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Wednesday, August 31

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Svensson (No. 7, 2012) commits to UNLV

Adam Svensson of Vancouver, British Columbia has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at UNLV.

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Kerr, Mahan combine to win Begay Challenge

Cristie Kerr and Hunter Mahan combined for an 11-under 61 to win the Notah Begay Challenge by one shot over Annika Sorenstam and Rickie Fowler.

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Golfweek Junior Invitational: Complete field list

Entries have closed for Golfweek’s 10th Junior Invitational, to be played Nov. 5-6 at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Check out the competition.

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Player of the Week: Taylor Coalson

Taylor Coalson, of Dobson, N.C., shot 7-under 137 (67-70) at Mimosa Hills in Morganton, N.C., to win the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Kelli Murphy

Kelly Murphy, of Elgin, S.C., shot 3-over 147 (73-74) at Mimosa Hills in Morganton, N.C., and won the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational in a playoff.

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McIlroy chasing goal of becoming World No. 1

U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy said his relationship with top-ranked tennis player Caroline Wozniacki can help him become No. 1 in golf.

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Tiger 'honored' to be part of Presidents Cup team

Tiger Woods is honored to be a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup and believes he merited the selection.

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UCLA’s Cantlay adds Haskins Award to his honors

Patrick Cantlay, Golfweek’s College Player of the Year, has added another accolade: Fred Haskins Award winner.

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After storm, TPC Boston prepares for tournament

Kevin Chappell felt a deep sense of appreciation when he arrived at TPC Boston for the second FedEx Cup playoff event.

In this issue: Sept. 2, 2011

Inside the Sept. 2, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Hate to be Rude: Kraft a welcome surprise for SMU

After a quirk of fate landed Kelly Kraft at SMU, the recent graduate matriculates into the Mustangs’ third U.S. Amateur winner under former coach Jay Loar. Jeff Rude

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No. 13: Texas men, Arkansas women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 13 on the board with the Texas men and Arkansas women.

Tuesday, August 30

USD's Manav Shah transfers to UCLA

It turns out Tim Mickelson isn’t the only departure from the University of San Diego golf program. Manav Shah, a sophomore who ranked No. 185 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings last season, has transferred to UCLA.

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Toy Box Notes: Amateur finalists rely on Titleist

The two finalists at the U.S. Amateur helped Titleist sweep the categories for equipment usage.

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Mizuno introduces irons, hybrids, wedges

Mizuno’s golf clubs for 2012 will arrive in shops around the United States the second week of September. The lineup includes two new irons for better players: MP-69 and MP-59.

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Before TPC Boston, Bradley to take on Fenway

Before Keegan Bradley attacks one green monster at TPC Boston in his New England homecoming, he’ll climb the hill at another: Fenway Park

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PerryGolf launches East Coast cruises

Imagine playing Kiawah and then luxuriously sailing down the coast to play Harbour Town. Now it's possible.

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No. 14: Auburn men, Wake Forest women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 14 on the board with the Auburn men and Wake Forest women.

Monday, August 29

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Winner's Circle: Aug. 22-28, 2011

See what the winner's had in their bags this week.

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Boeing extends title sponsorship of Champions event

The Boeing Co. announced it has extended its title sponsorship of the Champions Tour event at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Washington through 2014.

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Good night, Irene: Eastern Seaboard cleans up

It’s a good thing the fourth round of The Barclays, the PGA Tour’s playoff opener, was cancelled. If not, eventual winner Dustin Johnson would have needed a boat to get to the 16th green at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., on what normally is a water-less hole.

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Complete coverage: U.S. Amateur

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Erin Hills to bring you an up-close look at the 2011 U.S. Amateur. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Erin, Wis.

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Woods to make Fall Series start at Frys.com

Tiger Woods announced on his website Aug. 29 that he will play the Frys.com Open, a PGA Tour Fall Series event at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., in early October.

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Behind Henley's decision to remain amateur

It was May 6. Russell Henley was a few weeks away from graduating and a month shy of completing his outstanding golf career at the University of Georgia.

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Former Tour player Bates to lead Central Oklahoma

Former PGA Tour player Pat Bates has been hired as head coach at Central Oklahoma. Bates will begin coaching duties immediately as the Bronchos begin their season Sept. 12-13 at the Charles Coody Invitational in Abilene, Texas.

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Thomas wins inaugural Annika Invite in China

Charlotte Thomas erased a four-shot deficit to win the inaugural Annika Invitational at Mission Hills, China's first-ever junior girls-only golf tournament.

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Uihlein could change the pro game as an amateur

Amateur Peter Uihlein's decision to attend Q-School has larger ramifications on the PGA Tour than you might think. Maginnes on Tap

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No. 15: Arkansas men, Auburn women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's Nos. 15 on the board with the Arkansas men and Auburn women.

Sunday, August 28

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Calcavecchia wins Boeing Classic in playoff

Mark Calcavecchia won the Boeing Classic on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, beating Russ Cochran with a two-putt birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

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Rare mistake costs Cantlay in U.S. Am finale

The U.S. Am final’s defining moment was the uncharacteristic mistake from the world’s No. 1 amateur.

Kirk Triplett wins Nationwide Tour event

Kirk Triplett won the News Sentinel Open on Sunday to become the oldest winner in Nationwide Tour history at 49 years, 4 months, 29 days, closing with his second straight 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Marco Dawson.

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Kraft, Barber, Spieth named to Walker Cup team

Kelly Kraft, right, secured his spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team with his win at the U.S. Am on Sunday. The USGA also announced that Jordan Spieth, middle, and Blayne Barber, left, will join Kraft in Scotland.

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Kraft beats UCLA star Cantlay in U.S. Am final

Kelly Kraft took the lead when Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the 16th hole, then hung on to win, 2 up, at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills on Sunday. Ryan Lavner

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Disney to outsource its courses to APGM

Walt Disney World Resort announced it will turn over day-to-day operations of its five golf courses to Arnold Palmer Golf Management.

Jacobsen revives popular Portland golf event

Previously known as "Peter's Party," the Umpqua Bank Challenge marked the return of Peter Jacobsen's popular Portland, Ore.-based tournament and clinic.

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No. 16: Southern Cal men, Michigan State women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's Nos. 16 on the board with the Southern Cal men and Michigan State women.

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Lincicome wins Canadian Women's over Wie, Lewis

Brittany Lincicome sank a par putt on the 18th hole in a driving rain Sunday to win the Canadian Women's Open by one stroke over Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis.

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Viking withdraws as Miss. PGA tournament sponsor

The director of Mississippi's PGA Tour tournament says Viking Range Corp. of Greenwood is pulling out as sponsor, and he needs to find a new sponsor or sponsors by the end of September.

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Tait: Ryder Cup and Gleneagles not a great fit

If ever there was a reason to question awarding the 2014 Ryder Cup to the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, then this week’s Johnnie Walker Championship on the European Tour is it.

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Bjorn wins Johnnie Walker at 5th playoff hole

Thomas Bjorn won a five-way sudden-death playoff at the fifth extra hole Sunday to capture the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Marsh steps down at Nova Southeastern

Kevin Marsh has resigned after seven years of heading the men’s and women’s teams at Nova Southeastern to pursue personal interests, athletic director Michael Mominey announced.

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Kraft 2 up midway through U.S. Am final

Dealing with difficult course conditions, Kelly Kraft took a 2-up lead over Patrick Cantlay midway through the 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur. A win would earn Kraft a Walker Cup berth.

Saturday, August 27

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Calcavecchia eagles last to share Boeing lead

Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead Saturday in the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic.

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Wie among leaders at Women's Canadian Open

Defending champion Michelle Wie shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday in the Canadian Women’s Open for a share of the third-round lead with Ai Miyazato and Tiffany Joh.

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LPGA veteran Steinhauer announces retirement

LPGA Tour veteran Sherri Steinhauer retired after missing the cut at the Canadian Women’s Open.

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Russell leaves Amateur with plenty to build on

Semifinalist Jordan Russell has plenty of good things to take away from the U.S. Amateur. Ron Balicki has some background on the Texas A&M Aggie Peter Uihlein called "the most underrated player in college golf."

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Cantlay, Kraft to meet in U.S. Amateur final

It's already been a historic summer for top-ranked amateur Patrick Cantlay, but he will now look to add a U.S. Amateur title to his resume. Cantlay will take on Kelly Kraft in Sunday's final at Erin Hills.

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Rookies, veterans alike scramble for FedEx points

Does the FedEx Cup playoff system work? Maybe, maybe not. But there was plenty of drama Saturday as players like Ernie Els scrambled to try to punch a ticket to TPC Boston.

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Senior comfortable, productive in U.S. debut

Englishman Jack Senior made the most of his American debut, nearly earning an Augusta invite at the U.S. Am.

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Johnson wins 5th Tour title at shortened Barclays

Dustin Johnson claimed his fifth PGA Tour title Saturday, holding off Matt Kuchar to win The Barclays, which was shortened to 54 holes because of Hurricane Irene.

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Garrido, Foster share three-shot lead at Gleneagles

Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and England’s Mark Foster share a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

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No. 17: Vanderbilt women, Iowa men

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's Nos. 17 on the board with the Iowa men and Vanderbilt women.

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No. 18: Florida women, Texas Tech men

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's Nos. 18 on the board with the Texas Tech men and Florida women.

