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Beth Ann Nichols

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Spain takes inaugural International Crown

On Sunday, those who saw the International Crown finale might have learned what many have known for years: Spain's Carlota Ciganda, Belen Mozo, Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recari are a blast.

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U.S. knocked out; does International Crown need tweaks?

The U.S. suffered defeat in another team-format tournament, but Beth Ann Nichols questions if teams should be eliminated prior to singles matches.

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U.S. rebounds to win four points at International Crown

The Americans went from shut out to clean sweep on Day 2 of the International Crown, posting four points to sit in a tie for second with Taiwan in Pool A. Thailand, a team of smiles, leads way in that pool with five points.

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U.S. shut out on Day 1 of International Crown

The top-seeded U.S. squad ended Day 1 at the LPGA's International Crown as the only team without a point after losing twice to eighth-seeded Taiwan.

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Tseng, other Asian women welcome team game

Here’s your guide to understanding who gets to wear the International Crown, the LPGA's newest, match-play event.

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Fowler's British Open run earns Ryder Cup points

Rickie Fowler is primed for another big stage -- and at the British Open, he piled on the Ryder Cup points to prove it.

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Watson gives Hoylake one last thrill with 68

Tom Watson, 64, closed the 2014 British Open with a 4-under 68, thrilling the local fans and earning himself a standing ovation coming down the 18th fairway.

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Walker aims for top-10 finish at Open

Jimmy Walker leads the FedEx Cup standings and has 3 PGA Tour wins this season, yet the American seems better known across the pond than he is to U.S. golf fans.

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Watson, 64, makes the cut at 2014 British Open

Tom Watson is proving that age is nothing but a number – even a number (64) that plays nice with Liverpool's Beatles history – and will be sticking around for the weekend at the Open Championship after back-to-back 73s at Hoylake.

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Coetzee fires 69 to move into contention

George Coetzee’s birthday always falls during Open Championship week. The South African gave himself a tidy 3-under 69 to celebrate his 28th.

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Pan gets assist from caddie who knows lay of land

Cheng-Tsung Pan, 22, is one of four amateurs in the field at the 143rd Open Championship -- but has an edge in a caddie who's been playing golf in Hoylake since age 4.

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Karlsson's game trending in right direction behind 69

It was only two years ago that Robert Karlsson withdrew on the eve of the Open Championship with the driver yips. Thursday, he shot a 3-under 69 at Royal Liverpool and finds himself firmly in contention.

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Factory worker Singleton brings dream to life

John Singleton, the local factory worker, hopes he doesn’t have to turn up to work on Monday. Liverpool's own Singleton is bringing his dream to life this week at Open Championship.

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At Hoylake, Compton hopes to beat the odds again

The British bookmakers have Erik Compton at 200-1 this week. But let’s face it, he’s made a career of beating the odds. Compton, 34, is playing golf in the U.K. for the first time and is finding his early week at Royal Liverpool to be as quiet as it was in Pinehurst.

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Park back on radar leading Women's British

Inbee Park came to the Women's British Open completely under the radar, but said she didn’t mind -- it shows as she leads after three rounds at Royal Birkdale.

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Second-round 78 sends Wie home early

Michelle Wie came to the par-4 16th Friday sitting on the cut line and played the last three holes in 3 over to miss the weekend at the 2014 Women's British Open.

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Recari grabs spotlight with 67 at Royal Birkdale

The last, and likely only time, the media have gathered around Beatriz Recari this season came three weeks ago at Pinehurst when she played a practice round alongside 11-year-old Lucy Li. Friday, Recari found the spotlight herself with a smooth 5-under 67, the lowest round so far this week at Royal Birkdale.

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With trusted caddie on bag, Lewis opens with 71

Stacy Lewis began her title defense Thursday at the Ricoh Women's British Open by carding a first-round 1-under 71 at Royal Birkdale – and as usual, she did it with longtime caddie Travis Wilson on the bag.

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From campus to LPGA, Meadow aces toughest tests

Stephanie Meadow was a standout in the classroom at Alabama the last four years, but her game is getting all the attention now after her third-place finish at the U.S. Women's Open and qualifying for this week's Ricoh Women's British Open.

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With nobility, Davies declares herself ready

Few things on tour are more entertaining than a Laura Davies interview, and on Wednesday she dished out a few gems while being honored as a new member of Royal Birkdale, site of her only Women’s British title, in 1986.

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Rooted in friendship, Wie vs. Lewis great for LPGA

Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis spend plenty of time together off the course, but it is the pushing of each other on the course that is paying major dividends for them, and for the LPGA.

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NYC media tour shows Wie transcends golf globally

Michelle Wie visited the "Today" show, "Fox and Friends," an Omega outlet, a Nike store and even had TMZ stop her on the streets of New York to talk about twerking – and the Big Wiesy handled it all like the major champion that she now is.

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Nichols: This is only the beginning for Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie has had a journey filled with criticism, heartbreak and high expectations. Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2, the LPGA's biggest star shone brightly as she captured her first major title. And, at 24, it sure feels like the beginning.

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Third time the charm? Wie is poised for first major

Michelle Wie shares the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Women's Open for the third time in her career, but it is safe to say that Wie's game has never been so bright.

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Mix at U.S. Women's Open trumps men at Pinehurst

There’s such a wonderful mix of characters at Pinehurst for the U.S. Women's Open, with fresh-faced amateurs such as Minjee Lie sharing the spotlight alongside seasoned pros such as leader Michelle Wie.

