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British Open Round 2 Recap

British Open Round 2 RecapThinkStock(HOYLAKE, England) -- New day, same story at the British Open. Rory McIlory remains atop the leader board after shooting his second straight 6-under 66. Heading into the weekend, McIlory holds a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson. For Johns...

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Golf – British Open Championship – First Round:

1.  Rory McIlroy -6 (66)

2.  Matteo Manassero -5 (67)

3.  Edoardo Molinari -4 (68)

Brooks Koepka -4 (68)

Francesco Molinari -4 (68)

Jim Furyk  -4 (68)

Sergio Garcia -4 (68)

Adam Scott -4 (68)

Shane Lowry -4 (68)

4. Tiger Woods -3 (69)

Robert Karlsson -3 (69)

Marc Leishman -3 (69)

Koumei Oda -3 (69)

Rickie Fowler -3 (69)

Hideki Matsuyama -3 (69)

Jimmy Walker -3 (69)

Yoshinobu Tsukada -3 (69)

Boo Weekley -3 (69)

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Tiger Ready for British Open

Tiger Ready for British Open

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOYLAKE, England) -- Tiger Woods is not concerned about his back problems anymore and is poised to compete for another major title this week at the British Open.

"I've been in circumstances like this," Woods said on Tuesday. "If you remember in '08 I had knee surgery right after the Masters. I won a U.S. Open. I didn't play more than nine holes and the Sunday before the U.S. Open I didn't break 50 for nine holes and still was able to win it in a playoff, with an (torn) ACL and a broken leg."

"I've proven I can do it, it's just a matter of putting my game and giving myself the best chances this week to miss the ball in the correct spots, to be aggressive when I can, and obviously to hole putts. That's a recipe you find for every major championship, but I've just got to do it this week," Woods continued.

Woods last played in June at Congressional Country Club and missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National after shooting a 74 and 75.

The 14-time major champion said that his back and swing are almost 100 percent.

"It's getting better," Woods said. "Playing at Congressional was a big boost to me. The fact that I was able to go at it that hard and hit it like that with no pain. It wasn't like that the previous time I played. Playing at both the Honda and Doral [in March] I did not feel well. But to come back and be able to hit the ball as hard as I was able to hit it. I've gotten stronger since then, I've gotten more explosive, I've gotten faster since then. That's going to be the case, I'm only going to get stronger and faster, which is great."

Woods tees off on Thursday morning at 9:04 a.m. local time (4:04 ET).

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Brian Harman Wins John Deere Classic

Brian Harman Wins John Deere Classic

(SILVIS, Ill.) -- For the first time in his young career, Brian Harman played in the final pairing on Sunday. The 27-year-old handled that pressure, making three clutch birdies down the stretch to win the John Deere Classic by one stroke over Zach Johnson.

"It was very hard, probably one of the hardest things I've ever tried to do in my life," Harman said. "Just trying not to let your mind run wild is the hardest part out there."

Johnson, a neighbor of Harman, shot a 7-under 64, tying the leader on the 14th hole with a birdie. When Harman approached the 14th, he was able to make par before knocking home birdie putts on each of the next two holes to pull away.

A bogey on 18 didn't hurt the first-time PGA winner, who held a two-stroke lead as he stood on the final tee. The victory earns Harman the final exemption for the British Open and also gave him an invitation to the Masters and Tournament of Champions, both firsts.

Jhonattan Vegas finished tied for third with Jerry Kelly while Scott Brown and Tim Clark tied for fifth.

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Cabrera Wins Greenbrier Classic

Cabrera Wins Greenbrier Classic

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W. Va.) -- Angel Cabrera has won just two tournaments in his PGA Tour career, both of which were majors. On Sunday he picked up his first non-major event victory by taking the Greenbrier Classic.

"This was a great opportunity," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "I wanted it. I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control today out there, and I didn't want to let it get away from me."

The 44-year-old finished the tournament at 2-under, posting a 6-under 64 in his final round to beat George McNeill by two strokes. McNeill shot a season-best 61 for his fourth top-10 finish of the year.

For Cabrera, it is his first top-10 finish of the season and his first win since the 2009 Masters. The Argentinian's only other PGA Tour victory came in the 2007 U.S. Open. 

And although McNeill played well, he suffered some bad news right after his round -- his older sister passed away from cancer early Sunday morning.

