News for Friday, August 2, 2013



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Curl captures Connecticut Open in playoff

Jeff Curl's 35-footer for birdie to win in a playoff atoned for a missed par putt on the last hole of regulation at the 2013 Connecticut Open.

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5 Things: Wood welcomes task of chasing Tiger

On a day when the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational produced one number that mattered above all, 61 – as in the score that put this tournament firmly in Tiger Woods’ grasp – let us focus on another number. Five. As in 5 Things of note from Friday at Firestone Country Club:

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McCabe: Woods at his vintage best Friday at Firestone

Tiger Woods was at his vintage best Friday – a stern-faced, steel-eyed, laser-shooting, flawless-putting machine who appeared to be on a mission. That mission ended in a second-round 61 and a seven-shot lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Stanford's Rodgers medals at Western Amateur

The Stanford junior closed with a 3-under 69 – his fourth consecutive round in the 60s – earning him medalist honors with a Western Am qualifying-record 18-under 270.

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Tee times: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Round 3

Here are the third-round tee times for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

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Women's British Open: Tee times, third round

Na Yeon Choi will begin Saturday as the leader of the Women's British Open at St. Andrews by a shot, while Inbee Park, winner of three majors this year, tees off at 6:30 a.m. eight shots back of the lead. See all the tee times here.

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How it happened: Tiger flirts with 59, fires 61

Tiger Woods flirted with 59 during the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before tying his course record with a 9-under 61 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

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How it Happened: Choi leads Women's British Open

Solheim Cup hopeful Morgan Pressel made her way to the top of the leaderboard Thursday in Round 1 of the Ricoh Women's British Open, and Sweden's Camilla Lennarth followed her there. Both players shot 6-under 66 at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

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McDaniel, Lee win Junior PGA Championship titles

Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, Ky., and Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., won the boys and girls division, respectively, of the Junior PGA Championship.

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Choi chases second career major win, leads British

Na Yeon Choi seems to have found her putting stroke just in time in taking the Women's British Open lead, while Inbee Park has a long way to go this weekend if she's to keep Grand Slam-season hopes alive.

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Scott, Rose, Mickelson paired at PGA Championship

The first three 2013 major winners – Adam Scott (Masters), Justin Rose (U.S. Open) and Phil Mickelson (Open Championship) – will be paired together for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

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Notes: Park 8 back; Lewis paces self; more

Inbee Park’s perspective on the week is very wise. Simply put: “If I face this kind of pressure, I’m not afraid of any kind of pressure from now on in my career.” Plus: Stacy Lewis paces herself; and more in our notebook.

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Tee times: Woods, Bradley, Love grouped at PGA

Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III are paired together for the first and second rounds of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Aug. 8-11.

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Notes: Pressel's confidence; Stanford's run; more

Morgan Pressel's caddie sees the young pro's confidence is back; Angela Stanford's trip pays off with a strong early run; plus more in Friday's Women's British Open notes

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Davies, Hull fade as Saiki takes lead in British

Laura Davies and Charley Hull disappoint in the Women's British Open and in regard to the Solheim Cup around the corner, while Miki Saiki takes the Open lead with Morgan Pressel and Suzann Pettersen on her heels.

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'46 Claret Jug and other Snead swag sells for $1.1 million

A collection of Sam Snead memorabilia, including his 1946 Claret Jug, fetched more than $1.1 million at Heritage Auctions in Rosemont, Ill.

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Rory McIlroy’s apparel for 2013 PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy’s scripted apparel for the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill has been released.

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Tiger Woods’ apparel for 2013 PGA Championship

Tiger Woods’ scripted apparel for the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill has been released.

Fujikura Speeder 757 golf shaft

Since its launch in Japan in 1997, the Fujikura Speeder 757 has become one of the most recognizable names among shafts.

UST Mamiya Recoil iron shaft

The UST Recoil iron shaft recently became available to consumers, and wood shafts are expected to follow.

Aldila Tour Green, Tour Blue golf shafts

The Aldila Tour Green and Tour Blue golf shafts are modern versions of Aldila’s highly successful NV shaft, containing the same taper profile as the original NV with a balance point that is slightly higher.