News for Sunday, September 6, 2009

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Ace propels Sluman to Pebble defense

Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday at Pebble Beach to successfully defend his Walmart First Tee Open title.

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Choi wins Futures finale; 10 earn LPGA cards

South Korea’s Song Yi Choi won the Futures Tour’s season-ending ILOVENY Championship on Sunday to finish fifth on the money list and earn one of 10 2010 LPGA cards available on the developmental tour.

Merritt earns first Nationwide Tour victory

Former Boise State player Troy Merritt won the Mexico Open on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour victory, beating Australia’s Adam Bland with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

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Commentary: Stricker, Kelly feed off friendship

There isn’t much that can tear Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly apart. As Jeff Babineau explains, the friends from Wisconsin have a unique bond.

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Stricker eagles 18 to share Deutsche lead

Steve Stricker has made an eagle on the final hole at TPC Boston for a 6-under 65 to share the 54-hole lead with Retief Goosen and Sean O’Hair in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Tiger’s text spurs Pettersen to Canadian win

Suzann Pettersen closed with a 1-under 70 for a five-shot victory at the Canadian Women’s Open, her first LPGA victory in nearly two years.

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Wyatt wins Junior Players Championship

Despite a rocky finish at TPC Sawgrass, Bobby Wyatt won his first AJGA invitational Sunday at the Junior Players Championship.

Nightmare on TPC’s 17th

Talk about a horror story from the 17th at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.

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Niebrugge, Pezzola win Golfweek Jr. Series

Jordan Niebrugge and Chelsea Pezzola won the Golfweek Junior Series event in Michigan Sunday in convincing fashion.

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Woods' woes continue at Deutsche Bank

So, the burning question among the masses permeating the crisp, autumn-like air at TPC Boston on Sunday was this: What the heck is wrong with Tiger Woods?

Buddy system helps Stricker

NORTON, Mass. – When Steve Stricker saw he was paired with his old friend Jerry Kelly for the third round at TPC Boston, he had to be turning cartwheels. After two days at Liberty National paired with Tiger Woods and two more rounds this week with Tiger again, the circus had to be getting to Stricker.

Scores go up as wind arrives at TPC Boston

NORTON, Mass. – So, you’re looking at the scores – a 62, two 63s, three 64s, and a pile of 65s – and then you factor in three par 4s that have yielded eagles (the first, second, and 12th), and you’re thinking things are a piece of cake here at TPC Boston.

Thompson sighting at the Junior Players

On the way past the driving range at TPC Sawgrass this morning, I spotted the familiar face of one of the top junior players in the country, still hitting balls.

New caddie for An

Byeong-Hun An has a different face on the bag this week at the Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

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Noren rolls to European Masters title

Alexander Noren won the European Masters, pitching in for an eagle on the 15th hole to shoot 6-under 66 and beat Bradley Dredge by two strokes.

Crane moving as quickly as he can

NORTON, Mass. – Talk about a wide-open invitation for jokes and wisecracks. With 73 players having made the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the first tee time belonged to a single.