News for Tuesday, July 13, 2010



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Ga. Tech’s Griffin earns medalist at APL

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

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

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

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

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

Golfweek staffers make their picks for the British Open.

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Hatton taking it all in at maiden Open

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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Commentary: Els one of great links golfers of his time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commentary: Lessons to be learned from golf 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

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

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

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.