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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:12:14 -0500

Visitors enter the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delayed a decision on whether to consider Governor Chris Christie's bid to bring sports betting to New Jersey and asked President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration to offer its views on the matter. The justices are weighing whether to hear an appeal by Christie and some of his top officials of a lower court's 2016 ruling striking down a New Jersey law legalizing sports wagering because it ran afoul of a 1992 federal law that bans such gambling in all but four of the 50 states. New Jersey argues that the federal law infringes upon state sovereignty as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.


Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:28:44 -0500

Corporate logo of financial firm Morgan Stanley in New York, New YorkIn announcing earnings on Tuesday, Morgan Stanley detailed huge gains in bond trading, an area where it has long struggled. The bank also reported stronger revenue in equities trading, where Morgan Stanley is typically a leader, and said it is close to hitting targets for cost-cutting, wealth management profits and returns on shareholder equity.


Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:36:25 -0500

PGA: Sony Open in Hawaii - Third RoundAmerican Jordan Spieth faces "very tough competition" to return to the top of the world golf rankings this year, he said on Tuesday. The 23-year-old, who won the U.S. Masters and U.S. Open in 2015, started his campaign with a third-place finish in last week's Sony Open in Hawaii and lies fifth in the rankings. It's going to be a good year," Spieth told reporters at an event in Tokyo where he unveiled the "Spieth One" golf shoe which he has been working on with U.S. brand Under Armour.


Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:34:37 -0500
American Jordan Spieth faces "very tough competition" to return to the top of the world golf rankings this year, he said on Tuesday. The 23-year-old, who won the U.S. Masters and U.S. Open in 2015, started his campaign with a third-place finish in last week's Sony Open in Hawaii and lies fifth in the rankings. It's going to be a good year," Spieth told reporters at an event in Tokyo where he unveiled the "Spieth One" golf shoe which he has been working on with U.S. brand Under Armour.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:04:45 -0500

PGA: Ryder CupBy John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia enjoyed a hard-earned winter break after a hectic 2016 and the Spaniard is now fit, fresh and raring to go when he opens his campaign at the Singapore Open this week in a region where he has enjoyed plenty of success. Garcia has won five events in as many countries on the Asian Tour and Singapore could become a sixth should he navigate the demanding Serapong Course better than a field of rivals that includes three-times tournament winner Adam Scott and Ernie Els. "I've always felt comfortable coming to Asia, I've done very well here in the tournaments I have played," the world number 15 told reporters at Sentosa Golf Club on Tuesday.


Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:02:10 -0500
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia enjoyed a hard-earned winter break after a hectic 2016 and the Spaniard is now fit, fresh and raring to go when he opens his campaign at the Singapore Open this week in a region where he has enjoyed plenty of success. Garcia has won five events in as many countries on the Asian Tour and Singapore could become a sixth should he navigate the demanding Serapong Course better than a field of rivals that includes three-times tournament winner Adam Scott and Ernie Els. "I've always felt comfortable coming to Asia, I've done very well here in the tournaments I have played," the world number 15 told reporters at Sentosa Golf Club on Tuesday.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:06:36 -0500

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul injured his left thumb during his team’s 120-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday and will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage. Paul was injured late in the second quarter while being guarded by Russell Westbrook and did not return for the second half. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Paul underwent X-rays that revealed no bones were broken. ...


Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:35:06 -0500

Marreese Speights of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles past Domantas Sabonis of the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on January 16, 2017Los Angeles (AFP) - The Los Angeles Clippers shook off the early exit of point guard Chris Paul to rout the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-98 on Monday and claim a seventh straight NBA victory.


Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:22:54 -0500

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers, at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, on January 16, 2017The Golden State Warriors crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-91 on Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak against the reigning NBA champions. In the season's second meeting between the teams that dueled in the past two NBA championship series, the Warriors started fast and never let up. Before adoring fans at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Draymond Green notched his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 11 assists and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who led wire-to-wire to improve their league-leading record to 35-6.


Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:43:11 -0500

Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who turns 20 in April 2017, was the youngest player, man or woman, to become world golf number one when she achieved the feat almost two years agoThe world's top woman golfer Lydia Ko wants her stunning achievements as a teenager to narrow the sport's huge gap in prize money between men and women. "One of our roles is to obviously play great golf, but to also make a difference in the game," said Ko this week in a telephone interview from her Florida home to confirm she will take part in the $1.5 million HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore beginning on March 2. Ko, who turns 20 in April, was the youngest player -- man or woman -- to become world golf number one when she achieved the feat almost two years ago.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:57:04 -0500

NBA: New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers(Reuters) - With each successive defeat, Carmelo Anthony's stay in New York becomes more contentious as his future with the Knicks is put into question. Anthony, who has been an All Star for the franchise each season since being traded to the Knicks in 2011, has been asked in recent days about the possibility of waiving the no-trade clause in his contract which would allow the team to move him. Responding to an article that suggested it was time for Anthony to depart New York, the forward said on Sunday that if Knicks management no longer wants him then "that's a conversation that we should have." Following New York's 108-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Anthony was again pushed on the subject of his stay with the team.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:18:11 -0500

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, using a 78-point, first-half explosion to crush the defending NBA champions 126-91. Klay Thompson scored a game-high 26 points and Draymond Green recorded an 11-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist triple-double, propelling the Warriors to their first win over the Cavaliers since Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals. The Cavaliers, swept by the Warriors in two games in the regular season last year and down 3-1 in the Finals, rallied to sweep the final three games en route to their first-ever NBA championship.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:05:30 -0500

Anthony Davis (pictured) of the New Orleans Pelicans hurt his right hip and left thumb after landing hard on his back after a foul by the Pacers center Myles Turner in the third quarter, in Indianapolis, on January 16, 2017New Orleans star Anthony Davis took another frightening fall on Monday and the Pelicans succumbed 98-95 to the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. The Pacers, humbled 140-112 by the Denver Nuggets in London on Thursday, got 19 points from Paul George and held on for the bounce-back victory that still had coach Nate McMillan wanting to see better. "We had lots of lazy possessions and missed free throws down the stretch," McMillan said.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:56:27 -0500

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, pictured on January 6, 2017, scored 22 points with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in 29 minutes against the BucksPhiladelphia center Joel Embiid came on strong in the fourth quarter on Monday to power the suddenly surging 76ers to a 113-104 NBA victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee. Embiid, playing his injury delayed rookie season, scored 22 points with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in 29 minutes as the 76ers notched their fourth win in five games. It was his strong move to the basket that drew a sixth foul against Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo with 2:51 remaining.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:37:31 -0500

Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks, pictured on December 7, 2016, drained a three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining against the New York KnicksAtlanta's German guard Dennis Schroder delivered the killing blow in the Hawks' 108-107 NBA victory over the New York Knicks on Monday -- with a big assist from Kris Humphries. Humphries had a good look at a potential game-winning shot, but instead tossed the ball to Schroder, who drained a three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining that saw the Hawks swoop for their ninth win in their last 10 games. "I thought Kris was unbelievable," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said of the power forward who came off the bench to score 14 points with seven rebounds and one -- crucial -- assist.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:00:19 -0500

Golf - DP World Tour championship(Reuters) - World number two Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Championship after tests on Monday showed he picked up a rib injury in South Africa last week, the European Tour said. The Northern Irishman had intense physiotherapy treatment and took pain-killers over the weekend at the South Africa Open after struggling through much of Friday's second round. The four-time major champion, who lost to Englishman Graeme Storm on the third playoff hole at Glendower Golf Club, will start a rehabilitation program for the stress fracture.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:37:30 -0500

US President Barack Obama poses with a jersey as he welcomes the World Champion Chicago Cubs baseball team to the White House on January 16, 2017Barack Obama, the man once known as the "hope candidate," on Monday warmly feted a team that had gone more than a century without much hope -- the world champion baseball team the Cubs from his adopted hometown of Chicago. Just four days before he hands power to Donald Trump, President Obama welcomed the members of the Chicago team -- who in November won their first World Series title since 1908 -- to a light-hearted White House ceremony. "I made a lot of promises in 2008," Obama said, referring to his first presidential campaign.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:51:42 -0500

