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Friday, August 31

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Notes: Noh takes first PGA Tour lead

Sean Foley's students had a nice day on Friday, with Tiger Woods first posting a 7-under 64, only to be outdone by Korean Seung-Yul Noh's 9-under 62.

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Overton taking advantage of 'second season'

Jeff Overton has experienced an exasperating 2012 season, but a 7-under 64 behind better putting on Friday might be just what he needed for the FedEx Cup race.

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Woods' 64 shows what he can still do

Tiger Woods once was unbeatable. But in recent years, he has become mortal but still shows flashes of brilliance that separate him from everyone. Friday was one of those days.

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Liu, Shelton lead by stroke at Junior Players

Jim Liu and Robby Shelton both remained hot by taking the early Junior Players Championship lead at TPC Sawgrass.

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France's Quesne shoots 65 to lead European Masters

Julien Quesne of France shot a 6-under 65 Friday for a one-stroke lead in the fog-shortened second round of the European Masters.

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Ghim takes unique path to success

Doug Ghim picked up his first club at 5 but didn't play in a tournament until 12. He definitely has made up for lost time as a top-10 junior golfer.

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How it happened: Tiger fires 7-under 64

Tiger Woods fired a 7-under 64 - including six consecutive birdies - to end the round tied for the early lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship. See how it happened.

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FedEx Cup: 2nd-round tee times at Deutsche Bank

A look at the tee times for Saturday's second round at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of four FedEx Cup playoff events.

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Titleist introduces 913 hybrid, fairway wood

Titleist's new 913 driver has made an early appearance on Tour with the likes of Rory McIlroy, and now you will see more of the 913 fairway and hybrid line as well.

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Live scores: Round 4 at Deutsche Bank

Follow the Round 4 leaderboard from the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Men's preview: No. 14 North Florida

UNF is coming off a solid season and will attempt to ride senior Sean Dale back to the NCAA Championship.

Thursday, August 30

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Tom Watson to play Australian Open

Tom Watson will play in the Australian Open for the first time in nearly 30 years.

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Cheyenne Woods notches first pro victory

Cheyenne Woods captured her first victory as a professional, firing a 1-under 69 Thursday to cruise to a four-shot victory in a Suncoast Ladies Series event.

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TPC Boston gives 18th green a makeover

Webb Simpson won the Deutsche Bank Championship with his work on the 18th green in 2011. He barely even recognized the green when practicing on it on Thursday.

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Augusta St. name change meets ire

Two-time national champion Augusta State may soon be known as Georgia Regents University, and it has caused an uproar in the community.

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Women's preview: No. 14 Florida

New coach Emily Bastel and sophomore Camila Hedberg will lead a Gator team that is capable of contending at many events.

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Bourdy's 63 leads Euro Masters; Zhang fires 72

Gregory Bourdy of France shot an 8-under 63 to lead by two strokes after the rain-swept European Masters first round on Thursday, while U.S. teen Andy Zhang fires a 72.

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Secret is out about Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island gains a reputation for its golf, cuisine, scenery and, um . . . moonshine

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Inbee Park finds her comfort zone on LPGA

Inbee Park is enjoying her best season to date after getting engaged to her longtime boyfriend two summers ago.

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Women's preview: No. 15 Stanford

Senior Sally Watson and new coach Anne Walker will lead the Cardinal as they look to make a repeat visit to the NCAAs.

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Men's preview: No. 15 UNLV

Honorable mention All-American Kevin Penner will lead the Runnin' Rebels into a season with high expectations despite the loss of Derek Ernst.

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Sota, uncle of golf great Ballesteros, dies at 74

The Spanish golf federation says Ramon Sota, the uncle of Seve Ballesteros and inspirational player of the 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 74.

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Klein: Caddieing for the pros (again)

A dozen PGA and LPGA touring pros - including Tiger Woods, Lexi Thompson and Rickie Fowler - played in the Notah Begay III Foundation fundraiser Wednesday with our Bradley S. Klein looping for Yani Tseng.

Wednesday, August 29

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Goosen undergoes back surgery

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen has undergone back surgery to alleviate pain that has hampered him this season.

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First-round tee times at Deutsche Bank

A look at the tee times for Friday's first round at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of four FedEx Cup playoff events.

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Men's preview: No. 16 Florida St.

Chase Seiffert and Daniel Berger will be looked to take the reins left behind by Brooks Koepka and Wesley Graham.

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Women's preview: No. 16 Georgia

Senior Emilie Burger and newcomers such as Manuela Carbajo Re will try to fill the departed Marta Silva Zamora's big shoes.

Tuesday, August 28

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Two teams added to the Tavistock Cup

Two teams have been added to the 2013 Tavistock Cup, increasing the field to six teams. Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla., and Primland in Meadows of Dan, Va., are the latest additions.

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Klein: Hole-by-hole at TPC Boston

No course on the PGA Tour during the past decade has transformed itself more convincingly than TPC Boston.

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Solheim Cup: Sorenstam named an asst. captain

Annika Sorenstam named one of two assistant captains for 2013 European Solheim Cup team.

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Els goes more upright with putter

Toy Box notes: Ernie Els goes more upright with his putter, while Luke Donald puts Mizuno's new irons in play.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Deutsche Bank

The field at the Deutsche Bank Championship is chock full of stars, but our panel thinks it will come down to Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker.

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Notes: Hall looks to defend Players title

Junior boys notebook: Defending Junior Players champ Gavin Hall has dealt with multiple wrist surgeries over the past two years.

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Women's preview: No. 17 Oklahoma St.

Senior Kelsey Vines will lead the Cowboys a year after advancing to the NCAA Championships as an individual.

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Men's preview: No. 17 Georgia

A pair of Mitchells - T.J. and Keith - will lead a younger Georgia squad with high expectations.

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Notes: Aubert looking for elusive victory

Junior girls notebook: Shannon Aubert needs one thing to polish off an impressive junior golf resume - a victory, and she'll look for it at the AJGA Girls Championship.

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Harrington 'can't argue' with Ryder Cup picks

Notebook: Padraig Harrington wanted to make the Ryder Cup, but handled his fate with class, even talking up the struggling Martin Kaymer.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

This week in the world of golf . . .

Monday, August 27

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Bradley will play in Grand Slam of Golf

Keegan Bradley accepts invitation to play in PGA of America's Grand Slam of Golf after Rory McIlroy withdrew because of a schedule conflict.

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Casey Martin to play Web.com event

Casey Martin has accepted a sponsor exemption to compete in the Web.com Tour's Albertsons Boise Open on Sept. 13-16

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Winner's Circle: Aug. 20-26, 2012

Winner's Circle: Aug. 20-26, 2012

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Coalition puts dent in Chinese counterfeiting

A coalition of U.S. equipment makers battling illegal goods scored a victory when a Chinese court sentenced a counterfeiter to a four-year prison term.

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PGA of America, eBay launch online retail venture

The PGA of America unveiled The Pro Shops, an e-commerce venture with eBay offering consumers the opportunity to buy new and used golf equipment.

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Women's preview: No. 18 Texas A&M

The Aggies' roster has the necessary pieces for success, from a No. 1 player (Katerina Ruzickova) who can go low to a pair of back-up scorers to solid Nos. 4 and 5 players.

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Men's preview: No. 18 New Mexico

Senior John Catlin will try to lead the Lobos to a NCAA Championship berth after missing out by one stroke in 2011-12.

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Ryder Cup: Colsaerts leaves playboy ways behind

"European Ryder Cup player" is a better tag than "party animal." And now Nicolas Colsaerts can say he has worn both labels.

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Euros stay on script with Poulter, Colsaerts

England's Ian Poulter and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts were widely tipped to get Jose Maria Olazabal’s two Ryder Cup picks. Guess what? The European captain duly obliged.

Sunday, August 26

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Watney leans on caddie to win Barclays

Nick Watney turned a two-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a three-shot lead in four holes and captured the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup.

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Jay Don Blake wins Boeing Classic in playoff

Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic on Sunday for his third Champions Tour title, beating Mark O'Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

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Notes: Oddsmakers like Poulter for Ryder Cup

Notebook: Ian Poulter a firm favorite to be named to the European Ryder Cup squad on Monday, while longshot Padraig Harrington will still tune in to announcement.

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Baldry: Ko, 15, delivers a knockout blow

Our Beth Ann Baldry says Lydia Ko's new nickname should be “Knockout.” As in, Ladies of the LPGA, you’ve just been KO’d.

Darron Stiles wins Web.com Tour event

Darron Stiles won the News Sentinel Open on Sunday for his fifth career Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory.

