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U.S. ahead by 1 at delayed Presidents Cup

DUBLIN, Ohio – One other rain delay minimize brief some exceptional golf Friday in the Presidents Cup.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley shot 30 on the front 9 at Muirfield Village, an astounding efficiency in foursomes. Only some sloppy play allowed the match to go 15 holes in a four-and-3 win over Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

“We have been down but, boy, on 5 we just turned it on and played a few of our greatest golf,” Mickelson stated.

Proper behind them, Brendon de Jonge started to emerge as a star of the International workforce. He teamed with Ernie Els and they never trailed in a 4-and-3 win over Hunter Mahan and Invoice Haas, going 8 beneath when the match ended on the fifteenth.

“This man, he performed lovely and we each played effectively right this moment,” Els said.

The Americans had a four½-3½ lead, although 4 matches had been still in progress when darkness descended on Muirfield Village.

For the second straight day, storms interrupted play and left a bleak outlook for finishing Sunday. Heavy rain – and the time it took to get small swimming pools of water out of the bunkers and fairways – led to a delay of almost three hours.

The opposite 4 matches – the Americans were up in two, the Worldwide led the other two – were to renew Saturday morning.

Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were 6 below via eight holes and still only had a 1-up lead over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Oosthuizen missed a short par putt on the ninth to lose one other hole, and the previous Open Championship winner made an excellent higher blunder on the par-3 twelfth. After Woods went long of the green, Oosthuizen’s 7-iron leaked to the appropriate and hopped into the water. The Individuals gained with a bogey and have been 3 up with six holes to play once they stopped.

Steve Stricker and 20-12 months-outdated Jordan Spieth finally seized control of their match when Spieth made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-three eighth, and the Texan made one other key birdie on the twelfth. They had been three up with 4 holes remaining.

What appeared to be the decisive match of the foursomes session was Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, who overcame an early deficit and have been 1 up with 5 holes remaining towards Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker. The International workforce had control of the opposite match. Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott lost just one gap and had been 4 up with seven holes remaining towards Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

[+] EnlargePhil Mickelson and Keegan BradleyBrian Spurlock/USA AT PRESENT Sports activitiesPhil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were plenty glad after securing some extent for the U.S. workforce on Friday.

Saturday is the busiest day for the Presidents Cup, with five fourballs matches early and five foursomes matches late. It concludes with 12 singles matches Sunday, though the forecast isn’t any higher, especially for Sunday.

One thing was becoming clear by way of the relentless look of clouds – the course Jack Nicklaus built has been groomed for birdies.

Nicklaus stood at the back of the press heart peering at the scoreboard, and he couldn’t consider the scores he saw from each side. “They are saying this golf course is tough,” Nicklaus mentioned, though he knows better. The greens are among the most pure on the PGA Tour, and they’re comfortable because of the rain. In match play, with 24 of the very best players from every continent except Europe, Muirfield Village does not stand much of a chance.

“They aren’t defending the course like they might do on a Sunday of the Memorial,” Els stated. “So they’re establishing the course where you can make some birdies in case you play correctly.”

It was an enormous change from two years in the past at fast, fiery and frightening Royal Melbourne. In eighty holes on Friday, there have been 51 birdies and two eagles. That is good for the fourballs format – not often for alternate shot.

“People need to see birdies,” Mickelson said. “We do not need to be taking part in protection. We want to be playing offense. And if you try this, you are winning holes due to nice photographs, not because of other’s mistakes. And I believe that’s exactly the way it needs to be in these staff events.”

Mickelson and Bradley, coming off their first loss in 4 matches as a staff, fell behind early and wanted a pair of huge putts from Bradley to keep from falling additional behind. It took a 15-foot eagle putt by Mickelson just to square the match on the par-5 fifth. However there was no stopping them from there. They adopted with three straight birdies and gained three straight holes on the again nine with pars.

Mickelson tried to hole out a pitch simply wanting the thirteenth inexperienced – an up-and-down was all he needed – and it hit the opening and spun 4 feet away. Bradley missed the par putt, bungled the 14th for an additional bogey and they halved the fifteenth with birdies.

Even so, they made six birdies and an eagle in 15 holes of alternate shot.

“I just suppose that when Phil and I get rolling in this alternate shot, we complement one another so nicely,” Bradley mentioned. “I think that we each really enjoy type of exhibiting off in entrance of one another.”

De Jonge and Els opened with two fast birdies via three holes and never gave Mahan and Haas a lot of an opportunity. They did not lose a single gap.

“Brendon performed awesome,” Els said. “He played nice yesterday. Actually, he even performed higher at this time.”

The Zimbabwean, in his first Presidents Cup, stated Els contributed in his own means.

“Do not let Ernie give me all of the credit,” de Jonge said. “He is by far probably the most calming affect I’ve ever been on the golf course with. It’s nice to play with a Hall of Famer who hits it in the course of the golf green and middle of the inexperienced. He makes it very straightforward.”

The conclusion of the second session might be pivotal for captain Nick Worth and his International crew, which has misplaced the last seven foursomes sessions on this occasion.

 

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2014 Masters odds are out, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy lead the field

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson — Getty Images We’re 240 days till the start of the 2014 Masters (the countdown to Augusta is right right here), but that does not mean preliminary odds aren’t out for the primary major of next yr.

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Tiger Woods, who hasn’t won a serious in over five years, leads the percentages at 5-to-1, with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy coming in at 12-to-1 and Adam Scott is 15-to-1.

PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner is 30-to-1 to win.

Check out the remainder of the percentages after the leap, and tell us which number you suppose has value.

