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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.
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.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – 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 at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club.

Block, the head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., finished 72 holes tied with Jamie Broce, the head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Toledo, at 2-under-par 286. Block finished with an even-par 72 and Broce a 3-over 75. They were one stroke ahead of Stuart Deane ...

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Alex Miceli
The USGA for the first time employed digital scoreboards for the 2014 U.S. Open doubleheader at Pinehurst.
The USGA for the first time employed digital scoreboards for the 2014 U.S. Open doubleheader at Pinehurst.

PINEHURST, N.C. – The PGA Tour has converted nearly all of its scoreboards from manual to electronic, providing more information about the players and the shots that spectators see.

The U.S. Golf Association, in contrast, never had used an electronic scoreboard at one of its tournaments before this month, preferring the traditional manual scoreboards. During the U.S. Open doubleheader at Pinehurst, that changed. To the right of Pinehurst No. 2’s 18th hole, an electronic scoreboard flashed player information, driving distance, distance to the hole and putt distances.

“For us it’s just really to try it out ...

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Rich Skyzinski

Citing "personal reasons," 2012 champion Matt Dobyns withdrew Tuesday morning from the 47th PGA Professional National Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Later on Tuesday, Laurie Dobyns gave birth to a 2-pound, 8-ounce boy that wasn't due until September. It is the second child for the Dobyns family.

Dobyns shot a 1-over-par 73 at each of the two courses used for the opening 36 holes, Dunes Golf and Beach Club, and the Resort Club at Grande Dunes, to enter Tuesday's third round in a tie for 31st place. Dobyns, the head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in ...

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Rich Skyzinski
Karen Paolozzi during Monday's second round of the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Karen Paolozzi during Monday's second round of the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Suzy Whaley, you have company.

Whaley had been the only woman to make the cut at the PGA Professional National Championship when she finished tied for 64th in 2005, but 31-year-old Karen Paolozzi of Roswell, Ga., joined her in that small group of two on Monday at the Dunes Club.

Paolozzi, an assistant professional at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, shot a 4-under-par 32 on the back nine, completing a 1-under-par 71 and a two-day total of 2-over 146, three strokes inside the inaugural 90-player cutline. There will also be a 54-hole cut after the ...

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Tiger Woods lines up a putt in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty during the first round of the 2013 Barclays at Liberty National.
Tiger Woods lines up a putt in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty during the first round of the 2013 Barclays at Liberty National.

Your intrepid Forecaddie has learned that Lady Liberty will stand tall over the Presidents Cup in 2017. According to multiple sources, the 12th edition of the biennial competition between the U.S. and International team will be hosted at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

The club, overlooking the skyline of Manhattan and with the Statue of Liberty as its backdrop, hosted The Barclays, the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events, in 2009 and 2013.

“It’s a perfect venue for match play,” said Tom Kite, who co-designed the course with Bob Cupp.

• Tour announces Liberty ...

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Cassie Stein
Madison Pressel, show here playing with the Texas Longhorns in 2013, won her first pro title on the Symetra Tour on Sunday.
Madison Pressel, show here playing with the Texas Longhorns in 2013, won her first pro title on the Symetra Tour on Sunday.

Madison Pressel won the Symetra Tour’s Decatur-Forsyth Classic in a playoff over Ashley Tait for her first professional victory Sunday.

Big sister Morgan, who is gearing up for the U.S. Women's Open this week at Pinehurst No. 2, congratulated her via Twitter:

Pressel and Tait tied at 6-under 210 in the 54-hole event after a three-shot swing occurred on the par-3 17th during the final round at Hickory Point Golf Club. Pressel, a 2013 Texas graduate, made birdie to Tait’s double bogey.

For Pressel and Tait, the playoff only took one hole. Pressel made a birdie ...

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Cassie Stein
Casie Cathrea
Casie Cathrea

Casie Cathrea shot a 5-under 67 in the first round of The Cactus Tour’s Vegas event at Silverstone Golf Club on Saturday. Cathrea, 18, holds a three-shot lead over Amber Hensley in the 36-hole tournament.

In her professional debut, Cathrea of Livermore, Calif., had an up-and-down round posting two double bogeys offset with seven birdies and an eagle.

She was supposed to tee it up as a pro for the first time at The Cactus Tour’s event at Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 7-9 and then two weeks later at LPGA’s Swinging Skirts tournament ...

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June 9, 2014 | 11:43 a.m.

NGA, All-American Gateway tours merge

Golfweek Staff

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –– Two established mini tours have merged, creating a developmental circuit that will span the East and West coasts.

The NGA Pro Golf Tour and the All-American Gateway Tour announced that they will unite, creating the nation's largest third-tier developmental tour.

The NGA, formerly known as the Hooters Tour, was founded in 1988 and is based in Myrtle Beach. The tour plays primarily in the Carolinas and nearby states, with winter series in Florida and the Carolinas. The All-American Gateway, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Phoenix, stages events in Arizona, California and Florida.

Robin Waters ...

