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Tuesday, June 30

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Fantasy Aces: AT&T National

Best Bet: Jim Furyk It’s been too long since this guy has been in the winner’s circle. Congressional is a perfect fit. U.S. Open venue meets U.S. Open-type player.

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Notes: How Woods learned to break par

Even when he was just learning to play golf, Tiger Woods never had any trouble breaking par. He owes that to his father making sure the bar was never set too high.

Arp, Kim share early North & South lead

Colorado State’s Riley Arp and Michigan’s Lion Kim shot 3-under 68 Tuesday to share medalist honors in stroke-play qualifying for the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst’s No. 2 course.

Hernandez teeing it up at Jamie Farr

It’s good to see Maria Hernandez playing in this week’s Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

A love-hate relationship with Twitter

Odds and ends from the social-networking site

Matt Hill to play Tiger's tournament

NCAA champion Matt Hill will tee it up on the PGA Tour in the AT&T National.

Gonzalez sweeps California Amateur

Cal Poly senior Geoff Gonzalez earned medalist honors and won the California State Amateur.

Barber dominates Florida Am

Blayne Barber won the state amateur by nine shots at TPC Sawgrass.

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No delay on grooves

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced June 30 that Tour players will begin using smaller-groove irons and wedges beginning Jan. 1, despite recent calls to delay implementing the new rule for one year.

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Mid-am McCoy seeks Walker Cup spot

There’s only been one mid-am on the past two Walker Cup teams. Mike McCoy, 46, is trying to buck that trend. It’s not easy. He has to balance work and a family, while playing against kids half his age.

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Toy Box: Tour players feeling the Ping

After 13 LPGA events, Ping is riding high. When Jiyai Shin cruised to a seven-stroke victory in the Wegmans LPGA, it marked the ninth time this year that the winner used a Ping driver.

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Toy Box: Fairway Woods

Somehow fairway woods have gotten lost in the shuffle. They have been around for decades, but longevity hasn’t prevented them from being overshadowed by hybrids in recent years.

Ask the expert: Barney Adams

Adams is famous for his Tight Lies fairway woods, which were first sold in 1996.

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Cypress Point Club and Pine Valley Club top the 2009 Golfweek's Best Classic Courses List

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Rosales, Moore stylin’

Jennifer Rosales was a little ray of sunshine, or more like a pint of sorbet this weekend at the LPGA Wegman’s Classic. Thankfully, she brought the color that is sometimes missing from the fairways, and did so in one put-together look.

Monday, June 29

Set your dials

welcomes you to the latest episode of “Return of The Can’t Miss Kids," featuring 2003 U.S. Amateur runner-up Casey Wittenberg.

Winner’s Circle: June 22-28, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: Sunriver Resort

This might come as news to some, but golf in Oregon is played at places other than Bandon Dunes Resort, whose three courses occupy the top three spots on the state’s Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list.

Ask the expert: Mark Timms

Cool Clubs' Mark Timms discusses shafts.

Rounds played increases 0.9% in May

The number of rounds played nationwide increased 0.9 percent in May and contributed to a 1.6 percent gain year-to-date.

Pavin, Rose commit to Travelers

Corey Pavin and Justin Rose are among the latest players to commit to this year’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Player of the Week: Patrick Rodgers

Rodgers won SAP Open by 12-stroke margin.

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Monday Scramble: Are you crazy?

Welcome to the Monday Scramble. Did you know that babies are born without kneecaps? Weird! (Sorry, we’ve been spending way too much time on Michelle Wie’s Twitter page...)

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Atlantic City: Jersey jackpot

In the early 1850s, when he was courting investors for the rail line that would turn Atlantic City into a mega-resort, Dr. Jonathan Pitney rhapsodized about the virtues of Absecon Island – its pleasingly temperate seaside climate, its boating, fishing and other sporting activities – all just a short commute from Philadelphia and New York.

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Song rolls to Women’s Publinx title

A month after being named Golfweek’s College Player of the Year, Jennifer Song added a major amateur title to her resume.

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Stewart’s son plays Pinehurst No. 2

Aaron Stewart walked onto the 18th green at Pinehurst’s No. 2 course on Monday and allowed himself a peek at the imposing figure standing near the clubhouse.

Maine’s Hickson tries for better PNC fate

It only seems that the PGA of America has something against John Hickson.

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Klein on Design: No. 18 at Congressional

Congressional’s most recognizable hole has been a stage for both the famous – Ken Venturi limping home a winner at the 1964 U.S. Open – and the infamous – Tom Lehman dumping a 7-iron approach into the water to lose the 1997 Open.

Sunday, June 28

Koepka shoots 67 to win Rice Planters

Florida State's Brooks Koepka came from behind to win the Rice Planters.

Parks named head coach at Louisiana State

Jeff Parks is leaving his post as a golf pro to coach the men’s team at Louisiana Tech.

PNC’s weather no concern for N.Y. player

Those players in the morning wave of Sunday’s opening round at the 42nd PGA Professional National Championship faced a couple of meteorlogical obstacles: hours of cool drizzle just heavy enough to be a nuisance, and winds that often gusted to 20 mph.

Nielsen makes huge rally to win Dick’s

Lonnie Nielsen was as amazed as anybody.

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Perry rolls to Travelers title

Kenny Perry has set a goal of winning 20 times before he leaves the PGA Tour.

Gillis notches first Nationwide victory

Tom Gillis shot 70 in the final round of the Nationwide Tour Players Cup to win by three strokes Sunday.

Dougherty fends off albatross, wins BMW

Nick Dougherty shot a final-round 64 to win the BMW International Open by one stroke on Sunday, although he was nearly upstaged by one of the most rare shots in golf.

Japan title qualifies Ishikawa for British

Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa closed with a 1-over 73 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour and qualify for the British Open next month.

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Shin leaves no doubt at Wegmans

South Korea’s Jiyai Shin picked up her fifth title in 11 months with a seven-stroke victory at the Wegmans LPGA on Sunday.

Saturday, June 27

Woltman wins Northeast Am, sets record

Dan Woltman won the Northeast Amateur to help his Walker Cup prospects.

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Cheyenne Woods misses Wegmans cut

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, missed the cut Saturday in her professional golf debut, shooting a 2-over 74 in the second round of the storm-disrupted Wegmans LPGA.

Friday, June 26

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Kim Kim coasts into WAPL semis

Kimberly Kim kept up her winning ways Friday, as she downed fellow 17-year-old Sun Gyoung Park, 6 and 5, in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.

Song, Kim to duel for WAPL title

Kimberly Kim is in prime position to win her second major women's amateur tournament in three years. But she'll have to get through Jennifer Song – Golfweek's top-ranked collegian and national player of the year – to do it.

Long on record pace at Northeast Am

For the second consecutive day, Adam Long put his name in the record book of the Northeast Amateur.

USF’s Quiazon named Oregon coach

Ria Quiazon has been named the women’s golf coach at the University of Oregon, according to Oregon athletics director Pat Kilkenny.

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Stanford’s mom has breast cancer

The mother of LPGA player Angela Stanford has been diagnosed with breast cancer and soon will begin treatment with chemotherapy.

Shin takes command at Wegmans

South Korean star Jiyai Shin, seeking her fifth win in 11 months, shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to vault into a three-stroke lead at the storm-plagued Wegmans LPGA.

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Singh offers to pay Stanford's debt

Vijay Singh has offered to help pay the $500,000 bail for financier Allen Stanford, but a federal magistrate would not allow it because the three-time major champion is not a U.S. citizen.

Eisenhower to be inducted into Hall

President Dwight D. Eisenhower will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, making him one of a small number of inductees not to have played the game competitively.

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Daly ordered to pay $271K in legal fees

John Daly has been ordered to pay almost $272,000 in legal fees for his unsuccessful libel lawsuit against The Florida Times-Union.

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Bright future

Mina Harigae finds her game on the Futures Tour.

Great Scot

The home of golf needs Dean Robertson to help regain some of its respect.

Tour to vote on delaying new grooves

A critical PGA Tour vote is scheduled for early next week, and its outcome likely will shape how the rest of the golf world deals with the pending – and increasingly controversial – grooves change.

Van Sickle, Sucher get John Deere exemptions

Walker Cup candidates Mike Van Sickle and Zack Sucher will get a chance to test their games against the pros after receiving sponsor exemptions to the John Deere Classic.

Thursday, June 25

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Open look

It was a U.S. Open that seemingly was never going to end, one that was devoid of any sort of rhythm. But when after five days, four suspensions in play, and success in learning how to spell squeegee, it was all over, there were plenty of leftover thoughts to stir about.

’11, ’12 U.S. Women’s Am sites picked

The 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be played at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I., and The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio, will host the 2012 event, the U.S. Golf Asssociation annouced Thursday.

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Song advances at WAPL; Kono out

Jennifer Song (pictured) cruised into the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Thursday, never trailing in victories over Alexandra Stewart and Brittany Altomare.

