News for Friday, June 4, 2010

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Hadley, Reed display great sportsmanship

Today, I don’t want to do a list. I don’t want to do a preview, or a Q&A with a player or coach. Instead, I want to tell everyone what I was honored to say I witnessed this afternoon.

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Notes: Ogilvy struggles to 77 in Round 2

No, that wasn’t golf ball-sized hail at the 14th. It was Phil Mickelson’s golf ball.

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NCAA Championship quarters: Match recaps

With another round in the books at The Honors Course, only four teams remain in the hunt for the NCAA Championship: Augusta State, Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma State.

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Fowler ties Memorial record, leads by three

Rickie Fowler opened up a three-shot lead over Justin Rose at the Memorial on Friday while tying the 36-hole scoring mark at Muirfield Village.

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Mickelson’s gamble on 14 doesn’t pay off

You know when there is a commercial on TV and in small print on the bottom of the screen it says, “Don’t try this at home.”

Staten shoots 64, moves into lead in Maryland

B.J. Staten birdied his last four holes for a bogey-free 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend at the Prince George’s County Open.

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Armour III’s 63 matches course record in Iowa

Tommy Armour III matched the course record with an 8-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead Friday in the Principal Charity Classic.

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Woods shoots 69, still searching for game

Summer has arrived, the second major championship of the year is almost at hand and yet Tiger Woods’ game remains very much a work in progress.

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Kittleson leads Florida State into semifinals

Florida State’s Drew Kittleson shot arguably the best round of the week Friday, helping the Seminoles knock off the defending national champions. Eric Soderstrom reports.

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Siem, Doht share lead at Wales Open

Germany’s Marcel Siem and Australia’s Andrew Doht are tied for the lead at 6 under after the second round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

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Wrong Ron strikes again: Washington loses

Well, here’s the shocker of shockers: Wrong Ron strikes again in picking the winner of the men’s NCAA Division I Championship. Don’t do a quick panic. All that means is once again, I lived up to my name.

Annika, Sheehan to host Women’s Day in Reno

Annika Sorenstam and Patty Sheehan are trying to get more women interested in the PGA Tour’s Reno-Tahoe Open.

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Montgomerie apologizes for reported affair

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie says he’s “sorry for the hurt I have caused” after a newspaper reported he had been unfaithful to his wife.

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Langley, Williams take top GCAA honors

Newly-crowned NCAA champion Scott Langley, a junior at Illinois, heads the 11-player list of 2009-10 Ping First-team All-Americans as Washington’s Chris Williams landed the Phil Mickelson Award as National Freshman of the Year. The awards were announced Friday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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Donald’s 65 equals course record at Wales Open

England’s Luke Donald has rallied from a poor opening round at the Wales Open to equal the Celtic Manor course record.

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Entering match play, it’s anyone’s championship

Thinking back to the pre-match play days, I was told over and over of how awesome it was going to be to have that head-to-head component as part of the NCAA Championship. It was going to attract the non-diehards to the sport and garner some attention among the masses.

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Staff brackets: NCAA Championship

The final 8 is set at the NCAA Championship. Golfweek’s staff covering the event this week at the Honors Course – Lance Ringler, Asher Wildman, Ron Balicki, Sean Martin and Eric Soderstrom – have filled out their brackets.

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Stanford wins playoff, headed to match play

Stanford emerged from a three-for-one playoff with Arizona State and San Diego on Friday to earn the eighth and final match-play spot. Eric Soderstrom reports.

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Mickelson in prime spot at Memorial

The first time Phil Mickelson saw Muirfield Village Golf Club was as a 16-year-old. His week of excitement was ruined by a loss at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Could Augusta State really win the NCAA title?

We now enter the match-play segment of the NCAA Championship here at The Honors Course, and something does not fit. You know what I am talking about -– the feeling you got when you first learned that Butler would be playing in the Final Four in men’s basketball a couple of months ago.