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Projected FedEx Cup standings after Barclays

A look at the projected FedEx Cup standings after Nick Watney won the Barclays on Sunday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

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Ko, 15, youngest LPGA champion in history

Lydia Ko, 15, became the youngest champion in LPGA history, with the top-ranked amateur running away from the field in Canada.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 76 at Barclays

A day after three-putts cost him dearly, it was a bit of everything that sent Tiger Woods to a 5-over 76 on Sunday at the Barclays. See how it happened.

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Ryder Cup questions remain after Johnnie Walker

Paul Lawrie won the Johnnie Walker, but a big question remains: Whom will Jose Maria Olazabal pick as his Ryder Cup wild cards? Nicolas Colsaerts? A surprise?

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Men's preview: No. 19 Central Florida

UCF, which advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2009, will look toward Ricardo Gouveia to keep that momentum.

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Women's preview: No. 19 Pepperdine

The Waves will take their lead from junior Grace Na, a bubbly, explosive player who has the ability to go absurdly low.

Saturday, August 25

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Notes: Bethpage greens 'pretty extreme'

There are firm and fast greens, and then there were the ones Saturday at Bethpage Black – greens that gave everyone, even leader Sergio Garcia, fits.

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Lydia Ko, 15, still leading in Canada

Lydia Ko took a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Canadian Women's Open in her bid to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, shooting an even-par 72.

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FedEx Playoffs: Final-round tee times at Barclays

A look at the tee times and pairings for the final round at the Barclays Championship at Bethpage Black, the first of four FedEx Cup Playoffs events.

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Harman working off different script

Brian Harman has had a solid rookie season on paper, and despite going low again Saturday at The Barclays, the lefty is staying patient.

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Fox's win 'big deal' for Chattanooga

Chattanooga held Steven Fox Celebration Day on Aug. 23. Yes, the senior's U.S. Amateur victory was that big of a deal for the mid-major program.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods shoots 1-under 72

It wasn't the back that gave Tiger Woods trouble on Saturday. Instead, it was the greens, as Woods three-putted four times en route to a 1-over 72.

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Ryder Cup wait 'exhausting' for Colsaerts

Nicolas Colsaerts is being touted as a possible wild-card pick for the European Ryder Cup team. The wait hasn't been easy for the Belgian, who is in contention at the Johnnie Walker.

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Men's preview: No. 20 TCU

TCU will look for sophomore Julien Brun to build off his stellar freshman season as it competes in its first season as a member of the Big 12 conference.

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Women's preview: No. 20 Arkansas

The Razorbacks look to have one of the most talented groups of newcomers in the country.

Friday, August 24

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Carter (No. 193, 2013) commits to Iowa State

Jack Carter of New Albany, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Iowa State.

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Ko, 15, has share of LPGA lead in Canada

U.S. Women's Amateur champ Lydia Ko, 15, has a share of the lead at the LPGA's Canadian Women's Open.

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Sergio Garcia to skip next playoff event

Sergio Garcia, who holds a share of the lead at The Barclays after a 3-under 68, said Friday that he'll skip the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Back pain flares up for Tiger at Barclays

A bad night's sleep left him with pain in his lower back on Friday, but Tiger Woods still managed a 2-under 69 to remain in contention at The Barclays.

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FedEx Playoffs: Third-round tee times at Barclays

A look at the tee times and pairings for the third round at the Barclays Championship at Bethpage Black, the first of four FedEx Cup Playoffs events.

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How it happened: Woods fires 69, McIlroy slips

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy went different directions Friday. Woods moved up despite fighting a lower back injury while McIlroy dropped back.

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Couples withdraws from Boeing Classic

Fred Couples withdrew from the Champion's Tour Boeing Classic on Friday because of back problems on the first hole.

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Foster, Finch share lead at Johnnie Walker

Mark Foster and Richard Finch of England share a one-shot lead at the midway point of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

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Notes: No Ryder moments as Mahan, Love scatter

Ryder Cup hopeful Hunter Mahan and United States captain Davis Love didn't stick around long after missing the cut at the Barclays on Friday. Notes.

Temple selected to lead UC Davis women

Anna Temple has been named the head women's golf coach at UC Davis, the school announced Thursday.

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Men's preview: No. 21 Duke

Senior Julian Suri will look to help the Blue Devils make more noise at the NCAA Championship.

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O'Hair ends drama with return to IMG Golf

Sean O'Hair, 30, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, will return to IMG Golf three months after leaving the Cleveland-based management agency to explore options.

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Women's preview: No. 21 Oregon

There will be no radical changes for Oregon this season, as the Ducks return a roster that looks very similar to last season’s squad.

Thursday, August 23

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Champ will make team golf debut at Jr. Ryder Cup

Cameron Champ has been missing out on an entire aspect of the game – until now.

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Yani Tseng leads Canadian Women's Open

Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Canadian Women's Open.

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Trump's Scotland course among best

It might not live up to the hype as ‘the world’s greatest golf course,’ but Trump International ranks with Scotland’s best modern links.

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Colsaerts 2 off pace to press Ryder Cup case

Nicolas Colsaerts shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday in the Johnnie Walker Championship, leaving the Ryder Cup hopeful two shots behind the first-round leaders.

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Harrington leads an early assault on Bethpage

PGA Tour players who had the morning draw in the opening FedEx Cup playoff tournament made that infamous sign at Bethpage Black totally unnecessary.

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Rater’s notebook: Trump International GL Scotland

Trump International Golf Links Scotland is in the mix with Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart for stellar modern British efforts.

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Tracker: Woods fires 68, McIlroy a 69

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the same group, in the playoff opener at one of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour. Could it get any better? Follow live!

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Ringsby holds rare mix of golf talent, determination

Calli Ringsby has a rare combination of golfing ability and the desire to better her community. It made her a key choice for last week's USA-China Youth Golf Match.

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FedEx Playoffs: Second-round tee times at Barclays

A look at the tee times and pairings for the second round at the Barclays Championship at Bethpage Black, the first of four FedEx Cup Playoffs events.

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Fox, Thomas, Williams named to World Am team

The U.S. Golf Association has named Steven Fox, Justin Thomas and Chris Williams to the three-man team that will represent the United States at the World Amateur Team Championship.

Hope4Heroes launches free golf tour

Hope4Heroes began in 2009 to help support combat veterans and their families. In September, the organization will launch a golf tour that includes free golf tournaments and rounds across the country.

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Men's preview: No. 22 Oklahoma

Oklahoma finished 11th at the NCAA Championship last season, and with nearly everyone back, look for the Sooners to contend once again.

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Women's preview: No. 22 South Carolina

South Carolina will deal with a couple of defections with a solid freshman class to go along with a handful of veterans.

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Connecticut runs away with New England Jr. title

Connecticut’s seven-man junior squad demolished the competition at the New England Junior on Aug. 16 at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass.

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Ferreira adds PNGA Girls' Junior title to resume

The Pacific Northwest has produced more than its share of elite golfers through the years. Jordan Ferreira, 17, might be the next in line.

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Tour veteran Gump named Notre Dame assistant

Scott Gump, who played 18 years on the PGA Tour and what is now known as the Web.com Tour, was named assistant men's golf coach at Notre Dame.

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5 Things: Recapping the U.S. Amateur

5 Things: To think about how drastically Steven Fox's life changed in a matter of minutes at the U.S. Amateur is overwhelming and inspirational.

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Live scores: Round 4 at the Barclays

Follow the Round 4 leaderboard from the Barclays.

Wednesday, August 22

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Hate to be Rude: Woods no lock for POY

Tiger Woods leads the PGA Tour in victories (three), scoring average (68.91) and FedEx Cup points, but he’s hardly a lock for Player of the Year entering the playoffs.

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Woods vs. McIlroy takes center stage at Barclays

It doesn’t seem that long ago when Tiger Woods was the top seed going into the playoffs. Now the focus returns to him.

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Ping's Anser line is 'super premium'

Ping's adjustable driver is a bet on golfers understanding the benefits of a personalized driver, with the whole line hitting stores in late August.

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Ryder Cup selections overshadow Johnnie Walker

Ian Poulter is a lock to make the European Ryder Cup team, but there are a pair of names that are vying for the second wild-card spot.

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LPGA icon Suggs applauds Augusta's move

LPGA Founder Louise Suggs, 88, says she was a 'good startled' when she heard that Augusta National had admitted two female members.

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Web.com notes: Henley coming on strong

Web.com Tour notebook: Russell Henley is making a late-season push for a PGA Tour card with a flurry of solid finishes.

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Notes: Euros show passion for playoffs

While the European Tour hosts the Johnnie Walker, its stars have stayed in the U.S. to play The Barclays.

