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News 2010 July

Saturday, July 31

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Achenbach: Put your money on Langer

says Bernhard Langer, not Fred Couples, will win the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday.

Although the majority of fans at Sunday’s U.S. Senior Open will be pulling for hometown hero Fred Couples, James Achenbach predicts another Bernhard Langer major.

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‘Best putter’ label doesn’t fit Roberts

isn’t so sure that the “golf’s best putter” label still fits Loren Roberts.

Some people think Loren Roberts is the best putter in golf. Period.

Mixed reactions about Sahalee’s greens

Tom Kite, commenting on the firm, quick greens at Sahalee Country Club: “The greens were microscopically softer today. I think somebody went out there and spit on the greens a little.”

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Chappell, Hahn knotted at Cox Classic

Kevin Chappell held onto a share of the lead at the Cox Classic Saturday, turning in a 3-under 68 at Champions Run.

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Langer, Couples tied for Senior Open lead

Fred Couples shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday for a share of the U.S. Senior Open lead, feeding off a raucous hometown crowd hoping the native son can win his first U.S. Golf Association championship.

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Chung rallies for Porter Cup win

Chung wins Porter Cup

Stanford’s David Chung emerged from a pack of amateur stars that included Peter Uihlein and Russell Henley to claim a three-shot victory at the Porter Cup. Ron Balicki reports.

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Harris named director of golf at Minnesota

Harris joins Minn. golf program

Former Champions Tour player John Harris, who played golf and hockey at Minnesota as a student, has been named the Gophers’ new Director of Golf.

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Overton leads in W.Va.; Points, Holmes go low

Jeff Overton shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday for a three-stroke lead entering the final round of the inaugural Greenbrier Classic.

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Tseng, Hull take mental game to new levels

Tseng, Hull in final pairing

With a new mental approach, and a few tunes between shots, Yani Tseng is on the verge of capturing a third major title. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Tseng leads Hull by 4 at Women’s British

Tseng leads Women’s British

Yani Tseng (left) eagled the par-5 18th to take a four-shot lead over Katherine Hull entering the final round of the Women’s British Open.

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Birkdale’s final holes to decide Open champ

says with three par 5s in the final four holes, anything can happen at Royal Birkdale.

Royal Birkdale is Par-5 Heaven for the elite of women’s golf.

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Fisher maintains one-shot lead in Ireland

Ross Fisher of England will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Irish Open after shooting an even-par 71 on Saturday.

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U.S. Solheim Cup hopefuls to head to Ireland

Several U.S. Solheim Cup prospects will make their way to Ireland after this week’s championship. The AIB Ladies Irish Open will be played Aug. 6-8 at Killeen Castle, County Meath, site of the 2011 Solheim Cup.

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Pressel shoots course-record 65 at Birkdale

Morgan Pressel has shot a course record 7-under 65 at Royal Birkdale to get back up among the leaders at the British Women’s Open.

Friday, July 30

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Thompson, Chappell locked atop Cox Classic

Kyle Thompson backed up his opening 63 with a 6-under 65 on Friday to hold onto a share of the lead at the Cox Classic at Champions Run.

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Weaver soaks up Greenbrier experience

This time last year, Drew Weaver was preparing for the Walker Cup. Friday, he was staring down a seven-foot birdie putt on No. 18 at The Greenbrier Classic to make the cut in his first PGA Tour event as a professional.

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Langer grabs two-shot lead at Senior Open

Bernhard Langer overcame a shaky front nine with an eagle and birdie on the back nine Friday to take the clubhouse lead at 3 under in the second round of the U.S. Senior Open.

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Major scheduling has become major mess

Sr. major timing needs change

Players at the U.S. Senior Open have had a tough time adjusting to an 8-hour time difference after last week’s Senior British Open. As James Achenbach writes, something needs to change.

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A look inside the Bernhard Langer Diet

Bernhard Langer, who will turn 53 on August 27, appears to be ageless. His appearance has changed little in the last 30 years, and he hasn’t gained an ounce of weight.

How to get uniform speed on every green

At the U.S. Senior Open, how does the USGA achieve uniform speed on all 18 greens?

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After 62, Overton leads Greenbrier by 4

Jeff Overton shot an 8-under 62 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead midway through the inaugural Greenbrier Classic.

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Henley, Chung, Katz tied for Porter Cup lead

3 players tied at Porter Cup

It’s going to be a slugfest Saturday at the Porter Cup, as David Chung (pictured), Russell Henley and Jake Katz are all tied for the lead entering the final round.

Jacobsen withdraws from Senior Open

Former U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen, raised in Portland, Ore., and a favorite son of the Pacific Northwest, withdrew Friday from the 2010 U.S. Senior Open with a left leg injury.

Pepperdine’s Putnam wins Pacific Coast Am

Andrew Putnam won the 44th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship on Friday, closing with a 1-under 70 to win by four shots.

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Fog at Sahalee raises questions for USGA

The U.S. Senior Open was delayed Friday for 2 hours and 12 minutes because of fog, placing the completion of the second round in jeopardy. The final groups off the 1st and 10th tees at Sahalee Country Club were pushed back until 4:10 p.m.

Dick’s to sponsor Long Drive Competition

Dick’s Sporting Goods is becoming a major player in golf.

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Tseng leads by 4 at Women’s British

Tseng leads Women’s British

Yani Tseng shot a 68 Friday to take a four-shot lead over Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Amy Yang at Royal Birkdale.

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Hall, 15, receives invite to Turning Stone

Fifteen-year-old Gavin Hall has received a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s Turning Stone Championship, the latest bit of good fortune during a whirlwind summer for the smooth-swinging lefthander from Pittsford, N.Y.

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Fisher shoots 61 to take Irish Open lead

Ross Fisher will take a three-shot lead into the third round of the Irish Open after shooting a 10-under 61 Friday.

Stricker, Johnson offer support to Midwest Cup

explains what amateur event Tour pros Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson have pledged their support to.

With help from Midwestern PGA Tour professionals Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Mark Wilson, Eric Hjortness has put together quite an event.

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Weekley finding his way at Greenbrier

says Boo Weekley is hoping to make a late push for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Boo Weekley keeps getting lost at the Greenbrier Resort. More importantly, he may once again have found his golf game.

Denn avoids greens crisis at Porter Cup

Running a golf tournament can sometimes be quite trying. A tournament director can face a variety of crises, both big and small. All need attention, whether it be prior to the start of play or during the competition itself.

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Brown reaches settlement with Futures Tour

Brown settles with Futures

The Duramed Futures Tour and Sarah Brown have reached an undisclosed settlement in the case of Brown’s incorrect disqualification from The International at Concord.

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Notes: Inkster, 50, impressive in poor weather

Yani Tseng may hold the 36-hole lead, but I think the best effort of the two days belongs to Juli Inkster.

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Defending champ Matthew MCs at Open

It’s hard to imagine anyone in the history of golf handing a 10 better than Catriona Matthew. The defending champion met with the press in the clubhouse shortly after finishing her round. She was gracious. She was pleasant. She was honest.

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OK State’s Hoffmann could face big decision

says Morgan Hoffmann may face a big decision if he continues to play well on the Nationwide Tour.

Oklahoma State junior Morgan Hoffmann is in contention again on the Nationwide Tour. His recent performances against the pros have been impressive, and could have a large impact on the upcoming college season.

Reehoorn named head coach at Oregon St.

Jon Reehoorn has been named head coach at Oregon State, the school announced Friday. Reehoorn arrives at Oregon State after spending the last three years at Idaho, first as the associate head coach for the men’s and women’s programs for the Vandals, and the past two seasons as head coach for the men’s program.

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Tseng in control at Women’s British

Yani Tseng looks at the vastly vacant trophy case in the office of her Lake Nona home and thinks about all the work that lies ahead of her. Of course, that case was designed and built by the home’s previous owner, Annika Sorenstam, so her sights are set rather high.

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Kerr aiming again for No. 1 ranking at Open

says after losing the No. 1 ranking, Cristie Kerr is back to her old ways at the Open.

The phrase “a relaxed Cristie Kerr” might be golf’s ultimate oxymoron, but the feisty two-time major winner is trying to change her attitude in order to win a third.

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Lincicome shows maturity in finishing strong

says Brittany Lincicome bounced back to get into contention at Royal Birkdale.

Vision54 guru Pia Nilsson was there to give Brittany Lincicome a high five when she walked out of the scoring trailer. Lincicome is quick to acknowledge her mental maturation, which was on fine display during the second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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Win a prize with U.S. Women’s Am picks!

wants to know your U.S. Women's Amateur picks. He’s got a prize for the winner!

The U.S. Women’s Amateur starts Aug. 9 and I thought it would be a good time to give away some more prizes. It’s time for another Wildman’s Challenge!

Thursday, July 29

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Vaughn leads Sr. Open; amateur Jackson 2 back

The fans following Fred Couples and Tom Watson early Thursday morning were sometimes six- and seven-deep, wedging themselves between tree trunks and ducking under limbs.

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Lifetime amateur Jackson in Sr. Open hunt

Amateur Jackson in Open hunt

I have Bobby Jones on my mind. My fondest dream is that a golfer with the ability of Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson decides to remain an amateur.

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Tour pros play by house rules at the Greenbrier

Fair warning was given: All casino attendees must wear a sport jacket or coat after 7 p.m. For a good deal of Tour pros in The Greenbrier Classic, the warning was, to put it loosely, overlooked.

Bowditch, Thompson share Cox Classic lead

Steven Bowditch and Kyle Thompson opened with 8-under 63s to take the first-round lead at the Nationwide Tour’s Cox Classic, played at Champions Run in Omaha, Neb.

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Compton, Every share Greenbrier lead

Double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton shot a 7-under 63 in the inaugural Greenbrier Classic to share the first-round lead with rookie Matt Every.

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Henley, Rudolph set for Porter Cup finale

Henley, Rudolph to square off

Russell Henley and Harry Rudolph will comprise an intriguing and entertaining final group at the Porter Cup. Ron Balicki explains.

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The scoop on Creamer’s lucky belt

After seeing Paula Creamer strutting down the fairways at the Evian Master last weekend, I couldn’t help but notice the sparkle on her hips.

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Howell takes one-shot lead at Irish Open

England’s David Howell showed a long overdue return to form as he shot a 7-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the Irish Open on Thursday.

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Day after 57, Wyatt wins 4th straight Ala. Jr.

A day after making 12 birdies and an eagle in a 14-under 57 to build an eight-shot lead heading into the final round of Alabama State Junior Championship, Bobby Wyatt was ready to waltz to his fourth consecutive State Junior title.

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Palmer, West watch action at Greenbrier

says Arnold Palmer sat next to a hoops legend in a sky box at The Greenbrier Classic.

With Greenbrier pro emeritus Tom Watson away competing in the U.S. Senior Open, Arnold Palmer lent a Hall of Fame presence. So did a local legend better known for his talents making a slightly bigger ball go through a net.

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Heart-transplant Compton leading Greenbrier

I don’t have many sports heroes these days. I’ve learned one must pick athletic idols at his own peril.

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West wins sixth straight Canon Cup

The West Team has captured the Canon Cup for the sixth consecutive year, defeating the East Team, 25.5-24.5, Thursday afternoon at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.

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‘Wedgegate’ exposes holes in USGA’s rule

‘Wedgegate’ exposes holes

This new groove rule might make sense, but it is driving players and rules officials to the brink of golf insanity. James Achenbach explains.

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Tseng tied atop Women’s British; Wie 2 back

Wie in Women’s British hunt

Michelle Wie finished birdie-eagle and is two shots back at the Women’s British Open. Beth Ann Baldry reports from Royal Birkdale.

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Inkster, Davies buck youth trend at Open

says Juli Inkster and Laura Davies showed Thursday at Royal Birkdale that they still have plenty of game.

Old golfers never die – they just want to play forever.

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LPGA Tour Championship moving to Orlando

The season-ending LPGA Tour Championship will move to Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla., this winter, Golfweek has learned.

Wessinger leaves Minnesota for St. Catherine

Kristine Wessinger is leaving Minnesota to become the women’s golf coach at St. Catherine University, which will add a varsity golf team in fall 2011.

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Items from Goydos’ 59 on display at HoF

explains why Paul Goydos is now in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Against all odds, Paul “Sunshine” Goydos has made it to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Paolucci, Park headline field at Junior PGA

Junior PGA preview

The 35th Junior PGA Championship heads to Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ryan Lavner and D.J. Piehowski break down the field.

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Scoring mistake DQs Rock at Irish Open

Robert Rock of England has been disqualified from the Irish Open for making a mistake on his scorecard after shooting a 6-under 65 in the first round.

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Q&A: U.S. Amateur champ Byeong-Hun An

spoke to U.S. Am champ Byeong-Hun An about his busy summer playing pro events around the world.

I recently chatted with the 2009 U.S. Amateur champion Byeong-Hun An, who, at 17, became the youngest U.S. Amateur champion when he defeated Ben Martin at Southern Hills.

Wednesday, July 28

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Tour peeks behind curtain at ‘Emerald City’

Slugger White understands the importance of the inaugural Greenbrier Classic. Born in nearby Beckley, White is a PGA Tour rules official and close friend with The Greenbrier Resort’s new owner, Jim Justice.

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AJGA All-Stars reflect on junior careers

Morris reflects on AJGA career

Some of the AJGA’s top players, such as Rachel Morris (pictured), will wrap up their junior careers Thursday at the Canon Cup. As Jim McCabe writes, there’s plenty to reflect on.

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Fan favorite Couples eyes Senior Open title

Couples eyes Sr. Open crown

True, there’s no cheering in the press box, but as James Achenbach writes, it’s tough not to pull for local-favorite Freddie Couples at this week’s Senior U.S. Open.

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Bleumink leads Porter Cup; Henley 1 back

Bleumink leads at Porter Cup

Many big names turned in low first rounds at the Porter Cup, including Russell Henley (pictured), David Chung and Nathan Smith. But they're all chasing leader Luke Bleumink. Ron Balicki reports.

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‘Designated events’ move step closer to reality

Designated tournaments for players moved one step closer to becoming a reality. The PGA Tour’s Policy Board approved the concept during a meeting July 25 at The Greenbrier, site of this week’s inaugural Greenbrier Classic.

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Harrington takes top billing at Irish Open

Irish golf fans are in for a treat this week as prodigal son, Padraig Harrington, returns home for the Irish Open. And they’ll have a couple of other stars to pull for, namely Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, whom they also consider as their own. Both players hail from Northern Ireland.

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DQ’d rookie to Futures Tour: $2K not enough

Brown: $2K not enough

Sarah Brown has been offered $2,000 by the Futures Tour for its mistaken DQ. Her father says she deserves more. Sean Martin reports.

Fabled Greenbrier, with new twists, hosts PGA Tour

The PGA Tour is heading down a country road it hasn’t visited for many years. According to tour records, the last time the tour visited the Mountaineer State was 1958 when Sam Snead won the Greenbrier Invitational.

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Seniors tackle tree-lined Sahalee

After two weeks of playing links golf in Scotland — first at the British Open and then the Senior British Open last week at Carnoustie — the USGA could not have picked a more stark contrast for the players in this week's U.S. Senior Open.

5 things: Jiyai Shin's consistency rules

There’s a good reason why Jiyai Shin is back on top of the Rolex Ranking. The South Korean, who lived up to her nickname as ‘final-round queen’ with a stunning last-day charge to victory at the Evian Masters on Sunday, has been the most consistent player in this year’s major championships.

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Wyatt, 17, shoots 57 at Alabama Junior

Alamaba Junior Championship

Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., shot 14-under 57 on Wednesday during the second round of the Alabama Boy’s State Junior Championship.

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Ishikawa, ex-teammate share stage at Sun Chlorella

If Ryo Ishikawa required any extra incentive this week, it has come in the shape of the draw that pairs him with Shunsuke Sonoda, a former high school golf teammate who has been JGTO’s surprise rookie this year.

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Revitalized Angelo ready for Brunei Open

Rejuvenated following a recent break from golf, Angelo Que is raring to return to action in this week's Brunei Open starting Thursday.

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All eyes on Royal Birkdale

The best in women’s golf are gathered for the year’s final major. Victory remains a wide-open affair, but the possibilities would have been even more tantalizing if not for the absence of one phenomenal teenager.

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Woods, Kim to play Bridgestone next week

Tiger Woods has entered the Bridgestone Invitational next week at Firestone, where he is the defending champion and a seven-time winner of the World Golf Championship.

