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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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Australian Louis Dobbelaar holds on for Dogwood Invitational win

Louis Dobbelaar hasn’t competed in a major event in the U.S. since the AJGA’s Junior Players Championship in 2019. Since then, the Australian has been dominating Down Under with his biggest win of 2021 coming at the Australian Men’s Amateur Championship in February.
Despite a start-and-stop week at the Dogwood Invitational because of inclement weather, no one could catch Dobbelaar at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. Now, the 19-year-old has a major U.S. amateur title under his belt.

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How the world’s 1,882nd-ranked player was leading on the PGA Tour

By: Nick Piastowski June 12, 2021

Tain Lee hits a shot on Saturday on the 16th hole at Congaree Golf Club.
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Tain Lee answered the question with a question. 
What’s it like going into the weekend on the PGA Tour within striking distance of some of the great players?
“I don’t know,” Lee said Friday. “Do you know what place I’m in?”
Third. 
“Yeah, that’s pretty crazy,” he said. “That’s wild.”
Pretty crazy. Wild. He was talking after his second round at the Palmetto Championship.

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Chesson Hadley doesn’t buckle playing with world No. 1, tightens grip on Palmetto Championship lead

RIDGELAND, S.C. – The world’s 320th-ranked player didn’t stumble.
The world No. 1 did.
Chesson Hadley, who had missed the cut in 11 of his last 15 starts on the PGA Tour and fallen to his lowest rank since 2016, outplayed Dustin Johnson as the two walked side by side in the final group on Saturday and remained atop the leaderboard through three days of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
The only thing that stopped Hadley, whose lone PGA Tour title came in the 2014 Puerto Rico Open, was a suspension of play due to threatening weather as he stood on the 18th tee.

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Despite a tough finish Saturday, Jerry Kelly is in the hunt at the AmFam Championship

MADISON, Wis. – Jerry Kelly had played bogey-free golf through 35 holes of the American Family Insurance Championship.
The Madison native was tied atop the leaderboard at 10-under-par with Miguel Angel Jimenez heading into the final hole at University Ridge Golf Course on Saturday. Then Kelly admitted he took the wrong approach to the 440-yard, par-4 No. 18.
“I need to hit the ball better,” Kelly said. “I need to hit the driver better. I need to hit my shots better.
“It doesn’t change anything. It just shows that I can get caught. I got caught trying to skirt that bunker.

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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. 
The No.

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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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Four players tied for lead at Scandinavian Mixed, including two men and two women

Four players are tied for the lead through three rounds of the Scandinavian Mixed, and it’s an equal representation. Alice Hewson and Caroline Hedwall both stand at 12 under at Vallda Golf and Country Club in Gothenburg, Sweden, and so do Rhys Enoch and Jason Scrivener.
Equal representation at the top of the leaderboard is the best endorsement you could make for the opportunity this tournament provides.
Wind made conditions difficult in the third round, but Hewson persevered. She birdied three of her final four holes for a third-round 69 and is enjoying every minute.

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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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Jon ‘Rambo’ Rahm says he’s cleared to play in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

Last Saturday, Jon Rahm held a six-shot lead after 54 holes in the Memorial Tournament before being told he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw.
This Saturday was much better.
The world No. 3 tweeted that he has been cleared to play in the U.S. Open starting next Thursday on the South Course at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
“After two negative tests in a 24 hour span and being cleared by health officials, it’s time to get ready for the US Open. Vamos!!” Rahm tweeted. He added a GIF of Sylvester Stallone as the movie character Rambo.

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