News for Friday, June 14, 2013

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Big names find big trouble on Friday at Merion

While Adam Scott and Lee Westwood both hold their breath to get inside the cut line at 7 over, Merion showed its teeth on Friday in sending some of golf's best out of contention at the U.S. Open.

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Mickelson retains lead despite tough day with putter

Phil Mickelson had plenty of short birdie misses Friday, but a 20-footer at No. 18 allowed Lefty to jump into a share of the lead with Billy Horschel as play was suspended because of darkness.

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Early exits won't ruin qualifiers' Open experience

From 48-year-old John Nieporte to 18-year-old Gavin Hall, the qualifiers and amateurs in the U.S. Open field understand that the experience is worth much more than the results.

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How it Happened: Day 2, U.S. Open at Merion

Tiger Woods returned to Merion early Friday morning to wrap up an opening-round 3-over 73. Now, he'll look to make up some ground in Round 2 at the U.S. Open. Follow Day 2 developments here!

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Putt for dough? Not Colsaerts, who contends anyway

The worst putter on the PGA Tour, Nicolas Colsaerts somehow remains a contender here in the U.S. Open, 1 over through 36 holes at Merion Golf Club.

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Horschel hits every green, finds Open lead

Hitting 18 greens in regulation in a round is so rare that the USGA is still researching how often it has been done in U.S. Open play.

Mackey wins Southern Junior in sudden death

When David Mackey, the University of Georgia-bound 15-year-old from Bogart, Ga., drained a 30-footer for birdie Friday on the 18th hole at Country Club of Virginia, he didn’t know it would secure him a spot in a playoff for the Southern Junior title.

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Tiger shoots par, says arm hurt at Players

For the second day in a row, Tiger Woods grimaced in pain after several shots, his left arm clearly bothering him at times. Still, he pieced together an even-par 70 while playing 24 holes.

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Lee wins Rolex Girls for third AJGA invite title

Alison Lee, Golfweek’s top-ranked junior girl, claimed her third AJGA invitational title on Friday at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

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Gilchrest rallies with 68, wins FootJoy Invitational

Matt Gilchrest claimed his fifth AJGA title on Friday at the FootJoy Invitational. Gilchrest shot a final-round 2-under 70 for a comeback victory.

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My Bag: Billy Horschel at the U.S. Open

A glimpse inside Billy Horschel's bag at the U.S. Open.

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Ihm, Lovelady share 36-hole Sunnehanna lead

Steven Ihm and Tom Lovelady share the second-round lead at the Sunnehanna Amateur. Both players are 3 under through 36 holes at the par-70 Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa.

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My Bag: Luke Donald at the 2013 U.S. Open

A look inside of Luke Donald's bag at the U.S. Open.

Stewart leads Monroe Invitational by one

The Monroe Invitational resumed on Friday after heavy rains and casual water wiped out Thursday’s second round. Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart leads after 36 holes at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

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At even, Donald finally in contention at a U.S. Open

Luke Donald posted a 2-under 68 in the completion of the first round on Friday morning and followed it with a solid 2-over 72 to keep himself one shot off the clubhouse lead.

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Sass, Raines tame Cog Hill at Golfweek Midwest Jr.

Michael Sass knows the fairways of Cog Hill’s Dubsdread Course from watching PGA Tour players tackle it during the BMW Championship in years past. But television only took the 16-year-old so far.

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Cathrea's summer begins with Porter Cup victory

Casie Cathrea claimed victory at the inaugural Women’s Porter Cup. The Oklahoma State incoming freshman won on Friday with a final-round 2-over 73 in the rain-shortened 36-hole tournament for a total of 4-under 138.

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U.S. Open's first two days have been eventful

It’s time to take a look at some award-worthy performances during the first and second rounds of the 113th U.S. Open: Wicker to water, pain to preparation, and more.

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Ramsey claims Women's Eastern Am title

With a victory at the Women’s Eastern Amateur on June 13, Ashlan Ramsey continues a solid start to her final summer before joining the Clemson roster. The 17-year-old won the Georgia Women’s Amateur on June 5.

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Give college coaches a shot at Walker Cup captaincy

It’s time to consider picking a college coach to captain the Walker Cup team.

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Notes: Westwood's wicker, Stanley's strategy, more

The first round finally finished in colder, wetter and windier conditions than Thursday's start, with players dropping shots and wondering what Merion had in store.

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Klein: 10 reasons why Merion is kicking back

Why is Merion Golf Club kicking serious butt? The first-round leader (Phil Mickelson) is only 3 under, with only five rounds completed in red and an average stroke score of 74.2. Our Bradley S. Klein offers up 10 reasons for Merion's toughness.

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PHOTOS: Going inside Webb Simpson's bag at U.S. Open

Our David Dusek takes you through the bag of defending U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

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Baxter (NR, 2014) commits to SMU

Ben Baxter has given a verbal commitment to play for SMU. Baxter, who lives in Flower Mound, Texas, also visited Houston, Arkansas, Indiana and Notre Dame.

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Tiger, Scott, McIlroy provide few first-round fireworks

Merion Golf Club did not prove to be as easy as 1-2-3. At least not for the world's top three players. With Adam Scott picking up a 2-over 72 and Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both posting 73s, there is plenty of work to be done for the trio.

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U.S. Open: Updated second-round tee times

With two weather delays on Thursday forcing a Friday finish of the first round at the U.S. Open, all second-round tee times were pushed back by three hours. Check out the updated schedule.

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With heavy heart, pro helps late friend's family

PGA Tour Latinoamerica pro Mark Baker wore a commemorative pin while playing 36 holes on golf’s longest day, honoring a late friend while dreaming of qualifying for his first major.

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