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Town, county consider $2M for Heritage

Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County could provide a total of $2 million for the Heritage PGA Tour tournament, which is without a corporate sponsor.

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After World Cup, focus is back to golf in S. Africa

With the World Cup hoopla now over, the Sunshine Tour ends a six-week break and returns to Humewood Golf Club this week for the third event of its Vodacom Origins of Golf series.

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Does ‘Lexi’ belong at Women’s British Open?

says despite not being in the field, Alexis Thompson is all the talk at the Women’s British.

Alexis “Lexi’’ Thompson has reached a new level of celebrity: She’s getting press for not being in the field this week.

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PGA Tour spot on the line in Colombia

There’s a lot of history – and a top exemption – on the line at this week’s Colombia National Open Championship, which starts Thursday at the Campestre Guaymaral in Bogota.

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Hate to be Rude: Tiger a no-brainer for Pavin

Hate to be Rude

Corey Pavin will soon talk with Tiger Woods about his interest in playing the Ryder Cup. Jeff Rude wonders if that’s really necessary.

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Aces will net big bucks at Greenbrier Classic

Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice has added another wrinkle to spice up the par-3 18th hole at the Greenbrier Classic.

Heading into British, Shin’s back at No. 1

Heading into this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, Shin Ji-yai is back on top of the world.

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Staff picks: Women’s British Open

Beth Ann Baldry and Alistair Tait are at Royal Birkdale and make their picks for the Women's British Open.

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Davies doesn’t hold back opinions

enjoyed listening to Laura Davies spout off about pace of play and Alexis Thompson.

Everyone who turns professional should be given a videotape of a Laura Davies press conference. Maybe then we wouldn’t complain about players being robotic clones of each other.

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Five early Walker Cup picks for Team USA

thinks U.S. Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve should pick these five players for his squad next year.

Jim Holtgrieve will captain Team USA at the Walker Cup next September at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland.

Tuesday, July 27

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Futures Tour sorry for DQ, vows changes

Futures Tour apologizes

The Futures Tour apologized to rookie Sarah Brown and promised changes after mistakenly disqualifying her in a dispute over wedge grooves.

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Today, Canon Cup; tomorrow, Ivy League

Seiji Liu off to Harvard

Being a pro golfer might be the dream shared by all this week at the Canon Cup. But as Jim McCabe writes, Seiji Liu has a different plan.

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Notes: Cut policy, Olympics and Beem’s back

Good thing for Carl Pettersson that the PGA Tour amended its cut policy two years ago.

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Oxfordshire GC adds hotel, new caddie service

The Oxfordshire, a 50-room hotel and spa northwest of London near the M40 motorway, opened this month, complementing the existing Oxfordshire Golf Club.

Fantasy Aces: Greenbrier Classic

The PGA Tour makes its inaugural stop at the Greenbrier Classic this week. Who are the Fantasy Aces picking?

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Wyndham event now cell-phone friendly

Fans will be able to bring their cell phones on the course at next month’s Wyndham Championship.

In this issue: July 30, 2010

Inside the July 30, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Toy Box notes: Ping revives Scottsdale

reports that Ping unveiled a new line of Scottsdale putters at The Greenbrier Classic

The name Scottsdale is part of Ping lore. The original Ping Scottsdale Anser putter is one of the most highly sought golf clubs in the world.

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Bailey named head coach at Marquette

Marquette hired former Northwestern associate head coach Steve Bailey as its head men’s golf coach, MU announced Tuesday.

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Re-instated amateur stoked for Tour start

explains why one amateur is relishing his chance to play at the Greenbrier.

Jonathan Bartlett walked from his nearby home to the first tee at the Greenbrier’s Old White Course for a date with destiny.

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Oklahoma signee, 18, dies in car crash

Kyle Lewis (1991-2010)

Kyle Lewis, a University of Oklahoma signee, died Monday in a single-car accident, just hours after playing in his final high-school golf tournament. He was 18.

Bahrain event added to Euro Tour schedule

The European Tour has added a tournament in Bahrain to its schedule, bringing to five the number of events it will hold next year in the Middle East.

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Successfully managing your swing thoughts

Managing swing thoughts

The range is for practice and the course is for playing the game. So how does a successful golfer separate the two? James Achenbach explores.

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Long-range 3-woods: Pushing the limits

Long-range 3-woods

The greatest strides recently made by manufacturers trying to reach the COR limit may be in fairway woods, especially 3-woods. James Achenbach explains.

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Events to watch: Porter Cup, Pacific Coast Am

previews two great amateur events this week – the Porter Cup and Pacific Coast Am.

The summer is rolling along and there are two more great tournaments this week –the Porter Cup and the Pacific Coast Amateur. Here’s what you can expect . . .

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Q&A: Bob Huggins, W.Va. basketball coach

spoke to West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins about the PGA Tour’s visit to the Greenbrier.

If West Virginia had a Mount Rushmore, Bob Huggins’ face would be on it. He took WVU, his alma mater, to basketball’s Final Four this spring in his third season back in Morgantown.

Monday, July 26

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Mast, 59, to make first Tour start since ’05

Dick Mast must’ve hopped into a Hot Tub Time Machine at his hotel last night.

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‘Mistake’ DQ costs Brown shot at win

Brown DQ’d on Futures Tour

Sarah Brown was DQ’d for a nonconforming wedge Sunday on the Futures Tour. It should not have happened. Sean Martin reports.

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Eyeing European sales, Cobra signs Edfors

European Tour winner Johan Edfors, already a Puma Golf endorser, has signed a deal to support the company’s merger partner – clubmaker Cobra Golf.

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Burge (N/R, 2011) commits to Illinois

has given a verbal commitment to Illinois.

Alex Burge has given a verbal commitment to play at Illinois.

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Winner’s Circle: July 19-25, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Azinger, Price WD from U.S. Senior Open

Paul Azinger and Nick Price have pulled out of this week’s U.S. Senior Open with injuries.

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Big names surface as suitors for Sea Island

says marquee names are lining up as bidders to acquire Sea Island, the famed resort now facing financial woes.

Questions swirling about the potential next owner of the Sea Island resort may finally get some answers. Gene Yasuda explains.

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Player of the Week: Doris Chen

Doris Chen, of Bradenton, Fla., won the U.G. Girls’ Junior on July 24, beating Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 and 2, at the Country Club of North Carolina’s Dogwood Course in Pinehurst, N.C.

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Player of the Week: Jim Liu

Jim Liu, of Smithtown, N.Y., won the U.S. Junior Amateur on July 24, beating Justin Thomas, 4 and 2, at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Mich.

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Thompson missing out on Women’s British

says Lexi Thompson deserves a chance to qualify for the Women’s British Open.

Ninety players are competing today for 17 spots in this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open. Lexi Thompson, one of the fresh new faces in women’s professional golf, isn’t among them, a victim of bad timing and some short-sightedness.

Junior Fantasy results: U.S. Jr./Girls’ Jr.

Well, that was a bit unexpected – and, in one case, unprecedented. Fourteen-year-old Jim Liu became the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Amateur after defeating Justin Thomas, 4 and 2, in the final match at Egypt Valley Country Club.

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Greenbrier readies for inaugural Tour event

The Greenbrier Classic

Jim Justice’s vision for a West Virginia institution takes shape this week as The Greenbrier gussies up for the PGA Tour. Martin Kaufmann explains.

Sunday, July 25

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LPGA standouts look marvelous in France

was amazed how lovely some LPGA standouts looked at a gala dinner last weekend in France.

We often marvel at the beauty, style and grace of the LPGA starlets. Not only are their swings hand-crafted masterpieces, their outfits look as if they’ve been picked right out of the pages of a fashion magazine.

Brigman wins Nationwide stop in Columbus

D.J. Brigman shot a 7-under 64 to win the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational on Sunday, finishing one stroke ahead of Jamie Lovemark.

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Top 5 observations from the amateur week

recaps a wild week in amateur golf with his top 5 stories.

What a crazy and exciting week from the world of amateur golf! I was in Ada, Mich., for the U.S. Junior Championship, where Jim Liu became the event’s youngest champion. Who did he surpass in the record books? That would be Mr. Tiger Woods.

Aussies falter in Ohio

Australians were 1-2-3 heading into the final round of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational. Nick Flanagan fired a 2-under-par 69 Saturday to move into sole possession of the 54-hole lead, one stroke in front of countrymen Alistair Presnell and Won Joon Lee.

5 things: He coached teen Tiger, too

After his son hoisted junior golf’s most prestigious trophy, Yiming Liu phoned John Anselmo, the ageless southern California golf pro made famous for his early tutelage of Tiger Woods. The proud papa left a brief message: “Jim just broke your student’s record.”

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Langer captures Senior British Open

Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title on Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Senior British Open.

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Behr (No. 13, 2011) commits to Clemson

has given a verbal commitment to Clemson.

Stephen Behr, the 13th-ranked player in the 2011 class, has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Clemson.

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Choi's old putter wasn’t enough in Sweden

K.J. Choi of South Korea came into Sunday at the Nordea Scandinavian Masters poised to end a seven-year victory drought on the European Tour. Tied with co-leader Richard S. Johnson of Sweden, Choi’s opening drive wasn’t a sign of good things to come.

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Shin shines at Evian Masters

There’s a reason why Shin Ji-yai is dubbed by Korean media as the “final-round queen.” The 22-year-old South Korean lived up to her nickname at the Evian Masters on Sunday with another dramatic last-day victory charge. To top it off, she'll regain her No. 1 world ranking.

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Pettersson goes 60-67 to win Canadian Open

Pettersson wins 4th Tour title

Carl Pettersson rallied to win the Canadian Open for his fourth PGA Tour victory, following his tournament-record, 10-under 60 with a 67 for a one-stroke victory over Dean Wilson.

Qualifier Osanai’s win a rarity on Japan Tour

Mamo Osanai held his nerves in check to become the first Monday qualifier to go on to win on the Japan Golf Tour in six years.

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Pyramid of Mideast golf: McIlroy, Egypt & Challenge Tour

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland will headline the 2010 Egyptian Open, a new European Challenge Tour event that aims to showcase Egypt to the golf world.

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These senior drivers won’t yield at majors

Hope springs eternal in the 50-and-older age group, which is why a senior golfer could win a major somewhere down the line. Not a senior major but one of the marquee events that define a player’s career.

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Langer hangs on to win Senior British Open

Langer wins Sr. British Open

Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title on Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Senior British Open.

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Late birdie helps Johnson win in Sweden

Johnson wins in homeland

Richard Johnson won the Scandinavian Masters, making a birdie on the last hole to shoot a 1-under 71 in the final round and finish a stroke clear of Argentina’s Rafa Echenique.

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Shin wins Evian Masters; Thompson, 15, T-2

Jiyai Shin birdied the 18th hole Sunday to win the Evian Masters by a shot. She closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 14-under 274.

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Junior Diary: Impressions of the U.S. Girls’ Jr.

gives you a player’s impressions of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur championship.

Sometimes golf just doesn’t work out the way you want it to. However, if you make it fun, it doesn’t upset you as badly, and unfortunately that is what I learned at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C.

Saturday, July 24

White, 42, wins Palmetto Amateur

Todd White, 42, outlasted Paul Woodbury and Riley Pumphrey in a five-hole playoff on Saturday to win the Palmetto Amateur at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C.

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Clanton cruises to North and South title

Clanton wins North & South

Cydney Clanton defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 and 1, to win the North and South Women’s Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 2. Clanton was runner-up at last year’s North and South.

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Pavin to meet with Woods about Ryder Cup

American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin will talk to Tiger Woods at next month’s PGA Championship to learn whether he wants to be on his team at Celtic Manor in Wales in October.

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After 60, Pettersson 4 back at Canadian Open

Dean Wilson shot his third straight 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead over record-setting Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark and Bob Estes in the Canadian Open, pulling away with three straight birdies at rainy St. George’s.

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Flanagan leads Children’s Hospital Invite

Nick Flanagan fired a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.

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Chen tops Dambaugh for U.S. Girls’ title

Chen wins U.S. Girls’ Jr.

Doris Chen became known this week for her consistent play, and that’s exactly what led her to a U.S. Girls’ Junior title. Julie Williams reports.

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Liu, 14, becomes youngest U.S. Junior champ

Liu, 14, wins U.S. Jr.

Jim Liu replaced Tiger Woods as the youngest U.S. Junior winner in history on Saturday. As Ryan Lavner writes, this is only the beginning.

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Langer takes Sr. British lead; Pavin 3 behind

Bernhard Langer took a 3 shot lead at the Senior British Open.

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Pettersson fires record 60 at Canadian Open

Carl Pettersson shot a 10-under 60 to break the Canadian Open record, missing a 59 when his 30-foot birdie putt from the fringe on 18 grazed the left edge.

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Pressel eagles final hole, leads by 2 at Evian

Morgan Pressel is in front by two strokes after three rounds at the Evian Masters.

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Dambaugh goes 1 up at U.S. Girls’ Junior

Dambaugh 1 up at U.S. Girls’

South Carolina’s Katelyn Dambaugh has taken a 1-up lead over Doris Chen at the midway point of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur.

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Liu 3 up midway through U.S. Junior final

Liu 3 up at U.S. Jr. finals

Fourteen-year-old Jim Liu has taken a 3-up lead over Justin Thomas with 18 holes remaining at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Choi, Johnson lead in Sweden; Louis 1 back

K.J. Choi of South Korea and Richard Johnson of Sweden share the lead at the Scandinavian Masters after the third round, and British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen blew a chance to join them.

Friday, July 23

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Clark shoots 64 to take Canadian Open lead

Tim Clark shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Dean Wilson in the Canadian Open in another low-scoring day at straight-hitter friendly St. George’s.

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N’Wide: Putnam takes 1-shot lead in Columbus

Michael Putnam backed up an opening-round 67 with a 69 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

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Dambaugh eyes 1st ‘southpaw’ U.S. Girls' title

says Katelyn Dambaugh could become the first left-hander to win the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Katelyn Dambaugh may be a new arrival on the USGA scene, but she’s making her presence known at the U.S. Girls’ Junior. After cruising through the quarterfinals and semifinals, Dambaugh will meet Doris Chen in the 36-hole final at the Country Club of North Carolina.

Shano’s distance wows at Arizona Am

thinks he found the longest hitter in college golf – pound-for-pound, anyway.

I don’t know if I saw the longest hitter in college golf on Friday at the Arizona Amateur, but if you’ll allow me to add a pound-for-pound condition, I’ll feel pretty comfortable putting that tag on Jason Shano from the University of San Diego.

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Liu, Thomas advance to U.S. Junior Am final

Liu, Thomas in Junior final

Jim Liu will face Justin Thomas on Saturday with a chance to become the youngest U.S. Junior champ in history. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Dambaugh, Chen to meet in Girls’ Junior final

U.S. Girls’ Junior final set

Katelyn Dambaugh (left) is already excited about the perks of making the U.S. Girls’ Junior finals, but a win would make them all the sweeter. Julie Williams reports.

Athletics run in genes of semifinalist Shelton

says athletics run in the genes of U.S. Junior semifinalist Robby Shelton.

Robby Shelton has become the name floating around Egypt Valley and the junior golf world this week.

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Mika Miyazato leads Evian Masters by a shot

Mika Miyazato of Japan shot a 5-under 67 for the second-round lead at the Evian Masters on Friday.

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Shelton highlights final four at U.S. Junior

U.S. Junior Am semis set

The final four is set at the U.S. Junior Amateur. As Ryan Lavner reports, keep an eye on baby-faced Robby Shelton (lower left), the giant killer.

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Complete 2010 U.S. Juniors coverage is on the ground at Egypt Valley CC and the CC of North Carolina to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior.

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Underdogs make up Girls’ Junior final four

Final 4 set at Girls’ Junior

The U.S. Girls’ Junior features four underdogs in the semifinals this afternoon. Julie Williams reports from the CC of North Carolina.

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Pavin, Langer locked atop Sr. British Open

Corey Pavin has grabbed the early second-day lead at the Senior British Open after shooting a second straight 69 to reach 4 under. American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a second straight 2-under 69 Friday to share the second-round lead with Bernhard Langer at the Senior British Open.

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Patrick Reed: Amateur golf’s ‘road warrior’

details Patrick Reed’s exhausting travel schedule this summer on the amateur circuit.

