News for Thursday, August 9, 2012

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PGA's TV broadcast simply disjointed and lethargic

Watching the PGA on TV was disjointed and lethargic. Suggestion: More golf, less personality.

Club pros struggle on Day 1 at Kiawah Island

For the 20 club professionals at the PGA Championship, Thursday's first round at Kiawah Island was a reality check, with none of them currently inside the projected cut line.

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5 Things: Benign Kiawah offers plenty of low scores

5 Things: It was a benign opening round at Kiawah Island, where soft conditions and gentle wind allowed players to shoot plenty of low scores, including Carl Pettersson's tournament-leading 66.

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Ryder Cup: 'Bubble boys' fail to make move at PGA

Ryder Cup: Those players on the "bubble" to earn a spot on the U.S. squad didn't play particularly well on Thursday at the PGA Championship.

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Mickelson salvages rocky 73 with hot putter

Playing in the afternoon wave with the wind freshening, Phil Mickelson saw all of the 7,676 yards of the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island - and maybe just a little more as he clawed his way to a 1-over 73.

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Relaxed Zhang takes down Women's Am medalist

Nicole Zhang took a year off of college golf to focus on the rest of her life. She's back in the spotlight after defeating the medalist Thursday at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Green succeeds with great support system

Jaye Marie Green won't play college golf this coming fall, having walked away from a scholarship. But if the support she received after a U.S. Women's Amateur win on Thursday is any indication, she's in good hands.

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Putting Open behind, Scott fires 68 at Kiawah

Adam Scott didn't wait long to put the Open Championship collapse behind him, looking in complete control during his 4-under 68 on Thursday at the PGA Championship.

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Notes: Perez excels during a day of low expectations

PGA Championship notebook: On a day that Pat Perez didn't even want to go to the first tee because of a horrible warmup, a 3-under 69 left him feeling better at the end of the day.

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Tracker: Tiger shoots 69; Donald, Mickelson struggle

Tiger Woods got off to a solid start with a 3-under 69 Thursday at the PGA Championship and is three shots behind leader Carl Petterssen. The same can't be said for Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson, who ended their opening rounds over par.

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Bradley's caddie to loop at U.S. Amateur

Steve “Pepsi” Hale, who’s been on the bag for all three of Keegan Bradley’s PGA Tour victories, will caddie for Dylan Crowley at next week’s U.S. Amateur.

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Luiten makes a name for himself on Thursday

Joost Luiten - or Willibrordus Adrianus Maria Luiten - had Kiawah Island buzzing when he got to 8 under on Thursday, but don't let his fade back to 4 under fool you - he's got game.

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Kiawah's No. 17 doesn't live up to the hype

The par-3 17th hole at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course was supposed to rear its ugly head and bring golfers to its knees. Um, we're still waiting . . .

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Babineau: Daly's 68 reminds us of his golf talent

John Daly might be known for the splashy clothes, the suspensions, the struggles with alcohol, but his 68 on Thursday reminded us of the game that he possesses, says Jeff Babineau.

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Pettersson runs out to one-shot lead behind 66

Carl Pettersson made the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island look downright pedestrian on Thursday, firing a 6-under 66 to take an early one-shot lead at the PGA Championship.

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McIlroy finds his form with first-round 67

Rory McIlroy knew that Mother Nature was never going to be kinder than this, so he went out and fired a 5-under 67 at Kiawah Island to sit one shot off the lead at the PGA Championship.

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Woods' putter comes alive in 3-under 69

A week after looking out-of-sorts on the putting surface, Tiger Woods needed only 22 putts to help him card a 3-under 69 on Thursday at the PGA Championship.

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U.S. Women's Am: Kim beats Lendl in Round of 32

U.S. Women's Amateur notes: Hyo-Joo Kim punched her ticket for the Sweet 16 with a 2-and-1 victory over Isabelle Lendl, who had dad and former tennis great, Ivan, in the gallery Thursday.

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Skinner (No. 36, 2014) commits to Georgia

Isabella Skinner has given a verbal commitment to first-year Georgia head coach Josh Brewer. Skinner, who plays for West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga., will join the Bulldogs' roster in the fall of 2014.

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Levy (NR, 2013) commits to Rice

Alex Levy has given a verbal commitment to Rice. Levy, of Austin, Texas, attends Stephen F. Austin High School.

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