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Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:27:08 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Third RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The third round of the PGA Championship was washed out on Saturday, as heavy rain and thunderstorms hit Baltusrol with 49 players yet to finish and the top 10 players still to tee off. Players will return on Sunday to the drenched par-70 layout at 7 AM ET (1100 GMT) to resume play, with more threatening weather in the forecast. The year's final major championship appeared to be heading for a Monday finish at best as Americans Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied on nine-under-par 131, lead through 36 holes.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:25:14 -0400
July 30 (Gracenote) - Latest leaderboard in the third round from the PGA Championship at the par-70 course on Saturday in Springfield, New Jersey holesplayed rounds -9 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 65 66 Robert Streb (U.S.) 68 63 -7 Jason Day (Australia) 68 65 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 66 67 -6 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 67 67 -5 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 70 65 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 66 69 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 18 71 69 65 Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 68 67 -4 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 69 67 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 18 71 70 65 Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 68 68 Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 69 67 Harris English (U.S. ...
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:24:18 -0400
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 30 (Reuters) - The third round of the PGA Championship was washed out on Saturday, as heavy rain and thunderstorms hit Baltusrol with 49 players yet to finish and the top 10 players still to tee off. Players will return on Sunday to the drenched par-70 layout at 7 AM ET (1100 GMT) to resume play, with more threatening weather in the forecast. The year's final major championship appeared to be heading for a Monday finish at best as Americans Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied on nine-under-par 131, lead through 36 holes.
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:40:44 -0400

RICOH Women's British Open 2016By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Ariya Jutanugarn, who likes to smile before going into her pre-shot routine, was grinning from ear-to-ear after surging two strokes clear of the field in the Ricoh Women's British Open third round on Saturday. The 20-year-old Thai, who reeled off three LPGA Tour wins in a row in May, fired six birdies in a faultless 66 to finish on 16-under-par 200 in the fourth and penultimate major of the season at Woburn. South Korean Lee Mi-rim (69), who led after the opening two days, was in second place on 202, three ahead of American Mo Martin (69).


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:39:00 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson thinks a major championship record low round will be shot at Baltusrol Golf Club over the last two rounds of the PGA Championship and that someone might take it as low as 61. Unheralded Robert Streb became the 28th player to match the record low of 63 at a major in Friday's second round on the rain-softened, par-70 layout to share the midway lead with fellow American Jimmy Walker at nine-under. Mickelson shot 63 in the opening round of the British Open two weeks ago at Royal Troon, and Big Lefty was beaten in a sensational final-round duel there by Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who fired his own 63.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:05:44 -0400

United States golfer Robert Streb, pictured on July 29, 2016, matched the all-time major low-round record with a seven-under-par 63 Friday at Baltusrol, leaving him alongside US compatriot Jimmy WalkerThunderstorms halted Saturday's third round of the PGA Championship before the leaders could tee off, but not before early results sparked talk of a major record-low 62 at rain-softened Baltusrol. Robert Streb, who matched the all-time major record low Friday with a seven-under par 63, and fellow American Jimmy Walker shared the lead on nine-under with top-ranked defending champion Jason Day of Australia and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo. Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson predicted the all-time major low-round record of 63, achieved 30 times by 28 different golfers, will fall this weekend at Baltusrol.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:02:42 -0400

Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, pictured on July 30, 2016, had a flawless six-birdie third round at the Women's British Open, including a chip in from the edge of the green at the short eighthAriya Jutanugarn is a thunderous hitter and she powered her way to the top of the leaderboard with a third-round 66 in the Women’s British Open on Saturday. American Mo Martin, the 2014 champion, is one of the shortest from the tee on Tour but she proved she is something of a British Open specialist with a 69 for third place on 11 under par. Catriona Matthew, with a 71, was the top Briton on 10 under.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:06:23 -0400

LPGA: U.S. Women's Open - Third RoundBy Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Not long ago Brooke Henderson was simply trying to make ends meet as a rookie on the LPGA Tour but fast forward 18 months and she is breathing down the neck of Lydia Ko at the top of the world rankings. The workaholic Canadian, who has spent just two and a half weeks at home since Christmas, announced herself on the international stage by capturing a first major victory at the LPGA Championship in June. Aged 18 years and nine months, Henderson became the second-youngest woman to capture a major after South Korean-born New Zealander Ko, the world number one.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:02:35 -0400
By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England, July 30 (Reuters) - Not long ago Brooke Henderson was simply trying to make ends meet as a rookie on the LPGA Tour but fast forward 18 months and she is breathing down the neck of Lydia Ko at the top of the world rankings. The workaholic Canadian, who has spent just two and a half weeks at home since Christmas, announced herself on the international stage by capturing a first major victory at the LPGA Championship in June. Aged 18 years and nine months, Henderson became the second-youngest woman to capture a major after South Korean-born New Zealander Ko, the world number one.
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:54:33 -0400

