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Masters: Jordan Spieth wins first major with dominant display

Jordan Spieth equalled the lowest winning score in Masters history to cap a record-breaking display at Augusta and win his first major.

The 21-year-old American, second on his debut last year, shot a two-under 70 to triumph on 18 under.

England’s Justin Rose hit 70 to finish 14 under, joint second with three-time champion Phil Mickelson (69) who ended runner-up in a major for the 10th time.

World number one Rory McIlroy finished fourth on 12 under after a 66.

The story going into the Masters had been all about the Northern Irishman’s quest to become just the sixth man to win the Grand Slam of all four of golf’s majors.

But it was Spieth, the new world number two, who dominated the headlines on each day, equalling Tiger Woods’s winning score of 18 under in 1997, when the former world number one won his first Green Jacket.

Spieth also became the second-youngest Masters champion, winning the tournament at the age of 21 years and 259 days, 155 days older than Woods when he recorded his 1997 win.

He also became the first player in 39 years to lead a Masters from start to finish, and the first to shoot 28 birdies at the tournament.

A one-over 73 for Woods meant he finished tied 17th on five under, while 2014 champion Bubba Watson carded a 74 to finish tied for 38th on one over.

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Masters: Justin Rose cuts Jordan Spieth’s lead

Jordan Spieth will go into the final round of the Masters nursing a four-shot lead over England’s Justin Rose with three-time champion Phil Mickelson heading a charging pack behind.

Rose conjured up five birdies in his last six holes, including a chip-in from the bunker on 16, to finish on 12 under and remain in the hunt for his first Green Jacket.

His hopes of winning might also be buoyed by some uncharacteristic errors by Spieth towards the end of his round. He double-bogeyed the 17th and sliced his approach to the 18th green into the crowd, but recovered his composure to save par.

Spieth’s late wobble sets up an enthralling Sunday afternoon after a low-scoring thriller of a third day saw contenders rise and fall in their pursuit.

The young Texan’s two-under-par 70 left him on 16 under, a new Augusta record after 54 holes, and kept him on track to become the second youngest Masters champion in history behind Tiger Woods.

And Woods’s record score of 18 under, made in his epoch-changing debut win in 1997, is also in danger from a performance that for most of the first three days has borne striking similarities.

But Rose is on his tail after fighting back from a dropped shot on the first and another on the fifth to storm through the back nine, draining a horrible downhill birdie putt from the fringes on the last to go clear in second.

Mickelson’s five-under 67 puts him on 11 under, his six birdies igniting the galleries around the sun-baked course, with Woods and world number one Rory McIlroy both scoring 68s to tie for fifth on six under.

All three piled the pressure on the precocious Spieth until late dropped shots hurt McIlroy and Woods, with Mickelson missing another birdie putt by a fraction on the 18th.

Charley Hoffman, second overnight, remains in contention at 10 under after shooting 71 to add to his 67 and 68 over the first two days.

Not since Ray Floyd in 1976 has a Masters champion led from start to finish, indicative of the way this course can snare and punish even a man in rare form.

The history of the tournament is also littered with the tales of players who blew big final day leads – Greg Norman spurned a six-shot advantage in 1996, McIlroy four in 2011.

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Golf: US PGA: Lee Westwood grabs lead as Tiger Woods struggles

Tiger Woods carded a three-over-par 74 in the first round of the US PGA, leaving him nine shots behind Lee Westwood, an early co-clubhouse leader.

Four-time winner Woods was a doubt for the final major of the year at Valhalla having injured his back on the final day of last week’s WGC Invitational.

England’s Westwood carded a six-under 65, leaving him in a share of the lead with American Kevin Chappell.

Northern Ireland’s Open champion Rory McIlroy teed off late on Thursday.

Woods, hunting his 15th major title and his first since winning the US Open in 2008, carded four bogeys and one birdie, leaving him with a battle on his hands to make the cut.

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Golf: Tiger Woods declares himself fit to play and win US PGA Championship

Tiger Woods has declared himself pain-free and claimed he can win the US PGA Championship after recovering from injury to make a surprise arrival at the final major of the year.

Woods’s future looked ominous on Sunday when he withdrew halfway through the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. The 38-year-old was in pain from spasms in his lower back, the area where Woods had surgery on a nerve on 31 March.

It was widely assumed there was no chance of him playing here. Yet the 14-times major winner appeared at the course on Wednesday afternoon, when he played the outward half before chipping and putting on the back nine. Woods then confirmed he would make his 8.35am (13.35 BST) tee time for the first round.

Asked if he believed he could win, Woods replied with a firm “yes” before adding: “I’m not in any pain. That is the good part. I’ll just try to play well. That’s the only thing I can control. I’ll try to go out there and win this event. That’s all I’m focused on.”

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Golf : Rory McIlroy beats Sergio Garcia for Bridgestone Invitational win

Rory McIlroy returned to the top of the world rankings after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio by two strokes from Sergio Garcia.

The Northern Irishman trailed the Spaniard by three shots at the start of the final day in Akron but clawed back the deficit inside four holes.

The Open champion signed for a four-under 66 to finish on 15 under, while Garcia closed with a scrappy 71.

Tiger Woods was forced to quit midway through the round with a back injury.

McIlroy’s first WGC title will see him overtake Australian Adam Scott at the top of the world rankings, regaining the position he last held in March 2013.

The 25-year-old was hugely impressive at Hoylake last month and was keen to show there would be no hangover when he arrived in Ohio this week.

“I’m really proud of following up the Open with a performance like this. I wanted to keep going and keep performing until the end of the season,” McIlroy said.

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Golf : Open : Rory McIlroy leads as Tiger Woods makes solid start

Rory McIlroy produced some majestic golf to set the pace on a glorious first day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

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The 25-year-old shot a stunning six-under 66 to head Italy’s Matteo Manassero, 21, by one stroke.

World number one Adam Scott, Spain’s Sergio Garcia, Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Americans Brooks Koepka and Jim Furyk were another shot further back.

Tiger Woods, who won at the Hoylake course the last time it staged the Open in 2006, fired a three-under 69 despite having played only one tournament since back surgery in March.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson took 74 and Justin Rose, winner of his last two tournaments including last week’s Scottish Open, had an even-par 72.

World number two Henrik Stenson of Sweden also finished level, while US Open champion Martin Kaymer was one over.

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