News for Friday, June 11, 2010

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Wilkinson’s missed cut costs him Tour card

As missed cuts go, Tim Wilkinson’s stung worse than most. It cost him his PGA Tour card.

Junior diary: A U.S. Open dream dashed

I hope everyone had a great week. I had a good week of practice in preparation for my U.S. Open sectional qualifier in St. Louis.

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McVeigh overcomes tragedy to pace GB&I

Danielle McVeigh, playing only a month after her father died of spinal cancer, led Great Britain and Ireland to a surprising one-point lead over Team USA after Day 1 of the Curtis Cup. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Hur holds one-shot lead at State Farm

M.J. Hur had two chip-in birdies in a second consecutive 6-under 66 that gave her a one-shot lead over Amy Yang after the second round of the LPGA’s State Farm Classic on Friday.

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GB&I leads Team USA by 1 at Curtis Cup

Great Britain and Ireland hasn't won the Curtis Cup since 1996, but the team took a step toward snapping that streak Friday. With Day One in the books, the visitors have a one point lead on Team USA.

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Westwood, Willis share St. Jude Classic lead

Englishman Lee Westwood birdied his final three holes and grabbed a share of a one-stroke lead Friday with Garrett Willis after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.

U.S. Open pairings

Pairings for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, to be played June 17-20 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (all times EDT)

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Publinx champ Benjamin leads Sunnehanna

How does a player shoot 63 on a difficult layout like Sunnehanna Country Club? It’s pretty easy when he hits 13 fairways and 18 greens.

Rookie diary: Maintaining a busy schedule

Considering my last actual tournament was the LET event in Germany, (besides U.S. Open qualifying), it feels like I haven’t actually competed in a while.

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Woods paired with Els at Pebble

Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of next week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with a familiar foe.

Junior diary: Learning from the playoff loss

I had such an exciting week in Illinois for the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities. It all started when I got to drive through Peoria with my permit.

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Rolex Girls Junior Championship preview

Nothing says excitement like an AJGA invitational. Victoria Tanco, Yueer Cindy Feng and Alison Lee will headline the Rolex Girls Junior Championship when it hits Hilton Head, S.C., next week. Julie Williams previews the action.

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Bjorn, Del Moral tied for lead at Estoril Open

Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Carlos Del Moral of Spain share the lead at 12 under after the second round of the Estoril Open at Penha Longa.

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FootJoy Invitational preview

Many of the top juniors will compete this week at the AJGA FootJoy Invitational, the fourth major of the season and the only one in which the winner receives an exemption on the PGA Tour. Ryan Lavner previews the action.

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Commentary: It’s a new game for James Morrison

James Morrison will play in his first major next week at the U.S. Open, which also happens to be his first tournament on U.S. soil. As Alistair Tait writes, this Englishman is on the right track.

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USA, GB&I tied after 1st session at Curtis Cup

Team USA and Great Britain & Ireland played to a tie during the morning foursomes Friday at the Curtis Cup. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

Curtis Cup needs more than just claps

With today marking the start of both the Curtis Cup and the world’s most popular sports event – the World Cup – I am a little bummed here at Essex County Club.

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How Mediate could still get into U.S. Open

Rocco Mediate was the odd man out in a six-for-five playoff at Monday’s U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

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PGA Tour eyes more fan-friendly product

Several proposals that could make the PGA Tour more enjoyable for fans are closer to becoming reality next season, writes Sean Martin.