News for Friday, September 18, 2009



UNLV's Olson cruising at Q-School

UNLV will be without Golfweek preseason All-American Eddie Olson at this weekend’s Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.

Northwestern leads at Olympia Fields

Led by sophomore Eric Chun’s 2-under 68, Northwestern took a two-shot lead after Friday’s first round of the 2009 Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

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Shin leads Samsung; Ochoa 1 back

What’s the easiest way to protect the top spot on the LPGA money list? Keep winning. Jiyai Shin is halfway there at the Samsung World Championship.

Kerr can do it herself

It’s my hope that every player on tour follows Cristie Kerr’s lead.

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Haas holds 3-shot lead at Greater Hickory

Jay Haas shot a 10-under 62 during the first round of the rain-delayed Greater Hickory Classic on Friday, taking a three-shot lead into the weekend.

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U.S. takes commanding PGA Cup lead

Former club pro champion Scott Hebert made a 20-foot birdie on the 18th hole Friday to complete a dominant opening day by the Americans, who took a 6-2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland in the PGA Cup.

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Fowler misses cut in pro debut

Rickie Fowler couldn’t have ended his amateur career any better last weekend at the Walker Cup. His professional career didn’t start the same way, missing the cut Friday on the Nationwide Tour.

Q-School: Dennis, Witcher win pre-qualifiers

Former North Florida standout Jeff Dennis opened with 64, then shot three consecutive 69s to finish at 17-under 271 and beat former Georgia player Michael Green by one. Dennis is the 2006 Florida Amateur champion.

Ricky Barnes: From Open contender to Q-School?

It’s not often, if ever, that the U.S. Open runner-up also plays a Nationwide Tour event in the same season, but that’s what Ricky Barnes is doing at this week’s Albertsons Boise Open.

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Ewart ready to play for everything

Her country. Her team. Herself. This season, New Mexico senior Jodi Ewart is ready to play for it all.

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Commentary: Edwards deserves next GB&I Walker Cup captaincy

It's never too early to start thinking about the next Walker Cup. In the captaincy department, Alistair Tait has Nigel Edwards pegged for the job and explains why the R&A should too.

A hole-in-one for $1 million – and more

So not only did this Jason Hargett guy make a hole-in-one Tuesday to win $1 million at the Mark Eaton Celebrity Golf Classic in Utah – a feat somehow even bigger than the 7-foot-4 Eaton himself (as you can see in the video) – but Hargett also had the No. 1 top play on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” this morning.

Evans to join hang-gliding group

Add one more person to Saturday’s hang-gliding adventure.

Where's Wie?

A certain Hawaiian is noticeably absent from the Samsung World Championship.

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Barham ties record, maintains Austrian lead

Benn Barham of Britain has equaled the lowest 36-hole score on the European Tour this season, a 13-under 129 at the Austrian Open that has him two strokes ahead of 2007 champion Richard Green of Australia.

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Vinny Giles is my hero

Vinny Giles, the 2009 USGA Senior Amateur champion, is my hero.

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Paddy makes good company

If there’s one thing that’s become definitive in 2009, it is this: Any time spent with Padraig Harrington is time well spent.