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Sunday, July 31

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5 Things: Stallings' improbable win at Greenbrier

Five things to take away from the Greenbrier Classic, where rookie Scott Stallings beat Bill Haas and Bob Estes on the first playoff hole.

Killeen earns 1st Nationwide win in Utah

J.J. Killeen earned his first Nationwide Tour victory at the Utah Championship on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 to beat Jeff Gove by four strokes.

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No. 44: Florida State men, Oklahoma State women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 44 on the board with the Florida State men and Oklahoma State women.

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No. 45: Oregon State men, San Diego State women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 45 on the board with the Oregon State men and San Diego State women.

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Browne wins U.S. Senior with superior mental game

Olin Browne captured the biggest championship in senior golf because he was a psychological giant. He proved to be mentally superior to his competitors, something like golf’s version of Mr. Spock.

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Browne makes few mistakes to win U.S. Senior

Olin Browne showed little emotion until rolling in a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to clinch a three-shot victory over Mark O'Meara in the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday.

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Stallings wins Greenbrier Classic in playoff

PGA Tour rookie Scott Stallings won the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday, sinking a birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Bob Estes and Bill Haas.

Pumphrey wins Cotton States

Oklahoma senior Riley Pumphrey defeated Ole Miss senior Billy Brozovich, 2 and 1, on July 30 in the 18-hole championship match at the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational.

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No. 46: Northwestern men, Tulsa women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 47 on the board with the Northwestern men and Tulsa women.

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Williams claims Pacific Coast title

Chris Williams added to his standout summer with the Pacific Coast amateur title on Saturday, overcoming a three-shot deficit in the final round to win.

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USGA names four to U.S. Walker Cup squad

USGA makes surprising Walker Cup announcement by naming four players to the team, including All-Americans Peter Uihlein and Patrick Cantlay.

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Ikeda wins first JGTO title of 2011; Ishikawa misses cut

Yuta Ikeda returned to the winner's circle, capitalizing on birdies on his final two holes to hold off Tetsuji Hiratsuka and win the $1.85M Sun Chlorella Classic.

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Tait: Women need more links golf opportunities

As all eyes now turn to the Solheim Cup, take these 10 things away from the final women's major of the season.

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Dyson outduels Green to win Irish Open

Simon Dyson of England outdueled Richard Green of Australia on the final hole to claim a tense one-shot victory Sunday at the Irish Open.

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Tseng wins Women's British Open by 4 strokes

At only 22, Yani Tseng became the fastest golfer to five major victories - across any tour - with her come-from-behind win at the Women's British Open.

Saturday, July 30

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Rodgers rallies to win Porter Cup in playoff

Patrick Rodgers made an improbable comeback in the 53rd Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club, erasing a seven-shot deficit with eight holes to play to defeat Wesley Bryan on the first playoff hole.

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Commentary: Inverness is simply too easy

Everyone else seems to be afraid to admit it: Inverness is playing too easy for the U.S. Senior Open. Period.

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Kim shoots 62, leads by 1 at Greenbrier Classic

Anthony Kim shot an 8-under 62 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic.

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Browne still up by 2 at U.S. Senior Open

Unflappable Olin Browne fought off the heat to shoot a 65 and forge a two-shot lead over Mark O'Meara through Saturday's third round of the U.S. Senior Open.

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Tseng's fifth major title might be imminent

She might be two shots off the pace, but Yani Tseng seems poised to make a run at her fifth major title on Sunday at Carnoustie.

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Masson holds 2-shot lead over Tseng at British

It will be David vs. Goliath on Sunday at Carnoustie, with Caroline Masson (David) holding a two-shot lead over Yani Tseng (Goliath). Will Masson's nerves hold up in only her second major?

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Howell, Green, Dyson in tie at Irish Open

David Howell, Richard Green and Simon Dyson are in a three-way tie at the Irish Open. Homegrown stars Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell fell out of contention with 72s on a wet, windy third round of play on Saturday.

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Where is the fan love at Women's British?

The Scots may be golf mad, but they don’t seem too mad for the $2.5 million Ricoh Women’s Open. That much is obvious from the muted response fans have given to the arrival of the elite of women’s golf in the final major of the year.

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British Open fashion: Cargos, capris and over-lapping

From Morgan Pressel's elegance to Paula Creamer's color coordination, the Women's British Open is a fashion show.

Friday, July 29

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Browne takes one-shot U.S. Senior Open lead

Olin Browne followed a record-tying 64 with a solid 69 on Friday, to take a one-shot lead over a talent-laden leaderboard in the rain-delayed second round of the U.S. Senior Open.

Guetz named Oklahoma State assistant coach

Former Oklahoma State standout Brian Guetz has been named men’s assistant coach at his alma mater, head coach Mike McGraw announced Friday.

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Haley retains Porter Cup lead; Rodgers 1 back

Paul Haley and Patrick Rodgers remained atop the leaderboard at the Porter Cup, each firing 1-under 69 at Niagara Falls Country Club.

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Simpson, de Jonge share lead at Greenbrier

Brendon de Jonge and Webb Simpson share the lead halfway through the Greenbrier Classic.

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Rain leaves Inverness defenseless at Sr. Open

Rain has left the Inverness Club utterly defenseless against low scores at the U.S. Senior Open.

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First 10 players selected to Jr. Solheim team

The first 10 players have qualified for the 2011 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team.

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East claims Wyndham Cup, 32-18

The East claimed the Wyndham Cup Thursday at Eagle Point Golf Club for the first time since 2004, with Karen Chung closing out the clinching point in a 32-18 victory.

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Masson, 22, takes Women's British Open lead

Germany’s Caroline Masson shot a 7-under 65 Friday to take a surprising one-stroke lead after the second round of the Women’s British Open.

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Siem leads in Ireland; Clarke misses the cut

Darren Clarke failed to make the cut at the Irish Open on Friday, two weeks after he won the British Open for his first major title

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Woods officially enters PGA Championship

Tiger Woods already has missed two major championships this year. He doesn’t plan on missing the last one.

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Lexi Thompson dominates Q-School's first stage

The first stage of LPGA Q-School is in the books, and Lexi Thompson made it look a little too easy, winning by 10 shots. Asher Wildman

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Howell making most of choice to play Greenbrier

Charles Howell III decided to play the Greenbrier Classic because of fond childhood memories at the resort. He now finds himself in contention for the title, writes Sean Martin.

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Pak tied for British lead with protege Park

Inbee Park – protege of trailblazer Se Ri Pak – doesn't get the credit she deserves for her performances on golf's biggest stages.

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Pak still has game and wisdom to succeed

Perhaps parents should talk to Se Ri Pak when grooming their children for success. She seems to have figured it all out, says Alistair Tait.

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Golfweek.com blogger added to Big Break Ireland

Golfweek blogger, Nicole Noelle Smith, had taken a hiatus with her blog earlier this year and now she can reveal why: She is on the Golf Channel's Big Break Ireland.

Thursday, July 28

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Immelman (64) grabs first-round lead at Greenbrier

Trevor Immelman shot a 6-under 64 Thursday to take an early one-shot lead at the Greenbrier Classic. The former Masters champion made seven birdies and a bogey for his best round of the year.

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Pair of eagles gives Browne early Sr. Open lead

Olin Browne had two eagles down the stretch and finished with a 7-under 64 Thursday for a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open.

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O’Meara changes gear for a fast start at Sr. Open

Thanks in part to some new equipment, Mark O'Meara is off to a fast start at the U.S. Senior Open.

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Haley leads Rodgers by one at Porter Cup

Paul Haley retained his lead at the Porter Cup Thursday, shooting a 4-under 66 at Niagara Falls Country Club.

Ringler: Clemson women can succeed quickly

There is a new player in the women’s game. After more than a year of anticipation, Clemson announced it would add women’s golf to its athletic lineup.

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Singh leads Irish Open; McIlroy vents on Twitter

Jeev Milkha Singh of India upstaged Ireland’s major winners, shooting an 8-under 63 for a two-shot lead Thursday in the first round of the Irish Open.

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Woods to return this week at Bridgestone

Tiger Woods announced he'll return to golf this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg.

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Lee opens with 65 to lead Women's British

Meena Lee of South Korea overcame wet conditions to shoot a 7-under 65 Thursday for a two-stroke clubhouse lead in the first round of the Women’s British Open.

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Wright recalls Hogan’s Carnoustie victory in ’53

Mike Wright met Ben Hogan as a 21-year-old, and two years later became head pro at Shady Oaks in Fort Worth, Texas, where Hogan was a charter member.

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Fearless amateurs take stage at Carnoustie

Sophia Popov (pictured), Lauren Taylor and Danielle Kang, three of six amateurs in the field this week at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, took center stage Thursday at Carnoustie. Alistair Tait

Investigators seek public’s help in golfer’s death

Investigators in the suspicious fire that killed Georgia Southern golfer Thomas Sharkey and his 8-year-old sister have appealed to residents of this waterfront town for answers.

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Suncadia sets opening of Rope Rider

Suncadia, a resort and residential community in Roslyn, Wash., plans to open its third course, Rope Rider, for public play on Aug. 12.

