News for Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Amateur diary: Adventures in New Mexico

In the last 10 days I have visited five different states, slept under four different roofs, and played in three different golf tournaments. In light of this, my next installment will in fact be two ... parts that is.

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Pan, Hoge co-medal at Western Amateur

Despite taking vastly different roads to this year’s Western Amateur, Cheng-Tsung Pan and Tom Hoge shared medalist honors Thursday before match play got underway. Sean Martin was there.

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Shin, Woods claim inaugural NGCA Team title

Wake Forest's Michelle Shin and Cheyenne Woods claimed the inaugural Hooters Team Championship Thursday, thanks in part to a blazing finish in the final round.

Davidson leads Wichita Open by one

Matt Davidson jumped to an early one-shot lead at the Wichita Open Thursday, shooting 8-under 63 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan.

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Sabbatini, Uresti lead soggy Turning Stone

Rory Sabbatini and Omar Uresti shot 7-under 65s and were tied for the lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Notes: McIlroy, Lefty find plenty to discuss

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, a future superstar and a current one, were paired in Thursday’s opening round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Woods stumbles to opening 74 at Firestone

Highlights? Of course there were highlights. There always is with Tiger Woods. Actually, make that highlight – as in the singular form.

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Acushnet files suit over TMAG-Villegas deal

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf announced this week it had signed Camilo Villegas to an endorsement deal, even though he’s still under contract with Acushnet Co.

Rudolph staging his amateur comeback

Welcome back, Harry – as in Harry Rudolph III. For some, the name might not be familiar. For others, it might be one that takes some digging into the memory banks.

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Hall, 15, off to rocky start at Turning Stone

Two weeks after setting a new U.S. Junior Amateur scoring record with his 10-under 62, hometown favorite Gavin Hall got off to a rocky start at the Turning Stone Resort Championship with a 6-over 78.

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Woods shoots worst round at Firestone

Tiger Woods shot 4-over 74 on Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his highest round ever at Firestone. Bubba Watson leads.

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McCarthy, Isagawa triumph at Junior PGA

Denny McCarthy rallied Thursday with a closing 69 to win the Junior PGA Championship. In the girls’ division, Cassy Isagawa barely topped Ginger Howard in a playoff. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Rater’s notebook: Whistling Straits

With the PGA Championship nearing, Bradley S. Klein examines Whistling Straits.

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Back from surgery, Kim struggles at Firestone

If it were about ego, Anthony Kim concedes he’d be at home in Dallas.

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Tseng’s swing changes lead to third major title

Yani Tseng became the youngest player to win three major championships on the strength of supreme ballstriking. As Juli Inkster said, Royal Birkdale was a course built for Tseng.

Quick look at the U.S. Women’s Amateur

Here’s a short preview of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. I’ll tell you give you what you need to know and give you my picks.

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