News for Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Three lasting images from the Amateur

What a U.S. Amateur Championship! I’m sad to leave Chambers Bay, but three things will stay with me from the week on the Puget Sound:

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Langer wins Boeing; fifth title of 2010

Bernhard Langer closed with a final-round 69 and pulled away from Nick Price down the stretch to win the Boeing Classic on Sunday.

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Casey stunned to be left off Ryder Cup team

Paul Casey had not checked his cell phone after his final round at The Barclays to see if he had made the Ryder Cup team for Europe. He didn't have to.

5 things: Charles Barkley's embarrassment never ends

In the latest episode, pro basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, who claimed he never played a round of golf, challenged Charles Barkley to a five-hole golf match. But having seen video of Sir Charles’ infamous swing, O’Neal was not too worried about his chances. After all, as he put it, he lived on a golf course. How hard could it be?

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Ryder Cup picks get The Barclays buzzing

You’d be hard-pressed to call it a sprint from the 18th green, but certainly Rory McIlroy had a purpose as he concluded his final round of The Barclays.

Pace’s hot streak continues in Finland

Lee-Anne Pace is on a roll. Pace of South Africa shot a 2-under 69 Sunday to secure a three-stroke victory at the Finnair Masters in Finland.

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Statement made

Edoardo Molinari closes birdie-birdie-birdie to win the Johnnie Walker Championship and persuade European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie to add the Italian to his team. Molinari joins brother Francesco for the Oct. 1-3 matches in Wales, and it could be just the spark Europe needs to bring the Cup back to the continent.

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Chun, Levonowich claim Golfweek Jr. titles

Sam Chun put together a six-shot victory at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Willbrook Plantation, while Minami Levonowich won by a single shot.

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Kuchar wins Barclays in playoff over Laird

Matt Kuchar topped Martin Laird in a playoff to win The Barclays and claim the top ranking in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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Uihlein tops Chung to win U.S. Amateur

Peter Uihlein won the U.S. Amateur on Sunday, defeating David Chung, 4 and 2, at Chambers Bay. It also happened to be Uihlein’s 21st birthday.

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Peter Uihlein: Earning his way

Peter Uihlein has to go paint soon, but all he’s thinking about are pitchers. It’s a spring morning. He’s watching “SportsCenter,” and they’re talking Boston Red Sox, specifically Bartolo Colon and the rotation. “How much are they paying him?” Uihlein’s mother, Tina, asks from the kitchen.

Kizawa savors overdue success

After 463 events, 40-year-old Nobuko Kizawa finally fulfilled her ambition of winning on the Japan LPGA Tour.

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Tanihara takes top honors at Vana H Cup

Hideto Tanihara of Japan survived a late attack of the jitters Sunday to emerge triumphant in the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta.

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Wie wins in Canada for second LPGA title

Michelle Wie closed with a 2-under 70 Sunday for a three-shot win at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, her second career victory on the LPGA.

RBS ends Open Championship sponsorship

The Royal Bank of Scotland announced Friday that it will no longer sponsor The Open Championship, according to a report by the United Kingdom’s Telegraph.

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Liang stays on world’s radar with Thailand victory

Two weeks after Liang Wen-chong’s splash at Whistling Straits, the Chinese golfer showed the world that his contention at the PGA Championship was no fluke. Liang, 32, claimed his third OneAsia title Sunday at the Thailand Open. He held off a spirited challenge from young Thai star Namchok Tantipokhakul and veteran Australian Michael Wright for a one-shot victory at Burapha Golf Club.

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Chung, Langley, Uihlein picked for U.S. WAT

David Chung, Scott Langley and Peter Uihlein were selected by the U.S. Golf Association to represent the U.S. at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championship.

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Da Silva edges Du Buisson in Zambia

Adilson Da Silva of Brazil notched his sixth Sunshine Tour title of his career Sunday with an exclamation point on the 18th green. His 25-foot birdie on the final hole sealed the Zambia Open at par-73 Ndola Golf Club.

TLA joins Official World Golf Ranking system

Tour de las Americas players will be awarded Official World Golf Ranking points starting Jan. 1. The directive, announced last week by the OWGR’s governing board, propels the leading Latin America professional golf tour into the same tier as the OneAsia Tour.

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Europe overpowers GB&I, capturing two top amateur trophies

After three successive defeats, the Continent of Europe came through Saturday to win the 2010 Jacques Leglise Trophy match at Castelconturbia, near Milan, Italy. In the two-day annual boys’ team competition, the Continent defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 15 1/2 to 8 1/2.

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Uihlein 2 up after 18 holes of U.S. Am final

Peter Uihlein chipped in for eagle on the 18th hole to take a 2-up lead over David Chung in the 36-hole championship match at the U.S. Amateur.

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Monty’s Ryder picks: Paddy, Donald, Molinari

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has chosen Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari as his wild card picks.

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Edoardo Molinari wins Johnnie Walker

Edoardo Molinari birdied the final three holes at Gleneagles on Sunday to win the Johnnie Walker Championship and boost his chances of a place in the Ryder Cup.

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Molinari makes statement with Gleneagles win

With Ryder Cup wild card picks looming, Edoardo Molinari made a big statement to Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie by winning the Johnnie Walker Championship. Alistair Tait wonders if it will be enough.

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For Taylor, proposal provides peace of mind

Today could be a big day for Vaughn Taylor, but nothing like the pressure he faced a week ago.

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