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Tuesday, July 31

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LSU's Thompson leads Western Amateur

Curtis Thompson, an LSU sophomore and brother of LPGA star Lexi Thompson, fired a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead over four others after the first round of the 110th Western Amateur Championship.

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Williams fires 65 to take Junior PGA lead

Recent Akron commit J.B. Williams fires a 65 to take the lead at the Junior PGA, while the red-hot Ariya Jutanugarn posts a 66 to take a one-shot lead on the girls' side.

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Financial woes bring perspective to Duval

David Duval, a major champion and one of the best golfers on the planet in the early 2000s, has struggled with the real-estate crash just like everyday Americans.

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Albanesi, Southard win at Golfweek's New England Junior

Patrick Albanesi rode an opening 68 to a two-shot victory in the boys division of the Golfweek New England Junior, while Isabel Southard ran away with the girls title.

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Notes: Shorter '13 season means larger fields

A shorter season on the PGA Tour in 2013 will mean slightly larger fields for as many as nine tournaments.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods has three wins on the PGA Tour this season and our fantasy panel thinks that a fourth might be upcoming at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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After quick toast, Els opens a new chapter

One of the key ingredients in Ernie Els' Open Championship win? He gave up alcohol.

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Tiger Woods practices on The Ocean Course

Tiger Woods has played The Ocean Course as he gets ready for next week's PGA Championship. Course officials said Woods, Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell got in some practice this week before the year's final major. The PGA Championship starts Aug. 9.

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Milkha Singh looks to fill void in father's legacy

Jeev Milkha Singh, son of one of India's most revered athletes, aims to fill a void in his father's otherwise sterling legacy says our Jeff Rude.

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Anchoring ban? Players could ask for own set of rules

Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els all used "anchoring" to win major titles in the last year. Will players fight any decision to ban the putting stroke? Or push for a different set of Tour rules?

Will named women's coach at Richmond

Three-time LPGA Tour winner Maggie Will was named women's golf coach at the University of Richmond on Monday.

Former Michigan coach Simon, 83, dies

Tom Simon, a former coach of the men’s and women’s teams at Michigan and the longtime club pro and manager at the University of Michigan Golf Course, died Saturday in Ann Arbor, according to a university news release.

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Putnam highlights Latinoamerica Q-School field

A handful of familiar faces - including former Pepperdine All-American Andrew Putnam - will attempt to qualify for PGA Tour Latinoamerica this week in South Florida.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

A look at the week ahead in the world of golf . . .

Monday, July 30

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Preview: 10 to watch at 37th Junior PGA

Here are five girls and five boys to keep an eye on this week at the 37th Junior PGA Championship – some you’ve heard of and some that might surprise.

PGA of America's team golf targets youth, parents

Gene Yasuda says PGA of America's version of team golf for youngsters – replete with uniforms and jersey numbers – could be golf's answer to Little League Baseball.

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CEO: Deutsche Bank likely to continue role on Tour

No official contract has been signed yet, but Deutsche Bank CEO Seth Waugh expressed confidence that the bank will continue its role as a FedEx Cup tournament sponsor beyond 2012.

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Winner’s Circle: July 23-29, 2012

Winner’s Circle: July 23-29, 2012

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PGA Tour Superstore makes northeast foray

Continuing its aggressive expansion, PGA Tour Superstore announced July 30 its first foray into the northeast: a retail location to open later this year in Paramus, N.J.

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Sierra Brooks, 14, about to hit her stride

By the time Sierra Brooks had completed her first AJGA Wyndham Cup on July 26, she had compiled an individual record of 3-1-0 and was celebrating on Bay Hill’s 18th green with the winning East team.

Klava claims Cotton States crown

Tyler Klava, a sophomore at South Alabama, held on for a 1-up victory over Jade Scott on July 28 in the 18-hole championship match of the W.E. Cole Cotton States Amateur Invitational.

Sunday, July 29

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5 Things: Kohles wins in his pro debut

5 Things: Former Virginia All-American Ben Kohles made the most of his pro debut, winning the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational on Sunday in a playoff with Luke Guthrie.

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5 Things: Piercy's early birdies lead him to title

5 Things: Scott Piercy posted a third-straight 67 to follow his record-breaking 62 to win the Canadian Open by a single shot over Robert Garrigus and William McGirt.

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Tait: Wiesberger picks up special win in homeland

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger wins for the second time this season, but this Euro Tour victory meant a bit more to him by winning in his homeland says Alistair Tait.

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Kohles wins Web.com event in playoff with Guthrie

Ben Kohles won the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on Sunday in his first professional start, beating Luke Guthrie with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Hawaii wins Girls' Junior America's Cup at home

Hawaii won the Girls’ Junior America’s Cup on July 27 on their own turf. Led by Eimi Koga and Mariel Galdiano, the team finished at even-par 658 for the 54-hole event played at Wailea Golf Club in Maui, Hawaii.

Northern California wins 10th Junior America's Cup

Northern California edged British Columbia by five shots at the Junior America’s Cup to win the event for the 10th time. Northern California finished at 7-under 623 at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho.

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Couples wins Senior British Open by 2 shots

Fred Couples won the Senior British Open by two strokes over Gary Hallberg on Sunday after shooting a 3-under 67 in the final round.

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Mendoza (No. 131, 2013) commits to San Diego St.

Nahum Mendoza has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for San Diego State. It’s the only school to which he took an unofficial visit.

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Young Werenski aims for turnaround at Golfweek Jr.

Mickey Werenski has a good role model in older brother Richy, who last week won the Porter Cup. Mickey hopes to find success of his own this week at the Golfweek New England Junior.

UNCG names Sargent as women's head coach

The University of North Carolina-Greensboro has named for LPGA Tour and Futures Tour member Sarah Sargent as its women's golf coach, the university announced on Wednesday.

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Inbee Park wins Evian Masters by 2 shots

Inbee Park of South Korea shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the Evian Masters for the first time, beating veteran Karrie Webb and overnight co-leader Stacy Lewis by two shots.

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Tait: There's still time for Scott to win a major

Adam Scott has to win a major. No two ways about it. It’s either that or enter an alternate hall of fame into which no one wants to be inducted, says our Alistair Tait.

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U.S. Open champ Simpson is a father again

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson is a father again. Simpson's wife, Dowd, gave birth Saturday to daughter Willow Grace.

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Oakhurst Links sold at auction for $410,000

Oakhurst Links, one of the nation's oldest golf courses, sold for $410,000 on Saturday, an auction house said. Auctioneer Tommy Garten wouldn't reveal the winning bidder until bank financing is completed.

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All-American Kohles in control in his pro debut

Making his pro debut, Ben Kohles, an All-American Virginia product, will begin Sunday’s final round of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, with a two-shot lead.

Saturday, July 28

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Garrigus sets record and takes lead in Canada

Robert Garrigus combined his power with some timely putts for a 6-under 64 on Saturday that gave him a one-shot Canadian Open lead over William McGirt, who lost ground despite a 66.

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Klein: 12 design wishes for Old Tabby Links

Here are the design guidelines that the Old Tabby Links membership gave to Arnold Palmer Design Co.

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Klein: Palmer design team rewires Old Tabby Links

Arnold Palmer design team rewires and rejuvenates Spring Island’s Old Tabby Links says our Bradley S. Klein.

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Klein: Forse steadily restores Brooklawn

At Brooklawn, Ron Forse steadily restores Tillinghast’s legacy says our Bradley S. Klein.

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Klein: Half the par, twice the drama

The intent behind “half-par” holes – to unsettle the precarious equilibrium of the sporting mind and see how the athlete handles it.

Elliott downs Superal in Women's Trans National final

Breanna Elliott won the Women's Trans National Amateur with a 3-and-2 victory over Princess Superal on Saturday.

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Preview: Southard in transition at New England Jr.

Isabel Southard, soon to be a freshman at Boston College, will close one chapter of her golf career at the Golfweek New England Junior at Blue Hill Country Club.

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Langer leads by 1 stroke at Senior British Open

Bernard Langer shot a 4-under 66 Saturday for a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples heading into the final round of the Senior British Open.

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Wiesberger wins Austrian Open by 3 shots

Bernd Wiesberger had a 7-under 65 to win the Austrian Open by three strokes on Saturday for his second European Tour title.

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Lewis, Park share lead at Evian Masters

American Stacy Lewis made a birdie on the last hole to share the lead with South Korea's Inbee Park after the third round of the Evian Masters on Saturday.

Friday, July 27

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Ariya Jutanugarn beats sister by 5 shots in Canada

Ariya Jutanugarn will have bragging rights at home this week after winning the Canadian Women's Amateur by five shots over her older sister, Moriya.

