News for Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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British Open or Open Championship?

We Brits can get a bit sniffy about the title of this great championship. The official name is the Open Championship, so we get a bit agitated when it gets referred to as the British Open.

Long first round at APL

The USGA had a projected pace of play of 4 1/2 hours during the stroke play portion of this year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the par-71 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.

Newman rallies after a good sleep

What a difference a good night’s sleep can make – especially when it’s in a comfortable bed.

Green still kicking as amateur

Some people collect coins; for others it’s stamps. In the golfing world there are those who collect logo golf balls, or scorecards. I know one couple who collects logo golf towels.

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Taylor medals by four at Publinks

After shooting 66 to take the first-round lead at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, Nick Taylor knew that if he came out Tuesday and kept his score around par, he would be in good shape heading into Wednesday’s opening round of match play at the 84th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

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Is the APL fulfilling its mission?

When Trevor Immelman and Brandt Snedeker played in the final pairing at the 2008 Masters, it was cause for celebration as well as alarm. The former U.S. Amateur Public Links champions had reached the pinnacle of the professional game. Yet to some, the pairing symbolized how far the APL had strayed.

Perfect attendance

Gold stars, perhaps, are in order for the four players who this week will record perfect attendance in British Open appearances at Turnberry.

Scottish scuffle

For those who are looking for a controversy fresher than the Carolyn Bivens-LPGA Tour tussle, you are in luck.

No tension between Love and Lawrie

Further to yesterday’s blog, Paul Lawrie and Davis Love III won’t discuss Love’s alleged comment about Lawrie winning at Carnoustie.

Marino's first Open experience

Dressed head-to-toe in rain gear, Steve Marino sauntered off one of the putting greens, headed to the first tee for a practice round at Turnberry.

Graeme Heinrich is on hand

For nearly 20 years Graeme Heinrich has done the yardage books for the European Tour. Heinrich, a former caddie who has looped for Nick Faldo among others, is here this week.

Updated: Walker Cup watch list

The majority of the U.S. Walker Cup team will be selected in less than a month. Golfweek’s amateur experts have chimed in to let you know who they think would make the team if it were selected today.

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Relationships doomed Bivens

Carolyn Bivens had good intentions. The LPGA’s first female commissioner intended to show the world a woman’s worth with bigger purses, a solid health-care plan and a respectable pension program. She aimed to capitalize on the LPGA’s global makeup by shoring up big-name sponsors and lucrative TV contracts. Bivens called her grand plan Vision 2010.

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Fantasy Aces: British Open

Jeff Babineau: Tiger Woods – Here’s the math: There have been two majors played this season, and Tiger Woods has yet to add to the trophy case/major section this season. The man is hungry, and there’s another Claret Jag in his immediate future.

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New course, old strategy for Woods

The sea breeze in his face was not nearly as important to Tiger Woods as finding the best route around three pot bunkers on the 10th hole at Turnberry.

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Notes: Poulter’s Open name gaffe

In these parts of the world, the oldest major is known simply as “The Open Championship.” It’s not unusual for Americans to refer to it as the British Open, although one will rarely hear that from British and European players, or any players from South Africa, Australia and other parts of the world.

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