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Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Erik Compton plays his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Shriners Hospitals Open at TPC Summerlin on October 17, 2014Erik Compton started his day by putting on extra clothes to battle a morning chill but it didn't take him long to get hot once he teed off at The McGladrey Classic. The 34-year-old dual Norwegian-American rolled in birdies on his first two holes en route to a five-under 65 to grab a share of the lead with three others after the opening round at the $5.6-million US PGA Tour event in Georgia. Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, said he cut his pre-round warmup routine short at the Sea Island Resort course -- and it appeared to pay off. Compton was joined atop a crowded leaderboard by Brian Harman, Will MacKenzie and Michael Thompson, who set a 54-hole record at this event three years ago.



Thu, 23 Oct 2014

PGA: Wells Fargo Championship-Second Round(Reuters) - Brian Harman took advantage of home comforts, ideal weather and a red-hot putter as he charged into a share of the lead in Thursday's opening round of the $5.6 million McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia. The diminutive American left-hander, who won his first PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic in July, mixed six birdies with a lone bogey on the way to a sparkling five-under-par 65 in the third event of the 2014-15 season. ...



Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Williams of the U.S. hits a return to Bouchard of Canada during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor StadiumBy Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's bid to end the year ranked number one was left hanging by a thread after she suffered a second straight defeat at the WTA Finals on Thursday. The only woman capable of leapfrogging Serena Williams for the top spot, Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium. Sharapova still has a slim mathematical chance of finishing number one but has to go on and win the title -- and has to rely on other results to go her way just to reach the semis. "It's easy to sit here and say, yeah, I'm tired. ...



Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Anirban Lahiri of India at the Macau Open golf tournamentMacao (AFP) - India's Anirban Lahiri took an early lead with a brilliant 10-under-par 61 as the Macau Open got under way Thursday, with defending champion Scott Hend a point behind.



Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Serena Williams of U.S. acknowledges crowd after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor StadiumBy Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, leaving her with only a slim chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ...



Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Thorbjorn Olesen was bogey-free and full of confidence as he fired ahead at the Perth InternationalDenmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Australian John Wade both fired a course record eight-under 64 to lead the European Tour co-sanctioned $1.75 US million Perth International at Lake Karrinyup on Thursday. Wade carded six birdies and an eagle three in the morning before he was joined later in the opening round by Olesen. I gave myself a lot of chances there," Olesen said. Playing in the marquee group with fellow European young gun Victor Dubuisson and 2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, Olesen was bogey-free and full of confidence.



Thu, 23 Oct 2014
(Updates after Williams wins her last group match) By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, leaving her with only a slim chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. ...

Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Oct 23 (Reuters) - With his country celebrating Diwali on Thursday, India's Anirban Lahiri had his own fireworks going during the opening round of the Venetian Macau Open with a sparkling career-best 10-under-par 61. The round gave the 27-year-old four-times Asian Tour winner a one-shot lead over defending champion Scott Hend of Australia, who won the Hong Kong Open last week. "It's a great Diwali and happy Diwali to everyone back home. It's nice to have some fireworks on the course," said Lahiri. "It's fantastic. ...



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