News for Thursday, June 14, 2012

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5 key questions for Friday at the U.S. Open

There are plenty of storylines to watch on Friday at the U.S. Open - including how Michael Thompson will hold up as a leader - so we debated five that will be prevalent as the cut is made at Olympic Club.

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Glamour pairing leaves something to be desired

The collective performance of Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald on Thursday at Olympic Club was uninspiring at best. Said Donald, "It shows how tough it is."

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Martin: First-round Open leaderboard truly unique

Where else but the U.S. Open can a Cinderella story like Alistair Presnell contend alongside a teenager, a former amateur star and a Champions tour player? Sean Martin

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Achenbach: Casey Martin shows off his resolve

Casey Martin is just an everyday guy, back for his second U.S. Open at Olympic Club. On Thursday, he turned a round headed for the 80s into a respectable 74. James Achenbach

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Rude: Woods plays safe as Mickelson goes wild

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson played decidedly different rounds Thursday at Olympic. Mickelson was a story of duck-and-cover, while Woods excelled in his conservatism.

Denlinger holds strong at Monroe Invitational

David Denlinger, a senior at Charleston Southern, maintained his commanding first-round lead at the Monroe Invitational, following an opening-round 64 with a second-round 71 at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y. Denlinger is at 5-under 135 for the tournament.

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Tiger Tracker: Round 1 at U.S. Open

The galleries were in full force as Tiger Woods teed it up with Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson on Thursday morning. Check out our Tracker to see how Tiger finished his opening round at 1 under!

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Attitude crucial if one is to survive a U.S. Open

Patience at the U.S. Open is important, but having the right attitude – like that of David Toms – is paramount.

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Lendl wins Women's Eastern by four shots

Add another line to Isabelle Lendl’s resume: The Florida senior won the Women’s Eastern Amateur on June 14 in wire-to-wire fashion.

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Jutanugarn leads third round of Rolex Girls Junior

The third round of the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship at The Concession GC in Bradenton, Fla. ended Thursday with Ariya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand in the lead.

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Zhang, 14, fights nerves in first round at U.S. Open

Andy Zhang, 14, had some bad (two doubles and a triple), some good (two birdies) and a lot of nerves as he played his first round in a major championship.

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Hossler, 17, makes second Open start like a veteran

Beau Hossler, 17, is playing like a U.S. Open veteran after some sound advice from a few Tour sages.

Tide teammates Thomas, Wyatt share Sunnehanna lead

Alabama teammates Justin Thomas and Bobby Wyatt set the pace Thursday in the Sunnehanna Amateur, posting 5-under 65s at Sunnehanna Country Club.

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Notes: Olympic start isn't easy, at No. 1 or 9

The opening holes at The Olympic Club are earning a nasty reputation, but a case can be made that it's no easier for players starting at No. 9. Jim McCabe

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Jack Fleck (1921-2014): A visit with '55 U.S. Open champ

It's been 57 years since Jack Fleck (left, with Billy Casper) took down Ben Hogan at the 1955 U.S. Open. At 90, he's returned to Olympic, the venue that produced his proudest moment.

Young wins Hochster Memorial

Cameron Young shot 5-over 145 (72-73) to win the 75th Hochster Memorial Tournament at Quaker Ridge GC in Scarsdale, N.Y on June 12.

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Cozby's life in golf merits Father of the Year award

Longtime head pro Jerry Cozby, who nurtured three sons into positions in the golf industry, is Golfweek’s Father of the Year.

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Olympic demands shaped tee shots, accuracy

The Olympic Club has seen the game’s stars crash and burn, leaving our most prestigious national title to be picked up by a few surprise winners. It all has to do with physics and engineering.

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'Fun' in an Open? Thompson enjoys 1st-round 66

Playing in his first major as a professional, second-year PGA Tour player Michael Thompson shot 66 to take the early lead. Sean Martin.

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Headed to Olympic Club? Try the burger dog

Pros and members alike flip for Olympic Club's iconic burger stand, where the "burger dog" has become famous.

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Gee, Wakefield, Kim share Saint-Omer lead

Adam Gee of England shot a 4-under 67 Thursday to share the lead with Simon Wakefield of England and Sihwan Kim of South Korea in the opening round of the Saint-Omer Open.

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Historic start at Olympic, scores worth forgetting

The opening, No. 9 hole has proved tough for competitors so far at the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.