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Alex Miceli

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Smith advances to U.S. Am quarters for first time

Nathan Smith continued his run through the U.S. Amateur on Thursday afternoon, knocking off Byron Meth in 21 holes to move into the quarterfinals for the first time.

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Smith knocks off McIver to advance at U.S. Am

Nathan Smith, 36, advances to the Round of 16 with 4-and-3 victory over Brandon McIver on Thursday at the U.S. Amateur.

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Miceli: In stepping aside, Woods steps up

When Tiger Woods pulled his name from consideration for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team, it clearly had to be a difficult decision for the injured 14-time major winner based on his recent comments.

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Smith outlasts top seed to advance at U.S. Am

36-year-old mid-amateur Nathan Smith outlasted the top-seeded Lee McCoy in 19 holes to advance to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.

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Mid-Am champ McCoy DQ'd over scorecard

A troublesome double bogey during the U.S. Amateur became disastrous for Mid-Amateur champ Mike McCoy when he instead signed for a bogey and was disqualified because of the mistake.

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Notes: PGA’s questionable timing; Perry's flashback; more

While the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship was one of the most compelling and entertaining rounds in decades, Sunday at Valhalla was also fraught with questions.

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Miceli: Watson has reason to pass on Woods

Captain Tom Watson praised the nine players who made the U.S. Ryder Cup team after Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship -- but the 10,000-pound elephant in the room was Tiger Woods' status.

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McIlroy ball from British Open goes for $52,000

The lucky fan that caught Rory McIlroy's Nike RZN Black golf ball on Sunday of the Open Championshp is $38,000 richer today after an auction completed.

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Wiesberger, Ilonen ready for PGA close-ups

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Finland’s Mikko Ilonen are familiar in Europe, but in the U.S. they are still trying to make names for themselves. The PGA Championship might help them do just that.

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Notes: Perry continues solid play in farewell tour

Kenny Perry, 53, its been a grand journey – first making the cut and then recording consecutive 69s on Friday and Saturday to show that the Kentucky native still has the game to compete on the main tour.

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Ryder Cup picture evolves at PGA Championship

The potential first nine charges of U.S. captain Tom Watson have only two rounds left to earn enough points to play on the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team -- with several outsiders looking for a way in.

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Auction for Bobby Jones gear ends Saturday

On Saturday, an auction will conclude with a large selection of Bobby Jones articles not often seen on the market, which has helped the bidding.

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Tiger making Ryder Cup decision easy one for Watson

Tom Watson effectively is off the hook. By any conceivable measure, Tiger Woods no longer should be under consideration by the U.S. captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup team.

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Tiger sets deal for new game with Zynga

Tiger Woods is back in the video-game business after an announcement by Zynga, the social gaming company, on Thursday after Woods' round and markets closed.

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In nod to Olympics, 2016 PGA will move to July

The 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club will move to July 28-31 to accommodate the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will begin August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.

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McIlroy is oddsmakers' prohibitive PGA favorite

Rory McIlroy will enter the 2014 PGA Championship as the prohibitive favorite at 5-1, according to bookmakers in Las Vegas.

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Perry combines roles of local fave, underdog

In Kentucky golf lore, Kenny Perry owns disparate fates at Valhalla -- and brings a game, albeit successful on Champions Tour, that he is unsure translates to the PGA Championship's big ball park.

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Mickelson hopes to carry spark to PGA

A 62 to cap last week's efforts seemed to do a world of difference for Phil Mickelson -- whose psyche is in a different place at the PGA Championship than it has been on PGA Tour this year.

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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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