THE MASTERS
AUGUSTA NATIONWIDE GOLF CLUB – AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
APRIL 10-13, 2014

ODDS TO WIN:
TIGER WOODS 5/1
PHIL MICKELSON 12/1
RORY McILROY 12/1
ADAM SCOTT 15/1
JUSTIN ROSE 20/1
BRANDT SNEDEKER 25/1
JASON DAY 25/1
LEE WESTWOOD 30/1
CHARL SCHWARTZEL 30/1
DUSTIN JOHNSON 30/1
HENRIK STENSON 30/1
MATT KUCHAR 30/1
JASON DUFNER 30/1
LUKE DONALD forty/1
BUBBA WATSON forty/1
KEEGAN BRADLEY forty/1
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN forty/1
HUNTER MAHAN 40/1
SERGIO GARCIA 50/1
GRAEME McDOWELL 50/1
STEVE STRICKER 50/1
IAN POULTER 60/1
RICKIE FOWLER 60/1
ANGEL CABRERA 60/1
WEBB SIMPSON 60/1
NICK WATNEY 60/1
BILL HAAS eighty/1
ZACH JOHNSON 80/1
THORBJORN OLESEN eighty/1
JIM FURYK eighty/1
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA 80/1
JORDAN SPIETH 80/1
MARTIN KAYMER a hundred/1
BO VAN PELT one hundred/1
RYAN MOORE 100/1
BILLY HORSCHEL a hundred/1
NICOLAS COLSAERTS 100/1
K.J. CHOI a hundred/1
ERNIE ELS one hundred twenty five/1
HARRIS ENGLISH one hundred twenty five/1
PETER HANSON a hundred twenty five/1
MARTIN LAIRD one hundred twenty five/1
JONAS BLIXT 125/1
PAUL CASEY a hundred twenty five/1
FRED COUPLES one hundred twenty five/1
ROBERT GARRIGUS a hundred twenty five/1
PADRAIG HARRINGTON 150/1
MATTEO MANASSERO a hundred and fifty/1
FREDDIE JACOBSON 150/1
FRANCESCO MOLINARI one hundred fifty/1
SCOTT PIERCY a hundred and fifty/1
RUSSELL HENLEY a hundred and fifty/1
BRANDEN GRACE one hundred fifty/1
RICHARD STERNE one hundred fifty/1
BOO WEEKLEY a hundred and fifty/1
MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ 150/1
GRAHAM DeLAET 150/1
GEOFF OGILVY a hundred and fifty/1
BROOKS KOEPKA 150/1
TIM CLARK 200/1
GEORGE COETZEE 200/1
BERND WEISBERGER 200/1
MARC LEISHMAN 200/1
CHARLES HOWELL III 200/1
JIMMY WALKER 200/1
KEVIN STREELMAN 200/1
CHARLEY HOFFMAN 200/1
RETIEF GOOSEN 200/1
CAMILO VILLEGAS 200/1
GARY WOODLAND 200/1
DAVID TOMS 200/1
JOHN HUH 200/1
STEWART CINK 200/1
CARL PETTERSSON 200/1
VIJAY SINGH 200/1
MICHAEL THOMPSON 200/1
GONZALO FERNANDEZ-CASTANO 200/1
PETER UIHLEIN 200/1
RYO ISHIKAWA 250/1
CHRIS WOODEN 250/1
LUKE GUTHRIE 250/1
SHANE LOWRY 250/1
THOMAS BJORN 250/1
Y.E. YANG 250/1
TREVOR IMMELMAN 250/1
SANG-MOON BAE 250/1
JAMIE DONALDSON 250/1
ALEX NOREN 250/1
AARON BADDELEY 250/1
KEN DUKE 300/1
LUCAS GLOVER 300/1
DARREN CLARKE 300/1
MIKE WEIR 300/1
JORDAN NIEBRUGGE 500/1
DEREK ERNST 500/1
BERNHARD LANGER 500/1
JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL 500/1
GARRICK PORTEOUS a thousand/1
TOM WATSON a thousand/1
DISCIPLINE (all others) 10/1

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PGA Championship, Round 4: Jason Dufner wins his first major championship

Jason Dufner — Getty Images

• There were plenty of guys with an opportunity to snag this PGA Championship on Sunday, however it was Jason Dufner that took care of enterprise on Sunday at Oak Hill. His Sunday 68 was even better than the rating contemplating he made bogeys on his last two holes, but an excellent player over the last two seasons was deserving of the Wanamaker Trophy.

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• Of all the fellows that had an opportunity on Sunday, it was a fairly lackluster push from everyone besides Dufner. Jim Furyk shot 71, Henrik Stenson, Jonas Blixt and Adam Scott shot 70 and names like Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson could not get a giant push going.

• The PGA Championship began with hope that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson might be meeting at the excellent time, but neither may get something going at Oak Hill. Mickelson shot seventy eight-seventy two on the weekend to finish T-72 whereas Woods continued his main struggles with a T-41 finish on the PGA.

Scott Piercy wasn’t in the equation heading into the final round on the PGA Championship, but his Sunday was actually, really good. Piercy shot a round of 5-beneath sixty five regardless of bogeys on Nos. 15 and 18, making eight birdies to complete T-5, his best end ever in a significant.

Tim Clark won’t have had the best week at Oak Hill, but he had the shot of the week on the PGA Championship with this hole-in-one on No. eleven.

Rickie Fowler’s final round 69 was a very good end for the young American, and this photo was the best we found all day at Oak Hill.

“I wasn’t going to play scared or mushy.” — Jason Dufner

While the major season is over, it’s the FedEx Cup playoffs that kick off subsequent week at the Wyndham Championship. With four nice weeks of playoff golf, we’re in luck with the Presidents Cup kicking off on October 6, so while the majors are completed, golf isn’t.

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Tiger Woods posts another disappointing round at a major championship

There was outdated main championship Tiger Woods and present major championship Tiger Woods, and while lots thought the outdated guy would show up after that performance final week at Firestone, it has been the present Tiger that’s struggled at Oak Hill.

