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Dan Mirocha

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John Means: Yearning for another D-I shot

John Means gets excited when he hears a knock on his office door. But after abruptly resigning as head coach of the University of Minnesota in 2001, Means was stunned by the silence.

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Day after 57, Wyatt wins 4th straight Ala. Jr.

A day after making 12 birdies and an eagle in a 14-under 57 to build an eight-shot lead heading into the final round of Alabama State Junior Championship, Bobby Wyatt was ready to waltz to his fourth consecutive State Junior title.

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Wyatt, 17, shoots 57 at Alabama Junior

Alamaba Junior Championship

Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., shot 14-under 57 on Wednesday during the second round of the Alabama Boy’s State Junior Championship.

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Oosthuizen completes memorable Open rout

Oosthuizen wins Open

Louis Oosthuizen may have entered the British Open an unknown, but he showed no doubt Sunday in claiming the Claret Jug. As Dan Mirocha writes, this South African has just hit the world stage in a big way.

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Woods struggles with putting at St. Andrews

says it would be a different ballgame if Tiger Woods could have dropped a few more putts in the third round.

Tiger Woods’ new Nike putter hasn’t been hurled into the Firth of Tay yet, but it soon might be.

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Late double puts Lefty well off Open pace

says two late mistakes may have ended Phil Mickelson’s chances at the British Open.

Phil Mickelson is not out of the running at the Open Championship, but he’s going to need some help.

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Wind wreaks havoc on players at ‘the loop’

says winds in excess of 40 mph made ‘the loop’ on the Old Course almost unplayable in Round 2.

I haven’t read “Gone with the Wind,” but the sequel could have been written Friday afternoon at “the loop” – Nos. 7-11 on the Old Course at St. Andrews, the most exposed part of the links that hugs the Eden Estuary.

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Oosthuizen takes lead at Open

introduces you to the surprise leader midway through the British Open: Louis Oosthuizen.

There’s a new name atop the leaderboard midway through the second round at St. Andrews: Louis Oosthuizen. Haven’t heard of him? Dan Mirocha provides an introduction.

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Impressions from an Old Course first-timer

with a few first impressions of St. Andrews, where the bunkers are dastardly and the atmosphere incomparable.

I arrived at the Home of Golf Monday morning and walked 18 holes Tuesday. Here are some impressions from an Old Course first-timer.

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Hatton taking it all in at maiden Open

caught up with Tyrrell Hatton, the youngest player in the field this week at St. Andrews.

Tyrrell Hatton stood next to the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, looked out toward the massive combined fairways of the 18th and first holes at the Old Course and smiled.

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McDowell’s Open win sweet on Father’s Day

McDowell wins U.S. Open

The best part of Graeme McDowell’s U.S. Open victory. As Dan Mirocha writes, it was sharing it with his father, Kenny.

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Speedy Martin soaks in U.S. Open Sunday

says Pablo Martin, the first player off Sunday at the U.S. Open, played Pebble Beach in 2 hours, 39 minutes.

Pablo Martin was the first player to tee off on U.S. Open Sunday and breezed around Pebble Beach in 2 hours, 39 minutes. He left the 18th green to cheers of, “Pablo! Pablo!” after shooting 79 to finish at 27-over 311.

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Endless possibilities on U.S. Open Sunday

Dustin Johnson may have a three-shot lead, but don’t overlook the star power at Pebble Beach. As Dan Mirocha writes, it’s going to be a wild U.S. Open Sunday.

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Ishikawa, 18, turning heads at Pebble Beach

says Ryo Ishikawa made a believer out of Tom Watson, who thinks the 18-year-old phenom can win this U.S. Open.

Ryo Ishikawa showed up to Pebble Beach on Thursday dressed as pink as a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. On Friday, he must have had candy canes on his mind.

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Poulter finds peace of mind at Pebble Beach

says Ian Poulter has the game and the right frame of mind to make a statement at Pebble Beach.

Ian Poulter has the game and the right frame of mind to make a statement at Pebble Beach – and not just with his wardrobe. As Dan Mirocha writes, Poulter may be poised for a major breakthrough.

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McIlroy unfazed by Open test at Pebble

says Rory McIlroy’s only exposure to Pebble Beach is via PlayStation, but he won’t be fazed by U.S. Open pressure.

