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May 23, 2014

Golf-Bjorn and Lowry set pace at soggy Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Dane Thomas Bjorn and Irishman Shane Lowry led the way after the BMW PGA Championship second round on Friday as tricky pin placements, squally winds and intermittent rain made good scoring tough.

Only a handful of players broke 70 and twice former winner Luke Donald fared best, the Englishman plotting his way to a five-under 67 to move into a share of third place with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello (73) on six-under 138, four strokes off the pace.

May 23, 2014

McIlroy may not be singing in rain but outlook is improving

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Winds gusted at up to 29kph and spectators sought to avoid the driving rain at every opportunity but a sopping wet West Course at Wentworth provided a golfing sanctuary for Rory McIlroy on Friday.

The Northern Irishman, still hurting after scrapping his planned wedding to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, posted a one-under-par 71 in the BMW PGA Championship second round to finish in a challenging position on five-under 139.

May 23, 2014

Golf – Jacklin urges McIlroy to keep mum on private life

LONDON (Reuters) – Twice major winner Tony Jacklin has urged Rory McIlroy to take a leaf out of world number one Adam Scott’s book and keep his own counsel on some of his off-the-course issues.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, 25, has been the centre of attention in this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth since announcing on Wednesday that he was calling off his planned wedding to leading Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

May 23, 2014

Jacklin urges McIlroy to keep mum on private life

LONDON (Reuters) – Twice major winner Tony Jacklin has urged Rory McIlroy to take a leaf out of world number one Adam Scott’s book and keep his own counsel on some of his off-the-course issues.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, 25, has been the center of attention in this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth since announcing on Wednesday that he was calling off his planned wedding to leading Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

May 22, 2014

Record 62 by Bjorn-again Dane, two eagles for McIlroy

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Love seems to be the theme of the BMW PGA Championship and the trend continued on Thursday when Thomas Bjorn sent hearts racing with a record 62 and Rory McIlroy briefly forgot relationship blues after a 68.

Danish veteran Bjorn, in love with golf again after a spell when he was disillusioned with the sport, sprinted two shots clear of the field after firing the lowest score in relation to par in the 60-year history of the tournament.

May 22, 2014

Golf-Pained McIlroy shuts down lines of outside communication

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 22 (Reuters) – A distraught Rory McIlroy decided to switch off his mobile phone and give away his laptop after ending his relationship with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, the Northern Irishman said on Thursday.

The world number 10 forgot the pain of his breakup by returning two eagles in a four-under-par 68 in the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but it was only a temporary respite from his anguish.

May 22, 2014

Garcia pulls out of Wentworth event with knee injury

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – World number seven Sergio Garcia pulled out of the BMW PGA Championship with an injury to his left knee after opening his Wentworth campaign with a one-over-par 73 on Thursday.

“Unfortunately it’s the same thing that happened on Sunday at the Spanish Open,” the 34-year-old Spaniard told reporters.

May 22, 2014

Golf-Bjorn fires record 10-under 62 at rainy Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 22 (Reuters) – Veteran Dane Thomas Bjorn crammed eight birdies and an eagle in a sizzling 10-under 62 on Thursday, firing the lowest score in relation to par in the history of the BMW PGA Championship.

The 43-year-old’s timing was impeccable as he finished his round just before a torrential downpour forced play to be suspended because of a threat of lightning.

May 22, 2014

Wozniacki takes comfort from Liverpool connection

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki said she was drawing comfort from her fellow supporters of Liverpool football club in her first public comments since golfer Rory McIlroy announced their wedding had been called off.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman issued a statement on the eve of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, saying he was not ready for marriage.

May 22, 2014

Tour can resolve EurAsia row, says Olazabal

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) – Jose Maria Olazabal is confident the European Tour and Ivan Ballesteros, nephew of the late Seve, can resolve their differences over the EurAsia Cup team event that was held in Kuala Lumpur in March.

Ivan Ballesteros, co-managing director of the rival Royal Trophy team competition staged in China in December, said two months ago the inaugural EurAsia tournament was “an act of aggression” from the organisers, the European Tour and the Asian Tour.

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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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