Friday, August 26

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U.S. Am semis: Kraft vs. Senior, Cantlay vs. Russell

Patrick Cantlay needs extra holes to advance, while Jack Senior, Jordan Russell and Kelly Kraft will join the UCLA star in the U.S. Amateur semifinals on Saturday at Erin Hills.

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Martin: Uihlein to attend Q-School this fall

Peter Uihlein has told Golfweek he is attending Q-School this fall. Uihlein, an Oklahoma State senior, will not turn pro should he earn a card, though. He'll use the event to gain experience and bolster his case for sponsor exemptions when he turns pro after the 2012 NCAA Championship.

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Stanford, Miyazato lead Canadian Women's Open

Angela Stanford and Ai Miyazato took advantage of soft greens and a lack of wind to be co-leaders after two rounds of the Canadian Women's Open.

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Kuchar leads Barclays with 18 holes to play

What once looked to be a long week at The Barclays suddenly has turned into a sprint.

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59 watch fades as Johnson falters down stretch

Dustin Johnson birdied seven of his first 11 holes Friday at par-71 Plainfield Country Club. Considering he still faced two par 5s, the so-called 59 watch was on high alert in an area already on hurricane alert.

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Tulane tabs Andrew Pratt as women’s coach

Tulane has named Andrew Pratt head women’s golf coach. Pratt becomes the fourth head coach in the 22-year history of the Tulane women’s golf program.

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Garrido takes one-shot lead at Johnnie Walker

Ignacio Garrido shot a 3-under 69 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Johnnie Walker Championship.

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U.S. Walker Cuppers lead charge into Am quarters

Eight players remain, but three U.S. Walker Cuppers – Peter Uihlein, Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Rodgers – lead the charge into Friday afternoon’s quarterfinals at the U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills.

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Despite lack of practice, Buckley soaring at U.S. Am

Working as an intern on Wall Street, SMU's Max Buckley didn't have much time to practice this summer. But that hasn't stopped him from advancing to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur.

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Wildman: A quick look at U.S. Am quarterfinals

After great matches in the Sweet 16, there are some interesting match ups to watch in the quarterfinals.

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Barclays shortened to 54 holes to avoid hurricane

The PGA Tour announced Friday that The Barclays, the first FedEx Cup playoff event, would be shortened to 54 holes to avoid the effects of Hurricane Irene.

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Kuchar takes lead at rain-delayed Barclays

Matt Kuchar returned to beautiful sunshine and a birdie Friday morning to take the lead at The Barclays.

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DeChambeau (N/R, 2012) commits to SMU

Bryson DeChambeau of Clovis Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at SMU.

Thursday, August 25

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McIlroy says arm fine, confirms dating Wozniacki

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy says an arm injury won’t keep him out of the European Masters next week in Switzerland, and confirmed Thursday that he’s dating top-ranked women’s tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

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Officials at Barclays scramble to prep for Irene

As officials and media scrambled to figure out a plan for impending Hurricane Irene, players stayed calm and hoped for the best. Jim McCabe

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Miyazato, Lindberg lead Canadian Women's Open

Ai Miyazato and Pernilla Lindberg shot 7-under 65s in wet conditions Thursday to share the lead in the Canadian Women’s Open, while Michelle Wie was two strokes back in her title defense.

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Hahn focused on fans, Walker Cup at U.S. Am

John Hahn didn't take long to soak up his Round of 32 win over Beau Hossler. Instead, he was focused on thanking fans and thinking about the Walker Cup. Asher Wildman

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Cantlay wins match of summer at U.S. Am

In a matchup of U.S. Walker Cuppers, Patrick Cantlay (pictured) outlasted Russell Henley in a match to remember at the U.S. Amateur. Sean Martin explains how it happened.

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Despite loss, Whitsett regains confidence at Am

Cory Whitsett employed his coach at Alabama, Jay Seawell, this week at the U.S. Amateur, and they attaboy’d and you-da-man’d their way through 19 holes Thursday, through moments both joyous and deflating, until his opponent, the third-ranked amateur in the world, rapped in a 5-footer for par and the win.

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Unknown Leopold wins again at U.S. Amateur

Ron Balicki offers an introduction to Bobby Leopold, the 26-year-old insurance salesman who is working his way through the match-play bracket at the U.S. Amateur.

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Frazar leads Barclays as focus turns to Irene

Harrison Frazar has opened The Barclays with a 7-under 64 at Plainfield CC, but all anyone wanted to talk about Thursday was Hurricane Irene and how it will affect the rest of the week.

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Foster leads at fog-delayed Johnnie Walker

England’s Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 to lead the Johnnie Walker Championship after an incomplete first round full of fog and swarming wasps.

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Couples to pick Woods for Presidents Cup

Fred Couples has told Tiger Woods that he decided to add him to the 12-member Presidents Cup team, taking the drama out of the debate over Couples' two captain's picks.

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Langley's Walker Cup fate in question

Tomorrow U.S. Walker Cupper Peter Uihlein will face Walker Cup hopeful Scott Langley. After last year’s U.S. Amateur, it seemed that Langley was a guaranteed lock to make the team. However, since the national championship Langley has struggled.

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For O'Toole, Solheim pick brings big expectations

The LPGA needs more players like Ryann O'Toole, a feisty, fit player who knows how to put on a show.

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Chian (No. 14, 2012) commits to Long Beach State

Long Beach State coach Ryan Ressa has received a verbal commitment from one of the top players in the 2012 class. Daniel Chian of Covina, Calif., selected Long Beach State over Xavier, UC Irvine and California.

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Jackson closes playing days, pursues next life in golf

Futures Tour player Brandi Jackson will tee it up at the Vidalia Championship this week before putting her playing career on hold to pursue a different avenue in the golf business. Julie Williams.

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Keep an eye on Bedford vs. Spieth at U.S. Am

It’s tough to argue that the Peter Uihlein-Dylan Frittelli match and the Patrick Cantlay-Russell Henley showdown aren’t deserving of most of the attention Thursday at the U.S. Amateur. But while these are waged, there is another match to put on the radar in Round 2.

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Different circumstances, but Putnam again a favorite

When the U.S. Amateur was held last year at Chambers Bay, Andrew Putnam was considered a favorite. As a resident of University Place, Wash., where Chambers Bay is located, Putnam played the course many times.

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U.S. Amateur match-play results

Results from the first round of match play at the U.S. Amateur, played Aug. 24-25 at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis.:

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For Peterson, Walker Cup chances improving

The second round of match play at the U.S. Amateur has a few matches where more is on the line than just advancing to the next round.

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Leopold, Lewis advance at Erin Hills

Tom Lewis, 20, is taking one last shot at the Havemeyer Trophy before turning professional. He squeaked past Kevin Penner in the first round of match play.

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Peterson scores improbable first-round Am win

John Peterson scored a hard-fought win Thursday against Todd Baek in the first round of U.S. Amateur match play. Rest assured, U.S. Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve was watching.

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Play resumes at storm-plagued Barclays

Adam Scott and J.J. Henry got off to a good start. The same could not be said of the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup on a water-logged course at The Barclays.

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No. 19: California men, Georgia women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 19 on the board with the California men and Georgia women.

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Uproar over long putters detracts from big picture

In the recent uproar over long putters – like the one used by Keegan Bradley at the PGA Championship – the beauty of the game itself has been lost. Jim McCabe.

Wednesday, August 24

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Massachusetts great Harney dies at 82

There was never any question about his golf game. Even less of an issue, however, was Paul Harney’s devotion to his family.

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Marquette players begin year with high hopes

Marquette’s golfers, emboldened with a blueprint to improve and the optimism to get there, pack up for a new season. Asher Wildman

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Toy Box notes: Titleist rules Simpson's bag

Webb Simpson, winner of the Wyndham Championship, is a Titleist staff player. Take a look at his bag.

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English dashes Yun's Walker Cup hopes at Am

Only a few matches were completed Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur, but Harris English's win against Andrew Yun was one of them. It effectively ended Yun's Walker Cup hopes.

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Els enters The Barclays in unfamiliar territory

Ernie Els sure didn’t look to be down in the dumps for someone who has tumbled so far in the FedEx Cup.

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Putnams make dynamic duo at Erin Hills

Walker Cup hopeful Andrew Putnam is getting advice from brother, caddie and Tour player Michael at the U.S. Am.

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Mid-amateurs fall short at U.S. Amateur

When the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship commenced Monday at Erin Hills and Blue Mound Golf Club, the starting field of 312 players contained 41 mid-amateurs - those 25 years and older.

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McConnell Golf adds a TPC to its portfolio

McConnell Golf LLC has acquired TPC Wakefield Plantation from the PGA Tour in Raleigh, N.C., and Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management and Myrtle Beach National Co. have merged.

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Out of U.S. Am, Smith looks ahead to Walker Cup

Nathan Smith fell Wednesday in a 20-man playoff for the final four spots on the U.S. Amateur match-play bracket, but you'll see him again next month at Royal Aberdeen for the Walker Cup.

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Breaking down the bracket at the U.S. Amateur

The two semifinalists who advance out of the upper half of the U.S. Amateur bracket definitely can say they earned their spots in the Final Four.

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Main medalist at U.S. Am as match play begins

Gregor Main birdied two of his final three holes Wednesday to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur. Ryan Lavner says there will be little time to celebrate before match play.

Bucket hats trending at the U.S. Amateur

A popular item this week at the U.S. Amateur is the Erin Hills bucket hat. In fact, it was so popular, it sold out by Wednesday.

