News for Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Commentary: McIlroy shows off Irish grit

Toughness doesn't begin to describe the gutsy effort by Rory McIlroy on Thursday at Atlanta Athletic Club. It was something that he can tell his grandkids about some day.

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Resilient Micheel in hunt at PGA Championship

It's been a long year for Shaun Micheel and even longer since he won his only major, the 2003 PGA at Oak Hill. But after Round 1 at Atlanta Athletic Club, the resilient vet is in contention.

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Notes: Pancake rolls into Women's Am quarters

Brooke Pancake has plenty of skill in the classroom, but at this week's U.S. Women's Amateur, she's showing just how talented she is on the golf course, as well. Notes

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5 Things: Cheeseheads Stricker, Kelly out front

Wisconsin's Steve Stricker (63) and Jerry Kelly (65) lit up Atlanta Athletic Club during Round 1 of the PGA Championship. FIVE THINGS

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Despite odd superstition, Runas advances at Am

Despite an odd superstition, Demi Runas beat Lisa McCloskey to advance to the U.S. Women's Amateur quarters.

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Commentary: Woods shows rust, regression in opening round

Tiger Woods slashes his way to a first-round 77 at the PGA Championship, and what's worse is he's not sure how to find his game. Jeff Rude

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Notes: Toms shows another way to play 18

David Toms, who won the 2001 PGA with a strategic layup at No. 18, reversed course in the opening round, showing there's more than one way to tame the monstrous par 4.

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Boxgroove promotes new private-club model

Internet company Boxgroove is trying to give golfers easy access to hundreds of private clubs.

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Build it, and golfers just might come to Iowa

Heartland hideaways: Build it, and golfers just might come to Iowa

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A club pro with a big-time game

For Jimmy Wright, the 1969 PGA was but one of many tournament achievements that collectively amount to a kind of Grand Slam of club pro life.

2013 Women’s Amateur will go to Charleston

The Country Club of Charleston will play host to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the United States Golf Association announced Aug. 11.

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Stricker shoots 63 to take early PGA lead

Steve Stricker has tied the record for the lowest score in a major, shooting 63 in the first round of the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA blog: McIlroy injures wrist but presses on

Rory McIlroy injured his right wrist at the third hole Thursday, but he has continued to play. In fact, he's continued to play quite well. Live Blog

SUV slams into TV workers at Women’s Amateur

Two members of the television crew at the U.S. Women’s Amateur were hospitalized Thursday morning after an SUV ran into a tractor transporting a movable camera platform.

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UCLA teammates to square off at Women's Am

Three UCLA Bruins advanced to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur and all of them are still alive. That will change in the Round of 16, as Stepahnie Kono and Tiffany Lua will meet.

Thompson named women's coach at Augusta State

Kory Thompson has been named women's head coach at Augusta State.

Milberger named women's head coach at Montana

Emily Milberger, who stepped in as interim women's coach at SMU last season, has been named head coach at Montana.

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No. 33: Liberty men, TCU women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 33 on the board with the Liberty men and TCU women.

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PGA: ‘There's a pimple on Miss America’

Two greens are on the mend at the PGA, and the superintendent says 'We felt like our hearts had been ripped out.'

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Horrible start: Ishikawa stumbles to 15-over 85

Ryo Ishikawa lost five balls in the water in his first nine holes Thursday and shot a 15-over 85, four shots worse than the next-highest morning score.

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Singh feels better after therapy session in Germany

Vijay Singh has been dealing with numerous injuries since 2008, but recent therapy has the Fijian feeling great.

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Tiger tracker: Woods fires an opening-round 77

After a roaring start, Tiger Woods made three double bogeys and fired a 7-over 77 to sit 14 shots off Steve Stricker's current lead at the PGA Championship.