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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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McIlroy among Royal Aberdeen's victims Friday

Two players were maybe the most shell-shocked Friday at the Scottish Open when they added up their 2nd-round scores: first-round leader Rory McIlroy and countryman Russell Knox.

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McIlroy opens with course-record 64 at Scottish

Rory McIlroy made Royal Aberdeen look friendly in Thursday‘s first round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, shooting a course-record 7-under 64 in a symbolic statement that he is ready for next week's Open Championship.

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Royal Aberdeen changes add intrigue to Scottish

Is Royal Aberdeen too tough as a tuneup for the Open Championship? Many in the field for this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open are wondering aloud.

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Reeling yet rested, Poulter points to Stenson as inspiration

Henrik Stenson’s success in the later half of the 2013 season, when he swept the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race To Dubai, is something that Ian Poulter would love to duplicate.

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Fitzpatrick's task: Earn card or face uncertainty

For reigning U.S. Amateur champ Matthew Fitzpatrick, 20, this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is his third leg of a seven-tournament trial to see whether he will stay up with the big boys or be relegated to a lesser tour next year.

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Walker focused on improving play in Britain

Jimmy Walker has learned a lot in 2014, including how to win on the PGA Tour (three times) and what's it like to chase a Ryder Cup spot. Now he'll use the Scottish Open to try and conquer links golf.

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Sources: Harding Park gets '20 PGA, '25 Presidents Cup

The 2020 PGA Championship and the 2025 Presidents Cup will be played at San Francisco's TPC Harding Park on Lake Merced, sources told Golfweek on Thursday.

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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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Judge limits Singh's discovery in case against Tour

Vijay Singh's attempt to look behind the curtain of the PGA Tour's drug policy will be limited, according to a recent court ruling.

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With Google Glass, vital golf stats never are far

Finding one device that can provide yardage on the golf course as well as track launch angle and swing speed might seem impossible, but Google Glass can do all that and much more.

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5 Things: Annika on Li; Lexi slips; more

Several notables, from Kraft Nabisco champion Lexi Thompson to Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster, took to Pinehurst No. 2 with mixed results. Here are 5 Things to know Thursday's first round.

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Thompson, 19, aims to add second major title

A major winner at 19, the story behind Lexi Thompson is no longer her age, but whether or not she can become the first player to win two majors as a teenager.

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Emotions run deep for caddie 15 years later

Fifteen years ago at Pinehurst, Mike Hicks was preparing for the final round on Payne Stewart's bag. In 2014, he sat on the clubhouse veranda remarking at how time flew since.

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Snedeker plays through injury at U.S. Open

Brandt Snedeker shot a final-round 73 in the U.S. Open, despite an injury that had him unsure the exact origin of his condition that flared up before his round at Pinehurst.

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Garcia not hopeful for Spain's World Cup chances

Sergio Garcia's first love is fútbol, and at the U.S. Open he expressed a bit of disappointment to say the least after Spain was trounced by the Netherlands, 5-1.

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Furyk to Ko, 'Fluff' to keep working Pinehurst

When Jim Furyk's U.S. Open week ends Sunday, caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan will hang around Pinehurst and loop for Lydia Ko, adjusting to women's yardages while lending his knowledge of the No. 2 course.

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Mahan, Donaldson hit wrong golf balls at U.S. Open

After Hunter Mahan had done some good work to get back into the U.S. Open, hitting the wrong ball in the 18th fairway proved costly for the standout player.

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VIDEO: Miceli breaks down Day 1 at Pinehurst

Martin Kaymer took a three-shot lead after the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, with 15 players breaking par at the 'playable' course. Alex Miceli breaks it all down.

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U.S. Open: So, just who is Fran Quinn?

Fran Quinn isn't a household name by any stretch of the imagination, but the journeyman found the spotlight with a 2-under 68 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday at Pinehurst.

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Zach Johnson straightens long ball at Pinehurst

After struggling early with the driver Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2, Johnson got his tee shots and short game into sync after making the turn to shoot 1-over 71 in his U.S. Open first round.

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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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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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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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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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5 Things: Matsuyama perseveres; Watson wanes; more

Hideki Matsuyama shared or traded the lead Sunday several times with Bubba Watson before defeating Kevin Na in a playoff at the Memorial Tournament for his first PGA Tour win.

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Rodgers headlines Jack Nicklaus Award winners

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers, Barry University's Adam Svensson, Redlands' Bobby Holden, Oklahoma City University's James Marchesani and Central Alabama CC's Tim Walker garnered the Jack Nicklaus Award on Sunday.

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5 Things: Bubba's rise; Rory's rebound; more

Bubba Watson uses success on Muirfield Village's par 5s while Rory McIlroy improves 11 shots overnight on its back nine as they climb the third-round leaderboard at the Memorial Tournament. Here are 5 Things to know.

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Mickelson on federal probe: 'I have done nothing wrong'

Phil Mickelson broke his silence early Saturday morning, stating he had done nothing wrong and is cooperating with a federal probe into potential insider trading by billionaire Carl Icahn and William “Billy” Walters, a Las Vegas bettor.

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Double hit leads to missed cut for Justin Rose

Justin Rose double hit a chip shot at the par-3 12th hole, ultimately leading to a double-bogey that cost him a spot on the weekend at the Memorial.

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5 Things: Casey in control; Mickelson's 'baby steps'

Paul Casey posted a second consecutive 6-under 66 on Friday to take a three-shot lead over Bubba Watson at the Memorial.

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5 Things: Despite knee injury, McIlroy tames Muirfield

It was a scoring fest at Muirfield Village on Thursday for the first round of the Memorial Tournament, with Rory McIlroy leading the way at 9-under 63, buoyed by two eagles on his back nine.

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Mickelson works on short game ahead of U.S. Open

It was nearly 15 years ago that Phil Mickelson came up just short of a U.S. Open title. He's had five such instances since. In preparation for this year's tournament, Mickelson has been working on his short game.

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5 Things: Montgomerie claims Senior PGA

Marking the Scot's first victory at an official event in the United States, Colin Montgomerie won the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday by four shots over U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

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Rodgers' 11th collegiate title ties Woods' record

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers won his 11th career collegiate tournament on May 17 for the Cardinal, tying Tiger Woods' school record.

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Eugene Regional: Rodgers leads Stanford to win

Patrick Rodgers tied Tiger Woods' school record with his 11th individual victory, leading Stanford to a one-shot triumph over Oregon at the Eugene Regional.

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Eugene Regional: Stanford, Rodgers expand leads

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers increased his individual lead to six shots while the Cardinal also stretched their team lead and Oregon jumped to third Friday at the NCAA Eugene (Ore.) Regional.

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Eugene Regional: Rodgers, Stanford lead

The impressive part of Thursday’s first round was that Patrick Rodgers still found a way to score with something other than his “A” game, helping Stanford to a lead over Oklahoma at the NCAA men's regional in Eugene, Ore.

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5 Things: Kaymer wins; Scott fades; more

Martin Kaymer overcame trouble and held off a challenge from Jim Furyk to win the Players Championship as Adam Scott faded while eyeing the No. 1 ranking. Here are 5 Things to know.

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Day later, Tour rescinds penalty against Rose

The PGA Tour on Sunday afternoon rescinded the two-shot penalty that Justin Rose had received Saturday after his third round of the Players Championship.

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