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Langley aiming for redemption at Erin Hills

Scott Langley is trying to redeem himself at the U.S. Amateur after a lackluster summer.

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Hate to be Rude: Holmes optimistic about surgery

‘Low risk’ and ‘brain surgery’ don’t belong in the same sentence, but that’s how J.B. Holmes describes his upcoming operation after a dizzying withdrawal at the PGA. Jeff Rude

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McGinley a popular choice for 2014 Ryder captain

Europe isn’t lacking potential captains for the Ryder Cup, and it appears popular Irishman Paul McGinley is the top candidate for the role in 2014 at Gleneagles.

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Zhang quits at Notre Dame, looks to transfer

Nicole Zhang, No. 47 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings last season, has decided to quit the team at Notre Dame and is considering a transfer in 2012.

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No. 20: Stanford men, Pepperdine women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 20 on the board with the Stanford men and Pepperdine women.

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Blumenherst pitches Fort Wayne for LPGA event

Amanda Blumenherst is making a push to bring an LPGA event to her hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind. in the next couple of years.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Barclays

Steve Stricker has won twice on Tour this season, and two of our fantasy experts are saying that he will make it a third this week at The Barclays.

Tuesday, August 23

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TaylorMade celebrates boom in white metalwoods

To celebrate the one millionth white-headed metalwood sold in the United States in 2011, TaylorMade will send a disguised Dustin Johnson to deliver a prize to an unsuspecting golfer.

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Notes: Paddy thinks Tiger still can pass Nicklaus

Padraig Harrington still puts his money on Tiger Woods breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 professional majors.

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Wie looking for title defense in Canada

When she was pounding the ball off the tee as a 15-year-old, it was thought that Michelle Wie would be well into a dominating golf career by the time she was 21.

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Former pitcher Ignasiak feeling at home in Erin

Before qualifying for the U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, Mike Ignasiak hadn't been to Milwaukee since his career with the Brewers ended in 1995. The city has been good to him this week. Sean Martin.

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U.S. Am: Biddle leads as rain jumbles schedule

Second-round play was delayed for more than three hours Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur, leaving Blayne Barber and the rest of the field with much to think about. Ryan Lavner.

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Geyer at the top of his game at U.S. Amateur

When the morning wave of players finally completed the weather-delayed second round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur at almost 5:30 p.m., three players topped the leaderboard at 7-under 135.

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Did you know: Erin Hills Golf Course

For a course that is only 5 years old, Erin Hills understandably wouldn't yield many historical anecdotes. Yet, Asher Wildman uncovered a few gems from the site of this week's U.S. Amateur.

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Cantlay receives Frys.com sponsor exemption

The next time Patrick Cantlay tees off for a tournament at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. – a track on which he’s already won – the stakes will be considerably higher.

Bethany men's team suspended for nude photo

What began as a joke on team picture day resulted in a three-tournament suspension for the men’s golf team at Bethany College, a Lutheran school in Lindsborg, Kan., that competes at the NAIA level.

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Tulane hopes to move quickly in Horton's absence

After four years in New Orleans, J.T. Horton is going home. The native Georgian and former head coach at Tulane was named the first Clemson women’s coach on Aug. 19, a job he begins immediately.

Former LPGA player Coles to lead Dartmouth women

Former LPGA player Janet Coles has been hired as the head women’s golf coach at Dartmouth, as announced by the university Aug. 22.

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For Your Game: Charles Howell III

Charles Howell III finds himself back in contention with the shot shape that got him to tour. Sean Martin.

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No. 21: Virginia men, Iowa State women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 21 on the board with the Virginia men and Iowa State women.

Monday, August 22

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U.S. Am: Hahn, Main, Biddle tied for lead

Gregor Main (pictured) and John Hahn took the early lead at the U.S. Amateur, but Blake Biddle sits two shots back after playing the more demanding Erin Hills. Ron Balicki

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Perez (No. 94, 2012) commits to Southern Miss

Michael Perez has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Southern Mississippi. Perez, who is from Weston, Fla., is ranked No. 94 in the 2012 class.

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U.S. Am: Length a non-factor at Erin Hills

It's supposed to be the longest course in USGA history, but the length of Erin Hills wasn't a factor in the opening round of the U.S. Amateur. As Sean Martin writes, that's just the state of the game.

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Holmes WDs from Barclays, preps for brain surgery

J.B. Holmes has withdrawn from The Barclays as he prepares to have brain surgery.

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U.S. Am: Scott Langley: ‘I’m very close’

It doesn't seem so long ago that Scott Langley was a lock to make the U.S. Walker Cup team. But after a summer of struggles, the recent Illinois graduate is trying desperately just to round back into form at Erin Hills.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 15-21, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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The Heritage foundation aims to restore resources

The Heritage Classic Foundation, which oversees the PGA Tour’s stop on Hilton Head Island, announced a new sponsorship campaign to replenish its cash reserves.

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Franklin Templeton returns as Shootout’s sponsor

Franklin Templeton, a long-time partner of the PGA Tour’s Shootout tournament, is reprising its role as title sponsor of the event.

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Woods considers playing Fall Series event

Tiger Woods is thinking about adding another PGA Tour event to his schedule.

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Breaking down the field at the U.S. Amateur

I’m here at Erin Hills Golf Club (and enjoying the “cool” mid-70 degree temperatures) for the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship. Contrary to what some of my co-workers may think, I have not covered every one of those U.S. Amateurs.

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Riviera, USGA discuss 2017 U.S. Amateur

Riviera Country Club and the U.S. Golf Association are in discussions about the course hosting the 2017 U.S. Amateur, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks.

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Maginnes On Tap: Unorthodox Gainey fits on Tour

Sure, it is easy to pick on Tommy Gainey. He's unorthodox and wears two gloves. But the Tour is better with him.

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Krutz struts his stuff in front of recruiters

Despite not having his swing coach around recently, Matt Krutz was able to win at the place he wanted to most.

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No. 22: Oregon men, Texas women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 22 on the board with the Oregon men and Texas women.

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A day with Tiger: Behind the scenes at EA Sports

Golfweek spent the day behind the scenes with Tiger Woods and EA Sports as they worked on the 2013 version of their best-selling video game. D.J. Piehowski talks about a different Tiger than you are used to seeing on TV.

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Kuchar picks Woodland for World Cup partner

Matt Kuchar has picked Gary Woodland for his Omega Mission Hills World Cup of Golf partner, Golfweek has learned.

In this issue: Aug. 19, 2011

A look at the Aug. 19, 2011 issue of Golfweek.

Sunday, August 21

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O'Toole, Vicky Hurst named to Solheim Cup team

Ryann O'Toole and Vicky Hurst aren't exactly household names ... yet. Solid seasons put them on Rosie Jones' radar, and both were chosen as captain's picks for the U.S. Solheim Cup team late Sunday night.

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Pettersen wins Safeway playoff as Choi falls apart

Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Safeway Classic on Sunday, overcoming a nine-stroke deficit with a 7-under 64 and beating Na Yeon Choi in a playoff. It's a step toward her goal of becoming World No. 1.

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U.S. Am courses give USGA advance look

The USGA learned plenty from last year's U.S. Amateur experience at Chambers Bay, and now officials hope to have the same experience at Wisconsin's Erin Hills, giving the association a much-needed advance screening of what needs fixing before the 2017 U.S. Open.

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Els, Harrington, McGirt grab playoff spots

Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington join William McGirt in claiming spots among the top 125 in the points standings for this week's The Barclays, the first of four tournaments in the FedEx Cup series that ends with the Tour Championship.

Nitties wins Nationwide's Midwest Classic

Australia's James Nitties won the Midwest Classic on Saturday for his first Nationwide Tour title, shooting with a 6-under 65 for a five-stroke victory.

Korean Cho wins JGTO event by four shots

Korean Min-gyu Cho cleared the field by four shots for his first Japan Golf Tour Organization victory at the Kansai Open Golf Championship in Hyogo, Japan.

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Simpson claims 1st PGA Tour win at Wyndham

Webb Simpson stopped knocking on the door and decided to bust it open on Sunday. Simpson shot a 67 to claim his first PGA Tour win, a three-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship.

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Couples wins Senior Players Championship playoff

Fred Couples knocked in a 3-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole Sunday to defeat John Cook and win the Seniors Players Championship for his first major victory on the Champions Tour.

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Fisher shows promise with Czech Open win

The future just keeps getting brighter for the Euro Tour. After Sunday's win, you can add Oliver Fisher to that list.

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No. 23: Ohio State men, Tulane women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 23 on the board with the Ohio State men and Tulane women.

Fisher claims Czech Open for 1st European Tour win

Oliver Fisher of England won the Czech Open on Sunday, shooting a 3-under 69 to finish two strokes ahead of Mikael Lundberg of Sweden and earn his first European Tour victory.

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5 Things: A test for Erin Hills and Peter Uihlein

5 Things: The USGA will learn this week how skilled men handle the 5-year-old layout at Erin Hills, the site of this week's U.S. Amateur. And can Peter Uihlein be the first back-to-back champ since Tiger?

Saturday, August 20

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Choi extends lead to three at Safeway Classic

Na Yeon Choi took a three-stroke lead in the Safeway Classic on Saturday, shooting a 2-under 69 to reach 8 under on Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Ghost Creek course.

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Simpson takes two-shot Wyndham lead with 64

Webb Simpson shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday to move to 15-under 195 and take a two-stroke lead after three rounds at the Wyndham Championship.

