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NORTON, Mass. (AP) Brendon de Jonge described his opening round Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship as coming out of nowhere. Jordan Spieth's start - his third straight round over par - was becoming far too familiar for him.

De Jonge ran off seven birdies in calming conditions at the TPC Boston for a 6-under 65 that gave him a two-shot lead over nine players, including Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Luke Donald.

"It's been a tough stretch for me the last couple of months, unfortunately," de Jonge said. "I felt like my game was OK, but the scoring wasn't. And then, obviously, everything today sort of clicked."

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Dredge leads Russian Open by 1

MOSCOW (AP) Bradley Dredge shot 5-under 66 Friday to lead the Russian Open by one stroke at the halfway stage.

The Welshman started the day tied for third but had a bogey-free second round for 10-under 132 overall after teeing off on a damp morning at the Skolkovo Golf Club, near the center of Moscow. Read More...

Alcohol, speed factored in Palmer crash

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) Investigators say alcohol and speed were factors in a traffic accident in the Texas Panhandle that killed the 71-year-old father of PGA Tour player Ryan Palmer.

Charles Franklin "Butch" Palmer of Amarillo died the night of Aug. 18 in the rollover of his sport utility vehicle on Loop 335 on the northeastern fringe of Amarillo. The Texas Department of Public Safety crash report obtained by the Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/1JUogHa ) didn't specify the amount of alcohol in Palmer's blood. Read More...

PGA cancels Grand Slam of Golf

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The PGA of America will not hold its Grand Slam of Golf for the major champions this year.

The 36-hole exhibition was supposed to be played in October at Trump National in Los Angeles. The PGA and Donald Trump agreed that it would move away from Trump's course after he received criticism for his remarks about Mexican immigrants while launching his candidacy for U.S. president. Read More...

Lefty needs big week to make Presidents

NORTON, Mass. (AP) Phil Mickelson only realized a few days ago his proud streak of qualifying for 20 consecutive teams was over.

Even if he were to win the Deutsche Bank Championship this week, he could not finish among the top 10 players who automatically qualify for the Presidents Cup team. That leaves him one important week to at least make an impression as a captain's pick. Read More...

NBC analyst Rolfing battling cancer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Television golf analyst Mark Rolfing has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and will not be part of the Golf Channel or NBC broadcast team for the rest of the year.

Rolfing had surgery three weeks ago to remove a malignant growth from his left cheek area. He said Thursday he is starting a second phase of treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for this rare form of cancer. Read More...

McIlroy: Schedule more about the mental

NORTON, Mass. (AP) The European Tour went to great lengths to explain why Rory McIlroy is being allowed to compete in the season-ending Race to Dubai even though he won't reach the minimum 13 events when it ends with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

McIlroy has played only nine European Tour events, missing out on three events (Scottish Open, British Open, Bridgestone Invitational) while recovering from injuries to the tendons in his left ankle. Read More...

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