News for Sunday, August 30, 2009

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Hur impresses with more than just golf game

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – M.J. Hur played her first tournament on American soil at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Pumpkin Ridge. She was hooked. The Korean teen immediately set her sights on the LPGA.

Woltman reacts to Walker Cup snub

tells us what Dan Woltman had to say after being left off the U.S. Walker Cup team.

Pumpkin Ridge is a fabulous place for golf

ESPN announcers took a long look at clover fields turned into parking lots and announced that total attendance for the LPGA Safeway Classic exceeded 100,000.

Roberts edges O’Meara to win Boeing

Second-round co-leader Loren Roberts birdied the final two holes to steal the Boeing Classic title Sunday and keep Mark O’Meara winless on the Champions Tour.

Christian wins N’wide title in 9-hole playoff

Gary Christian won the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic on Sunday on the ninth playoff hole, which tied a Nationwide Tour record.

Clarification

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – On Saturday night a blog appeared in this space giving details of the European team’s party on Sunday following the Solheim Cup. While it may have been inferred that Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist was among those having some fun, I’d like to clarify that her good time did not include alcohol. She doesn’t drink.

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MacLean motors ahead at Conference Challenge

The 2009-10 college season began Sunday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, which was perfect timing for Xavier’s Sebastian MacLean.

Notes: Extra club costs Furyk $131,250

Jim Furyk was penalized four strokes in the third round of The Barclays when he and caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan left an extra club in the bag, a mistake that ended up costing Furyk $131,250 and 188 FedEx Cup points.

Jumping for joy with Walker Cup fever

TULSA, Okla. – Cameron Tringale said he was “really nervous” as he waited to hear from the USGA as to whether or not he would be picked as one of the final two selections for this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team.

Hur wins 1st LPGA title at Safeway

Rookie M.J. Hur made a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the Safeway Classic over Suzann Pettersen for her first LPGA victory.

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Slocum stuns Tiger, wins The Barclays

Heath Slocum made a clutch par on the 72nd hole to win The Barclays. Tiger Woods missed a 6-footer that could have forced a playoff.

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Uihlein, Tringale named to Walker Cup team

Peter Uihlein and Cameron Tringale were selected as the final two members of the U.S. Walker Cup team, sources confirmed with Golfweek.

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An, 17, becomes youngest U.S. Am champ

Byeong-Hun An became the youngest U.S. Amateur champion Sunday with a 7-and-5 victory over Ben Martin at Southern Hills.

Riley on outside looking in

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – No, he didn’t want to talk. Nothing personal, but the ending to his final round crushed Chris Riley’s spirits at The Barclays.

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An leads Martin in U.S. Amateur final

Byeong-Hun An’s bid to become the youngest winner in U.S. Amateur history is off to a good start. The 17-year-old is 3 up after 18 holes.

Monty withdraws from European Masters

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie withdrew from this week’s European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, where qualifying begins for next year’s European team.

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Hedblom holds on for Johnnie Walker title

Peter Hedblom of Sweden shot a 5-under 67 to win the Johnnie Walker Championship title by one stroke over Martin Erlandsson.

Zach attack

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Zach Johnson birdied holes 13-17 for a back-nine 30 and shot 67 in the third round of The Barclays. No big surprise there, after all Johnson entered the week first on Tour in third-round scoring (68.19). Let’s not forget the season-low 60 he posted in May in San Antonio in – you guessed it – the third round.

Hill should be going to Augusta, too

RIVERSIDE, Iowa – Throughout the practice round here at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Blue Top Ridge players were asking each other who won the semifinal matches at the U.S. Amateur. It was important to the players because the winners of Saturday’s matches at Southern Hills got automatic invitations to play in the Masters next spring – something every college player dreams about.

Conference Challenge: Sights and sounds

Behind-the-scenes at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, practice round edition.

An makes match play look easy

Byeong-Hun An has only trailed once en route to the U.S. Amateur final.