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Charlie Woods, Tiger's son, will play in U.S. Junior Amateur at Oakland Hills next month

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DETROIT — The U.S. Junior Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club just got some significant star power.

Charlie Woods, the 15-year-old son of golf legend Tiger Woods, has qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, presented by the United States Golf Association, next month in Bloomfield Township.

Woods shot a 1-under 71 on Wednesday to win his ...Read more

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Xander Schauffele tests new-look TPC, puts himself in Rory McIlroy's shoes at Travelers Championship

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Xander Schauffele is not a big fan of course redesigns, but the No. 2 golfer in the world generally approved of the new-look TPC River Highlands.

“For the most part, it feels like most courses that have been redone are worse, to be honest,” said Schauffele, after playing the front nine in the Travelers Championship ...Read more

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CBS analyst Frank Nobilo dishes on Bryson DeChambeau, state of golf and the Travelers Championship field

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Bryson DeChambeau’s performance at the U.S. Open is a reminder of all golf can be at its finest, and also of the few missing pieces that could make it all but perfect.

Though a breakthrough could come soon, the game’s greatest are still divided between the PGA Tour and Saudi-backed LIV Golf, united only for the major ...Read more

After U.S. Open meltdown, Rory McIlroy withdraws from Travelers Championship

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HARTFORD, Conn. — One day after blowing a two-shot lead with five holes to play and storming off the course at the U.S. Open without congratulating the victorious Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy announced on social media that he was withdrawing from the Travelers Championship.

“I’m going to take a few weeks away from the game to process ...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: Neal Shipley finishes as low amateur at U.S. Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. – When he made the 36-hole cut, Neal Shipley didn’t realize he had a chance to be a part of golf history.

Now that he’s done it, the Mt. Lebanon, Pa., resident couldn’t be more thrilled.

Shipley finished his first U.S. Open on Sunday by shooting 72 to become only the sixth golfer in history – and only the second in ...Read more

Luke DeCock: The DeChambeau-McIlroy duel rekindled the aura of Pinehurst at its best

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Six minutes after Bryson DeChambeau’s winning putt dropped, Rory McIlroy had the courtesy Lexus packed and spun the wheels in the dust on his way out of Pinehurst to … anywhere. Anywhere but here.

Where there is uncommon joy there is uncommon pain, and the late Sunday drama on No. 2, where DeChambeau and McIlroy competed...Read more

Chip Alexander: US Open experience leaves Akshay Bhatia with 'bitter taste'

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Akshay Bhatia was smiling but it was almost like it hurt to smile.

“I’m very disappointed,” he said Sunday.

Even at 22 and playing his first U.S. Open, Bhatia expected better of himself. The left-handed pro from Wake Forest likes the No. 2 course at Pinehurst, which he said has its own aura about it. He believed he could play well on it,...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: Bryson DeChambeau brings the party, and the PGA Tour needs him back

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PINEHURST, N.C. — This might not have been true several years ago. He was an oddity in a sport of tradition and sameness, a player who tinkered with equipment and conducted golf-related tests as if he were a science professor.

He used phrases like “finite element analysis” (which he still does), used same-length clubs and reshaped his ...Read more

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Chip Alexander: Pinehurst No. 2 and US Open turn world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler into an also-ran

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PINEHURST, N.C. — His round completed, the golfer somewhat wearlily leaned over outside the clubhouse, his arms extended and gripping a fence for support.

Scottie Scheffler was done for the day after a third-round 71 Saturday in the U.S. Open. He was trying to put into words the experience and challenge of competing for a major championship ...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: How amateur Neal Shipley brought 'A-game' to make cut at U.S. Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Make no mistake, Neal Shipley has the meats. He has the game and headcover to prove it.

If he hasn’t already ingratiated himself to the golf world with his performance at the Masters, Shipley is doing it again at the U.S. Open, where the heat is strong enough to cook a roast beef sandwich.

