News for Friday, June 12, 2009

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Nordqvist has eyes on major title

As a young golfer in Sweden, Anna Nordqvist patterned her career after the best female golfer her country has ever produced — Annika Sorenstam.

U.S. Women's Open qualifying results

Alexis Thompson is heading to her third U.S. Women’s Open. The 14-year-old shot 4-under 140 at Plantation Bay Country Club to top the field.

Gossett hovers on cut line

David Gossett is on the cut line in the weather-delayed St. Jude Classic, so we won’t know until Saturday if his consecutive 70s at TPC Southwind are enough to make the cut.

Daly shoots 68, on cut line

John Daly was on pace to comfortably make his first PGA Tour cut of the year at the St. Jude Classic. Then he ended his second round with a double bogey, and now sits on the cut line after two rounds at TPC Southwind.

Ochoa's Brooker withdraws

Lorena Ochoa’s caddie, David Brooker, withdrew Friday morning from the McDonald’s LPGA.

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New caddy for Pettersen

Suzann Pettersen fired James Walton for the second time after the Corning Classic and now has veteran PGA Tour caddie Paul Fusco on the bag.

Inkster turns to shrink

Everyone knows Juli Inkster is a grinder.

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Play halted as Gay leads St. Jude

Thunderstorms have stopped play during the second round of the St. Jude Classic with Brian Gay holding the clubhouse lead after a 4-under 66.

Jordan struggles in U.S. Open Challenge

When it comes to golf, Jordan insists all that is true. He played in the U.S. Open Challenge with Ben Roethlisberger and Justin Timberlake on Friday at Bethpage Black, and through two holes, he was trailing the contest winner who finished out their foursome, a Phoenix police lieutenant.

Tear earns Thomas FootJoy title

Justin Thomas held off junior golf’s No. 1 player to win the FootJoy Invitational June 12, but that wasn’t all he earned for his effort. Thomas topped overnight leader Jordan Spieth and earned a spot in the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship with his victory.

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Faldo given knighthood by Queen

Faldo will be given a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday for his services to golf, the only athlete to be given one of Britain’s highest honors on the monarch’s birthday list this year.

Notes: Roberts defying age in Memphis

Nobody has played Memphis’ PGA Tour stop more than Loren Roberts. No one has wanted to win it more than him.

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Tschetter still has 'some good golf left'

She’s 44, had both hips replaced within the last two years and hasn’t won a tournament since 1992.

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Mickelson in need of weekend charge

Phil Mickelson is looking a bit more at ease, the golf course providing some of the distraction he wanted while he and his wife cope with her breast cancer.

Karlsson out of U.S. Open; Svoboda in

Robert Karlsson of Sweden has withdrawn from the U.S. Open next week at Bethpage Black because of an eye infection which has left him with no depth perception in his left eye.

Juniors advance to U.S. Women's Open

The first sectional qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open was held Thursday, and three juniors were among those that advanced, including 13-year-old Cindy Feng, recent winner of the AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior.

Lewis hopes for Open berth

The U.S. Open hopes of UC Santa Barbara rising junior Scott Lewis just got a little better.

Don't discount Anderson

One name that I don’t think has been mentioned enough during the Walker Cup chase is former South Carolina All-American Mark Anderson.

Semifinals set for Ladies' British Am

Top-seeded Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz have advanced to the semifinals of the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship, where they will be joined by England’s Laura Collin and Germany’s Caroline Masson.