News for Friday, November 5, 2010

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Cook leads season-ending Champions event

Defending champion John Cook shot a 2-under 69 on Friday at Harding Park to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Kite and Tom Lehman in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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McChrystal, Salas get taste of Futures Q-School

Futures Tour Q-School might be a necessary step for aspiring pros, but it’s also proven itself to be a reliable skill test for the top college players. That much is obvious after a quick glance at the field.

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Sheary, Barenborg advance at Futures Q-School

For Jackie Barenborg, the key to a major breakthrough Friday at Duramed Futures Tour Q-School was all about point of view.

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Johnson’s caddie rolls at Champions Q-School

Odds are, caddie Doug Long didn’t have to read many putts for his boss this week at the first stage of Champions Tour Q-School.

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Former USGA president Buzz Taylor dies at 79

"Buzz" Taylor Jr., the former USGA president whose tenure was marked by his fierce efforts to protect the game against the advances of equipment technology, died Oct. 29. He was 79.

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Poulter unveils white Cobra driver in Shanghai

James Achenbach says Ian Poulter is more than an apparel aficionado. At the HSBC Champions, the Cobra staffer made a play to become an equipment trend-setter, too, by unveiling a white-headed driver.

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Golfweek Junior preview: Ready for Reunion

The Golfweek Junior Invitational tees off Nov. 6-7 at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. Ryan Lavner and Julie Williams break down the field.

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Shin grabs share of Mizuno Classic lead

South Korea’s Jiyai Shin shot a 7-under 65 Friday to share the lead with Japan’s Yukari Baba after the first round of the Mizuno Classic.

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Molinari maintains 1-shot lead in Shanghai

All eyes may be on new World No. 1 Lee Westwood, but Francesco Molinari maintained a one-shot lead Friday at the HSBC Champions.