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Weekley withdraws after 2 family members die (The Associated Press)
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Boo Weekley has withdrawn from the Franklin Templeton Shootout because of two family deaths.
On Golf: The disappearing act of Rory McIlroy (The Associated Press)
Rory's McIlroy's year began with a coronation. He was the star attraction at what felt like a rock concert, with music blaring and lasers flashing in a room at Abu Dhabi to celebrate the No. 1 player in golf joining Nike's stable. It ended Sunday with a bogey on the ninth hole at Sherwood with hardly anyone watching. ''It's been a long season, a long stretch,'' McIlroy said after signing for a 70 to finish 11th in an 18-man field at the World Challenge.
Jimenez wins 4th Hong Kong Open title in playoff (The Associated Press)
Miguel Angel Jimenez successfully defended his Hong Kong Open title Sunday to extend his record as the oldest winner in European Tour history. The Spaniard won at 49 years, 337 days to break the record he set last year at Hong Kong Golf Club, holing an 18-foot birdie on the first hole of a playoff with Thailand's Prom Meesawat and Wales' Stuart Manley. You have to do this to keep up with the younger lot.'' Jimenez won the event for the fourth time to match the tournament victory record set by Taiwan's Hsieh Yong Yo, the winner in 1963, '64, '75 and '78. I love Hong Kong and this course,'' said Jimenez, also the winner in 2004 and 2007.
Soccer-S Africa matches postponed for Mandela services (Reuters)
(Adds cricket changes) * Top three soccer leagues postponed * Golf tournament in Durban moved By Nick Said CAPE TOWN, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Weekend matches in the top three tiers of South African soccer have been postponed, while a European Tour golf event and a cricket tour match will start a day earlier as the country prepares for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela. The South African Football Association (SAFA) said they had taken the step due to the high number of stadia that are to be used for memorial services for Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95. "It has been decided that all Premier Division, National First Division (NFD) and NFD Qualification Competition fixtures scheduled up to and including December 15, 2013 are postponed," SAFA said in a statement on Monday. The Premier Soccer League confirmed the news, citing "logistical challenges" faced by clubs.
Golf-World Rankings (Reuters)
Dec 9 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Tiger Woods (U.S.) 12.34 2. (2) Adam Scott (Australia) 10.00 3. (3) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 9.01 4. (5) Justin Rose (Britain) 7.53 5. (4) Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 7.44 6. (6) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 6.82 7. (7) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 6.47 8. (8) Steve Stricker (U.S.) 6.04 9. (16) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 5.71 10. (9) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 5.52 11. (10) Jason Day (Australia) 5.50 12. (12) Graeme McDowell (Britain) 5.28 13. (11) Jason Dufner (U.S.) 5.28 14. (13) Ian Poulter (Britain) 5.26 15. (14) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 5.02 16. ...
A wild finish, a surprising winner at Sherwood (The Associated Press)
Even with a two-shot lead going into the final round of a tournament he had won five times, Tiger Woods expected a fight to finish from Zach Johnson. He never could have imagined how Johnson would steal the show at Sherwood. What unfolded was hard to believe for the largest crowd ever at Sherwood. And the final edition of the World Challenge at Sherwood ended on the first extra hole when Woods missed a 5-foot par putt.
Ultra competitive Johnson outduels Tiger at Sherwood (Reuters)
By Mark Lamport-Stokes THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) - Zach Johnson prides himself on his competitive spirit and he came up with the goods in triumphant style after going head-to-head with Tiger Woods at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Sunday. Having twice finished second to tournament host Woods in the elite limited-field event at Sherwood Country Club, Johnson reversed that position as he safely parred the first extra hole before Woods surprisingly lipped out from five feet to bogey.
Johnson steals Tiger's thunder with Sherwood win (Reuters)
By Mark Lamport-Stokes THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) - Tournament host Tiger Woods was denied a sixth win of the year in sensational fashion when he lost the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in a playoff with Zach Johnson at Sherwood Country Club on Sunday. Johnson, who had twice finished second to fellow American Woods at this elite limited-field event, sealed victory with a rock-solid par at the 18th, the first extra hole, where Woods lipped out with a five-footer to bogey.