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Tiger Woods clinches The Presidents Cup for US

News4u-Sports Desk-MELBOURNE: Tiger Woods clinched The Presidents Cup for the US team with the winning point over the Internationals in the singles of the teams’ match play event at Royal Melbourne on Sunday.

The former world number one thrashed Australian Aaron Baddeley four and three to push the defending champion Americans beyond the 17.5 points needed to claim their seventh Presidents Cup against the non-European Internationals.

Woods also provided the clinching point when the Americans posted a 19.5-14.5 triumph over the International team at the previous event in San Francisco in 2009.

The Americans split Sunday’s singles with the Internationals 6-6, finishing overall 19-15 winners.

“It does feel good. I was hoping it wouldn’t come down to my point. I was hoping that Stricks (Steve Stricker) and I could take a victory lap back here,” Woods said.

“But we (USA) didn’t get off to a good start early. We needed to get our point so we went out there and played really well today and put a lot of heat on Badds (Baddeley).”

Woods, who only got into the US team as the captain’s pick after just eight USPGA Tour events this year because of injuries, was praised by team captain Fred Couples.

“He was ready to go this whole week. He was ready for a month,” Couples said.

“A lot of people have asked why I picked him and how he was going to play.

“Certainly, I couldn’t answer how he was going to play but this week I think he showed to himself that his swing is back and he’s healthy, and that’s more important to me.”

The star-studded American team went into the final day’s singles leading by four points and although Greg Norman’s International team made a charge to get within two points they were too strong in the final matches.

It was a dominant performance by the Americans, who won both the foursomes, split one of the fourballs and narrowly lost the other fourballs.

Apart from Woods, America’s other singles winners were Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Jim Furyk, David Toms and Steve Stricker.

The Internationals faced a tall order heading into the final day as no team trailing into the singles matches had gone on to win The Presidents Cup, although in 2003 the United Statestrailed 12.5 to 9.5 and fought back to tie the competition in South Africa.

South Korean Kim Kyung-Tae, who holed a pressure putt at the last hole to beat Woods andDustin Johnson in Saturday’s four-ball, carried on his form with a resilient one-up win overWebb Simpson in the day’s opening singles.

Victories followed from teammates Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa and Australian Greg Ogilvy as the Internationals began strongly.

But Mahan and Watney restored control with comfortable victories before Furyk, Toms and Woods got the Americans across the finish line with Stricker winning the day’s final singles match two and one over South Korea’s YE Yang.

Adam Scott had a two and one win over Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen edged out Matt Kuchar one-up for the Internationals’ other wins.

It was an accomplished performance from the Americans who came to grief when they last played The Presidents Cup at the tough Royal Melbourne layout, losing 20.5 to 11.5.

The classic sandbelt course tested all the golfers to the limit in Friday’s brutal blustery conditions and played a little easier on the weekend in cooler weather.

“I came in here in ’88 and played the Bicentennial so I assumed that if I could learn the course in a day and a half or two, these guys can learn it in two or three practice rounds,” Couples said. “It was never a concern.”AFP

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Tiger returns with new caddie, old hunger to win

News4u-Sports Desk- SAN MARTIN: A healthy Tiger Woods makes his return from a two-month layoff on Thursday at the $5 million US PGA Open with something to prove to those who say his best days are behind him. 

The 14-time major champion, chasing the all-time record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, has not won any event in almost two years, since the revelation of a secret sex life that led to divorce and shattered his iconic image.

Woods has battled left knee and tendon injuries suffered at the Masters in April, where his share of fourth place was his best showing in eight starts this year. He hasn’t played since missing the cut in August’s PGA Championship.

“I’ve had a chance to prepare. I’m getting back to my normal routine,” Woods said. “I’m excited to be back. I’ve had good practice sessions at home and I’m eager to get back under the gun.”

Such notable major champions as Nick Faldo and Greg Norman have said they do not see Woods winning another major but the former World No. 1, now ranked 51st and out of the top 50 for the first time in 15 years, fired back Wednesday.

“I’ve heard that before. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that,” Woods said. “I’ve kept on winning them too.”

Woods fired a course-record 62 last week on the Medalist layout in Florida where he has conducted much of his training.

“I hadn’t posted a low round in a long time so that was something it felt good to do,” Woods said.

“It was pretty easy. I left a few out there. It was just one of those rounds. It’s hard to believe I shot that because I didn’t feel like it.”

Woods said his work with coach Sean Foley has taken him to the point where he is tweaking small details rather than struggling with rebuilding his swing, part of his problems over his win drought.

“We’re always fine tuning the game, but the major overhauls are done,” Woods said.

“I’ve done all that work. Now it’s just fine tuning day to day, shot to shot. That’s part of golf and it’s part of the challenge.

“I’m happy with how everything has progressed from tee to green. I’ve got a chance to practice and work on everything, which is something I hadn’t been able to do for a while. I’m very pleased with every facet of my game.”

Woods blamed missing the cut at the year’s final major on having only two weeks of full fitness to train for the event.

“I was limited to how many holes I could play, how long I could be standing on my leg. All that was limiting,” Woods said.

