News for Wednesday, July 17, 2013


News 2013 July 17


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Neck injury threatens Oosthuizen's Open status

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, is unsure whether he will be able to tee it up in Thursday's first round due to a recurring neck injury.

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Kim wins APL match, gets Walker Cup nod

Some day: Michael Kim on a high from Walker Cup nod, APL match victory

It was quite a day for Michael Kim, the Cal junior who last season won the Haskins and Jack Nicklaus awards as college golf’s best player.

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Tiger Woods signs new endorsement deal with Nike

Picturing Tiger Woods adorned with anything but Nike swooshes is difficult to do. And a new endorsement deal between the two ensures that such a vision will remain just that – a figment of the imagination.

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Hadley back to work after 59, to play PGA Tour event

Two days after shooting 59 in the opening round of the PGA of Ontario Championship at Deer Ridge Golf Cub in Kitchener, Ontario, Brian Hadley was back at work Wednesday morning.

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Looking back on Seve's 1988 Open victory

It's been 25 years since Seve Ballesteros' final major victory, at the 1988 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. Here's a look back at Seve's triumph.

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U.S. Junior: Stroke-play tee times, pairings

Here is a complete list of the tee times and pairings for the two rounds of stroke-play qualifying at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.

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Senior Open to Publinx, Knapp keeps grinding

U.S. Senior Open to Publinx, Sean Knapp keeps grinding away

Sean Knapp, 51, of Oakmont, Pa., is one of the rare 'old-timers' among the 156 players in a field whose average age is 23.6.

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R&A turns back clock in defending male-only clubs

Comparing the membership policy of a men's-only golf club with racial discrimination is "frankly absurd," says R&A chief Peter Dawson.

After numerous struggles for equality worldwide it's clear that at certain golf clubs in the U.K., discrimination is not only an accepted practice but one that is condoned by an organization and its chief executive.

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Bradley knows landscape of women's Slam run

Pat Bradley knows landscape of making run at Grand Slam

The Grand Slam talk surrounding Inbee Park has captured the attention of Pat Bradley, who once stood in a similar position.

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Notes: Blixt sees light; Mick's money game; more

Notes: Jonas Blixt sees light; Phil Mickelson's money game; more

Two weeks later, Jonas Blixt still doesn't understand the criticism at Greenbrier; Keegan Bradley says Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are money; plus more in our notebook.

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Still no clear reason why McIlroy is derailed

On eve of Open, still no clear reason why Rory McIlroy is derailed

On a pleasant Wednesday on Scotland’s southeast coast, Rory McIlroy seemed light years removed from the comfort of his PGA Championship win. Smiles weren’t as plentiful, answers not as playful, body language not as carefree.

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Walker Cup reaction: 'Pinnacle of amateur golf'

Patrick Rodgers and Max Homa were nearly at a loss for words when describing the emotions of being chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2013 Walker Cup.

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How Ian Poulter prepares for an Open Championship

How does Ian Poulter prepare for the Open Championship? From getting his many outfits picked out ahead of time to his superstitions, Poulter's pre-tournament routine is quite interesting.

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Play before a major? Pros divided on answer

Play the week before a major? Pros answer question differently

Tiger Woods is dead set against playing the week before a major, even if on those occasions when he did he won. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, played poorly at this year's Masters and will tell you it's because he didn't compete the week before.

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Twitter reaction to Dawson's male-only remarks

Peter Dawson's male-only remarks draw early Twitter reaction

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, spoke Wednesday in the traditional R&A news conference held on the eve of the Open Championship.

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Porras earns feel-good victory at Judson Collegiate

Maribel Lopez Porras earns feel-good victory at Judson Collegiate

Maribel Lopez Porras made a special trip from her home in Bogota, Colombia to be at the Judson Collegiate this week. The cause was that close to her heart.

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Final-round 66 lifts Travis to Idaho Am win

Final-round 66 lifts Ty Travis to Idaho State Amateur win

Ty Travis, a junior at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, shot 67-68-66 and never fell from the lead en route to the 2013 Idaho State Amateur championship.

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R&A head talks Open, women, doping, more

R&A head Peter Dawson talks British Open, women, doping, more

The R&A, in its news conference before the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, fielded questions regarding gender discrimination, drug testing and the Olympics.

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Rose must forget Merion to join elite club

British Open: Justin Rose must forget Merion to join elite club of Open winners

Only six players have won the U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same season. Can Justin Rose become the seventh?

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Springfield's Erickson leads Illinois Am by 2

Springfield's Jake Erickson leads Illinois State Amateur by 2

The first pairing of the day saw Jake Erickson of Springfield card a 5-under-par 67 to take the first round lead in the 83rd Illinois State Amateur.

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U.S. announces half of its Walker Cup squad

In a teleconference Wednesday, the U.S. Golf Association announced five of the 10 players who will comprise the 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team: California's Max Homa and Michael Kim, Alabama's Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett and Stanford's Patrick Rodgers.

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Rude: Scott is ultra-prepared and hungry for more

Adam Scott knows that his Wednesday press conference could have had a much different feel if he hadn't won the Masters in April. But Scott is a different man than the one that blew a four-shot lead at the 2012 Open Championship: He's focused.

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VIDEO: Gary Player talks about winning an Open Championship

Fresh off his nude appearance in ESPN's Body Issue, a fully-clothed Gary Players offers up insights on winning an Open Championship at Muirfield.

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VIDEO: Dawson, course officials break down Muirfield changes

R&A chief Peter Dawson says that "as links courses go, (Muirfield is) a fair course. What you see is what you get." Dawson and Muirfield officials break down the changes to the course since we last saw it at an Open Championship.

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Humble Park shares pre-St. Andrews thoughts

Ricoh Women's British Open: Humble Inbee Park shares pre-St. Andrews thoughts

There’s been much ado about the quest for a grand slam since Inbee Park won the U.S. Women’s Open on June 30, her third consecutive major.