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Ex-Masters champ Mickelson expects 'sharp game' from Woods at Augusta

Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson

Johannesburg, Apr 05 - Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson believes that former world number one Tiger Woods will be all set to produce a 'sharp' game in the Masters at Augusta, which starts on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, Woods ended his self-imposed two-month sabbatical from the game by confirming that he would play in the Masters.

Reflecting on Woods' decision to play at Augusta, Mickelson said that he didn't think anybody would miss it if they were in it, if they were physically able to play.

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McIlroy set sights on winning all four Majors when he was only seven years old

McIlroy set sights on winning all four Majors when he was only seven years old

London, Apr 03 : Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy had set his sights on turning professional and winning all the four Majors when he was only seven years old and he believes that now he has got the chance to do it.

And the world number one has now admitted it would be unthinkable if he never completes his career Grand Slam at the Masters, which begins its 2015 drama next Thursday.

It was revealed this week that as a nine-year-old McIlroy wrote to former world number one Tiger Woods in 1999, warning him that he was coming to get him, The Mirror reported.

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Ko fires 29th consecutive under-par in California to equal LPGA Tour record

Lydia Ko

London, Apr 03 - Teenaged South Korea -born New Zealand golf prodigy Lydia Ko fired a 29th consecutive under-par round in the ANA Inspiration in California to equal the LPGA Tour record.

The world number one carded a one-under-par 71 in the opening round of the first women's major of the season to equal Swede Annika Sorenstam's record.

The 17-year-old, who has won six LPGA Tour titles but is yet to claim her first major crown, branded the landmark as 'pretty cool', Stuff. co. nz reported.

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Tiger Woods still uncertain about competing in Augusta Masters

Tiger Woods

Johannesburg, Apr 02 - Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods is still reportedly uncertain if he will compete in next week's Masters despite playing an 18-hole practice round on Tuesday at Augusta National.

Citing comments from Woods' agent Mark Steinberg, ESPN and USA Today had reported that the American golfer continues to work on his game but is undecided if he would be ready in time for the year's first major and try for a fifth green jacket.

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Woods drops out of world's top 100 for first time since 1996

Tiger Woods

London, Mar 31 - Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world's top 100 for the first time in his career since 1996.

Woods, who spent a cumulative record 683 weeks as world number one, has dropped to 104 in the world rankings, having not played since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open on 6 February.

Woods has said that he is hopeful of a return for the first major of the year, the Masters, starting on 9 April, the BBC reported.

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Woods announces scholarship for golfers from 'unrepresented populations'

Tiger Woods

Johannesburg, Mar 28 - In a tribute to Charlie Sifford, who broke the US PGA colour barrier, former world number one Tiger Woods has made a 10,000 dollars donation to launch a scholarship fund at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Tour.

Sifford, who died last month at age 92, was an African-American golf pioneer who joined the PGA Tour in 1961 after twice playing in the US Open.

Despite facing racial insults and threats Sifford won two titles, the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and 1969 Los Angeles Open, Sport24 reported.

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Darren Clarke 'absolutely thrilled' with chance to make history as Europe's Ryder Cup captain

Darren Clarke 'absolutely thrilled' with chance to make history as Europe's Ryde

London, Mar 24 : Northern Irishman Darren Clarke has claimed that the timing of him being appointed Europe's Ryder Cup captaincy couldn't have been better, insisting that they have a chance to make history by registering a fourth successive victory at Hazeltine, United States in 2016.

Clarke, whose friend Davis Love would lead the American team for the second time, said that if he could have chosen where and when, then it would have been America and now, to lead the Europe team.

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Ernie Els cleared of possible rules violation

Ernie Els cleared of possible rules violation

Florida - Four-times major winner Ernie Els was questioned by officials for a possible rules violation before being cleared at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday.

Television showed Els touching his wedge in long grass in a hazard at the par-five sixth hole during the third round at Bay Hill in Florida.

However, tour rules official Steve Rintoul could not determine from watching the video whether the South African grounded his club, which would have resulted in a two-stroke penalty.

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McIlroy five shots adrift of leader Hoffman at Palmer tournament post second-round 66

Rory McIlroy

London, Mar 21 - Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy carded a second-round 66 to charge up the leaderboard and is five shots behind leader Morgan Hoffman at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The world number one golfer's first-sub 70 round on this year's PGA Tour included a run of five birdies on his back nine.

Hoffmann added a 65 to his opening round six-under 66, which left him on 13 under and three ahead of holder Matt Every, Henrik Stenson and Harris English, the BBC reported.

McIlroy currently shares sixth with New Zealand's Danny Lee and Sweden's David Lingmerth.

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Arnold Palmer claims Woods needs to regain confidence of old for climbing back to top

Arnold Palmer claims Woods needs to regain confidence of old for climbing back t

Johannesburg, Mar 20 : American golf legend Arnold Palmer has claimed that former world number one Tiger Woods needs to regain the confidence he had in his early career days if he wants to find his way back to the top of sport.

Woods is hoping to stage his return to golf at the Masters, and speaking at the eve of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Palmer said that the 14-time major winner needs to practice to rebuild his early confidence.

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