“I’m able to walk the golf course. I’ve got my strength back. I got the explosiveness back in the leg. All that has come back. And that’s just from training and having time to heal.”

Woods tries to recapture the winning touch on Thursday afternoon with playing partners Patrick Cantlay, a US college amateur, and South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion.

Also with Woods will be new caddie Joe LaCava, the former caddie for PGA rival Dustin Johnson who Woods hired to replace Steve Williams, now the bagman for Australian star Adam Scott.

“He got a look and a feel for what I like and how I see it,” Woods said of his first PGA practice round on Wednesday with LaCava carrying the clubs.AFP



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Family situation limits schedule: Tiger Woods

News4u-Sports Desk- FLORIDA: Tiger Woods, struggling to recapture his best form, said on Wednesday his family situation is stopping him playing in more PGA Tour events.

Woods, paired with old rival Phil Mickelson and US Open champion Graeme McDowell at this week’s WGC Cadillac Championship, said his main problem was translating his practice form into consistent tournament rounds.

Asked why he was not therefore entering more tournaments, the 35-year-old told reporters: “Because I have a family. I’m divorced. If you’ve been divorced with kids you’d understand.”

He is playing in just his fourth tournament of the year and has only one more tournament lined up - at Bay Hill later this month - before the US Masters, which starts on April 7.

Woods, who has two young children from his marriage to Swede Elin Nordegren, last won a title at the 2009 Australian Masters.

That title was before Woods’s well-documented marital troubles, which ended in divorce in August and forced him to take a break.

The 14-times major winner has fallen from the top spot to fifth in the world rankings, his lowest position since the week before he won the 1997 US Masters.

“I’m seeing some really good signs. Unfortunately I just haven’t been able to carry it to the golf course yet at a consistent level,” he said.

“I hit spurts of it where it is really good and then I lose it for a while.

“Unfortunately when I lose it for a while, I also don’t get up-and-down at times for easy shots, so (that) just kind of adds to it.”

Woods is working on his swing and other technical aspects of his game with coach Sean Foley but said his problem area is not just related to his much discussed difficulties off the tee.

“It could be pitch shots as well because I have to change everything - it’s the whole release pattern,” he said.

“It is a release, how I release the putter, how I release the short game, how I release irons, drivers, they are all related. You just can’t have one swing and not have another - they are all interrelated.

“It’s just something I have had to change and you know, it takes time.”

Despite his win drought, Woods said he was not frustrated or lacking in confidence.

“I’ve been through it before,” he said. “I’ve been through periods in my career where I have not won and I’ve struggled before. When you’re making change with the game and change instructors it takes a little time.

“Trust me, we have been working on it. As I said, I’ve shown signs, unfortunately it is in spurts and is not consistent.

“It has not been for 72 holes yet, so we need to get to that point.” reuters


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Woods slips off lead at The Barclays

News4u-Sports Desk-Tiger Woods was unable to build on his first-round lead at The Barclays, slipping back on Friday with a second round that included four bogeys.

Woods missed a two-foot putt for one of his four bogeys over his final eight holes at Ridgewood Country Club as he settled for a two-over 73 for four-under 138.

The world number one was still in the hunt in the first of the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoff tournaments, although he will have to make up ground.

Australia’s Jason Day, who won his first US PGA Tour event at the Byron Nelson in May, reeled off three birdies in a row late in his round en route to a four-under 67 to seize the clubhouse lead on eight-under 134.

He was one shot in front of Kevin Streelman and Vaughn Taylor.

Streelman carded a 63 and Taylor, who shared the overnight lead with Woods, a 70 for 135.

Woods is at least assured of remaining world number one for another week.

Phil Mickelson, who again had a chance to overtake Woods, missed the cut and departed without discussing his round.

Woods had created a stir on Thursday when he fired a six-under 65 to seize a share of the first-round lead alongside Vaughn Taylor.

The round was his lowest since a sex scandal erupted around him last November and came three days after Woods’s divorce from Elin Nordegren was finalized.

Woods entered the tournament ranked 112th in FedEx Cup points and needing to reach the top 100 to qualify for next week’s event in Boston.

A victory would see him jump to the top of the list, and he must finish at least 57th to advance.

Woods seemed confident a victory remained within reach.

“You play around here and post good numbers, you’ll move up the board,” he said.

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Tiger admits errors, sadness in post-divorce interview

News4u-News Desk-Paramus (US), (AFP) Tiger Woods admitted today that his own misdeeds and mistakes doomed his marriage and left him and ex-wife Elin sad as they now try to help their children cope with life after the split.

Two days after their divorce was finalized and a day before he tees off in the first US PGA playoff event, world number one Woods spoke about the divorce brought about by his multiple affairs in a scandal exposed last November.

“My actions certainly led us to this decision,” Woods said. “I made a lot of errors in my life. That’s something I’m going to have to live with.”

Asked if he felt relief now that the divorce was complete, Woods said, “I don’t think that’s the word. I think it’s more sadness.

