News for Friday, October 9, 2009

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Demsey leads in Chattanooga

After a suspension of Round 1 Thursday at the Chattanooga Classic because of darkness, Round 2 has been suspended due to lightning.

Down in front!

With the second day of the Presidents Cup down to just one match, everyone moved toward the 18th green to await the Lucas Glover-Stewart Cink vs. Tim Clark-Vijay Singh competition.

Saturday Presidents Cup pairings

The pairings are out for Saturday’s morning foursomes matches.

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Commentary: In Stricker, Woods finds his match

Tiger Woods was once the posterboy for all that was wrong with American team golf. Not anymore, writes Jim McCabe. Alongside Steve Stricker, Tiger has been terrific.

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U.S. clings to 1-point lead at Presidents Cup

The Internationals made a late rally Friday at the Presidents Cup to keep the match close. The U.S. holds at 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 lead at Harding Park.

Parade of Bay Area legends

The parade of Bay Area legends continued Friday at the Presidents Cup. Willie Mays, the Say Hey Kid, was part of the first-tee festivities at Harding Park.

Dynamic duo at Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker won, 5 and 3, Friday. On Opening Day, they won, 6 and 4. This means a couple of things. One, captain Fred Couples will split them up on Saturday only if he’s lost his mind or he’s an International sympathizer. Two, 2010 Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin only has to pencil in three more partnerships.

Schmoozing with Madden, ‘No. 41’ and Willie

The Presidents Cup continues to impress with its glitzy parade of celebs. Seen on Friday at Harding Park: Baseball legend Willie Mays, who flipped the coin to decide honors on the opening tee. And here’s a conversation one doesn’t see every day. George H.W. “No. 41” Bush having a long conversation with former Oakland Raiders coach and TV announcer John Madden.

Easy-going Leonard rebounds at Presidents Cup

After handing away a point with a missed 3-footer in the final foursomes match on opening day at the Presidents Cup – leading to a halve instead of what looked to be a U.S. victory – a visibly steamed Justin Leonard knew how he’d handle it. He stormed right into the U.S. team cabin, slammed the door, threw his stuff down and made a beeline directly to the bar.

VIDEO: Presidents Cup fashion and more

The Presidents Cup is going on and all the guys look sharp. Ashleigh Korzack has the skinny on the company behind the designs, Rickie Fowler’s new apparel company and some up-and-coming brands for women.

Finally, a birdie for Clark

Finally, 22 holes into the competition and Tim Clark has been able to toss a birdie onto his scorecard.

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Smith leaves no doubt with U.S. Mid-Am title

Nathan Smith, 31, beat Tim Spitz, 7 and 6, to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Smith was a member of the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team last month.

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Garcia, Drysdale share Madrid Masters lead

Sergio Garcia shot a 5-under 67 and David Drysdale had a 65 to share a one-shot lead after Round 2 of the Madrid Masters on Friday.

Looking sharp at the Presidents Cup

With the Presidents Cup underway, it is time to take a look at what’s happening out in San Francisco on the fashion front.

Snapping the second-place streak

Arkansas’ streak finally came to an end. Of course, coach Brad McMakin and his squad would have liked to see it conclude on the upside, but I believe that will just be a matter of time.

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Commentary: Rio needs lasting Olympic golf venue

Now that golf has secured its place in the 2016 Olympic Games, Alistair Tait stresses the importance of a lasting golf venue in Rio de Janeiro.

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Surging Cal repowers with new talent

Must be nice for Cal junior Pia Halbig (pictured). The Bears picked up a pair of standout transfers for the 2009-10 season, and are off in running this fall. Julie Williams explains.

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Rio offers limited golf options for Olympics

Rio de Janeiro might well make for a spectacular host city for the 2016 Summer Olympiad. But this teeming metropolis of some 13 million residents on the southeast coast of Brazil is no golf destination.

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IOC adds golf for 2016 Games

After more than a century-long hiatus, golf will return to the Olympics beginning with the Rio Games in 2016.

Ping Invitational Junior Fantasy picks

It’s time again for the Ping Invitational, and Golfweek staffers have made their picks for the tournament, hoping it will put them in the top spot as the Junior Fantasy Season winds to a close.