Mullinax fires 63 to win Northern Amateur

Trey Mullinax fired a final-round, 9-under 63 to leap from a tie for 25th to the title at the 37th Northern Amateur at the par-72 Sand Creek Country Club.

Fink takes Pacific Coast Amateur in playoff

David Fink birdied the fourth playoff hole to take the 46th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on Friday.

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McGirt, Piercy top Canadian Open leaderboard

After two rounds in the Canadian Open, Scott Piercy has a share of the lead with William McGirt — and has seen just about enough of Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

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Hallberg takes lead at Senior British Open

Gary Hallberg of the United States made eight birdies in a 7-under 63 Friday during the windy second round of the Senior British Open, taking a three-stroke lead on Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

Oakley penalized for delay by caddie - his wife

Former champion Pete Oakley was penalized two shots at the Senior British Open on Friday after the caddie — his wife — took too long locating his ball on a fairway during the second round.

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Stacy Lewis holds 1-shot lead at Evian Masters

Stacy Lewis of the United States shot a 3-under 69 to keep the lead after the second round of the Evian Masters on Friday, one stroke ahead of South Korea's Ilhee Lee.

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Olesen takes 3-stroke lead at Austrian Open

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark shot a 4-under 68 Friday for a three-stroke lead over Sweden's Rikard Karlberg after the third round of the Austrian Open.

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Chapman pulls out of Senior British Open

Roger Chapman's hopes of equaling Jack Nicklaus' record of three senior major victories in a season ended Friday when a neck injury forced him out of the Senior British Open.

Tour Edge Exotics Xrail fairway woods

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Adams Idea CMB irons

The Adams Idea CMB irons are forged -- the message here is feel, which is enhanced by tungsten weight plugs.

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Rude: Ernie Els proves he's still got it

Ernie Els proves with the Open Championship victory that he still can win on golf's biggest stage.

Thursday, July 26

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Piercy posts 62 for one-shot Canadian Open lead

In perfect scoring conditions, Scott Piercy shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead at the Canadian Open.

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Proveaux's putt helps East keep Wyndham Cup

Cody Proveaux ended his junior career Thursday by sinking a clutch, 10-foot par putt on the 18th green to halve his match and keep the Wyndham Cup with the East.

Colleton River Plantation to host 2015 U.S. Junior Am

Colleton River Plantation Club has never hosted a USGA championship. That will change when it's Pete Dye Course hosts the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Lewis takes lead with 63 at Evian Masters

Stacy Lewis of the United States made seven consecutive birdies and tied the Evian Masters record with a 9-under 63 in the opening round on Thursday.

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Williams vaults to No. 1 in R&A amateur ranking

Washington senior Chris Williams has overtaken Jordan Spieth as the No. 1 player in the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Live scores: Round 4 at RBC Canadian Open

Follow the Round 4 leaderboard from the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open live!

Wednesday, July 25

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: RBC Canadian Open

Ernie Els will grab headlines this week after winning the Open Championship, but Matt Kuchar (above) is the player whom you should watch at the RBC Canadian Open, says our fantasy panel.

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Where will British fit among Wimbledon, Olympics?

Lost in the opening round of the British Open was an announcement from the All England Club that will make it even more difficult for golf to devise a busy summer schedule in an Olympic year.

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Larrazabal leads at rainy Austrian Open

Pablo Larrazabal overcame a lengthy rain delay to finish at 8-under 64 Wednesday and tie the course record in the opening round of the Austrian Open.

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Notebook: Stratton 3rd Vandy player to hit double

Lauren Stratton became the third Vanderbilt player in the past 10 years to win both the Tennessee Women's Open and Women's Amateur. It's no small feat. Amateur notebook

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Black, Scheffler the perfect pair at Wyndham Cup

Connor Black and Scottie Scheffler have quite the chemistry on the golf course. They proved it with a convincing foursomes win Wednesday at the Wyndham Cup.

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Tahy (No. 90, 2013) commits to Arkansas

Alec Tahy has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Arkansas in the fall of 2013. He also made unofficial visits to Ohio State, Illinois, Duke, Northwestern, Kent State, Stanford, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

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LSU coach cites Ernst's timing in denying release

Austin Ernst, the 2011 NCAA champion, is leaving LSU to be closer to home. Her golf career could go one of two ways, depending on her finish at LPGA Q-School.

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This week in professional golf . . .

This week's tournament lineup includes the PGA Tour's Canadian Open as well as the Evian Masters.

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Plenty of sand but no bunkers at PGA

There will be no defined bunkers at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course for the PGA Championship, a decree from the PGA of America that solves one problem but might create another.

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In this issue: July 25, 2012

Inside the July 25, 2012 issue of Golfweek:

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Toy Box notes: Els uses new Callaway utility

Ernie Els carried three Callaway X Utility Prototypes in his bag for the Open Championship.

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Els learns from his past at Royal Lytham

Ernie Els has had his share of heartache in major championships. It helped him focus at Royal Lytham.

Tuesday, July 24

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Mexico's Leon takes advantage of her big break

Mexico's Marcela Leon outlasted the competition – real and imagined – to take advantage of her big break.

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Junior girls notes: Marks ends junior career with win

Samantha Marks capped her junior career with a victory last week. Now the 2012 U.S. Women's Open qualifier and North Carolina signee is shifting her focus toward college.

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Wyndham Cup: Morales' fire perfect for match play

Nicole Morales brings a level of intensity to the golf course that's not often seen in junior golf. It bodes well for her East Coast teammates at the Wyndham Cup. Julie Williams

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Harrington commits to play Reno-Tahoe Open

Padraig Harrington has committed to play in the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open, which begins Aug. 2 at Montreux G&CC.

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Junior boys notes: Shim's college future uncertain

Junior boys notes: Andy Shim, 17, won the U.S. Junior Amateur last week by beating several future college players. But Shim's college future remains an uncertainty.

Cypress Point to host college tournament in October

Cypress Point Club, ranked No. 2 in the country in Golfweek's Best ranking of classic courses, will host the Stanford Classic on Oct. 29-30.

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Maginnes: Time for pro tours to develop own rules

Maginnes On Tap: In the coming months, it seems a foregone conclusion that the R&A and USGA will ban "anchoring." That's bad for business, and it is time for each pro tour to govern its own rules.

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Web.com Tour hosts bevy of All-Americans in Ohio

The Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational will host a plethora of collegiate All-Americans - including Luke Guthrie - this week at Ohio State.

Monday, July 23

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LPGA denies Ariya Jutanugarn's Q-School plea

The LPGA has denied a petition from Ariya Jutanugarn, 16, to join sister Moriya, 17, at Q-School this fall, citing her not turning 18 by Jan. 1, 2013.

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Q&A: Steve Molinelli, caddie by the Bay

Caddie Steve Molinelli is a popular Bay Area looper, tending to the bag for Colt Knost at the 2007 U.S. Amateur and providing the service for Casie Cathrea at the U.S. Girls' Junior this past week.

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Stone, 10, qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur

Latanna Stone, 10, became the third-youngest person to qualify for a USGA event after taking medalist honors at a U.S. Women's Amateur qualifier July 13 in Wellington, Fla.

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Tour Championship appoints new executive director

The PGA Tour announced the appointment of Tom Clark as executive director of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola.

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Winner’s Circle: July 16-22, 2012

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

Balicki: It's a Wyn-win for Southern Am

Wyn Norwood's goal as a member of the Southern Golf Association was to get the Southern Amateur to Arkansas. And after a beautiful week at Chenal Country Club, his dream came true.

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Babineau: Did Ernie Els see this coming? Yes, he did

Did Ernie Els see another major coming? He did, months before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 in a conversation with our Jeff Babineau.

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Tiger Woods moves to No. 2 in official ranking

Tiger Woods posted his best finish at a major since 2009 and has subsequently moved to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, his best position in more than 19 months.

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R&A: Success will not hasten "anchoring" decision

R&A: Success of the long or belly putter at Open will not hasten its decision on "anchoring."

Sunday, July 22

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Stallings wins True South Classic

Scott Stallings shot a 4-under 68 in the final round on Sunday to beat Jason Bohn by two strokes at the PGA Tour's True South Classic.

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Notes: Els dominates Lytham's closing stretch

Notebook: Ernie Els captured the Open Championship by dominating Royal Lytham's final three holes; Nicolas Colsaerts makes big push toward European Ryder Cup squad.

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UC Davis' Walker to take lead Stanford women

Former UC Davis head coach Anne Walker will take on head coaching duties at Stanford in the fall. She replaces longtime Stanford coach Caroline O'Connor.