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Indiana launches Pete Dye Golf Trail

Add Pete Dye to the list of architects who have had golf trails named in their honor.

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No. 47: Kennesaw State men, Texas Tech women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 47 on the board with the Kennesaw State men and Texas Tech women.

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Hedwall enjoying rookie season in Europe

With twin sister Jacqueline on the bag, Caroline Hedwall shot a 3-under 69 Thursday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie. The Ladies European Tour rookie is two shots off the early pace.

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Ping introduces new line of G20 clubs

The wide world of Ping golf clubs is about to grow even larger with a new G20 line of clubs (drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons), new Anser Forged wedges and Anser Milled putters.

Wednesday, July 27

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Haley (64) grabs Round 1 lead at Porter Cup

Paul Haley birdied three of his first four holes Wednesday en route to a bogey-free 6-under 64 at Niagara Falls Country Club and the first-round lead in the Porter Cup.

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Bruce Lietzke: The king of taking time off

Bruce Lietzke, who won the ’03 U.S. Senior Open, explained his philosophy on golf Wednesday.

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5 Things: Lefty makes 1st start at Greenbrier

In his first start since a runner-up at the Open Championship, Phil Mickelson is one of just two top-20 players who will tee it up at The Greenbrier Classic. FIVE THINGS.

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Thompson T-2 at Stage 1 of LPGA Q-School

Lexi Thompson’s decision to navigate the LPGA’s new three-stage qualifying system already seems to be paying off.

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Walsh (No. 23, 2012) commits to Georgia

Kailey Walsh of Boca Raton, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia.

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Annika Sorenstam elects to stay with IMG

Annika Sorenstam is sticking with longtime management company IMG.

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Fay reflects on Hinkle Tree incident

David Fay, enjoying himself on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, offered his reflection Wednesday on the Hinkle Tree incident from the 1979 U.S. Open here at the Inverness Club.

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5 Things: Expect low scores at Women’s British

Seems all the bite has been taken out of Carnoustie, which this week hosts the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Reachable par 5s. Lush fairways. Expect low scores, says Alistair Tait.

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No. 48: UC-Davis men, Wisconsin women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 48 on the board with the UC Davis men and Wisconsin women.

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Major pro-ams mean unusual prep for Ward

Reason No. 596 why the women’s tour differs from the men’s: Pro-ams at the majors.

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Player of the Week: Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya Jutanugarn, of Bangkok, Thailand, beat Dottie Ardina in the final match of the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club’s South Course to win her first USGA title.

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Royal Birkdale to host 2014 Women’s British

Royal Birkdale Golf Club will host the 2014 Ricoh Women’s British Open, the Ladies Golf Union and IMG announced July 27.

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Player of the Week: Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth, of Dallas, beat Chelso Barrett in the final match of the U.S. Junior at Golf Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash., to join Tiger Woods as the only player to win multiple U.S. Junior titles.

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Baldry: Stanford clings to belief in her destiny

Angela Stanford felt the tears well in her eyes on the first hole of Sunday’s final round.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Greenbrier Classic

Sergio Garcia and Charles Howell III have had quietly resurgent seasons. Is this the week that they finally break through? FANTASY TIP SHEET.

Tuesday, July 26

Matt Lewis named head coach at Drake

Drake University has named Matt Lewis as head coach of the men’s program. Lewis replaces Scott Bohlender, who resigned earlier this month after guiding the Bulldogs for 13 years.

Hinkle Tree a famous landmark at Inverness

The most famous landmark at Inverness, host of the U.S. Senior Open? It’s the Hinkle Tree.

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We Are Golf seeks relief for devastated courses

With Congress contemplating federal tax relief for businesses devastated by natural disasters this year, the golf industry is launching a grassroots campaign to ensure that it receives a share.

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Watson says today's amateurs really aren't

Tom Watson, who has seen several elite amateurs up close, explains why they’ve burst on the scene of late.

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Toy Box Notes: Two in a row for R11

Darren Clarke (Open Championship) and Sean O’Hair (RBC Canadian Open) have won the last two weeks using TaylorMade’s R11 drivers.

After suspension, Nisbet qualifies for U.S. Am

Australian amateur Daniel Nisbet has qualified for the U.S. Amateur, only two months after completing an 18-month suspension for possession of a prohibited substance.

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Abe (No. 35, 2012) commits to Texas

Tezira Abe has given a verbal commitment to the University of Texas. Abe is ranked No. 35 in the 2012 class and ranks as the No. 16 junior golfer in Texas.

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Johnston (No. 32, 2012) commits to UTSA

Allie Johnston has given a verbal commitment to the University of Texas-San Antonio. Johnston is No. 32 in the 2012 class and the second-ranked junior golfer in Colorado.

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No. 49: Missouri men, UNLV women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 49 on the board with the Missouri men and UNLV women.

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Kim patiently awaiting first major title

I.K. Kim puts herself in contention on a regular basis on the game's biggest stages. Beth Ann Baldry says it's only a matter of time before all the pieces come together.

Hedden, 47, wins New England amateur

Golf has become a game dominated by youth. Older, more experienced players who rely on accuracy and a tight short game have had to adjust to keep up with younger players more easily able to maneuver increasingly longer courses. This trend began on the PGA Tour, and since has filtered down through the amateur ranks. Younger players such as Peter Uihlein and Patrick Cantlay have shown the golf world that they are the future of the game. But don’t tell that to Jeff Hedden.

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Pettersen playing with heavy heart at Carnoustie

Suzann Pettersen will have much more than golf on her mind this week at Carnoustie. The Norwegian is in mourning over the tragic deaths of 95 of her compatriots last week. Alistair Tait

Monday, July 25

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Palmer drives hotel-museum project in Latrobe

As prolific as he was in winning on the golf course, Arnold Palmer has enjoyed similar success in the business world. And in the latter, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

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Augusta State to name McPherson as men’s coach

After all of the offseason turnover at Augusta State, the Jaguars will turn toward a familiar face to lead their men’s program. Assistant coach Kevin McPherson will be named head coach Wednesday.

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Winner’s Circle: July 18-24, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Edwin Watts continues expansion with Oklahoma debut

In pursuit of expanding its presence nationally, Edwin Watts Golf Shops LLC announced its entry into Oklahoma with the opening of its first store in the state.

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New Wave Group to acquire Ahead

New Wave Group AB, the parent company of Cutter & Buck, has reached an agreement to acquire Ahead, the headwear and apparel company.

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Evian agrees to major makeover

It's not everyday that a tournament becomes a major. Beth Ann Baldry reveals the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the LPGA's promotion of the Evian Masters.

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Tour notes: Faxon will move to Champions Tour

PGA Tour notes: Brad Faxon will be taking his 28-year PGA Tour career and 702 Tour starts to the Champions Tour after he turns 50 on Aug. 1.

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No. 50: UNLV men, East Carolina women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 50 on the board with the UNLV men and East Carolina women.

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Walker Cup watch list: Great week for the U.S.

It was an impressive weekend for potential Walker Cup team members, with Harris English (pictured) and John Peterson finishing 1-2, respectively, at the Nationwide Tour event (where Peter Uihlein was ninth) and Patrick Cantlay placing ninth at the RBC Canadian Open.

Sunday, July 24

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Amateur English wins Columbus N’wide event

Harris English became the second amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour this year, rolling in a 10-foot birdie on the last hole for a 1-under 70 to capture the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.

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Sharkey, 21, left his mark on Georgia Southern

Thomas Sharkey, a Georgia Southern golfer, was among two family members who died after fire swept through their home early July 23, according to The Telegraph newspaper of London.

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O'Hair defeats Blanks in Canadian Open playoff

Sean O'Hair defeated Kris Blanks on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the Canadian Open for his fourth PGA Tour victory, his first since 2009.

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5 Things: Cochran's British breakthrough

5 Things: Russ Cochran hadn't had much success in Britain, until his major breakthrough on Sunday at Walton Heath.

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No. 51: SMU men, North Texas women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 51 on the board with the SMU men and North Texas women.

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A par-3 island green that will humble you in a second

TPC Sawgrass isn't the only island green in the world that can bring a professional golfer to his knees. Take a look at what happened at No. 17 at Bro Hof Slott GC in Sweden on Sunday.

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Cochran wins Senior British Open by 2 strokes

Russ Cochran won the Senior British Open by two shots on Sunday, holding off the challenge of fellow Americans Mark Calcavecchia and the fast-finishing Tom Watson to capture his first major title.

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No. 52: Middle Tennessee State men, Fla. International women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 52 on the board with the Middle Tennessee State men and Florida International women.

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Noren wins Nordea Masters despite 5-over finale

Alexander Noren of Sweden relied on his huge overnight lead to clinch the Nordea Masters title on Sunday, finishing seven shots clear despite a disappointing 5-over 77 in the final round.

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Kim wins JGTO event; Ishikawa second

Kyung-tae Kim picked up a four-stroke victory over Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa, shaking off of a disappointing showing at the Open Championship to win the Shigeo Invitational SEGA Sammy Cup.

