News for Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Wie, Gulbis out of U.S. Women’s Open

Michelle Wie failed to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Wie shot a 74 in the second round of qualifying Monday, and missed by a shot.

Garcia, Goosen testing new TaylorMade ball

Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen were testing a new TaylorMade ball before the St. Jude Classic.

Woods changes driver before Memorial win

Before his best driving performance in years, Tiger Woods made a small tweak to his driver.

Back in my day...

One of the more interesting things to come out of pre-U.S. Open interviews Tuesday was Paul Casey’s account of his conversation with former touring pro Miller Barber, Mr. X.

French pairing fine for Levet

Two months ago, Thomas Levet stood beneath the sprawling oak tree behind Augusta National’s clubhouse and soaked in the Masters ambiance.

Autograph requests abound

Kenny Perry can point to 40 minutes of his life to prove that the spectators weren’t reading their U.S. Open guides at Bethpage Black.

Quiros confuses drivers

One assumes they’ll get this straightened out before Thursday’s first round, but the decision on which driver to put into play was a confounding one for Alvaro Quiros and his caddie, Dave McNeilly.

Hamrick takes Alabama Am

Hunter Hamrick sure likes playing golf in his home state of Alabama.

Getting it back

Padraig Harrington is still looking for his major-winning form.

Helping hand

The rise of England’s Paul Casey to No. 3 in the World Rankings hasn’t come without a helping hand or two. During a press conference earlier today, Casey spoke candidly about his special relationship with his longtime instructor, Peter Kostis

Palmer Cup perspective

I might need to change my attitude towards the Palmer Cup after bumping into Dean Robertson today in the Formby clubhouse.

Poker face

There are a lot of good stories among the 288 competitors who began the stroke play rounds of the British Amateur Championship, but Ryan Dreyer’s is one of the most intriguing.

Spoke too soon?

The Scottish Golf Union’s (SGU) decision to name it’s six-man European Championship team today was called into question with results from British Amateur qualifying.

Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Tiger or the field?

OK, the proposition is this: Tiger Woods or the field in the U.S. Open at the wet beast known as Bethpage Black?

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Commentary: Three key holes at Bethpage Black

A few key changes from 2002 helped Bethpage Black become an even more compelling layout for the 2009 U.S. Open. Bradley S. Klein breaks down three pivotal holes at the more strategic, flexible course.

Tease photo

Rocco: ‘Maybe I can do better this year’

Rocco Mediate arrived at Bethpage Black’s driving range Tuesday moments after Tiger Woods left, settling in one spot away from where the reigning U.S. Open champion practiced.

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