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Taiwan’s Min Lee takes 2-shot lead at Lake Merced

DALY CITY, Calif. — Min Lee made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Mediheal Championship.
Lee also birdied the par-5 15th and par-3 17th to pull away from former Stanford player Lauren Kim and Finland’s Matilda Castren.
The 26-year-old Lee, from Taiwan, is trying to win for the first time on the LPGA Tour. She had a 9-under 207 total at Lake Merced in the tour’s second straight event on the San Francisco Peninsula. Lee failed to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open last week at nearby Olympic Club.

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Chesson Hadley with 4-shot lead at delayed Palmetto Championship

RIDGELAND, S.C. — Chesson Hadley moved a step closer to his first PGA Tour victory in seven years, opening a four-stroke lead over Harris English and six over Dustin Johnson on Saturday in the rain-delayed Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
Hadley, English, Johnson and Lee Tain were all on the 18th hole when the horn sounded to stop play because of lightning. Rain followed about 10 minutes later and officials waited more than two hours for things to clear before telling the players they had to return to finish Sunday morning.
Hadley, in the final group, had just driven into the fairway.

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Jon Rahm tweets he’s cleared for U.S. Open after two negative COVID-19 tests

Jon Rahm tweeted with a Rambo GIF that he is cleared for next week’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines after two negative COVID tests in 24 hours. 
Following the third round of The Memorial Tournament, Rahm was informed after the 18th hole that he tested positive for COVID-19 with a 6-shot lead, which tied Tiger Woods for the largest lead ever heading into the final day of the Memorial. 
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Tain Lee, a 31-year-old Monday qualifier and former D3 star, enters lead conversation at Congaree

Tain Lee had no idea where he stood on the leaderboard after finishing his second round Friday at the Palmetto Championship.
“Do you know what place I’m in?” he asked a reporter following a 3-under 68, which moved Lee, who a few days earlier was Monday-qualifying for this event, at 7 under entering the weekend at Congaree Golf Club.
“Third,” the reporter answered, leaving Lee flabbergasted.
“Yeah, that’s pretty crazy,” Lee said. “That’s wild.”
Things got wilder on Saturday.

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Charles Barkley says Phil Mickelson can be that ‘annoying friend’

Charles Barkley – who by the way is working on his infamous swing – and Phil Mickelson are great friends, but Barkley said Mickelson can also be that “annoying friend.” 
Phil Mickelson is a great friend of mine. I’ve known him a long time, him and Amy. They’re awesome. But Phil is that annoying friend,” Barkley said during the American Century Championship’s media day.

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The road to now for star amateur Ana Pelaez wasn’t easy

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – She knew her dad gave her fake clubs. At age 6, Ana Peláez Triviño shook her head at her father and handed him back the plastic driver. Seventeen years later the Spaniard has turned into a star player for her country and her school, South Carolina.
But it wasn’t always that way. She got off track, like most college kids trying to find their way. That was until she stepped onto the grounds of Augusta National, and saw her friend Marta Perez Sanmartin, who played for Florida, compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

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Jason Scrivener, Caroline Hedwall part of four-way tie for lead at Scandinavian Mixed

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Two women and two men share a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the inaugural Scandinavian Mixed golf tournament on Saturday.
The event is a first on the European Tour. It started with 78 men and 78 women competing on the same course for one trophy and one prize money pool. It’s hosted by Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson.
Alice Hewson (69) had six birdies and three bogeys to join Jason Scrivener (66), Rhys Enoch (66) and Caroline Hedwall (73) on 12-under 204 after three rounds.

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PGA Tour pro WDs after 10-shot penalty for playing wrong ball

Mark Hensby was a late add to the field at this week’s Palmetto Championship. He also was an early withdrawal after adding 10 penalty strokes to his opening-round score.
The 49-year-old Aussie, trying to make his first PGA Tour cut in five years, was 2 over through his first eight holes Thursday at Congaree when he noticed something strange with his golf ball. The Titleist ProV1 had an unfamiliar small dot on it.
“I asked my caddie, ‘Hey what’s this dot on the ball? I’ve never noticed this before; did they do something with the new pro V1?’” Hensby told PGATour.com.

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U.S. Open 2021: Hole-by-hole look at Torrey Pines South

A hole-by-hole look at the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course, site of the 121st U.S. Open on June 17-20. Includes description, along with the stroke average and rank (hardest to easiest) from the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines:
No. 1, 446 yards, par 4
Two bunkers to the right and a longer bunker on the left should be avoided, with the left side of the fairway preferred for what could be a 7-iron or less depending on the wind. The green is slightly elevated and pitches from back to front, guarded by bunkers on the both sides.

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Danielle Kang shoots 66 to take one-shot lead into weekend at LPGA Mediheal

DALY CITY, Calif – Danielle Kang birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the LPGA Mediheal Championship, the tour’s second straight event on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Coming off a 35th-place tie last week in the U.S. Women’s Open at nearby Olympic Club, Kang had a 7-under 137 total at Lake Merced for a one-stroke lead over first-round leader Leona Maguire and former Stanford player Lauren Kim.
“It was just warmer weather,” Kang said. “I play well in really hot weather.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez might ‘sweat like a pig,’ but he leads in hot Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – Miguel Angel Jimenez had two eagles in a 7-under 65 in hot and humid conditions Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ American Insurance Championship.
“Hot, sweat like a pig,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez eagled the par-5 16th and second holes and had four birdies and a bogey in the round that start on the back nine at University Ridge. The 57-year-old Spaniard has 10 victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning 21 times on the European Tour.
“I’ve been playing very solid. I played very, very solid all day,” Jimenez said.

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Dustin Johnson doubles final hole Friday; two back of leader Chesson Hadley at Congaree

RIDGELAND, S.C. – Chesson Hadley is off to his best start on the PGA Tour since 2016, shooting a 5-under 66 on Friday for a two-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson in the Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
Hadley was at 11-under 131 at Congaree Golf Club, his lowest total through 36 holes since the The RSM Classic in 2016.
The top-ranked Johnson, who opened his afternoon round five shots behind early starter Hadley, was tied for the lead through 17 holes.
But Johnson drove the ball left on No. 18 and into a thick, deeply rooted patch of tall grass.

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