News for Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pressure? What pressure?

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

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

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

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?

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