No AT&T for Els

Coming off of a disappointing U.S. Open, it appears that Ernie Els has had a change of heart about the upcoming AT&T National at a course that holds a special place in his heart: Congressional CC.

Ewart steps down at Long Beach State

Long Beach State women’s coach Sue Ewart stepped down Thursday after 13 seasons with the program.

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Robertson to coach Texas Tech women

Purdue assistant JoJo Robertson is heading to Lubbock, Texas.

Gal goes low to take Wegmans lead

Germany’s Sandra Gal kept loose over a game of chess during a rain delay and shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to lead Jiyai Shin by one stroke before darkness suspended first-round play at the Wegmans LPGA.

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UGA assistant to lead Sooner women

Veronique Drouin, who has been an assistant coach at Georgia for the last four years, is the new head women’s golf coach at Oklahoma.

Teichert leaves Michigan after 16 years

Kathy Teichert resigned as women’s coach at Michigan Friday after 16 seasons with the Wolverines.

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NCAA Men’s Championship preview

Eighteen of the top 20 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings will square off at Inverness Club for this year's national championship.

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Vogel eager for last shot at Rolex

T.J. Vogel doesn’t have much time left. Next week’s Rolex Tournament of Champions will be his last AJGA event, and his last chance to win an AJGA title. But whatever happens, Vogel has a career at USC to look forward to.

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Long sets record, leads Northeast Am

Adam Long would love to be able to package up the back nine at Wannamoisett Country Club and take it back to his Lake St. Louis, Mo., home. Or maybe take it to every tournament he competes in and use it as a substitute.

PGA, Turner extend contract thru ’19

The PGA of America and Turner Sports have extended their broadcasting rights contract through 2019.

PGA Tour signs deal with Eurosport

PGA Tour television coverage in the United Kingdom will continue under an agreement with Eurosport to broadcast the remaining tournaments on the 2009 schedule.

Wednesday, June 24

Kono advances at U.S. Women's Publinx

Top-seeded Stephanie Kono is still alive after the first round of match play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. In one of the more commanding matches of the day, Kono took down Emily Powers, 4 and 3.

Scores dive at Travelers

There are smiles at every turn of the head here at TPC River Highlands.

Henry cards early ace

J.J. Henry sure knows how to give the home folks something more than a donut with their morning coffee.

Weekley gives back

Even in these rough stretches when his play is ragged and Brad Faxon struggles to keep positive thoughts going, he’s thrilled to be part of the PGA Tour.

Glover plays through pie

Hey, the man just won a U.S. Open in ankle-high mud.

Reid has a chance at Solheim

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the following players: Tania Elosegui, Martina Eberl, Melissa Reid.

Notes: No Travelers broadcast in Britain

The PGA Tour is broadcast to more than 230 countries in 35 languages with a maximum reach of just under 600 million homes. For the moment, it has gone dark in Britain.

O'Hair's son born day after U.S. Open

Sean O'Hair's third child had good timing, waiting until the day after the U.S. Open to be born.

Smith starts with bang

Nathan Smith, the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, gave his opening round at the 48th Northeast Amateur a big boost Wednesday when he made an eagle-2 at the 372-yard, par-4 fifth hole at Wannamoisett Country Club.

Testing second hole

The par-4 second hole at Wannamoisett Country Club has long been considered one of the toughest – if not the toughest – holes on the course.

Cyr wins second NAIA title

Point Loma Nazarene senior Sam Cyr fired a final-round 71 to finish as the only player under par and lock up his second consecutive individual title at the NAIA Men’s National Championships at TPC at Deere Run.

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Holmes at home at Northeast Amateur

David Holmes grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., playing at Holston Hills Country Club, a course designed by Donald Ross.

Tuesday, June 23

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Kono medals at U.S. Women’s Publinx

Stephanie Kono made six birdies Tuesday in a 4-under 68 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

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Price, Toms win CVS Charity Classic

David Toms and Nick Price teamed up to win the CVS Charity Classic.

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Ochoa fires longtime caddie Brooker

Lorena Ochoa fired David Brooker, her caddie of nearly three years, June 22, Golfweek has learned.

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Price, Toms win CVS Caremark Charity Classic

David Toms returned the favor on Tuesday. After Nick Price’s strong play during the opening day, Toms had eight birdies to lead the pair to the title at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at the Rhode Island Country Club.

Hybrids the rage at U.S. Open

Many players used hybrids to deal with Bethpage Black’s thick rough.

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Ochoa fires caddie

Lorena Ochoa fired David Brooker, her caddie of nearly three years, June 22, Golfweek has learned.

Who will employ Brooker?

does her best to figure out who will hire Lorena Ochoa's former caddie, David Brooker.

Keenan at home at Berkshire

Former University of Texas player Farren Keenan sure has liking for The Berkshire Golf Club.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: An improbable treat

The most improbable story at the U.S. Open was David Duval’s return from oblivion.

Women's coaches allowed on putting surfaces

While at the NCAA Women’s Championship I polled coaches to see if they would like to be able to go on greens and in bunkers during competition.

Monday, June 22

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Salas takes lead at U.S. Women’s Publinx GOLFWEEK STAFF

Lizette Salas, a rising junior at USC, shot 4-under 68 Monday to take the first-round lead in the stroke-play stage of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

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Phil second again, but with perspective

Phil Mickelson made two late bogeys to finish second in the U.S. Open, then headed home to be with his family.

Turnstile adds custom-publishing unit

Turnstile Publishing Co., parent of Golfweek magazine, has acquired a custom-publishing business – a move that diversifies Turnstile’s media assets and complements its industry-leading golf franchise.

Rooting interest

No one will be rooting for Phil Mickelson to make a Monday charge more than his wife, Amy. But a close second?

Winner's Circle: June 15-22, 2009

Lucas Glover used his Nike SQ Sumo SQD Tour driver to hit the fairways at soggy Bethpage.

Scoreboard watcher

Worth noting as the leader Lucas Glover heads to the back nine in the final round.

Leaders starting to unravel

Lucas Glover and Ricky Barnes are doing what many thought they would – struggle in the final-round limelight at the U.S. Open.

Tiger's hunting

Tiger Woods is on the move.

Glover holds on for U.S. Open victory

In a final hour packed with emotion, Lucas Glover played a steady hand to win the U.S. Open.

Barnes upbeat after Bethpage meltdown

Ricky Barnes needed only a few words to perfectly summarize his week – make that, week and one day – at the U.S. Open.

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Duval looks to build on Bethpage success

After tying for second at the 109th U.S. Open, David Duval feels like he is nearing his old form. Now it's time to keep moving forward.

Weaver gunning for Walker bid

Two years ago, many felt Drew Weaver’s win at the British Amateur Championship was worthy enough to land him a spot on the 2007 U.S. Walker Cup team.

OU taps former Georgia assistant Hybl

Ryan Hybl has been named men’s head golf coach at the University of Oklahoma.

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Glover reigns

More to Open champ than meets the eye.

Player of the Week: Justin Thomas

Thomas fires 29 on way to AJGA victory.

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Demise of the Jewish club

Jewish clubs, like private clubs in general, are struggling. The abundance of high-quality, public-access courses, a tough economy and changing consumer values are contributing to their plight. But Inwood Country Club and others are pursuing new strategies to survive.

Private clubs must face a new reality

“Cocooning” very well could be killing private golf clubs. The term reflects people’s desire to spend more time with loved ones. And it’s a 180-degree turn from the days when men escaped their wives and children and dashed to their clubs for male bonding.

Player of the Week: Kimberly Kim

Kim won Rolex Girls in playoff.

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Amateurs make mark at Bethpage

Sixteen amateurs competed in this year’s U.S. Open, the most since 1981, when 18 teed it up at Merion Golf Club.

UCF coaching search

with his top 3 candidates to fill the head men's coaching job at UCF.

Golf makes final pitch for Olympics

In the next step to get golf included in the 2016 Olympics, International Golf Federation executives made a pitch for their sport June 15 before the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board.

Travelers to ramp up Web coverage

The PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship will offer Web coverage that enables fans to watch live streaming video and interact in real time.

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Klein on Design: No. 18 at Bethpage

it’s much better for the average player hitting driver from the middle tees than for the U.S. Open golfer laying up from the back.

Book review: The Sure Thing

At first glance, Eric Adelson’s retelling of Michelle Wie’s erratic young career looks like it will be a breezy two-hour read. But it quickly becomes apparent that the book will, in the immortal words of Donald Rumsfeld, become a “long, hard slog.”

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Lake Tahoe: Warming trend

The prettiest shots on “The Haney Project,” Golf Channel’s tragi-comic reality show, don’t fly off Charles Barkley’s club face. They appear in the backdrop of the opening credits, as Haney’s hapless student hacks his way around a tree-lined layout, duck-hooking drives into astounded crowds.