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5 Things: Did Ernie Els win, or Adam Scott lose?

5 Things: How will you remember the 2012 Open Championship? As the tournament in which Ernie Els made an unlikely comeback? Or as the one that Adam Scott threw away?

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Tiger tailspin: Triple bogey dooms Woods

A triple bogey at the par-4 sixth hole doomed Tiger Woods' chance to win his 15th major title, sending him into a tailspin that saw him fire a 3-over 73 and finish tied for third.

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Tait: Els' Open victory comes out of nowhere

"Bizarre" or "crazy" doesn't begin to describe how Ernie Els managed to get his hands on a second Claret Jug on Sunday. This simply came out of nowhere, says Alistair Tait.

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Past champions of the Open Championship

A look at the past champions of the Open Championship.

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Wyndham Cup: Don't overlook East's Tae Wan Lee

The East side at the Wyndham Cup might be loaded with top junior players Cody Proveaux and Matt NeSmith, but don't overlook Tae Wan Lee. He'll be on home turf.

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Wyndham Cup: Andrea Lee ready to rep the West

Andrea Lee isn't the typical 13-year-old. Get to know her: she'll be the youngest girl to represent the West Coast this week at the AJGA Wyndham Cup.

Saturday, July 21

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Open Tracker: Els fires 68 to beat Scott by one

On a day of big numbers, Ernie Els managed to fire a 2-under 68 and win his second Claret Jug after Adam Scott bogeyed the final four holes to relinquish a four-shot lead. How it happened.

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Williamson wins Southern Amateur in playoff

Peter Williamson is having a banner summer, picking up his second amateur win by outlasting Bobby Wyatt in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff at the Southern Amateur on Saturday.

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Aussie Minjee Lee stages comeback for Girls' Jr. win

Minjee Lee produced the biggest comeback of her young career at the U.S. Girls' Junior to become just the eighth Australian in history to win a USGA championship. Julie Williams

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Stallings jumps into True South Classic lead

Scott Stallings took a four-stroke lead on Saturday at the True South Classic after shooting 6 under through the first 10 holes of the third round at Annandale Golf Club.

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Cochran withdraws from Senior Open Championship

Russ Cochran - who withdrew from this week's Open Championship due to a back injury - will not defend his title at the Senior Open because of the same injury.

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Shim overcomes big deficit to win U.S. Junior

Jim Liu looked to be cruising to victory at the U.S. Junior Amateur, but some driving demons popped up, allowing Andy Shim to overcome a 5-down deficit to win the prestigious title.

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Werenski finishes off Porter Cup victory

Denny McCarthy and Patrick Rodgers tried their best to make a run at the lead, but Georgia Tech junior Richy Werenski had been too good all week not to finish the job at the Porter Cup.

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Late birdies earn Ernst the Women's North & South title

LSU junior Austin Ernst made her only two birdies of the day at the par-3 15th and 17th holes to defeat USC sophomore Doris Chen, 2 and 1, in the final of the Women's North & South.

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Minjee Lee leads Alison Lee halfway through Jr. final

Alison Lee and Minjee Lee scrambled around Lake Merced Golf Club on Saturday morning during the final of the U.S. Girls' Junior. Minjee took a slight 1-up lead to the lunchroom.

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5 Things: Scott takes four-shot lead at Open

5 Things: Adam Scott is 18 holes from his first major title, but he'll have big names like Graeme McDowell, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker trying to cut down that four-shot lead.

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Open Championship: 4th-round tee times, pairings

A look at the fourth-round tee times and pairings at the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

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Dufner's 73 comes with new caddie, penalty

Jason Dufner started the day with a new caddie after his normal looper fell ill. Then came a penalty at the par-5 seventh. The bright side? Dufner's 73 could have been worse.

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Tiger, others will have to chase down Scott

Will Tiger Woods' game plan have to change now that he is five back of Adam Scott? Does Ernie Els or Zach Johnson have a chance from six back? Weather might be their best friend.

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McDowell battles his way into Open's final pairing

Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell dreamed of one day getting into the final group of an Open Championship. On Sunday, that dream will come true, with the Claret Jug on the line.

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Snedeker goes from bogey-free to bogey spree

Brandt Snedeker didn't card a bogey for the first 40 holes at Royal Lytham. But he made up for lost time with five in his next seven holes. Thankfully, he's comfortable coming from behind.

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How it happened: Tiger fires even-par 70

Tiger Woods recovered from some early struggles on Saturday to card an even-par 70 and is currently five shots off Adam Scott's lead. See how it happened.

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Babineau: Just who is Thorbjorn Olesen?

Who exactly is 22-year-old Thorbjorn Olesen? He could be a rising star of tomorrow.

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R&A, USGA consider bold stroke on anchoring

The proliferation of long putters has placed the topic of "anchoring" at the top of the agenda for the R&A and U.S. Golf Association.

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Notes: Stricker makes 11th straight major cut

Notebook: With Charl Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson failing to stick around for the weekend, Steve Stricker now owns the longest made-cut streak in major championships.

Friday, July 20

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Horschel takes True South lead with 9-under 63

Billy Horschel shot a 9-under 63 in the second round on Friday to take a one-stroke lead at the True South Classic.

Thomas outlasts Baker in Pacific NW Women's Am

American Chessey Thomas defeated Canadian Amanda Baker, 4 and 3, in the scheduled 36-hole final match to win the 111th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur Championship on Friday at Bear Mountain Golf Resort's Valley Course.

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Alison Lee, Minjee Lee upset favorites at Girls' Jr.

Minjee Lee and Alison Lee pulled off major upsets in the semifinals of the U.S. Girls' Junior. They'll meet on Saturday in the final at Lake Merced Golf Club.

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Wyatt, Williamson lead Southern Amateur

Alabama's Bobby Wyatt and recent Darmouth grad Peter Williamson are tied for the lead heading into the final round at the Southern Amateur Championship.

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Werenski retains 4-shot lead in Porter Cup

Richy Werenski maintained his four-shot lead in the Porter Cup, touring Niagara Falls Country Club for a third consecutive bogey-free round to post a 3-under 67 Friday.

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U.S. Junior Am final: Jim Liu vs. Andy Shim

It'll be a matchup of a known (2010 U.S. Junior Am champ Jim Liu) vs. an unknown (South Korean transplant Andy Shim) in Saturday's U.S. Junior final in New Hampshire.

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Open Championship: Third-round tee times

A look at the tee times for the third round at the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes on Saturday, July 21, 2012:

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Notes: Olesen blisters Royal Lytham's par 3s

Notebook: Thorbjorn Olesen has blistered Royal Lytham's par 3s to the tune of 6 under. His reward? A Saturday pairing with the one-and-only Tiger Woods, who Olesen calls his "idol."

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With iron after iron, Tiger dissects Royal Lytham

With iron after iron, Tiger Woods dissected Royal Lytham Friday to the tune of a second consecutive 3-under 67. Whether his game plan of bunting his way around will work is yet to be seen.

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Tom Watson makes cut at Open Championship

With a dramatic birdie at 18, Tom Watson earns a weekend tee time at his 35th Open.

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Scott fires 67, one off Open Championship lead

Adam Scott should have won a major by now, right? Forget the past, as the present state of his game could lead him to the Open Championship come Sunday.

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Jutanugarn narrowly knocks out local Cathrea

Ariya Jutanugarn and Casie Cathrea engaged in a thrilling quarterfinal match on a foggy Friday morning at the U.S. Girls' Junior. In the end, Jutanugarn continued toward a title defense.

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Water comes into play in Lytham's bunkers

Jim McCabe: Rule No. 1 about links golf? Don't go in the bunkers. On Friday at Royal Lytham, an extra hazard made accuracy even more important: Water filling those very bunkers.

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Scobie holds off McNealy in U.S. Junior quarterfinals

Matthew Scobie carried his own bag up until Friday, but even with a caddie, he held off a charge from Matthew McNealy to advance to the U.S. Junior Amateur semifinals.

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How it happened: Woods fires another 67

Tiger Woods ended his Friday in high fashion, holing out a bunker shot for birdie to post a second consecutive 3-under 67 at the 141st Open Championship. See how it happened.

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Snedeker fires 64 to take lead at Open

Brandt Snedeker has yet to pick up a bogey at the 141st Open Championship, allowing himself to move to 10 under and build a commanding lead at Royal Lytham.

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McIlroy, Mickelson can't figure it out at Lytham

Rory McIlroy will be playing the weekend at the Open Championship, but his 5-over 75 Friday wasn't inspiring. Phil Mickelson will be heading back home after an 8-over 78. What happened?

