News for Friday, July 19, 2013

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My Bag: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Open Championship

Sporting some of Ping's newest gear, the veteran Spaniard in the lead at Muirfield has proven he's up to the test.

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Stackhouse, Park fall in North & South quarters

Big names fell Friday in the quarterfinals of the North & South Women’s Amateur.

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Kim, Niebrugge advance to APL finale

Jordan Niebrugge’s resume over the past year in college and amateur golf pales in comparison with those of Michael Kim. But, on Saturday, they'll step up to the first tee as equals as they face off for the U.S. Amateur Public Links title.

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British Open tee times: Third round

Second-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez will bring up the rear of the Open Championship field Saturday, when 18 golfers will start the day within four shots of him at Muirfield.

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McIlroy, Rose, Fowler headline Open missed cuts

Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy and reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose headline those that missed the cut at the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on Friday.

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Friday afternoon groups beat up by mighty Muirfield

Don't let the sunny skies in Scotland fool you, Friday afternoon's groups -- or games as they are called at the Open -- faced a brutal test named Muirfield, and the course won in a knockout.

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Musings on Muirfield: Players' Day 2 via Twitter

Dustin Johnson answers how "a regular 6 handicap" would score on Muirfield this week, Graeme McDowell takes aim at Steve Elkington and more after the second round of the British Open.

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Olsen reclaims Southern Am lead at 54-hole mark

First-round leader Zachary Olsen reclaimed his place at the top of the Southern Amateur leaderboard on Thursday after a third-round 68.

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McDowell on Woods: 'He was impressive'

Our Jeff Rude witnessed Tiger Woods bunt his way around Muirfield on Friday, staying patient in firing a 71 and keeping himself in the thick of things to end his five-year drought in majors.

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Break out the cigars: Jimenez leads at Muirfield

The red wine-drinking, cigar-smoking, carefree Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 71 on Friday to stay near the top of the leaderboard, leading wandering minds to wonder if the Spaniard could become the oldest major winner in history.

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How it happened: Jimenez takes lead; Tiger 1 back

Miguel Angel Jimenez made a great par on the 18th hole to card an even-par 71 and take the outright 36-hole lead at 3 under, one shot clear of Tiger Woods (71), Henrik Stenson (70) and Lee Westwood (68). How it happened.

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Led by Jimenez, veterans hold their own at Muirfield

At 49, Miguel Angel Jimenez looks the part of the seasoned veteran at Muirfield. In honor of Jimenez leading the British Open at the 36-hole mark, here’s a look at a few other notables veterans – or notable things other veterans did – during the first two rounds.

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Johnson one shot back after 'best 3-wood of my life'

Dustin Johnson fired a 1-over 72 on Friday, but his first-round 68 has him one shot back of the leader Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

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Snedeker, Mickelson 4-putt at British Open

They're not the first and they won't be the last, but Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker – the latter with back-to-back lip-outs – four-putted at Muirfield during the second round of the 2013 British Open.

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Balance is key to Stenson's game at the Open

Balance: The key to Henrik Stenson’s game at the Open Championship at Muirfield. Stenson is in the clubhouse at 2 under for the tournament after back-to-back 70s.

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Kim, Erkenbeck star in Public Links quarterfinals

Michael Kim and James Erkenbeck, a pair of first-team All-Americans last season, won their quarterfinal matches Friday morning in the 88th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club.

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Fujikura to release new Speeder shafts

Fujikura's Speeder shafts have accounted for more than 50 worldwide victories. The company hopes to add to that total with an updated 757 model. Three other versions are on their way, too.

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Cheyenne Woods falls off the pace at Open de Espana

Cheyenne Woods’ second round at the Open de Espana was about as far from her first as possible. After a career-low 64 to take the first-round lead, Woods struggled to find a birdie on Day 2.

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Is it finally time for Lee Westwood's major moment?

Instead of whining about or bemoaning the difficult conditions at Muirfield, Lee Westwood instead took the course head on and beat it for the most part in firing a 3-under 68 on Friday.

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LPGA watch: Creamer, Walshe early story in Toledo

This week’s Marathon Classic on the LPGA tour is the last event before LPGA players head to Scotland for their own Women’s British Open, to be played Aug. 1-4.

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West team reclaims Wyndham Cup in Rancho Santa Fe

Despite an eleventh-hour push in Thursday singles, the West team reclaimed the Wyndham Cup July 18 at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe near San Diego over the East team.

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Spieth falters late after conquering Muirfield early

Jordan Spieth was in the hunt at the 142nd Open Championship, but the last four holes in Friday’s second round either showed why Muirfield is such a difficult test or why 19-year-olds don't win major championships.

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One amateur inside cutline at the Open

There is only one amateur inside the cutline at the Open Championship – Jimmy Mullens. Where do the rest stand at Muirfield?

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PHOTOS: A look at fashion during Round 2

Take a look at the latest fashion statements made during Round 2 of the Open Championship at Muirfield on Thursday in Scotland. Which do you like best? Worst?

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Ian Poulter's second-round apparel for Open

Ian Poulter tweeted his outfit for the Open Championship’s second round at Muirfield.

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Beurmann defends title at Mich. Senior Open

Ron Beurmann became the first player in history to win consecutive Michigan Senior Open titles.

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ESPN delivers workmanlike round on Day 1

This year’s first round British Open telecast in the U.S. by ESPN was merely solid – not as technically sophisticated as we’ve seen in the past.

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5 Questions with Round 1 surprise Shiv Kapur

Shiv Kapur, 31, wasn't a name many expected to see leading the Open Championship -- especially after the native India had only played seven holes as part of the first round's final group. Find out more about the native of India.