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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Kyle Stanley
Coming off his worst year, Jeff Overton opened the new PGA Tour season on a good note.
Hunter Mahan gave up the lead in the Canadian Open when his wife went into labor, and Brandt Snedeker grabbed the top spot a few hours later Saturday.
If only Sergio Garcia could have a mulligan _ or four of them _ on the 15th hole, he might be in reasonable shape at the U.S. Open.
The marquee group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott is set to go off Thursday at 1:14 p.m. and Friday at 7:44 a.m.
Former Masters champion Mike Weir has done just enough at qualifying to earn a spot at the U.S. Open.
Weir lost in a playoff at the main Ohio qualifier and was first alternate. Also getting into the U.S. Open as a qualifying alternate were Ryan Palmer, Ryan Yip, Rikard Karlberg and Harold Varner III.
David Lynn is the Englishman who earned his PGA Tour card last year by finishing eight shots behind as the runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship. He can be racy on Twitter. And in his first year on the American tour, he already has done well enough to earn over $1.3 million and be No. 29 in the FedEx Cup standings.
Matt Kuchar thrived in tough conditions that sent Tiger Woods to the worst nine holes of his PGA Tour career Saturday.
Lucas Glover increased his lead to two strokes in the Zurich Classic to remain in position for his first victory in two years.
Bubba Watson wants no part of deer-antler spray. The name alone makes the Masters champion a bit squeamish.
The chatter and speculation hasn't stopped since the players arrived at Torrey Pines earlier in the week for the Farmers Insurance Open. The focus of such a busy week is sure to shift to another topic on Thursday.
Dave Kindred, a preeminent American sports writer who has worked his trade for the better part of four decades, was walking down the right side of the first fairway at Kiawah Island with the final group at the PGA Championship when he mentioned he had been teaching a writing class to college students.
Two-time champion Phil Mickelson and Masters winner Bubba Watson have committed to play in the Phoenix Open.
This has been the year of the comeback on the PGA Tour, with 11 players coming from at least four shots behind to win in the final round.
At Royal Lytham & St. Annes
"I think after this event, I'm probably going to take an offseason," Stanley said. "I didn't really have much of one. I'm definitely looking forward to having some time off."
"It doesn't seem like a year since I was last here, but today was the first time I've seen the course since Sunday last year," Stanley said. "It's good to be back. I feel really comfortable on this golf course."