Golf- Tiger almost quit to become Navy SEAL?
2/29/2012
Tiger Woods seriously considered quitting golf and becoming a Navy SEAL, according to a new book by Woods's former coach Hank Haney.After the 2004 Masters, Woods took part in four days of military training at Fort Bragg, where he also hosted a golf clinic for juniors. Woods's late father, Earl Wood...
Golf-Torrance awarded Lifetime Achievement
2/28/2012
Winning Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Golf Awards.Torrance will be given the award in the year that marks a decade since he led the European team to victory over the United States at the Belfry.The 58-year-old will become the third recipie...
Golf- Match Play McIlroy misses out on No1 Spot
2/27/2012
Rory McIlroy missed the chance to become world number one when he lost to Hunter Mahan in the final of the WGC Match Play in Arizona on Sunday.The 22-year-old US Open champion from Northern Ireland fought back on the back nine before losing 2&1.He could not repeat his heroics of earlier in the...
Golf-Westwood or McIlroy could clinch top ranking
2/24/2012
Luke Donald's week may end up getting even worse. Thanks to his opening-round loss to Ernie Els at Dove Mountain, the Englishman's 39-week reign as the No. 1-ranked player in the world is now in jeopardy. Either Rory McIlroy or Lee Westwood can rise to No. 1 by winning the Accenture Match Play Cham...
Golf- 'Els Bells! Donald crashes to defeat
2/23/2012
Top seed Luke Donald crashed out of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Wednesday, losing 5&4 to late entry Ernie Els, who only got into the 64-man field when Phil Mickelson took his family on a ski vacation."I'm not sure where to start," a subdued Donald, who became only the third top...
Golf-Keegan Bradley apologizes for Spit-Gate
2/22/2012
2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley has bowed to an online campaign headed by British golf instructor and TV commentator Denis Pugh and apologised for spitting on the course after this weekend's Northern Trust Open.Bradley took to Twitter to say sorry: "I'd like to apologize for my spitting...
Golf-Haas soars to career high after Riviera
2/21/2012
Bill Haas sunk a 45-footer to clinch the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, securing not only his fourth PGA tour title but also his highest ever spot on the World Golf Rankings, leaping 10 spots up to World Number 12.Playing in the final group first Mickelson and then Bradley holed dramatic birdie...
Cricket-Richard Levi makes T20 History
2/20/2012
Richard Levi hit the fastest ever Twenty20 international century as South Africa beat New Zealand by eight wickets in Hamilton. He took 45 balls to reach three figures, with a record 13 sixes, to level the three-match series.The 24-year-old opener finished unbeaten on 117 from 67 balls in only his...
Golf-McIlroy's New Swing ready for Masters
2/17/2012
Reigning US Open Champion Rory McIlroy is working on another tool for his impressive arsenal, with  rejigged swing that’s due to be ready by April’s U.S. Masters. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman has been working with longtime coach Michael Bannon on improving his swing setup."I still feel it...
Golf-Clarke hopes fitness kick will boost form
2/16/2012
Reining Open champion Darren Clarke is hoping his new fitness regime will pay dividends, after he lost a stone and a half in a bid to kickstart a return to form."I've been doing everything right and I've been in the gym working hard," said the 43-year-old."I'm not eating all the rubbish I was or pa...
Golf-Woods to play Honda Classic
2/15/2012
Tiger Woods announced he would play the Honda Classic (March 1-March 4) in a statement on his website. It will be the first time he's played the event at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.The announcement means that Woods will have a busier-than-normal early season. His next tournament is the...
Golf-Korda replicates wins of the father in Oz
2/14/2012
The Korda family once again boasted an Australian Open champion on Sunday after the golfer Jessica won her maiden LPGA title in the same city where her tennis-playing father Petr claimed his only grand slam in 1998.After losing the lead with a late bogey run, the 18-year-old American fought back to...
Golf-Cabrera-Bello upsets Westwood in Dubai
2/13/2012
World No2 Lee Westwood was on the end of the proverbial giant-killing in Dubai on Sunday, as a man outside the top 100, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (No119), pulled off an upset to shake the European Tour. The 27-year-old from the Canaray Islands, became the Desert Classic champion with a bogey-free closin...
Golf-Golf bodies consider putter rule change
2/10/2012
THE R&A has confirmed the use of belly putters has “come to the fore again” in its discussions with the USGA, golf’s other governing body, over the shaping of the game’s future.When American Keegan Bradley used a belly putter to win last year’s final major, the USPGA Championship, it was common...
Golf-Player: "McIlroy is as good as I've seen"
2/9/2012
Nine-time major winner Gary Player has said that 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy is one of the most talented golfers he has ever seen in an interview with Reuters.And the South African should know talent when he sees it. Having spent much of his career in the shadow of the legendary 18-times m...
Golf-Westwood apologises for swearing in Qatar
2/8/2012
Lee Westwood might be 38-years-old, holder of an OBE and World No3 in Golf, but when he let a few choice expletives pass his mouth during the Qatar Open, he wasn't above getting a dressing down from his mum.Caught on television swearing after his tee shot on the 16th, Mrs Westwood was on the phone...
Cricket-Pakistan complete England whitewash
2/7/2012
England were crushed by 71-runs in the third Test in Dubai to suffer a humiliating whitewash by Pakistan for the first time in the history between the two sides.Set 324 to win on a pitch that overwhelmingly favoured the bowlers, England, as has been so often in this series, were completely undone b...
Golf-Paul Lawrie wins Qatar Masters
2/6/2012
Former Open winner Paul Lawrie grabbed his seventh European Tour Event and, more importantly, a second in a year after a nine year drought at a wind-shortened Qatar Open on Sunday.The 43-year-old Scot closed with a 7-under 65 and a 15-under 201 total, cementing a four-stroke victory ahead of Jason...
Golf-Paddy: McIlroy should play for GB at Olympics
2/3/2012
The 2016 Rio Olympics are still more than four years away, but Rory McIlroy has already discussed his dilemma of choosing which nation to represent at the Games -- Ireland or Great Britain. McIlroy's countryman Padraig Harrington is the latest to weigh in, and the three-time major-winner says the m...
Golf-Westwood ready for Qatar challenge
2/2/2012
World No3 Lee Westwood has battled back from the shoulder problems that plagued him Abu Dhabi he says he’s looking to make up for it and this week’s Qatar Masters."I had a few issues to negotiate last week," said the 38-year-old Englishman, who lost his No2 spot to young star Rory McIlroy following...
Golf-Els checks belly and eyes to up his putting
2/1/2012
Ernie Els has gone to a belly putter to see if he can improve on the greens. He also went to an eye doctor.Els, who ranked No. 181 in putting last year on the PGA Tour, has consulted with Sherylle Calder, an eye specialist who also works with the Springboks, All Blacks and England rugby teams to he...