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Nike adds Blumenherst to tour staff

Nike Golf has added Amanda Blumenherst, a three-time national collegiate player of the year and winner of the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, to its tour staff.

Corporations scale back at U.S. Open

With corporate America reining in spending, it's no surprise hospitality sales are down at this year's U.S. Open. As of June 2, the USGA had sold 42 hospitality tents at Bethpage. By comparison, the event accounted for 78 tents in 2002, the last time the Open was held at the New York venue.

Winner's Circle: June 8-14, 2009

Anna Nordqvist had nearly all Ping in her bag as she won her first major at Bulle Rock.

Brown ousted at San Diego State

San Diego State women’s coach Felicia Brown will not have her contract renewed.

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses

SandHills Golf Club and Pacific Dunes tops the 2009 Golfweek's Best Modern Courses

Dowling gets women’s job at Florida

Jan Dowling was named head women’s coach at Florida, the university announced Monday.

Player of the Week: David Oraee

Oraee, of Greeley, Colo., shot a 16-under 200 (66-64-70) at Aspen (Colo.) Golf Club to win the AJGA's Junior All-Star at Aspen by 18.

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Take a wild ride down Tobacco Road

Ten years ago this summer, a billboard went up on U.S. Route 1 south of Sanford, N.C., proclaiming the arrival of something totally different.

Rory's Ryder re-do

I’m not surprised Rory McIlroy softened his initial comments about the Ryder Cup. Calling the Ryder Cup an exhibition match doesn’t go down well on these shores.

Baby on board

In between practicing pitch shots from some mighty thick spinach, Sean O’Hair addressed the baby talk

Staying amateur

Bronson Burgoon’s message was clear – he wants to make the U.S. Walker Cup team later this year.

The golf Zamboni

I watched the grounds crew prep the 16th and 17th greens this afternoon during a lull in the action.

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Hill, Thurmond earn Golfweek honors

Coming into the 2008-09 season, there wasn’t a lot of hype surrounding North Carolina State’s Matt Hill or the University of Washington men’s team.

Golfweek’s Best deals: Minnesota

The golf season is short throughout Minnesota but particularly so on the northeastern Iron Range – unfortunate because that’s where you’ll find the state’s top two public-access courses.

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Gay’s groove continues at St. Jude

Just a few months removed from a record-breaking win in Hilton Head, Brian Gay is primed for his third career win at the St. Jude Classic. Gay will earn a spot in the U.S. Open if he wins.

Katayama WDs from U.S. Open

Shingo Katayama of Japan has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of an injury to his upper back.

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Unknowns soaking up Open experience

Tiger Woods held the putter with only his left hand as he rapped a 60-foot putt across the practice green. Then he hit another putt with his right hand, a third putt with both hands in conventional style.

Ken Green has lower leg amputated

Champions Tour golfer Ken Green had his lower right leg amputated because of severe injuries caused by a car accident.

Player of the Week: Katherine Perry

Perry won U.S. Women's Open Sectional Qualifier.

Monday Scramble: Back in Black

Bethpage Black is hard. We all know that. Even the Bethpage bureaucrats are tampering with the idea of rewording that extremely famous sign on the first tee. The Monday Scramble investigates.

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Corporate downsizing at U.S. Open

A slump in corporate sales hasn’t spared this year’s U.S. Open. The event didn’t sell out tickets in advance for the first time since 1986. Adam Schupak reports.

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Golfweek exclusive: Tracey Stewart

Almost 10 years after the sudden and tragic death of her husband, Payne, Tracey Stewart sat down with Jeff Rude for a rare interview.

Fantasy Aces: U.S. Open

Rounding out your fantasy golf team for the U.S. Open? Golfweek’s experts tell you who to pick at Bethpage.

Dougherty on streak

Kevin Dougherty may not have the name recognition of Oklahoma State’s other recent (i.e. Fowler, Hoffmann, Tway and Uihlein), but he’s been on an impressive run in California.

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Shiny sensation: Blingo Ballmarks

During four All-American seasons at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Charlotte Campbell got in the habit of decorating her shoes, uniforms and hats with rhinestones. Little did she know that her idiosyncrasy would inspire a business.

U.S. Open: Golfweek staff picks

Golfweek’s fleet of reporters is on the scene this week inside the gates at Bethpage Black. Here are their predictions.

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Lendl takes Women’s Eastern Am title

After setting a course record with an opening-round 67, 18-year-old Isabelle Lendl finished at 4-under 212 to win the 98th Women’s Eastern Amateur Championship in Wintergreen, Va.

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