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Akron, Ohio • Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys. Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start. Woods opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, only to plunge down the l... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58248199@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:46:02 MDT Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from golf http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58247637-77/pga-johnson-tour-championship.html.csp Akron, Ohio • Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for “personal challenges,” a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. In a statement Thursday from Hambric Sports Management, the 30-year-old Johnson said his leave of absence was effective immediately. It did not indicate how long he would be out, though agent David Winkle told the PGA of America he would not be at the PGA Championship n... Akron, Ohio • Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for “personal challenges,” a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. In a statement Thursday from Hambric Sports Management, the 30-year-old Johnson said his leave of absence was effective immediately. It did not indicate how long he would be out, though agent David Winkle told the PGA of America he would not be at the PGA Championship n... 58247637@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:39:38 MDT Golf: Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58237217-77/yards-mitchell-mike-138.html.csp Stonebridge. Kay Chi. Creekside No. 7, 90 yards, wedge. With Moung Oh and Chun Han. Stonebridge. Andy Tucker. Creekside No. 7, 124 yards, 9-iron. With Jon Christiansen and Dennis Van Hoose. Glendale. Ryan Linke. No. 4, 138 yards, 9-iron. With John Mulderig, Mike Fitz and Mike Dubard. Riverside • Richard Rozier. No. 9, 190 yards, 4-hybrid. With Brian Santiago, Larry Lawrence, Skyler Lawrence. Mick Riley • Kaylee Mitchell. No. 9, 117 yards, driver. With Kim Mitchell, Mike Mitchell, Michael Mitch... Stonebridge. Kay Chi. Creekside No. 7, 90 yards, wedge. With Moung Oh and Chun Han. Stonebridge. Andy Tucker. Creekside No. 7, 124 yards, 9-iron. With Jon Christiansen and Dennis Van Hoose. Glendale. Ryan Linke. No. 4, 138 yards, 9-iron. With John Mulderig, Mike Fitz and Mike Dubard. Riverside • Richard Rozier. No. 9, 190 yards, 4-hybrid. With Brian Santiago, Larry Lawrence, Skyler Lawrence. Mick Riley • Kaylee Mitchell. No. 9, 117 yards, driver. With Kim Mitchell, Mike Mitchell, Michael Mitch... 58237217@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:33:02 MDT Golf: Tim Clark rallies to win Canadian Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58230682-77/clark-272-101888-open.html.csp Montreal • Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship. Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the par-3 17th and a... Montreal • Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship. Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the par-3 17th and a... 58230682@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:10:35 MDT Golf: Jim Furyk opens 3-shot lead in Canadian Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58228019-77/207-208-217-furyk.html.csp Montreal • Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening with rounds of 67 and 63. He won the last of his 16 PGA titles in 2010. “[I’m] not really worrying about what position I’m in,” Furyk said about his Sunday approach. “Not looking at the leaderboard too much. Going out ... Montreal • Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening with rounds of 67 and 63. He won the last of his 16 PGA titles in 2010. “[I’m] not really worrying about what position I’m in,” Furyk said about his Sunday approach. “Not looking at the leaderboard too much. Going out ... 58228019@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:36:25 MDT Golf: Jim Furyk ties course record at Canadian Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58225572-77/furyk-open-137-canadian.html.csp Montreal • Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, matched Petrovic at 10-under 130 on the tree-line Blue Course. The 47-year-old Petrovic followed his opening 64 with a 66. Canada’s Graham DeLaet, playing in a threesome with Furyk and Matt Kuchar, was two strokes back along... Montreal • Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, matched Petrovic at 10-under 130 on the tree-line Blue Course. The 47-year-old Petrovic followed his opening 64 with a 66. Canada’s Graham DeLaet, playing in a threesome with Furyk and Matt Kuchar, was two strokes back along... 