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2006-08-17 07:10:23

By Mark Lamport-Stokes MEDINAH, Illinois (Reuters) - The 88th PGA Championship, the fourth and final major of the year, began under clear skies at Medinah Country Club on Thursday. Americans Mike Small, off the first, and Bob Estes, off the 10th, hit the opening shots of the day with a field of 156 set to play the opening two rounds in a two-tee start. World number one and twice champion Tiger Woods, bidding for his 12th career major, was among several big names with relatively...

2006-07-13 20:11:16

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tiger Woods is the player to beat in next week's British Open at Hoylake, despite having played only two tournaments over the last three months. The world number one hinted he is close to his best form by tying for second at last week's Western Open and he returns to the challenge of links course golf as reigning Open champion. Last year at St Andrews, Woods delivered a masterful display on the famed Old Course, romping to a five-stroke...

2006-06-19 15:21:59

By Mark Lamport-Stokes MAMARONECK, New York (Reuters) - Still shell-shocked after his late U.S. Open meltdown, Phil Mickelson hopes to find some solace by preparing for next month's British Open at Hoylake in north-west England. However, the world number two accepts it will not be easy for him to come to terms with his fourth runner-up finish in the second major championship of the year. "This one hurts more than any tournament because I had it won," Mickelson told reporters after...

2006-06-18 14:52:08

By Mark Lamport-Stokes MAMARONECK, New York (Reuters) - Masters champion Phil Mickelson parred the first two holes in the U.S. Open final round on Sunday despite hitting a wayward opening tee shot in soaring temperatures at Winged Foot Golf Club. The left-hander, tied for the overnight lead with playing partner Kenneth Ferrie of Britain, pulled his drive at the par-four first well right on to trampled grass just beyond the spectator ropes. However, he managed to find the green with...

2006-06-11 19:10:29

By Larry Fine HARRISON, New York (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson shot a final round of one-over-par 72 on Sunday at the Barclays Classic before expressing eagerness for what has really been on his mind this week -- the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. "It is exciting that the U.S. Open is now here," said Mickelson, who tied for 18th place at Westchester Country Club, nine shots behind winner Vijay Singh. "The golf course over at Winged Foot is going to be very difficult. It's one of the hardest...

2006-06-09 18:23:53

By Larry Fine HARRISON, New York (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson would like to win the $1 million top prize at the Barclays Classic, just as long as it does not hinder his preparation for the U.S. Open championship. Mickelson would love to have his cake and eat it too, though top priority is priming himself for his assault on a third major victory in a row at next week's U.S. Open at nearby Winged Foot. "What I'm trying to do is play a similar way that I would play at the U.S. Open, not...

2006-06-08 21:22:57

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Of all the storylines dominating the build-up to next week's U.S. Open, the most intriguing is Phil Mickelson's bid for a third consecutive major. For the first time in his career, Mickelson will start one of golf's big four events as the title favorite. Whether or not the bookmakers agree, the American left-hander certainly tops the pre-tournament billing in the minds of most of his peers. Of course, world number one Tiger Woods can...

2006-06-08 17:07:04

HARRISON, New York (Reuters) - Tiger Woods returns to competition with an afternoon round at the U.S. Open next Thursday while Phil Mickelson begins his first round at Winged Foot early in the morning. Woods has not played since the U.S. Masters in April following the death of his father on May 3. He tees off at the first hole at 1:25 p.m. (1725 GMT), playing with defending champion Michael Campbell of New Zealand and U.S. Amateur champion Edoardo Molinari of Italy. The trio will...

2006-06-08 00:50:25

By Larry Fine HARRISON, New York (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson says playing this week's Barclays Classic is perfect preparation for the U.S. Open five miles away at Winged Foot, where next week he will try to win his third major championship in a row. "I don't think there's a better way to learn how to win a U.S. Open than to compete for a championship the week before," Mickelson told reporters on Wednesday at Westchester Country Club. Mickelson, ranked second in the world, leads a...

2006-06-07 14:48:05

By Larry Fine HARRISON, New York (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson says playing this week's Barclays Classic is perfect preparation for the U.S. Open five miles away at Winged Foot, where next week he will try to win his third major championship in a row. "I don't think there's a better way to learn how to win a U.S. Open than to compete for a championship the week before," Mickelson told reporters on Wednesday at Westchester Country Club. Mickelson, ranked second in the world, leads a...