Woods shot a spherical of even-par 70, not dangerous if Oak Hill had played the way in which most anticipated this week but not good contemplating how everyone else is attacking this PGA Championship.

While Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Okay.J. Choi weren’t only chasing the course report but major championship historical past on Friday, Woods was combating the green speeds and the distances together with his irons, dropping a number of golf equipment after impact in disgust.

He sits 10 photographs again of Dufner with 36 holes to go, an element by name only.

The putter that Tiger Woods had final week at Firestone, and for a lot of the non-major season, went missing, and it actually showed on the again 9 on Friday. Woods drove the par-4 14th but three-putted for a disappointing par. After picking up a birdie on the next gap it was back to the balky putter, as Tiger three-putted the 16th for a bogey to give the shot he simply picked up right back.

On a day when it seemed everyone was going low, Woods could not get a single bit of momentum on his facet. After his bogey on 16, Woods buried a fantastic birdie putt on the seventeenth to get again to even par for the event, however again it was a foul swing on the 18th tee that compelled Woods to simply pitch out and after a weak wedge shot could not convert the prolonged par putt, settling for a closing bogey.

Now comes the hard part for Tiger. In some way the No. 1 player on this planet needs to figure out a method to block out the truth that he is enjoying in a serious championship and strategy Saturday like it’s Bay Hill, or Sawgrass, or Torrey Pines or Firestone. During his five wins this 12 months on the PGA Tour the man with 14 major wins carried himself like a person that already knew what the longer term held, walking with his chin up and a strut that said this tournament was his.

At the majors it has been a distinct Tiger, enjoying conservatively to a fault and being befuddled on the greens.

Tiger has two more rounds left in 2013 that actually, truly matter to his career. Hopefully he can block out all the pieces that clouds his mind at the major championships and keep in mind that he is still the most effective on the earth, and coming from behind to win a significant championship is one thing he’s very a lot able to doing.

If he does not, it is going to be a protracted offseason for a man with five PGA Tour wins answering questions about the place he leaves his golf recreation throughout the four most vital weeks of the PGA Tour season.

Aug 9, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Adam Scott stands under an umbrella held by his caddie Steve Williams through the second spherical of the ninety fifth PGA Championship at Oak Hill Nation Membership. (Winslow..Aug 9, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Adam Scott stands beneath an umbrella held by his caddie Steve Williams in the course of the second round of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. (Winslow Townson-USA AT THIS TIME Sports activities)

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PGA Championship, Round 1: Adam Scott and Jim Furyk take the early lead at Oak Hill

Adam Scott — Getty Images

• The opening spherical at Oak Hill will probably be remembered as a scoring day for many of the gamers. Adam Scott and Jim Furyk took the lead after day one, however a ton of massive names were in a position to submit rounds in pink figures. Rain on Wednesday night added the gamers, making greens a bit more receptive to full photographs, and it was a birdie-filled Thursday at the PGA Championship.

• Tiger Woods got off to a hot start on Thursday on the PGA Championship, making two birdies over his first 9 holes to get to 2-beneath and close to the top of the leaderboard. That all went out the door when Tiger obtained to his last hole, the par-four ninth. Woods had to accept a double-bogey on his last hole, dropping him from 1-below to 1-over and properly back of the lead at Oak Hill. It wasn’t exactly a horrible begin for Tiger’s bid for a fifteenth major, but it wasn’t what he needed both.

• Phil Mickelson had some type of roller coaster day as he seems to make it two-for-two in main championships. A bogey on the third and a double on the fourth had him 3-over early in his round, but four birdies in the middle of his round acquired him back to purple figures. It was a final hole double-bogey that gave all that effort again as Mickelson joined Woods at 1-over with three rounds to play.

• Jm Furyk might have that U.S. Open on his résumé, but he hasn’t had a ton of success at the PGA Championship over the years. No worries, as Furyk acquired off to an incredibly sizzling begin on Thursday at Oak Hill with a spherical of 5-below sixty five. Furyk made six birdies and seemed like he would finish his spherical bogey-free, however the same gap that received Tiger at the conclusion of his spherical bit Furyk, who made bogey to miss out on tying the course record at Oak Hill.

Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, is trying to add a second main to his already nice season, joining Furyk atop the leaderboard at 5-underneath. Scott had an opportunity to go actually low on Thursday at Oak Hill, burning the sting of the hole on each 13 and 15 for birdie, and regardless of dropping a shot on the sixteenth was capable of roll in a good par save at the last to avoid wasting his spherical.

This strategy shot for former PGA Championship Martin Kaymer turned out to be perfect, dropping for an eagle on the par-5 13th.

Paul Casey — Getty Images This shot of Paul Casey, taken by Streeter Lecka, was an unbelievable one and his spherical followed suit, posting a spherical of three-under 67 on Thursday.

The second round kicks off early on Friday morning, with Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Justin Rose going off at eight:35 a.m. ET and Tiger Woods going late at 1:45 p.m. ET.

The rest of the second round tee occasions are proper here, so check out what time all the players will go off on Friday morning at Oak Hill.

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Tiger Woods paired with Davis Love III and Keegan Bradley for first two rounds of PGA Championship

Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley — Getty Images Whereas the Bridgestone Invitational nonetheless has 36 holes to go, loads of the focus within the golf world is on the ultimate major of the yr.

The PGA Championship kicks off next week, and the PGA of America has already launched the tee instances for all the gamers for the primary two rounds. Tiger Woods will be paired with two former winners of this occasion, Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III, while the three major winners of 2013, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, will go off collectively at Oak Hill.

The rest of the tee occasions are after the jump, however give us what threesome you’d most wish to comply with in the event you have been headed to the year’s final major.