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New Norman track offers sneak peek

Stone Canyon Golf Club, a Greg Norman design, opened last month in Independence, Mo.

Sunday, June 21

McIlroy learns quick

Wasn’t it only recently that young Irishman Rory McIlroy got into “a spot of bother” across the pond when he referred to the Ryder Cup as a mere “exhibition?”

Mahan making a charge

Hunter Mahan is making a move Sunday.

Win for Barnes would be historic

explains why Ricky Barnes winning the U.S. Open would put him in a select group.

Back-to-back bogeys for Barnes

Ricky Barnes appears to be feeling the pressure of leading the U.S. Open. Barnes has made back-to-back bogeys – the final hole of the third round and the first hole of the fourth round.

Slippery Sunday

Welcome to the Rapid Rewind portion of the U.S. Open.

Barnes leads Open; Monday finish looms

The U.S. Open moved one round closer to a conclusion Sunday afternoon, even if very little was settled on soggy Bethpage Black and the champion would not be decided for at least one more day.

U.S. Open notes: Poulter critical of USGA

Ian Poulter has been Twittering all week at the U.S. Open, but Sunday might have been the most unusual tweet of them all. He posted a picture of his golf ball on the 10th fairway, speckled with mud.

Doesn't feel like an Open

Hunter Mahan just posted 2-under par and said, “It doesn’t feel like a U.S. Open.”

U.S. Open regulation will run into Monday

No, it's not a shock. But it is official: The U.S. Open will need a Monday finish for the first time in regulation since 1983.

Barnes marks at horn blow

Decisions, decisions. To play or not to play?

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Barnes, Glover lead; Monday finish next

The final round of the U.S. Open has been suspended, and not a moment too soon for Ricky Barnes.

Daly crashes bus into Alabama tunnel

John Daly’s bus turned out to be too big for a tunnel. Daly said a confusing set of signs at the entrance of the Bankhead Tunnel in Mobile, Ala., caused the top of his bus to be heavily damaged, with awnings and other parts hitting a Cadillac going in the other direction.

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Notes: Tough break costs Mahan

No golf tournament ends without a number of players able to say “What if?” over one hole or one swing.

Sergio over broken heart

confirms that Sergio Garcia is over his broken heart.

Welcome back, David

David Duval's resurrection is turning him into the people's champion at Bethpage.

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UCF’s Clinard to take over at Auburn

Nick Clinard is heading to Auburn. After eight years at Central Florida, Clinard will take over for longtime Tigers coach Mike Griffin, who resigned at the end of the 2008-09 season.

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Silver screen

Can Lefty produce a Hollywood ending?

Stress-free

Ricky Barnes called his round “stress-free.” Sean O’Hair said it feels like a regular week on Tour, and he felt comforta

Manassero to be youngest Masters competitor

Italy’s Matteo Manassero hasn’t stopped making history.

Saturday, June 20

Karle outlasts field for Western title

Taylore Karle, a rising junior at Pepperdine, topped Dottie Ardina, 2 and 1, Saturday to win the Women's Western Amateur.

U.S. Open blog: Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler spoke to Golfweek.com each day at the U.S. Open to give an inside-the-ropes look at our national championship.

Gary Woodland's in the mix

Long-hitting PGA Tour rookie Gary Woodland completed a 4-under 66 Saturday morning to finish two rounds at 1-under 139.

A closer look at Ricky Barnes

Ricky Barnes, the 36-hole U.S. Open leader, is playing his first season as a PGA Tour member after turning pro in ‘03 to much fanfare.

Who is Azuma Yuno?

So, who exactly is Azuma Yuno?

Els misses Open cut

Ernie Els didn’t take advantage of playing on the better side of the draw this week.

Too little, too late

Nathan Tyler’s holed bunker shot was too little, too late.

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Barnes sets Open record; Woods 11 back

With a record-setting show, Ricky Barnes has clearly regained his USGA championship stroke.

Open notes: Lefty faces Round 2 drama

Phil Mickelson’s second round resumed at the par-4 12th, but it didn’t take long for him to create a little drama.

History with the leaders

True story. Couldn’t make this up. Not that creative.

Movie with Mallinger

Went to the movie The Hangover the other day – you know, the day of the big U.S. Open washout, when things got boring at Bethpage and a dose of humor was needed.

Tiger chasing comeback record

Don’t look now, but Tiger Woods is chasing a record owned by Lou Graham, not Jack Nicklaus.

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Barnes leads Open; Phil, Tiger chasing

With a record-setting show, Ricky Barnes has clearly regained his USGA championship stroke.

Crowd remembers Hamilton's British Open win

As he pushed off from the first tee at 6:50 p.m. to begin his twilight third round, there was a gray sky, pounding rain, and a question from the audience.

Back to the future

Ricky Barnes has put his past struggles behind him and emerged stress-free at Bethpage.

Olazabal elected to Hall of Fame

Jose Maria Olazabal, a two-time Masters champion and part of the “Spanish Armada” with Seve Ballesteros that became the most formidable team in the Ryder Cup, has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Soft greens

If this U.S. Open proves anything, it is that if the greens are soft and receptive you can make the course 8,000 yards and someone is still going to go low.

The real thing

Walked a few holes with the wife of a player, who told me that she and a half dozen PGA Tour wives took the train to New York City for some shopping while their hubbies practiced earlier in the week.

The Tait Test

The Tait Test for future greatness is pretty simple. If a player gets added to my dictionary when I do a spell check, then there’s a good chance I think he’s one for the future.

No college for Manassero

College coaches salivating at the prospect of getting British Amateur champion Matteo Manassero into their programs should reach for the tissue box right now and wipe their mouths dry.

Murphy’s law

There’s more to the Open than just Tiger and Phil.

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Manassero makes British Am history

Pencil Matteo Manassero’s name into the record books. The 16-year-old from Verona in Northern Italy holds two distinctions in British Amateur Championship history. He is the youngest ever winner of the British Amateur Championship, and the first Italian to win the championship in its 124-year history.

Hoag squeaks out victory at Monroe

Ohio State rising junior Bo Hoag shot a final-round 69 Saturday to finish at 3-under 277 and win the Monroe Invitational.

UTA golfer wins Western Junior

The age limit at the Western Junior is 19 years old. That is why a junior-to-be in college can not only play in the event, but win.

NBC experts talks college golf

Several college players are in the field this week at the U.S. Open, so at some point you had to figure the folks at NBC would spend some time talking about college golf.

Friday, June 19

Karle, Ardina in Women’s Western finals

Taylore Karle took down top-seeded Kristina Wong in the semifinals of the Women’s Western Amateur at Shawnee Country Club in Lima, Ohio.

Duval back atop a major leaderboard

Despite his struggles over the years, David Duval has a way of finding his way onto leaderboards at golf’s Grand Slam events.

Intriguing leaderboard

This is shaping up to be an intriguing leaderboard at the U.S. Open.

Taylor goes low

Amateur Nick Taylor ended a long Thursday in style – holing a bunker shot for birdie at the par-3 14th just before the horn blew to stop play Friday night.

Glover sleeps on U.S. Open lead

Players usually don’t want to leave a golf course when they’ve got it rolling.

Barnes breaks 36 hole record

Ricky Barnes’ 132 total is a new record for low opening 36 holes at the U.S. Open.

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Perry plays way into U.S. Women’s Open

Katherine Perry isn’t a name that’s floating around the AJGA tournament circuit, but in the Southeast, the 17-year-old is a pretty big deal.

USGA responds to ticket dilemma

The U.S. Golf Association has come up with a plan to placate those who had tickets for the rain-shortened opening day of the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

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Notes: Weir just misses Open's fifth 63

Mike Weir came within one stroke of matching the best round ever in any of golf’s major championships.

Glover leads Open; Woods shoots 74

Tiger Woods couldn’t get off the course fast enough. Mike Weir, Lucas Glover, Ricky Barnes and Phil Mickelson were among those on the right side of the rain at the U.S. Open and thrilled they didn’t have to leave until it was too dark to continue.

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Open notebook: Like night and day

For all those who have suggested that Tiger Woods always gets the best side of the draw, we introduce the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. One look at the scoring averages tells the story.

Extended stay

A veteran scribe, smiling for some reason, came over a while ago and said, “It’s a good thing I made my return flight on Wednesday. I’m looking pretty smart now.”

Hamilton... again

I’m looking at the leaderboard and I see Todd Hamilton tied for second and I’m asking a question that I never thought I’d ask.

Hanson, Hansen and hockey

Two men with names pronounced Han-son are on the leaderboard.

Free practice a perk for pros

There are fringe benefits to lengthy rain delays at golf tournaments.

Marshals too distracted by play

We are walking a fine line here, because plain and simple, there is no U.S. Open without volunteers.

Round 1 score bad omen for Woods

If you believe in omens, the 74 posted by Tiger Woods doesn't bode well for U.S. Open chances.

