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Wed, 26 Nov 2014

McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot from the second tee during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship in DubaiBy Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy is back to defend his Australian Open title in the city where he kickstarted his career last year but admitted on Wednesday that the next U.S. Masters is never far from his mind.The reigning British Open and U.S. PGA Championship title holder could win a third straight major if he secures the green jacket at Augusta in April and said he was thinking about it "every day". "It's the next big career goal of mine, it would complete the career grand slam," the Northern Irishman told reporters on Wednesday. ...



Wed, 26 Nov 2014

World No. 1 player Rory McIlroy, seen during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open golf tournament, at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney, on November 26, 2014Sydney (AFP) - World number one Rory McIlroy returns to defend his Australian Open title this week with Adam Scott itching for revenge after last year's final hole anguish.



Wed, 26 Nov 2014

Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the ninth hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in ShanghaiBy Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Adam Scott still feels the hurt of losing the Australian Open title to Rory McIlroy on the final green last year but believes the world number one has also inspired him to become a better golfer. Scott was set to win a rare "Triple Crown" of Australian titles when he went into the final round at Royal Sydney last year but bogeyed the final hole to allow McIlroy to win his only title of 2013 with a birdie. "I certainly have a thorn in my side after not winning last year. ...



Tue, 25 Nov 2014

Brooks Koepka of the U.S. watches his tee shot during the second round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in HoylakeLONDON (Reuters) - Brooks Koepka matched the feat achieved by fellow American Peter Uihlein 12 months ago when he was named European Tour Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Koepka finished eighth on the money-list in his first full season on the circuit and also won the Turkish Airlines Open earlier this month. "Winning the Rookie of the Year award means so much," Koepka said in a news release. (Writing by Tony Jimenez, editing by Toby Davis)



Tue, 25 Nov 2014

PGA: The Barclays-Final RoundBy Tony Jimenez (Reuters) - Ernie Els is dreaming of holding aloft the South African flag at the opening ceremony when golf returns to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016, he said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The South African, who has won four major championships and more than 60 titles around the world, will be 46 when the sport returns to the Games fold in Rio de Janeiro following a 112-year absence. ...



Mon, 24 Nov 2014

Lewis Hamilton secured his second F1 world title in Abu Dhabi at the weekend, and the British driver is expected to be a leading contender for BBC's prizeLondon (AFP) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will battle with the likes of European Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale for the BBC's prestigious 2014 Sports Personality of the Year award.



Mon, 24 Nov 2014

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Kennedy and Dingell applaud prior to being honored at a White House ceremony in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday presented the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 18 artists, politicians, writers, scholars and activists, including actress Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. "Not only have they made the world better, but by following their example they make us a little bit better every single day. We are truly grateful to them," the president said in a White House ceremony. ...



Mon, 24 Nov 2014

LPGA: Wegmans Championship-Final Round(Reuters) - New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko knows full well that she will face a formidable challenge next year in trying to replicate, at the very least, her astonishingly successful rookie campaign on the LPGA Tour. The 17-year-old capped a storming 2014 season by clinching her third victory in a gripping three-way playoff for the Tour Championship on Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. The youngest player in the elite field, Ko also claimed the circuit's inaugural "Race to CME Globe" title and its $1 million bonus for the biggest payday in women's golf. ...





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