Since winning all three of his matches at the NCAA Championship at The Honors Course and leading Augusta State to its first Division I national title, Patrick Reed has become amateur golf’s leading “road warrior.”

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Choi leads in Stockholm; Oosthuizen 2 back

K.J. Choi has taken over the lead at the Scandinavian Masters after shooting a 5-under 67 early in the second round Friday, putting him at 9 under overall.

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Wolfes’ wild ride into the quarterfinals

Not many people knew much about Scott Wolfes at this year’s U.S. Junior. Around Egypt Valley he is starting to be known as the kid on a roller coaster.

Thursday, July 22

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Kaye leads Children’s Hospital Open with 62

Jonathan Kaye turned in an opening 8-under 63 to take the first-round lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course.

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Spieth, Thompson, Grillo fall at U.S. Junior

Big names fall at U.S. Jr.

Jordan Spieth? Out. Curtis Thompson? Out. Ryan Lavner takes a look at the eight players still standing at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Liu the youngster to beat at U.S. Girls’ Junior

says there’s a new youngster to beat at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Stephanie Liu didn’t even have to announce her match-play prowess to the crowd gathered beside the U.S. Girls’ Junior scoreboard mid-day Thursday. Soobin Kim, her first victim in the day’s marathon matches, did it for her.

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Long day ends in quarterfinal berth for Tanco

Tanco moves on at U.S. Girls’

Despite being pushed to seven extra holes in the morning, Victoria Tanco cruised through her afternoon match on a sweltering day at the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Julie Williams reports.

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Delahoussaye fires 62 to lead Canadian Open

Brent Delahoussaye shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to match the Canadian Open record, making an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey in perfect scoring conditions at historic St. George’s. Golf & Country Club.

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Rohrer smashes Special Olympics scoring record

New Special Olympics record

Scott Rohrer shot 71 on Monday to set a new Special Olympics scoring record. He didn't stop there – Rohrer went on to shatter the 54-hole record by 15 shots. D.J. Piehowski reports.

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Despite low scores, Egypt Valley still a gem

I spent Monday in East Lansing, Mich., with Michigan State women’s coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. She told me how tough Egypt Valley Golf Club was going to play for the U.S. Junior Amateur. I was also informed by a member of the USGA media department about the difficulty of Egypt Valley.

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Tanco survives marathon match at Girls’ Jr.

details the 25-hole victory Thursday by Victoria Tanco at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

After engaging in a back-and-forth battle with Victoria Tanco on a sweltering hot morning at the Country Club of North Carolina, all that stood between Ariya Jutanugarn and a spot in the third round of match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior was a left-to-right 3-footer on the 18th green.

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Q&A: Caulfield Apparel Group VP Shane Brett

The Abacus brand has traveled miles and jumped oceans to land in the U.S. market. While Abacus has gained a following, many people don’t know details about the products and the man behind the products.

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Pressel among leaders at Evian Masters

Morgan Pressel birdied her first three holes on Thursday and finished with a 6-under 66 to lead after the first round of the Evian Masters.

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King’s unique teaching style paying off

Instructions from Charlie King

Charlie King, director of the Reynolds Plantation Golf Academy in Greensboro, Ga., is not your typical teaching pro. As James Achenbach writes, King likes to make people laugh before hitting them over the head with a serious message.

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Oosthuizen tied atop Scandinavian Masters

British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen is tied with Richard Green for the early lead at the Scandinavian Masters after shooting a 5-under 67.

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Spieth takes early exit at U.S. Junior

Speith defeated at Junior

Defending U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jordan Spieth lost in the second round of match play Thursday. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Stewart wins Golfweek/Harmony Senior

Karl Stewart, of Riverside, Calif., became the latest super senior to outplay the younger senior amateur when he captured the inaugural Golfweek/Harmony Senior Championship on July 21 at Harmony Club in Timnath, Colo.

Golf Hall of Fame ceremony moves to May

The induction ceremony for the World Golf Hall of Fame is moving to May, where it will kick off a busy week at The Players Championship.

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No. 1 McCarthy tops Thompson at Junior

reports Curtis Thompson lost to top-ranked Denny McCarthy Thursday at the U.S. Junior.

Stroke-play medalist Curtis Thompson has been eliminated during the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Langer, Blake lead early at Senior British

Bernhard Langer and Jay Don Blake each shot a 4-under 67 to share the early first-round lead at the Senior British Open.

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A unique player-caddie duo at Girls’ Junior

describes the most unique player-caddie relationship this week at the Girls’ Junior.

Per the USGA rule, no players in the field this week at the U.S. Girls’ Junior are allowed to employ a parent as a caddie. Luckily for Megan Khang, that doesn’t extend to adoptive golf parents.

Wednesday, July 21

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Kang, Tanco squeak by at Girls’ Junior

Kang rolls on at U.S. Girls Jr.

With some help from an overhanging Magnolia, Danielle Kang held off the No. 64 seed to advance at the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Julie Williams reports.

Answering the Open’s toughest questions

What I learned at the British Open: Nobody travels to Scotland for the food. Golf is the No. 1 priority, haggis ranks about 843rd.

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Narrow escape for Kang at Junior opener

With a little help from an overhanging Magnolia, Danielle Kang held off Alejandra Cangrejo to advance at the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Julie Williams reports.

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Q&A: What was Jack Nicklaus like in college?

caught up with a college teammate of Jack Nicklaus', who talks about the Golden Bear's days at Ohio State.

You bump into a lot of people from the college golf world when you attend the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Coaches are everywhere, and sometimes the local college players come out to watch.

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Hall, Spieth advance at U.S. Junior; Wyatt out

Hall, Spieth survive Rd. of 64

The first round of match play is in the books at the U.S. Junior Amateur and most big names, such as Gavin Hall, are still standing. But as Ryan Lavner writes, some wins came easier than others on Wednesday.

5 things: Open win saved caddie’s job

Winning the Open Championship not only put Louis Oosthuizen on the golfing map, it saved Zack Rasego’s job. Had Rasego not caddied Oosthuizen to victory at St. Andrews, he was set to look for a new bag.

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Hate to be Rude: Expect more from Louis

Hate to be Rude

Louis Oosthuizen is no one-shot wonder. As Jeff Rude writes, he has one of the best swings in golf and a boatload of confidence.

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Open champ Oosthuizen heads to Sweden

Winning the Open Championship gave South African Louis Oosthuizen instant access to U.S. PGA Tour events, but he won’t seek American riches just yet.

Hamilton G&CC to host 2012 Canadian Open

reveals which Ontario golf course will host the 2012 Canadian Open.

Golf Canada executive director Scott Simmons confirmed Tuesday that the RBC Canadian Open will be held at Toronto’s Hamilton Golf & Country Club in 2012.

Tumangan bursts onto scene with 8-and-6 win

thinks Mariko Tumangan’s time as a ‘sneaky-good’ player is over after Wednesday’s 8-and-6 win.

The biggest blowout in the Round of 64 so far at the U.S. Girls’ Junior belongs to Mariko Tumangan. Before Wednesday morning, Tumangan was a player you might classify as sneaky good. Safe to say she’s out in the open now.

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Seniors take the stage at Carnoustie

After the storm comes the calm. Just a 25 minute-drive from the mayhem of St. Andrews, Carnoustie and the Senior British Open Championship should be a far-less manic week. And probably more exciting than the coronation of King Louis (Oosthuizen), which turned into a two-day procession to victory over the Old Course in the Open Championship.

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Top-ranked Wyatt falls in Round of 64

Hat pulled low, Bobby Wyatt made a beeline from the 16th green to the clubhouse, declining a ride along the way.

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Murphy shoots 56 in Nationwide pro-am

Murphy shoots 56 in pro-am

Two weeks after Paul Goydos shot 59 on the PGA Tour, Trevor Murphy posted a 56 – yes, 56 – in a Nationwide Tour pro-am.

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No. 1 Miyazato eyes back-to-back Evian titles

Ai Miyazato is back to world No. 1 – just in time to defend her Evian Masters title.

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Malaysia’s first LPGA event to feature local stars

Malaysian professionals Cindy Lee-Pridgen and Jean Chua will brush shoulders with the stars in the inaugural US $1.8 million Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October.

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Long-hitting Thompson avoids Round 1 scare

says medalist Curtis Thompson had to battle for a first-round win at the U.S. Junior.

Curtis Thompson never abandoned his bomb-and-gauge strategy, even when his tee shots started sailing into the trees and his unheralded opponent made a surprising run around the turn.

Spell check, anyone?

Whomever was in charge of spelling the players’ names for their parking spaces at the U.S. Junior Amateur showed no love for the medalist.

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Wie suffers heat exhaustion at Evian Masters

Michelle Wie has suffered heatstroke during the pro-am of the Evian Masters but should be able to play in the tournament Thursday in France.

Fantasy Aces: RBC Canadian Open

The Tour heads above the border for the RBC Canadian Open. Who are the Fantasy Aces picking this week?

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Industry group stings counterfeit operation

More than 2,300 golf clubs – illegal copies of authentic golf brands – were seized in a recent raid of golf stores in China, underscoring the on-going industry fight against overseas counterfeiting.

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Woods’ fortune taking a hit

Woods' endorsements down $22M

A new report shows Tiger Woods’ endorsement portfolio has shrunk by $22 million – and his video game isn’t selling well, either. Gene Yasuda explains.

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BBC nets TV rights through 2016 Open

Cable providers continue to flex their muscles on the sports landscape, but across the pond the BBC still rules. The network renewed its deal to broadcast the British Open through 2016.

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Ishikawa aims to dominate again on home soil

Ryo Ishikawa has business to take care of when he returns Thursday to domestic action in the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup.

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Putting prowess in demand at Canadian Open

It’s been that long since the PGA Tour has visited Toronto’s St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

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Toy Box notes: Major production for Ping

recaps the week in equipment from the British Open, including Ping’s big victory.

The top two finishers in the British Open, winner Louis Oosthuizen and runner-up Lee Westwood, have been with Ping throughout their careers.

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Open champ Oosthuizen back on golf course

Louis Oosthuizen is hoping a return to the golf course for the Scandinavian Masters will provide a welcome distraction from all the attention his British Open win at St. Andrews has brought him.

Tuesday, July 20

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Kang medals, eyes 1st U.S. Girls’ Junior title

Kang medals in steamy N.C.

Danielle Kang wanted one last shot at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, and she’s making the most of it this week at the blisteringly hot Country Club of North Carolina. Julie Williams reports.

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Tanco rejects LPGA invite for Girls’ Junior

says Victoria Tanco turned down an LPGA invitation to be at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Victoria Tanco turned down a sponsor exemption into this weekend’s Evian Masters so she could play the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

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Help wanted: Justin Thomas needs a caddie

Help wanted: Justin Thomas needs a caddie. The way he’s playing, however, he may not need one.

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Thompson medals on wild day at U.S. Junior

Thompson medals at U.S. Jr.

Gavin Hall (left) shot 62, Jordan Spieth (right) birdied five of his last eight holes and Curtis Thompson earned medalist honors at the U.S. Junior Amateur. Ryan Lavner recaps a wild Tuesday at Egypt Valley.

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Record-low ratings for British Open final round

Little drama and a little-known champion sent the British Open’s television ratings plummeting to a record low.

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Notes: Recent Ryder Cuppers could miss PGA

For years, one of the perks of making the Ryder Cup team was an automatic spot in the PGA Championship, as both are run by the PGA of America.

Make Me Over: Episode 8

Intuition would tell you to wear your gym clothes to the course when you know you're going to sweat. Golfweek Fashion Editor Ashleigh Korzack is here to tell you otherwise.

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Still in shock, Oosthuizen contemplates future

Louis Oosthuizen never let the silver claret jug out of his sight as he celebrated into the morning hours at the Jigger Inn across from the 17th fairway at St. Andrews. If his seven-shot victory in the British Open felt like a dream, reality arrived when he awoke Monday.

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Easy-going Talley cruises into match play

has no problem boasting about Emma Talley’s game, even if the 16-year-old chooses to be humble about it.

The Country Club of North Carolina is thick with college coaches for stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Girls’ Junior – 108 to be exact – and it’s a good bet that a fair amount have an eye on Emma Talley.

In this issue: July 21, 2010

Inside the July 23, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Conforming to French fairway fashion

This week it is the ladies’ turn to travel across the pond to oh-so-stylish Evian-les-Bains, France, where one of our favorite fairway fashionistas, Ai Miyazato, will defend her title at the Evian Masters.

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Hall’s 62 breaks U.S. Junior scoring record

Hall shoots 62 at U.S. Jr.

Gavin Hall set a U.S. Junior Amateur record Tuesday, shooting 10-under 62 in the second round of stroke play. Ryan Lavner is on the ground at Egypt Valley with more.

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Thomas’ 30 ties 9-hole U.S. Junior record

Justin Thomas has tied the record for lowest nine-hole score at the U.S. Junior Amateur, carding a 6-under 30 on the back nine at Egypt Valley Country Club to take the clubhouse lead at 8-under 136.

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College kids get their shot in Columbus

Top am’s get N’Wide shot

The Children’s Hospital Invitational is the biggest tournament of the year for Nationwide Tour pros, but it also gives a stage to top college players like Scott Langley and Russell Henley. Sean Martin reports.

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Major addition?

Is the game of golf en route to picking up a fifth major championship? None other than Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, certainly thinks so. And, he says, it's destined to be staged in Asia.

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Clarke and Monty together? Anything for the Cup

says there is is only one thing that could bring Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie together.

The Ryder Cup is Europe’s great unifier. It brings strange bedfellows together. That’s why Colin Montgomerie named Darren Clarke as one of his vice-captains.

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Clarke added to list of Euro vice-captains

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie selected Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley as his vice-captains on Tuesday, saying they had the qualities to help the team regain the trophy from the United States.

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O’Meara out of Sr. British after father’s death

Mark O’Meara withdrew from the Senior British Open at Carnoustie on Tuesday following the death of his father Bob at the age of 81.

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Trivia time: Major winners answer

Trivia answer

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Trivia time: Major winners with ‘z’ in names

has the trivia question of the day. Hint: One answer is Louis Oosthuizen.

Kudos to the crack communications staff of the Champions Tour, who delivered the golf trivia question of the day. It stopped production in the Golfweek newsroom – where’s Sean Martin when you need him? – for at least 5 minutes.

Junior diary: Reflecting on the Southern Am

This past week was hot everywhere in the United States and I know I certainly experienced it in Birmingham, Ala.

Junior diary: Record-setting week

secured her place in AJGA history at the Huntsville Junior. Read about it in her junior diary.

Wow, what a week. I had so much fun in Huntsville, Ala., at the AJGA Huntsville Junior presented by The Huntsville Athletic Club.

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Player of the Week: Tolver Dozier

Tolver Dozier, of Dothan, Ala., shot even-par 213 (71-72-70) at The Ledges in Huntsville, Ala., and won the AJGA’s Huntsville Junior in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Emma Talley

Emma Talley, of Princeton, Ky., shot 15-under 198 (67-66-65) at The Ledges in Huntsville, Ala., to win the AJGA’s Huntsville Junior by 22 shots.

Monday, July 19

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Schiavone (No. 65, 2011) chooses Baylor

has given a verbal commitment to Baylor

Stani Schiavone, who is the No. 3-ranked player in Pennsylvania, has decided to take her game to the Big 12 Conference and Baylor University. Schiavone decided on Baylor over Kansas, Ole Miss, Virginia and Illinois.

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The Forecaddie: Open win saved caddie’s job

Open win saved caddie's job

One week ago, Louis Oosthuizen had decided to part ways with caddie Zack Rasego after the Open Championship. But after winning at the Old Course, the two will continue chasing major championships together.

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Kang takes 3-shot lead at U.S. Girls’ Junior

Kang leads at U.S. Girls Jr.

Danielle Kang already started her summer off with a bang, making the cut at the U.S. Women's Open. Monday she took the first step towards adding a U.S. Girls Junior Amateur title to her resume.

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Spieth among early U.S. Junior leaders

Spieth starts hot at U.S. Jr.

Jordan Spieth started quickly in his bid to become the only player other than Tiger Woods to win multiple U.S. Junior titles. The defending champ opened with a 5-under 67 on Monday.

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Tour close to securing sponsor for Doral

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem promised in March that the World Golf Championships would return to Doral despite the loss of the event’s title sponsor.

