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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 RecapThinkStock(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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Brian Harman Wins John Deere Classic

Brian Harman Wins John Deere Classic

(SILVIS, Ill.) -- For the first time in his young career, Brian Harman played in the final pairing on Sunday. The 27-year-old handled that pressure, making three clutch birdies down the stretch to win the John Deere Classic by one stroke over Zach Johnson.

"It was very hard, probably one of the hardest things I've ever tried to do in my life," Harman said. "Just trying not to let your mind run wild is the hardest part out there."

Johnson, a neighbor of Harman, shot a 7-under 64, tying the leader on the 14th hole with a birdie. When Harman approached the 14th, he was able to make par before knocking home birdie putts on each of the next two holes to pull away.

A bogey on 18 didn't hurt the first-time PGA winner, who held a two-stroke lead as he stood on the final tee. The victory earns Harman the final exemption for the British Open and also gave him an invitation to the Masters and Tournament of Champions, both firsts.

Jhonattan Vegas finished tied for third with Jerry Kelly while Scott Brown and Tim Clark tied for fifth.

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Cabrera Wins Greenbrier Classic

Cabrera Wins Greenbrier Classic

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W. Va.) -- Angel Cabrera has won just two tournaments in his PGA Tour career, both of which were majors. On Sunday he picked up his first non-major event victory by taking the Greenbrier Classic.

"This was a great opportunity," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "I wanted it. I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control today out there, and I didn't want to let it get away from me."

The 44-year-old finished the tournament at 2-under, posting a 6-under 64 in his final round to beat George McNeill by two strokes. McNeill shot a season-best 61 for his fourth top-10 finish of the year.

For Cabrera, it is his first top-10 finish of the season and his first win since the 2009 Masters. The Argentinian's only other PGA Tour victory came in the 2007 U.S. Open. 

And although McNeill played well, he suffered some bad news right after his round -- his older sister passed away from cancer early Sunday morning.

"Golf doesn't really mean a whole lot," McNeill told reporters after hearing the news. "So it's hard."

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Rose Wins Quicken Loans National

Rose Wins Quicken Loans National

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Justin Rose hit a ball into the pond on the 18th fairway but made bogey to force a playoff in the final round of the Quicken Loans National on Sunday. Rose then made par on the first playoff hole to beat Shawn Stefani at Congressional National Golf Course for his first win of the season.

Stefani, who narrowly missed a birdie putt on 18 to win, duplicated Rose's mistake and ended up in the same pond on the extra hole. That opened the door for Rose, who earned his first PGA Tour win since taking the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

The Englishman shot a 1-under 70 to finish with a tournament score of 4-under. Stefani posted the same score in the final round in his quest for his first PGA Tour victory.

"I felt like all aspects of my game were tested this week, and it's really nice to win in that fashion," Rose said.

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Tiger Shoots 3-Over in Return to Golf

Tiger Shoots 3-Over in Return to Golf

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- For the first time in three months, Tiger Woods was back on the golf course. Woods shot a 3-over 74 in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on Thursday.

"I was trying to get the numbers and the feel," said Woods. "That didn't start happening until midway through my front nine."

Woods had seven bogeys through his first 12 holes but closed with three birdies in his final six. It was the competitive round for the 14-time champion since having surgery on his back in March. Woods' last PGA Tour event was the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. He finished in 25th place with a 5-over performance.

The first round 74 is the highest score for Woods at the tournament. Only once has he gone on to win an event after shooting so high, the 2005 Masters when he opened with a 74. Greg Chalmers leads the field after a first round 66, one-shot better than Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson.

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Michelle Wie Wins US Women’s Open

Michelle Wie Wins US Women’s Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- She burst on to the scene as a 13-year-old phenom. Eleven years later, Michelle Wie captured her first ever major championship by winning the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Her final round Sunday was anything but a breeze for the 24-year-old. Holding a three-stroke lead on the 16th hole, Wie double bogeyed to open the door for Stacy Lewis. Wie followed that up with a clutch 25-foot birdie putt on 17 before sinking a par on 18 for the title.

The final round 70 beat Lewis by two strokes after the worlds number one player made a historic charge. Her 4-under 66 was highlighted by eight birdies, the most by any golfer in a final round at the U.S. Open. After preparing for a possible playoff, Lewis greeted Wie with a hug on the final green.

Wie shot 2-under for the tournament, the only player to finish under par. Lewis finished second at even par while Stephanie Meadows finished at 1-over.

