News for Thursday, June 23, 2011

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Whitten named Michigan head coach

Chris Whitten has been hired as the Michigan head men’s golf coach, the university announced Thursday. Whitten replaces Andrew Sapp, who left to become the head coach at his alma mater, North Carolina.

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Guthrie stumbles but retains NE Amateur lead

Like so many before him, at any level, at any tournament, Luke Guthrie found just how tough it is to come back from a record-setting round with an equally strong performance.

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Tseng leads LPGA Championship with 66

Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Paula Creamer in the first round of the LPGA Championship.

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Bradley leads Travelers as rain washes Round 1

Michael Bradley had a one-stroke lead when first-round play in the Travelers Championship was suspended for the day Thursday.

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Leading Wegmans, Tseng strives for greatness

While the golf world is quick to crown Rory McIlroy as the game’s most talented, most promising twentysomething, it may be time to take a closer look at 22-year-old Yani Tseng.

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An inside view on the rules

The Rules of Golf today are as much about golf equipment as they are playing the game, with regulations surrounding clubs and balls dominating rules discussions in recent years.

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Top resorts are his Forte

With Verdura, renowned developer gives a luxurious lift to Sicilian golf

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Guthrie follows trend, backs up to field

One thing that has become constant in the Northeast Amateur Invitational over the past dozen or so years: shoot a tournament-record round and be in store for a 10-stroke swing.

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Stenson (64) opens 1-stroke lead in Germany

Henrik Stenson shot an 8-under 64 in poor weather Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW International Open.

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Jack tackles chronicle of Pebble with success

“Let There Be Pebble” arrived as unexpectedly as Shivas Irons showing up on the first tee at Burningbush, ready to share golf’s mystical and metaphysical secrets.

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Club-fitting series: Longer, lighter driver shafts

There are two opposing schools of thought on driver length. One maintains that drivers should be shorter for accuracy, the other says drivers should be longer for distance. Who's right?

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Curtis relieved to finish at delayed Travelers

The happiest guy at the Travelers? Ben Curtis, who awoke early and finished before the horn sounded.

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Book Review: ‘Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force’

From 1974 to 1994, Deane Beman presided over the growth of the PGA Tour. Adam Schupak explains how he converted a great game into a big business

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Arizona State coach Lein out after 19 seasons

After 19 seasons directing the Arizona State men’s team, Randy Lein has learned that his contract will not be renewed for the 2011-12 season.