Haskell oversaw decades of growth in Massachusetts

honors Richard Haskell, a man who adored golf and oversaw decades of the game’s growth in Massachusetts.

He had a passion for golf – especially the amateur variety – and maintained it till the very end.

Amaya shines again on Las Americas tour

After a three-year absence, Colombian veteran Jesus Amaya is back in the winner's circle on the Tour de las Americas. Weekend-round of 65 and 66 propelled Amaya to victory at the US$50,000 Abierto Internacional de Golf Copa Sura on Sunday.

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Q&A: 5-time British Open champ Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson, an Australian who won 10 national championships, will be forever linked to the British Isles by virtue of his five Claret Jugs (1954, ’55, ’56, ’58, ’65). Thomson, 80, spoke with Golfweek at St. Andrews, where he won the Open in 1955.

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Industry group stings counterfeit operation

More than 2,300 golf clubs – illegal copies of authentic golf brands – were seized in a recent raid of golf stores in China, underscoring the on-going industry fight against overseas counterfeiting.

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Winner's Circle: July 12-18

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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BBC nets TV rights through 2016 Open

Cable providers continue to flex their muscles on the sports landscape, but across the pond the BBC still rules. The network renewed its deal to broadcast the British Open through 2016.

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Rater’s notebook: Meadow Brook Golf Club

There is little doubt that the owners of the newly reopened Meadow Brook Golf Club will tout theirs as the “longest course in the littlest state.”

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Golfers should be mindful of sun protection

Golfers are at great risk from the sun. Skin damage from the sun can be treated but not reversed, and skin cancer is on the rise.

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Central Oregon blends brews, birdies

Beauty of Bend, Ore.

Central Oregon appeals to every interest from hiking to skiing to fly-fishing, and offers a beautiful backdrop as a bonus. As Martin Kaufmann writes, golf has become the calling card in this four-season destination.

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Amateur tidbits from a major weekend

with an update from the amateur scene after a major weekend.

I know everyone is still surprised that Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open, and is still trying to figure out how to pronounce his name. However, from an amateur perspective there were a few other things to focus on this week.

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Kaufmann: Maybe I should have slept in

found it hard to stay awake during ESPN’s weekend British Open coverage.

ESPN’s British Open telecast, which began so promisingly with a terrific first-round broadcast, ran out of momentum sometime late Friday afternoon. By Sunday morning, I wasn’t sure who had sucked the life out of the tournament: Louis Oosthuizen or ESPN’s production team.

Sunday, July 18

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Gunstream (No. 33, 2011) chooses Santa Clara

has given a verbal commitment to Santa Clara.

Colin Gunstream, the top-ranked player in Montana and No. 33-ranked player in the 2011 class, has given a verbal commitment to play his college golf at Santa Clara.

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Gainey notches 2nd win at Chiquita Classic

Tommy Gainey shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to become the Nationwide Tour’s first two-time winner this season, holding on for a three-stroke victory in the inaugural Chiquita Classic.

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Bettencourt edges Heintz at Reno-Tahoe

Matt Bettencourt chipped in for an eagle then scrambled home down the stretch to shoot a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Bob Heintz in the Reno-Tahoe Open, his first on the PGA Tour.

5 things you need to know now

Graeme McDowell’s U.S. Open triumph at Pebble Beach earlier this summer has presented him some exciting opportunities. He appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” did a guest shot on HBO’s “Entourage” (scheduled to air late next month) and now will take on membership with the U.S. PGA Tour for the remainder of 2010.

World Cup, now golf: Bravo, South Africa

A week after the World Cup, South African leaders are basking in Louis Oosthuizen's overwhelming victory at the British Open.

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Oosthuizen completes memorable Open rout

Oosthuizen wins Open

Louis Oosthuizen may have entered the British Open an unknown, but he showed no doubt Sunday in claiming the Claret Jug. As Dan Mirocha writes, this South African has just hit the world stage in a big way.

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Montgomerie faces tough Ryder Cup selections

Louis Oosthuizen may have stole the show, but European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie left the 139th Open Championship at St. Andrews buoyed by the form of his Ryder Cup team.

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Montgomerie faces tough Ryder Cup selections

explains why Colin Montgomerie will have his work cut out for him in filling out a Ryder Cup team.

Cory Pavin would probably love to have Colin Montgomerie’s problem.

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A star is born in Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen never wavered Sunday at St. Andrews, winning the Open Championship by seven shots over perennial runner-up Lee Westwood. Does the South African's victory, weeks after Graeme McDowell's triumph in the U.S. Open, signal a trend in major championships?

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Top amateur Jeong conflicted over citizenship, pro status

Silver medalist Jeong Jin will have precious little time to reflect on his success in finishing as the top amateur at the 150th anniversary Open Championship. Instead of basking in the glory of his joint 14th-place finish at St. Andrews, the South Korean-born 20-year-old faces pressing issues related to his citizenship and golfing status.

Svensson, Lopez win Callaway Jr. titles

Canada’s Adam Svensson won the boys’ 15-17 division of the Callaway Junior World Championship by one shot Sunday, topping Jorge Fernandes Valdez with a final-round 72 at Torrey Pines South Course.

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Is Oosthuizen’s win the start of a trend?

Are wins from Louis Oosthuizen and Graeme McDowell the beginning of a new trend in major championships?

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Zoller (NR, 2011) commits to Kent State

has given a verbal commitment to Kent State.

Karl Zoller will join Nicholas Scott at Kent State in the fall of 2011. Zoller, who attends Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, S.C., recently has given a verbal commitment to play golf for the Golden Flashes.

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Oosthuizen romps to 1st major title at Open

Ososthuizen wins British Open

Louis Oosthuizen never wavered on a warm and windy final day at St. Andrews, winning the British Open on Sunday by a whopping seven shots over Lee Westwood.

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Is Oosthuizen’s win the start of a trend?

wonders if Louis Oosthuizen and Graeme McDowell are at the beginning of a new trend in major championships.

Is it the start of a trend, or just a blip?

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Woods still seeking 15th major

notes that instead of closing in on a Grand Slam, Tiger is continuing his winless streak.

Think about when the 2010 schedule was finalized, and we all thought the same thing. Hmmm . . . Augusta, Pebble, St. Andrews . . . we might be going to Whistling Straits with Tiger Woods entertaining Grand Slam possibilities.

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Aussie wins Pacific NW Amateur

Brett Drewitt knocked off Cory Renfrew, 4 and 3, on Saturday to win the Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood GC in Victoria, British Columbia.

Ahn’s Stanley title marks Korean milestone

Ahn Sun-ju repelled the challenge of fellow-Korean Lee Ji-hee to claim victory in the Stanley Ladies tournament. No matter who won between the two, the win would be significant for South Korea; Sunday’s win was the 100th for the country on the Japan LPGA tour.

Thaworn turns on the magic at E-San Open

Thai Thaworn Wiratchant birdied the first playoff hole to beat countryman Namchok Tantipokhakul and win the Singha E-San Open on Sunday

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Morris beats future teammate, wins PNGA Am

Rachel Morris earned her first major amateur victory Friday in a blowout win at the Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur. Morris took down Cyna Rodriguez in the 36-hole final, 8 and 6. The two will be teammates at USC in the fall.

Junior Fantasy picks: U.S. Junior/Girls’ Jr.

Finally, the national championship has arrived. Our Golfweek staffers make their selections for the biggest events of the year, the U.S. Junior Amateur in Ada, Mich., and the U.S. Girls’ Junior in Pinehurst, N.C:

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Woods switches to old putter for final round

Tiger Woods has gone back to his old putter for the final round of the British Open.

St. Andrews locals bask in 'summer sun'

British golf fans appear starved for a sunburn. Any time the sun comes out here at British Open, they seem to shed their clothes faster than a strip tease artist.

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Vehicles, spectators fight for space at Old Course

In spite of being the oldest major championship, the British Open (first played in 1860) has one annoying modern characteristic.

Saturday, July 17

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Kim wins APL after 7-hour weather delay

Kim wins APL after delay

After poor weather halted play for 7-plus hours, Lion Kim battled the darkness to grab a 6-and-5 victory over David McDaniel and win the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Ron Balicki reports.

Aussie Drewitt wins Pacific NW Amateur

Brett Drewitt knocked off Cory Renfrew, 4 and 3, on Saturday to win the Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood GC in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Cutler named Princeton women’s coach

Nicki Cutler has been named as Princeton University’s head women’s golf coach, Director of Athletics Gary Walters announced Saturday.

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McCarron takes 1-shot lead at Reno-Tahoe

Scott McCarron rattled off five birdies and an eagle on the front nine en route to a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead at 10-under 206 headed into the final round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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Oosthuizen making a name for himself

says Louis Oosthuizen, the relative unknown from South Africa, is making a name for himself on the golf course.

Louis Oosthuizen’s best finish in a major is 73rd, yet the relatively unknown South African is firmly atop the British Open leaderboard. As James Achenbach writes, it all adds up to weird happenings in St. Andrews.

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Gainey ties 54-hole N’Wide record in Ohio

Tommy Gainey matched the Nationwide Tour’s 54-hole record of 24-under par on Saturday, and will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Chiquita Classic.

Carpenter surges to Southern Am title

Abilene-Christian’s Alex Carpenter leapt past several favored players on Saturday to win the 104th Southern Amateur at Shoal Creek.

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Caddie blog: Chun one shy of Open cutline

Chun one short of cutline

Northwestern junior Eric Chun finished his first British Open one shy of the cutline, topping former champs Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington. Chun’s caddie, Steve Bailey, recaps the final round.

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Pair of penalties end Calc’s Open chances

relives Mark Calcavecchia’s nightmarish fifth hole, where a quadruple bogey ended his hopes for Open success.

When Mark Calcavecchia made a 9 at the par-5 fifth hole, his chances of winning the Open Championship for a second time were done like the preverbal Christmas goose.

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Notes: Woods falls out of Open contention

delivers a few thoughts from Round 3 of the Open, where Spaniards rallied, Lefty stumbled and Tiger left himself a lot of work.

For a third consecutive day, Tiger Woods said he played well.

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Stenson looking to make Swedish history

wonders if Henrik Stenson will be the man to finally capture Sweden’s maiden major title. It’s a feat long overdue.

Could this finally be Sweden’s year?

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Woods struggles with putting at St. Andrews

says it would be a different ballgame if Tiger Woods could have dropped a few more putts in the third round.

Tiger Woods’ new Nike putter hasn’t been hurled into the Firth of Tay yet, but it soon might be.

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Oosthuizen retains Open lead; Casey 4 back

Oosthuizen still in lead

Louis Oosthuizen maintained the top spot during Round 3 of the British Open, and will carry a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round.

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Garcia focused on attitude improvement

explains why Sergio Garcia’s move up the leaderboard wasn’t the biggest change for this Spaniard on Saturday.

Sergio Garcia made the cut in his 11th Open Championship on Friday, even as his energy and his level of interest were at the lowest ebb.

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McIlroy roars back up leaderboard with 69

isn’t ready to count Rory McIlroy out of the Open Championship just yet, especially after his Saturday comeback.

Rory McIlroy followed a second-round 80 with a 69 Saturday at St. Andrews, roaring back up the leaderboard. He’ll need a lot of help, but as Jeff Babineau writes, don’t count McIlroy out of this championship just yet.

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Late double puts Lefty well off Open pace

says two late mistakes may have ended Phil Mickelson’s chances at the British Open.

Phil Mickelson is not out of the running at the Open Championship, but he’s going to need some help.

Bernard, 16, makes history at Ohio Amateur

It may take a while for Michael Bernard to realize what he accomplished on a stifling day at Kirtland Country Club.

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Woods trying to make up ground at Open

says Tiger Woods has put himself in a familiar position – trying to come from behind to win.

When you’re arguably the greatest front-runner in professional golf history, the first order of business is a fast start.

Friday, July 16

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Bettencourt, Garrigus lead Reno-Tahoe Open

Robert Garrigus shot a 7-under 65 to share the second-round lead with Matt Bettencourt at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Medalist Kim holds on at Western Junior

Anna Kim defeated Vivian Tsui, 4 and 3, on Friday to win the Women’s Western Junior Championship at Knollwood Country Club in Granger, Ind.

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Gainey out front at Chiquita Classic

Tommy Gainey took a one-shot lead at the Chiquita Classic on Friday, firing a 6-under 66 at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.

Garrigus, Bettencourt share Reno lead

Robert Garrigus had the low round of the day with a 7-under-par 65 to share the second-round lead with Matt Bettencourt at 10-under-par 134 at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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McDowell eyes rare consecutive major feat

explains what elite list U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell is hoping to join this weekend at St. Andrews.

U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell has moved into the top 10 in the British Open. As James Achenbach writes, McDowell can pull off one of the rarest feats in golf.

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Notes: Notables closely watching cutline

Up and down North Street and in the pubs and flats throughout this university town, there’s a lot of venom being directed at whoever established the hole locations for the second round of the 139th Open Championship.

The odds and ends of the Open odds

At the beginning of the week, Tiger Woods’ odds to win the Open Championship were 6-1. After 36 holes they have gotten a little better at 5-1.

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Oosthuizen takes five-shot lead at Open

Louis Oosthuizen has shot a 5-under 67 for a surprising three-stroke lead at the British Open.

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St. Andrews turns nasty

A relative unknown, South African Louis Oosthuizen, dashed out front at the Old Course. But with predictably volatile conditions causing mayhem – just ask Rory McIlroy (left) – this Open Championship is just getting underway.

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Kim, McDaniel advance to APL finals

Kim makes APL finals

After a grim start in the semifinals, Lion Kim played his final four holes in 4 under to advance to the finals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Ron Balicki has more.

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Jeong quickly adapting to links golf

A young Asian in the mix at St. Andrews isn’t a surprise. What’s surprising is that Jin Jeong is the man carrying Asia’s hopes in the 150th playing of the Open Championship.

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Stats, figures from Round 2 of British Open

What a difference a day makes.

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McIlroy shoots 80 on miserable day

says Rory McIlroy still hasn’t shot in the 70s at St. Andrews as a pro. But his second-round 80 was particularly surprising.

Rory McIlroy still hasn’t scored in the 70s around the Old Course as a professional.

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McDowell seeks rare consecutive major feat

U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell has moved into the top 10 in the British Open. As James Achenbach writes, McDowell can pull off one of the rarest feats in golf.

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Wind wreaks havoc on players at ‘the loop’

says winds in excess of 40 mph made ‘the loop’ on the Old Course almost unplayable in Round 2.

I haven’t read “Gone with the Wind,” but the sequel could have been written Friday afternoon at “the loop” – Nos. 7-11 on the Old Course at St. Andrews, the most exposed part of the links that hugs the Eden Estuary.

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Chun relishes first taste of major

For Eric Chun, his first taste of major-championship golf proved an experience that will live with him for the rest of his life.

Japanese, Korean teens take Junior Open titles

Kenta Konishi, a 16-year-old from Japan, defied foul weather to capture the boy’s title at R&A Junior Open.

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Pinckney holds off Tway at Trans-Miss

Arizona State senior Scott Pinckney held off a charge by Kevin Tway at the Trans-Mississippi Championship Friday, defeating the Oklahoma State senior in sudden death. It would have been Tway’s second amateur victory in as many weeks.

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Knox beats father, field at Georgia Amateur

says Lee Knox beat more than the field last week at the Georgia Amateur; he also beat his father.

For Lee Knox, beating the field at the Georgia Amateur provided ample reason for revelry. Whoopin’ up on his old man for a title he coveted like none other?

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Phelan enters APL semis after 21 holes

Four left at APL

It took a few extra holes Friday at Bryan Park, but the U.S. Amateur Public Links field finally was narrowed to four players, including North Florida’s Kevin Phelan. Ron Balicki reports.

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E-San leader Chawalit downplays wrist injury

Chawalit Plaphol maintained his grip on the Singha E-San Open with a 2-under-par 70 on Friday to take a one-stroke, halfway lead.

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Englishmen fare well in pursuit of Open title

has a good feeling about an English victory, and he’s not alone in that prediction.

The English are coming! That’s the cry that went around St Andrews early in the second round, and the rest of the field can hear it loud and clear.

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Titleist 910 models in use at British Open

explains the Tour craze behind the new Titleist drivers, in play this week at the British Open.

I am fascinated by golfers who switch drivers.

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Why Tiger will reunite with his Cameron at PGA

predicts that Tiger Woods will reunite with his trusty Scotty Cameron in time for the PGA.