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Miyazato beats Lewis by 2 shots at Evian Masters

Ai Miyazato won the Evian Masters on Sunday, shooting a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and clinch her first title of the year.

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Cook, O'Meara don't know when Tiger will return

John Cook and Mark O'Meara have been in contact with Tiger, but they don't have many answers on his return or caddie.

Saturday, July 23

Kang defeats Chen for North and South title

Reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champ Danielle Kang can now add another prestigious amateur title to her resume.

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Jutanugarn holds off Ardina for U.S. Girls' Jr.

Ariya Jutanugarn has had a great deal of amateur success, but Saturday in Chicago she got gathered her most notable win: A U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur title. Julie Williams

Vandals pour bleach on green at Canadian Open

A case of vandalism on one of the greens didn’t affect play Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open.

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Spieth defeats Barrett for 2nd U.S. Junior title

The perfect ending to a brilliant junior career, Jordan Spieth won his second U.S. Junior title with a victory over Chelso Barrett. The winner couldn’t help but look back and peer ahead. Ryan Lavner

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Van Pelt shoots 65 to take Canadian Open lead

Bo Van Pelt made six birdies in his closing nine Saturday, shooting 65 to take a one-shot lead over Adam Hadwin at the Canadian Open.

McCurdy tops Reach in playoff at Palmetto

Will McCurdy outlasted 54-hole leader Nicholas Reach in a playoff to win the Palmetto Amateur on Saturday.

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College stars closing in on N'wide history in Ohio

A pair of college stars will try to make Nationwide Tour history Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

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Five Things: Frost, Calc, Cochran lead Sr. Open

Five Things from Saturday’s third round of the Senior Open Championship:

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Spieth holds midway lead at U.S. Jr. finals

While he’s been far from perfect, Jordan Spieth has taken a 3-up lead over Chelso Barrett after the morning session of the scheduled 36-hole final at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Calcavecchia, Frost, Cochran share Sr. Open lead

Mark Calcavecchia surrendered a three-shot cushion to finish the third round of the Senior British Open on Saturday tied for the lead with fellow American Russ Cochran and South Africa’s David Frost.

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Ardina takes 1-up midway lead at Girls' Junior

Few words were spoken in the fairways of Olympia Fields Country Club Saturday morning as the final match of the U.S. Girls’ Junior got underway.

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Horror stories from Senior Open travel

Qualifying for a major is difficult enough, but the trip to the course can be just as tough.

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Noren out to 11-shot lead at Nordea Masters

Alexander Noren of Sweden shot a course-record 9-under 63 Saturday to extend his lead to 11 shots after the third round of the Nordea Masters.

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Ai Miyazato leads by two at Evian Masters

Former champion Ai Miyazato of Japan took a two-shot lead at the Evian Masters on Saturday, shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round to move to 13 under overall.

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Norwegian golfer Pettersen shocked by attacks

Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen wore a black armband at the Evian Masters on Saturday in memory of the victims of the twin attacks that have devastated her country.

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Schmelzel (No. 18, 2012) makes unofficial visits

Sarah Schemlzel, No. 18 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2012, is in the process of making unofficial visits. Schmelzel has visited Oklahoma, Oregon and South Carolina and also is considering Missouri, Kansas, Ohio State and Oklahoma State.

Friday, July 22

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Campbell, Thompson tied for Canadian Open lead

Michael Thompson followed up his even-par opening round with a 4-under 66 on Friday to move into a tie with fellow American Chad Campbell after the second round of the RBC Canadian Open.

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Spieth cruises into historic U.S. Junior finale

Jordan Spieth prepared for the 36-hole U.S. Junior finale in the best way possible: By playing one of the best rounds of his already historic junior golf career. Ryan Lavner

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Ardina, Jutanugarn advance to U.S. Girls' finals

Dottie Ardina may be small, but her short game has earned her a place in the finals of the U.S. Girls' Junior, where she will meet Ariya Jutanugarn.

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NCAA champ Peterson grows N'wide lead to 3

NCAA champion John Peterson proved that Thursday’s opening round wasn’t a fluke. Peterson shot 67 Friday at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Classic to take a three-shot lead through weather-delayed Round 2.

Kang, Chen to battle for North and South title

A pair of USGA champions will face off in the finals of the Women’s North and South Amateur Saturday, as reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champ Danielle Kang will take on reigning (for now) U.S. Girls’ Junior champ Doris Chen at Pinehurst. The U.S. Girls’ Junior also wraps up Saturday at Olympia Fields.

Reach leads Palmetto with 18 holes to play

Nicholas Reach is on the verge of his second amateur title of the year, leading by one with one round to play at the Palmetto Amateur.

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Noren takes three-shot lead at Nordea Masters

Sweden’s Alexander Noren shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Nordea Masters.

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Five Things: Watson's putter behaves at Sr. Open

Off again on again flatstick – Tom Watson’s putting has been a source of consternation to the eight time major winner over the last dozen or so years.

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Girls Jr.: Jutanugarn advances, Roachell out

Ariya Jutanugarn, Golfweek's No. 2-ranked junior, advanced to the semifinals of a USGA event for the first time Friday. See who else survived the quarterfinals. . .

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Spieth into semis, Hossler out at U.S. Junior

With stroke play medalist Beau Hossler out of the picture, Jordan Spieth will continue his quest to become only the second to win multiple U.S. Juniors. The only one to do so is Tiger Woods.

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Weir WD's from Canadian Open with elbow injury

Mike Weir withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open on Friday after hitting out of the rough and aggravating an elbow injury that cut short his 2010 season.

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Saiki takes one-shot Evian Masters lead

Miki Saiki of Japan took a one-stroke lead at the Evian Masters on Friday, shooting a 5-under 67 in the second round to move 9 under as the drenched course started to dry out.

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Calcavecchia, Rinker share lead at Sr. British

Mark Calcavecchia surged into a two-stroke lead at the Senior British Open on Friday with a second straight round in the 60s.

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Tait: A few Open Championship takeaways

I'm still buzzing over the Open Championship. Here are the top 10 things to remember from Sandwich.

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No. 53: New Mexico State men, Augusta State women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 53 on the board with the New Mexico State men and Augusta State women.

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Ledgestone CC set to host Julian Golf Classic

The 10th annual Julian Golf Classic, a fundraiser honoring the late PGA Tour player Jeff Julian, will be held Sept. 19 at LedgeStone Country Club.

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Dorado Beach adding a Ritz Reserve

Renovations to Dorado Beach Resort & Club in Puerto Rico are continuing with the recent announcement that the resort will be home to a new Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

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Slump over? Tahoe back on the map

Options abound in Sierra Nevada as destination emerges from slump.

Thursday, July 21

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Blanks takes Round 1 lead at Canadian Open

American Kris Blanks shot a 3-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first-round at the Canadian Open on Thursday.

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Girls Jr.: Jutanugarn, Then move toward rematch

The Round of 16 is in the books at the U.S. Girls' Junior, where Ariya Jutanugarn is working toward a marquee rematch with Gabriella Then.

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NCAA champ Peterson leads Nationwide event

NCAA champion John Peterson shot an opening 7-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the Nationwide Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

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Behind strong short game, Roachell into quarters

With a tidy short game and a top-notch caddie, Summar Roachell might be one of the most dangerous players left in the U.S. Girls' Junior quarterfinals.

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U.S. Junior: Ball’s torrid play earns Elite 8 bid

Adam Ball played his final five holes in SIX under par to close out Juan Yumar and move into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur. Ryan Lavner recaps that and the rest of the day's action.

Reach leads Palmetto amateur, Mills 3 back

Nicholas Reach retained the lead midway through the Palmetto Amateur, but one of the summer’s hottest players made a move in Thursday’s second round.

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U.S. Jr.: Defending champ Liu knocked out

And just like that, defending U.S. Junior champion Jim Liu was defeated by unheralded Chelso Barrett in the Round of 32. Ryan Lavner explains how it happened.

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Amateur Karlsson tied for Nordea Masters lead

Swedish amateur Robert Karlsson shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to share the lead with countryman Alexander Noren and Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa after the first round of the Nordea Masters.

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U.S. Jr.: Who's in? Who's out? Round of 32

The genius of the drivable 18th hole at Gold Mountain was on display Thursday during the opening match between medalist Beau Hossler and Austin Smotherman.

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5 Things: Mason's longevity on display at British

From Carl Mason's dominance on the European Senior Tour to Mark Calcavecchia's quick start, 5 Things to know from Thursday at the Senior British Open.

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Stupples, Hjorth among early Evian leaders

Former British Open champion Karen Stupples of England shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead with Sweden’s Maria Hjorth and South Korea’s Ahn Shin-ae at the Evian Masters on Thursday.

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U.S. Girls' Junior: Tiny Koga has big dreams

Tiny Eimi Koga gave Auroroa Kan all she could handle on Thursday at the U.S. Girls' Junior, but wasn't disappointed after advancing to match play for the first time.

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Nicole's diary: The perks of having a caddie

Player diary: Most weeks, Nicole is the player and the caddie. This week, she decided to hire someone to carry her bag and offer advice. And it worked.

