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With Christine Held and Kim Ellis. <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58410337@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:37:34 MDT Golf: Red-hot Billy Horschel takes two-shot lead at Tour Championship http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58408051-77/141-142-140-136.html.csp Atlanta • Billy Horschel showed why he might be the hottest player in golf at the moment with another 4-under 66 on Friday in the Tour Championship. It was his 10th straight round in the 60s. He already has a victory and a runner-up finish in the FedEx Cup playoffs. And now he gets to take on the best player in golf. Rory McIlroy rode three big putts and one bizarre break — a tee shot landed in a spectator’s pocket — on his way to a 65 that left him two shots behind and put him in the final gro... Atlanta • Billy Horschel showed why he might be the hottest player in golf at the moment with another 4-under 66 on Friday in the Tour Championship. It was his 10th straight round in the 60s. He already has a victory and a runner-up finish in the FedEx Cup playoffs. And now he gets to take on the best player in golf. Rory McIlroy rode three big putts and one bizarre break — a tee shot landed in a spectator’s pocket — on his way to a 65 that left him two shots behind and put him in the final gro... 58408051@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:46:18 MDT Golf: American David Lipsky wins European Masters in playoff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58385012-77/lipsky-storm-shot-european.html.csp Cran-Montana, Switzerland • American David Lipsky won the European Masters in a playoff on Sunday, getting an unorthodox par 4 on the first extra hole to beat Graeme Storm of England. Lipsky took a difficult route to the 18th hole, via a fairway bunker and thick rough short of the green, before sinking a 2-foot putt. The 26-year-old from Los Angeles earned a career-best $497,000 payday for his second victory. “It feels great,” said Lipsky. “I’ve played well the last couple of weeks and to put it... Cran-Montana, Switzerland • American David Lipsky won the European Masters in a playoff on Sunday, getting an unorthodox par 4 on the first extra hole to beat Graeme Storm of England. Lipsky took a difficult route to the 18th hole, via a fairway bunker and thick rough short of the green, before sinking a 2-foot putt. The 26-year-old from Los Angeles earned a career-best $497,000 payday for his second victory. “It feels great,” said Lipsky. “I’ve played well the last couple of weeks and to put it... 58385012@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 16:46:59 MDT Golf: Billy Horschel rolls to 3-shot lead at BMW Championship http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58382553-77/shot-championship-horschel-lead.html.csp Cherry Hills Village, Colo. • Billy Horschel needed less than a week to give himself a second chance. If he keeps playing this well, his next shot at closing out a tournament won’t be nearly as stressful as the last one. Horschel made a 32-foot birdie putt Saturday to wrap up his bogey-free third round at 7-under 63 and take a three-shot lead over Ryan Palmer heading into the final 18 holes of the BMW Championship. On Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Horschel had a 6-iron in hand on the... Cherry Hills Village, Colo. • Billy Horschel needed less than a week to give himself a second chance. If he keeps playing this well, his next shot at closing out a tournament won’t be nearly as stressful as the last one. Horschel made a 32-foot birdie putt Saturday to wrap up his bogey-free third round at 7-under 63 and take a three-shot lead over Ryan Palmer heading into the final 18 holes of the BMW Championship. On Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Horschel had a 6-iron in hand on the... 58382553@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:53:02 MDT Golf: Cherry Hills invites new generation of players http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58369200-77/ogilvy-putt-cherry-hills.html.csp Cherry Hills Village, Colo. • Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy were eager to get to Cherry Hills for the BMW Championship, for reasons more than just advancing to the third FedEx Cup playoff event. Mickelson is part of the history at the fabled club in the Denver suburbs. Ogilvy had only read about it. He took a day off from golf and spent more time with his nose in a book than with a club in his hand. “I did a little more research on Cherry Hills. It’s supposed to be pretty good,” he said Tuesda... Cherry Hills Village, Colo. • Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy were eager to get to Cherry Hills for the BMW Championship, for reasons more than just advancing to the third FedEx Cup playoff event. Mickelson is part of the history at the fabled club in the Denver suburbs. Ogilvy had only read about it. He took a day off from golf and spent more time with his nose in a book than with a club in his hand. “I did a little more research on Cherry Hills. It’s supposed to be pretty good,” he said Tuesda... 