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Nitties (65) takes one-shot Midwest Classic lead

Australia’s James Nitties shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday in the Midwest Classic to take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Killeen.

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Couples leads by one at Senior Players

With a one-shot lead at the Senior Players Championship, Fred Couples is inching closer to his first Champions Tour victory of 2011 after fighting a back injury for much of the past year.

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Burgess (No. 75, 2012) commits to SMU

Ryan Burgess of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., has given first-year SMU coach Josh Gregory a verbal commitment to play college golf at the Dallas school.

Callaway Collegiate Match Play field announced

The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced the field for the 2012 Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, to be played March 18-20 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

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O'Hara, Fisher share Czech Open lead

Steven O’Hara of Scotland shot a flawless 7-under 65 Saturday to share the lead after the third round of the Czech Open.

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Lubar (No. 52, 2012) commits to Denver

Shannon Lubar of Littleton, Colo., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Denver.

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Tait: Pondering golf's oddities during silly season

In honor of the silly season in golf, maybe it's time to ponder a few other oddities about the game.

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No. 24: San Diego men, Texas A&M women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 25 on the board with the San Diego men and the Texas A&M women.

Friday, August 19

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Choi (65) takes 2-shot lead at Safeway Classic

Na Yeon Choi would like to have the 18th hole at Pumpkin Ridge back.

Killeen in position for third Nationwide title

J.J. Killeen remained in position for his third Nationwide Tour victory in four weeks, shooting a 6-under 65 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead in the Midwest Classic.

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‘Two Gloves’ opens 3-shot lead at Wyndham

Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, still in search of his first Tour victory, shot a 5-under 65 Friday to take a three-stroke lead at the Wyndham Championship.

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Horton leaves Tulane for Clemson women’s gig

J.T. Horton has been named the first women's coach at Clemson. He leaves Tulane, where he spent the past four years restarting the golf program following Hurricane Katrina.

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Couples leads Senior by 1 at Senior Players

Fred Couples shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour’s final major of the season.

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Clegg named head coach at Washington State

Garrett Clegg has been named men's head coach at Washington State. Clegg, formerly an assistant coach at Washington, replaces Walt Williams, who resigned in July.

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Lara takes lead at rain-delayed Czech Open

Jose Manuel Lara shot a 4-under 68 to move into first at the Czech Open on Friday after rain cut short the second round.

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McCabe: The unlikely road to Bradley’s PGA title

Jim McCabe: If you think Keegan Bradley’s victory at the PGA was unlikely, his life story might be even more improbable. There’s no silver spoon to accompany his sterling Wanamaker Trophy.

New England Jr. Am features unique team setting

For many junior golfers in New England, summer tournaments are a chance to showcase their individual talents to college coaches, and to see how they measure up in competition.

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Should Couples pick Tiger for Presidents Cup?

Should U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples select Tiger Woods as one of his two captain’s picks? Golfweek experts weigh in. What do you think?

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Elbow surgery cuts short Weir's 2011 season

Mike Weir’s season has ended because of elbow surgery.

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Pairings: Stroke-play qualifying at U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Golf Association has announced pairings and tee times for stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Amateur, to be played Aug. 22-28 at the par-72, 7,760-yard Erin Hills Golf Club and par-70, 6,622-yard Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Erin, Wis.

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No. 25: Tennessee men, Notre Dame women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 25 on the board with the Tennessee men and the Notre Dame women.

Thursday, August 18

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Sluman leads Senior Players with 65

Jeff Sluman shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour’s final major of the season.

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Quinney, Gainey (63) share lead at Wyndham

If Jeff Quinney keeps this up, he might soon have a new PGA Tour card – and a spot in the playoffs.

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Express Lane: It's not just for groceries

If you want to play fast at courses operated by OB Sports, it helps to get in the Express Lane. The Scottsdale, Ariz., course-management firm is expanding its pace-of-play initiatives with the gradual rollout of its Express Lane program to its 42 courses.

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Book Review: A Tiger in the Tree

Herbert X. “Tree” Tremont is a multiethnic golf superstar with 14 major championships, a signature apparel line (named Tree Trunk, naturally), a $61 million yacht, several private planes, a swimsuit model for a wife, two adorable children and an overbearing agent. Sound familiar?

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Heartland Hideaways: Golf and music in Branson

Millions visit Branson for its music, and a growing number stay for the golf. Martin Kaufmann.

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McCabe: Clark’s unexpected role at Prez Cup

Jim McCabe: After a banner 2010 and a strong start to this season, Tim Clark’s role in the Presidents Cup won’t be quite what he expected.

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Lawrie (66) takes 1-shot lead at Czech Open

Peter Lawrie of Ireland shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Czech Open on Thursday.

Jimmie Austin OU GC to host 2013 WAPL

The U.S. Golf Association has announced that Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., will host the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. The championship will be played June 17-22.

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Futcher feeling no pressure at Solheim crunch time

Though Katie Futcher needs a top-10 finish at this week’s Safeway Classic to have a shot at qualifying for the U.S. Solheim Cup team, the Texan feels no pressure.

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No. 26: Arizona State men, UC Davis women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 26 on the board with the Arizona State men and UC Davis women.

Mihelich named women’s coach at Southern Ill.

Alexis Mihelich has been named women’s head coach at Southern Illinois, the school announced. Mihelich replaces Diane Daugherty, who retired in July after 25 years as head coach at SIU.

Cunningham named head coach at Oakland

Russ Cunningham has been named men’s and women’s head coach at Oakland (Mich.) University. Cunningham has five-plus years of Division I coaching experience, having served as an assistant men’s coach at Michigan State (1996-99) and an assistant men’s and women’s coach at Campbell (1993-95).

Kann leaves Golf Channel for position at LPGA

Kraig Kann, who was one of the original on-air talents at the Golf Channel, has been named the chief communications officer at the LPGA, the tour announced Aug. 18.

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Photos: A day with Tiger at EA Sports

Golfweek was granted exclusive access as Tiger Woods visited EA Sports to help in the development of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2013 game. Click here for our extensive photo gallery, with a behind-the-scenes video and commentary coming Monday morning.

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Couples: Woods needs to play before Prez Cup

U.S. captain Fred Couples wants Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup team, provided Woods plays tournaments before he shows up at the Australian Open a week before the matches.

Wednesday, August 17

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Couples: Woods must play to make Presidents Cup

U.S. captain Fred Couples wants Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup team, provided Woods plays tournaments before he shows up at the Australian Open a week before the matches.

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McIlroy’s world travels for ’12 come into focus

Rory McIlroy is expected to rejoin the PGA Tour in 2012, and according to his management group, ISM, he will once again play The Players Championship. His full schedule

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No. 27: Clemson men, Oklahoma women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 27 on the board with the Clemson men and Oklahoma women.

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Don't crown Bradley as golf's next star just yet

Jack Nicklaus’ cautionary tale about Tiger Woods and what seemed to be an inevitable run to golf supremacy proved prescient. So, don’t be so quick to name Keegan Bradley as a can’t-miss star.

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GB&I Walker Cup team named; Law left out

The Great Britain & Ireland team has been selected for the upcoming Walker Cup. As Alistair Tait writes, the only surprise was the omission of Scottish Amateur champ David Law.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Wyndham Championship

Last week at the PGA Sean Martin and Jim McCabe picked the 1-2 combo of Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner. This week at Wyndham, they are both going with Webb Simpson.

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Bradley gives St. John's bragging rights

Keegan Bradley instantly became the most decorated golfer from St. John's University when he won the PGA Championship.

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Valhalla’s greens face redo before ’14 PGA

Valhalla Golf Club, the PGA of America-owned course in Louisville, Ky., is in line for another big renovation.

Tuesday, August 16

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Newton (No. 34, 2012) commits to Ole Miss

Abby Newton of Katy, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Ole Miss.

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Bradley becomes first to win major with long putter

Keegan Bradley's PGA Championship win with a belly putter might spark more interest in the longer flat stick. Odyssey is gearing up for an increased demand, just in case.

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Maginnes on Tap: Woods worth Presidents Cup pick

Tiger Woods, despite his struggles in 2011, would be worth a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup.

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No. 28: Oklahoma men, Stanford women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 28 on the board with the Oklahoma men and Stanford women.

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Toy Box notes: The clubs of a major champion

PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley’s bag featured Cleveland gear and an Odyssey putter. James Achenbach reports.

Monday, August 15

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Cory Scoggin named San Diego men's coach

Cory Scoggin has been named San Diego men's golf coach, the university announced Monday. He will replace former head coach Tim Mickelson.

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Phoenix Open tops $4 million in charitable giving

The Thunderbirds, the host organization that stages the Waste Management Phoenix Open, announced this year’s rendition raised more than $4 million for local charities.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 8-14, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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AboutGolf to develop products with European Tour

Golf simulator company AboutGolf announced it formed a partnership with the European Tour to develop co-branded, golf performance technology products.

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Early results promising for 'Tee It Forward'

Tee It Forward, an initiative urging golfers to play from appropriate tees, promised to make the game faster and more enjoyable. Early results indicate it’s delivering on its pledge.

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Junior Invitational offers experience like no other

As the junior season comes to a close, Golfweek takes a look at the Junior Invitational, which in its first year of operation became the country's top-ranked junior event. And an invitation here got you much more than a tee time.

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Fashion: Bradley continues tradition of Sunday red

It wasn't Tiger wearing the Sunday red, but Keegan Bradley brought the color back to life in Atlanta.