Wilson Staff FG Tour golf ball

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From ponytails to fairways, a look back at Round 1

With the second round underway at the Open Championship, take a look back at some interesting tidbits from Round 1, including Miguel Angel Jimenez winning the battle of ponytails.

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Potter, Kelly, Hicks play strong at Open Championship

Americans Ted Potter Jr., Troy Kelly and Justin Hicks all gave themselves a chance at Royal Lytham.

Thursday, July 19

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Georgia's Mitchell takes lead at Southern Amateur

Harris English is playing in the Open Championship this week, but his old bag is being used stateside. Former teammate Keith Mitchell took the lead at the Southern Am Thursday with the defending champ's bag.

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Ko, Jutanugarn tearing through Girls' Jr. bracket

Ariya Jutanugarn continues to rip through her side of the match-play bracket at the U.S. Girls' Junior. On the eve of the quarterfinals, things are about to get interesting.

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Messer, Weaver win UA/Jeff Overton titles

Blake Messer won the AJGA's Under Armour/Jeff Overton Championship in a sudden-death playoff on Thursday, while Lindsey Weaver outlasted Janie Jackson for the girls title.

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Bohn takes first-round lead at True South Classic

Jason Bohn shot an 8-under 64 to take an early lead at the PGA Tour's True South Classic before heavy rain halted play in the afternoon.

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5 Things: Bet pays off for Galletti at U.S. Junior Am

With the player he had just beaten, Vincent Whaley, on his bag, Nicolo Galletti was among those who won their Round of 16 match and advanced to Friday's quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Werenski takes four-shot lead behind 62 at Porter Cup

Georgia Tech junior Richy Werenski notched eight birdies in a bogey-free 62 Thursday to take a four-stroke lead at the Porter Cup on Thursday.

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Colorfully clad Ramsey wins tight Girls' Jr. match

Ashlan Ramsey is most noticeable because of her Loudmouth pants. A clutch comeback on Thursday morning proved she has the game to back them up.

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Notes: McIlroy shines; Donald, Westwood falter

Notebook: Rory McIlroy was able to recover from one big mistake with a pair of birdies, while Luke Donald and Lee Westwood will have plenty of work to do on Friday.

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Mickelson struggles to 3-over 73 at Open Championship

Anyone seen Phil Mickelson? He sprayed the ball all over Royal Lytham on Thursday, reverting to the days when the Open Championship simply was not his cup of tea.

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For Danielson, one close call at Girls' Jr. was enough

Casey Danielson has yet to see the Golden Gate Bridge this week. There will be time for that later – a lot of time.

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Royal Lytham offers up plenty of weird moments

From Rory McIlroy plunking a kid on the head - and the ball ricocheting out-of-bounds - to putters in a bunker, Royal Lytham offered plenty of odd moments Thursday.

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Tait: Royal Lytham fails to challenge on Day 1

The world’s elite turned up for the 141st Open Championship expecting Royal Lytham & St. Annes to play like a lion and found a pussycat, says our Alistair Tait.

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Bevins bests Hossler in U.S. Junior Round of 32

Beau Hossler's run at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur came to an end on Thursday while a confident Andrej Bevins now continues his quest for his first U.S. Junior title.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 3-under 67

Tiger Woods fired a 3-under 67 to sit three shots back of leader Adam Scott, hitting fairways and greens like a machine, with his putter hot early and suspect late. See how his round unfolded:

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Zach Johnson stays hot with 5-under 65 at Lytham

Fresh off a win, Zach Johnson shot a 65 Thursday at the Open Championship, his best score in a major by three shots. If he sticks to his game plan, he could be looking at a second major title.

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Great Scott! Aussie fires 64 to take Open lead

Adam Scott brought in a different mindset on Thursday morning: Play the first hole like it is the 72nd hole of a tournament. After a 6-under 64 at Royal Lytham, looks like it might work out.

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List of 2012 U.S. Amateur qualifiers

Who's qualified for the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club? Check out our list of qualifiers.

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Woods hopes to avoid déjà vu after opening 67

Tiger Woods teased the world last month at the U.S. Open. Is his solid 3-under 67 on Thursday a sign that he is really back? Even Tiger says there is "a long way to go" at Royal Lytham.

Wednesday, July 18

Yi's 67 vaults him into lead at UA/Jeff Overton Championship

John Yi will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Under Armour/Jeff Overton Championship, while Janie Jackson and Lindsey Weaver are tied on the girls side.

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Schniederjans, Mitchell lead Southern Amateur

Oliver Schniederjans (Georgia Tech) and Keith Mitchell (Georgia) have made the Southern Amateur a battle for the Peach State after opening 4-under 68s on Wednesday.

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Amateur legend Simson inducted into SGA HoF

Amateur legend Paul Simson was inducted into his sixth Hall of Fame earlier this week, and was outspoken about how special it was to be honored by the Southern Golf Association.

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U.S. Girls' notes: Dambaugh rallies for victory

U.S. Girls' Junior notebook: Katelyn Dambaugh uses her superior length to knock off short-but-deadly Minjia Luo in the Round of 64 at Lake Merced.

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With brother on the bag, Echavarria advances at U.S. Junior

A combination of learning from last year's match-play loss at the U.S. Junior Amateur and having his older brother, Andres, on the bag led Nicolas Echavarria to a comeback win on Wednesday in New Hampshire.

McCarthy shoots 64 for first-round Porter Cup lead

Denny McCarthy shook off a bogey on his first hole Wednesday to shoot 6-under 64 at Niagara Falls Country Club for the first-round lead at the 54th Porter Cup.

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5 Things: Zhang knocked out at U.S. Junior Amateur

While most top seeds advanced, pre-tournament standout Andy Zhang was knocked out in the Round of 64 on Wednesday at the U.S. Junior Amateur in New Hampshire.

2 Mainers ace same hole while golfing together

Two amateur golfers in Maine have defied 17 million-to-1 odds by scoring holes-in-one on the same hole while playing in the same foursome.

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Notes: Stricker ponders switch to Titleist 913

Notebook: Steve Stricker debating going with new Titleist 913 or stick with his trusty 909 D3, while R&A discusses slow play.

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Complete coverage: U.S. Girls' Junior, U.S. Junior

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Lake Merced Golf Club and the Golf Club of New England to bring you an up-close look at the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior and U.S. Junior Amateur.

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McCabe: Let the chase for the Claret Jug begin

Wednesday at the Open Championship featured a few side bets, some hearty laughs, plenty of languages and some sun - yes, some sun. Now, it's time to get after that Claret Jug.

Keel, Golf Canada staging a charge at Lake Merced

Canada is faring just fine at the U.S. Girls' Junior, and Jisoo Keel, a recent Stanford commit, is leading that charge. Julie Williams

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10 things you might not know about Royal Lytham

In preparation for the 141st Open Championship, which begins here along the Lancashire Coast of England on Thursday, here are 10 things you might not know about Royal Lytham.

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Duval at peace with himself despite struggles

During a 45-minute session with the media on Wednesday at the Open Championship, David Duval was so well-spoken and relaxed that he resembled a veteran politician or lawyer.

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Tait: Royal Lytham simply gets the job done

If the main job of Open courses is to identify major champions, then give Royal Lytham & St. Annes an A-plus.

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Dawson talks down idea of Portrush hosting an Open

The Irish Open started the buzz around Royal Portrush hosting an Open Championship. R&A chief executive Peter Dawson pretty much put that thought to rest after his annual press conference.

Tuesday, July 17

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Local girl Cathrea rebounds with 66 at Lake Merced

There are perks to sleeping in your own bed during a national championship, and the ability to stick to a routine is one of them.

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Jutanugarn takes medalist honors at U.S. Girls' Junior

Ariya Jutanugarn doesn't have her sister, Moriya, on the bag this week at the U.S. Girls Junior, but she still picked up medalist honors at Lake Merced on Tuesday.

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Veteran Liu ties for U.S. Junior Am medalist honors

Jim Liu has already won one U.S. Junior Amateur title and has a chance to make it two in four tries this year after the 16-year-old tied for medalist honors Tuesday.

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5 Things: No shortage of stories at U.S. Junior

Three tied for medalist honors. Beau Hossler and Andy Zhang survived the cut, while 2011 runner-up Chelso Barrett did not. It's safe to say there was no shortage of storylines Tuesday at the U.S. Junior.

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Flowers leads UA/Jeff Overton Championship

Charlie Flowers took a one-shot lead at the Under Armour/Jeff Overton Championship on Tuesday, while Janie Jackson and Lindsey Weaver are tied on the girls' side.

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Toy Box notes: Chapman wins with Rife putter

Roger Chapman wins U.S. Senior Open with Rife putter, as well as 11 Titleist clubs and two Adams hybrids.

