News for Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Big names hang on at Women’s Mid-Am

Co-medalists Mina Hardin, Meghan Stasi and 1998 champ Virginia Derby Grimes advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

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Smith, McCoy advance at Mid-Am

After played washed out all play Monday, co-medalists Nathan Smith and Mike McCoy (pictured) each won two matches Tuesday to advance to the third round of match play at the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Notre Dame, Sandman sweep home event

Senior Josh Sandman and the Notre Dame men’s golf team successfully defended their home turf Tuesday, sweeping top honors at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic.

Badgers break through at Imes

The Wisconsin women’s golf team won its first 54-hole event in 10 years at the Johnie Imes Invitational Tuesday, beating Tulsa by three shots at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo.

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Purdue, LeBlanc go back-to-back

Led by Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (pictured), the Purdue women’s golf team blew over the field at the Windy City Collegiate Classic and won its second consecutive tournament Oct. 6. LeBlanc won her second in a row, too.

Cabrera unsure if Rio could host Olympic golf

With just days before the IOC decision on the inclusion of golf and rugby sevens in the Olympics for 2016, there may be a slight fly in the ointment. Is there a suitable course in Rio or Brazil to handle a major golf event? According to a two-time major winner, the answer is no.

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What will Captain Couples say next?

The Presidents Cup will feature 34 matches over four days at Harding Park, bringing together the best players from everywhere in the world except Europe. The entertainment value could start well before the competition.

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Complete Presidents Cup coverage

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Harding Park to bring you an up-close look at the 2009 Presidents Cup

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Mickelson: Minor back injury ‘overblown’

Phil Mickelson says a minor back injury that flared up last week during practice will not keep him out of the Presidents Cup matches this week at Harding Park.

FYI – it’s not that John Daly

So, as you approach Harding Park to take in the Presidents Cup festivities, something jumps out at you.

South Carolina rolls at Rees Jones event

A week after losing in a heartbreaking playoff at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate, South Carolina completed a dominating victory Tuesday at the Rees Jones Collegiate, topping runner-up UNC Wilmington by 37 shots.

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The Presidents Cup has officially begun

So, yeah, that whole thing about Michael Jordan being an assistant captain for the U.S. Presidents Cup team? Fred Couples was serious.

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Staff picks: Presidents Cup

Who are our men on the ground picking to win the Presidents Cup?

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Pettersen still needs time to heal left foot

Suzann Pettersen will skip the LPGA’s Hana Bank Kolon Championship in Korea to allow more time for her left foot to heal.

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Commentary: Carrying two drivers allows more options

Tom Pernice Jr. (pictured) needed only one Titleist 909D3 driver to win the SAS Championship. James Achenbach explains why he carries two of them in his bag.

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GS95 ends search for lightweight steel shaft

The original lightweight steel shafts weren’t so light and weren’t so good.

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Cink forsakes convention in quest for fun

Stewart Cink, a modern-day explorer on Tour, foresakes convention in his quest for fun. His easy-going nature might be just what the U.S. needs at the Presidents Cup.