News for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Burns, Brooks take respective leads at Rolex TOC

Sam Burns fired a 7-under 65 Wednesday at Richland Country Club in Nashville to take a one-shot, 36-hole lead at the AJGA's Rolex Tournament of Champions. Shannon Brooks leads the girls division.

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Els sees Woods breaking Nicklaus' majors record

As the years have gone by, people have expressed doubt that Tiger Woods will surpass Jack Nicklaus' record for major victories. Apparently four-time major winner Ernie Els isn’t one.

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Defending champ Haas: Game changes quickly

Bill Haas is the Quicken Loans National defending champion. But he’s not the same player he was a year ago: "The game changes weekly. Daily even, absolutely," he said.

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Walmart NW Arkansas: Tee times, rounds 1-2

Fresh off her first major title, Michelle Wie will share a tee time with Paula Creamer and So Yeon Ryu for the first and second round of the LPGA's Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

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Bios: PGA Championship qualifiers from 2014 PGA PNC

Here are bios for the 20 players who qualified from the PGA Professional National Championship to compete in the 2014 PGA Championship, to be played Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla.

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Southern Californian takes PGA PNC in playoff

Michael Block erased a four-stroke deficit, caught the leader at the last hole, then made a 3-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole Wednesday to win the 47th PGA Professional National Championship.

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Apparently, Oval Office is healthy snack stop

Members of the 2013 Presidents Cup teams visited President Obama on Tuesday night at the White House -- and found it an unexpected healthy snack stop.

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Golfweek's Best: Municipal Courses (2014)

Bethpage State Park (Black) is atop the 2014 Golfweek's Best Municipal Courses again.

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Rude: Even expectations for Tiger change, eventually

Rusty and inconsistent on Quicken Loans National pro-am day despite the fact he said his back felt great, even expectations for Tiger Woods eventually change. So says our Jeff Rude.

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: June 25, 2014

This week, we take a look at Michelle Wie's equipment, clothing as well as a one-on-one Q&A to chat about her Nike gear that netted her the U.S. Women's Open title.

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Notes: FedEx Cup picture; Open tickets punched; more

There are three notable players who can’t yet pencil an annual Tour Championship trip into their schedules; a few British Open tickets have been punched; plus more PGA Tour news from Jim McCabe.

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Quicken Loans National offers British Open spots

Another designated International Final Qualifying event will be held this week, for up to four British Open spots, at the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club.

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Expert picks, Quicken Loans National: Where's Tiger?

Jason Day, Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker are our senior writers' favorites to win the Quicken Loans National, where Tiger Woods will make his return to PGA Tour.

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Woods feels 'great'; play will tell us more

We get it. Tiger Woods gets injured; he gets fixed; he says has never felt better. Best not to get hung up on his words, then -- best to study his track record when it comes to these layoffs.

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White House visit thrills Presidents Cup players

Regardless of how they might have voted in the past two presidential elections, members of the 2013 U.S. Presidents Cup team wandered wide-eyed through the White House on Tuesday evening.

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Signs point toward USGA move to digital age

The USGA never had used an electronic scoreboard at one of its tournaments before this month's U.S. Open doubleheader at Pinehurst.

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Player diary: Alabama's Talley (Part 12) on USWO

In her latest player diary for Golfweek, Emma Talley of the Alabama Crimson Tide shares her experiences at the Curtis Cup and the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst.