Stories by James
Lucy Li, 11, gets letter from D.C. as USGA will display her 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.
Lucy Li shines again before exiting U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
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.
Hannah Wood among those unhappy to see Women's Amateur Public Links go away
Junior golf standout and Oklahoma commit Hannah Wood is a bit disappointed to see the WAPL go away, calling it "heart-breaking."
Now open: Scotty Cameron Gallery in California
Putter designer Scotty Cameron launches retail venture, which is more than just golf.
Small-town Oregon club makes big-time splash at U.S. 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.
Ping G30 driver headlines new series of clubs
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.
Ping G30 irons
In addition to drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, new Ping irons carry the G30 name.
Ping G30 driver set for Bubba Watson at Greenbrier on PGA Tour
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.
True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx Tour Issue golf wedge 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.
Achenbach: 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.
Achenbach: Michelle Wie had something special from the beginning
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.
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.
Behind 66, Juli Inkster will look to end USWO career on top at Pinehurst No. 2
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.
After missed cut at U.S. Women's Open, Lucy 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.
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.
Achenbach: Caddie, Lucy Li make quick bond at Pinehurst
11-year-old phenom Lucy Li and Pinehurst local caddie Bryan Bush make instant connection over Donald Ross, love for the game.
Juli Inkster set to make her 35th, and final, U.S. Women's Open 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.
Kevin 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.
Slowed by injury, Suzann Pettersen feeling better on eve of U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2
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.
Pinehurst quiets as stars gear up for U.S. Women's Open
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.
U.S. Open quiz: How many future U.S. Open venues can you name?
Seven future U.S. Open sites (2015 through 2021) have been selected. How many of the seven courses can you name? As a bonus, match each course with its appropriate year. How much of a golf nut are you?
Tough U.S. Open setup at Pinehurst wipes trademark smile off Matt Kuchar's face
Bang! The nicest guy in golf, Matt Kuchar, opened his mouth and the sharp-edged criticism came tumbling out after a 1-over 71 as he launched a rock-em, sock-em attack on the USGA for its Saturday setup.
Moore: They'll be putting 'em off Pinehurst's greens today at U.S. Open
Ryan Moore will tell you what's different about U.S. Open conditions at Pinehurst for Saturday's third round: "They're starting to firm up. They're getting bouncier. There's going to be at least 10 people putting off the greens today."
Martin Kaymer carrying two 3-irons at Pinehurst No. 2
Martin Kaymer opened the U.S. with back-to-back 65s. He also carried back-to-back 3-irons, with one being bent to more of a 2-iron.
By the numbers: Martin Kaymer strong in several stats at Pinehurst in 2014 U.S. Open
A look at the numbers finds Martin Kaymer performing well at the U.S. Open in several statistics, understandable given his six-shot lead, plus Pinehurst's strengths and (relative) vulnerabilities.
U.S. Open: The equipment counts at Pinehurst
The closest equipment counts at the U.S. Open were in irons, where Titleist edged TaylorMade 35-31, and putters, where Odyssey nosed Titleist 50-47.
Lucas Glover debuts graphite-shafted Bridgestone putter
Lucas Glover used a new graphite-shafted, Bridgestone True Balance TD-03 putter at the U.S. Open.
Even at eight back, Dustin Johnson has plan for U.S. Open at Pinehurst
Dustin Johnson is among those looking for a fight with Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open, although Kaymer is threatening to run away from the field. "My approach won't change at all," insisted Johnson.
Achie's Awards: Players' honesty on Pinehurst conditions and their U.S. Open games
Major championship competition brings out the honesty in most participants. Their U.S. Open thoughts Thursday at Pinehurst, amid invariably difficult golf, tended to lack any false confidence.
Firsts prove fun for Daniel Berger in U.S. Open at Pinehurst
Meet Daniel Berger, a former FSU golfer participating in his first U.S. Open. Berger hit 14 greens in regulation and shot 72 at Pinehurst No. 2 in the championship's first round, although such statistics stand in the way of history.