58225572@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:36:27 MDT Golf: Putnam, Petrovic share 1st-round lead at Canadian Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58221877-77/petrovic-round-golf-putnam.html.csp Montreal • Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. The 47-year-old Petrovic was the last player to get in the field, grabbing a spot when Benjamin Alvarado withdrew Tuesday. “I didn’t set my expectations high because I got in late, so this was kind of my practice round,” Petrovic said. “I walked the back nine [Wednesday].” Petrovic eagled the par-5 12th... Montreal • Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. The 47-year-old Petrovic was the last player to get in the field, grabbing a spot when Benjamin Alvarado withdrew Tuesday. “I didn’t set my expectations high because I got in late, so this was kind of my practice round,” Petrovic said. “I walked the back nine [Wednesday].” Petrovic eagled the par-5 12th... 58221877@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:33:00 MDT Golf: Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58223734-77/yards-wedge-johnson-yocum.html.csp River Oaks • Kyler Loveland. No. 12, 130 yards, pitching wedge. With Brady Johnson, Brandon Blackwell, Greg Bullock. Rose Park • Jeff Barney. No. 17, 193 yards, 5-iron. With Collin Lambert and Ryan Heaton. Forest Dale • Liz Johnson. No. 6, 120 yards, wedge. With Linda Yocum, David Yocum and Cindy Christensen. The Ridge • Julio Gonzalez. No. 15, 112 yards, wedge. With Rick Kitchens, Ed Chatterton, J.J. Corcuera. River Oaks • Kyler Loveland. No. 12, 130 yards, pitching wedge. With Brady Johnson, Brandon Blackwell, Greg Bullock. Rose Park • Jeff Barney. No. 17, 193 yards, 5-iron. With Collin Lambert and Ryan Heaton. Forest Dale • Liz Johnson. No. 6, 120 yards, wedge. With Linda Yocum, David Yocum and Cindy Christensen. The Ridge • Julio Gonzalez. No. 15, 112 yards, wedge. With Rick Kitchens, Ed Chatterton, J.J. Corcuera. 58223734@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:33:00 MDT Kragthorpe: Salt Lake City course closure would drive golfers away http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58214328-77/course-golf-lake-salt.html.csp The potential closure of one or more Salt Lake City golf courses made me wonder about Ralph Frandsen, thinking back to the last time a course was shut down in this town. In 2008, the historic University of Utah layout was about to be replaced by the Utah Science Technology Research complex. Frandsen was forecasting a gloomy outcome for himself and other members of his regular foursome. “It’s going to shorten our lives,” he said. Well, he was exaggerating. Frandsen celebrated his 98th birthday t... The potential closure of one or more Salt Lake City golf courses made me wonder about Ralph Frandsen, thinking back to the last time a course was shut down in this town. In 2008, the historic University of Utah layout was about to be replaced by the Utah Science Technology Research complex. Frandsen was forecasting a gloomy outcome for himself and other members of his regular foursome. “It’s going to shorten our lives,” he said. Well, he was exaggerating. Frandsen celebrated his 98th birthday t... 58214328@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:49:16 MDT Golf World, oldest U.S. golf magazine, goes all digital http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58215397-77/golf-magazine-digital-oldest.html.csp Wilton, Conn. • The oldest golf magazine in America will stop publishing in print next week as Golf World switches entirely to digital delivery. Golf World first was published in 1947, the year after Ben Hogan won his first major. The magazine is the news division of Golf Digest, which will continue to be printed monthly. Both magazines are published by Conde Nast. Jerry Tarde, the magazine’s chairman, says the Golf World brand has been around for 67 years, and going digital is the best way to p... Wilton, Conn. • The oldest golf magazine in America will stop publishing in print next week as Golf World switches entirely to digital delivery. Golf World first was published in 1947, the year after Ben Hogan won his first major. The magazine is the news division of Golf Digest, which will continue to be printed monthly. Both magazines are published by Conde Nast. Jerry Tarde, the magazine’s chairman, says the Golf World brand has been around for 67 years, and going digital is the best way to p... 58215397@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:21:02 MDT Golf: Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207484-77/sterner-iron-yards-oaks.html.csp River Oaks. Barry Harman. No. 8, 146 yards, 7-iron. With Doug Jones and Ken Strake. Mountain View. Tayden Sterner. No. 8, 100 yards, 6-iron. With Rick Sterner, Sharla Sterner and Vance Sterner. River Oaks. Jim Eilander. No. 18, 158 yards, 8-iron. With Tyler Thomas. River Oaks. Barry Harman. No. 8, 146 yards, 7-iron. With Doug Jones and Ken Strake. Mountain View. Tayden Sterner. No. 8, 100 yards, 6-iron. With Rick Sterner, Sharla Sterner and Vance Sterner. River Oaks. Jim Eilander. No. 18, 158 yards, 8-iron. With Tyler Thomas. 