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Friday, July 31

Kim wins Pacific Coast Amateur

Chan Kim took a narrow win at the Pacific Coast Amateur, besting Zack Sucher in Round 4 to keep his third-round lead.

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Odds are against Jackson

The devil in me wants Tim Jackson to read this prediction, get mad, and win the U.S. Senior Open.

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Thompson, Vogel take Jr. PGA titles

Thompson, Vogel win Jr. PGA

Alexis Thompson pulled away to win the girls’ division at the Junior PGA Championship on Friday, and T.J. Vogel took the boys’ title on the TPC River’s Bend course.

Kirby captures Canadian Women's Am

After separating herself from the field with a second-round 66, Jennifer Kirby earned her first national victory with a win at the Canadian Amateur.

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Lee prepped for Women’s Am run

As the golf world prepares for the Women’s Amateur next week at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., many will assume there will be a teen who makes a run at the championship title. Last year, that was Erynne Lee.

Song psyched for Women's Am

Jennifer Song loves USGA championships.

Palmer opens N.C. State golf course

Arnold Palmer sent a wedge shot about 50 yards down the driving range Friday to open the golf course he designed at North Carolina State.

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UCF’s Barber bound for Auburn

As Blayne Barber was putting for par on the 13th green at Rio Pinar Country Club on Tuesday, former Central Florida teammate David Johnson was making his way up the 14th fairway.

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Tour card in Tidland's grasp

Chris Tidland’s finish to last season was a Nationwide Tour player’s nightmare. Fitting then, that he could clinch his PGA Tour card at a place full of pleasant memories.

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Tiger turns on jets at Buick

Tiger Woods had the best five-hole start of his career, chipping in for eagle and making four birdies.

Fantasy results: Junior PGA

The Golfweek staff really showed their expertise this week, picking all top-5 finishers at the Junior PGA Championship. However, as the scores will show, it’s a long way between first and fifth.

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Matthew proves a firestarter

Catriona Matthew isn’t flashy or emotional or shockingly young. She toils in relative obscurity on both sides of the pond despite two LPGA victories.

Thursday, July 30

McCarthy, Powers win Big ‘I’ titles

Denny McCarthy and Caroline Powers traveled on two completely different paths. But when their journeys ended Thursday, both reached the same destination.

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Thompson tears through Jr. PGA ranks

Alexis Thompson added to her lead Thursday in the third round of the Junior PGA Championship before rain interrupted play at the TPC River’s Bend course.

West wins Canon Cup in thriller

The West managed to hold its lead as the East made a strong charge to the finish line, winning just nine of today’s individual matches to the East’s 11. The West recorded the overall win with 25 1/2 points to the East’s 24 1/2.

George has rare feat

The University of Iowa’s Bradley George made holes-in-one in consecutive days at the Iowa Amateur.

Benjamin posts upset

Brad Benjamin, the U.S. Amateur Public Links champ, scored another upset this summer.

Am qualifier features strong field

Talk about a stacked field for a U.S. Amateur qualifier.

Two aces in two days

on how University of Iowa senior Bradley George made holes-in-one in consecutive days at the Iowa Amateur.

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Prepare for a Shark attack

Note to Greg Norman: Kick their butts.

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Little prep works for Stanford

Angela Stanford might be onto something – prepare as little as possible if you want to win a major.

Wednesday, July 29

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Thompson, Vogel hold Jr. PGA leads

T.J. Vogel rolled in seven birdies on the way to a second-round 66 Wednesday at the Junior PGA Championship to take a two-shot lead over Jordan Spieth.

East climbs back at Canon Cup

The East team responded on Day 2 of the AJGA Canon Cup, sweeping both sessions and cutting the West’s lead to 16 1/2-13 1/2 entering the final day of the Ryder Cup-style competition.

Staff picks: U.S. Women’s Amateur

Golfweek’s reporters are on the scene this week at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis. Here are their predictions:

U.S. Amateur qualifying review

us amateur qualifying

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Does LPGA’s future hinge on Wie?

Michelle Wie could save women’s golf. That sounds like an awful lot of responsibility to heap on the shoulders of a 19-year-old college student, but women’s golf needs Wie more now than it did when she first burst on the scene five years ago as a 14-year-old prodigy.

Mickelson to play Bridgestone, PGA

Phil Mickelson is coming back for the PGA Championship.

Rocker Seger joins Tiger at pro-am

Bob Seger stood over his ball at the very outer arc of the green, sweat soaking through his blue golf shirt. The Michigan rock ‘n roll legend narrowed his eyes, wiggled his hips and apprehensively eyed a long birdie putt on the fourth hole of the Buick Open Pro-Am tournament.

PGA commits 2 future events to Valhalla

In Norse mythology, Valhalla served as the great hall where the god Odin is said to have feasted with the souls of heroes fallen in battle. In 21st-century America, Valhalla on occasion has served as a stage for the gods of professional golf.

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Player of the Week: Amy Anderson

Anderson, of Oxbow, N.D., shot 3-under 141(69-72) at Trump National Golf Club (New) in Bedminster, N.J., to win medalist honors at the U.S. Girls' Junior, then went on to beat Kimberly Kim in the 36-hole final, 6 and 5, for the championship.

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Player of the Week: Jordan Spieth

Spieth, of Dallas, shot 6-under 137 (68, 69) at Trump National Golf Club (Old) in Bedminster, N.J., to win medalist honors at the U.S. Junior, then beat Jay Hwang, 4 and 3, to take the championship.

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Roberts rules with hot putter

Not only is Loren Roberts the best putter on God’s green earth, but he also is the smartest golfer on the planet.

Tuesday, July 28

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Thompson eagles 18 for PGA lead

Alexis Thompson chipped in for eagle on No. 18 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Junior PGA Championship Tuesday afternoon at TPC River’s Bend.

West continues Canon Cup command

Continuing its decade of dominance Tuesday, the West AJGA Canon Cup team took an 11 1/2-3 1/2 lead after the first day of competition at Forest Highlands Golf Club.

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Mickelson to return at Bridgestone

Phil Mickelson will return to the PGA Tour at the Bridgestone Invitational next week, his first tournament since he tied for second at the U.

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Fantasy Aces: Buick Open

Babineau: Tiger Woods - When it starts to get late in the game, you signal for your closer. As we’ve learned so many times, this guy doesn’t just show up at events for giggles. He’s there for the hardware.

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Woods ramps up for homestretch

Barring any scheduling surprises, Tiger Woods is about to try something new.

Cauley is medalist at Rio Pinar

Bud Cauley finished at 10-under 134 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Rio Pinar Country Club.

Saunders to turn pro

Former Clemson player Sam Saunders will be turning pro after the summer, but he still has some amateur obligations.

Wiebe medals at Am qualifier

One PGA Tour progeny that gets less attention is Gunner Wiebe, who plays for the University of San Diego.

Greenbrier bids for PGA Tour stop

As one American icon exits the PGA Tour, another prepares to take its place.

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Bivens’ hard line came with a price

Carolyn Bivens had good intentions. The LPGA’s first female commissioner intended to show the world a woman’s worth with bigger purses, a solid health-care plan and a respectable pension program.

UCF's Barber to transfer to Auburn

tells where Central Florida's Blayne Barber will be playing golf next year.

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Nike recruits Lovemark for Tour staff

Nike Golf has added former University of Southern California (USC) star Jamie Lovemark to its Tour staff. Lovemark committed to a multi-year agreement that calls for him to use the company’s full line of equipment, apparel and footwear.

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Soggy weather across the pond

Soggy weather across the pond...

Miyazato earns rock-star status

Two years ago a Japanese reporter gave me a newspaper that featured an up-close picture of Ai Miyazato on its front page. Everything in the Sports Nippon was written in Japanese, but no translation was necessary.

Monday, July 27

Updated: Walker Cup watch list

The majority of the U.S. Walker Cup team will be selected in a few weeks. Golfweek’s amateur experts have chimed in to let you know who they think would make the team if it were selected today.

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Monday Scramble: You're hired!

Welcome to the Monday Scramble. If we knew how to say “hole in one,” “ace,” or “Want a free car? Play golf in Canada,” in French Canadian, now would be an appropriate time to do so, eh?

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Green grabs Canadian Open title

Nathan Green won the Canadian Open on Monday for his first PGA Tour victory, beating Retief Goosen with a par on the second hole of a playoff in the rain-delayed tournament.

Gielow may earn Walker Cup spot

If Brendan Gielow was not on your list as a top prospect for selection to this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team, put him there.

Chestnut competes in Buick Open

Jimmy Chestnut will get a second chance to compete against PGA Tour players.

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Player of the Week: Ha-Na Jang

Ha-Na, of Korea, shot 11-under 285 (73-72-70-70) at Torrey Pines Golf Course (North) in La Jolla, Calif., to win the Junior World Golf Championships by six.

No plans to honor Watson in K.C.

The city of Kansas City has no plans to honor 59-year-old Tom Watson for his storybook run at the British Open, according to Kevin Wicker, director of local events and development for the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation.