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No. 29: Washington men, Florida State women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 29 on the board with the Washington men and Florida State women.

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Nicole's diary: How I got picked for Big Break Ireland

Now that the world knows that Golfweek blogger Nicole Smith was selected to be on Big Break Ireland, she gives you some insight on how the process worked and her excitement at being selected.

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Taylor Ramsey (No. 56, 2012) withdraws Arizona verbal

Taylor Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., who had given a verbal commitment to play golf at the University of Arizona has now decided she will attend a different school.

In this issue: Aug. 12, 2011

A look at what is in Golfweek's Aug. 12, 2011 issue.

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Ramsey (No. 4, 2013) eyes Clemson

Ashlan Ramsey, No. 4 in the Class of 2013, has started to take unofficial visits.

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5 Things: Bradley moves out of his aunt's shadow

From Keegan Bradley moving out of his aunt's shadow to where Tiger goes from here, here are 5 storylines to take away from the PGA Championship.

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Complete coverage: U.S. Women's Amateur

Take a look at our week-long coverage of the U.S. Women's Amateur, from our closing feature on Danielle Kang's win to photo galleries of each day, including one shot through an iPhone.

Sunday, August 14

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TV blog: PGA Championship lacks focus on golf

The PGA of America has some explaining to do with how it let CBS and TNT bombard viewers with ads.

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Behind the scenes with Wanamaker engraver

After the final putt drops is when Gail Hedgepath's job gets into full swing: she has the honor of engraving a new name on the Wanamaker Trophy.

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Commentary: Bradley's dramatic win defies logic

Keegan Bradley's day started like any other, but it ended in stunning fashion, overcoming a five-shot deficit with three holes to play and winning in a playoff at the PGA. Ryan Lavner

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PGA notes: Fowler has learned from the majors

Rickie Fowler played in all four majors for the first time in his young professional career. And despite only seriously contending in the British Open this season, believes he's learned a few things that will move him up the leaderboard in 2012.

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93rd PGA: A look at previous winners

From Tiger Woods to Jack Nicklaus, a look at the past champions of the PGA Championship.

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Bradley beats Dufner in playoff for PGA title

The U.S. is back on the board in the majors, as Keegan Bradley outlasted Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff to win the PGA Championship.

Steve Friesen wins Nationwide event

Steve Friesen won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a five-stroke victory.

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Kang repeats with dominating Women's Am win

Danielle Kang dominated Moriya Jutanugarn on Sunday, winning her second straight U.S. Women's Amateur title with an easy 6-and-5 victory in Rhode Island.

Iceland's Loftsson wins Cardinal Amateur

It's not often you see a winner from Iceland, but you'll need to get used to the name, as Olafur Loftsson just won a trip to the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship this week.

Greenberry, 17, wins British Boys Amateur

Harrison Greenberry, 17, won the British Boys Amateur by outlasting Patrick Kelly on the 37th hole of a scheduled 36-hole final.

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No. 30: Wake Forest men, Ohio State women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 31 on the board with the Wake Forest men and Ohio State women.

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PGA blog: McIlroy shoots 74, 11 over for tourney

Rory McIlroy's PGA Championship came to an end on Sunday, finishing at 11 over and in a current tie for 65th; meanwhile, Atlanta Athletic Club will play to its shortest distance of the week on Sunday - 7,236 yards.

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No. 31: N.C. State men, Chattanooga women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 31 on the board with the N.C. State men and Chattanooga women.

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No. 32: Kent State men, South Carolina women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 32 on the board with the Kent State men and South Carolina women.

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Tait: Who will make the GB&I Walker Cup squad?

The GB&I team for the Walker Cup is close to being announced, with Tom Lewis, Paul Cutler and Michael Stewart obvious choices. Who else is in? Alistair Tait takes a crack at it . . .

Saturday, August 13

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5 Things: Welcome to contenders anonymous

Just who are these guys in the lead? Jason Dufner? Brendan Steele? One look at their track record, and it is not shocking that they are co-leaders at the PGA Championship.

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Unknowns Steele, Dufner share lead in Atlanta

Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner have played Atlanta Athletic Club better than anyone this week. Sean Martin gives some background on the two unlikely leaders.

93rd PGA: Final-round pairings and tee times

A look at the final-round pairings and tee times at the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

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Mickelson accosted by fan during Round 3

Minutes before sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole, Phil Mickelson was accosted by a fan after hitting his second shot from the rough.

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Steele, Dufner share PGA lead through 54 holes

Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner are tied for the lead heading to the final round of the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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Bunkers creating big problems at PGA in Atlanta

First, the complaints about the 18th hole. Now, it's the bunkers. And, boy, is the sand wreaking havoc on the best players in the world.

Age-by-age results: U.S. Kids Championships

Clare Amelia Legaspi of the Philippines recorded her record-tying fifth World Championship, after finishing 1-under-par 71 for the day and 4-under-par 212 for the event. She ties Marijosse Navarro in the all-time U.S. Kids Golf record books with five World Championship victories.

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Despite struggles, McIlroy offers no excuses

Asked about the state of his wrist after a third-round 74 at the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy quipped: "I wish it were worse. Then I'd have an excuse."

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Jutanugarn eyes one more summer trophy

It's been a long summer full of hotels, rental cars and, most importantly, trophies for Moriya Jutanugarn. Now she's just one day away from the biggest triumph yet.

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Despite injuries, Kang makes Women's Am final

Danielle Kang had to make an emergency trip to a chiropractor on Friday night. It worked, as the defending champ advance to face Moriya Jutanugarn in Sunday's U.S. Women's Am final.

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Woods' woes might impact Tour's TV talks

Tiger Woods' woes at the PGA could mean problems in the PGA Tour's upcoming TV negotiations.

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PGA blog: Donald bitten by AAC's closing holes

Luke Donald shot 2-under 68 in Saturday's third round, but few players will leave the course feeling more despondent than the usually steady Englishman. PGA BLOG

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Harrington among those to commit to Wyndham

Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen are among the late entries into next week's Wyndham Championship, where they will hope to improve their FedEx Cup standings.

Friday, August 12

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PGA: Third-round pairings and tee times

A look at the third-round pairings and tee times at the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

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After another wild PGA round, Woods headed home

After hitting nine bunkers and a pair of water balls, Tiger Woods missed his third cut in a major as a professional. Jeff Rude explains how it happened.

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With caddie and putter change, Scott in form at PGA

Though he wasn't flawless Friday, making a costly error at the closing hole, Adam Scott is playing some of his best golf after some personnel and equipment changes.

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5 Things: Bradley, Dufner share midway PGA lead

There may not be a host of major champions atop the leaderboard at the PGA Championship, but that doesn't mean it's without intrigue. Five Things

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Jutanugarn, Ernst will face off on Saturday

Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a tough start to move on at the Women's Amateur, where she will face off against NCAA champ Austin Ernst.

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Kang puts injuries aside to win at Women's Am

Despite sharp pain down the left side of her body, defending champion Danielle Kang continues to roll through match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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PGA notebook: Aussie Day fizzles, misses cut

PGA notes: One of the favorites before the PGA Championship, Jason Day won't be playing this weekend after finishing at 5 over. He'll be joined by Martin Kaymer and Dustin Johnson.

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No. 18 at AAC drawing ire from players

Phil Mickelson didn't mince words when talking about Atlanta Athletic Club's par-4 18th hole: "It's a great par 5." Let's just say that was one of the printable quotes from players.

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No excuses, McIlroy frustrated by second round

Rory McIlroy didn’t use his injuries as a crutch, but he wasn’t happy with being at 3 over at the PGA.

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Points overcomes range issues, shoots 67

D.A. Points writes little notes to himself on the golf ball. On Friday, it was Keep it stress-free. It seemed to work at the PGA.

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LSU's Peterson throws out first pitch in Texas

This past week NCAA champion John Peterson of LSU threw out the first pitch at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas when the Texas Rangers played host to the Seattle Mariners.

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PGA blog: After unusual prep, Dufner leads PGA

PGA blog: Normally taking three weeks off before a major isn't the best preparation possible. Don't tell that to Jason Dufner, who is tied for the lead after a second-round 65.

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Round 2: Play-by-play of Woods' round at PGA

Tiger Woods has an uphill battle ahead of him Friday, needing an under-par round to make the cut after his opening 77 at the PGA Championship. Shot-by-shot

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Tracking Rory: How will he cope with injury?

Tracking Rory: We take you hole-by-hole, as Rory McIlroy tries to shake off a wrist injury and stay in contention during the second round of the PGA Championship.

Thursday, August 11

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Commentary: McIlroy shows off Irish grit

Toughness doesn't begin to describe the gutsy effort by Rory McIlroy on Thursday at Atlanta Athletic Club. It was something that he can tell his grandkids about some day.

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Resilient Micheel in hunt at PGA Championship

It's been a long year for Shaun Micheel and even longer since he won his only major, the 2003 PGA at Oak Hill. But after Round 1 at Atlanta Athletic Club, the resilient vet is in contention.

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Notes: Pancake rolls into Women's Am quarters

Brooke Pancake has plenty of skill in the classroom, but at this week's U.S. Women's Amateur, she's showing just how talented she is on the golf course, as well. Notes

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5 Things: Cheeseheads Stricker, Kelly out front

Wisconsin's Steve Stricker (63) and Jerry Kelly (65) lit up Atlanta Athletic Club during Round 1 of the PGA Championship. FIVE THINGS

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Despite odd superstition, Runas advances at Am

Despite an odd superstition, Demi Runas beat Lisa McCloskey to advance to the U.S. Women's Amateur quarters.

