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Lewis' POY lead not safe as LPGA season nears end

With four tournaments remaining on the LPGA schedule, Stacy Lewis holds a 30-point lead over Inbee Park in the Rolex Player of the Year race.

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Klein-Gille's goal: rebuild Tulsa women's golf

Former Arizona State star and LPGA Tour winner Emilee Klein-Gille turns her focus to the Tulsa women's golf program, which she hopes to restore to its past glory.

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LPGA names UL title sponsor of International Crown

The LPGA announced UL (Underwriters Laboratories) as title sponsor of the International Crown. The 2016 event will be played July 18-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., while the 2018 staging will take place in South Korea.

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LPGA stars bringing awareness to breast cancer

The LPGA's biggest stars, including Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel, continue to raise money and awareness around breast cancer, even honoring one of their own in Lisa Ferrero last month.

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Women's golf enjoys football success at Miss. St.

The recent success of Mississippi State on the gridiron has excited the women's golf program, which has enjoyed a turnaround of its own during the past five years.

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Creamer's game plan for Korea includes time at DMZ

Paula Creamer spent Monday with the Army's 2nd Infantry Division along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea, touring several camps and spending time with soldiers and their families.

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Ochoa has eye on pro-am, some 2015 play

Lorena Ochoa is gearing up to participate in this year’s pro-am at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City -- with a goal to compete in her own event in 2015 and "a few" events in the United States.

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Meadow zeroes in on Q-School; more LPGA notes

Stephanie Meadow looks to make the most of her rookie season, playing to seize an LPGA tour card at Q-school, college stars Annie Park and Alison Lee play well at Q-School and more notes from the LPGA.

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Clyburn DQ'd at Q-School after scoring-tent miscue

It will be a long flight home for England’s Holly Clyburn. She was disqualified after the first round of Stage II of LPGA Q-School because the marker failed to sign Clyburn’s card.

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French connection clear at ANNIKA

The French connection at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate was virtually unstoppable. A remarkable four players from France finished in the top 5, with South Carolina senior Justine Dreher taking the individual title.

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LPGA's 2015 schedule continues trend of growth

The 2015 LPGA schedule will feature at least 33 tournaments next season plus the Solheim Cup, Golfweek has learned.

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Symetra Tour to introduce Danielle Downey Classic

The inaugural Danielle Downey Classic will be held July 13-19 and take place at Brook-Lea Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., where the late Downey learned to play the game.

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Engzelius wins as Runas gets '15 LPGA card

Marita Engzelius wins the Symetra Tour Championship in a playoff that vaulted Demi Runas into the season's top 10 -- for which a 2015 LPGA tour card was the prize.

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Parks ready to take game, personality to LPGA

Sadena Parks, goofy personality and all, has had a breakout year on the Symetra Tour and is ready to become the fifth black player the LPGA.

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Duncan among those taking aim at LPGA card

Four LPGA tour cards are up for grabs at this week's Symetra Tour Championship. In each of the past seven years, someone outside the top 10 has moved in to claim one.

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Wie wins first LPGA major-championship award

2014 U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie won the inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award, given to the best major-championship performer of the season.

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Can LPGA stars stay aligned for final major?

From Mo Martin’s oversized finish in the Women's British Open to Michelle Wie’s big U.S. Open breakthrough, it’s been a rich year at majors for LPGA commissioner Mike Whan.

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Wie builds golf strength, just in time for Evian

Michelle Wie will compete in the Evian Championship, her first tournament since withdrawing from the Meijer LPGA Classic Aug. 7 with an acute stress fracture in her right index finger.

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Australian standout Minjee Lee turns pro

Minjee Lee turned professional one day after leading Team Australia to victory at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Japan, choosing to sign with IMG for representation.

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Notes: LPGA rookie Kaufman quickly elevates game

LPGA rookie Kim Kaufman – now 50th on the money list – is the most promising player to come out of South Dakota since Kris Tschetter made a name for herself on tour in the early '90s.

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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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