News for Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Thomas shows effects of long layoff

Justin Thomas found trouble Wednesday reacquainting himself with his little-used Titleists.

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Schniederjans leads Jr. PGA

If you want to find Oliver Schniederjans, go to the driving range. The 17-year-old shot 69 Wednesday and leads at the Junior PGA.

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Albertson makes double eagle at Jr. PGA

In danger of missing the cut, Anders Albertson had no choice but to take dead aim at the par-5 15th hole Wednesday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

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With new putter, Norlander leads Western Am

Augusta State senior Henrik Norlander was teased by his teammates when he switched to a long putter. Now he’s the one laughing as the leader of the Western Amateur. Sean Martin reports.

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Appleby is back to work after 59

Last week at the Greenbrier Classic, Stuart Appleby shot the magic number for his first victory in four years on the PGA Tour. He made a left-to-right-breaking 10-foot putt on the 18th hole, punctuating a victory that began with a 7-stroke deficit at the start of the final round.

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McDowell leads Euro delegation to WGC event

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational marks Graeme McDowell’s first return to the U.S. since he claimed its national championship in June at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He’ll also be leading a 45-member delegation from the European Tour to the World Golf Championships event.

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Euro stars get sneak peek at Solheim Cup venue

By the looks of the field at the Ladies Irish Open, spectators could mistake it for a Solheim Cup reunion.

5 things: Inkster, Davies staying put

Veterans Juli Inkster, 50, and Laura Davies, 46, sound like they won’t be walking away from the game anytime soon. At last week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, they made clear they still have a burning desire to compete.

Scanlon tapped to lead Olympic golf

Golf’s return to Olympics in 2016 now has a leader to spearhead the industry’s best interests for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Allenby injures knee on boat – out 3 weeks

Robert Allenby will miss the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship next week after he slipped on his boat while fishing and tore ligaments in his right knee.

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Kiradech determined to settle old score

Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat vividly remembers what happened last year at the Selangor Masters, and it still hurts.

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Driver woes plague Jeong at Western Am

Jin Jeong, the South Korean amateur who made an impressive run at the Open Championship at St. Andrews, has a headcover of cartoon character “Rocky,” the squirrel from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” on his bag.

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This Woods presser was not mistake-free

Legendary for his golf skills, Tiger Woods is equally renowned for his ability to hold court at press conferences without revealing very much.

Wilner, Spencer to head Nevada teams

The University of Nevada has announced the selection of new head coaches for the men’s and women’s golf teams. Jacob Wilner will head the men’s team while Chad Spencer will be at the helm of the women’s team.

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Korean teen Noh earns spot in PGA Championship

Noh Seung-yul has been extended a late exemption to the U.S. PGA Championship, the year’s final major.

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Woods plans to ‘play way into’ Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods currently ranks ninth in U.S. Ryder Cup points. The top eight through next week’s PGA Championship automatically qualify, and captain Corey Pavin will make four picks Sept. 7.

Fantasy Aces: Bridgestone, Turning Stone

Two events this week – the Bridgestone Invitational and the Turning Stone Resort Championship – for our Fantasy Aces to make some money.

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No more excuses

Tiger Woods returns this week to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club – a place he virtually has owned with seven wins in 11 tries. If he can’t get on track here, the prospect of his first winless season will loom ever more ominously.

Odds to win PGA Championship

Odds to win the PGA Championship.

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Move over, Tiger; LeBron is coming to town

The question this week isn’t how fans here will respond to Tiger Woods. The question is how they will react to hometown star LeBron James.

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Play resumes at Junior PGA after delay

The 35th Junior PGA Championship again has been suspended because of inclement weather, as the leaders continue to wait to start their second round.

Five players who can win the Women’s Am

The U.S. Women’s Amateur starts Monday in Charlotte, N.C. There will be no Kimberly Kim, Alexis Thompson, Jennifer Song or Jennifer Johnson this year. So who’s left? Here are my top five players to watch at Charlotte Country Club:

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: This game is all mental

Who could’ve seen it coming? After a 59, Stuart Appleby says he finally found the magic. And it’s all in the mind. Jeff Rude explains.

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