"Golf doesn't really mean a whole lot," McNeill told reporters after hearing the news. "So it's hard."

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Rose Wins Quicken Loans National

Rose Wins Quicken Loans National

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Justin Rose hit a ball into the pond on the 18th fairway but made bogey to force a playoff in the final round of the Quicken Loans National on Sunday. Rose then made par on the first playoff hole to beat Shawn Stefani at Congressional National Golf Course for his first win of the season.

Stefani, who narrowly missed a birdie putt on 18 to win, duplicated Rose's mistake and ended up in the same pond on the extra hole. That opened the door for Rose, who earned his first PGA Tour win since taking the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

The Englishman shot a 1-under 70 to finish with a tournament score of 4-under. Stefani posted the same score in the final round in his quest for his first PGA Tour victory.

"I felt like all aspects of my game were tested this week, and it's really nice to win in that fashion," Rose said.

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Tiger Shoots 3-Over in Return to Golf

Tiger Shoots 3-Over in Return to Golf

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- For the first time in three months, Tiger Woods was back on the golf course. Woods shot a 3-over 74 in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on Thursday.

"I was trying to get the numbers and the feel," said Woods. "That didn't start happening until midway through my front nine."

Woods had seven bogeys through his first 12 holes but closed with three birdies in his final six. It was the competitive round for the 14-time champion since having surgery on his back in March. Woods' last PGA Tour event was the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. He finished in 25th place with a 5-over performance.

The first round 74 is the highest score for Woods at the tournament. Only once has he gone on to win an event after shooting so high, the 2005 Masters when he opened with a 74. Greg Chalmers leads the field after a first round 66, one-shot better than Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson.

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Michelle Wie Wins US Women’s Open

Michelle Wie Wins US Women’s Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- She burst on to the scene as a 13-year-old phenom. Eleven years later, Michelle Wie captured her first ever major championship by winning the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Her final round Sunday was anything but a breeze for the 24-year-old. Holding a three-stroke lead on the 16th hole, Wie double bogeyed to open the door for Stacy Lewis. Wie followed that up with a clutch 25-foot birdie putt on 17 before sinking a par on 18 for the title.

The final round 70 beat Lewis by two strokes after the worlds number one player made a historic charge. Her 4-under 66 was highlighted by eight birdies, the most by any golfer in a final round at the U.S. Open. After preparing for a possible playoff, Lewis greeted Wie with a hug on the final green.

Wie shot 2-under for the tournament, the only player to finish under par. Lewis finished second at even par while Stephanie Meadows finished at 1-over.

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Wie Eyes First Ever Major Championship

Wie Eyes First Ever Major Championship

Tyler Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- Michelle Wie entered Saturday with a three stroke lead at the U.S. Women's Open. After salvaging a 2-over 72, she sits tied with Amy Yang for the 54-hole lead at Pinehurst No. 2.

"I'm just grateful for another opportunity," said Wie, who at one point ballooned her lead to four strokes. "Tomorrow I'm going to play as hard as I can and hope for the best."

Wie made consecutive birdies at the turn, reaching 6-under for the tournament, before her first double-bogey of the week on the tenth. After another bogey on 12, the 24-year-old settled down to make four crucial pars down the stretch and finish at 2-under for the tournament. This is the third time that Wie has held at least a share of the lead entering Sunday. The previous two came when she was 15 and 17-years old.

Meanwhile, Yang had an eventful round of her own, not making her first par until the eighth hole. Yang will be in the final pairing for the second time in three years, missing the outright lead by recording a bogey on the 18th hole. The two are four strokes ahead of a group of players which includes 53-year-old Julie Inkster. The Hall of Famer is competing in her 35th, and last, Women's Open.

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Lucy Li, 11-Year-Old Phenom, Misses Cut at U.S. Women’s Open

Lucy Li, 11-Year-Old Phenom, Misses Cut at U.S. Women’s Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINHEHURST, N.C.) -- The youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history failed to make the cut in her debut. Lucy Li, the 11-year-old phenom, shot an 8-over 78 on Friday, putting her at +16 for the tournament in her two days of competition.

Although she opened her round with a double-bogey, Li finished the outing with pars on three of the final four holes. Li also birdied the par-four 14th, calling it her favorite moment of the tournament.

"She was here for the experience and the opportunity to play with the best players in the world," said Li's caddie Bryan Bush. "She proved that she can."