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wants to see "closure" on the NFL's domestic violence inquiry related to the assault accusations made by his ex-girlfriend over the summer. Elliott, the league's leading rusher this season as a rookie, was accused of a second domestic violence incident involving the woman, who said she was hurt in a July argument. "I do want closure," Elliott told reporters after the Cowboys' 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoff game Sunday.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:28:22 -0500
World number two Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Championship after tests on Monday showed he picked up a rib injury in South Africa last week, the European Tour said. The Northern Irishman had intense physiotherapy treatment and took pain-killers over the weekend at the South Africa Open after struggling through much of Friday's second round. The four-time major champion, who lost to Englishman Graeme Storm on the third playoff hole at Glendower Golf Club, will start a rehabilitation programme for the stress fracture.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:34:59 -0500

Golf - WGC-HSBC Champions Golf Tournament(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy was suffering from a back problem during his South African Open playoff loss to England's Graeme Storm on Sunday and the Briton will undergo scans this week to learn the extent of the injury and time he could be forced to sit out. McIlroy has been injury-free since missing two months with a sprained ankle in 2015, a layoff that prevented him from defending his British Open title, and the latest setback could rule him out of next week's Abu Dhabi Championship.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:14:19 -0500
Rory McIlroy was suffering from a back problem during his South African Open playoff loss to England's Graeme Storm on Sunday and the Briton will undergo scans this week to learn the extent of the injury and time he could be forced to sit out. McIlroy has been injury-free since missing two months with a sprained ankle in 2015, a layoff that prevented him from defending his British Open title, and the latest setback could rule him out of next week's Abu Dhabi Championship.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:28:27 -0500

NBA: Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets(Reuters) - Eric Gordon's sprained left big toe was not normal on Friday and neither was the pace and 3-point rhythm of the Houston Rockets. Pace and rhythm returned in a big way for the Rockets, who also mixed in effective second-half defense against the worst team in the league. Gordon scored 24 points, James Harden recorded his 12th triple-double of the season with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as Houston snapped its first losing streak of the season with a 137-112 rout of the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:25:34 -0500

Michael Beasley (R) of the Milwaukee Bucks drives against Mike Dunleavy of the Atlanta Hawks during their NBA game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 2017Mike Dunleavy is fitting in nicely with his new team, scoring a season-high 20 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98. Dunleavy, who was playing in just his second NBA game with the Hawks, initially baulked at a trade to Atlanta that sent Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It took a meeting with coach Mike Budenholzer to convince him it was a good career move.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:14:31 -0500

Mason Crosby (L) of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammate Aaron Rodgers after kicking the game winning field goal against the Dallas Cowboys in the final seconds of their NFC Divisional Playoff game, in Arlington, Texas, on January 15, 2017Mason Crosby kicked a last-gasp field goal as the Green Bay Packers downed the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in a thrilling NFL playoff battle on Sunday. Crosby held his nerve superbly to kick the winning three-pointer from 51 yards with just three seconds left on the clock in the final twist of an epic duel at the AT&T Stadium. Green Bay will now play the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday in the National Football Conference Championship game for a place in the February 5 Super Bowl in Houston.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:04:28 -0500
Jan 16 (Gracenote) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (2) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 1614 2. (1) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 1177 3. (3) Pat Perez (U.S.) 754 4. (4) Brendan Steele (U.S.) 648 5. (5) Mackenzie Hughes (Canada) 643 6. (6) Rod Pampling (Australia) 560 7. (7) Cody Gribble (U.S.) 481 8. (8) Russell Knox (Britain) 449 9. (13) Gary Woodland (U.S.) 411 10. (10) Luke List (U.S.) 382 11. (9) Scott Piercy (U.S.) 356 12. (39) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 335 13. (11) Daniel Berger (U.S.) 330 14. (12) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 316 15. (14) Patton Kizzire (U.S.) 300 15. Justin Rose (Britain) 300 17. (33) Jamie Lovemark (U.S. ...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:28:07 -0500

NFL: AFC Divisional-Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs(The Sports Xchange) - The Pittsburgh Steelers did not spend much time in the end zone at Arrowhead Stadium in Sunday's AFC divisional round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, it was the home team that scored the game's only touchdowns. The victory sends the Steelers to the AFC Championship Game next Sunday against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium.


