News for Friday, July 17, 2009

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Ben Curtis' tough day at the office

The good news? From the 14th tee on, “I actually played all right,” Ben Curtis said.

A tall man's week in Scotland

Mark Calcavecchia yesterday mentioned his “unusual accommodations” at the British Open over the years. People in the interview room laughed because, well, they know about unusual accommodations over here.

When was Tiger's last birdie?

wonders when the last time Tiger made a birdie was?

A tale of two T.W.'s

tries to decide which T.W. has been more surprising this week?

Why not keep the 10-shot rule?

explains why he is shocked the R&A did away with the 10-shot rule.

Lewis cruises to North & South finals

After cruising to a 6-and-4 win over Jaclyn Sweeny, Amelia Lewis has advanced to the finals of the North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2.

My finalists for the UCF job

Despite much speculation the last couple of days that UCF may hire a head coach to fill its vacancy, I have heard that will not be the case. It looks like UCF will indeed hire an assistant coach with an announcement expected sometime Monday at the earliest.

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Notes: Same ol’ Calc makes British run

Twenty years removed from his British Open triumph, Mark Calcavecchia is in the hunt at Turnberry.

Main, Silvers tied atop Southern Am

UCLA rising sophomore Gregor Main strung together consecutive 67s and was tied for the lead midway through the third round of the Southern Amateur before play was halted due to darkness.

Taylor on glory’s doorstep at APL

Nick Taylor declared in the beginning of the week he came to the U.S. Amateur Public Links to “play in the finals.” Taylor achieved that goal and will play for the title on Saturday. Recent Memphis grad Brad Benjamin stands in his way.

Campbell, at 21 over, WDs from Open

The struggles continue for New Zealand's Michael Campbell.

No caddie for Lyons

Through his practice rounds, his two rounds of stroke play qualifying and his first three matches, Sam Lyons carried his own golf bag at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.

Junior Fantasy: Betsy Rawls results

The race got a little tighter after the McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls Championship. Here are the results.

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Marino makes most of Open chance

About a week ago, the man now at the top of the British Open leaderboard wasn’t expecting to be here. In the Open. The top of the board wasn’t even near the realm of his fantasies.

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Watson, Marino lead Open; Tiger MC

Tom Watson leading the British Open heading to the weekend? Tiger Woods gassing up the plane and heading for home? Treacherous Turnberry delivered a pair of shockers Friday.

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Tait: Watson working on historic run

The spirits are on Tom Watson’s side as he tries to become the oldest winner in British Open history. Can he complete the unthinkable, and win at 59 years old?

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Staff picks: U.S. Juniors

Golfweek will be on the scene at the U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls' Junior at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Here are their predictions:

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Q&A: U.S. Girls’ champ Alexis Thompson

Ray McCarthy spent a few minutes with the junior golf superstar and picked her brain about some golf-related topics and some not-so-golf-related topics.

Lee enters U.S. Girls’ with LPGA mindset

At last week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Alison Lee rounded out a pretty impressive sixsome.

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Cantlay craving his U.S. Junior chance

Patrick Cantlay is a future-minded golfer. He takes his time as a junior golfer seriously, but is always focusing on the next step in his progression through golf.

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