News for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Hockey ref Rank takes medalist honor at APL

Garrett Rank fired a 3-under 67 to take medalist honor in stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Amateur Public Links on Tuesday.

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Marines' Lambeth advances to APL match play

Addison Lambeth doesn’t get a lot of time to work on his golf game, let alone play in a competitive event. His day job as a policeman Marine Corps pretty much takes up the bulk of his time. But his 3-over 143 was good enough to advance to match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

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Matt Kuchar hitches ride from passerby to Muirfield

Matt Kuchar's ride to Muirfield didn't show up on time Tuesday, so he decided to hitch a ride to the course for his practice round.

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'Bama native Jackson leaves Arizona, joins Tide roster

Janie Jackson will join the Alabama roster in the fall after transferring from the University of Arizona.

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Spieth loses shot at practice round with Watson

Fresh off his first career PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic, Jordan Spieth saw his luck end Tuesday at Muirfield after losing a chance to play a practice round with Tom Watson.

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Is Tiger Woods switching drivers in Scotland?

The three-time Open Championship winner has been practicing with a new Nike VR_S Covert Tour at Muirfield.

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Toy Box: Spieth’s all-around game pays off

Using mostly Titleist equipment, Jordan Spieth earned his first PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic, displaying an all-around game that’s quickly becoming his trademark.

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Pedersen, Hall among European Jr. Solheim Cuppers

A day after the Americans finalized their 12-woman Junior Solheim Cup team, Europe has named its team. The multi-national European squad includes four players in the top 20 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

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Toy Box: Kenny Perry wins with a variety of wedges

Kenny Perry, winner of the U.S. Senior Open, has an unusual three-wedge setup, using 8-degree increments among his 48-degree pitching wedge, 56-degree sand wedge and 64-degree lob wedge.

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Pettersson drops anchored stroke, switches to short putter

After using a long putter since 1998, Carl Pettersson used the short, conventional putter on a trial basis Sunday and liked the results enough that he is using it again this week at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

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TaylorMade's symbol-filled logo for the 2013 Open Championship

Take a look at TaylorMade Golf's symbol-filled logo for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

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Fred Couples makes return to Open at Muirfield

Fred Couples hasn't played in an Open Championship in seven years. But the 53-year-old will tee it up at Muirfield this week before defending his Senior Open title a week later.

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Spieth determined to enjoy unexpected trip

A little more than a year ago, Jordan Spieth was basking in Texas' national championship after his freshman season. On Thursday, he'll tee it up at Muirfield a multimillionaire that is the fourth-youngest player to ever win on the PGA Tour.

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Brandt Snedeker’s apparel for Open Championship

Brandt Snedeker’s scripted apparel from Peter Millar for the 2013 Open Championship has been announced.

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Birdies and bogeys: Perry, Rose victories vastly different

Golf fans at the U.S. Senior Open experienced a flash flood of birdies. Kenny Perry, the winner, had nine birdies all by himself in a final-round 63. It was a celebration of superlative golf and it was fun to watch.

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Matsuyama looks at Open as learning experience

Hideki Matsuyama is no stranger to major championships. But the 21-year-old is entering unknown territory this week at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

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McDowell, Muirfield a match made in golf heaven

Graeme McDowell has won three titles in his last eight worldwide starts. He missed the other five cuts. He's also missed the cut after each of his victories. Muirfield might be the perfect solution to that problem for the 2010 U.S. Open champion.

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Spencer selected to replace Watney at Fresno State

Fresno State has named Chad Spencer the next men’s golf coach. Spencer, a former Bulldog, replaces Mike Watney, who retired after 35 years at the Bulldog helm.

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'Road isn't for everyone,' but Koepka thrives on it

Brooks Koepka has spent the year traveling Ahmedabad, Padova, Lasne, Dritec or the Canary Islands -- on the Challenge Tour. But it's a route has led him to Muirfield, and a friendly match with Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

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Phil feeling confident about chances at Muirfield

Fresh off a dramatic victory at the Scottish Open, Phil Mickelson enters this week's Open Championship on an incredible high about his chances playing links golf.

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Snedeker's secret weapon at Muirfield? He's 32

Brandt Snedeker is 32. That happens to be the same age as Adam Scott and Justin Rose were when they won the first two majors of the year. And Snedeker is a big believer in omens. Now the American just needs to go out and perform.

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Rose: Dreams of winning The Open 'more than any other'

2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose looks ahead to the Open Championship at Muirfield.

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Sean Foley adds another big client: Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood has confirmed that he has teamed up with Sean Foley - coach of Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, among others - ahead of the Open Championship at Muirfield.

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Rude: Tiger cautiously prepares; will it be enough?

While Tiger Woods says his left elbow is healthy, playing only nine-hole practice rounds might indicate that the injury is still the back of his mind. But on a course that likely won't need driver, Woods is still a favorite due to his superior long-iron skills.

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Claret Jug gets a workout in trip around the world

It seems that even the Claret Jug might need a bit of a break -- and maybe a polish or two -- after a trip around the globe.

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One shot. $1 million. Are you up to the challenge?

Machrihanish Dunes is hosting a $1 million hole-in-one contest for four random players that take to the course between now and Oct. 15. If you don't believe us, Old Tom Morris can explain.

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With elbow 'fine,' Woods remains oddsmakers' pick

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win his 15th major championship and fourth Open Championship according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.

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Johnson, Laird test adidas Golf GORE-TEX rain suit

Adidas Golf kicked off the Open Championship in Scotland with all-weather event featuring adidas Golf’s new line GORE-TEX. The GORE-TEX rain suits will be in play this week in Muirfield.

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Bulldog's blog: Playing Renaissance Club

Our Alex Miceli squeezed in 36 holes of golf around covering the Open Championship on Monday, taking in both Gullane Golf Club and the Renaissance Club. Oh, to be able to play golf until 10 p.m.

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