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Woods’ next caddie? Oddsmaker likes Sunesson

So the speculation begins on who will replace Steve Williams as Tiger's caddie. Maybe Fanny Sunesson?

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Club-fitting series: Haney’s tips for club selection

So what advice does Hank Haney have about golf equipment and choosing golf clubs? Hybrids, hybrids, hybrids.

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Clarke turns $2,800 margin into millions

The Darren Clarke parade arrived via helicopter in the British capital as the Northern Irishman accepted one of his many rewards for winning the 140th Open Championship.

Wednesday, July 20

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Kim (No. 34, 2012) commits to Arizona

Anna Kim of Chandler, Ariz., has given a verbal commitment to Arizona. Kim also made an unofficial visit to Arizona State.

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Roachell (No. 12, 2013) makes unofficial visits

Summar Roachell of Conway, Ark., has begun making unofficial visits to colleges. Roachell has visited Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas and TCU.

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5 things: Cathrea rallies to top Abe at Girls' Jr.

Casie Cathrea had to don her rally cap Wednesday at the U.S. Girls' Junior to fight off Lakareber Abe. Julie Williams has five things from the first round of match play.

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Calif. man plays golf for 365th straight day

Ken Norton completed on Monday what no one is believed to have accomplished in golf: he played at least one round every day for a year.

Reach takes first-round lead at Palmetto

Nicholas Reach shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to build a four-shot lead after the first round of the Palmetto Amateur.

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Notes: Hossler shakes off slow start to advance

Quick hits from the first round of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur:

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U.S. Girls' Junior: Then is all grown up

Gabriella Then, 15, isn’t a little girl anymore. These days, she’s armed with new TaylorMade R-11 woods, and a new Ghost putter.

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Golfweek's Golfest 2012

Golfest Returns to Tampa and The Villages.

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U.S. Jr.: Can Spieth avoid another early exit?

One year later, and so much remains the same. Jordan Spieth is the prohibitive favorite at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Rude: Clarke lives it up, talks the dark days

Darren Clarke sends his victory celebration into overtime, then opens up about his days on golf’s dark side.

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Tiger announces split with caddie Williams

It was a rumor that blew in the winds at last week’s British Open: Caddie Steve Williams had been fired by Tiger Woods. Early Wednesday, rumor became fact when Woods posted the news on his website.

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5 Things: Walton Heath calls for the driver

From taking driver off the tee to Bernhard Langer's return, five things from Wednesday at the Senior British Open at Walton Heath:

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American dominance peaked at Walton Heath

U.S. dominance in pro golf’s premier event peaked at Walton Heath, site of this week’s Senior British Open.

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U.S. Junior: Slow play costs Klein hole-in-one

Not even a hole-in-one could prevent 17-year-old Connor Klein from being penalized for slow play at the U.S. Junior Amateur. That he was docked the stroke on his aced hole only added to the cruelty.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Canadian Open

With solid finishes in his last two starts, Rickie Fowler will win his first PGA Tour title this week in Canada, according to one of our fantasy experts.

Tuesday, July 19

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Player of the Week: Beau Hossler

Beau Hossler, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., shot 3-under 285 (70-72-69-74) at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South) in La Jolla, Calif., to win the Callaway Junior World Championship by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Ashley Armstrong

Ashley Armstrong, of Flossmoor, Ill., defeated Jordan Lippetz in 20 holes to win the Women’s Western Junior at Flossmoor (Ill.) Country Club.

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5 Things: Ariya Jutanugarn in control at Girls' Junior

5 Things: Ariya Jutanugarn backed up a first-round 68 with an even-par round of 72 to take medalist honors in the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Girls' Junior.

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Bradshaw to take good genes, ambition to Georgia

Collins Bradshaw has one heck of a gene pool in her corner. She missed the cut at the U.S. Girls' Junior but soon will join the roster at Georgia.

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U.S. Junior: Hossler top seed for match play

Beau Hossler will enter match play at the U.S. Junior as the top seed, but he will be looking to pick up his first match-play victory in the process.

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Liu (No. 2, 2013) makes unofficial visits

Jim Liu, the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, told Golfweek that he has made unofficial visits to Georgia, Wake Forest, Stanford and UNLV.

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Hossler (No. 3, 2013) makes unofficial visits

Beau Hossler, who qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open at age 16, told Golfweek that he has made unofficial visits to USC, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas and San Diego.

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Toy Box: Clarke triumphant with TaylorMade

Darren Clarke captured the British Open with TaylorMade gear – and a Cameron "Tour Rat."

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Lengthy Cathrea planning for the long haul

In a field full of young talent, Casie Cathrea's focus and drive give her a leg up on the competition. Julie Williams explains.

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Can defending Jr. champ Liu be under the radar?

Wasn’t this supposed to be the predictable part? Thirty-six holes of stroke-play qualifying, 156 players, 64 advance.

Washington State's Williams resigns, headed to junior college

Washington State men's coach Walt Williams resigned to accept a position at Western Texas, the junior college announced Monday.

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Balicki: English has earned Walker Cup spot

With his victory at the Southern Amateur, Georgia's Harris English should be on the Walker Cup squad.

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Clemson will add women's golf in 2013-14

Clemson will add women's golf to its athletic program starting with the 2013-14 academic year. The Tigers will be the 10th women's golf team in the ACC.

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Walker Cup watch list: The race is heating up

The race to make the American Walker Cup team continues to get tighter and tighter. So tough, actually, that is Jordan Spieth on the outside looking in?

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U.S. Junior Amateur: Herr is simply all heart

Zach Herr isn't your normal 16-year-old. His story goes beyond playing in this week’s U.S. Junior. Zach Herr is defined by who he is off the course – and he wouldn't want it any other way.

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Arnaus (NR, 2012) commits to Texas A&M

Adria Arnaus of Barcelona, Spain, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas A&M.

Monday, July 18

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Winner’s Circle: July 11-17, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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PGA strikes sponsorship deal with Omega

Omega, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, long has been a major sponsor of professional golf in Europe and Asia. Now, it’s raising its profile in the U.S. with a five-year marketing deal with the PGA of America.

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Jr. Notes: NE juniors make most of exposure

Juniors in the Northeast don't get many chances to impress college coaches. Jake Shuman made the most of his this week at the AJGA's Killington Junior Championship. JUNIOR NOTEBOOK

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No. 54: UNC-Wilmington men, New Mexico women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 54 on the board with the UNC-Wilmington men and New Mexico women.

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No. 55: Tulsa men, UTSA women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 55 on the board with the Tulsa men and UTSA women.

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No. 56: North Florida men, BYU women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 56 on the board with the North Florida men and BYU women.

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Scratch Griffin from Walker Cup watch

Georgia Tech All-American J.T. Griffin has decided to forgo his chances of making the U.S. Walker Cup team. Griffin turned professional last week and will make his pro debut at this week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

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Clarke celebrates Open win with eyes on future

What did Darren Clarke do after winning the Claret Jug? Party until dawn. The next move will involve a good look at the future. Alistair Tait explains.

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ESPN shows off muscles with Open telecast

From Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger, to a good-looking set, ESPN showed promise with its Open telecasts.

Sunday, July 17

Ziegler wins Pacific NW Women's Amateur

Aaren Ziegler of Canby, Ore., defeated Lovelynn Guioguio of the Philippines, 5 and 4, on July 15 in the scheduled 36-hole final of the 110th Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur Championship at Port Ludlow (Wash.) Golf Club.

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No. 58: Notre Dame men, Kentucky women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. Asher Wildman will take the next 60 days to break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 58 on the board with the Notre Dame men and Kentucky women.

Zac Blair wins Pacific Northwest Amateur

BYU junior Zac Blair defeated Tyler Raber, 5 and 4, on July 16 in the scheduled 36-hole final of the Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship.

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Knox tops Hurley by 3 for Chiquita Classic title

Russell Knox shot a 6-under 66 to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory Sunday, beating Billy Hurley by three strokes at the Chiquita Classic.

Kelly Kraft captures Trans-Miss Amateur

Kelly Kraft, a recent SMU graduate, shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s to win the 108th Trans-Mississippi Amateur on July 14 at Kansas City (Mo.) Country Club.

Wagner edges Romo at Lake Tahoe celeb event

Actor Jack Wagner earned his second title at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship on Sunday, holding off a late-charging Tony Romo with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and overcoming a shot into the pond guarding the 18th.

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Kirk claims first Tour win at Viking Classic

Chris Kirk won his first PGA Tour event with a one-stroke victory in the Viking Classic, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Tom Pernice Jr. and George McNeill by one stroke.

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Open shows McIlroy isn't golf's crown prince yet

The British Open opened a more illuminating window into Rory McIlroy's mind and game than victory in the U.S. Open did. First lesson: He doesn't deal well with bad weather.

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Phil Mickelson is all smiles after run stalls

The smile remained fixed on Phil Mickelson's face long after the circumstances of the day should have wiped it off. A miss from two feet sealed his fate, but Mickelson refused to let it ruin his day.

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A look at 140 years of Open champions

From Willie Park to Darren Clarke, a look at 140 years of champions at the British Open.

