News for Friday, September 6, 2013

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Greg Owen takes Chiquita Classic lead

Greg Owen's quest to keep his PGA Tour card received a boost Friday. Owen shot 6-under 66 to take the lead after two rounds of the Chiquita Classic at River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C.

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West Florida holds to national-title aspirations

After a trip to the Division II finals, West Florida coach Steve Fell says his Argonauts team should be able to cling to championship goals this season.

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Walker Cup: Staff predictions for Saturday's matches

Saturday's morning foursomes and afternoon singles matches at the 44th Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America, plus predictions.

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Walker Cup: Saturday's foursomes, singles matches

Walker Cup captains Nigel Edwards and Jim Holtgrieve are relying on tried-and-trusted pairings to help win the 44th version of George Herbert Walker’s legacy to the game of golf.

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Alabama native Wyatt chose golf over football early

While he rarely misses an Alabama football game, the sport wasn't Bobby Wyatt's thing from early in his life, instead choosing golf -- and it paid off in the form of the Tide's first national championship.

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Playing partners notch two holes-in-one at once

Les Morris and Tom Pucci thought their playing partner had hit the best shot on a blind par-3. At the green, they found instead they had both aced the hole.

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At the Walker Cup, Niebrugge big on family

Rod Niebrugge was supposed to be in Cancun this weekend, celebrating his 50th birthday. He finds himself instead in the Hamptons – house rented, preparing for the arrival of five of his siblings, strolling the grounds at National Golf Links on a sunny Friday morning.

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U.S. honors first Walker Cup by wearing golf ties

When it comes to apparel, players always say ‘Feel good, play good.’ Team USA was looking mighty dapper during Friday’s practice round at National Golf Links of America. All 10 players and the captain were dressed in plaid, navy pants with mustard lines coordinated with a white polo, a knit tie and a navy cardigan sweater.

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Bjorn, Gallacher lead at European Masters

Thomas Bjorn and Stephen Gallacher moved to the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard with a 66 and 65, respectively, in Friday's second round, good for a one-shot lead.

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Valspar swoops in to save Tampa's Tour stop

The PGA Tour's event in Tampa has struggled to retain title sponsors, but it keeps finding new ones to stay on the schedule. Its latest savior: Valspar Corp.

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Walker Cup memories: Graeme McDowell, GB&I

Gramem McDowell's Walker Cup experience got his appetite whet for the Ryder Cup. See what he had to say about his time representing GB&I.

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U.S. captain Holtgrieve relaxes as Edwards pushes

You’d have thought of the two Walker Cup captains, Jim Holtgrieve of the U.S. would be delivering the 'I'm here to win,' message while Nigel Edwards, defending GB&I's 2011 Walker win, could have been forgiven for going the 'relationships' route.

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Millar official apparel of International Prez Cup team

Peter Millar has been announced as the official apparel provider for the International Team at the Presidents Cup, providing polos, pants and sweaters.

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Special Walker Cup Preview Edition!

From player-by-player bios to a course breakdown from Bradley S. Klein to Rickie Fowler and Graeme McDowell talking about their Walker Cup experience, enjoy our Preview Guide to this weekend's action at National Golf Links.

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Walker Cup memories: Luke Donald, GB&I

Luke Donald played on the GB&I Walker Cup Team in 2001, and still keeps in touch with a lot of his teammates from that team.

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Walker Cup memories: Rickie Fowler, USA

Rickie Fowler looks back at his time on Team USA at the winning 2007 and 2009 Walker Cups. He also talks about getting a phone from 2013 Walker Cup participant, Michael Kim.

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2012 U.S. Amateur champ Fox turns pro

Steven Fox, who played at Tennessee-Chattanooga, will target Q-School for the Web.com Tour this fall, he said in a statement from his agent.

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Walker Cup: Pugh hopes for repeat of 2011

Rhys Pugh -- 3-0 in 2011 for GB&I -- is the only returner on the squad and hopes, at 19, that he can provide leadership as the international squad attempts to retain the Walker Cup.

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Walker Cup: Rodgers offers experience for U.S.

Patrick Rodgers was a young gun for the dangerous 2011 U.S. squad at the Walker Cup, only to experience the heartache of defeat. The Stanford star is back to lead the charge this time around.

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Walker Cup: Edwards adds moxie, know-how to GB&I

Nigel Edwards would be on this year’s Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team if the R&A had followed the U.S. Golf Association’s lead and picked two mid-amateurs. The GB&I captain is that good.

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Walker Cup: Klein's key holes at National Golf Links

The biennial Walker Cup Matches set up shop this weekend at historic National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. In returning to the site of the first Walker Cup in 1922, the event will showcase match play on one of the quirkiest and most interesting of American layouts.

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Walker Cup memories: Russell Henley, USA

Russell Henley had won a professional event as an amateur, and had the opportunity to turn pro before the Walker Cup, but decided against it. Henley was glad he got to play on the team.

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PHOTOS: Drivers used by Tour's longest hitters

Check out the complete gallery of the drivers used by the PGA Tour's longest hitters.