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Nick Masuda

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5 Things: Petrovic, Putnam share Canadian lead

PGA Tour veteran Tim Petrovic and 2013 Web.com Tour money leader Michael Putnam fired 6-under 64s on Thursday at the RBC Canadian Open, sharing a one-shot lead over Kyle Stanley and Taylor Pendrith.

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Lyle's comeback starts with 67 on Web.com Tour

Jarrod Lyle's American comeback started impressively, as the Aussie fired a 4-under 67 at the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic near Kansas City.

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Lyle's leukemia recovery spurred by newborn distraction

Jarrod Lyle thought he might not ever tee it up again after being diagnosed with leukemia for a second time. But behind the support of his wife and 2-year-old daughter, the Australian will return to the PGA Tour in October.

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British Open: Tee times, Saturday's third round

Rory McIlroy will play in the final group of Saturday's third round at the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake -- Tiger Woods also will have a late time, but off No. 10 tee.

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Shot-by-shot: Tiger Woods, Round 1, British Open

Tiger Woods fired a 3-under 69 on Thursday at the Open Championship, currently sitting three shots off the lead. The round consisted of six birdies and three bogeys – including back-to-back bogeys to start the round.

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2014 British Open: Tee times, Rounds 2

The pairings and tee times for the second round were announced on Monday morning at Royal Liverpool, and here's a look at some of the groupings that stand out.

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East takes five-shot lead at Wyndham Cup

Doug Ghim notched 1.5 points on Wednesday to help the East squad extend its lead to five points at the Wyndham Cup. Play will finish on Thursday with 20 singles matches.

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Anguiano wins Sahalee with fast start in final round

Mark Anguiano, who just completed his senior season at Cal State Fullerton, fired a 1-under 71 on Wednesday for a four-shot victory at the Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash.

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5 Things: Rose triumphs; British Open invites; more

Justin Rose continues to show his mettle on the world's toughest courses, outlasting Shawn Stefani in a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the Quicken Loans National at Congressional.

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Burns, Brooks take respective leads at Rolex TOC

Sam Burns fired a 7-under 65 Wednesday at Richland Country Club in Nashville to take a one-shot, 36-hole lead at the AJGA's Rolex Tournament of Champions. Shannon Brooks leads the girls division.

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Schauffele outlasts Hossler in California State Amateur

It took all 36 holes, but Xander Schauffele outlasted Beau Hossler, 2 up, in the finale of the California State Amateur on Saturday at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif.

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Lim cruises to Oregon Amateur Championship

Thomas Lim took a 1-up lead on the third hole and never looked back, defeating Austin Landis in the 36-hole Oregon Amateur Championship, 7 and 6.

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5 Things: Moore takes Travelers lead; Garcia lurks

Ryan Moore fired a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead at the Travelers Championship, but there are 12 players within four shots at TPC River Highlands heading into the final round.

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Karlik captures Western Penn Am by four shots

Trent Karlik fired a final-round, even-par 71 to secure a four-stroke victory at the Western Pennsylvania Amateur on June 17, with his 7-under 206 the fourth-lowest in tournament history.

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Tiger announces return at Quicken Loans National

Tiger Woods announced via Facebook and other social channels that he will return to PGA Tour action at next week's Quicken Loans National on Friday afternoon, finally resolving the speculation on when he'd return to competitive golf.

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5 Things: Steele's 62 leads Travelers; Rodgers debuts

While there are plenty of stars in the field at this week's Travelers Championship – from Matt Kuchar to Dustin Johnson – it was Brendan Steele that took control of the tournament early, firing an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead on Thursday.

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MusclePharm to be Tiger Woods' new bag endorser

Tiger Woods announced on his website Wednesday morning that MusclePharm, a performance-lifestyle sports nutrition company, had signed him to a multi-year endorsement deal that will officially begin on July 1, 2014.

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Report: Tiger Woods hitting full shots at Medalist

According to a report from Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte, Tiger Woods has begun to hit full shots after being restricted to pitching and chipping since back surgery in late March.

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One-hit wonder no more, Kaymer back on top

Martin Kaymer, 29, lost his way after winning the 2010 PGA Championship and ascending to World No. 1 in 2011. After two grueling, emotional years of toying with his swing and mentality, the German is back on top of the world.

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Koepka gets more than bargained for in U.S. Open

Brooks Koepka knew, standing on the 18th green Sunday at Pinehurst, that his performance had just changed his life -- securing his PGA Tour card and spot the 2015 U.S. Open. He didn't know the birdie he'd make would land him in the Masters.

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Mickelson: 'There will be other chances'

Phil Mickelson wasn't happy about his 7-over par week at Pinehurst No. 2, but Lefty refused to get down on himself, pointing to the next five years of chances he'll have to complete the career grand slam.

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Zach Johnson aces Pinehurst's ninth hole Sunday

Zach Johnson aced Pinehurst's par-3 ninth hole Sunday at the U.S. Open, the first hole-in-one of the tournament.

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Official purse for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

With journeyman professionals and players looking to improve their FedEx Cup status, the purse at a major is a critical piece of information. Here is a look at the official money that will be handed out for each placement.

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Fitzpatrick joins Jones in exclusive company

Matthew Fitzpatrick became the first player since Bobby Jones in 1930 to hold the low-amateur honors at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship.

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Lindheim honors late mentor by playing with him

Nicholas Lindheim chose not to take a marker to play with on Saturday at the U.S. Open, instead leaving the spot open for his late mentor Mike Smith to play alongside him in spirit.

