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Beth Ann Nichols

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Notes: Park could deliver Rolex POY for South Korea

It's hard to believe that in the time since Se Ri Pak burst onto the LPGA scene in 1998, a South Korean has not won the Rolex Player of the Year Award. But Inbee Park could end that drought this year.

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LPGA: Meet the 2013 Symetra Tour graduates

Here's a quick look at the top 10 on the Symetra Tour money list, who with their finish earned LPGA cards for 2014.

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Kongkraphan to top Symetra money list, earn card

P.K. Kongkraphan, a petite 21-year-old Thai player who won once this year and came into the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship with $43,848, will be one of 10 players to earn an LPGA card for the 2014 season.

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Symetra notes: Eaton builds on newfound freedom

After a divorce and then maiden victory on the Symetra Tour in March, the 28-year-old South African sits in 12th place on the money list entering the Symetra Tour Championship, which began Thursday.

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LPGA plots events in Michigan, Nantucket for 2014

The scuttlebutt surrounding possible new LPGA events for 2014 includes a common theme: They’re domestic. New events near Grand Rapids, Mich. and another possibility for an LPGA stop in Nantucket are both in the works.

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Yun graduates into Symetra Tour's winner's circle

Hannah Yun jumped from No. 48 to 18th on the Symetra Tour money list with her $15,000 payday in winning the Volvik Championship by two shots over Alena Sharp.

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LPGA awards 2017 Solheim Cup to Des Moines

Des Moines Golf and Country Club was awarded the 2017 Solheim Cup, the LPGA announced Sept. 23. Golfweek first reported the expected move in its Aug. 23 issue, citing sources.

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Baldry: Singing praises for Symetra's Christine Song

Christine Song is more than an up-and-coming golfer on the Symetra Tour. She's also an ambassador for the game, and that was on full display during the pro-am at the Volvik Championship on Wednesday.

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Alfredsson calls it a career this week in France

It’s fitting for the 48-year-old beauty to hang it up near the French Alps, for she’s a three-time winner of the Evian. Last week, Helen Alfredsson said goodbye to a home crowd at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden.

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After postseason sweep, Park wants to keep growing

Annie Park sure seems a lot taller than 5 feet, 9 inches. Maybe it’s because the USC sophomore’s game is larger than college golf.

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'Celebrity' Park will make run at fourth major title

Inbee Park will aim for her fourth major title of the season at the Evian Championship this week in France, a spot where her march through the record books started in 2012.

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France's Karine Icher enjoys breakout season

Karine Icher is the only Frenchwoman in the top 100 of the Rolex Ranking and has used a comeback season to vault her into the spotlight at the Solheim Cup and prepare her for this week's Evian Championship.

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Notes: Matthew proves to be all-world at double duty

Catriona Matthew, the only Scot to win a women’s major, triumphed in her national open for the second time in three years last week.

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Baldry: Blumenherst turns attention to life off course

Amanda Blumenherst was a world-beater when she entered the professional ranks, but life has changed for the former Duke star. Her eyes are now on spending time with her husband – Major League Baseball's Nate Freiman – and building a life with him.

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Gustafson, 39, leaving LPGA; eyes on LET return

Sophie Gustafson is not retiring. Let’s clear that up to start. She’s just taking a break from the LPGA and moving back to her European roots.

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LPGA notes: Lewis recovers; Inbee WDs; more

Followers of the LPGA Tour see Stacy Lewis' health in better shape again, while Inbee Park WDs because of illness; plus more.

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Feng, as amateur, starts strong in LPGA Q-School

Purdue grad Laura Gonzalez Escallon leads the field at 9-under 135; other notables include U.S. Women's Amateur runner-up Yueer "Cindy" Feng, Cheyenne Woods and Madison Pressel.

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Hiestand, husband/caddie make for great team

Mary Jane Hiestand walked off the 18th green at the Country Club of Orlando grumbling about her 80. But, the 54-year-old Florida alumna qualified on the number, snatching the last spot out of steamy central Florida.

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Lorena Ochoa Invitational loses funding

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational has confirmed that the state government has pulled its financial support from the tournament, according to Guadalajara’s Mural newspaper.

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Baldry: How much longer can Ko stay amateur?

When a 16-year-old leaves more than $1 million on the table for the sake of staying amateur, the obvious question must be asked: How long can that last? Lydia Ko grapples with her fast-approaching future.

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Notes: Hull, Ko pairing offers peek into future

Charley Hull, the 17-year-old European Solheim Cup darling, is playing her first year of professional golf without any sponsors in an attempt to "prove herself." It's going well so far.

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Youth is served, as Europe romps past U.S. at Solheim Cup

Caroline Hedwall capped a record-breaking week with the clinching putt on Sunday afternoon at the Colorado Golf Club, leading Europe to an 18-10 victory over the U.S. to retain the Solheim Cup.

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Solheim Cup, U.S.: Player-by-player grades

fter a surprising 18-10 defeat at the hands of Europe, the U.S. will need to wait until 2015 to try and regain the Solheim Cup. Here is a player-by-player look at the American squad, including grades and record.

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In must-win situation, Creamer & Lewis deliver for U.S.

Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer knew they were in a must-win scenario for the U.S. on Saturday morning, and mustered together an impressive performance to inch the Americans closer at the Solheim Cup.

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Wie, Kerr a match made in Solheim heaven for U.S.

Cristie Kerr likes playing with Michelle Wie because Wie can putt up with "Kerrisms." Wie enjoys Kerr's company because she isn't affected by the crowds that follow the LPGA's most-recognizable player. On Friday, that led to a crucial point for the U.S.

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Notes: Pettersen shines; Creamer/Kerr slip; more

From the first morning's MVP to a U.S. tandem's first loss to a Swede's new role this week, check out news and notes from the opening foursomes at the 2013 Solheim Cup.