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:07:56 -0500

Justin Thomas of the US celebrates winning on the 18th green after the final round of the Sony Open, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 15, 2017Justin Thomas made more history at the Sony Open, firing a five-under 65 to set the PGA Tour's lowest 72-hole score at 253. Thomas on Sunday sank a one-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th at the Waialae Country Club course where his 27-under 253 is the lowest four round score of all-time. Unforgettable," Thomas said.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:10:19 -0500

PGA: Sony Open in Hawaii - Third Round(Reuters) - Justin Thomas overcame a slow start for a second straight day before five birdies in seven holes helped him wrap up a wire-to-wire victory in record style at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday. The long-hitting American clinched his fourth PGA Tour title, his second in a row and his third of the young season, by seven strokes after firing a five-under-par 65 at Waialae Country Club for a stunning 27-under total of 253. Thomas, who had opened with a magical 11-under 59 to take control of the tournament, signed off with a comfortable two-putt birdie at the par-five last to add yet another slice of golf history to his dominant week of multiple records.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:08:44 -0500
(adds quotes, detail) * Thomas finishes strong after nervous start to win by seven * Sets PGA Tour record low for 72 holes Jan 16 (Reuters) - Justin Thomas overcame a slow start for a second straight day before five birdies in seven holes helped him wrap up a wire-to-wire victory in record style at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday. The long-hitting American clinched his fourth PGA Tour title, his second in a row and his third of the young season, by seven strokes after firing a five-under-par 65 at Waialae Country Club for a stunning 27-under total of 253. Thomas, who had opened with a magical 11-under 59 to take control of the tournament, signed off with a comfortable two-putt birdie at the par-five last to add yet another slice of golf history to his dominant week of multiple records.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:39:00 -0500
Jan 16 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Sony Open at the par-70 course on Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii -27 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 59 64 65 65 -20 Justin Rose (Britain) 66 64 66 64 -19 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 65 67 66 63 -18 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 70 67 60 65 Jamie Lovemark (U.S.) 64 68 65 65 -17 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 69 61 65 68 Gary Woodland (U.S.) 64 64 68 67 -16 Chez Reavie (U.S.) 67 67 69 61 Charles Howell III (U.S.) 65 66 68 65 -15 Jim Herman (U.S.) 66 67 67 65 -14 Russell Knox (Britain) 64 67 66 69 Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 66 69 67 64 -13 Russell Henley (U.S.) 64 67 68 68 Bill Haas (U.S. ...
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:10:00 -0500

NFL: NFC Divisional-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys(Reuters) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the MVP of Green Bay's Super Bowl triumph six years ago, was left almost speechless after his team's nailbiting 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a divisional playoff showdown on Sunday. After squandering an 18-point lead they established during the second quarter, the Packers held off a thrilling Cowboys comeback with successive field goals by Mason Crosby, the last of which was set up by another bit of playoff magic by Rodgers. Rodgers, taking over the ball with 44 seconds left and the score 31-31, connected on a stunning 35-yard completion to tight end Jared Cook, who nimbly tip-toed inbounds with just three seconds left on the clock.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:25:22 -0500

James Harden bagged his 12th triple-double of the season as the Houston Rockets routed the Brooklyn Nets 137-112 on January 15, 2017James Harden bagged his 12th triple-double of the season as the Houston Rockets routed the Brooklyn Nets 137-112 to end their two-game losing streak on Sunday. Harden compiled 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, completing his triple with three assists in the final quarter as the Rockets pummelled the Nets. Harden was one of six Houston players to make double figures as the Rockets bounced back from consecutive losses to Minnesota and Memphis.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:57:14 -0500