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Commentary: Woods shows rust, regression in opening round

Tiger Woods slashes his way to a first-round 77 at the PGA Championship, and what's worse is he's not sure how to find his game. Jeff Rude

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Notes: Toms shows another way to play 18

David Toms, who won the 2001 PGA with a strategic layup at No. 18, reversed course in the opening round, showing there's more than one way to tame the monstrous par 4.

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Boxgroove promotes new private-club model

Internet company Boxgroove is trying to give golfers easy access to hundreds of private clubs.

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Build it, and golfers just might come to Iowa

Heartland hideaways: Build it, and golfers just might come to Iowa

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A club pro with a big-time game

For Jimmy Wright, the 1969 PGA was but one of many tournament achievements that collectively amount to a kind of Grand Slam of club pro life.

2013 Women’s Amateur will go to Charleston

The Country Club of Charleston will play host to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the United States Golf Association announced Aug. 11.

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Stricker shoots 63 to take early PGA lead

Steve Stricker has tied the record for the lowest score in a major, shooting 63 in the first round of the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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PGA blog: McIlroy injures wrist but presses on

Rory McIlroy injured his right wrist at the third hole Thursday, but he has continued to play. In fact, he's continued to play quite well. Live Blog

SUV slams into TV workers at Women’s Amateur

Two members of the television crew at the U.S. Women’s Amateur were hospitalized Thursday morning after an SUV ran into a tractor transporting a movable camera platform.

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UCLA teammates to square off at Women's Am

Three UCLA Bruins advanced to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur and all of them are still alive. That will change in the Round of 16, as Stepahnie Kono and Tiffany Lua will meet.

Thompson named women's coach at Augusta State

Kory Thompson has been named women's head coach at Augusta State.

Milberger named women's head coach at Montana

Emily Milberger, who stepped in as interim women's coach at SMU last season, has been named head coach at Montana.

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No. 33: Liberty men, TCU women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 33 on the board with the Liberty men and TCU women.

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PGA: ‘There's a pimple on Miss America’

Two greens are on the mend at the PGA, and the superintendent says 'We felt like our hearts had been ripped out.'

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Horrible start: Ishikawa stumbles to 15-over 85

Ryo Ishikawa lost five balls in the water in his first nine holes Thursday and shot a 15-over 85, four shots worse than the next-highest morning score.

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Singh feels better after therapy session in Germany

Vijay Singh has been dealing with numerous injuries since 2008, but recent therapy has the Fijian feeling great.

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Tiger tracker: Woods fires an opening-round 77

After a roaring start, Tiger Woods made three double bogeys and fired a 7-over 77 to sit 14 shots off Steve Stricker's current lead at the PGA Championship.

Wednesday, August 10

Pair of greens damaged at Atlanta Athletic Club

Two greens were damaged during routine maintenance at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Wednesday evening, the PGA of America announced in a release.

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Tubert lends a hand to Ernst at Women's Am

U.S. Women's Amateur notes: Emily Tubert could have kicked back and did some fishing. Instead, she helped buddy Austin Ernst to a dramatic 1-up win over Sally Watson.

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PGA notes: Whirlwind week for Piercy

PGA notebook: Scott Piercy didn't know when his next Tour start would be before winning in Tahoe last week. Now he is booked solid.

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Westwood shows off lighthearted side

Lee Westwood has been working with a sports psychologist in hopes of winning of his first major. First lesson: Be more lighthearted.

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PGA: Atlanta's par 3s short on variety

At Atlanta Athletic Club, the brawny par 3s come up short on variety and creativity

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Woodland's length might be a big PGA advantage

Long-bomber Gary Woodland has enough length to ponder decisions that no one else will consider.

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Women's Am: Kang has a reversal of fortunes

Danielle Kang, wiser from her experience at Pepperdine, has one more goal before turning pro: repeat as U.S. Women’s Amateur champion

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2 Ping designers make a splash in 2011 majors

Marty Jertson will become the second Ping engineer to play in a major championship in recent weeks. At the U.S. Senior Open late last month, Jertson’s fellow club designer Mike Nicolette tied for 23rd.

Michigan's Garber expected to transfer to Georgia

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Michigan sophomore Joey Garber walked into the office of first-year head coach Chris Whitten and informed him he was leaving the team. Garber expects to play for Georgia in the spring.

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Tiger taps the brakes on a runaway story

Loyalty is a two-way street, and at the intersection of Tiger Woods and Steve Williams, somebody has run a stop sign. Tiger Woods taps the brakes on a runaway story. Jeff Rude reports.

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No. 64 seed Smidinger advances at Amateur

Elyse Smidinger, the No. 64 seed at the U.S. Women's Amateur, defeated Jihee Kim at Rhode Island Country Club.

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5 Things: Focus will finally be on Tiger's game

Like him or loathe him, Tiger Woods still drives the narrative. Starting Thursday, thankfully, the talk can focus on his play and not his acrimonious split with caddie Steve Williams.

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Minnesota seeks stability with 2 coaching hires

The University of Minnesota announced that Michele Redman will be its new women’s head coach, and John Carlson will be men’s head coach.

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No. 34: Michigan men, Oregon women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 34 on the board with the Michigan men and Oregon women.

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Rory Era? McIlroy focused on second major title

If this truly is the dawning of the Rory Era, well, don’t tell McIlroy himself. The only thing he’s focused on this week is his pursuit of a second major title.

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93rd PGA: Tee times for Rounds 1 and 2

A look at the tee times for Thursday and Friday at the 93rd PGA Championship, held at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

Tuesday, August 9

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PGA notes: Tiger 'looks good' in practice round

Tiger Woods sneaked in a quick nine holes Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the PGA Championship, his first major since the Masters. And his playing partner, Arjun Atwal, was impressed.

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Clark to be assistant captain at Presidents Cup

Tim Clark, who has not been able to compete most of the year because of an injured left elbow, agreed Tuesday to be an assistant captain under Greg Norman when the Presidents Cup is played Nov. 17-20 in Australia.

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Ko ties for medalist honors in Women's Am debut

Lydia Ko is deep into a whirlwind golf tour of the United States that she hopes will end with a U.S. Women's Amateur title. She tied for the stroke-play medalist honors with Jihee Kim.

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Frazier, 53, enjoys the moments at Women's Am

Rounds of 80-88 won't win Alexandra Frazier any kind of U.S. Women's Amateur title, but that matters little to the 53-year-old mother.

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Plenty of Tour vets are struggling heading into PGA

Hunter Mahan, who started the season so well, is among a veteran cast on Tour struggling on the eve of the final major.

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Lee, 16, fighting slump at U.S. Women's Am

Alison Lee isn't used to finishing last in a tournament, but she showed resolve at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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DirecTV, PGA.com beef up PGA coverage

If golf fans aren’t satisfied with 28 hours of live PGA Championship coverage on TNT and CBS, they can find enhanced coverage on DirecTV and PGA.com.

Menzel named head coach for Iowa women

Megan Menzel has been selected as the head coach for the University of Iowa women's golf program, athletic director Gary Barta announced today.

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Big win rekindles Scott's competitive fire

Adam Scott, whose defining victory at the WGC-Bridgestone was overshadowed by caddie Steve Williams’ hyperbole about his former boss, rekindles his competitive fire

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Blog: Clarke says Open win won't change him

PGA Championship blog: Darren Clarke says Open victory won't change him, while Luke Donald and Lee Westwood address the Tiger Woods-Steve Williams drama.

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Woods debuts prototype Nike shoes

Tiger wore a new “natural motion” shoe at Bridgestone and, for the first time on Tour, played in plastic spikes.

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Ball-fitting isn't as easy as it looks

Choosing a golf ball may appear to be simple. It isn’t. The subject of ball fitting is so important to Titleist that the company has launched a major campaign to educate golfers.

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No. 35: UCF men, Kent State women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 35 on the board with the Central Florida men and Kent State women.

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Player of the Week: Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya Jutanugarn, of Bangkok, Thailand, shot 15-under 273 (69-68-66-70) at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., to win the Junior PGA Championship by 10 shots.

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Player of the Week: Cody Proveaux

Cody Proveaux, of Leesville, S.C., shot 6-under 282 (72-70-67-73) at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., to win the Junior PGA Championship by one shot.

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MacNeil (NR, 2012) commits to Detroit Mercy

Casey MacNeil of Massey, Ontario, has given a verbal commitment to play her college golf at the University of Detroit Mercy.

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DeGrate (NR, 2013) commits to Texas A&M

Austin DeGrate of Sugarland, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas A&M.

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Atlanta's 18th: A classic finishing hole for PGA

Atlanta Athletic Club features a finishing hole that 2002 PGA Championship champ Rich Beem summed up best: "This last hole, you're going to see some train wrecks here."

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Williams' victory dance draws mixed reaction

Tiger Woods' former caddie, Steve Williams, drew a mixed reaction from Tour players on the way he gloated over his new boss' first victory with him on the bag.

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Still acting like the old Tiger in a new world

Despite a recent lack of success, Tiger Woods is as dismissive as ever. Such bravado used to be accepted from Woods because he always backed it up. Not anymore.

Monday, August 8

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: 93rd PGA Championship

Jason Day has been a top 10 machine this season on Tour, and a couple of our fantasy panelists think that the Aussie will break through at the PGA Championship this week.

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Notebook: Ernst basking in her NCAA glory

U.S. Women's Amateur notebook: With new-found fame after winning medalist honors at the NCAAs, Austin Ernst is happy to be back in a competitive setting.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 1-7, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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PGA Tour Superstore to add 12th location

The PGA Tour Superstore Aug. 8 announced its latest expansion plan – an opening in Delray Beach, Fla., which is expected to become the chain’s 12th location.

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Merger to yield Myrtle Beach course juggernaut

Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management and Myrtle Beach National Co., the two largest course operators on the Grand Strand, have reached a merger agreement that will make them a dominant player in the Myrtle Beach area.

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Tiger's agent: Williams was not fired over phone

Tiger Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, denies that Steve Williams was fired over the phone, saying 'he (Williams) didn’t get fired face-to-face is ludicrous and tiring.'

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Play our Major Challenge and win prizes!

Will Adam Scott stay hot at the PGA Championship? Is it Lee Westwood's turn? Come and pick your team and play our final Major Challenge of the season to win great prizes, including a trip to the 2012 PGA Championship.

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Maginnes On Tap: For veterans, a decision awaits

For fortysomething veterans such as Omar Uresti and Jay Williamson, a career decision awaits.

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PGA: They don't call it Hot-Lanta for nothing

For those outside the ropes, there are fans atop the bleachers and misting stations to cool down. For the players, there are buckets filled with cold, bottled water at every hole. Better take advantage of it. They don't call it Hot-Lanta for nothing.

Sunday, August 7

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No. 36: Pepperdine men, Colorado women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 36 on the board with the Pepperdine men and Colorado women.

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Piercy wins Reno-Tahoe Open by 1 over Perez

Scott Piercy squandered a three-stroke lead, then dodged more trouble down the stretch before making a 7-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Reno-Tahoe Open by one stroke.

Killeen wins 2nd straight on Nationwide Tour

J.J. Killeen shot a 3-under 69 to win for the second straight week on the Nationwide Tour, two-putting from 90 feet on the final hole to avoid a five-way playoff at the Cox Classic on Sunday.

Video: Scott talks about his big Bridgestone win

Our partners at TourPlayers.com caught up with Adam Scott to talk about his dominating performance at the Bridgestone Invitational.

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5 Things: Don't forget about Scott's stellar win

Lost in the Steve Williams circus Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was an incredible performance by Adam Scott. 5 Things to take away from the week that was . . .

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Williams: 'This is the most satisfying win ever'

Steve Williams says that he was fired by phone, not in person. And despite 73 PGA Tour wins and 13 major victories with Tiger Woods, Williams says winning in Akron with Adam Scott was the best yet.

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Haas birdies final hole to win 3M Championship

Jay Haas birdied the final hole Sunday to win the 3M Championship by one shot over Tom Lehman, Kenny Perry and Peter Senior.

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Scott runs away with Bridgestone victory

Steve Williams is familiar with winning WGC titles, winning seven with Tiger Woods. He said that this week, with Adam Scott taming Firestone for a four-stroke win, was his greatest ever.

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Complete coverage: 93rd PGA Championship

From Jeff Rude's take on Dustin Johnson's ability to shake off disappointment to our review of Atlanta Athletic Club, check out our complete preview coverage of the 93rd PGA Championship.

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USGA names three more to Walker Cup team

Three more spots on the Walker Cup team were filled with the selection of Patrick Rodgers, Nathan Smith and Chris Williams.

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Rater's Notebook: Atlanta Athletic Club

From its first major to today, Atlanta Athletic Club has been fine-tuned for toughness. Bradley S. Klein

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Johnson remains positive despite major setbacks

Dustin Johnson, worry? Not even three Sunday setbacks in recent majors have rattled his durable psyche. Jeff Rude

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93rd PGA: A look at 20 top contenders

A capsule look at 20 players who could contend in the PGA Championship, to be played Aug. 11-14 at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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Another sloppy day leaves Woods in middle of pack

Tiger Woods finished his first tournament in four months with an even-par 70 at Firestone to finish in the middle of the pack at the Bridgestone Invitational.

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93rd PGA: Celebrating five anniversaries

A look back at key anniversary dates for the PGA Championship:

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93rd PGA: Hole-by-hole, with fly-overs

A hole-by-hole look at Atlanta Athletic Club, site of the 93rd PGA Championship to be played Aug. 11-14.

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2011 PGA Championship at a glance

Quick facts and figures for the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club:

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Daly still unpredictable 20 years after PGA win

John Daly was just happy to get into the field at the 1991 PGA Championship. The game of golf hasn't been the same since his improbable victory at Crooked Stick.

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93rd PGA: Woods has one last shot at '11 glory

Atlanta Athletic Club will present Tiger Woods with a shot at moving closer to the only record he cares about - Jack Nicklaus' 18 majors.

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No. 37: Indiana men, Northwestern women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 37 on the board with the Indiana men and Northwestern women.

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No. 38: Chattanooga men, Louisville women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 38 on the board with the Chattanooga men and Louisville women.

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Ishikawa could win, not play in FedEx Cup playoffs

Ryo Ishikawa might win the Bridgestone Invitational today, but you won't see him in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Saturday, August 6

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Huston, Senior tied for 3M Championship lead

Peter Senior shot a bogey-free 67 and John Huston birdied No. 18 for a 68 on Saturday that left them tied for the lead at 12 under after the second round of the 3M Championship.

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Tracy holds off Cantlay to win Western Am

Ethan Tracy held off the world's top-ranked amateur, Patrick Cantlay, to win the Western Amateur on Saturday at North Shore Country Club. Ron Balicki

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After front-nine 28, Piercy shoots 61 in Reno

Scott Piercy shot an 8-under-par 28 on the front nine at the Reno-Tahoe Open to jump to the top of the leaderboard as he makes the turn at Montreux Golf & Country Club.

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Scott leads Day, Ishikawa by one at Bridgestone

Adam Scott (12 under) made four birdies over his last seven holes Saturday to take a one-shot lead over fellow Aussie Jason Day and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa at the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Cantlay to take on Tracy in Western Am final

After a marathon week at the Western Amateur, Patrick Cantlay will look to add another title to his already impressive summer. But he'll have to get through Ethan Tracy first.

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Woods struggles on greens, shoots 2-over 72

Tiger Woods struggled with the putter once again on Saturday, turning in a 2-over 72 and falling well off the lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Friday, August 5

Lutz wins British Senior Amateur by one

Chip Lutz won the British Seniors Open Amateur at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland on Friday, holding off Arthur Pierse and Frank Ford III.

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Taylor leads Reno-Tahoe Open by one

Vaughn Taylor shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead midway through the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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Haas, Huston share lead at 3M Championship

Jay Haas aced the fourth hole and finished with four straight birdies en route to an 8-under 64 Friday to share the lead with John Huston after the first round of the 3M Championship.

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Cantlay squeaks past Uihlein in Western quarters

Patrick Cantlay's win over Peter Uihlein in the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur was exactly what you might expect: A down-to-the wire thriller. Ron Balicki

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Pairings: Rounds 1 and 2 at PGA Championship

Pairings and tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 of the PGA Championship, to be played Aug. 11-14 at the 7,467-yard, par-70 Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

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Jutanugarn, Proveaux earn Junior PGA titles

Newly minted U.S. Girls' Junior champ Ariya Jutanugarn trounced the girls' field at the Junior PGA Championship as Cody Proveaux earned a hard-fought victory – his first in a major stroke-play event.

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Woodland snags unlikely par on Firestone's 9th

Sometimes the biggest thrill in golf comes from an unlikely par. Gary Woodland knows all about that.

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At Firestone, Woods finally playing without pain

Tiger Woods might not be his old self yet, but at least he's playing without pain at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. It's the first time in a long time, writes Jeff Rude.

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Cantlay, Uihlein meet in Western Am quarters

Peter Uihlein (pictured) and Patrick Cantlay, the top two amateurs in the world, will square off Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur. Ron Balicki

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Fowler (64) among four-way tie at Bridgestone

Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler are part of the crowd atop the leaderboard at the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Weather forces change in Bridgestone schedule

Working hard to go low for two rounds at the Bridgestone Invitational won’t bring the usual Saturday prize of a late tee time.

Bradley named head coach at Mercer

Steve Bradley has been named head men’s coach at Mercer University.

In this issue: Aug. 5, 2011

Inside the Aug. 5, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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No. 39: TCU men, Minnesota women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 39 on the board with the TCU men and Minnesota women.

Thursday, August 4

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O'Hern shoots 65, takes early Reno-Tahoe lead

Australian Nick O’Hern shot a bogey-free 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Riley in the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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With another 66, Williams claims Western medalist

After four straight 66s in competition, Chris Williams shot 71 in Round 3 of the Western Amateur. No worries, however: He was back in shape with another 66 in the afternoon to claim medalist honors.

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Notes: All eyes on Woods in Thursday's opener

Right? Wrong? It doesn't matter. All the focus was on Tiger Woods in Thursday's opening round.

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5 Things: Jutanugarn breaking records at Jr. PGA

Ariya Jutanugarn turned the Junior PGA Championship into a runaway Thursday, extending her lead to 10 shots and breaking records along the way. Five Things

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Despite yardage issues, Tiger shows big progress

It wasn't just a new caddie and new shoes that Tiger Woods brought to the first tee Thursday. He also had newfound distance. Jeff Rude breaks down Tiger's first round back.

