News for Friday, July 30, 2010

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Thompson, Chappell locked atop Cox Classic

Kyle Thompson backed up his opening 63 with a 6-under 65 on Friday to hold onto a share of the lead at the Cox Classic at Champions Run.

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Weaver soaks up Greenbrier experience

This time last year, Drew Weaver was preparing for the Walker Cup. Friday, he was staring down a seven-foot birdie putt on No. 18 at The Greenbrier Classic to make the cut in his first PGA Tour event as a professional.

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Langer grabs two-shot lead at Senior Open

Bernhard Langer overcame a shaky front nine with an eagle and birdie on the back nine Friday to take the clubhouse lead at 3 under in the second round of the U.S. Senior Open.

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Commentary: Major scheduling has become major mess

Players at the U.S. Senior Open have had a tough time adjusting to an 8-hour time difference after last week’s Senior British Open. As James Achenbach writes, something needs to change.

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A look inside the Bernhard Langer Diet

Bernhard Langer, who will turn 53 on August 27, appears to be ageless. His appearance has changed little in the last 30 years, and he hasn’t gained an ounce of weight.

How to get uniform speed on every green

At the U.S. Senior Open, how does the USGA achieve uniform speed on all 18 greens?

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After 62, Overton leads Greenbrier by 4

Jeff Overton shot an 8-under 62 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead midway through the inaugural Greenbrier Classic.

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Henley, Chung, Katz tied for Porter Cup lead

It’s going to be a slugfest Saturday at the Porter Cup, as David Chung (pictured), Russell Henley and Jake Katz are all tied for the lead entering the final round.

Jacobsen withdraws from Senior Open

Former U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen, raised in Portland, Ore., and a favorite son of the Pacific Northwest, withdrew Friday from the 2010 U.S. Senior Open with a left leg injury.

Pepperdine’s Putnam wins Pacific Coast Am

Andrew Putnam won the 44th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship on Friday, closing with a 1-under 70 to win by four shots.

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Fog at Sahalee raises questions for USGA

The U.S. Senior Open was delayed Friday for 2 hours and 12 minutes because of fog, placing the completion of the second round in jeopardy. The final groups off the 1st and 10th tees at Sahalee Country Club were pushed back until 4:10 p.m.

Dick’s to sponsor Long Drive Competition

Dick’s Sporting Goods is becoming a major player in golf.

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Tseng leads by 4 at Women’s British

Yani Tseng shot a 68 Friday to take a four-shot lead over Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Amy Yang at Royal Birkdale.

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Hall, 15, receives invite to Turning Stone

Fifteen-year-old Gavin Hall has received a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s Turning Stone Championship, the latest bit of good fortune during a whirlwind summer for the smooth-swinging lefthander from Pittsford, N.Y.

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Fisher shoots 61 to take Irish Open lead

Ross Fisher will take a three-shot lead into the third round of the Irish Open after shooting a 10-under 61 Friday.

Stricker, Johnson offer support to Midwest Cup

With help from Midwestern PGA Tour professionals Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Mark Wilson, Eric Hjortness has put together quite an event.

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Weekley finding his way at Greenbrier

Boo Weekley keeps getting lost at the Greenbrier Resort. More importantly, he may once again have found his golf game.

Denn avoids greens crisis at Porter Cup

Running a golf tournament can sometimes be quite trying. A tournament director can face a variety of crises, both big and small. All need attention, whether it be prior to the start of play or during the competition itself.

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Brown reaches settlement with Futures Tour

The Duramed Futures Tour and Sarah Brown have reached an undisclosed settlement in the case of Brown’s incorrect disqualification from The International at Concord.

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Notes: Inkster, 50, impressive in poor weather

Yani Tseng may hold the 36-hole lead, but I think the best effort of the two days belongs to Juli Inkster.

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Defending champ Matthew MCs at Open

It’s hard to imagine anyone in the history of golf handing a 10 better than Catriona Matthew. The defending champion met with the press in the clubhouse shortly after finishing her round. She was gracious. She was pleasant. She was honest.

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OK State’s Hoffmann could face big decision

Oklahoma State junior Morgan Hoffmann is in contention again on the Nationwide Tour. His recent performances against the pros have been impressive, and could have a large impact on the upcoming college season.

Reehoorn named head coach at Oregon St.

Jon Reehoorn has been named head coach at Oregon State, the school announced Friday. Reehoorn arrives at Oregon State after spending the last three years at Idaho, first as the associate head coach for the men’s and women’s programs for the Vandals, and the past two seasons as head coach for the men’s program.

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Tseng in control at Women’s British

Yani Tseng looks at the vastly vacant trophy case in the office of her Lake Nona home and thinks about all the work that lies ahead of her. Of course, that case was designed and built by the home’s previous owner, Annika Sorenstam, so her sights are set rather high.

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Kerr aiming again for No. 1 ranking at Open

The phrase “a relaxed Cristie Kerr” might be golf’s ultimate oxymoron, but the feisty two-time major winner is trying to change her attitude in order to win a third.

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Lincicome shows maturity in finishing strong

Vision54 guru Pia Nilsson was there to give Brittany Lincicome a high five when she walked out of the scoring trailer. Lincicome is quick to acknowledge her mental maturation, which was on fine display during the second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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Win a prize with U.S. Women’s Am picks!

The U.S. Women’s Amateur starts Aug. 9 and I thought it would be a good time to give away some more prizes. It’s time for another Wildman’s Challenge!

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