RICOH Women's British Open 2016By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Lydia Ko says she is "super excited" at the prospect of competing in her first Olympics next month although the women's world number one has decided against living at the Games village in Rio de Janeiro. "I've been excited about the Olympics since they announced it," Ko told Reuters in an interview after a rousing three-under-par 69 sent her sprinting through the field in the third round of the Ricoh Women's British Open on Saturday.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:39:43 -0400
By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England, July 30 (Reuters) - Lydia Ko says she is "super excited" at the prospect of competing in her first Olympics next month although the women's world number one has decided against living at the Games village in Rio de Janeiro. "I've been excited about the Olympics since they announced it," Ko told Reuters in an interview after a rousing three-under-par 69 sent her sprinting through the field in the third round of the Ricoh Women's British Open on Saturday.
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:38:24 -0400

Jason Day of Australia plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016With his hopes of defending the PGA Championship title seemingly poised on a knife's edge, Australia's top-ranked Jason Day unleashed a run of seven birdies in eight holes to leap among the leaders. After finding a bunker and missing a four-foot bogey putt at Baltusrol's sixth hole, Day found himself at level par for the year's final major tournament, well off the pace. Day answered with two short birdie putts at eight and nine and a 17-footer at the 10th to swing momentum his way.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:21:15 -0400

Robert Streb matched the lowest round in major tournament history, firing a seven-under par 63 to seize a share of the 36-hole lead at the PGA ChampionshipRobert Streb struggled through the past year without cracking the top 10 in a US PGA Tour event, but the 29-year-old American's perseverance has paid off in historic fashion. Streb matched the lowest round in major tournament history Friday, firing a seven-under par 63 to seize a share of the 36-hole lead alongside countryman Jimmy Walker at the PGA Championship. Taking advantage of a Baltusrol layout softened by morning rains, Streb fired eight birdies against a lone bogey, his 21-foot birdie putt at the par-3 ninth -- his final hole after starting on the back nine -- closing out a historic round.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:15:22 -0400

Carmelo Anthony of the United States grabs a rebound over Miguel Ruiz of Venezuela during their pre-Olympic exhibition game in Chicago, IllinoisKyrie Irving scored 13 points as the US basketball team improved to 4-0 in their run up to the Rio Olympics with an 80-45 exhibition win over Venezuela. Klay Thompson also scored 13 points for the Americans, who cruised to victory despite shooting 42.4 percent, below the 49.8 percent averaged over their first three tune-up games. Team US also committed 13 turnovers in the game in front of a crowd of 20,578 at the United Center in Chicago.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:09:51 -0400

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has won four major titles, including the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championships, but has not won a major in two yearsRory McIlroy ended a "disappointing" year at the majors by missing the cut at the PGA Championship for the first time in his career, undone by nagging putting woes. McIlroy fired a one-under par 69 in the second round of the year's final major tournament at Baltusrol, but a birdie-less 74 Thursday proved too much to overcome and he finished one shot beyond the cut line. "I've hit the ball really well this week and I'm walking away not playing the weekend," McIlroy said.


Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:01:02 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundPhil Mickelson made a "horrific" start to the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday but recovered to make the cut with nothing to spare, while Rory McIlroy's bogey at the last saw him miss out by one stroke. Mickelson sliced his tee shot out-of-bounds at the par-four first, his ball landing on the adjacent Shunpike Road and bouncing onto another street. It was just horrific," said Mickelson, who teed up again and in the end was fortunate to salvage a triple-bogey seven after almost hitting his approach shot out-of-bounds too.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:53:36 -0400
Phil Mickelson made a "horrific" start to the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday but recovered to make the cut with nothing to spare, while Rory McIlroy's bogey at the last saw him miss out by one stroke. Mickelson sliced his tee shot out-of-bounds at the par-four first, his ball landing on the adjacent Shunpike Road and bouncing onto another street. It was just horrific," said Mickelson, who teed up again and in the end was fortunate to salvage a triple-bogey seven after almost hitting his approach shot out-of-bounds too.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:04:50 -0400

Robert Streb of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the 2016 PGA Championship on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New JerseyUnheralded Robert Streb matched the record-low round in major golf history with an astonishing seven-under par 63 to seize a share of the lead after the second round of the PGA Championship. Top-ranked defending champion Jason Day's amazing run of seven birdies in eight holes to grab a share of third was overshadowed by a 29-year-old American on a rain-soaked Baltusrol layout soggy enough to surrender low scores in a wild afternoon of shot making. Back-nine starter Streb made a lone bogey and eight birdies, the last of them on a curling 21-foot putt at the par-three ninth to make history and match compatriot Jimmy Walker for the 36-hole lead at nine-under 131.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:58:52 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Argentinian Emiliano Grillo says he will embrace the opportunity as he enters the third round of the PGA Championship just two strokes off the lead. "I want to be here. I wanted this my whole life. I want to win a major," Grillo told reporters on Friday after shooting three-under-par 67 at Baltusrol to tie for third with world number one and defending champion Jason Day. "We want to see our names on the board. We want to win. We want to hold the trophy. That is what we're here for. "I am going to feel the nerves tomorrow, that's for sure. ...