Let’s be honest: The real attraction this week at the U.S. Open is these beautiful seaside links on the Monterey Peninsula.

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Reynolds drops Open to mourn grandfather

explains why Jean Reynolds likely will not be back for another Women’s Open run.

The U.S. Women’s Open may be without a Southern sparkplug next month at Oakmont. Jean Reynolds, who grabbed headlines at Saucon Valley last year when she was one of just three players under par after 36 holes, withdrew June 2 from Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying after finding out her grandfather died.

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Mickelson will ‘cherish every moment’

Mickelson wins the Masters

Phil Mickelson won his third Masters with many Phil-The-Thrill moments and a steady hand down the final stretch. But much more important were the people there to help him celebrate, writes Dan Mirocha.

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Woods wins battle to stay in contention

says curse words, be damned. The only way Tiger Woods can win the Masters is to play with passion.

Mark this down: The third round of the 73rd Masters will be known as the day Tiger Wood nearly lost control of his emotions.

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Early fireworks in Round 3 of the Masters

stood next to the first green early Saturday afternoon and now knows one thing: It’s going to be an exciting day at Augusta.

I hope you have a comfortable seat on the couch. If the play of the leaders in their first 30 minutes of action Saturday at the Masters is any indication, we’re in for a fantastic day.

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Smith relishes Masters with father on the bag

Shadows started to creep over the 18th fairway Friday evening at Augusta National as Nathan Smith and his father, Larry, walked towards the green.

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Watson clings to unlikely Masters hopes

says Tom Watson failed to follow up his magical first round at the Masters. But make no mistake: This 60-year-old still thinks he can win.

Tom Watson will not go quietly this time around at Augusta National. Even after tapping in for bogey on the 18th hole to conclude his second round at the Masters, Watson’s eyes twinkled when asked if it was time to get realistic about a 60-year-old man winning the Masters.

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Couples tumbles down leaderboard after 75

says Fred Couples wasn’t pleased after stumbling down the stretch and posting 75, which left him six shots back of the leader.

Fred Couples made history Thursday at the Masters by shooting a career-low round and grabbing the first-round lead. Friday was a lot less fun, writes Dan Mirocha.

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Breaking down Round 1 stats from Augusta

with some stats to chew on as you settle in to watch the Masters on Friday afternoon.

From the stats department, some numbers to chew on as you settle in to watch the Masters on Friday:

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Stricker: ‘No effect’ playing in front of Tiger

caught up with Steve Stricker, who said it was business as usual playing in the group ahead of Tiger Woods on Thursday.

Forget all that talk about the bad luck drawn by Steve Sticker, Ian Poulter and Yuta Ikeda, the threesome that played in the group in front of Tiger Woods Thursday at the Masters.

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Presidential scene as Woods tees off No. 1

describes the scene as Tiger Woods made his way through the crowd and onto the first tee at Augusta National.

The scene began very presidential. Five Georgia State Sheriffs cleared a path leading from the back of the clubhouse, past the big oak tree and onto the putting green just behind the first tee box.

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Wow: Watson opens with bogey-free 67

Watson opens in 5-under 67

Wow #1: 60-year-old Tom Watson opening with a 5-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead. Wow #2: Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Y.E. Yang joining Watson atop the leaderboard. Can Tiger Woods deliver Wow #3?

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Changing conditions greets Woods on first tee

reports that conditions are changing drastically at Augusta National, with winds picking up, rain on the way, and a certain golfer scheduled to tee off within the hour.

Tiger Woods returned to golf Thursday with a drive down the middle of the first fairway at Augusta National, but he could soon face difficult conditions as the winds are picking up and rain is in the forecast.

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Jack, Arnie kick off 2010 Masters in style

with the tee box banter that went on between Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as they hit their ceremonial tee shots Thursday morning.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer kicked off the 2010 Masters on Thursday morning with their ceremonial tee shots. Dan Mirocha was there.

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Masters in 3-D a sight to behold

entered a new dimension in the media center: He watched the Par-3 Contest in 3-D. Oh, what a sight.

I didn’t have time to make it out to the Par 3 Contest this afternoon, so I settled for the next-best thing. I watched it in 3-D.

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Reason No. 10,375 to love Paddy

identifies the last player remaining on the back nine Tuesday evening at Augusta. Guess who?

Last man left on the back nine Tuesday evening at Augusta playing shots amongst the lawn mowers?