Shorter, wetter Bethpage still a test

Yes, officials pushed up some tees, so Bethpage Black wasn’t stretched to the 7,426 yards that is available.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

NCAA matchmakers hit the jackpot.

Creighton names Wiemers men’s coach

Teaching pro Chris Wiemers has been named head men’s coach at Creighton, the school announced Friday.

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Manassero staring down British Am record

It’s easy to hang the label of future superstar on young shoulders, extremely easy in the case of 16-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero.

Keep rolling

I’m not a golf superintendent but I once worked for a minor league baseball team so I’ve seen first-hand how a rain-soaked field can magically be returned to playable conditions.

Lift, clean and cheat

Even before the first drop of rain fell yesterday, the USGA made it clear that the U.S. Open would not implement lift, clean and place under any circumstances.

Which Hanson?

Most golf fans are familiar with U.S. Open first-round leader Mike Weir, but do New York golf fans know Swede Peter Hanson, the golfer most visible in Weir’s rear-view mirror after shooting 66?

Fischer wins Western Jr. by two shots

Zack Fischer shot a final-round 72 Friday to win the Western Junior Championship at the University of Texas Golf Club. Despite playing his final four holes in 3 over, Fischer finished at 3-under 281, two shots ahead of Patrick Cantlay.

U.S. Open longevity

One of the highlights of the day for me was bumping into legendary amateur Bill Campbell, who is attending his first U.S. Open this week since Oakmont in 1983 when he was the USGA’s president.

Weaver playing with purpose at Open

When Drew Weaver played his first major, the 2007 British Open, he was trying to heal a mourning community with his play.

Down goes Fleetwood

Local fans thought they’d got the steal of the century at the beginning of the week. Now all they have is a useless piece of paper.

Getting to know Stiggy

Stiggy Hogson’s real name is Eamonn.

Coaching tips

Matteo Manassero has some experience helping him here this week. Italian coach Alberto Binaghi is caddying for him.

Mickelson's mojo

If Phil Mickelson should somehow pull off the fairy tale and win the U.S. Open for a wife back home battling breast cancer, he’d probably be greeted at the last green by a dozen New York book publishers and maybe as many movie producers.

Thursday, June 18

Hayes makes first Bethpage birdie

Your first birdie of the 2009 U.S. Open was made by J.P. Hayes., the first player off the 10th tee.

Not an ideal start for Tiger

Tiger Woods is off at the U.S. Open, but it wasn’t an ideal start.

Brehaut surprises in Round 1

Jeff Brehaut, playing in the first group off No. 10, made the turn in 1-under 34 and is your early candidate for surprise Day 1 leader at the U.S. Open, a role played by Justin Hicks and Kevin Streelman in ‘08.

Who are these guys?

It’s about noon and the U.S. Open is at a stormy standstill. While fighting boredom during the suspension of play due to inclement weather, I noticed that the four little-known names at the top of the leaderboard, listed at T-1, were Brehaut, Edfors, Parr and Spears.

Rain delay

It’s still pouring sheets, Bethpage Black is under water and the next announcement by the USGA needs to be on the topic of “Movie Listings” or “Broadway Attractions.”

Mickelson likely to miss British

To help celebrate his 39th birthday, Phil Mickelson on Tuesday was extended a double-header: Breakfast in bed, then breakfast at his favorite “joint” back home in San Diego.

Final major deserves mention

In the world of professional golf major championships, it’s generally felt that the PGA Championship receives the least amount of respect.

Hillson a surprise in British Am quarters

Mark Hillson is the surprise package of this year’s British Amateur Championship. Most people wouldn’t have picked him to make the match play stages let alone the last eight.

Peer pressure

The first round is currently in a weather delay so what better time to read the transcript of Argentina’s Eduardo Romero from his press conference.

Monumental entrance

I wish I had my lawn mower with me. Then I’d be able to cut the grass around one of Southport’s landmarks

Out with a whimper

If you wanted to see a player go out of a championship with a whimper instead of a bang, then you had to see the way veteran Welshman Nigel Edwards exited the British Amateur Championship.

Introducing The Gallery Awards (aka The Lookies)

Introducing The Gallery Awards (aka The Lookies)!

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U.S. Open: Rain gear anyone?

Rain gear from the U.S. Open

McCabe: Sink or swim? Smile and swing

There weren’t many highlights for the players who endured the rainy conditions in the first round of the U.S. Open. But as Jim McCabe writes, Jim Furyk may have emerged as a possible favorite at Bethpage, despite the look on his face.

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Early rain on Woods’ parade

Tiger Woods’ defense of the U.S. Open title began with an adventure. Woods double-bogeyed the fifth hole, but birdied the sixth. He was two off the lead when play was suspended at 10:16 a.m. due to heavy rains.

Notes: Rain delays a rarity at Open

Thursday’s suspension of play at Bethpage Black because of heavy rain meant a third straight Open on Long Island to be affected at some point by the weather.

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Spears reigns at U.S. Open, for now

Ryan Spears has won a college tournament while surrounded by wildfires. Now he’s atop the leaderboard at a super-soaked U.S. Open.

Destination: World Golf Village

Set in historic St. Augustine, mere minutes from Florida’s sun-drenched Atlantic coast, World Golf Village is undoubtedly golf’s most complete resort vacation destination.

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Round 1 washed out at Bethpage

Torrential downpours have suspended the first round of the U.S. Open. Play will resume 7:30 a.m. Friday morning with the first round ending late that same day. Tiger Woods was two shots off the four-way lead when play stopped.

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Wong continues Women's Western run

Kristina Wong continues to roll through the Women's Western Amateur.

Wednesday, June 17

Mickelson good for short game lesson

There aren’t many people better qualified to teach the short game than Phil Mickelson.

Who has the drive?

Bethpage Black undoubtedly favors a long hitter.

Keep an eye on Miles

Outside of Lake Nona, Isleworth and Whisper Rock, there may not be a course with as many players in the U.S. Open field as Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, Calif.

Kaymer goes shoeless on range

Maybe Martin Kaymer was channeling his inner Sam Snead, which may not be a good idea at the U.S. Open, a tournament Snead never won.

Forecast? Not looking good

Here’s your weather forecast for Thursday, and it’s not good.

Erdy keeps fighting

David Erdy has come a long way in a year, a path that has led him to this year’s U.S. Open.

Bethpage Black has the public feel

Bethpage Black isn’t your typical muni, but near the media center is the perfect reminder that this is, in fact, a public course.

Go home, short hitters

Was walking by the Bethpage Black putting green when I spotted a Ryder Cup player and yelled out, “Hey, does a medium-length hitter have a chance to win this week?”

You never know

Phil Mickelson said his wife Amy, who will start breast cancer treatment July 1, has sent him “notes, texts, cards and hints” that she’d like him to bring the U.S. Open silver trophy to her hospital room.

Dreyer plays his cards right at British Am

Ryan Dreyer is used to playing for high stakes under pressure. Not the sort of pressure of the British Amateur Championship, but high-risk games of chance at the card tables of Sun City and Las Vegas.

Oakmont in 2016

As spectators depart the massive Merchandise Pavilion, they walk by large murals on the outer walls promoting upcoming U.S. Open sites.

The Golden Bear does it all

Jack Nicklaus flipped the switch at 5:50 this evening to light the Empire State Building’s tower.

Throw your handicap away

Speaking of handicaps, even the highest plus-handicap you can think of doesn’t guarantee success in the British Amateur Championship.

Custom fitted

The Adams Tour van was packed and leaving the grounds. That is until Vijay Singh made a last-minute request. Singh, who already uses an Adams A3 19-degree hybrid, wanted to try 4- and 5-iron replacement hybrids.

R&A Rankings

The R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking now decides who gets into the British Amateur Championship.

This is fun? Bethpage gets brutal

Don’t expect to see a lot of smiling faces once play begins Thursday at the U.S. Open. As Jim McCabe explains, Bethpage Black is a headache waiting to happen.

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Notes: Mickelson gets birthday sendoff

Phil Mickelson could not have asked for a better time celebrating his 39th birthday, even if his presents were a little more traditional than the head of a dinosaur or a meteorite.

British Open ‘unlikely’ for Mickelson

The U.S. Open might have one tough act to follow.

Commentary: Bethpage offers wealth of options

It’s often said of golf course architecture that if you can get inside a player’s head and make him think, he’s done. And yet what really happens at certain peak moments like a U.S. Open is that a few players rise to the level of the playing field and figure out its varied demands.

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Bethpage crowd already revved up

Bethpage Black doesn’t lack for intimidating forces, with the famed warning sign near the first tee saying only highly skilled players should dare venture past, a trio of par-4s spanning more than 500 yards apiece and the second-longest layout in U.S. Open history.

Bandon Dunes lands 2011 Publinx double

Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort will host the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, the U.S. Golf Association announced Wednesday.