58369200@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:51:02 MDT Golf: Europe to have 5 vice captains for Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58369001-77/ryder-vice-cup-captains.html.csp Virginia Water, England • Europe will be taking five vice captains to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, with Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal added to the list of Paul McGinley’s assistants on Wednesday. McGinley had named Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice captains in March. “I know it’s been common in the past to have three or four vice captains but I’ve gone for five because I feel an extra person is justified due to the additional workload which comes... Virginia Water, England • Europe will be taking five vice captains to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, with Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal added to the list of Paul McGinley’s assistants on Wednesday. McGinley had named Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice captains in March. “I know it’s been common in the past to have three or four vice captains but I’ve gone for five because I feel an extra person is justified due to the additional workload which comes... 58369001@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:13:02 MDT Golf: Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58364434-77/cup-ryder-gallacher-mcginley.html.csp Virginia Water, England • European captain Paul McGinley chose Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections Tuesday for the Ryder Cup — leaving former No. 1 Luke Donald off the team. Donald has been on the winning side in each of his four Ryder Cup appearances but has struggled for form this year after making changes to his swing. “He wasn’t expecting it — he was very disappointed,” McGinley said after announcing his picks at European Tour headquarters at Wentworth... Virginia Water, England • European captain Paul McGinley chose Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections Tuesday for the Ryder Cup — leaving former No. 1 Luke Donald off the team. Donald has been on the winning side in each of his four Ryder Cup appearances but has struggled for form this year after making changes to his swing. “He wasn’t expecting it — he was very disappointed,” McGinley said after announcing his picks at European Tour headquarters at Wentworth... 58364434@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:19:29 MDT Golf: Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58364443-77/yards-wedge-cope-iron.html.csp Forest Dale. Alex Howlett. No. 3, 123 yards, wedge. With Jack Archibald, Ryan Larson and Pete Rayner. Mountain View. Jim Wright. No. 16, 139 yards, 8-iron. With Josh Wright. Forest Dale. Fletcher Gross. No. 8, 110 yards, wedge. With Ben Jury and Kevin Ford. Glendale. Jesse Cope. No. 4, 136 yards, wedge. With Cody Cope, Aaron Cope and Kyle Bekeberg. Fore Lakes. Fred Tuckey. No. 11, 140 yards, 8-iron. With Jason Elwell. Glenmoor. Bill Brown. No. 13, 134 yards, 9-iron. With Jerry Combs, Jason Lanie... Forest Dale. Alex Howlett. No. 3, 123 yards, wedge. With Jack Archibald, Ryan Larson and Pete Rayner. Mountain View. Jim Wright. No. 16, 139 yards, 8-iron. With Josh Wright. Forest Dale. Fletcher Gross. No. 8, 110 yards, wedge. With Ben Jury and Kevin Ford. Glendale. Jesse Cope. No. 4, 136 yards, wedge. With Cody Cope, Aaron Cope and Kyle Bekeberg. Fore Lakes. Fred Tuckey. No. 11, 140 yards, 8-iron. With Jason Elwell. Glenmoor. Bill Brown. No. 13, 134 yards, 9-iron. With Jerry Combs, Jason Lanie... 58364443@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:29:01 MDT Golf: Picking the best of the worst for Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58364803-77/cup-poulter-ryder-players.html.csp New York • Graeme McDowell saw this coming nine months ago when his thoughts turned to the Ryder Cup. And he turned out to be right. Just not for the right reasons. Making the Ryder Cup team for either side is tougher than ever. So as McDowell sat down over a pint during the offseason and started listing the players who were likely to be at Gleneagles, it wasn’t long before he had exceeded the nine automatic qualifiers. Some were going to be at the mercy of European captain Paul McGinley. “There... New York • Graeme McDowell saw this coming nine months ago when his thoughts turned to the Ryder Cup. And he turned out to be right. Just not for the right reasons. Making the Ryder Cup team for either side is tougher than ever. So as McDowell sat down over a pint during the offseason and started listing the players who were likely to be at Gleneagles, it wasn’t long before he had exceeded the nine automatic qualifiers. Some were going to be at the mercy of European captain Paul McGinley. “There... 58364803@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:24:02 MDT Golf: McIlroy tops world rankings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58364290-77/usa-aus-eng-esp.html.csp Through Sept. 1 1. Rory McIlroy;NIR;11.27 2. Adam Scott;AUS;9.13 3. Henrik Stenson;SWE;7.89 4. Sergio Garcia;ESP;7.64 5. Justin Rose;ENG;7.33 6. Jason Day;AUS;7.07 7. Jim Furyk;USA;6.95 8. Matt Kuchar;USA;6.68 9. Bubba Watson;USA;6.44 10. Phil Mickelson;USA;5.99 11. Rickie Fowler;USA;5.55 12. Martin Kaymer;GER;5.31 13. Tiger Woods;USA;5.28 14. Jordan Spieth;USA;5.19 15. Zach Johnson;USA;4.91 16. Graeme McDowell;NIR;4.80 17. Dustin Johnson;USA;4.79 18. Hideki Matsuyama;JPN;4.41 19. Jimmy Walker;U... Through Sept. 1 1. Rory McIlroy;NIR;11.27 2. Adam Scott;AUS;9.13 3. Henrik Stenson;SWE;7.89 4. Sergio Garcia;ESP;7.64 5. Justin Rose;ENG;7.33 6. Jason Day;AUS;7.07 7. Jim Furyk;USA;6.95 8. Matt Kuchar;USA;6.68 9. Bubba Watson;USA;6.44 10. Phil Mickelson;USA;5.99 