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Jul 15, 2014

Back surgery has given returning Woods a fresh perspective

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’s back operation in March robbed the former world number one of a quarter of the golf season but at least it has given him a fresh outlook on his career.

The 14-times major champion will be making his second competitive appearance in four months at this week’s British Open and Woods is just happy to be back at the venue of his memorable 2006 victory at Royal Liverpool.”With this particular injury with my back I didn’t want to do anything,” Woods told reporters on Tuesday. “I couldn’t get out of bed and I couldn’t move around the house.

Jul 15, 2014

McIlroy needs to banish that sinking Friday feeling

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy needs to start playing a few tricks on his mind in order to eliminate that sinking Friday feeling he has been experiencing, the former world number one said on Tuesday.

Last week was typical of the bad habit that has been stalling the Northern Irishman’s progress in recent tournaments.

Jul 8, 2014

Watson will take heat off U.S. Ryder team: North

LONDON (Reuters) – Having local fan favorite Tom Watson as Ryder Cup skipper at Gleneagles in September will take a lot of pressure off Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the rest of the United States team, according to vice-captain Andy North.

The 64-year-old Watson won eight major championships in a glittering playing career including five British Opens, four of them in Scotland.

Jul 8, 2014

Golf-Watson will take heat off U.S. Ryder team – North

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Having local fan favourite Tom Watson as Ryder Cup skipper at Gleneagles in September will take a lot of pressure off Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the rest of the United States team, according to vice-captain Andy North.

The 64-year-old Watson won eight major championships in a glittering playing career including five British Opens, four of them in Scotland.

Jul 7, 2014

French Open win eases McDowell’s Ryder Cup anxieties

By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) – Graeme McDowell, who secured the winning point for Europe at the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales, eased his anxieties about missing this year’s match in Scotland by landing the French Open title in Paris at the weekend.

The Northern Irishman has still not worked his way into the top nine automatic places in the team for the biennial battle with the United States in September, but he will be difficult to ignore as one of captain Paul McGinley’s three wildcard picks.

Jul 4, 2014

Westwood, G-Mac will get tickets to Ryder: Torrance

LONDON (Reuters) – Ryder Cup mainstays Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell may be on the outside looking in on Europe’s team at the moment but vice-captain Sam Torrance has no doubt that both will be in the side come September.

The top nine in the points list qualify automatically for Europe’s title defense against the United States in Scotland, with skipper Paul McGinley also having three wildcard choices up his sleeve to complete his 12-man team.

Jul 4, 2014

Golf-Westwood, G-Mac will get tickets to Ryder – Torrance

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Ryder Cup mainstays Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell may be on the outside looking in on Europe’s team at the moment but vice-captain Sam Torrance has no doubt that both will be in the side come September.

The top nine in the points list qualify automatically for Europe’s title defence against the United States in Scotland, with skipper Paul McGinley also having three wildcard choices up his sleeve to complete his 12-man team.

Jul 4, 2014

Don’t bet your house on Tiger at Hoylake: Strange

LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number one Tiger Woods is kidding himself if he turns up at this month’s British Open with only a repeat of his 2006 Hoylake win on his mind, according to former U.S. Ryder Cup skipper Curtis Strange.

The 14-times major champion is desperately short of competitive golf, having returned from a back operation last week at the Quicken Loans National event in Maryland and missing the cut in his first appearance for three months.

Jul 4, 2014

Golf-Don’t bet your house on Tiger at Hoylake – Strange

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Former world number one Tiger Woods is kidding himself if he turns up at this month’s British Open with only a repeat of his 2006 Hoylake win on his mind, according to former U.S. Ryder Cup skipper Curtis Strange.

The 14-times major champion is desperately short of competitive golf, having returned from a back operation last week at the Quicken Loans National event in Maryland and missing the cut in his first appearance for three months.

Jul 3, 2014

Stricker may regret missing Open again: Strange

LONDON (Reuters) – World number 18 Steve Stricker may one day live to regret his decision if he chooses to miss this month’s British Open for the second year in a row, according to former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange.

The ultra-consistent Stricker has achieved a high ranking in spite of being a part-time player in recent years.

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      "I am a senior sub-editor on the Reuters Sports Desk who often works as the chief sub-editor. I also have responsibility for the European golf file and among the tournaments I have covered this year are the Ryder Cup and British Open."
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