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August 29, 2014Golf course workers rescue dog from underground drain pipe (PGA)

A hole-in-one probably wasn't on Bob Williamson's mind as he walked his dog on the Falconhead Golf Course west of Austin, Texas, the other day. Night was falling and the golfers were off the course as Williamson and Ty took their stroll. The pipe was big enough for Ty to get into -- but it narrowed as it went deeper into the ground, and Ty got stuck.

August 29, 2014Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston (The Associated Press)

Keegan Bradley hits off the tenth tee during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- Ryan Palmer took only 21 putts Friday on the TPC Boston and made birdie on half of his holes. That gave him an 8-under 63 and a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.


August 29, 2014Ryder Cup hopeful Bradley sets early pace at TPC Boston (Reuters)

Aug 29, 2014; Norton, MA, USA; Keegan Bradley reacts to just missing a birdie putt on the 14th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament at TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

NORTON Massachusetts (Reuters) - Keegan Bradley gave his Ryder Cup prospects a timely boost as he charged into an early one-shot lead with a birdie-birdie finish to his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday. American Bradley, who is eager to be selected as one of three wildcard picks by U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson next week, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions as he fired a flawless six-under-par 65 at the TPC Boston. ...


August 29, 2014Otto leads way in Italy as Gallacher revives Ryder Cup hopes (Reuters)

(Reuters) - Stephen Gallacher produced a sparkling late rush of birdies on Friday to resuscitate his chances of earning an automatic Ryder Cup place at the final points-counting event, the Italian Open in Turin. The 39-year-old Scot was one of the late starters and began the second round trailing South African pacesetter Hennie Otto, who was already in the clubhouse, by 15 strokes. Gallacher, who can displace world number 16 Graeme McDowell in the top nine automatic qualifying spots for Europe's Ryder Cup team by finishing in the top two in Turin, opened up with an eagle at the first hole and a birdie at the fifth.

August 29, 2014Otto takes lead with 62; Gallacher gains momentum (The Associated Press)

Hennie Otto of South Africa reacts after finishing a putt on the 3rd green during the third round of the Malaysian Open golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Italian Open on Friday, while Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup also gained momentum. Otto, who won this event in 2008, carded nine birdies, one eagle and one bogey to move to 15-under at the Circolo Golf Torino. He was three shots ahead of Austria's Bernd Wiesberger. After opening with a 72, Gallacher shot a 65 to move within eight strokes of the lead at 7-under.


August 29, 2014Ryder Cup update: Post Barclays (PGA)

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First of all, Hunter Mahan made a serious case for a Captain's Pick consideration on Sept. 2. Winless since the 2012 Shell Houston Open, Mahan broke through for a timely victory at the Barclays. With five birdies in a seven-hole stretch (Nos. 11-17), Mahan could afford the bogey he made on the closing hole, as he marched to a two-stroke victory over the threesome of Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale and Jason Day.


August 29, 2014Mismatch fears over McGinley dispelled: Price (Reuters)

Europe's Paul McGinley of Ireland watches his shot on the third hole during the second day of foursomes competition against Asia at the Royal Trophy golf tournament in Chonburi province, near Bangkok, January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Phillip Price feared a mismatch when Europe chose Paul McGinley as captain to take on U.S. McGinley's modest playing record, and his overall standing in the sport, cannot compare to that of eight-times major winner Watson. He's very thoughtful, he seems to have thought about the Ryder Cup an awful lot and every question that's thrown at him, he's always got a good answer." Four-times European Tour winner McGinley holed the putt that won the Ryder Cup in 2002 but Price says next month's matches against the Americans at Gleneagles in Scotland could end up defining his career.


August 29, 2014New Technology to give Ryder Cup fans best experience ever (PGA)

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RFID Wristbands enable fans to get more involved Fans to share their support globally on social networks Fans attending The 2014 Ryder Cup are set to enjoy one of the most technologically advanced golf events ever thanks to the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Spectators at Gleneagles will receive a special RFID Wristband with their tickets, allowing them to take part in fun activities around the course and share their experiences instantly to social media.