Wong leads qualifiers at Western Am

Kristina Wong fired her second consecutive 1-over 73 on Tuesday to take medalist honors at 36 holes at the Women’s Western Amateur in Lima, Ohio.

Tuesday, June 16

Wie, Gulbis out of U.S. Women’s Open

Michelle Wie failed to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Wie shot a 74 in the second round of qualifying Monday, and missed by a shot.

Garcia, Goosen testing new TaylorMade ball

Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen were testing a new TaylorMade ball before the St. Jude Classic.

Woods changes driver before Memorial win

Before his best driving performance in years, Tiger Woods made a small tweak to his driver.

Back in my day...

One of the more interesting things to come out of pre-U.S. Open interviews Tuesday was Paul Casey’s account of his conversation with former touring pro Miller Barber, Mr. X.

French pairing fine for Levet

Two months ago, Thomas Levet stood beneath the sprawling oak tree behind Augusta National’s clubhouse and soaked in the Masters ambiance.

Autograph requests abound

Kenny Perry can point to 40 minutes of his life to prove that the spectators weren’t reading their U.S. Open guides at Bethpage Black.

Quiros confuses drivers

One assumes they’ll get this straightened out before Thursday’s first round, but the decision on which driver to put into play was a confounding one for Alvaro Quiros and his caddie, Dave McNeilly.

Hamrick takes Alabama Am

Hunter Hamrick sure likes playing golf in his home state of Alabama.

Getting it back

Padraig Harrington is still looking for his major-winning form.

Helping hand

The rise of England’s Paul Casey to No. 3 in the World Rankings hasn’t come without a helping hand or two. During a press conference earlier today, Casey spoke candidly about his special relationship with his longtime instructor, Peter Kostis

Palmer Cup perspective

I might need to change my attitude towards the Palmer Cup after bumping into Dean Robertson today in the Formby clubhouse.

Poker face

There are a lot of good stories among the 288 competitors who began the stroke play rounds of the British Amateur Championship, but Ryan Dreyer’s is one of the most intriguing.

Spoke too soon?

The Scottish Golf Union’s (SGU) decision to name it’s six-man European Championship team today was called into question with results from British Amateur qualifying.

Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Tiger or the field?

OK, the proposition is this: Tiger Woods or the field in the U.S. Open at the wet beast known as Bethpage Black?

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Commentary: Three key holes at Bethpage Black

A few key changes from 2002 helped Bethpage Black become an even more compelling layout for the 2009 U.S. Open. Bradley S. Klein breaks down three pivotal holes at the more strategic, flexible course.

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Rocco: ‘Maybe I can do better this year’

Rocco Mediate arrived at Bethpage Black’s driving range Tuesday moments after Tiger Woods left, settling in one spot away from where the reigning U.S. Open champion practiced.

Monday, June 15

Testing Inlines

Testing Inlines

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Nike adds Blumenherst to tour staff

Nike Golf has added Amanda Blumenherst, a three-time national collegiate player of the year and winner of the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, to its tour staff.

Corporations scale back at U.S. Open

With corporate America reining in spending, it's no surprise hospitality sales are down at this year's U.S. Open. As of June 2, the USGA had sold 42 hospitality tents at Bethpage. By comparison, the event accounted for 78 tents in 2002, the last time the Open was held at the New York venue.

Winner's Circle: June 8-14, 2009

Anna Nordqvist had nearly all Ping in her bag as she won her first major at Bulle Rock.

Brown ousted at San Diego State

San Diego State women’s coach Felicia Brown will not have her contract renewed.

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses

SandHills Golf Club and Pacific Dunes tops the 2009 Golfweek's Best Modern Courses

Dowling gets women’s job at Florida

Jan Dowling was named head women’s coach at Florida, the university announced Monday.

Player of the Week: David Oraee

Oraee, of Greeley, Colo., shot a 16-under 200 (66-64-70) at Aspen (Colo.) Golf Club to win the AJGA's Junior All-Star at Aspen by 18.

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Take a wild ride down Tobacco Road

Ten years ago this summer, a billboard went up on U.S. Route 1 south of Sanford, N.C., proclaiming the arrival of something totally different.

Rory's Ryder re-do

I’m not surprised Rory McIlroy softened his initial comments about the Ryder Cup. Calling the Ryder Cup an exhibition match doesn’t go down well on these shores.

Baby on board

In between practicing pitch shots from some mighty thick spinach, Sean O’Hair addressed the baby talk

Staying amateur

Bronson Burgoon’s message was clear – he wants to make the U.S. Walker Cup team later this year.

The golf Zamboni

I watched the grounds crew prep the 16th and 17th greens this afternoon during a lull in the action.

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Hill, Thurmond earn Golfweek honors

Coming into the 2008-09 season, there wasn’t a lot of hype surrounding North Carolina State’s Matt Hill or the University of Washington men’s team.

Golfweek’s Best deals: Minnesota

The golf season is short throughout Minnesota but particularly so on the northeastern Iron Range – unfortunate because that’s where you’ll find the state’s top two public-access courses.

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Gay’s groove continues at St. Jude

Just a few months removed from a record-breaking win in Hilton Head, Brian Gay is primed for his third career win at the St. Jude Classic. Gay will earn a spot in the U.S. Open if he wins.

Katayama WDs from U.S. Open

Shingo Katayama of Japan has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of an injury to his upper back.

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Unknowns soaking up Open experience

Tiger Woods held the putter with only his left hand as he rapped a 60-foot putt across the practice green. Then he hit another putt with his right hand, a third putt with both hands in conventional style.

Ken Green has lower leg amputated

Champions Tour golfer Ken Green had his lower right leg amputated because of severe injuries caused by a car accident.

Player of the Week: Katherine Perry

Perry won U.S. Women's Open Sectional Qualifier.

Monday Scramble: Back in Black

Bethpage Black is hard. We all know that. Even the Bethpage bureaucrats are tampering with the idea of rewording that extremely famous sign on the first tee. The Monday Scramble investigates.

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Corporate downsizing at U.S. Open

A slump in corporate sales hasn’t spared this year’s U.S. Open. The event didn’t sell out tickets in advance for the first time since 1986. Adam Schupak reports.

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Golfweek exclusive: Tracey Stewart

Almost 10 years after the sudden and tragic death of her husband, Payne, Tracey Stewart sat down with Jeff Rude for a rare interview.

Fantasy Aces: U.S. Open

Rounding out your fantasy golf team for the U.S. Open? Golfweek’s experts tell you who to pick at Bethpage.

Dougherty on streak

Kevin Dougherty may not have the name recognition of Oklahoma State’s other recent (i.e. Fowler, Hoffmann, Tway and Uihlein), but he’s been on an impressive run in California.

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Shiny sensation: Blingo Ballmarks

During four All-American seasons at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Charlotte Campbell got in the habit of decorating her shoes, uniforms and hats with rhinestones. Little did she know that her idiosyncrasy would inspire a business.

U.S. Open: Golfweek staff picks

Golfweek’s fleet of reporters is on the scene this week inside the gates at Bethpage Black. Here are their predictions.

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Lendl takes Women’s Eastern Am title

After setting a course record with an opening-round 67, 18-year-old Isabelle Lendl finished at 4-under 212 to win the 98th Women’s Eastern Amateur Championship in Wintergreen, Va.

Sunday, June 14

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Notes: Wie's ace gives reason to cheer

Even though Michelle Wie never made a run at winning the LPGA Championship, she certainly gave her sizable galleries reason to cheer this week.

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Nordqvist lands major at Bulle Rock

A long and memorable day for Anna Nordqvist ended with a well-deserved champagne shower on the 18th green.

Allenby's sleeping arrangements

“Last fall you talked about sleeping with your putter on Saturday night. Are you going to try that again?” a reporter asked.

Burgers plentiful at LPGA major

One of the great perks of covering the McDonald’s LPGA Championship is the 5 p.m. burger.

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Gay grabs Open spot with St. Jude win

Brian Gay played his way into the U.S. Open in his last possible chance, completing a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the St. Jude Classic.

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Pinehurst to pull Open double duty

The USGA will announce Monday that in June 2014, Pinehurst No. 2 will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks. Bradley S. Klein weighs in on the move.

Immelman, Hart withdraw from Open

Two more players have withdrawn from next week's U.S. Open with injuries.

Can Tiger repeat at Bethpage?

So long and so dark, the shadow he casts has the potential to stretch substantially with the upcoming U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

Saturday, June 13

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Nordqvist clinging to McDonald’s lead

As a rookie playing in the third round of the LPGA Championship, Anna Nordqvist probably figured the only problem she might encounter was a little bit of nervousness.

Ohio State names Darr head coach

Ohio State University announced Saturday that Darr will coach the Buckeyes in the fall, taking over for Jim Brown, who retired in the spring after 36 years in Columbus.

