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March 3, 2013
It's fine — for amateurs Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times The most sleep-inducing word on the PGA Tour this year is "bifurcation," although the issue over whether the tour should break from USGA and R&A is hotter than Dubai. Golf's ruling lords have proposed banning "the anchoring" of a club (putter) to a player's body. The PGA Tour has suggested it won't go along. In a perfect world, this ban should have been initiated 40 years ago or at least before belly putting players won three of last five majors.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
BETHESDA -- As David Feherty walked up the fourth fairway Sunday following third-round leader Patrick Reed to a tee shot that landed in the right rough, the CBS golf analyst said to a reporter doing the same: “Congressional [Country Club] finally got the course like they wanted it for the U.S. Open.” Three years after Rory McIlroy's performance caused shock waves throughout both the golf world and the club itself, the venerable Blue Course finally took its revenge in the Quicken Loans National.
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By Teddy Greenstein and Tribune newspapers | January 14, 2010
Rickie Fowler HONOLULU - His Web site boasts "the world is talking about Rickie Fowler." And while the citizens of Uzbekistan might not care about the toned and tanned PGA Tour rookie, the golf world is enamored. Much of that can be traced to Fowler's collegiate and amateur accomplishments - a two-time All-America at Oklahoma State, he went unbeaten in four matches at the 2009 Walker Cup. The rest probably reflects Fowler's subhead look - a giant Puma logo on his black painter's cap - and his novel hobby, by golfers' standards: He digs Motocross and has been riding bikes since before he could read - a book or a putt.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
- Oliver Goss came to Congressional Country Club earlier this week looking to play in his second PGA Tour event at the Quicken Loans National. As things have transpired for the 20-year-old Australian, the hardest part was getting in the clubhouse door. "I don't have a PGA Tour credential because I'm not a member and they said, 'No, we can't let you in,'" Goss said Friday. "So I had to walk all the way around and go back in [another entrance] It's no big deal and I have a credential now. " Goss has more than that.
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February 25, 2010
This is the PGA Tour's feel-good week. Days after cacti appeared to outnumber spectators at the Accenture Match Play Championship near Tucson, Ariz., the tour moves to the renamed Waste Management Phoenix Open. It's a golfapalooza event that features live music, ample amounts of boozing and sunscreen and masses of fans. Tournament Chairman David Rauch predicts that as many as 120,000 will show up for Sunday's final round. Most tour players love it. "It's the most fun week of the year," Kevin Streelman said by telephone.
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By Ruth Sadler | December 16, 1990
Pro Set, which has football and hockey cards out this year, is swinging into warm-weather sports with a 100-card PGA Tour set.The set has cards of 75 members of the PGA Tour, including Greg Norman, Payne Stewart and Bob Tway, and 25 members of the Senior PGA Tour, including Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and what is described as the first sports card of Arnold Palmer.The prototype cards show action photos on the front, with a combined PGA Tour/Pro Set logo in the upper left corner, gold or silver stripes top and bottom, and the player's name on a contrasting-color stripe directly under the picture.
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February 18, 1991
SAN DIEGO -- A fit of anger last Monday may have paved the way for Jay Don Blake's first Professional Golfers Association Tour victory yesterday in the Shearson Lehman Brothers Open.Blake, 32, threw his old putter -- one he had used since his high school days -- into a pond at Palm Springs, Calif., while playing with some friends."I don't know what came over me," Blake said. "That's very much out of character for me. I'd just got tired of missing all those short birdie putts, reaching the par-5s in two, then three-putting."
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | June 24, 2010
It was only a few weeks ago that the LPGA was taking flak for the fact that no U.S.-born player had won a tournament this year. The ensuing weeks have produced an interesting turn of events. The LPGA can point out it has crowned an American winner more recently than its PGA Tour counterparts. While Graeme McDowell introduces himself to the U.S. sports public and pundits ponder the recent shortcomings of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, there's an American mini-drought going on among the game's top Y-chromosome pros.
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October 18, 2005
PGA TOUR FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort Site -- Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Schedule -- Thursday-Sunday Courses -- Magnolia Golf Course (7,516 yards, par 72) and Palm Golf Course (6,957 yards, par 72) Purse -- $4.2 million. Winner's share: $756,000 TV -- ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., Saturday, 4-6 p.m.); ABC (Sunday, 3-6 p.m.) Last year -- Ryan Palmer overcame a five-stroke deficit on the final day with a 10-under-par 62 to capture his first PGA Tour title by three strokes over Vijay Singh and Briny Baird.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | September 13, 1994
Brian Slevin soon will take on a series of challenges designed to put him on the PGA Tour next year.Slevin, 23, a St. Mary's High graduate, will be one of 1,000 pros to attend the American PGA Tournament Qualifying School this fall, a three-stage competition that will cut the field to 180 for the final showdown in December in Orlando, Fla.The top 40 finishers will get their cards authorizing them to play where they want on the tour for a year. The other 140 will qualify for the Nike Tour, golf's Triple-A.
