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Niebrugge's summer golf campaign continues with 67 at British Open

Jordan Niebrugge's summer golf campaign continues with 67 at St. Andrews for British Open 2015

Amateur Jordan Niebrugge started the 2015 British Open with a 67 at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

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Gillis earns ticket to British Open and shot at new memories of Europe

Tom Gillis’ consolation prize: Ticket to British Open and shot at new memories of Europe

PGA Tour golfer Tom Gillis golf career earned spot in 2015 British Open and story of Gillis' journeyman career in Europe and on U.S. mini-tours.

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Bubba Watson warms up to links golf and the Auld Grey Toon

Bubba Watson warms up to links golf and the Auld Grey Toon at British Open

Despite not having much success at the British Open, Bubba Watson has embraced links golf as he prepares for this week's championship at St. Andrews.

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Davies writes her own postscript to World Golf Hall of Fame ceremony

Davies writes her own postscript to World Golf Hall of Fame ceremony

LPGA great Laura Davies arrived late to the World Golf Hall of Fame ceremony after playing in the U.S. Women's Open.

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World Golf Hall of Fame 2015 inductees receive special day at St. Andrews

World Golf Hall of Fame 2015 inductees receive special day at St. Andrews

World Golf Hall of Fame inducts PGA Tour golfers Mark O'Meara and David Graham, LPGA golfer Laura Davies and golf architect A.W. Tillinghast into hall of fame in 2015 class at St. Andrews.

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McIlroy injury dampens British Open excitement, but show will go on

Rory McIlroy injury dampens British Open excitement, but show will go on

After an injury to Rory McIlroy, the British Open at St. Andrews might have lost its blockbuster appeal, but the show will go on, writes Jeff Babineau.

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Criticism aside, Chambers Bay delivers in quantity (drama) and quality (Spieth)

U.S. Open criticism aside, Chambers Bay delivers in quantity (drama) and quality (Spieth)

Chambers Bay garnered plenty of criticism from PGA Tour players during the U.S. Open 2015, but for Jordan Spieth at least, it delivered just the right level of drama.

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Jason Day's heroic U.S. Open week ends short of title

Jason Day's heroic U.S. Open week ends short of title

The 2015 U.S. Open marked a heroic week for Jason Day even if he did come up short of the title.

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Johnson's three-putt sets up latest major disappointment at U.S. Open

Dustin Johnson's three-putt sets up latest major disappointment at U.S. Open

The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course PGA Tour golfer Jordan Spieth won his second major championship while Dustin Johnson three-putted for another major disappointment.

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Jason Day digs deep, grabs share of U.S. Open lead

Jason Day (vertigo) digs deep in grabbing share of U.S. Open lead at Chambers Bay

Jason Day battled vertigo to card a 2-under 68 Saturday to grab a share of the lead at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

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Rory McIlroy struggles on fast, firm U.S. Open setup

Rory McIlroy struggles on fast, firm 2015 U.S. Open setup

PGA Tour player Rory McIlroy has struggled on a fast and firm U.S. Open venue in Chambers Bay.

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Chambers Bay unnerves golfers as U.S. Open heats up

Chambers Bay unnerves golfers in Round 2 as U.S. Open heats up

Chambers Bay Golf Course at the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Course draws complaints from the likes of Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson as the major championship heats up through Round 2.

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Short U.S. Open week for homegrown players Moore, Putnam

Homegrown talent struggles on tricky Chambers Bay layout at U.S. Open

Local players Ryan Moore and Michael Putnam struggled with the U.S. Open setup at Chambers Bay and both missed the cut.

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At 20, Beau Hossler not quite a vet in third U.S. Open

At 20, Beau Hossler not quite a veteran in third U.S. Open

Texas men's golfer Beau Hossler at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay PGA Tour golf major championship makes third U.S. Open start at age of 20.

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Woodland battles at U.S. Open with dehydration, virus issues

Gary Woodland battles at U.S. Open with dehydration, virus issues

Gary Woodland played through Round 2 at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay after going to hospital with dehydration and has been battling a virus at the PGA Tour golf major championship.

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Notes: Grace, Montgomerie mount charges at U.S. Open

Notes: Brendan Grace, Colin Montgomerie mount charges at U.S. Open

The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course PGA Tour major championship with Branden Grace, Colin Montgomerie and Louis Oosthuizen.

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Fun at a U.S. Open? Chambers Bay, field provide just that

Fun at a U.S. Open? Chambers Bay, field provide just that in Round 1

The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay PGA Tour golf major championship the golf course delivered in Round 1, giving a fun vibe on a day where Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth fared well.