Ace for Wie

Michelle Wie aced the par-3 seventh hole with a knock-down 8-iron.

Twitter breaks withdrawal

Suzann Pettersen just tweeted that she has pulled out of the tournament.

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Notes: Cho nearly sets Bulle Rock record

Irene Cho made the cut at the LPGA Championship by one stroke and started the third round tied for 65th, so there was really no reason to believe the 25-year-old Californian would come within one shot of making history at Bulle Rock on Saturday.

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Munoz tops Ciganda to win British Am

A month after leading Arizona State to victory at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Azahara Munoz picked up another title.

Friday, June 12

Nordqvist has eyes on major title

As a young golfer in Sweden, Anna Nordqvist patterned her career after the best female golfer her country has ever produced — Annika Sorenstam.

U.S. Women's Open qualifying results

Alexis Thompson is heading to her third U.S. Women’s Open. The 14-year-old shot 4-under 140 at Plantation Bay Country Club to top the field.

Gossett hovers on cut line

David Gossett is on the cut line in the weather-delayed St. Jude Classic, so we won’t know until Saturday if his consecutive 70s at TPC Southwind are enough to make the cut.

Daly shoots 68, on cut line

John Daly was on pace to comfortably make his first PGA Tour cut of the year at the St. Jude Classic. Then he ended his second round with a double bogey, and now sits on the cut line after two rounds at TPC Southwind.

Ochoa's Brooker withdraws

Lorena Ochoa’s caddie, David Brooker, withdrew Friday morning from the McDonald’s LPGA.

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New caddy for Pettersen

Suzann Pettersen fired James Walton for the second time after the Corning Classic and now has veteran PGA Tour caddie Paul Fusco on the bag.

Inkster turns to shrink

Everyone knows Juli Inkster is a grinder.

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Play halted as Gay leads St. Jude

Thunderstorms have stopped play during the second round of the St. Jude Classic with Brian Gay holding the clubhouse lead after a 4-under 66.

Jordan struggles in U.S. Open Challenge

When it comes to golf, Jordan insists all that is true. He played in the U.S. Open Challenge with Ben Roethlisberger and Justin Timberlake on Friday at Bethpage Black, and through two holes, he was trailing the contest winner who finished out their foursome, a Phoenix police lieutenant.

Tear earns Thomas FootJoy title

Justin Thomas held off junior golf’s No. 1 player to win the FootJoy Invitational June 12, but that wasn’t all he earned for his effort. Thomas topped overnight leader Jordan Spieth and earned a spot in the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship with his victory.

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Faldo given knighthood by Queen

Faldo will be given a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday for his services to golf, the only athlete to be given one of Britain’s highest honors on the monarch’s birthday list this year.

Notes: Roberts defying age in Memphis

Nobody has played Memphis’ PGA Tour stop more than Loren Roberts. No one has wanted to win it more than him.

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Tschetter still has 'some good golf left'

She’s 44, had both hips replaced within the last two years and hasn’t won a tournament since 1992.

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Mickelson in need of weekend charge

Phil Mickelson is looking a bit more at ease, the golf course providing some of the distraction he wanted while he and his wife cope with her breast cancer.

Karlsson out of U.S. Open; Svoboda in

Robert Karlsson of Sweden has withdrawn from the U.S. Open next week at Bethpage Black because of an eye infection which has left him with no depth perception in his left eye.

Juniors advance to U.S. Women's Open

The first sectional qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open was held Thursday, and three juniors were among those that advanced, including 13-year-old Cindy Feng, recent winner of the AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior.

Lewis hopes for Open berth

The U.S. Open hopes of UC Santa Barbara rising junior Scott Lewis just got a little better.

Don't discount Anderson

One name that I don’t think has been mentioned enough during the Walker Cup chase is former South Carolina All-American Mark Anderson.

Semifinals set for Ladies' British Am

Top-seeded Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz have advanced to the semifinals of the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship, where they will be joined by England’s Laura Collin and Germany’s Caroline Masson.

Thursday, June 11

In-depth: Men’s regionals

Hold on to your visors and grab your trusty lob wedge, the postseason is here.

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Francis leaving UCLA for Arizona State

Philip Francis told Golfweek June 8 that he is transferring from UCLA after two seasons to enroll at Arizona State, but will have to sit out the 2009-10 season due to Pac-10 regulations.

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Svoboda in line for U.S. Open berth

Andrew Svoboda has a rooting interest in the St. Jude Classic.

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Golf preparing for pitch to Olympics

Golf makes its big play for a place on the Olympic program next week believing its lineup will deliver a persuasive case for inclusion.

Early success

In her first event as a professional, Amanda Blumenherst is off to a fantastic start.

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Notes: Gay gunning for U.S. Open berth

Brian Gay still has a chance to earn a berth in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black by winning the St. Jude Classic.

Playing with the big guys

U.S. Junior Amateur champion Cameron Peck proved he can play with the pros, carding a 1-under 69 in the first round of the St. Jude Classic.

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Castrale takes McDonald’s LPGA lead

For the second time in four years, Nicole Castrale topped the leaderboard after the first round of the LPGA Championship.

Phil's first round back

Phil Mickelson made the turn at even-par in the first round of the St. Jude Classic.

Hush Y'all

Shh. . . You didn’t hear it from me but after a two-year absence, they’re back.

Best seats in the house

FedEx employees have one of the best spots to watch the St. Jude Classic.

McConnell joins Spieth atop FootJoy

Talk about David vs. Goliath. Ian McConnel, No. 96 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, shot a bogey-free 67 Thursday at the FootJoy Boys Invitational to join the country’s top-ranked junior, Jordan Spieth, atop the leaderboard.

The mic follows Wie

Still scratching my head at the Golf Channel press release that popped in my Inbox last night.

Where in the world?

Representatives from 15 countries made it into match play at the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship at Royal St David’s in Harlech, Wales.

Mickelson starts strong at St. Jude

In his first PGA Tour event since learning his wife has breast cancer, Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 68 Thursday at the St. Jude Classic and is four off of Brian Gay’s lead. Gay needs a win to play in the U.S. Open.

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Notes: Wie pushing for first LPGA win

Michelle Wie could end up making the final LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock an unforgettable event.

Clear-headed

Paige Mackenzie has a renewed focus in 2009.

USGA announces U.S. Open pairings

Defending champion Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of the U.S. Open with Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera, giving fans at Bethpage Black a chance to see the reigning champions of all four majors.

Blumenherst off to a good pro start

The Duke grad and three-time college player of the year carded five birdies in a 4-under 68 Thursday at the Duramed Futures Tour’s Michelob Ultra Futures Players Championship. She was was a shot off the lead midway through the first round at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Illinois.

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Ciganda, Munoz advance at British Am

Two former Arizona State teammates easily made it past the first two rounds of match play Thursday at the Ladies British Amateur Championship in Wales.

Wednesday, June 10

Better be long at Bethpage

I’m not sure how many players have a chance to win next week’s U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Maybe 20. Maybe 10. Maybe one.

Mickelson heads into St. Jude with heavy heart

The main thing that struck me about Phil Mickelson’s first address about wife Amy’s breast cancer was how heavy his heart seemed.

Pry named head coach at Charlotte

Jamie Green left Charlotte this past winter to coach at Duke, leaving Adam Pry as the interim head coach. Today, Judy Rose, the Director of Athletics at Charlotte lifted the interim tag and Named Pry the head coach.

U.S. Open field breakdown

The 156-man field for the 109th U.S. Open, to be played June 18-21 on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.

Race for Walker Cup gets underway

A long and distinguished list of tournaments stand between now and the selection of this year's Walker Cup team. A hot summer on the amateur circuit might make all the difference between a spot in the action or a seat on the sidelines come September.

Rudolph reinstated

Way back when, Harry Rudolph was one of the best junior and college players in the country.

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U.S. Open: Amateur rundown

A complete and in-depth look at the field of amateurs that will be competing in this year's U.S. Open.

Campillo to debut at BMW

Indiana grad Jorge Campillo will make his debut as a professional at the European Tour’s BMW International Open at the end of June.

Theismann shakes off rust at Pro-Am

Former Washington Redskins QB Joe Theismann, who is turning into a pro-am stalwart in his post-Monday Night Football broadcasting days.

Spieth bolts ahead at FootJoy

Jordan Spieth showed why he’s the top-ranked junior in the country. The Dallas native made seven birdies Wednesday in a 4-under 66 at the FootJoy Boys Invitational and leads by three shots.

Peck's storybook week

Cameron Peck’s smile is so wide his cheeks must ache.

Prime time pairings

Tomorrow is a day locals may want to play hooky from work and attend the St. Jude Classic.

Irish Walker Cup selections

Irish golfers are giving the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup captain Colin Dalgleish and his team of selectors something of a headache this year.

Lewis needs a charge

Stacy Lewis isn’t one to sugarcoat.

