News for Sunday, August 15, 2010

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Big things ahead for Kaymer, Watson

Expect to see much more of Martin Kaymer in the United States. Even before this victory, the 25-year-old German had plans to take up PGA Tour membership in 2011.

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McIlroy finishes tied for 3rd again at PGA

Rory McIlroy never made a move in the final round of the PGA Championship. It almost paid off for him anyway.

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Hazardous play

Sunday at the U.S. PGA Championship was all about mistakes – who made them and who didn't. Martin Kaymer of Germany won the year's final major – and a Ryder Cup spot – through a playoff over American Bubba Watson. Dustin Johnson lost another major opportunity with a gut-wrenching penalty on 18.

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Commentary: Bunker ruling scars PGA Championship

The Dustin Johnson incident at the PGA Championship has made me heartsick (for DJ) and angry (with the rulesmakers and with golf course designer Pete Dye).

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Commentary: PGA Championship: A view from the couch

We’ve not seen a run-up to a major like this one. The three-day circus in the press tent at Whistling Straits leading into last week’s PGA Championship was weird even by recent news standards.

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Big leads don’t always work out at majors

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of a major championship.

Kang, Korda, Clanton named to WWATC

Newly crowned U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Danielle Kang will team with Cydney Clanton and Jessica Korda to represent the U.S. at the 2010 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

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5 things: More heartbreak for Dustin Johnson

You couldn’t help but feel sorry for Dustin Johnson on Sunday. Heading into the final hole of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, he could have redeemed himself after self-destructing at the U.S. Open.

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Elkington's last stand?

There was an Aussie atop the leaderboard at the U.S. PGA Championship with a realistic chance of winning the year’s last major. But, it wasn’t the youngster Jason Day, who shot 66 Saturday at Whistling Straits to start the final round tied for fourth.

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Lapses leave Liang pondering at PGA

Liang Wen-chong was left to ponder what might have been after claiming a tie for eighth place at the U.S. PGA Championship.

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Watney crumbles in PGA’s final round

Third-rounder leader Nick Watney thought he had ended his shaky start Sunday after squandering an early three-stroke lead.

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Watson, Johnson make 1st Ryder Cup team

The disappointment of his playoff loss in the PGA Championship didn’t last long. Bubba Watson is taking his booming drives to the Ryder Cup.

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Observations from Women’s Am week

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is now over. There was a lot to see, and even more on which to take notes. Here are my five observations of the week:

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Kaymer wins PGA; Johnson out on penalty

Martin Kaymer won his first major Sunday in a PGA Championship that will be remembered as much for the guy who tied for fifth.

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Source: Tour suspends Every for 3 months

Matt Every has been suspended by the PGA Tour for three months for “conduct unbecoming a professional’’ after his arrest last month on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, Golfweek has learned.

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Bunker penalty knocks out Johnson at PGA

Dustin Johnson had a 7-foot putt to win the PGA Championship. Minutes later, he wasn’t allowed in the playoff when he was penalized two shots for grounding his club in a bunker on the final hole Sunday.

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Korda hit hard by Women’s Am loss

Jessica Korda walked into the media room following the USGA medal ceremony in a light-hearted mood. She seemed to take the loss well on the 18th green as well, smiling as she hugged Danielle Kang and various VIPs.

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Haas wins Price Cutter, 1st title in 4 years

Hunter Haas won for the first time in four years, shooting a 7-under 65 Sunday to take the Nationwide Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship

Olympic sprinter backs Cuban golf tourney

A few hundredths of a second used to make or break Ana Guevara. Now, she's just hoping to break 90 during a few hours on the golf course. The former world champion and Olympic silver medalist in the 400 meter dash will lend her name to the Ana Guevara Cup, a pro-am golf tournament that will be held in Cuba from Oct. 13-17.

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Another trophy heads to Mossel Bay

While conditions were clear and calm Sunday, the previous rounds at the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe this week took a player who knew how to navigate harrowing conditions. Enter Lee-Ann Pace of Mossel Bay, South Africa.

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Echavarria closes in 65 to win Cardinal Am

Colombia’s Andres Echavarria turned in a final-round 5-under 65 Sunday to win the Cardinal Amateur Championship at Cardinal Golf & Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

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Woods gets game back on track at PGA

Tiger Woods didn’t hit it great at Whistling Straits for the 92nd PGA, but his game sure seemed a lot better than it was a week ago.

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Kang defeats Korda for Women’s Am title

Pepperdine sophomore Danielle Kang won the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Sunday, beating Jessica Korda, 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final match at Charlotte Country Club.

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Monty carries excess baggage into Ryder Cup

Had the European Tour selected Jose Maria Olazabal as captain, then we would be talking about the Ryder Cup for all the right reasons now.

Flawless Lee upstages Miyazato

Lee Ji-hee upstaged World No. 3 Ai Miyazato on Sunday with a flawless display to claim victory in the 70 million yen (about US$770,000) NEC Karuizawa 72 golf tournament.

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Yalong Bay venue joins LET’s Asian swing

A new event will kick things off for the Ladies European Tour in its four-week swing in Asia. The tour announced last week that the Yalong Bay Golf Club will host the inaugural €200,000 Sanya Ladies’ Open on Oct. 22-24.

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Winning first major no easy task

Still think it’s not hard for a young player to sleep on the 54-hole lead at a major championship?

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With victory, Chawalit punches ticket to Singapore Open

Chawalit Plaphol cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore on Saturday at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

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Lefty shoots 67 at PGA; won’t be No. 1

Phil Mickelson’s wild week has ended with a satisfying flourish, even though he won’t win the PGA Championship.

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Kang takes 2-up lead at Women’s Amateur

Pepperdine sophomore Danielle Kang has a 2-up lead over Jessica Korda after the morning session at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.