The latest from the 'time flies' department

The latest from the “time flies” department:

After the coup: LPGA eases tensions

The LPGA’s new leadership is reaching out to its tournaments – and may be willing to reconsider the controversial raising of event fees – to help preserve the tour’s schedule, according to a tournament owner.

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Fallen Oak: Worth the gamble

On a recent gathering of Golfweek course raters at Fallen Oak Golf Club, our round was threatened by a torrential downpour that had begun overnight and continued well into the morning.

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Heartland hideaways: Michigan

There’s a reason the golf-rich destination known as Northern Michigan isn’t called Northernmost Michigan, and that is the Upper Peninsula.

U.S. Junior Fantasy results

The Junior Fantasy Golf season is looking more and more like a runaway. The U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior produced incredible amounts of drama. Let’s hope the Junior Fantasy race can do the same as the season rolls on.

PGA Junior Fantasy picks

We here at Golfweek don’t take a rest. A week after the U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior, we’re back to give you our picks for the Junior PGA Championship, which begins tomorrow.

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Looks of the week!

Looks of the week!

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Golden partnership

Golden partnership

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Dufner, Kim, Goosen share Canadian lead

Jason Dufner made a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th Monday for a share of the Canadian Open lead with Anthony Kim and Retief Goosen after the rain-delayed third round.

Sunday, July 26

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Watson recalls ‘magical’ 2 weeks in U.K.

Tom Watson had a few words to describe his two-week visit to Britain. “It was magical for a while,” he said. “It was a special moment in my life that I’ll cherish and take with me.”

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Parnevik’s hip surgery could end season

Jesper Parnevik might have played his last round of the season.

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Canadian Open goes to Monday finish

Mike Weir had the best shot – and one-liners – on another rainy day at the 100th Canadian Open.

Saturday, July 25

Playoff birdie lifts Gielow at Porter Cup

Brendan Gielow chipped in for birdie on the third hole of a three-way playoff Saturday to win the Porter Cup.

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Anderson upsets Kim to win U.S. Jr.

Amy Anderson, the little-known player from Oxbow, N.D., putted her way to a victory Saturday at the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Trump National Golf Club.

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Spieth sparkles with U.S. Junior title

As the country’s top-ranked junior golfer, Jordan Spieth is by default one of the faces of junior golf in America.

Calcavecchia lays down birdie attack

Mark Calcavecchia just wrote himself into the PGA Tour record books with nine consecutive birdies during the second round of the Canadian Open.

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Dream nearly becomes reality

A crazy dream drifted my way the other day. Fitting, because here on Scotland’s rugged yet scenic Ayrshire Coast, it was a terrific week for dreaming.

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Cruel in the sun: Cink ruins Watson’s fairytale

The story was a weeklong romance, a heart-string tugger, the kind where you pray for the fairy-tale ending that somehow seemed to be unfolding before your disbelieving eyes.

Farmington Country Club goes scouting

Among the gallery in this morning’s match between Amy Anderson and Victoria Tanco (Anderson won, 2 and 1) was Jay Courage, chairman of the golf committee at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va.

Anderson and Kim shooting for history

A bit of history is riding on today’s girls’ final. Should Amy Anderson win, she will be the first U.S. Girls’ Junior champion who was also medalist since Julieta Granada in 2004.

Golfweek Junior Series winners to receive exemption

New to the Golfweek Junior Series:

Disappearing flagstick

During yesterday’s semifinals, there was a strange incident as Jordan Spieth and Logan Harrell approached the 12th hole of the New Course at Trump National.

Kim's putting problems

Amy Anderson ends the first 18 holes with the lead over Kimberly Kim, 2 up. Anderson made no worse than par until finishing double bogey-bogey-bogey.

Underdog makes a case

So much for the underdog.

One for the record books

For the first time in 18 years, both the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Junior stroke play medalist walked away with the championship.

Anderson unsure of Women's Am appearance

When Amy Anderson and Kimberly Kim entered the final at the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Trump National Golf Club, they both also received two-year exemptions into the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

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Calcavecchia sets PGA Tour birdie record

Mark Calcavecchia birdied nine straight holes Saturday in the Canadian Open to break the PGA Tour record.

Friday, July 24

Van Sickle, Mickelson lead Porter Cup

Mike Van Sickle shot 65 Friday to tie Tim Mickelson for the 36-hole lead at the Porter Cup and put himself in position to greatly help his Walker Cup prospects after a dismal summer.

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Spectacular Spieth in U.S. Junior final

When Donald Trump tells you he’s enjoyed watching you play, you must be doing something right.

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Anderson rallies to make U.S. Girls’ final

First Amy Anderson emerged as an unlikely medalist in stroke-play qualifying for the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Then she cruised to the quarterfinals, knocked out junior powerhouse Victoria Tanco, 2 and 1, and fought back from a three-hole deficit to make it to tomorrow’s final match at Trump National.

Georgia names Shirley as assistant

Margaret Shirley will join the Georgia women’s golf program as an assistant coach for the 2009-10 season, head coach Kelley Hester announced Friday.

Broderick named head coach at UMKC

UMKC will have a new head women’s golf coach, Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced Friday.

Two-time winners

Michael Sim and Kevin Johnson, the only two-time winners on this year’s Nationwide Tour, were paired together for the first two rounds of the Cox Classic. Johnson missed his fourth consecutive cut, but Sim shot rounds of 66-65 and is two shots off the lead with two rounds remaining in Omaha, Neb.

Toronto: My kind of town

This is my first trip north of the border to the city of Toronto. My immediate assessment: I could definitely head up the magazine’s Toronto bureau.

Aces wild

Peter Lonard and Joe Durant must’ve been busy buying the Molson and Labatt’s last night. Each had a hole-in-one at Glen Abbey GC during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open.

Buick Open’s 51-year run to end

Golfweek has learned that next week’s Buick Open will be the final rendition of the tournament, bringing to an end the automaker’s 51-year run with the Michigan event, the PGA Tour’s longest partnership.

Spieth savors the pressure

For the second year in a row, Jordan Spieth has reached the semifinals of the U.S. Junior.

What do the rankings say?

The Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings of the four semifinalists in the U.S. Junior are:

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Na chasing after first Tour win

Kevin Na skipped his senior year of high school to turn professional at 17. At 25, the Canadian Open co-leader can still be a little childish.

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Kelly leads rain-soaked Canadian Open

PGA Tour tournament director Steve Carman perfectly summed up the rain-soaked 100th Canadian Open. “The sponge is full of water,” Carman said Friday after the latest round of rain saturated the already-wet Glen Abbey course.

Thursday, July 23

Spieth moves into quarterfinals at Junior

The rain that fell on Tuesday at the U.S. Junior Amateur paled in comparison to the persistent showers that blanketed Trump National Golf Club on Thursday.

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Can you keep a secret?

Jason Gore played dumb when approached by the first President Bush.

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Thompson falls at U.S. Girls’ Junior

The reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior champion lost the possibility of maintaining her throne Thursday at the hands of 13-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn.

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McCarthy: Merkulov’s heartfelt journey

The heart is often used as a symbol of courage in the face of a daunting challenge. Yaroslav Merkulov has heart.

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‘Dakota darlings’ dream big at U.S. Junior

The Dakotas, of all places, are well-represented at the Sweet Sixteen of the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Medalist Amy Anderson (pictured) of Oxbow, N.D., and Kimberly Kaufman of Clark, S.D., took their small-town-America games to glitzy Trump National and surprised more than a few.

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SDSU taps Klein as women’s coach

Emilee Klein is moving back West.

Carl, Martin promoted at Cincinnati

Janet Carl was named director of golf at Cincinnati, and Doug Martin its head men’s coach, the university announced Wednesday.

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Wallor gets men’s job at Central Florida

Bryce Wallor was named head men’s coach at Central Florida, the university announced Thursday. Wallor had spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee.

College coaches playing well

It’s been a pretty good July for a few college coaches on the playing side of the game.

Porter Cup play cancelled

Play at the Porter Cup was cancelled Thursday due to “unplayable course conditions."

Late reservations

The threesome of Lee Janzen, Nathan Green and Cliff Kresge had better not have early dinner reservations tonight. Due to the lengthy weather delay at the Canadian Open, they are scheduled to tee off the 10th hole at – get this – 8:40 p.m. EST.

Luke Donald offers a helping hand

Luke Donald wants to tee it up so badly Thursday at the RBC Canadian Open that he volunteered to squeegee a green.

British Open win may not mean bright future

Before we jump to conclusions and suggest Stewart Cink will parlay his British Open victory into bigger and better performances, consider that it doesn’t always work that way in golf.

College coaches showing their game

talks about what a summer it's been for college coaches.

Perry puts up a fight

Jordan Spieth said yesterday that he was “just chillin’’ at the U.S. Junior, but he was doing far from that in his round-of-32 match against Jack Perry, the 99th-ranked player in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings.

Chung vs. Tanco: A match to see

A must-see match is on the docket for the Round of 16.

Yani Tseng's shy friend

When Doris Chen walked off the 17th green with her 3-and-1 victory over Erynne Lee, her expression hardly changed.