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Men's preview: No. 23 Oregon

After a season during which the Ducks had six victories, Oregon returns a team laden in freshmen and sophomores.

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Women's preview: No. 23 LSU

With former NCAA champ Austin Ernst gone suddenly, Madelene Sagstrom will try to keep LSU in the SEC race.

Tuesday, August 21

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Notes: Slocum hopeful of history repeating itself

Heath Slocum makes it into FedEx Cup playoffs despite shaky back-nine on Monday at the Wyndham Championship.

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Augusta didn't solve women's participation problem

Our James Achenbach says that Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore don't fix the larger problem at hand.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Barclays

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will take center stage at the Barclays this week, and our panel is liking where McIlroy's game is heading into the playoffs.

Newton to take Colorado State reigns

Christian Newton has been named head men’s coach at Colorado State. Newton, a 10-year coaching veteran, has been an assistant at Georgia Tech since 2007 and was promoted to associate head coach for the Yellow Jackets in 2011.

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Barclays: Bethpage Black, hole-by-hole

If players at this week's Barclays miss fairways at Bethpage Black, scores will soar in a New York minute.

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In this issue: Aug. 24, 2012

Inside the Aug. 24, 2012 issue of Golfweek

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Fox wins U.S. Am with a mixed bag

U.S. Amateur champ uses a mixed bag while Sergio Garcia uses a heavier driver shaft in Wyndham victory.

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FedEx Playoffs: First-round tee times at Barclays

A look at the first-round tee times at Barclays, including Tiger and Rory at the first of four FedEx Cup Playoffs events.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 13-19, 2012

Winner’s Circle: Aug. 13-19, 2012

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Tait: British clubs not likely to follow Augusta

Augusta National took a major step forward in admitting two female members, but Alistair Tait doesn't expect British Clubs to follow suit.

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Men's preview: No. 24 Chattanooga

U.S. Amateur champ Steven Fox will lead a Chattanooga squad looking to build on last year's success.

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Women's preview: No. 24 California

Coach Nancy McDaniel will try and help Golden Bears maintain the momentum they built last season.

Monday, August 20

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Augusta admits first female members

Augusta National Golf Club announced it is admitting its first two women members: Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore.

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World of golf reacts to Augusta National news

The world of golf - including Annika Sorenstam - reacts to Augusta National admitting two female members.

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On-course equipment sales top '11 pace

Spurred by increased play, equipment sales at on-course shops through the first half of 2012 trended well ahead of last year's pace.

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5 Things: Garcia wins Wyndham Championship

Sergio Garcia polished off an impressive Wyndham Championship with a final-round, 4-under 66 to win his first PGA Tour title since 2008.

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Monzingo (No. 77, 2013) commits to Texas State

Maty Monzingo has given a verbal commitment to play for Texas State in the fall of 2013. Monzingo is a senior at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas.

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Garcia claims win at rainy Wyndham

Sergio Garcia wins Wyndham Championship for first PGA Tour win since 2008 Players Championship.

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Men's preview: No. 25 Illinois

Coming off a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship and a fourth consecutive Big Ten title, Illinois is poised to continue both streaks this season.

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Women's preview: No. 25 Texas

Nicole Vandermade was a big loss for the Longhorns, but there is plenty of experience left on the Texas roster.

Sunday, August 19

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Mika Miyazato wins first LPGA title

Japan's Mika Miyazato won the Safeway Classic on Sunday for her first victory on the LPGA Tour, finishing with a 2-under 70.

Shawn Stefani wins Web.com's Midwest Classic

Shawn Stefani won the Midwest Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 for a two-stroke victory.

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Fox storms back to win U.S. Amateur

Steven Fox erased a 2-down deficit with two holes to play and then birdied the first hole of a playoff to win the U.S. Amateur.

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Complete coverage: 2012 U.S. Amateur

Check out our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club.

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Willie Wood wins Champions Tour event

Willie Wood won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, beating Michael Allen with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

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Wyndham will finish on Monday

Sergio Garcia leads the Wyndham Championship by one shot before play was suspended in N.C.

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Rain forces delay at Wyndham with Garcia leading

Sergio Garcia had the lead at 15 under through four holes Sunday when the final round in the Wyndham Championship was suspended for the day because of heavy rain.

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NeSmith: Wyndham a learning session

The top amateurs in the world converged in Denver last week for the U.S. Amateur. Top-ranked junior Matt NeSmith, meanwhile, made his first Tour start.

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Joe Cheves Junior a tribute to legendary golf family

The Joe Cheves Junior Invitational, one of the premier junior golf events in the Southeast, looked a little different this year without tournament director Carter Cheves.

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Holt (NR, 2014) commits to Kent State

Ian Holt has given a verbal commitment to play for Kent State in the fall of 2014. Holt, a junior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School in Stow, Ohio, didn’t visit any other schools – he always knew he wanted to attend Kent State.

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Fitzpatrick cruises to British Boys Amateur win

Matthew Fitzpatrick romped to a 10-and-8 victory over Henry James at the British Boys Amateur at Notts Golf Club.

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Women's preview: No. 26 Ohio State

Ohio State will have continuity in its old guard this season. Behind a solid senior trio, however, someone needs to step up.

Saturday, August 18

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Men's preview: No. 26 Clemson

The loss of Corbin Mills will leave a void, but the return of Crawford Reeves and Billy Kennerly should keep Clemson in the picture.

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Mika Miyazato takes solo Safeway lead

Japan’s Mika Miyazato shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour’s Safeway Classic.

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Huston leads by one at Dick's Sporting Goods Open

Through two rounds at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, John Huston is playing a lot like he did last year when he won his lone Champions Tour title.

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Garcia in good form as Ryder selections approach

Sergio Garcia served further notice Saturday that he dearly wants to be on the European Ryder Cup team. He did so the proper way, with his clubs.

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Garcia takes third-round Wyndham lead

Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead at 14-under 196 after three rounds at the Wyndham Championship.

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Weaver defeats Thomas for spot in U.S. Am final

Immediately after defeating Justin Thomas to reach the final at the U.S. Amateur, Michael Weaver broke down in tears of joy.

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Tseng looks like World No. 1 again

During the second round of the Safeway Classic, Yani Tseng broke 70 for the first time in more than two months.

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Fox, Weaver to meet in U.S. Am final

Michael Weaver and Steven Fox entered the U.S. Amateur as long shots, but now they're in the final. That's the beauty of this championship.

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U.S. Am: Fox uses late rally to beat Hagy

Steven Fox’s clutch play down the stretch ended the possibility of an all-Cal final at the U.S. Amateur.

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Hull, 16, focuses on pro career, LET card

Curtis Cup star Charley Hull plans to turn professional at the end of this year. The 16-year-old will try for her Ladies European Tour card in December, and hopes to play the Euro circuit in 2013.

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Dufner will skip Barclays to rest for playoffs

Now that he has qualified for the Ryder Cup team, Jason Dufner will skip The Barclays to rest for the season-ending playoff events.

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Women's preview: No. 27 Texas Tech

Seniors Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez provide a solid core for Texas Tech.

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Men's preview: No. 27 Oklahoma State

The Cowboys' 65-year streak of consecutive NCAA Championship appearances ended last season, but it could be good motivation.

Friday, August 17

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Mika Miyazato, Michaels share Safeway lead

Mika Miyazato and Sydnee Michaels shot 7-under 65s on Friday in 100-degree heat to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Safeway Classic.

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Walker leads Wyndham after 2nd-round 62

Jimmy Walker shot an 8-under 62 on Friday to top the leaderboard at 12 under in the Wyndham Championship.

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Langer leads after rain-shortened round in En-Joie

Bernhard Langer topped the leaderboard at 7 under when first-round play in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open was suspended because of rain Friday.

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Lincicome sits two shots off Safeway Classic lead

Brittany Lincicome loves three-day tournaments and started with a 5-under 67 to sit two shots off the Safeway Classic lead on Friday.

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As top amateur, Williams wins McCormack medal

Chris Williams may have lost in Friday’s U.S. Amateur quarterfinals, but he still received some good news: He clinched the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal.

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U.S. Am: Fox defeats World No. 1 Williams

Looking for an underdog to follow at the U.S. Amateur? Meet Steven Fox, who defeated World No. 1 amateur Chris Williams to reach the semifinals.

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Walker leads the way at Wyndham

Jimmy Walker fired a 62 on Friday at the Wyndham Championship to leap into the lead as the second round moved into the afternoon wave.

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Cal teammates Weaver, Hagy into U.S. Am semis

Cal teammates Michael Weaver and Brandon Hagy are into the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur. They could meet in the final.