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Lewis uses 'brains' to fire 3-under 67 at Pinehurst

Stacy Lewis was criticized for her pointed words about Lucy Li's participation in the U.S. Women's Open earlier this week, but the focus was back on her play with a 3-under 67 in the first round.

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Webb links past with present as 2-time Open champ

Karrie Webb comes into this week a touch under the radar – 11-year-old Lucy Li is this week's media darling – despite her history with the area and two victories in 2014.

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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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Park, Wie prepare differently for Pinehurst

As talk at Pinehurst has turned from Martin Kaymer’s dominance to 11-year-old Lucy Li, LPGA stars such as Inbee Park and Michelle Wie took to the course to practice for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.

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Wie finds form – professionally and personally

As she preps for the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Michelle Wie finds her form, personally and professionally.

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Ever a fighter, Compton finds U.S. Open fame

Erik Compton has had three different hearts beating in his chest, but his Sunday round at Pinehurst showcased the "guts" and determination of a guy desperately wanting to be defined by his on-course play.

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Kaymer holds steady, but door ajar for Sunday

Martin Kaymer managed his way to a 2-over 72 on Saturday, losing one stroke off his commanding lead. A pair of upstarts in Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton will try to give chase on Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Compton tightens focus, makes U.S. Open cut

Heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton’s second major-championship appearance, this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, is purely about golf. “If I play well, it will help other people because it is on a big stage,” he said.

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U.S. regains Curtis Cup over GB&I, 13-7

The U.S. Curtis Cup team regained the cup on Sunday at St. Louis Country Club thanks to a 4-and-3 victory from reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley.

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Entering singles, U.S. on cusp of Curtis Cup victory

GB&I's Georgia Hall and Stephanie Meadow battled back Sunday morning to halve the final foursomes match of the Curtis Cup. But the Americans need just one point in the eight-match singles session to capture the title.

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U.S. closing in on Curtis Cup title in St. Louis

While the U.S. looks like it have need only a half-point in Sunday singles at the Curtis Cup, the GB&I squad knows it can play loose, as it simply has 'nothing to lose.'

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Law, Dimmock keep GB&I hopes alive at Curtis Cup

The point Great Britain and Ireland secured on the 18th green did more than boost morale. It assured that Sunday’s singles matches at the Curtis Cup are relevant.

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Americans take 5-1 lead after Day 1 of Curtis Cup

Day 1 of the 38th Curtis Cup started with an inspiring speech from the mighty Mariah Stackhouse and ended with a 5-1 lead for Team USA. There were a few hiccups here and there, but overall a spectacular display of golf by the Americans.

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Stackhouse inspires 3-0 start for U.S. at Curtis Cup

Team USA huddled on the opening hole at St. Louis Country Club where Mariah Stackhouse delivered an impassioned speech, encouraging her teammates to play for each other leading to a sweep for the Americans after the morning four-ball session.

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2014 Curtis Cup: Things to know

Everything here at St. Louis Country Club is rich. The club’s history, the tony mansions with lawns so lush that you want to stop the car and have a picnic, the polo field that doubles as a practice range and the assembled talent for the 38th Curtis Cup at this storied Charles Blair Macdonald design. What you need to know about the June 6-8 matches.

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Barrier breaker: Stackhouse keeps rising

Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse appreciates the significance of her historic Curtis Cup selection -- it's one more step in the 20-year-old golfer's journey.

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China's Feng, Liu turn pro after 1 college season

Hours after Duke won its sixth NCAA title, freshman Yu Liu announced her plans to turn professional; at Vanderbilt, Simin Feng made the same decision as two standout freshmen from China leave the college ranks.

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Going away, Lewis wins ShopRite LPGA

Stacy Lewis finished a stroke off the tournament scoring record by capping her week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a 67 for the win.

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One Woods will be playing a U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Cheyenne Woods qualified for Pinehurst on the same day her uncle Tiger announced he’d be skipping the big show.

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LPGA, PGA of America announce Women's PGA

The LPGA and PGA of America announced Thursday that they have teamed to create the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

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Korda tops crowd for Airbus LPGA Classic win

Jessica Korda came out on top of a star-studded leaderboard on Sunday at the Airbus LPGA Classic, outlasting the likes of Michelle Wie, Charley Hull, Lexi Thompson and Anna Nordqvist.

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USC's Chen gives mother special gift with NCAA title

A year ago, Doris Chen's mother thought something was wrong with her health. She was right; she had Stage 3 lung cancer. Fast forward 12 months, and she got to witness her daughter win the NCAA individual title cancer-free.

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McNamara knows no lead is safe at the NCAAs

Legendary coach Dale McNamara hasn't slept much late, as she is at Tulsa CC supporting her daughter, Arizona State's head coach Melissa Luellen, who will attempt to lead her Sun Devils back from a 15-hole deficit.

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Mississippi State makes second-day push

Mississippi State’s 5-over 285 Wednesday tied Duke and pushed the 24th-ranked Bulldogs into eighth place -- reflecting the Bulldogs' determination to avenge 2013's last-place finish at the NCAA Division I Women's Championship.

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Longshot Vandy's Feng fights through Tulsa wind

The winds on opening day of the NCAA D-1 women's championship were cruel, and Simin Feng spent much of her round fighting from the trees for a 5-over 75 -- fortunately, she finds even her tough days are now fun.

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