News for Friday, September 25, 2009


News 2009 September 25


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Gustafson hangs on to CVS lead

Sophie Gustafson shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Lorena Ochoa, Maria Hjorth and Shanshan Feng in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

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Notes: Mickelson’s putter on the right track

Phil Mickelson says he is putting better than he has over the last two years, which he attributes to spending time last week in San Diego with Dave Stockton, the former PGA champion renowned for his putting tips.

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On this day, what a thrill to watch Phil

Fun Friday for Lefty

Tiger Woods might be the story at the Tour Championship – but as Jim McCabe writes, it felt wonderful Friday to watch Phil Mickelson play great golf again.

Tiger vs. Paddy: Enjoy the duel

on why you need to make sure you enjoy Saturday’s grouping of Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington, currently the top rivalry in golf.

From July 2006 through August 2008, Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington combined to win seven of the 10 major championships. If golf has a rivalry up top, this is it.

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Cochran, Watson tied atop SAS field

Russ Cochran and Denis Watson shared the first round lead at 6-under 66 on a windy and drizzling Friday at the SAS Championship.

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Woods takes lead at Tour Championship

Woods leads by 1

Who else would you want leading you into the weekend at the Tour Championship? Tiger Woods is 1 ahead at East Lake.

Q-School: Nicklaus, Saunders advance at pre-qualifier

Gone are the days of duels between Arnie and Jack, but their bloodlines were well represented at a PGA Tour Q-School prequalifier this week at the Golf Club of Dallas.

‘Operation Augusta’ dismantles counterfeiters

with the details about a major international golf club counterfeiting ring that investigators code-named, ‘Operation Augusta.’

When London authorities were tipped off about a massive international counterfeiting ring selling knock-off golf clubs, they gave their investigation the codename: Operation Augusta.

No. 10 sunk Cink's battleship

Tied for the lead at the time, Stewart Cink hit two balls out of bounds left at No. 10 and made a quadruple-bogey 8.

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Monty already makes Ryder Cup mistake

Strike one for Euro captain

After Colin Montgomerie publicly criticized Ian Poulter's absence at the Vivendi Trophy, Alistair Tait explains why Monty needs to hold it in if he wants Ryder Cup success.

A different kind of Grand Slam

My son Scott e-mailed me a picture yesterday of him kissing the Claret Jug (Stewart Cink’s) here at East Lake Golf Club. I already have a photograph of him wearing a Masters green jacket (Zach Johnson’s).

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Maruyama leads Asia-Pacific, Ishikawa six back

Daisuke Maruyama shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to take the lead at the Asia-Pacific Open, where he’s trying to win for the first time in four years.

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GB&I builds lead at Vivendi Trophy

Great Britain & Ireland has increased its lead over Continental Europe to 6-4 after the second round of fourballs in the Vivendi Trophy, a match play event on the European Tour.