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Thomas rallies to advance at U.S. Am

Justin Thomas has struggled to get off to a good start at the U.S. Amateur, but he continues to finish in style, advancing with a 2-up victory.

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Ping Anser forged irons

The performance objective for the Anser forged iron is to raise the trajectory of the long irons and lower the trajectory of the short irons.

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Cow Pasture Classic celebrates Hogan

The Cow Pasture Golf Classic features men and women simply sidestepping cow patties to enjoy this tournament in Ben Hogan's hometown.

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Nebraska's Dismal River shows a softer side

The next stop in 'dude ranch' revival: A much-anticipated Tom Doak design at Dismal River Club in Nebraska.

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Celebrating links golf, vast dunesland in Nebraska

A celebration of links golf, vast dunesland and sublime silence just outside Omaha, Neb.

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Women's preview: No. 28 Baylor

Baylor's new squad is young but full of enough international talent to repeat last season's success.

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Men's preview: No. 28 SMU

In Josh Gregory’s first season in Dallas, the Mustangs might have overachieved. Now this team wants more.

Thursday, August 16

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Aussie Goss youngest still standing at U.S. Amateur

Australian Oliver Goss, 18, enjoys a memorable day at the U.S. Amateur and advances to the quarterfinals with 2-and-1 victory over Bobby Leopold.

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U.S. Amateur: Thomas beats Tide teammate Wyatt

Alabama’s Justin Thomas beat teammate Bobby Wyatt in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur.

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Pettersson (62) leads at Wyndham

If any member’s bounces went Carl Pettersson’s way Thursday at Sedgefield Country Club, well, there’s a good reason for that.

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Gouveia efficient in advancing at U.S. Amateur

Portugal's Ricardo Gouveia has been efficient in his trip to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals, requiring only 45 total holes to win three matches.

USGA names 8-player team for USA-China match

The U.S. Golf Association has announced the team of four boys and four girls that will represent the United States in the upcoming USA-China Youth Golf Match, an event designed to promote cultural friendship through golf.

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Tide's Wyatt, Thomas to face off at U.S. Amateur

Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas have played together in plenty of friendly matches at Alabama, but the two stars will face off in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur.

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Choi knocks off Pieters in Round of 32 at U.S. Am

Despite a hole-in-one from opponent Thomas Pieters, Albin Choi was in a zone during his 4-and-3 victory at the U.S. Amateur on Thursday.

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Williams cruises into Round of 16 at U.S. Amateur

Top-ranked amateur Chris Williams cruised into the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur with a 5-and-3 victory over Adam Stephenson.

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Page (No. 55, 2013) commits to SMU

Katie Page, who plays for Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Ky., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for SMU. Page is Golfweek’s top-ranked junior girl in Kentucky.

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Live scores: Round 4 at Wyndham

Check out Round 4 scores from the weather-delayed Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

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Jim Liu, Alison Lee highlight Jr. Ryder Cup squads

The PGA of America announced the six boys and six girls who will represent the U.S.

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Bjorn, Clarke, McGinley named vice captains

Jose Maria Olazabal made three stout Ryder Cup vice captain picks on Thursday, naming well-respected Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley to join the team.

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Junior notebook: Kurey notches first ace, AJGA win

Junior girls notes: Emily Kurey notched her first AJGA victory and also made her first competitive hole-in-one at the AJGA Junior at TPC Southwind.

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Men's preview: No. 29 North Texas

In the second of our breakdown of the country's 30 best men's college golf squads, we move to No. 29 North Texas:

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Women's preview: No. 29 Northwestern

In the second of our breakdown of the country's 30 best women's college golf squads, we move to No. 29 Northwestern:

Wednesday, August 15

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Wyndham

Brandt Snedeker is looking to secure a spot on the Ryder Cup squad, and our panel thinks he'll make it interesting with a victory at the Wyndham.

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Pieters takes down Spieth in early battle of Goliaths

U.S. Amateur: You wouldn't expect this match-up until much later in the tournament, but Thomas Pieters knocked off Jordan Spieth in the Round of 64 in an epic battle on Wednesday.

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Stroke-play medalist Wyatt seems unstoppable

After earning stroke-play medalist honors to start the week at the U.S. Amateur, Bobby Wyatt is cruising through the match-play bracket at Cherry Hills.

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Trio of Golden Bears cruises through Round of 64

Max Homa and two of his California teammates are excelling at the U.S. Amateur. It's just an extension of this past college season for the Golden Bears.

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Two generations of Pleats make U.S. Am start

Philip and James Pleat this week became just the fourth father-son duo to compete in the same U.S. Amateur.

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Rude: Kiawah a logistical nightmare

The 94th PGA went down as a logistical nightmare for fans and anyone traveling the one road in from nearby Charleston, S.C.

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Hanzel, 55, keeping pace in match play

Some might call Doug Hanzel a dinosaur, but the 55-year-old remains competitive this week in his 10th U.S. Amateur start.

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Ernst, Lee, McCloskey named to World Am Team

USGA names Austin Ernst, Erynne Lee and Lisa McCloskey to three-woman U.S. team at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

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Notes: The push for the playoffs

Gary Woodland, Y.E. Yang and Chez Reavie will all fight to get inside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings this week at Wyndham.

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Woods, McIlroy to stage duel in China

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will square off in China this fall in a one-day exhibition at Lake Jinsha International Golf Club on Oct. 29,

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Cherry Hills: A course ripe with golf's history

Our Adam Schupak took his first spin around Cherry Hills Country Club on Tuesday, and is simply smitten with the layout.

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Oshrine (No. 75, 2013) commits to Loyola-Maryland

Matt Oshrine has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Loyola of Maryland. Oshrine also took unofficial visits to Purdue, Michigan and Columbia, and also considered Rice and Illinois.

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Pieters, Williamson advance in 17-player playoff

NCAA champion Thomas Pieters and former Dartmouth star Peter Williamson advanced to match play at the U.S. Amateur.

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Our experts weigh in on final four U.S. Ryder Cup picks

Our panel of experts weigh in on whom U.S. captain Davis Love III should pick for his remaining four spots on the Ryder Cup team.

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Cherry Hills' finishing holes will be factor at U.S. Am

U.S. Amateur: The par-5 17th and par-4 18th are anything but easy at Cherry Hills Country Club, but they should be fun to watch.

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Gilchrest, Solomon achieve AJGA feat

Junior boys notes: Since 1993, no one had won three straight AJGA events. Last week, both Matt Gilchrest and Jacob Solomon did it.

Tuesday, August 14

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Wyatt ties U.S. Am record to take medalist honor

Alabama's Bobby Wyatt tied a U.S. Amateur record by going 9 under to secure medalist honor and the top seed heading into Wednesday's match-play portion at Cherry Hills Country Club.

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Thomas slides into U.S. Am match play

U.S. Amateur notes: Justin Thomas looked to be on his way home early, but an incredible rally kept the Alabama star around for match play.

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Nicklaus returns to Cherry Hills to support son

Jack Nicklaus nearly won the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills in 1960 in shocking fashion, but likely was more nervous watching his son Gary fail to qualify for match play on Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur.

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Men's preview: No. 30 South Carolina

In the first of our breakdown of the country's 30 best men's college golf squads, we begin with the Gamecocks of South Carolina:

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Women's preview: No. 30 N.C. State

In the first of our breakdown of the country's 30 best women's college golf squads, we begin with the Wolfpack of N.C. State.

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Washington's Pan takes mid-day lead at U.S. Amateur

Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan grabs clubhouse lead at U.S. Amateur after the morning wave, with Jordan Spieth and Zac Blair not far behind.

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McIlroy wins with Titleist's 913 driver

PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy became the first PGA Tour player to win using Titleist’s new 913 driver.

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Gilliam wears two hats at U.S. Am: Player and FootJoy rep

Nick Gilliam didn't make the cut at the 2012 U.S. Amateur, but he'll be sticking around for the rest of the week representing his "day job" as a promotions manager for FootJoy.

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New focus on shaft science has helped pros, amateurs

Major shaft manufacturers are building phenomenal shafts. Gone are the days when building a golf shaft was a fickle, inconsistent process.

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The week ahead in the world of golf . . .

The week ahead in the world of golf . . .

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In this issue: August 17, 2012

Inside the Aug. 17, 2012 issue of Golfweek

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Notes: McDowell thrives at the majors

PGA Tour notebook: Graeme McDowell might have won the 2010 U.S. Open, but his 2012 performance in majors was the best of his career.

Golfweek's Best: 2012 GB&I Modern courses

The best that Great Britain and Ireland have to offer.

Monday, August 13

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Alabama's Wyatt takes U.S. Amateur lead

Alabama standout Bobby Wyatt jumps out to the early lead at the U.S. Amateur, using a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over five others, including Chris Williams and Justin Thomas.

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IMG reaches settlement with former executive

IMG Worldwide reached a settlement in its lawsuit against Jon Wagner, a former employee of the Cleveland-based management firm.

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Wyndham grows behind community engagement

The Wyndham Championship has grown by engaging community and listening to the players.

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PGA of America, Ketel One Vodka enter marketing deal

Ketel One Vodka, a freshly minted licensee of the PGA of America, wasted little time capitalizing on its new marketing opportunity: At the PGA Championship, it already had a new signature drink to mark the occasion.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 6-12, 2012

Winner’s Circle: Aug. 6-12, 2012

Kester to lead Northern Illinois women

After three years as a graduate assistant at Toledo, Kim Kester will take over as head coach of the Northern Illinois women's team.

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5 Things: U.S. Amateur heads to Cherry Hills

5 Things: The U.S. Amateur begins today at Colorado's Cherry Hills Country Club, the site of several memorable championships. Here's our primer:

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Complete coverage: U.S. Women's Amateur

Check out our complete coverage of the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur, held in Cleveland, Ohio from Aug. 6-12.

Sunday, August 12

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Highlights, lowlights from PGA's TV coverage

The highlights and lowlights of Sunday's blanket TV coverage on TNT and CBS from our Martin Kaufmann.

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Inside the Ropes: The finishing hole had a big kick

Four days of championship golf at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course and Pete Dye’s “monster” par-4 finishing hole played five different ways.

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Martin: McIlroy calms down, laps field at PGA

Let the comparisons begin: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. But, on Sunday, it was clear that the game's most dominant - and likeable - player is the Northern Irishman.

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Tiger, Lefty highlight U.S. Ryder Cup qualifiers

The PGA of America has announced the first eight berths for the U.S. Ryder Cup squad, with Davis Love III choosing the other four on Sept. 4.

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ETSU's Pugh captures European Amateur title

Wales’ Rhys Pugh, a sophomore at East Tennessee State, shot a final-round 66 on Aug. 11 to win the European Amateur by one shot over countryman James Frazer, who shot 62 in Round 3.

Hughes goes back-to-back at Canadian Men's Amateur

Mackenzie Hughes shot 12-under 276 to win his second consecutive Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship on Aug. 10 at Camelot Golf and Country Club in Cumberland, Ontario.

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Lutz defends British Senior Amateur title

Chip Lutz joined select company when he successfully defended the British Seniors Amateur Championship at Machynys Peninsula in Wales.

Clement claims Cardinal crown in N.C.

Justin Clement’s even-par 70 in Sunday’s final round was enough to hold Scott Harvey at the Cardinal Amateur.

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Ko is no flash, all substance in winning Women's Am

Lydia Ko’s game isn’t flashy. In fact, for the top-ranked amateur in the world, Ko is quite unassuming. But she did enough to beat Jaye Marie Green in the U.S. Women's Amateur title match on Sunday.

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U.S. Women's Amateur champ Ko ahead of her time

New Zealand's Lydia Ko says she dreams of college, but the U.S. Women's Amateur champion is already well ahead of her 15 years says Beth Ann Baldry.

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How it happened: McIlroy wins PGA by 8 shots

While Tiger Woods failed to mount a comeback Sunday at the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy took control, shooting 6-under 66 to win his second major title by eight strokes. See how it happened.

Inverness to host 2013 Junior Solheim Cup

The Inverness Hotel & Golf Club in Denver, Colo., has been selected as the venue for the 2013 Junior Solheim Cup. The event, in its seventh playing, takes place in the days before the Solheim Cup, to be played Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club in nearby Parker, Colo.

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NeSmith to play PGA Tour's Wyndham

Top-ranked junior golfer Matthew NeSmith will be absent from the U.S. Amateur this week, instead playing the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship.

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U.S. Amateur: 10 players to watch at Cherry Hills

U.S. Amateur: Top-ranked amateur Chris Williams is one of 10 players you need to keep an eye on at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado.

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McIlroy takes 3-shot lead; Tiger five back

Rory McIlroy polished off at 5-under 67 on Sunday morning to take a three-shot lead over Carl Pettersson into the final round at the PGA Championship.

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PGA Championship: Fourth-round tee times

With nine players within five shots of Rory McIlroy's lead, here is a look at the tee times for this afternoon's final round at the 94th PGA Championship.

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McIlroy a 2-1 favorite to win PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy is now a 2-1 favorite to win this second major title, with Tiger Woods slipping from 5-4 to 12-1 after his bad start on Saturday.

Saturday, August 11

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Major-weekend struggles uncharted territory for Tiger

Tiger Woods' struggles at Sawgrass and Riviera are well-documented, but this sudden inability to play well on the weekend at a major is his new kryptonite.

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McIlroy in position for something big at PGA

Rory McIlroy is tied for the lead at the PGA Championship with a man more than twice his age (Vijay Singh) and is back to playing with his youthful exuberance that made him a wunderkind.

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Notes: Journeyman Lynn making name for himself

PGA Championship notebook: European Tour journeyman David Lynn is the most surprising man on the leaderboard, but he is a bit surprised that many fans know little about him.

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5 Things: Tiger collapses, Rory rises at Kiawah

5 Things: From Tiger Woods' bad start to Rory McIlroy's surge to the top to Adam Scott making some more major noise to weather suspending play until Sunday, it was an eventful day at Kiawah.

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Tiger Tracker: 3rd round to resume Sunday

Tiger Woods didn't start well – 3 over through seven holes – and he's five back of leaders Vijay Singh and Rory McIlroy. But he'll finish his third round Sunday due to bad weather.

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Stricker back in contention with Saturday 67

Steve Stricker knows what he needs to do for the Ryder Cup, but he has some PGA Championship business to tend to first after a 5-under 67 pushed him back into contention.

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McIlroy makes move, Tiger falls back at PGA

Tiger Woods sputtered, Rory McIlroy seized the moment and there has been a seismic shift on the PGA Championship leaderboard before weather suspended play just before 5 p.m.

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McCabe: Feherty reflects on 'highlight of my career'

It's been 21 years, but David Feherty still remembers playing in the Ryder Cup at Kiawah.

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Green tops Zhang to reach U.S. Women's Am final

With her dad on the bag and mom watching from back home in Florida, Jaye Marie Green defeated Nicole Zhang, 2 up, to advance to the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Kiwi Ko downs Jutanugarn, on to Women's Am final

World No. 1 amateur Lydia Ko, 15, beat Ariya Jutanugarn on Saturday in the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur. The New Zealander becomes the second-youngest finalist in the history of this event.

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Friday at PGA Championship was simply brutal

From Thomas Aiken's decision to play out in the dark to 41 rounds in the 80s to Michael Hoey's disqualification, Friday at the PGA Championship was historic.

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PGA Championship: Third-round tee times

Take a look at the third-round tee times at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, with 72 players making the cut.

Friday, August 10

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Inside the ropes: Bad answers were blowing in the wind

On a day pelicans did well to fly in place, the players’ shots on the 18th hole at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course were all over the place Friday, including the co-leader Tiger Woods.

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Kuchar, Westwood among those who miss PGA cut

Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan are among the PGA Tour stars who won't be sticking around for the weekend at Kiawah Island.

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Babineau: Kiawah rears its ugly head on Friday

Circus-like stuff? You bet. Friday at Kiawah Island was the day good rounds went to die, and golf began to resemble something more akin to Olympic men’s field hockey.

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5 Things: Ocean Course eats up field on Friday

5 Things: Well, that was the Ocean Course we were hoping to see. The wind kicked up and Pete Dye’s devilish design got the best of the field at the year’s final major.

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Woods fires 71 to share lead at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods has had a chance to win a major twice this season - only to disappear on the weekend. After taking a share of the 36-hole lead at the PGA, he's hoping this weekend is different.

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Baldry: Both Jutanugarn sisters deserve LPGA shot

The Jutanugarn sisters – both of them – deserve a shot at the LPGA. If Ariya, 16, wins the Women's Amateur this weekend, a wrong should be righted, says Beth Ann Baldry.

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U.S. Women's Am: Jutanugarn, Ko to meet in semis

After failing to meet in the final of the U.S. Girls' Junior three weeks ago, the top two amateurs in the world, Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn will meet in the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Tracker: Woods fires 71, tied for lead

Heavy winds pounded Kiawah Island on Friday, influencing high scores. But Tiger Woods weathered the storm en route to a 1-under 71 and is tied for the lead entering Saturday.

