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Watney stretches Barracuda lead in Reno

Nick Watney stretches Barracuda Championship lead in Reno on PGA Tour

With 8 points in Friday's second round Nick Watney expanded his lead to three points in the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev., while Geoff Ogilvy remains second.

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Want to contend? Bring distance, channel it

Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott bring distance – and use it to contend in 2014

To study Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott in 2014 is to come away impressed with their ability to continually give themselves a chance to score thanks to their ferocity off the tee.

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Western Amateur semifinals set for Saturday

Intriguing Western Amateur semis set for Saturday morning

And then there were four. After a rain-delayed Friday at the Western Amateur, the semifinals are set at The Beverly Country Club.

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5 Things: Garcia leads; Rose continues hot play

5 Things: Sergio Garcia leads; Justin Rose continues hot play at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Sergio Garcia (11 under; 9-under 61) and Rory McIlroy (7 under; 6-under 64) took advantage of benign afternoon conditions at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Hardy downs big-time players at Western

Nick Hardy downs Geoff Drakeford, Scottie Scheffler at Western Amateur to advance to semifinals

Match-play success doesn’t come often for Nick Hardy, but it did Friday in the Sweet 16 and the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago.

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WGC-Bridgestone: Tee times, 3rd round

WGC-Bridgestone: Tee times, Saturday's 3rd round on PGA Tour

WGC-Bridgestone leader Sergio Garcia will share a 9 a.m. EDT tee time Saturday with Justin Rose and Marc Leishman, with Tiger Woods starting even earlier because of expected bad weather.

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Tracker: Garcia fires 61 to take lead; Tiger posts 71

Tracker: Sergio Garcia fires 61 to take lead; Tiger posts 71

Tiger Woods will follow up his afternoon 68 by taking to the course earlier Friday for the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- keep up with the highlights right here!

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Gamble Sands is Kidd's playability play

Gamble Sands is David McLay Kidd's playability play in Washington

David McLay Kidd used to build golf's most difficult courses -- now with the opening of Gamble Sands in Washington, he is preaching the virtues of playability.

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Sam Burns holds on for Junior PGA title

Sam Burns holds on for Junior PGA Championship victory

Having lost a June playoff at the Sunnehanna Amateur despite a late lead, Sam Burns on Friday held on to win the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club.

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PGA Championship tee times pair Tiger, Phil

PGA Championship tee times pair Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson at Valhalla in 2014

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are set to share a tee time during the first two rounds of next week's PGA Championship at Valhalla -- where this year's three major champions also will be grouped together.

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Erratic, Woods posts 71 at WGC-Bridgestone

Erratic Tiger Woods settles for 71 Friday at WGC-Bridgestone on PGA Tour

With a 1-over 71, Tiger Woods lost ground on his fight to play in the FedEx Cup and Ryder Cup on Friday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Gillman runs away with Junior PGA victory

Kristen Gillman runs away with 11-shot victory at Junior PGA Championship

Kristen Gillman ran away with an 11-shot victory at the Junior PGA Championship, earning a sponsor exemption into an LPGA event and a spot on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team in the process.

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Pan, Hansen fall in Western Amateur's Sweet 16

Cheng-Tsung Pan, Matt Hansen come up short in Western Amateur's Sweet 16 in Chicagp

Cheng-Tsung Pan and Matt Hansen came up short in the Round of 16 at the Western Amateur losing to Beau Hossler and Doug Ghim, respectively, on Friday morning.

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Dusek: Two different Nike MMProto irons on way?

Dusek: Two different Nike MMProto irons on way?

Normally avoiding conjecture in equipment coverage, our David Dusek couldn't help noticing a few things about recent Instagram photos of Nike MMProto irons that might be on the way to market.

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FootJoy introduces new D.N.A. category for women

FootJoy introduces new D.N.A. category for women

FootJoy has announced the next generation of footwear for women – the D.N.A. (DryJoys Next Advancement).

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Texas, Illinois show roster depth at Western Am

Texas, Illinois show roster-strength at Western Amateur

When it comes to powerhouse college programs, three players each from the Texas Longhorns and Illinois Fighting Illini are showing at this week's Western Amateur why their teams are fixtures atop the collegiate rankings.

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In this issue of Golfweek Magazine: August 1, 2014

In this issue of Golfweek Magazine: August 1, 2014

Printed inside the August 1, 2014, issue of Golfweek Magazine:

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Bogey free, Watney moves to Barracuda lead

Bogey free, Nick Watney moves to Barracuda lead on PGA Tour

Nick Watney's decision to play the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship in search of FedEx Cup points appears to be paying off as his bogey-free first round earned him 18 modified Stableford points to lead by two.