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Westwood grows 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

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

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

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

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

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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Commentary: St. Andrews needs better finishing hole

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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