News for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Rickie is simply going to be Rickie at Pinehurst

Rickie Fowler likes where his game is at heading into the U.S. Open, and plans to use plenty of drivers at Pinehurst No. 2 despite the conservative approach most others will take in trying to dissect the difficult course.

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Achie's Awards: Appreciating opinions at Pinehurst

Players and officials took the time Wednesday at Pinehurst to talk about the upcoming U.S. Open challenge. Here's a salute and a handful of Major Jim awards to honor their perspectives heading into the year's second major.

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Love, McDowell part of UAB-themed practice pairing

Last Saturday, Jason Millard was driving from Tennessee to play in the U.S. Open. Sam Love was in his car to start a journey to Johnstown, Penn., for the Sunnehanna Amateur. Two phone calls later, two trips were turned around, and destinations were changed, Love winding up at Pinehurst.

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McIver travels road from obscurity to U.S. Open

Brandon McIver wasn't highly recruited, a victim of playing golf for only five or six months a year in Montana. A fateful trip by Oregon's Casey Martin to check out the kid has led McIver to a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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Rude: We've got your winner. Here it is.

It’s clear who will win this week’s U.S. Open. Guaranteed. Write it down. Here it is . . . Plus, the club pro who bounds his drives past J.B. Holmes, Padraig Harrington's whereabouts and more.

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Cromie, Burns set early pace at Sunnehanna

Sam Burns and Michael Cromie shot 5-under 65s at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa., to share the first-round lead Wednesday in the Sunnehanna Amateur.

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Sluman leads by 1 at Monroe Invitational

Trevor Sluman, who plays at Louisville, fired a five-under 65 in the first round of the Monroe Invitational Championship to lead by one.

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McIlroy looks to shed 2nd-round troubles at Open

Rory McIlroy enters the U.S. Open at Pinehurst with 'a bit of confidence' as he searches for his third major title. He'll just have to get past the second-round troubles that have plagued him recently.

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Els banks on proven path to regain Open success

Late last year, Ernie Els decided he needed to make some serious changes -- the same ones he used in winning the 2012 Open Championship over a then-stunned Adam Scott. As he chases a third U.S. Open title, he's banking on them.

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Introducing the Golfweek Southeast Junior Invite

Golfweek’s Junior Invitational series has expanded to five events with the creation of the Golfweek Southeast Junior Invitational. And this one has a twist.

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: June 11, 2014

Check out our U.S. Open preview edition of Toy Box Extra, complete with exclusive video with Rory McIlroy, as well as a Father's Day Guide!

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Mahan, Spieth scripted apparel for 2014 U.S. Open

Check out Hunter Mahan and Jordan Spieth's scripted apparel from Under Armour for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, June 12-15.

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Notes: Simpson's Pinehurst memories; more

Webb Simpson has some good memories of Pinehurst No. 2, his first coming at the 1999 U.S. Open when he was a 13-year-old standard bearer, while amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, playing his first U.S. Open, has a new look. Those notes and more.

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Scott: Bring imagination, judgment to Pinehurst

A Masters title already under his belt, Adam Scott enters a major as the world’s No. 1 ranked player for the first time this week at Pinehurst No. 2 for the 2014 U.S. Open.

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VIDEO: Miceli dishes on his favorites, Pinehurst impressions

Alex Miceli has been on the grounds at Pinehurst the last few days and offered up his impressions of the course, as well as breaking down two of his favorites this week.

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How Pinehurst gets its maddening greens ready

Our Bradley S. Klein was on the course with the course crew at 5:15 a.m. on Pinehurst No. 2, taking in how they get a major course prepared and keep it playable.

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VIDEO: A tour of Pinehurst Village

Our Tracy Wilcox visited Pinehurst multiple times before the start of the U.S. Open, capturing some of the flavor of the golf village. Check out the video.

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Fowler, other scripted Puma apparel for 2014 U.S. Open

See Rickie Fowler, Jonas Blixt and Graham DeLaet's scripted apparel from Puma Golf for this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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VIDEO: Klein breaks down changes at Pinehurst

Our Bradley S. Klein has visited Pinehurst No. 2 numerous times, even playing the course twice in the last few months to get a true gauge on what the U.S. Open players will face this week. He breaks down what to expect in this video.

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VIDEO: Tom Stewart's pricey golf art at Pinehurst

For sale: One of the world’s largest collections of golf art, literature and memorabilia. Valued by owner Tom Stewart at $6 million.

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U.S. Open: Snead, Mickelson best never to win

Phil Mickelson is the much-discussed player who needs a U.S. Open victory this week to complete the career Grand Slam, but he's not the only big name in golf for whom this national championship has proved unreachable.

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VIDEO: Jordan Spieth reveals his alter-ego

Look at what Jordan Spieth sent over to Golfweek prior to teeing it up at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. His alter ego? Captain America.