Regarding Tiger Woods and his putter switch at the British Open, here’s my fearless prediction:

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Calc feeling right at home at St. Andrews

explains why the British Open, and particularly St. Andrews, seems to have a rejuvenating effect on Mark Calcavecchia.

The British Open seems to have a rejuvenating effect on Mark Calcavecchia. As Jim McCabe writes, the past champion is happy to be in the hunt at St. Andrews after a second-round 67, and happier still to be out of the wind.

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Watson holds court during Open wind delay

Tom Watson hit one shot, a driver from the first tee, before play was suspended Friday afternoon because of high winds.

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Casey runs into trouble at Road Hole

says the wind-blown Road Hole is beginning to show its teeth. Just ask Paul Casey.

Much has been made about the changes to the Road Hole, St. Andrews’ Old Course’s famed 17th, this week at the British Open. On Friday, with winds picking up in the early afternoon to the point play eventually had to be suspended, the hole started inflicting some serious damage on players’ chances.

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Play halted at Open due to stiff wind

The British Open has been suspended because of stiff winds that are making conditions unplayable.

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British Open suspended due to high winds

The British Open has been suspended because of stiff winds that are making conditions unplayable.

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Oosthuizen fever hits St. Andrews

says Louis Oosthuizen’s name suddenly is all over St. Andrews, and passes on a few tidbits about the British Open leader.

One hint that the British Open’s early second-round leader is something of a no-name was an issued press release titled, “11 things to know about Louis Ooosthuizen.”

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Oosthuizen takes lead at Open

introduces you to the surprise leader midway through the British Open: Louis Oosthuizen.

There’s a new name atop the leaderboard midway through the second round at St. Andrews: Louis Oosthuizen. Haven’t heard of him? Dan Mirocha provides an introduction.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the Walker Cup

caught up with Bud Cauley, who dishes out five things you didn't know about being a Walker Cupper.

Last summer Bud Cauley was a member of the U.S. Walker Cup team. Cauley and his teammates won the Cup 16.5 to 9.5 over GB & I. We all witnessed team U.S.A play well on the course, but today Cauley tells us five things you didn’t know about being a Walker Cupper.

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Weather becoming big factor at St. Andrews

puts on his weather forecaster’s hat and explains why Mother Nature is starting to take hold of the field at St. Andrews.

Many people thought players with early tee times Thursday and late tee times Friday would have a distinct advantage in this years Open Championship, what with ideal conditions yesterday morning and steady rain Friday morning.

Thursday, July 15

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McIlroy shoots 63 to lead Open; Tiger 4 back

The Old Course was defenseless and no one took advantage of it more than Rory McIlroy.

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Bettencourt leads Reno-Tahoe Open by one

Matt Bettencourt shot a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over PGA Tour veteran Chris DiMarco through the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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ESPN passes first-round Open test

loved ESPN’s first-round Open coverage. But just as it will for Rory McIlroy, the real test will come this weekend.

I spend far too much of my time watching golf and other sports on TV, and during those countless hours on the couch, I’ve developed something of an ambivalent view of ESPN.

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Caddie blog: Chun’s first-round recap

Chun’s first-round recap

Northwestern junior Eric Chun got his first British Open round off to an ideal start with a birdie at the first. Read about the rest of the round in Steve Bailey’s caddie blog.

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Days after 61, Tomasulo shoots 62 in Cincy

Four days after firing 61 to win the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, Peter Tomasulo went low again.

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Scott (No. 46, 2011) commits to Kent State

has given a verbal commitment to Kent State.

Nicholas Scott has given a verbal commitment to Kent State.

Underdogs to watch at 2010 U.S. Juniors

Underdogs at U.S. Juniors

Not every player that makes a run at the U.S. Juniors is ranked in Golfweek's top 20. D.J. Piehowski provides a list of underdogs to keep an eye on when match play rolls around this week.

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English rebounds to make APL quarterfinals

English into APL quarters

On Monday, it looked like it could be a short stay for Harris English at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. But three days later, he is one of just eight still standing. Ron Balicki reports.

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An early look at women’s preseason favorites

tells you who his top five women’s teams will be to start the fall season

One thing that I have always found interesting is how the break between the end of the fall season and the start of the spring season is longer than the summer vacation for college golf.

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McIlroy’s 63 convinces oddsmakers

Rory McIlroy has moved British oddsmakers to install the Northern Irish teen as a 3-1 favorite to win his first major championship.

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Reach (No. 14, 2011) commits to Georgia

has given a verbal commitment to Georgia.

Nicholas Reach, who is ranked No. 14 in the 2011 class, has given the University of Georgia a verbal commitment to continue his golfing career in Athens.

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First day of British Open a long, eventful one

takes a look at some of the sidelights from a long day of golf at St. Andrews.

The tee sheet ran for nearly 10 hours – 6:30 a.m. to 4:21 p.m. – and play stretched for approximately 15 hours. It was, as it always is, the longest day in major championship golf, and not surprisingly, the sidelights were many.

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Griffin, Langley among notables to fall at APL

Notables out at APL

A string of notables were ousted in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Ron Balicki takes a look at who still is vying for the APL title.

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Spieth, Tanco primed for USGA junior action

U.S. Jr. Am, U.S. Girls' Jr.

With the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls' Junior just around the corner, Ryan Lavner and Julie Williams take a look at the field.

Tyburski named head coach at Colgate

Keith Tyburski has been named the men’s head coach at Colgate. Tyburski served as the Raiders’ interim head coach last fall and led the team to a first-place finish at the Colgate Invitational.

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O’Meara hoping to win one for his father

explains why Mark O’Meara has a little extra motivation to fight for a British Open title this week.

Petoskey, Mich., is a long way from the British Isles, yet Mark O’Meara has his attentions split between the little hamlet in northern Michigan and the Home of Golf.

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Tiley hoping to make name for himself

Steve Tiley is more famous in other parts of the world than he is in his homeland, such as Atlanta, Ga., and Cairo, Egypt.

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Match play shows its fickle side at APL

says the U.S. Amateur Public Links is proving just how fickle match play can be.

Oh yes, the fickle fate of match play. It really came out during the first two rounds Wednesday and Thursday morning in the 85th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park’s par-71 Champions course.

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Q&A: Brad Benjamin, 2009 APL champ

spoke with 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Brad Benjamin, who is enjoying the amateur life.

Joining me today on Wildman’s Summer is Brad Benjamin. Last summer, Benjamin surprised many by winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

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Marino’s caddie takes ‘relief’ in Round 1

G.W. Cable, who is Steve Marino’s caddie, may be responsible for a change in golf terminology.

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No hiding Noh's Open disappointment

Rising Korean star Noh Seung-yul was kicking himself after battling to an even-par 72 in perfect scoring conditions in the first round of the Open Championship.

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A look at Woods’ Open clothing plan

We all know Tiger Woods wears red on Sunday, but what else is in store this week at the Open Championship?

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Daly showing signs of former self at Open

Daly near top at Open

John Daly is back in the UK, but save your pounds before plunking any down on the juicy tabloids. Golf’s Wild Thing has a new, self-annointed nickname: Just call him, ahem, Mild Thing.

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When no wind blows

On a calm day at St. Andrews, Rory McIlroy jumped to an early lead with a 9-under 63. Scores were so low across the board that Golf360's Jim McCabe thought it felt a little bit like the John Deere.

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Daly selects colorful ensemble for Open

says perhaps the only thing more eye-catching than John Daly’s 66 was his choice of attire at the Old Course.

John Daly might have made the history books Thursday at St. Andrews. No, not by opening with a 66 – Rory McIlroy did him three better, tying the record for low score at a major – but by becoming the first player to compete at the Old Course in pants that resemble protozoa flocking in a petri dish.

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McIlroy brings Old Course to its knees with 63

wonders what it might be like to be Rory McIlroy, at the top of his game on a calm day at St. Andrews.

I want to be Rory McIlroy, who shot a 9-under 63 in the opening round of the British Open.

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Players take advantage of calm day at Open

McIlroy goes low at Open

On a calm day at St. Andrews, Rory McIlroy tied the major championship record with a 9-under 63. Scores were so low across the board Thursday that Jim McCabe thought the British Open felt a little bit like the John Deere.

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Coltart rediscovers game after time away

says after spending the last two Opens on the sidelines, Andrew Coltart is relishing his spot near the top of the leaderboard.

There’s nothing like doing a proper job to inspire a sports person to rededicate themselves to their profession.

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With no wind, Old Course takes a beating

says with hardly any wind and only a sprinkling of rain, players are taking advantage of a defenseless Old Course.

The opening day of the British Open is half over, and par is taking a severe beating. An aggregate of 4-under par isn’t even in the top 10.

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Haney: Woods will win the British Open

reports that while Hank Haney is not at St. Andrews this week, he still has an opinion on Tiger Woods' Open chances.

Hank Haney has made numerous trips to the British Open in his teaching career, first with Mark O’Meara and then with Tiger Woods. But this week Haney is in Lake Tahoe looking over Charles Barkley and Ray Romano at the celebrity event.

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Luck of the draw vital at British Open

explains why the luck of the draw is even more vital at the Open Championship.

Whoever wins this year’s Open Championship might do so because of a simple stroke of luck.

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Open starts under cool, calm conditions

says considering the deluge that hit the Old Course in the wee hours of Thursday morning, getting play underway was something of a result.

And they’re off and running in the 139th Open Championship.

Wednesday, July 14

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Pan leads Southern Amateur by one

Taiwan’s Cheng Tsung Pan, who moved to the United States three years ago for coaching, shot a 7-under 65 at Shoal Creek on Wednesday to lead after the first round of the 104th Southern Amateur golf tournament.

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Caddie blog: Eric Chun vs. Luke Donald

N'Western golfers tee it up

It was a blustery and wet Wednesday at St. Andrews! With winds gusting up to 40 mph and a steady rain all day, the R&A was forced to cancel the Champions Challenge.

Notes: Gunning to make match play at the APL

relays a few little-known stories from the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that from the 85th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park’s Champions course:

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Sheppard advances in APL match play

Sheppard advances at APL

Tim Sheppard is playing in just his fifth USGA championship, but advanced to match play at Bryan Park with a 4-and-3 victory. As Ron Balicki writes, it’s unfamiliar territory for this 49-year-old.

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Rose adds Zurich to endorsement portfolio

says Justin Rose’s strong play is paying dividends off the course as well.

Justin Rose’s stellar play of late not only has manifested itself in trophies and earnings, but it has provided the young Englishman a new sponsor: At the Open Championship this week in St. Andrews, Rose is sporting on the left sleeve of his shirt a Zurich logo.

Iowa native Tank named Iowa State coach

Iowa native Andrew Tank will take over head coaching duties at Iowa State in the fall. He will replace Jay Horton, who resigned in May.

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Johnson enters Open with fatherhood on mind

says even though the British Open is Zach Johnson’s favorite tournament, he may have other things on his mind this week.

Last year, it was Ross Fisher at the British Open, Sean O’Hair at the U.S. Open, and way back at the 1999 U.S. Open there was Phil Mickelson and his beeper firmly attached to his belt. Zach Johnson is the latest to play a major with thoughts of fatherhood on his mind.

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Home-field advantage

The Old Course at St. Andrews can be a beguiling layout that places a premium on local knowledge. All the more reason why challengers from the British Isles – collectively, perhaps, in their best form ever – could hoist the Claret Jug.

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Is it Mickelson's time?

Phil Mickelson has just one top-10 finish in 16 British Open starts. But with the way the Old Course fits his game, that could change this week.

The ace of Weber’s Group cashes in

with the story of Ray Ping, who made two aces in two days... on the same hole.

When the members of “Weber’s Group” started playing golf in Onalaska, Wis., the handful of players pledged $50 each to anyone who dropped a hole-in-one while playing in the group. Ray Ping may have forced them to reconsider that policy.

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Impressions from an Old Course first-timer

with a few first impressions of St. Andrews, where the bunkers are dastardly and the atmosphere incomparable.

I arrived at the Home of Golf Monday morning and walked 18 holes Tuesday. Here are some impressions from an Old Course first-timer.

Resurgent Chawalit takes on Singha E-San Open

Chawalit Plaphol bids for back-to-back victories on the Mercedes-Benz Tour at this week’s Singha E-San Open.

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Stewart Cink: The Open’s forgotten champion

says Stewart Cink doesn’t mind that last year’s Open victory was overshadowed by Tom Watson.

Stewart Cink was in the same media center at St. Andrews about an hour after Tom Watson on Tuesday, with roughly a quarter of the crowd in attendance. That’s OK. He knows – and accepts – the deal.

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Korean teen Noh warrants attention at Open

Ryo Ishikawa may be all the rage at the 150th anniversary Open Championship. But there’s another Asian teenager who is increasingly attracting glances for the quality of his golf. At 19, Korean Noh Seung-yul already has achieved one notable feat that has so far proved beyond Japan’s Ishikawa – winning a European Tour title.

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McCarron aims to double as host, champ at Reno

With Tiger Woods no longer officially the host of the AT&T National, the only active player on the PGA Tour filling that role is Scott McCarron at this week’s Reno-Tahoe Open, July 15-18.

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Players brave horrid conditions at Old Course

says on a miserable day at St. Andrews, you need only sturdy umbrellas and warm spirits.

From an easterly direction, the wind roared in, which brought to mind that old proverb about the day: ‘Tis not fit for man nor beast . . . but it’s OK for the Oda.

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Heavy rains wipe out Champions’ Challenge

The British Open Champions’ Challenge has been canceled because of steady rain and howling winds at St. Andrews.

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ETSU’s Warren learns from Watson’s presser

says ETSU coach Fred Warren is leaving Scotland with a few tips from Open legend Tom Watson.

East Tennessee State coach Fred Warren doesn’t need to buy Tom Watson’s "Lessons of a Lifetime'' DVD. He got all the lessons he needed from listening to Watson’s British Open press conference.

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Watson trying to refine game for Open

says Tom Watson may have trouble producing another turn-back-the-clock performance at the Open.

To hear 60-year-old Tom Watson, don’t expect an old-age miracle this year.

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Jackson among players to watch at Southern Am

explains why spectators should be sure to respect their elders at this week’s Southern Amateur.

The Southern Amateur gets under way today, and I thought I would give you five players to watch if you are headed to Shoal Creek.

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Hate to be Rude: Lefty takes aim at Open title

Hate to be Rude

Phil Mickelson has just one top-10 finish in 16 British Open starts. But with the way the Old Course fits his game, that could change this week. Jeff Rude explains.

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Red-hot Rose leads pack of British contenders

says Justin Rose, the hottest player in golf, may be Europe’s best chance to win the British Open.

Pressure? What pressure?

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R&A avoids OB controversy at Nos. 2, 17

explains how the R&A avoided a controversy regarding the tee boxes at Nos. 2 and 17.

Sometimes, upon reflection, golf’s rulesmakers change their minds.

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Caddie blog: Teeing it up with idol K.J. Choi

British Open caddie blog

Northwestern junior Eric Chun played a British Open practice round Tuesday with his childhood hero, K.J. Choi. Read about it in Steve Bailey’s caddie blog.

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Can Woods break out of funk at Old Course?

wonders if Tiger Woods can break out of his funk and find that magic at the Old Course.

Was Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2000 British Open ordained by the golfing gods or was he just luckier than most?

Tuesday, July 13

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Ga. Tech’s Griffin earns medalist at APL

Griffin earns APL medalist

John-Tyler Griffin learned from his past mistakes in USGA championships to capture medalist honors Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Ron Balicki reports.

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Caddie blog: A few memorable introductions

Chun, Bailey tackle Old Course

Steve Bailey, an assistant coach at Northwestern, is caddying for Northwestern junior Eric Chun this week at the British Open. Read about it in his diary.

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Still ailing, Aussie Day makes major debut

Chronic sinus infection or not, nothing will keep Australian Jason Day away from the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Junior diary: Gearing up for the Canon Cup

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! I had a nice, relaxing, tune-up week in my little ‘ol town of Princeton.

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Ishikawa pairs with Watson for links lessons

Ryo Ishikawa will be reacquainted with legend Tom Watson for the first two rounds of this week’s 150th anniversary Open Championship. The 18-year-old Japanese phenom also was paired with Watson during last month’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he impressed the 60-year-old American with his array of shots.

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McCarthy (No. 3, 2011) commits to Virginia

has given a verbal commitment to Virginia.

Denny McCarthy, ranked No. 3 in the 2011 class and No. 5 overall by Golfweek, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Virginia.

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Nagle, 89, remains part of St. Andrews lore

While the world’s elite are preparing to play in a championship that began as an eight-man tournament 150 years ago at Prestwick, 89-year-old Kel Nagle will be sitting at home in Sydney, Australia, watching the 139th Open unfold on television.

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Thongchai harbors major ambitions

Previously, when Thongchai Jaidee teed-up in major championships his goal was modest – to make the cut. Now, though, the accomplished Thai golfer is not only targeting to play in all four rounds, but to write his name into the game’s history books as the first Asian winner of the Open Championship.

Regional sites announced for 2012, 2013

lists the regional sites for the NCAA Men’s Championships in 2012 and 2013.

A few weeks ago, it was announced that the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Championships would be hosted at two historic venues - Riviera Country Club in 2012 and Atlanta Athletic Club in 2013. We now know where the regionals will be played leading up to those championships.

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Toy Box notes: Creamer wins with new putter

says Paula Creamer rode a new TaylorMade putter to the U.S. Women’s Open title.

Paula Creamer put a new putter in her bag at the U.S. Women’s Open – a TaylorMade Daytona Kia Ma Ghost blade outfitted with a custom extra-long hosel that was welded onto the putter head.

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Staff picks: British Open

weighs in with its British Open picks and predictions. For once, there’s no clear favorite at St. Andrews.

Golfweek staffers make their picks for the British Open.

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Hatton taking it all in at maiden Open

caught up with Tyrrell Hatton, the youngest player in the field this week at St. Andrews.

Tyrrell Hatton stood next to the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, looked out toward the massive combined fairways of the 18th and first holes at the Old Course and smiled.

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Els one of great links golfers of his time

Els a legend on the links

Ernie Els has established himself as one of the great links golfers of his time. As Jim McCabe writes, The Big Easy is among the best draws this week at St. Andrews.

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Cabrera’s putter key to Open chances

says Angel Cabrera would be a good pick at St. Andrews this week. If he could only get that putter working...

One would think Angel Cabrera would be a great pick at this week’s British Open at St. Andrews.

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Amateur diary: The feeling of life on the road

recalls how homesick she was on her first golf trip out of her native Austrailia.

It’s amazing what players can learn when they leave their home country to play competitive golf. You learn more about the game, the world and about yourself.

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Titleist debuts adjustable 910 series drivers

Titleist debuts adjustable 910 series drivers at AT&T

Two new glueless, interchangeable, adjustable Titleist 910 drivers debuted at the AT&T National, where 15 players, including Rickie Fowler, used the successors to the popular 909 series.

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Woods switches to Nike putter at Open

reports that Tiger Woods put a new Nike putter in play for the British Open. It’s his first putter change since 1999.

Tiger Woods discarded the Scotty Cameron putter that saw him through 13 major championships and 72 events worldwide in favor of a new Nike putter at St. Andrews. It’s his first such change since 1999.

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Sights and sounds from St. Andrews

says the days are full of golf in St. Andrews and the Dunvegan is packed with familiar faces. All is as it should be.

Ian Poulter is taking this major as seriously as he’d take any other major.

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Lessons to be learned from golf in Scotland

Much to be learned in Scotland

The Old Course holds a special place in the hearts of locals, and not just those looking for a round of golf. As James Achenbach writes, much can be learned from this mindset.

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Creamer adds spunk to Women’s Open

Paula Creamer once again dazzled us in pink. Not only did she win the U.S. Women’s Open last weekend – her first major championship – but she won my “best dressed” award. Not to be blinded by her incredible game – she looked hot!

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Azinger fails to register for Senior British Open

explains why Paul Azinger won’t be playing in next week’s Senior British Open, despite hauling his clubs across the pond.

Almost two years removed from being a Ryder Cup captain, Paul Azinger made the trip across the pond to work for ESPN/ABC’s coverage of the British Open.

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Events to watch: U.S. Publinx, Southern Am

is excited for this week’s U.S. APL. And why not? There’s a trip to Augusta on the line.

Well, amateur golf fans, another week of summer is in the books. However, there’s no need to frown because two more great events are on the schedule this week, including the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

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Showing tour pros how it is done

knows exactly how to play a shot out of the Road Hole bunker and showed some tour pros how it’s done.

I took on the U.S. Open champion – and won! It’s not often an 8-handicapper goes head-to-head with a major champion and wins, but that’s the story I’ll be telling my grandchildren.

Monday, July 12

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Ernst leads APL after wild opening day

Ernst takes APL lead

Derek Ernst’s day didn’t start well, but thanks to nine birdies he finds himself atop the leaderboard after one round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Ron Balicki reports.

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U.S. rounds played dropped in May

The total number of rounds played in the U.S. declined 2.9 percent in May, which contributed to the year-to-date tally dropping 3 percent, according to a recent survey.

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Winner’s Circle: July 5-11, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Caddie blog: Reflecting on Oakmont

takes a look back at the highlights (and a few of the lowlights) of his week as a U.S. Women’s Open caddie.

What a wonderful week at the U.S. Women’s Open! As I reflect back on the last eight days, here are some of the moments that stick out in my mind.

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OneAsia continues growth, adds key personnel

Continuing to build its foundation in the Far East, the fledgling OneAsia tour has hired David Parkin, a high-profile figure in the Asian golf landscape, as director of tour operations.

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PGA Tour seeking bigger footprint in Asia

Tour seeks Asian expansion

The PGA Tour already has a stake in China with the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament. Can a short Asia swing be far behind?

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Anthony partners with members to fund Cliffs

Jim Anthony, founder of The Cliffs, turns to an unusual source of financing: His members.

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Player of the Week: Emily Collins

Emily Collins, of Colleyville, Texas, shot 4-over 144 (66-78) at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, and won the TJGT’s TPC Four Seasons Invitational in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Thomas Birdsey

Thomas Birdsey, of Troph Club, Texas, shot 2-over 142 (71-71) at the Four Season Resort in Irving, Texas, to win the TJGT’s TPC Four Seasons Invitational.

Desbiens to take the lead at Arkansas State

Marie-Josee Desbiens has been named head coach at Arkansas State University. Desbiens will replace Ginger Brown-Lemm, who recently was named head coach at Mississippi State.

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Bohn shakes off jet lag to play Old Course

says Jason Bohn needed a charter flight and a 3-hour bus ride to St. Andrews to play the Old Course for the first time Monday.

Jason Bohn was only going to hit a few golf balls, just to get acclimated to the jet lag. Then he stepped foot onto the Old Course, soaked in the aura of the beloved links, basked in a glorious late-afternoon sun, and came to the realization that he had only one choice.

Trans-Miss looks to rise in amateur ranks

The Trans-Mississippi Amateur, to be played July 13-15, will be played as a 54-hole stroke-play championship and include open and senior division. Ron Balicki reports.

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Purser (No. 63, 2011) commits to UNLV

has given a verbal commitment to UNLV.

Devon Purser, No. 63 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011, has given a verbal commitment to play at UNLV. Purser, of Clearfield, Utah, also considered BYU, Oregon and Utah.

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Harrington feeling relaxed at St. Andrews

likes Padraig Harrington’s state of mind entering the British Open. The drive is still there, but so is a sense of calm.

Padraig Harrington’s greedy, but he’s trying to curb his appetite – just a little.

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Lawrie to fire first shot at British Open

highlights some of the interesting pairings for Rounds 1 and 2 at St. Andrews.

The honor of opening the 2010 British Open has fallen to 1999 winner Paul Lawrie. He will fire the first tee shot Thursday morning, although you’ll have to be up bright and early to see it – 6:30 a.m. in fact (1:30 a.m. EST).

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British Open tee times: Rounds 1 and 2

Tee times for the first and second rounds of the 2010 British Open (Note: all times are in Eastern Standard Time).

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Players get reacquainted with Old Course

explains why some players may need to take a new line off the 17th tee at the Old Course.

The sights and sounds of a walk around the Old Course are sometimes more flavorful early in the morning when the wind is down and the commotion less distracting.

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Marshals have it made at British Open

thinks the best gig in St. Andrews could be volunteering at the British Open.

The best deal at this year’s British Open is something that costs absolutely nothing except your time, and gives you pretty good access to the best players in the world on the oldest track in the world. If you haven’t guessed, its marshaling.

Sunday, July 11

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Westwood grows fond of St. Andrews

Westwood fond of St. Andrews

It hardly was love at first sight, but Lee Westwood has grown fond of the Old Course at St. Andrews. Jeff Rude explains.

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Hole to watch: No. 17 at the Old Course

says a blind tee shot and the Road Hole bunker make the 17th hole at the Old Course a real test.

A blind tee shot over the “Old Course Hotel” sign and a long second shot to a vaulted green perched above the deep, revetted Road Hole bunker.

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Top 10 British Open shots at St. Andrews

compiled the top 10 British Open moments at the Old Course. Can you guess who made No. 1?

Alistair Tait lists the top 10 most memorable shots in British Opens at St. Andrews – plus a few incidents that didn’t determine the outcome of the game’s oldest championship.

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Four memorable moments beyond the Open

relives four memorable moments on the Old Course’s famed links that didn’t occur during a British Open.

St. Andrews has played host to its fare share of indelible British Open moments. But here are four others that occurred on the famed links.

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St. Andrews isn’t always love at first sight

Opinions differ on Old Course

If first impressions determined major-championship venues, then St. Andrews might never have staged the British Open. Alistair Tait explains.

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Beware: Old Course’s oversized greens

Beware of the big greens

Huge fairways and greens mask the inherent challenge at the Old Course. Bradley S. Klein explains why they’re perfect for both a major and the everyday player.

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St. Andrews needs better finishing hole

thinks that St. Andrews’ 18th hole should be more challenging. Any ideas, Billy Payne?

At the cradle of golf, James Achenbach surveyed the 18th hole from tee to green. His conclusion? Great golf course, terrible finishing hole.

OSU golfers racking up amateur titles

explains why it’s already time for Oklahoma State fans to get excited about golf season.

explains why it’s already time for Oklahoma State fans to get excited about golf season.

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Creamer overcomes pressure, pain for first major title

This time, there were no tears of disappointment for Paula Creamer at the U.S. Women’s Open. Just tears of joy.

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Notes: Rain softens up brutal Oakmont

Before the U.S. Women’s Open began, this seemed like a safe prediction: No golfer will shoot a 65 at tough-to-crack Oakmont Country Club, one of the world’s most difficult courses.

Bozzelli wins Eastern Amateur by four

Dominic Bozzelli fired a final-round 6-under 64 at Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club to claim a four-shot win at the Eastern Amateur Championship.

Tomasulo closes in 61 to win Gretzky Classic

Peter Tomasulo shot a 10-under-par 61 Sunday to come from eight shots back and win the Wayne Gretzky Classic by one stroke over rookie Keegan Bradley.

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Ryall breaks through at Royal Haagsche

Englishman George Ryall notched a closing-round 66 to win the inaugural Van Lanschot Senior Open by one stroke and become the first non-exempt winner on the European Senior Tour in four years.

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Creamer wins Women’s Open, 1st major title

Creamer wins Women's Open

Paula Creamer won the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday, closing with a final-round 69 to capture her first major championship.

College recruiting rules could see changes

clears up the confusion behind a couple of college recruiting proposals.

There are a couple of proposals floating around collegiate athletics regarding college recruiting that will be voted on next January at the NCAA Convention. Some of the details can get a little confusing.

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Tway closes with 65 to win Players Amateur

Tway wins Players Amateur

Kevin Tway closed with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to win the Players Amateur by seven shots, holding off Georgia Tech's James White and Arkansas' Ethan Tracy.

Australian Senior Open partners with Europe

The Handa Australian Senior Open, Australia’s top senior tournament, joins the European Senior Tour this year as a co-sanctioned event.

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Norman's WD extends Open spot to fellow Aussie

Greg Norman, a two-time British Open champion, has withdrawn from the 150th anniversary Open Championship at St. Andrews, two years after nearly winning it at age 53. His departure makes way for fellow Australian Jason Day, who becomes the fifth alternate to get into the British Open.

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Stricker holds off Goydos, defends at Deere

Stricker defends Deere title

After setting a 54-hole PGA Tour scoring record, Steve Stricker held on to win his second straight title at the John Deere Classic. Stricker finished two shots ahead of Paul Goydos, who opened with a 59.

Ex-Iowa standout Spero to lead FGCU women

Meghan Spero, a former University of Iowa standout, has been named the new women’s golf coach at Florida Gulf Coast. Spero will replace Brittany Bertilson, who announced her resignation on May 3 after two successful seasons.

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Molinari wins first Euro title at Scottish Open

Edoardo Molinari of Italy claimed his first European Tour victory at the Scottish Open, shooting a 3-over 74 to beat Darren Clarke by three shots Sunday.

English amateurs add to nation's surge

It isn’t only English professionals who are making names for themselves in world golf. English amateurs are ready to step into the shoes of the professionals.

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It’s Auld Grey Tom in the Auld Grey Toon

The name Old Tom is synonymous with St. Andrews. Millions of fans the world over will be hoping that’s a good omen for the 139th Open Championship this week over the Old Course.

Parkin hired to further develop OneAsia

David Parkin, one of the most recognizable figures in the professional regional golfing scene, has been appointed OneAsia’s director of tour operations.

Kanemoto eagles 18th to take Championship by Lexus

Takashi Kanemoto produced a stunning finish to snatch victory in the 150 million yen (about US$1.7 million) Championship by Lexus.

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Chocolate sensation: Fudoh wins on final hole

Yuri Fudoh overturned a one-stroke deficit with two holes remaining to capture the 90 million yen (about US$1 million) Meiji Chocolate Cup.

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Creamer holds ground at Oakmont

Paula Creamer, seeking her first major title, has maintained her three-shot lead in the U.S. Women’s Open after completing the final five holes of her third round.

Caddie blog: Thankful for rain and rest

was amazed at how much difference the rain made at Oakmont.

What a long day! I was up at 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning, at the golf course by 5:40, and the second round had resumed by 7:30.

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Americans faring well at U.S. Women’s Open

Could a U.S. player win?

Paula Creamer headlines the list of Americans who could bring home the U.S. Women’s Open trophy Sunday. Beth Ann Baldry explains who among Creamer’s compatriots could also get the job done.

Saturday, July 10

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Thompson, 15, in contention at Oakmont

says a U.S. Women’s Open win is within Alexis Thompson’s reach.

Can Alexis Thompson win the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday? Her father/caddie, Scott, thinks so. And after an impressive round Saturday, she’ll have a chance at history at Oakmont.

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Creamer leads by 3 at Oakmont

Creamer up by 3 at Oakmont

Paula Creamer, considered the best LPGA player who hasn’t won a major, is moving ever closer to erasing that title. Creamer will take a 3-shot lead into the final day of play at the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Uihlein runs away with Sahalee Players title

Uihlein wins Sahalee Players

Peter Uihlein won the Sahalee Players Championship Friday by a dominant seven shots, setting a new scoring record in the process.

Chappell leads Gretzky Classic by five

Kevin Chapell has extended his lead to five shots at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic. The former UCLA star shot 3-under 68 at the Georgian Bay Club in Clarksburg, Ontario to get to 22-under 192.

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Micheel boosted by mother’s good news

says Shaun Micheel is vying for a British Open spot, but a trip overseas will depend on his mother.

Nothing like a little bit of good news to jump-start one’s golf game.

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Stricker extends John Deere lead to six

Stricker leads John Deere

Steve Stricker cruised to a 9-under 62 Saturday at the John Deere Classic, extending his lead to six shots and setting a new 54-hole record on the PGA Tour.

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Notes: Wie falters at Oakmont, misses cut

It wouldn’t have been difficult envisioning Michelle Wie, Eun-Hee Ji and Se Ri Pak being grouped together near the top of the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard not that long ago.

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McCloskey penalized for caddie blunder

explains why amateur Lisa McCloskey received a penalty for her caddie’s mistake.

Lisa McCloskey walked out of the scoring area in tears, her day marred by a trip to the bathroom she didn’t even take.

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Caddie blog: Rain wipes out second round

It appeared to be a normal tournament day like any other. After touring the golf course in the morning and taking notes on the hole locations, I met Maria around 1 p.m. to get started with the warm-up session.

