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Golf: Donaldson wins European monthly award

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who will play in his second Masters at Augusta National this week, was named Wednesday as the European Tour Golfer of the Month for March. The 38-year-old Donaldson launched his 2014 campaign by finishing tied second in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, then rose to the top of The Race to Dubai standings with a top showing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in the second week of March.

Golf: Houston Open scores

Leading third-round scores on Saturday in the US PGA Tour $6.2 million (4.5 million euros) Houston Open (USA unless noted, par-72): 201 - Matt Kuchar 66-67-68 205 - Cameron Tringale 68-68-69, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 67-65-73 207 - Matt Jones (AUS) 68-68-71 208 - Rickie Fowler 70-70-68, Ben Curtis 67-70-71 209 - Shawn Stefani 67-69-73 210 - Jon Curran 69-72-69, J.B. Holmes 66-73-71, Retief Goosen (RSA) 68-71-71, Phil Mickelson, 68-70-72

Golf: Houston Open scores

Leading second-round scores on Friday in the US PGA Tour $6.2 million (4.5 million euros) Houston Open (USA unless noted, par-72): 132 - Sergio Garcia (ESP) 67-65 133 - Matt Kuchar 66-67 136 - Matt Jones 68-68, Cameron Tringale 68-68, Shawn Stefani 67-69, Jimmy Walker 71-65 137 - Steve Stricker 68-69, Ben Curtis 67-70 138 - Ryan Palmer 70-68, Jason Gore 67-71, Jim Renner 66-72, Phil Mickelson 68-70 139 - Erik Compton 66-73, Bill Haas 65-74, Brice Garnett 68-71, J.B. Holmes 66-73, Retief Goosen (RSA) 68-71

Reed wins WGC-Cadillac Championship

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - American Patrick Reed won the WGC-Cadillac championship by one stroke on Sunday. Reed shot a final round of even-par 72 to finish the $9 million tournament at four-under 284, one shot clear of Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson. World number one Tiger Woods failed to mount a challenge, closing with a 78 to finish tied for 25th. Reed, 23, became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship event. (Reporting by Steve Keating, Editing by Julian Linden)

Golf: WGC Cadillac Championship scores

Leading scores Saturday after the third round of the $9 million World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship (par 72, USA unless noted): 212 - Patrick Reed 68-75-69 214 - Jason Dufner 69-77-68, Hunter Mahan 69-74-71 215 - Tiger Woods 76-73-66, Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 74-71 216 - Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 70-77-69, Zach Johnson 70-75-71, Dustin Johnson 69-74-73 217 - Jimmy Walker 73-77-67, Richard Sterne (RSA) 74-73-70, Bubba Watson 73-72-72, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 73-71-73, Matt Kuchar 69-74-74

Blue Monster has golfers seeing red

By Steve Keating DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - The Blue Monster had some players seeing red after a tough day at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday left only four golfers below par at the midway point of the $9 million event. Prior to the opening round golfers had sung the praises of the redesigned course but many were singing a different tune after whipping winds allowed the Blue Monster to show its true colors.

Golf: World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - collated

Leading scores on Friday after the second round of the $9 million PGA Tour's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship (par-72, USA unless noted) 143 - Matt Kuchar 69-74, Hunter Mahan 69-74, Dustin Johnson 69-74, Patrick Reed 68-75 144 - Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 74-70, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 73-71, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 69-75, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 70-74 145 - Zach Johnson 70-75, Bubba Watson 73-72 146 - Jason Dufner 69-77, Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 70-76, Brandt Snedeker 73-73, Chris Kirk 75-71, Kim Hyung-Sung (KOR) 72-74, Harris English 69-77

Golf: Four share lead at WGC, McIlroy lurks

Former runner-up Dustin Johnson fired a two-over 74 to grab a share of the lead at a gusty WGC-Cadillac Championship Friday while Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy kept pace with a 74. Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a 73 in difficult conditions, and despite the over-par round leapt 28 places into a share of 25th at the $9 million PGA Tour event. Woods won this title for the seventh time last year. Johnson is tied atop a crowded leaderboard after 36 holes with American compatriots Patrick Reed (75), Matt Kuchar (74) and Hunter Mahan (74) at one-under 143.

Golf: Day withdraws from WGC event with sore thumb

World number four Jason Day of Australia withdrew from the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship on Thursday with a sore left thumb. Day, who won the WGC Match Play crown two weeks ago, pulled out before his late-morning tee time. "My left thumb was bothering me at the Match Play Championship and the pain continued here this week," Day said in a statement. "I had an MRI yesterdayn Miami with Dr. Lee Kaplan. Fortunately, the MRI was negative, but the doctor prescribed rest if I was unable to play today. My plan is to rest for a couple of weeks."

Woods, Scott eager to tame new-look Blue Monster

By Steve Keating DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and a nasty Blue Monster will share the spotlight at this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, where a new world number one may be crowned. The world's top 50 ranked players have arrived in Miami to take on a famed Blue Monster Course that has been made even more frightening after a $250 million renovation.
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