News for Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Straka gives up ToC lead after 87 at Blessings

Reason No. 1,571 Blessings Golf Club is not for the faint of heart: Sam Straka posted an 87 Thursday at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, giving up a 5-shot lead. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Notes: O’Hair at home with Aronimink crowd

Sean O’Hair’s balky back might spoil his homecoming.

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Atwal among AT&T leaders; Woods 7 back

Tiger Woods went 3 over in his final three holes at AT&T National, falling off the pace with a 73. His practice partner Arjun Atwal fared much better at Aronimink, posting a 66 for a share of the first-round lead.

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Choi rides hot putter to Jamie Farr lead

Na Yeon Choi took a step toward forgetting what happened a week ago.

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Wayne Levi back on track after heart surgery

Two decades after his heyday and a double-bypass later, Wayne Levi is relishing every moment.

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Rodgers rallies at AJGA ToC; Park leads by 2

Patrick Rodgers went from 10 shots back to top of the leaderboard Thursday at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. As Ryan Lavner writes, this tournament is far from over.

U.S. Women’s Open pairings

Pairings for the first two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open, to be played July 8-11 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club (Note: all times EDT, a-amateur)

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Woods drops 61-foot birdie putt at Aronimink

It was bombs away for Tiger Woods. But on the green, not off the tee.

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Derksen takes 3-shot lead in France with 63

Robert-Jan Derksen shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the French Open.

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Furyk: Woods fine without swing guru

When people talk about Tiger Woods’ need for a swing coach, Jeff Rude gets the impression they think he’s some sort of a beginning golfer. Just ask Jim Furyk: Relax, Woods will be OK.

Q&A: Georgia senior-to-be Hudson Swafford

It’s been a frustrating and glorious year for the Georgia senior-to-be Hudson Swafford after a shoulder surgery and an appearance at the U.S. Open.

Stanford-bound Lebow focused at ToC

Perhaps it’s never too late to erase three years of invitational futility. Or so Shane Lebow hopes.

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Fast start for Thai teenager

Thai teenager Patcharajutar Kongkraphan, Indonesian Lidya Ivana Jaya and China’s Gao Shuang shot three-under-par 69s to share the first-round lead at the Beijing Orient Pearl Championship.