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Golf

Villegas seals playoff victory over Garcia

Mark Lamport-Stokes Reuters 28.09.2008
REUTERS/Tami Chappell

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Colombian Camilo Villegas came from five strokes behind to clinch his second successive PGA Tour victory by beating Sergio Garcia in a playoff for the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday.

U.S. victory breathes life into Ryder Cup matches

Mark Lamport-Stokes Reuters 22.09.2008
Ryder Cup

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - Much-needed vigor and passion has been breathed back into the Ryder Cup by Paul Azinger's triumphant United States team after six years of European dominance.


United States takes back the Ryder Cup

Art Spander IHT 21.09.2008
The United States team captain, Paul Azinger, center, hugging Stewart Cink with Kenny Perry after winning the Ryder Cup golf tournament. (David J. Phillip/The Associated Press)

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky: The United States' Ryder Cup failures came to joyful end Sunday in the rolling hills south of the Ohio River, as a team built on rookies and emotion took down favored Europe for the first time in nine years.

US surge clear as Europe struggle

Mark Orlovac BBC Sport 19.09.2008
US surge clear as Europe struggle

The United States will take a 5½-2½ lead into day two of the 37th Ryder Cup after dominating defending champions Europe on the opening day in Valhalla.


Mickelson and Harrington to start

Larry Fine Reuters 18.09.2008
Phil Mickelson of the U.S. Ryder Cup team hits from a sand trap on the 18th hole during practice for the 37th Ryder Cup Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky September 18, 2008.  REUTERS/Shaun Best

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - Triple major championship winners Padraig Harrington and Phil Mickelson will kick off the 37th Ryder Cup on opposing foursomes teams when the biennial matchplay competition begins on Friday.

Speak English or be suspended, LPGA says

Larry Dorman IHT 28.08.2008
Se Ri Pak of South Korea (pictured in July, in Sylvania, Ohio) agrees that LGPA players should speak some English. (Tony Dejak/The Associated Press)

Concerned about its appeal to sponsors, the U.S. women's professional golf tour, which in recent years has been dominated by players born outside the United States, has warned its members that they must become conversant in English by 2009 or face...


Hanson takes lead from Dougherty

Sweden's Peter Hanson carded a third-round 68 to overhaul Nick Dougherty at the top of the leaderboard at the SAS Masters in Stockholm.

Rehabilitating Tiger rules out swinging a club until 2009

Mark Lamport-Stokes Reuters 12.08.2008
REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tiger Woods has said he will be unable to swing a golf club until next year as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery.


Superb Harrington clinches USPGA

Rob Hodgetts BBC Sport 10.08.2008
Superb Harrington clinches USPGA

Padraig Harrington won his second straight major with victory in the 90th USPGA Championship at Oakland Hills.

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan (Reuters) - Play resumed at 1858 local time (2258 GMT) after a weather delay of one hour 25 minutes in Thursday's opening round of the U.S. PGA Championship.


Singh and Mickelson eager to play Oakland Hills

Mark Lamport-Stokes Reuters 04.08.2008
REUTERS/Mike Blake

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) - Former winners Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson will approach this week's PGA Championship at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in buoyant mood after delivering strong performances at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

REUTERS/Mike Cassese

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - American Chez Reavie overcame an early wobble to card a final round 70 and clinch his maiden PGA Tour title with a three-shot victory at the Canadian Open on Sunday.


REUTERS/Mike Cassese

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - American Chez Reavie raced into a five-stroke lead early in the Canadian Open second round on Friday.

Padraig Harrington holding the Claret Jug after winning the British Open on Sunday. (Peter Morrison/The Associated Press)

SOUTHPORT, England: Sitting rather edgily in the British Open media center, there were constant reminders of what Padraig Harrington has just achieved.


Brilliant Harrington retains Open

Rob Hodgetts BBC Sport 20.07.2008
Brilliant Harrington retains Open

Padraig Harrington successfully defended his Open Championship title with a four-shot victory over Ian Poulter at Royal Birkdale.

Norman bids to conquer course and history

Eddie Butler The Observer 20.07.2008
Greg Norman will become the oldest ever winner of the Open Championship if he maintains his lead in the final round. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP-Getty Images

On the third day of its championship, Birkdale showed not a jot of mercy. Nobody broke par on a brutal day of gusting wind, but the show laid on by two players who could not be of more contrasting appearance outdid even the weather. And when they ...


REUTERS/Lee Milner/State Farm Classic/Handout

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michelle Wie was disqualified following Saturday's third round of the LPGA State Farm Classic due to an infraction in signing her scorecard for the second round on Friday.

Mediate Starts Strong at British Open

Larry Dorman New York Times 17.07.2008
Rocco Mediate shot a 1-under 69 Thursday. Mediate is playing in his first British Open since 2002.  Glyn Kirk/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

SOUTHPORT, England — The wind roared and the rain poured on the opening round of the 137th British Open Championship, but neither could stop golf’s improbable feel-good story from crossing eight time zones, the Atlantic, and an ocean of improbabil...


Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Woods Still Casts a Shadow

Christopher Clarey New York Times 17.07.2008
Banners featuring Tiger Woods still hang near the entrance of Royal Birkdale, where the British Open will begin on Thursday.   David Azia/Associated Press

SOUTHPORT, England — It was an invigorating afternoon near the Irish Sea. Massive if unthreatening clouds broke up the blue. The breeze was stiff enough to send big waves through the wispy rough, and John Cooney and Tony Omara were tramping merril...

Watson and Links: Hardly Love at First Sight

Larry Dorman New York Times 15.07.2008
Tom Watson after winning the 1983 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He won his first Open in 1975, years before he learned to enjoy links golf.  Associated Press

SOUTHPORT, England — Almost as soon as the wheels of the plane touch down anywhere on the old sod, something comes over Tom Watson. It happens from Carnoustie to Turnberry, Muirfield to Troon, Birkdale and back. Whether the city or village is loca...



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