Rainy day Thursday

The rain held off long enough for almost every group to finish the second round of match play dry at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Liu isn't showing his age

Jim Liu is the youngest player left in the U.S. Junior field, but the 13-year-old – who turns 14 on August 9 – isn’t playing to his age.

Junior loopers

What do you do when the ride ends at the U.S. Girls' Junior? You start looping.

Back to work for Watson

After the madness came the mildness. After a week of enduring the ultimate pressure in golf, Tom Watson turned up for 18 gentle holes in England’s green and pleasant land.

2010 National Letters of Intent

2010 NLI’s

2010 National Letters of Intent

2010 NLI’s

2010 NLI’s


2009 Women's Conference Championships Results


2009 Men's Conference Championships Results

Wednesday, July 22

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OU gets gem in Hybl

From playing and coaching perspectives, Ryan Hybl knows what it takes for a college golf program to be successful.

Golfweek's 2009 Women's All-Americans

Golfweek's 2009 Women's All-Americans presented by Titleist

Golfweek's 2009 Men's All-Americans

Golfweek's 2009 Men's All-Americans presented by Titleist

Tanco tears through first round of match play

Victoria Tanco, 15, sailed through the first round of match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior on the strength of a white-hot putter.

Stretch run puts Tour cards up for grabs

It’s easy to forget about the Nationwide Tour, especially during golf’s season of majors on the PGA Tour.

Lendl drops 93 foot bomb to win

Isabelle Lendl overcame a big hurdle in the first round of match in the form of 2006 U.S. Girls' champ Jenny Shin.

Lovemark's pro debut

Jamie Lovemark has turned professional and will make his pro debut at this week’s RBC Canadian Open. Golfweek first reported May 20 that Lovemark did not plan on returning to USC for his senior season. He has been recovering from a rib injury first suffered at the NCAA West Regional in mid-May.

Shoulder surgery ends Woodland's rookie season

Gary Woodland’s rookie season on the PGA Tour is over. The 25-year-old withdrew from the Canadian Open and will have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Streak-ending weekend

What happened to the Tour’s consecutive cuts streak leaders last week at the British Open? They suddenly all got a case of the weekends off.

Groundskeeper tees it up

Carl Spackler would be proud of this Cinderella story.

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Team of the Week: Arizona State

The top-ranked Sun Devils capped a perfect postseason with a victory May 22 at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship.

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Team of the Week: Texas A&M

Texas A&M won the program’s first NCAA Division I men’s golf title May 30.

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Player of the Week: Maria Hernandez, Purdue

With her victory at the NCAA Championship, Purude senior Maria Hernandez sealed her national player of the year title.

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Player of the Week: Matt Hill, N.C. State

Sophomore Matt Hill shot three consecutive 2-under-par 69s for a 6-under 207 to win the NCAA Division I Championship.

UCF's search is over

gives away the ending to the UCF coaching search.

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Tim Mickelson tied for Porter Cup lead

Tim Mickelson, brother of PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson, is part of a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Porter Cup.

The Korda killer instinct

Jessica Korda played her first match play tournament since the European Team Championship two years ago.

Deutsche Bank CEO touts Tour event

Seth Waugh, chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank Americas, defended his bank’s sponsorship of a PGA Tour, saying the event has been a good investment for the company in a slumping economy while providing needed money for the charities and local businesses that depend upon it.

Lendl sister domination

The Daniela Lendl-Sarah Brown match was the first of three consecutive matches to go extra holes on the girls’ side. Lendl, the 61st seed, birdied the first playoff hole to take down Brown (4th seed).

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OU gets gem in Hybl

From playing and coaching perspectives, Ryan Hybl knows what it takes for a college golf program to be successful.

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Big names get bounced at Junior

U.S. Junior Amateur experience doesn’t always translate into U.S. Junior Amateur success. That was apparent on Wednesday when players who once enjoyed the glory of advancing deep at the event were upset in the Round of 64.

Tuesday, July 21

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Bastel named Duke women’s assistant

Duke has a new assistant women’s coach.

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Fowler announces first pro event

Rickie Fowler has announced he will play as a professional at the Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Classic Oct. 1-4. It is the first event Fowler has said he will play as a pro.

M.J. comes off the bench

Talk about finding a fill-in.

Perry won't defend Buick title

The Buick Open has lost its defending champion for the second time in three years. Last year’s champion, Kenny Perry, announced Tuesday that he is pulling out of the event to spend time with his cancer-stricken mother.

Coaching tips

It's fair to say Anthony Paolucci takes the U.S. Junior pretty seriously.

Scores are soaring

Whether it's the pressure or the unrelenting, rainy, breezy conditions, scores are considerably higher today in the second round of stroke-play qualifying.

Where will they be?

Catching up on Sports Illustrated on the flight over, noticed that Alexis Thompson is featured in the July 13-20 issue along with 13 other teens in a “Where Will They Be?” package.

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Don’t expect changes at St. Andrews

The tradition each year at the British Open is to congratulate the champion on the large scoreboard over the 18th green and look forward to the following year, in this case St. Andrews.

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Fantasy Aces: Canadian Open

Babineau: Anthony Kim: Though he had a wild ride at Turnberry, missing the cut, it seems as if his game is getting closer to the levels we witnessed a year ago. Coming off a free weekend, he should be charged up and ready to go.

Watson at the PGA? Not likely

Even though he came within an 8-foot putt of winning the British Open, Tom Watson didn’t sound terribly interested Tuesday in playing the PGA Championship next month in Minnesota.

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Anderson leads Girls’ Junior qualifiers

Amy Anderson was one of the few players who managed to move up the leaderboard on a cold, rainy day Tuesday at the U.S. Girls’ Junior in which many players moved backward.

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Spieth earns medalist honors at Junior

Jordan Spieth waltzed into the match play stages at the U.S. Junior Amateur Tuesday.

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Grillo dialed in at U.S. Junior

The U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior may very well become an Argentine affair.

Monday, July 20

Hughes takes new role at E. Washington

fter serving as head women’s coach at Eastern Washington for 11 years, Marc Hughes has a new role.

Stats about British Open week

with a few startling stats about Tiger's return to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

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Player of the Week: Emiliano Grillo

Grillo, of Argentina, shot 3-under 285 (71, 79, 67, 68) at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South) in La Jolla, Calif., to win the Junior World Golf Championships by four.

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Monday Scramble: Open postcards

Welcome to the Monday Scramble, the Champion Column of the Year... or more likely Millisecond.

Fowler announces first pro event

Rickie Fowler has announced he will play as a professional at the Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Classic Oct. 1-4.

Updated: Walker Cup watch list

The majority of the U.S. Walker Cup team will be selected in a few weeks. Golfweek’s amateur experts have chimed in to let you know who they think would make the team if it were selected today.

Montgomerie Links opening set

Construction work on the Montgomerie Links has been completed and the course is scheduled for an informal opening on Aug. 17.

Resorts: Old Course, new views

The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa has opened a rooftop deck that provides panoramic views of the Old Course and the town’s other links.

Winner’s Circle: July 13-19, 2009

See what this week's winners had in their bags.

Just saw Trump in his Rolls

Just watched Donald Trump do a drive-by in his black Rolls-Royce at the U.S. Juniors.

U.S. Women's Am champ on the bag

If you want Maria Jose Uribe to carry your bag, don’t expect much help on the greens. Uribe, the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, is “really bad at reading breaks.”

Mizuno and Bettinardi part ways

Mizuno USA and Bettinardi Golf announced their partnership will not be extended beyond 2009.

Junior Fantasy: U.S. Junior Picks

The U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls' Junior present some difficulties in picking a champion since they're like two events in one.

Fowler to play as professional in October

Rickie Fowler has announced he will play as a professional at the Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Classic Oct. 1-4. It is the first event Fowler has said he will play as a pro.

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Norman signs with CAA Sports

Greg Norman has signed with CAA Sports, a division of Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

‘World’s longest course’ set to open

Hit a few loose shots or three-putt the first green at Nullarbor Links and you’ll have plenty of time to think about your errant ways before teeing off at the second.

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Heartland hideaways: Wisconsin

It quickly becomes evident upon arriving here that Kohler is a company town, with none of the negative imagery typically conjured by that phrase.

Erynne Lee leads U.S. Girls’ Junior

Despite a handful of big names nipping at her heels, Erynne Lee proved she deserved her spot on the leaderboard by jumping out to a two-shot lead Monday after the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

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Luna sets early pace at U.S. Junior

Juan Luna posted a bogey-free 6-under 66 Monday to lead the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Junior Amateur at the New Course at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

TNT and ABC bogey British Open coverage

It’s taken me several years of contemplation, but I’ve finally hit upon the best way for American television viewers to enjoy the British Open broadcast. Fly to Scotland and watch the tournament on the BBC. Sure, it will be more expensive than sitting at home, but it will be far less aggravating than trying to watch the tournament on American television.

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Matured Lendl savoring U.S. Junior

Isabelle Lendl can smile about it now. She’s beginning to rise out of a two-year slump that left her battered and bruised.