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Adam Schupak
Lee Trevino during the first round of the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops at Top of the Rock.
Lee Trevino during the first round of the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops at Top of the Rock.

RIDGEDALE, MO. – Lee Trevino walked off the final green at Top of the Rock, the nine-hole par 3 course co-hosting the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf, and let owner Johnny Morris know exactly what he thought of his place.

"Johnny, this is the hardest golf course I've ever played," Trevino said. "It's so hard it took me 8 hours and 22 minutes to play."

Then he broke into laughter. Despite more than 4 hours of weather delays, the first round of the tournament was completed with the two-man teams of Billy Andrade-Tommy Armour, Jeff Sluman-Fred Funk and ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Simin Feng is turning pro, she told her coach at Vanderbilt after the Commodores' year-end banquet wrapped up her freshman season.
Simin Feng is turning pro, she told her coach at Vanderbilt after the Commodores' year-end banquet wrapped up her freshman season.

Hours after Duke won its sixth NCAA women's title, freshman Yu Liu announced her plans to turn professional. The news created a strange mixture of emotions for longtime coach Dan Brooks, a familiar high coupled with such a surprising blow.

Liu, who finished the season No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, is the first player in Brooks’ 30-year career at Duke to go pro after one season. Liu competed as a professional in last week’s Beijing Challenge on the China LPGA, shooting 70-73-71.

But Brooks wasn’t alone.

Meanwhile over at the Vanderbilt camp, head coach Greg ...

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Jeff Rude
Danny Lee made a strong run in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open before a tough stretch at Scioto left him on the outside looking in (shown here during the 2014 Puerto Rico Open).
Danny Lee made a strong run in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open before a tough stretch at Scioto left him on the outside looking in (shown here during the 2014 Puerto Rico Open).

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sometimes the leader isn’t the story. Sometimes in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying a qualifier isn’t even the story. So it went Monday here with the sad tale of Danny Lee.

The 23-year-old Korean was cruising along, tied for the lead in the Columbus sectional, looking like he would be among 16 golfers advancing to the June 12-15 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. The storyline was compelling because Lee won the 2008 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2.

But then about everything that could go wrong did. Playing the more difficult Scioto Country ...

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James Achenbach

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CRESWELL, Ore. – Zac Blair, medalist in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier here at Emerald Valley Golf Club, is the son of the Utah golf legend Jimmy Blair.

Blair the elder played golf at Brigham Young University from 1974 through 1977. Blair the younger graduated three weeks ago from BYU and is competing as a professional on the PGA LatinoAmerica Tour. So far this year, he has made six of seven cuts and claimed two top-five finishes in Latin America.

Blair was 7-under-par with rounds of 69 and 68 at Emerald Valley. That gave him a four-stroke cushion ...

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Nick Masuda
Nicholas Lindheim (front) lines up a 10-foot par putt on No. 9 with his caddie Carter "Hurricane" Hennessey during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Quail Valley in Vero Beach, Fla. Lindheim would make the putt to card a 1-under 71.
Nicholas Lindheim (front) lines up a 10-foot par putt on No. 9 with his caddie Carter "Hurricane" Hennessey during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Quail Valley in Vero Beach, Fla. Lindheim would make the putt to card a 1-under 71.

VERO BEACH, Fla. – The U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Quail Valley provided a handful of firsts Monday, as all four players who have advanced to next week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be making their debuts in America's national championship.

But that doesn't mean any of their stories followed the same script.

Here are 5 Things to take away from Monday's action in Florida:

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1. FEELING DREAMY: Staring at a 10-footer for par on the ninth hole, Nicholas Lindheim got some encouraging words from his goofball caddie, Carter "Hurricane" Hennessey.

"You know ...

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David Dusek
Rob Oppenheim (from left), Jim Renner, Fran Quinn and Matthew Dobyns are Pinehurst bound after advancing through the 2014 U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Purchase, N.Y.
Rob Oppenheim (from left), Jim Renner, Fran Quinn and Matthew Dobyns are Pinehurst bound after advancing through the 2014 U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Purchase, N.Y.

PURCHASE, N.Y. – The tri-state area boasts numerous venues that have hosted U.S. Opens, including Winged Foot, Baltusrol, Shinnecock Hills and Bethpage. Old Oaks Country Club and the Century Country Club are cut from the same cloth and proved it again Monday during sectional qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Open.

Old Oaks and Century feature thick rough, tree-lined fairways and slick, undulating greens. Only three players finished 36 holes under par on Monday. No one was going to qualify for our country's national championship by fluke here.

Fran Quinn, 49, shot a pair of 69s to share ...

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James Achenbach

With a few artistic liberties, it could be said that professional John Buffalo of Las Vegas looks something like a buffalo.

He appears to be strong and determined and decisive. Here at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Emerald Valley Golf Club, the decisive part would serve him well.

Buffalo was paired with Kevin Murphy, who plays on the Oregon State University golf team. On the 3rd hole, a 537-yard par 5, the two players launched drives that ended up in the fairway just two inches apart.

Put on your thinking cap, because now comes the rules question.

Murphy ...

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