News for Saturday, August 29, 2009

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Nordqvist leads at Safeway

Rookie Anna Nordqvist’s 3-under 69 moved her into a one-shot lead over Seon Hwa Lee and Ai Miyazato going into the final round of the Safeway Classic.

McNulty, Roberts ahead at Boeing Classic

Mark McNulty went to the range after the first round of the Boeing Classic to try to figure out how a sizzling first nine holes got away from him.

In Nat’s corner

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Here at the Safeway Classic, I am rooting Natalie Gulbis. With rounds of 68 and 69, Gulbis is 7-under par after 36 holes. She is just three strokes off the pace.

Liberty National shrinks – but for how long?

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – One day after Sergio Garcia called Liberty National “the longest course I’ve played this year,” Tiger Woods suggested they call in the detectives to determine who has shrunk this monster.

Breaking down Tiger's competition

Here’s something to dwell on as you await the final round of The Barclays.

Paul Goydos, comedian

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The dry wit and wisdom of Paul Goydos struck again in the media center. You may recall the time Goydos was leading the 2008 Players Championship and NBC’s Bob Costas asked him how he slept last night?

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Commentary: Test awaits at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge

Iowa junior Vince India already has a leg up on the field when the college golf season starts Sunday at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge.

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Commentary: Not the Tiger we’re used to seeing

Tough to tell what has been flowing through the mind of Tiger Woods this week at The Barclays. Jim McCabe does his best to figure it out.

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Goydos, Marino share Barclays lead

Steve Marino ran off three straight birdies late in the third round Saturday for a 3-under 68 to catch Paul Goydos for a share of the lead at The Barclays and give himself another shot at his first PGA Tour victory.

And the “Oops Award” goes to . . .

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Jim Furyk gets the “Oops Award” of the day. He violated golf’s 14-club rule, discovering an extra 60-degree wedge in his golf bag on the second hole. As a result, Furyk was penalized two strokes on each hole, turning pars into double bogies. At 4 over after two holes, Furyk then ran off five straight birdies and rallied to shoot 1-under 70.

Putter key for Martin in U.S. Am run

TULSA, Okla. – Ben Martin usually isn’t known for his ability on the greens, but both Ben and his father, Jim, said Saturday that the flatstick has led them to the U.S. Amateur final. A couple days before coming to Southern Hills, Ben developed a new pre-shot routine that helped him see the line of his putts better. He used the new routine to shoot a nine-hole 31 at home, which convinced him put the routine in play at the U.S. Amateur.

Ans pursuing yet another trophy

Byeong-Hun An hasn’t won a tournament in more than three years. Now he’s just 36 holes from the biggest prize in amateur golf.

Pak joins mounting list of Safeway withdrawals

Se Ri Pak has withdrawn from the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

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U.S. Amateur finalists punch Masters tickets

U.S. Amateur finalists Ben Martin and Byeong-Hun An already feel like they've won. Why? A little place called Augusta National. Ron Balicki explains.

Martin's next stop: The Masters

TULSA, Okla. – Ben Martin’s father, Jim, was standing on the first tee at Southern Hills, when he thought, “We’re 18 holes from the Masters.”

Shots of the day at The Barclays

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – They don’t award style points for birdies, but if they did, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose would have earned big ones midway through the third round of The Barclays.

Worst ruling of the year?

Worst rules decision of the year? Yes. At the Safeway Classic, the LPGA’s decision to allow players to lift, clean and place their balls in the first cut of rough was senseless, unnececssary and, worst of all, unfair.

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Martin, An advance to U.S. Am finals

Ben Martin and Byeong-Hun An advanced to the final of the U.S. Amateur Saturday.

A beautiful Irish day for golf

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – I’m not sure what forecast Commissioner Tim Finchem was looking at when he said on Wednesday, “We have a good weather pattern moving in which is going to sharpen those visuals of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.”

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Hedblom moves ahead at Johnnie Walker

Peter Hedblom shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Paul Lawrie after three rounds at the Johnnie Walker Championship.

Back to the books for Holland

Charlie Holland admits going to classes at the University of Texas is not one of his favorite things to do.

Pakistan qualifies for first World Cup

Pakistan qualified for its first Mission Hills World Cup by finishing in the top three at the Asian qualifying tournament Saturday.

Where are the Swedes?

Prior to the British Open, Golfweek’s cover screamed, “Where are the Scots?” Scanning the FedEx Cup point standings this morning, I’d argue a similar question could be asked of “What happened to the Swedes?”

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Commentary: European pros hone game on Alps Tour

There are many developmental tours around Europe. Perhaps the best is the Alps Tour. Alistair Tait explains.

The Country Club gets 2013 U.S. Amateur

U.S. Golf Association officials later today will officially award the 2013 U.S. Amateur to The Country Club.

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