Sunday, July 19

Should the R&A give a long exemption?

Tom Watson did say Sunday he will play at St. Andrews next July, in what everyone expects to be his final British Open. He put the onus on the press to question to those on the R&A Championship Committee to revisit the rule that says past champions cannot compete (unless they qualify) after the age of 60.

Watson remembers Jack at Turnberry

takes you down Tom Watson's Memory Lane.

Matteo Manassero: Tiger Slayer

recalls the scene around silver medalist Matteo Manassero.

Springsteen and Watson, aged to perfection

tells about his week following a pair of famous 59-year-olds.

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Tait: Turnberry torture

Turnberry can lift your spirits. It also can break your heart.

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Notes: Poor Open doesn’t faze Paddy

Padraig Harrington failed in his bid to become the first player in more than 50 years to win the British Open three straight times. The good news?

Matt Hill keeps up his winning ways

Matt Hill continued his winning ways this past week with a seven-shot victory in the Ontario Amateur Championship. Hill finished four rounds at Craigowan Golf & Country Club at 14-under 270 (69-67-69-65).

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Cink tops Watson in Open playoff

Tom Watson stood over an 8-foot par putt Sunday evening on the final hole of a mystical British Open, one stroke away from becoming the oldest major champion in history. For the first time all week, he showed his 59-year-old nerves. The putt never had a chance.

Taylor is No. 1

Nick Taylor is now the No. 1 amateur in the world.

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Close finish stings Westwood. . . again

Two years. Two putts to get into a playoff. Two misses. Only this time Lee Westwood didn’t know it.

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Italian am Manassero shines in Scotland

Matteo Manassero shot a 1-under 69 in the final round of his British Open debut just six weeks after the 16-year-old Italian won the British Amateur.

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From Open to fatherhood for Fisher

After Ross Fisher’s British Open title chances vanished with a quadruple bogey eight at Turnberry on Sunday, he was ready to go home and await his first child.

Hill wins again

Matt Hill continued his winning ways this past week with a seven-shot victory in the Ontario Amateur Championship. Hill finished four rounds at Craigowan Golf & Country Club at 14-under 270 (69-67-69-65).

Amateur golf rankings update

Even though he left the tournament disappointed, U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up Nick Taylor of Canada is the new World No. 1 in the Golfweek/ Player Rankings. He’s also No. 1 in the R&A’s World Amateur Rankings.

Manassero will skip college golf

Matteo Manassero would fit into any college program anywhere in the United States. In fact, college coaches would shift heaven and earth to recruit the 16-year-old Italian.

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Watson leads British Open by a shot

Tom Watson has a plan to win the British Open. It no longer reads like a fairy tale.

Whitsett withdraws from U.S. Junior

Cory Whitsett has withdrawn from this year’s U.S. Junior with a minor stress fracture in his back, the USGA announced on its Web site.

Saturday, July 18

Not your normal moving day

Looking for a third-round charge from someone here at the British Open? It might be done with a 71 or 72 at the rate we’re going.

Furyk's odd autograph request

It was autograph time and Jim Furyk was more than willing to accommodate after a third-round 70 left him just three off lead.

Lewis tops Clanton to win North & South

Amelia Lewis rallied to win the North & South Women’s Amateur Saturday, defeating Cydney Clanton, 3 and 2, at Pinehurst No. 2.

Benjamin wins APL with huge upset

It looked as if Nick Taylor couldn’t be beaten, but Brad Benjamin delivered a resounding upset in the final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links on Saturday. He topped Taylor, 7 and 6, to earn a bid to the 2010 Masters.

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One round from golf’s greatest feat

Can he do it? Yes. Will he do it? Who knows?

Main takes Southern Amateur

UCLA sophomore Gregor Main shot a final-round 70 to edge Taylor Hall by two for the Southern Amateur title.

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Tait: Fisher hopes to warm British hearts

Ross Fisher could be the man to warm British hearts ten years after the last Brit, Paul Lawrie, won the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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Nicklaus gets tears watching Watson

Jack Nicklaus has entered the age of text messaging. Well, sort of.

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McCabe: A wild ride at Turnberry’s 7th

Across 11 hours of wind-blown action involving 73 players and 1,314 holes, links golf in all its glory and confoundment shined through in one sequence of shots at a ribbon of Turnberry turf where the view is breathtaking and the challenge massive.

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Harrington’s bid for 3rd Open title slim

Padraig Harrington’s bid to become the first player in 53 years to win the British Open three times in a row virtually ended Saturday when he shot a 6-over 76 to fall 14 shots off the lead at Turnberry.

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Seve wants to play ’10 British Open

Seve Ballesteros said he would like to play in the British Open at St. Andrews in 2010.

Friday, July 17

Ben Curtis' tough day at the office

The good news? From the 14th tee on, “I actually played all right,” Ben Curtis said.

A tall man's week in Scotland

Mark Calcavecchia yesterday mentioned his “unusual accommodations” at the British Open over the years. People in the interview room laughed because, well, they know about unusual accommodations over here.

When was Tiger's last birdie?

wonders when the last time Tiger made a birdie was?

A tale of two T.W.'s

tries to decide which T.W. has been more surprising this week?

Why not keep the 10-shot rule?

explains why he is shocked the R&A did away with the 10-shot rule.

Lewis cruises to North & South finals

After cruising to a 6-and-4 win over Jaclyn Sweeny, Amelia Lewis has advanced to the finals of the North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2.

My finalists for the UCF job

Despite much speculation the last couple of days that UCF may hire a head coach to fill its vacancy, I have heard that will not be the case. It looks like UCF will indeed hire an assistant coach with an announcement expected sometime Monday at the earliest.

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Notes: Same ol’ Calc makes British run

Twenty years removed from his British Open triumph, Mark Calcavecchia is in the hunt at Turnberry.

Main, Silvers tied atop Southern Am

UCLA rising sophomore Gregor Main strung together consecutive 67s and was tied for the lead midway through the third round of the Southern Amateur before play was halted due to darkness.

Taylor on glory’s doorstep at APL

Nick Taylor declared in the beginning of the week he came to the U.S. Amateur Public Links to “play in the finals.” Taylor achieved that goal and will play for the title on Saturday. Recent Memphis grad Brad Benjamin stands in his way.

Campbell, at 21 over, WDs from Open

The struggles continue for New Zealand's Michael Campbell.

No caddie for Lyons

Through his practice rounds, his two rounds of stroke play qualifying and his first three matches, Sam Lyons carried his own golf bag at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.

Junior Fantasy: Betsy Rawls results

The race got a little tighter after the McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls Championship. Here are the results.

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Marino makes most of Open chance

About a week ago, the man now at the top of the British Open leaderboard wasn’t expecting to be here. In the Open. The top of the board wasn’t even near the realm of his fantasies.

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Watson, Marino lead Open; Tiger MC

Tom Watson leading the British Open heading to the weekend? Tiger Woods gassing up the plane and heading for home? Treacherous Turnberry delivered a pair of shockers Friday.

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Tait: Watson working on historic run

The spirits are on Tom Watson’s side as he tries to become the oldest winner in British Open history. Can he complete the unthinkable, and win at 59 years old?

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Staff picks: U.S. Juniors

Golfweek will be on the scene at the U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls' Junior at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Here are their predictions:

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Q&A: U.S. Girls’ champ Alexis Thompson

Ray McCarthy spent a few minutes with the junior golf superstar and picked her brain about some golf-related topics and some not-so-golf-related topics.

Lee enters U.S. Girls’ with LPGA mindset

At last week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Alison Lee rounded out a pretty impressive sixsome.

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Cantlay craving his U.S. Junior chance

Patrick Cantlay is a future-minded golfer. He takes his time as a junior golfer seriously, but is always focusing on the next step in his progression through golf.

Thursday, July 16

The Open's first birdie

For the record, the first birdie of the 134th British Open was made by Mark Calcavecchia when he made a 3 on the par-4 second. In the same group, 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell made a 5, for the first bogey of the championship.

Where's your common sense?!?

Thirty players stood on the practice ground at Turnberry today, and only one player got a sign with his name on it to help the fans in the grandstand identify him.

Early group sets quick pace

Mark Calcavecchia, Paul Broadhurst and Michael Campbell felt like they were the only ones on the golf course for most of the first round.

Sergio's caddie helping with endorsements

It has been said for decades that the caddie’s creed is simple: Show up, keep up, shut up.

Duval has small but loyal following at Turnberry

Arnie’s Army it ain’t, but David Duval has a loyal fan club here at Turnberry – even if it seemed to number just two.

The R&A's first mistake

First bogey of the 138th Open Championship? It goes to the Royal & Ancient for allowing a TV tower to be constructed in spot where players would most likely hit.

Silent Turnberry

This is my 21st Open Championship and one of the main things that have come home to me is how quiet Turnberry has been this year.

Calc keeps Ken Green in his thoughts

Mark Calcavecchia not only thought about his longtime pal Ken Green right after shooting 67 in the British Open first round, he had a dream about him the night before.

