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McIlroy heads to Oak Hill still searching for confidence (Reuters)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament in Akron, Ohio, August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) – Twelve months ago Rory McIlroy went into the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island on a high, having ended a run of poor form with an encouraging tie for fifth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational the previous week. The mop-haired Northern Irishman took full advantage, clinching the season’s final major by a record-breaking eight shots before going on to win twice more on the 2012 PGA Tour as he stormed back to the top of the world rankings. …


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Merrick ties course record, grabs early second round lead (Reuters)

John Merrick of the U.S. tees off on the seventeenth hole of the Canadian Open golf tournament at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

By Steve Keating OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – American John Merrick shot a sizzling 10-under 62 that tied the Glen Abbey Golf Club course record and vaulted him into the second round clubhouse lead at the Canadian Open on Friday. Merrick, who began his round six shots back of overnight leader Brendan Steele, took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions with an eagle at the par-five second and eight birdies over his final 12 holes. …


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