Poulter and Jimenez among 25 players exempt for U.S. Open

(Reuters) – England’s Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson are among 25 players who have booked their places at next month’s U.S. Open via this week’s world rankings.







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Clarke sticks to McGinley’s winning format for 2016 Ryder Cup

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – Rather than experimenting with a new qualifying format, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke plans to stick to a winning formula when he picks the European team for the 2016 competition.

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Nadal begins pursuit of number 10, all seems normal

PARIS (Reuters) – The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique — and Rafa Nadal still ruled Roland Garros on Tuesday.







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Forehand could be better, says Nadal after win

PARIS (Reuters) – Chasing a record-extending 10th French Open crown on the back of his worst claycourt season since prevailing for the first time, Rafa Nadal acknowledged another weakness on Tuesday — his best shot is not that solid.







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Djokovic sees off Nieminen in entertaining opener

PARIS (Reuters) – Tournament favorite Novak Djokovic beat Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 7-5 6-2 on Tuesday, kicking off his quest for a first ever Paris trophy to add to his eight other grand slams.

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Townsend lets cat out of the bag, why hotels are best

PARIS (Reuters) – American player Taylor Townsend, when deciding whether to stay in a cramped Parisian hotel or rent a private apartment during Roland Garros, opted for the former.







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Kvitova struggles to reach second round in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova, not a natural mover on clay, dug deep to reach the French Open second round by laboring to a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win over New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic on Tuesday.







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Tokyo governor hits out at ‘ridiculous’ 2020 bill

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Tokyo metropolitan government has hit out at the “ridiculous” $400 million bill they have been asked to foot for the main stadium at the 2020 Olympics.

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