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British Open tee times: Rounds 1 and 2

Note: Tee times are Eastern Standard Time

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Notes: Quigley reluctantly skips British

Brett Quigley had the best 36-hole score Sunday at the John Deere Classic, 62-67 in the marathon finish to tie for second. It came with a perk that Quigley wasn’t expecting — a spot in the British Open.

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Woods soaking up Turnberry experience

Walking up to the 15th green at Turnberry, his ball safely in the middle, Tiger Woods turned to his left and pointed to a spot a few yards off the putting surface. “Is this where Watson made the putt?” he asked Monday morning.

Player of the Week: Kyle Lewis

Lewis, of Shawnee, Okla., shot 8-under 208 (72-72-64) at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio to win the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout by two.

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Special report: A whole new world

As head of the KPMG Golf Advisory Practice in Budapest, Hungary, Andrea Sartori conducts extensive research on golf’s international markets and hosts the Golf Business Forum, a major conference focusing on course development and tourism. He shared with Golfweek findings from the sixth annual GBF held in Wales earlier this year.

China: Unlocking vast potential

A lack of golf history can be a disadvantage for an emerging market, but freedom from a past also can lead to innovation.

Wales: Capitalizing on the Ryder Cup

The images are captivating. A montage of golfers’ swings, each as unique as a fingerprint, scrolls along a coastal stage that is Royal Porthcawl, a good bet to be found on any list of the world’s best courses. Players young and old, men and women, skilled and not, all swing away in a commercial that makes its point crystal clear: Golf is for everyone.

The Middle East: More than Dubai

Not even a year ago, people were mentioning Dubai in the same breath with other great cities of the world: Paris. Tokyo. New York.

Player of the Week: Anna Kim

Kim, of Chandler, Ariz., shot 3-under 216 (68-72-76) at West Lake Country Club in Augusta, Ga., to win the Charles Howell III Junior Championship by five.

Taylor’s hot play continues at Publinks

Like everyone else at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course, Nick Taylor battled the heat Monday during the opening round of stroke-play qualifying at the 84th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Kaymer not tired of winning

Martin Kaymer is enjoying the plaudits that come with winning his fourth European Tour event, but for some players it’s getting a bit tired.

Golfweek's Best Deals: Lake of Isles

When looking for golf bargains, start with the casinos. They often offer aggressive pricing on rooms and rounds, assuming they’ll make it back at their gaming tables, restaurants and other amenities.

Back on the bag

Dave McNeilly is used to the, ahem, job security that goes with being a professional caddie.

'Mucker' is feeling good

Rodney Wooler is feeling pretty good about his chances this week.

Interesting British Open draw

Open draws always throw together a few intriguing groupings, but the 2:31pm tee time on Thursday is perhaps the most intriguing.

The intriguing John Deere Classic

Brett Quigley’s decision to turn down the exemption that goes to the lowest top-five finisher not already exempt into the British Open is the latest in a string of notable happenings that have made the John Deere Classic one of the most intriguing tournaments of the year.

Faldo has warmed up to the media

Twenty years ago, back in those days when you would have embraced heather with more joy than you would Nick Faldo, the Englishman wouldn’t have allowed a reporter within 400 yards of him while he took on a practice round for the Open Championship.

What are the odds?

Tiger Woods is playing in his third major since his improbable victory at the 2008 U.S. Open. And for the third time, he enters as the favorite, though it hardly mattered at the season’s first two majors.

Winner’s Circle: July 6-12, 2009

See what the winners played this week.

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Klein on Design: No. 10 at Turnberry

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one great hole:

Junior Fantasy: Betsy Rawls

Next up in Junior Fantasy Golf land is this week's McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship, which begins tomorrow. Here are the picks:

Cooperstown: A tale of Americana

With braggadocio worthy of new arrival Rickey Henderson, Cooperstown has dubbed itself “America’s Most Perfect Village.” This begs the question: Are there degrees of perfection?

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Bivens out, Evans in as LPGA boss

The LPGA Board of Directors appointed Marsha “Marty” Evans, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, as the tour’s acting commissioner, filling a void created by the forced resignation of Carolyn Bivens.

Miller and Pepper make winning combination at Open

There were two major LPGA stories last week, which was one more than the tour wanted.

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Leisurecorp's lack of reason leads to Turberry purchase

The world is full of examples of man’s folly. From the days when Icarus posted a “No Return” from trying to fly too close to the sun, man has lived up to those famous words Scottish industrialist Andrew Carnegie uttered many moons ago. Those who thought Turnberry was going to be a good purchase would have done well to heed Carnegie’s words.

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Brothers in arms

Lloyd Saltman’s back where he belongs. Question is, what took him so long?

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Why is this man smiling?

Is that a smile on Padraig Harrington’s face? Can’t be, not with this list of lowlights to his 2009 PGA Tour season:

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Monday Scramble: Save our season

Welcome to the Monday Scramble. When is the Women’s Open, again?

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Where are all the great Scots?

This year’s British Open should highlight the good and bad of Scottish golf. Turnberry will epitomize what links golf is all about. Barring a Paul Lawrie-like miracle, though, what we probably won’t see is a Scotsman hoisting the old Claret Jug.

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