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Happy home life behind Clarke's renaissance

Strolling along the undulating fairways of Royal St. George's, puffing away on a cigarette, British Open champion Darren Clarke was a picture of contentment this week.

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Amateur star Lewis set to delay move to pro ranks

Eighteen holes with Phil Mickelson were enough to convince amateur Tom Lewis that he wasn't ready to turn professional just yet.

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Another one for N. Ireland: Clarke wins Open

The fans’ throaty roar as Darren Clarke lifted the claret jug signaled that they were celebrating more than a man’s good golf. They were cheering for one of their own overcoming all that life can throw at a person.

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Coetzee getting his life, game turned around

George Coetzee sits only five shots off the lead at the British Open. His journey there is unique, to say the least.

Saturday, July 16

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Kirk has 1-stroke lead at Viking Classic

PGA Tour rookie Chris Kirk shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead going into the final round of the Viking Classic at Annandale Golf Club.

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Wagner extends lead, Romo 2nd in Tahoe

Actor Jack Wagner extended his lead with four birdies and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo moved into second with one of the best rounds of the day Saturday at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.

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Haney: Woods can still pass Nicklaus' 18 majors

Tiger Woods' ex-swing coach believes the former No. 1 player can win the five majors he needs to pass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. Hank Haney says it's just a matter of Woods getting healthy.

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English closes in 65 to win Southern Amateur

Harris English had to wait a long time for his first major amateur win, but after closing in 65 to win the Southern Amateur by three, English may have played his way onto the Walker Cup team.

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Clarke's temper has upstaged his talent in majors

Darren Clarke is an enigma – he’s an underachiever and an overachiever. His talent says he should have won a major long ago. His kryptonite? His temper. Sunday could change that.

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5 Things: Americans nipping on Clarke's tail

Who's there? The Americans are. Darren Clarke has the lead at the British Open after the third round, but three Americans are in the top six and six in the top 12.

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Clarke leads heading to final round of Open

Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland shot a 1-under 69 Saturday and carries a one-stroke lead over American Dustin Johnson into the final round of the British Open.

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Fowler excels on tough day, remains in contention

Rickie Fowler excelled in brutal conditions Saturday at Royal St. George's, leaving himself in contention for Sunday. Sean Martin says it all traces back to the Murrietta Valley Golf Range.

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Players speak: Open conditions simply brutal

What did the players have to say about the windy, rainy conditions that met them Saturday morning at Royal St. George's? Nothing positive, but as Bo Van Pelt pointed out, they weren't unexpected.

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New to links golf, Woodland shows his grit

Gary Woodland may be new to the concept of links golf, but he proved his grit on a nasty morning at Royal St. George's.

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Watson puts foul-weather skills on display

In high wind and hard rain, Tom Watson proved yet again why he is one of the best foul-weather players in the game. Jeff Rude explains.

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Live notes: Himalayas bunker gives players fits

Wind and rain weren't the only things players needed to worry about Saturday at the British Open. There also was the Himalayas bunker at Royal St. George's fourth hole.

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Rain, wind await players for Round 3 of Open

Rain and swirling winds Saturday at Royal St. George's could make for an interesting third round at the Open Championship, where the leaderboard is tight.

Friday, July 15

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Matteson, McNeill lead soggy Viking Classic

For nearly four hours, Troy Matteson tried to figure out ways to kill time in the clubhouse as thunderstorms rolled across Annandale Golf Club.

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Clarke, Glover lead after 2 rounds at British Open

Darren Clarke marched along bumpy fairways on a wild ride at Royal St. George’s that was filled with blunders and brilliance, and one final birdie that brought the kind of ovation he had not heard in a decade at the British Open.

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5 things: Clarke, Glover top tight Open field

Darren Clarke and Lucas Glover (pictured) lead a tight leaderboard at the British Open heading into the weekend, but there is much golf to be played. Sean Martin has five things after Round 2.

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5 things: MacManus among mates at Southern Am

Tarquin MacManus, one of seven Australians to make the cut at the Southern Amateur, has a one-shot lead entering the final round. D.J. Piehowski has five things from Round 3.

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Donald, Westwood among those to miss Open cut

Royal St. George's was not easy on the world's top-ranked players, like betting favorite Lee Westwood. Jim McCabe takes a look at where the cut fell at the British Open.

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McIlroy finds motivation in Clarke's solid play

For Rory McIlroy, the familiar face of fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke atop the British Open leaderboard provides a little extra incentive. Alistair Tait explains.

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Johnson climbs Open leaderboard despite illness

Dustin Johnson was 4-over par through the first 13 holes of the British Open. Plus, he was under the weather, taking antibiotics for a swollen gland and sore throat since Wednesday.

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As forecast darkens, Watson's Open chances improve

Paired with young Tom Lewis, old Tom Watson's game shone around Royal St. George's.

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Clarke lives large and finds Open success

Darren Clarke concedes he is a tad overweight, but some might say he plays better that way. Jeff Rude explains why Clarke should think twice about a diet after this week's Open Championship.

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No. 57: Charlotte men, N.C. State women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. Asher Wildman will take the next 60 days to break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 57 on the board with the Charlotte men and N.C. State women.

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Glover grinds way to top of Open leaderboard

For the first time in six trips to the British Open, Lucas Glover is in contention. A good sign for Glover? He isn't satisfied with being tied for the lead at the Open Championship.

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No. 59: Purdue men, Long Beach St. women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. Asher Wildman will take the next 60 days to break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, we hit No. 59 on the board with the Purdue men and Long Beach St. women.

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Complete coverage: College golf preview

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 1 on the board with the Oklahoma State men and USC women.

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No. 60: Ole Miss men, Furman women

Believe it or not, we are only a few weeks away from the start of another college golf season. Our resident expert, Asher Wildman, will take the next 60 days to break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, we kick it off with the Ole Miss men and Furman women.

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Live notes: Watson to see another Open weekend

Live notes: Tom Watson will play the weekend at the Open Championship for the 24th time in his career. He also has a shot at lifting the Claret Jug for a sixth time.

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Club-fitting series: Stick with the right putter

Bob Charles has advice to everyone searching for a putter: "...find a putter that feels right and keep using it. Over a period of time, you can develop the proper touch - something you can depend on."

Thursday, July 14

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Seven tied atop Viking Classic leaderboard

Tim Petrovic shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday in the first round of the Viking Classic, joining John Mallinger, Brendon de Jonge, Peter Lonard, Sunghoon Kang and Bobby Gates in a six-way tie atop the leaderboard.

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Begay: Woods playing August charity event

Tiger Woods is apparently planning to play some golf before the end of summer.

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Kennerly prepares for college, PGA Tour start

Billy Kennerly had two goals when he began working with his instructor – to play college golf and to play on the PGA Tour. In August, he will have a chance to do both.

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Calm conditions make for delightful Round 1

The only sad part about Round 1 of the 140th Open Championship was that it had to come to an end.

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Am Lewis opens in historic fashion at St. George's

While the name Tom Lewis may not be familiar to most, the 20-year-old British Open leader has been an amateur star for years. Sean Martin has an introduction.

Lieberwirth leaves New Mexico St. for UTEP

Scott Lieberwirth led New Mexico State to six conference titles and six NCAA regional appearances during the past eight years.

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Oakland Hills to host 2016 U.S. Amateur

Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be announced next week as the site of the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship.

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Singh ‘rooting’ for Open fill-in Bjorn from U.S.

Open Championship leader Thomas Bjorn got into the field as an alternate last weekend when three-time major champion Vijay Singh withdrew because of back problems.

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McIlroy (71) sluggish but still in contention

Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of the first three holes Thursday but still managed a 1-over 71 at Royal St. George’s. If nothing else, it guarantees this Open will be no runaway victory.

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For Calc, the Open offers chance to contend

Recent history suggests elderly golfers can contend in the Open Championship. Mark Calcavecchia continued the trend.

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Live notes: Stanley makes most of British berth

Before getting a last-minute spot in the British Open, Kyle Stanley was planning on playing the Viking Classic. But he's making the most of his time in England, opening with 68. LIVE NOTES

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Tait: Bjorn’s opening 65 like a fairy tale

Eight years after his greatest heartache in golf, right here at Royal St. George’s, Thomas Bjorn’s first-round 65 Thursday at the Open Championship was like a fairy tale, writes Alistair Tait.

Wednesday, July 13

Midwest Cup grows with Tour pro help

Every year Eric Hjortness, founder of the Midwest Cup championship, thinks of new ways to increase the prestige of the regional amateur tournament, and this year was no different.

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Even Huber-ization can’t change the outcome

In “Four Days in July,” Jim Huber attempts to apply proper perspective to Tom Watson’s glorious, if unrequited, bid for the 2009 British Open. Martin Kaufmann has a review.

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The lost links of the Open Championship

Once favored but now out of fashion, five classics stand as seaside monuments to the major rota. Alistair Tait reports.

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Notes: Stricker still flying under Open radar

No respect? No problem, so far as Steve Stricker is concerned.

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5 Things: The quirkiness of Royal St. George’s

FIVE THINGS: Royal St. George’s sloping terrain can send shots in any direction, which is why it’s being described by many as one of the quirkiest courses on the Open rota.

