Golf

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

McIlroy hoping to put strong display at first Palmer tournament ahead of Masters

McIlroy hoping to put strong display at first Palmer tournament ahead of Masters

Johannesburg, Mar 20 : Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy is hoping to put up a strong display at his first Arnold Palmer Invitational before he looks to complete a career Grand Slam at the Masters next month.

McIlroy got off to a strong start in 2015with a runner-up finish on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi followed by a win in Dubai, but he missed the cut at the Honda Classic and finished equal ninth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, in his first two US PGA Tour starts of the year.

Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson claims McIlroy will face more pressure at Augusta National

Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson claims McIlroy will face more pressure at Au

Johannesburg, Mar 18 : Double United States Masters champion Bubba Watson has claimed that world number one Rory McIlroy would face more pressure at the Augusta National next month, the year's first major.

Watson could join the elite company of Jack Nicklaus , Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods if his bid to defend his title at the Augusta National next month is successful, as he would then be amongst the only players to win consecutive green jackets. He could also join the likes of Sam Snead and Gary Player by becoming the sixth three-times Major winner. Nicklaus holds the record with six.

McIlroy replaces Woods as new face of EA Sports' PGA Tour golf franchise

McIlroy replaces Woods as new face of EA Sports' PGA Tour golf franchise

London, Mar 17 : World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has replaced legendary American golfer Tiger Woods as the new cover star of EA Sports' PGA Tour golf video game.

The Northern Irishman, a four-time Major winner, said that he was very proud and humbled to see his face and name on EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR, adding that it was a great honor, and something he couldn't even dream of growing up playing the sport, the Mirror reported.

The game is scheduled to be released in June 2015, when EA Sports release it for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. (ANI)

McGinley believes Woods' return would help Mcllroy at Masters

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley

London, Mar 17 - Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes that the return of Tiger Woods at next month's Masters may help Rory Mcilroy as it would divert some of the spotlight from the world number one.

McGinley, who guided Europe to the Ryder Cup last year, said that at the US PGA last year, Rory was favourite but all the expectation focused on Tiger, adding that Rory didn't sneak in the back door, but he was able to go about his business, the BBC reported.



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