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Hossler rallies, Barrett falters at U.S. Junior Amateur

While Beau Hossler seemingly locked up a spot in the U.S. Junior Amateur match play bracket with a 1-under 71, defending runner-up Chelso Barrett did the opposite, shooting 4 over Tuesday.

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Players embrace Open's rough terrain, weather

Driving rain, hip-high rough and the pressure of a major championship: It is what the players sign up for at the Open Championship, and they embrace it with a smile on their collective faces.

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Notes: Long irons find a home at Royal Lytham

Notebook: With wet fairways a reality, players such as Ernie Els are choosing to replace hybrids and 5-woods with long irons at Royal Lytham.

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Lytham snapshots: Good omen for Love III, Dyson?

Royal Lytham snapshots: The Golfweek trip across the pond has been telling in who takes home the Claret Jug come Sunday. Who is sitting pretty this year?

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Rude: McIlroy has grown from '11 Open experience

One year after fading at the Open Championship and blaming the weather, Rory McIlroy says he has grown from the experience and has regained his form.

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Tait: Harrington showing signs of old self

Only four years ago, it seemed Padraig Harrington was destined to win plenty of majors. He then fell off the success map, only to reappear in 2012 and is a legitimate contender at Royal Lytham.

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2012 Open Championship: Staff predictions

Our staff of experts have made their final picks for the 2012 Open Championship, with Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington all popular choices.

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Rude: Just getting to Lytham was an adventure

The longest drive at Royal Lytham is the route for your correspondent simply to get to the golf course.

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Tiger, Westwood take opposite mindsets into Open

With both players looking to snap major droughts - Tiger Woods at four years and Lee Westwood at career-long - both players are taking polar opposite attitudes into this week's Open Championship.

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Maginnes: Welcome to the world's Open Championship

Maginnes On Tap: Once commonly referred to as the British Open in the U.S., it is now easy to see why it is rightly called the Open Championship.

Monday, July 16

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Defending champ Jutanugarn leads at Lake Merced

After one round of stroke play at the U.S. Girls' Junior, defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn is in front of the field. The 16-year-old was the only player under par Monday at Lake Merced Golf Club.

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McGreevy leads Junior Am; Hossler, Barrett struggle

Relative unknown Max McGreevy takes a two-shot lead at the U.S. Junior Amateur while Beau Hossler and Chelso Barrett will need to go low Tuesday to make it to match play.

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ESPN plans 72 hours of Open coverage

From "Virtual Aerial" to its crew on the ground, ESPN preps for 72 hours of Open Championship coverage.

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TGA franchise expands into Pacific Northwest

TGA Premier Junior Golf, a franchise business that runs school- and community-based golf programs, has established a post in North Seattle.

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Winner’s Circle: July 9-15, 2012

Find out what this week's winners carried in their bags.

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5 Things: No suds for the old Claret Jug

5 Things: Despite his well-known affinity for a brew or two, Darren Clarke did not use the Claret Jug as a drinking device over the past 12 months.

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2012 Open Championship: 10 players to watch

It's easy to take Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy in an office pool, but what about players from outside the top 10? Check out our players to watch this week . . .

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2012 Open Championship: Tee times and pairings

Tiger Woods will tee off with Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose in the first two rounds at the Open Championship. Check out all the tee times and pairings at Royal Lytham.

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Clarke returns Claret Jug; will his game return too?

Maybe now that Darren Clarke has relinquished the old Claret Jug he can get on with the rest of his career.

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Open Championship: Duval is a changed man

David Duval returns to Royal Lytham, site of his lone major title, as a different golfer than in 2001. Given his happy new life, that's just fine.

Sunday, July 15

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5 Things: Johnson wins John Deere Classic

5 Things: A magnificent approach shot to nine inches helped Zach Johnson outlast Troy Matteson on the second playoff hole to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday.

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Royal Portrush deserves the Open Championship

Alistair Tait says the next available date for the Open Championship is 2017. Royal Portrush should be penciled in.

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Open Championship: Previous Opens at Royal Lytham

A capsule look at the 10 previous British Opens held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, where the 141st British Open will be played July 19-22.

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Open Championship: Facts and figures

Facts and figures for the Open Championship, held July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lytham, England.

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Open Championship: Key anniversaries

A look at some of the key anniversaries this year in British Open history.

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Open Championship: The complete field

The 156-man field for the 141st British Open, to be played July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes (players listed only in first category for which they are eligible).

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Open Championship: Pipeline starting to fill with Korean men

K.J. Choi led the charge and now it is much easier for the likes of Seung-yul Noh, Sang-Moon Bae and Sunghoon Kang, who are among eight Korean-born players on the PGA Tour.

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Open Championship: Royal Lytham, hole-by-hole

Hole-by-hole: This year's Open Championship venue lacks distinctive flair – especially when viewed on TV – but it possesses strength and character.

Aussie Nisbet captures Players Amateur

Australian Daniel Nisbet beats Alabama's Bobby Wyatt by one shot to take home Players Amateur title in South Carolina.

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Chapman wins U.S. Senior Open to join trio of stars

Roger Chapman became just the fourth player to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year, joining Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin.

Newsom wins 56th Eastern Amateur

Roger Newsom, a 48-year-old ophthamologist from Virginia Beach, Va., used home-course knowledge to capture the 56th Eastern Amateur with a 16-under 264 total on July 15.

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Complete coverage: Open Championship

Check out our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 Open Championship from the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club.

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Tait: Scottish Open champ Singh breaks golf's mold

Alistair Tait: Those who say all golfers come from the same mold need look no further than Scotland’s newest national champion – Jeev Milkha Singh.

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Ban defeats Jonson for PNGA Amateur title

Shotaro Ban defeated Carl Jonson at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash., to win the PNGA Amateur. It marked a strong comeback for Ban after battling a wrist injury for the past five months.

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Singh wins Scottish Open in playoff with Molinari

Jeev Milkha Singh of India has birdied the first playoff hole against Francesco Molinari to win the Scottish Open and earn a spot in next week's British Open.

Saturday, July 14

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Matteson leads Stricker by 3 shots at John Deere

Troy Matteson shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to take a three-shot lead over three-time defending champ Steve Stricker into the final round at the John Deere Classic.

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Superior putting paces Langer to Senior Open lead

Bernhard Langer has hit 50 of 54 greens in regulation at the U.S. Senior Open, and his flat stick is doing the rest of the job as he holds a four-shot lead at Indianwood.

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Vogel claims stunning APL victory over Aylwin

T.J. Vogel turned the U.S. Amateur Public Links final into such a stunning 12-and-10 victory over Kevin Aylwin that he left the course with one question: Is this real?

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Langer shoots 64 to build 4-shot Sr. Open lead

Bernhard Langer shot 6-under 64 on Sunday – a round that even included a double bogey at No. 18 – to take a four-shot lead at the U.S. Senior Open.

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Open Championship: Royal Lytham deceptively difficult

When the wind blows, Royal Lytham's bunkers and hummocked fairways will transform the course into land-mined terrain says our Bradley S. Klein.

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Barrett, Jutanugarn highlight U.S. Junior fields

The U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls' Junior get underway July 16 on both coasts. Call Chelso Barrett and Ariya Jutanugarn (pictured) a couple of the favorites.

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Francesco Molinari maintains Scottish Open lead

Francesco Molinari held off a barrage of challengers at the Scottish Open on Saturday, shooting a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.

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Vogel builds commanding lead in APL final

T.J. Vogel is working on a record victory at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Through the first 18 of the final match, he is 10 up against Kevin Aylwin.

Friday, July 13

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Matteson leads John Deere; Stricker three back

Troy Matteson remained at the top of the John Deere leaderboard on Friday with a second-round 68, but favorite Steve Stricker enters the weekend only three shots off the lead.

Hoey, Niphatsophon win Junior World titles

Rico Hoey of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., narrowly won the Callaway Junior World Championship on Friday, edging runner-up Beau Hossler by a stroke.

Khamborn cruises to Women's Western Junior title

Chakansim “Fai” Khamborn of Thailand won the Women’s Western Junior on Friday, defeating Morgan Nadaline, 6 and 4.

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Senior Open: Ten Broeck a David among Goliaths

Players as tough as Lance Ten Broeck don't come around every day. That the 56-year-old journeyman has the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Senior Open seems fitting.

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Aylwin, Vogel to face off in Public Links final

North Florida's Kevin Aylwin (above) will face Florida senior T.J. Vogel, a second-team All-American this past season, in Saturday’s 36-hole U.S. Amateur Public Links final.

