News for Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Kelly's late surge wins Illinois State Amateur

After lurking in the background and trying to stay cool in near-record heat, Tee-k Kelly of Ohio State carded four birdies during his final 10 holes to win the 2013 Illinois State Amateur.

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Thompson wins car with ace at Marathon Classic

Lexi Thompson might be too far back of the leaders midway through the back nine of the Kia Classic, but she'll walk away a winner in at least one regard: Thompson aced the 14th hole to lay claim to a new car.

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Alexander takes Tenn. Women's Open title

High temperatures and tough hole locations came into play during the Tennessee Women's Open as Jessica Alexander was able to survive the elements and collect the victory.

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Former Gator McCumber wins Florida Open by two

Tyler McCumber, a Florida product, picked up his first professional victory by clearing the field at the Florida Open by two shots.

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ESPN recovers from sloppy early rounds with Sunday drama

In a case of Jekyl or Hyde for the worldwide leader in sports, the first 33 hours or so of ESPN’s coverage were often exasperating, the final four hours were exhilarating says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Austin wins PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms in playoff

With a birdie on the first playoff hole, Woody Austin earned his first PGA Tour victory since 2007 at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss.

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Bulldog's Blog: Mickelson proves masses wrong

The latest Bulldog's Blog chronicles one of the best major championship Sundays Alex Miceli has experienced, as Phil Mickelson won a major championship that everyone said he couldn’t.

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Coalson goes wire-to-wire at Cardinal Amateur

UNC Greensboro's Taylor Coalson builds on a successful freshman season at UNC Greensboro by cruising to a five-shot victory Sunday at the Cardinal Amateur Championship at Sedgefield Country Club's Dye Course.

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5 Things: Recari outduels Creamer at Marathon

A fist-pump after the 4-footer for par that sealed the deal indicated Beatriz Recari's second win of the LPGA season, by a shot over Paula Creamer at the Marathon Classic.

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5 Things: Mickelson's 'best round of career' earns 1st Open

Phil Mickelson birdied four of his final six holes -- and made a critical par save at the par-3 16th -- to clear Henrik Stenson by three shots and win his first Open Championship on Sunday at Muirfield.

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Behind 74, Woods' major losing streak hits 17

Tiger Woods has four victories in 2013, yet his season is being scrutinized for its three losses in majors -- and his weekend numbers haven't been pretty the last two years.

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Klein: It doesn't get any better than Open Sunday

If there’s a better way to spend a Sunday morning than watching the Open Championship, I have no idea what it is. The more so when the end is as emotionally fulfilling as Phil Mickelson’s triumph at Muirfield.

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Mickelson receives quick congratulations via Twitter

The competitors at the Open Championship were quick in many instances to congratulate 2013 champion Phil Mickelson via social media Sunday.

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Winner's Circle: Phil Mickelson, British Open

Phil Mickelson took the Claret Jug at Muirfield without using a driver, but he did have five wedges and a hot putter.

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How it happened: Phil Mickelson rallies to win first Open title

It has been a grind for the field this week, with Muirfield testing every ounce of patience that the world's elite can muster. On Sunday, Lee Westwood will be presented with the challenge of holding off the likes of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson. Follow now!

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Mickelson, Scott make moves Sunday at Open

Starting the day at even par and three back of third-round leader Lee Westwood, Adam Scott started slowly before a birdie at No. 11 propelled him into the lead; Phil Mickelson also gave chase.

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Poulter goes low in a hurry Sunday at Open

Ian Poulter, who started the day 5 over, has made an eagle and five birdies around the turn to rise to T-3 at even par for the tournament.

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Klein: Open inspires stream of consciousness

The British Open is a thinking man's game -- and from afar, it inspires a stream of thoughts in our Bradley S. Klein.

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Fitzpatrick takes low-amateur honor at Open

Bound for Northwestern in the fall, Matthew Fitzpatrick of Sheffield, England, saved his best for last with a final-round 72 to take low-amateur honors at the Open Championship.

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Muirfield features several Sunday pins tucked away

Sunday's final round at Muirfield features several hole locations tucked into corners of its crusty greens that are marbled in light, links brown.

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Can Dufner's 67 set pace for leaders?

Surely Muirfield will quicken up later in the day – but if the leaders who have seen Muirfield at its driest twice this week already are able to adjust, then Jason Dufner has shown them a low number is possible on its Sunday setup.