News for Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Achie's Awards: Words of wisdom run gamut

Another major championship is about to start. For those who will not win the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, there is always a Major Jim Award to recognize significant words of wisdom.

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Pinehurst has players tweaking wedges, long irons

Wedges and long irons are the two areas in which U.S. Open competitors are furiously making equipment changes at Pinehurst before the start of the year's second major championship.

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Mickelson on Pinehurst: 'Best opportunity' to win

With one leg remaining in his quest for the career Grand Slam, Phil Mickelson, a six-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, is back at Pinehurst No. 2, the place where all the close calls began in 1999 and a place that, according to Lefty, provides him the best chance to win.

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Millionaire? McNealy finds dad worth much more

Maverick McNealy doesn't live in his millionaire father's shadow, as Scott McNealy will have none of it. Instead, the Sun Microsystems co-founder takes pride in toting his eldest son's bag around whatever course they may find.

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Death watch? Potential issues on Pinehurst's 9th green

If there’s one green at Pinehurst No. 2 that is a candidate for going over the top, it’s that of the par-3 ninth. On the card it’s 191 yards, but the putting surface here is one of the course's smallest -- and has the most contour.

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Spieth, Thomas upend Mickelson, Fowler

Phil Mickelson said that he’d reserve a spot for Justin Thomas in his Tuesday game if Thomas qualified for the U.S. Open. It's a favor that paid off for the young gun, as well as Jordan Spieth.

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Watson comfortable on Pinehurst's sandy layout

Bubba Watson called Pinehurst No. 2, this year's U.S. Open venue, the "toughest we'll play." Yet, the two-time Masters champ feels comfortable on the restored Donald Ross gem, likening it to a course he grew up on in the Florida Panhandle.

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Watson, wife plan to adopt second child

Bubba Watson added a second green jacket last April; now he and his wife, Angie, are in the process of adding another child to the Watson clan, he said at Pinehurst before the U.S. Open.

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Webb Simpson's scripted apparel for 2014 U.S. Open

Check out 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson's scripted apparel from Izod for his week at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Notes: Rose's defense; Kuchar's memories; more

Justin Rose explains why he doesn't care for the term "defending" U.S. Open champion, while Matt Kuchar has a mixed bag of U.S. Open and Pinehurst memories, plus more.

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VIDEO: Alex Miceli previews the 2014 U.S. Open

Our Alex Miceli is on the grounds at Pinehurst No. 2 and sat down with David Dusek to chat about some of his favorites at the 2014 U.S. Open.

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Trends, numbers might pave winner's path

Finding trends from previous Open victories and previous performances might help predict who will come out on top this week at Pinehurst -- what do the stats say about Phil Mickelson? Rory McIlroy? Justin Rose?

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Baylor's Priest resigns after 11 years

Greg Priest has decided to call it a career as a college golf coach. Priest has resigned as head men's coach at Baylor after 11 years guiding the Bears.

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U.S. Open: Adam Scott amid varied experts' picks

The riddle of Pinehurst is reflected in our senior staff's expert picks -- which range from young up-and-comers to players at their peak including Adam Scott and Bubba Watson to wiley veterans. See all their picks and reasoning right here.

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With injury under control, Day set for Open challenge

Jason Day will make just his sixth start of the PGA Tour season this week in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort after missing time with a left-thumb injury. Yet, the Aussie says he is "100 percent healthy" and ready to contend for his first major title.

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VIDEO: Mickelson on the harmonica?! He's got skills

Phil Mickelson provided some cheer on the 15th tee at Pinehurst, but not because of his game, but for his harmonica skills. Check out the video!

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Garcia, D. Johnson's scripted apparel for 2014 U.S. Open

See Adidas Golf staffers Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson's scripted apparel for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Mechanic's Monday dining partner? A bottle of wine

Miguel Angel Jimenez took to Pinehurst Resort's Carolina Hotel for dinner on Monday, flying solo with a bottle of wine and entertaining guests one-by-one as they stopped by to say hello.

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Justin Rose's scripted polos for 2014 U.S. Open

Ashworth Golf has released the next phase of the Ashworth Major Series collection featuring defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and Retief Goosen (2001 and ’04).

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Best U.S. Open venues? Pebble Beach tops our list

As the historic Pinehurst No. 2 prepares to host the 2014 U.S. Open starting Thursday, our staff of experts debated the best venues for America's national championship. Here are the results . . .

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VIDEO: Gary Woodland reveals his alter ego

Look at what Gary Woodland sent over to Golfweek prior to teeing it up at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. His alter ego? The Incredible Hulk.