News for Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Fantasy Aces: AT&T National

Best Bet: Jim Furyk It’s been too long since this guy has been in the winner’s circle. Congressional is a perfect fit. U.S. Open venue meets U.S. Open-type player.

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Notes: How Woods learned to break par

Even when he was just learning to play golf, Tiger Woods never had any trouble breaking par. He owes that to his father making sure the bar was never set too high.

Arp, Kim share early North & South lead

Colorado State’s Riley Arp and Michigan’s Lion Kim shot 3-under 68 Tuesday to share medalist honors in stroke-play qualifying for the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst’s No. 2 course.

Hernandez teeing it up at Jamie Farr

It’s good to see Maria Hernandez playing in this week’s Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

A love-hate relationship with Twitter

Odds and ends from the social-networking site

Matt Hill to play Tiger's tournament

NCAA champion Matt Hill will tee it up on the PGA Tour in the AT&T National.

Gonzalez sweeps California Amateur

Cal Poly senior Geoff Gonzalez earned medalist honors and won the California State Amateur.

Barber dominates Florida Am

Blayne Barber won the state amateur by nine shots at TPC Sawgrass.

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No delay on grooves

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced June 30 that Tour players will begin using smaller-groove irons and wedges beginning Jan. 1, despite recent calls to delay implementing the new rule for one year.

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Mid-am McCoy seeks Walker Cup spot

There’s only been one mid-am on the past two Walker Cup teams. Mike McCoy, 46, is trying to buck that trend. It’s not easy. He has to balance work and a family, while playing against kids half his age.

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Toy Box: Tour players feeling the Ping

After 13 LPGA events, Ping is riding high. When Jiyai Shin cruised to a seven-stroke victory in the Wegmans LPGA, it marked the ninth time this year that the winner used a Ping driver.

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Toy Box: Fairway Woods

Somehow fairway woods have gotten lost in the shuffle. They have been around for decades, but longevity hasn’t prevented them from being overshadowed by hybrids in recent years.

Ask the expert: Barney Adams

Adams is famous for his Tight Lies fairway woods, which were first sold in 1996.

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Cypress Point Club and Pine Valley Club top the 2009 Golfweek's Best Classic Courses List

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Rosales, Moore stylin’

Jennifer Rosales was a little ray of sunshine, or more like a pint of sorbet this weekend at the LPGA Wegman’s Classic. Thankfully, she brought the color that is sometimes missing from the fairways, and did so in one put-together look.