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Tiger Woods Says He’s Feeling Better

Tiger Woods Says He’s Feeling Better

James_Thomas_Photo/Thinkstock(WINDEMERE, FLA.) — Tiger Woods says his strength has returned but he has yet to hit a golf ball after being sidelined for five weeks.

The 14-time major champion hasn’t played a round of golf since missing the cut at the PGA Championship on August 8. He withdrew from consideration to play on the U.S. team in this month’s Ryder Cup tournament after doctors and trainers advised him that his back muscles needed to be rehabilitated and need to heal.

Woods is also still in search of a new swing coach, after he parted ways with Sean Foley. He is planning to return to the links on December 4 for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

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Billy Horschel Wins FedExCup

Billy Horschel Wins FedExCup

ThinkStock(ATLANTA) — Billy Horschel won his second consecutive FedExCup Playoffs event, the TOUR Championship, to take home the title and $10 million bonus at East Lake on Sunday.

Horschel shot a 2-under 68 and finished 11 under to hold off Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk by three shots.

“It’s surreal, it really is,” Horschel said.  “It hits me a little bit, but it still doesn’t hit me.  I woke up this morning and I just had this sense of calm over me, which is a little unusual.”

“Just kept playing solid.  The back-nine could of been a little cleaner, but it was good enough to get the job done,” Horschel continued.

Horschel is expecting a baby any day and his wife watched from home as he drilled his tee shot onto the green for a two-putt par to finish at 11-under 269.

“Hopefully, she’s not going into labor right now,” Horschel said.

McIlroy struggled on Sunday, but looks forward to playing at the Ryder Cup.

“I just got really frustrated and just couldn’t muster the energy to try and get something going again,” McIlroy said.

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Greg Norman Injured in Chainsaw Incident

Greg Norman Injured in Chainsaw Incident

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Professional golfer Greg Norman was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after being injured by a chainsaw. The news came via a post to his Instagram account that showed the 59-year-old in a hospital bed.

“Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected,” the post said, accompanying the photo. “I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand.”

Norman has previously posted pictures of him using a chainsaw to trim trees on his property. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian native is recovering in a U.S. hospital.

Affectionately called “the Shark”, Norman owns 20 PGA Tour victories, including a pair of majors.

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Watson Makes Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks

Watson Makes Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks

Michael Cohen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team is set.

U.S. captain Tom Watson selected Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, and Hunter Mahan Tuesday to round out the team of 12.

Bradley, who hasn’t won a tournament in two years, was close to qualifying for the team on his own. He played in the 2012 Ryder Cup and went 3-0 in matches with Phil Mickelson.

“Keegan has the ability to hit the ball a long way,” Watson said. “Now, Keegan, he can go real low. He certainly teamed up great with Phil Mickelson. There are a lot of great pluses about Keegan, but the most important thing he brings to it is his unbridled passion to play on the Ryder Cup team.”

Simpson went 2-2 during the American’s heartbreaking loss in 2012, when the U.S. blew a 10-6 lead on the final day.

Mahan, who won the Barclays a few weeks ago, was on the last American team to win the Ryder Cup in 2008.

Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Zach Johnson will also represent the U.S. against Europe in the tournament, which begins Sept. 26 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

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Tiger Woods Fires Coach Sean Foley

Tiger Woods Fires Coach Sean Foley

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods has parted ways with swing coach Sean Foley. 

“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,” Woods said on his website. “Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando [in December], this is the right time to end our professional relationship.”

The 14-time major champion said that there is no timetable for hiring a new coach.

Woods suffered severe back pain throughout the 2014 PGA season and withdrew from the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone classic before failing to make the cut at the PGA Championship.

Woods is aiming for a Dec. 4 return for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

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Mahan Wins at The Barclays

Mahan Wins at The Barclays

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RIDGEFIELD, N.J.) — Hunter Mahan’s drought is finally over. After more than 30 months and 48 tournaments, Mahan shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to claim The Barclays Championship at Ridgefield Country Club.

His performance was capped off by three straight birdies down the stretch, finishing with a 20-foot putt on 17 that allowed him to bogey the 18th and still win by two strokes over Cameron Tringale.

“This game is all about winning,” Mahan said. “You can have a great year and if you don’t win, it just feels like you missed out on something. So to get a win, and do it in a tournament like this in this kind of fashion with a 65 on Sunday, feels great.”

The 32-year-old took over the lead for good after sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on 15, and then expanded the lead with birdies on each of the next two holes. Despite driving his final tee shot into the trees, Mahan was able to pitch back on to the fairway and eventually knock in an 8-foot bogey putt.

