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Aug 9, 2013

Golf-McIlroy opens PGA title defence with hairy first round

ROCHESTER, New York, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Like his new haircut, Rory McIlroy’s one-under 69 in the opening round of the PGA Championship earned the Northern Irishman mixed reviews on Thursday.

McIlroy got his title defence off to a brilliant start with three birdies in his first four holes to charge up the leaderboard.

Aug 8, 2013

One-hit wonder Micheel singing happy song at Oak Hill

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Shaun Micheel is golf’s ultimate one-hit wonder.

A decade ago the American was number one with a bullet, shooting to the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard to become one of golf’s most unlikely major winners.

Aug 8, 2013

Golf-One-hit wonder Micheel singing happy song at Oak Hill

ROCHESTER, New York, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Shaun Micheel is golf’s ultimate one-hit wonder.

A decade ago the American was number one with a bullet, shooting to the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard to become one of golf’s most unlikely major winners.

Aug 8, 2013

Hearn looks to score big win with assist from Gretzky

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – David Hearn could win this week’s PGA Championship and go on to capture golf’s three other majors for a career grand slam but would still not be the most famous Canadian to call Brantford, Ontario, home.

Hearn, 34, fired a four-under-par 66 to briefly feature atop the PGA Championship’s first-round leaderboard on Thursday and put himself squarely in contention for a maiden major.

Aug 7, 2013

Back to work for Mahan, with new mouth to feed

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Having already won golf’s Father of the Year honors, Hunter Mahan will turn his focus to winning his first major this week as he returns to work at the PGA Championship following the birth of his first child.

Mahan, who walked away from a potential million dollar payday at the Canadian Open two weeks ago to return home to Dallas after his wife went into labor, has soaked up well-wishes from his fellow players and endless praise from golf fans all week for putting his family ahead of his job.

Aug 5, 2013

Praise for Selig and no sympathy for drug cheats

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – From the ballparks to the anti-doping war rooms of those leading the battle against performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball’s crackdown on drug cheats was hailed as an MVP moment in the fight against doping on Monday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), that not long ago labeled MLB’s anti-doping efforts “a joke”, praised commissioner Bud Selig’s get-tough stance.

Aug 5, 2013

Steroid Era continues to hang over MLB

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – It was the summer of 1998 and America was caught in the grips of a home run duel for the ages, watching in awe as St. Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire and Chicago Cubs Sammy Sosa slugged it out in Major League ballparks across the nation.

That summer, with the use of performance-enhancing substances not yet illegal in Major League Baseball (MLB), a jar of androstenedione, a steroids precursor, sat brazenly in McGwire’s locker as he continued his drug-fuelled assault on one of American sport’s most revered marks – the single-season home run record.

Jul 29, 2013

Mahan baby present on way after Snedeker’s Canadian win

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – Brandt Snedeker will use some of the $1 million purse from his Canadian Open win on Sunday to buy Hunter Mahan’s new baby daughter Zoe a gift after his rival surrendered a shot at a big payday to return home for her birth.

“Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me,” said Snedeker after his three-shot victory at Glen Abbey Golf Club. “I can’t thank Kandi (Mahan) enough for going into labor early, otherwise I don’t know if I’d be sitting here if she hadn’t.

Jul 29, 2013

Snedeker gifted Canadian crown after Johnson collapse

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – American Brandt Snedeker took advantage of a Dustin Johnson meltdown to claim a three-shot victory at the Canadian Open on Sunday.

Snedeker, who began the final round with a wafer-thin one-shot cushion atop the leaderboard, could not be nudged from his perch all day, carding a two-under 70 to collect his sixth career PGA Tour win and second of the season.

Jul 29, 2013

Golf-Snedeker gifted Canadian crown after Johnson collapse

OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 28 (Reuters) – American Brandt Snedeker took advantage of a Dustin Johnson meltdown to claim a three-shot victory at the Canadian Open on Sunday.

Snedeker, who began the final round with a wafer-thin one-shot cushion atop the leaderboard, could not be nudged from his perch all day, carding a two-under 70 to collect his sixth career PGA Tour win and second of the season.