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:49:16 -0400
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 29 (Reuters) - Argentinian Emiliano Grillo says he will embrace the opportunity as he enters the third round of the PGA Championship just two strokes off the lead.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:40:28 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Unheralded Robert Streb fired a record-equaling 63 to share a two-shot lead with Jimmy Walker after the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, with heavyweights Jason Day and Henrik Stenson lurking nearby. Streb, who has one PGA Tour victory, rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the ninth at Baltusrol, for the 30th round of 63 ever shot in a major championship. "Most of the year has been a big struggle," said 29-year old Streb, who won the McGladrey Classic two years ago but has missed nine cuts this year including the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and The Players.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:34:48 -0400
* Streb 63 matches best round in a major * Joins fellow American Walker in lead * Defending champion Day two behind By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 29 (Reuters) - Unheralded Robert Streb fired a record-equalling 63 to share a two-shot lead with Jimmy Walker after the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, with heavyweights Jason Day and Henrik Stenson lurking nearby. Streb, who has one PGA Tour victory, rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the ninth at Baltusrol, for the 30th round of 63 ever shot in a major championship.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:16:08 -0400

Robert Streb of the US reacts on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship in Springfield, New JerseySpringfield (United States) (AFP) - Robert Streb, who has not had a US top-10 finish in a year, matched the record-low round in major golf history with a seven-under par 63 at Baltusrol to seize a share of the lead at the PGA Championship.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:59:24 -0400
(Reuters) - Following is a list of 63s, the lowest scores recorded in major championships, after American Robert Streb became the 28th player to achieve the feat in the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey on Friday (United States unless stated): MASTERS Nick Price (Zimbabwe) 1986 Greg Norman (Australia) 1996 U.S. ...
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:57:39 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Americans Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb shared a two-shot, 36-hole lead at the PGA Championship on Friday with heavyweights Jason Day, Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer lurking nearby. Streb, who has one PGA Tour win to his credit, rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the ninth at Baltusrol, for the 30th round of 63 ever shot in a major championship to tie Walker (66) with a nine-under-par total of 131.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:48:27 -0400
July 29 (Reuters) - Following is a list of 63s, the lowest scores recorded in major championships, after American Robert Streb became the 28th player to achieve the feat in the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey on Friday (United States unless stated): MASTERS Nick Price (Zimbabwe) 1986 Greg Norman (Australia) 1996 U.S. ...
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:20:15 -0400
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson is showing no signs of letdown at the PGA Championship following his record-setting performance in winning the British Open two weeks ago and believes he can stay in the groove. "Maybe I'll run out of steam at some point, but up until then, I'll just keep trying my best," said Stenson.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:13:37 -0400
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 29 (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson is showing no signs of letdown at the PGA Championship following his record-setting performance in winning the British Open two weeks ago and believes he can stay in the groove. "Maybe I'll run out of steam at some point, but up until then, I'll just keep trying my best," said Stenson.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:12:50 -0400

Jimmy Walker, pictured on July 15, 2016, fired a five-under 65 to lead after 18 holes, birdied the fifth and eighth holes and has yet to make a bogey to stand on nine-under with five holes remainingTop-ranked defending champion Jason Day made seven birdies in eight holes to charge within two shots of the lead at the PGA Championship as pace-setter Jimmy Walker clung to a one-shot edge. Walker birdied three holes in a row starting at the par-3 12th but a bogey at the par-5 18th left him with a four-under par 66 second round to stand on nine-under 131 after 36 holes. Unheralded American Robert Streb had seven birdies and a lone bogey to stand on eight-under with two holes remaining with Day next at seven-under alongside Emiliano Grillo of Argentina in the clubhouse.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:19:32 -0400

RICOH Women's British Open 2016By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Liz Young's husband-caddie provided a perfect summary after his expectant wife's brave bid to qualify for the last two rounds of the Women's British Open ended in disappointment on Friday. "The heart was willing but the body gave up on her," Jonathan Young told Reuters after the blonde Englishwoman, who is seven months pregnant, tired over the closing holes and missed the cut on 149, five over par.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:02:15 -0400