Round 1 (No. 1), Spherical 2 (No. 10) [All instances Japanese]

7:10AM-12:20PM: Rob Labritz, John Senden, Shane Lowry

7:20AM-12:30PM: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Bob Gaus, Luke Guthrie

7:30AM-12:40PM: Marc Leishman, Josh Teater, Pablo Larrazabal

7:40AM-12:50PM: Tommy Gainey, Ryan Palmer, David Hearn

7:50AM-1:00PM: Michael Thompson, Marcel Siem, Bo Van Pelt

8:00AM-1:10PM: Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem, Mark Brooks

8:10AM-1:20PM: Richard Sterne, Scott Brown, David Lingmerth

8:20AM-1:30PM: Ben Curtis, Marcus Fraser, Peter Hanson

8:30AM-1:40PM: Stewart Cink, Paul Lawrie, Rafael Cabrera-Bello

8:40AM-1:50PM: Thorbjorn Olesen, Brian Gay, David Lynn

8:50AM-2:00PM: Stephen Gallacher, David McNabb, Branden Grace

9:00AM-2:10PM: Caine Fitzgerald, Kevin Streelman, Bernd Wiesberger

9:10AM-2:20PM: J.C. Anderson, (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner), Jaco Van Zyl

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12:25PM-7:15AM: John Huh, Ryo Ishikawa, Danny Balin

12:35PM-7:25AM: Darren Clarke, Tom Watson, Paul McGinley

12:45PM-7:35AM: Kohki Idoki, Rod Perry, Nick Watney

12:55PM-7:45AM: Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker

1:05PM-7:55AM: Tim Clark, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson

1:15PM-eight:05AM: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Webb Simpson, Angel Cabrera

1:25PM-eight:15AM: Rory McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Martin Kaymer

1:35PM-8:25AM: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Luke Donald, Jordan Spieth

1:45PM-eight:35AM: Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson

1:55PM-eight:45AM: Lucas Glover, Ian Poulter, Zach Johnson

2:05PM-eight:55AM: Kevin Chappell, Christopher Wood, Mike Small

2:15PM-9:05AM: Kevin Stadler, Chip Sullivan, Chris Stroud

2:25PM-9:15AM: Sonny Skinner, (Winner of the Reno-Tahoe Open), Richie Ramsay

Round 1 (No. 10), Spherical 2 (No. 1)

7:15AM-12:25PM: Charley Hoffman, Bob Sowards, Matt Every

7:25AM-12:35PM: Mark Sheftic, Robert Garrigus, Hiroyuki Fujita

7:35AM-12:45PM: Hunter Mahan, Paul Casey, Billy Horschel

7:45AM-12:55PM: Hideki Matsuyama, Steve Stricker, Jason Dufner

7:55AM-1:05PM: Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler

8:05AM-1:15PM: Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Bill Haas

8:15AM-1:25PM: David Toms, Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang

8:25AM-1:35PM: Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel

8:35AM-1:45PM: Davis Love III, Keegan Bradley, Tiger Woods

8:45AM-1:55PM: Peter Uihlein, Jim Furyk, Thomas Bjorn

8:55AM-2:05PM: Ok.J. Choi, Ryan Polzin, Jonas Blixt

9:05AM-2:15PM: Scott Stallings, Jason Kokrak, Jeff Sorenson

9:15AM-2:25PM: Scott Jamieson, Roberto Castro, Stuart Smith

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12:20PM-7:10AM: Mark Brown, Scott Piercy, Brooks Koepka

12:30PM-7:20AM: Derek Ernst, Jeff Martin, Charles Howell III

12:40PM-7:30AM: Ken Duke, Matteo Manassero, Jimmy Walker

12:50PM-7:40AM: Danny Willett, Joost Luiten, Russell Henley

1:00PM-7:50AM: Freddie Jacobson, George Coetzee, Harris English

1:10PM-eight:00AM: Boo Weekley, Francesco Molinari, Thongchai Jaidee

1:20PM-8:10AM: Jamie Donaldson, Ryan Moore, Alex Noren

1:30PM-eight:20AM: Brett Rumford, Geoff Ogilvy, John Merrick

1:40PM-8:30AM: Sang-Moon Bae, Woody Austin, Martin Laird

1:50PM-eight:40AM: Carl Pettersson, D.A. Points, Mikko Ilonen

2:00PM-8:50AM: Graham DeLaet, Kirk Hanefeld, Kyle Stanley

2:10PM-9:00AM: David Muttitt, Charlie Beljan, Brendon De Jonge

2:20PM-9:10AM: Lee Rhind, Chris Kirk, Marc Warren

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WGC-Bridgestone Invitational odds are out with Tiger Woods coming in a heavy favorite

Tiger Woods — Getty Images You realize what happens while you come to a golf course you have received at seven instances after choosing up four PGA Tour wins already in a season? You’re the favourite. The heavy, heavy favorite.

That’s Tiger Woods this week on the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Woods, coming off a T-6 finish at the British Open, is a four-to-1 favourite so as to add an eighth title at Firestone with Open champion Phil Mickelson coming in second by the oddsmakers at 12-to-1.

This week kicks off an ideal run on the PGA Tour, with Bridgestone happening this week and the PGA Championship taking place the week after. It is also a type of rare instances when Tiger plays the week before a serious, hoping the momentum from a golf course that has produced some nice Tiger moments up to now can propel him to a serious droop buster.

Check out the rest of the chances after the soar and let us know who you like in a few of those spots.

WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL
FIRESTONE COUNTRY MEMBERSHIP (SOUTH COURSE) – AKRON, OHIO
AUGUST 1-4, 2013

ODDS TO WIN:
TIGER WOODS 4/1
PHIL MICKELSON 12/1
ADAM SCOTT 15/1
JUSTIN ROSE 20/1
BRANDT SNEDEKER 20/1
MATT KUCHAR 20/1
RORY McILROY 25/1
LEE WESTWOOD 25/1
HUNTER MAHAN 25/1
DUSTIN JOHNSON 25/1
STEVE STRICKER 25/1
JASON DAY 30/1
KEEGAN BRADLEY 30/1
CHARL SCHWARTZEL 30/1
HENRIK STENSON 30/1
LUKE DONALD 40/1
SERGIO GARCIA 40/1
GRAEME McDOWELL 40/1
BUBBA WATSON forty/1
JASON DUFNER 40/1
IAN POULTER 50/1
ZACH JOHNSON 50/1
RICKIE FOWLER 50/1
JIM FURYK 50/1
WEBB SIMPSON 50/1
ERNIE ELS 50/1
BILL HAAS 50/1
ANGEL CABRERA 60/1
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA 60/1
MARTIN KAYMER eighty/1
NICOLAS COLSAERTS 80/1
RYAN MOORE 80/1
BO VAN PELT eighty/1
BILLY HORSCHEL 80/1
PAUL CASEY 80/1
FRANCESCO MOLINARI 80/1
MARTIN LAIRD 80/1
BRANDEN GRACE 100/1
NICK WATNEY 100/1
HARRIS ENGLISH a hundred/1
MATTEO MANASSERO one hundred twenty five/1
RUSSELL HENLEY 125/1
MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ a hundred twenty five/1
RICHARD STERNE one hundred twenty five/1
THORBJORN OLESEN 150/1
PETER HANSON one hundred fifty/1
SCOTT PIERCY 150/1
JONAS BLIXT a hundred and fifty/1
SHANE LOWRY one hundred fifty/1
DISCIPLINE (all others) 8/1

TOURNAMENT MATCHUPS:
PHIL MICKELSON +165
TIGER WOODS -185

JUSTIN ROSE +110
ADAM SCOTT -130

DUSTIN JOHNSON +110
BRANDT SNEDEKER -130

MATT KUCHAR -120
STEVE STRICKER EVEN

CHARL SCHWARTZEL EVEN
LEE WESTWOOD -120

JASON DAY -110
SERGIO GARCIA -110

KEEGAN BRADLEY -120
JASON DUFNER EVEN

LUKE DONALD -120
GRAEME McDOWELL EVEN

BILL HAAS -110
ZACH JOHNSON -110

BRANDEN GRACE +105
MARTIN LAIRD -125

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Muirfield moments and a British Open to remember

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — On the day after a British Open that will be talked about for years, it was time for Muirfield to return to normal. Workers dismantled the green seats in all the grandstands. Trucks carried out supplies from the tented village. The blue name plates of players were removed from the lockers.

Still towering over the 18th green was that enormous, glorious, yellow scoreboard with all the letters and numbers in place.

”Well done, Phil. See you at Royal Liverpool.”

On the left side of the board were the names, numbers and memories of Muirfield. Phil Mickelson with a red ”3” next to his name, the only player under par. Henrik Stenson. Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Adam Scott. Zach Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and – at the bottom – Tiger Woods.

Four players had a share of the lead Sunday. Twice as many looked as though they might walk away with the claret jug. It might have been one of the best, deepest leaderboards in the final round of a major in 20 years. Last one: Inverness in the PGA Championship, when Paul Azinger beat Greg Norman in a playoff, and the contenders included Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh, Tom Watson, John Cook, Lanny Wadkins, and even a young Californian named Mickelson.

Muirfield has the greatest collection of winners of any major championship – only two of its 16 champions aren’t in the Hall of Fame (one is Ted Ray, who should be). Every great course is due to have a dud for a major champion. Oakmont had Sam Parks Jr. Medinah had Lou Graham.

There was no way that was going to happen at Muirfield.

Of the nine players who had at least an outside chance on the back nine, it was a toss-up between Stenson and Hunter Mahan of those who had the least credentials. Stenson has won The Players Championship and a World Golf Championship. Mahan has two WGC titles and was playing in the final group at his second straight major.

That set the stage for Mickelson to play what he believes to be the best round of his career. By numbers alone, it was his lowest final round of a major. On a course that didn’t yield a single bogey-free round all week, Mickelson only dropped a shot at the 10th hole. The scoring average for Sunday was just under 73.5. Mickelson shot 66, matching the lowest score of the tournament. It was the lowest final round ever at Muirfield, and the lowest by an Open champion since Justin Leonard shot 65 at Royal Troon in 1997.

The greatest final round in a major?

Not quite.

Just about anything will be tough to beat Jack Nicklaus with a 65 at the 1986 Masters when he won his sixth green jacket and 18th professional major at 46. Johnny Miller will tell you – he probably already has – that his 63 at Oakmont in 1973 was pretty good. He is the only major champion with a 63 on Sunday. For pure theater, there was Tom Watson’s 65 at Turnberry when he beat Nicklaus by one shot in the ”Duel in the Sun.”

What made this so compelling was Mickelson.

A four-time major champion, he had only contended twice in the British Open. Muirfield has a short history of players winning the claret jug with help from other’s misfortunes. That’s often true in majors to some degree, but not this one. Mickelson seized it with four birdies on the last six holes, and a momentum-saving par on the 16th when he used his 60-degree wedge for a shot so many others would have putted – a thin lie, up a steep slope to a green with a false front to 8 feet to set up a tough putt.

”I don’t want anybody to hand it to me,” Mickelson said. ”I want to go out and get it. And today, I did.”

Muirfield also provided another chance to handicap Woods and his pursuit of the record 18 majors by Nicklaus.

Woods is back to winning more than everyone else, but all he can say about the majors is that he’s back to contending in them. He has left a mark in five of the last six majors – either a share of the 36-hole lead or close enough on Sunday to pay attention to that red shirt – but he has yet to be a serious contender. He says he has been in ”probably about half the majors on the back nine on Sunday with a chance” since his last major in 2008.

