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Jordan Spieth Breaks Tigers’ Record at Hero World Challenge

Jordan Spieth Breaks Tigers’ Record at Hero World Challenge

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(WINDERMERE, Fla.) -- Jordan Spieth broke two records as he cruised to victory in the Hero World Challenge on Sunday. The second-year pro shot a 6-under 66 in the final round to finish 10 strokes better than second place Henrik Stenson.

"Whether my emotions showed it or not I'm not sure, but inside we were really very pleased with the year and how it came to a close," Spieth said. "This caps off the best golfing year that I've ever had."

Already holding a seven-stroke lead, Spieth converted three straight birdies to open his round and led by 11 after the first nine holes.

He finished the tournament at 26-under par 262, breaking the tournament record of 266 set by Tiger Woods in 2007 and Davis Love III in 2000. His 10-stroke win broke another tournament record, largest margin of victory, also previously held by Woods.

"He's playing some pretty special golf right now," said Woods, who hosted the 18-man tournament.

Spieth moved into the Top-10 in the world rankings, sitting ninth, as he picked up his second win of the season.

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Tiger Excited to Return to Golf

Tiger Excited to Return to Golf

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods, winner of 14 Majors, says he is excited and ready to return to competitive play in 2015.

"I feel great," Woods said Monday during an appearance on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. "I feel really, really good. It's great to be back out here competing again. I've missed it quite a bit."

Woods has been recovering from back injuries that kept him off the course since August. He played just eight times in 2014, missing both the Masters and U.S. Open due to surgery, before completely shutting it down after he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

The 38-year-old announced two weeks ago that Chris Como has been working with him on his swing as he prepares for the Hero World Challenge this week.

"I can finally log in the time, log in the minutes, and really delve into a good practice session and really get a lot out of it," he said. "And that's something that I hadn't been able to do in quite some time."

Woods has not won a Major tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open. The Hero World Challenge is an 18-man field of top-50 players that helps raise funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Rory McIlroy Leads Day One of the British Open

Rory McIlroy Leads Day One of the British Open

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOYLAKE, England) -- Rory McIlory has taken the British Open by storm after shooting a 6-under 66 on Thursday.

"It was pretty stress-free to be honest," McIlroy said after his round. "I got myself out of position a couple of times on the course but that was really it. And obviously no bogies when I did get myself out of position. I was able to get it up and down nicely. Just a really solid round of golf."

Matteo Manassero made only one bogey and also shot 33 after the turn, resulting in second-place finish after one round at 5-under 67.

After a tough start to the day, Tiger Woods rebounded nicely to shoot a 3-under 69, which is tied for 10th.

Defending champions Phil Mickelson had a tough day on the course, shooting a 74 and closing with a bogey.

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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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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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Tiger Woods Will Miss U.S. Open

Tiger Woods Will Miss U.S. Open

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(DUBLIN, Ohio) -- Tiger Woods announced on his website Wednesday that he will miss the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 because he is still recovering from back surgery.

"Unfortunately, I won't be there because I am not physically able to play competitive golf," Woods said. "I'd like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won't be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it's going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future." Woods has been sidelined since playing in the WGC- Cadillac Championship in early March. The 14-time major title winner had surgery on March 31 for a pinched nerve in his back.

This will be the sixth major championship Tiger has missed because of injuries.

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Tigers Woods to Miss the Masters After Undergoing Back Surgery

Tigers Woods to Miss the Masters After Undergoing Back SurgeryStuart Franklin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More issues for Tiger Woods as he will miss the Masters after recently undergoing back surgery. Woods underwent a microdiscectomy on Monday in Park City, Utah. It will be the first time in 20 years that Woods w...

Arnold Palmer: Tiger Woods ‘Wanted to Play’

Arnold Palmer: Tiger Woods ‘Wanted to Play’Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(ORLANDO) -- Arnold Palmer understands that Tiger Woods did his best to try and play this week at Bay Hill.   The Hall of Famer said on Wednesday that Woods had every intention of playing, but just couldn't shake his on...

Tiger Woods Withdraws from the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods Withdraws from the Arnold Palmer InvitationalScott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods will not play at Bay Hill this weekend because of an ongoing back issue. Woods confirmed the news on his website that he'd be withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational. "I personally called Arn...
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