News for Friday, June 17, 2011

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5 things: McIlroy the story of Congressional

The second round of the U.S. Open was all about Rory McIlroy, but note that Y.E. Yang, who dethroned Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship, is lurking. Sean Martin has five things to watch.

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Pals McIlroy, Pinckney reunite at Congressional

Arizona State senior Scott Pinckney couldn't wait to get to the U.S. Open. For the golf, of course, but also to meet up with long-lost pal Rory McIlroy. Jeff Rude explains.

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Blog: Henley chasing low-amateur honors

Amateur Russell Henley loves the crowd at Congressional. At even par through two rounds of the U.S. Open, it's easy to see why he is in such good spirits.

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Kennerly earns Wyndham invite with FJ win

Billy Kennerly’s first AJGA victory came with a hefty bonus: A spot in the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. Kennerly went wire-to-wire at the AJGA's FootJoy Invitational.

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McIlroy has been brilliant . . . for two rounds

A college softball game would’ve been called by now, to save the losing side further embarrassment. There’s no mercy rule in golf, though. Rory McIlroy will have to earn this.

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U.S. Open field behind McIlroy's historic run

As Rory McIlroy sets Congressional Country Club on fire, much of the rest of the field is offering something uncharacteristic in the world of pro sports: praise and support. Jim McCabe explains.

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As McIlroy dominates, a major force looks on

Dave Stockton, winner of the 1976 PGA Championship at Congressional, is a good man for Rory McIlroy's corner.

Perrino, Lee share lead at Saint-Omer Open

Andrea Perrino and Craig Lee shared a one-shot lead after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open.

Stewart finishes strong for Capital Area victory

Alex Stewart made four birdies on his final seven holes to claim the Capital Area Golf Tour Tournament Players Championship, held at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, Maryland.

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Bateman wins CN Future Links after gutsy play

When left with the decision to play it safe or go for it, Wilson Bateman took the bolder choice, and ended up with a runaway victory at the CN Future Links Ontario Championship.

Video: Rory McIlroy talks about his big lead

Our partners at TourPlayers.com caught up with Rory McIlroy after his brilliant second round that left him at 11 under for the tournament.

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Behind 67, Cantlay moves into Open contention

Patrick Cantlay’s rapid rise continued Friday at Congressional Country Club. The young Californian shot 67 to put himself in contention among players at the U.S. Open not named McIlroy.

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Sapp named head coach at North Carolina

Former Michigan head coach Andrew Sapp will return to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, to take the helm of the men's golf team.

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Enloe to leave N'wide, join Gregory at SMU

SMU coach Josh Gregory has announced the hiring of former teammate Jason Enloe (pictured) as an assistant coach. Enloe will play two final events on the Nationwide Tour before returning to his alma mater.

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GCAA names Division II All-Americans

The Golf Coach’s Association of America has released its All-America teams for Division II men’s golf. Abilene Christian’s Alex Carpenter previously was named the Division II Player of the Year.

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Macpherson in position to make British Am history

Bryden Macpherson is in position to become only the second Australian to win the British Amateur Championship. Alistair Tait reports.

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McIlroy, 11 under, in total command at U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy didn't just break records at the U.S. Open on Friday, he is also sitting eight shots ahead of the field as the afternoon groups get close to their tee times.

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Tee Times: Round 2 of U.S. Open

Tee Times for Round 2

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Five Things: Look for more low scores Friday

Friday’s second round at Congressional Country Club offers the prospects of unusually low scoring. Bradley S. Klein explains why.

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Five Things: History against large Open leads

Rory McIlroy is in a familiar spot – out front early at a major. Can he hold on? History is against him, writes Sean Martin. That and four other things to watch for in Friday's second round.

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Kaufmann: Boomer detracts from Open telecast

Let’s say you’re Mr. Big Honkin’ Executive at ESPN. We’ll call you BHE for short. The U.S. Open is approaching and you, BHE, have the assignment of choosing the announcers who will call the event.

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TourPlayers.com Blog: McIlroy, Yang after Round 1

Our content partners at TourPlayers.com produced plenty of interviews after the end of the first round, including leader Rory McIlroy. See what the players had to say.

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