Standford relishes media time

It’s usually pretty obvious which players view early-week media obligations as drudgery, and which ones don’t mind a brief chat.

Formby or West Lancs?

It’s debatable whether the R&A has made the right decision on the choice of course for the match play stages of next week’s British Amateur Championship.

Place your bets

Spanish golfers have enjoyed a pretty good run in the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship in recent years. I’m betting that run continues this year.

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Emotional Mickelson makes return

Phil Mickelson spoke to the media Wednesday at the St. Jude Classic, unsure what to expect from his golf game since discovering his wife has breast cancer. Amy is to have surgery in early July.

Ask-the-expert: John Hoeflich

John Hoeflich, a senior vice president for Nickent Golf, discusses adjustable drivers.

Major concern

LPGA Championship’s future is uncertain.

Sight seeing

Images from a special week of golf.

Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Tiger already has the Bethpage lead

Tiger Woods won the Memorial with a closing 65 in which he didn’t miss a fairway.

Commentary: Review: 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010'

“Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010,” clearly the Tiger Woods of home golf video games, hit store shelves and mothers’ wallets around the country Monday, just hours following Woods’ comeback victory at Memorial – or as EA Sports executives are rumored to be calling it, the Promotional.

Campillo signs with IMG

Indiana grad Jorge Campillo will make his debut as a professional at the European Tour’s BMW International Open at the end of June.

Ciganda, Munoz lead Ladies' British Am

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz (pictured) will be the top seeds in the match play portion of the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship after tying for first in the 36-hole qualifier.

Tuesday, June 9

Fantasy Aces: St. Jude Classic

Golfweek experts pick their favorites for the St. Jude Classic.

Green involved in tragic accident

Former PGA Tour player Ken Green was involved in a car accident Monday in Mississippi that killed his girlfriend, brother and dog. Green may have to have his right leg amputated. The accident is the latest in a series of hardships for Green.

Fathauer gets his ears lowered

So long to the “tossed salad hairdo”, as one Tour equipment rep described it on the range.

The return of Daly

John Daly showed up this morning on the putting green with a cigarette dangling from his lip, a Diet Coke in his right hand and cradling a cell phone against his ear.

Maguire shoots 65 to lead FootJoy

M.J. Maguire, of St. Petersburg, Fla., shot 5-under 65 Tuesday to take the first-round lead in the AJGA’s FootJoy Boys Invitational. Jordan Spieth, Golfweek's top-ranked junior, is one shot back.

Don't forget your napkins

That irresistible smell that consumed the driving range at TPC Southwind this afternoon? Compliments of Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous BBQ, where they like to say, “Not since Adam has a rib been this famous!”

Fans adore them

A scene like this never gets old: Helen Alfredsson held a young fan in her arms while dad snapped a picture.

Daly fails to qualify for U.S. Open

John Daly makes his return to the PGA Tour this week. His return to the U.S. Open will have to wait at least another year.

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Furyk hopes for a gentler Bethpage

Jim Furyk doesn’t have fond memories of the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, but he hopes changes in the course setup and hopefully better weather will boost his chances to contend at next week’s U.S. Open.

U.S. Open Sectional: Grayslake, Ill.

Kyle Peterman has won a playoff to earn the final spot available through qualifying for the U.S. Open next week.

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Fashion Spotlight: Laura Ormson, Wear to Win

Fashion Spotlight: Laura Ormson, Wear to Win

5 questions for 2009

What will happen in the 2009-2010 season?

Sore losers

Apparently Tim Clark is the LeBron James of the PGA Tour. Not in terms of talent but decorum, or lack thereof, from May 30-31 weekend.

Word Test

Foo

Monday, June 8

Winner's Circle: June 1-7, 2009

No doubt about it, Tiger's Nike driver paved the way for his victory at the Memorial.

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Peck returns to PGA Tour

Cameron Peck won’t be defending his FootJoy Invitational title this week. Instead, he’ll be making the second PGA Tour start of his career at the St. Jude Classic. Also, read about two remarkable rounds in junior events this week.

Furyk: 'Quit ticking him off'

After Tiger Woods shot a closing 65 and won the Memorial, Jim Furyk said he wished the news media “would just quit (ticking) him off ... so he has to come back and keep proving stuff.”

Stanley's 62 low in Columbus

The good news for Lucas Glover is this: He has posted a 9-under 63 to get off to a sizzling start in today’s 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier.

Daly fails to qualify for U.S. Open

John Daly makes his return to the PGA Tour this week. His return to the U.S. Open will have to wait at least another year.

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Ace propels McCumber to second Open

Josh McCumber’s ace was a bonus Monday during U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Final-hole birdies by Gary Woodland and amateur Tyson Alexander were necessities.

Carefree Duval returns to U.S. Open

David Duval finished in a logjam for 10th place at a U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, and is heading back to the Open for the first time since 2006. Davis Love III wasn’t as lucky. Jim McCabe reports.

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Monday Scramble: Why Tiger won

Welcome to the Monday Scramble, where we can’t remember the last time Tiger Woods won a tournament without fist-pumping on the 18th green. So how did he do it? Well, we’ve got 10 good reasons.

Woods pays Bethpage a visit

Tiger Woods took a detour on his way home from his win at the Memorial, stopping at Bethpage Black for a practice round with Hank Haney. Woods will defend his U.S. Open title next week at Bethpage, the site of his ‘02 Open victory.

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Greenbrier plans underground gaming

The new owner of The Greenbrier plans to build a 50,000-square-foot casino underground, according to news reports.

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NGF: Creating better golf consumers

Attracting new players is vital for the industry’s growth, but a new NGF study indicates helping “core” golfers improve their game may be just as valuable.

U.S. Open sectional qualifying results

Talk about a manic Monday. U.S. Open sectional qualifying concluded at 13 sites across the country with qualifiers heading to Bethpage Black next week. Come back early and often for results.

Montgomerie calls for help

Colin Montgomerie wants Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley to act as Ryder Cup vice captains next year when the Scotsman leads Europe’s bid to regain the cup.

Smail qualifies for U.S. Open in Japan

David Smail led the way at Japan's U.S. Open qualifier, finishing five shots ahead of Angelo Que of the Philippines to secure his place at Bethpage later this month.

Player of the Week: Mariah Stackhouse

Stackhouse grabbed first AJGA victory in Ringgold.

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Look of the week!

Look of the week!

Bethpage bubble

Sights and sounds from a U.S. Open qualifier.

Adventure of a lifetime

Who says there is nothing good on television?

Nationwide adds more Web content

With growing interest in the Nationwide Tour, the PGA Tour is featuring more content about its developmental circuit on a weekly basis at pgatour.com.

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Cape Cod: Seaside playground

Cape Cod is unusual in that it’s a high-end vacation destination that, even for native Northeasterners, doesn’t readily connote golf. Sailing, lobster, chowder, Kennedys, sure. But golf courses? Well, it would make sense.

Sunday, June 7

Tiger takes Memorial with flawless 65

So much for his struggles with the driver. Tiger Woods hit all 14 fairways Sunday en route to a 65 that earned him his fourth Memorial title. He knocked a 7-iron stiff on the final hole to beat Jim Furyk by one.

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Kim wins State Farm with flourish

In-Kyung Kim crouched and grimaced when the ball stopped on the edge of the cup on her final hole. Moments later, she couldn’t hide her smile.

Dodd happy to be back

Playing a Ryder Cup in Wales should be high on Stephen Dodd’s wish list, but that’s the furthest thing from his mind.

Notes: Seve to be ’10 Memorial honoree

Each year the Memorial Tournament singles out players or contributors for their achievements in and gifts to the game.

Women's Golfweek All-Americans 2009

Women's Golfweek All-Americans 2009

Golfweek Men's All-Americans 2009

Golfweek Men's All-Americans 2009

Saturday, June 6

Hard work for caddies

The work day for PGA Tour caddies is hard enough without adding extra chores.

These guys really are good

At one point midway through the third round of the Memorial Tournament, it was an impressive leaderboard.

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Kerr, McPherson locked atop State Farm

Cristie Kerr noticed the gusting wind and saw an opportunity. Now she has a shot at another victory.

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Notes: Woods peaking for U.S. Open

A little over a year ago, Tiger Woods was faced with the biggest decision of his career. He had a problem, again, with his left knee.

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Stars chasing Bettencourt at Memorial

For most of a warm and wacky Saturday afternoon at the Memorial, the leaderboard was filled with a “Who’s Who” of this golfing generation, five players with a combined 20 majors, 121 PGA Tour victories and 19 World Golf Championships.

Friday, June 5

Shindler to caddie for Hamilton

Conrad Shindler is still riding an immense high from winning the NCAA Championship with his Texas A&M squad, but Shindler's high is continuing at the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament this week.

Last day to be long at Melwood

The Nationwide Tour will play 36 holes Sunday to complete the Melwood Prince George’s County Open.

