News for Monday, June 7, 2010

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Pebble: Rickie, Rocco, Rose out

It takes a lot to leave Rocco Mediate speechless. But losing out in a playoff to get into the U.S. Open does the trick.

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Wild ride earns Compton U.S. Open berth

Sunday was not very kind to Erik Compton and the disappointment was a clear to see. After making the cut on the number Friday at The Memorial, Compton shot 72-82 on the weekend to finish last, 29 shots behind winner Justin Rose.

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With balky putter, Pavin misses Open chance

Corey Pavin hasn’t played in the U.S. Open since 2006, and thanks to a shaky putter, he’s going to have to keep waiting.

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Cowboys QB Romo WDs from Open qualifier

Tony Romo has withdrawn from a U.S. Open sectional qualifier after it was delayed for the second time due to bad weather.

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Winner’s Circle: May 31-June 6, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Watches, golfers make for a timeless pairing

Suzann Pettersen no longer will have an excuse if she’s put on the clock for slow play. The Norwegian LPGA star just signed an endorsement deal with Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer.

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Monty in, Manassero out for British Open

Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie clinched a spot in the British Open at St. Andrews in July.

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Tradition, strategy abound at Curtis Cup venue

One of amateur golf’s most prestigious events returns to its ancestral homeland this month. The Curtis Cup sets up shop June 11-13 at the venerable Essex County Club, 30 miles northeast of Boston.

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Schock creates golf wonderland in Nebraska

Meet Paul Schock, a Nebraska native and avid golfer who elevated a remote corner of his home state into a golf wonderland when he built the Prairie Club.

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U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying results

A total of 13 sectional qualifiers took place Monday, with approximately 90 qualifying spots available for next week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

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Commentary: U.S. Open qualifiers bring unique outlook

While many touring pros skipped Monday’s U.S. Open sectional qualifier, some relative unknowns, such as Kevin Hayashi (pictured), emerged and offered a little perspective. Jim McCabe reports.

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Which Rickie/Ricky do you prefer?

You didn’t have to be watching the PGA Tour coverage of The Memorial Tournament long to notice the young guns in their flamboyant clothes. Especially Rickie and Ricky. Not only were they battling for a win, but they were showing off their love for flair, too.

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Prairie Club delivers pure Sand Hills experience

The Prairie Club in remote Valentine, Neb., is a $34 million project with only $6 million in debt. How did it attract investors? By not being another real-estate play aimed at the mass golf market.

CSU Bakersfield to reinstate golf programs

Cal State Bakersfield announced that it will reinstate its men’s and women’s golf programs this fall.

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Curtis sisters significant for more than golf

The Curtis Cup returns this week to Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., where Harriot and Margaret Curtis learned to play the game. Jim McCabe reports.

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Complete Curtis Cup coverage

Golfweek.com is at the Essex County Club to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 Curtis Cup. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

World Matchplay to return to Euro Tour in ’11

The Volvo World Matchplay Championship will return to the European Tour schedule in 2011 after a year’s absence.

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Player of the week: Scott Langley, Illinois

The Fighting Illini junior carded rounds of 70-68-68 to win the NCAA individual title on June 3, beating San Diego’s Alex Ching and Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein by two strokes at The Honors Course. Langley, whose previous best finish this season was three runners-up, finished at 10-under 206. He posted his worst performance of the season at the Big Ten Championship, where he finished 23th, but rebounded with a T-7 at the NCAA West Regional. He saved his best for the NCAAs, where he also was named a 2009-10 Ping First-team All-American.

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Team of the week: Augusta State

Augusta State, which competes at the Division II level for all sports except men’s and women’s golf, defeated top-ranked Oklahoma State 3-1-1 on June 6 to capture its first NCAA Championship. The Jaguars, who entered the NCAAs No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, placed sixth in the 54-hole stroke-play qualifier, 13 shots behind Oklahoma State. Augusta State edged Georgia Tech 3-2 in the quarterfinals, defeated Florida State 4-1 in the semis, and fed off superb performances from Henrik Norlander and Patrick Reed in the finals to dispose of Oklahoma State, which was in search of its 11th national title.