Achie's Awards: Appreciation of opinions at Pinehurst on eve of U.S. Open
Players and officials took the time Wednesday at Pinehurst to talk about the upcoming U.S. Open challenge. Here's a salute and a handful of Major Jim awards to honor their perspectives heading into the year's second major.
Achie's Awards: Words of wisdom run gamut at Pinehurst before U.S. Open
Another major championship is about to start. For those who will not win the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, there is always a Major Jim Award to recognize significant words of wisdom.
Pinehurst has players tweaking wedges, long irons for 2014 U.S. Open
Wedges and long irons are the two areas in which U.S. Open competitors are furiously making equipment changes at Pinehurst before the start of the year's second major championship.
From tertiary tours, Zac Blair and Clayton Rask qualify in Calif. for U.S. Open at Pinehurst
Zac Blair, medalist in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier Monday at Emerald Valley Golf Club, outdistanced Clayton Rask by four shots as the two earned the spots that will take them from Oregon to Pinehurst.
Knowing rule on divot leads to pair of birdies in U.S. Open sectional qualifier
On Emerald Valley's third hole, two players launched drives that ended up in the fairway just two inches apart during U.S. Open sectional qualifying -- when one marked, the other created a divot affecting his position.
Joel Skarbo leads early at U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Oregon
At Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., professional Joel Skarbo of Seattle leads three other pros: Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash., Zac Blair of St. George, Utah, and Clayton Rask of Otsego, Minn.
Winner's Bag: Rory McIlroy, BMW PGA Championship
Check out our exclusive interview with Rory McIlroy, who talks about his winning gear at the BMW PGA Championship.
Nippon N.S. Pro Zelos 7
Nippon's new shaft is called N.S. Pro Zelos 7, and it is a lightweight steel shaft that may address the desires of many amateur golfers.
Golf balls in colors no longer just quick splash
Many golfers have a love-hate relationship with colored golf balls. Three ball manufacturers have been particularly aggressive with colored balls in the U.S.: Bridgestone, Srixon and Volvik.
Volvik Vista iV golf ball emerges as player’s ball with optimal distance
The four-piece Volvik Vista iV has emerged as a player’s ball with optimal distance. Used by a handful of male touring pros, including Craig Stadler, the golf ball also is popular with female touring pros on the Volvik staff.
Volvik White Color S3 golf ball targets soft feel
The four-piece Volvik White Color S3 is new for 2014 -- and is Volvik’s first golf ball utilizing soft and durable urethane in the cover.
Volvik Pro Bismuth golf ball aims at high swing speeds
Volvik's Pro Bismuth golf ball is a versatile three-piece ball aimed at golfers with higher swing speeds.
Volvik Vista iS golf ball seeks soft feel
Volvik's Vista iS golf ball is designed to offer more greenside spin while feeling softer than its Vista counterpart.
Volvik Crystal golf ball for slower swing speeds
The Volvik Crystal, a three-piece ball intended for golfers with slow to medium swing speeds (60 to 95 mph with a driver, according to Volvik), is the company's most famous offering.
Volvik Lady 350 golf ball
Because low trajectory is an obstacle faced by many women, the design and placement of the dimples in the Volvik Lady 350 golf ball should help most women hit the ball higher.
Volvik DS77 golf ball targets medium swing speeds
The concept of the Volvik DS77 golf ball is to focus on extra distance for golfers with medium swing speeds.
TaylorMade SLDR irons join already popular lineup of drivers, woods, hybrids
TaylorMade predicts its new SLDR iron will appeal to a wide spectrum of golfers, from touring pros to average amateurs, joining a successful line of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids.
TaylorMade SLDR S drivers, fairway woods and hybrids
TaylorMade has a new version of its SLDR woods on the way to market, called the SLDR S and available in drivers, fairway woods and rescue hybrids.
Cobra BiO Cell Pro Driver
With the May 1 release of its new BIO CELL Pro driver, Cobra expands the BIO Cell family to three clubs. Each is intended for a specific level of play.
Achenbach: Mark King leaves big shoes to fill at TaylorMade
Mark King became president of TaylorMade in 1999 and quickly launched a series of decisions and mandates that raised TaylorMade's visibility and profitability.