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McDowell Begins World Match Play Defense with Win

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 06:56 Thursday, 16 October 2014 06:43

Graeme McDowell

Canadian Press

ASH, England (AP) — Defending champion Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson began the World Match Play Championship with comfortable wins, three weeks after teaming up as one of Europe’s top pairings in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

McDowell had a 3-and-2 victory over Alexander Levy, who won the Portugal Masters, and Dubuisson beat Pablo Larrazabal by the same score in the first of three group matches at The London Club in southeast England.



Pinckney Takes Long, Tough Road to PGA Tour

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:21 Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:08

Scott Pinckney

Canadian Press

NAPA, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Scott Pinckney had played only two PGA Tour events before making his debut as a member in the Open. One was the U.S. Open at Congressional. The other was the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

That's not to say the 25-year-old Utah native doesn't get around.

Pinckney is another American who spent his early years traveling the world as part of the European Tour or Challenge Tour. He didn't get as much attention as Peter Uihlein, who earned his European Tour card by winning, or Brooks Koepka, who won three Challenge Tour events to reach the European Tour.



Kaymer Takes 2-Shot Lead in Grand Slam in Bermuda

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:07 Tuesday, 14 October 2014 23:47


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SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (Josh Ball/AP) — U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer seized control with a tap-in birdie followed by an eagle on his way to a 6-under 65 and a two-shot lead over Bubba Watson in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Tuesday.

British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy fell back after a strong start and had a 69. Jim Furyk, the alternate in the 36-hole exhibition for the year's four major champions, was seven shots behind after a 73.



Reed Ready to Let Emotions Fly in World Match Play

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 23:46 Tuesday, 14 October 2014 23:42

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ASH, England (AP) — With his fist-pumping, spiky exchanges with spectators and brilliant play on the course, Patrick Reed was the standout American player in every sense in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Two weeks on, Reed is back on British soil and ready to let his emotions fly again in the 16-man World Match Play Championship at The London Golf Club.

"Am I going to get as rowdy as I did at the Ryder Cup? Probably not," Reed said.



Johnny Miller Extends TV Deal, Pulling for Woods

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 23:05 Tuesday, 14 October 2014 21:46

Johnny Miller

Canadian Press

NAPA, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — In his own words, Johnny Miller doesn't think he has lost his marbles. Not all of them, anyway.

And there's a big part of him that wants to see if Tiger Woods can find his game.

Miller was the first person who dared to mention the "C'' word (choke) in a golf telecast. As he finished his 25th year as the lead analyst for NBC Sports, he began thinking about the "R'' word — retirement.



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