11. Rickie Fowler;USA;5.55 12. Martin Kaymer;GER;5.31 13. Tiger Woods;USA;5.28 14. Jordan Spieth;USA;5.19 15. Zach Johnson;USA;4.91 16. Graeme McDowell;NIR;4.80 17. Dustin Johnson;USA;4.79 18. Hideki Matsuyama;JPN;4.41 19. Jimmy Walker;U... 58364290@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:53:02 MDT GOlf: Creating more playing opportunities on PGA Tour http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58364268-77/tour-players-cup-list.html.csp New York • PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is not inclined to make drastic changes next year that would create more starts for players who earn their cards through the Web.Com Tour Finals. Last year was the first time 50 players earned their cards through the four-tournament series. That replaced the old system of 25 players from the Web.com Tour money list and the top 25 players and ties from Q-school. The concern was that some players who were low on the priority ranking did not get to play ... New York • PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is not inclined to make drastic changes next year that would create more starts for players who earn their cards through the Web.Com Tour Finals. Last year was the first time 50 players earned their cards through the four-tournament series. That replaced the old system of 25 players from the Web.com Tour money list and the top 25 players and ties from Q-school. The concern was that some players who were low on the priority ranking did not get to play ... 58364268@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:47:01 MDT Golf: Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58356003-77/191-amet-bennett-comnietur.html.csp Nibley Park. Kevin Morrison, 7-Iron, Hole 8, 191 yards. Witnesses: Morgan Bennett, Craig Gritzen Nibley Park. Kevin Morrison, 7-Iron, Hole 8, 191 yards. Witnesses: Morgan Bennett, Craig Gritzen 58356003@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:26:19 MDT Golf: Holes-in-one http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58353116-77/136-aaron-amet-comnietur.html.csp Hobble Creek. Connor Dehlin. No. 14, 136 yards. With Dana Moorman, Aaron Wonacott. Hobble Creek. Connor Dehlin. No. 14, 136 yards. With Dana Moorman, Aaron Wonacott. 58353116@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:27:55 MDT Golf: South Korean leads Portland Classic http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58349122-77/won-portland-classic-kim.html.csp Portland, Ore. • I.K. Kim birdied the first four holes on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Portland Classic. The South Korean player birdied seven of the first 13 holes and closed her afternoon round with five straight pars. She won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010. Amelia Lewis and Jennifer Song were a shot back in ideal conditions at Columbia Edgewater. Anna Nordqvist, a two-time winner this year, was another stroke back at... Portland, Ore. • I.K. Kim birdied the first four holes on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Portland Classic. The South Korean player birdied seven of the first 13 holes and closed her afternoon round with five straight pars. She won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010. Amelia Lewis and Jennifer Song were a shot back in ideal conditions at Columbia Edgewater. Anna Nordqvist, a two-time winner this year, was another stroke back at... 58349122@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:08:01 MDT Leonard finds a charity to come first before golf http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343176-77/leonard-week-camp-alpert.html.csp Paramus, N.J. • Justin Leonard ordinarily would have played the final week of the PGA Tour’s regular season, and this is one time he probably should have gone. He likes the Wyndham Championship and typically plays well, having never missed the cut. And at No. 108 in the FedEx Cup, it would have been his last chance to improve his standing heading into the playoffs, where it’s all about moving up the list and advancing to the next week. But then he got an offer he couldn’t refuse. His wife and fo... Paramus, N.J. • Justin Leonard ordinarily would have played the final week of the PGA Tour’s regular season, and this is one time he probably should have gone. He likes the Wyndham Championship and typically plays well, having never missed the cut. And at No. 108 in the FedEx Cup, it would have been his last chance to improve his standing heading into the playoffs, where it’s all about moving up the list and advancing to the next week. But then he got an offer he couldn’t refuse. His wife and fo... 58343176@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:54:02 MDT Golf: Tiger Woods favored to return to Harmon as coach, oddsmakers say http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58339166-77/woods-harmon-coach-foley.html.csp Tiger Woods will most likely return to Butch Harmon to help him break his six-year major tournament victory drought, according to oddsmakers. Woods fired Sean Foley Monday after failing to win one of golf’s four major tournaments during their four years together, and said he has no timetable for naming a replacement. Harmon, who worked with Woods from 1996-2003 and helped him win eight of his 14 majors, is listed as an even-money favorite to be rehired by Paddy Power Plc, Ireland’s biggest bookm... Tiger Woods will most likely return to Butch Harmon to help him break his six-year major tournament victory drought, according to oddsmakers. Woods fired Sean Foley Monday after failing to win one of golf’s four major tournaments during their four years together, and said he has no timetable for naming a replacement. Harmon, who worked with Woods from 1996-2003 and helped him win eight of his 14 majors, is listed as an even-money favorite to be rehired by Paddy Power Plc, Ireland’s biggest bookm... 