That’s a stretch. Contention is best defined as having a chance in the final hour. That hasn’t been the case since his downfall. It would be foolish to dismiss his chances of at least catching Nicklaus, but this won’t be easy. At this stage, the bigger threat to him is not how good he is, but how much better everyone else is.

Westwood doesn’t feel as though he played badly, and while he closed with a 75, that was not a disgrace. Mahan also had 75 in the last group. Woods was in the group ahead and shot 74. This wasn’t a meltdown like Scott’s last year at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, or Nick Watney and his 81 at Whistling Straits in the 2010 PGA Championship, or Dustin Johnson’s 82 at Pebble Beach in the U.S. Open.

This was more like a slow bleed. The bandage started to come undone on the seventh tee. There was the sound of a camera clicking on Westwood’s 9-iron, perhaps from the gallery. Westwood only turned to glare after his ball came up short and headed into a pot bunker. It didn’t seem to be that big of a deal, but his reaction was the first sign of frayed nerves. He was tentative on some birdie chances on the back nine.

Westwood made 12 birdies and an eagle going into the final round. He made one birdie on Sunday.

Of the top five players on the leaderboard, he was the only one without a birdie on the back nine. This would have to fall under the category of ”missed opportunity” more than ”blown opportunity.” But at 40, those opportunities might not come along as often.

For Mickelson, who captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam, the U.S. Open can’t get here soon enough.

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Why Tiger Woods deserves a bit more credit

Tiger Woods — Getty Images On Sunday at Muirfield, Tiger Woods was once again in the hunt of a major championship. A three-putt on his first hole followed by another on the sixth put him a tough spot, and despite some birdies on the back nine it was another come from behind effort that came up short. It’s now been 17 majors that Tiger has played without a win, the longest stretch of his career, and the questions continue to come about what exactly is wrong with Tiger Woods?

Here is a spoiler for you all; nothing is wrong. This is golf, a game that embarrassed the best in the world at times, and given us plenty of head-scratching moments. It’s a game that doomed the Shark on a Sunday at Augusta, seen Phil Mickelson blow a drive 40 yards left on the last hole to lose the U.S. Open, and big name after big name come up just short when they had one hand on the trophy. For Tiger, it’s been five years of bad weeks or tough breaks (remember the flagstick at the Masters?!) or running into a player that is simply golfing his ball better than Tiger, and while it seems strange that Tiger is majorless since ’08, it isn’t fair to bash him for it.

Fred Couples has one major win. So does Tom Kite, Adam Scott, David Duval and Mark Calcavecchia. Tiger has 14, second only to one man, and despite his continued pursuit of a record most thought was unattainable, we scratch our heads and blow Woods off because he finished sixth and not first.

There is a misnomer around these parts that I’m a huge Tiger fan, that I love the guy and gush about his play and want him to win every golf tournament. That is simply not true. I like Tiger the same way I like any athlete that continues to make the sport I love look easy. It isn’t a love for the man, it’s a love for his talent. His run between 2000-’02 was one of the most fun things I’ve ever watched simply because I love golf and I want to be perfect at the sport and for two years a man was doing exactly that. It wasn’t golf, it was art.

Now we sit around and bash the guy when he doesn’t win a major. I’ve heard people say he choked on Sunday at Muirfield, which is ridiculous. Tiger didn’t choke, he just didn’t play well. He didn’t have a lead with two holes to go and finish bogey-bogey, or miss a two-footer on the final hole for the win, he just couldn’t get anything going all weekend just like nearly the entire rest of the field. For Tiger, the problem is more ours than it is his. We look at a man and see a kid, a youngster that ripped major win after major win like he was playing for the Dobson Ranch club championship. Tiger is now 37, with multiple injuries and a lot of scar tissue from life, some deserving and some not. He is the most famous athlete in the world and the one golfer that can move the needle. When he plays bad most of us turn off our television, rolling our eyes at names like Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel because “they aren’t Tiger Woods.”

This year alone Tiger has finished T-4 at the Masters and T-6 at the British Open. Only Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day have finished in the top-six at two majors in 2013, but that doesn’t satisfy us with Tiger, it frustrates us. We get mad at the guy for not being better, despite his ability to almost always be in the hunt at a major championship.

Tiger Woods has one goal in mind, and that is winning major championships and getting to 19 and passing a number we never thought was possible until he came on the scene in 1997 and blew away the field at Augusta National. That is the one and only motivation for Tiger right now. But he still tees it up at regular PGA Tour events and wins a lot of them, even if nobody notices. This season alone Tiger has four PGA Tour wins, twice as many as anybody else on the planet, but that only holds us over for that Monday after he wins. The talk always circles back to if Tiger is “back” or if he can win the Masters or at Merion or at Muirfield and now the PGA.

We should be impressed by what Tiger keeps doing to the game, even if that means he goes another year without a major win. He will eventually get one, and when he does, the floodgates might open just like they did when he broke his PGA Tour winless streak last year at Bay Hill.

Tiger made himself a legend. Now we sit and wait for him to return to his rightful spot. Eventually his game will click on one of the four weeks it matters to us all and the trophy will be his and everything will be back to normal. For now, why don’t we just enjoy the fight he’s putting up and stop bashing the guy for continuing to put himself in a spot to win?

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British Open, Final Round: Phil Mickelson has round for the ages to claim first British Open

Phil Mickelson — Getty Images

There is only one story coming out of Muirfield from this Sunday and it’s the final round by Phil Mickelson. A 5-under 66 on Sunday was not only the round of the week, but maybe the round of Phil’s career, capped off by a four birdie run over his last six holes to grab the Claret Jug from a list of worthy competitors.

Mickelson’s golf game wasn’t born for links golf, but he has worked for years to figure out a way to be competitive with this different style of golf. Sunday put all that hard work on display, and considering the other scores, it was one of the better rounds you’ll ever see.