Davis does drug-test

It was a simple question, but Brian Davis didn’t have any time to answer late Thursday.

Harrington rusty in Ohio

It’s June, do you know where your double major winner is from 2008?

Even pros struggle

This will not be a clip the PGA Tour uses to support its motto, “These Guys Are Good.”

Europe repeats as Palmer Cup champs

Europe won its second straight Palmer Cup on Friday, defeating the Americans 13-11 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo.

U.S. Open returns to Oakmont in 2016

The U.S. Open will return to Oakmont Country Club in suburban Pittsburgh in 2016, nine years after the national championship was last played there.

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Pak, Pettersen ahead at State Farm

Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak maintained a share of the State Farm Classic lead with another bogey-free performance, while Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson shot into contention with a spectacular second round Friday.

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Notes: Woods believes in handshake

Tiger Woods isn’t likely to storm off the 18th green on Sunday if he doesn’t win the Memorial Tournament.

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Furyk relishing resurgence in Ohio

One last birdie for Jim Furyk put him one more stroke under par, which he found more gratifying than being in a share of the lead with Jonathan Byrd on Friday at the Memorial.

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Woods’ Dubai project put on hold

A global credit crunch and plummeting real estate prices have brought many development projects in Dubai to a halt. Add another to the list: Al Ruwaya Golf Course, Tiger Woods’ first design project. Its opening, set for fall 2009, has been pushed back at least six months.

Thursday, June 4

Daly inks sponsor deal with All Sport

A week before his return to the PGA Tour after a six-month suspension, John Daly has signed an endorsement deal with a sports drink company.

Duval in the spotlight

Forget John Daly. Forget Phil Mickelson. Those returns aren’t until next week in Memphis.

Donald whips field

Need a few ways to measure Luke Donald’s scintillating 8-under 64 in the first round of the Memorial Tournament?

Duval wreaks havoc in crowd

From 5-under and a two-stroke lead, things changed dramatically – and in a hurry for David Duval.

Aiken full of praise

Thomas Aiken of South Africa is making his debut in the Memorial Tournament.

Driscoll's 10 a round-wrecker

He’s been one of the warmest players on the PGA Tour – and not just because of three weeks in Texas.

Memorial may be giving Bethpage preview

U.S. Open fantasy league players, take note: The top of the board after the Memorial first round looks like something you could expect to see at an Open.

FootJoy sleepers

Looking for two players who can come out of nowhere at the FootJoy Boys Invitational?

Hall of Famer Pak shares State Farm lead

Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak (pictured) shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with fellow South Korean Jee Young Lee in the State Farm Classic.

Werenski primed for FootJoy title

Richard Werenski has made his mark on the IJGT, but the 17-year-old has yet to secure an AJGA title. Does Werenski, bound for Georgia Tech in 2010, have a chance at next week’s FootJoy Boys Invitational? He thinks he does.

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Tiger, Jack thrill Memorial crowd

Kenny Perry was needling Tiger Woods as he stood over his chip shot behind the final hole, one three-time Memorial Tournament winner dogging another.

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Notes: Collegian gets another thrill

Todd Hamilton’s caddie at the Memorial Tournament is a kid from back home who’s had a better last couple of weeks than Hamilton has.

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Donald comes alive at Memorial

Tiger Woods hardly missed a fairway, a big improvement. Luke Donald hardly missed a putt, and that was far more rewarding Thursday at the Memorial.

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It's time to buckle down...

It's time to buckle down...

Wednesday, June 3

Arnie at Cherry Hills for Palmer Cup

Arnold Palmer issued a challenge to those competing in the Palmer Cup, the college equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

Memorial gives exemption to local pro

By almost any standard, Chris Wilson doesn’t belong in the Memorial Tournament.

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2009 Memorial won't be as "rough"

The morning calm at Muirfield Village was shattered by a sound that was sure to be sweet music to players.

Fantasy Aces: Memorial

Tiger Woods has been out of action since The Players, giving him plenty of time to watch his Orlando Magic advance to the NBA Finals. Woods isn’t the clear-cut favorite this week, though. Look out for Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk.

Travelers extends am invites

The Travelers Championship has invited three promising young players to its event, which will be held the week after the U.S. Open.

Adjustable drivers are here to stay

Kenny Perry was a walking testament to the adjustable driver last week at Colonial.

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Notes: No Tiger-Phil pairing at Open

The U.S. Open has its 1-2 punch now that Phil Mickelson intends to play, although Lefty and Tiger Woods won’t see much of each other at Bethpage Black unless it’s on the weekend.

A pairing for the books

They played a round of golf for the first time at the 1995 Masters, one of them (Jack Nicklaus) a living legend, the other (Tiger Woods) a heralded phenom.

Poppy Hills gets the boot

On their list of things to do in 2010, PGA Tour players can cross off “complain about Poppy Hills.”

Winning is just in Tiger's nature

It was a putt for fun, for charity, for the chance to continue playing in the rain.

Woods? Doing just fine

So, you’re wondering what’s up with Tiger Woods?

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Pavin urges team to see Celtic Manor

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin wants his players to find time to play Celtic Manor before they arrive to defend the trophy in October 2010.

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Wie aims for redemption in Illinois

Long a phenom and a millionaire many times over, Michelle Wie couldn’t help but plug her latest venture Tuesday before the State Farm Classic.

Monty's advisers

Just as well that Colin Montgomerie has a bit of money in the bank, because he’d probably starve to death if he had to earn a living as a salesman.

New course in Pebble's Pro-Am rotation

The Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will have a new golf course in its rotation next year, with the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club replacing Poppy Hills.

Monty's eye for detail

You have to be impressed with Colin Montgomerie’s attention to detail. Just a few months into the job and the 2010 European Ryder cup captain has his eye on every last, little facet.

Taking a stroll down amateur lane

Walking down the range here at Celtic Manor was like a stroll down amateur golf’s memory lane.

Diplomatic Pavin ready for Ryder Cup question

It didn’t take long for the ghost of Kiawah Island to come screaming back to haunt the first Ryder Cup press conference at Celtic Manor between the opposing Ryder Cup captains.

Open ideal

Why the U.S. Open is the democratic major.

Commentary: Hate to be Rude: A look ahead

Now that the Texas Swing is over, it’s Sneak Preview Fortnight on the PGA Tour.

Monday, June 1

Report: Mickelson to return at St. Jude

Phil Mickelson will return to the PGA Tour next week at the St. Jude Classic, according to a person informed of the plans. Lefty will play the U.S. Open, too. Mickelson has not played since learning that his wife, Amy, has breast cancer.

McLean puts Signature on Silver

The renovated Silver Course at Doral reopened June 1 with a new name – the Jim McLean Signature Course. The noted swing doctor turned the rundown course into a must-play where the ground game is in effect. Except, of course, at the par-3 14th (pictured).

Clark disgruntled with playoff loss

Sports psychologists figure to have a field day with what Tim Clark said after he lost a playoff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial: “I can’t take anything positive from today.”

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OSU’s McGraw named Coach of the Year

Oklahoma State men’s coach Mike McGraw won the Dave Williams Award as Division I national coach of the year, the GCAA announced Monday.

Liu drawing up plans for the future

There are perks – such as rubbing elbows with Tiger Woods’ swing coach Hank Haney – that come with being named the IJGT’s player of the year. Jim Liu (right) has torn through the IJGT ranks this season but is keeping his focus on the future.

Best deals: Mount Washington Resort

Mount Washington Hotel is best known for having hosted the Bretton Woods International Conference in 1944, which sometimes obscures the fact that, after the brutal New Hampshire winters, it morphs into one of the Northeast’s best golf destinations.

Obama on board for Presidents Cup

President Barack Obama has agreed to be the honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, the sixth consecutive time for an active head of state to be involved in the biennial golf competition.

Rounds played increases 1.4% in April

Rounds played volume in the United States increased 1.4 percent in April and rose 2 percent year-to-date, according to the most recent National Golf Rounds Played Report.

Player of the Week: Kendall Martindale

Martindale recorded commanding PGA Junior victory.

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Clark chasing first Tour win at Colonial

Tim Clark birdied the 18th hole for a 6-under 66 on Saturday that gave him a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Looks of the week!

The best looks, of the past week, from the fairways!

Woods, Nicklaus to play Skins together

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods will play together in the Memorial Skins Game, only the second time they have competed against each other in the same group.

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Klein on Design: 14 at Muirfield Village

This hole revived the art of the short par 4 when it debuted in 1976.

Corning ends 31-year LPGA run

A sponsor’s fiscal woes. A brutal economy. Rising tournament costs. They all combined to bring an end to the Corning Classic, an LPGA staple for 31 years, and raise questions about the fate of small markets.

LPGA to proceed with Tour finale

The LPGA announced it will proceed with its season-ending Tour Championship even without a title sponsor.