The Women's Open is no stranger to a youth movement. Michelle Wie, the tournament leader heading into the weekend, was 13 at her first US Open in 2003. Lexi Thompson made her debut in 2007 at age 12, becoming the youngest qualifier at the tournament before Li.

Wie is currently four-under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of Thompson.

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Martin Kaymer Wins the U.S. Open

Martin Kaymer Wins the U.S. Open

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- Martin Kaymer entered the final day of the U.S. Open with a five-stroke lead and never looked back to take home his first title at Pinehurst.

Kaymer shot 1-under 69 on Sunday to win by eight shots ahead of Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler.

"It was just a matter of time," Kaymer said.  "It's not a huge surprise to me that I played good golf, it's a surprise that I won big tournaments."

Kaymer had history on his side; the last time someone blew a five-stroke lead entering the final day at the U.S. Open was 95 years ago.

Kaymer shot four rounds at 9-under 271 for his second major championship.

Phil Mickelson was seeking his first Open title, but finished 7-over with a final round of 72.

Rory McIlroy finished 6-over and Adam Scott was 2-over with a 69.

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Kaymer Comes Back Down to Earth, Still Leads by 5 Strokes

Kaymer Comes Back Down to Earth, Still Leads by 5 Strokes

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C) -- Martin Kaymer, who shot back-to-back 65's Thursday and Friday, shot a 2-over 72 Saturday and now holds a five-stroke lead heading into the final round at the U.S. Open.

After having only one bogey through the first two days, Kaymer had five on Saturday to fall back to 8-under for the tournament. Still, his performance was good enough to hold a sizeable lead, especially on a day where only two golfers shot rounds under par.

"I didn't play as well as the first two days, but I kept it together," Kaymer said.

The two golfers that did shoot under par are the two that find themselves in second place, five strokes back of Kaymer. Erik Compton had five birdies and an eagle en route to a 3-under 67 while Rickie Fowler had five birdies to also shoot a 3-under 67.

Kaymer has history on his side when it comes to winning. It has been 95 years since a player with a 5-stroke lead heading into the final round at a U.S. Open lost. Still, Kaymer isn't counting his chickens before they hatch.

"If you're four shots, five shots, six shots, if you play a golf course like this, it can be gone very quickly," he said. "You could see it today. So the challenge tomorrow is to keep going and not try to defend anything. So we'll see how it will react tomorrow, how the body feels and how I handle the situation."

Kaymer and Fowler will make up the final pairing Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2. They are scheduled to tee off at 3:35 p.m Eastern.

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Kaymer Continues to Dominate at Pinehurst

Kaymer Continues to Dominate at Pinehurst

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- Martin Kaymer shot another 5-under 65 Friday, putting him at a U.S. Open record 130 through 36 holes of play, as he continues to dominate at Pinehurst No. 2.

Kaymer is 10-under for the tournament leaving him six-strokes ahead of the next closest competitor, Brendon Todd.

"I played very well, I've had some good rounds in the past as well," Kaymer said. "But yesterday and today, especially today, the way I worked my way around the course ... I hit some smart shots. I didn't play too aggressive, and when I had a good number, I went for the flag and I didn't make many mistakes on the greens. I didn't 3-putt and made a lot of good putts."

Kevin Na and Brandt Snedeker are seven shots back. Phil Mickelson shot a 3-over 73 Friday and is 3-over for the tournament.

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Martin Kaymer Leads At U.S. Open At Five Under

Martin Kaymer Leads At U.S. Open At Five Under

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- Martin Kaymer shot an opening round 5-under 65 at the U.S. Open championship on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na, Fran Quinn and Brendon de Jonge.

Kaymer had six birdies and just one bogey on the day. He seized the lead on the back nine with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th hole.

Phil Mickelson, in search of his first U.S. Open championship, finished the day at even-70, five shots behind Kaymer. The five-time major championship winner had three birdies and three bogeys on the day.

Defending champion Justin Rose completed the first round at two-over 70, after bogeying the 8th, 13th, 14th, 17th, and 18th hole.

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Mickelson Looking For First U.S. Open Title

Mickelson Looking For First U.S. Open Title

ThinkStock(PINEHURST, N.C.) -- Golf’s second major of the year, the U.S. Open championship, tees off on Thursday at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina.

Phil Mickelson has won five major championships during his career, but has never won the U.S. Open title, finishing as the runner-up six times.