Which tour is this?

For a long while Thursday morning, the British Open had the feel of a Champions Tour event. If there was a bumper sticker to be attached to the world’s oldest golf tournament, it was, “Old Guys Rule.”

Stricker tries to go back-to-back

Steve Stricker is among several players who shot 66 in the British Open first round at Turnberry. But his situation is different from the others. The winner of last week’s John Deere Classic can be just the sixth player since 1949 to win a major the week after winning a PGA Tour event.

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Just call him Turnberry Tom

Tom Watson temporarily dipped into a valley halfway along the 17th fairway, then reappeared once again, bounding along, tapping his 3-wood on the firm turf, surveying all around him, the famed Turnberry lighthouse in the distance appearing as if it was sitting on his right shoulder.

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McCabe: Woods’ woes plentiful at British

Went to watch a three-ball game in the opening round of the 138th Open Championships. What broke out was a three-ring circus.

Schepperle suffers North & South upset

After knocking off No. 1 seed Candace Schepperle, East Carolina’s Abby Bools went on to win her third match and advance to the quarterfinals of the North & South Women’s Amateur.

Silvers leads delayed Southern Am

Former South Carolina player Mark Silvers finished the second round of the Southern Amateur with a one-shot lead after a 6-under 66 left him with a 10-under 134 total.

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Tait: Open reflections

I’ve covered 20 Open Championships and each one is unique. This one almost feels dreamlike, as surreal as those ethereal TV shots out to sea of the Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and the distant Mull of Kintyre.

Wright reflects on historic Publinx title

Mention his moment of triumph and Bill Wright doesn’t wax nostalgic on his winning putt or celebration.

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Notes: Neck injury hampers Kim

That was Anthony Kim lying down on the job in the first round of the 138th British Open.

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Taylor tearing through Publinx

Nick Taylor is breezing through the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Taylor has yet to play the final four holes in any of his matches. Rickie Fowler, the top-ranked amateur in Golfweek's amateur rankings, suffered a big upset in the round of 16.

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Chalmers, Klauk locked atop U.S. Bank

Greg Chalmers (pictured) had success with his new putting grip and Jeff Klauk only needed nine putts in his first nine holes for each to shoot 6-under 64s during a blustery first round of the U.S. Bank Championship on Thursday.

Taylor beats Bryans

Same last names; different people; pretty much the same result.

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Monty-Lyle feud rages on at Turnberry

Looks like Sandy Lyle can forget about being vice captain at the Ryder Cup. On the fifth day of a spat between Scotland’s best two players of their generation, Colin Montgomerie said Friday he has been distracted this week at the British Open since Lyle brought up a cheating accusation earlier in the week.

Bryan on cloud nine

It’s been a good week so far for Phillip Bryan, 23, the assistant golf coach at Oklahoma.

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Watson leads Open with 65; Tiger 6 back

Thirty-two years after his epic “Duel in the Sun” with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson took advantage of pristine conditions at the British Open to shoot a stunning 5-under 65 on Thursday.

Wednesday, July 15

Talking about the U.S. Open champ

A few words related to Lucas Glover:

Hedging your bets

As Jim McCabe points out below, Scots are pretty good at hedging their bets when it comes to the weather. There’s good reason for that. Mother Nature is so changeable in this part of the world that Scotland can often experience four seasons in the same day.

Can't get enough

What does a former Open Champion do to warm up for the 138th version of the game’s oldest championship? He plays golf, obviously – and then he plays even more golf.

Don't bet on the top 10

Looking at the British Open vs. the world rankings is an interesting proposition.

Horseracing tips from the Open

I bumped into Scotland’s Gary Orr near the practice putting green today and I told him about spending a few hours on the course on Monday with his caddie Rodney “Mucker” Wooler.

Like father, like son

Paul Lawrie may have tamed Carnoustie and bettered the world’s elite, but a nine-hole course and a 10-year-old boy brought him to his knees yesterday.

Westwood to play with Tiger again

If Lee Westwood wasn’t surprised by his pairing alongside Tiger Woods in the first two rounds of the British Open, there’s good reason.

Tiger and Ryo together a bad move

Just one man’s opinion, but the R&A double-bogeyed the Thursday-Friday pairings by grouping Tiger Woods, Ryo Ishikawa and Lee Westwood together. Those tents you see on the grounds at Turnberry might as well be circus tents.

Remembering John "Scotty" Gilmour

A somber start to the 2009 Open Championship. After the final group teed off today at roughly 2:30 p.m. today (the course then closes for final opening-round preparations), a memorial service was held midway down the first fairway for former caddie John “Scotty” Gilmour.

Lehman's busy summer

Busy few weeks ahead for Tom Lehman. Consider this his Major Summer.

Playing the APL name game

Here’s the unofficial – and certainly unrelated – results from the name game in the first round of match play Wednesday at the 84th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.

Fowler looks good for APL win

From the start of this year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Rickie Fowler was considered one of the leading favorites to win the title.

Schepperle advances at North & South

It took a few extra holes, but top-seed Candace Schepperle defeated Sarah Elliot Wednesday to advance into the second round of match play at the North & South Women’s Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Staff picks: British Open

Golfweek’s fleet of reporters is on the scene this week at Turnberry. Here are their predictions:

Notes: OWGR to change its formula

Vijay Singh can now play as much as he wants without overly affecting his world ranking. The Official World Golf Ranking board announced Wednesday that it will gradually change its formula starting next year, adding a maximum divisor of 52 tournaments so that players who prefer a full schedule will not be punished.

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Sergio still searching for first major title

Ten years after a teenage Sergio Garcia turned pro and almost caught Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship, the Spaniard is approaching his 30th birthday and still looking for his first major title.

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'The Lookies' hit the U.S. Women's Open!

'The Lookies' are back from the U.S. Women's Open.

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Hate to be Rude: Watson’s legacy

Five-time British Open champion Tom Watson held court Wednesday at Turnberry and took us for a wonderful ride down the lane of fond memory.

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I [Heart] Turnberry

Enveloped in glorious Wednesday sunshine, the Ayrshire Coast had a dash of paradise mixed with doses of clear tranquility, which produced a magnificent view of the Ailsa Craig.

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Tait: Blame Monty, not Lyle

Well done, Sandy Lyle. After four years of simmering resentment among European Tour players, Sandy Lyle has finally said the words most European Tour pros have been saying in private: Colin Montgomerie is a cheater.

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Scotsman’s dream: Open at Turnberry

Martin Laird is going home. That’s the essence of his text to his parents in Scotland, who followed his British Open qualifying in Dallas on May 25 over the Internet.

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Fowler, Taylor keep rolling at APL

Rickie Fowler is No. 2 in the Golfweek/ Amateur Rankings and No. 1 among American players. Nick Taylor holds the No. 4 ranking and is No. 1 among Canadians.

Todd among leaders at Southern Am

Jarin Todd recorded seven birdies in a 6-under 66 Wednesday to share the first-round lead at the Southern Amateur Championship.

Tuesday, July 14

British Open or Open Championship?

We Brits can get a bit sniffy about the title of this great championship. The official name is the Open Championship, so we get a bit agitated when it gets referred to as the British Open.

Long first round at APL

The USGA had a projected pace of play of 4 1/2 hours during the stroke play portion of this year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the par-71 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.

Newman rallies after a good sleep

What a difference a good night’s sleep can make – especially when it’s in a comfortable bed.

Green still kicking as amateur

Some people collect coins; for others it’s stamps. In the golfing world there are those who collect logo golf balls, or scorecards. I know one couple who collects logo golf towels.

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Taylor medals by four at Publinks

After shooting 66 to take the first-round lead at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, Nick Taylor knew that if he came out Tuesday and kept his score around par, he would be in good shape heading into Wednesday’s opening round of match play at the 84th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

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Is the APL fulfilling its mission?

When Trevor Immelman and Brandt Snedeker played in the final pairing at the 2008 Masters, it was cause for celebration as well as alarm. The former U.S. Amateur Public Links champions had reached the pinnacle of the professional game. Yet to some, the pairing symbolized how far the APL had strayed.

Perfect attendance

Gold stars, perhaps, are in order for the four players who this week will record perfect attendance in British Open appearances at Turnberry.

Scottish scuffle

For those who are looking for a controversy fresher than the Carolyn Bivens-LPGA Tour tussle, you are in luck.

No tension between Love and Lawrie

Further to yesterday’s blog, Paul Lawrie and Davis Love III won’t discuss Love’s alleged comment about Lawrie winning at Carnoustie.

Marino's first Open experience

Dressed head-to-toe in rain gear, Steve Marino sauntered off one of the putting greens, headed to the first tee for a practice round at Turnberry.

Graeme Heinrich is on hand

For nearly 20 years Graeme Heinrich has done the yardage books for the European Tour. Heinrich, a former caddie who has looped for Nick Faldo among others, is here this week.

Updated: Walker Cup watch list

The majority of the U.S. Walker Cup team will be selected in less than a month. Golfweek’s amateur experts have chimed in to let you know who they think would make the team if it were selected today.

