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James Achenbach

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TaylorMade wins 2014 Industry Cup title

Playing at PGA West, four-person teams from several major golf companies battled for the Industry Cup title. The TaylorMade team of Ryan Carr, Eric Recher, Patrick Baxter and Brian Bazzel came out on top.

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TaylorMade leads Industry Cup with 2 teams

TaylorMade boasts two teams at the top of the leaderboard at the 2014 Golfweek Industry Cup in La Quinta, Calif.

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Dempsey wins windy long drive contest

Pat Dempsey wins a windy long drive contest at the 2014 Golfweek Industry Cup at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

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TaylorMade seeks repeat at Golfweek Industry Cup

The 2014 Golfweek Industry Cup is set to take place Saturday through Sunday at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., pitting representatives from some of the top golf companies against each other.

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Ellis tabs Koehler to resurrect Hogan clubs

Terry Koehler, former director of marketing for the Ben Hogan Co., is the man chosen by Perry Ellis International, owner of the Hogan brand, to bring back Ben Hogan irons in 2015.

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Jenne replacing Hennessy at True Temper's helm

Scott Hennessy, president and chief executive of golf shaft manufacturer True Temper Sports, will relinquish those two positions at the end of the year and hand the leadership baton to Jason Jenne

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Callaway Big Bertha irons, hybrids

The Callaway Big Bertha line isn't just one of drivers, but also irons and hybrids.

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Notes: Look back at 2014 U.S. Senior Am

The USGA's six-day championships offer a close-up examination of many of the top amateurs in the world – yielding some highlights from the U.S. Senior Amateur at Big Canyon Country Club.

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In the bag: U.S. Senior Am semifinalists

The golf clubs of the four semifinalists at the U.S. Senior Amateur, played this week at the Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Pat Tallent putts way to Senior Amateur title

Pat Tallent won the U.S. Senior Amateur thanks to a strong putting performance, beating Bryan Norton 2 and 1.

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Norton, Tallent find U.S. Senior Am final

The match-play final of the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur pairs two golfers in Bryan Norton and Pat Tallent who definitely do things their own way.

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Cloninger is anything but old at Senior Am

Rick Cloninger takes gritty game to the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, redefining what it means to play the "old" golfers' tournament.

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U.S. Senior Am benefits from big finishing hole

There is nothing more exciting than a par-5 hole that demands clear thinking and the execution of a strategy. Big Canyon Country Club, host of the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur, has such an 18th hole.

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Senior Am's Sweet 16 produces strong quarterfinals

After advancing through 36 holes of qualifying and two rounds of match play, everyone in the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur's Sweet 16 had a story worth telling.

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5 Things: Playoff kicks off exciting day at Senior Am

The Round of 64 at the U.S. Senior Amateur always makes for an exciting day. But when that day begins with a playoff to decide the final match-play spots? Well, that's just icing on the cake.

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Shooting his age, Giles advances at Senior Am

At 71, former U.S. Amateur champ Vinny Giles feels a resurgence. It showed as he shot his age while advancing to match play at the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur.

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Winner's bag: Chris Kirk at Deutsche Bank

Here's a complete list of the clubs in Chris Kirk's bag during his win at the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship on PGA Tour during the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Mizuno MP-T5 wedges

In the wedge world, Mizuno champions wider, shallower grooves in the high-lofted wedges and narrower, deeper grooves in the low-lofted wedges. This emphasis continues in the new MP-T5 wedges.

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Mizuno MP-H5 irons

Mizuno’s new MP-H5 irons advance the company’s attempts to provide forgiveness in irons.

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Mizuno MP-15 irons

The new MP-15 from Mizuno is the latest advancement in Mizuno's design concept of combining titanium and steel in an iron clubhead.

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Mizuno MP-15, MP-H5 irons, MP-T5 wedges

Two new MP irons for 2015, the MP-15 and MP-H5, plus a collection of new MP-T5 wedges go on sale Sept. 19.

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Mizuno JPX-850 hybrids

Mizuno's Shock Wave Sole, intended to allow the clubhead to contract then expand upon impact, helps define the company's new JPX-850 hybrids.

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Mizuno JPX-850 fairway wood

Mizuno has introduced new technology to its JPX-850 fairway woods that the company calls Shock Wave sole and promises greater distance.

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Mizuno announces JPX-850 irons

The cast version of the Mizuno JPX-850 irons has a slightly firmer feel and is all about that elusive combination of distance and forgiveness on offcenter hits.

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Mizuno JPX-850 Forged irons

It took Mizuno six years to develop the concept found in the new JPX-850 Forged irons, which feature boron added to forged carbon steel as a thinner face was incorporated.

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Mizuno JPX-850 drivers, woods, hybrids, irons

Mizuno's JPX-850 line offers comprehensive options, from a driver with sliding weight tracks to cast or forged irons as well as fairway woods and hybrids.

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Winner's bag: Hunter Mahan at Barclays

Heading into The Barclays, Hunter Mahan made a change in his bag. Here's the complete list of clubs he used to win the PGA Tour's first event of the 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Jo captures final Women's Public Links title

Chinese golfer Fumie (Alice) Jo defeated Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

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Slow play almost derails teen at Women's Publinx

After avoiding penalties while on the clock for slow play in her match with Doris Chen, Eun Jeong Seong scored a 1-up victory in the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.

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Chen gets her revenge in WAPL victory over Diaz-Yi

Doris Chen lost the 2013 WAPL final by a 10-and-9 margin to Lauren Diaz-Yi, but she got her revenge on Thursday with a 6-and-4 romp.

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Li gets letter from D.C. as USGA will display gear

Lucy Li, the 11-year-old who played in this year's U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, revealed that she had received a personal letter from Speaker of the House John Boehner.

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Li shines again before exiting Women's Publinx

Despite her sudden-death loss in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, 11-year-old Lucy Li remains a genuine golf prodigy.

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Wood among those unhappy to see WAPL go away

Junior golf standout and Oklahoma commit Hannah Wood is a bit disappointed to see the WAPL go away, calling it "heart-breaking."

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Now open: Scotty Cameron Gallery in California

Putter designer Scotty Cameron launches retail venture, which is more than just golf.

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Small Oregon club makes splash at Senior Open

A trio of Oregonians – Rob Gibbons, Bruce Stewart and Pat O'Donnell – will tee it up at the U.S. Senior Open as members of the same, small club, the Arrowhead Golf Club.

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Ping G30 driver

Ping, mostly a quiet and conservative family-owned club manufacturer, is unusually enthusiastic about the official July 3 introduction of the G30 family of clubs. The family includes irons, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.

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Ping G30 irons

In addition to drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, new Ping irons carry the G30 name.

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Ping G30 driver set for Bubba Watson

When the Greenbrier Classic starts Thursday on PGA Tour, Bubba Watson will use the new Ping G30 driver that will be introduced there and at the Open de France.

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True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx Tour Issue shaft

True Temper's new black steel wedge shaft, the DG (Dynamic Gold) Onyx Tour Issue, could be a forerunner of more black shafts to come.

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Pinehurst fairways were too easy for a U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2 had mammoth fairways. The rough was replaced by sand and wiregrass and other native plants. Competitors encountered few obstacles off the tee.

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Achenbach: Wie has always been special

James Achenbach recalls encountering Michelle Wie as a 12-year-old tree-tall golfer at the WAPL – and she stood out for more than just her 5-foot-11 frame even then.

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Winner's bag: Michelle Wie, U.S. Women's Open

A look at Michelle Wie's complete bag of equipment at the U.S. Women's Open, where she won her first major on Sunday.

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Behind 66, Inkster will look to go out on top at USWO

Juli Inkster, 53, says this will be her final U.S. Women's Open after 35 appearances. Behind her Saturday 66, Inkster's farewell tour is now an unexpected chase for a third USWO title.

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After cut at USWO, Li can go back to being 11

Although she missed the cut, Lucy Li turned the age calendar on its head with consecutive rounds of 78 in the U.S. Women's Open. Now, Li can get back to being an 11-year-old girl.

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My bag: Lucy Li at the U.S. Women's Open

Here is the bag of 11-year-old Lucy Li, who shot 78 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open.

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Achenbach: Caddie, Li make quick bond

11-year-old phenom Lucy Li and Pinehurst local caddie Bryan Bush make instant connection over Donald Ross, love for the game.

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Inkster set to make her final USWO appearance

Juli Inkster, 53, remembers her first U.S. Women's Open – at the age of 18 – like it was yesterday. This week at Pinehurst No. 2, she makes her final start in a tournament that she has won twice.

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Stadler spotted putting left-handed at Travelers

Kevin Stadler appears to have his own unique answer to the looming anchoring ban. At this week's Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour, Stadler was seen putting left-handed with a Rife General on the practice green.

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Due to injury, Pettersen's prep for Pinehurst altered

Suzann Pettersen is known for her fitness, helping transform how many players prep for the rigors of a full season on the LPGA tour. Now nursing a back injury, Pettersen had to scale back as she prepared for Pinehurst No. 2.

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Pinehurst quiets as women gear up

The Women's U.S. Open starts Thursday on the same No. 2 course played by the men, and practice rounds are underway. Yet only a handful of diehard fans have showed up for this prelude to history.

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