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Olympic, Bandon to host inaugural 4-ball events

The Olympic Club in San Francisco and Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort will play host to the respective inaugural men's and women's national four-ball tournaments in 2015, a source says the USGA will announce today.

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Bulldog's Blog: Mickelson still talk at Royal Birkdale

Was Phil Mickelson's back-nine Sunday performance the best ever in a major championship? A lot of guys on the range Tuesday at the Senior Open at Royal Birkdale think so.

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Bulldog's Blog: Mickelson proves masses wrong

The latest Bulldog's Blog chronicles one of the best major championship Sundays Alex Miceli has experienced, as Phil Mickelson won a major championship that everyone said he couldn’t.

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Matsuyama penalized for slow play at Muirfield

Hideki Matsuyama was penalized for slow play on Saturday and said he didn't truly understand why; his partner for the day felt for him as well. Matsuyama was docked on the 17th hole at Muirfield.

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Spieth falters late after conquering Muirfield early

Jordan Spieth was in the hunt at the 142nd Open Championship, but the last four holes in Friday’s second round either showed why Muirfield is such a difficult test or why 19-year-olds don't win major championships.

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Out of nowhere, O'Meara an Open factor again

When Mark O'Meara won his Open Championship in 1998, he was a definitive long shot. So, after his 4-under 67 on Thursday at Muirfield, O'Meara is opening eyes all over again.

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Hamilton (remember him?) finds flash of that '04 form

In what would prove to be the pinnacle of his career, Todd Hamilton won the Open Championship in 2004 at Royal Troon, defeating Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff. That was the last time Hamilton won a tournament, the last time he broke 70 in an Open Championship -- until Thursday.

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Neck injury threatens Oosthuizen's Open status

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, is unsure whether he will be able to tee it up in Thursday's first round due to a recurring neck injury.

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R&A turns back clock in defending male-only clubs

After numerous struggles for equality worldwide it's clear that at certain golf clubs in the U.K., discrimination is not only an accepted practice but one that is condoned by an organization and its chief executive.

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R&A head talks Open, women, doping, more

The R&A, in its news conference before the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, fielded questions regarding gender discrimination, drug testing and the Olympics.

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Spieth determined to enjoy unexpected trip

A little more than a year ago, Jordan Spieth was basking in Texas' national championship after his freshman season. On Thursday, he'll tee it up at Muirfield a multimillionaire that is the fourth-youngest player to ever win on the PGA Tour.

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Phil feeling confident about chances at Muirfield

Fresh off a dramatic victory at the Scottish Open, Phil Mickelson enters this week's Open Championship on an incredible high about his chances playing links golf.

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With elbow 'fine,' Woods remains oddsmakers' pick

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win his 15th major championship and fourth Open Championship according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.

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Bulldog's blog: Playing Renaissance Club

Our Alex Miceli squeezed in 36 holes of golf around covering the Open Championship on Monday, taking in both Gullane Golf Club and the Renaissance Club. Oh, to be able to play golf until 10 p.m.

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Foster's long, injury-riddled road leads to Open

Billy Foster, former caddie for Lee Westwood as well as Seve Ballesteros and Darren Clarke, has taken the long road back from a knee injury to pick up a two-week stint on the bag for Branden Grace.

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Bulldog's blog: Historic Muirfield buzzing early

Our Alex Miceli gives you a bit of a history lesson on Muirfield, but quickly turns his attention to this year's Open Championship, as Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson all hit the course on Sunday.

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Bulldog's blog: A walk with ghosts at St. Andrews

In his fifth installment of the Bulldog's blog, our Alex Miceli visits St. Andrews, the 'Home of Golf.'

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Bulldog's blog: An impressive day at Trump Scotland

In his fourth installment of the Bulldog's blog, our Alex Miceli plays a round at Golfweek's top-ranked GB&I course, Trump Scotland. Let's just say it lived up to its hype.

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Bulldog's blog: Castle Stuart with Paul McGinley

Alex Miceli spent a day at Castle Stuart getting to know Paul McGinley, the Europeans' next Ryder Cup captain.

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Bulldog's blog: Royal Dornoch builds on rich history

Royal Dornoch plays just like it was designed back in the late 1800s, fitting for a club so keen with its history that it is establishing a program to investigate the history of sport and culture in the region.

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Bulldog's blog: With Bond as guide, a worthy trip to Tain GC

Senior writer Alex Miceli will be in England and Scotland for nearly a month and will be keeping you updated with his latest tidbits in a daily blog for Golfweek. Today's installment: A trip to Inverness, with a stop at the Tain Golf Club.

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Clarke, Olazabal hit Castle Stuart range early

The range at Castle Stuart was not a bustling one on Monday morning, but interestingly two headliners -- Darren Clarke and Jose Maria Olazabal -- were out working on their games, both trying to find something for this week and next.

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Odds: Woods heavy Open Championship favorite

With a little more than a week before the Open Championship at Muirfield, Tiger Woods is still the heavy favorite, according to Las Vegas bookmakers.

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Notes: Donald's day goes awry; Mahan smiles; more

Sunday's final round at the U.S. Open at Merion featured shanks, shots out of bounds, a hole-in-one and an improbable eagle.

