News for Friday, February 26, 2010

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Kisner takes solo lead in Panama City

The leaderboard spread out a little in Round 2 of the Panama Claro Championship as Kevin Kisner claimed the individual lead Friday.

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Marquez living his dream at the Phoenix Open

Meet Braxton Marquez: A hometown kid who’s playing his heart out at the Phoenix Open after Monday qualifying for a dream week of golf at TPC Scottsdale.

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Villegas, Wilson share lead at Phoenix Open

Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Mark Wilson birdied his final four holes Friday at the Phoenix Open to take a share of the lead with Camilo Villegas.

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Tiger Woods suffers endorsement setbacks

Gatorade, which already had discontinued a Tiger Woods line of drinks, dropped the embattled golfer as an endorser Feb. 26. Could Gillette be next?

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Perez changes iron shafts, putter, putting grip

Pat Perez changed the shafts on his irons, returned to an old putter and changed back to a conventional putting grip this week

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Commentary: Ryder Cup omens? Come back in 7 months

An all-England final and an Ian Poulter breakthrough at Match Play has to signal good things for the European Ryder Cup team, right? Perhaps, but Alistair Tait isn’t looking that far into the future just yet.

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Lendl sisters tie for first after wild finish

Sisters Marika (left) and Isabelle Lendl tied for first at the Central District Invitational earlier this week. Just wait until you hear how exactly that happened. Julie Williams reports.

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Calling all ladies in pink

Hot pink, baby pink, striped pink – every kind of pink you could possibly imagine was splashed over the fairways at the HSBC Women’s Champion’s in Singapore on Thursday. 

Webb, Ochoa close round with triple-bogeys

The 18th hole at Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden Course claimed several of the world’s top players in the second round, most noteably Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb. Both recorded 7s on the closing par 4.

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Commentary: Inkster, almost 50, is tenacious as ever

Juli Inkster turns 50 this year. Let that sink in for a minute. We’re less than 100 miles from the equator, which means it’s fantastically hot here at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Yet there Inkster sits, one shot off the lead heading into the weekend, grinding as hard as ever. She’s truly a modern marvel.

Anything goes at Phoenix Open

PGA Tour events generally follow the traditional rules of golf. Well, there aren’t technically any formal dress codes (except that you have to wear pants), but in the spirit of the game one tends to follow a certain etiquette.

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Stanford, Kim tied atop HSBC

Angela Stanford shot a 1-under 71 on Friday for a share of the lead with Song-Hee Kim after the second round of the HSBC Champions.