It takes a round like the one Mickelson put up to make us all forget about Tiger Woods’ chances at a 15th major championship, but it was another tough weekend for the No. 1 player in the game.

Tiger couldn’t get anything going on Sunday, three-putting two of his first four holes, making just four birdies the entire weekend.

Besides Phil and Henrik Stenson it was a tough day for all the leaders.

The two that struggled the most? Both players in the final pairing. Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood both had major hopes but it was a pair of 75s that dropped them out of contention.

Tiger Woods, Steve Williams — Getty Images

Tiger Woods and Adam Scott both left Muirfield without a Claret Jug, but there was a nice exchange between Woods and Scott’s caddie on Sunday after the round. A lot has been made about Steve Williams and Tiger, but I thought the exchange between the two on the 18th green was great.

It’s easy to say the putt on the 72nd hole that Mickelson drained was the shot of the tournament, but I’d say the three-wood he hit into the 17th hole was his best swing of the day and the one that sealed the win for Phil.

With the wind and that club it could have ended up anywhere (remember what Tiger Woods did on Saturday on the 17th hole with a three-wood?), but Phil smashed it on the green, allowing him a comfortable two-putt for birdie.

The British Open just wrapped, but we are only a few weeks from the PGA Championship. The PGA Tour heads to Oak Hill on August 8 for the final major of the season, so check back with us as we count down the days until glory’s last shot.

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British Open odds updated after second round

Tiger Woods — Getty Images We are halfway through with the 2013 British Open and the Claret Jug is still very much up for grabs. Miguel Angel Jimenez leads at 3-under, with Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood sitting a shot back at Muirfield.

The winning odds have been updated, courtesy of Bovada, and we have some surprises (Jimenez at 14-to-1) and some numbers one would expect (Tiger at 5/2).

Check the odds after the jump and let us know which name you like the most to snag this Open Championship.

The Open Championship 2013 Outright Winner
Tiger Woods 5/2
Lee Westwood 6/1
Henrik Stenson 15/2
Dustin Johnson 11/1
Angel Cabrera 14/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 14/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Zach Johnson 16/1
Martin Laird 20/1
Charl Schwartzel 25/1
Ian Poulter 33/1
Jason Day 33/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Ryan Moore 40/1
Rafael Cabrera –Bello 40/1
Webb Simpson 40/1
Jordan Spieth 50/1
Francesco Molinari 66/1
Darren Clarke 75/1
Hunter Mahan 80/1
Branden Grace 150/1
Graeme McDowell 150/1
Jamie Donaldson 150/1
Brandt Snedeker 200/1
Ken Duke 200/1
Bernd Wiesberger 250/1

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Tom Watson, Adam Scott discussed British Open collapses

The 2012 British Open just slipped from Adam Scott’s grasp. (Getty Images)

One bit of clothing separates Adam Scott from an incredibly uncomfortable week at Muirfield this week. Of course, that bit of clothing happens to be a green jacket, which has a real way of smoothing over problems. But without that Masters win this past spring, Scott would still be best known as the guy who gave away a major in one of the most heartbreaking collapses in golf history.

Just so you remember: Scott was leading the British Open last year by four strokes with four holes to go. Some incredible down-the-stretch play from Ernie Els and an unfathomable collapse by Scott, and the major was gone.

Scott spoke openly about the collapse immediately afterward, and the Masters win obviously healed much of the wound. Still, he’ll talk about it, as he did soon afterward with Tom Watson while playing a practice round.

Watson knows a thing or two about collapses at the British Open, having effectively given away a win in 2009 when he lost to Stewart Cink in a playoff after bogeying the 72nd hole. It wasn’t his first time letting a tournament slip, however.

“He said that he let one slip early in his career, and he said he would never let that happen again,” Scott said. “He would just be tough and want it so badly. And sometimes maybe that has to happen for you to realize that.”

So what did Scott learn? “Overall you just have to be tough coming down the stretch, and I wasn’t tough enough that day,” Scott said. “A four-shot lead isn’t enough if you’re not going to be tough. Even if you’re being tough, four shots can only just get you over the line.”

Scott’s as good a bet as anyone this week. But we’ll understand if he doesn’t really believe he’s won the Claret Jug till it’s home with him in Australia.

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Tour to support new rule involving long putters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour said Monday it would follow a new rule that bans the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, asking instead Monday for a temporary reprieve for those who play the game for fun.

The announcement Monday after a PGA Tour board meeting is the final piece of confirmation from a major golf organization for Rule 14-1b, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2016 when the next ”Rules of Golf” is published. The rule makes it illegal for players to attach the end of the club to their body would making a stroke.

Adam Scott used a long putter held against his chest when he won the Masters. Ernie Els (British Open) and Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) used a belly putter last year. Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship was the first major champion with a belly putter.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association proposed the new rule Nov. 28 and allowed for a three-month comment period. It formally adopted the rule May 21.

Finchem said in February the tour was opposed to the new rule because there were no data to suggest an advantage and no ”overriding reason to go down that road.” The tour’s opinion was shaped by a players-only meeting earlier that month.

”In making its decision, the policy board recognized that there are still varying opinions among our membership, but ultimately concluded that while it is an important issue, a ban on anchored strokes would not fundamentally affect a strong presentation of our competitions or the overall success of the PGA Tour,” Finchem said in a statement.

”The board also was of the opinion that having a single set of rules.. applicable to all professional competitions worldwide was desirable and would avoid confusion.”

The decision to go along was not a surprise. The common ground by all sides was the importance of golf being played under one fundamental set of rules, as has been the case for hundreds of years.