58207484@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:28 MDT Golf: Teenager wins LPGA Marathon Classic with closing birdie http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58204336-77/279-8491-280-5881.html.csp Sylvania, Ohio • Now that she’s officially a millionaire, Lydia Ko joked she’ll have to keep a closer watch on where her paychecks go. “I’ll probably see that going into my mom’s account,” she said with a laugh, referring to the $210,000 she got for winning Sunday’s Marathon Classic. The 17-year-old broke free from a late tie with So Yeon Ryu, hitting a wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the 72nd hole to take the lead. Then she tried in vain — she’s just 5-foot-5 — to see past the large gallery at 18... Sylvania, Ohio • Now that she’s officially a millionaire, Lydia Ko joked she’ll have to keep a closer watch on where her paychecks go. “I’ll probably see that going into my mom’s account,” she said with a laugh, referring to the $210,000 she got for winning Sunday’s Marathon Classic. The 17-year-old broke free from a late tie with So Yeon Ryu, hitting a wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the 72nd hole to take the lead. Then she tried in vain — she’s just 5-foot-5 — to see past the large gallery at 18... 58204336@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:25:32 MDT Golf: Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58203386-77/mcilroy-open-british-major.html.csp Hoylake, England • Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy. On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson. In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam. And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal. “I’m immensely proud of myself,” McIlroy said after his two-shot victory Sunday that was never reall... Hoylake, England • Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy. On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson. In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam. And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal. “I’m immensely proud of myself,” McIlroy said after his two-shot victory Sunday that was never reall... 58203386@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:56:39 MDT British Open: Runner-up again, but a nice consolation for Rickie Fowler http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58204484-77/fowler-majors-mcilroy-behind.html.csp Hoylake, England • For Rickie Fowler, this is getting downright familiar. He’s not complaining. For the second time this summer, Fowler played in the final group of a major championship, failed to overcome a big deficit, and settled for the runner-up spot. This one came with a pretty good consolation prize: the 25-year-old American all but locked up a spot in the Ryder Cup this fall. “It’s hard to be disappointed about it,” Fowler said Sunday evening, not long after accepting the runner-up plate... Hoylake, England • For Rickie Fowler, this is getting downright familiar. He’s not complaining. For the second time this summer, Fowler played in the final group of a major championship, failed to overcome a big deficit, and settled for the runner-up spot. This one came with a pretty good consolation prize: the 25-year-old American all but locked up a spot in the Ryder Cup this fall. “It’s hard to be disappointed about it,” Fowler said Sunday evening, not long after accepting the runner-up plate... 58204484@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:56:39 MDT Golf: Rory McIlroy has silver cup, now he wants green jacket http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207270-77/mcilroy-open-british-championship.html.csp Hoylake, England • Rory McIlroy clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship. Now he’s got his eyes on a new jacket. Something in green, preferably. With a grind-it-out performance on the final day of the British Open, McIlroy checked off another requirement for joining perhaps the most exclusive club in the game. U.S. Open? He’s won that. PGA Championship? Yep, got one of those too. British Open? Took care of that on Sunday. “I’m immensely... Hoylake, England • Rory McIlroy clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship. Now he’s got his eyes on a new jacket. Something in green, preferably. With a grind-it-out performance on the final day of the British Open, McIlroy checked off another requirement for joining perhaps the most exclusive club in the game. U.S. Open? He’s won that. PGA Championship? Yep, got one of those too. British Open? Took care of that on Sunday. “I’m immensely... 58207270@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:09:19 MDT Australian fails to break 80 in first major as pro http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58199477-77/british-open-macpherson-royal.html.csp Hoylake, England • Bryden Macpherson finished his second and last round of the British Open 32 shots off the lead, and with a smile on his face. He was never going to make the cut after opening his first major as a professional with an 18-over-par 90. His start on Friday wasn’t encouraging either — he bogeyed his first four holes at Royal Liverpool. “I enjoyed every moment of it, as much as you could,” Macpherson said after finishing with a double bogey and an improved 80. “You go out there and ... Hoylake, England • Bryden Macpherson finished his second and last round of the British Open 32 shots off the lead, and with a smile on his face. He was never going to make the cut after opening his first major as a professional with an 18-over-par 90. His start on Friday wasn’t encouraging either — he bogeyed his first four holes at Royal Liverpool. “I enjoyed every moment of it, as much as you could,” Macpherson said after finishing with a double bogey and an improved 80. “You go out there and ... 