“I look at those close calls as a positive sign for having given myself so many opportunities in our national championship,” Mickelson said. “And I believe I will have more opportunities, and when I do, hopefully the experience that I had in the past will allow me to handle better in the future.”

In last year’s tournament, Mickelson finished tied for second with Jason Day, two strokes behind winner Justin Rose.

Mickelson comes into the tournament looking for his first win since capturing the British Open championship last year, a span of 20 events.

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Ben Crane Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Ben Crane Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Ben Crane won the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind by one-stroke over Troy Merritt Sunday.

Crane shot a final round 3-over 73 to earn his fifth career victory and first since 2011.

Crane played 30 holes Sunday due to rain delays earlier in the week. He played the final 12 holes of his third round in the morning, shooting a 69 which gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final round.

Crane finished the tournament at 10-under, 270.

Phil Mickelson still hasn't won since last year's British Open. He finished tied for 11th at 6 under.

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Ben Crane Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Ben Crane Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Ben Crane won the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind by one-stroke over Troy Merritt Sunday.

Crane shot a final round 3-over 73 to earn his fifth career victory and first since 2011.

Crane played 30 holes Sunday due to rain delays earlier in the week. He played the final 12 holes of his third round in the morning, shooting a 69 which gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final round.

Crane finished the tournament at 10-under, 270.

Phil Mickelson still hasn't won since last year's British Open. He finished tied for 11th at 6 under.

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Matsuyama Wins Memorial In a Playoff

Matsuyama Wins Memorial In a Playoff

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(DUBLIN, Ohio) -- Bubba Watson failed to hold his 54-hole lead at the Memorial, opening the door for a number of other players. Hideki Matsuyama was able to force a playoff with Kevin Na before winning his first tournament in America on the first extra hole.

It was not easy for Matsuyama, as he double-bogeyed on the 16th hole and bogeyed on the 17th, falling one stroke behind Na, who was already in the clubhouse. On his final tee shot of regulation, Matsuyama's drive bounced off a tree and into the fairway. The 22-year old took advantage of the break and hit a 7-iron to within five feet of the pin. His birdie putt put him at 13-under for the tournament and forced a playoff that he would win with a par on the first hole.

"To win my first PGA Tour event is enough," Matsuyama said. "But to win it here at (Jack) Nicklaus' course, it really gives me a lot of confidence now going on. And hopefully, I'll be able to use this week as a stepping stone to further my career."

Matsuyama became just the fourth Japanese-born player to win on the PGA Tour. His victory was aided by the collapse of multiple major winners. Watson, the Masters champion, led by one stroke with five holes to play but shot 3 over down the stretch. Adam Scott was 4 over on his final seven holes after being tied for the lead.

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Mickleson Reportedly Watched by FBI, SEC

Mickleson Reportedly Watched by FBI, SEC

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of golf's biggest names is reportedly under investigation by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Phil Mickelson is one of three men being investigated in a "major insider-trading probe involving finance, gambling and sports," according to the Wall Street Journal. 

While no charges have been filed and no accusations have been made, 78-year-old Carl Ichan and William "Billy" Walters are also involved. Ichan runs Ichan Enterprises while Walters is a Las Vegas bettor and real-estate mogul.

The basis of the investigation is to discover whether or not Mickelson and Walters traded nonpublic information reportedly received from Ichan about his investments with public companies. Both the FBI and SEC are reviewing trading patterns from Mickelson and Walters in 2011 when Ichan made a $10.2 billion offer for Clorox.

Glenn Cohen, attorney for Mickelson, said that and FBI agent told that Mickelson is not a subject of the investigation. Ichan has also denied knowledge of the probe. The Journal contests that Mickelson and Walters play golf together and that Walters has sometimes suggested stocks for Mickelson to buy.

Mickelson shot 72 and 70 in the first two rounds of the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio and currently sits in 37th place.

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Tiger Woods Will Miss U.S. Open

Tiger Woods Will Miss U.S. Open

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(DUBLIN, Ohio) -- Tiger Woods announced on his website Wednesday that he will miss the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 because he is still recovering from back surgery.

"Unfortunately, I won't be there because I am not physically able to play competitive golf," Woods said. "I'd like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won't be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it's going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future." Woods has been sidelined since playing in the WGC- Cadillac Championship in early March. The 14-time major title winner had surgery on March 31 for a pinched nerve in his back.

This will be the sixth major championship Tiger has missed because of injuries.

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