The Mt. Lebanon, Pa., resident ...Read more

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Akshay Bhatia, with the late Grayson Murray in his thoughts, contending in U.S. Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Akshay Bhatia two-putted from 70 feet for par at his last hole of the day Friday in the U.S Open at Pinehurst No. 2, signed his scorecard, did a brief media interview and jumped into a waiting Lexus van for a ride.

But not to go in the Pinehurst clubhouse, cool off and relax after a brutally hot day in the Sandhills. He gave...Read more

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Amateur Neal Shipley makes cut at U.S. Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Neal Shipley made the cut for the second time in a major championship, but it wasn’t easy.

Shipley made six bogeys in the second round and shot 73 but still made the cut at 3-over 143 at the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Now, the Mt. Lebanon, Pa., resident has his sights on becoming the first player since Viktor ...Read more

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Luke DeCock: Finally, a wide-open U.S. Open with the compelling contenders Pinehurst deserves

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PINEHURST, N.C. — In the 25 years since, it was occasionally whispered among the rustling pines that Pinehurst, as a U.S. Open venue, used up all its karma at the very first asking.

The extraordinary drama of Payne Stewart and Phil Mickelson in 1999, followed so quickly by Stewart’s tragic death, spun a wistful web that lingers over ...Read more

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Dom Amore: With cool precision, Xander Schauffele strives for the top of PGA world at The Travelers

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Xander Schauffele had the title for too long, the title of best golfer on the PGA Tour without a major victory. He gladly relinquished that mantle on May 19, when his 6-foot put circled the cup and dropped, giving him the PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

“Just one box checked,” Schauffele told reporters at...Read more

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Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay, both subjects of off-course chatter, share lead after 1st round of U.S. Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. — It is not surprising Rory McIlroy, a former U.S. Open champion, is tied at the top of the leaderboard of the 124th U.S. Open. What is surprising is he hasn’t won a major championship in 10 years.

And that his opening round of 5-under 65 did not include a bogey on a day when Pinehurst No. 2 would jump up and bite most of ...Read more

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First off the tee at U.S. Open, Michael McGowan, Carter Jenkins deal with differing emotions

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Most golfers stand on the first tee of the U.S. Open, whether Scottie Scheffler or Tiger Woods, with one simple thought: “Hit the fairway.”

But not Michael McGowan on Thursday. His was no normal tee time as the U.S. Open began on Pinehurst No. 2.

McGowan was chosen to hit the first tee shot of the 124th U.S. Open ...Read more

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Is Viktor Hovland the best player without a major championship win as U.S. Open begins at Pinehurst?

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Viktor Hovland calls Pinehurst No. 2 a “cool” golf course, which may be one of the few times that word is used this week.

And especially after Thursday, when the 124th U.S. Open Championship begins and the bogeys started flowing freely.

Hovland, ranked fifth in the world, also says it despite not being in his best form....Read more

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U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Father's Day have special meaning for Raleigh native Webb Simpson

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, had to qualify to play in the tournament this year and said he might have had some second thoughts had the Open not been in Pinehurst.

But it was in Pinehurst, on No. 2. Simpson is a Raleigh native who now lives in Charlotte. This is his home state and the U.S. Open his only major ...Read more

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Luke DeCock: It's Scottie Scheffler vs. The World, but Pinehurst hasn't been kind to heavy favorites

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Neither the impending arrival nor the howling existence of a newborn son could rattle Scottie Scheffler, who arrived at Pinehurst this week seeking the latest triumph in a summer of dominance not really seen since Tiger Woods in his pomp.

Were it not for one overzealous Louisville cop who thought no one was looking — and ...Read more

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Neal Shipley prepares for second career major ahead of 124th U.S. Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. — One thing is likely certain for Neal Shipley as he prepares for another major tournament: it's going to be hard to come up with an encore.

After all, how do you top being the only amateur to make the cut at the Masters, playing with Tiger Woods in the final round and sitting in the Butler Cabin to receive the Silver Cup as ...Read more