58339166@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:39:02 MDT Golf notes: Birthday treat for Jordan Spieth at Preston Trail http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58338671-77/cut-tour-played-preston.html.csp Paramus, N.J. • Jordan Spieth celebrated a big birthday with friends in Las Vegas, had a two-week stretch at Firestone and the PGA Championship, and then headed home to Texas to take advantage of the biggest perk to turning 21. He finally played Preston Trail. The private club in Dallas is strict about its rules, and one of them is that a player has to be at least 21. Never mind that Spieth contended at the Bryon Nelson Championship while still in high school. Or that he became the youngest Amer... Paramus, N.J. • Jordan Spieth celebrated a big birthday with friends in Las Vegas, had a two-week stretch at Firestone and the PGA Championship, and then headed home to Texas to take advantage of the biggest perk to turning 21. He finally played Preston Trail. The private club in Dallas is strict about its rules, and one of them is that a player has to be at least 21. Never mind that Spieth contended at the Bryon Nelson Championship while still in high school. Or that he became the youngest Amer... 58338671@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:15:02 MDT Golf: A timely win for Mahan at The Barclays http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58334278-77/mahan-championship-cup-tour.html.csp Paramus, N.J. • Hunter Mahan knew he was on the verge of something special, even with a record that looked ordinary by his standards. He had gone nearly 30 months and 48 tournaments worldwide without winning. He was No. 62 in the FedEx Cup, with no guarantee of lasting more than two tournaments. He finished 25th in the Ryder Cup standings and was not even part of the conversation as a potential wild-card pick. He felt great about how he was playing. The hard part was to stay calm with his emotio... Paramus, N.J. • Hunter Mahan knew he was on the verge of something special, even with a record that looked ordinary by his standards. He had gone nearly 30 months and 48 tournaments worldwide without winning. He was No. 62 in the FedEx Cup, with no guarantee of lasting more than two tournaments. He finished 25th in the Ryder Cup standings and was not even part of the conversation as a potential wild-card pick. He felt great about how he was playing. The hard part was to stay calm with his emotio... 58334278@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:38:51 MDT Golf: B.J. Staten keeps Utah Open trophy in the state http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58332668-77/staten-utah-lashley-open.html.csp Provo • The Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open is not the Utah professional golf tournament that B.J. Staten ever expected to win. He’s not giving the trophy back, either. Having lost access to the Web.com Tour that includes a stop at Willow Creek Country Club near his home in Cottonwood Heights, Staten found a place to play at Riverside Country Club and took full advantage of the opportunity Sunday. So maybe he needed three playoff holes and had to withstand Arizona pro Nathan Lashley’s last-chance p... Provo • The Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open is not the Utah professional golf tournament that B.J. Staten ever expected to win. He’s not giving the trophy back, either. Having lost access to the Web.com Tour that includes a stop at Willow Creek Country Club near his home in Cottonwood Heights, Staten found a place to play at Riverside Country Club and took full advantage of the opportunity Sunday. So maybe he needed three playoff holes and had to withstand Arizona pro Nathan Lashley’s last-chance p... 58332668@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:17:24 MDT Golf: Furyk, Day share Barclay’s lead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58329370-77/210-212-140-206.html.csp Paramus, N.J. • Jim Furyk was steady. Jason Day was wild. Both wound up with a share of the lead Saturday at The Barclays. Day lost his golf ball in a mound of high grass and took double bogey on the par-5 13th, the third-easiest hole at Ridgewood. He also took four shots to get down from a bunker on the par-5 17th for a bogey. But the Australian made enough birdies for a 3-under 68. Furyk played bogey-free for a 69 and joined Day in the lead at 9-under 204. The final round of his opening FedE... Paramus, N.J. • Jim Furyk was steady. Jason Day was wild. Both wound up with a share of the lead Saturday at The Barclays. Day lost his golf ball in a mound of high grass and took double bogey on the par-5 13th, the third-easiest hole at Ridgewood. He also took four shots to get down from a bunker on the par-5 17th for a bogey. But the Australian made enough birdies for a 3-under 68. Furyk played bogey-free for a 69 and joined Day in the lead at 9-under 204. The final round of his opening FedE... 58329370@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:10:57 MDT