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Relationships doomed Bivens

Carolyn Bivens had good intentions. The LPGA’s first female commissioner intended to show the world a woman’s worth with bigger purses, a solid health-care plan and a respectable pension program. She aimed to capitalize on the LPGA’s global makeup by shoring up big-name sponsors and lucrative TV contracts. Bivens called her grand plan Vision 2010.

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Fantasy Aces: British Open

Jeff Babineau: Tiger Woods – Here’s the math: There have been two majors played this season, and Tiger Woods has yet to add to the trophy case/major section this season. The man is hungry, and there’s another Claret Jag in his immediate future.

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New course, old strategy for Woods

The sea breeze in his face was not nearly as important to Tiger Woods as finding the best route around three pot bunkers on the 10th hole at Turnberry.

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Notes: Poulter’s Open name gaffe

In these parts of the world, the oldest major is known simply as “The Open Championship.” It’s not unusual for Americans to refer to it as the British Open, although one will rarely hear that from British and European players, or any players from South Africa, Australia and other parts of the world.

Monday, July 13

British Open tee times: Rounds 1 and 2

Note: Tee times are Eastern Standard Time

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Notes: Quigley reluctantly skips British

Brett Quigley had the best 36-hole score Sunday at the John Deere Classic, 62-67 in the marathon finish to tie for second. It came with a perk that Quigley wasn’t expecting — a spot in the British Open.

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Woods soaking up Turnberry experience

Walking up to the 15th green at Turnberry, his ball safely in the middle, Tiger Woods turned to his left and pointed to a spot a few yards off the putting surface. “Is this where Watson made the putt?” he asked Monday morning.

Player of the Week: Kyle Lewis

Lewis, of Shawnee, Okla., shot 8-under 208 (72-72-64) at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio to win the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout by two.

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Special report: A whole new world

As head of the KPMG Golf Advisory Practice in Budapest, Hungary, Andrea Sartori conducts extensive research on golf’s international markets and hosts the Golf Business Forum, a major conference focusing on course development and tourism. He shared with Golfweek findings from the sixth annual GBF held in Wales earlier this year.

China: Unlocking vast potential

A lack of golf history can be a disadvantage for an emerging market, but freedom from a past also can lead to innovation.

Wales: Capitalizing on the Ryder Cup

The images are captivating. A montage of golfers’ swings, each as unique as a fingerprint, scrolls along a coastal stage that is Royal Porthcawl, a good bet to be found on any list of the world’s best courses. Players young and old, men and women, skilled and not, all swing away in a commercial that makes its point crystal clear: Golf is for everyone.

The Middle East: More than Dubai

Not even a year ago, people were mentioning Dubai in the same breath with other great cities of the world: Paris. Tokyo. New York.

Player of the Week: Anna Kim

Kim, of Chandler, Ariz., shot 3-under 216 (68-72-76) at West Lake Country Club in Augusta, Ga., to win the Charles Howell III Junior Championship by five.

Taylor’s hot play continues at Publinks

Like everyone else at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course, Nick Taylor battled the heat Monday during the opening round of stroke-play qualifying at the 84th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Kaymer not tired of winning

Martin Kaymer is enjoying the plaudits that come with winning his fourth European Tour event, but for some players it’s getting a bit tired.

Golfweek's Best Deals: Lake of Isles

When looking for golf bargains, start with the casinos. They often offer aggressive pricing on rooms and rounds, assuming they’ll make it back at their gaming tables, restaurants and other amenities.

Back on the bag

Dave McNeilly is used to the, ahem, job security that goes with being a professional caddie.

'Mucker' is feeling good

Rodney Wooler is feeling pretty good about his chances this week.

Interesting British Open draw

Open draws always throw together a few intriguing groupings, but the 2:31pm tee time on Thursday is perhaps the most intriguing.

The intriguing John Deere Classic

Brett Quigley’s decision to turn down the exemption that goes to the lowest top-five finisher not already exempt into the British Open is the latest in a string of notable happenings that have made the John Deere Classic one of the most intriguing tournaments of the year.

Faldo has warmed up to the media

Twenty years ago, back in those days when you would have embraced heather with more joy than you would Nick Faldo, the Englishman wouldn’t have allowed a reporter within 400 yards of him while he took on a practice round for the Open Championship.

What are the odds?

Tiger Woods is playing in his third major since his improbable victory at the 2008 U.S. Open. And for the third time, he enters as the favorite, though it hardly mattered at the season’s first two majors.

Winner’s Circle: July 6-12, 2009

See what the winners played this week.

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Klein on Design: No. 10 at Turnberry

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one great hole:

Junior Fantasy: Betsy Rawls

Next up in Junior Fantasy Golf land is this week's McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship, which begins tomorrow. Here are the picks:

Cooperstown: A tale of Americana

With braggadocio worthy of new arrival Rickey Henderson, Cooperstown has dubbed itself “America’s Most Perfect Village.” This begs the question: Are there degrees of perfection?

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Bivens out, Evans in as LPGA boss

The LPGA Board of Directors appointed Marsha “Marty” Evans, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, as the tour’s acting commissioner, filling a void created by the forced resignation of Carolyn Bivens.

Miller and Pepper make winning combination at Open

There were two major LPGA stories last week, which was one more than the tour wanted.

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Leisurecorp's lack of reason leads to Turberry purchase

The world is full of examples of man’s folly. From the days when Icarus posted a “No Return” from trying to fly too close to the sun, man has lived up to those famous words Scottish industrialist Andrew Carnegie uttered many moons ago. Those who thought Turnberry was going to be a good purchase would have done well to heed Carnegie’s words.

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Brothers in arms

Lloyd Saltman’s back where he belongs. Question is, what took him so long?

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Why is this man smiling?

Is that a smile on Padraig Harrington’s face? Can’t be, not with this list of lowlights to his 2009 PGA Tour season:

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Monday Scramble: Save our season

Welcome to the Monday Scramble. When is the Women’s Open, again?

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Where are all the great Scots?

This year’s British Open should highlight the good and bad of Scottish golf. Turnberry will epitomize what links golf is all about. Barring a Paul Lawrie-like miracle, though, what we probably won’t see is a Scotsman hoisting the old Claret Jug.

Sunday, July 12

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Fowler to turn pro after Walker Cup

This year’s Walker Cup Match likely will serve as Rickie Fowler’s swan song to college and amateur golf.

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Cauley wins Players Am by two shots

Alabama sophomore-to-be Bud Cauley shot a final-round 71 to win the Players Amateur by two shots over George Bryan IV.

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Notes: Kerr laments Open collapse

Cristie Kerr knew her bid for a second U.S. Women’s Open title in three years was in trouble from the start Sunday.

LPGA to pick interim leader

The dispute between a faction of LPGA players and the tour commissioner could be resolved this week, and the tour’s Board of Directors will look for an interim replacement while searching for a new commissioner, tour veteran and board member Juli Inkster said Sunday.

Ji birdies 18 to win Women’s Open

Eun Hee Ji found surprising calm in a double-bogey and a dramatic victory with an improbable birdie.

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Stricker mows down field at John Deere

All around him, players were making runs at the lead. Steve Stricker didn’t flinch. He simply outlasted them.

Saturday, July 11

Ogilvy reflects on Norman's Open win... sort of

Geoff Ogilvy is one of the most laid-back guys in golf. He’s also one of the most honest.

Kerr takes two-shot lead into Sunday

Cristie Kerr is feeling a sense of calm only a former U.S. Women’s Open champion could understand.

Notes: Reynolds relishing Open chance

Not that long ago, Jean Reynolds grew tired of golf. Now, she’s looking forward to the pressure of the back nine in the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

Achenbach: How to stare victory in the face:

I know it’s a golf tournament, but it feels to me like a heavyweight boxing match.

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Fallen Oak

Fallen Oak debuted on the 2009 Golfweek’s Best modern list at No. 55 and arguably is underrated there; it certainly is among the top 3 of the 40-plus Fazio courses I’ve ever played.

Poker player locked in battle with USGA

Dusty Schmidt just wants to compete as an amateur golfer. The USGA maintains that the online poker player gave up his amateur status when he threw down a $1 million challenge to anyone who could beat him at 72 holes of golf and at poker.

Stricker surges into mix at John Deere

Steve Stricker has vaulted into second place at the John Deere Classic, tying a course record and matching the lowest score of his career with a 10-under 61 Saturday that left him three strokes behind Darron Stiles through two rounds.

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Kerr's glare apparent at U.S. Women's Open

I know it’s a golf tournament, but it feels to me like a heavyweight boxing match.

Friday, July 10

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Baldry: Pettersen laying down law at Open:

Here’s one thing golf fans love about Suzann Pettersen: She’s a straight shooter.

A good summer for LSU

It’s been a good summer for members of the LSU golf team.

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Round 2 of John Deere postponed

The second round of the John Deere Classic has been postponed due to heavy rain and is now scheduled for Saturday.

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Mickelson to skip British Open

Phil Mickelson will skip the British Open so he can be with his wife as she starts her recovery from breast cancer, ending the longest active streak of majors played at 61.