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Riserva Uno site chosen for 2016 Olympics

Organizers for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro have selected a site upon which to build an Olympic golf venue. Next on the agenda: picking an architect.

In this issue: July 15, 2011

Inside the July 15, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Hate to be Rude: Is this Westwood’s time?

Lee Westwood, at 38 and playing in his homeland, insists he still has time to win his first major. This week at Royal St. George’s would seem to be the ideal spot for a breakthrough.

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Schwartzel happy with underdog tag

He won the Masters in dramatic fashion, but Charl Schwartzel still finds himself as an underdog and as high as a 50-1 shot to win at Royal St. George's.

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British Open organizers to honor Ballesteros

The iconic image of late Spanish golf great Seve Ballesteros will be hard to miss at this week’s British Open at Royal St. George’s.

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Royal Portrush back on the Open radar

The Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell effect could take the Open Championship back to Royal Portrush, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson admitted today.

Tuesday, July 12

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Club-fitting series: Know your clubs

Here’s a 21st-century concept: Whatever your favorite golf club may be, however complicated the specs may be, make sure you have it duplicated.

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Toy Box notes: Sluman, an HP touring pro

Notes from the equipment trailer.

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Notes: Overton gives Lefty a hand in match

Having tied for 58th at the Scottish Open Sunday and followed it with a commitment with Barclays Monday, Phil Mickelson arrived at Royal St. George’s Tuesday and immediately discovered that wind was an issue.

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Mickelson ready to put Open woes behind him

After years of frustration at the British Open, Phil Mickelson is trying something new at Royal St. George’s: amnesia. It has Jeff Rude wondering if Lefty is a contender this week.

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McIlroy: Highest expectations come from himself

Rory McIlroy said that, for all the hyperbole and heightened expectations that came in the aftermath of his Open win, no one will expect more of McIlroy than himself.

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McCabe: Savoring the full flavor of links golf

This week is unlike any other – pros hit drivers into par 3s and short-game wizards miss the green with wedges.

Kansas assistant Trew to lead FGCU women

Florida Gulf Coast has named Sarah Trew, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas, as the new head women’s golf coach.

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Attorney: Tiger never received PEDs from doctor

The attorney for one of the main witnesses in the Anthony Galea case said that Tiger Woods never received performance-enhancing drugs as a patient, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

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Place your bets: Odds at the British Open

British bookmakers will take bets on anything, so Alistair Tait offers some odds on players who could hoist the Claret Jug this week at Royal St. George’s.

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Duncan, Anderson lead collegians at Open

Admittedly, I was a little disappointed to view the scores the college players posted at the U.S. Women’s Open. Where was the Patrick Cantlay on the women’s side?

TourPlayers.com Blog: Ben Curtis in 2003

Our partners at TourPlayers.com give you a flashback to 2003, when Ben Curtis shocked the golf world with an improbable win at Royal St. George's.

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Paula Creamer revs up the wardrobe

Paula Creamer's U.S. Women's Open wardrobe was vibrant and impressive. It's alright to be jealous.

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Player's diary: Nicole earning back confidence

Player diary: Nicole Noelle Smith is seeing her luck turn around quickly, with a solid week in Crown Point, Ind. to get her confidence pointed in the right direction.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: British Open

Lee Westwood is a favorite with our fantasy panel, but can he break through after so many close calls? Whom else do our experts like?

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Commentary: From Royal St. George’s, with love

2003 was the year of Ben Curtis, as well as the year that Jim Achenbach was stopped by a gun-toting farmer.

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British blog: Weather, tee times are important

Tuesday's British Open blog: Our Alex Miceli looks at how the weather and when you tee off at the British Open can make or break your chances of winning the Claret Jug.

Monday, July 11

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Exclusive: Evian will be LPGA's 5th major in '13

The Evian Masters, a favorite among LPGA players for its Parisian stage, is going to be an even bigger hit: Beginning in 2013, Evian will be designated as the LPGA's fifth major championship.

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Recap: How juniors fared at U.S. Women's Open

A brief recap of how the junior golfers fared in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open:

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Cathrea shines at Pebble Beach pro-junior

Even playing alongside Ben Crenshaw, Casie Cathrea, 15, was the star of the show at the Nature Valley First Tee Open.

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Winner’s Circle: July 4-11, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Rounds played fall in May; down 6.3 percent YTD

Rounds played in the U.S. suffered another monthly loss in May, sending year-to-date totals down 6.3 percent, according to a national report.

Major-themed footwear to debut at Open

Golf shoe makers know how to turn major championships into marketing moments.

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Tiger’s agent joins Excel Sports Management

The “special announcement” July 11 actually turned out to be for Mark Steinberg, Tiger Woods’ agent, who has joined Excel Sports Management.

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Westwood's caddie dreams of the Claret Jug

Thomas Bjorn's exploits in the 2003 British Open are well documented. What isn't is the caddie that was on Bjorn's bag, and his quest to hold the Claret Jug. Billy Foster's hope lie in Lee Westwood this week.

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Junior Notebook: Dollar days in LA

Organizations everywhere are looking for a way to keep kids interested in golf. In Los Angeles County, they have a new idea – let them play for a dollar. JUNIOR NOTEBOOK

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Ryu defeats Seo in U.S. Women's Open playoff

After a long week of rain and delays, So Yeon Ryu played a three-hole playoff in 2 under to defeat Hee Kyung Seo and win the U.S. Women's Open.

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Ryu forces playoff with Seo at U.S. Open

So Yeon Ryu pulled into a tie for the lead Monday at the U.S. Women's Open and will head to a three-hole playoff with South Korean rival Hee Kyung Seo.

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British blog: Whirlwind 24 hours for Stanley

We have five reporters on the ground at the British Open at Royal St. George's. Jeff Rude gets our daily blog going with a description of life off the course, proof that loving Open golf can truly hurt.

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Commentary: Believe in J.B., both of them

Commentary: Jeff Rude has his own reasons, but he is believing in the power of J.B. this week ... both J.B. Holmes and Jonathan Byrd.

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Tee times: Thursday-Friday at British Open

Tee times from the first and second rounds of the British Open.

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Bjorn sits, waits and gets his chance at British

Thomas Bjorn showed up as the first reserve at the British Open. The trip has now paid off.

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McIlroy, Fowler paired at British Open

A look at the early-round pairings at the 2011 British Open, which will feature Rory McIlroy playing with Rickie Fowler and Ernie Els.

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Tiger’s agent: No announcement Monday

Tiger Woods’ agent says the golfer is not making any announcements Monday.

Sunday, July 10

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5 Things: Seo must sit and wait

Hee Kyung Seo barely squeaked out a finish as darkness fell Sunday at The Broadmoor. It’s not often that the leader of the U.S. Women’s Open is the eight groups ahead of the final pairing.

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Some surprises on Walker Cup watch list

Several surprising players, like U.S. Amateur Public Links champ Corbin Mills, are coming on strong, while some early favorites to make the Walker Cup team are struggling with their games.

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Sluman rallies to win First Tee Open for 3rd time

Jeff Sluman shot a 2-under 70 and overcame a pair of bogeys on the back nine Sunday, holding on to win the First Tee Open for the third time.

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2011 Open Championship: Complete coverage

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Royal St. George's to bring you an up-close look at the 2011 Open Championship. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from England.

Quick facts about the 2011 British Open

Facts and figures for the British Open golf championship at Royal St. George's, where the winner will take home $1.43 million.

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Hole-by-hole look at course for British Open

A hole-by-hole look at Royal St. George's, site of the 140th British Open to be played July 14-17.

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Roundup: Cantlay wins So. Cal. Amateur

UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay’s scintillating summer continued July 10 – this time at an amateur event – with a one-stroke victory at the 112th Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship at San Gabriel Country Club.

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Previous British Opens at Royal St. George's

A capsule look at the previous 13 times the British Open has been held at Royal St. George's, which will host the 140th Open on July 14-17.

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20 players to watch at the British Open

A capsule look at 20 top contenders for the British Open, to be played July 14-17 at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England.

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He’s a Player: Mills goes back to back

It already has been a scorching summer for Corbin Mills. And it’s only two weeks old.

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Stricker nips Stanley, claims 3rd Deere title

Trailing by a stroke as he played the 18th, Steve Stricker holed a 25-foot putt from just off the green to beat Kyle Stanley and win his third consecutive John Deere Classic title.

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Unlikely champs par for course at British Open

The third major of the year has a knack for producing champions that don't fit the mold. Just ask Ben Curtis and Todd Hamilton.

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Nicklaus plays down expectations for McIlroy

Jack Nicklaus believes it's too early to label Rory McIlroy golf's next superstar. "Don't anoint him as the crown prince yet," Nicklaus told the BBC.

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Major Challenge: Win PGA Championship tickets!

British Open week is officially under way. Play Golfweek's Major Challenge to win two weeklong tickets to the PGA Championship, or a host of other prizes such as club shafts or video games.