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points as the Toronto Raptors outmuscled the New York Knicks 116-101 on January 15, 2017DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points as a physical Toronto Raptors outmuscled the New York Knicks 116-101 on Sunday. DeRozan added five assists and five rebounds for Toronto but it was the no-nonsense defensive effort from his team that delighted Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "I was really proud of the way the starters came out and set the tone, especially starting the third quarter," Casey said.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:56:28 -0500

NFL: NFC Divisional-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys(The Sports Xchange) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was left with a few seconds and one shot at winning it and that was enough as Green Bay's 51-yard field goal at the gun gave them a 34-31 playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Rodgers, the NFL's hottest quarterback, put Green Bay in position to advance to the NFC Championship and kicker Mason Crosby did the rest to launch a Packers' celebration at AT&T Stadium.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:55:14 -0500

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference ahead of the game(Reuters) - NBA games have been played in Mexico for a quarter of a century and the league, eager to grow the sport worldwide, is "going to look at" the possibility of establishing a franchise in that country, according to commissioner Adam Silver. Silver said on Saturday when the Phoenix Suns played their second of two games in a week in the Mexican capital that there were no immediate plans to expand the NBA and the next step should be to increase the regular-season games in the region. "In terms of a franchise in Mexico City, it's something that we're going to look at," Silver was quoted as saying by nba.com.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:42:49 -0500

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks drives against Thabo Sefolosha #25 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 15, 2017 in Atlanta, GeorgiaGiannis Antetokounmpo piled up 33 points but was unable to prevent the Milwaukee Bucks from sliding to a 111-98 defeat against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Greek star Antetokounmpo also added eight rebounds and six assists but it was not good enough to prevent Atlanta grabbing a win which saw them improve to 23-17. It was Atlanta's eighth win in nine games, a run of results which has left them firmly rooted in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:41:49 -0500
Jan 15 (Gracenote) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. Sam Brazel (Australia) 311844 2. (1) Andrew Dodt (Australia) 222425 3. (2) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 207896 4. (17) Graeme Storm (Britain) 204709 5. (3) Brandon Stone (South Africa) 198498 6. (4) Harold Varner III (U.S.) 175631 7. (5) Richard Sterne (South Africa) 138000 8. Rory McIlroy (Britain) 119287 9. (6) Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 105342 10. (7) Thomas Detry (Belgium) 89160 11. (62) Jordan Smith (Britain) 84316 12. (17) Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 80080 13. (8) David Lipsky (U.S.) 79334 14. (12) Paul Waring (Britain) 67855 15. ...
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:22:41 -0500
(Reuters) - Teenager Toto Gana of Chile sank a two-foot birdie putt to book a spot at this year's Masters with a gripping playoff victory at the third Latin America Amateur Championship in Panama City on Sunday. Gana, 19, clinched the title on the second extra hole at Club de Golf de Panama to edge out compatriot Joaquin Niemann and Mexican Alvaro Ortiz. Ortiz, 21, parred the hole, the par-four 10th, and 18-year-old Niemann ran up a bogey after Gana had conjured a superb approach from just inside 100 yards for a tap-in to seal the win.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:05:32 -0500
Teenager Toto Gana of Chile sank a two-foot birdie putt to book a spot at this year's Masters with a gripping playoff victory at the third Latin America Amateur Championship in Panama City on Sunday. Gana, 19, clinched the title on the second extra hole at Club de Golf de Panama to edge out compatriot Joaquin Niemann and Mexican Alvaro Ortiz. Ortiz, 21, parred the hole, the par-four 10th, and 18-year-old Niemann ran up a bogey after Gana had conjured a superb approach from just inside 100 yards for a tap-in to seal the win.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:30:34 -0500

US Open ChampionshipEngland’s Graeme Storm claimed a first European Tour trophy in almost 10 years after holding off the challenge of world number two Rory McIlroy on the third playoff hole to win the South African Open on Sunday. McIlroy led by one shot going into the last two holes, but bogeyed 17 and had to be content with a 68 to force a playoff. Storm kept his composure though and on the third attempt to separate the pair, he managed a par as McIlroy bogied following a skewed tee shot.