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Despite 93, Ohio club pro refuses to hide

It was a tough day for Ohio club pro Doug Wade, who shot 21 over – the second-highest score in PGA Championship history.

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Rude: Singh showing glimpses of former self

For Vijay Singh, Friday's 3-under 69 at the PGA Championship was another bright spot for the 49-year-old, who has found some of his old form recently after years of struggles, says Jeff Rude.

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Fowler, Mahan exit PGA needing help for Ryder Cup

They came to Kiawah to win a PGA Championship, but Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan were also hoping to earn an automatic Ryder Cup berth. Unfortunately, they did neither. Alex Miceli

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Kiawah toughens up for Friday's second round

After playing soft Thursday, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island toughened up Friday, with high winds and rain making for a challenging, more PGA Championship-like second round.

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Trip to The Machrie meant to be savored

Like the Isle of Islay’s malt whisky, a trip to this remote links is meant to be savored says our James Achenbach.

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Joy of Machrihanish is the journey there

Part of Machrihanish’s appeal is the path that takes you there says our Alistair Tait.

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'Anchoring' ban would spark market worries

A potential ban of anchoring a putter would have a ripple-down effect, not only for the players, but for equipment manufacturers as well, says our James Achenbach.

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Overnight t-storms hammer PGA, more expected

Heavy overnight thunderstorms have left Kiawah Island soggy on Friday morning, with more afternoon storms expected on Cut Day at the PGA Championship.

Thursday, August 9

PGA's TV broadcast simply disjointed and lethargic

Watching the PGA on TV was disjointed and lethargic. Suggestion: More golf, less personality.

Club pros struggle on Day 1 at Kiawah Island

For the 20 club professionals at the PGA Championship, Thursday's first round at Kiawah Island was a reality check, with none of them currently inside the projected cut line.

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5 Things: Benign Kiawah offers plenty of low scores

5 Things: It was a benign opening round at Kiawah Island, where soft conditions and gentle wind allowed players to shoot plenty of low scores, including Carl Pettersson's tournament-leading 66.

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Ryder Cup: 'Bubble boys' fail to make move at PGA

Ryder Cup: Those players on the "bubble" to earn a spot on the U.S. squad didn't play particularly well on Thursday at the PGA Championship.

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Mickelson salvages rocky 73 with hot putter

Playing in the afternoon wave with the wind freshening, Phil Mickelson saw all of the 7,676 yards of the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island - and maybe just a little more as he clawed his way to a 1-over 73.

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Relaxed Zhang takes down Women's Am medalist

Nicole Zhang took a year off of college golf to focus on the rest of her life. She's back in the spotlight after defeating the medalist Thursday at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Green succeeds with great support system

Jaye Marie Green won't play college golf this coming fall, having walked away from a scholarship. But if the support she received after a U.S. Women's Amateur win on Thursday is any indication, she's in good hands.

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Putting Open behind, Scott fires 68 at Kiawah

Adam Scott didn't wait long to put the Open Championship collapse behind him, looking in complete control during his 4-under 68 on Thursday at the PGA Championship.

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Notes: Perez excels during a day of low expectations

PGA Championship notebook: On a day that Pat Perez didn't even want to go to the first tee because of a horrible warmup, a 3-under 69 left him feeling better at the end of the day.

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Tracker: Tiger shoots 69; Donald, Mickelson struggle

Tiger Woods got off to a solid start with a 3-under 69 Thursday at the PGA Championship and is three shots behind leader Carl Petterssen. The same can't be said for Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson, who ended their opening rounds over par.

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Bradley's caddie to loop at U.S. Amateur

Steve “Pepsi” Hale, who’s been on the bag for all three of Keegan Bradley’s PGA Tour victories, will caddie for Dylan Crowley at next week’s U.S. Amateur.

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Luiten makes a name for himself on Thursday

Joost Luiten - or Willibrordus Adrianus Maria Luiten - had Kiawah Island buzzing when he got to 8 under on Thursday, but don't let his fade back to 4 under fool you - he's got game.

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Kiawah's No. 17 doesn't live up to the hype

The par-3 17th hole at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course was supposed to rear its ugly head and bring golfers to its knees. Um, we're still waiting . . .

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Babineau: Daly's 68 reminds us of his golf talent

John Daly might be known for the splashy clothes, the suspensions, the struggles with alcohol, but his 68 on Thursday reminded us of the game that he possesses, says Jeff Babineau.

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Pettersson runs out to one-shot lead behind 66

Carl Pettersson made the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island look downright pedestrian on Thursday, firing a 6-under 66 to take an early one-shot lead at the PGA Championship.

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McIlroy finds his form with first-round 67

Rory McIlroy knew that Mother Nature was never going to be kinder than this, so he went out and fired a 5-under 67 at Kiawah Island to sit one shot off the lead at the PGA Championship.

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Woods' putter comes alive in 3-under 69

A week after looking out-of-sorts on the putting surface, Tiger Woods needed only 22 putts to help him card a 3-under 69 on Thursday at the PGA Championship.

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U.S. Women's Am: Kim beats Lendl in Round of 32

U.S. Women's Amateur notes: Hyo-Joo Kim punched her ticket for the Sweet 16 with a 2-and-1 victory over Isabelle Lendl, who had dad and former tennis great, Ivan, in the gallery Thursday.

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Skinner (No. 36, 2014) commits to Georgia

Isabella Skinner has given a verbal commitment to first-year Georgia head coach Josh Brewer. Skinner, who plays for West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga., will join the Bulldogs' roster in the fall of 2014.

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Levy (NR, 2013) commits to Rice

Alex Levy has given a verbal commitment to Rice. Levy, of Austin, Texas, attends Stephen F. Austin High School.

Wednesday, August 8

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Inside the Ropes: Rain forges different rhythm at Kiawah

Practice, play, rain, practice, play: That was the rhythm at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course on the final day of practice for the 94th PGA Championship.

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5 Things: Chance of bad weather fading at Kiawah

5 Things: The season’s final major starts Thursday at a soft Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Here are 5 Things you need to know on the eve of the year’s final major.

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Vasilic has the game to back up her 6-foot-3 frame

U.S. Women's Amateur notebook: Swede Jessica Vasilic, 16, is 6 feet, 3 inches and has game that might just match her physical stature, says our Beth Ann Baldry.

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Women's Am: Anderson knocks off elder Jutanugarn

U.S. Women's Amateur: In a rematch of the 2011 Amateur, Amy Anderson got a bit of revenge by knocking off amateur star Moriya Jutanugarn, 1 up.

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Love has a big Ryder Cup decision ahead

Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal talked Ryder Cup on Wednesday at the PGA Championship, with the U.S. likely down to only one spot remaining on its squad. Who will get it?

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Toy Box: Mickelson tests "high-toe" Odyssey

For the final three rounds of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Phil Mickelson used an Odyssey prototype putter. In tour van jargon, the putter was a “high toe” version of his normal Odyssey No. 9 blade.

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Rodriguez thinks of home, but not before advancing

USC's Cyna Rodriguez will finish the U.S. Women's Amateur and then head home to the Philippines instead of playing her senior season with the Trojans.

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Matsuyama highlights U.S. Am tee times, pairings

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama highlights the field at the U.S. Amateur, set to start on Monday at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado. Check out full tee times and pairings.

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PGA Championship: Prize-money breakdown

A look at the prize-money breakdown for this week's 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.

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McDowell's smile helps hide the nerves

Don't let the jovial attitude and big grin fool you. Graeme McDowell feels the pressure just like any other golfer on a professional tour. He just hides it a bit better.

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Crane WDs from PGA; Stroud in as replacement

Ben Crane withdrew from the PGA Championship on Wednesday with a back injury. He has been replaced in the field by Chris Stroud.

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McIlroy feeling comfortable on eve of 94th PGA

Rory McIlroy has had his glorious moments (a victory and World No. 1 ranking) and his dismal moments (three missed cuts), but the Northern Irishman has shown signs of life before the PGA Championship.

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Simpson 'refreshed,' experiments with short putter

After a four-week absence from competitive golf, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson returns to the spotlight "refreshed and not putting any pressure" on himself.

LPGA's Jamie Farr back on the schedule, but no TV

The good news: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic is back on the schedule. The bad news: Fans won’t be able to see it.

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It's like father, like son in the Levin family

PGA Championship: Spencer Levin and his father/coach, Don - a former PGA Tour player in the 1980s - mix their personal relationship with business, and it works just fine.

