News for Friday, July 18, 2014

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Ghim, Meth reach Public Links final

Byron Meth and Doug Ghim will fight Saturday to be the last to claim a win in the U.S. Amateur Public Links -- and with it, likely, an invitation to the Masters.

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LPGA's Diaz stays out front at Marathon

Laura Diaz shot 69 Friday to stay three shots ahead of Lydia Ko and Lee-Anne Pace at the LPGA's Marathon Classic, while Michelle Wie missed her second straight cut.

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Slow play almost derails teen at Women's Publinx

After avoiding penalties while on the clock for slow play in her match with Doris Chen, Eun Jeong Seong scored a 1-up victory in the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.

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British Open: Tee times, Saturday's third round

Rory McIlroy will play in the final group of Saturday's third round at the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake -- Tiger Woods also will have a late time, but off No. 10 tee.

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Winner's bag: Rory McIlroy, 2014 British Open

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Rory McIlroy used at Royal Liverpool during the 2014 British Open in Hoylake, England:

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VIDEO: Rory McIlroy talks about his Nike driver

Rory McIlroy talks about his Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 driver with Golfweek's David Dusek.

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On second thought, Woods has plenty of work to do

Forget about what we saw and said Thursday. He’s not ready. An inconsistent Tiger Woods clearly needs more competitive repetitions, particularly with a driver, before he’s ready to contend in a golf tournament.

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Behind newfound 'inner peace,' McIlroy leads British

Rory McIlroy put on a clinic at Royal Liverpool on Friday, posting a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson after 54 holes at the 2014 British Open.

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Els among major winners to miss British Open cut

Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Bubba Watson were among the top names who couldn't get past the cut at Royal Liverpool in the 2014 British Open.

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Coach Bob Torrance passes at age 82

Bob Torrance, the legendary Scottish golf coach, died today at his home in Largs, Scotland at the age of 82, well-known son Sam announced on his Twitter account.

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Watson, 64, makes the cut at 2014 British Open

Tom Watson is proving that age is nothing but a number – even a number (64) that plays nice with Liverpool's Beatles history – and will be sticking around for the weekend at the Open Championship after back-to-back 73s at Hoylake.

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It took awhile, but links golf has grown on Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk fired a 1-under 71 on Friday at Royal Liverpool, showing the growth that the 44-year-old has made playing links golf over the course of his career.

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Hossler takes sole possession of Southern Am lead

With a 2-under 70 on Friday, Beau Hossler took sole possession of the lead at the Southern Amateur, which is being held at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Tracker: McIlroy stretches British Open lead

Friday at the British Open, Rory McIlroy widened his British Open lead at Royal Liverpool from one shot to four, while Dustin Johnson gave chase -- as Tiger Woods and Adam Scott struggled. Recap the highlights here!

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U.S. Amateur Public Links semifinals set in Kansas

The U.S. Amateur Public Links had long been billed as “America’s blue collar championship," and finally in its last year of existence, Jess Bonneau, 43, is bringing back the good old days.

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Notes: Bubba 'already left it;' Day tweaks wrist

Soon after he bogeyed Royal Liverpool's 18th for a British Open missed cut, Bubba Watson turned to thoughts of home and family; Jason Day reports some pain in his wrist; plus more Open Championship news and notes.

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Mickelson posts 70 behind key par save at turn

Phil Mickelson's 2-under 70 was saved by a key 6-footer on the par-5 10th hole that kept his round on track.

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From the couch: David Dusek on Rd. 2 of British Open

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

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Coetzee fires 69 to move into contention

George Coetzee’s birthday always falls during Open Championship week. The South African gave himself a tidy 3-under 69 to celebrate his 28th.

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Hossler, Murray tied for Southern Am lead

Beau Hossler and Grayson Murray are tied for the lead at the halfway point of the Southern Amateur at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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U.S. Junior: Stroke-play tee times, pairings

Here are the tee times and pairings for the stroke-play qualifying rounds of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur July 21-22 at The Club at Carlton Woods' Nicklaus Course in The Woodlands, Texas.