News for Friday, June 15, 2012

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U.S. Open: Round 3 tee times, pairings

Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk will tee off in the last pairing at 3:05 p.m. PDT.

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Hester named Furman women’s coach

Former Georgia head coach Kelley Hester has been tapped to lead the Furman Paladins next season – ideally, back into national prominence.

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U.S. Open debate: 5 burning questions for Saturday

Can Jim Furyk or David Toms really handle Tiger Woods? Who should you look out for on Saturday? Our staff debates 5 burning questions . . .

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Rude: Tiger proves to be the biggest star

Despite the Hollywood buzz and huge galleries surrounding the Open's rock-star group, one player emerged in a league of his own - Tiger Woods, simply reminiscent of old times. Jeff Rude.

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Mickelson sneaks into weekend at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson's birdie on the par-3 eighth to close his second round got him under the cutline, which fell at 8 over at the end of Friday. Others, including Vijay Singh and Dustin Johnson, weren't so lucky.

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Hossler, 17, shows maturity at U.S. Open

At 17, Beau Hossler never expected to be leading a U.S. Open. But, for a short time, the world took notice of a teenager maturing before our eyes.

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Achenbach: U.S. Open Ambassador of Awards

What’s a major championship without a few well-deserved awards? Jim Achenbach doles out titles to players including Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner, among others.

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Tiger Tracker: Round 2 at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods finished the day at 1 under and in a share of the lead with Jim Furyk and David Toms. How did he do it? Check out our Tiger Tracker for a full shot-by-shot recap!

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McDowell, Furyk made for U.S. Open

Aside from Tiger Woods, when it comes to U.S. Open golf, perhaps no one in the field at Olympic is as dependable as Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk.

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Notes: Els, others still hanging around at Olympic

Ernie Els may have shot 1-under 69 Friday, but the veteran, playing in his 20th U.S. Open, was just glad to get through Friday's round at Olympic. Jim McCabe

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Jutanugarn breaks record, wins Rolex Girls

Ariya Jutanugarn wins the Rolex Girls Junior Championship in record-breaking fashion.

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McIlroy's struggles continue with MC at Open

Defending U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy won't be around for the weekend at Olympic after missing the cut for the fourth time in his past five starts. Ryan Lavner

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After strong finish Friday, Stricker in Open hunt

Steve Stricker has a solid U.S. Open track record, but has never finished better than T-13. Could his strong finish Friday, which has him at 4 over, change that?

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Colsaerts worth a second glance at U.S. Open

Don't look now, but Nicolas Colsaerts' stock is steadily rising. The Belgian claimed one of six sub-par rounds in the morning wave at Olympic Club. Jim McCabe

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NeSmith adds FJ Invitational title to lengthy resume

The past year has been something else for Matthew NeSmith. His latest accomplishment? Winning the AJGA's FJ Invitational.

Pieters, Edfort new leaders at Monroe Invite

With one round left at the Monroe Invitational, first- and second-round leader David Denlinger has been replaced. Thomas Pieters and Alex Edfort now share the top spot on the leaderboard at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

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Outspoken Peterson climbs into contention

John Peterson has never been short on opinions, but he let his game do the talking on Friday as he vaulted into contention at the U.S. Open.

Crancer earns hard-fought win at Southern Junior

Finally, in his third start in the Southern Junior, Ben Crancer will return home to Kirkwood, Mo., a winner. Crancer, an 18-year-old Texas A&M committ, won the elite junior event Friday at the Country Club of North Carolina’s Dogwood Course in Pinehurst, N.C.

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Kim breaks away for solo Saint-Omer lead

Sihwan Kim of South Korea birdied his last two holes to shoot a 2-under 69 and lead by a stroke after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open on Friday.

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Players feeling the burn of Olympic's Nos. 1-6

Nos. 1-6 at Olympic Club are a different kind of difficult. They're so bad, in fact, that the 156-man U.S. Open field played them in 410-over par on Thursday.

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Woods aside, 2nd round at Olympic has intrigue

Tiger Woods is so close to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, it's distracting. Alex Miceli lists a handful of other scenarios that are just as interesting.