Mahan has never missed a FedEx Cup playoff event and has now put himself in contention for a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team. This victory catapults Mahan to the top of the FedEx Cup points standings after the first tournament of the PGA’s playoff system. The top 100 players in the standings advance to the Duetsche Bank Championship next week in Boston.

World number one, Rory McIlroy, who had won his last three tournaments, shot a final round 70 and tied for 22nd.

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Tiger Woods Withdraws From Consideration For Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods Withdraws From Consideration For Ryder Cup

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods has pulled himself out of the running for a spot on this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team.

“I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed,” Woods said in a statement released on his website Wednesday. “They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only. “

The 14-time major champion missed the cut in this past weekend’s PGA Championship after shooting a 74 in the first two rounds.

Woods says he plans to return to the links on Dec. 4 for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

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Tom Watson: Tiger Must Be Healthy for Ryder Cup

Tom Watson: Tiger Must Be Healthy for Ryder Cup

Michael Cohen/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson isn’t ruling Tiger Woods out next month.  

Woods failed to make the cut at the PGA Championship following severe back pains at the WGC Bridgestone Classic and Watson said on Monday he’s not ruling him out yet.

“I think it directly comes from Tiger,” Watson said. “How he assesses himself. He has a directness to him. I’m direct and he’s direct. The main thing is I can’t assess his medical condition. And I really can’t assess how he is playing. It’s really going to have to come from him.”

Nine players qualified for the team after the PGA Championship ended on Sunday.

“I don’t make this comment loosely,” Watson said.  “He is Tiger Woods and he brings a lot to the team if he has the ability to play and he is healthy. He brings a lot to the team. And I would be a fool not to consider him.”

The United States last won the Ryder Cup in 1999, but Watson believes that the American’s are catching up to the European players and said that they’ll be a threat to win the Ryder Cup.

“I think the European team is the stronger of the teams right now, on paper,” Watson said. “But I have extreme confidence in the players that we have on our team and their motivation to go out and win the cup back. It doesn’t leave me any question that we’re capable of winning the cup.”

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Rory McIlroy Wins the PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy Wins the PGA Championship

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Kentucky) — Rory McIlory continued his dominance on Sunday as he won the PGA Championship in a dramatic four-man race that came down to the wire.

McIlory finished 3-under 68 and become just the fourth player in the last century to win four majors at age 25 or younger. The others are Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Bobby Jones.

“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this,” said McIlroy, only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year. “I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today.”

The 18th and final round was finished just in time as the golfers were battling darkness. The just managed to finish the tournament, which was good news for McIlory.

Phil Mickelson finished just one stroke behind McIlory in the tournament, followed by Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.

Fowler’s tough luck continued this weekend, he became the first player in history to finish in the top five at all four majors without winning one.

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McIlroy Maintains Lead Heading Into Sunday at Valhalla

McIlroy Maintains Lead Heading Into Sunday at Valhalla

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Rory McIlroy birdied three of the last four holes to shoot a 4-under 67 Saturday and maintain a one-stroke lead at the PGA Championship. 

“It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had, but I’m still in control of this golf tournament,” McIlroy said “It’s a great position to be in.”

McIlroy holds a one-stroke lead over 28-year-old Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who tied Hunter Mahan for the low round of the day with a 6-under 65 and is 12-under for the tournament. 

“This is a dream come true,” said Wiesberger, who is heading into only his second Sunday at a major. “I’m very proud of myself, the way I played today. This is a completely new situation for me.”

Rickie Fowler is in third, two strokes off the lead, while Phil Mickelson and Jason Day both are three strokes back heading into Sunday at Valhalla. 

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Rory Seizes Lead, Tiger Misses Cut at Valhalla

Rory Seizes Lead, Tiger Misses Cut at Valhalla

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Rory McIlroy continued his impressive play by shooting a 4-under 67 en route to taking over the lead after the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla. His birdie on the final hole put him one shot ahead of both Jim Furyk and Jason Day.

“I scored well, but the golf wasn’t quite as pretty as yesterday at times, neither was the weather, obviously,” said McIlroy after rain delayed day two for almost an hour. “Played well for the most part. There were some key up-and-downs to keep the momentum going in the round.”

The top golfer in the world recorded an eagle, four birdies, and two bogeys in his second round. McIlroy has won each of his last two tournaments, including the British Open, and is a combined 41 under par in his last 10 rounds.

Day had the best Friday round of anyone, posting a 6-under 65 to close to within a stroke of the leader. Furyk also shot well while Ryan Palmer, Rickie Fowler, and Mikko Ilonen all sit at 7-under after two days.

One week after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone, Tiger Woods struggled with back pain and recorded his second straight 3-over to miss the cut at 6-over for the tournament. It is just the fourth time that Woods has missed the cut in a Major.

