News for Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Open Tracker: Els fires 68 to beat Scott by one

On a day of big numbers, Ernie Els managed to fire a 2-under 68 and win his second Claret Jug after Adam Scott bogeyed the final four holes to relinquish a four-shot lead. How it happened.

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Williamson wins Southern Amateur in playoff

Peter Williamson is having a banner summer, picking up his second amateur win by outlasting Bobby Wyatt in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff at the Southern Amateur on Saturday.

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Aussie Minjee Lee stages comeback for Girls' Jr. win

Minjee Lee produced the biggest comeback of her young career at the U.S. Girls' Junior to become just the eighth Australian in history to win a USGA championship. Julie Williams

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Stallings jumps into True South Classic lead

Scott Stallings took a four-stroke lead on Saturday at the True South Classic after shooting 6 under through the first 10 holes of the third round at Annandale Golf Club.

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Cochran withdraws from Senior Open Championship

Russ Cochran - who withdrew from this week's Open Championship due to a back injury - will not defend his title at the Senior Open because of the same injury.

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Shim overcomes big deficit to win U.S. Junior

Jim Liu looked to be cruising to victory at the U.S. Junior Amateur, but some driving demons popped up, allowing Andy Shim to overcome a 5-down deficit to win the prestigious title.

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Werenski finishes off Porter Cup victory

Denny McCarthy and Patrick Rodgers tried their best to make a run at the lead, but Georgia Tech junior Richy Werenski had been too good all week not to finish the job at the Porter Cup.

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Late birdies earn Ernst the Women's North & South title

LSU junior Austin Ernst made her only two birdies of the day at the par-3 15th and 17th holes to defeat USC sophomore Doris Chen, 2 and 1, in the final of the Women's North & South.

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Minjee Lee leads Alison Lee halfway through Jr. final

Alison Lee and Minjee Lee scrambled around Lake Merced Golf Club on Saturday morning during the final of the U.S. Girls' Junior. Minjee took a slight 1-up lead to the lunchroom.

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5 Things: Scott takes four-shot lead at Open

5 Things: Adam Scott is 18 holes from his first major title, but he'll have big names like Graeme McDowell, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker trying to cut down that four-shot lead.

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Open Championship: 4th-round tee times, pairings

A look at the fourth-round tee times and pairings at the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

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Dufner's 73 comes with new caddie, penalty

Jason Dufner started the day with a new caddie after his normal looper fell ill. Then came a penalty at the par-5 seventh. The bright side? Dufner's 73 could have been worse.

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Tiger, others will have to chase down Scott

Will Tiger Woods' game plan have to change now that he is five back of Adam Scott? Does Ernie Els or Zach Johnson have a chance from six back? Weather might be their best friend.

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McDowell battles his way into Open's final pairing

Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell dreamed of one day getting into the final group of an Open Championship. On Sunday, that dream will come true, with the Claret Jug on the line.

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Snedeker goes from bogey-free to bogey spree

Brandt Snedeker didn't card a bogey for the first 40 holes at Royal Lytham. But he made up for lost time with five in his next seven holes. Thankfully, he's comfortable coming from behind.

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How it happened: Tiger fires even-par 70

Tiger Woods recovered from some early struggles on Saturday to card an even-par 70 and is currently five shots off Adam Scott's lead. See how it happened.

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Babineau: Just who is Thorbjorn Olesen?

Who exactly is 22-year-old Thorbjorn Olesen? He could be a rising star of tomorrow.

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R&A, USGA consider bold stroke on anchoring

The proliferation of long putters has placed the topic of "anchoring" at the top of the agenda for the R&A and U.S. Golf Association.

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Notes: Stricker makes 11th straight major cut

Notebook: With Charl Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson failing to stick around for the weekend, Steve Stricker now owns the longest made-cut streak in major championships.