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Beth Ann Nichols

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Ko considers surgery on painful left wrist

LPGA standout Lydia Ko returned to Florida last week to receive an MRI and have a cyst on her wrist drained.

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With third Symetra win, Steen graduates to LPGA

Marissa Steen will tee it up this week in the LPGA's Portland Classic riding a wave of confidence after winning for the third time on the Symetra Tour.

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Inbee Park wins Wegmans LPGA in playoff

Inbee Park hung around all day and made her charge down the stretch to win the Wegmans LPGA Championship in a playoff over Brittany Lincicome.

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Long-hitting Lincicome leads Wegmans LPGA

While her boyfriend can hit a golf ball 460-plus yards, Brittany Lincicome can hit it pretty far herself, and it's that long-hitting skill that has helped put Lincicome atop the Wegmans LPGA Championship leaderboard after three rounds.

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Creamer's major cut streak ends; caddie in hospital

After her longtime caddie had to go to the hospital with back spasms, Paula Creamer shot 77 to miss the cut Friday at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, ending her record major cut streak at 39.

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Wegmans LPGA: Ko inches closer to 1st major title

Lydia Ko, 17, inched closer to her first major title at the Wegmans LPGA Championship when she carded a 3-under 69 Friday to move into a tie for fourth and trail big-hitting Brittany Lincicome by four strokes.

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Edgy ad leaves Thompson 'comfortable' with image

Lexi Thompson, who fired a 6-under 66 Thursday at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, said she is comfortable with her image after appearing in an edgy Puma commercial.

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LPGA players salute Rochester for 38 years

Karrie Webb, Juli Inkster and Paula Creamer are among the LPGA stars who will celebrate Rochester, N.Y., and Monroe Golf Club at the Wegmans LPGA Championship this week.

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Thompson, Martin take different paths to top

Mo Martin and Lexi Thompson represent what’s so beautiful about the game of golf: There’s no clear path to victory, even regarding majors on a top tour such as the LPGA.

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Gillman prevails at U.S. Women's Amateur

Kristen Gillman battled back from a 2-down deficit after 18 holes to capture the U.S. Women's Amateur over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson at Nassau Country Club, winning 2 up.

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Henderson leading U.S. Women's Am final

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson birdied the last two holes of the morning round to take a 2-up lead over Kristen Gillman going into lunch at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. The 36-hole final resumes at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

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Henderson, Gillman to meet in Women's Am final

The finalists of the U.S. Women’s Amateur are both 16 years old but, in many ways, the similarities end there. Kristen Gillman and Brooke Mackenzie Henderson will meet in the scheduled 36-hole final Sunday.

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Junior golfers advance to Women's Am semis

Saturday's semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur will feature the youngest collection of golfers in championship history – Kristen Gillman, Hannah O'Sullivan and Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, all 16 years old, and 15-year-old Andrea Lee.

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Oh advances to teen-heavy U.S. Women's Am quarters

Su-Hyun Oh, 18, and seven others, including six other teenagers, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur. Oh's victory, a 9-and-8 rout of Emma Talley, was the biggest win in the event since 2005.

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Notes: Koga's long odds; Talley's tough draw; more

Eimi Koga, a first-timer at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, will have her work cut out in the Round of 16 against the best player in college golf, Alison Lee. But the slender Koga, an 18-year-old Hawaiian, is used to overcoming the odds.

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Banner day for Stanford, Canada at Women's Am

It was a banner day Wednesday for Stanford University and Canada, which combined to send seven players through to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Women's Amateur. Also advancing at Nassau Country Club: Lakareber Abe, Emma Talley and more.

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Notes: Wu medals; Trojans struggle; more

Bethany Wu birdied four of her first six holes Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur en route to earning medalist honors by a shot over Andrea Lee and Su-Hyun Oh.

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UCLA's Lee "loves school," but has eye on LPGA

Alison Lee's Plan A involves turning professional in December at the final stage of LPGA Q-School -- but the UCLA student has a Plan B, and even a Plan C, she said during the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Talley (76) escapes DQ scare at U.S. Women's Am

Defending champ Emma Talley will have plenty of work to do after an opening 6-over 76, but it was almost a lot worse when the scoreboard and her scorecard didn't agree.

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NCAA champ Chen WD's at U.S. Women's Am

2014 NCAA champ Doris Chen withdrew after nine holes of the U.S. Women’s Amateur stroke-play qualifying because of pain in her right ankle from an ice-skating injury.

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LPGA to open 2015 season in Florida

The LPGA will open its 2015 season at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, according to a letter posted on the Ocala, Fla., club’s website and an email sent to players.

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Spain takes inaugural International Crown

On Sunday, those who saw the International Crown finale might have learned what many have known for years: Spain's Carlota Ciganda, Belen Mozo, Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recari are a blast.

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Does International Crown format need tweaks?

The U.S. suffered defeat in another team-format tournament, but Beth Ann Nichols questions if teams should be eliminated prior to singles matches.

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U.S. rebounds to win four points at International Crown

The Americans went from shut out to clean sweep on Day 2 of the International Crown, posting four points to sit in a tie for second with Taiwan in Pool A. Thailand, a team of smiles, leads way in that pool with five points.

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U.S. shut out on Day 1 of International Crown

The top-seeded U.S. squad ended Day 1 at the LPGA's International Crown as the only team without a point after losing twice to eighth-seeded Taiwan.

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Tseng, other Asian women welcome team game

Here’s your guide to understanding who gets to wear the International Crown, the LPGA's newest, match-play event.

