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R&A allows postal vote on admitting women members (The Associated Press)
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club will hold a postal vote on whether to admit women members for the first time. R&A secretary Peter Dawson said last week at the British Open that ''it's clear that the majority of R&A members feel that postal voting would be appropriate in this case.'' The result will be announced on Sept. 18.

Horsey in halfway lead at Russian Open (The Associated Press)

David Horsey hits a drive on the 10th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

David Horsey shot a 4-under 68 Friday for a two-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Russian Open. Double European Tour winner Horsey is just one of three players in the world's top 200 competing at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club course near Moscow. Belgium rookie Thomas Pieters is second on 9 under after also shooting 68. Scotland's Peter Whiteford, looking for his first Tour success in his 181st tournament, shot a 1-under 71 and is third at 7 under.

Race for Gleneagles hotting up (PGA)
The race for a place in Paul McGinley's European team for The 2014 Ryder Cup is progressing apace with big-points events such as last week's Open Championship and the upcoming tournaments stateside set to play a huge part in who makes the cut for Gleneagles. With just six weeks and six European Tour events remaining of the qualification period, which ends at the close of the Italian Open in the last week of August, the time-frame in which to make a decisive move into the automatic spots is rapidly dwindling. Last Sunday, Rory McIlroy not only captured his third Major title in hoisting the Claret Jug at Hoylake, but the Northern Irishman also cemented his place in McGinley's side by reaching over three million points to move well clear at the top of the European Points List. It will be the 25 year old's third successive Ryder Cup, having debuted at Celtic Manor and made a second appearance in the stunning comeback two years later at Medinah Country Club, but whether his long-time playing partner Graeme McDowell can also secure one of the nine automatic spots is currently less clear-cut.

Cindy Ha advances in US Girls' Junior (The Associated Press)
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Cindy Ha beat qualifying medalist Angel Yin 2 and 1 on Thursday at Forest Highlands to reach the U.S. Girls' Junior quarterfinals.

Long Drive Competition to return at PGA Championship at Valhalla (PGA)
The 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club will host the return of the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition, which originated in 1952 when the Championship was conducted at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville. Awards will be given to the top three finishers with winners receiving a money clip inspired by the one that Jack Nicklaus received in the first of his two consecutive PGA Championship Driving Contest titles in 1963. Additionally, through PGA REACH, the charitable arm of the PGA of America, the top three finishers will be provided charitable donations of $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 respectively, with the funds split equally between the players' designated charity and the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.

Jarrod Lyle opens with 67 in US return (The Associated Press)

Jarrod Lyle of Australia tees off during the final round of the Australian Masters golf tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Jarrod Lyle shot a 4-under 67 on Thursday in the Tour's Midwest Classic, the Australian's first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia. ''I think the most surprising thing was my focus,'' Lyle said. I think that shows that it's all starting to come back for me.'' Traveling with wife Briony and 2-year-old daughter Lusi, the 32-year-old Lyle had four front-nine birdies in his bogey-free round at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.

James shoots record 63 in Canadian Women's Amateur (The Associated Press)
WOODSTOCK, Ontario (AP) -- North Carolina State senior Augusta James broke the Canadian Women's Amateur record and course mark Thursday with an 8-under 63 to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.

Petrovic, Putnam share Canadian Open lead (The Associated Press)

Michael Putnam, of the USA, reacts after sinking a birdie on the 17th hole during first round of play at the Canadian Open golf championship Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. The 47-year-old Petrovic was the last player to get in the field, grabbing a spot when Benjamin Alvarado withdrew Tuesday. ''I didn't set my expectations high because I got in late, so this was kind of my practice round,'' Petrovic said. He won his lone PGA Tour title in New Orleans in 2005.