods was leading the chase as third round play at the Masters began with the field desperately trying to reel in frontrunner Jordan Spieth on Saturday.

Spieth held a five-shot overnight lead on nearest challenger journeyman Charley Hoffman with the rest of the field lagging seven or more strokes back.

Apr 11, 2015

Gentle Ben hangs up Masters spurs

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Ben Crenshaw made a final drive up Magnolia Lane for a competitive round of golf on Friday and then quickly veered off down Memory Lane for one final Masters joy ride.

Twice a Masters champion, the fight long ago left 63-year-old Gentle Ben’s game and the Texan decided it was time to “hang up the spurs”. His last round on a hot, muggy day was a ceremonial lap of honor rather than a battle to make the cut.

Apr 11, 2015

Golf-Gentle Ben hangs up Masters spurs

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 10 (Reuters) – Ben Crenshaw made a final drive up Magnolia Lane for a competitive round of golf on Friday and then quickly veered off down Memory Lane for one final Masters joy ride.

Twice a Masters champion, the fight long ago left 63-year-old Gentle Ben’s game and the Texan decided it was time to “hang up the spurs”. His last round on a hot, muggy day was a ceremonial lap of honour rather than a battle to make the cut.

Apr 11, 2015

Eagles carry Johnson into Masters contention

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Big-hitting Dustin Johnson flew into Masters contention on the back of three eagles on Friday, carding a second-round five-under 67 to land in a tie for third.

Johnson had a horrific start, taking a double-bogey at the first, but was propelled up the leaderboard by a Masters record three eagles at the par-five second, eighth and 15th holes.

Apr 10, 2015

Hot Hoffman left in shade by rampaging Spieth

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – In many years, Charley Hoffman would be the runaway midway leader of the Masters and the talk of Augusta National after carding a solid four-under 68 on Friday.

But as hot has Hoffman has been through two rounds, Jordan Spieth has been hotter, sitting atop the Masters leaderboard on a record two round total of 14-under 130, five shots clear of his American compatriot.