News for Friday, September 16, 2011

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U.S. grabs PGA Cup lead after afternoon routs

The U.S. won three of four afternoon foursomes matches in routs Friday and took a 6-2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland after the first day of the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

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Thompson (68) leads by 2 at Navistar LPGA

Teenager Lexi Thompson shot a 4-under 68 Friday to take a two-shot lead over Stacy Lewis and Becky Morgan after two rounds of the Navistar LPGA Classic.

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Stricker WDs from BMW with weakness in arm

Steve Stricker withdrew from the BMW Championship on Friday because of weakness in his left arm that first began to bother him nine months ago.

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Hometown favorite Wilson enjoys BMW spotlight

BMW Championship midway co-leader Mark Wilson shot 66, went to the range and, using three drivers with different weights, pounded 45 drives about as hard as he could.

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Dufner moves on from PGA disappointment

Jim McCabe: Seemingly unfazed after kicking away the PGA Championship, Jason Dufner sets his sights on another goal this week: advancing to Atlanta for the Tour Championship.

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Wilson shares lead at BMW Championship

Mark Wilson, who considers Cog Hill a home course after moving to Chicago, is tied for the lead with Justin Rose after two rounds of the BMW Championship.

U.S. holds slim advantage at PGA Cup

Rob McClellan, the head professional at Butler (Pa.) Country Club, birdied the last hole to give his team the lead for the only time in the match and help the U.S. to a 2.5-1.5 lead after the first session at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

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Stanford takes 5-shot lead at Olympia Fields

Even without David Chung in the lineup, Stanford opened a five-shot lead Friday at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

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Rejuvenated Els to make start at Frys.com Open

Tiger Woods won’t be the only big name at the Frys.com event next month. Ernie Els has decided to make the trip, as well.

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Tait: Ballesteros needs a lasting tribute

The Vivendi Seve Trophy is a good start, but more needs to be done to honor the late Seve Ballesteros.

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Nicklaus: Tiger can still break majors record

Jack Nicklaus said Tiger Woods can still beat his record of 18 major championships — provided he can stay in control of his mental game.

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Britain and Ireland maintains Seve Trophy lead

Continental Europe picked up 3 1/2 out of five points in fourball matches Friday to reduce Britain and Ireland’s lead to one point in the Vivendi Seve Trophy.

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Englishman Lewis turns pro, signs with IMG

Tom Lewis, the youngster who rose to prominence by taking a share of the first-round lead at this year’s British Open, has turned professional.

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Notebook: LSU's Ernst continues winning ways

College notebook: Defending national champion Austin Ernst jumps out of the gates by not missing a beat, picking up medalist honors at the Cougar Classic.

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Golfweek Conference Challenge: The teams

A look at the teams in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club in Vail, Colo.