News for Thursday, July 3, 2014

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5 Things: Blixt opens Greenbrier defense with 64

Jonas Blixt began his title defense at the Greenbrier Classic with an opening-round 6-under 64 Thursday at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

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Couples, 2 others withdraw from U.S. Senior Open

Fred Couples and two others withdrew from next week's U.S. Senior Open on Thursday.

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Hoey earns match-play top seed at North and South

The Round of 16 is set at the North and South Amateur with Rico Hoey, a rising sophomore at USC, earning the top seed at Pinehurst No. 8.

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Hole-out eagle highlights Rodgers' 65 at Greenbrier

Patrick Rodgers moved a little closer to fulfilling his dream of earning his PGA Tour card with a strong opening round Thursday at the Greenbrier Classic.

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Stadler leads French Open in 1st Euro start since '06

Playing in his first European Tour event since 2006, Kevin Stadler carded a 7-under 64 to grab the first-round lead Thursday at the Alstom French Open in Paris.

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Under Armour's Front9 Shorts use perforated panels to keep cool

Breathable, but performance-based apparel is key during the summer golf season. Check out Under Armour's Front9 Shorts.

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FootJoy's DryJoys XP Rain Jacket is tour-proven

FootJoy's DryJoys Tour XP Rain Jacket was crafted to keep a player dry and warm through rain and high winds.

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SCORES: Greenbrier Classic

Follow the live leaderboard from the Greenbrier Classic.

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Ping G30 driver

Ping, mostly a quiet and conservative family-owned club manufacturer, is unusually enthusiastic about the official July 3 introduction of the G30 family of clubs. The family includes irons, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.

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Ping G30 irons

In addition to drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, new Ping irons carry the G30 name.

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Ping G30 hybrids

To compliment the release of the new Ping G30 drivers and fairway woods, the Phoenix-based company also has unveiled hybrids designed to increase distance and provide more forgiveness.

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Ping G30 fairway woods

A hooter face gives Ping's newest fairway woods – the G30 – a serious power boost.

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Walker aims to stay fresh as FedEx playoffs near

FedEx Cup leader Jimmy Walker could get passed by second-place Bubba Watson this week at the Greenbrier Classic. But with just seven weeks remaining until the playoffs, Walker's main concern is staying fresh as he prepares for a 'fast and furious' stretch of golf.

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Old White TPC a welcoming sight for Ted Potter Jr.

The Old White TPC may be a welcoming sight for Ted Potter Jr., who has struggled this season but is the 2012 champion and all-time money leader at the Greenbrier Classic.