“It was sore. No doubt about it,” Woods said after totaling a 6-over 148 to miss the cut by five strokes. “It went out on me on the range. Just had to play through it.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Yankees 1 (60-54) – Detroit Tigers 0 (62-50)

Washington Nationals 5 (62-51) – New York Mets 3 (54-61) 13 Innings

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (63-52) – San Francisco Giants 1 (62-53)

Chicago Cubs 6 (49-64) – Colorado Rockies 2 (45-69)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (52-63) – Houston Astros 5 (47-68)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (61-53) – Miami Marlins 2 (55-59)

Baltimore Orioles 2 (65-49) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (61-55)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (59-56) – Cleveland Indians 0 (57-58)

Kansas City Royals 6 (60-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (49-66)

Oakland Athletics 3 (70-44) – Minnesota Twins 0 (51-62)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (61-52) – Boston Red Sox 2 (50-64)

Seattle Mariners 13 (60-54) – Chicago White Sox 3 (55-61)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (66-50) – Los Angeles Angels 0 (67-47)

NFL Preseason: New York Jets 13 (1-0) – Indianapolis Colts 10 (0-1)

Washington Redskins 23 (1-0) – New England Patriots 6 (0-1)

Baltimore Ravens 23 (1-0) – San Francisco 49ers 3 (0-1)

Kansas City Chiefs 41 (1-0) – Cincinnati Bengals 39 (0-1)

San Diego Chargers 27 (1-0) – Dallas Cowboys 7 (0-1)

Denver Broncos 21 (1-0) – Seattle Seahawks 16 (0-1)

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Tiger Declares He’s Ready to Play in PGA Championship

Tiger Declares He’s Ready to Play in PGA Championship

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Just three days after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational due to pain in his back, Tiger Woods has announced he will play Thursday in the PGA Championship.

“Pain-free, yes, except for the headache of talking to you guys,” Woods said during a press conference Wednesday after being asked if he was in any pain.

Woods played a nine-hole practice round Wednesday at Valhalla Golf Club, where he won the 2000 PGA Championship.

“I felt pretty good about how I played and the shots I hit,” Woods said. “I have to get used to how this golf course is playing.”

Woods injured his back Sunday on the second hole at Firestone when he awkwardly hit a shot out of fairway bunker. He continued to play until after his tee shot on the ninth hole before being assisted off the course in a golf cart.

Woods had surgery on his back on March 31 but he said the pain he felt Sunday wasn’t related.

Woods tees off at 8:35 a.m. Thursday. He’s playing in a group with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.

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McIlroy Surges for WGC Title, Woods Withdraws

McIlroy Surges for WGC Title, Woods Withdraws

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(AKRON, Ohio) — Rory McIlroy hit three straight birdies on his first three holes to erase a three shot deficit on the final day of the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. It was the second straight tournament win for McIlroy, who regained the top spot on the world golf ranking.

McIlroy entered the day trailing Sergio Garcia by three strokes, but opened Sunday’s round with three consecutive birdies to tie Garcia, who bogeyed to give McIlroy the lead. His impressive play continued throughout the day, finishing with a 4-under 66 to capture his first World Golf Championship. Garcia finished second behind McIlroy, much like he did two weeks ago at the British Open.

Marc Leishman finished third while Patrick Reed finished fourth.

Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw from competition after re-injuring his surgically repaired back. The injury came on the second hole when he landed in a sand trap after using an awkward stance to attempt a shot. Woods attempted to play through but eventually withdrew on the ninth hole and needed assistance leaving the course.

Woods was not certain whether or not he will compete at the PGA Championship next week in Louisville. McIlroy will be looking for his third straight win and his second Major title this year.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Franicsco Giants 9 (60-51) – New York Mets 0 (53-58)

Cincinnati Reds 7 (56-55) – Miami Marlins 3 (54-57)

Baltimore Orioles 1 (62-48) – Seattle Mariners 0 (57-54)

Detroit Tigers 4 (61-47) – Colorado Rockies 0 (44-67)

Washington Nationals 4 (60-49) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (49-63)

Houston Astros 6 (47-65) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (60-53)

Cleveland Indians 4 (56-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (43-68) – 12 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (59-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (61-51)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7 (66-44) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (54-57)

Kansas City Royals 4 (57-53) – Oakland Athletics 2 (67-43)

Minnesota Twins 16 (50-60) – Chicago White Sox 3 (54-58)

Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (49-63) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (59-52) – 10 Innings

Chicago Cubs 7 (47-63) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (63-49)

San Diego Padres 4 (51-60) – Atlanta Braves 3 (58-54) – 10 Innings

New York Yankees 8 (57-53) – Boston Red Sox 7 (49-62)

NFL Preseason: New York Giants 17 (1-0) – Buffalo Bills 13 (0-1)

NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

Golf: Rory McIlroy won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Rory McIlroy Wins The Open Championship

Rory McIlroy Wins The Open Championship

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(MERSEYSIDE, England) –  Rory McIlroy held on to win the 2014 Open Championship on Sunday to capture the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy, 25, led by six shots heading into the final round.  The lead was down to two shots at one point, but he wound up closing with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.

