News for Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Catriona Matthew leads Airbus LPGA Classic

Catriona Matthew took the first-round lead Thursday in the Airbus LPGA Classic, holing a bunker shot for an eagle and finishing with an 8-under 64.

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5 Things: Johnson leads; Mahan finds late trouble

On a day where only 41 of the 123-player field were in red figures, it was Dustin Johnson that used a bogey-free, five-birdie performance to take a one-shot lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Duke women hold six-shot lead over USC at NCAAs

Duke and USC matched third-round 2-under 278s, leaving the Blue Devils six shots ahead of the Trojans entering Friday's final round at Tulsa Country Club.

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McNamara knows no lead is safe at the NCAAs

Legendary coach Dale McNamara hasn't slept much late, as she is at Tulsa CC supporting her daughter, Arizona State's head coach Melissa Luellen, who will attempt to lead her Sun Devils back from a 15-hole deficit.

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Forward spin on women's finals: It's time to evolve

When the 24 teams arrive next May at The Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., to compete for the national championship, the tournament will be vastly different than anything previously in women's college golf.

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Faxon fires 67, trails Durant by 2 at Senior PGA

After a recent rough stretch on the Champions Tour, Brad Faxon surprised with an opening-round, 4-under 67 Thursday at the Senior PGA Championship. Rookie Joe Durant leads after a 65.

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NCAA men: Staff predictions for Elite 8, medalist

The 2014 NCAA Division 1 Men's Golf Championship is upon us. Here are our staff predictions for which teams will make match play and which player will win the individual title.

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Tracker: Dustin Johnson leads at Colonial

Seven of the top 17 players in the OWGR are teeing it up at the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, including No. 1 Adam Scott. Keep up with the highlights right here!

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Murphy named head coach of Texas women's team

Ryan Murphy, who has been the assistant coach under John Fields of the Texas men’s team for six years, will take the reins of the Longhorns women’s team for the 2014-15 season.

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Stanford's Rodgers among All-Region honorees

The 2014 Division I Ping All-Region honorees were announced Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Here are the 157 players across six regions - Northeast, East, Southeast, Midwest, Central and West - who earned all-region honors for 2014.

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McIlroy puts aside distractions, fires 68 at BMW

A day after announcing that he had broken off his engagement with Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy managed two eagles en route to a 4-under 68 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship.

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Vandy overcomes Schwab injury, ready for NCAAs

Despite losing freshman Matthias Schwab earlier this spring, Vanderbilt has continued its path toward greatness under second-year coach Scott Limbaugh and will compete in its first NCAA Championship since 2007 this week.

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Scott rebounds to salvage 71 at Crowne Plaza

Adam Scott struggled on his opening nine holes behind four bogeys but managed three birdies coming in to salvage a 1-over 71 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Tee times: NCAA Championship, Rounds 1-2

The pairings for the first and second round of the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., are set.

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Rodgers, Niebrugge, Ihm get Deere exemptions

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers, Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge and Iowa's Steven Ihm received sponsor exemptions for the John Deere Classic.

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Preview: AJGA Thunderbird International Junior

The AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior will kick a summer filled events on the AJGA junior circuit May 23-26 at Greyhawk’s Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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SCORES: Crowne Plaza Invitational

Follow the leaderboard at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Golf Channel primed to air NCAA Championship

Golf Channel plans to air nine hours of live coverage May 26-28 – three hours daily starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time – from Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

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Win Phil Mickelson's Pinehurst paycheck

If you test one of Callaway's Big Bertha line of clubs, you will be entered to win the same paycheck as Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open.

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Nippon N.S. Pro Zelos 7

Nippon's new shaft is called N.S. Pro Zelos 7, and it is a lightweight steel shaft that may address the desires of many amateur golfers.

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Bjorn's 62 sets early pace at BMW PGA

Thomas Bjorn posted a course-record-tying 10-under 62 to take the lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday.