News for Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Chen gets her revenge in WAPL victory over Diaz-Yi

Doris Chen lost the 2013 WAPL final by a 10-and-9 margin to Lauren Diaz-Yi, but she got her revenge on Thursday with a 6-and-4 romp.

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Ghim outlasts Niebrugge in 23 holes at Public Links

Aided by the support of his father, Doug Ghim managed to knock off the defending Public Links champion, Jordan Niebrugge, in an exciting 23-hole match on Thursday in Newton, Kan.

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Diaz builds 4-shot Marathon lead, shooting 62

Thursday, Laura Diaz's bogey-free 62 at Highland Meadows in Sylvania, Ohio, gave her a four-shot lead in the first round of the LPGA's Marathon Classic.

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Public Links round of 32 features extended drama

Survive and advance. The formula made famous by Jim Valvano at the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is apropos for the match-play portion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links, too.

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Scott nearly keeps pace with McIlroy

In the first round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool, Adam Scott told himself, “we don’t want him running away,” as he shot 68 to keep close to leader Rory McIlroy.

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Notes: Furyk fine after break; Clarke content; more

A break in Utah and Paris in recent weeks with his wife and kids seems to suit Jim Furyk, judging by his first-round 68 at the 2014 British Open.

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Hoylake's 'Big Three' struggle mightily

Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson took part in the angrier side of a long British Open Thursday at Hoylake, teeing off in mid-afternoon and experiencing more than their share of heartache.

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Tracker: McIlroy leads British Open

Tiger Woods, defending champion Phil Mickelson and World No. 1 Adam Scott must chase first-round leader Rory McIlroy at the 2014 British Open championship at Royal Liverpool. Recap the highlights here!

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Li gets letter from D.C. as USGA will display gear

Lucy Li, the 11-year-old who played in this year's U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, revealed that she had received a personal letter from Speaker of the House John Boehner.

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Pan gets assist from caddie who knows lay of land

Cheng-Tsung Pan, 22, is one of four amateurs in the field at the 143rd Open Championship -- but has an edge in a caddie who's been playing golf in Hoylake since age 4.

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Stenson's at level par despite eventful day

Some even-par rounds are more eventful than others. Henrik Stenson reinforced that Thursday during the British Open when he putted a ball off of a green and, five holes later, broke a wedge over his knee.

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McIlroy runs out to British Open lead, but Friday lurks

Rory McIlroy was a machine on Thursday, posting six birdies in a bogey-free, 6-under 66 that saw him take the lead at Royal Liverpool. Can he avoid another Friday disaster and chase his third major title?

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Tiger's so-called rust seems to have been knocked off

Rust? What rust? Tiger Woods didn’t look corroded in the least, after bogeys on the first two holes anyway. Rather he looked comfortable and dangerous in shooting 3-under 69 in the Open Championship first round Thursday.

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Molinaris' paths converge on Open leaderboard

Italy never has been known as a hotbed of golf, but brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari are sitting near the top of the leaderboard in the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.

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Murray leads by 2 at Southern Amateur after Rd. 1

Recent Arizona State transfer Grayson Murray leads the Southern Amateur by two strokes after Wednesday’s first round.

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Crane makes it to Hoylake, still waiting for spot

Ben Crane is playing the waiting game at the Open Championship, having made a last-minute trek to Hoylake in hopes that his first-alternate status would pay off in the form of a spot in the field.

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Koepka overpowers Hoylake's par 5s en route to 68

Brooks Koepka displays incredible distance off the tee, and that proved to be key Thursday at the Open Championship as the Florida State product overpowered Royal Liverpool's par 5s en route to a 4-under 68.

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Shot-by-shot: Tiger Woods, Round 1, British Open

Tiger Woods fired a 3-under 69 on Thursday at the Open Championship, currently sitting three shots off the lead. The round consisted of six birdies and three bogeys – including back-to-back bogeys to start the round.

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Karlsson's game trending in right direction behind 69

It was only two years ago that Robert Karlsson withdrew on the eve of the Open Championship with the driver yips. Thursday, he shot a 3-under 69 at Royal Liverpool and finds himself firmly in contention.

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VIDEO: Rory McIlroy talks about his Nike putter

Our David Dusek sat down with Rory McIlroy to talk about his Nike Method putter.

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From the couch: David Dusek on the British Open

Our David Dusek is taking in ESPN's coverage of the Open Championship and will offer up commentary throughout the day.

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SCORES: British Open

Follow the live leaderboard from the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.