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Molinari grabs one-shot lead in Scotland

Edoardo Molinari of Italy has shot an 8-under 63 to take a one stroke lead into the final round of the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.

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Wie: U.S. Women’s Open ‘a complete fail’

says Michelle Wie described her U.S. Women’s Open as ‘a complete fail.’

Michelle Wie classified her experience at Oakmont as “a complete fail.” The Stanford senior missed the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open for a second consecutive year with rounds of 82-76 for a 16 over finish. She carded five double bogeys and only three birdies.

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Creamer shares 36-hole lead at Oakmont

Creamer shares Open lead

Despite an injured thumb, Paula Creamer moved into a share of the lead Saturday at the U.S. Women’s Open. Sean Martin reports.

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Day in British, forgets passport; Norman out

Greg Norman has decided against going to St. Andrews this year, pulling out of the British Open and the Wednesday exhibition of former champions on the Old Course.

Friday, July 9

Chappell opens 3-shot lead at Gretzky Classic

Kevin Chappell keeps rolling at a record-setting pace in the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic.

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Notes: Shean drops off Women’s Open pace

The sheen’s off.

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Defending champ Stricker leads Deere by 1

Stricker leads John Deere

Defending champion Steve Stricker broke the 36-hole record Friday at the John Deere Classic to take a one-shot lead over Paul Goydos.

Love posts 3-shot win in AJGA debut

says Dru Love won the first AJGA event he entered, and explains why it starts a new era for the Love family.

Dru Love has ushered in a new era in the AJGA. The 16-year-old is one-for-one in AJGA tournaments entered after winning the Charles Howell III Junior Championship.

Ressa takes the helm at Long Beach State

Ryan Ressa has been named the new head men’s golf coach at Long Beach State. Ressa comes to the 49ers after assistant coaching stints at UCLA, Duke, San Diego and Washington State.

Every declines comment on drug arrest

says Matt Every would not answer questions Friday about his arrest on a charge of drug possession.

Tour rookie Matt Every, who was arrested Tuesday at an Iowa casino on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, would not comment after his second round at the John Deere Classic.

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Weibring tips cap to Goydos, Stricker

says despite record-low scores, D.A. Weibring sees no need to toughen up TPC Deere Run.

One day after the course he co-designed surrendered a 59 and a 60 in the John Deere Classic, D.A. Weibring tipped his cap to Paul Goydos and Steve Stricker on going low.

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Notes: Gulbis light on prep at Women’s Open

A light pre-tournament practice schedule hasn’t hurt Natalie Gulbis at the U.S. Women’s Open. A bad back kept her from playing a practice round this week, and she was only able to hit balls on Wednesday.

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Kerr in contention at delayed Women’s Open

Heavy rain that began with 100 of the 156 golfers still to begin or complete the second round has caused play to be suspended for the day at the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Kerr focused on a win at soggy Oakmont

Kerr climbs leaderboard

Want to know what Cristie Kerr is thinking? Just take a look at her eyes. As Beth Ann Baldry explains, Kerr has those baby blues focused on the prize this week as she climbs the leaderboard at the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Mickelson misses cut by one in Scotland

Phil Mickelson’s latest chance to go to No. 1 in the world ended like his first opportunity two months ago – he missed the cut Friday in the Scottish Open.

Cheves promoted to head coach at WCU

Former assistant coach Carter Cheves will take the reigns of the Western Carolina men’s golf team.

Amateur Park aces Oakmont’s sixth

Sun Gyoung Park, a South Korean amateur, has made a hole-in-one on the 141-yard, par-3 sixth hole at the U.S. Women’s Open.

An inside look at the Players Amateur

found out just how Christopher Tobia, tournament director of the Players Amateur, runs the event so smoothly.

I have covered the Players Amateur in years past at Belfair Country Club, and have always been impressed with how smoothly this event comes together.

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Clarke builds lead in Scotland; Lefty MCs

Darren Clarke was nearly flawless in miserable conditions in the Scottish Open, opening a four-shot lead as he looks to add to what already has been a banner year for golf in Northern Ireland.

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Campbell presses on in search of comeback

says Michael Campbell hasn’t given up, even as he struggles with his game.

The lone figure pitching balls to Loch Lomond Golf Club’s practice chipping green at 6 p.m. the night before the Scottish Open served as a stark reminder that there is only ever one winner in the royal and ancient game.

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Evert interview creates buzz at Machrihanish

spent a day at Machrihanish Dunes, where the buzz was about Chris Evert and Greg Norman.

I’m not licensed to be a marriage counselor, but what the heck, I’m a man. So, qualified or not, I can talk like an expert.

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Caddie blog: Getting in some early preparation

hit Oakmont early Friday morning for a scouting mission before afternoon caddie duties.

Well, it was another hot one out there today with the weather back in the mid-90s. Although it looks like we might get a break in the temperatures over the next three days, I’m not so sure the golf course is going to let up.

Thursday, July 8

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Mai (No. 35, 2011) commits to Northwestern

has given a verbal commitment to Northwestern.

Brittany Mai, No. 35 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011, has verbally committed to Northwestern. Mai, of Poway, Calif., also considered UCLA, USC, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford and UC Davis.

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Chappell leads Gretzky Classic with 61

Kevin Chappell took an early two-shot lead Thursday at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, shooting an 11-under 61 at the Georgian Bay Club in Clarksburg, Ontario.

Every denies pot possession after arrest

PGA Tour rookie Matt Every has denied possessing marijuana after his arrest at an Iowa casino two days before the John Deere Classic.

Hebert transfers from FSU to Auburn

Sophomore Michael Hebert, who abruptly left Florida State following the Seminoles’ third-place finish at the NCAA Championship, will resume his college career at Auburn.

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Amateur Shean tackles odds at Oakmont

Shean shoots 70 at Oakmont

Kelli Shean charged to the top of the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard Thursday on a beastly Oakmont course. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, Shean has the kind of amateur story that makes this event special.

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Yang rebounds from poor start at Oakmont

After making double bogey on her first hole Thursday, Amy Yang just smiled and gently placed her putter back in the bag.

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Notes: Heat, pace make long day at Oakmont

Imagine 52 Red Sox-Yankees games all going on at about the same time.

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Clarke leads Scottish Open; Lefty 6 back

Darren Clarke upstaged fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell with a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Scottish Open on Thursday.

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Lang leads U.S. Women’s Open with 69

Temperatures were in the 90s. Michelle Wie was in the 80s. On a demanding day when tough old Oakmont Country Club illustrated again that playing par golf can be an achievement, only Brittany Lang was in the 60s.

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Mr. Sunshine’s outlook pays off during 59

says even pessimistic Paul Goydos found no faults in his 59 at the John Deere.

For a golfer facetiously nicknamed “Sunshine,” it was sunny and 59 at the TPC Deere Run.

Q&A: Fore!! Axel and Hudson designer Paul Nguyen

Attention fashion-crazed parents – I’ve found one of the hottest, trendiest and most sophisticated boys golf apparel on the market, outfits that are going to make you jealous that they don’t come in your size.

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Creamer tops in Thursday’s marquee group

says Paula Creamer shined brightest in Thursday’s marquee group.

Paula Creamer already considers Oakmont one of her favorite tracks. It’s fun; it’s hard; it can make you go crazy.

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Former collegiate stars top Nationwide money list

noticed some former collegiate stars are making big checks on the Nationwide Tour.

It was only a few years ago when they were the stars of college golf. Each was a first-team All-American and each took home some of the most prestigious awards.

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Wie sputters to opening-round 82 at Oakmont

explains what went wrong in Michelle Wie’s opening 82 at Oakmont.

Michelle Wie pumped her first twice after holing a 6-foot par putt on Oakmont Country Club’s first hole during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Goydos shoots 59, Stricker has 60 at Deere

Goydos shoots 59 at Deere

Big news Thursday? LeBron, please. Paul Goydos shot 59 in the first round at John Deere. Steve Stricker followed hours later with 60.

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Q&A: NCAA individual champ Scott Langley

caught up with NCAA individual champ Scott Langley to talk about his summer plans.

It’s been quite the summer so far for Illinois rising senior Scott Langley.

Wednesday, July 7

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Caddie blog: Ready to rock at Oakmont

can’t for Round 1 to get under way at the U.S. Women’s Open. Read about it in his caddie blog.

It’s the day before the tournament, so Maria’s practice session was more about fine-tuning than anything else.

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Underdog ams to watch at Oakmont

says of the 29 amateurs in the Women’s Open field, these five underdogs could make a splash.

There are 29 amateurs in the field at the U.S. Women’s Open. Here are five that you may not have heard of who could make a splash this week:

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After injury, Stricker eager to defend Deere title

Hanging out at home sits well with Steve Stricker – for a while, anyway. But after six weeks off at his Madison, Wis., home, Stricker is eager to defend his title at the John Deere Classic.

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It’s back to business for McDowell

Graeme McDowell is having a tough time getting back into gear. No wonder, after two weeks of celebrating his U.S. Open win at Pebble Beach.

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Oakmont: Golf’s version of downhill slalom

Oakmont: A downhill slalom

What will it take to win at Oakmont? A fantastic short game (check); accurate positioning (check); nerves of steel (check twice?).

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Latin pipeline needs to be tapped

The Villegas brothers are proof of the success that Latin American golfers can achieve. But there is still more we can do to help, writes Sean Martin.

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Mickelson in Scotland prepping for British

Phil Mickelson is hooked on speed – swing speed, that is. Get ready for the left-hander to unleash a number of colossal drives in the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond this week.

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Japanese veterans hit the fast lane at Lexus

Hiroyuki Fujita and Toru Taniguchi resume their intriguing battle of wills in this week’s 150 million yen (US$1.7 million) Championship by Lexus.

Asian bodies press Finchem for expansion plans

Tim Finchem will be a man in demand next week. During his visit to St. Andrews for the 150th anniversary Open Championship, the U.S. PGA Tour commissioner will be asked to reveal his intentions for Asian expansion. In response to Finchem’s latest comments about the possibility of launching a late-season Far East swing, senior officials from the Asian Tour and OneAsia Tour said they will seek clarification from him.

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Having fun with the Kims

Each year it seems as though the LPGA adds a fresh set of Kims, Lees and Parks to its ever-growing Korean roster.

Amateur Team event offers glimpse of future

The European Amateur Team Championship is another in a long line of amateur tournaments that gets lost in the plethora of amateur golf played in Europe. Pity, because this is the place to look to see Europe’s stars of the future.

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Driven to succeed: Mickelson goes long in Scotland

Phil Mickelson is hooked on speed – swing speed, that is. Get ready for the left-hander to unleash a number of colossal drives in the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond this week.

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At John Deere, bring birdies (and passport)

“Have passport, will travel” is one of the storylines this week at the John Deere Classic. For 132 players, the tournament begins with fresh hope that their passport still can be stamped for Scotland and a shot at the Claret Jug.

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As will to win fades, Mallon, 47, retires

reports that four-time major champion Meg Mallon, 47, has decided to retire.

Meg Mallon’s withdrawal from this week’s U.S. Women’s Open is more permanent than it appears.

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Spotlight shines on Ishikawa and Scottish pairing

Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa will be thrust into the limelight when he partners with Phil Mickelson and Camilo Villegas in the first two rounds of this week’s Barclays Scottish Open.

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A salute to the memory of ‘Fish’

Benefit honors giving coach

Mickey Fisher viewed a golf course with an educator’s eye. It was a place for life’s lessons: rules, etiquette and sportsmanship. Steve Harmon explains.

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Women take on Oakmont

At the U.S. Women's Open this week, expect hard and fast greens, daunting bunkers and scorching heat. Simply put, the Oakmont Country Club could be the most challenging venue these women have ever faced.

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Fantasy Aces: John Deere Classic

Golfweek's Fantasy Aces make their picks for the John Deere Classic.

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Caddie blog: Preparing for Oakmont

is caddying for Maria Hernandez at the Women’s Open and details their preparation for Oakmont.

This week I have the privilege to caddie for LPGA rooke Maria Hernandez, the 2009 NCAA champion/Player of the Year).

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Hate to be Rude: Tiger’s Open key? Putting

Hate to be Rude

Putting problems continued for Tiger Woods last week at the AT&T National. As Jeff Rude writes, that’s not going to fly at St. Andrews.

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Mardan earns spot in inaugural Asia Pacific Classic

Mardan Mamat topped the 24-strong field this week with a two-day total of 138 at West Java’s Emeralda Golf Club to clinch a lucrative starting spot in October’s inaugural US $6 million CIMB Asia Pacific Classic.

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Women's Open field keeps getting younger

Alexis Thompson is only 15, so young that some of the other teenagers who are eagerly seeking her autograph at the U.S. Women's Open are years older than she is.

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Five amateurs to watch at the Women’s Open

will be keeping an eye on these five amateurs at the U.S. Women’s Open.

The U.S. Women’s Open, which gets underway Thursday, has 29 amateurs in the field.

Tuesday, July 6

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Woods’ award marks midpoint of wild ‘10 season

Tiger Woods is assured at least one trophy this year – his 13th straight Mark H. McCormack Award, given to the player atop the world ranking for the most weeks in a calendar year.

In this issue: July 9, 2010

Inside the July 9, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

Tour's Finchem hints at Asian series

The PGA Tour already has the West Coast Swing, the Florida Swing and now the Texas Swing. It might not be long before it has an Asian Swing after the FedEx Cup portion of the season is over.

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Alvarez triumphs again in Pereira

Colombia’s Oscar Alvarez came from behind Monday to win the VI Abierto Internacional de Golf Eje Cafetero, exactly one year to the day he claimed his last Tour de las Americas title at the same venue – Club Campestre de Pereira.

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Caddie: Annika would’ve loved Oakmont

Terry McNamara counts Oakmont Country Club as his favorite venue. He said Annika Sorenstam felt the same. Unfortunately, the famed player/caddie duo never had the chance to play Oakmont together.

Junior diary: Rodgers takes second at ToC

takes you hole-by-hole through his second-place finish at the Rolex ToC.

These last two weeks are the reason I love tournament golf. I love being in the hunt, and playing when the entire tournament is on the line.

Junior diary: Battling The Blessings GC

The AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions was held at The Blessings Golf Club. I think it is the hardest golf course to walk and to play that I will ever see.

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Toy Box notes: Tiger adds new ball to bag

says Tiger Woods switched Nike balls at the AT&T National, and saw his driving average increase.

Tiger Woods switched Nike balls for the AT&T National. His new ball has a slightly firmer cover and spins less than the old one.

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Extreme heat engulfs Oakmont

It’s so hot at Oakmont that even talking is taxing. Jiyai Shin, the No. 3 player in the Rolex Rankings, ended her press conference after one question from the media so that she could get indoors and drink fluids.

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Notes: Finchem hints at Asian swing for Tour

The PGA Tour already has the West Coast Swing, the Florida Swing and now the Texas Swing. It might not be long before it has an Asian Swing after the FedEx Cup portion of the season is over.

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Women brace for bunker siege at Oakmont

says Oakmont’s fearsome bunkers will cause havoc at the U.S. Women’s Open. Just ask Cristie Kerr.

Cristie Kerr learned the hard way that Oakmont Country Club severely punishes any mis-hit.

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Rawson gets engaged to talent executive

says sorry, boys. Anna Rawson is now engaged.

Sorry, boys. Model Anna Rawson is off the market. The Australian LPGA player is newly engaged to Ted Chervin, head of worldwide television at International Creative Management (ICM) in Los Angeles.

Griffin continues to go low in final rounds

says Georgia Tech senior J.T. Griffin could be on the cusp of some big amateur wins.

His opening act hasn’t been bad. His closing act has been a real show-stopper. Now, all J.T. Griffin has to do is figure out how to beef up his middle two acts in this summer’s string of four-act plays known as the summer’s top amateur golf tournaments.

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Staff picks: U.S. Women’s Open

Beth Ann Baldry and Sean Martin make their picks for the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Toms, Kim out of British; Love, Barnes in

David Toms has withdrawn from the British Open to rest an ailing right shoulder, and Anthony Kim formally pulled out as he recovers from thumb surgery.

Red, white and blue: Holiday gear

Patriotic products sparkled in the U.S. as the golf neared the Fourth of July. Here are some creations that might add fireworks to your game.

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Rookie diary: Long season taking its toll

had a tough week at the Jamie Farr. Read about her upcoming schedule in her rookie diary.

