News for Friday, June 18, 2010

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Sorenstam signs autographs, takes in Pebble

For a few moments late in Friday’s second round of the U.S. Open, fans around the 16th and 17th holes had an abundance of major championship winners to watch.

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Mickelson earns bragging rights with 66

Phil Mickelson had the best 2010 U.S. Open score by two strokes and the best of Friday afternoon by three. After that, he could have sent several interesting texts to Tiger Woods.

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All eyes on Mickelson entering the weekend

Phil Mickelson shot 66 Friday in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and moved into a tie for the midway lead, two strokes behind Graeme McDowell.

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At Pebble, beware the devilish par-5 14th

I recall an entertaining lunch discussion a few years ago with a very seasoned golf writer on the merits of The Players Championship and posed the question whether it would ever be, or should be, considered a major championship.

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Allenby, an Aussie exception at the U.S. Open

Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy suffered a nightmarish 79 in the opening round at Pebble Beach. He rallied with an even-par 71 on Friday, but still missed the cut. It was an all too familiar fate for the Australians in the U.S. Open field.

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Amateur Langley in the hunt at Pebble

Scott Langley’s impressive recent play continued Friday with a second-round 69 at the U.S. Open, including two tap-in birdies on two of Pebble Beach’s most difficult holes.

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Commentary: Mickelson conquers poa, back in contention

Phil Mickelson didn’t make any birdies in the first round of the U.S. Open, but he more than made up for it Friday afternoon, climbing to within two shots of the lead. As Jim McCabe writes, nothing could stand in the way of this charge.

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After missed cut, Compton ponders next move

It was a disappointed Erik Compton that walked out of the scorer’s trailer Friday after signing for a 10-over 81. Compton’s two-day total of 16 over was far off the cut line of 7 over, and it abruptly ended Compton’s dream of winning a U.S. Open.

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Lurking 'Lefty'

All that mattered to Phil Mickelson, left, was getting back to par. But the hard-charging left hander did one better Friday – and now finds himself trailing only Graeme McDowell, right, of Northern Ireland in his quest for an elusive U.S. Open title.

Japan runs away with Toyota Jr. Cup title

Japan claimed its third Toyota Junior Golf World Cup title Friday, beating the second-place U.S. team by 14 shots. It’s the first win for Japan in the event since 1997.

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Commentary: Thompson, 15, transitions to pro ranks

Alexis Thompson, at 15, shifts her career into another gear with her professional debut. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Daly 3 back at Nationwide’s Fort Smith Classic

John Daly shot a 2-under 68 and is three strokes off the lead after the second round of the Nationwide Tour’s Fort Smith Classic on Friday.

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Ishikawa wows with shot into 17th

I was sitting behind the 17th tee when 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa hit a moon shot with his 4-iron that ended up about 5 feet from the hole. As the pin-seeking missile was taking forever to come down, a buddy sitting next to me, Fred Funk’s caddie Mark Long, gushed, “Unbelievable. That’s the best shot I’ve seen all year.”

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Former caddie Justesen uses local knowledge

“Pssst. Did you hear the one about the caddie who grabbed a club from his player, made a ferocious Dalyesque swing, sent the ball soaring into the air, and oh, by the way, scored a hole-in-one?”

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So far, so good for the 40-year-olds

I don’t know if 40 is the new 30, but based on the leaderboard at 4:45 p.m. Pacific time, I have a feeling that someone 40 is going to win this U.S. Open.

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Ishikawa, 18, turning heads at Pebble Beach

Ryo Ishikawa showed up to Pebble Beach on Thursday dressed as pink as a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. On Friday, he must have had candy canes on his mind.

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Steinhauer leads Gulbis by 1 at ShopRite

It’s somewhat appropriate that Sherri Steinhauer has the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

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Commentary: Johnson seeks 1st major in familiar territory

Dustin Johnson already owns two victories at Pebble Beach. As Sean Martin writes, the long-hitter has a new instructor in his corner as he stalks the big one on a vicious U.S. Open setup.

Kesterson wins FootJoy; Paolucci falls short

One hole from capturing consecutive invitational titles, Anthony Paolucci made one of his worst swings of the week Friday on the 18th tee at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Flawless 63 propels Thaworn at Queen’s Cup

For Thaworn Wiratchant, a chance for victory at the Queen’s Cup – and a share of an Asian Tour record – could very well come at the expense of an old friend and rival.

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OSU to host Ping/Golfweek Preview

Oklahoma State, which finished the 2009-10 season No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, and reigning NCAA champion Augusta State head the 15-team field for this fall’s Ping/Golfweek Preview tournament.

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USF’s Fee vacates coaching position

Head men’s golf coach Jim Fee has been appointed the Director of Athletic Events and Championships at the University of South Florida. Fee has been at the helm of the South Florida men’s golf team since 1996.

England's Dinwiddie leads Saint-Omer Open

Robert Dinwiddie of England shot a 6-under 65 to lead by a stroke after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open.

Dinwiddie leads by 1 at Saint-Omer Open

Robert Dinwiddie of England shot a 6-under 65 to lead by a stroke after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open.

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Watering, tee changes alter Pebble for Round 2

The course set-up is a little different Friday than it was in the first round. The USGA watered all the greens overnight, but put additional water on the ninth and 10th greens and also parts of the third, fifth, and 16th greens due to moisture concerns on Friday morning.

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Tiger’s account of his putt at the 17th

Tiger Woods said his birdie putt on No. 17 in the first round bounced about 3 feet in the air.

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Allred leads fellow U.S. Junior champs at Pebble

There are four U.S. Junior Amateur champions in this U.S. Open: Tiger Woods, David Duval, Hunter Mahan and ... Jason Allred.

Japan runs away with Toyota Jr. Cup title

Japan claimed its third Toyota Junior Golf World Cup title Friday, beating the second-place U.S. team by 14 shots. It’s the first win for Japan in the event since 1997.

Golfweek Women's All-Americans 2010

Golfweek Women's All-Americans 2010

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Woods a little off in assessment of Round 1

Just as he did the last time the U.S. Open visited Pebble Beach, in 2000, Tiger Woods left us shaking our heads Thursday.

Golfweek Men's All-Americans 2010

Golfweek Men's All-Americans 2010

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How the scoring broke down in Round 1 at Pebble

Some interesting stats from the first round at Pebble Beach as we wait for Round 2 to begin.

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