News for Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Open season in Michigan, too - Werkmeister leads

The rain was relentless, but so was Tom Werkmeister in taking a three-shot lead during the first round of the 2013 Michigan Open Championship.

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'Landmark' Merion Golf Club braces for assault

A deluge of rain has stacked the deck against feisty, old Merion Golf Club. But this is old hat for a course that has raised questions of whether time has passed it by each time it has hosted the Open.

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Merion Golf Club's 17th adds brawn to test

Merion Golf Club’s brawn is delivered in scattered doses, much of it coming on three stout par-3 holes, including the 246-yard 17th, its tiered green protected by a lineup of rugged, jagged bunkers.

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Rude: Flap with Tiger could help Garcia mature

Let’s hope the fallout shame Sergio Garcia has felt serves as an "Aha!" moment, one that launches him out of a stunted adolescence into a mature adult. Time will tell.

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Mud balls could toughen up Merion Golf Club

Golf rewards control and control freaks, so everything that can be controlled is controlled – which is why golfers hate mud. But they'll have to deal with it at Merion.

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Merion’s 15th presents an infernal double-cross

On a Merion East Course famed for its very long holes and very short holes, the 15th fits neatly into the middle – and is simply masterful in showing how angles of play can be mind-bending.

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For family, Mickelson ducks away from Merion

Phil Mickelson decided a while back to be home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on the Wednesday before the first round of the U.S. Open to attend his daughter Amanda’s graduation from eighth grade.

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Women's Porter Cup to take game to new heights

The power of the Porter Cup name. This week, the inaugural Women’s Porter Cup takes place at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y., to help promote the women’s game.

Midwest girls first-round pairings

Midwest Girls First-Round Pairings

FootJoy Invitational loses PGA Tour exemption

The winner of the FootJoy Invitational will no longer receive a sponsor exemption into the Wyndham Championship, which will conclude the 2013 PGA Tour regular season.

Midwest boys first-round pairings

Midwest Boys First-Round Pairings

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Woods on winning majors: 'It wasn't ever easy'

Tiger Woods, surprised by niece-turned-interviewer Cheyenne Woods during his press conference, addressed the Sergio Garcia situation, Merion's sloppy conditions and what drives him to success.

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Burns enters FootJoy Invitational on hot streak

Sam Burns has been on a tear recently, competing in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier, winning a high school state championship and finishing well in two top junior events. Now he hopes to continue that momentum at the FootJoy Invitational.

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Q&A: Webb Simpson, 2012 U.S. Open champion

The defending U.S. Open champion reveals how he switched gear before he won his first major – and says he's not afraid to give up anchored putting.

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Sisk, 48, brings perspective to the U.S. Open mix

Geoff Sisk entered the U.S. Open local qualifier in an attempt simply to get a competitive round under his belt. A few short weeks later, the 48-year-old will tee it up in his seventh U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open a surprising struggle for Donald, Johnson

Look up and down the entry list and you’ll find curiosities with players when it comes to the U.S. Open, but nothing confounds quite like the overall record of Luke Donald and Zach Johnson.

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Trip down memory lane reveals Open's true colors

Our James Achenbach spent many years attempting to qualify for the "National Open." Although he never made it out of local qualifying, he still continues to be fulfilled by the process.

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Cal sophomore Michael Kim wins Haskins Award

Sophomore Michael Kim won the Haskins Award, becoming the first Cal player in 43 years to accomplish the feat, the Fred Haskins Commission announced Tuesday.

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U.S. Open: Wet weather dampens spirits at Merion

For now, the low-lying 11th hole at Merion, a 367-yard par 4 that culminates in a small green wrapped by Cobbs Creek, is sitting high and dry. The same can’t be said for the spirits at the U.S. Open venue.