I got a sponsor exemption into the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Toledo, Ohio. I had played there as an amateur in 2008 after winning the Monday qualifier, so I was excited that I was familiar with the course.

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British purse increases, despite falling pound

The winner of the 150th British Open will earn $1.29 million, about a $60,000 increase from the previous year.

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Woods skips British Open tuneup to see kids

After another warm welcome from the Irish public, Tiger Woods turned curt and dismissive at a news conference Tuesday when asked about his state of mind since the sex scandal that has wrecked his image.

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Q&A: Two-time U.S. Open champ Juli Inkster

Juli Inkster’s name is synonymous with American golf. The Hall of Famer has won 31 LPGA tournaments, including seven majors – notably the 1999 and 2002 U.S. Women’s Opens.

Monday, July 5

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College kids take aim at Women’s Open

will be keeping an eye on the 15 college players in the field this week at the U.S. Women’s Open.

College golf will be well represented this week at Oakmont, site of the U.S. Women’s Open. A total of 15 players returning to college golf next fall are in the field.

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Rose, Woods will add spice to St. Andrews

explains why Tiger Woods and Justin Rose will add spice to St. Andrews.

There’s an image that tells you all you need to know about this year’s AT&T National. Tiger Woods was walking up his final hole at Aronimink, just as Justin Rose was set to tee off in the last group.

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Reno-Tahoe plugs away at sponsor search

The Reno-Tahoe Open has added 38 new sponsors as it cobbles together corporate support to keep the tournament alive. So far, Adam Schupak reports, the plan is working.

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Woods shoots 79 in Ireland pro-am

Tiger Woods looked just as out of form in a celebrity pro-am as he did on the PGA Tour.

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Winner’s Circle: June 28-July 4, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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UST Mamiya merger gains market traction

Seeking to capitalize on cross-marketing opportunities, shaftmakers UST and Mamiya merged a year ago. The alliance is paying off in more ways than one.

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Will scandal follow Woods to British Open?

For the first time in 11 years, Tiger Woods failed to break par in a single round at a non-major PGA Tour event. That came Thursday-Sunday at the AT&T National.

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Haney launches academy in China

Haney academy in China

Hank Haney may no longer be Tiger Woods’ instructor, but that’s not hurting business. Haney has teamed with Mission Hills, one of China’s top golf developers, to open an academy in tropical Hainan Island.

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Hole to watch: No. 2 at Oakmont

says keep an eye on the drivable second hole at Oakmont this week at the U.S. Women’s Open

The few players in the 2010 field who competed here in the 1992 U.S. Women’s Open scarcely will recognize the course, given all of the trees that have been cut down, the resulting windswept feel of the place and the presence of those wavy rough grasses.

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Tumangan (NR, 2011) commits to Stanford

has given a verbal commitment to Stanford.

Mariko Tumangan has verbally committed to Stanford. Tumangan, of San Jose, Calif., also considered UCLA, Oregon, South Carolina and Washington.

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St. Andrews offers experience of a lifetime

Open returns to St. Andrews

As the British Open returns to golf’s ancestral roots, St. Andrews offers visitors the experience of a lifetime. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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David Kidd: From Bandon to Huntsman Springs

found out how David Kidd secured the plum Bandon Dunes assignment at such a young age.

Growing up in Scotland, David McLay Kidd said his dream was to be an assistant superintendent. Then came the assignment that gave him rock-star status in the world of golf architecture.

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Player of the Week: Kristen Park

Kristen Park, of Buena Park, Calif., shot 4-over 290 (73-73-73-71) at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson, Ark., to win the AJGA’s Rolex Tournament of Champions by four shots.

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Player of the Week: Anthony Paolucci

Anthony Paolucci, of Del Mar, Calif., shot 1-under 287 (71-74-70-72) at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson, Ark., to win the AJGA’s Rolex Tournament of Champions by one shot.

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Tiger’s driver is just fine for St. Andrews

says Tiger’s driver is not the club that will determine success at St. Andrews.

Enough already on the perception that Tiger Woods, at 34, has become some sort of Punch and Judy hitter who has lost length and is just another guy off the tee.

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Women get shot to take on Oakmont

U.S. Women’s Open preview

Oakmont. Pinehurst. Pebble Beach. Venues that conjure up some of golf’s most celebrated moments – for men. Now the women get a chance, beginning this week at the U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont.

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Jimenez, Rose bound for more big things

predicts more big things to come for Justin Rose and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Justin Rose wins in Philly, and Miguel Angel Jimenez wins in Versailles.

Junior Fantasy results: Rolex ToC

While Blessings Golf Club may have been the most grueling venue ever to host an AJGA invitational, Ryan Lavner encountered no such difficulties. Lavner made the biggest jump of the year, gaining 80 points with two solid picks at the Rolex Tournament of Champions to cut into Julie Williams’ big lead.

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Lefty eyes world No. 1 with Woods in Ireland

Tiger Woods will headline an Irish charity tournament this week, though it could be his last with the No. 1 ranking.

Going low at Dogwood, and Chung’s wild run

thinks short golf courses add intrigue to elite amateur tournaments.

There was some great amateur golf played over the Fourth of July weekend. Here are my top five observations from this past week.

Sunday, July 4

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Rose in rhythm

England's Justin Rose lost another big lead. But this time, he didn't lose the tournament. Rose held on for a one-shot victory in the AT&T National, his second title in his last three events.

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Ace propels Mason to tie Euro Senior mark

England’s Carl Mason notched a hole-in-one on his way to his 23rd European Senior Tour victory, equaling the record set by Tommy Horton in the €250,000 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open.

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Notes: Moore gets into British; Tiger’s fans

Ryan Moore is off to St. Andrews. He had the game to get to the British Open, he just needs to find his passport to start the trip.

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Veteran Romero slips ahead in Colombia

For the third consecutive day, a player carding a 6-under par 65 has claimed the outright lead at VI Abierto Internacional de Golf Eje Cafetero 2010, which is scheduled to finish Monday afternoon.

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Choi loses lead, then wins Farr in playoff

Na Yeon Choi made a 2 1/2-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

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Rose wins AT&T, earns British Open berth

Rose wins AT&T by a shot

Justin Rose had to sweat out the final five holes to win the AT&T National by one shot for his second PGA Tour title in his last three starts.

Johnson bounces back with fortuitous victory at Tenerife

England’s Trish Johnson won her 19th career title, holding off France’s Virginie Lagoutte-Clement at the Tenerife Ladies Open.

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Na Yeon Choi prevails in Jamie Farr playoff

Na Yeon Choi made a 2 1/2-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

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Kiwi Hendry cruises in Jakarta

New Zealand’s Michael Hendry propelled his name into the spotlight Sunday with a seven-stroke victory in OneAsia’s US$1 million Indonesia Open.

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Mize shoots 64, gets first Champions victory

Larry Mize shot a final-round 64 to win the inaugural Montreal Championship by one stroke over John Cook for his first career victory on the Champions Tour on Sunday.

Amanuma's agony spells joy for Shin

Chieko Amanuma’s playoff curse struck once more as Shin Hyun-ji walked off with top honors at the 60 million yen (US$685,000) Nichi-iko Women’s Open.

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Tour pros have no business at local qualifiers

I’m against players such as Archer and Haastrup with tour cards playing in Local Final Qualifying.

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Woods finishes over par at AT&T National

Woods finishes over par

For the first time in 11 years, Tiger Woods finished a regular PGA Tour event without breaking par. Woods closed out a frustrating week Sunday at the AT&T National with a 1-over 71.

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Feutz (No. 51, 2012) commits to UNLV

has given a verbal commitment to UNLV.

James Feutz, ranked No. 51 in Golfweek’s rankings for the 2012 class, has given a verbal commitment to play golf at UNLV.

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Ikeda's victory carries momentum for Open

Yuta Ikeda scored a timely, morale-boosting victory in the inaugural 60 million yen (about US$685,000) Toshin Golf Tournament this weekend.

Guam joins U.S. handicap network

Add the Pacific island of Guam to the list of growing international golf federations within the U.S. Golf Association’s Golf Handicap and Information Network.

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Jimenez wins French Open in 3-way playoff

Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain has won the French Open on the first hole of a playoff against countryman Alejandro Canizares and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

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Chasing a British Open spot at the AT&T

says a handful of players are chasing a lot more than a trophy at the AT&T.

Multiple spots in the British Open are up for grabs Sunday at the AT&T National.

Saturday, July 3

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Rose looks at positives of Travelers loss

says Justin Rose has embraced his final-round fall at the Travelers, and is in position to avenge it.

Justin Rose has taken plenty of positives from his final-round slip-up at last week’s Travelers. Less than a week later, he’s getting the chance to put those lessons into practice.

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Notes: Allenby falters on wild day at AT&T

Robert Allenby was all over the place on his way to a 1-over 71.

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Constable beats Kraft for North & South title

Constable wins North & South

Donald Constable held off an eleventh-hour charge from Kelly Kraft on Saturday at Pinehurst No. 2 to win the North & South Amateur.

Longtime Kentucky pro Leishman, 83, dies

Gordon Leishman, a longtime Kentucky PGA member, died July 3 during a casual round at Spring Valley Golf Club in Lexington.

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Rose builds 4-shot lead at AT&T National

Rose leads AT&T National

Justin Rose moved back into position to capture his second Tour win of the season after shooting a 3-under 67 Saturday to build a four-shot lead entering the final round of the AT&T National.

Cook leads by 1 at Montreal Championship

John Cook shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Russ Cochran in the inaugural Montreal Championship.

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Yun holds on for Dogwood Invitational win

After making history at Druid Hills Golf Club earlier in the week, Andrew Yun held on for a one-shot win Saturday at the Dogwood Invitational.

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Choi leads Kim by 1 at Jamie Farr Classic

Na Yeon Choi had a hole-in-one in a 3-under 68 to build a five-shot lead before Christina Kim made a late charge to pull within a stroke Saturday in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

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Defending champ Kaymer leads in France

Defending champion Martin Kaymer shot an even-par 71 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the French Open on Saturday.

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Woods puts new golf ball in play at AT&T

Tiger Woods has switched to a Nike golf ball that has a slightly harder cover and spins less than his previous model, which might explain why he has been hitting his tee shots farther than he has all year.

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Philadelphia proves it deserves a Tour stop

Could Philly secure PGA stop?

Philadelphia has struggled to keep the PGA Tour in the area in the past, but all signs are good this week as crowds flock to the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club, a tough test of golf.

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Fowler to get final shot at British Open berth

says Rickie Fowler’s final shot at a British Open berth will come down to the John Deere.

Next week’s John Deere will be without a past champion, but it gained one of the game’s promising young stars.

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Hendry bowling them over in Jakarta!

New Zealand’s Michael Hendry, first-class cricketer turned Tour professional, took the third round lead in the US$1 million Indonesia Open presented by Enjoy Jakarta, upstaging Chinese number one Liang Wenchong.

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A runaway success for Lahiri

Anirban Lahiri recorded a runaway six-stroke win at the Aircel PGTI Players Championship presented by Oxford Golf & Country Club.

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Thai teenager's last-ditch triumph

Teenage rookie Patcharajutar Kongkraphan snared a dramatic final-hole birdie to claim her second victory of the China LPGA Tour season in the US$50,000 Orient Beijing Pearl Championship.

Friday, July 2

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Notes: Oates trades NHL for caddie duties

Adam Oates has traded hockey sticks for golf clubs.

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Choi builds two-shot lead at Jamie Farr

A confident Na Yeon Choi followed her opening 64 with a 4-under 67 to build a two-stroke lead through Friday’s second round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

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Rose leads AT&T; Woods barely makes cut

Five days after a surprising meltdown, Justin Rose is atop the leaderboard at Aronimink.

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Cochran, Wargo shoot 65 for lead in Quebec

Tom Wargo and Russ Cochran shared the lead at 7-under 65 on Friday after the opening round of the Montreal Championship.

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Paolucci, Park claim AJGA ToC titles

Paolucci, Park win Rolex ToC

Anthony Paolucci and Kristen Park both did battle at Blessings Golf Club and emerged with wins at the Rolex ToC. Ryan Lavner explains that it’s a much-needed career boost for both players.

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Woods sends in PGA Championship entry

Tiger Woods has made it official by sending in his entry form to play in the PGA Championship.

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Canizares leads by one at French Open

Alejandro Canizares of Spain is in front halfway through the French Open, one stroke ahead of defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany.

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Match play upstages individual NCAA title

Match play and the NCAAs

Nearly a month has passed since Augusta State won the NCAA Championship. Lance Ringler takes a look at how the addition of match play has changed the NCAAs, and what the future might hold.

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Woods struggling to find his game at AT&T

Woods still lacking A game

Tiger Woods continued to struggle Friday at the AT&T National despite shaving three shots from his first-round 73. As Sean Martin writes, Woods will start the weekend well off the pace at Aronimink.

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Woods posts 70 at AT&T, likely to make cut

Woods likely to make cut

Tiger Woods returned an even-par 70 Friday at the AT&T National, leaving him at 3 over for the tournament and likely to make the cut.

Amateur diary: Preparing to return to the U.S.

braved the cold of a Melbourne winter for the Victoria Golf Club championship.

We used to say on the team that it was a cold day when you could see your own breath when teeing off, or that it’s windy when the pin bends over during gusts.

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Inside look at the job of tournament director

found out what it takes to put on an event like the Dogwood Invitational.

Ever wonder what it is that tournament directors actually do, aside from being the main voice on the walkie-talkie? Edward Toledano, tournament director for the Dogwood Invitational, provides some insight.

Kilspindie Golf Club made for quick rounds

played 18 at Kilspindie Golf Club in just over two hours, and thinks more courses should be designed for speed.

I just wasn’t hungry. We’d played so quickly I hadn’t had time to completely digest my breakfast.

Thursday, July 1

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Straka gives up ToC lead after 87 at Blessings

says Sam Straka’s 87 at the AJGA ToC proves Blessings Golf Club is not for the faint of heart.

Reason No. 1,571 Blessings Golf Club is not for the faint of heart: Sam Straka posted an 87 Thursday at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, giving up a 5-shot lead. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Notes: O’Hair at home with Aronimink crowd

Sean O’Hair’s balky back might spoil his homecoming.

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Atwal among AT&T leaders; Woods 7 back

Woods stumbles in final holes

Tiger Woods went 3 over in his final three holes at AT&T National, falling off the pace with a 73. His practice partner Arjun Atwal fared much better at Aronimink, posting a 66 for a share of the first-round lead.

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Choi rides hot putter to Jamie Farr lead

Na Yeon Choi took a step toward forgetting what happened a week ago.

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Wayne Levi back on track after heart surgery

Two decades after his heyday and a double-bypass later, Wayne Levi is relishing every moment.

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Rodgers rallies at AJGA ToC; Park leads by 2

Rodgers rallies at ToC

Patrick Rodgers went from 10 shots back to top of the leaderboard Thursday at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. As Ryan Lavner writes, this tournament is far from over.

U.S. Women’s Open pairings

Pairings for the first two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open, to be played July 8-11 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club (Note: all times EDT, a-amateur)

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Woods drops 61-foot birdie putt at Aronimink

says Tiger Woods dropped a 61-foot putt for the record books at the AT&T National.

It was bombs away for Tiger Woods. But on the green, not off the tee.

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Derksen takes 3-shot lead in France with 63

Robert-Jan Derksen shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the French Open.

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Furyk: Woods fine without swing guru

Woods and a swing coach

When people talk about Tiger Woods’ need for a swing coach, Jeff Rude gets the impression they think he’s some sort of a beginning golfer. Just ask Jim Furyk: Relax, Woods will be OK.

Q&A: Georgia senior-to-be Hudson Swafford

spoke with Hudson Swafford about his U.S. Open experience and recovery from shoulder surgery.

It’s been a frustrating and glorious year for the Georgia senior-to-be Hudson Swafford after a shoulder surgery and an appearance at the U.S. Open.

Stanford-bound Lebow focused at ToC

says Shane Lebow, playing in his final AJGA event this week, has extra motivation at the ToC.

Perhaps it’s never too late to erase three years of invitational futility. Or so Shane Lebow hopes.

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Fast start for Thai teenager

Thai teenager Patcharajutar Kongkraphan, Indonesian Lidya Ivana Jaya and China’s Gao Shuang shot three-under-par 69s to share the first-round lead at the Beijing Orient Pearl Championship.