Thursday, July 9

Source: LPGA decides to oust Bivens

Carolyn Bivens’ fate has been sealed with the LPGA.

Choi leads Ochoa, Kerr at Women’s Open

There’s no denying this is the biggest week in women’s golf — full of good news and bad.

Notes: Davies making most of exemption

Former Women's Open champion Laura Davies is making the most of a special invite to Saucon Valley Country Club – with a distinct goal in mind.

A relaxed Reynolds thrives at Open

Jean Reynolds doesn’t stick out of the crowd here at the U.S. Women’s Open. She doesn’t wear flashy clothes or travel with an entourage. If she didn’t have one of those player badges around her neck, you might mistake her for your next-door neighbor. On the course, she chats about movies and music more than pin positions and wind direction.

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Junior stars bust down Open doors

Warning: Although it glorifies junior golfers, this live report from the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open contains no puffball analysis or overblown sentiment from the parents of junior golfers.

Notes: Thompson thriving at Open

Alexis Thompson’s goals are increasing with her age. So are her accomplishments.

Kerr takes control at Women’s Open

Cristie Kerr knows the emotion of winning a U.S. Women’s Open, and she wants to experience it again — preferably this week.

A new outlook for Schepperle

The last time I saw Candace Schepperle, she was in tears at the NCAA Women’s East Regional after failing to qualify or help Auburn quailfy for the NCAA Championship.

The golf gods taketh away

Golf will only give you so much.

Thompson wants to contend in this year's Open

Alexis Thompson went out and birdied the first hole of her third U.S. Women's Open.

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Janzen, Stiles take lead at John Deere

Lee Janzen stirred some memories and was tied with Darron Stiles for the lead after firing a 7-under 64 in the first round of the John Deere Classic on Thursday.

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Balicki: Harman guns for Walker spot

He’s baaaaaaaaaack! The little lefty with an unbelievable competitive fire and a game to match is again showing the talents that made him one of the country’s top junior players and Golfweek’s Amateur of the Year in 2005.

Spotlight on juniors

Warning: Although it glorifies junior golfers, this live report from the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open contains no puffball analysis or overblown sentiment from the parents of junior golfers.

Wednesday, July 8

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Els needs 'social' game

Ernie Els arrived at Loch Lomond having played some of his best golf of the year, including one round when he made seven birdies and three eagles to win the top prize. Too bad it didn’t count.

USGA ends 18-hole playoff for U.S. Women's Open

In 2006, after Annika Sorenstam beat Pat Hurst in an 18-hole playoff for the U.S. Women’s Open title, the USGA, sounding a lot like Edgar Allen Poe’s famous raven, issued an edict: “Nevermore.”

Ekey's pro debut

Recent Alabama grad Kathleen Ekey is making her debut as a professional at the U.S. Women’s Open.

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NCAA match play to stay

NCAA match play to stay

The NCAA Championship saw the inaugural stroke play/match play format in determining the team champion, and the Golf Committee liked what it saw.

Moving week for assistant coaches

with news from the coaching front.

Alternate keeps fingers crossed

Ah, the life of a U.S. Women’s Open alternate.

USGA halves 2010 qualifying process

In an unexpected move, the U.S. Golf Association announced Wednesday that qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open will revert to one stage, rather than the current two stages, starting in 2010.

Immelman WDs from British Open

Trevor Immelman has withdrawn from the British Open next week at Turnberry because of a wrist injury that has been slow to heal.

Diaz in the dark

Count Laura Diaz among the players who didn’t find out about the infamous dinner at Jamie Farr or the letter to the LPGA Board of Directors until Golfweek broke the news Monday.

Tuesday, July 7

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Fantasy Aces: John Deere Classic

Babineau: Kenny Perry - Why? Because to Kenny, this one is every bit as big as the British Open.

Olazabal misses at Open qualifying

Jose Maria Olazabal’s only remaining chance of qualifying for the British Open is by securing one of the exempt spots available through the Scottish Open later this week.

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Fans pack AT&T despite lack of top talent

Key LPGA players have spoken: It’s time for commissioner Carolyn Bivens to go.Tiger Woods is 33 and already has more PGA Tour victories than Arnold Palmer. One of these days, he might have the kind of influence on players that the King can wield with a mere glint in his eye.

Caponi-Byrnes recalls ’69 Open victory

Florida’s one and only U.S. Women’s Open was played on a steamy summer week at Scenic Hills in Pensacola, Fla. Donna Caponi-Byrnes remembers the historic moment 40 years later.

The most entertaining sight from the Open

Most entertaining site so for on Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Open . . . Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen wearing a USGA caddie bib and a ear-to-ear smile while lugging recent Sun Devils grad Azahara Munoz’s large staff bag to the first tee.

Gulugian gets ready for Open debut

For Ani Gulugian, the third time is a charm.

Quiet before the Open

All is quiet on the Eastern front. Like, seriously quiet.

Creamer throws first pitch

Paula Creamer threw out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies game last night.

Juniors in spotlight as Open nears

Pays to be a junior at the U.S. Women’s Open. Well, at least in the eyes of the local media.

Bivens talk dies down at Open

In the wake of Golfweek’s report that LPGA players are asking for commissioner Carolyn Bivens’ resignation, Cristie Kerr led her Tuesday afternoon press conference with a prepared statement.

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Pettersen: Bivens should go

Suzann Pettersen didn’t skirt the question. Yes, she signed the letter that called for LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens’ resignation, and now she’s ready to focus on the biggest event of the year: this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Luellen loops for Munoz

Most entertaining site so for on Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Open . . . Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen wearing a USGA caddie bib and a ear-to-ear smile while lugging recent Sun Devils grad Azahara Munoz’s large staff bag to the first tee.

Stanford mum on Bivens

Angela Stanford tip-toed around the issue of Carolyn Bivens’ resignation Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Notes: 2015 Open may play as a par 70 and a par 71

The U.S. Open typically plays as a par 70, which requires converting a couple of par 5s into par 4s.

Teens make front page news at U.S. Women's Open

Pays to be a junior at the U.S. Women’s Open. Well, at least in the eyes of the local media.

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Looks of the week!

Looks of the week!

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico

Cap Cana (Punta Espada) and Mid Ocean Club top the 2009 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

State-by-State 2009 Public-access courses

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses

Pacific Dunes and Pebble Beach Golf Links top the 2009 Golfweek's Best Resort Courses

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses

Wade Hampton Club and Castle Pines Golf Club top the 2009 Golfweek's Best Residential Courses

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Guest column: Bill Love

There's an interesting relationship between course ratings such as Golfweek's and the long-term health of the game.

Monday, July 6

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Bret Baier: Anchor’s way

When you’re the anchor of cable television’s top-rated news show, you never stop scrambling to stay ahead of the competition – even if you’re chasing pars rather than stories

Player of the Week: T.J. Vogel

Vogel, of Cooper City, Fla., shot 6-under 282 (69-71-69-73) at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and won the Rolex Tournament of Champions in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Victoria Tanco

Tanco, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 13-under 275 (66-72-69-68) at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to win the Rolex Tournament of Champions by nine.

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Guest column: Tim Liddy

Centuries-old links golf has much to teach us.

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Guest column: Gil Hanse

It is time to look back toward the practice of golf course design as more art than science.

UCLA's Widgren tied for first at European Am Team Championship

Pontus Widegren, a freshman-to-be at UCLA, tied for first in the stroke-play qualifying at the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship.

Hill makes cut at Tiger's tourney

NCAA champion Matt Hill tied for 70th at the AT&T National with a 10-over 290 total (71-69-75-75) at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Hill, a junior-to-be at North Carolina State, was Golfweek’s College Player of the Year this past season. Hill made birdies on Nos. 13-15 in the second round to make the cut with two shots to spare.

ASU's Byrnes leads British Open local qualifying

Arizona State’s James Byrne shot 68 Monday at Western Gailes in Scotland and leads after the first round of Local Final Qualifying for the British Open. The second round will be held Tuesday, with four players apiece qualifying from three sites.

U.S. amateurs look strong in British Open qualifying

Pontus Widegren, a freshman-to-be at UCLA, tied for first in the stroke-play qualifying at the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship.

Hill finishes T-70 at AT&T

NCAA champion Matt Hill tied for 70th at the AT&T National with a 10-over 290 total (71-69-75-75).

Dogwood win boosts Harman's Walker appeal

What’s the best way to state your case for a selection to this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team? Performance – plain and simple. Let your golf clubs do your talking.

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Players call for Bivens to resign

Key LPGA players have spoken: It’s time for commissioner Carolyn Bivens to go.

Korver to play in Utah Am

Utah Jazz guard Kyle Korver has been given an exemption into this week’s Utah State Amateur Championship, according to the Deseret News.

ASU's Byrne atop British Open qualifier

Arizona State’s James Byrne shot 68 Monday at Western Gailes in Scotland and leads after the first round of Local Final Qualifying for the British Open.

Winner’s Circle: June 29-July 5, 2009

See what this week's winners had in their bags.

