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Beth Ann Nichols

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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.

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China's Feng, Liu turn pro after 1 college season

China's Simin Feng of Vanderbilt, Yu Liu of Duke turn pro after one college season

Hours after Duke won its sixth NCAA title, freshman Yu Liu announced her plans to turn professional; at Vanderbilt, Simin Feng made the same decision as two standout freshmen from China leave the college ranks.

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Going away, Lewis wins ShopRite LPGA

Going away, Stacy Lewis wins ShopRite LPGA Classic by six shots

Stacy Lewis finished a stroke off the tournament scoring record by capping her week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a 67 for the win.

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One Woods will be playing a U.S. Open at Pinehurst

At least one Woods will be playing a U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Cheyenne Woods qualified for Pinehurst on the same day her uncle Tiger announced he’d be skipping the big show.

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LPGA, PGA of America announce Women's PGA

LPGA, PGA of America announce $3.5 million Women's PGA Championship

The LPGA and PGA of America announced Thursday that they have teamed to create the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

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Korda tops crowd for Airbus LPGA Classic win

Jessica Korda tops crowd for Airbus LPGA Classic win

Jessica Korda came out on top of a star-studded leaderboard on Sunday at the Airbus LPGA Classic, outlasting the likes of Michelle Wie, Charley Hull, Lexi Thompson and Anna Nordqvist.

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USC's Chen gives mother special gift with NCAA title

USC's Doris Chen gives mother a special gift with NCAA title

A year ago, Doris Chen's mother thought something was wrong with her health. She was right; she had Stage 3 lung cancer. Fast forward 12 months, and she got to witness her daughter win the NCAA individual title cancer-free.

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McNamara knows no lead is safe at the NCAAs

Nichols: Former coach Dale McNamara knows no lead is safe at the NCAAs

Legendary coach Dale McNamara hasn't slept much late, as she is at Tulsa CC supporting her daughter, Arizona State's head coach Melissa Luellen, who will attempt to lead her Sun Devils back from a 15-hole deficit.

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Mississippi State makes second-day push

Mississippi State makes second-day push at NCAA D-I Women's Championship

Mississippi State’s 5-over 285 Wednesday tied Duke and pushed the 24th-ranked Bulldogs into eighth place -- reflecting the Bulldogs' determination to avenge 2013's last-place finish at the NCAA Division I Women's Championship.

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Longshot Vandy's Feng fights through Tulsa wind

Longshot Vanderbilt's Feng fights through Tulsa wind in NCAA D-1 women's championship

The winds on opening day of the NCAA D-1 women's championship were cruel, and Simin Feng spent much of her round fighting from the trees for a 5-over 75 -- fortunately, she finds even her tough days are now fun.

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Li, 11, becomes youngest Women's Open qualifier

Lucy Li, 11, becomes youngest U.S. Women's Open qualifier

What were you doing when you were 11? On Monday, Lucy Li broke Lexi Thompson’s record as the youngest U.S. Women’s Open qualifier.

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Staying present may have advantages for USC

Annie Park, USC staying in the present may have advantages in Tulsa

USC's Annie Park is not living in the past, and with head coach Andrea Gaston talking about staying in the present, this could be an advantage for USC to possibly repeat as NCAA champions at Tulsa Country Club this week.

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Campbell earns first championship berth since '97

Campbell earns first NCAA Championship berth since '97

Campbell grabbed the eight and final qualifying spot out of the NCAA Women's East Regional Saturday to earn a berth in its first NCAA Championship since 1997.

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Women's East Regional: Vandy wins by 14 shots

Women's East Regional: Vanderbilt wins by 14 shots; Hahn medalist

Led by medalist Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt cruised to a 14-shot victory Saturday at the NCAA Women's East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Women's East Regional: Vandy keeps lead

Women's East Regional: Vanderbilt keeps lead; South Carolina charges

Vanderbilt kept its lead, South Carolina made a charge, Florida State's head coach is taking a hands-off approach and more from Friday at the NCAA Women's East Regional.

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Campbell's Yost finds peace with impairment

Campbell's Yost finds peace with impairment; Camels in region hunt

Despite wearing hearing aids since age 2, Campbell senior Kaylin Yost has found peace with her impairment and is now in position to help the Camels advance out of this week's NCAA East Regional.

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Women's East Regional: Vandy grabs early lead

Women's East Regional: Vanderbilt grabs early lead in Tallahassee

Vanderbilt grabbed the first-round lead of the NCAA Women's East Regional Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Auburn's women unite in wake of recent tragedies

Auburn's women unite in wake of recent tragedies

Head coach Kim Evans and the Auburn Tigers have rallied around one another after Evans' cancer scare and other tragedies that have struck during the past year.

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Louisville raises expectations, gets results

As Louisville's women raise expectations, results follow

At the outset of the 2013-14 season, the Louisville women's golf team underestimated how much talent it might really have. Heading into the NCAA regionals, the Cardinal will look to apply its new attitude that led to two fall victories.

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Lone star: Lewis wins in Texas, going away

Lone star: Stacy Lewis wins North Texas LPGA Shootout, going away

A final-round 64, keyed by an eagle-birdie-birdie stretch before the turn, gave Stacy Lewis a six-shot win in the North Texas LPGA Shootout for her first victory of 2014.