News for Friday, July 16, 2010

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Bettencourt, Garrigus lead Reno-Tahoe Open

Robert Garrigus shot a 7-under 65 to share the second-round lead with Matt Bettencourt at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Medalist Kim holds on at Western Junior

Anna Kim defeated Vivian Tsui, 4 and 3, on Friday to win the Women’s Western Junior Championship at Knollwood Country Club in Granger, Ind.

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Gainey out front at Chiquita Classic

Tommy Gainey took a one-shot lead at the Chiquita Classic on Friday, firing a 6-under 66 at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.

Garrigus, Bettencourt share Reno lead

Robert Garrigus had the low round of the day with a 7-under-par 65 to share the second-round lead with Matt Bettencourt at 10-under-par 134 at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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McDowell eyes rare consecutive major feat

U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell has moved into the top 10 in the British Open. As James Achenbach writes, McDowell can pull off one of the rarest feats in golf.

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Notes: Notables closely watching cutline

Up and down North Street and in the pubs and flats throughout this university town, there’s a lot of venom being directed at whoever established the hole locations for the second round of the 139th Open Championship.

The odds and ends of the Open odds

At the beginning of the week, Tiger Woods’ odds to win the Open Championship were 6-1. After 36 holes they have gotten a little better at 5-1.

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Oosthuizen takes five-shot lead at Open

Louis Oosthuizen has shot a 5-under 67 for a surprising three-stroke lead at the British Open.

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St. Andrews turns nasty

A relative unknown, South African Louis Oosthuizen, dashed out front at the Old Course. But with predictably volatile conditions causing mayhem – just ask Rory McIlroy (left) – this Open Championship is just getting underway.

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Kim, McDaniel advance to APL finals

After a grim start in the semifinals, Lion Kim played his final four holes in 4 under to advance to the finals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Ron Balicki has more.

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Jeong quickly adapting to links golf

A young Asian in the mix at St. Andrews isn’t a surprise. What’s surprising is that Jin Jeong is the man carrying Asia’s hopes in the 150th playing of the Open Championship.

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Stats, figures from Round 2 of British Open

What a difference a day makes.

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McIlroy shoots 80 on miserable day

Rory McIlroy still hasn’t scored in the 70s around the Old Course as a professional.

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McDowell seeks rare consecutive major feat

U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell has moved into the top 10 in the British Open. As James Achenbach writes, McDowell can pull off one of the rarest feats in golf.

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Wind wreaks havoc on players at ‘the loop’

I haven’t read “Gone with the Wind,” but the sequel could have been written Friday afternoon at “the loop” – Nos. 7-11 on the Old Course at St. Andrews, the most exposed part of the links that hugs the Eden Estuary.

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Chun relishes first taste of major

For Eric Chun, his first taste of major-championship golf proved an experience that will live with him for the rest of his life.

Japanese, Korean teens take Junior Open titles

Kenta Konishi, a 16-year-old from Japan, defied foul weather to capture the boy’s title at R&A Junior Open.

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Pinckney holds off Tway at Trans-Miss

Arizona State senior Scott Pinckney held off a charge by Kevin Tway at the Trans-Mississippi Championship Friday, defeating the Oklahoma State senior in sudden death. It would have been Tway’s second amateur victory in as many weeks.

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Knox beats father, field at Georgia Amateur

For Lee Knox, beating the field at the Georgia Amateur provided ample reason for revelry. Whoopin’ up on his old man for a title he coveted like none other?

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Phelan enters APL semis after 21 holes

It took a few extra holes Friday at Bryan Park, but the U.S. Amateur Public Links field finally was narrowed to four players, including North Florida’s Kevin Phelan. Ron Balicki reports.

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E-San leader Chawalit downplays wrist injury

Chawalit Plaphol maintained his grip on the Singha E-San Open with a 2-under-par 70 on Friday to take a one-stroke, halfway lead.

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Englishmen fare well in pursuit of Open title

The English are coming! That’s the cry that went around St Andrews early in the second round, and the rest of the field can hear it loud and clear.

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Titleist 910 models in use at British Open

I am fascinated by golfers who switch drivers.

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Why Tiger will reunite with his Cameron at PGA

Regarding Tiger Woods and his putter switch at the British Open, here’s my fearless prediction:

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Commentary: Calc feeling right at home at St. Andrews

The British Open seems to have a rejuvenating effect on Mark Calcavecchia. As Jim McCabe writes, the past champion is happy to be in the hunt at St. Andrews after a second-round 67, and happier still to be out of the wind.

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Watson holds court during Open wind delay

Tom Watson hit one shot, a driver from the first tee, before play was suspended Friday afternoon because of high winds.

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Casey runs into trouble at Road Hole

Much has been made about the changes to the Road Hole, St. Andrews’ Old Course’s famed 17th, this week at the British Open. On Friday, with winds picking up in the early afternoon to the point play eventually had to be suspended, the hole started inflicting some serious damage on players’ chances.

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Play halted at Open due to stiff wind

The British Open has been suspended because of stiff winds that are making conditions unplayable.

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British Open suspended due to high winds

The British Open has been suspended because of stiff winds that are making conditions unplayable.

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Oosthuizen fever hits St. Andrews

One hint that the British Open’s early second-round leader is something of a no-name was an issued press release titled, “11 things to know about Louis Ooosthuizen.”

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Oosthuizen takes lead at Open

There’s a new name atop the leaderboard midway through the second round at St. Andrews: Louis Oosthuizen. Haven’t heard of him? Dan Mirocha provides an introduction.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the Walker Cup

Last summer Bud Cauley was a member of the U.S. Walker Cup team. Cauley and his teammates won the Cup 16.5 to 9.5 over GB & I. We all witnessed team U.S.A play well on the course, but today Cauley tells us five things you didn’t know about being a Walker Cupper.

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Weather becoming big factor at St. Andrews

Many people thought players with early tee times Thursday and late tee times Friday would have a distinct advantage in this years Open Championship, what with ideal conditions yesterday morning and steady rain Friday morning.