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U.S. extends lead to five games over Europe in Solheim Cup


Doug Ghim, Doc Redman end up with a U.S. Amateur Championship faceoff

PACIFIC PALISADES >> It might be an indication you’ve thoroughly intimidated an opponent during the 117th U.S. Amateur Championships when he concedes to you a long eagle putt, as well as the hole, on the backside of the golf course.

By Tom Hoffarth|


  • Golf

    SoCal’s best gear up for 117th U.S. Amateur Championship

    A number of local golfers, born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, will compete Monday morning at either Riviera or Bel-Air Country Club, where they’ll tee off in the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship. For Collin Morikawa, a local product from La Cañada High School and currently ranked No. 5 in the World Amateur Rankings, it’s his third time playing in the prestigious event. “I’ve learned a lot from the first two events, but at the same...

    By Tarek Fattal @Tarek_Fattal on Twitter|

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    Matsuya grabs share of PGA Championships lead in rain-shortened second round

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> Most meaningful of all the text messages Hideki Matsuyama received last week was the one from Jason Day congratulating the Japanese star for his 61 in the final round at Firestone to win his second World Golf Championship. It read: “Congrats, mate. Unreal playing. See you next week.” Matsuyama looked just as unreal Friday at the PGA Championship, even before the storms arrived and took so much of the bite out of Quail Hollow. Starting...

    By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press|

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    Whicker: Late bloomer Robert Funk, minus the thorns, eyes the U.S. Amateur

    CANYON LAKE >> Robert Funk lives on a promontory, inside gates, near Lake Elsinore. His two sons, Corey and Capron, are razor scooter champions who record their stunts on You Tube, much to the delight of their 3.5 million followers and various orthopedists. Funk handles their contracts and their business. He has his own business, too, as an electrical contractor. He nearly lost it to a friend’s malfeasance and another time to a recession, so he keeps it under his...

    Mark Whicker

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    Spieth frustrated, but still in game to complete Grand Slam

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.>> Jordan Spieth began his quest for the career Grand Slam by not making a putt longer than 5 feet. What helped was that Quail Hollow punished just about everyone at some point Thursday in the PGA Championship. Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark emerged as the top survivors on a course with some of the fastest, scariest putting surfaces the PGA Championship has ever seen. And both had to watch lengthy birdie putts creep into the cup on the 18th hole to...

    By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press|

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    Fowler hopes Quail Hollow magic leads to first major title

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.>>Rickie Fowler loves playing at Quail Hollow. You can’t particularly blame him. This is where Fowler got his breakthrough PGA Tour win and where he now hopes to capture that elusive first major championship. Fowler, from Murrieta, shot an opening-round 69 at the PGA Championship on Thursday, leaving him two shots behind co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen. He won the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, his first win after...

    By Steve Reed The Associated Press|

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    Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his record wiped clean if he completes the program, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Woods, 41, was charged with driving under the influence in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and sleeping medication. No alcohol was found in his system. Woods did not...

    By Terry Spencer The Associated Press|

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    PGA Championship: Many praise the chance to wear shorts in practice

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> Lucas Glover walked off the 18th fairway at Quail Hollow still feeling slightly underdressed. He wasn’t alone. “I don’t recognize some of these guys out here, and I’m sure they probably don’t recognize me either,” Glover said. For the first time in its 99-year history, the PGA Championship allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds this week, in part to combat the August heat in North Carolina.

    By Steve Reed The Associated Press|

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    El Rivino heads list of top-10 defunct courses in the Inland area

    The words aren’t synonyms, but they could be. El Rivino. Par-6. “I had never seen a par-6 before,” said longtime San Bernardino Golf Club pro Frank Hillpot, who worked at El Rivino from 2000 to 2002. “So it was definitely interesting.” Perhaps still one of the more well-known holes in the Inland Empire, the No. 1 hole at El Rivino Country Club and the entire course itself ranks as the top defunct course in the Inland area. As the game and...

    By Landon Negri|

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    Pieters, Zach Johnson share lead at Bridgestone Invitational

    Thomas Pieters ended a roller-coaster round with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Zach Johnson going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. Pieters built a big lead early with five birdies on his opening eight holes at Firestone, only to run into trouble off the tee. He made only three pars over his last 11 holes and wound up with his best chance yet to win in America. Johnson, who hasn’t won since...

    By The Associated Press|

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    Jimmy Walker shines despite rainy weather

    By The Associated Press Jimmy Walker endured rain delays of nearly five hours and shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to build a two-shot lead at the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. Walker finally saw some good results in a year marked by coping with Lyme disease and bouts of fatigue. The timing couldn’t be better for Walker, who defends his PGA Championship title next week. He made birdie from short range on both par 3s on the back nine at Firestone and finished...


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