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Rory McIlroy's rough opener leaves uphill climb at U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy's rough opener leaves uphill climb at 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay

Rory McIlroy's slow U.S. Open start leaves an uphill climb at Chambers Bay.

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Schniederjans plays first U.S. Open as amateur career draws to close

Ollie Schniederjans plays first U.S. Open in waning days as an amateur

Georgia Tech grad Ollie Schniederjans lands at U.S. Open 2015 at Chambers Bay in waning days as an amateur.

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Chambers Bay: A U.S. Open site that steals headlines, and for good reason

Chambers Bay: A U.S. Open site that steals headlines, and for good reason

Chambers Bay is a Robert Trent Jones-designed U.S. Open site that has stolen early week headlines for good reason.

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Janzen glad to be back at U.S. Open, 30 years after championship debut

Lee Janzen glad to be back at U.S. Open, 30 years after championship debut

In 1985, Lee Janzen played his first U.S. Open alongside the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros. Thirty years later, Janzen is back at the U.S. Open after getting through sectional qualifying.

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Beauty in the beast: NCAA match play exciting but not perfect

NCAA Championship match play exciting but not perfect format

Match play has increased excitement at the NCAA Championship, but does it crown college golf's best champion?

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Freshman caps Illinois' NCAA quarterfinal comeback

Freshman Nick Hardy caps Illinois' NCAA Championship quarterfinal comeback at Concession

Illinois freshman Nick Hardy earned the winning point for Illinois in a comeback victory over UCLA Tuesday in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals.

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Georgia channels inner A squad in time to crash NCAA match play

Georgia channels inner A squad in time to crash NCAA college golf match play

Georgia channeled the best version of itself to advance to NCAA Championship match play on Tuesday at Concession Golf Club.

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Reed skips Euro Tour events, plays Colonial after death in family

PGA Tour player Patrick Reed skips European Tour events, plays Colonial after death in family

PGA Tour player Patrick Reed opted to skip the BMW PGA Championship and Irish Open in favor of playing the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial after the death of his wife's cousin.

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Scott plans on early U.S. Open scouting trip to Chambers Bay

Adam Scott plans on early U.S. Open scouting trip to Chambers Bay

Adam Scott plans to make an early scouting trip to Chambers Bay, possibly as soon as next week, as he prepares for the U.S. Open.

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Tour's talent pool grows deeper and younger as Rodgers, Thomas emerge

PGA Tour's talent pool grows deeper and younger as Patrick Rodgers, Justin Thomas emerge

Justin Thomas and Patrick Rodgers, both 22 years old and roommates, have been part of an emergence of young players on the PGA Tour this season.

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Rodgers seeks spot among young Tour stars at Wells Fargo

Patrick Rodgers seeks spot among young PGA Tour stars at Wells Fargo

The PGA Tour's 2015 Wells Fargo Championship with Web.com Tour golfer Patrick Rodgers surging into contention on the PGA Tour after career at Stanford.

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T.J. Howe soaks in first Tour round at Wells Fargo Championship

T.J. Howe soaks in first Tour round at Wells Fargo Championship

The PGA Tour's 2015 Wells Fargo Championship mini-tour golfer T.J. Howe makes first PGA Tour appearance at Wells Fargo Championship, shoots 74 in first round.

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McIlroy makes third stop on 5-week run 'happy' with game

Rory McIlroy makes third stop on 5-week run 'happy' with game

The Rory McIlroy Express rolled into Charlotte on Wednesday, as the World No. 1 readies for the third stop (Wells Fargo Championship) in a stretch of five consecutive events.

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Mickelson, Scott enter Quail Hollow in search of spring solutions

Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott enter Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in search of spring solutions

PGA Tour players Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott don't have a whole lot to be excited about these days as they enter the Wells Fargo Championship searching for answers.

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40 reads: An Open Championship dream that nearly became reality

40 reads: An Open Championship dream that nearly became reality

Tom Watson nearly completed an Open Championship dream in 2009 at age 59. As we know, that's not the way it turned out, but the story is still one of our 40 great reads.

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Tom Gillis (shoulder) returns to action at Wells Fargo

Tom Gillis (shoulder) returns to action at PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship

Tom Gillis returns to action this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, finally past surgery he had in November to remove bone spurs in his left shoulder.

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Tough schedule leaves Tour's best winded ahead of Wells Fargo

Tough schedule leaves some of PGA Tour's best winded ahead of Wells Fargo

Defending Wells Fargo Championship champion J.B. Holmes is one of many who are feeling a bit tired this week at Quail Hollow Club, coming off back-to-back weeks on both U.S. coasts.