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Do the young guns have a chance?

wonders if players in their 20s have a chance this week at Augusta National. History is not on their side.

Just four twentysomethings since 1980 have put on a green jacket. So what does that mean for the 30 players in this week’s Masters field under 30 years old? Dan Mirocha investigates.

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Mize displays local knowledge at the 16th

watched Augusta native Larry Mize pull off a shot at the 16th that not even Tiger Woods could replicate.

Cameras clicked as Tiger Woods made his way down the 15th fairway Tuesday at Augusta, but by the time he reached the green, the attention of the patrons in both grandstands surrounding the green had shifted.

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We’ll start talking about the golf soon

thinks Tiger’s press conference buzz should start to calm down by this evening at Augusta National.

Stepped foot onto Augusta National this morning for just the second time, but my first as a member of the working press. Initial reaction: My heart is still thumping, everyone is smiling and on my walk from the press building to the 10th tee, I found just two blades of grass out of place.

Kim plays in NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

wonders why Anthony Kim didn’t get more playing time Friday night in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game.

Anthony Kim’s got game. It’s just too bad Magic Johnson didn’t recognize it. Kim came off the bench Friday night for the West team in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in Dallas.

TV host Daly weighs in on Tiger

got a chuckle from John Daly’s attempt to play talk show host while discussing Tiger’s troubles.

John Daly put his unique spin on the Tiger Woods saga by appearing on Versus’ “Sports Soup with Matt Iseman.”

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Alexander tandem extends family legacy

Alexanders extend legacy

Florida’s Alexander tandem extends a family legacy forged by one of golf’s greatest comebacks. Dan Mirocha explains.

Will Tiger win a major in 2010?

reports that one Irish bookie has already adjusted its odds on Tiger Woods winning a major in 2010.

Tiger Woods has yet to step on a golf course since his car accident early Friday morning, but one bookie is already altering its odds on Woods winning a major in 2010.

Whole lotta scouting going on

explains exactly how many college coaches were at the Polo Junior on Monday at PGA National.

Reason No. 82 That the College Golf Season Never Ends.

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No. 1 Oklahoma State wins at Isleworth

OSU wins at Isleworth

Peter Uihlein and top-ranked Oklahoma State won their second consecutive tournament Tuesday, beating a stacked field at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. (P.S. Tiger was watching.)

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Y.E. Yang among Timberlake’s top 10 golfers

with Reason No. 53 Y.E. Yang has hit the mainstream: A shout-out from Justin Timberlake on ‘The Jay Leno Show.’

Reason No. 53 Y.E. Yang has hit the mainstream.

Tour Championship nearly doubles TV rating

reports that the Tour Championship nearly doubled TV ratings from last year.

NBC Sports released its overnight ratings for the Tour Championship, and the news is good.

Cathrea, 13, qualifies for LPGA event

explains that Casie Cathrea, 13, will be missing her freshman biology test to play on the LPGA this week.

Freshman biology can wait. Casie Cathrea, a 13-year-old freshman at Livermore (Calif.) High, won a Monday qualifier Sept. 21 to gain a spot in the LPGA’s CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge this week.

Props to Ms. North Dakota

Well, that didn’t take long. U.S. Girls’ Junior champ Amy Anderson won her first two college events – a nine-shot victory Sept. 11 at the Concordia Invite and a three-shot victory Tuesday at Chip-N Club Invitational.

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Social networking keeps coaches current

Using Twitter to recruit

Social-networking Web sites are catching on among college coaches as a way to keep up with potential recruits and promote a golf program. Dan Mirocha reports.

Final thoughts from Hazeltine

offers his final thoughts from a wild week at the PGA Championship.

Some final thoughts from the PGA Championship.

Yang delivers knockout punch

Rome has fallen. The king has been dethroned. Alert the authorities. With a thunderous fist pump after a dramatic birdie on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship, Y.E. Yang became the answer to a trivia question that will be asked as long as golf is played.

A glimpse of the past

I sat next to a 5-year-old boy on the sixth hole as Tiger Woods came through. The boy’s shirt said “I am the Future.”

Those other "spoilers"

Quote of the day from Friday at the PGA . . . Stewart Cink, when asked what is was like to be paired with the 2009 major champions during the first two rounds at Hazeltine.

Fujita at the top

Didn’t have Hiroyuki Fujita in your office pool?