News for Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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Busy Spieth ready for another Tour twirl

When arguably the best baseball player of my generation, Ken Griffey Jr., a guy nicknamed “The Kid,” retired last week, I officially felt old.

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Actor Wahlberg breaks 100 at Pebble Beach

Actor Mark Wahlberg broke 100 in the U.S. Open Challenge from the championship tees at Pebble Beach Golf Links on a windy Wednesday afternoon.

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Weak field paves way for hopefuls in Portugal

The minnows get their moment. That’s one way of looking at this week’s Estoril Open de Portugal on the European Tour.

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White-out works for Augusta State at NCAAs

Augusta State won its first NCAA Championship last weekend, and the team’s golf wasn't the only thing that stood out.

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Will the British Amateur yield another wunderkind?

Spots in this year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews and next year’s Masters await the last man standing at Muirfield next week when the 114th British Amateur Championship reaches its conclusion.

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No. 1 Shin WDs for emergency surgery

Jiyai Shin, the top-ranked player in the Rolex World Rankings, withdrew Wednesday from the LPGA State Farm Classic to undergo emergency surgery for an appendicitis.

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Rankings: Memorial win catapults Rose

Fowler shot 73 to finish three shots behind, but broke into the Official World Golf Ranking Top 50 at No. 32. Rose moved back into the Top 50 with a 33 spot jump to No. 33.

20-somethings making their mark worldwide

Young golf talent is flourishing worldwide, and Justin Rose’s win at the Memorial on Sunday is another case in point.

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Surf Coast staging aims to be a 'Knockout' event

An innovative PGA of Australasia tournament – merging two competitive formats – is capturing attention within the golf industry.

Rookie diary: How PGA Tour pros travel

Last time I checked in, I had just finished up at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio and also flown in a T-38 Talon at Randolph Air Force Base. A lot has happened since then, so here we go…

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Experts will convene to address pace of play

The epidemic of slow play in college golf has brought the game’s decision makers to a slow burn.

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Shin WDs for emergency surgery

The LPGA begins Thursday five straight weeks of action with the 35th annual State Farm Classic. The tournament, held in Springfield, Ill., since 1973 will be held at the 6,746-yard Panther Creek Country Club, which plays host to the $1.7 million event for the fourth consecutive year. Previously, the State Farm had a 31-year run at the Rail Golf Course.

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UST Mamiya merger gains market traction

Imported goods often carry a certain panache in the eyes of consumers. Americans who’ve gravitated toward brands such as Heineken, Mercedes-Benz and Louis Vuitton know all too well of that exotic allure. It’s an aura that can cast a favorable light on golf products, too - such as shafts.

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Toy Box notes: Rose gets help from a Ghost

Justin Rose became the first player to win with TaylorMade’s new white Rossa Ghost putter.

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BMW winner Khan gets into U.S. Open

Thanks to Justin Rose winning the Memorial, Simon Khan of England gets to play in the U.S. Open.

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Fantasy Aces: St. Jude Classic

Golfweek’s Fantasy Aces make their picks for the St. Jude Classic.

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Woods to play in Ireland pro-am next month

Tiger Woods will play his first tournament outside of the United States this year at a charity pro-am in Ireland.

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Player of the Week: Stewart Jolly

Stewart Jolly, of Birmingham, Ala., shot 10-under 134 (64-70) at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., to win the SJGT’s Vestavia Junior Classic by six shots.

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Player of the Week: Janie Jackson

Janie Jackson, of Huntsville, Ala., shot 6-over 150 (71-79) at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., to win the SJGT’s Vestavia Junior Classic by 10 shots.

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Curtis Cup returns to its ancestral homeland

One of amateur golf's most prestigious events, pitting the U.S. women's team against its GB&I counterparts, begins Friday at Essex Country Club, a Donald Ross classic steeped in Curtis Cup tradition.

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China pioneer Lin takes center stage at Wenzhou

She may not be expecting to be among the challengers in this week's China LPGA Tour event, but the mere appearance of pioneering Lin Shao-ru is a bonus for organisers of the US$50,000 Orient Wenzhou Championship and China golf fans.