Tuesday, August 7

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Kim takes medalist honors at U.S. Women's Am

With only two months remaining in her amateur career, Hyo-Joo Kim fires her second consecutive 4-under 68 to take medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Stone, 10, misses cut at U.S. Women's Am

Latanna Stone, 10, missed match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur with rounds of 82-78, but the Florida native will return home having learned a ton on a big stage.

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Inside the ropes: Short-order cooks search for recipes

Short-game imagination will be necessary to succeed this week at the 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course.

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PGA notebook: Bradley's putter 'injured' Tuesday

PGA Championship notebook: Keegan Bradley will defend his title without his trusty Odyssey XG Sabertooth putter of more than two years after it was "injured" Tuesday.

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5 Things: Weather becoming a factor at Kiawah

5 Things: Weather rears its ugly head on Tuesday, while Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald talk about their chances at winning the PGA Championship.

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Rude: Ability to scramble will be key at Kiawah

The ability to scramble will be key to success this week at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course, giving the likes of Luke Donald a chance to capture a major championship.

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PGA Championship: Staff predictions

Will it be Rory McIlroy? Jason Dufner? Matt Kuchar? Our panel of experts is split on who will take home the PGA Championship on Sunday night. Check out our picks.

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Aussie Elliott, 20, ready to take on LPGA Q-School

Breanna Elliott, a 20-year-old Australian amateur standout, is ready to take her chances as a pro and will play LPGA Q-School in September, says our Julie Williams.

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It's no accident: McCloskey makes match play

Lisa McCloskey celebrated her birthday by walking into a metal pole and then advancing to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur with a 2-under 70 on Tuesday.

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Expect long-ball hitters to contend at Kiawah

Long hitters such as Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy could have an advantage at Kiawah Island.

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PGA Championship: A year of firsts for Watson

PGA Championship: As a first-time major winner and father, Bubba Watson knows his life won't get any easier on or off the course.

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PGA Championship: Which Tiger will show up?

Which Tiger Woods will show up this week at Kiawah Island? The one leading the race for the FedEx Cup, or the frustrated player who faded in the past two majors?

Watch: Rickie Fowler pulls off pool stunt!

Bubba Watson recorded Rickie Fowler doing a flip into a pool and posted it on Twitter. Was this a good idea from Fowler? Or just a kid having fun?

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Weather, no bunkers could make Kiawah forgiving

Kerry Haigh has a potentially tough job this week with Kiawah Island not playing with any bunkers, storms brewing every day and likely better scoring conditions due to the wet turf at the PGA Championship.

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Rounds played up through first half of 2012

With only New England and the south-Atlantic region of the U.S. posting declines, rounds played nationally increased in June and maintained double-digit percentage growth through the first half of 2012.

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Future of Oakhurst Links in doubt

Oakhurst Links is back on the market. The historic White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., course that opened in 1884 was sold at auction July 28 for $410,000. That amount, however, was not enough to satisfy Sonabank, which holds a note on the property.

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Winner’s Circle: July 30-Aug. 5, 2012

Winner’s Circle: July 30-Aug. 5, 2012

PGA of America to support Sticks for Kids

Gene Yasuda says the PGA of America, in its full-court press to grow the game, is helping expand the Sticks for Kids program.

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Chapman's journey to the PGA gets a bit longer

Roger Chapman's long journey to his first PGA Championship took a bit longer than expected, thanks to a 14-hour delay in a Washington airport on Sunday.

PGA Championship: Download the official program!

Download the official 2012 PGA Championship program right now!

Monday, August 6

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Olympics serve as inspiration for Tubert

With the Summer Olympics in full swing in London and golf returning to the games in 2016, Emily Tubert is drawing from a little Olympic inspiration this week at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Women's Am is Prince's last tourney before move

Playing in her last tournament before she moves to Arizona, former Ohio State and future Arizona golfer Kendall Prince is 4 over after one round of the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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Inside the ropes: Finding the sweet spot at Kiawah

From Tiger Woods at the crack of dawn to fans trying to find the shade, Monday at Kiawah Island was all about getting your bearings straight.

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Ko has early lead at U.S Women's Amateur

Lydia Ko's fourth trip to the United States hasn't exactly been full of adventure, but the world's top-ranked amateur from New Zealand has the early lead at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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PGA Championship: Can Bradley pull off double?

PGA Championship notebook: Did Keegan Bradley shoot himself in the foot by winning this past week? Who was the last person to win two in a row, with the second win being a major?

Clemens will transfer from UCLA to SMU

Mario Clemens, No. 58 in last season's Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, will transfer from UCLA to SMU for his senior season, adding experience to a promising freshman class.

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PGA Championship: Bradley hasn't changed

One year ago, Keegan Bradley entered his first major at the PGA. Today, having made the rounds as a major champion, he finds that much has changed – except himself.

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Els rejuvenated heading into PGA Championship

Ernie Els improbably won the Open Championship three weeks ago, but the South African says it wasn't a fluke, and he feels like he has more where that win came from.

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Tiger to play CIMB Classic in Malaysia in October

The CIMB Classic is yet another example of golf's global expansion. And to underscore that point, Tiger Woods will travel to Malaysia to compete in the $6.1 million tournament.

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Matthew, 43, wins title at Killeen Castle

Catriona Matthew, 43, is playing like a young kid again and it led her to victory at Killeen Castle.

Sunday, August 5

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5 Things: Kohles wins again on Web.com Tour

5 Things: Ben Kohles’ record-breaking start to his pro career continued at the Cox Classic. He won for the second consecutive week, giving him two victories in two professional starts.

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Furyk the latest to tumble with 54-hole lead

The 2012 PGA Tour season is littered with the carcasses of 54-hole leaders who couldn’t get it done in the final round. That list expanded by one Sunday when Jim Furyk doubled the 72nd hole.

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5 Things: Furyk's double gives Bradley title

5 Things: With a dramatic par save from a buried lie in the bunker and an untimely double-bogey from Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley pulled off a massive comeback to win at Bridgestone.

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Notes: McGirt gets a spot in PGA Championship

PGA Championship notebook: William McGirt has been at Kiawah Island the past three days in hopes of getting into the PGA Championship. His dream came true on Sunday.

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Langer rallies to win 3M Championship

Bernhard Langer rallied to win the 3M Championship for the second time in four years, shooting a 10-under 62 on Sunday to overcome a six-stroke deficit.

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Kohles wins Cox Classic for 2nd straight victory

Ben Kohles won his second straight Web.com Tour title since turning professional, closing with a 8-under 62 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory in the Cox Classic.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 4-under 66

Tiger Woods got his putter going early and then burned the edges over his final nine for a 4-under 66 on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. See how it happened:

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PGA Championship: A chore by the shore

Against the odds, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course rose amid South Carolina dunes to pose one of golf’s toughest tests, says Adam Schupak.

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McDougald (No. 28, 2015) commits to TCU

Broke McDougald has given a verbal commitment to play golf for TCU in the fall of 2015. McDougald made her decision after also taking unofficial visits to Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, SMU and Texas Tech.

PGA Championship: Key moments in history

A look at some of the key anniversaries this year in PGA Championship history:

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PGA Championship: Key facts & figures

Key facts and figures for the 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.

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PGA Championship: Ocean Course, hole-by-hole

Hole-by-hole: This year’s PGA Championship plays out on one of the country’s most distinctive golf landscapes. Our Bradley S. Klein breaks down the course.

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Complete coverage: PGA Championship

Follow our wall-to-wall coverage of the 94th PGA Championship from Kiawah Island's Ocean Course in South Carolina.

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Inside the ropes: Winds could wreak havoc at PGA

Winds could make No. 18 at Kiawah Island a tough finishing hole at the 94th PGA Championship this week says marshal and Golfweek correspondent Mark Matlock.

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PGA Championship: Odds to win

A look at the odds to win for the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.

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PGA Championship: 10 players to watch

Our Jim McCabe reveals 10 players you need to watch this week at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course for the 94th PGA Championship - including South Carolina native Dustin Johnson.

Ellis, 16, becomes youngest winner of English Am

Harry Ellis, 16, becomes youngest winner of English Amateur Championship, while Grant Forrest wins Scottish Amateur and Jason Shufflebotham won the Welsh Amateur.

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Bennett looking to recapture old magic

England's Warren Bennett has gone from a "can't-miss kid" to a caddie to a guy with a dream of simply trying to make it on the European Tour.

Saturday, August 4

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J.J. Henry leads Reno-Tahoe Open

J.J. Henry had an eagle for the third straight day and scored 14 points Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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Williams holds off Russell for Western Am title

Chris Williams fought off the championship-match jitters to knock off Jordan Russell for a 1-up victory at the Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club on Saturday.

