News for Sunday, July 19, 2009

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Should the R&A give a long exemption?

Tom Watson did say Sunday he will play at St. Andrews next July, in what everyone expects to be his final British Open. He put the onus on the press to question to those on the R&A Championship Committee to revisit the rule that says past champions cannot compete (unless they qualify) after the age of 60.

Watson remembers Jack at Turnberry

takes you down Tom Watson's Memory Lane.

Matteo Manassero: Tiger Slayer

recalls the scene around silver medalist Matteo Manassero.

Springsteen and Watson, aged to perfection

tells about his week following a pair of famous 59-year-olds.

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Tait: Turnberry torture

Turnberry can lift your spirits. It also can break your heart.

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Notes: Poor Open doesn’t faze Paddy

Padraig Harrington failed in his bid to become the first player in more than 50 years to win the British Open three straight times. The good news?

Matt Hill keeps up his winning ways

Matt Hill continued his winning ways this past week with a seven-shot victory in the Ontario Amateur Championship. Hill finished four rounds at Craigowan Golf & Country Club at 14-under 270 (69-67-69-65).

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Cink tops Watson in Open playoff

Tom Watson stood over an 8-foot par putt Sunday evening on the final hole of a mystical British Open, one stroke away from becoming the oldest major champion in history. For the first time all week, he showed his 59-year-old nerves. The putt never had a chance.

Taylor is No. 1

Nick Taylor is now the No. 1 amateur in the world.

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Close finish stings Westwood. . . again

Two years. Two putts to get into a playoff. Two misses. Only this time Lee Westwood didn’t know it.

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Italian am Manassero shines in Scotland

Matteo Manassero shot a 1-under 69 in the final round of his British Open debut just six weeks after the 16-year-old Italian won the British Amateur.

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From Open to fatherhood for Fisher

After Ross Fisher’s British Open title chances vanished with a quadruple bogey eight at Turnberry on Sunday, he was ready to go home and await his first child.

Hill wins again

Matt Hill continued his winning ways this past week with a seven-shot victory in the Ontario Amateur Championship. Hill finished four rounds at Craigowan Golf & Country Club at 14-under 270 (69-67-69-65).

Amateur golf rankings update

Even though he left the tournament disappointed, U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up Nick Taylor of Canada is the new World No. 1 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings. He’s also No. 1 in the R&A’s World Amateur Rankings.

Manassero will skip college golf

Matteo Manassero would fit into any college program anywhere in the United States. In fact, college coaches would shift heaven and earth to recruit the 16-year-old Italian.

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Watson leads British Open by a shot

Tom Watson has a plan to win the British Open. It no longer reads like a fairy tale.

Whitsett withdraws from U.S. Junior

Cory Whitsett has withdrawn from this year’s U.S. Junior with a minor stress fracture in his back, the USGA announced on its Web site.

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