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Hamrick, former 'Bama star, into True South Classic

Hunter Hamrick, a former three-time AllAmerican at Alabama, will play next week’s True South Classic.

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Lehman, Pavin in contention at U.S. Senior Open

It is feeling like 1995 all over again, with Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin (above) showing their old U.S. Open form at the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood.

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Mickelson relishing links test overseas

If the wind is howling and the rain's pouring during the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, expect Phil Mickelson to be wearing a broad grin on his face.

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Petefish (No. 10, 2014) commits to Georgia Tech

Chris Petefish, the top-ranked player in Arizona, has made a verbal commitment to play for Georgia Tech. Petefish also made unofficial visits to Stanford, Washington, UCLA, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Duke.

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Mickelson shoots 64 at Scottish Open; 5 off lead

Phil Mickelson broke out of his slump with an 8-under 64 at the Scottish Open on Friday, leaving him five shots off the second-round lead shared by Alexander Noren and Francesco Molinari.

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Vogel makes semifinals at U.S. Amateur Public Links

T.J. Vogel fought his way to another victory at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Two down at the turn, Vogel beat good friend Alberto Sanchez, 1 up, in Friday morning’s quarterfinals.

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TopGolf’s successful mix: Swings, suds and socializing

TopGolf thinks outside the box to create a successful atmosphere that goes beyond hitting a golf ball says our Martin Kaufmann.

Adams Speedline Tech driver

The bulge and roll of the face in the Adams Speedline Tech driver has been reconfigured, paired with a titanium body that sports an attached graphite wing.

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Simpson withdraws from Open Championship

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson officially withdrew from the British Open on Friday as he awaits the birth of his second child.

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Whiteford makes ace, misses out on champagne

Peter Whiteford's hole in one in his second round at the Scottish Open came too late to capture the 168 bottles of champagne for the feat.

Thursday, July 12

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Matteson shoots 61 to lead at John Deere Classic

Troy Matteson scored 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic.

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Notes: Sanchez continues success at APL

Alberto Sanchez hasn't played since just missing the cut at the U.S. Open. He continued his USGA tournament success Thursday, advancing to the U.S. Amateur Public Links quarterfinals.

Raber takes Trans-Mississippi Championship

Tyler Raber took the Trans-Mississippi Championship by a stroke over Steven Ihm on Thursday at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.

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Molinari rips up Scottish Open with 1st-round 62

Francesco Molinari tied the best round in the Scottish Open's 40-year history, shooting a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-shot lead into the second day of the Open Championship warm-up tournament.

N.C. players win Junior North & South

A pair of home-state players took the titles Thursday at the 34th Junior North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort.

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Kite shoots record 28 on front 9 at Senior Open

Tom Kite set a USGA championship record at the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday when he made the turn with a 7-under 28 that included just 11 putts. James Achenbach

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Sims shoots 59 at Southern Open, sets eGolf record

Michael Sims shot 59 Thursday during the second round of the eGolf Pro Tour's Southern Open, besting the previous tour record by a stroke.

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Arboleda efficient in his trek through APL bracket

Anton Arboleda has played surprisingly few holes at Soldier Hollow for a player in the Round of 16. Early-round cushions have been nice. And that conserved energy could come in handy, too.

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New charity event honors Geoffrey Cornish

The International Golf Club & Resort’s Pines Course will host the inaugural Geoffrey Cornish Invitational Golf Tournament on Aug. 15.

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Mickelson's struggles continue with 1-over 73

Phil Mickelson started the year on fire, but he has disappeared from relevance over the past three months. Thursday's 1-over 73 at the Scottish Open was just more of the same.

Griffin, 16, makes Round of 16 at Public Links

How young is Ben Griffin? He has had his driver's license barely a week and never had played a USGA championship. Still, he's into the Round of 16 at the Public Links.

Live scores: Round 4 at John Deere

Follow the Round 4 leaderboard at the John Deere Classic.

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Putting lesson has Francesco Molinari rolling

Despite owning one of the better golf swings in the game, Francesco Molinari always had been missing a piece of the puzzle. A sharp eye on his short game changed that.

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McCabe: Owens endured injustice 25 years ago

Charlie Owens, a golf pioneer on many fronts, endured another injustice 25 years ago at the U.S. Senior Open.

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Els nearly incurs bunker penalty at Scottish Open

Already embarrassed by taking four shots in a greenside bunker during the Scottish Open, Ernie Els nearly had his day become much worse when the South African was reported by an eagle-eyed TV viewer for a possible rules breach during the incident.

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Balter (No. 43, 2013) commits to Wake Forest

Ben Balter has verbally committed to play for Wake Forest beginning in the fall of 2013. Balter chose the Demon Deacons after visiting schools in the ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences. He received four other offers.

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Eoff (No. 61, 2013) commits to Purdue

Austin Eoff of Benton, Ark., has made a verbal commitment to play college golf at Purdue.

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Wednesday, July 11

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Brewer on Callaway's cuts: Painful but necessary

Chip Brewer, the new chief executive of Callaway Golf, called a 12 percent reduction in the company’s workforce “a lousy part of the process but a necessary one.”

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'Mr. Nice Guy' takes aim at 'Stricker Slam'

Steve Stricker has owned TPC Deere Run since 2009, and his three straight wins at the John Deere Classic is proof. No wonder folks jokingly call it the Steve Stricker Invitational. Beth Ann Baldry

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Alex Williams upsets Chris Williams at Publinks

Alex Williams pulled off the biggest upset of the day Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, defeating Chris Williams, the world's No. 2 amateur, 2 and 1.

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Struggling Tseng looks for new caddie

In the midst of a mini-slump, Yani Tseng parted ways with caddie Jason Hamilton this week, two days after she tied for 50th in the U.S. Women's Open.

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Short course still provides challenge at Senior Open

So what if the course for the U.S. Senior Open is a mere 6,891 yards? Driving the ball well is still quite the task at Indianwood Golf and Country Club writes James Achenbach.

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Blair advances Utah's hopes in Public Links

BYU senior Zac Blair gives Utah a rooting interest in Public Links after beating Pacific's Byron Meth in the first round of match play.

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Crane plans trip to Open with hope he gets in

Ben Crane will take a chance and make the trip to Royal Lytham and hope that he gets in as the first alternate at the Open Championship.

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Day WDs from Open to spend time with newborn

Jason Day has withdrawn from the Open Championship, choosing instead to stay home with his newborn son.

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Jackson has become U.S. Senior Open veteran

Tim Jackson circles the U.S. Senior Open on his calendar each year, and the 53-year-old amateur has made a name for himself with his performance on the USGA's biggest senior stage.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: John Deere Classic

Welcome to the Steve Stricker Invitational, or so have a few people on Twitter coined this week's John Deere Classic. And he's our obvious favorite this week.

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Kaymer takes to gardening to get his head right

Martin Kaymer did something unconventional to try and put his recent struggles behind him: gardening at his grandmother's house.

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Achenbach: Rick Vershure shows off honesty, integrity

Rick Vershure didn't have a chance to play the U.S. Senior Open - held at his home course Indianwood near Detroit - because he called himself out for non-conforming grooves.

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Geibel (No. 55, 2013) commits to Louisville

Robert Geibel has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Louisville.

Tuesday, July 10

Euro Tour's Madrid Open canceled over funding

The Madrid Open has been removed from the European Tour's calendar because of a lack of funding.

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Erkenbeck wins medalist honors at Public Links

University of New Mexico senior James Erkenbeck shot 67 Tuesday at Soldier Hollow Golf Course to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

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Legend of Talor Gooch plays out in Public Links

A couple of months removed from his sophomore year at Oklahoma State, Talor Gooch qualified for match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links after a 7-under 64 Tuesday.

Callaway Golf to announce job cuts, sources say

Callaway Golf Co. will announce cuts of up to 10 percent of its global workforce Wednesday after the 4 p.m. bell closes on Wall Street, sources have told Golfweek.

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For Guthrie, every day is Illini Day at Deere

Luke Guthrie will play in front of a home crowd this week at the John Deere Classic.

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LPGA's Duncan perseveres through struggles

Financial problems among other obstacles have hindered Meredith Duncan during her time on the LPGA Tour. But that hasn't affected her attitude writes Beth Ann Baldry.

McCurdy captures Spirit of America

Recent Auburn graduate Will McCurdy shot a final-round 68 and cruised to a five-shot victory at the Spirit of America Golf Classic in Decatur, Ala.

The Club at Carlton Woods to host 2014 U.S. Junior

The USGA announced Tuesday that The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas, will host the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Cantlay receives three PGA Tour exemptions

Patrick Cantlay has received exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open, Wyndham Championship and Frys.com Open, his final exemptions of the year.

