News for Thursday, September 5, 2013

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Musings on Thursday: Players day via Twitter

It's a relatively quiet week for competition in pro golf, with the FedEx Cup and LPGA Tour taking a break. But practice was a topic for those golfers as well as some top amateurs, while the Web.com and European tours got tournaments underway today.

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Swafford, 3 others tied atop Chiquita Classic

Hudson Swafford, Nick O'Hern, Ed Loar and Ben Kohles all shot 5-under 67 to grab a share of the first-round lead at the Chiquita Classic, the second of four events in the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals.

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George W. Bush spends time with Walker Cuppers

Secret Service agents lingered around National Golf Links on Thursday as former president George W. Bush paid a visit to U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cuppers.

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Edwards returns after midweek visit with ill father

Late Thursday afternoon, Nigel Edwards rode a roofless golf cart to the base of National Golf Links’ landmark lighthouse and greeted Max Orrin, the last Great Britain & Ireland player left on the course.

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GB&I team tours NYC before National Golf Links

It must be nice to be on the GB&I Walker Cup Team. They played Pine Valley GC, Bayonne GC and also got to visit different sites in New York City before making their way to the National Golf Links of America.

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Norwood, 66, helped golf writers tell stories

Bev Norwood, 66, a longtime publicist and editor for IMG, died on Sept. 4 at the Cleveland Clinic after a short battle with cancer.

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Klein talks architecture, 'Wide Open Fairways'

Golfweek senior writer Bradley S. Klein recently penned the book, "Wide Open Fairways: A Journey Across The Landscapes Of Modern Golf," which shares his insights on golf course architecture.

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Walker Cup memories: Matt Kuchar, USA

Having played in other team events (the Wyndham and Palmer Cup), Matt Kuchar always had his sights on the Walker Cup, and representing his country.

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Jimenez, 2 others trail Lahiri in European Masters

India's Anirban Lahiri leads Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez by two shots after the first round of the Omega European Masters while Brooks Koepka and 13-year-old Ye Wo-cheng also make noise.

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Video: Golf stereotypes

There are many golf stereotypes, and this YouTube video brings them to light. How many have you witnessed? How many apply to you? Find out!

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Walker Cup memories: Bryce Molder, USA

Even though he was on two losing two teams, Bryce Molder had only 'good thoughts' about his experience on Team USA at the Walker Cup.

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In this issue: Sept. 6, 2013

Inside the Sept. 6, 2013 issue of Golfweek.

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Golfweek's Best: Campus Courses, 2013

A look at the 2013 Golfweek's Best Campus Courses.

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Notes: Matthew proves to be all-world at double duty

Catriona Matthew, the only Scot to win a women’s major, triumphed in her national open for the second time in three years last week.

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Walker Cup memories: Rory McIlroy, GB&I

Two-time major-champion winner, Rory McIlroy talks about his time on the 2007 Walker Cup team for GB&I.

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Order of Merit still resonates with Henrik Stenson

Remember yesteryear, when winning the money title meant something? The FedEx Cup sort of changed that, but on the European Tour what is affectionately called the Order of Merit still resonates.

Bushnell to be acquired by ATK, companies say

Bushnell Group Holdings, which includes the Bushnell brand of golf rangefinders, will be acquired by Alliant Techsystems, the companies announced Sept. 5.

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Scott can relate to Stenson's occupational struggles

Henrik Stenson rejects the idea that off-course problems had anything to do with three rough years on Tour. In 2013, the Swede has found his game -- and he just might be the hottest golfer in the world.

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Walker Cup memories: Jordan Spieth, USA

Now a rookie on the PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth reflects about his time on the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team.

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Inside the numbers at the Deutsche Bank Championship

Some scoring oddities after four holiday-weekend days at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Notes: World's top 20 continue FEC domination

When Henrik Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 10th in the world, it meant that a top-20 player has won five consecutive FedEx Cup playoffs and they’ve won 17 of the 26 since they began in 2007.

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Scott Piercy gets help from Peter Jacobsen

Bad elbow. Bad play. Both have been storylines in Scott Piercy’s season, but help came from an expected source –- former player turned TV analyst Peter Jacobsen.

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Callaway to resurrect Apex irons

The venerable Apex name, linked to the glory days of the Ben Hogan Co., apparently is about to resurface as a Callaway reincarnation.

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Amateur roundup: Paladino beats Bears at State Fair

Cody Paladino beat a pair of University of California players on Aug. 30 to win the California State Fair title at Haggin Oaks’ Alister MacKenzie Course in Sacramento.