News for Saturday, September 12, 2009

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U.S. team spirit runs high at Merion

Teams don't get much closer than the 10 men who represent the U.S. at the Walker Cup this week. As Eric Soderstrom writes, there's a lot to be said for the camaraderie formed at college matches and AJGA events.

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Kim chasing first LPGA title in Arkansas

Song-Hee Kim leads the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship by two strokes over Angela Stanford heading into the final round.

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Woods goes low at redesigned Cog Hill

Woods delivers scorcher

What slump? Tiger Woods – winless in the FedEx Cup playoffs – shot a course-record 62 and leads BMW by seven. No surprise, says Jeff Rude.

Walker Cup recaps: Day 1

The Golfweek staff recaps all the afternoon singles matches from Day 1 of the Walker Cup.

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Fowler reigns supreme at Walker Cup

Last amateur run

In a day of team camaraderie, stellar golf and plenty of glory moments, Jeff Babineau explains why no Walker Cupper could match Rickie Fowler.

Who is working better as a Walker Cup unit?

notes the importance of team headwear at the Walker Cup and which side is wearing it better this week.

U.S. golf teams over the years have been hammered because supposedly they’ve consisted of a bunch of players who couldn’t gel like teams should.

Hutsby and the dog license

Rickie Fowler won’t know it, but he handed England’s Sam Hutsby a dog license in singles play.

Day 2 Walker Cup pairings announced

tells us the Day 2 pairings of the Walker Cup.

Pairings for Day 2 at the Walker Cup.

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GB&I has long, tough fight ahead

The lights aren’t out, the party isn’t over, but the band is playing an encore and the bartender has closed the bar.

Please don’t “volunteer” your opinion

explains how difficult it is to watch your son play golf – when he is playing with Tiger Woods.

First things first, we can’t have these PGA Tour tournaments without the volunteers.

The Caddie Blog: A day of lessons

Paul Richards is caddying for George Zahringer at the USGA Senior Amateur at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Richards will file daily reports for Golfweek.com detailing his experience on the bag and inside the ropes.

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U.S. holds Walker Cup lead on Day 1

U.S. takes the lead

With Day 1 in the books at the Walker Cup, Rickie Fowler (pictured) and the U.S. Team hold a comfortable lead over GB&I. Fowler took down his opponents in the fewest holes of any U.S. player.

Indeed, the greatest game ever played

gives just one more reason to love this glorious game.

Why do I love golf so much? Let me count the ways.

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Woods sets course record, leads BMW

Woods in cruise control

What slump? Tiger Woods – winless in the FedEx Cup playoffs – shot a course-record 62 in the third round of the BMW and has a 7-shot lead.

Garcia's putter failing at BMW

Unlike the 5-footer for birdie at the 18th, the 8-footer at 16, the 15-footer at 13, the 7-footer at the 10th, or the 5-footer at No. 9 . . . Sergio Garcia did not miss the can lying on the ground behind the 18th green.

Woods' power on display at BMW

drops his jaw in awe of Tiger Woods’ 306-yard 3-wood Saturday at BMW.

The ninth hole at Cog Hill No. 4 might be the hardest hole in the world that doesn’t have water or out of bounds.

Recipe for a runaway

thinks the setting is right for a Tiger Woods runaway at the BMW.

If you want to create a runaway, here’s what you need for ingredients:

Hanson jumps out front at Mercedes

Peter Hanson of Sweden leads three players by one stroke at the Mercedes-Benz Championship after shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round.

Blind pairings could prevent great matches

wants to see Harman and Hodgson head to head, but explains why that’s unlikely.

It’s a shame that in the Walker Cup, match-ups in the competition are determined blindly.

Familiar faces in Walker Cup galleries

reports what familiar faces were seen Saturday in the Walker Cup gallery.

There are some interesting faces in the crowd at the Walker Cup.

Next up for Hutsby: Kazakhstan Open

At the end of this week’s Walker Cup, mid-am Nathan Smith will return to work, a handful of players will return to college and some officially will end their amateur days and turn pro.

Should GB&I have had different pairings?

wonders why GB&I captain Colin Dalgleish didn’t play Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Haines in Saturday morning foursomes.

It’s always easy to second guess a captain’s decisions in the Walker Cup. In fact, it’s half the fun.

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Walker Cup recap: U.S. cruises to lead

U.S. cruises in morning

The U.S. squad took control of the Walker Cup in morning foursomes. Brian Harman and Morgan Hoffmann (pictured) led their teammates to a 3-1 lead entering afternoon singles.

Walker Cup weather update

The weather is improving at the Walker Cup.

Merion proving a true test at Walker Cup

Watching the best that amateur golf has to offer from the U.S. and GB&I, one thing is crystal clear: Merion is winning the battle.

The Caddie Blog: Tales from the players’ dinner

Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited to the USGA Players’ Dinner, hosted by Beverly, in my role as Club Historian.