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Toy box: Putters key in victories for Potter Jr., Choi

Ted Potter Jr. and Na Yeon Choi relied heavily on their putters to help bring home victories July 8.

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Texas, Alabama highlight Preview field

Defending national champion Texas and runner-up Alabama will headline the 15-team field for the Ping/Golfweek Preview on Sept. 23-25 in Alpharetta, Ga.

European Tour's Madrid Open cancelled over funding

The Madrid Open has been removed from the European Tour's calendar due to a lack of funding.

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Texeira, Carlson carry success into Callaway Worlds

Junior boys notes: Jonah Texeira and Brian Carlson have had similar summers success-wise, so it's only fitting they are grouped together at the Callaway Junior Worlds.

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Tour's new numbers don't add up to much

PGA Tour's changes to its qualifying system, once promised to be dramatic, are now so watered down that they offer little, if any, benefit over the current system says Sean Martin.

Monday, July 9

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Field set for 2012 Wyndham Cup at Bay Hill

The rosters for the 2012 Wyndham Cup were released Monday and among the notables, Matt NeSmith and Jaye Marie Green will return to help the East defend its title.

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Winner’s Circle: July 2-9, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Web.com's deal comes with potential Tour business

Gene Yasuda says Web.com's sponsorship comes with Tour-driven opportunities to recoup its investment.

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Turkish event: Precursor to Olympic bid?

The world's top golfers have a lucrative pay day awaiting them at the inaugural $5.3 million Turkish Airways World Golf Finals.

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Greenbrier and Shriners extend Tour sponsorships

The PGA Tour announced it secured long-term sponsorship commitments for two of its tournaments: The Greenbrier Classic and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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IMG turmoil continues with VP's defection

The defections at IMG continued when Jon Heaton – a vice president in the IMG Golf division and a representative for Luke Donald – gave notice July 4 that he would be leaving the company.

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Golf is right to continue to honor the military

Maginnes On Tap: In a week when we honor our independence as a nation, golf's recognition of our men and women of military service is from the heart.

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Maginnes On Tap: Extend Open season

Maginnes On Tap: The USGA should take a page out the R&A's playbook and use the series of tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open as automatic qualifiers.

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10 players to watch at U.S. Amateur Public Links

Here are 10 players to watch at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, which kicked off Monday morning at Soldier Hollow Golf Club in Midway, Utah.

Sunday, July 8

Kirk Triplett wins First Tee Open

Kirk Triplett won the First Tee Open on Sunday at Pebble Beach for his first Champions Tour title, making an early eagle and closing with a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory.

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Harried finish: Potter wins Greenbrier

5 Things: Ted Potter Jr. needed a furious finish and patience in a sudden-death playoff to pick up his first career PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic.

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Gal stays motivated, finishes 3rd at USWO

'A battle for second or third' was motivation enough for Sandra Gal at the U.S. Women's Open.

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Choi romps to U.S. Women's Open title

Na Yeon Choi cleared the U.S. Women's Open field by four shots for her first major title, paying tribute to Se Ri Pak, who opened the LPGA door to South Koreans with her '98 win at Blackwolf Run.

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Potter Jr. shows his power to persevere

Despite futile years on the Nationwide Tour, PGA Tour rookie Ted Potter Jr., a titan of golf’s mini-tours, never stopped believing in his dream and finally took home a title on Sunday at Greenbrier.

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Howell, Poulter highlight French Open comebacks

Marcel Siem took home the French Open hardware, but don't overlook the progress shown by David Howell, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson says our Alistair Tait.

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Germany's Marcel Siem wins French Open

Marcel Siem of Germany shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to win the French Open, edging Francesco Molinari of Italy by one stroke.

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In Open scramble, Mickelson adds Scottish

Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut in The Greenbrier Classic, will adjust his Open Championship preparations by playing in this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, according to a report in today's Scotsman newspaper.

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Remarkable turnaround vaults Kelly at Greenbrier

Troy Kelly took the term "moving day" to heart, shooting an 8-under 62 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic and finding himself in the final group on Sunday with U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

Saturday, July 7

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Williamson wins North & South Amateur title

Former Dartmouth star Peter Williamson played bogey-free golf for 15 holes at the North & South Amateur final, defeating Thomas Bradshaw, 4 and 3.

Penner wins Sahalee in three-man playoff

Kevin Penner birdied the 72nd hole to get into a three-way playoff with Chris Williams and Ben Geyer, then birdied the first playoff hole to win the 19th Sahalee Players Championship.

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Kite, Bryant lead First Tee Open

Tom Kite shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday at Pebble Beach for a share of the lead with Brad Bryant after the second round of the First Tee Open.

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VP Heaton leaves, shrinking IMG's influence further

The defections at IMG continued this week when Jon Heaton, a vice president in the IMG Golf division, gave notice July 4 that he would be leaving the company.

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Blackwolf runaway: Choi takes six-shot lead

Na Yeon Choi's 7-under 65 was simply shocking, considering there were only five under-par rounds Saturday at the U.S. Women's Open. Now, can the World No. 2 hold on to her six-shot lead?

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Castrale's comeback: Motherhood makes it sweeter

A bit forgotten on tour, Nicole Castrale - healthy and with an 8-month-old in tow - is showing positive signs of what she deems a "comeback" at the U.S. Women's Open.

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5 Things: Simpson takes control at Greenbrier

5 Things: Webb Simpson takes control at Greenbrier while J.B. Holmes and Troy Kelly try to get their respective seasons untracked in West Virginia.

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Ko, 15, is learning on the fly at Women's Open

Lydia Ko, 15, was one of only three amateurs to survive the cut at the U.S. Women's Open. Add it to a growing list of accomplishments for the young New Zealand player.

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Simpson takes two-stroke lead at Greenbrier

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Greenbrier Classic.

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Creamer fires 71 behind better flat stick at USWO

Paula Creamer used a long rehab session on the putting green to help her get back in contention.

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Cash grab awaits marquee golfers in Turkey

Proof that golf might be recession proof? The cash grab in Turkey that Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and six others will partake in October says our Alistair Tait.

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Howell, Hansen share lead at French Open

David Howell of England shot a 4-under 67 to share the lead with Anders Hansen of Denmark at 6-under after the third round of the French Open on Saturday.

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A trip to Delaware to see first state's finest

Delaware provides plenty of fantastic golf moments - including the Bayside Resort Golf Club - and nostalgia for the traveler in all of us.

Friday, July 6

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How it happened: Tiger's MC at Greenbrier

Tiger Woods could never get his putter going - missing a pair of birdie putts late that proved costly - and he missed his second cut of the year at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday.

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Thompson fires 73, four strokes back at USWO

Lexi Thompson, 17, didn't have her "A-plus game," but she was good enough to stay in the running at the U.S. Women's Open on Friday.

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Pressel WDs from USWO with thumb injury

Morgan Pressel posted a 10 on the 14th hole of the U.S. Women’s Open and then called it quits, citing a thumb injury. Pressel injured her left thumb at the Wegmans LPGA Championship last month.

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Pettersen leads, Wie makes big move at Open

Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 to take the U.S. Women's Open lead at 5 under, and Michelle Wie made a big move to get into contention Friday at Blackwolf Run.

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Kite, Cook lead First Tee Open

John Cook closed with a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 ninth hole at Del Monte for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with 62-year-old Tom Kite on Friday in the First Tee Open.

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Top-seeded Williamson in North & South semifinals

Top seed Peter WIlliamson won both of his matched Friday to advance to the match play semifinals of the North & South Amateur Championship.

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Former Oregon men's coach Nosler, 74, dies

Former Oregon men's coach Steve Nosler, who spent 20 years with the program and guided the Ducks to three NCAA Championship appearances, died Friday at the age of 74.

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Struggling Tseng looks to Sorenstam for support

Despite three wins in 2012, struggling Yani Tseng has reached out for support from Annika Sorenstam.

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Hurst in position to make run at first LPGA victory

It is no surprise that Vicky Hurst is in contention again, but a win at the U.S. Women's Open would represent a first: A victory on the LPGA tour.

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Wie leaps out of hiding with 6-under 66

Michelle Wie entered the U.S. Women's Open in the worst stretch of her career. Then Friday's 6-under 66 happened. Wie says she found "it" - but will "it" stick around?

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Barber turns pro, to debut on Web.com Tour

Auburn star Blayne Barber told Golfweek on Friday that he will make his pro debut at the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, skipping his senior season with the Tigers.

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Germany's Siem leads French Open by 1 shot

Marcel Siem of Germany overcame wet and windy conditions plus a lightning delay Friday to shoot a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke lead after the second round of the French Open.

