News for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Prodigy? Maybe. But Lucy Li, 11, is simply taking it all in

It'd be easy to label 11-year-old Lucy Li as a prodigy after she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open. But the young gun from California is simply learning from the entire experience, putting no expectations on herself as she takes on Pinehurst.

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Laura Davies: A Dame who still has game

Laura Davies owns four major titles and 84 worldwide victories in a career that has yet to land her in the Hall of Fame. But her honors in England continue to rise, recently being named Dame Commander.

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Haight (72) takes control at challenging Alvamar

While Willie Hammond seemed to have everything going in the opening round of the AJGA's Under Armour/Gary Woodland Championship, a poor back nine opened the door for 18-hole leader Caleb Haight.

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Round 2 at No. 2: Pinehurst shapes up well for women

Skeptics, take heed. The doubleheader of back-to-back national championships appears to be working out. So far.

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Louisiana Tech hires Jenkins as men's coach

Jeff Jenkins, who spent four years as the assistant coach at Texas Tech, has been named the head men's coach at Louisiana Tech.

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Lewis calls in short-game reinforcements

Stacy Lewis called her former assistant coach at Arkansas, short-game guru Shauna Estes-Taylor, to help the World No. 1 gauge Pinehurst's difficult greens – a place that will make or break any player in a U.S. Women's Open.

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Stadler spotted putting left-handed at Travelers

Kevin Stadler appears to have his own unique answer to the looming anchoring ban. At this week's Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour, Stadler was seen putting left-handed with a Rife General on the practice green.

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Due to injury, Pettersen's prep for Pinehurst altered

Suzann Pettersen is known for her fitness, helping transform how many players prep for the rigors of a full season on the LPGA tour. Now nursing a back injury, Pettersen had to scale back as she prepared for Pinehurst No. 2.

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Thompson, 19, aims to add second major title

A major winner at 19, the story behind Lexi Thompson is no longer her age, but whether or not she can become the first player to win two majors as a teenager.

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UCLA's Lee wins inaugural ANNIKA Award

After completing a successful freshman campaign at UCLA, top-ranked Alison Lee was greeted with a phone call from one of the all-time women's golf greats Annika Sorenstam – something Lee will cherish forever.

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Report: Tiger Woods hitting full shots at Medalist

According to a report from Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte, Tiger Woods has begun to hit full shots after being restricted to pitching and chipping since back surgery in late March.

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Murray, Hession earn Coach of the Year honors

Alabama-Birmingham's Alan Murray and Ohio State's Therese Hession have earned Golfweek Coach of the Year honors.

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Winner's Style: Martin Kaymer at U.S. Open

Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open on June 15 to claim his second major title and second win this season. See Kaymer's Hugo Boss apparel from Pinehurst, N.C.

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Woodland gives players 'opportunity' at Kansas junior event

Gary Woodland, fresh off a T-52 finish at the U.S. Open, took to Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence, Kan. to talk to the field at the AJGA Gary Woodland/Under Armour Championship.

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POYs Rodgers, Lee lead Golfweek All-Americans

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers and UCLA freshman Alison Lee finished the 2013-14 season as Golfweek’s top-ranked male and female players, respectively, meriting Player of the Year honors

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U.S. Women’s Open: Pinehurst No. 2, hole by hole

It's time to start week two of these back-to-back championships, the U.S. Women’s Open, with the USGA's goal for Pinehurst No. 2 that the women play "the same clubs" into greens as did the men -- no easy achievement.

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Review: Reilly's anthology lends view from back page

Tiger Woods aside, Tiger Reilly always has favored lesser-known subjects and stories: people who lie about handicaps to get into U.S. Open qualifying, a wealthy executive's relationship with a poor Augusta caddie.

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Review: 'Every Shot Counts' adds it all up

Reading Mark Broadie’s “Every Shot Counts” hearkens back to the professor at Columbia ’s Business School explaining his revolutionary strokes gained-putting statistic after it was adopted by the PGA Tour.

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Review: 'Merion' story covers small wonder

In the book “Merion: The Championship Story,” author Jeff Silverman brings to life fresh and long-forgotten details from tournaments dating to 1904.

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Review: Jenkins' 'His Ownself' feels semi-historic

In the perfectly titled “His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir,” author Dan Jenkins opens up the personal playbook on his 84 years, the past 52 (and counting) spent chasing the world’s top golfers around the world.

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Review: 'Difficult Par' keeps up with Joneses

Golf architects tend to be a self-assured lot – none more so than Robert Trent Jones Sr., as outlined by James R. Hansen's "A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf"