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Tuesday, August 31

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Commentary: Europeans send early Ryder Cup message

Colin Montgomerie didn’t have to name his Ryder Cup picks during The Barclays. As Jim McCabe writes, the Euros have sent a message.

Kerr, Mahan win Begay Challenge

Cristie Kerr and Hunter Mahan rallied with six birdies on the back nine, combining to shoot 10-under 62 and win the NB3 Challenge.

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Illinois’ Small (63) sets Olympia Fields record

Illinois men’s coach Mike Small broke the course record Tuesday on the South Course at Olympia Fields Country Club in the Illinois PGA Championship.

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Quail Hollow gets 2017 PGA Championship

Quail Hollow Club president Johnny Harris first dreamed of attracting a major championship in 1993, when talks began of renovating the course.

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Nicklaus launches travel site

The Nicklaus Cos. and Emagineering LLC have partnered to create a Web site that provides information on more than 130 Nicklaus Design courses and the ability to arrange stay-and-play packages at those courses.

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Fairmont to host 2011 St. Andrews Pro-Am

The Fairmont St. Andrews, a 36-hole luxury resort, will host the 2011 St. Andrews Pro-Am June 25-30. Each team will be composed of a club professional and three of his members.

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Toy Box notes: Scott cuts putter down to size

Adam Scott ranked 10th in putts per greens in regulation at The Barclays after cutting down his Scotty Cameron putter.

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Pinizzotto (No. 73, 2011) commits to UCLA

Matt Pinizzotto has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.

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PGA Tour suspends pro-am no-show rule

The PGA Tour has suspended the regulation that resulted in Jim Furyk’s disqualification last week from The Barclays for being late to his pro-am starting time, commissioner Tim Finchem announced Tuesday.

Monday, August 30

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LPGA investigates possible rules cover-up

The LPGA is investigating a possible cover-up surrounding two competitors who played the wrong ball at the Canadian Women’s Open.

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Monty’s Ryder Cup picks in line with Sagarins

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie announced Sunday his three wild card selections to join the Euro squad against Team USA at Celtic Manor in October.

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USGA mulls Chambers Bay changes for 2015

After watching the best amateurs in the world try and solve the hard fairways and sloping greens at Chambers Bay, the USGA came away excited for what awaits when the course hosts the 2015 U.S. Open.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 23-29, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Official: Quail Hollow to host 2017 PGA

North Carolina will be the site for the 2017 PGA Championship. A state government official with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday that the PGA will announce Tuesday at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte that the course will be the site for one of golf’s four majors that year.

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RBS ends British Open sponsorship

Megabank RBS continues to scale back marketing efforts, including discontinuing sponsorship of The Open Championship after nine years of patronage.

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Viking Classic extended through 2011

The PGA Tour can cross one more tournament off its list of those still in need of a title sponsor for next season. The Viking Classic announced Aug. 23 that it will return in 2011.

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Q&A: Bob Diamond, Barclays president

Where many banks have cut ties to golf amid public bailouts, London-based Barclays is all-in. Why? It works, says Barclays president Bob Diamond (shown here with company ambassador Phil Mickelson).

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Annika, Ochoa to tee it up Tuesday in N.Y.

The third annual challenge will be staged Tuesday at the Oneidas’ Atunyote Golf Club, home of the Turning Stone Resort Championship on the PGA Tour. It will be a mixed-team skins match with a purse of $400,000, and as usual it has a star-studded field: former LPGA superstars Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa.

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Player of the Week: Minami Levonowich

Minami Levonowich, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., shot 5-over 149 (75-74) at Willbrook Plantation Golf Course in Pawleys Island, S.C., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Sam Chun

Sam Chun, of South Korea, shot 3-under 141 (68-73) at Willbrook Plantation Golf Course in Pawleys Island, S.C., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by six shots.

Gumm shoots 61 for fifth straight KIT title

Normally, the words high school sophomore and seasoned veteran aren’t descriptors used in the same sentence. That’s not the case for Lydia Gumm.

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Laird rebounds quickly after Barclays close call

Martin Laird will live and learn from his close call at The Barclays.

Sunday, August 29

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Three lasting images from the Amateur

What a U.S. Amateur Championship! I’m sad to leave Chambers Bay, but three things will stay with me from the week on the Puget Sound:

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Langer wins Boeing; fifth title of 2010

Bernhard Langer closed with a final-round 69 and pulled away from Nick Price down the stretch to win the Boeing Classic on Sunday.

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Casey stunned to be left off Ryder Cup team

Paul Casey had not checked his cell phone after his final round at The Barclays to see if he had made the Ryder Cup team for Europe. He didn't have to.

5 things: Charles Barkley's embarrassment never ends

In the latest episode, pro basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, who claimed he never played a round of golf, challenged Charles Barkley to a five-hole golf match. But having seen video of Sir Charles’ infamous swing, O’Neal was not too worried about his chances. After all, as he put it, he lived on a golf course. How hard could it be?

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Ryder Cup picks get The Barclays buzzing

You’d be hard-pressed to call it a sprint from the 18th green, but certainly Rory McIlroy had a purpose as he concluded his final round of The Barclays.

Pace’s hot streak continues in Finland

Lee-Anne Pace is on a roll. Pace of South Africa shot a 2-under 69 Sunday to secure a three-stroke victory at the Finnair Masters in Finland.

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Statement made

Edoardo Molinari closes birdie-birdie-birdie to win the Johnnie Walker Championship and persuade European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie to add the Italian to his team. Molinari joins brother Francesco for the Oct. 1-3 matches in Wales, and it could be just the spark Europe needs to bring the Cup back to the continent.

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Chun, Levonowich claim Golfweek Jr. titles

Sam Chun put together a six-shot victory at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Willbrook Plantation, while Minami Levonowich won by a single shot.

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Kuchar wins Barclays in playoff over Laird

Matt Kuchar topped Martin Laird in a playoff to win The Barclays and claim the top ranking in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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Uihlein tops Chung to win U.S. Amateur

Peter Uihlein won the U.S. Amateur on Sunday, defeating David Chung, 4 and 2, at Chambers Bay. It also happened to be Uihlein’s 21st birthday.

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Peter Uihlein: Earning his way

Peter Uihlein has to go paint soon, but all he’s thinking about are pitchers. It’s a spring morning. He’s watching “SportsCenter,” and they’re talking Boston Red Sox, specifically Bartolo Colon and the rotation. “How much are they paying him?” Uihlein’s mother, Tina, asks from the kitchen.

Kizawa savors overdue success

After 463 events, 40-year-old Nobuko Kizawa finally fulfilled her ambition of winning on the Japan LPGA Tour.

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Tanihara takes top honors at Vana H Cup

Hideto Tanihara of Japan survived a late attack of the jitters Sunday to emerge triumphant in the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta.

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Wie wins in Canada for second LPGA title

Michelle Wie closed with a 2-under 70 Sunday for a three-shot win at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, her second career victory on the LPGA.

RBS ends Open Championship sponsorship

The Royal Bank of Scotland announced Friday that it will no longer sponsor The Open Championship, according to a report by the United Kingdom’s Telegraph.

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Liang stays on world’s radar with Thailand victory

Two weeks after Liang Wen-chong’s splash at Whistling Straits, the Chinese golfer showed the world that his contention at the PGA Championship was no fluke. Liang, 32, claimed his third OneAsia title Sunday at the Thailand Open. He held off a spirited challenge from young Thai star Namchok Tantipokhakul and veteran Australian Michael Wright for a one-shot victory at Burapha Golf Club.

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Chung, Langley, Uihlein picked for U.S. WAT

David Chung, Scott Langley and Peter Uihlein were selected by the U.S. Golf Association to represent the U.S. at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championship.

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Da Silva edges Du Buisson in Zambia

Adilson Da Silva of Brazil notched his sixth Sunshine Tour title of his career Sunday with an exclamation point on the 18th green. His 25-foot birdie on the final hole sealed the Zambia Open at par-73 Ndola Golf Club.

TLA joins Official World Golf Ranking system

Tour de las Americas players will be awarded Official World Golf Ranking points starting Jan. 1. The directive, announced last week by the OWGR’s governing board, propels the leading Latin America professional golf tour into the same tier as the OneAsia Tour.

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Europe overpowers GB&I, capturing two top amateur trophies

After three successive defeats, the Continent of Europe came through Saturday to win the 2010 Jacques Leglise Trophy match at Castelconturbia, near Milan, Italy. In the two-day annual boys’ team competition, the Continent defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 15 1/2 to 8 1/2.

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Uihlein 2 up after 18 holes of U.S. Am final

Peter Uihlein chipped in for eagle on the 18th hole to take a 2-up lead over David Chung in the 36-hole championship match at the U.S. Amateur.

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Monty’s Ryder picks: Paddy, Donald, Molinari

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has chosen Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari as his wild card picks.

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Edoardo Molinari wins Johnnie Walker

Edoardo Molinari birdied the final three holes at Gleneagles on Sunday to win the Johnnie Walker Championship and boost his chances of a place in the Ryder Cup.

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Molinari makes statement with Gleneagles win

With Ryder Cup wild card picks looming, Edoardo Molinari made a big statement to Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie by winning the Johnnie Walker Championship. Alistair Tait wonders if it will be enough.

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For Taylor, proposal provides peace of mind

Today could be a big day for Vaughn Taylor, but nothing like the pressure he faced a week ago.

Saturday, August 28

Why shouldn’t Dalke commit as a 12-year-old?

A few weeks ago we all learned about 12-year-old Brad Dalke making a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Oklahoma. In the weeks that followed, I learned what it might be like to be a court judge sitting on the bench of a high-profile case.

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Langer takes Boeing Classic lead with 63

Bernhard Langer fired a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Nick Price after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic on Saturday.

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Kirk leads Knoxville Open by one

Chris Kirk climbed the leaderboard at the Knoxville Sentinel Open Saturday, carding a 9-under 63 to move from a tie for 12th to the solo lead.

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Laird takes his mind off Ryder Cup spot

As if Colin Montgomerie didn’t have enough Ryder Cup headaches, what with Edoardo Molinari, Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey and Luke Donald providing him with a multitude of choices for just three spots, Martin Laird has made things even stickier.

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Laird’s hot putter pays off at Barclays

You may have heard that Martin Laird is leading The Barclays after three rounds. Let me tell you why. The Scottish-born Laird who now makes his home in the Arizona desert is heating up at the right time.

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Wie, Shin share Canadian Open lead

Overnight leader Michelle Wie shot an even-par 72 to fall into a tie with Jiyai Shin after a rainy Saturday at the Canadian Women’s Open.

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Exciting final set for U.S. Amateur

Yesterday I went two for two in matches, but was way off in predicting the scores. Let’s see if I can pick one more winner.

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Chung, Uihlein likely locks for WATC

About an hour after the U.S. Amateur semifinals, David Chung was watching David Chung play golf on television. You have to do something pretty special to experience watching yourself on TV, or have the sort of outlandish personality that lands you on a reality show.

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Laird leads Barclays; Johnson, Day 3 back

Martin Laird’s goal of reaching the second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs suddenly have changed. He now has a great chance of winning The Barclays.

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Seasoned Chung advances to U.S. Am final

Even though a lot has changed for David Chung in the past six years, he finds himself in a familiar place: The final at a U.S. Golf Association event.

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An suffers through semifinal loss at U.S. Am

Byeong-Hun An tossed his putter and rested his hands on his knees, doubled over in disbelief.

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Chun leads Golfweek Jr.; 2 share girls’ lead

Minami Levonowich fought a grip change on her way to a 75 at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Willbrook Plantation Saturday and took a share of the lead with Trisha Witherby. Sam Chun leads the boys division.

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Triple bogey dooms Woods at Barclays

A triple bogey may have doomed Tiger Woods' chances at The Barclays. Now he hopes it doesn't doom his chances to advance in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Molinaris out front at Johnnie Walker

Francesco Molinari shot a 4-under 68 to take one-shot lead over brother Edoardo after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship.

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Chung, Uihlein to meet in U.S. Am finals

Stanford’s David Chung and Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein are the final players standing at the U.S. Amateur. Ron Balicki reports.

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Commentary: Molinaris would make tough Ryder Cup duo

Edoardo Molinari painted European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie into a tight corner after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Friday, August 27

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Price opens with 63 to lead Boeing Classic

Nick Price birdied five of his last seven holes and surged into the lead with a 9-under 63 in the first round of the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic on Friday.

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Putting woes continue for Woods at Barclays

After 36 holes of The Barclays, Tiger Woods leads the field in fairways hit. No, that’s not some punch line. He’s found the fairway on 26 of 28 tee shots. No, that’s not a misprint.

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First FedEx cut made after Barclays 2nd round

It certainly lacked the impact that is a hallmark in the team sports, but there was playoff elimination when the second round of The Barclays was completed at Ridgewood Country Club.

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Streelman finding groove at The Barclays

Sometimes all it takes is one shot to change a golfer’s fortunes. Kevin Streelman was stuck in neutral at even–par on for the tournament on his 9th hole of the day when he chipped in for birdie from 31 feet off the green at the par-4, 18th hole.

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An moves closer to U.S. Amateur history

Even after playing arguably his two worst shots of the championship, Byeong-Hun An never panicked. That’s the experience of a past champion at work.

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Chung birdies 18, tops Langley at U.S. Am

With the pressure on, David Chung birdied the 18th hole to beat Scott Langely and advance to the semifinals at the U.S. Amateur. Ryan Lavner explains why Chung relished the moment.

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Uihlein tops Hoffmann to reach Am semis

Peter Uihlein beat OSU teammate Morgan Hoffmann to reach the semis of the U.S. Amateur. As Sean Martin reports, it was bittersweet.

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Unsung Cantlay reaches U.S. Am semifinals

Patrick Cantlay, 18, an incoming freshman at UCLA, joined an elite group Friday when he defeated Jed Dirksen, 21, and a junior at Iowa, on the 20th hole in his quarterfinal match.

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Predicting the finals at the U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur Championship was absolutely amazing on Friday. To say the spectators at Chambers Bay saw great golf would be an understatement.

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Day after ace, Wie keeps lead in Canada

Michelle Wie remains in the lead at the CN Canadian Women’s Open after shooting a 3-under 69 in the second round.

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Woods (73) struggles at Barclays; Day leads

Tiger Woods was poised to take control at The Barclays. Instead, he went the other way. He shot 73 and has plenty of ground to make up.

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Three tied atop Johnnie Walker leaderboard

Gary Boyd and David Lynn of England and Julien Guerrier of France were tied for the lead at the Johnnie Walker Championship on Friday, completing two rounds at 9 under.

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Final four set at U.S. Amateur

Byeong-Hun An, David Chung, Peter Uihlein and Patrick Cantlay advanced to the semifinals Friday at the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay.

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Holen (No. 85, 2011) commits to Long Beach St.

J.J. Holen is the second player in the 2011 class to give a verbal commitment to first-year Long Beach State head coach Ryan Ressa. Xander Schauffele, Golfweek’s 29th-ranked junior in the class of 2011, had already decided to play for the 49ers.

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Lefty blows off press after MC at Barclays

That noise you heard coming from the clubhouse area at Ridgewood Country Club had nothing to do with Phil Mickelson.

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McGinley on ‘FedEx Four’: ‘It’s a shame’

Paul McGinley had two objectives for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles this week: Get into contention for the first time in eons, and try not to steal Colin Montgomerie’s thunder.

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Commentary: ‘FedEx Four’ should have more Euro loyalty

Shame on you Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington and Justin Rose. Have you forgotten from where you come from? Is money now your sole guiding force?

Hatchett to lead Western Kentucky men

Phillip Hatchett has been named the head golf coach at Western Kentucky. Hatchett, a 1985 gradute of Western Kentucky, was also a four-year member of the golf team.

Seattle women’s golf joins WCC

Seattle University has been added to the West Coast Conference as an affiliate member in the sport of women’s golf. The Seattle women’s golf program had competed independently of the conference since its inception in 2007.

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Scott seeing results with shortened putter

Adam Scott’s short stick is a little shorter than it used to be, and so far the results have been nothing short of brilliant.

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Dirksen on top of his game at U.S. Amateur

Jed Dirksen, two months removed from appendicitis, is in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Amateur.

Thursday, August 26

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Cowboy teammates to square off in quarters

After Peter Uihlein hit his tee shot on the fifth hole at Chambers Bay, he lingered on the tee for a couple minutes, waiting to watch his Oklahoma State teammate Morgan Hoffmann hit his approach into the nearby seventh green.

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An, Homa will combine for tough Cal duo

Byeong-Hun An thought he saw his new college teammate outside the ropes earlier this summer at Pebble Beach.

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U.S. Amateur: Round of 16 recaps

Only eight players remain in the running for the U.S. Amateur title. Ron Balicki takes a look at who advanced from the Round of 16.

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Atlanta Athletic Club out as ’13 NCAA host

The 2013 NCAA Championship will not be played at Atlanta Athletic Club, as announced earlier this summer, because of concerns about the club also hosting the U.S. Amateur the following year.

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Wie cards ace, takes Canadian Open lead

Michelle Wie had the second hole-in-one of her professional career Thursday on the way to a 7-under 65 and a three-shot lead after the first round of the CN Canadian Women’s Open.

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Miller leads in Knoxville; Daly one back

Zack Miller used a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the Knoxville Sentinel Open Thursday. He holds a one-shot advantage on a group of eight players tied for second another shot back that includes John Daly.

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Couples back in Northwest for Boeing debut

Fred Couples was oh so close to winning a major championship in his own backyard.

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Notes: Woods still mulling over swing change

Tiger Woods spent two days with instructor Sean Foley in Florida before coming to the Barclays, this after the Canadian-born coach worked with him during the PGA Championship.

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U.S. Amateur: Round of 32 recaps

Defending champ Byeong-Hun An keeps moving closer to U.S. Amateur history. As Ron Balicki writes, An has handled the pressure well.

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What will it take to get a World Am nod?

The U.S. Golf Association will announce the U.S. lineup for the World Amateur Team Championship sometime between now and next week (no official date has been set).

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Ng (No. 37, 2011) commits to Wake Forest

Brandon Ng of Toronto has given a verbal commitment to Wake Forest. Ng, 17, is Golfweek’s fourth-ranked golfer in Canada, and is No. 37 overall for the class of 2011.

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Langley tops Reed in epic U.S. Am match

Just like that, two hours of captivating back-nine rallies fizzled with one errant drive. And in a matchup of 2010 NCAA champions, Langley defeated Reed in 19 holes Thursday to advance to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur.

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Finch opens with 66 to lead Johnnie Walker

Richard Finch of England shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to lead the Johnnie Walker Championship after the opening round.

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Numbers in Palmer’s favor at The Barclays

If you’re the type that likes to bet with the numbers, you’d probably put your money on Tiger Woods to be in the mix this weekend at The Barclays after his first-round 65. But don’t forget about Ryan Palmer.

Lander to add women’s golf in fall 2011

Lander is adding women’s golf to its athletic program, joining four other programs in the Peach Belt Conference.

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Chung stays hot, advances at U.S. Amateur

David Chung’s strong summer continued Thursday in Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur. He beat Skip Berkmeyer, 4 and 3. Sean Martin reports.

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Tiger picks good time for best round of ’10

Yes, it was just one round. But after a 65 Thursday at The Barclays, Tiger Woods had that old mojo working. Adam Schupak reports.

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Sritragul (NR, 2011) commits to Michigan State

Paveenuch Sritragul has decided to play college golf at Michigan State.

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Woods looks like No. 1 . . . finally

Tiger Woods opened the Barclays with a 6-under-par 65, his low round of the year, one that included a bogey.

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Song’s spirit of giving unmatched in golf

Jennifer Song turned pro two months ago and already is on track to rival the careers of Lorena Ochoa and Jiyai Shin – in the spirit of giving. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Francesco Molinari locks up Ryder Cup spot

And then there were four. That’s the number of runners left in the race for European Ryder Cup spots.

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Heritage moved back a week in 2011

The PGA Tour says the Heritage in South Carolina will be played a week later than usual in 2011.

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Woods (65) bolts into Barclays lead

Tiger Woods shot his lowest round of the year Thursday at The Barclays and was atop the leaderboard early at Ridgewood Country Club.

Wednesday, August 25

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Davis tops medalist on crazy day at U.S. Am

It was shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, more than 12 hours after his day began, and Amory Davis was laid out on a table in a physical therapy tent at Chambers Bay, having his lower-back loosened up after a long day. Davis woke up at 6:15 Wednesday morning so that he could arrive at Chambers in time for a 16-for-6 playoff for the final match-play berths at the U.S. Amateur.

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Commentary: Berkmeyer last mid-am at Chambers Bay

For whatever the reasons, the odds are against a mid-amateur winning the U.S. Amateur Championship.

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Barber employs mother as caddie at U.S. Am

With a TV microphone only a few feet away, and with his match against Kevin Tway at a critical juncture, Blayne Barber flipped open his yardage book and calculated his distance into the 16th hole at Chambers Bay. In stepped his caddie for the week.

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U.S. Amateur: Round of 64 match recaps

Many big names advanced from the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur, including Scott Langley. Sean Martin breaks down each match.

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Benjamin cruises through Round of 64

Lots of attention at this week’s U.S. Amateur is going to the usual big names at the event (Peter Uihlein, Scott Langley, and David Chung). Deservedly so.

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Affidavit: Doctor hid Blasberg suicide note

Court documents show that the doctor who found the body of 25-year-old professional golfer Erica Blasberg told investigators he hid a suicide note and pills because he wanted to spare the family embarrassment.

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An's courageous comeback at U.S. Amateur

South Korean An Byeong-hun kept alive his hopes of defending his U.S. Amateur Championship title with a gutsy 3 and 2 defeat of American David Dannelly in the opening round of match play.

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McCoy suffers bad break at Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay is proving just how difficult it can be this week at the U.S. Amateur. Just ask Mike McCoy, who found out in the Round of 64.

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Tweaks leave Chambers Bay more playable

When match play got underway Wednesday at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship, many of the players probably wondered if they were playing the same Chambers Bay course they battled against in stroke play.

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We’re ready for the 2010-11 college season

Are you ready for some college golf? Golfweek.com has kicked off its 2010-11 coverage. Here’s what you can expect as the new season gets underway.

5 things: What’s love got to do with it?

The questions came rapid fire. Two days after Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren announced they had divorced, Woods put on his best face for the media on the eve of The Barclays. The most hard-hitting of the bunch had nothing to do with his golf game and everything to do with an age-old question aimed at the heart.

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Furyk’s punishment unfitting of crime

Jim Furyk was disqualified from the Barclays because he missed his pro-am tee time Wednesday by about five minutes. He overslept because his cell phone lost power overnight and the alarm didn’t go off.

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Tweaks leave Chambers Bay more playable

When match play got underway Wednesday at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship, many of the players probably wondered if they were playing the same Chambers Bay course they battled against in stroke play.

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Katayama, Liang strut into Thailand Open

Colorful Shingo Katayama is aiming to light up OneAsia’s Thailand Open this week with the type of freewheeling play that has won him US$17.3 million in his homeland of Japan.

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Holding tight

Six European Ryder Cup members are set, with three more to qualify Sunday. That will leave captain Colin Montgomerie to agonize over three wildcard picks. Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jiménez (left to right, and Nos. 7-9 on the European points list) are the frontrunners this week at Gleneagles for the last three automatic spots.

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Woods attempts to move on from divorce

The questions came rapid fire. Two days after Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren announced they had divorced, Woods put on his best face for the media on the eve of The Barclays.

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New Zealand’s Hendry builds foundation for success

Michael Hendry may have stolen the OneAsia limelight at the Indonesia Open last month, but his approach to this week’s Thailand Open will remain calm and focused.

Refreshed Ishikawa sets sights on renewed success

Rested and refreshed, Ryo Ishikawa will be looking to get his season back on track when the 110 million yen (about US$1.3 million) Vana H Cup KBC Augusta tees off Thursday. By his own admission, the teenager’s performances on the Japan Tour have failed to live up to expectations this year.

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Hanson eyes Dubai bonus

Peter Hanson’s victory at last week’s Czech Open was a bigger deal than just his jump in Ryder Cup qualification points. The Swede moved inside the top 15 for the first time this year in the lucrative Race to Dubai.

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With Reid out, Pace aims to extend money-list lead

Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa, who just missed out on another Ladies European Tour victory last week with a tie for second at the Ladies Scottish Open, didn’t go home empty-handed. The 29-year-old from Mossel Bay moved to the top of the Henderson Money List.

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Woods talks about divorce, People

Two days after his divorce, Tiger Woods says he feels more sadness than relief.

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Kruger seeks cure in Zambia Open defense

Jbe’ Kruger is back at the Zambia Open this week to defend his first title on the Sunshine Tour. Last year, the South African from Bloemfontein shot 6 under on the back nine at Ndola Golf Club to beat Titch Moore by two strokes.

PGA Tour qualifying on the line at Canadian Championship

The Canadian Tour Championship this week features its biggest prize purse in tour history. And that bodes well for the tour’s top players, who know the first-place check of CAN$52,000 can go long way toward earning a shot on the U.S. PGA Tour.

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Schauffele (No. 29, 2011) commits to LBSU

Long Beach State first-year head coach Ryan Ressa has been given a verbal commitment from one of the country’s top seniors. Xander Schauffele, Golfweek’s 29th-ranked junior in the class of 2011, has decided to play for the 49ers.

Fantasy Aces: The Barclays

The PGA Tour playoffs get underway this week at The Barclays. Who are the Fantasy Aces picking?

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Make the Tour Playoffs like March Madness

The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week. I bet that the overwhelming majority of the fans can’t explain how they work.

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Getting you ready for the PGA Tour playoffs

And in this first week of the 2010 PGA Tour postseason, let us pause to give thanks to Jim Mora, who provided iconic status to that popular word from our sports dictionary. “Playoffs? Don’t talk about – playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?”

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Tiger’s focus now golf

No question that closure will help Tiger Woods move forward with more peace. That should translate to improved golf, writes Jeff Rude.

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LPGA adds Taiwan stop next year

Thanks to some inspiration from world No. 5 Yani Tseng, the LPGA will make its debut in Taiwan in October 2011 at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

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Inside the European Ryder Cup scenario

Agonizing over wild card picks goes with being Ryder Cup captain, but no European captain has faced as much agony as Colin Montgomerie. Alistair Tait explains.

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Elin to People mag: ‘I’ve been through hell’

Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren said she has “been through hell” since her husband’s infidelity surfaced, but she never hit him, according to an interview released Wednesday.

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Furyk DQ’d at Barclays for missing pro-am

Jim Furyk picked a bad time to sleep in. Furyk overslept Wednesday after his cell phone alarm clock lost power overnight, causing him to be late for his pro-am tee time in The Barclays.

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Notables come up short of U.S. Am match play

It took a score of 6-over-par 149 to have a chance to advance to the 64-player match-play field at this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay.

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Spieth falls short of match play at U.S. Am

Once his deficit became insurmountable, Jordan Spieth turned to his caddie/instructor Cameron McCormick and asked what he would have shot “on a normal golf course.”

Tuesday, August 24

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Wilson remains on top after opening with 62

As any golfer will tell you, coming back after an incredible round – a career-low round – with another very low round is one difficult task.

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Smiths form tight bond as player-caddie duo

It’s extremely rare to find a longtime player-caddie partnership in amateur golf.

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Notes: Johnson not one to dwell

Dustin Johnson has become a quick study at coping with major disappointment.

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Expecting a good week at Chambers Bay

The U.S. Open may be coming to Chambers Bay in 2015, but I can think of three reasons why this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship is sure to be just as exciting.

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Chambers Bay: Not for the faint of heart

Chambers Bay’s fast, firm conditions, and extreme putting surfaces – not to mention its length – are driving players wild at the U.S. Amateur. Sean Martin explains.

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Commentary: Van Pelt finds short-game guru in Rodgers

All Bo Van Pelt needed to provide a spark in his career was some work around the greens. As Jim McCabe writes, that’s where Phil Rodgers came in, and the rest is history.

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Wilson holds on, medals at U.S. Am

Backing up a 62 in stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Amateur is no easy task, as Jeff Wilson found out Tuesday. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Woods draws unusual tee times at The Barclays

The pairings have been released for The Barclays, and Tiger Woods has drawn Cameron Beckman and Troy Matteson. The group will tee off at 7:10 a.m. on Thursday and 12:10 p.m. on Friday.

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For Bohn, daddy duties trump Wyndham

I figured there had to be a good reason why Jason Bohn skipped last week’s Wyndham Championship.

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Coroner says Blasberg death a suicide

A Nevada coroner has ruled professional golfer Erica Blasberg’s death was a suicide.

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Woods’ grand slam clubs back on sale

Remember those Tiger Woods clubs that were on sale on eBay some months back? Well, they are back, this time with a lot more creditability that they are in fact Woods’ clubs.

Watson planning for financial future

Former NFL coach Joe Gibbs is now sitting down with NFL players talking about something more important than football; the Hall of Famer is talking to players about finances.

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Ping: ‘Straight-biased’ K15s

To introduce its K15 golf club family (driver, fairway woods, iron/hybrid set), Ping came up with a catch phrase. James Achenbach reports.

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A.K., Bubba join Shaq, Barkley on ABC

Need a way to beat the summer TV re-runs tonight? May I recommend a dose of reality that’s sure to have a built-in laugh track.

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Weir likely out for season with elbow injury

Mike Weir has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and is likely out for the rest of the season.

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Bullington (No. 56, 2011) commits to Iowa

Brian Bullington has given a verbal commitment to Iowa.

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Long course results in slow play at U.S. Am

Chambers Bay, at slightly more than 7,700 yards, is the longest course in U.S. Golf Association championship history. That made for some long rounds, and long waits in the scoring tent, as groups appealed pace-of-play penalties.

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Wilson opens with 62, leads U.S. Am by 7

Jeff Wilson opened up a seven-shot lead at the U.S. Amateur after a blistering first-round 62 at The Home Course. Ron Balicki reports.

Monday, August 23

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Defending champ An starts hot at U.S. Am

Last year, Byeong-Hun An of Seoul, South Korea, became the youngest U.S Amateur champion when he won the title at 17 at Southern Hills Country Club.

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Wyoming communities manage to buck trends

Despite a struggling real-estate market, John Resor has found success by capitalizing on the beauty of Jackson, Wyo. Martin Kaufmann reports.

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Treacy’s vision fully realized at Lough Erne

I confess that I didn’t know anything about Jim Treacy before I met him, when he pulled his cart into the fairway of the 14th hole at Lough Erne Resort to see how this first-time visitor was enjoying the course.

Trevino gives Shoal Creek major props

The Tradition, a major championship on the Champions Tour, has a new site and sponsor.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 16-22, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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KPMG report: Recession reins in golf tourism

Demand for golf tourism has waned amid a persistent recession, but new international destinations are surfacing regardless – hoping to capitalize whenever the economy recovers, according to findings of a just-released KPMG survey.

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Tiger, Elin divorce; will share parenting

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods confirmed Monday that they have divorced. They will share parenting of their two children.

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Viking Classic extended through 2011

The Viking Classic has signed a one-year extension with the PGA Tour, keeping the Mississippi event at Annandale Golf Club in Madison through 2011.

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Carpenter (No. 119, 2011) commits to Fla. Southern

Alex Carpenter, of Westerville, Ohio, has given a verbal committment to play college golf for Florida Southern in the fall of 2011. Carpenter is No. 119 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings for the class of 2011.

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Player of the Week: Gabrielle Shipley

Gabrielle Shipley, of Hastings, Mich., shot 10-over 150 (75-75) at the Treetops Resort Tradition Course in Gaylord, Mich., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by two shots.

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Player of the Week: David DeMarois

David DeMarois, of Brighton, Mich., shot 2-under 138 (67-71) at the Treetops Resort Tradition Course in Gaylord, Mich., and won the Golfweek Junior Series event in a playoff.

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Gulbis to play LPGA event in Arkansas

Natalie Gulbis had planned to play in everything. Given the LPGA’s lean schedule, that’s really not an outrageous intention. Still, Gulbis’ body wouldn’t cooperate.

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High stakes for Americans at U.S. Amateur

The U.S. players competing in this week’s U.S. Amateur are competing for more than just the Havemeyer Trophy. Sean Martin explains.

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Shoal Creek gets Champions major

Shoal Creek hasn’t hosted a professional event since the 1990 PGA Championship amid public outcry over its then all-white membership. That changes in 2011, when it hosts the Champions Tour Tradition.

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Getting you ready for the PGA Tour playoffs

And on this first official day of the 2010 PGA Tour postseason, let us pause to give thanks to Jim Mora, who provided iconic status to that popular word from our sports dictionary.

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Commentary: Determination pays off for Atwal at Wyndham

Arjun Atwal became the first native-born Indian to win on the PGA Tour on Sunday. As Adam Schupak writes, his journey is the real story.

Sunday, August 22

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Pride of India

Arjun Atwal won the Wyndham Championship becoming the first Monday qualifier since 1986 and the first Indian-born player to win on the PGA Tour.

Victory again eludes Aussie Sim at Wyndham

It’s been one of those oh-so-close years for Australian Michael Sim, who still is seeking his first U.S. PGA Tour win after another near miss Sunday at the Wyndham Championship.

5 things: Playoff field settled

Being No. 125 has never felt so good to Scott Piercy. The tournament within a tournament to qualify for the start of next week’s FedEx Cup playoffs was almost as intense as the Wyndham Championship itself. Piercy survived a wild afternoon of fluctuations in the standings to clinch the final playoff spot.

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Kan (No. 14, 2011) commits to Purdue

Aurora Kan has given a verbal commitment to play golf for Purdue, the defending national champions, in the fall of 2011. Kan, of Boothwyn, Pa., is No. 14 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings for the class of 2011.

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Rollins puts new putter in play at Wyndham

John Rollins enjoyed his best putting week of the year at the Wyndham Championship thanks to a new putter.

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Miyazato wins Safeway; reclaims world No. 1

Ai Miyazato reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings, winning the LPGA Safeway Classic on Sunday for her fifth victory of the year.

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Piercy squeaks out playoffs berth at Wyndham

Being No. 125 has never felt so good to Scott Piercy.

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Fukushima is top 'CAT' once more

Akiko Fukushima produced a late birdie barrage to claim an emotional victory Sunday in the CAT Ladies Tournament, ending a two-year winless drought.

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Fasting Mardan endures for Malaysian victory

Overcoming intense heat and humidity, Mardan Mamat showed strength and stamina to win the Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia Saturday at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.

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Nonaka springs surprise at Kansai Open

Journeyman Shigeru Nonaka captured his maiden Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) victory Sunday at the Kansai Open Championship.

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Kingston’s timely eagle nets Vodacom victory

Save for an eagle that cemented his victory, James Kingston’s play Friday at the Sunshine Tour’s Vodacom Business Origins of Golf event was rather dull.

Lagoutte-Clement takes Scottish Open title

It didn’t look good for Virginie Lagoutte-Clement down the home stretch at the Ladies Scottish Open.

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Funk wins Tradition for third major title

Fred Funk won the Jeld-Wen Tradition Sunday for the second time in three years, notching his third major victory on the Champions Tour.

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Monday qualifier Atwal wins Wyndham title

Arjun Atwal won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, becoming the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA Tour in 24 years.

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DeMarois, Shipley claim Golfweek Jr. titles

David DeMarois and Gabrielle Shipley held on to win the Golfweek Junior series event at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich., punching their tickets for the season-ending Invitationals.

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Czech Open win edges Hanson closer to Ryder Cup

Sweden’s Peter Hanson threw a huge wrench into Colin Montgomerie’s Ryder Cup plans with victory in the Czech Open Championship. The 32-year-old moved into an automatic spot for the European Ryder Cup team.

KPMG report: Recession curbs appetite for golf travel

Demand for golf tourism has waned amid a persistent recession, but new international destinations are surfacing regardless – hoping to capitalize whenever the economy recovers, according to findings of a just-released KPMG survey.

Weaver shows breast cancer support at Wyndham

In case you missed it, Drew Weaver staged his own mini-Pink Out during Friday’s second round of the Wyndham Championship.

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Hanson wins Czech Open; nears Ryder Cup

Peter Hanson has won the Czech Open after a three-way playoff with Gary Boyd and Peter Lawrie, keeping his Ryder Cup hopes alive.

Saturday, August 21

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Miyazato builds 3-shot lead at Safeway

Chasing her fifth LPGA Tour victory of the year, Ai Miyazato shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Safeway Classic.

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Inkster DQ’d for using training aid mid-round

Juli Inkster was disqualified from the LPGA Safeway Classic for using a weighted training aid on her club while waiting on the No. 10 hole on the Ghost Creek Course at the Safeway Classic.

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PGA Tour at a high risk for birdies

With the low scoring of late on the PGA Tour, rules officials should think about putting out an advisory like those issued by the Department of Homeland Security. The current threat advisory level definitely is orange: High risk of BIRDIES.

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Lehman leads by 2 at Jeld-Wen Tradition

Tom Lehman moved into position for his second Champions Tour major victory of the year, shooting a 3-under 69 on Saturday at Crosswater Club to take a two-stroke lead in the Jeld-Wen Tradition.

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DeMarois, Shipley grab early Treetops lead

Thanks to unfailing accuracy off the tee, David DeMarois (pictured) and Gabrielle Shipley jumped out to early leads at the Golfweek Junior Series event in Gaylord, Mich.

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Atwal takes three-shot lead at Wyndham

Arjun Atwal, who lost his PGA Tour card last month, holds a three-shot lead after 54 holes at the Wyndham Championship.

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Darland (No. 170, 2011) commits to SD State

Tad Darland of Henderson, Nev., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at San Diego State.

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Hanson opens four-shot lead at Czech Open

Ryder Cup hopeful Peter Hanson shot a 5-under 67 to open a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Czech Open.

Friday, August 20

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Miyazato eyes return to No. 1 at Safeway

Japan’s Ai Miyazato has set her sights on reclaiming her No. 1 status.

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Weibring leads Tradition; Lehman 2 back

D.A. Weibring shot his second consecutive 5-under 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Jeld-Wen Tradition at Crosswater Club.

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Snedeker, Atwal share lead at Wyndham

Brandt Snedeker is the 36-hole leader at the Wyndham Championship, where he won in 2007 and led after last year’s first round.

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Widmark, Hanson grab Czech Open lead

Peter Hanson and Fredrik Widmark lead a pack of 13 players within two shots of the lead at the European Tour’s Czech Open.

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Mabrey (No. 65, 2011) commits to Tulsa

Matthew Mabrey, of Little Rock, Ark., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for Tulsa in the fall of 2011. Mabrey is No. 65 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings for the class of 2011.

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Little-known McGirt eyeing PGA Tour card

Look down the current Nationwide Tour money list and you see quite a few familiar names. Some have competed on the PGA Tour. Some have had their share of success on the Nationwide Tour. Others are not far removed from outstanding collegiate careers.

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Phillips holes pair of aces in single round

Aubrey Phillips recorded two aces in a single round Aug. 19 to ignite a comeback and qualify for the Greater Houston Junior Championship. Julie Williams reports.

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Adidas stages global test for online marketer

Placing a premium on online marketing, Adidas Golf required top candidates for a social media position to go on a global golf journey and chronicle it on Facebook and YouTube. James Achenbach reports.

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McIlroy expects to see Woods at Ryder Cup

Days after finishing just one shot out of a playoff at the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy shared his thoughts on the upcoming Ryder Cup with BBC Sports.

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Commentary: Monty faces tough job in selecting wild cards

Will Colin Montgomerie live up to his word? That question will be answered in just over a week, when the European Ryder Cup captain names his three wild-card picks for the match at Celtic Manor.

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Q&A: Pepperdine’s Andrew Putnam

We are just a few days away from the U.S. Amateur Championship. Today, I caught up with Andrew Putnam, a local who is familiar with Chambers Bay. Putnam is from University Place, Washington which is only a mile away from Chambers Bay.

Thursday, August 19

Ga. Tech to host Callaway Match Play in 2011

The Golf Coaches Association of American has released the field for the 2011 Callaway Collegiate Match Play, to be played at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga., March 20-22.

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Weibring, Lehman top tight field at Tradition

D.A. Weibring and Tom Lehman shot 5-under-par 67s Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Jeld-Wen Tradition at Crosswater Club.

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Hur looking for title defense at LPGA Safeway

M.J. Hur was surprised at how quickly things changed for her after winning last year’s Safeway Classic.

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Booth, 18, added to IMG roster

Carly Booth is only 18, yet she already has a Ladies European Tour card and four corporate partners.

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Atwal shoots 61 to take lead at Wyndham

Arjun Atwal tied a tournament record with a 61 Thursday and took a two-stroke lead at the Wyndham Championship.

Kim wins Scratch Players Am by four shots

Woo-hyun Kim doubled his lead Thursday at the Scratch Players Amateur to finish with a commanding four-shot win. Kim, of Il San, Korea, finished the week at 9-under 279 at Canterwood Golf and Country Club in Gig Harbour, Wash.

Merkle, Simanton to play LPGA Safeway

Kristina Merkle’s decision to fly from her home in Honolulu, Hawaii to Portland, Ore., for a shot at LPGA glory paid off in a big way last month.

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Klein: What to look for at Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay is not only the site of next week’s U.S. Amateur, but also the 2015 U.S. Open. Bradley S. Klein takes an inside look at the course.

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Woods commits to first FedEx Cup event

Tiger Woods has entered The Barclays next week, the first FedEx Cup playoff event that could also be his last if he doesn’t play well.

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Four mid-ams to watch at the U.S. Amateur

Typically college stars make great runs at the Amateur title, but that could change this year. Here are four mid-amateurs to keep an eye at Chambers Bay.

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Junior diary: Time to hit the books

Oh my goodness! I got home from the Junior PGA, and with all the excitement from the news about the Junior Ryder Cup Team, I knew I would be very busy the next few weeks.

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Staff picks: U.S. Amateur

Who’s going to win the U.S. Amateur? It's anyone’s guess. Golfweek’s writers, who will be covering the event, weigh in with their predictions.

Wednesday, August 18

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U.S. Amateur preview: Battle at the Bay

The top juniors, college players and mid-amateurs will take on Chambers Bay this week for the U.S. Amateur. Ron Balicki breaks down the field.

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Jung (No. 61, 2011) commits to Oregon State

Brian Jung of Coquitlam, British Columbia, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oregon State.

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Auer (NR, 2011) commits to Kansas

David Auer of Wichita, Kan., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Kansas.

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Lessons to be learned from PGA fiasco

The lessons of the Dustin Johnson mess at the PGA are many. As Jeff Rude writes, be aware, never assume and when in doubt, communicate.

Johnson grabs lead at Ladies Scottish Open

England’s Trish Johnson fired a 3-under 69 Wednesday to take a one-stroke lead at the Ladies Scottish Open.

5 things: That's bunk

There's been no shortage of blame to go around in the days following Dustin Johnson's two-shot penalty at the PGA Championship that cost him a shot at being part of a playoff. So, how does Johnny Miller weigh in on the matter?

World rankings: Euro, Asian players trending up

Martin Kaymer’s playoff victory at the U.S. PGA Championship means European Tour players will hold three of the four majors for the first time in history.

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Ryder Cup intrigue escalates at Czech Open

Think this week’s €2 million Czech Open is all about who wins the €333,330 first-place prize? Think again. A little match called the Ryder Cup overshadows this tournament like a dark cloud hanging over a garden party.

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Reaction to D.J. column has been incredible

All I did was state what seemed obvious to me: Dustin Johnson was robbed at the PGA Championship, and it shouldn’t have happened.

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Miller: Whistling Straits ‘almost ridiculous’

I caught up with former U.S. Open and British Open champion Johnny Miller in Napa, Calif., where he and two financial partners recently purchased the 36-hole Silverado Golf Resort.

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Kim hopes to state case for Ryder Cup team

Anthony Kim could use another push to strengthen his case for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Trevor Immelman’s need this week is even more pressing.

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Ishikawa out, Fujita defends title at Kansai

Hiroyuki Fujita resumes his bid for the 2010 Japan Golf Tour Organisation money-list crown Thursday when he defends his title in the Kansai Open Championship.

In this issue: Aug. 20, 2010

Inside the Aug. 20, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Seesaw battle for No. 1 continues at Safeway

American Cristie Kerr reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the world this week from South Korean Jiyai Shin – without even playing a shot.

Fantasy Aces: Wyndham Championship

The PGA Tour playoffs are right around the corner. Who are the Fantasy Aces picking this week at the Wyndham Championship?

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‘Stevie’ talks Tiger, job security, Ryder Cup

Steve Williams doesn’t believe his job as Tiger Woods’ caddie is under any threat, despite media speculation about their 11-year association and concern over the champion golfer’s form.

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Korean stars to clash at U.S. Amateur

South Koreans Byeong-hun An and Jin Jeong will lock horns at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship next week.

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Last call

At the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship, it’s time to go low or go home. It’s the final chance to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs – and that means plenty of pressure for players such as Mike Weir, who are perched precariously on the bubble.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Who’s to blame at the PGA?

The lessons of the Dustin Johnson mess at the PGA are many. As Jeff Rude writes, be aware, never assume and when in doubt, communicate.

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Commentary: Five rules that need to be updated

Yes, if there’s a bright side to the Dustin Johnson penalty-strokes fiasco for grounding his club in a bunker, it is that I may not have to play with another yahoo who’s never heard of this rule before.

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Commentary: Palmer finds answer in slimmest of margins

Why is Ryan Palmer having a career year? Turns out to be a matter of 1 1/2 degrees. Jim McCabe explains.

Tuesday, August 17

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Wyndham extends sponsorship through ’12

The PGA Tour continues to shore up sponsor support for 2011 and beyond with renewals from the Viking Classic and Wyndham Championship.

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Open hero Chia faces stiff local test in Malaysia

Danny Chia made headlines last month for becoming the first Malaysian to play all four rounds in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. Now, he’s back in his home country seeking to capture this week’s Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club. A victory would give him his third title on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

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Greene seeks redemption at Vodacom series

Daniel Greene likes his chances this week at Selborne Country Club, which is hosting the fourth event of the tour's Vodacom Business Origins of Golf series. But he acknowledges he is apprehensive about the reworked layout.

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Dorn (No. 107, 2011) commits to Coastal Carolina

Andrew Dorn of West Chester, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Coastal Carolina.

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U.S. Amateur picks: Win a prize!

The U.S. Amateur starts Aug. 23, so let’s give away some more prizes. It’s time for another Wildman’s Challenge!

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Vongphoumy on verge of AJGA history

Like a pitcher on the verge of a no-hitter, Juliet Vongphoumy hardly has been bothered this week as she makes her way around venerable Kahkwa Club.

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Complete 2010 U.S. Amateur coverage

Golfweek.com will be on the ground at Chambers Bay to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 U.S. Amateur. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from University Place, Wash.

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U.S. Amateur: Tee times (Rounds 1-2)

Starting times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Amateur, Aug. 23-24 at the par-71, 7,742-yard Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., and the pa-72, 7,309-yard The Home Course in Dupont, Wash.

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Toy Box notes: Inside Kaymer’s PGA bag

PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer had 13 TaylorMade clubs in his bag. Club companies often require staff players to use at least 12 of their clubs.

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Wedges: Now it’s personal

It didn’t take long for the general public to ask for personalized clubs, and Titleist has responded with new wedges under the WedgeWorks banner.

Monday, August 16

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The Heartland: Touching down in the Windy City

Chicago is a city where public stay-and-play destinations are in short supply, but Josh Sens found a gem in The Glen Club on the city’s North Shore

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Investment firms to acquire Sea Island

Sea Island Co. has reached an agreement to sell its assets to a limited partnership backed by investment firms Oaktree Capital Management L.P. and Avenue Capital Group.

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PGA president: No changes to bunkers in ’15

The PGA of America president doesn’t expect any changes to the rule on Whistling Straits’ countless bunkers when the PGA Championship returns in five years.

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The Heartland: Rolling through the Sandhills

The view of Nebraska from 37,000 feet may not seem compelling, but as Bradley S. Klein found out during a tour of the state, there is much more to the Cornhusker State than what meets the eye.

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CVS adds to LPGA sponsor struggles

CVS/pharmacy won’t renew its contract with the LPGA for 2011, according to tournament director Brian Flajole.

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Pavin: Woods ‘high on my list’ for Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods remained No. 1 in the world ranking Monday, though not even close to that on two lists – the Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup – that mean much more these days.

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Augusta State heading to White House

The Augusta State men’s golf team, winners of the 2010 NCAA Championship at The Honors Course on June 6, has been invited to visit the White House. The announcement came Aug. 13, according to a release from the Office of the Press Secretary.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 9-15, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Golf in Wisconsin: $2.4 billion impact

It’s no surprise that major tournaments, such as the PGA Championship, deliver an economic boost to the communities they visit. Gene Yasuda reports.

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Jeld-Wen to end sponsorship of Tradition

Jeld-Wen, an Oregon-based window and door manufacturer, will end its sponsorship of the Tradition after this week’s Champions Tour event.

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Asian Tour sued for ‘restraint of trade’

Asian Tour chief Kyi Hla Han, embattled in a turf war with upstart circuit OneAsia, now has another problem: Four of his players are suing him for penalizing their play in the rival tour’s events.

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Player of the Week: Juliet Vongphoumy

Juliet Vongphoumy won her third consecutive AJGA title this week at the Apawamis Junior Championship, topping Cindy Ha by 14 shots.

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Player of the Week: Juan Benitez

Juan Benitez closed with a 66 to win the AJGA’s Houston Junior by seven shots over Roman Robledo.

Sunday, August 15

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Big things ahead for Kaymer, Watson

Expect to see much more of Martin Kaymer in the United States. Even before this victory, the 25-year-old German had plans to take up PGA Tour membership in 2011.

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McIlroy finishes tied for 3rd again at PGA

Rory McIlroy never made a move in the final round of the PGA Championship. It almost paid off for him anyway.

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Hazardous play

Sunday at the U.S. PGA Championship was all about mistakes – who made them and who didn't. Martin Kaymer of Germany won the year's final major – and a Ryder Cup spot – through a playoff over American Bubba Watson. Dustin Johnson lost another major opportunity with a gut-wrenching penalty on 18.

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Commentary: Bunker ruling scars PGA Championship

The Dustin Johnson incident at the PGA Championship has made me heartsick (for DJ) and angry (with the rulesmakers and with golf course designer Pete Dye).

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Commentary: PGA Championship: A view from the couch

We’ve not seen a run-up to a major like this one. The three-day circus in the press tent at Whistling Straits leading into last week’s PGA Championship was weird even by recent news standards.

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Big leads don’t always work out at majors

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of a major championship.

Kang, Korda, Clanton named to WWATC

Newly crowned U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Danielle Kang will team with Cydney Clanton and Jessica Korda to represent the U.S. at the 2010 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

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5 things: More heartbreak for Dustin Johnson

You couldn’t help but feel sorry for Dustin Johnson on Sunday. Heading into the final hole of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, he could have redeemed himself after self-destructing at the U.S. Open.

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Elkington's last stand?

There was an Aussie atop the leaderboard at the U.S. PGA Championship with a realistic chance of winning the year’s last major. But, it wasn’t the youngster Jason Day, who shot 66 Saturday at Whistling Straits to start the final round tied for fourth.

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Lapses leave Liang pondering at PGA

Liang Wen-chong was left to ponder what might have been after claiming a tie for eighth place at the U.S. PGA Championship.

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Watney crumbles in PGA’s final round

Third-rounder leader Nick Watney thought he had ended his shaky start Sunday after squandering an early three-stroke lead.

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Watson, Johnson make 1st Ryder Cup team

The disappointment of his playoff loss in the PGA Championship didn’t last long. Bubba Watson is taking his booming drives to the Ryder Cup.

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Observations from Women’s Am week

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is now over. There was a lot to see, and even more on which to take notes. Here are my five observations of the week:

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Kaymer wins PGA; Johnson out on penalty

Martin Kaymer won his first major Sunday in a PGA Championship that will be remembered as much for the guy who tied for fifth.

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Source: Tour suspends Every for 3 months

Matt Every has been suspended by the PGA Tour for three months for “conduct unbecoming a professional’’ after his arrest last month on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, Golfweek has learned.

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Bunker penalty knocks out Johnson at PGA

Dustin Johnson had a 7-foot putt to win the PGA Championship. Minutes later, he wasn’t allowed in the playoff when he was penalized two shots for grounding his club in a bunker on the final hole Sunday.

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Korda hit hard by Women’s Am loss

Jessica Korda walked into the media room following the USGA medal ceremony in a light-hearted mood. She seemed to take the loss well on the 18th green as well, smiling as she hugged Danielle Kang and various VIPs.

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Haas wins Price Cutter, 1st title in 4 years

Hunter Haas won for the first time in four years, shooting a 7-under 65 Sunday to take the Nationwide Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship

Olympic sprinter backs Cuban golf tourney

A few hundredths of a second used to make or break Ana Guevara. Now, she's just hoping to break 90 during a few hours on the golf course. The former world champion and Olympic silver medalist in the 400 meter dash will lend her name to the Ana Guevara Cup, a pro-am golf tournament that will be held in Cuba from Oct. 13-17.

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Another trophy heads to Mossel Bay

While conditions were clear and calm Sunday, the previous rounds at the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe this week took a player who knew how to navigate harrowing conditions. Enter Lee-Ann Pace of Mossel Bay, South Africa.

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Echavarria closes in 65 to win Cardinal Am

Colombia’s Andres Echavarria turned in a final-round 5-under 65 Sunday to win the Cardinal Amateur Championship at Cardinal Golf & Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

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Woods gets game back on track at PGA

Tiger Woods didn’t hit it great at Whistling Straits for the 92nd PGA, but his game sure seemed a lot better than it was a week ago.

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Kang defeats Korda for Women’s Am title

Pepperdine sophomore Danielle Kang won the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Sunday, beating Jessica Korda, 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final match at Charlotte Country Club.

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Monty carries excess baggage into Ryder Cup

Had the European Tour selected Jose Maria Olazabal as captain, then we would be talking about the Ryder Cup for all the right reasons now.

Flawless Lee upstages Miyazato

Lee Ji-hee upstaged World No. 3 Ai Miyazato on Sunday with a flawless display to claim victory in the 70 million yen (about US$770,000) NEC Karuizawa 72 golf tournament.

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Yalong Bay venue joins LET’s Asian swing

A new event will kick things off for the Ladies European Tour in its four-week swing in Asia. The tour announced last week that the Yalong Bay Golf Club will host the inaugural €200,000 Sanya Ladies’ Open on Oct. 22-24.

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Winning first major no easy task

Still think it’s not hard for a young player to sleep on the 54-hole lead at a major championship?

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With victory, Chawalit punches ticket to Singapore Open

Chawalit Plaphol cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore on Saturday at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

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Lefty shoots 67 at PGA; won’t be No. 1

Phil Mickelson’s wild week has ended with a satisfying flourish, even though he won’t win the PGA Championship.

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Kang takes 2-up lead at Women’s Amateur

Pepperdine sophomore Danielle Kang has a 2-up lead over Jessica Korda after the morning session at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Saturday, August 14

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Commentary: Youth movement continues at PGA

Of all the trends that have continued at the PGA, none has been more evident than the solid play of the Tour’s young guns. As Jeff Rude writes, don’t expect that to change.

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Commentary: Another major shot for Johnson, McIlroy

Kudos to young Nick Watney for trying to apply a Louis Oosthuizen-style headlock and run away with the 92nd PGA Championship – he will begin Sunday with a nice three-shot cushion.

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Watney leads PGA over McIlroy, Johnson

Nick Watney made a flurry of early birdies en route to a 6-under 66 Saturday and a three-shot lead over Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship.

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Notes: Liang leads international push at PGA

For two days, all you could see through fog was a red, white and blue leaderboard at the 92nd PGA Championship.

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Kang, Korda to battle for Women’s Am title

Jessica Korda and Danielle Kang, both 17, are the last players standing at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. But their paths to the final match couldn’t have been more different. Julie Williams reports.

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Kang and Korda trade prom for pars

Two 17-year-olds advanced to the final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. There’s nothing surprising about that fact. Kimberly Kim winning at age 14 at Pumpkin Ridge way back in 2006 – now that was a shocker. But 17 is relatively old these days in the world of women’s golf.

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Players missing mark on ‘gimme’ calls

If what I have seen at this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur is any indication of what to expect at the U.S. Amateur, then prepare to be annoyed.

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Furyk, Holmes capitalize on ideal conditions

Those who completed their second rounds Saturday morning with greeted with mild conditions and able to make a move into contention at the PGA Championship.

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Harrington collapse leads to MC at PGA

It took a good while, but they’ve finally trimmed back the field here at the 92nd PGA Championship. From a field of 156 we are down to 72 players for the final two rounds.

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Woods shoots 70 at PGA; 5 back of Kuchar

A break did little to steady Tiger Woods’ game.

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Garcia 'on holiday' after MC at PGA

His work week stretching into a rare Saturday appearance, but only thanks to lengthy fog delays, Sergio Garcia made no mistake about it – he was ready to rest.

Friday, August 13

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Daly WDs from PGA with shoulder injury

John Daly will not return to finish his second round at the PGA Championship because of a shoulder injury.

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Kuchar in command

Matt Kuchar’s rise to stardom didn’t follow the linear ascension many projected for him following his memorable Masters in 1998. But “Kuch” finally may be meeting such lofty expectations. He’s leading the way at the season’s final major.

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Noh keeps Korean flag flying high at PGA

Hopes of keeping the Wanamaker Trophy in Seoul remained alive on the second day of the weather-affected U.S. PGA Championship. But the identity of the man who is leading the South Korean charge is a surprise. It is neither defending champion Y.E. Yang nor K.J. Choi, a seven-time PGA Tour winner.

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Short 6th hole produces fireworks at PGA

The place to be Friday night at the PGA Championship was on the short sixth hole. PGA officials moved the tee up from its usual 355 yards to 322, and player after player had a go at the green, many with 3-woods because of a strong wind at their backs.

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Kuchar leads PGA by 1 over Watney

The only thing clear after two days of fog-induced havoc at the PGA Championship is that Matt Kuchar is playing very, very well.

5 things: RSVP'd with excellence

Three players who gained 11th-hour invitations to the PGA Championship are making the most of their opportunity.

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Notes: Tiger has work to do at PGA

With the hole playing short, at 322 yards, it was agreed that players on the sixth green would stand aside and let those on the tee have a rip at it.

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Day battling sinus infection at PGA

It’s been a frustrating year for Jason Day, the 22-year-old, always-positive Aussie. Yes, he did earn his first PGA Tour victory, but he’s also been dealing with a sinus infection since the Sony Open in January. Day is still plagued by the problem, but shot 69 in the PGA Championship’s first round.

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Kuchar, Molder shine early at PGA

Matt Kuchar, left, is the leader in the clubhouse at the PGA Championship, while former Georgia Tech teammate Bryce Molder sits three shots back. Sean Martin reports.

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Johnson, Watson overpower Whistling Straits

The fifth hole at Whistlng Straits measures 598 yards

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Nicklaus course to revitalize Benton Harbor

Jack Nicklaus has designed hundreds of golf courses. But one of his latest creations – The Golf Club at Harbor Shores – is meant to be a catalyst for change. Can it save an entire Michigan community? Adam Schupak reports.

Koch hopes to end victory drought in Wales

Sweden’s Carin Koch shot 4-under 68 Friday to edge ahead of the field at the halfway point of the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe.

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Monty's scouting intensifies for Ryder Cup

European stalwarts Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley will be competing later this month at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

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Dalke, 12, (No. 1, 2016) commits to Oklahoma

Brad Dalke has committed to Oklahoma at age 12.

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Dalke, 12, verbally commits to Oklahoma

Brad Dalke, 12, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma, reportedly with a scholarship waiting for him – in 2016. Lance Ringler reports.

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Korda gearing up for LPGA at Women’s Am

With Q-School looming, Jessica Korda has been forced to put her LPGA-readiness to the test this week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Kang confident in Women’s Am title pursuit

If Danielle Kang will take anything away from a summer of golf dominance, it will be a restored sense of chi.

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Kirby, Korda will roll into Women’s Am final

It has been a long week, but we will have a duel between the United States and Canada in the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Here’s how things should shake out Saturday:

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Closing stretch wreaks havoc at PGA

Holes 15 through 18 at Whistling Straits seem to be the make-or-break stretch so far at the PGA Championship. Jim McCabe reports.

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Italian system aims to create top pros

Don’t be surprised by the recent success of the Molinari brothers, Francesco and Edoardo. Thank the Italian Golf Federation. More countries could benefit from following the Italian model.

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100th South African Open back to Durban

The world’s second-oldest championship is coming back to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast. The South African Golf Association recently confirmed the Durban Country Club will host the 100th anniversary of the South African Open Championship, Dec. 16-19, 2010.

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A USA/Canada final at Women’s Am?

There is chance for a USA vs. Canada final match at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

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Last-minute entrants excelling early at PGA

Three players who earned 11th-hour invitations to the PGA Championship made the most of their opportunity in Round 1.

Race for money title heats up at Thailand Open

Liang Wen-chong will step up his bid for the OneAsia Order of Merit title when he headlines the field in this month’s Thailand Open. Going into the sixth event of the OneAsia season at Burapha Golf Club from Aug. 26-29, the former Asian Tour No. 1 is in second in the Merit standings with earnings of US $313,200.

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Chawalit breaks from the pack in Singapore

Chawalit Plaphol increased his lead to six shots at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round, his best of the week.

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Club pro Thelen not fazed at PGA

As a club pro, Tim Thelen knows plenty about running shotgun starts. He jokes that he was “17B” in this morning’s resumption of the PGA Championship’s first round.

Ohio prep star dies in fiery crash

One of Ohio’s top high school golfers was killed in a high-speed crash early Aug. 12 north of Cincinnati.

Thursday, August 12

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Youth movement continues at PGA

Golf’s youth movement continued Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship. That theme was the most striking element of opening day.

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Els among five tied for lead at delayed PGA

Tiger Woods broke par in the PGA Championship, cause for celebration Thursday.

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Commentary: Woods gains confidence with opening 71

After hitting rock bottom last week, Tiger Woods appeared to turn a corner Thursday at Whistling Straits. As Jeff Babineau writes, it may be one round, but it’s a start.

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Korda outlasts McCloskey, reaches quarters

Nothing has come easy thus far for Jessica Korda, and she endured her toughest test yet against Lisa McCloskey in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Julie Williams reports.

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Park’s long summer continues at Women’s Am

It’s been four weeks since Kristen Park has been home and after Thursday’s win over Marina Alex in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, her long summer will press on. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Observations from the U.S. Women’s Am

The U.S. Women’s Amateur is half over, and there are some things I have observed throughout the week. Some have been good, some not so much:

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Notes: Players take advantage of fog delay

He might be young and full of energy, but Rickie Fowler wasn’t about to let nap time escape him. So he stretched out on his back, on the floor, and dozed off.

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Day battling nasty sinus infection at PGA

It’s been a frustrating year for Jason Day, the 22-year-old, always-positive Aussie.

Baloga named coach at Loyola-Maryland

Chris Baloga has been named the head men’s coach at Loyola University-Maryland.

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Golf just part of Murcia Ortiz’s talent

Juliana Murcia Ortiz has spent little time under the USGA umbrella compared to most players her age.

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Two medalists knocked out at Women’s Am

Stroke-play medalists Rachel Rohanna and Jaclyn Sweeney have lost in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Julie Williams reports.

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Korda’s tough run continues at Women’s Am

There is one player in this field that would truly deserve to be called the U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion if she goes on to win.

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W.Va. amateur faces second suspension

All of a sudden, Tim Fisher is running out of places to play golf.

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Salas uses ace to advance at U.S. Women’s Am

Twice Lizette Salas has fallen in the second round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. It was a shaky battle Thursday in the Round of 32, but this time things ended decisively in her favor.

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Amateur diary: Causing a scene in Nebraska

Our alarm sounded at 2:30 a.m., and let me tell you, it hurt! Katie (Kempter, a University of Denver graduate) and I had scheduled a car service to pick us up from Crossville at 3 a.m. so that we could make the two-hour journey to the Nashville airport with relative ease.

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Foggy start to 92nd PGA Championship

History was made during the first round of the PGA Championship. Play was suspended for six minutes, yes six minutes, Thursday morning because of fog.

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Renwick (NR, 2011) commits to Coastal Carolina

Easton Renwick of Punxsutawney, Pa., has given a verbal commitment to Coastal Carolina.

Wednesday, August 11

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Curtis Cuppers square off in Round of 64

With four Curtis Cup players in the U.S. Women’s Amateur match-play bracket, a showdown was bound to happen sooner or later. Turns out, it was sooner than most expected.

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Kang tops good friend Na at Women’s Am

Danielle Kang and Grace Na walked off the 17th green hand in hand. Kang said they’re more sisters than friends.

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U.S. Women’s Am: Round of 64 rewind

Capsules from the Round of 64 at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Four can’t-miss Round of 32 matchups

In Round 1 of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, it seemed like so many of the matches were ones we would expect to see in the quarterfinals: Jessica Korda vs. Stephanie Kono; Alex Marina vs. Victoria Tanco; and Cydney Clanton vs. Tiffany Lua.

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Commentary: Corey & Monty Show comes in a bit fuzzy

Normally you would have to tune in to “As The World Turns” or “All My Children” to secure your classic soap-opera fix. But if you were out here by the shores of Lake Michigan, you had an even more delectable alternative.

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Players who could win their first major at PGA

The PGA Championship is often (make that excessively) referred to as “Glory’s Last Shot,” a crime I’m now guilty of. But for many players, the PGA is Glory’s First Shot. It’s the site of their first major title, even their first PGA Tour victory.

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Azinger staying out of Ryder Cup mess

At least one person is paying little attention to this week’s PGA Championship or the controversy surrounding Tiger Woods’ potential selection to the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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Pavin rips GC report on Woods as ‘made up’

Corey Pavin and Golf Channel reporter Jim Gray got into a heated exchange Wednesday regarding Tiger Woods’ possible selection for the Ryder Cup.

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VOTE: Would you pick Tiger for Ryder Cup?

Would you pick Tiger Woods to join your Ryder Cup team?

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Junior diary: Super excited for Scotland

My week at the Junior PGA Championship was a blast in every way possible.

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Junior diary: Talkin’ Junior PGA and U.S. Am

The Junior PGA Championship was really a special event, especially for me as it was held in my home state of Indiana. It was a little different being so close to home for such a big event, but I think I could get used to it. It was nice to have a few more family and friends come watch me play.

Globalizing the majors – a welcome change

All 40 Europeans in this week’s PGA Championship should feel fortunate. That’s the view of one former European Tour star who feels he didn’t get a fair crack on the major stage. These days the top Europeans think nothing of penciling in the PGA Championship on their schedules at the beginning of the season. It wasn’t always so.

5 things: Less drive-thru for Lefty

Phil Mickelson, arguably the Tour’s best-known burger connoisseur, announced he has gone vegetarian. “I know, I know,” he said as reporters laughed.

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Faux links?

Whistling Straits, site of this week’s PGA Championship, has all the makings of a Scottish-style links, but Phil Mickelson (left) says it plays like an American layout. Either way, it’ll be a stern test for the game’s elite – and could very well produce a new world No. 1.

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‘No Y.E.; you’re confused’

With thunderstorms the main attraction on the final practice day to the 92nd PGA Championship, autograph-seekers had very few choices as they hung on the railing at the practice range.

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The Heartland: Crazy about Motown

Detroit has taken its share of post-industrial age licks. But Motown’s golf scene still stacks up. Less than $50 buys a quality round within an hour’s drive of downtown. Native son David Weiss reports.

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Hate to be Rude: Major complications at PGA

Tiger has a fractured life, Phil has arthritis and Lee Westwood has a tear in his calf. What a strange conclusion to major season 2010, writes Jeff Rude.

Tuesday, August 10

Whitson resigns from Indiana State

Indiana State will begin a national search for a women’s golf coach following head coach Mike Whitson’s resignation. Whitson, the only coach in the program’s four-year history, recently was named the head women’s coach at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University.

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Lee, Rohanna, Sweeney medal at Women’s Am

Erynne Lee turned in a second-round 66 to tie Jaclyn Sweeney and Rachel Rohanna for medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Charlotte Country Club. Julie Williams reports.

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Lunde back on Tour, eager for PGA

After grinding it out for seven consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour, Bill Lunde had big plans this week back home in Las Vegas.

Top 3 players for Women’s World Am Team

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is Oct. 20-23 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Next week, the USGA will announce the three players who will represent Team USA.

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Commentary: Ryder Cup may be ‘no-win situation’ for Woods

For all the scrutiny that frames Tiger Woods’ life when he arrives at a tournament – about his family situation, about his scratchy golf game, about his possible association with a new swing coach, about his mental state – it’s when the topic becomes the Ryder Cup that things get a bit silly.

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Alex rolls into Women’s Am match play

Match-play bound Marina Alex is taking full advantage of an NCAA rule allowing college coaches to caddie at USGA championships. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

Asian Tour sued for 'restraint of trade'

Four members of the Asian Tour have filed a restraint-of-trade suit against the pro circuit, which has fined its players for participating in rival OneAsia tournaments.

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Commentary: Woods and Foley seem to be a good fit

Tiger Woods won’t confirm he’s working with Sean Foley. But his swing changes are in line with Foley’s core principles. Sean Martin reports.

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Yang, Woods encore set for PGA Championship

(Y.E.) Yang Yong-eun is assured of returning to the international spotlight when he defends his U.S. PGA Championship crown this week. The South Korean has been paired with Tiger Woods for the first two rounds at Whistling Straits on Thursday and Friday.

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Mardan eyes defense of Masters Singapore

Mardan Mamat will attempt to defend his Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore title when he tees-off Wednesday at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

Wales LET event showcases homegrown talent

There will be a record number of Welsh players in this week’s Wales Ladies Championship of Europe. Rising Welsh amateur Amy Boulden is one of the 12.

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Mickelson reveals arthritis; prognosis good

Phil Mickelson is being treated for a form of arthritis that surfaced just before the U.S. Open and left him in so much pain he couldn’t walk.

In this issue: Aug. 13, 2010

Inside the Aug. 13, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Modest McCloskey stays cool at Amateur

After a blazing summer on the amateur circuit, Lisa McCloskey arrived at the U.S. Women’s Amateur this week with a new moniker hung around her neck.

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Venezuelan Vegas closing in on PGA Tour card

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas’ come-from-behind win Sunday at the Wichita Open had an added bonus – he’s now virtually assured a 2011 PGA Tour card.

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Woods: Life ‘starting to normalize’

Tiger Woods said last week and again today that things are “starting to normalize” in his life and “that’s good.”

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Woods adds China’s HSBC to his schedule

His game may appear to be in freefall, but Tiger Woods’ appeal in Asia does not seem to be diminishing. Woods, who is still clinging on to the world No. 1 ranking, has confirmed that he’ll line up in Shanghai at November’s WGC-HSBC Champions.

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How Mickelson can become world No. 1

Phil Mickelson isn't the only player capable of replacing Tiger Woods at No. 1.

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Woods practices with Foley at his side

Tiger Woods is preparing for the final major with a swing coach at his side. Sean Foley is not Woods’ coach – at least not yet.

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Mahan enters PGA running on all cylinders

A small swing change before the second round of last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational helped Hunter Mahan claim the largest title of his career, and now has the young star in form before the year’s final major.

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U.K. tax rules could hamper Ryder Cup

European Tour officials are in talks with the British government over tax rules which they say could deter players from competing in the Ryder Cup in October.

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Toy Box notes: Lefty goes shorter in driver

Seeking more accuracy off the tee, Phil Mickelson played with a shorter driver at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Training aids for a better swing

Full-swing training aids generally are easy to use, are straightforward and uncomplicated, and often produce quick results. Here are some of the newest full-swing training aids.

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S.C. town pledges big bucks for Heritage

A South Carolina county has pledged to loan the PGA Tour’s Heritage tournament $1 million to ensure it returns to Hilton Head Island next year.

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Yang picks Korean BBQ for PGA dinner

Korean barbecued beef, noodles and pine nut salad are on the menu for the annual champions dinner at the PGA Championship.

Monday, August 9

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Staff picks: PGA Championship

Golfweek staffers make their picks for the PGA Championship.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 2-8, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Thurs./Friday tee times: PGA Championship

First round tee times for the PGA Championship.

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Lawsuits filed over TMAG-Villegas deal

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf’s freshly inked endorsement deal with Camilo Villegas isn’t scheduled to take effect until 2011, but it’s already causing a legal ruckus. Gene Yasuda reports.

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Turning Stone angling for better dates

The jockeying for position on next year’s PGA Tour calendar continues.

Fans to get in for free at Senior Players

Admission will be free at this year’s Senior Players Championship. The PGA Tour announced Monday that tickets are on the house for all spectators during the entire week at this year’s final major on the Champions Tour.

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Rohanna’s 65 breaks record at Women’s Am

Rachel Rohanna broke the U.S. Women’s Amateur stroke-play scoring record Monday with a 7-under 65 at Charlotte Country Club. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Staff picks: U.S. Women’s Amateur

Beth Ann Baldry, Asher Wildman and Julie Williams make their picks for the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

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IGF picks leader to oversee Olympic golf

Golf’s return to Olympics in 2016 now has a leader to oversee the industry’s best interests for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Nicklaus course to revitalize Benton Harbor

Jack Nicklaus has designed hundreds of golf courses. But one of his latest creations – The Golf Club at Harbor Shores – is meant to be a catalyst for change. Can it save an entire Michigan community? Adam Schupak reports.

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Complete U.S. Women’s Amateur coverage

Golfweek.com is at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action.

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Fictional pro confronts stirring Irish adventure

Charles Kingston, the fictional six-time PGA Tour winner, faces a return to Q-School in the fall and is going through an early mid-life crisis.

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Lodestone GC: Rock-solid attraction

Lodestone, which opened last month, rolls across 285 acres of mountainous terrain high above Wisp Resort and Deep Creek Lake, which locals have taken to calling the Lake Tahoe of the East.

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Complete 2010 PGA Championship coverage

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Whistling Straits to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 PGA Championship. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Kohler, Wis.

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PHOTOS: Woods warms up at the PGA

Tiger Woods was up early Monday at Whistling Straits working on his game in preparation for the PGA Championship.

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Huntsman Springs built on sheer determination

Huntsman Springs is a testament to the unrelenting work ethic of Jon M. Hunstman Sr., and his drive to make the world a better place. Martin Kaufmann reports.

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Kok (NR, 2011) commits to Cal

Jo Ee Kok of Singapore has verbally committed to California for the fall of 2011.

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Player of the Week: Cassy Isagawa

Cassy Isagawa, of Wailuku, Hawaii, shot 3-under 213 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., and won the Junior PGA Championship in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Denny McCarthy

Denny McCarthy, of Burtonsville, Md., shot 9-under 207 (72-66-69) at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., to win the Junior PGA Championship by three shots.

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Tweaks continue at Whistling Straits

With its latest tweaks, Whistling Straits will tease and taunt players at this year's PGA Championship. Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Singh scouts Whistling Straits

For certain, his mood got a boost before coming to Akron when he played practice rounds for two days at Whistling Straits, site of his 2004 PGA Championship victory that cemented his eventual berth in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Woods adds China’s HSBC event to schedule

Tiger Woods will play in the HSBC championship in Shanghai in November.

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Graham returns to game after near-tragedy

David Graham made a valiant return to the Champions Tour six years after he collapsed over a putt during a tournament and had to be rushed by ambulance to a hospital.

Sunday, August 8

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Odds still in Woods’ favor

Tiger Woods is 10-1 to win the FedEx Cup according to Golfodds.com. He’s not the favorite, but he’s pretty close.

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Mahan did it his way

Hunter Mahan won’t need a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup. He played his way onto the U.S. team with a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods finishes his worst ever, and Phil Mickelson misses a chance to take over world No. 1.

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Chung now the top dog in amateur golf

It has taken some time, but finally someone has made themselves “the man” to beat this summer.

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Els’ 3rd-round putter magic vanishes

Ernie Els looked like he was on to something with a 6-under 64 in Saturday’s third round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

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Strait shooting: Four hot topics on our minds

As golf prepares for the season’s final major, Golfweek ponders a foursome of lingering questions. No. 1: Will Tiger Woods be a dominant golfer again?

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Hole to watch: No. 18 at Whistling Straits

This 489-yard, par-4 is the most confusing on the Straits Course.

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Steady play will be key at Whistling Straits

A trip to Whistling Straits will cap off what has been quite possibly golf’s best year for major championship venues. As Jeff Rude writes, it is a course that tests your entire arsenal.

5 things: Who's No. 1?

squanders opportunity Gather around the water cooler and join in the debate. It sure didn’t look like Tiger Woods, who finished T-78 at 18 over – good enough to beat one player (Henrik Stenson) in the limited-field WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Vegas shoots 64 to win Wichita Open

Jhonattan Vegas rallied from six strokes down by shooting a 7-under 64 in the final round to win Wichita Open on Sunday.

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Mahan wins Bridgestone, earns Ryder spot

Hunter Mahan won his third PGA Tour title Sunday, closing with 64 to capture the Bridgestone Invitational, his second victory of 2010.

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Frost (61) sets records in Champions victory

David Frost shot an 11-under 61 on Sunday and the way to a record-setting victory at the 3M Championship.

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Lunde wins Turning Stone, first PGA Tour title

Bill Lunde rallied with a 6-under 66 to finish at 17-under 271, topping J.J. Henry by one stroke to win the Turning Stone Resort Championship on Sunday.

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Mickelson shoots 78; Woods stays No. 1

Despite the highest score of his career, Tiger Woods will stay No. 1 in the world for another week.

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Luck of the Irish stays with Gustafson

Sophie Gustafson continued her winning streak in Ireland by claiming her fourth Ladies Irish Open title on Sunday at Killeen Castle. The Swede enhanced her prospects of returning to the course next September as part of Europe’s Solheim Cup team.

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Garcia to take two-month break after PGA

Sergio Garcia won’t have a tough choice between playing on the PGA Tour or the European Tour the final week of qualifying for the Ryder Cup team. He’s not playing either.

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Paolucci headlines U.S. Jr. Ryder Cup team

The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team was finalized Saturday, with nine of the top 20 juniors in Golfweek’s rankings scheduled to make the trip to Scotland for the biannual event. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Ornthana maintains Thai dominance

Thai players continue their domination of the 2010 China LPGA Tour season. Ornthana Chuenarrom won the US$50,000 Grand Hill Challenge on Sunday, beating compatriot Patcharajutar Khongkraphan by two strokes.

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Woods planning to work through slump

Is there a 36-hole day in the works for Tiger Woods? Hard to say, but one thing seems for sure: He’s got a full workload on tap.

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Que tops Rodgers for third Asian Tour title

Angelo Que of the Philippines bested England’s Chris Rodgers in a playoff at the Selangor Masters for his third Asian Tour title.

Denmark's Bjerregaard wins European Amateur title

Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark protected his lead all day to win the European Amateur golf title on Saturday.

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Woods posts highest 72-hole score of career

Tiger Woods finished with 77 on Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational to complete the highest 72-hole score of his career.

Jung, Lee-Bentham claim Canadian Junior titles

After a summer of solid play, Richard Jung finally captured the elusive big junior win Friday at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

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Monty considering Langer, 53, for Ryder Cup

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie is considering handing a Ryder Cup wild card to Bernhard Langer, even though the German is now on the Champions Tour.

Castro primed for big Sunday

The golf world’s focus today will be in Akron, where players are fighting for a big trophy (and the world’s No. 1 player is fighting his swing). Those that love the underdog tale should keep at least one eye on the Nationwide Tour, though.

Saturday, August 7

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Stewart (No. 24, 2011) commits to Vanderbilt

Hunter Stewart, No. 24 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011, has verbally committed to Vanderbilt.

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Chung cruises to Western Amateur title

Stanford’s David Chung beat UCLA’s Gregor Main on Saturday in the Western Amateur final, adding yet another prestigious amateur title to his resume. Sean Martin explains how he did it.

Jung, Lee-Bentham claim Canadian Junior titles

After a summer of solid play, Richard Jung finally captured the elusive big junior win Friday at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

Castro maintains Wichita Open lead

Roberto Castro maintained his second-round lead Saturday at the Wichita Open, shooting 4-under 67 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan.

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Frost, Calcavecchia share 3M lead

David Frost shot a 6-under 66 and was tied with Mark Calcavecchia for the lead after two rounds of the 3M Championship.

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Cejka builds 2-shot lead at Turning Stone

Alex Cejka shot a 5-under 67 to move to 15 under and take a two-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Fujikawa, 19, wins eGolf Tour Championship

Tadd Fujikawa, 19, picked up his first eGolf Tour victory Saturday, winning the eGolf Tour Championship by nine shots.

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Palmer, O’Hair take the lead at Bridgestone

Sean O’Hair and Ryan Palmer are tied for the lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. The way this tournament is going, that only means they get to tee off last in the final round.

U.S. Kids Golf puts the focus on beginners

Two weeks ago, the top junior girls from around the country converged in Pinehurst, N.C., to do battle for the U.S. Girls’ Junior title at the Country Club of North Carolina. This week, junior golfers are out in an even greater presence. And this time, they not only hail from all over the world, but are just a little bit smaller.

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Mickelson using shorter driver at Firestone

Phil Mickelson cut one inch off his Callaway FT Tour driver in an attempt to hit more fairways at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. James Achenbach reports.

Bjerregaard wins European Amateur by one

Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark protected his lead all day to win the European Amateur title on Saturday.

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Few positives from Woods’ first 54 holes

Thursday, Tiger Woods found a silver lining to his round of 74. He was patient. That was his worst-ever score at Firestone CC, but it hardly took much time for Woods to surpass that.

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Main, Chung to meet in Western Am final

UCLA’s Gregor Main and Stanford’s David Chung will square off in the final match of the Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club.

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Woods struggles to 75 at Firestone

Tiger Woods put up a 5-over 75 Saturday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to slip to 11 over for the tournament, his worst 54-hole score since turning professional in 1996.

Friday, August 6

Bogey-free Castro leads Wichita Open

Roberto Castro still hasn’t made a bogey at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.

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Cejka moves ahead at Turning Stone

Alex Cejka shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead in the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Mickelson flashes ‘crowd control’ at Firestone

When it comes to listing his many talents, make sure you give Phil Mickelson credit for brilliant crowd control.

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Armour grabs early lead at 3M Championship

Tommy Armour III shot a 9-under 63 Friday and has a one-shot lead over Mark Calcavecchia and David Frost after one round of the 3M Championship.

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Lefty eyes World No. 1 at WGC; Goosen leads

Phil Mickelson is closing in on No. 1.

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Pratt’s hard work pays off at Western Am

Kieran Pratt does labor for a construction company when he’s not sharpening his golf game, but it’s his hard work on the course that led to a semifinal berth at the Western Amateur. Sean Martin reports.

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NGCA Team Championship a good decision

I am not a match-play hater. I just want to toss that out there before I continue with this blog.

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Westwood WDs from Bridgestone, PGA

Lost in the buzz over yet another miserable day for Tiger Woods is this: It wasn’t much better for the world’s No. 3, either.

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Sabbatini, Uresti retain lead at Turning Stone

Rory Sabbatini and Omar Uresti have retained their one-shot lead at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Woods remains near bottom at Firestone

Tiger Woods returned a 2-over 72 Friday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and remains near the bottom of the leaderboard.

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Main downs medalist Pan at Western Am

UCLA junior Gregor Main took down two-time Western Amateur medalist Cheng-Tsung Pan Friday morning at Skokie Country Club. Sean Martin says it was all about the short game.

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Kennedy (No. 21, 2012) commits to Clemson

Blake Kennedy, No. 21 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2012, has given a verbal commitment to play for Clemson.

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Mabbett (No. 77, 2011) commits to Ga. Southern

Henry Mabbett, of Griffin, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to play for Georgia Southern. Mabbett, No. 77 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011, also visited Ole Miss, North Carolina, Augusta State, Western Carolina, Georgia College and Valdosta State.

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U.S. Women’s Amateur preview

The top juniors, college players and mid-amateurs onverge at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club today for the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Julie Williams previews the action.

Four mid-ams to watch at the Women’s Am

Five times in the last eight years, a teenager has won the U.S. Women’s Amateur. In 2006 Kimberly Kim won the event as a 14 year old. The oldest player over the last eight years to win the championship was a 21-year-old Amanda Blumenherst in 2008.

Thursday, August 5

Amateur diary: Adventures in New Mexico

In the last 10 days I have visited five different states, slept under four different roofs, and played in three different golf tournaments. In light of this, my next installment will in fact be two ... parts that is.

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Pan, Hoge co-medal at Western Amateur

Despite taking vastly different roads to this year’s Western Amateur, Cheng-Tsung Pan and Tom Hoge shared medalist honors Thursday before match play got underway. Sean Martin was there.

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Shin, Woods claim inaugural NGCA Team title

Wake Forest's Michelle Shin and Cheyenne Woods claimed the inaugural Hooters Team Championship Thursday, thanks in part to a blazing finish in the final round.

Davidson leads Wichita Open by one

Matt Davidson jumped to an early one-shot lead at the Wichita Open Thursday, shooting 8-under 63 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan.

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Sabbatini, Uresti lead soggy Turning Stone

Rory Sabbatini and Omar Uresti shot 7-under 65s and were tied for the lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Notes: McIlroy, Lefty find plenty to discuss

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, a future superstar and a current one, were paired in Thursday’s opening round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Woods stumbles to opening 74 at Firestone

Highlights? Of course there were highlights. There always is with Tiger Woods. Actually, make that highlight – as in the singular form.

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Acushnet files suit over TMAG-Villegas deal

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf announced this week it had signed Camilo Villegas to an endorsement deal, even though he’s still under contract with Acushnet Co.

Rudolph staging his amateur comeback

Welcome back, Harry – as in Harry Rudolph III. For some, the name might not be familiar. For others, it might be one that takes some digging into the memory banks.

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Hall, 15, off to rocky start at Turning Stone

Two weeks after setting a new U.S. Junior Amateur scoring record with his 10-under 62, hometown favorite Gavin Hall got off to a rocky start at the Turning Stone Resort Championship with a 6-over 78.

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Woods shoots worst round at Firestone

Tiger Woods shot 4-over 74 on Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his highest round ever at Firestone. Bubba Watson leads.

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McCarthy, Isagawa triumph at Junior PGA

Denny McCarthy rallied Thursday with a closing 69 to win the Junior PGA Championship. In the girls’ division, Cassy Isagawa barely topped Ginger Howard in a playoff. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Rater’s notebook: Whistling Straits

With the PGA Championship nearing, Bradley S. Klein examines Whistling Straits.

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Back from surgery, Kim struggles at Firestone

If it were about ego, Anthony Kim concedes he’d be at home in Dallas.

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Tseng’s swing changes lead to third major title

Yani Tseng became the youngest player to win three major championships on the strength of supreme ballstriking. As Juli Inkster said, Royal Birkdale was a course built for Tseng.

Quick look at the U.S. Women’s Amateur

Here’s a short preview of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. I’ll tell you give you what you need to know and give you my picks.

Wednesday, August 4

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Thomas shows effects of long layoff

Justin Thomas found trouble Wednesday reacquainting himself with his little-used Titleists.

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Schniederjans leads Jr. PGA

If you want to find Oliver Schniederjans, go to the driving range. The 17-year-old shot 69 Wednesday and leads at the Junior PGA.

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Albertson makes double eagle at Jr. PGA

In danger of missing the cut, Anders Albertson had no choice but to take dead aim at the par-5 15th hole Wednesday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

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With new putter, Norlander leads Western Am

Augusta State senior Henrik Norlander was teased by his teammates when he switched to a long putter. Now he’s the one laughing as the leader of the Western Amateur. Sean Martin reports.

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Appleby is back to work after 59

Last week at the Greenbrier Classic, Stuart Appleby shot the magic number for his first victory in four years on the PGA Tour. He made a left-to-right-breaking 10-foot putt on the 18th hole, punctuating a victory that began with a 7-stroke deficit at the start of the final round.

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McDowell leads Euro delegation to WGC event

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational marks Graeme McDowell’s first return to the U.S. since he claimed its national championship in June at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He’ll also be leading a 45-member delegation from the European Tour to the World Golf Championships event.

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Euro stars get sneak peek at Solheim Cup venue

By the looks of the field at the Ladies Irish Open, spectators could mistake it for a Solheim Cup reunion.

5 things: Inkster, Davies staying put

Veterans Juli Inkster, 50, and Laura Davies, 46, sound like they won’t be walking away from the game anytime soon. At last week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, they made clear they still have a burning desire to compete.

Scanlon tapped to lead Olympic golf

Golf’s return to Olympics in 2016 now has a leader to spearhead the industry’s best interests for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Allenby injures knee on boat – out 3 weeks

Robert Allenby will miss the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship next week after he slipped on his boat while fishing and tore ligaments in his right knee.

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Kiradech determined to settle old score

Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat vividly remembers what happened last year at the Selangor Masters, and it still hurts.

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Driver woes plague Jeong at Western Am

Jin Jeong, the South Korean amateur who made an impressive run at the Open Championship at St. Andrews, has a headcover of cartoon character “Rocky,” the squirrel from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” on his bag.

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This Woods presser was not mistake-free

Legendary for his golf skills, Tiger Woods is equally renowned for his ability to hold court at press conferences without revealing very much.

Wilner, Spencer to head Nevada teams

The University of Nevada has announced the selection of new head coaches for the men’s and women’s golf teams. Jacob Wilner will head the men’s team while Chad Spencer will be at the helm of the women’s team.

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Korean teen Noh earns spot in PGA Championship

Noh Seung-yul has been extended a late exemption to the U.S. PGA Championship, the year’s final major.

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Woods plans to ‘play way into’ Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods currently ranks ninth in U.S. Ryder Cup points. The top eight through next week’s PGA Championship automatically qualify, and captain Corey Pavin will make four picks Sept. 7.

Fantasy Aces: Bridgestone, Turning Stone

Two events this week – the Bridgestone Invitational and the Turning Stone Resort Championship – for our Fantasy Aces to make some money.

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No more excuses

Tiger Woods returns this week to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club – a place he virtually has owned with seven wins in 11 tries. If he can’t get on track here, the prospect of his first winless season will loom ever more ominously.

Odds to win PGA Championship

Odds to win the PGA Championship.

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Move over, Tiger; LeBron is coming to town

The question this week isn’t how fans here will respond to Tiger Woods. The question is how they will react to hometown star LeBron James.

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Play resumes at Junior PGA after delay

The 35th Junior PGA Championship again has been suspended because of inclement weather, as the leaders continue to wait to start their second round.

Five players who can win the Women’s Am

The U.S. Women’s Amateur starts Monday in Charlotte, N.C. There will be no Kimberly Kim, Alexis Thompson, Jennifer Song or Jennifer Johnson this year. So who’s left? Here are my top five players to watch at Charlotte Country Club:

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: This game is all mental

Who could’ve seen it coming? After a 59, Stuart Appleby says he finally found the magic. And it’s all in the mind. Jeff Rude explains.

Tuesday, August 3

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Auburn’s Barber on point at Western Amateur

Blayne Barber, who will join Auburn this fall, leads the Western Amateur after an opening 67. Sean Martin reports from Skokie Country Club.

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CEO makes right call to pass on tour spot

Ray Halbritter, the executive who made the controversial decision to award himself an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Turning Stone Resort Championship, made the right call Sunday in withdrawing from the event.

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McDowell says he shot 59 recently, too

On one hand, Graeme McDowell says he hasn’t felt like himself on a golf course since he won the U.S. Open. “A little bit too much partying,” said the man from Northern Ireland.

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Coming off injury, Kim ready at Bridgestone

Until Tuesday afternoon, Anthony Kim had played no holes of golf since undergoing surgery May 5 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

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Greenbrier had it all . . . except for an ace

Some final thoughts on the inaugural Greenbrier Classic:

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Junior Ryder Cup spots up for grabs

The Junior PGA offers the winner and runner-up berths on the Junior Ryder Cup team that will play the Europeans next month in Scotland. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Toy Box notes: Villegas to join TMAG in ’11

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf announced Aug. 3 a multiyear endorsement contract with Camilo Villegas, who will join the company’s tour staff beginning in 2011.

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Juniors to take on Pebble at First Tee Open

Seventy-eight junior golfers from The First Tee have will play Sept. 3-5 at Pebble Beach in the Champions Tour’s Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open. Juniors will compete side-by-side with Champions Tour players.

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Pick Quiros’ PGA Championship attire

Callaway Golf is taking player scripting to a whole new level.

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Molinari wants to join PGA Tour in 2011

Edoardo Molinari is the latest European to have expressed interest in joining the PGA Tour. He plans to be a member starting in 2011.

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Welshmen hoping to make Ryder Cup team

The Ryder Cup is fast approaching. As the teams start to solidify, a first in Cup history is in the offing: a Welshman is not likely to make the European team.

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CEO made right call with Turning Stone WD

Oneida Nation CEO Ray Halbritter did the right thing the other day by deciding to give up the sponsor exemption he had originally awarded to himself in this week’s Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Rain washes out Round 2 at Junior PGA

The second round of the Junior PGA Championship has been canceled because of inclement weather. The event also was shortened to 54 holes. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Commentary: Playoff picture: Woods needs big weeks

Tiger Woods needs to produce this week at Bridgestone and next at the PGA or his playoff options will be limited. Jim McCabe explains.

Golf bags: Many shapes and sizes

Golf bags come in many sizes and designs. They also fulfill many functions. Here are three new bags – two carry bags and one cart bag – with features of distinctive personalities.

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Event to watch: 108th Western Amateur

The Western Amateur is on the docket this week, so get your brackets ready and make some picks.

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Wells Fargo steps forward at Quail Hollow

Charlotte’s PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow Club is getting another name.

In this issue: Aug. 6, 2010

Inside the Aug. 6, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Rain causes delay at Junior PGA

Play has been suspended at the Junior PGA Championship because of inclement weather.

Monday, August 2

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Thomas’ hot streak continues at Junior PGA

Justin Thomas shot a course-record 65 Monday to open the Junior PGA Championship. Can he be stopped? Ryan Lavner reports.

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ASU’s Sweeney to go pro; 2 Devils left

A month after Jennifer Johnson left the Arizona State women’s program to turn professional, another Sun Devil is joining her. Jaclyn Sweeney will turn pro after the U.S. Women’s Amateur next week, leaving ASU with two players.

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Cathrea overpowers Junior PGA field

The goal was to play conservatively, to avoid making any costly mistakes that would drop her out of contention. Imagine Casie Cathrea’s surprise, then, when her second shot of the 35th Junior PGA Championship was a chip-out.

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Commentary: Ten reasons the Ryder Cup needs Freddie

James Achenbach has 10 reasons why Fred Couples should be named to the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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Player of the Week: Janie Jackson

Janie Jackson, of Huntsville, Ala., shot 2-under 211 (73-71-67) at the Vanderbilt Legends Club’s South Course in Franklin, Tenn., to win the AJGA’s Franklin Junior by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Bobby Wyatt

Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., shot 18-under 195 (68-57-70) at Country Club of Mobile (Ala.) to win the Alabama Junior Championship by six shots.

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New criteria get Curtis, Weekley into PGA

Ben Curtis and Boo Weekley are going to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits despite falling from the top 100 in the world ranking.

Medical extensions: How exactly do they work?

When a player is approved for a major medical extension, he is granted a specified number of events (the greater of the following: average number of his starts in the three previous calendar years; or the average played by the players in the top 125 the previous year) and subtracts the number of events he played during the year of his injury.

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New book celebrates our Open love affair

The British – er, the Open Championship – is golf’s oldest championship, but Donald Steel reminds us that for much of its first century, it hung by a financial thread.

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No extension in line for Deutsche Bank event

The Deutsche Bank Championship is heading into the final year of its sponsorship deal and there’s no word yet on an extension.

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Winner's Circle: July 26-Aug. 1

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Marshall aims to put Curaçao on tourism map

Curaçao may be arriving late to the tourism scene, but renowned developer Jack Marshall is aiming to put it on the map. Can he work his magic on Santa Barbara Plantation? Martin Kaufmann reports.

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Stankowski moves closer to retaining Tour card

Paul Stankowski recorded his second top 10 of the season when he shot 64 in the final round at the Greenbrier Classic to tie for fourth.

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Thomas opens with record 65 at Junior PGA

Justin Thomas shot a course-record, 7-under 65 Monday to take the lead among early starters in the opening round of the Junior PGA Championship.

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Special report: PGA Tour medical extensions

PGA Tour medical extensions exist to help players recover from injury. But is the policy properly used or abused? Adam Schupak reports.

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Hooters Team Championship starts Tuesday

The first annual Hooters Women’s Collegiate Team Championship begins Tuesday at Achasta in Dahlonega, Ga. Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods and Michelle Shin are among the 53 two-person teams that will compete.

IOC staffer becomes head of Olympic golf

Antony Scanlon has been appointed head of golf’s Olympic organization. Scanlon, an Australian, has been involved with the Olympics since 1998.

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Commentary: Two boys from Beckley move mountains

Jim Justice and Slugger White, best buddies from Beckley, W.Va., who grew up 60 miles from The Greenbrier Resort, combined to bring the PGA Tour to their home state for the first time in decades.

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Junior diary: Time of my life at Canon Cup

So this past week I went to Canon Cup and I didn’t know what to expect going into the tournament because I had never been before. However, Canon Cup was extremely fun, and filled with so much adventure and competitiveness.

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Junior diary: Mohawks, Canon Cup and Jr. PGA

The 2010 Canon Cup was an awesome experience. Even though the East lost, it was certainly one of the most memorable weeks of my junior golf career.

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CEO decides not to play Turning Stone event

Ray Halbritter, the executive who made the controversial decision to award himself an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Turning Stone Resort Championship, made the right call Sunday in withdrawing from the event.

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Five looks that impressed at Birkdale

The fashion frenzy continued across the pond last week. There’s been more flash and tradition brought back to the game than we seen in a long time.

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College golf needs a sub-60 round soon

Three players flirted with 59 during the 2006-07 college golf season. Each came up short and finished with 60.

Sunday, August 1

Wake me up when the action starts

Another week of amateur golf, and another week where my picks didn’t exactly pan out the way I predicted. That’s OK, because it has given me some things to think about as we get closer to the U.S. Amateur.

Rookie diary: Hangin’ with Chris and Nancy

Hey everybody! The last few weeks have been really crazy and fun. It started with the Kentucky Women’s Open at Wildwood CC in Louisville where I shot 70-72 to win by two shots over Leah Wigger and amateur Jessica Smith.

Argentina’s Etulain keeps control to win Colombia Open

The hard work and solid golf displayed by Argentina’s Julian Etulain on the Tour de las Americas over the past 18 months finally paid off on Sunday. After three top-3 finishes and 10 top 15s on tour, the 21-year old finally broke through to win the 63rd Colombia National Open Championship.

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Despite stumble, Couples still a Seattle star

Fred Couples joked that most of his fans probably left after he took a triple-bogey eight on the second hole Sunday.

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Langer wins U.S. Senior Open

Bernhard Langer shot a final round 3-under 67 and took advantage of Fred Couples’ critical mistake to complete a daunting trans-Atlantic double and win the U.S. Senior Open championship Sunday.

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Nationwide title secures Tour card for Piller

Martin Piller shot a 7-under 64 Sunday to come from behind and win the Nationwide Tour’s Cox Classic by two strokes over Dicky Pride.

5 things: Highway 59

Australian Stuart Appleby became the fifth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59, and won in the process Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic. Appleby finished at 22-under 258. Jeff Overton, the third-round leader, missed a 50-foot birdie putt by inches at No. 18 to tie.

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Toms paints putterhead white for Greenbrier

Call it White Fang II. David Toms, known for his silky-smooth putting stroke, showed up at the Greenbrier Classic after a three-week layoff with a white putter.

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Jeong, 20, forgoes Australian citizenship

History-maker Jeong Jin has decided to retain his South Korean citizenship.

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Appleby closes with 59 to win at Greenbrier

Stuart Appleby birdied his final three holes Sunday to shoot 11-under 59 and win the Greenbrier Classic.

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Ms. Major

Tseng Ya-ni, the new Ricoh Women’s British Open champion, is the youngest player to win three majors. If anybody can beat Annika Sorenstam’s record of 10, it’s the 21-year-old from Chinese Taipei.

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Meet U.K.’s newest amateur champs

Tommy Fleetwood, Michael Stewart and Alastair Jones became the kings of England, Scotland and Wales, respectively, when they won their national amateur championships on Saturday.

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Silver Medalist Jeong forgoes Australian citizenship

History-maker Jeong Jin has decided to retain his South Korean citizenship. Following recent high-profile successes in Scotland, speculation had been rife that the 20-year-old would become an Australian national.

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Thomas excited for test at Sycamore Hills

Swept up in a summer schedule that seemingly never ends, Justin Thomas sure didn’t look like he was dragging on the practice green Sunday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, where he took turns dropping 15-footers with good buddy Patrick Rodgers.

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Pettersson to skip Bridgestone for beach

Carl Pettersson won’t be in Akron next week playing at the Bridgestone Invitational, but instead playing with his kids at the beach.

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Open runner-up Hull upbeat despite finish

Katherine Hull will learn from her Ricoh Women’s British Open experience. That’s the upside to losing to Yani Tseng.

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Bahrain added to European Tour schedule

The European Tour has added a tournament in Bahrain to its schedule, bringing to five the number of events it will hold next year in the Middle East.

Michaels holds off Kang for Canadian Am title

Sydnee Michaels grabbed a two-shot win over Danielle Kang at the Canadian Women’s Amateur at Kingsville Golf & Country Club.

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Rookie’s collapse helps Van den Berg win

If it weren’t for a disastrous two-hole finish, rookie Daniel Greene would have walked away with his maiden Sunshine Tour victory Friday at the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf event at Humewood Golf Club. Instead, veteran Ulrich van den Berg took advantage of Greene’s double bogeys on Nos. 17-18 to squeak by and win at 14-under 202.

Takayama rediscovers winning feeling at Sun Chlorella

Tadahiro Takayama held his nerve down the stretch to claim a welcomed victory in the 150 million yen (about US$1.7 million) Sun Chlorella Classic.

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Siddikur’s victory a first for Bangladesh on Asian Tour

Siddikur Rahman made golfing history when he defeated South Africa’s Jbe Kruger in a playoff at the Brunei Open to become the first Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour.

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Tseng wins Women’s British, third major title

Yani Tseng hung on to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Sunday, capturing her third major title at age 21.

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Norman taps China’s juniors for 2016 Olympics

Greg Norman has partnered with Mission Hills Group to help develop Chinese juniors for the return of golf to the Olympics in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The nonprofit Greg Norman Mission Hills Junior Development Program made its debut recently at Mission Hills Shenzhen.

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Fisher outduels Harrington to win Irish Open

Ross Fisher won the Irish Open by two strokes over Padraig Harrington after shooting a 6-under 65 in the final round.

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U.K. amateur report: England, Scotland, Wales

The Scottish Amateur Championship final at Gullane Number 1 Golf Course turned into an East Tennessee State University alumni match. The ETSU match-up was part of a busy week of amateur golf in the British Isles, with the crowning of the Scottish, English and Welsh champions on July 31.

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Woods to play 2011 Dubai Desert Classic

Tiger Woods has announced that he will play in next year’s Dubai Desert Classic.