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Penner leads Williams by 1 entering Sahalee final round

UNLV's Kevin Penner grew up in Sammamish, Wash., and played high school golf tournaments at Sahalee CC. Now he's in position to win the Sahalee Players, leading by a stroke going into the final round.

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Bermel named men's golf coach at Kansas

Longtime Colorado State men's coach Jamie Bermel will take over the same duties at the Kansas, the university announced on Tuesday.

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Cobra to showcase special-edition orange AMP driver

There is orange, and then there is screaming, fire-breathing orange. Cobra’s new special edition orange AMP driver, inspired by Rickie Fowler, falls into the latter category.

Thursday, July 5

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Kerr, Lincicome, Salas share lead at Open

Americans Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas shot 3-under 69 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the U.S. Women's Open.

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Salas doesn't take the easy route to success

Lizette Salas ended Thursday at the U.S. Women's Open with a share of the lead, but that is only part of the story for the up-and-coming Mexican star, says Julie Williams.

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Lee holds slim lead at Sahalee Players

Tain Lee shot 5-under 67 to take an early lead at the Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash.

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Williamson top seed for North & South match play

Peter Williamson beat Albin Choi and Michael Cromie in a playoff to win medalist honors and earn the No. 1 seed entering match play at the North and South Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C.

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Notes: Bama's Thomas fires 67 at Greenbrier

Notebook: Justin Thomas won the Haskins Award on Monday and used the exemption to his advantage by firing a 3-under 67 on Thursday afternoon at the Greenbrier.

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Vijay Singh shoots 63, leads Greenbrier Classic

Vijay Singh shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Greenbrier Classic, leaving Tiger Woods eight strokes back.

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Greenbrier: Round 2 tee times, pairings

A look at the tee times and pairings for the second round at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday.

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USWO Notebook: LaCrosse stays steady for 73

Notebook: Cindy LaCrosse stayed steady for 1-over 73, while fan-favorite Se Ri Pak used a pair of birdies for an early advantage at the U.S. Women's Open.

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Thompson, 17, looks like young veteran at USWO

Lexi Thompson, 17, has been here before, and that could be dangerous for the rest of the U.S. Women's Open field: Enough youth to take chances, but enough experience to know when to take them.

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Greenbrier: Fast start, but forgettable finish for Tiger

In a round that started like we all expected, Tiger Woods finished in mediocre fashion that resulted in a forgettable 1-over 71 in his first appearance at the Greenbrier Classic.

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Lorena Ochoa making limited return to golf

Former No. 1 player Lorena Ochoa is making a limited return to golf and will play in October at the French Open on the Ladies European Tour.

Nilsson shoots 65, leads French Open by 1 shot

Christian Nilsson of Sweden shot a 6-under 65 to lead by a stroke after the first round of the French Open on Thursday.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires opening 71

Tiger Woods started hot Thursday at the Greenbrier Classic, but a sloppy double-bogey ultimately cost Woods a chance a good round, instead carding a 1-over 71 to sit eight shots off the current lead.

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Live scores: Round 4 at Greenbrier

Follow the Round 4 leaderboard from the Greenbrier Classic.

Wednesday, July 4

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Greenbrier Classic

Tiger Woods has won three tournaments hosted by legends in 2012 - including his own last weekend - and is the favorite to take home the Greenbrier, hosted by Tom Watson. Would you bet against him?

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Blackwolf Run packs bite for Women's Open

After the 1998 U.S. Women's Open, returning to Blackwolf Run definitely struck fear in the hearts of the 2012 field. While some improvements might help scoring, expect Blackwolf to rear its head again.

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Lewis, Blumenherst paths have diverged as pros

Once upon a time, Stacy Lewis and Amanda Blumenherst were supposed to provide the next American rivalry. That hasn't exactly happened, says our Beth Ann Baldry.

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Yin, 13, has the distance at U.S. Women's Open

Angel Yin might be 13 and all of 5 feet 3 inches, but it is another number that could help the youngster this week at the U.S. Women's Open: an eye-opening 280 yards off the tee.

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Notes: Red-hot NeSmith enjoying string of success

Junior boys notebook: Few juniors have enjoyed the type of recent success that Matt NeSmith has had. So it's no surprise the South Carolina signee is enjoying a little time off.

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Notes: Tiger will play cash grab in Turkey

According to two British newspapers, Tiger Woods will join Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and five others for the Turkish Airways World Golf Finals in October.

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Pepper named U.S. assistant for 2013 Solheim Cup

Dottie Pepper was named U.S. assistant captain for the 2013 Solheim Cup on Wednesday, finally putting behind her 2007 comments that seemingly kept her blackballed from the event.

Download: 2012 U.S. Women's Open program

Download the official 2012 U.S. Women's Open program!

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Notebook: 5 truths about golf that are self-evident

Notebook: Really? You hit a good putt that simply didn't fall? Get real. Out-of-bounds, within the course? Grrrr. Our Jim McCabe weighs in with his weekly notebook.

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Greenbrier field a mix of veterans, newcomers

The Greenbrier Classic might have Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but it also hosts the opportunity for players such as Billy Hurley III to continue their march toward relevance on the PGA Tour.

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Complete coverage: U.S. Women's Open

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Blackwolf Run to bring you an up-close look at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Kohler, Wis.

Tuesday, July 3

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Pinckney's record round earns Open spot

Scott Pinckney can look forward to his biggest tournament of the year after blitzing his way into the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

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Despite change in plans, Meadow excited for Open

A summer of relaxation has become something decidedly different for Stephanie Meadow.

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Reid rebounds from tragedy at U.S. Women's Open

Melissa Reid, whose mother Joy died in a car crash this spring, rebounds from the tragedy with a renewed sense of purpose at the U.S. Women's Open

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Water hazard to stay on Blackwolf Run's 18th

The 18th hole at Blackwolf Run will keep its famous water hazard for the U.S. Women's Open, rather than making the area a bunker.

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Notes: Women's Open title turning point for Ryu

A year after winning her first major title, defending U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu says the experience has changed her career.

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5 Things: Tiger is finding his consistency

5 Things: Tiger Woods is showing signs of getting back to his dominant self, and enters this week's Greenbrier Classic as the favorite says Sean Martin.

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CPT: A summer home for collegians

The Collegiate Players Tour provides college players a chance to compete at an affordable price.

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Mills will make Web.com debut in Utah

Corbin Mills will be in Utah next week, but not to defend his U.S. Amateur Public Links title. He'll be making his pro debut at the Web.com Tour's Utah Championship.

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Tiger paired with Simpson, Stricker at Greenbrier

Tiger Woods will be paired with U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson and longtime buddy Steve Stricker during the first two rounds at the Greenbrier Classic. Check out the tee times:

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Junior Notes: Green wins TOC, competes in Open

Junior Girls Notebook: Jaye Marie Green's win at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions serves as a good confidence-booster as the 18-year-old prepares to compete in this week's U.S. Women's Open. Jackie Strouse.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

This week in the world of golf includes the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.

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Thomas' fireworks begin with Haskins Award

Alabama's Justin Thomas was the guest of honor Monday evening at The Greenbrier Resort, where he received the Haskins Award as college golf’s top player. Now he'll play the event too.

Monday, July 2

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Winner’s Circle: June 25-July 1, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Midwest leads rounds-played gains in May

America’s Heartland led the nation in May with more than a 25 percent gain in rounds played, helping the U.S. sustain double-digit growth through the first five months of the year.

Sunday, July 1

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Tomasulo wins United Leasing Championship

Peter Tomasulo won the United Leasing Championship on Sunday for his third Web.com Tour victory, beating David Lingmerth with a par on the fourth hole of a playoff in triple-digit heat.

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5 Things: Woods captures third win of season

5 Things: This season, Tiger Woods won Arnie's event, he won Jack's event, and now he's won his own tournament – and each win occurred in contrasting style.

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Ai Miyazato rallies to win NW Arkansas title

Ai Miyazato shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to overcome a five-shot deficit and win the NW Arkansas Championship for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year.

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How it happened: Tiger wins AT&T

Tiger Woods won for the third time this season, outlasting Bo Van Pelt down the stretch to capture his second AT&T National title at Congressional. See how it happened.

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Daley wins Senior Players Championship

Joe Daley won the Senior Players Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, closing with a 2-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman.

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Donaldson wins Irish Open by 4 shots

Jamie Donaldson of Wales won his first European Tour title by shooting a 6-under 66 to clinch a four-stroke victory at the Irish Open on Sunday.

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5 Things: Royal Portrush proves itself at Irish Open

5 Things: Royal Portrush put itself back on the map with a magnificent week, while Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke did the same with their play at the Irish Open.

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