News for Thursday, June 16, 2011

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McIlroy leads U.S. Open with bogey-free 65

Rory McIlroy is becoming a master at these major championships.

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Visa issues put Rock in a hard place for Open

Uncle Sam clearly was not impressed with Robert Rock’s win at the BMW Italian Open. In fact until 4 a.m. (U.K. time), Rock was unsure if he was going to be able to make the trip to the U.S. for the U.S. Open.

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Garcia staying calm, despite solid Open start

Sergio Garcia might have expressed little interest in the U.S. Open a month ago, but he's already in solid position.

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5 Things: McIlroy atop impressive leaderboard

Five things you need to know from the first round of the U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club, including an impressive leaderboard.

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Mickelson worth price of admission at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson saw no shortage of Congressional real estate on a less-than-stellar day at the U.S. Open, but he never failed to entertain with his gutsy playing style. Jeff Babineau explains.

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Handing out first-round hardware at U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is all about tough courses and high scores, and exhausted, drained players often talk openly about their experiences. They should be rewarded for their candor.

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AmEx, Fanvision enhance Open viewing experience

One of the problems fans have when attending a golf tournament is that they can only follow the action on one hole.

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Player diary: Overcoming a rough start

Expectations. Everyone has them, whether you are setting the bar high or placing it low, you have an idea, walking to the tee box, how you believe you are going to play.

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Donald and Co. stumble at U.S. Open

World No. 1 Luke Donald was the latest top player to fall victim to U.S. Open conditions. As Jeff Rude writes, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer followed suit with high numbers.

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Politics not the only game in town at Congressional

For D.C. golfers, conservative or liberal, politics isn’t the only game in town. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Congressional's clubhouse large and lively

It’s a cold, damp Friday night in April, and the golf course – all 36 holes – is still struggling to emerge from winter’s chill. But inside Congressional Country Club, the joint is jumping.

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Biddle among alternates hoping for U.S. Open spot

Hoping for a last-minute spot in the U.S. Open, alternate Blake Biddle had to settle for a front-row seat instead.

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Watson has the game to back up YouTube career

The first round didn't end as strong as it began for Bubba Watson, but D.J. Piehowski says the budding YouTube star has the game – and galleries – to back up his shenanigans.

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Family tribute helps Malone's Lower mark his place in game

Six years after Justin Lower's father and older brother were killed in a car accident, the recent Malone graduate still keeps them in his memory on the golf course. He was recently named the David Toms Award winner.

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Stewart, Lewis a can't-miss match at British Am

The semifinals at the British Amateur will feature the can't-miss match-up of Michael Stewart (pictured) and Tom Lewis. Alistair Tait says it's too bad it's only the semis.

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Hilton Head lands 5-year deal to retain Tour stop

The Heritage, one of the PGA Tour’s iconic stops, was in dire need of a title sponsor to continue its existence. With the help of Royal Bank of Canada, the event shored up its future on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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Wildman Q&A: NCAA medalist John Peterson

In the latest edition of Wildman's Summer, Asher Wildman catches up with John Peterson, the 2011 NCAA medalist and recent LSU graduate. Find out what Peterson has to say about an NCAA Championship, LSU and the Walker Cup.

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U.S. Open Blog: Oosthuizen back near top

The U.S. Open is under way at Congressional, and Golfweek staffers are on the ground bringing you the latest. Check back throughout the day for constant updates.

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5 Things: The ins and outs of Congressional

When following the U.S. Open on screen, whether digitally or visually, here are 5 Things to look for about how the course is playing. Plus, check out the cool flyovers courtesy of our partners at USOpen.com.

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5 Thing: What to look for - U.S. Open Thursday

The menacing 10th hole is just the beginning of a tough back nine at Congressional. That and four other storylines to look for during Round 1 of the U.S. Open. FIVE THINGS