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Notebook: Open venue Royal St. George’s

Royal St. George’s, host of the 2011 British Open, demands control off the tee and near the greens, even after the ball touches down. Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Rude: Who wins the Open? Follow the trends

A major golf trend (and maybe more than one) will continue when the Open returns to Royal St. George’s. For starters, keeping an eye on youth should prove prudent.

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Bjorn moves on from St. George’s defeat

An older, wiser Thomas Bjorn has moved beyond his most painful defeat, eight years ago at Royal St. George’s. Alistair Tait reports.

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Seo on the verge of victory at U.S. Open

Hee Kyung Seo of South Korea moved to the verge of winning the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday, finishing with a one-shot lead over So Yeon Ryu, who had three holes left when play was suspended by darkness.

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Pak, Webb, Kerr paired for Open final round

No group at the U.S. Women's Open can match the résumé of the Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb and Cristie Kerr pairing.

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Luke Donald shoots 63 to win Scottish Open

Luke Donald enjoyed the perfect warmup for this week's British Open with a 9-under 63 to win the Scottish Open by four strokes, his first victory since becoming the world No. 1 in May.

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McDowell among four with share of Scottish Open lead

Peter Hanson of Sweden fired a 5-under 67 to move into a four-way share of the lead going into the third and final round of the weather-disrupted Scottish Open on Sunday.

Saturday, July 9

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Miyazatos lead at delayed U.S. Women's Open

Mika and Ai Miyazato finished 1-2 after the second round of the U.S. Women's Open on Saturday before play was suspended because of thunderstorms in the area.

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5 things: Rain continues to delay Women's Open

Ai Miyazato and Mika Miyazato aren't related, but they have one thing in common at the U.S. Women's Open: stellar play. Beth Ann Baldry delivers five things from a soggy Saturday.

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Stanley Cup makes brief appearance at Pebble

It is a tribute to the sporting spirit that 800 people of dissimilar size, shape, gender and age showed up at a golf course on July 4 to have their photos taken with a hockey trophy.

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Stricker leads, eyes 3rd straight Deere title

In search of his third consecutive John Deere title, Steve Stricker continued to cruise Saturday at TPC Deere Run, shooting a 8-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead.

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Miyazato, Kerr finish hot as storms roll in at Open

Just when it was starting to get interesting, another rain delay halted play Saturday at the U.S. Women’s Open.

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I.K. Kim continues stellar play at U.S. Open

At the weather-plagued U.S. Women’s Open, no player has been as solid as I.K. Kim. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, that should hardly come as a surprise.

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Hall (wrist) to miss U.S. Junior; return unknown

The U.S. Junior Amateur will be played without one of its main contenders, Gavin Hall, whose lingering wrist injury may cost him a most important summer. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Mickelson leaves San Diego for Arizona State

After a successful run at San Diego, Tim Mickelson, the brother of PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson, a former Sun Devils star, has been tabbed to replace Randy Lein at Arizona State.

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Weather shortens Scottish Open to 54 holes

Organizers say the Scottish Open has been shortened to a 54-hole event after torrential overnight rain flooded the Castle Stuart links course at Inverness.

Friday, July 8

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Kim takes two-shot lead at U.S. Women's Open

I.K. Kim came out of an hour-long rain delay Friday and took a two-shot lead at the U.S. Women's Open, closing her day at 4 under par with four holes left to play in the second round.

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Reavie (62) leads Stricker by 2 at John Deere

Chez Reavie shot a 9-under 62 Friday, relying on his putter to claim a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the John Deere Classic.

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Peter Jacobsen a hit at First Tee Open

I’ve got Peter Jacobsen figured out. He has two identities.

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Kraft champ Lewis trails Kim at Women's Open

Stacy Lewis has a mind that's made for majors. After leading the U.S. Women's Open for most of Friday, she trails I.K. Kim by two shots.

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Newbies O’Toole, Salas off to strong Open starts

Friday at the U.S. Women's Open was a long day for newbies Ryann O'Toole and Lizette Salas.

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Kang relishes spot in Creamer, Tseng group

Danielle Kang loves a good crowd. The 18-year-old played to it on Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open, tying fellow playing competitor Paula Creamer with a 1-over 72 and edging World No. 1 Yani Tseng by one stroke.

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John Daly cards a 13 at John Deere Classic

One drive into thick grass ended John Daly’s hopes of making the cut for the first time at the John Deere Classic.

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McDowell among trio tied for lead in Scotland

Graeme McDowell shot a 8-under 64 in ideal conditions Friday to grab a share of the lead at the Scottish Open before storms delayed the second round.

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Minnesota’s top course closes, but then re-opens

This should be the height of the golf season in Minnesota, but since July 1 golfers haven’t been able to play the top-ranked course in the state.

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Amy Anderson: ‘I like being the underdog’

Yes, it’s early. But Amy Anderson, 18, is quickly achieving hero status at the U.S. Women’s Open, where she will enter the second round one stroke behind leader Stacy Lewis.

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Royal St. George’s new partner: Mother Nature

There should be more players under par at next week’s Open Championship than there were eight years ago.

Thursday, July 7

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First Tee Open an example of how golf should be

If golf in America is to prosper and grow, it needs to be different. It needs to distinguish itself from the tired old game of our fathers.

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Late run sends Blanks to Deere Classic lead

Kris Blanks birdied his final five holes Thursday to finish with an 8-under-par 63 and grab the first-round lead at the John Deere Classic.

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Could Inkster, 51, make Solheim Cup team?

Juli Inkster, 51, may not be a favorite to win this week at the U.S. Women’s Open, but her name is still coming up in Solheim Cup discussions.

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Newcomer Curtis steals show at 2003 Open

Eight years ago, the stars were lined up, but newcomer Ben Curtis stole the spotlight and the Claret Jug. Jim McCabe looks back.

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Westwood, Tullo share Scottish Open lead

In his final tuneup before next week’s British Open, World No. 2 Lee Westwood opened with a 7-under 65 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Scottish Open.

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Kerr, Anderson lead delayed Women’s Open

Cristie Kerr and amateur Amy Anderson were tied for the lead at 2-under par Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Women's Open when play was called for the day because of thunderstorms in the area.

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Dalke, Green headline Wyndham Cup teams

Brad Dalke and Jaye Marie Green highlight their respective 20-man teams at the upcoming Wyndham Cup, a mixed team match-play competition to be held later this month in Wilmington, N.C.

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Q&A: 2010 PGA champ Martin Kaymer

Can’t get enough Martin Kaymer? He spoke with Golfweek to discuss the Play With Martin Kaymer contest with BMW and much more in this exclusive interview.

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Hip injury knocks Toms out of British Open

David Toms has withdrawn from the British Open next week at Royal St. George’s because of a hip injury.

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Club-fitting series: High-lofted wedges

Matt Killen, 26, might be young, but his theory on using high-lofted wedges has the attention of Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes and plenty of other touring pros.

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Rohanna returns to Open – with a tee time

A year after being the first alternate at the U.S. Women’s Open, Rachel Rohanna now has a tee time.

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Anthony Kim accepts late invite into British Open

Anthony Kim has become the third American to accept a late entry into next week’s British Open, replacing the injured Tim Clark for the year’s third major.

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13 collegians to take on U.S. Women’s Open

Today, 11 players who will be playing college golf this fall are teeing it up at the 66th U.S. Women’s Open, being played at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wednesday, July 6

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Creativity, aggressiveness power Tseng

There are myriad reasons why Yani Tseng has ascended to No. 1 in the world, not least a creativity and aggressiveness that few players possess. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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5 Things: Creamer looks to retain Open title

Here are five storylines to watch at the 66th U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

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Former Tiger Woods doctor admits to U.S. drug charges

A Canadian sports doctor whose high-profile clients have included Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to bringing unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone, into the United States to unlawfully treat professional athletes.

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The First Tee to launch $100 million campaign

The First Tee is preparing a $100 million fund-raising campaign to expand delivery of its education programs to an additional 10 million youths.

After Dogwood win, McCoy coming into his own

Nate McCoy has arrived – come into his own, you might say.

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Another American view of Parisian golf

For all the hubbub around Bubba Watson and his escapades at the French Open, there was another American at Le Golf National -- one who avoided the spotlight in spite of good play.

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Galdiano, 13, draws comparisons to Wie at Open

Catching up with 13-year-old Mariel Galdiano, the youngest player in this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

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Laird strives to make Ryder Cup team on merit

Martin Laird has one thing on his mind for 2012: make the European Ryder Cup team.

In this issue: July 8, 2011

Inside the July 8, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Woods’ best years are ahead of him?

Tiger Woods said Tuesday that he will not play next week’s British Open because his left leg is not completely healed. That did not come as a surprise, considering a week before he said he hadn’t hit any golf balls since early May.

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Hate to be Rude: Garrigus’ pot revelations

Robert Garrigus’ revelations last week about tokes on tour prompt some hallucinatory hijinks from our far-out scribe in this week’s Hate to be Rude.

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Clark (elbow) withdraws from Open; Kim in

Tim Clark has withdrawn from the British Open, the second straight major he is missing because of an elbow injury.

