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Despite penalty, Jackson medals at U.S. Am

Tim Jackson broke a 100-year-old record at the U.S. Amateur, earning medalist honors despite – get this – a 1-stroke penalty for slow play.

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Notes: Singh to leave IMG after 18 years

Vijay Singh has changed putters and caddies throughout his career. Now comes one of the more significant changes. The 46-year-old Fijian is leaving his management company.

Meet Fletcher Johnson, everybody

There were at least a half-dozen college coaches following U.S. Junior champ Jordan Spieth at the U.S. Amateur on Tuesday. It didn’t take long for the coaches to be impressed by another high-school junior in the group.

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Commentary: Clemson’s Martin on track at U.S. Amateur

Clemson’s Ben Martin is on another leaderboard at a USGA Championship; but this time, he's ready to make a run at the top prize.

Titleist unveils new wedges, putter

Titleist Vokey Spin Milled C-C Wedges and Titleist Scotty Cameron Monterey Putter

Murray makes first U.S. Amateur ace since ’05

Grayson Murray shot 82-74 to easily miss the cut at the U.S. Amateur, but didn’t leave Tulsa without making a memory.

Toy Box: Vokey Spin Milled wedges, Cameron putters

Titleist is about to unveil seven new Scotty Cameron putters and an entire line of Vokey Spin Milled wedges with smaller grooves.

Burgoon keeps Walker Cup chances alive

Bronson Burgoon is used to being around the cut line at the U.S. Amateur. This time, it looks like he’ll be on the right side of the line.

Coaches as caddies?

At this week’s U.S. Amateur, a couple of college coaches are carrying bags for current players. Alabama coach Jay Seawell is the caddie for Bud Cauley, and Oklahoma State assistant coach Alan Bratton is looping for Peter Uihlein.

Six-birdie 70 for Bryan at U.S. Amateur

Wesley Bryan made six birdies Tuesday at Southern Hills. All it earned him was an even-par 70.

Peck’s rally will fall short at U.S. Am

Cameron Peck, the 2009 U.S. Junior champion, made an impressive rally Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur, but looks like he will fall at least a shot short of making match play.

Vijay chasing an impressive record

Vijay Singh this week sets off to defend his FedEx Cup title and, of course, try to vaguely resemble the guy who a year ago pronounced himself as the best putter in the world.

USGA’s Rugge gets earful from Mickelson

Dick Rugge, the USGA’s senior technical director, visited Liberty National Golf Club Tuesday and spoke with Phil Mickelson about Lefty’s growing concerns with the USGA’s new grooves regulations, which go into effect Jan. 1.

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The greening of Yang’s hybrid shaft

There are valuable lessons to be learned from PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang and his choice of hybrid shafts used at Hazeltine National.

Back to reality after the Solheim soirée

I’m exhausted. Sitting at my desk looking at the 32 oz. Diet Coke next to my computer, I can’t help but wonder how tired the U.S. Solheim Cup team must feel. All 12 are playing in Portland this week, and while I get two days at home to do laundry and decompress from the beast of a course that is Rich Harvest Farms, they’re already slaving away at Pumpkin Ridge. (I know, it’s just golf.) In fact, Paula Creamer was out Monday at Torrey Pines conducting a clinic for 130 children. Pinks balls everywhere.

Memories of the Red, White and Blue

Every player whether, already on the U.S. Walker Cup team or trying to make the squad, has a different reasons why they want to play for their country. For Bronson Burgoon, it is a childhood memory. Literally.

Players behind "8-ball" at U.S. Amateur

In the 8-ball game of pool, sinking the lone black ball before all the others have been cleared from the table results in defeat. Just as the 8-ball is the big no-no in pool, so, too, was the No. 8 on the golf courses during the first round of stroke play qualifying Monday at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

In this issue: Aug. 29, 2009

Solheim Cup review / Ex-amateur stars Moore, Sim take huge strides (Aug. 29, 2009)

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Inside the bag of Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore, who is without a golf club endorsement deal, used the following in his Wyndham Championship victory.

Short shots from the week in equipment

TaylorMade’s new Penta golf ball, debuted by Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen at the PGA Championship, was used by six players at the Wyndham: Matt Bettencourt, James Driscoll, Justin Rose, Jay Williamson, Casey Wittenberg and Garcia

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Just win baby!

Another forgettable finish for Sergio Garcia on Sunday. There’s so much talk about his failure to win a major – 0-for-42 as a professional heading into 2010 – but I’d like to see Sergio adopt the infamous words of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and “Just win baby!”

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