News for Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Ogura, Ishika win titles at Woodland's AJGA event

Hirawari Ogura and Koichiro Ishika make it a Japanese sweep at the AJGA's Under Armour/Gary Woodland Championship in Lawrence, Kan.

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Wie again finds game judged against men's in Open

Michelle Wie carded five birdies at Pinehurst No. 2 en route to a round of 2-under 68 at the U.S. Women’s Open, just one stroke off the pace set by World No. 1 Stacy Lewis.

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5 Things: Annika on Li; Lexi slips; more

Several notables, from Kraft Nabisco champion Lexi Thompson to Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster, took to Pinehurst No. 2 with mixed results. Here are 5 Things to know Thursday's first round.

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5 Things: Steele's 62 leads Travelers; Rodgers debuts

While there are plenty of stars in the field at this week's Travelers Championship – from Matt Kuchar to Dustin Johnson – it was Brendan Steele that took control of the tournament early, firing an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead on Thursday.

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U.S. Women's Open Tracker: 1st round

Stacy Lewis jumped out to an early lead at Pinehurst in Thursday's first round of the U.S. Women's Open, while Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko and Paula Creamer are among those taking aim this afternoon. See the highlights here!

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My bag: Lucy Li at the U.S. Women's Open

Here is the bag of 11-year-old Lucy Li, who shot 78 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open.

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Achenbach: Caddie, Li make quick bond

11-year-old phenom Lucy Li and Pinehurst local caddie Bryan Bush make instant connection over Donald Ross, love for the game.

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Murphy finds plenty of positives at Northeast

Despite closing double-bogey, South Carolina's Will Murphy refused to get down on himself after a 1-under 68 at the Northeast Amateur on Thursday.

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Lewis uses 'brains' to fire 3-under 67 at Pinehurst

Stacy Lewis was criticized for her pointed words about Lucy Li's participation in the U.S. Women's Open earlier this week, but the focus was back on her play with a 3-under 67 in the first round.

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All hype aside, 11-year-old Lucy Li simply has game

Many questioned whether Lucy Li could handle the pressure of a U.S. Women's Open, but after her impressive 8-over 78 on Thursday, the 11-year-old simply proved that she belongs.

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Ilonen shoots record 64 to take lead at Irish Open

Finland's Mikko Ilonen shot a 7-under 64 to set a new course record on Thursday as crowd favorite Rory McIlroy struggled on the opening day of the Irish Open.

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Former Cal star Hagy ousted at British Amateur

Brandon Hagy’s dream of winning the British Amateur is over. The former University of California player lost his first-round match to Switzerland’s Mathias Eggenberger on the 20th hole.

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Women's golf takes spotlight at Pinehurst

The men moved out of Pinehurst, and now the women take center stage in golf. On a national sports landscape that already is overwhelmed with content, the U.S. Women’s Open is a welcome moment for the women to establish more of a presence.

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SCORES: Travelers Championship

Follow the leaderboard at the 2014 Travelers Championship.

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Lewis atop rankings as USWO gets underway

A look at the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings as the U.S. Women's Open starts on Thursday, with Stacy Lewis sitting atop the rankings since November.