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Furyk takes 1-shot lead at Bridgestone

Jim Furyk made his only birdie on the par-5 second hole and had to settle for an even-par 70 at Firestone, giving him a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen.

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Weather pushes up Sunday tee times at Bridgestone

Expected rough weather has moved up Sunday's tee times at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, with the last threesome going off at 10 a.m. Check out the forecast and select tee times.

Peoples shoots 62, leads 3M Championship

David Peoples matched his career best with a 10-under 62 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.

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Pairing with Woods is dream come true for Grace

Branden Grace has three wins under his belt, but his three rounds with Tiger Woods at the Bridgestone Invitational might be his most memorable moment of his young career.

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It's Williams vs. Russell in Western Am final

Chris Williams and Jordan Russell will meet in the match-play final of the Western Amateur Saturday afternoon at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods posts 2-under 68

It wasn't the day Tiger Woods needed to climb up the leaderboard, but his 2-under 68 Saturday at Firestone was an improvement from his second round. See how it happened:

Friday, August 3

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PGA Championship: Pairings and tee times

Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer form one of the marquee pairings at this week's PGA Championship. Take a look at all the pairings and tee times that were released on Friday.

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Rocha leads Reno-Tahoe Open; Daly in hunt

Alexandre Rocha had seven birdies and an eagle Friday to take the second-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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Gil Morgan shoots his age in 3M Championship

Sixty-five-year-old Gil Morgan shot his age Friday for a share of the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.

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Williamson advances to Western Am semifinals

Peter Williamson has made the most of his first summer playing major amateur golf. He continued his success Friday, advancing to the semifinals of the Western Amateur.

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Firestone's No. 16 providing little excitement

The 667-yard par-5 16th at Firestone Country Club hasn't yielded much positive feedback. But a shorter hole could provide for more excitement, writes Jim McCabe.

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Shelton outlasts Champ for Junior PGA boys title

Taking advantage of Cameron Champ's costly triple bogey at No. 15, Robby Shelton finished off a steady performance at Sycamore Hills, coming away with his first Junior PGA Championship title.

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Ariya Jutanugarn defends Junior PGA girls title

It wasn't the blowout, 10-shot victory she turned in last year, but Ariya Jutanugarn kept her nerves in check and won her second straight Junior PGA Championship title in nail-biting fashion.

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Furyk scrambles to 4-under 66, stays in lead

Jim Furyk shot a 4-under 66 to maintain his momentum and the lead at the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Williams advances at Western Am match play

Chris Williams avoided an early exit from the match-play portion of the Western Amateur, with the 2012 stroke-play medalist routing Richard Lamb as the field heads to the Elite 8 this afternoon.

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Fox Harb'r is a tucked-away gem

It might be hard to find, but Fox Harb'r Golf Resort & Spa is a gem says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Cabot Links brings golf, and hope, to a troubled town

Cabot Links is not just the most anticipated course opening in North America this year, but also a long-sought lifeline for an economically depressed town.

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Highlands Links getting a thorough makeover

Canadian golf architect Ian Andrew has been working on a restoration of Highlands Links since 2009, re-working what Canadians feel is a national treasure.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 2-over 72

Tiger Woods looked out of sorts on Friday at Bridgestone, opening the day with a bogey and never really recovering during a 2-over 72 that leaves him 13 shots off the lead. See how it happened:

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Jaidee withdraws from Firestone

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand has withdrawn from the Bridgestone Invitational because of a sprained ankle.

Thursday, August 2

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Romero leads Noh at Reno-Tahoe Open

Andres Romero had seven birdies in a bogey-free first round at the Reno-Tahoe Open to take a one-point lead over South Korean rookie Seung-Yul Noh.

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Williams repeats as Western Am medalist

Chris Williams claimed medalist honors at the Western Amateur for the second straight year. His performance Thursday included capping a record-breaking 17-under 271.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Wagner tied for Junior PGA lead

Ariya Jutanugarn has totaled 16 birdies and an eagle through 54 holes, but her 1-under 71 on Thursday dropped her into a tie with Samantha Wagner for the Junior PGA Championship lead.

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Furyk races out to the lead at Firestone

Jim Furyk finally made some birdies — a lot of them — for a 7-under 63 to take the lead Thursday in the Bridgestone Invitational.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 70 in Round 1

Tiger Woods was in control for most of Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational, but three mistakes on his inward nine proved costly in a even-par 70 that left him seven shots behind leader Jim Furyk.

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Dufner, Bradley have jumped into the spotlight

A year ago, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner were unknowns. This year, they are featured players with galleries at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational says our Jim McCabe.

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Crane missing Open could be 'blessing in disguise'

Ben Crane took a gamble in not traveling to the Open Championship as the first alternate, and that cost him a spot. Thursday's 66 at Firestone shows he has put that behind him, says Jeff Rude.

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Shelton shoots record round, takes Junior PGA lead

Robby Shelton turned in a record round Thursday, shooting a Sycamore Hills-best 8-under 64 to take the lead at the Junior PGA Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Charleston Southern makes 2 moves

Charleston Southern announced two moves within its golf programs Monday as Matthew Cram-Smith was promoted to head women’s coach and Mike Wilson was named director of golf.

Riehle to lead UC Riverside programs

Eric Riehle graduated in 2005 from UC Riverside, where he was a three-time All-Big West selection for the Highlanders’ golf program. He will now return to the school as the men’s and women’s head coach.

Fosdick to coach Texas-Pan American men

Josh Fosdick spent the past two seasons as an assistant for the men’s and women’s teams at Oklahoma State. Now he’s got his first college head-coaching gig after being hired to lead the men’s program at Texas-Pan American.

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On the golf scene late, Kohles makes up for lost time

Ben Kohles didn't start playing competitive golf until he was 15. Seven years later, Kohles is headed toward a PGA Tour card, says our Sean Martin.

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Live scores: Round 4 at Bridgestone

Check out the Round 4 leaderboard at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC.

Pagila will serve country, play golf at West Point

Justin Pagila will be able to combine his golf talents with his quest to serve his country at West Point.

Wednesday, August 1

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Ancer takes second-round lead at Western Am

Abraham Ancer avoided the bad holes that have hindered him recently, taking the lead after two rounds of qualifying at the Western Amateur.

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Junior PGA notes: U.S. Junior loss motivates Liu

He still feels the sting from last month's U.S. Junior loss, but Jim Liu is using the defeat as motivation. Liu is second after two rounds of the Junior PGA Championship.

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Junior notes: SoCal's Bernabe provides redemption

Junior girls notebook: Elisabeth Bernabe provided a double-dose of redemption – both for her and her Southern California team – at the Girls' Junior America's Cup.

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Rude: Scott in recovery mode entering Firestone

Adam Scott returns to Firestone as defending champion in the WGC-Bridgestone though the Aussie is licking his wounds from the Open Championship, says Jeff Rude.

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Steady Wagner in 2nd after 2 rounds at Junior PGA

Competing in her fourth straight tournament, Samantha Wagner turned in a steady second round to remain in second place behind leader Ariya Jutanugarn on Wednesday at the Junior PGA Championship.

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Keiser thinks big with 2nd course at Cabot Links

Mike Keiser, mastermind behind Bandon Dunes, is approaching Cabot Links with a second course – working title of Cabot Cliffs – already in development.

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Junior notes: Reeves wins 3 straight to cap career

Junior boys notebook: Ben Reeves closed his junior golf career with three straight wins capped by a victory at the Tennessee Junior Amateur.

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Player of the year: Justin Thomas, Alabama

Thomas won four times in his freshman season, at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, Puerto Rico Classic, SEC Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional. He also finished seventh in the NCAA Championship.

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Player of the year: Lindy Duncan, Duke

Duke junior Lindy Duncan won four times in 10 starts last season on her way to becoming Player of the Year, and never finished outside the top 8 individually. Duncan finished T-6 at the NCAA Championship.

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Team of the year: Alabama

The Crimson Tide won five times in 2011-12 at the Puerto Rico Classic, Schenkel Invitational, Linger Longer Invitational, SEC Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional.

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Team of the year: UCLA

UCLA finished the 2011-12 season atop the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings after winning seven times in 12 starts and finishing runner-up three more times. The Bruins were eighth at the NCAA Championship, their lowest finish of the year, and claimed the national Freshman of the Year in leading scorer Erynne Lee.

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Plenty of parity in majors after Tiger's dominance

At one point in a 16-major stretch, Tiger Woods picked up 12 top-four performances. On the eve of the year's final major we take a look at that dominance in comparison to today's parity-driven game.