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MSU's Powers, Solberg team up for Hooters win

Caroline Powers (pictured) and Lindsey Solberg teamed up to win the Hooters Team Championship Thursday at Achasta Golf Club. The 54-hole event featured alternate shot, best ball and team stroke play formats.

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Woods opens with 68 in Akron; Scott (62) leads

Tiger Woods returned to PGA Tour action Thursday, opening with 68 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Meanwhile, Adam Scott shot 62 to take the early lead over Jason Day.

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Bettencourt (rib) WDs from Reno-Tahoe

Defending champion Matt Bettencourt has withdrawn from the Reno-Tahoe Open because of a rib injury.

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Tiger's return: Hole-by-hole updates

Tiger Woods is making his return to PGA Tour golf this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Follow Golfweek's shot-by-shot updates of his round.

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The Greenbrier's status is on the rise

Sure, most of the players at this year’s Greenbrier Classic were there out of necessity. But the host resort’s reputation attracted enough marquee names to show that this stop is one of the Tour’s rising stars.

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Golf fashion: Could this be the Year of the Shoe?

Each year, it seems a new fad takes over the golf course. Could this be the Year of the Shoe?

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Scott to skip Singapore, will play Aussie Open

Adam Scott will opt out of defending his Singapore Open title to return home and join a star-studded field at November’s Australian Open.

Wednesday, August 3

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Chick-fil-A Bowl: From the gridiron to the green

Nick Saban (pictured) and Steve Spurrier, two of the most recognizable coaches in college football, faced off in a different setting recently, and it wasn't nearly as comfortable. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Williams jumps out to 3-stroke lead at Western Am

Chris Williams took control at the Western Amateur on Wednesday, firing a second-round 66 - his fourth consecutive 66 spanning two events - to take a three-shot lead over Jordan Spieth.

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2011 PGA Championship: The odds

Here are the early odds for the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

2011 PGA Championship: The players

The field for the 93rd PGA Championship, to be played Aug. 11-14 at Atlanta Athletic Club. Players listed only in the first category for which they qualify. Two spots are reserved in case the winners of the Bridgestone Invitational and Reno-Tahoe Open are not already eligible.

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No. 40: East Carolina men, Washington women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 40 on the board with the East Carolina men and Washington women.

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Scheffler & Co. shine in class of 2014

Scottie Scheffler (pictured), Connor Black and Will Zalatoris have a stranglehold on the top of the 2014 rankings, but Ryan Lavner says they have bigger goals.

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Hate to be Rude: Westwood has game flowing again

Lee Westwood, who never had much time for sports psychologists, enlists two of the game’s premier coaches. On the eve of the WGC-Bridgestone, Westwood has things ‘flowing’ again.

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Howard, 17, optimistic about budding pro career

Not long ago, the junior golf circuit was all 17-year-old Ginger Howard knew.

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Rounds played show June uptick but remain down for '11

A slight increase in rounds played in June provided a rare uptick in participation trends, which still show a decline for the year.

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McIlroy leans toward PGA Tour membership for ’12

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy announced Wednesday that he is “leaning toward” taking his PGA Tour card again in 2012.

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After stellar summer, Williams eyes Walker Cup

It's been quite a summer for Chris Williams. After winning two major amateur events and qualifying for the U.S. Open, the Washington junior is now focusing his sights on the Walker Cup.

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The golf czar speaks: Forget Tiger; enjoy the game

It's time to forget what Tiger Woods is or isn't doing and enjoy what the game of golf can offer you.

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No. 41: North Texas men, Coastal Carolina women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 41 on the board with the North Texas men and Coastal Carolina women.

Tuesday, August 2

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Spieth, Williams take early Western Am lead

Walker Cup hopefuls Jordan Spieth, above, and Chris Williams got off to fast starts at the Western Amateur, taking the early lead with a pair of 66s.

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Jr. PGA: Danielson showing off new confidence

New-found confidence leads Casey Danielson to an early one-shot lead over Mariah Stackhouse and Ariya Jutanugarn at the Junior PGA.

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TaylorMade R11 irons to go on sale Sept. 1

TaylorMade’s new R11 irons go on sale Sept. 1 in the wake of the strong consumer interest that has surrounded R11 drivers, fairway woods and hybrids (Rescues).

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College coaches welcome Hall back at Jr. PGA

Gavin Hall returned to junior golf Tuesday after a lingering wrist injury kept him sidelined. Even with the layoff, there were coaches lined up waiting to see the 16-year-old talent. Ryan Lavner

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Clarke's elevated celebrity gets ticket thrown out

Darren Clarke has his elevated celebrity to thank for the outcome of a recent traffic stop.

Zedrick named head coach at Miami University

Miami (Ohio) University has hired former Wichita State assistant coach Zac Zedrick as its men’s head coach, athletic director Brad Bates announced Monday. Zedrick begins his duties immediately and replaces Casey Lubahn, who left Oxford to become head coach at Michigan State.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Bridgestone Invitational

Yes, Tiger has returned. But none of our fantasy experts are picking him this week. Dustin Johnson, on the other hand, is getting some love.

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Toy Box Notes: Browne rolls behind putter tweak

Olin Browne made several crucial putts in the final round of the U.S. Senior Open, including a 12-footer to save par on the 17th hole and a 30-footer for birdie on the 18th hole.

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Sanchez (No. 142, 2012) commits to Marquette

Patrick Sanchez has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Marquette. Sanchez, who is from Mazatlan, Mexico, is one of the top junior players in Mexico and ranked No. 142 overall in the 2012 class.

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Titsworth (No. 20, 2012) commits to Oklahoma

Beau Titsworth has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma.

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Roachell, Talbert named Jr. Solheim captain's picks

Summar Roachell and McKenzie Talbert were selected as Meg Mallon’s two captain’s picks for the U.S. Ping Junior Solheim Cup team Tuesday.

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No. 42: Baylor men, Ole Miss women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 42 on the board with the Baylor men and Ole Miss women.

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Rude: All has changed for Tiger except his goal

Tiger Woods, appearing healthy and fit at a Firestone course where he has won seven times, returns amid a season of change. Jeff Rude says what happens next is up to his putter.

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GW Senior Tour Championship 2011

Doral hosts 54-hole event for Seniors & Super Seniors.

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'12 PGA Championship to admit military for free

Military personnel will be able to attend the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island even if the event is sold out as expected.

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Klein: Focus on caddies is unparalleled

We are used to Tiger Woods in the spotlight. Even Rory McIlroy. But the current focus on caddies is unparalleled.

Monday, August 1

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Maginnes on Tap: A sign of the times

XM Radio's John Maginnes begins his new blog with Golfweek with an interesting take on Rory McIlroy and his refreshing says-what-is-on-his-mind approach.

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Scott Stallings blog: Pumped about first win

Welcome to a new feature on Golfweek.com, where we've worked with our new partners at bnet.com to bring you snippets of Scott Stallings' blog on its network. Stallings' star power boomed with his victory on Sunday.

Seeking growth, China LPGA Tour taps Octagon

In another sign of golf’s growth in China, the China LPGA Tour announced it has teamed with sports marketing agency Octagon to develop corporate partnerships.

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Player of the Week: Jessica Hoang

Jessica Hoang, of North Augusta, S.C., shot 3-over 219 (73-73-73) at Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., to win the AJGA’s E-Z-Go Vaughn Taylor Championship by three shots.

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Player of the Week: Austin Padova

Austin Padova, of Hudson, Fla., shot 3-under 213 (69-71-73) at Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., to win the AJGA’s E-Z-Go Vaughn Taylor Championship by four shots.

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Western Am tee times: Rounds 1 and 2

Take a look at the tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Western Amateur Championship, played this week at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.

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Tee Times: Round 1 of Junior PGA

Tee Times for the Junior PGA Championship in Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Winner’s Circle: July 25-31, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Wyndham extends Tour sponsorship through ‘16

Wyndham Worldwide announced it has extended its title sponsorship of the Wyndham Championship through 2016.

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Yang defeats Stewart in Women's Trans final

Julie Yang, of Mesa, Ariz., won the Women’s Trans National Amateur on July 31, beating Alex Stewart, of Carson City, Nev., in 35 holes at The Powder Horn in Sheridan, Wyo.

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Notes: 'Birdies for Bradley' unifies Wyndham

At age 17, Bradley Johnson was killed in a car accident, but his memory lived on this week at the Wyndham Cup, where his brother, Michael (pictured) helped launch a new charity in his honor.

Spalding named San Diego State head coach

Leslie Spalding has been named the head golf coach at San Diego State. She replaces former head coach Emilee Klein, who announced her resignation earlier this spring to pursue a career in the insurance industry.

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Pancake named Munson award winner by NGCA

Brooke Pancake, a senior at Alabama, has been awarded the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award by the National Golf Coaches Association.

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Walker Cup Watch: Big wins for Rodgers, Williams

The USGA has named the first four players to the U.S. Walker Cup team, but big wins by Patrick Rodgers and Chris Williams may have been the stories of the week. Walker Cup Watch List

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No. 43: Va. Tech men, Denver women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams. Today, it's No. 43 on the board with the Virginia Tech men and Denver women.

European Tour drops Bahrain tournament for 2012

The European Tour says the Volvo Golf Champions will not take place at Bahrain's Royal Golf Club but that the tour's return to the Gulf kingdom has been "delayed" rather than canceled following political unrest there.

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Woods to play in Australian Open

Tiger Woods will play the Australian Open in November one week before the Presidents Cup, his first appearance in Sydney since his first year as a pro.

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