News for Sunday, August 1, 2010


News 2010 August 1


Wake me up when the action starts

is still waiting to be ‘wowed’ this summer by an incredible amateur accomplishment.

Another week of amateur golf, and another week where my picks didn’t exactly pan out the way I predicted. That’s OK, because it has given me some things to think about as we get closer to the U.S. Amateur.

Rookie diary: Hangin’ with Chris and Nancy

had a blast playing golf with Nancy Lopez and Chris DiMarco. Read about it in her rookie diary.

Hey everybody! The last few weeks have been really crazy and fun. It started with the Kentucky Women’s Open at Wildwood CC in Louisville where I shot 70-72 to win by two shots over Leah Wigger and amateur Jessica Smith.

Argentina’s Etulain keeps control to win Colombia Open

The hard work and solid golf displayed by Argentina’s Julian Etulain on the Tour de las Americas over the past 18 months finally paid off on Sunday. After three top-3 finishes and 10 top 15s on tour, the 21-year old finally broke through to win the 63rd Colombia National Open Championship.

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Despite stumble, Couples still a Seattle star

Fred Couples joked that most of his fans probably left after he took a triple-bogey eight on the second hole Sunday.

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Langer wins U.S. Senior Open

Bernhard Langer shot a final round 3-under 67 and took advantage of Fred Couples’ critical mistake to complete a daunting trans-Atlantic double and win the U.S. Senior Open championship Sunday.

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Nationwide title secures Tour card for Piller

Martin Piller shot a 7-under 64 Sunday to come from behind and win the Nationwide Tour’s Cox Classic by two strokes over Dicky Pride.

5 things: Highway 59

Australian Stuart Appleby became the fifth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59, and won in the process Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic. Appleby finished at 22-under 258. Jeff Overton, the third-round leader, missed a 50-foot birdie putt by inches at No. 18 to tie.

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Toms paints putterhead white for Greenbrier

explains why David Toms was sporting a white Scotty Cameron putter at the Greenbrier Classic.

Call it White Fang II. David Toms, known for his silky-smooth putting stroke, showed up at the Greenbrier Classic after a three-week layoff with a white putter.

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Jeong, 20, forgoes Australian citizenship

History-maker Jeong Jin has decided to retain his South Korean citizenship.

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Appleby closes with 59 to win at Greenbrier

Appleby wins at Greenbrier

Stuart Appleby birdied his final three holes Sunday to shoot 11-under 59 and win the Greenbrier Classic.

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Ms. Major

Tseng Ya-ni, the new Ricoh Women’s British Open champion, is the youngest player to win three majors. If anybody can beat Annika Sorenstam’s record of 10, it’s the 21-year-old from Chinese Taipei.

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Meet U.K.’s newest amateur champs

Tommy Fleetwood, Michael Stewart and Alastair Jones became the kings of England, Scotland and Wales, respectively, when they won their national amateur championships on Saturday.

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Silver Medalist Jeong forgoes Australian citizenship

History-maker Jeong Jin has decided to retain his South Korean citizenship. Following recent high-profile successes in Scotland, speculation had been rife that the 20-year-old would become an Australian national.

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Thomas excited for test at Sycamore Hills

says Sycamore Hills could yield low scores this week at the Junior PGA. Just ask Justin Thomas.

Swept up in a summer schedule that seemingly never ends, Justin Thomas sure didn’t look like he was dragging on the practice green Sunday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, where he took turns dropping 15-footers with good buddy Patrick Rodgers.

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Pettersson to skip Bridgestone for beach

says Carl Pettersson will skip the Bridgestone Invitational to spend some time with family.

Carl Pettersson won’t be in Akron next week playing at the Bridgestone Invitational, but instead playing with his kids at the beach.

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Open runner-up Hull upbeat despite finish

says Katherine Hull’s short game needs work. Her attitude, on the other hand, is brilliant.

Katherine Hull will learn from her Ricoh Women’s British Open experience. That’s the upside to losing to Yani Tseng.

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Bahrain added to European Tour schedule

The European Tour has added a tournament in Bahrain to its schedule, bringing to five the number of events it will hold next year in the Middle East.

Michaels holds off Kang for Canadian Am title

Sydnee Michaels grabbed a two-shot win over Danielle Kang at the Canadian Women’s Amateur at Kingsville Golf & Country Club.

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Rookie’s collapse helps Van den Berg win

If it weren’t for a disastrous two-hole finish, rookie Daniel Greene would have walked away with his maiden Sunshine Tour victory Friday at the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf event at Humewood Golf Club. Instead, veteran Ulrich van den Berg took advantage of Greene’s double bogeys on Nos. 17-18 to squeak by and win at 14-under 202.

Takayama rediscovers winning feeling at Sun Chlorella

Tadahiro Takayama held his nerve down the stretch to claim a welcomed victory in the 150 million yen (about US$1.7 million) Sun Chlorella Classic.

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Siddikur’s victory a first for Bangladesh on Asian Tour

Siddikur Rahman made golfing history when he defeated South Africa’s Jbe Kruger in a playoff at the Brunei Open to become the first Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour.

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Tseng wins Women’s British, third major title

Tseng wins Women’s British

Yani Tseng hung on to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Sunday, capturing her third major title at age 21.

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Norman taps China’s juniors for 2016 Olympics

Greg Norman has partnered with Mission Hills Group to help develop Chinese juniors for the return of golf to the Olympics in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The nonprofit Greg Norman Mission Hills Junior Development Program made its debut recently at Mission Hills Shenzhen.

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Fisher outduels Harrington to win Irish Open

Ross Fisher won the Irish Open by two strokes over Padraig Harrington after shooting a 6-under 65 in the final round.

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U.K. amateur report: England, Scotland, Wales

The Scottish Amateur Championship final at Gullane Number 1 Golf Course turned into an East Tennessee State University alumni match. The ETSU match-up was part of a busy week of amateur golf in the British Isles, with the crowning of the Scottish, English and Welsh champions on July 31.

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Woods to play 2011 Dubai Desert Classic

Tiger Woods has announced that he will play in next year’s Dubai Desert Classic.