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Gunstream (No. 33, 2011) chooses 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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Commentary: Oosthuizen completes memorable Open rout

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

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

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

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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Commentary: Is Oosthuizen’s win the start of a trend?

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

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Woods still seeking 15th major

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.

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