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Notes: Sergio gets stuck; Colsaerts' kink; more

Most of the field Saturday found Merion just as difficult as the first two days, including Sergio Garcia, while some such as Nicolas Colsaerts found mixed fortunes. Plus more.

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Furyk, Bradley fail to make cut at U.S. Open

Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley were all on the outside looking in as the cut at the U.S. Open was set at 8 over on Saturday morning.

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Notes: Westwood's wicker, Stanley's strategy, more

The first round finally finished in colder, wetter and windier conditions than Thursday's start, with players dropping shots and wondering what Merion had in store.

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Davis: Merion's roughs, greens Open-ready

USGA executive director Mike Davis says Merion is finally where he hoped it would be from a setup standpoint, with roughs and greens cut to desired heights.

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Going low at Merion? History doesn't back it up

How low will they go at Merion? Many think that the U.S. Open scoring record is in jeopardy, but our Alex Miceli says that history doesn't support that sentiment.

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Scott measures preparation by confidence it builds

So with an uncluttered mind and a plan that he feels comfortable following, Scott comes to Merion for the 2013 U.S. Open ready to chase golf's Grand Slam.

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Monday rains further soften U.S. Open course

Much of Merion's East Course has withstood recent rains. But the 11th hole needed some work on a bunker as U.S. Open week began with practice delays.

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Scott says he won't fight anchoring ban

Three prominent touring pros who use the anchoring stroke with long or belly putters – Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and Adam Scott – were disclosed to have retained legal counsel.

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Karlsson resigns European Tour membership

Robert Karlsson, a member of the European Tour since 1991, realized he no longer could meet the 13-start minimum to keep his card and resigned his membership.

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5 Things: Kuchar, Henry among few moving up

Third-round leader Matt Kuchar made five birdies against just three bogeys in windy conditions, while J.J. Henry was one of the few to break 70 in the Memorial on Saturday.

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Withdrawals coming in for U.S. Open qualifying

The withdrawals are starting to come in for Monday’s 36-hole qualifier for the U.S. Open at Merion.

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5 Things: Haas carries new load at Memorial

Once a carrier of clubs for his father at Muirfield, Bill Haas is now letting them do the talking for him; Bo Van Pelt makes helpful changes; Guan Tianlang misses the cut.

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Watney struggles at Memorial; Harmon notices

Nick Watney's score of 15 over for two rounds at the Memorial Tournament was surprising – as were coach Butch Harmon's comments via Twitter during Friday's second round.

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5 Things: Piercy thinks, Bradley booms at Memorial

Brains prevailed over brawn for Scott Piercy off the tee, while Keegan Bradley's distances impressed Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples during the first round of the Memorial.

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Driver could be key on lengthened Merion course

Masters champion Adam Scott echoes four-time U.S. Open champion Jack Nicklaus in saying golfers shouldn't leave their drivers in the bag too often at Merion.

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PAC meets on anchoring with mixed results; bifurcation arises

The PGA Tour Player Advisory Council met Tuesday, but no clear stance was taken on anchoring, and the idea of bifurcation seems to be gaining momentum, according to Davis Love III.

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PGA prez: Members' next step on anchoring unclear

PGA of America president Ted Bishop, an early dissenter regarding a ban of the anchored stroke, must wrap his arms around how his 27,000 members will deal with the USGA's new rule.

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Tour mum as WADA softens stance on marijuana

The World Anti-Doping Agency has raised the threshold for a positive marijuana test, significantly reducing the likelihood of detection for athletes who use the drug. What this might mean for the PGA Tour is uncertain.

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Goosen becomes ninth WD before Wells Fargo

Retief Goosen says a hip injury stems from practice more than a week ago, an injury that he believes came from not warming up properly and will prevent his playing in the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Watson: Respect for Collins amid adherence to Bible

Bubba Watson on Tuesday wrote a Twitter post in support of a TV analyst who had discussed gay NBA player Jason Collins and how the Christian faith can involve teachings against a gay lifestyle.

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Barron sides with Singh in Tour dispute

Doug Barron, the only known player to be suspended due to a positive drug test on the PGA Tour, lent Vijay Singh guidance throughout the Fijian's admission of using deer-antler spray.

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USGA, R&A clarify Woods' Masters ruling

A joint statement issued by the USGA and R&A on Wednesday clarified the ruling that saved Tiger Woods from disqualification at the Masters last month.

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Cleared by Tour, Singh WDs from Wells Fargo

A day after being cleared by the PGA Tour for the use of deer-antler spray, Vijay Singh made more news Wednesday by withdrawing from the Wells Fargo Championship due to an injured back.

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Quail Hollow scrambles to repair greens

The site of the Wells Fargo Championship, one of the premier stops on the PGA Tour, underwent emergency maintenance Tuesday as two greens at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., were completely re-sodded.

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IMG acquires Honda Classic operator

IMG Worldwide has acquired IGP Sports & Entertainment Group, a South Florida-based company with golf holdings that includes management of the PGA Tour's The Honda Classic.

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Mickelson unhappy with tee-to-green play

Phil Mickelson came off the course questioning everything after his first round at the Masters, and the results have only gotten progressively worse from there.

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