News for Friday, August 13, 2010

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Daly WDs from PGA with shoulder injury

John Daly will not return to finish his second round at the PGA Championship because of a shoulder injury.

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Kuchar in command

Matt Kuchar’s rise to stardom didn’t follow the linear ascension many projected for him following his memorable Masters in 1998. But “Kuch” finally may be meeting such lofty expectations. He’s leading the way at the season’s final major.

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Noh keeps Korean flag flying high at PGA

Hopes of keeping the Wanamaker Trophy in Seoul remained alive on the second day of the weather-affected U.S. PGA Championship. But the identity of the man who is leading the South Korean charge is a surprise. It is neither defending champion Y.E. Yang nor K.J. Choi, a seven-time PGA Tour winner.

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Short 6th hole produces fireworks at PGA

The place to be Friday night at the PGA Championship was on the short sixth hole. PGA officials moved the tee up from its usual 355 yards to 322, and player after player had a go at the green, many with 3-woods because of a strong wind at their backs.

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Kuchar leads PGA by 1 over Watney

The only thing clear after two days of fog-induced havoc at the PGA Championship is that Matt Kuchar is playing very, very well.

5 things: RSVP'd with excellence

Three players who gained 11th-hour invitations to the PGA Championship are making the most of their opportunity.

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Notes: Tiger has work to do at PGA

With the hole playing short, at 322 yards, it was agreed that players on the sixth green would stand aside and let those on the tee have a rip at it.

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Day battling sinus infection at PGA

It’s been a frustrating year for Jason Day, the 22-year-old, always-positive Aussie. Yes, he did earn his first PGA Tour victory, but he’s also been dealing with a sinus infection since the Sony Open in January. Day is still plagued by the problem, but shot 69 in the PGA Championship’s first round.

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Kuchar, Molder shine early at PGA

Matt Kuchar, left, is the leader in the clubhouse at the PGA Championship, while former Georgia Tech teammate Bryce Molder sits three shots back. Sean Martin reports.

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Johnson, Watson overpower Whistling Straits

The fifth hole at Whistlng Straits measures 598 yards

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Nicklaus course to revitalize Benton Harbor

Jack Nicklaus has designed hundreds of golf courses. But one of his latest creations – The Golf Club at Harbor Shores – is meant to be a catalyst for change. Can it save an entire Michigan community? Adam Schupak reports.

Koch hopes to end victory drought in Wales

Sweden’s Carin Koch shot 4-under 68 Friday to edge ahead of the field at the halfway point of the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe.

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Monty's scouting intensifies for Ryder Cup

European stalwarts Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley will be competing later this month at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

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Dalke, 12, (No. 1, 2016) commits to Oklahoma

Brad Dalke has committed to Oklahoma at age 12.

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Dalke, 12, verbally commits to Oklahoma

Brad Dalke, 12, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma, reportedly with a scholarship waiting for him – in 2016. Lance Ringler reports.

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Korda gearing up for LPGA at Women’s Am

With Q-School looming, Jessica Korda has been forced to put her LPGA-readiness to the test this week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Kang confident in Women’s Am title pursuit

If Danielle Kang will take anything away from a summer of golf dominance, it will be a restored sense of chi.

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Kirby, Korda will roll into Women’s Am final

It has been a long week, but we will have a duel between the United States and Canada in the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Here’s how things should shake out Saturday:

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Closing stretch wreaks havoc at PGA

Holes 15 through 18 at Whistling Straits seem to be the make-or-break stretch so far at the PGA Championship. Jim McCabe reports.

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Italian system aims to create top pros

Don’t be surprised by the recent success of the Molinari brothers, Francesco and Edoardo. Thank the Italian Golf Federation. More countries could benefit from following the Italian model.

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100th South African Open back to Durban

The world’s second-oldest championship is coming back to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast. The South African Golf Association recently confirmed the Durban Country Club will host the 100th anniversary of the South African Open Championship, Dec. 16-19, 2010.

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A USA/Canada final at Women’s Am?

There is chance for a USA vs. Canada final match at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

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Last-minute entrants excelling early at PGA

Three players who earned 11th-hour invitations to the PGA Championship made the most of their opportunity in Round 1.

Race for money title heats up at Thailand Open

Liang Wen-chong will step up his bid for the OneAsia Order of Merit title when he headlines the field in this month’s Thailand Open. Going into the sixth event of the OneAsia season at Burapha Golf Club from Aug. 26-29, the former Asian Tour No. 1 is in second in the Merit standings with earnings of US $313,200.

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Chawalit breaks from the pack in Singapore

Chawalit Plaphol increased his lead to six shots at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round, his best of the week.

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Club pro Thelen not fazed at PGA

As a club pro, Tim Thelen knows plenty about running shotgun starts. He jokes that he was “17B” in this morning’s resumption of the PGA Championship’s first round.

Ohio prep star dies in fiery crash

One of Ohio’s top high school golfers was killed in a high-speed crash early Aug. 12 north of Cincinnati.

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