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Golf: Woods pulls out of charity event

Tiger Woods has pulled out of a charity golf event scheduled for Wednesday because of back pain which troubled him during the PGA Tour's The Barclays event, organizers said Monday. "The important thing for Tiger is to make sure he is 100 percent healthy and not risk further injuring himself," said tournament organizer Notah Begay.

Kuchar and Woodland share Barclays lead

By Larry Fine JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland battled to a tie for the lead at breezy Liberty National and will be paired for a final-round Sunday duel at The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. Kuchar carded a one-under 70, while fellow-American Woodland shot a 68 to finish Saturday's third round locked at 12-under-par 131. World number six Kuchar, who has two wins this season, was paired with big-hitting Woodland and came away impressed.

Golf: Rookie Reed wins Wyndham Championship

Patrick Reed edged fellow rookie Jordan Spieth with a birdie on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the Wyndham Championship and claim his maiden PGA Tour title. The 23-year-old Reed rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt to beat fellow American Spieth who like Reed finished at 14-under 266 after 72 holes. Reed's winning birdie came after his drive at the second playoff hole, the par-four 10th, landed in pine needles near a television cable. He used a seven-iron to fire out under a tree branch and landed seven feet from the pin.

Garcia not in blame game for European Tour's woes

By Andrew Both GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Former world number two Sergio Garcia says he fully understands why the European Tour is having trouble keeping pace with the richer U.S. circuit, but he does not blame his home tour's leadership. Some players on the European Tour have become frustrated at what they see as its failure to make the most of its potential, while the eurozone's financial turmoil has led to gaps on the calendar and less prize money than on the PGA Tour.

Golf: Rumours rife about US PGA Tour buy-out of European Tour

Golf's European Tour could be facing the biggest challenge in its history, with rumours swirling on the circuit about a possible US PGA Tour buy-out of the Wentworth-based body. The PGA Tour, which organises men's pro-golf in the United States and north America, has already purchased the flagging Canadian Tour and renamed it the PGA Tour of Canada. It also has a strong foothold in Latin America and Asia, where the European Tour first moved successfully in the late 1990s, with a yearly $5 million event in Malaysia.

Golf: Jason Dufner wins PGA Championship

American Jason Dufner won his first major title at the 95th PGA Championship, seizing an early lead Sunday at Oak Hill and holding on for victory despite a bogey-bogey finish. The 36-year-old American, who squandered a four-shot lead with four holes to play in losing the 2011 PGA Championship, fired a final-round two-under par 68 to finish on 10-under par 270 for 72 holes. Dufner won the Wanamaker Trophy and the top prize of $1.445 million from the $8 million event.

Golf: PGA set to produce year's final major drama

A challenging Oak Hill course took a toll on early starters in Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship, setting the stage for a dramatic afternoon trophy showdown. American Jim Furyk held the lead on nine-under par 201 with countryman Jason Dufner one shot back, Sweden's Henrik Stenson two back and Jonas Blixt three adrift. Kerry Haigh, the Englishman who serves as the PGA of America's chief championships officer, warned the layout offers early openings for shotmaking but toughens late.

Golf: Major drama set to unfold in PGA at Oak Hill

The year's final round of major golf competition began under sunny skies Sunday at the PGA Championship with the stage set for a dramatic afternoon showdown at Oak Hill. Jim Furyk, whose lone major title came at the 2003 US Open, owned the 54-hole lead at nine-under par 201 and was one of only two players to break par all three days. But the 43-year-old American has not won a title since the 2010 US PGA Tour Championship and squandered four 54-hole leads last year, including at the US Open.

Golf: Past flops don't deter PGA leaders Furyk, Dufner

Jim Furyk led four times after 54 holes last year and never won. Jason Dufner led the 2011 PGA Championship by four shots with four holes to play and lost. But the Americans are in the final pairing in Sunday's last round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, each hoping to put past failures and the choker label behind them. Furyk leads on nine-under par 201 after a two-under 68 on Saturday with Dufner one shot back after shooting 71. Only four other players are inside six shots of Furyk, who like Dufner is known for a stoic, grim visage on the course.

Snedeker feels close to unlocking major key

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) - Winning breeds confidence and in-form Brandt Snedeker says he now knows what is needed for him to land a first major title at this week's PGA Championship after a few close calls in the past. The fast-talking American clinched his second PGA Tour victory of the season at the Canadian Open two weeks ago and believes he is close to replicating the sizzling form he produced at the start of the year.
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