Golf-Woods on brink of breaking title drought at Tour Championship

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods stood on the brink of his first title triumph since 2013 after opening a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy in the third round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Saturday. Woods made a blistering start amid scenes reminiscent of his halcyon days, notching six birdies in the first seven holes after starting the day tied for the halfway lead with world number one Rose at East Lake. The 14-times major champion cooled off on the back nine but a five-under-par 65 put…

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North Carolina Wins N.W.S.L. Championship in a Rematch

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jess McDonald scored two goals and the North Carolina Courage won the National Women’s Soccer League championship with a 3-0 victory over the Portland Thorns on Saturday. The victory was a bit of revenge for the Courage, which lost by 1-0 to the Thorns in last year’s title match. The Courage (17-1-6) had the league’s best record and did not lose on the road. The team also set N.W.S.L. records this season for the most wins, points and goals. North Carolina won all three meetings during the…

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Steve Stricker, Brandt Jobe tied for Sanford International lead

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe topped the Sanford International leaderboard again Saturday after another cool and breezy day in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event. After matching Jerry Smith and David McKenzie with first-round 7-under 63s, Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club. “It was a challenge out there today,” Stricker said. “It was gusty, the wind came out of the south — where we played yesterday, it was out of the north, so it was a totally…

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Dream showdown as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy go head to head in final group at Tour Championship

As a taster for the Ryder Cup this is mouthwatering. Tiger Woods is three shots clear on 12-under going into the final round of the Tour Championship and seemingly making inexorable progress to his first win in five years. What makes the scenario yet more delicious here at East Lake is the fact that Rory McIlroy will be in the final group alongside Woods, gifting the golf world a dream showdown a week early. McIlroy’s 66 was one worse than Woods’ effort, but on nine-under the Northern Irishman will still fancy…

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‘Good Lord’ what a start to Rd. 3

ATLANTA – Sweet fancy Moses! That might be southern slang or just something heard on “Seinfeld,” but, holy moly does it apply to what we witnessed from Tiger Woods early Saturday afternoon. Here are some things I think I think after Round 3 of the Tour Championship. • I don’t just think that Tiger has a three-shot lead with one round to play. That’s a cold, hard fact. His 5-under 65 at East Lake could have been much lower, but it’s hard to complain when you go from co-leader to 3…

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Woods leads by three at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods used an early-round birdie barrage to open up a three-shot lead at the Tour Championship on Saturday. Woods had six birdies on his first seven holes at East Lake, including five straight at one point. The 14-time major champion is trying to win for the first time on the PGA Tour since 2013. He shot a five-under 65 in the third round. Though Woods’ round stalled after a bogey on the ninth hole, he finished the day with a three-shot lead at 12 under. World number one Justin Rose…

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Dion Smith signs for Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott have signed 25-year-old Kiwi Dion Smith to a two-year deal covering the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Smith rode the past two seasons with Wanty-Groupe Gobert after stints with One Pro Cycling and Hincapie Sportswear. “Reaching the top level in professional cycling is a massive goal of mine, and now I am 25 and about to sign for a WorldTour team, but not only that, with the team that I’ve aspired to be a part of for years being a rider from the Southern Hemisphere. Mitchelton-Scott has always been an…

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Tiger Woods leads Tour Championship by 3 after third-round 65

ATLANTA — Back where he seemingly always was, Tiger Woods is in position to win his 80th PGA Tour title on Sunday at the Tour Championship and will take a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose into the final round. Never before has Woods failed to convert when he had such a big advantage through three rounds. But, of course, these are different times, Woods is a different golfer, and McIlroy and Rose have rarely, if at all, had to contend with him at his peak. It’s been…

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Steph Curry captivated by Tiger Woods’ 2018 Tour Championship charge

Tiger Woods got off to a blistering start Saturday at the Tour Championship. The 42-year-old sank five consecutive birdies to finish 5-under par on the front nine, and he took a four-stroke lead into the final nine holes of the day. He also caught Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry‘s attention.  Curry, of course, is no slouch on the links. He has played in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in each of the last two years, and he finished the first round this summer just 1 over par. If he eats from…

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Tiger Woods takes lead over Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy

Sitting in uncharted waters for his latest comeback, Tiger Woods very quickly made it apparent that golf fans should be paying attention to the Tour Championship this weekend. Woods opened the third round of the Tour Championship with his first 36-hole lead in a tournament since 2015 and immediately added onto it. Then he added onto it again, and again, and again. All told, Woods began his Saturday with six birdies on the first seven holes, including five straight between the 3rd and 7th holes. He would eventually finish with…

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