News for Monday, August 2, 2010

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Thomas’ hot streak continues at Junior PGA

Justin Thomas shot a course-record 65 Monday to open the Junior PGA Championship. Can he be stopped? Ryan Lavner reports.

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ASU’s Sweeney to go pro; 2 Devils left

A month after Jennifer Johnson left the Arizona State women’s program to turn professional, another Sun Devil is joining her. Jaclyn Sweeney will turn pro after the U.S. Women’s Amateur next week, leaving ASU with two players.

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Cathrea overpowers Junior PGA field

The goal was to play conservatively, to avoid making any costly mistakes that would drop her out of contention. Imagine Casie Cathrea’s surprise, then, when her second shot of the 35th Junior PGA Championship was a chip-out.

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Commentary: Ten reasons the Ryder Cup needs Freddie

James Achenbach has 10 reasons why Fred Couples should be named to the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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Player of the Week: Janie Jackson

Janie Jackson, of Huntsville, Ala., shot 2-under 211 (73-71-67) at the Vanderbilt Legends Club’s South Course in Franklin, Tenn., to win the AJGA’s Franklin Junior by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Bobby Wyatt

Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., shot 18-under 195 (68-57-70) at Country Club of Mobile (Ala.) to win the Alabama Junior Championship by six shots.

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New criteria get Curtis, Weekley into PGA

Ben Curtis and Boo Weekley are going to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits despite falling from the top 100 in the world ranking.

Medical extensions: How exactly do they work?

When a player is approved for a major medical extension, he is granted a specified number of events (the greater of the following: average number of his starts in the three previous calendar years; or the average played by the players in the top 125 the previous year) and subtracts the number of events he played during the year of his injury.

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New book celebrates our Open love affair

The British – er, the Open Championship – is golf’s oldest championship, but Donald Steel reminds us that for much of its first century, it hung by a financial thread.

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No extension in line for Deutsche Bank event

The Deutsche Bank Championship is heading into the final year of its sponsorship deal and there’s no word yet on an extension.

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Winner's Circle: July 26-Aug. 1

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Marshall aims to put Curaçao on tourism map

Curaçao may be arriving late to the tourism scene, but renowned developer Jack Marshall is aiming to put it on the map. Can he work his magic on Santa Barbara Plantation? Martin Kaufmann reports.

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Stankowski moves closer to retaining Tour card

Paul Stankowski recorded his second top 10 of the season when he shot 64 in the final round at the Greenbrier Classic to tie for fourth.

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Thomas opens with record 65 at Junior PGA

Justin Thomas shot a course-record, 7-under 65 Monday to take the lead among early starters in the opening round of the Junior PGA Championship.

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Special report: PGA Tour medical extensions

PGA Tour medical extensions exist to help players recover from injury. But is the policy properly used or abused? Adam Schupak reports.

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Hooters Team Championship starts Tuesday

The first annual Hooters Women’s Collegiate Team Championship begins Tuesday at Achasta in Dahlonega, Ga. Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods and Michelle Shin are among the 53 two-person teams that will compete.

IOC staffer becomes head of Olympic golf

Antony Scanlon has been appointed head of golf’s Olympic organization. Scanlon, an Australian, has been involved with the Olympics since 1998.

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Commentary: Two boys from Beckley move mountains

Jim Justice and Slugger White, best buddies from Beckley, W.Va., who grew up 60 miles from The Greenbrier Resort, combined to bring the PGA Tour to their home state for the first time in decades.

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Junior diary: Time of my life at Canon Cup

So this past week I went to Canon Cup and I didn’t know what to expect going into the tournament because I had never been before. However, Canon Cup was extremely fun, and filled with so much adventure and competitiveness.

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Junior diary: Mohawks, Canon Cup and Jr. PGA

The 2010 Canon Cup was an awesome experience. Even though the East lost, it was certainly one of the most memorable weeks of my junior golf career.

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CEO decides not to play Turning Stone event

Ray Halbritter, the executive who made the controversial decision to award himself an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Turning Stone Resort Championship, made the right call Sunday in withdrawing from the event.

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Five looks that impressed at Birkdale

The fashion frenzy continued across the pond last week. There’s been more flash and tradition brought back to the game than we seen in a long time.

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College golf needs a sub-60 round soon

Three players flirted with 59 during the 2006-07 college golf season. Each came up short and finished with 60.