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Mar 7, 2014

Golf-Four share midway lead as Blue Monster shows teeth

DORAL, Florida, March 7 (Reuters) – American Hunter Mahan eagled his penultimate hole to grab a share of the halfway lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday as the Blue Monster showed its true colours, with more than 100 golf balls ending up in the water.

On a brutal day that some players described as a survival test, Mahan eagled the par five eighth in fading light for a second round of two-over 74 that left him tied for the lead with his compatriots Dustin Johnson (74), Patrick Reed (75) and Matt Kuchar (74) at one-under par.

Mar 7, 2014

Reed grabs Doral lead as Woods and Scott struggle

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) – American Patrick Reed grabbed a one-shot lead at the end of the rain-delayed opening round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday while Tiger Woods saved his day with a blazing finish.

Reed, who had a four-way share of the overnight lead when play was halted due to darkness, returned early on Friday to complete his final seven holes en route to a four-under 68.

Mar 7, 2014

Five share lead of at weather hit WGC-Cadillac

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) – American Harris English birdied his final hole in fading light to grab the clubhouse lead at the weather hit WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday with most of the field still on the course when play was suspended due to darkness.

English, who returned a three-under 69 on the revamped Blue Monster course was joined at the top of a crowded leaderboard with compatriots Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner, Patrick Reed and Italian Francesco Molinari also on three-under, though they still have to complete their first rounds.

Mar 6, 2014

Golf-McIlroy looks to WGC-Cadillac after Honda crash

DORAL, Florida March 5 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy did not head back to the drawing board after his final round back nine meltdown at the Honda Classic but the Northern Irishman did find time for a refresher course ahead of this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The double major winner had led by three strokes after six holes at the Honda Classic on Sunday and appeared on course for his first PGA Tour win since 2012 before a double bogey at the par four 16th was followed by a bogey at 17.

Mar 5, 2014

Golf-Woods, Scott eager to tame new-look Blue Monster

DORAL, Florida, March 5 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and a nasty Blue Monster will share the spotlight at this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, where a new world number one may be crowned.

The world’s top 50 ranked players have arrived in Miami to take on a famed Blue Monster Course that has been made even more frightening after a $250 million renovation.

Mar 5, 2014

Woods declares himself fit for Doral title defense

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods will defend his WGC-Cadillac Championship title and world number one ranking after confirming on Wednesday he had recovered from back spasms that forced him to withdraw from last week’s Honda Classic.

Woods smiled and joked with the media as he entered the Doral resort showing no sign of the discomfort that forced him to delay his pre-tournament press conference a day earlier while he received treatment on his back.

Mar 5, 2014

Scott gets shot at Woods and number one at WGC-Cadillac

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) – Adam Scott has described his chance to claim golf’s number one world ranking this weekend as the opportunity to realize a dream.

The Australian, currently ranked number two, achieved another lifelong goal last year when he captured his first major victory at the Masters, and now he has the chance to lead the rankings if he can win the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Mar 5, 2014

Injured Woods may not be ready for Doral title defense

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’s status for this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship remained uncertain on Tuesday as the reigning champion continued to receive treatment for a sore back.

He cancelled his pre-tournament news conference and practice round on Tuesday but is due to meet with the media on Wednesday.

Mar 5, 2014

Golf-Injured Woods may not be ready for Doral title defense

DORAL, Florida, March 4 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’s status for this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship remained uncertain on Tuesday as the reigning champion continued to receive treatment for a sore back.

He cancelled his pre-tournament news conference and practise round on Tuesday but is due to meet with the media on Wednesday.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Golden moments may not be enough for NHL

SOCHI, Russia Feb 24 (Reuters) – If the Sochi Games are to be the last for the National Hockey League (NHL), then the world’s best players brought their Olympic curtain down in thrilling but controversial style.

Canada brought the competitive curtain down on the Games in impressive fashion, capping an unbeaten run through the tournament by sweeping past Sweden 3-0 as they retained their title.