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Junior golfers advance to Women's Am semis

Junior golfers prevail at U.S. Women's Amateur, setting up 16-and-under 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 among seven teens advancing to U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinals

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

Notes: Eimi Koga's long odds; Emma Talley's tough draw; more at U.S. Women's Amateur

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

Notes: Banner day for Stanford, Canada at U.S. Women's Amateur; Lakareber Abe upsets Bethany Wu; more

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

Notes: Bethany Wu medals at U.S. Women's Amateur; USC 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

UCLA's Alison Lee "loves school," but has eye on LPGA during U.S. Women's Amateur

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

Emma Talley fires 76 at U.S. Women's Amateur, escapes DQ scare

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

NCAA champ Doris Chen WD's at U.S. Women's Amateur with ankle injury

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

LPGA set to open 2015 season in Florida at Golden Ocala

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

Spain takes LPGA's 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?

Nichols: U.S. knocked out; does LPGA's International Crown 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

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

U.S. shut out on Day 1 of LPGA's 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

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's British Open run at Hoylake 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 gives Hoylake one last thrill with 68 at British Open

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 aims for top-10 at British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England

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

Watson: When I'm Sixty-Four . . . he'll make a cut at the 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

Birthday boy George Coetzee fires 69 to move into contention at British Open

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 gets British Open assist from caddie who knows Royal Liverpool

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

Robert Karlsson's game trending in right direction with 69 at Hoylake

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

Liverpool's local long shot: 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

At Royal Liverpool, Erik 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 back on radar, leading Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale

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

78 sends Michelle Wie home early from 2014 Women's British Open

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

Beatriz Recari grabs spotlight with second-round 67 at Women's British Open

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

With trusted caddie on the bag, Stacy Lewis opens Women's British defense 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

From campus to LPGA, Stephanie Meadow aces the 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

With nobility and humor, Laura 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

Nichols: Rooted in friendship, Michelle Wie vs. Stacy Lewis great for the 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

NYC media tour shows Michelle Wie transcends golf on global scale

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

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

Third time the charm? Michelle Wie is poised for first major title at U.S. Women's Open

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

Mix, drama at U.S. Women's Open trump 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 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 links past with present as two-time U.S. Women's Open winner

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 calls in short-game reinforcements at Pinehurst for U.S. Women's Open

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

Inbee Park, Michelle Wie prepare differently for U.S. Women's Open at 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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Wie finds form – professionally and personally

USWO: Michelle Wie finds her form – professionally and personally

As she preps for the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Michelle Wie finds her form, personally and professionally.

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Ever a fighter, Compton finds U.S. Open fame

Ever a fighter, Erik Compton finds his U.S. Open fame at Pinehurst No. 2

Erik Compton has had three different hearts beating in his chest, but his Sunday round at Pinehurst showcased the "guts" and determination of a guy desperately wanting to be defined by his on-course play.

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Kaymer holds steady, but door ajar for Sunday

Martin Kaymer holds steady, but door slightly open for Sunday at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2

Martin Kaymer managed his way to a 2-over 72 on Saturday, losing one stroke off his commanding lead. A pair of upstarts in Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton will try to give chase on Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Compton tightens focus, makes U.S. Open cut

Erik Compton tightens focus, makes U.S. Open cut at Pinehurst

Heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton’s second major-championship appearance, this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, is purely about golf. “If I play well, it will help other people because it is on a big stage,” he said.

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U.S. regains Curtis Cup over GB&I, 13-7

U.S. regains Curtis Cup with decisive 13-7 victory over GB&I

The U.S. Curtis Cup team regained the cup on Sunday at St. Louis Country Club thanks to a 4-and-3 victory from reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley.

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Entering singles, U.S. on cusp of Curtis Cup victory

Entering singles, U.S. a point away from Curtis Cup victory

GB&I's Georgia Hall and Stephanie Meadow battled back Sunday morning to halve the final foursomes match of the Curtis Cup. But the Americans need just one point in the eight-match singles session to capture the title.

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U.S. closing in on Curtis Cup title in St. Louis

U.S. closing in on Curtis Cup title; GB&I to play like it has 'nothing to lose'

While the U.S. looks like it have need only a half-point in Sunday singles at the Curtis Cup, the GB&I squad knows it can play loose, as it simply has 'nothing to lose.'

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Law, Dimmock keep GB&I hopes alive at Curtis Cup

Bronte Law, Annabel Dimmock keep GB&I hopes alive at Curtis Cup

The point Great Britain and Ireland secured on the 18th green did more than boost morale. It assured that Sunday’s singles matches at the Curtis Cup are relevant.

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Americans take 5-1 lead after Day 1 of Curtis Cup

GB&I no match for U.S. as Americans take 5-1 lead at Curtis Cup

Day 1 of the 38th Curtis Cup started with an inspiring speech from the mighty Mariah Stackhouse and ended with a 5-1 lead for Team USA. There were a few hiccups here and there, but overall a spectacular display of golf by the Americans.

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Stackhouse inspires 3-0 start for U.S. at Curtis Cup

Mariah Stackhouse inspires 3-0 start for U.S. at Curtis Cup

Team USA huddled on the opening hole at St. Louis Country Club where Mariah Stackhouse delivered an impassioned speech, encouraging her teammates to play for each other leading to a sweep for the Americans after the morning four-ball session.

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2014 Curtis Cup: Things to know

History, intrigue and colorful backdrop elevate Curtis Cup

Everything here at St. Louis Country Club is rich. The club’s history, the tony mansions with lawns so lush that you want to stop the car and have a picnic, the polo field that doubles as a practice range and the assembled talent for the 38th Curtis Cup at this storied Charles Blair Macdonald design. What you need to know about the June 6-8 matches.

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Barrier breaker: Stackhouse keeps rising

Barrier breaker: Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse keeps rising as Curtis Cup begins

Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse appreciates the significance of her historic Curtis Cup selection -- it's one more step in the 20-year-old golfer's journey.