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Golf: Tiger leaps into hunt at Doral with sizzling 66

Top-ranked Tiger Woods fired a six-under par 66, the best round of the week at the Cadillac Championship, to charge into contention Saturday at the $9 million World Golf Championships event. Woods stood on one-under 215 after 54 holes, leaving him in a share of fourth after three rounds, three off the pace. American Patrick Reed shot a 69 to lead on 212 with countrymen Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan two back and Woods and Welshman Jamie Donaldson another stroke adrift.

Golf: Tiger leaps into hunt at Doral with sizzling 66

Top-ranked Tiger Woods fired a six-under par 66, the best round of the week at the Cadillac Championship, to charge into contention Saturday at the $9 million World Golf Championships event. Woods stood on one-under 215 after 54 holes, leaving him in a share of fourth after three rounds, three off the pace. American Patrick Reed shot a 69 to lead on 212 with countrymen Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan two back and Woods and Welshman Jamie Donaldson another stroke adrift.

Golf: Tiger leaps into hunt at Doral with sizzling 66

Top-ranked Tiger Woods fired a six-under par 66, the low round of the week at the Cadillac Championship, to charge into contention Saturday at the $9 million World Golf Championships event. Woods stood on one-under 215 after 54 holes, one behind clubhouse leader Jason Dufner during the third round and three off the pace of Patrick Reed, who had five holes to finish.

Golf: McIlroy vows to put meltdown behind him

Squandering a late lead last weekend has taught Rory McIlroy a valuable lesson heading into this week's World Golf Championships at Doral and next month's Masters. The 24-year-old Northern Irishman led through the first three rounds of the Honda Classic and most of the fourth, but took a double bogey at 16, a bogey at 17, missed an 11-foot eagle putt at 18 for the win and lost a playoff to Russell Henley. "I was just disappointed with how I played coming down the stretch. It obviously wasn't what I would have liked," McIlroy said Wednesday.

Scott gets shot at Woods and number one at WGC-Cadillac

By Steve Keating DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - Adam Scott has described his chance to claim golf's number one world ranking this weekend as the opportunity to realize a dream. The Australian, currently ranked number two, achieved another lifelong goal last year when he captured his first major victory at the Masters, and now he has the chance to lead the rankings if he can win the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Golf: Rose more optimistic, Day looks for ideal Masters prep

Reigning US Open champion Justin Rose said Tuesday the tendinitis problem in his right shoulder is easing while Australian Jason Day hopes his recent win in the WGC Matchplay will help him break his major drought. Both spoke ahead of Thursday's start of the $9 million World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship at Doral, a key tuneup one month ahead of 2014's first major event, the Masters. Rose took last week off because of tendon problems that he says are not yet 100 percent sorted, but returns at Doral looking to match his win of two years ago.

Woods quits Honda Classic with back injury

(Reuters) - World number one Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic during the final round on Sunday at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, citing a back injury. Woods retired while playing the 13th hole at PGA National where he was five over par for the day and level for the tournament, having struggled to the turn in five-over 40. "It's my lower back with spasms," Woods, 38, said in a statement. "It started this morning warming up."

Golf: Woods withdraws from final round of Honda Classic

World number one Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic Sunday with a reported bad back. A day after shooting his lowest score of the year on the US PGA Tour -- a third-round 65 at the par-70 PGA National, Woods was five-over for the day through 12 holes and pulled out at 13. NBC television reported that the 14-time major champion said he was having trouble with his back. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was leading the $6 million tournament midway through the final round. bb/dj

Woods starts Honda Classic in slow lane with 71

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods lamented inconsistent putting but it was his long game as much as his short stick that led to a mediocre one-over-par 71 in the first round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on Thursday. Woods, in just his third tournament of the year, said he had trouble adapting to the slow greens on a day when he was left trailing in the wake of leader Rory McIlroy, who shot a bogey-free 63.

People told about deal: Quicken Loans close to becoming title sponsor of Tiger Woods' event

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The PGA Tour is closing on a deal for Detroit-based Quicken Loans to become title sponsor of Tiger Woods' tournament at Congressional, The Associated Press has learned. Two people who have been told about the deal said Quicken Loans could begin its sponsorship before the next tournament, to be played June 26-29. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is not completed and has not been announced. Dan Gilbert, who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, is the chairman and founder Quicken Loans.
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