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A look at Solheim Cup's Friday foursomes matches

Take a look at Friday's foursomes matches at the Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club.

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Lewis, Creamer will drive U.S. at Solheim Cup

One is comfortable in jeans and flip flops, the other in dresses and high heels. But Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer have a common bond: the will to win. And they'll attempt to bring the Solheim Cup back to the U.S.

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Baldry: Controversial or not, Wie was right choice for U.S.

Michelle Wie was the right pick. No matter what happens this week in Colorado, know that what Wie brings to the table – no matter how unorthodox – is good for Team USA and the LPGA. Wie needs the Solheim Cup as much as the Cup needs her.

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Neumann grows from torchbearer to captain

U.S. Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon referred to counterpart Liselotte Neumann as the “Inbee Park of her time.” Her silky-smooth putting stroke was coupled with a steady long game.

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Salas grounded as honors such as Solheim mount

Solheim Cup rookie Lizette Salas stays true to her humble upbringing while ascending quickly up the LPGA ladder – showing an ever-more-rare grit in making the Solheim Cup team.

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Dads differ on the bag in U.S. Women's Am final

The final round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur featured two fathers who couldn’t be more different: Dan Talley and Delin Feng. They wore their bibs with pride, pushing around their daughters’ clubs in oppressive heat for nine competitive rounds.

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Talley advances to U.S. Women's Amateur final

Emma Talley, a small-town girl from Princeton, Ky., will play in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Women's Amateur at the Country Club of Charleston against Yueer 'Cindy' Feng.

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'Over-doer' Chen doing just enough at Women's Am

USC star Doris Chen is slowly coming out of her shell and it s leading to even more success on the course, including advancing to Saturday's U.S. Women's Amateur semifinals.

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Wie, Piller earn Mallon's U.S. Solheim picks

U.S. Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon hopes that playing in the 2013 Solheim Cup will provide Michelle Wie with a 'stepping stone,' while Laura Davies is passed over on the European side.

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Pressel moves to Women's British 54-hole lead

Morgan Pressel's birdie at the 18th gave her a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Women's British Open – with another 18 to play today, Stacy Lewis found second place and three other major winners are within three shots.

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Notes: Park 8 back; Lewis paces self; more

Inbee Park’s perspective on the week is very wise. Simply put: “If I face this kind of pressure, I’m not afraid of any kind of pressure from now on in my career.” Plus: Stacy Lewis paces herself; and more in our notebook.

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Notes: Pressel's confidence; Stanford's run; more

Morgan Pressel's caddie sees the young pro's confidence is back; Angela Stanford's trip pays off with a strong early run; plus more in Friday's Women's British Open notes

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Park's St. Andrews opener derailed by rare 3-putts

An early-morning Scottish mist had rolled over the Kingdom of Fife as Inbee Park, the undisputed Queen of Golf for the moment, smiled cooly and yawned occasionally as she prepared to begin the first leg of her fourth major conquest of the season at 7:03 a.m.

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Charley Hull hoping for Solheim Cup nod

Charley Hull played a pro-am round with European Solheim Cup captain Liselotte Neumann on Wednesday at the Ricoh Women's British Open. Hull hopes she's on Neumann's team come Sunday, when the teams will be announced.

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Webb among Park's potential spoilers at St. Andrews

Karrie Webb returns to St. Andrews for the Ricoh Women's British Open coming off a victory on the Ladies European Tour. Now the Super Career Grand Slam winner is looking to spoil Inbee Park's run at the Grand Slam.

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Park chases a first at grand cathedral of golf

Inbee Park is chasing down the game’s biggest carrot – the elusive Grand Slam. She comes to golf’s greatest cathedral, St. Andrews, with the chance to do something that’s never been done.

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LPGA notes: Wie, Pressel still in Solheim mix

Michelle Wie's year looks disappointing in some ways, but she's still in the Solheim Cup points mix -- as is Morgan Pressel -- plus more in this week's LPGA notebook.

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Biographer adds 3 missing titles to Suggs' resume

Six weeks shy of her 90th birthday, LPGA co-founder Louise Suggs can add three more wins to her career total – a biographer discovered the trio of missing titles, which lift her to fourth all-time.

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Big step for Spieth; is next one major?

Jordan Spieth’s five-hole playoff victory at the Deere made him the youngest PGA Tour winner since 1931 – and qualifies the 19-year-old Texas on a rocket-like rise to play in the British Open at Muirfield.

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Rodgers adding notches to his belt at John Deere

No matter what transpires Sunday at the John Deere Classic, Patrick Rodgers will leave TPC Deere Run with a better appreciation of just how hard it is to win on the PGA Tour.

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Family man Summerhays leads at John Deere

Before Daniel Summerhays heads to the course each day, his boys tell him, “Make lots of birdies!” Saturday’s report back to the family: 10 birdies for a 9-under 62 and the lead at the John Deere Classic. High-fives and hugs all around for this family of five.

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5 Things: Glover (62) regains form at John Deere

After a little good word from a multiple major winner earlier this year, Lucas Glover was reminded again of his past form Friday at the John Deere Classic after he shot 9-under 62 to grab a share of the lead. Here are 5 Things you need to know!

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Park adjusts to unusual place for LPGA player: spotlight

Inbee Park, the hottest player in golf, walked the streets of New York with the U.S. Women’s Open trophy in tow, making appearances on "Today," ESPN’s "SportsCenter" and Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive."

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Gulbis engaged to former Yale quarterback

Natalie Gulbis doesn’t have a wedding date yet, nor does she have a venue picked out. All she knows is that by the end of 2013, she’ll be married to Josh Rodarmel, a former Yale quarterback, co-founder of Power Balance bracelets and 1-handicap.