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh PenguinsBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Hockey League's players union on Friday urged a U.S. court not to grant Commissioner Gary Bettman broad power to override arbitrators when deciding how severely to discipline players for improper on-ice conduct. Citing a recent appeals court ruling against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the NHL Players Association said Bettman should not be allowed to restore a 20-game suspension of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for hitting a linesman, after an arbitrator cut the ban to 10 games.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:57:56 -0400

RICOH Women's British Open 2016By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Evergreen Catriona Matthew, boosted by having husband Graham back on her bag after a spell looking after their two young children, launched a determined title charge at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. South Korean Lee Mi-rim (71) led the way on 11-under 133, one ahead of Shanshan Feng (68) of China and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (69). It was 2009 British Open champion Matthew, though, who took most of the plaudits after packing seven birdies into a flawless round to share fourth spot with South Korean Jang Ha-na (67).


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:54:58 -0400
By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England, July 29 (Reuters) - Evergreen Catriona Matthew, boosted by having husband Graham back on her bag after a spell looking after their two young children, launched a determined title charge at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. South Korean Lee Mi-rim (71) led the way on 11-under 133, one ahead of Shanshan Feng (68) of China and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (69). It was 2009 British Open champion Matthew, though, who took most of the plaudits after packing seven birdies into a flawless round to share fourth spot with South Korean Jang Ha-na (67).
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:30:17 -0400

Sweden's Henrik Stenson made bogeys at holes 12 and 13 in the second round of the PGA Championship on July 29, 2016British Open champion Henrik Stenson fired a three-under par 67 Friday to seize a one-stroke lead over two-time major winner Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed in the rain-soaked second round of the PGA Championship. Reed fired a 65 to join Kaymer in second after the German shot 69. Jimmy Walker, the American who opened with a 65 to lead after 18 holes, was among the late starters along with Rory McIlroy and top-ranked defending champion Jason Day.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:06:17 -0400
(Reuters) - Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games. The IOC said any Russian athletes with a previous doping suspension will be ineligible to compete at the Olympics. AQUATICS (SWIMMING, DIVING, SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING AND WATERPOLO) - Yulia Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova, Anastasia Krapivina, Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria Ustinova are seven Russian swimmers banned by the governing body FINA from competing at Rio.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:53:16 -0400

South Korea's Lee Mirim tees off on the 17th hole on the second day of the 2016 Women's British Open Golf Championships at Woburn Golf Club in central England, on July 29, 2016Lee Mirim couldn't match her great golf of the first round, but a 71 was still good enough to hold the halfway lead on 11 under par 133 at the Women's British Open at Woburn on Friday. The 25-year-old South Korean leads an Asian 1-2-3 as she holds a one shot lead over China's Feng Shanshan (68) and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (69). Scotland's Catriona Matthew, who will be 47 next month and won the title at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 2009, shot a best of day 65 and moved into joint fourth place on nine under alongside another South Korean, Jang Ha-Na (67).


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:32:27 -0400

RICOH Women's British Open 2016By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - British number one Charley Hull looked like the 'Pied Piper of Woburn' as she treated her fans to another sparkling exhibition of golf to move into contention at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. Four-times major winner Rory McIlroy caused controversy during the men's British Open at Royal Troon two weeks ago when he said "I didn't get into golf to get other people in the game". World number 27 Hull, however, clearly takes a different view.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:32:07 -0400
By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Lydia Ko, faced with the embarrassing prospect of missing the cut at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday, showed why she is the world's number one golfer by delivering the goods when it mattered. "Those birdies really gave me some breathing room going down the last two holes," Ko told reporters after a two-under 70 gave her a level-par aggregate of 144. "Going into today my goal was to play all four days so I think goal number one is accomplished." Ko said the Marquess Course at Woburn was a difficult test for the players and could not believe clubhouse leader Lee Mi-rim (71) of South Korea was flying high at 11-under.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:27:43 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundEarly second-round play in the PGA Championship resumed after a delay of 41 minutes at Baltusrol on Friday with weather threatening to cause further interruptions in the year's final major championship. Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer of Germany, who began the day one stroke behind American leader Jimmy Walker, took a step back on the leaderboard in the early going. Bogeys at the first and third holes dropped Kaymer to two under before a birdie at the par-three fourth brought him back within two shots of the lead.


Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:08:17 -0400
By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England, July 29 (Reuters) - British number one Charley Hull looked like the 'Pied Piper of Woburn' as she treated her fans to another sparkling exhibition of golf to move into contention at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. Four-times major winner Rory McIlroy caused controversy during the men's British Open at Royal Troon two weeks ago when he said "I didn't get into golf to get other people in the game". World number 27 Hull, however, clearly takes a different view.