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Levet to miss British Open after breaking shin

Thomas Levet’s exuberant celebration after winning his home tournament in France last weekend has cost him a place in the British Open.

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Notes: Ogilvy ready to kick-start slow season

Halfway through the season, part of Geoff Ogilvy feels as though he’s just getting started.

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5 Things: Star-studded field at Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell are among the players in the field this week at the Scottish Open, which will be played for the first time at Castle Stuart, a new course on the Moray Firth.

Tuesday, July 5

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Inkster has conquered The Broadmoor before

Juli Inkster won the 1982 U.S. Women's Amateur title at The Broadmoor, the course reminding her of the greens she grew up on. And she says she has gotten a lot better in those nearly 30 years.

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Stackhouse (No. 4, 2012) commits to Stanford

Mariah Stackhouse, of Riverdale, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to Stanford for the fall of 2012. Stackhouse made the decision after visiting a slew of East Coast schools including Duke, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

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5 Things: Future bright for women's golf

Consider that 25 players in the U.S. Women’s Open field are amateurs, and the future of women’s golf doesn’t look too shabby. 5 things to know from Tuesday at the Open:

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Harrington has no fears for McIlroy ahead of Open

Padraig Harrington believes Rory McIlroy will be well prepared for next week's British Open even though he hasn't played since winning the U.S. Open.

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Jiyai Shin confronts struggles with new outlook

Jiyai Shin has a new outlook heading into this week's U.S. Women's Open: Loosen up and enjoy life.

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Player chosen as a third Masters honorary starter

Gary Player will join Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as honorary starters at the 2012 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Commentary: No surprise on Tiger's withdrawal

Tiger Woods’ announcement that he’ll miss the British Open shouldn’t come as a surprise. Last Tuesday, he said he hadn’t hit balls since withdrawing from The Players. He simply won't return until he can win.

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Commentary: Time to let Lexi shine

The LPGA needs the kind of buzz that Lexi Thompson can bring. Thompson needs to get on with it before boredom sets in. At this point, it does neither party any good to wait another year.

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LPGA: Thompson, 16, can earn her Tour card

The LPGA has accepted Alexis Thompson’s petition for membership in 2012. The tour’s decision allows Thompson to enter Q-School and potentially become a tour member. If she makes it, she'd be the first person to start her rookie season before age 17.

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Rivals Cup measures colleges by pro success

There are plenty of stars who lead their college teams to national prominence. But, how do they do as individuals at the pro level? We visited with RivalsCup.net, a site dedicated to judging schools and conferences by a player's performance on pro tours.

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Levet breaks shin after French Open victory leap

Thomas Levet could miss next week's British Open after breaking his shin jumping into a lake to celebrate his victory at the French Open.

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Woods (leg) to skip British Open

Tiger Woods announced Tuesday on his website that he has been advised not to play next week at Royal St. George's. This is the second consecutive major that Woods will skip.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: John Deere Classic

Steve Stricker is atop the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and is a popular pick among our fantasy experts this week. Will he pick up a second title in just over a month?

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Club-fitting series: 3-wood or no 3-wood?

The 3-wood is the hardest club to design because of the double duty that many golfers expect it to serve. Tom Wishon has a simple solution: Don't use one.

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British, Scottish Opens put links-style golf on display

Links-style golf will be on full display for the next two weeks with the Scottish and British Opens, and it should be celebrated.

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ToyBox: Watney wins with Titleist irons

A look at what was in the bag for Nick Watney, John Cook, the Publinks finalists and Thomas Levet this week.

Monday, July 4

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Simpson among 5 alternates who can play British

Webb Simpson, J.B. Holmes and Steve Marino are among five alternates who can book a trip to the British Open.

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Winner’s Circle: June 27 - July 3, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Blog: Watney's driver, putter are the difference

Nick Watney's AT&T win was a product of straight driving and clutch putting. Could those lead to a British Open title?

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Complete coverage: U.S. Women's Open

Golfweek is on the ground at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the U.S. Women's Open. Check back for updates for the third women's major of the season.

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U.S. Women's Open win can be catalyst or pinnacle

Winning the U.S. Women's Open, so often a career catalyst, sometimes can be the pinnacle. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

Sunday, July 3

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Notes: Easygoing Joh earns second Futures win

Tiffany Joh earned a second career Futures Tour title July 3 at the South Shore Championship. It was a welcome victory at the end of a five-week stretch of tournaments.

Nate McCoy closes with 65, grabs Dogwood title

Nate McCoy birdied four consecutive holes just before the turn in a final-round 7-under 65 that lifted him to the Dogwood Invitational title July 2.

Fields tops Erdy to claim North & South title

Jack Fields, who left the University of North Carolina in the middle of his junior season, thinks the decision is paying off. And after winning the North & South Amateur Championship on July 2, it seems he might be right.

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AT&T notes: Howell III off to British Open

Charles Howell III needs a passport to pack with his putter. He's off to Royal St. George's and a spot in the British Open because of his third-place finish Sunday in the AT&T National.

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Flawless Watney wins by 2 at AT&T National

Nick Watney capped off an amazing weekend at Aronimink to win the AT&T National on Sunday, moving him to No. 10 in the world and atop the PGA Tour money list for the first time in his career.

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Cook wins Champions event in Quebec

John Cook shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday and set a tournament course record with a 21-under 195 to win the Montreal Championship by three strokes at the Fontainebleau Golf Club.

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5 Things: Watney wins fourth PGA Tour title

American Nick Watney wins his fourth career PGA Tour title - and second this season - after Rickie Fowler falls off the leaderboard and K.J. Choi picks up a late double bogey at the AT&T National.

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Player diary: Car troubles test Nicole's mettle

Think playing golf professionally is glamorous? The last week of Futures Tour player Nicole Noelle Smith's life proves the opposite.

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Local favorite Levet hangs on, wins French Open

Local favorite Thomas Levet shot a 1-under 70 in windy conditions to win the French Open, beating Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and Mark Foster of England by a stroke.

Saturday, July 2

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Mills' victory proves excitement of Public Links

Corbin Mills' victory at the Public Links Championship proved how exciting the event is.

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Do wins final hole to claim WAPL title over Dodd

Brianna Do led only three times in 36 holes at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, but a win at the closing hole was enough to clinch her the title.

Lu Chien-soon leads Cook by one at Montreal

Taiwan’s Lu Chien-soon shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday to match the course record and take a one-stroke lead over John Cook after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship.

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Fowler (64), Watney (62) tied for AT&T lead

After what has been a very ordinary 2011, Rickie Fowler put himself in position to grab his first career victory Saturday, tying Nick Watney for the 54-hole lead at the AT&T National.

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Foster, Morrison share French Open lead

Mark Foster of England shot a 3-under 68 to share a one-stroke lead with James Morrison after the third round at the French Open.

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Singh withdraws from AT&T with bad back

Vijay Singh has pulled out of the AT&T National with a back injury.

Friday, July 1

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Ernst to face off against Mills in APL final

After Derek Ernst earned a final berth at the APL, he spoke of more light-hearted things, such as ice cream.

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Dodd to meet Do in WAPL final match

Marissa Dodd had almost zero match-play experience entering the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. Now she'll face Brianna Do in the final match.

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Cook, Huston share Montreal lead with 63

John Cook and John Huston shot 9-under 63s on Friday to match the course record and share the first-round lead in the Montreal Championship, the Champions Tour’s lone Canadian event.

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Hak, Then prevail at AJGA's Rolex ToC

Shun Yat Hak (pictured) and Gabriella Then added a Rolex Tournament of Champions title to their resumes Friday at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort.

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6 coaches to receive Dave Williams Awards

Six men’s coaches, spanning all levels of the game, have been named recipients of the Dave Williams Award presented by Eaton Golf Pride. Greensboro's Dirk Fennie took home the award for Division III.

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Park downs Woods to advance to WAPL semis

What Annie Park is lacking in age, she makes up for in USGA experience. It showed as Park, 16, beat favorite Cheyenne Woods for a spot in the WAPL semifinals.

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Garrigus admits to 2002 on-course marijuana use

PGA Tour player Robert Garrigus said he and other unnmaed players smoked marijuana during 2002 Nationwide Tour tournament rounds, according to an article published on Golf Digest’s website.

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Choi (64) takes 2-shot lead at AT&T National

K.J. Choi won the AT&T National in 2007 when it was played at Congressional. After a second-round 64 at Aronimink, he's in position for another victory.

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Jr. Notes: After win, Duffield heads to Nicaragua

After his AJGA win last week, Nick Duffield left for Nicaragua with a mission program helping to build homes and distribute food in impoverished areas. That and more in this week's Junior Notebook. . .

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Morrison takes one-shot French Open lead

James Morrison of England shot a flawless 5-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the French Open.

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Female player shoots 78 in Canadian Tour debut

Isabelle Beisiegel shot a 7-over 78 on Thursday in her Canadian Tour debut to fall 12 strokes behind the first-round leaders in the ATB Financial Classic at Bearspaw Country Club.

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Bubba Watson unhappy with fans at French Open

Bubba Watson missed the cut Friday at the French Open, suggesting fan behavior and poor security contributed to his disappointing performance.

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