58199477@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:58:47 MDT Golf: Pace, Diaz share 54-hole Marathon lead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58202154-77/lead-diaz-pace-holes.html.csp Sylvania, Ohio • Lee-Anne Pace made a name for herself as an amateur in her native South Africa, then proved herself with eight wins on the Ladies European Tour. Now she’s ready to make waves in the U.S. Pace shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to grab a share of the third-round lead with Laura Diaz in the Marathon Classic. She can barely express what a breakthrough win on the LPGA Tour might bring. “It’ll mean quite a lot to be able to come out here and play well,” she said after recovering from boge... Sylvania, Ohio • Lee-Anne Pace made a name for herself as an amateur in her native South Africa, then proved herself with eight wins on the Ladies European Tour. Now she’s ready to make waves in the U.S. Pace shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to grab a share of the third-round lead with Laura Diaz in the Marathon Classic. She can barely express what a breakthrough win on the LPGA Tour might bring. “It’ll mean quite a lot to be able to come out here and play well,” she said after recovering from boge... 58202154@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:18:01 MDT Golf: Fowler faces McIlroy again in final group at British Open http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58201829-77/fowler-mcilroy-final-group.html.csp Hoylake, England • From the time they faced each other in the Walker Cup, a couple of 18-year-olds with the world at their feet, Rickie Fowler figured he’d go at it again someday with Rory McIlroy in a major championship. If only it was a fair fight. Fowler will be playing in the final group of a major for the second straight time, but he faces a daunting six-stroke deficit heading to Sunday at the British Open. With a brilliant finish to the third round, McIlroy put himself in prime position to... Hoylake, England • From the time they faced each other in the Walker Cup, a couple of 18-year-olds with the world at their feet, Rickie Fowler figured he’d go at it again someday with Rory McIlroy in a major championship. If only it was a fair fight. Fowler will be playing in the final group of a major for the second straight time, but he faces a daunting six-stroke deficit heading to Sunday at the British Open. With a brilliant finish to the third round, McIlroy put himself in prime position to... 58201829@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:14:01 MDT Golf: Utahn Blair ousted in Women’s Public Links http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58198846-77/blair-links-match-nos.html.csp South Jordan’s Sirene Blair was eliminated Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at DuPont, Washington. The Bingham High School graduate, who plays for San Diego State, lost 3 and 2 to Vanderbilt golfer Cindy Ha. Blair had rallied by winning Nos. 9 and 10 to cut Ha’s lead to 1 up, but Ha won Nos. 14 and 16 to conclude the match. Blair advanced to match play as the No. 18 seed and won three matches at The Home Course. She took victories of 5 and 4 over ... South Jordan’s Sirene Blair was eliminated Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at DuPont, Washington. The Bingham High School graduate, who plays for San Diego State, lost 3 and 2 to Vanderbilt golfer Cindy Ha. Blair had rallied by winning Nos. 9 and 10 to cut Ha’s lead to 1 up, but Ha won Nos. 14 and 16 to conclude the match. Blair advanced to match play as the No. 18 seed and won three matches at The Home Course. She took victories of 5 and 4 over ... 58198846@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:35 MDT Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58199500-77/yards-club-hainsworth-iron.html.csp Mountain Dell • Tom McCracken. No. 3 (Lake), 168 yards, 5-hybrid. With Chris Cummings, Dave Corier, Gale Gondrezick. Riverside Country Club • Byron Hainsworth. No. 11, 205 yards, 5-iron. With Mark Hainsworth. Riverside Country Club • Greg Olson. No. 9, 180 yards, 7-iron. With Broderick Olson. Mountain Dell • Tom McCracken. No. 3 (Lake), 168 yards, 5-hybrid. With Chris Cummings, Dave Corier, Gale Gondrezick. Riverside Country Club • Byron Hainsworth. No. 11, 205 yards, 5-iron. With Mark Hainsworth. Riverside Country Club • Greg Olson. No. 9, 180 yards, 7-iron. With Broderick Olson. 58199500@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:35 MDT