News for Friday, August 16, 2013

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5 Things: Controversial ruling steals spotlight

A ruling that allowed Carlota Ciganda to take an improper drop -- which came to light after the round and did not change the outcome of the match -- became the post-round focus after Europe took a 5-3 lead after Day 1 at the Solheim Cup.

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Wie, Kerr a match made in Solheim heaven for U.S.

Cristie Kerr likes playing with Michelle Wie because Wie can putt up with "Kerrisms." Wie enjoys Kerr's company because she isn't affected by the crowds that follow the LPGA's most-recognizable player. On Friday, that led to a crucial point for the U.S.

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How it happened: Europe takes early Solheim lead

The U.S. and Europe are set to do battle on the fairways and greens once again -- we'll keep you up to date on all the top highlights from Colorado Golf Club right here!

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5 Things: Reed leads; Els edges on; more

Following an opening-round 65 by posting a 64 is a strong way to open a tournament, giving Patrick Reed the Wyndham Championship lead; Ernie Els needed a late birdie to make the cut; plus more in our 5 Things.

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Wyndham Championship: Tee times, third round

With bad weather threatening the Greensboro, N.C. area Saturday, tee times for the third round of the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship are early -- that means no sleeping in for the leader Patrick Reed, or anyone else.

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A breakdown of Saturday's U.S. Amateur semifinals

The U.S. Amateur champion will be crowned on Sunday, but Saturday's semifinals promise to be fantastic match-ups between four international amateur stars. We take a closer look.

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How it Happened: Reed takes lead at Wyndham

With opening-round 64s, Ross Fisher and Chris Stroud took a one-shot lead to start the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. But their work is far from done -- follow second-round action right here!

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Scheffler revives Brookline history, but run ends

Three matches, three crucial birdies at 17 for Scottie Scheffler as he has advanced through the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. – something to share, perhaps, with fellow Texan Justin Leonard.

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U.S. Amateur: Friday's results; Saturday's schedule

A look at the quarterfinal results, as well as the schedule for Saturday's semifinal matches at the U.S. Amateur.

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5 Things: Conners, Fitzpatrick, Watt, Goss move on at Amateur

On a day where five of the eight quarterfinalists were foreign-born players at the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club, we leave Friday for the first time with an all foreign-born semifinal on Saturday. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday’s four matches.

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Conners advances with light-hearted caddie on bag

Corey Conners, a semifinalist at the U.S. Amateur, and Garrett Rank, his caddie for the week after failing to advance to match play, are keeping it light on the course during these high pressure situations.

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Ball falls to Fitzpatrick, but still believes

Leaving Brookline, Mass., after a 4-and-3 defeat to Matt Fitzpatrick of England in the quarterfinals Friday, Adam Ball still believes he can win the U.S. Amateur -- but must wait until next year.

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Korda loses her breakfast, wins first Solheim point

As soon as Jessica Korda exited the gauntlet of screaming, costumed fans at No. 1 tee, she popped the first bite of a banana in her mouth. Halfway down the fairway, once partner Morgan Pressel had hit the approach, Korda knew that banana wasn’t staying down.

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Notes: Pettersen shines; Creamer/Kerr slip; more

From the first morning's MVP to a U.S. tandem's first loss to a Swede's new role this week, check out news and notes from the opening foursomes at the 2013 Solheim Cup.

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Pettersen guides Euros into afternoon with 3-1 lead

Twenty-four hours ago, Suzann Pettersen helped carry European team rookie Carlota Ciganda through pre-tournament press conferences. On Friday morning, Pettersen put a European point on the board with another rookie, Beatriz Recari.

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Men's countdown: No. 19 Oklahoma

We are counting down the top 30 men's teams heading into the fall college season. Today's story: No. 19 Oklahoma.

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Women's countdown: No. 19 Baylor

We are counting down the top 30 women's teams heading into the fall college season. Today's story: No. 19 Baylor.

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Euros refine Ryder Cup captain selection process

A five-man panel will now select future European Ryder Cup captains rather than the 15-man tournament committee, the European Tour announced today. The system will be in place in time for the 2016 match.