News for Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Gustafson grabs early CVS lead with 65

Sophie Gustafson shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

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Notes: O’Hair not afraid of a gamble

Sean O’Hair had played five of six weeks through the BMW Championship, grinding his way to a pair of top 10s in the last two events to climb up to the No. 7 seed going into the Tour Championship.

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Commentary: FedEx finale all about dollars, calculators

It’s Get Richer Week on the PGA Tour. But as Jeff Rude writes, before we get there, does anyone have a calculator?

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ULM’s Drane takes different path to success

Angela Drane took a year away from golf at Louisiana Monroe to student teach. Now she’s back and ready make her senior year the best yet. Julie Williams reports.

Par-3 18th gets tough at East Lake

Georgia didn’t lack for rain this week (none fell at East Lake Thursday, fortunately), but with a SubAir system installed beneath the putting surfaces, the crew at East Lake can suck out any moisture and make the greens as firm and fast as they’d like.

Pain in the eye

Stewart Cink didn’t quite start his round the way most of us start ours.

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O’Hair leads Tour Championship by a shot

Sean O’Hair opened with 66 Thursday to lead the Tour Championship. Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink are a shot back.

Looking into the FedEx future

Round 1 now in the books, and your FedEx Cup leader in the clubhouse is ... drumroll ... first-round leader Sean O’Hair, who started the Tour Championship in seventh place.

Cathrea, 13, qualifies for LPGA event

Freshman biology can wait. Casie Cathrea, a 13-year-old freshman at Livermore (Calif.) High, won a Monday qualifier Sept. 21 to gain a spot in the LPGA’s CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge this week.

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Commentary: Road to the LPGA can be ‘humbling’

Even for stars like Amanda Blumenherst, the road to the LPGA for recent college grads isn’t always easy breezy. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Junior PGA moves to Sycamore Hills GC

The PGA of America announced Wednesday that its premier junior event will be staged at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 2-5, 2010.

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Quagmire unveils Spring 2010 collection

Although the fall has just begun, apparel lines are launching their Spring 2010 collections. So, to kick off the unveiling of these lines, we'll start with one company sure to make a statement next year.

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“Destination Golf” makes crash landing

As a general rule, I enjoy watching travel shows, particularly if they’re hosted by an attractive blonde.

FedEx Cup computers going wild

This just in . . . Tiger Woods has been passed in the standings for the FedEx Cup championship.

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GB&I leads Europe at Vivendi Trophy

Great Britain & Ireland led 3-2 over Europe after Thursday’s opening fourballs of the Vivendi Trophy, a matchplay event on the European Tour.

Calling all numbers geeks

OK, so it’s a little early here at the Tour Championship, but Stewart Cink – he of the British Open champion variety – is 2 under par through five holes, and in the early lead. Using our handy dandy FedEx Cup guide, in order to win the FedEx Cup this week, Cink, who is 26th in the standings, needs this to happen:

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Huskies show focus on the task at hand

Led by All-American Nick Taylor, Washington has been putting in extra hours to prepare for the Ping/Golfweek Invitational this weekend. Sean Martin reports.

Asian event co-leader endures freak accident

Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing shot 5-under 66 Thursday to share the first-round lead with Japan’s Tatsuya Haraguchi at the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open.