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Tiger Woods and wife Elin divorce after sex scandal

News4u - News Desk : Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren divorced on Tuesday, their six-year marriage succumbing to the massive sex scandal that enveloped the world’s number one golfer, a joint statement said.

“We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future,” the statement said.

“While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us.”

“Once we came to the decision that our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future well-being,” it said.

“The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern.”

Nordegren’s lawyer said no information about the terms of their settlement would be released amid reports that Elin, 30 could receive anywhere between USD 100 million and 500 million in assets.

People Magazine said the couple had agreed to share custody of their two children, Sam Alexis, 3, and Charlie Axel, 1.

A 27TH November car crash near Woods’s home touched off a global scandal, leading to his admission of adultery and putting his golf career on hold while he fought his own personal demons.

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Tiger Woods flounders at Firestone

News4u-Sports Desk- (AFP) Tiger Woods carded his career worst score at Firestone, a shocking four-over-par 74 in the opening round at the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.

Woods has dominated the World Golf Championships event, winning it seven times at Firestone Country Club, but he was completely off his game in ideal conditions.

He hit only five fairways in a wayward driving performance and the rest of his game was just as bad as he finished the day ahead of only eight players.

It was his worst score by two strokes in 45 competitive rounds at Firestone.

“It’s frustrating, because I warmed up well and my practice sessions at home were good,” said the world number ne. “Today was not indicative of how I’ve been playing.

“The last three holes I hit some good shots but the majority of the day I didn’t.

“I just didn’t play well, didn’t get off to a good start, two-over through two easy holes. I hit about two good iron shots all day and didn’t hit any good putts either.

“The only thing I did good today is I kept my patience, grinded all day, and that was the best I could have done.”

Woods has never gone so late in the season without posting a victory, although this is only his eighth start this year, because he took the first three months off to deal with his personal problems.

He said his goal was to get back to even par or better by the end of the second round on Friday and take it from there.

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Mickelson wins Masters while Tiger Woods shares 4th

News4u-News Desk-US star Phil Mickelson won his third Masters title and fourth major crown in dramatic fashion on Sunday while Tiger Woods could only ponder his mistakes and wonder what might have been.

Mickelson shot a bogey-free five-under par 67 to finish 72 holes on 16-under 272, defeating England’s Lee Westwood by three strokes, in an emotional victory for wife Amy, who has been battling breast cancer for nearly a year.

“It has been an emotional year,” Mickelson said. “I’m very proud of the fight and struggle she has been through. It has been very difficult and very emotional. To be on the other end and feel the jubilation is incredible.”

Mickelson made a tearful embrace with Amy behind the 18th green.

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Tiger takes Masters spotlight but green jacket up for grabs

News4u-Sports Desk-Tiger Woods makes his competitive comeback after a shocking sex scandal in tomorrow’s first round of the Masters with 95 rivals trying to deny the world’s number one golfer a 15th major title.

Global attention will be riveted upon television coverage of Woods on the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club onThursday when the humbled sports hero returns to action.

“That first tee, I’m looking forward to it,” Woods said.

“I haven’t looked forward to that tee shot in a long time, notlike this. It feels fun again. That’s something that has beenmissing.”

Woods has admitted an adultery scandal that has seen morethan a dozen women claim sexual relationships with the married father of two, destroying the squeaky-clean image that made Woods the world’s first billion-dollar sportsman.

“When you live a life where you are lying all the time, life is not fun. That’s where I was. Now that has been stripped all away and here I am. It feels fun again.”

Woods is trying to duplicate a feat achieved only by BenHogan in 1951 and 1953 by winning the Masters as his seasondebut, but he has been a favorite among oddsmakers withinminutes of announcing he would return at the Masters.

“I think he’s favored to win the tournament. I would not be surprised at all,” said Irishman Padraig Harrington, a three-time major champion.

Few doubt he can make a triumphant return for a fifth green jacket, the symbol of Masters supremacy.

“I expect his game to be sharp,” three-time major champion Phil Mickelson said.

“This is a golf course he has won on four times and loves as much as I do and plays it as well as anybody ever has in the history of the game.”

Woods, a 14-time major champion, is four shy of the all-time record won by Jack Nicklaus.

He has not played a competitive round in 144 days since winning the Australian Masters in mid-November.

“Tiger is the sort of person who can just roll up, turn the key and off he goes — like a Rolls Royce,” England’s Paul Casey said.

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Woods responders concerned about domestic violence

News4u – Sports Desk : The ambulance crew that responded after Tiger Woods crashed his SUV would not allow his wife to ride with him to the hospital because they suspected domestic violence, documents released by the Florida Highway Patrol show.

But a police officer yesterday who responded said he didn’t know where the crew got that information because he never heard it from anyone at the scene.

The reports also showed Woods’ wife, Elin, turned over two bottles of pain pills to troopers after the November 27 crash outside the couple’s suburban Orlando home.

Woods crashed his sport utility vehicle into a fire hydrant at 2:30 a.m., and officers found him lying in the street. The couple told investigators Elin Woods smashed the back window of the SUV with a golf club so she could unlock a door and pull him out.

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