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Wie Eyes First Ever Major Championship

Wie Eyes First Ever Major Championship

Tyler Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- Michelle Wie entered Saturday with a three stroke lead at the U.S. Women's Open. After salvaging a 2-over 72, she sits tied with Amy Yang for the 54-hole lead at Pinehurst No. 2.

"I'm just grateful for another opportunity," said Wie, who at one point ballooned her lead to four strokes. "Tomorrow I'm going to play as hard as I can and hope for the best."

Wie made consecutive birdies at the turn, reaching 6-under for the tournament, before her first double-bogey of the week on the tenth. After another bogey on 12, the 24-year-old settled down to make four crucial pars down the stretch and finish at 2-under for the tournament. This is the third time that Wie has held at least a share of the lead entering Sunday. The previous two came when she was 15 and 17-years old.

Meanwhile, Yang had an eventful round of her own, not making her first par until the eighth hole. Yang will be in the final pairing for the second time in three years, missing the outright lead by recording a bogey on the 18th hole. The two are four strokes ahead of a group of players which includes 53-year-old Julie Inkster. The Hall of Famer is competing in her 35th, and last, Women's Open.

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Lucy Li, 11-Year-Old Phenom, Misses Cut at U.S. Women’s Open

Lucy Li, 11-Year-Old Phenom, Misses Cut at U.S. Women’s Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINHEHURST, N.C.) -- The youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history failed to make the cut in her debut. Lucy Li, the 11-year-old phenom, shot an 8-over 78 on Friday, putting her at +16 for the tournament in her two days of competition.

Although she opened her round with a double-bogey, Li finished the outing with pars on three of the final four holes. Li also birdied the par-four 14th, calling it her favorite moment of the tournament.

"She was here for the experience and the opportunity to play with the best players in the world," said Li's caddie Bryan Bush. "She proved that she can."

The Women's Open is no stranger to a youth movement. Michelle Wie, the tournament leader heading into the weekend, was 13 at her first US Open in 2003. Lexi Thompson made her debut in 2007 at age 12, becoming the youngest qualifier at the tournament before Li.

Wie is currently four-under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of Thompson.

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Martin Kaymer Wins the U.S. Open

Martin Kaymer Wins the U.S. Open

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- Martin Kaymer entered the final day of the U.S. Open with a five-stroke lead and never looked back to take home his first title at Pinehurst.

Kaymer shot 1-under 69 on Sunday to win by eight shots ahead of Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler.

"It was just a matter of time," Kaymer said.  "It's not a huge surprise to me that I played good golf, it's a surprise that I won big tournaments."

Kaymer had history on his side; the last time someone blew a five-stroke lead entering the final day at the U.S. Open was 95 years ago.

Kaymer shot four rounds at 9-under 271 for his second major championship.

Phil Mickelson was seeking his first Open title, but finished 7-over with a final round of 72.

Rory McIlroy finished 6-over and Adam Scott was 2-over with a 69.

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Kaymer Comes Back Down to Earth, Still Leads by 5 Strokes

Kaymer Comes Back Down to Earth, Still Leads by 5 Strokes

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C) -- Martin Kaymer, who shot back-to-back 65's Thursday and Friday, shot a 2-over 72 Saturday and now holds a five-stroke lead heading into the final round at the U.S. Open.

After having only one bogey through the first two days, Kaymer had five on Saturday to fall back to 8-under for the tournament. Still, his performance was good enough to hold a sizeable lead, especially on a day where only two golfers shot rounds under par.

"I didn't play as well as the first two days, but I kept it together," Kaymer said.

The two golfers that did shoot under par are the two that find themselves in second place, five strokes back of Kaymer. Erik Compton had five birdies and an eagle en route to a 3-under 67 while Rickie Fowler had five birdies to also shoot a 3-under 67.

Kaymer has history on his side when it comes to winning. It has been 95 years since a player with a 5-stroke lead heading into the final round at a U.S. Open lost. Still, Kaymer isn't counting his chickens before they hatch.

"If you're four shots, five shots, six shots, if you play a golf course like this, it can be gone very quickly," he said. "You could see it today. So the challenge tomorrow is to keep going and not try to defend anything. So we'll see how it will react tomorrow, how the body feels and how I handle the situation."

Kaymer and Fowler will make up the final pairing Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2. They are scheduled to tee off at 3:35 p.m Eastern.

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