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Tough pins, new wind direction at Pinehurst

Saturday at Pinehurst No. 2 will see a U.S. Open obstacle course somewhat shorter in yardage than the scorecard indicates, with a couple of doozies that will change players' game plans.

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Amateurs: Whitsett falls short; Fitzpatrick makes cut

Cory Whitsett fires a 1-under 69, but comes up one shot short of making the cut at Pinehurst No. 2. Meanwhile, Matthew Fitzpatrick grinds out 73 and is the only amateur to make the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open.

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Short game helps Koepka make big move

Brooks Koepka needed only 27 putts on Friday at Pinehurst, carding a 2-under 68 and vaulting well up the leaderboard heading into the weekend.

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Friday's hole-by-hole yardages at Pinehurst No. 2

A look at how the USGA set up the course for Friday play at the 2014 U.S. Open.

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Amateur roundup: Fitzpatrick fires 71 despite penalty

Playing with Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, 19-year-old amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick held his own in firing a 1-over 71 that included four birdies and five bogeys. Here's a look at how all the amateurs fared on Thursday.

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Fowler pays tribute to late Stewart at U.S. Open

Rickie Fowler showed up to Pinehurst No. 2 for Thursday's first round of the U.S. Open wearing knickers in honor of the late Payne Stewart.

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Young trio showcases mature game at Pinehurst

The young trio of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama showcased patience and game well beyond their years during the first round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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McIver travels road from obscurity to U.S. Open

Brandon McIver wasn't highly recruited, a victim of playing golf for only five or six months a year in Montana. A fateful trip by Oregon's Casey Martin to check out the kid has led McIver to a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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Millionaire? McNealy finds dad worth much more

Maverick McNealy doesn't live in his millionaire father's shadow, as Scott McNealy will have none of it. Instead, the Sun Microsystems co-founder takes pride in toting his eldest son's bag around whatever course they may find.

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Spieth not happy just learning; he wants to win now

At the tender age of 20, Jordan Spieth has experienced more in his young career than players twice his age. But he isn't satisfied with learning. He's at the U.S. Open to win.

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Strange on Pinehurst's charm, favorites at U.S. Open

Curtis Strange is happy to see an old-style course such as Pinehurst No. 2 back in the spotlight after being less than thrilled with the setup at Merion in 2013.

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Na, Wilson among five added to U.S. Open field Monday

Kevin Na, Bernd Wiesberger, Cameron Wilson, Brandon McIver and Craig Barlow all added to the U.S. Open field at Pinehurst No. 2.

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2014 U.S. Open: Tee times, Rounds 1-2

Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell paired for first two rounds of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. The USGA announced the full pairings and tee times on Friday afternoon.

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In-depth look at 10 past champs in U.S. Open field

Here is a closer look at the 10 past U.S. Open winners that have secured tee times for next week, while also looking at two players that are still active, but not participating in the year's second major, including Tiger Woods.

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Sterne, Bjorn WD from U.S. Open; Langley, Dorn in

Richard Sterne (undisclosed injury) and Thomas Bjorn (neck, shoulder) have withdrawn from the 2014 U.S. Open, with Scott Langley and Andrew Dorn getting the nod as replacements.

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Michelson DQ'd at Florida sectional; incorrect scorecard

Landon Michelson was disqualified, by his own admission, from the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Quail Valley for signing an incorrect scorecard. The proper one would have put him in a playoff for the final qualifying spot.

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5 Things: U.S. Open sectional qualifier, Vero Beach

All four players who advanced to next week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 from the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Vero Beach, Fla., will make their debuts in America's national championship. Here are 5 Things to know from Quail Valley.

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Berger, Lindheim open with 66s at Florida sectional

The closing stretch at Quail Valley will be difficult to manage at the U.S. Open Sectional on Monday, but Daniel Berger and Nicholas Lindheim did just fine through 18 holes after opening 6-under 66s.

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Salem Country Club to host 2017 U.S. Senior Open

For the second time, the Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. will play host to the U.S. Senior Open, with the 2017 tournament being awarded to the Donald Ross designed course, the USGA announced in a press release.

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VIDEO: Fowler dons Speedo, jumps off cliffs

Rickie Fowler joined professional cliff-diver David Colturi at Hell’s Gate at Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas to jump off some pretty sizable cliffs, as well as take in a couple holes of golf.

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No Tiger? Here are 5 players to watch at Pinehurst

With Tiger Woods officially pulling out of the 2014 U.S. Open on Wednesday, the chatter now turns to who might be favored at Pinehurst No. 2. Here are 5 guys to watch as we prepare for the year's second major.

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Tiger Woods officially out of the U.S. Open

Tiger Woods will not play in the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, he announced on his website on Wednesday afternoon.

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Rodgers, Shelton highlight Ping All-Americans

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, as well as Alabama's Bobby Wyatt and Robby Shelton headline the Division 1 Ping First-Team All-Americans for 2013-14.

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Shoal Creek to host 2018 U.S. Women's Open

Shoal Creek, the site of the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, will host the 2018 U.S. Women's Open, the USGA announced on Tuesday afternoon in a press release.

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USGA announces 25 exemptions into U.S. Open

The USGA announced 25 more full exemptions into next month's U.S. Open at Pinehurst on Tuesday, including Miguel Angel Jimenez, Harris English, Russell Henley, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Patrick Reed.