News for Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Flying solo, Homa enjoys U.S. Open spotlight

Max Homa was just one of the five-headed monster that was the Cal men's golf team. Now on his own, Homa is enjoying a coming-out party at the U.S. Open after earning the berth in thrilling fashion.

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Werkmeister chases first Michigan Open title

The 2009 Michigan Amateur champion, Tom Werkmeister has won each of the state's major amateur titles and leads pro Barrett Kelpin by one entering the Michigan Open's final round.

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School's out, but learning sessions endure for Hall

Gavin Hall is still a week from high school graduation, but he's learning more about what he hopes to do with his life with his experiences at the U.S. Open this week at Merion.

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Toy Box Mailbag: Woods' driver choice and more

Readers' queries this week focus on Tiger Woods' driver choice, challenges of using a 64-degree wedge and optimizing driver loft.

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Rude: Reflecting on 75 straight majors

All the miles walked, notes taken and cheap cigars give our Jeff Rude reason to look back on 75 straight major championships.

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Stefani carries pair of 3-irons at Merion

Shawn Stefani relies on a pair of 3-irons – one bent to 2-iron loft – his new normal because hybrids just haven't worked for him.

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Cathrea fires 65 for Women's Porter Cup lead

Dressed in orange and black on Wednesday, it’s no secret where Casie Cathrea is heading in the fall. The Oklahoma State signee shot an opening-round bogey-free 6-under 65 at Niagara Falls Country Club to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Women’s Porter Cup.

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Setting up NFCC for Women's Porter Cup

Ever wondered how to set up a golf course? Brittany Henderson, the new assistant professional at Niagara Falls Country Club and four-year letter winner at Coastal Carolina, got the opportunity to set up the course this morning for the first Women’s Porter Cup.

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Ruthkoski moves into Michigan Open lead

Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon started the second round of the Michigan Open Championship wanting to catch first-round leader Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood by the end of the day. He was successful.

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Masters champ changes colors for U.S. Open

For the U.S. Open, Adam Scott officially replaced his Masters putter cover with another designed by Scotty Cameron for this week's championship at Merion.

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Conners grabs early lead at Monroe Invitational

Corey Conners, who just completed his junior season at Kent State, shot 4-under 66 Wednesday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Monroe Invitational.

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Barber dead at 82: 'Mr. X' won with unique swing

Barber had battled health issues in recent years, including stomach cancer. “Golf has lost a great man and competitor,” Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.

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Davis: Merion's roughs, greens Open-ready

USGA executive director Mike Davis says Merion is finally where he hoped it would be from a setup standpoint, with roughs and greens cut to desired heights.

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'While we're young': USGA pitches fast play

During the U.S. Open, USGA president Glen Nager unveiled a pace-of-play public-education campaign designed to combat one of the most significant threats to the game.

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Achenbach: Lob wedge a key at Merion

At rain-soaked Merion, the lob wedge appears destined to play a pivotal role, says our James Achenbach.

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GW Junior Invitational 2013 - Midwest: Lemont, IL

GW Junior Invitational 2013 - Midwest: Lemont, IL

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2013 Golfweek Division I All-Americans

Here is Golfweek's list of Division I All-Americans for the 2012-13 season.

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5 Things: Repeat winner? Plus, Merion's Fateful Five

As the final 24 hours begin to tick off the clock before the first official tee ball is sent into the air at the U.S. Open, there are plenty of storylines to watch as the 156-player field tries to tame the historic Merion Golf Club. Here are 5 Things to watch before Thursday's first round.

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Going low at Merion? History doesn't back it up

How low will they go at Merion? Many think that the U.S. Open scoring record is in jeopardy, but our Alex Miceli says that history doesn't support that sentiment.