News for Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Oosthuizen, Schwartzel share long-term bond

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel met 17 years ago as juniors in South Africa. Now they own two major titles.

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Ping introduces iPhone app for putters

Ping is tapping an iPhone app to connect consumers with the right putter.

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Don’t be so quick to impeach Congressional

Compared with some venues of the past century-plus of U.S. Opens, Congressional Country Club might not stir the emotions of golf fans. That'd be a mistake.

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5 Things: McIlroy defends LeBron's Finals loss

Rory McIlroy is playing his first major since his Masters meltdown. Tuesday he revealed a friendship with LeBron James, another star athlete who has had trouble securing a championship.

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TourPlayers.com Blog: Lefty on meeting Obama

Phil Mickelson discusses his continuing quest to win the U.S. Open after five runner-up finishes and previews his meeting with President Obama.

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For Hossler, 16, toughest drive could be to course

The youngest player in the field this week at Congressional? That'd be Beau Hossler, 16, who is hoping to turn junior success into a stellar debut at the U.S. Open. D.J. Piehowski explains.

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Lewis advances to match play at British Am

Pride drove Tom Lewis into the match-play stages of the British Amateur Championship.

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Mickelson ready to finally capture U.S. Open

Is this the year that Phil Mickelson, five times a U.S. Open runner-up, wins the national championship? Jeff Rude with the highlights from Lefty’s presser.

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McDowell ready to move on from U.S. Open win

Even an affable, easygoing guy like Graeme McDowell can succumb to the burden that comes with being a first-time U.S. Open champion.

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U.S. Open Chat: Russell Henley

Russell Henley, a recent Georgia graduate, finished T-16 as an amateur at last year's U.S. Open, and he's back again. Tune in at noon to ask Henley your U.S. Open questions during our live chat.

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U.S. Open Chat: MTSU's Brett Patterson

Do you have questions about what it's like to play in the U.S. Open? Ask Middle Tennesee State's Brett Patterson, who will stop by for a live chat at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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1997 vs. 2011 U.S. Opens: A tale of two Ernies

The Ernie Els at this U.S. Open is far different from the player who won the Open at Congressional in 1997. He’s 41 now, not 27. He doesn’t putt as well. He believed then; now he’s hoping.

Brophy named women’s coach at Georgetown

Katie Brophy has been named the head women’s coach at Georgetown, the school announced June 14. Brophy spent the past five seasons serving as an assistant coach at Indiana.

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Mystery shrouds U.S. Open champ from 1911

One-hundred years ago, Johnny McDermott became the youngest U.S. Open champion. It was a career that ended a short time later, when he was put in a mental hospital.

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DirecTV plans bonus U.S. Open coverage

For those viewers not satisfied with 30 hours of live U.S. Open coverage, DirecTV has you covered.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: U.S. Open at Congressional

This may be the most wide-open U.S. Open in years, but our Golfweek fantasy experts say Steve Stricker and Lee Westwood are the favorites this week at Congressional.

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Amateur standout Smith gives you swing drills

Nathan Smith may not make any money for his on-course exploits, but he outperforms many PGA Tour players in at least one category: number of Masters invitations received.

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Live Chat wrap: Tuesday at the U.S. Open

Do you have U.S. Open questions? Join Golfweek senior writer Sean Martin for a Live Chat from Congressional Country Club Tuesday at 11 a.m.