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Garcia (T-2) holds his own in final-round Players shootout

Sergio Garcia holds his own in final-round Players Championshp shootout before settling for T-2

Sergio Garcia's putter gets hot at the right time to find himself in three-way playoff at the Players Championship, where he falls to Rickie Fowler.

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If Garcia can quiet putting demons for a day at Players, look out

If Sergio Garcia can quiet putting demons for a day at the PGA Tour's Players, look out

The PGA Tour's 2015 Players Championship Sergio Garcia playing at TPC Sawgrass in contention heading into final round but must fix putting woes.

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Walker Cup vets Smith, White leave first mark on Four-Ball

Walker Cup vets Nathan Smith, Todd White leave first mark on U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

At the end of the USGA's inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, two former Walker Cup teammates in Nathan Smith and Todd White claimed the title.

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U.S. Four-Ball final shows touch of gray with mid-am showdown

U.S. Four-Ball final shows touch of gray with mid-am showdown

The final is set at the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and it features mid-amateurs Nathan Smith and Todd White against Sherrill Britt and Greg Earnhardt.

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Notes: Fatigue sets in at Four-Ball; Burns stays put; Mickelson gains perspective

Notes: Fatigue sets in at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball; Sam Burns stays put; Tim Mickelson gains perspective

Fatigue set in Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship while junior Sam Burns was glad he stayed in San Francisco this week and Tim Mickelson gained perspective from an early exit from Olympic Club.

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Experience to meet youth on final day at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Experience to meet youth on final day at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

On the final day of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, Walker Cuppers will meet college-bound teens in the semifinals while top amateurs from North Carolina square off.

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College kids learn hard lessons in Round of 16 at U.S. Four-Ball

College kids, including Stanford's Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, learn hard lessons in Round of 16 at U.S. Four-Ball Championship

Brooks Price and Draegon Majors defeated Stanford teammates Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, one of several victories over college types in the Round of 16 Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

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Notes: Hara makes Four-Ball's first ace; Coach Mickelson advances

Notes: Kyosuke Hara makes first ace at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball; Arizona State Coach Tim Mickelson advances

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship Round of 32 included an ace by Kyosuke Hara and a victory by Arizona State coach Tim Mickelson and his partner Jake Yount.

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Stanford duo among Round-of-32 winners at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Stanford duo Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar among Round-of-32 winners at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Stanford college golfers Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar were among the Round-of-32 winners Monday at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Olympic Club.

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U.S. Four-Ball pits brothers against ex-teammates, but all leave smiling

U.S. Amateur Four-Ball pits brothers against ex-teammates, but all leave smiling

A U.S. Amateur Four-Ball match between brothers Ben and Danny Day and former teammates Ryan McCarthy and Patrick McCormick showed the essence of this USGA championship.

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Woodland keeps foot on the pedal, scores ticket to Match Play semis

PGA Tour player Gary Woodland keeps foot on the pedal, scores ticket to WGC-Cadillac Match Play semis

PGA Tour player Gary Woodland continued his confident play at WGC-Cadillac Match Play with victories over Marc Leishman and John Senden Saturday at TPC Harding Park.

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Bad swing on 18th sends Fowler packing at Match Play

PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler loses to Louis Oosthuizen after bad swing on 18th at WGC-Cadillac Match Play

PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler lost to Louis Oosthuizen after a bad swing on 18th hole during their Round of 16 match at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

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WGC Match Play breakdown: What to expect in Round of 16

WGC Match Play breakdown: What to expect in Round of 16

WGC-Cadillac Match Play has reached the weekend and the 16-man match-play bracket. Here are some predictions.

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McIlroy rallies late to defeat Horschel at WGC Match Play

Rory McIlroy rallies late to defeat Billy Horschel at WGC-Cadillac Match Play

The 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Rory McIlroy defeated Billy Horschel in group play at TPC Harding Park PGA Tour golf

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In Westwood vs. Spieth, experience trumps youth

In Lee Westwood vs. Jordan Spieth, WGC-Match Play experience trumps youth

Lee Westwood knocked off Jordan Spieth at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, a PGA Tour player half his age and on a hot streak after winning the Masters.

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Koepka's 3-birdie finish completes improbable victory at Match Play

Brooks Koepka's 3-birdie finish completes improbable victory at PGA Tour's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship

PGA Tour player Brooks Koepka finished his Thursday match at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship against Marc Warren with three consecutive birdies to complete an improbable comeback victory at TPC Harding Park.