News for Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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New outlook produces positive results for Woodland

Gary Woodland has had to deal with plenty of change over the past two years. Injuries. New coaches. New equipment. On-course struggles. But the changes he employed finally took effect last week in Reno, and now he is teeing it up at the PGA Championship again, full of his old confidence.

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Leona Maguire prevails in familiar friendly match

Conventional thinking may suggest that it’s more difficult to face a friend (or a sister) in match play, but Leona Maguire is used to it. Stephanie Meadow became her latest “friendly” victim on Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

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USGA, Fox Sports reach 12-year multimedia deal

Fox Sports and the USGA announced a 12-year agreement that will run through 2026, bringing the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open to the largest sports network since 1997. The deal is set to begin in 2015.

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McIlroy identifies his problems on the course

The first part of solving a problem, of course, is identifying it. Such obvious profundity would seem to bode well for Rory McIlroy. He now realizes he is a natural player who got too caught up in swing mechanics.

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Henry moves into PGA field after Brooks withdraws

On the surface, it had all the appearances of a cozy set of circumstances, but J.J. Henry said it was just happenstance. More than how he got into the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club – with the withdrawal of his friend, mentor and sometimes caddie, Mark Brooks.

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Furyk finds the drive to make a late-season run

Entering this week's PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Jim Furyk, 43, finds reason for optimism despite a rough season. He put a new Callaway FT Optiforce driver in his bag two weeks ago and likes the results.

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American quartet at top of British Seniors Amateur

Americans Brady Exber and George Zahringer share the lead at Royal Aberdeen after one round of the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship, but two-time defending champion Chip Lutz and fellow American Patrick Tallent are only one shot behind.

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Shun Yat Hak leaves Georgia Tech, turns pro

Georgia Tech golfer Shun Yat Hak will not return to school in the fall. He has decided to turn professional.

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Prince beats Danielson in 20 holes at Women's Am

Kendall Prince will take her talents to Arizona in the fall, but was able to get a taste of what she'll be up against with a 20-hole victor over Stanford's Casey Danielson at the U.S. Women's Amateur on Wednesday.

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Often-used Oak Hill will provide brawny test at PGA

Oak Hill, host to so many marquee events, poses a brawny test for the PGA Championship this week.

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Limited edition of adizero Tour in play at PGA

A limited edition of adidas Golf’s adizero Tour will be in play this week at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

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Suspects posing as golfers held in string of burglaries

Two suspects have been apprehended in a string of burglaries at East Coast golf clubs in a classic crime of opportunity, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

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Message to women's coaches: Pick Option 1, or else

Golfweek obtained an e-mail sent to women's coaches that offers up several options for format changes to the NCAA Women's Championship, but coaches really have only one choice to maximize the opportunity of being on television.

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PGA Championship: Shifty sands surround Oak Hill

Oak Hill’s greenside bunkers are filled with unusually coarse sand that will require players to make adjustments.

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Poulter: 'Give him (McIlroy) a break'

Ian Poutler is defending Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy as he goes through an adjustment period with new equipment, new endorsement deals and new management.

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Portland State's Takaishi takes Nevada reins

Kathleen Takaishi has been named head women’s golf coach at the University of Nevada. Takasi, 37, spent the past five and a half seasons as the head coach at Portland State.

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Old Dominion hires Crabtree as women's coach

Old Dominion has hired Andy Crabtree, assistant women’s coach at Texas A&M, will serve as head women’s golf coach, beginning this fall. Crabtree spent the past two seasons with the Aggies.

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Roundup: Christovich wins Louisiana Mid-Am

Patrick Christovich started the final round of the Louisiana Mid-Amateur one shot off the pace but shot a 68 to clinch his fourth consecutive title in the event.

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Men's countdown: No. 28 Baylor

We are counting down the top 30 men's teams heading into the fall college season. Today's story: No. 28 Baylor.

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Women's countdown: No. 28 Texas

We are counting down the top 30 women's teams heading into the fall college season. Today's story: No. 28 Texas.

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Bishop, PGA's 'maverick,' succeeds by being bold

PGA president Ted Bishop, an outspoken Indiana course owner, plies wit and wisdom in seeking to reverse golf's fortunes.