News for Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Salas rallies to advance at Women’s Publinks

Lizette Salas has two words to describe her 2-up victory on Kuriko Tsukiyama on Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links: Emotionally stressful. Julie Williams reports.

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Champions Tour: Make way for Calc

Mark Calcavecchia turned 50 June 12, and he’s about to become a human cash machine on the Champions Tour.

Benjamin up early at Northeast Amateur

Brad Benjamin took advantage of a morning tee time when the wind was almost non-existent and grabbed the first-round lead Wednesday in the 49th Northeast Amateur Championship.

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Wie headlines LPGA Championship field

David Leadbetter works with two of the most naturally talented, athletic players on tour in Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie.

Good to be Irish at Women’s Publinks

Becca Huffer might not be a local in the true sense of the word, but this week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, Huffer might as well be.

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Preview: LPGA Championship

Powerful and talented, Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie are logical picks to contend at this week’s major. But the tournament’s venue could set up another victory for newly minted No. 1 – Ai Miyazato (pictured).

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Swede Hedwall takes aim at British Am

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall took pole position heading into this week’s Ladies’ British Amateur Championship at Ganton Golf Club in Yorkshire, England. The Oklahoma State player took the No. 1seeding when she finished medalist after 36 holes of qualifying.

Birdie-fest expected at BMW event

Anticipate low scoring this week at the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Nord-Eichenried. At just 7,026 yards in length and a par 72, few courses on the European Tour yield to birdies and eagles so readily.

GCSAA leader Woodward resigns

Less than two years after naming Mark Woodward as its chief executive, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America once again is looking for a CEO.

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Travelers offers a much-needed respite

Ah, the Exhale Open. It’s more commonly referred to as the Travelers Championship, but when you sit on the PGA Tour schedule directly behind the U.S. Open, well, you are the tournament where guys are less up tight and relieved to have put major championship pressure behind them.

Rankings: Frenchman Havret now on the radar

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland became the first European winner of the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin did it 40 years ago, shooting even par for the championship. The victory took McDowell to a career-best world No. 13 ranking, an improvement of 24 positions. Runner-up Gregory Havret of France, who finished a stroke behind, jumped from 391 to 104.

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A slimmer, focused Daly back at Travelers

Many golfers see the week after the U.S. Open as an opportunity to take a break from the grind of the PGA Tour. Others see it as an opportunity to prove they can win there.

An impressive bogey-less streak

Todd White had quite a run going. The mid-amateur from Moore, S.C., came into this year’s 49th Northeast Amateur fresh off a victory at the South Carolina Match Play Championship.

Fantasy Aces: Travelers Championship

Pick these players this week at the Travelers Championship.

Westerberg primed for Portuguese title defense

Sweden’s Johanna Westerberg returned to competitive action on the Ladies European Tour just three weeks ago after eight months of maternity leave.

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Bangladeshi Siddikur seeking first Asian Tour victory

Bangladesh’s Mohammad Siddikur believes a watershed career victory is within his reach – and he’s prepared to go the extra distance to achieve his ambition.

Rules breach creates odd WAPL scenario

There are few worse feelings in golf than hammering a drive down the fairway, only to find that it’s on the wrong hole.

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Goodbye, Pebble . . . Hello, Palmer Cup

How did Scott Langley and Russell Henley celebrate their memorable performances at the U.S. Open?

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WSG inks deal to run Australian PGA Championship

The PGA of Australia has retained World Sport Group to manage its season-ending Australian PGA Championship, Australia’s oldest professional golf tournament.

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McDowell talks fashion, cars and wine

Graeme McDowell has a style of his own and has been highlighted this blog several times for his classic take on golf fashion.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Cutting Pebble down to size

While the bombers cut Pebble Beach down to size, championship golf gets shortchanged in the process. Jeff Rude explains.

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Yomiuri Classic: Punching tickets for St. Andrews

Reputations and places in next month’s Open Championship are on the line at this week’s 130 million yen (about U.S. $1.4 million) Gate Way to the Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic.

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Australian Scott eager for Travelers debut

Adam Scott had missed the cut by one shot on Friday, yet hung around the Monterey Peninsula and was practicing Sunday afternoon. His private plane will not be ready for a few more months, so Scott chose to take the charter flight Monday provided by the Travelers Championship in Connecticut