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Angela Stanford: Major focus

Angela Stanford wanted to watch Phil Mickelson try to win one for his cancer-stricken wife at Bethpage. But her mother, Nan, had her own breast-cancer biopsy that Monday.

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Who wore it better?

Who wore it better?

Mickelson’s mom has breast cancer

Six weeks after Phil Mickelson announced his wife had breast cancer, his mother was diagnosed with the disease and is to have surgery later this week.

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Monday Scramble: How to make $$$

Some people say the economy is bouncing back. But in the world of professional golf, everything isn’t exactly all birdies and eagles. Fortunately, the Monday Scramble has a full-proof sponsorship plan to make it that way.

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Battle of the Britches!

Who wore them better?

CBS to air Nicklaus vs. Snead ‘63 classic

CBS Sports is betting there will be interest in a classic from Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf: A 1963 stroke-play duel between Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead, who were then 23 and 50, respectively, at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Salute to Stewart

There’s a story attached to every hole at the new Payne Stewart Golf Club in Branson, Mo., each celebrating a moment in the colorful career of the club’s late namesake, who grew up about 45 miles north of the course, in Springfield.

2010 Champions Tour Money List

2010 Champions Tour Money List

2010 Nationwide Tour money list

2010 Nationwide Tour money list

2010 European Money List

2010 European Money List

2010 LPGA money list

2010 LPGA Tour money list

U.S. Women's Open blog: UC Davis girls

Alice Kim and Chelsea Stelzmiller will be juniors next year at UC Davis. Both qualified for their first U.S. Women’s Open. They will be blogging from Saucon Valley about their experience.

Sunday, July 5

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Yi tops Pressel in Jamie Farr playoff

Eunjung Yi blew a six-stroke lead then made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Morgan Pressel and capture her first LPGA victory Sunday in what might be the final Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

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Notes: Snedeker among British qualifiers

Bryce Molder, Paul Goydos and Brandt Snedeker earned spots in the British Open on Sunday in the AT&T National.

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Tiger conquers Congressional

Tiger Woods made it a hat trick of victories in tournaments hosted by PGA Tour stars, this one the most meaningful of all because it was his own.

LSU’s Yi wins Spirit of America

LSU sophomore-to-be Sang Yi shot 69 Sunday to win the Spirit of America Classic by four shots.

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Staff picks: U.S. Women's Open

Beth Ann Baldry - Jiyai Shin. Her boring, fairways-and-greens game will suit Saucon Valley just fine.

Saturday, July 4

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AK, Tiger showdown set for Sunday

Anthony Kim finally gets a crack at Tiger Woods, and when he says he has been practicing for a moment like this all his life, Kim isn’t kidding.

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Notes: Allen, 50, in contention at AT&T

With a lifetime record of 0-for-336 on the PGA Tour, Michael Allen is certainly due.

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Vogel, Tanco shine at Rolex

One wasn’t even close. The other couldn’t have been closer. Victoria Tanco cruised to a nine-shot victory Saturday at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, while T.J. Vogel chipped in for eagle in a playoff to win.

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Harman goes low to win Dogwood Invite

Brian Harman shot a final-round 66 Saturday at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta to win the Dogwood Invitational and help his candidacy for the Walker Cup.

Chung wins North & South Amateur title

With four birdies in a five-hole stretch late in the championship match Saturday, David Chung rallied to win the North & South Amateur.

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Yi shoots 61 to take Jamie Farr lead

No one was more surprised to find Eunjung Yi leading the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic through three rounds than, well, Eunjung Yi.

Friday, July 3

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Woods to play Notah Begay charity event

Tiger Woods is helping out longtime friend Notah Begay III, agreeing to play in his charity Skins Game at Turning Stone Resort next month to support Native American youth.

The Forecaddie: A call to arms

It’s July 4th weekend, and Golfweek’s intrepid Forecaddie is feeling as patriotic as ever, what with all the backyard fireworks and cookouts planned, as well Tiger Woods’ astute attention to the military all week at the AT&T National.

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Woods moves ahead at Congressional

The best of Tiger Woods came Friday when his game was falling apart.

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Woods: ‘I’d never take a golf vacation’

Tiger Woods can run down the list of the top 100 golf courses in America and find plenty that he hasn’t played unless he was in a golf tournament.

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Bryan, Chung reach North & South final

David Chung waltzed in the finals at the North & South Amateur Championship Friday with a 6-and-5 victory over David Johnson.

Taylor rallies to win Sahalee Players

Nick Taylor birdied his final two holes in a closing 1-over 73 Friday to win the Sahalee Players Championship.

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'The Lookies' are back!

The Lookies are back for the U.S. Women's Open...

Top juniors paired together at Open

Talk about a power group.

Bret Baier: Anchor’s way

When you’re the anchor of cable television’s top-rated news show, you never stop scrambling to stay ahead of the competition – even if you’re chasing pars rather than stories.

Caponi-Byrnes recalls ’69 Open victory

Scenic Hills Country Club sits in a rolling, nondescript neighborhood that probably looks very much like it did 40 years ago. Modest, low-slung brick homes line winding two-lane streets with names honoring far more famous clubs – Burning Tree, Colonial, Greenbrier, Tam-O-Shanter and Mid Pines.

Confident Vogel surging at Rolex

T.J. Vogel knows it’s now or never. Winless in his AJGA career, the 18-year-old took the third-round lead Friday at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. In the girls’ division, Karen Chung is chasing leader Victoria Tanco.

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Injured Creamer to play Women’s Open

Paula Creamer plans to play in the U.S. Women’s Open next week despite a sore thumb.

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Diaz, Kemp share Farr lead; Wie 3 back

Laura Diaz barely remembers the last time she led an LPGA event. Sarah Kemp never had.

Too much golf, not enough character

“What can I but enumerate old themes?” W. B. Yeats, The Circus Animals’ Desertion. I think I know how Yeats felt when he penned these lines.

Thursday, July 2

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Notes: Woods adds new shot to arsenal

Tiger Woods first tried the shot in competition during the third round at the Memorial, choking up on the grip of his driver about 2 inches, and he pulled it off to perfection.

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Tiger tracking Kim at Congressional

Anthony Kim is regaining a lot of his strength and a little of his swagger. He can only hope his record start Thursday at the AT&T National will allow him to get rid of some frustration built up from a year of not winning.

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Creamer WDs from Jamie Farr event

Defending champion Paula Creamer has withdrawn from the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic because of an injured left thumb.

Chung downs Hoffmann at North & South

Rising Stanford sophomore David Chung advance to the quaterfinals of the North & South Amateur Championship Thursday with a 2-and-1 victory over second-seed Morgan Hoffmann.

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Woods struggles at Buick; Lowery leads

Tiger Woods played a lot like the guy who didn’t make the cut at the British Open.

Timing’s right for Gooch at Rolex

After disappointing finishes in his past two AJGA invitationals, Talor Gooch is on point at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. The Oklahoma native shot 69 Thursday and leads the boys’ division by two shots. Victoria Tanco is pacing the girls’ division.

LPGA says ‘aloha’ to Hawaii in 2010

Michelle Wie’s home state, which promotes itself as a golfer’s paradise with year-round sunny weather, has bid aloha to the LPGA – for now.

Pressel, Wie start fast at Jamie Farr

Morgan Pressel, Song-Hee Kim and Laura Diaz made the most of the defending champion’s absence at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Wednesday, July 1

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Paradise is lost on LPGA

The LPGA was forced to make an unsettling announcement June 30: Paradise, officially, is lost.

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LPGA’s Jamie Farr event in trouble

The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic may be the next LPGA tournament to miss the cut.

Get the old wedges while you can.

James Achenbach just bought 22 wedges, and recommends you do the same.

How about showing some gratitude to Tiger?

More top players should be at Congressional this week.

Loupe tops No. 1 seed at North & South

Andrew Loupe knocked off defending champion Matt Savage, the No. 1 seed, in the first round of match play at the North & South Amateur Wednesday.

2010 PGA Tour Money List

2010 PGA Tour money list

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Hate to be Rude: Tech talk

The unfortunate big picture on the U.S. Golf Association’s upcoming groove change is that the rule targets less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the golf population, i.e. the touring pro.

Hernandez to play first LPGA event as pro

NCAA champion Maria Hernandez will play this week's Jamie Farr.

Randall retires after 30 years at Kansas

Ross Randall announced his retirement Tuesday after 30 years with the Kansas men’s golf program.

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Tanco on tear at Rolex

Victoria Tanco (pictured) and Alexis Thompson played in the same group during Wednesday’s first round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Tanco shot 6-under 66 to take the field. Michael Weaver leads the boys field.

Spieth sets record in Nelson defense

Jordan Spieth shot 62 Tuesday to set a new course record.

Stocking up on old wedges

I just bought 22 wedges with big, fat, juicy, aggressive square grooves.

Organizers drop out of Kapalua LPGA

Organizers of the Kapalua LPGA Classic in Hawaii have pulled out of their contract to host the annual LPGA event through 2012.