News for Thursday, July 15, 2010

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McIlroy shoots 63 to lead Open; Tiger 4 back

The Old Course was defenseless and no one took advantage of it more than Rory McIlroy.

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Bettencourt leads Reno-Tahoe Open by one

Matt Bettencourt shot a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over PGA Tour veteran Chris DiMarco through the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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ESPN passes first-round Open test

I spend far too much of my time watching golf and other sports on TV, and during those countless hours on the couch, I’ve developed something of an ambivalent view of ESPN.

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Caddie blog: Chun’s first-round recap

Northwestern junior Eric Chun got his first British Open round off to an ideal start with a birdie at the first. Read about the rest of the round in Steve Bailey’s caddie blog.

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Days after 61, Tomasulo shoots 62 in Cincy

Four days after firing 61 to win the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, Peter Tomasulo went low again.

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Scott (No. 46, 2011) commits to Kent State

Nicholas Scott has given a verbal commitment to Kent State.

Underdogs to watch at 2010 U.S. Juniors

Not every player that makes a run at the U.S. Juniors is ranked in Golfweek's top 20. D.J. Piehowski provides a list of underdogs to keep an eye on when match play rolls around this week.

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English rebounds to make APL quarterfinals

On Monday, it looked like it could be a short stay for Harris English at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. But three days later, he is one of just eight still standing. Ron Balicki reports.

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An early look at women’s preseason favorites

One thing that I have always found interesting is how the break between the end of the fall season and the start of the spring season is longer than the summer vacation for college golf.

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McIlroy’s 63 convinces oddsmakers

Rory McIlroy has moved British oddsmakers to install the Northern Irish teen as a 3-1 favorite to win his first major championship.

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Reach (No. 14, 2011) commits to Georgia

Nicholas Reach, who is ranked No. 14 in the 2011 class, has given the University of Georgia a verbal commitment to continue his golfing career in Athens.

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First day of British Open a long, eventful one

The tee sheet ran for nearly 10 hours – 6:30 a.m. to 4:21 p.m. – and play stretched for approximately 15 hours. It was, as it always is, the longest day in major championship golf, and not surprisingly, the sidelights were many.

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Griffin, Langley among notables to fall at APL

A string of notables were ousted in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Ron Balicki takes a look at who still is vying for the APL title.

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Spieth, Tanco primed for USGA junior action

With the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls' Junior just around the corner, Ryan Lavner and Julie Williams take a look at the field.

Tyburski named head coach at Colgate

Keith Tyburski has been named the men’s head coach at Colgate. Tyburski served as the Raiders’ interim head coach last fall and led the team to a first-place finish at the Colgate Invitational.

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O’Meara hoping to win one for his father

Petoskey, Mich., is a long way from the British Isles, yet Mark O’Meara has his attentions split between the little hamlet in northern Michigan and the Home of Golf.

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Tiley hoping to make name for himself

Steve Tiley is more famous in other parts of the world than he is in his homeland, such as Atlanta, Ga., and Cairo, Egypt.

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Match play shows its fickle side at APL

Oh yes, the fickle fate of match play. It really came out during the first two rounds Wednesday and Thursday morning in the 85th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park’s par-71 Champions course.

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Q&A: Brad Benjamin, 2009 APL champ

Joining me today on Wildman’s Summer is Brad Benjamin. Last summer, Benjamin surprised many by winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

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Marino’s caddie takes ‘relief’ in Round 1

G.W. Cable, who is Steve Marino’s caddie, may be responsible for a change in golf terminology.

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No hiding Noh's Open disappointment

Rising Korean star Noh Seung-yul was kicking himself after battling to an even-par 72 in perfect scoring conditions in the first round of the Open Championship.

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A look at Woods’ Open clothing plan

We all know Tiger Woods wears red on Sunday, but what else is in store this week at the Open Championship?

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Commentary: Daly showing signs of former self at Open

John Daly is back in the UK, but save your pounds before plunking any down on the juicy tabloids. Golf’s Wild Thing has a new, self-annointed nickname: Just call him, ahem, Mild Thing.

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When no wind blows

On a calm day at St. Andrews, Rory McIlroy jumped to an early lead with a 9-under 63. Scores were so low across the board that Golf360's Jim McCabe thought it felt a little bit like the John Deere.

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Daly selects colorful ensemble for Open

John Daly might have made the history books Thursday at St. Andrews. No, not by opening with a 66 – Rory McIlroy did him three better, tying the record for low score at a major – but by becoming the first player to compete at the Old Course in pants that resemble protozoa flocking in a petri dish.

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McIlroy brings Old Course to its knees with 63

I want to be Rory McIlroy, who shot a 9-under 63 in the opening round of the British Open.

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Players take advantage of calm day at Open

On a calm day at St. Andrews, Rory McIlroy tied the major championship record with a 9-under 63. Scores were so low across the board Thursday that Jim McCabe thought the British Open felt a little bit like the John Deere.

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Coltart rediscovers game after time away

There’s nothing like doing a proper job to inspire a sports person to rededicate themselves to their profession.

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With no wind, Old Course takes a beating

The opening day of the British Open is half over, and par is taking a severe beating. An aggregate of 4-under par isn’t even in the top 10.

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Haney: Woods will win the British Open

Hank Haney has made numerous trips to the British Open in his teaching career, first with Mark O’Meara and then with Tiger Woods. But this week Haney is in Lake Tahoe looking over Charles Barkley and Ray Romano at the celebrity event.

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Luck of the draw vital at British Open

Whoever wins this year’s Open Championship might do so because of a simple stroke of luck.

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Open starts under cool, calm conditions

And they’re off and running in the 139th Open Championship.

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