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December 19, 2014Australian Open goes back to The Australian course (The Associated Press)

SYDNEY (AP) -- American Jordan Spieth will have an opportunity to defend his Australian Open title next year on the same course he won the tournament on three weeks ago.

December 18, 2014Australia's Richardson leads Dubai Open (The Associated Press)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Australia's Kalem Richardson shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Asian Tour's season-ending Dubai Open.

December 18, 201417-year-old golf star Brooke Henderson turns pro (The Associated Press)

Brooke Henderson tees off on the first hole during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at the Sebonack Golf Club Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

TORONTO (AP) -- Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old Canadian who topped the world amateur golf ranking, turned professional Thursday and signed with International Management Group and Ping equipment.


December 18, 2014Canadian teenager Henderson turns professional (Reuters)

Aug 24, 2014; London, Ontario, CAN; LPGA amateur golfer Brooke M. Henderson (CAN) hits her tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open golf tournament at London Hunt and Country Club.  Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Brooke Henderson, a 17-year-old Canadian who was golf's top-ranked female amateur, on Thursday announced her decision to turn professional and sign up with sports management company IMG (International Management Group). "I am really excited to begin my professional career in 2015 and proud to represent Canada along the way," Henderson, a native of Smiths Falls, Ontario, said in a statement. "I realize what a big step it is to play professionally. ...


December 18, 2014Factbox: World number one Rory McIlroy (Reuters)

LONDON (Reuters) - Factbox on world number one Rory McIlroy who enjoyed a stellar year in 2014, winning two major championships. EARLY LIFE Born: May 4, 1989 in Hollywood, County Down, Northern Ireland Strikes a 40-yard drive at the age of two and becomes youngest member of Hollywood golf club aged seven. TEENAGER 2004 - Member of Europe's Junior Ryder Cup-winning team 2005 - Becomes youngest winner of West of Ireland Championship, shooting record score of 61 around Royal Portrush Golf Club. First European Tour appearance at British Masters. ...

December 18, 2014It took a year to get used to new golf clubs: McIlroy (Reuters)

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy received plenty of criticism when he switched club manufacturers almost two years ago and he has now conceded that it took nearly 12 months to feel totally at ease with his new equipment. The Northern Irishman was flying high at the top of the world rankings when he signed a 10-year contract with Nike in January 2013 that, according to media reports, was worth $250 million. ...

December 18, 2014McIlroy and Wust take top Reuters awards (Reuters)

Irene Wust of the Netherlands competes in the women's 1,000 metres speed skating event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 13, 2014.       REUTERS/Marko Djurica

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Double major golf winner Rory McIlroy and prolific Olympic Dutch speed skater Irene Wust have been named Reuters sportsman and sportswoman of the year after a poll of the news agency's sports journalists from around the world. Soccer World Cup winners Germany were voted team of the year, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone coach of the year, the comeback of the year went to speed skater Victor Ahn and Kei Nishikori took the breakthrough award. After off-course issues contributed to a thin 2013, McIlroy roared back this year by winning the British Open and the ...


December 18, 2014Golf-World number one Rory McIlroy (Reuters)

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Factbox on world number one Rory McIlroy who enjoyed a stellar year in 2014, winning two major championships. EARLY LIFE Born: May 4, 1989 in Hollywood, County Down, Northern Ireland Strikes a 40-yard drive at the age of two and becomes youngest member of Hollywood golf club aged seven. TEENAGER 2004 - Member of Europe's Junior Ryder Cup-winning team 2005 - Becomes youngest winner of West of Ireland Championship, shooting record score of 61 around Royal Portrush Golf Club. First European Tour appearance at British Masters. ...