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Fowler's British Open run earns Ryder Cup points

Rickie Fowler is primed for another big stage -- and at the British Open, he piled on the Ryder Cup points to prove it.

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Watson gives Hoylake one last thrill with 68

Tom Watson, 64, closed the 2014 British Open with a 4-under 68, thrilling the local fans and earning himself a standing ovation coming down the 18th fairway.

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Walker aims for top-10 finish at Open

Jimmy Walker leads the FedEx Cup standings and has 3 PGA Tour wins this season, yet the American seems better known across the pond than he is to U.S. golf fans.

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Watson, 64, makes the cut at 2014 British Open

Tom Watson is proving that age is nothing but a number – even a number (64) that plays nice with Liverpool's Beatles history – and will be sticking around for the weekend at the Open Championship after back-to-back 73s at Hoylake.

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Coetzee fires 69 to move into contention

George Coetzee’s birthday always falls during Open Championship week. The South African gave himself a tidy 3-under 69 to celebrate his 28th.

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Pan gets assist from caddie who knows lay of land

Cheng-Tsung Pan, 22, is one of four amateurs in the field at the 143rd Open Championship -- but has an edge in a caddie who's been playing golf in Hoylake since age 4.

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Karlsson's game trending in right direction behind 69

It was only two years ago that Robert Karlsson withdrew on the eve of the Open Championship with the driver yips. Thursday, he shot a 3-under 69 at Royal Liverpool and finds himself firmly in contention.

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Factory worker Singleton brings dream to life

John Singleton, the local factory worker, hopes he doesn’t have to turn up to work on Monday. Liverpool's own Singleton is bringing his dream to life this week at Open Championship.

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At Hoylake, Compton hopes to beat the odds again

The British bookmakers have Erik Compton at 200-1 this week. But let’s face it, he’s made a career of beating the odds. Compton, 34, is playing golf in the U.K. for the first time and is finding his early week at Royal Liverpool to be as quiet as it was in Pinehurst.

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Park back on radar leading Women's British

Inbee Park came to the Women's British Open completely under the radar, but said she didn’t mind -- it shows as she leads after three rounds at Royal Birkdale.

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Second-round 78 sends Wie home early

Michelle Wie came to the par-4 16th Friday sitting on the cut line and played the last three holes in 3 over to miss the weekend at the 2014 Women's British Open.

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Recari grabs spotlight with 67 at Royal Birkdale

The last, and likely only time, the media have gathered around Beatriz Recari this season came three weeks ago at Pinehurst when she played a practice round alongside 11-year-old Lucy Li. Friday, Recari found the spotlight herself with a smooth 5-under 67, the lowest round so far this week at Royal Birkdale.

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With trusted caddie on bag, Lewis opens with 71

Stacy Lewis began her title defense Thursday at the Ricoh Women's British Open by carding a first-round 1-under 71 at Royal Birkdale – and as usual, she did it with longtime caddie Travis Wilson on the bag.

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From campus to LPGA, Meadow aces toughest tests

Stephanie Meadow was a standout in the classroom at Alabama the last four years, but her game is getting all the attention now after her third-place finish at the U.S. Women's Open and qualifying for this week's Ricoh Women's British Open.

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With nobility, Davies declares herself ready

Few things on tour are more entertaining than a Laura Davies interview, and on Wednesday she dished out a few gems while being honored as a new member of Royal Birkdale, site of her only Women’s British title, in 1986.

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Rooted in friendship, Wie vs. Lewis great for LPGA

Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis spend plenty of time together off the course, but it is the pushing of each other on the course that is paying major dividends for them, and for the LPGA.

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NYC media tour shows Wie transcends golf globally

Michelle Wie visited the "Today" show, "Fox and Friends," an Omega outlet, a Nike store and even had TMZ stop her on the streets of New York to talk about twerking – and the Big Wiesy handled it all like the major champion that she now is.

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Nichols: This is only the beginning for Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie has had a journey filled with criticism, heartbreak and high expectations. Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2, the LPGA's biggest star shone brightly as she captured her first major title. And, at 24, it sure feels like the beginning.

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Third time the charm? Wie is poised for first major

Michelle Wie shares the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Women's Open for the third time in her career, but it is safe to say that Wie's game has never been so bright.

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Mix at U.S. Women's Open trumps men at Pinehurst

There’s such a wonderful mix of characters at Pinehurst for the U.S. Women's Open, with fresh-faced amateurs such as Minjee Lie sharing the spotlight alongside seasoned pros such as leader Michelle Wie.

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Lewis uses 'brains' to fire 3-under 67 at Pinehurst

Stacy Lewis was criticized for her pointed words about Lucy Li's participation in the U.S. Women's Open earlier this week, but the focus was back on her play with a 3-under 67 in the first round.

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Webb links past with present as 2-time Open champ

Karrie Webb comes into this week a touch under the radar – 11-year-old Lucy Li is this week's media darling – despite her history with the area and two victories in 2014.

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Lewis calls in short-game reinforcements

Stacy Lewis called her former assistant coach at Arkansas, short-game guru Shauna Estes-Taylor, to help the World No. 1 gauge Pinehurst's difficult greens – a place that will make or break any player in a U.S. Women's Open.

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Park, Wie prepare differently for Pinehurst

As talk at Pinehurst has turned from Martin Kaymer’s dominance to 11-year-old Lucy Li, LPGA stars such as Inbee Park and Michelle Wie took to the course to practice for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.

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