“It feels incredible,” McIlroy said. “Today wasn’t easy. A few guys were making runs at me. I just needed to stay focused and stay in the present and really concentrate on what I was doing out there.”

After winning the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship, McIlroy joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players with three different majors at age 25 or younger.

Woods shot a final-round 75 to tie for 69th, capping off his worst 72-hole finish in a major as a pro.

“I just had to get more game time,” Woods said.  “I think we did the smart thing by not playing too much leading into this event, just want to assess how my back was. And where I need to strengthen, how I need to go about it, how to gain my explosiveness again, and all that’s come along.”

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McIlroy Continues to Lead After Day 3 at The Open

McIlroy Continues to Lead After Day 3 at The Open

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(MERSEYSIDE, England) — Rory McIlroy continues to lead at Royal Liverpool.

The 25-year-old McIlroy shot a 4-under 68 Saturday and holds a six stroke lead over Rickie Fowler.

McIlroy was actually tied with Fowler heading into the 14th, but the Irishman proceeded to shoot 4-under from there while Fowler bogeyed three of the final six holes.

McIlroy is looking to win the third major of his career, and even though he has a big lead, he isn’t letting it get to his head.

“I’m not taking anything for granted,” McIlroy said. “If the guys in front of me had just finished a little better — finished the way I did — then my lead wouldn’t have been as much as it was. … A lot can happen. And I’ve been on the right side of it and I’ve been on the wrong side of it. You can’t let yourself think forward. You’ve just got to completely stay in the moment, and that’s what I’m going to try to do for all 18 holes tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods shot a 73 and is 19 strokes off the lead.

 

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British Open Round 2 Recap

British Open Round 2 Recap

ThinkStock(HOYLAKE, England) — New day, same story at the British Open. Rory McIlory remains atop the leader board after shooting his second straight 6-under 66.
Heading into the weekend, McIlory holds a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson.
For Johns…

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – First Round:

1.  Rory McIlroy -6 (66)

2.  Matteo Manassero -5 (67)

3.  Edoardo Molinari -4 (68)

Brooks Koepka -4 (68)

Francesco Molinari -4 (68)

Jim Furyk  -4 (68)

Sergio Garcia -4 (68)

Adam Scott -4 (68)

Shane Lowry -4 (68)

4. Tiger Woods -3 (69)

Robert Karlsson -3 (69)

Marc Leishman -3 (69)

Koumei Oda -3 (69)

Rickie Fowler -3 (69)

Hideki Matsuyama -3 (69)

Jimmy Walker -3 (69)

Yoshinobu Tsukada -3 (69)

Boo Weekley -3 (69)

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Tiger Ready for British Open

Tiger Ready for British Open

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOYLAKE, England) — Tiger Woods is not concerned about his back problems anymore and is poised to compete for another major title this week at the British Open.

“I’ve been in circumstances like this,” Woods said on Tuesday. “If you remember in ’08 I had knee surgery right after the Masters. I won a U.S. Open. I didn’t play more than nine holes and the Sunday before the U.S. Open I didn’t break 50 for nine holes and still was able to win it in a playoff, with an (torn) ACL and a broken leg.”

“I’ve proven I can do it, it’s just a matter of putting my game and giving myself the best chances this week to miss the ball in the correct spots, to be aggressive when I can, and obviously to hole putts. That’s a recipe you find for every major championship, but I’ve just got to do it this week,” Woods continued.

Woods last played in June at Congressional Country Club and missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National after shooting a 74 and 75.

The 14-time major champion said that his back and swing are almost 100 percent.

“It’s getting better,” Woods said. “Playing at Congressional was a big boost to me. The fact that I was able to go at it that hard and hit it like that with no pain. It wasn’t like that the previous time I played. Playing at both the Honda and Doral [in March] I did not feel well. But to come back and be able to hit the ball as hard as I was able to hit it. I’ve gotten stronger since then, I’ve gotten more explosive, I’ve gotten faster since then. That’s going to be the case, I’m only going to get stronger and faster, which is great.”

Woods tees off on Thursday morning at 9:04 a.m. local time (4:04 ET).

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