News for Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Cochran leads Watson by two at Mitsubishi

Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 to keep a two-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Watson after the second round of the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

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Vegas, Woodland retain Bob Hope lead

Jhonattan Vegas birdied the final five holes Saturday to rejoin Gary Woodland atop the Bob Hope Classic leaderboard for the second straight day.

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Q&A: Former NFL star Sterling Sharpe

Sean Martin caught up with former NFL star Sterling Sharpe at the Bob Hope Classic, who revealed he once shot 63 in South Carolina.

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Barnes WDs from Hope with recurring back pain

Ricky Barnes withdrew in the middle of Friday’s third round of the Bob Hope Classic because of a recurring back injury. His agent, Dennis Blake, described the injury as a fatigued lower-back, the result of an increased off-season regiment. Barnes is coming off a career year, during which he finished 43rd on the PGA Tour money list.

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After DQ, Harrington gives ball-marking clinic

Padraig Harrington has made light of his disqualification from the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by showing a group of children at a golf clinic how to correctly mark the ball.

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Responses of the week: Jan. 15-21

Each Golfweek.com story brings in a number of thoughtful comments from our readers. Here are some of our favorite from the past week.

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Kaymer opens five-shot lead in Abu Dhabi

Martin Kaymer could replace Tiger Woods as No. 2 in the World Rankings with a high finish in Abu Dhabi. After 54 holes, he leads by five.