News for Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Davis tops medalist on crazy day at U.S. Am

It was shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, more than 12 hours after his day began, and Amory Davis was laid out on a table in a physical therapy tent at Chambers Bay, having his lower-back loosened up after a long day. Davis woke up at 6:15 Wednesday morning so that he could arrive at Chambers in time for a 16-for-6 playoff for the final match-play berths at the U.S. Amateur.

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Commentary: Berkmeyer last mid-am at Chambers Bay

For whatever the reasons, the odds are against a mid-amateur winning the U.S. Amateur Championship.

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Barber employs mother as caddie at U.S. Am

With a TV microphone only a few feet away, and with his match against Kevin Tway at a critical juncture, Blayne Barber flipped open his yardage book and calculated his distance into the 16th hole at Chambers Bay. In stepped his caddie for the week.

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U.S. Amateur: Round of 64 match recaps

Many big names advanced from the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur, including Scott Langley. Sean Martin breaks down each match.

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Benjamin cruises through Round of 64

Lots of attention at this week’s U.S. Amateur is going to the usual big names at the event (Peter Uihlein, Scott Langley, and David Chung). Deservedly so.

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Affidavit: Doctor hid Blasberg suicide note

Court documents show that the doctor who found the body of 25-year-old professional golfer Erica Blasberg told investigators he hid a suicide note and pills because he wanted to spare the family embarrassment.

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An's courageous comeback at U.S. Amateur

South Korean An Byeong-hun kept alive his hopes of defending his U.S. Amateur Championship title with a gutsy 3 and 2 defeat of American David Dannelly in the opening round of match play.

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McCoy suffers bad break at Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay is proving just how difficult it can be this week at the U.S. Amateur. Just ask Mike McCoy, who found out in the Round of 64.

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Tweaks leave Chambers Bay more playable

When match play got underway Wednesday at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship, many of the players probably wondered if they were playing the same Chambers Bay course they battled against in stroke play.

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We’re ready for the 2010-11 college season

Are you ready for some college golf? Golfweek.com has kicked off its 2010-11 coverage. Here’s what you can expect as the new season gets underway.

5 things: What’s love got to do with it?

The questions came rapid fire. Two days after Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren announced they had divorced, Woods put on his best face for the media on the eve of The Barclays. The most hard-hitting of the bunch had nothing to do with his golf game and everything to do with an age-old question aimed at the heart.

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Furyk’s punishment unfitting of crime

Jim Furyk was disqualified from the Barclays because he missed his pro-am tee time Wednesday by about five minutes. He overslept because his cell phone lost power overnight and the alarm didn’t go off.

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Tweaks leave Chambers Bay more playable

When match play got underway Wednesday at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship, many of the players probably wondered if they were playing the same Chambers Bay course they battled against in stroke play.

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Katayama, Liang strut into Thailand Open

Colorful Shingo Katayama is aiming to light up OneAsia’s Thailand Open this week with the type of freewheeling play that has won him US$17.3 million in his homeland of Japan.

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Holding tight

Six European Ryder Cup members are set, with three more to qualify Sunday. That will leave captain Colin Montgomerie to agonize over three wildcard picks. Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jiménez (left to right, and Nos. 7-9 on the European points list) are the frontrunners this week at Gleneagles for the last three automatic spots.

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Woods attempts to move on from divorce

The questions came rapid fire. Two days after Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren announced they had divorced, Woods put on his best face for the media on the eve of The Barclays.

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New Zealand’s Hendry builds foundation for success

Michael Hendry may have stolen the OneAsia limelight at the Indonesia Open last month, but his approach to this week’s Thailand Open will remain calm and focused.

Refreshed Ishikawa sets sights on renewed success

Rested and refreshed, Ryo Ishikawa will be looking to get his season back on track when the 110 million yen (about US$1.3 million) Vana H Cup KBC Augusta tees off Thursday. By his own admission, the teenager’s performances on the Japan Tour have failed to live up to expectations this year.

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Hanson eyes Dubai bonus

Peter Hanson’s victory at last week’s Czech Open was a bigger deal than just his jump in Ryder Cup qualification points. The Swede moved inside the top 15 for the first time this year in the lucrative Race to Dubai.

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With Reid out, Pace aims to extend money-list lead

Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa, who just missed out on another Ladies European Tour victory last week with a tie for second at the Ladies Scottish Open, didn’t go home empty-handed. The 29-year-old from Mossel Bay moved to the top of the Henderson Money List.

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Woods talks about divorce, People

Two days after his divorce, Tiger Woods says he feels more sadness than relief.

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Kruger seeks cure in Zambia Open defense

Jbe’ Kruger is back at the Zambia Open this week to defend his first title on the Sunshine Tour. Last year, the South African from Bloemfontein shot 6 under on the back nine at Ndola Golf Club to beat Titch Moore by two strokes.

PGA Tour qualifying on the line at Canadian Championship

The Canadian Tour Championship this week features its biggest prize purse in tour history. And that bodes well for the tour’s top players, who know the first-place check of CAN$52,000 can go long way toward earning a shot on the U.S. PGA Tour.

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Schauffele (No. 29, 2011) commits to LBSU

Long Beach State first-year head coach Ryan Ressa has been given a verbal commitment from one of the country’s top seniors. Xander Schauffele, Golfweek’s 29th-ranked junior in the class of 2011, has decided to play for the 49ers.

Fantasy Aces: The Barclays

The PGA Tour playoffs get underway this week at The Barclays. Who are the Fantasy Aces picking?

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Make the Tour Playoffs like March Madness

The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week. I bet that the overwhelming majority of the fans can’t explain how they work.

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Getting you ready for the PGA Tour playoffs

And in this first week of the 2010 PGA Tour postseason, let us pause to give thanks to Jim Mora, who provided iconic status to that popular word from our sports dictionary. “Playoffs? Don’t talk about – playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?”

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Tiger’s focus now golf

No question that closure will help Tiger Woods move forward with more peace. That should translate to improved golf, writes Jeff Rude.

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LPGA adds Taiwan stop next year

Thanks to some inspiration from world No. 5 Yani Tseng, the LPGA will make its debut in Taiwan in October 2011 at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

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Inside the European Ryder Cup scenario

Agonizing over wild card picks goes with being Ryder Cup captain, but no European captain has faced as much agony as Colin Montgomerie. Alistair Tait explains.

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Elin to People mag: ‘I’ve been through hell’

Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren said she has “been through hell” since her husband’s infidelity surfaced, but she never hit him, according to an interview released Wednesday.

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Furyk DQ’d at Barclays for missing pro-am

Jim Furyk picked a bad time to sleep in. Furyk overslept Wednesday after his cell phone alarm clock lost power overnight, causing him to be late for his pro-am tee time in The Barclays.

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Notables come up short of U.S. Am match play

It took a score of 6-over-par 149 to have a chance to advance to the 64-player match-play field at this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay.

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Spieth falls short of match play at U.S. Am

Once his deficit became insurmountable, Jordan Spieth turned to his caddie/instructor Cameron McCormick and asked what he would have shot “on a normal golf course.”

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