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By Jesse Jones, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
Soon after he was eliminated from "Big Break: Mexico," Chad Schulze found himself with another chance to claim the top spot on the Golf Channel's reality television show and win an exemption for a PGA Tour event. Schulze, 34, of Cockeysville, was offered the chance to participate in the 20th season of "Big Break" right after the show in Mexico concluded. This time, it would be in Puerto Rico. "It was the perfect scenario. I had nothing going on," Schulze said. Schulze's familiarity with "Big Break" allowed him to make a smooth transition between tournaments and adjust how he would approach this season.
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By Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post | June 27, 2013
No round of professional golf can be played on the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club without, it seems, comparing it to the events of two years ago, to the 111th U.S. Open in which Rory McIlroy appeared to make a mockery of the place. So here came Thursday, the first round of the AT&T National, just two weeks removed from the most recent U.S. Open, held at Merion Golf Club. The difference between a major and a regular PGA Tour event can be found in the length of the rough, the speed of the greens, the distance from tee to flag, the tension in the players' necks.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
When the United States Golf Association packed up its corporate tents after the 2002 Senior Open concluded, Caves Valley returned to its roots as a private club that was selective in the tournaments it hosted. Mandated to promote the amateur ranks, the Owings Mills club welcomed a handful of events in the intervening years - none involving professionals. That will change in the summer of 2014, when the Ladies Professional Golf Association's inaugural International Crown comes to Baltimore County for a four-day, match-play event featuring four-player teams from eight different countries.
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March 3, 2013
It's fine — for amateurs Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times The most sleep-inducing word on the PGA Tour this year is "bifurcation," although the issue over whether the tour should break from USGA and R&A is hotter than Dubai. Golf's ruling lords have proposed banning "the anchoring" of a club (putter) to a player's body. The PGA Tour has suggested it won't go along. In a perfect world, this ban should have been initiated 40 years ago or at least before belly putting players won three of last five majors.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
In the old days, Tiger Woods might have won the AT&T National with ease. In the old days, Woods might not have needed his closest competitor to bogey the last three holes at Congressional Country Club. In the old days, Woods might not have stopped to acknowledge the two military officers waiting his arrival at the 18th tee before he made his final putt. In the old days, Woods might not have acknowledged the crowd - twice - and high-fived some volunteers en route to the scoring tent.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
Billy Hurley III came into the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club having missed the cut in six of his previous seven PGA Tour events. A week playing before friends and family proved to be the perfect panacea for the former Navy standout. The 30-year-old tour rookie, who put off his professional career while finishing his five-year military commitment, had his best tournament since getting his playing card last fall. Hurley finished tied for fourth at 4-under par 280 after a 1-over par 72 Sunday.
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By LAURA VECSEY | February 5, 2003
AS A SIMPLE, straightforward, compelling plot, this women's sports story is one you'd have to pick over any of the others we've been inundated with the past eight months: Annika Sorenstam and her quest to break golf's gender barrier - if that is indeed the way we should spin this thing. Word from her International Management Group agent is that Sorenstam, who two weeks ago said she'd jump at the chance to play at a PGA event, may decide by the end of this week where to play. As an LPGA player, she must receive a sponsor's exemption to cross over to the men's tour.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1998
One month after winning his first professional golf tournament, Casey Martin scored the biggest victory of his career - the right to use a golf cart during competition.After deliberating for only three hours, U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin ruled in favor of Martin, a 25-year-old golfer who suffers from a degenerative circulatory condition in his right leg, in his lawsuit against the PGA Tour. This was apparently the first case invoking federal disabilities laws to compete in a major sport.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
- Billy Hurley III might be in his element at steamy Congressional Country Club for the AT&T National. Not only is the former Navy golfer playing close to where he grew up in Leesburg, Va. and where he now lives in Annapolis, but the triple-digit temperatures that are expected this weekend could be to Hurley's advantage given his military training. "It was 110 in the shade in the Persian Gulf, that was maybe as hot as I've ever been," Hurley said Thursday, when the temperature barely reached the mid-90s.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
- If Tiger Woods is the star attraction and host of the AT&T National tournament beginning Thursday at Congressional Country Club, Beau Hossler is certainly high on the marquee. Golf fans - and plenty of others - now know Beau. A year after playing here as a virtually unknown 16-year-old amateur in theU.S. Open, Hossler returns as something of a social media phenomenon after staying in contention - and briefly leading - this year's Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco earlier this month.
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