The wrinkle that came out of the tour’s meeting was asking the R&A and USGA to give amateurs more time to adjust away from the anchored stroke. PGA of America president Ted Bishop was among those concerned that banning the stroke used for long putters would force too many people to quit the game out of frustration, at a time when golf is worried about decreasing participation.

”The policy board continues to believe that extending the time period the ban would go into effect for amateurs would be beneficial for golf participation and the overall health of the game,” Finchem said.

Finchem cited the USGA changing the groove configuration for irons in 2008. It was effective for elite play in 2010, but does not apply to recreational play until 2014.

But the decision on grooves was an equipment issue. Anchoring is a change in the actual rules of golf. For the USGA and R&A, which set the rules for the 600-year-old game, to allow amateurs more time to use anchored strokes would be created two sets of rules.

The PGA of America also said it would follow the new rule, while expressing concern about amateurs.

”We continue to feel strongly that the amateur player needs a longer period of adjustment to this rule,” Bishop said.

Neither Finchem nor Bishop recommended a date for amateurs.

Finchem also sounded a warning that the tour reserves the right to make its own rules for its players, and that the USGA pledged ”open and effective communication” on any future discussions on the rules.

”It is not inconceivable that there may come a time in the future when the policy board determines that a rule adopted by the USGA, including in the area of equipment, may not be in the best interests of the PGA Tour, and that a local rule eliminating or modifying such a USGA rule may be appropriate,” he said.

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A dream season missing only a win for Spieth

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — At this time a year ago, Jordan Spieth was playing a couple of PGA Tour events for nothing more than experience and gearing up for a summer of amateur golf before returning to Texas for the start of his sophomore season.

Golf is a job now, and it’s even more fun.

The 19-year-old Texan describes this summer as ”free swinging,” and it’s not a bad place to be. He started the season in January with no guaranteed place to play, and he already is assured of a PGA Tour card when the new season starts in October.

Now he wants more – a PGA Tour win that would create bountiful opportunities – and the AT&T National would be a good place to start.

Spieth hit all 18 greens in regulation Friday, extended his streak without a bogey to 29 holes at tough Congressional and wound up with a 5-under 66 to share the 36-hole lead with Roberto Castro going into the weekend.

Not everyone has completed 36 holes just yet. Thunderstorms late in the afternoon halted the second round, and the other half of the field was to return Saturday morning to complete the round. Spieth and Castro (69) were at 7-under 135. Andres Romero of Argentina was at 5-under with five holes remaining. No one else was within four shots of the leaders when play was stopped.

Asked what it would mean to win, Spieth said it would be ”huge,” until showing some maturity.

”I can’t really think about that at this point,” he said. ”It’s only halfway through the tournament. So there’s a long way to go.”

It already feels like a long journey this year.

For a teenager who started the season with no tour to call his own, this is his 14th tournament on the PGA Tour – five more than Tiger Woods – and he already has earned more than $900,000, which is the equivalent of being No. 39 on the tour money list.

But he won’t be eligible for the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs unless he’s a PGA Tour member, and he can’t be a member this year unless he wins.

”Honestly, I think it’s a great position to be in,” Spieth said. ”I’m just free swinging. I can’t be in the playoffs unless I win, and that makes winning the No. 1 goal. You’d like to get in the playoffs and play against the top players, the best players from this year. It’s everyone’s goal out here to win the FedEx Cup. My goal is to move up the world rankings as much as I can, and that’s the way to do it, is to get into those playoffs.”

D.H. Lee had a 66 and was two shots behind at 5-under 139. Cameron Tringale (67) and James Driscoll (69) were another shot behind, while the group at 3-under 139 included former British Open champion Stewart Cink (69), Gary Woodland (69) and David Lingmerth, who went from around the cut line to contention with a 65.

Spieth has lived up to the hype he first generated when he played late on Sunday in the Byron Nelson Championship at age 16 and tied for 16th. In one year at Texas, the Longhorns won the NCAA title. And in six months as a pro, he has shown quickly that he belongs.

He already has four top 10s and has special temporary membership, meaning he gets unlimited exemptions. His goal was to somehow get a PGA Tour card for 2013-14 season, and a win would be over the top.

Even so, the teenager who was born just three years before Woods turned pro is savvy to realize the tournament is not even halfway over.

”Now all there’s left to do is try and get a win to make the playoffs,” he said. ”So I’m just going out there trying to win and being aggressive, and hopefully, it will work out for me.”

Scoring was slightly better at Congressional, a course that has hosted the U.S. Open three times. Warmer weather in the morning made the ball fly a little farther and shortened the longest PGA Tour course on the mainland.

Spieth began his day with a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole, avoided a long three-putt from above the hole on No. 4 by making a 12-foot par putt and then picked up four birdies over the final five holes on the front nine for a 31. He made nine pars on the back nine, never coming close to a bogey.

It was a clean round, executed well by a teenager who plays like he knows where he is going.

”I’m excited for what the weekend is going to bring,” he said.

Castro tied the course record on the TPC Sawgrass in May with a 63 to lead the opening round of The Players Championship, and then he followed with a 78 and never seriously challenged the rest of the week. After opening with a 66 at Congressional, he dropped a shot early from a fairway bunker on No. 3 and was plodding along until finishing the back nine with a pair of birdies, and then adding a birdie on the par-5 16th.

”I felt good,” he said. ”I probably learned a lot there (at Sawgrass) and realized that one round doesn’t mean anything – just got to keep going. And I was able to do that.”

Woods, the defending champion, is not playing because of an elbow injury, and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose withdrew earlier in the week because of fatigue. Some of the other big names most likely won’t be around for the weekend, such as Hunter Mahan, who had a 72 and was at 5-over 147. Masters champion Adam Scott traded birdies and bogeys in his round of 71 that left him nine shots behind.

Brandt Snedeker had to salvage a scrappy round with two late birdies for a 71, leaving him five shots behind.