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Alex Miceli

Contributing Writer (PGA Tour)

Alex Miceli is a Golfweek senior writer. A native of Chicago, Miceli earned a BA at Southern Illinois University in 1981 and a JD from the University of Baltimore in 1990. Founder of in 1993, Miceli has primarily covered the PGA Tour since 1996 and is an analyst on Golf Channel’s “The Approach with Callaway Golf.” 
• First set of clubs: Ping Karsten One’s. Bought them used in 1980 when I really got the golf bug.
• Favorite golf course:  Old Course at St. Andrews. Every time you play it, the game becomes more a part of you.
• First car: Dodge Coronet 440. Wow, was it fast.
• Dream foursome: Winston Churchill, General George Patton and Bobby Jones

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Notes: Mickelson's spirited defense; easy Sunday; more

Phil Mickelson came in with less than his A-game, but in the end made a spirited defense of his British Open title -- with an eye on a Ryder Cup berth.

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Clarke hits this British Open much thinner

Darren Clarke is about 50 pounds lighter than he was at last year's British Open -- and says he needed seven months of adjustments to get used to added clubhead speed.

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Coach Bob Torrance passes at age 82

Bob Torrance, the legendary Scottish golf coach, died today at his home in Largs, Scotland at the age of 82, well-known son Sam announced on his Twitter account.

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Mickelson posts 70 behind key par save at turn

Phil Mickelson's 2-under 70 was saved by a key 6-footer on the par-5 10th hole that kept his round on track.

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Notes: Furyk fine after break; Clarke content; more

A break in Utah and Paris in recent weeks with his wife and kids seems to suit Jim Furyk, judging by his first-round 68 at the 2014 British Open.

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Molinaris' paths converge on Open leaderboard

Italy never has been known as a hotbed of golf, but brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari are sitting near the top of the leaderboard in the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.

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Crane makes it to Hoylake, still waiting for spot

Ben Crane is playing the waiting game at the Open Championship, having made a last-minute trek to Hoylake in hopes that his first-alternate status would pay off in the form of a spot in the field.

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Gambling has been prohibited at British since '11

Hard to believe, but gambling by players or caddies is prohibited at the Open Championship, and it has been for a while.

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McDowell: Time to transition from 'one-hit wonder'

Graeme McDowell struggled in the final round of the 2012 Open Championship to end his chances at a second major title. It's a memory that McDowell hopes to forget by adding his first Claret Jug this week at Royal Liverpool.

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Bradley assists Watson in assessing Gleneagles

U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson played Gleneagles with Keegan Bradley to take a look at the course that in just over two months will host the 40th Ryder Cup.

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