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Lucy Li, 11-Year-Old Phenom, Misses Cut at U.S. Women’s Open

Lucy Li, 11-Year-Old Phenom, Misses Cut at U.S. Women’s Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINHEHURST, N.C.) — The youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history failed to make the cut in her debut. Lucy Li, the 11-year-old phenom, shot an 8-over 78 on Friday, putting her at +16 for the tournament in her two days of competition.
Although she opened her round with a double-bogey, Li finished the outing with pars on three of the final four holes. Li also birdied the par-four 14th, calling it her favorite moment of the tournament.
“She was here for the experience and the opportunity to play with the best players in the world,” said Li’s caddie Bryan Bush. “She proved that she can.”
The Women’s Open is no stranger to a youth movement. Michelle Wie, the tournament leader heading into the weekend, was 13 at her first US Open in 2003. Lexi Thompson made her debut in 2007 at age 12, becoming the youngest qualifier at the tournament before Li.
Wie is currently four-under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of Thompson.
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Martin Kaymer Wins the U.S. Open

Martin Kaymer Wins the U.S. Open

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) — Martin Kaymer entered the final day of the U.S. Open with a five-stroke lead and never looked back to take home his first title at Pinehurst.
Kaymer shot 1-under 69 on Sunday to win by eight shots ahead of Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler.
“It was just a matter of time,” Kaymer said.  “It’s not a huge surprise to me that I played good golf, it’s a surprise that I won big tournaments.”
Kaymer had history on his side; the last time someone blew a five-stroke lead entering the final day at the U.S. Open was 95 years ago.
Kaymer shot four rounds at 9-under 271 for his second major championship.
Phil Mickelson was seeking his first Open title, but finished 7-over with a final round of 72.
Rory McIlroy finished 6-over and Adam Scott was 2-over with a 69.
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Kaymer Comes Back Down to Earth, Still Leads by 5 Strokes

Kaymer Comes Back Down to Earth, Still Leads by 5 Strokes

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C) — Martin Kaymer, who shot back-to-back 65′s Thursday and Friday, shot a 2-over 72 Saturday and now holds a five-stroke lead heading into the final round at the U.S. Open.
After having only one bogey through the first two days, Kaymer had five on Saturday to fall back to 8-under for the tournament. Still, his performance was good enough to hold a sizeable lead, especially on a day where only two golfers shot rounds under par.
“I didn’t play as well as the first two days, but I kept it together,” Kaymer said.
The two golfers that did shoot under par are the two that find themselves in second place, five strokes back of Kaymer. Erik Compton had five birdies and an eagle en route to a 3-under 67 while Rickie Fowler had five birdies to also shoot a 3-under 67.
Kaymer has history on his side when it comes to winning. It has been 95 years since a player with a 5-stroke lead heading into the final round at a U.S. Open lost. Still, Kaymer isn’t counting his chickens before they hatch.
“If you’re four shots, five shots, six shots, if you play a golf course like this, it can be gone very quickly,” he said. “You could see it today. So the challenge tomorrow is to keep going and not try to defend anything. So we’ll see how it will react tomorrow, how the body feels and how I handle the situation.”
Kaymer and Fowler will make up the final pairing Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2. They are scheduled to tee off at 3:35 p.m Eastern.
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Kaymer Continues to Dominate at Pinehurst

Kaymer Continues to Dominate at Pinehurst

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) — Martin Kaymer shot another 5-under 65 Friday, putting him at a U.S. Open record 130 through 36 holes of play, as he continues to dominate at Pinehurst No. 2.
Kaymer is 10-under for the tournament leaving him six-strokes ahead of the next closest competitor, Brendon Todd.
“I played very well, I’ve had some good rounds in the past as well,” Kaymer said. “But yesterday and today, especially today, the way I worked my way around the course … I hit some smart shots. I didn’t play too aggressive, and when I had a good number, I went for the flag and I didn’t make many mistakes on the greens. I didn’t 3-putt and made a lot of good putts.”
Kevin Na and Brandt Snedeker are seven shots back. Phil Mickelson shot a 3-over 73 Friday and is 3-over for the tournament.
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Martin Kaymer Leads At U.S. Open At Five Under

Martin Kaymer Leads At U.S. Open At Five Under

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PINEHURST, N.C.) — Martin Kaymer shot an opening round 5-under 65 at the U.S. Open championship on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na, Fran Quinn and Brendon de Jonge.
Kaymer had six birdies and just one bogey on the day. He seized the lead on the back nine with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th hole.
Phil Mickelson, in search of his first U.S. Open championship, finished the day at even-70, five shots behind Kaymer. The five-time major championship winner had three birdies and three bogeys on the day.
Defending champion Justin Rose completed the first round at two-over 70, after bogeying the 8th, 13th, 14th, 17th, and 18th hole.
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Mickelson Looking For First U.S. Open Title

Mickelson Looking For First U.S. Open Title

ThinkStock(PINEHURST, N.C.) — Golf’s second major of the year, the U.S. Open championship, tees off on Thursday at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina.
Phil Mickelson has won five major championships during his career, but has never won the U.S. Open title, finishing as the runner-up six times.
“I look at those close calls as a positive sign for having given myself so many opportunities in our national championship,” Mickelson said. “And I believe I will have more opportunities, and when I do, hopefully the experience that I had in the past will allow me to handle better in the future.”
In last year’s tournament, Mickelson finished tied for second with Jason Day, two strokes behind winner Justin Rose.
Mickelson comes into the tournament looking for his first win since capturing the British Open championship last year, a span of 20 events.
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Ben Crane Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Ben Crane Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Ben Crane won the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind by one-stroke over Troy Merritt Sunday.
Crane shot a final round 3-over 73 to earn his fifth career victory and first since 2011.
Crane played 30 holes Sunday due to rain delays earlier in the week. He played the final 12 holes of his third round in the morning, shooting a 69 which gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final round.
Crane finished the tournament at 10-under, 270.
Phil Mickelson still hasn’t won since last year’s British Open. He finished tied for 11th at 6 under.
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Ben Crane Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Ben Crane Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Ben Crane won the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind by one-stroke over Troy Merritt Sunday.
Crane shot a final round 3-over 73 to earn his fifth career victory and first since 2011.
Crane played 30 holes Sunday due to rain delays earlier in the week. He played the final 12 holes of his third round in the morning, shooting a 69 which gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final round.
Crane finished the tournament at 10-under, 270.
Phil Mickelson still hasn’t won since last year’s British Open. He finished tied for 11th at 6 under.
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Matsuyama Wins Memorial In a Playoff

Matsuyama Wins Memorial In a Playoff

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(DUBLIN, Ohio) — Bubba Watson failed to hold his 54-hole lead at the Memorial, opening the door for a number of other players. Hideki Matsuyama was able to force a playoff with Kevin Na before winning his first tournament in America on the first extra hole.
It was not easy for Matsuyama, as he double-bogeyed on the 16th hole and bogeyed on the 17th, falling one stroke behind Na, who was already in the clubhouse. On his final tee shot of regulation, Matsuyama’s drive bounced off a tree and into the fairway. The 22-year old took advantage of the break and hit a 7-iron to within five feet of the pin. His birdie putt put him at 13-under for the tournament and forced a playoff that he would win with a par on the first hole.
“To win my first PGA Tour event is enough,” Matsuyama said. “But to win it here at (Jack) Nicklaus’ course, it really gives me a lot of confidence now going on. And hopefully, I’ll be able to use this week as a stepping stone to further my career.”
Matsuyama became just the fourth Japanese-born player to win on the PGA Tour. His victory was aided by the collapse of multiple major winners. Watson, the Masters champion, led by one stroke with five holes to play but shot 3 over down the stretch. Adam Scott was 4 over on his final seven holes after being tied for the lead.
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Mickleson Reportedly Watched by FBI, SEC

Mickleson Reportedly Watched by FBI, SEC

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of golf’s biggest names is reportedly under investigation by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Phil Mickelson is one of three men being investigated in a “major insider-trading probe involving finance, gambling and sports,” according to the Wall Street Journal. 
While no charges have been filed and no accusations have been made, 78-year-old Carl Ichan and William “Billy” Walters are also involved. Ichan runs Ichan Enterprises while Walters is a Las Vegas bettor and real-estate mogul.
The basis of the investigation is to discover whether or not Mickelson and Walters traded nonpublic information reportedly received from Ichan about his investments with public companies. Both the FBI and SEC are reviewing trading patterns from Mickelson and Walters in 2011 when Ichan made a $10.2 billion offer for Clorox.
Glenn Cohen, attorney for Mickelson, said that and FBI agent told that Mickelson is not a subject of the investigation. Ichan has also denied knowledge of the probe. The Journal contests that Mickelson and Walters play golf together and that Walters has sometimes suggested stocks for Mickelson to buy.
Mickelson shot 72 and 70 in the first two rounds of the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio and currently sits in 37th place.
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Tiger Woods Will Miss U.S. Open

Tiger Woods Will Miss U.S. Open

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(DUBLIN, Ohio) — Tiger Woods announced on his website Wednesday that he will miss the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 because he is still recovering from back surgery.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I am not physically able to play competitive golf,” Woods said. “I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it’s going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.” Woods has been sidelined since playing in the WGC- Cadillac Championship in early March. The 14-time major title winner had surgery on March 31 for a pinched nerve in his back.
This will be the sixth major championship Tiger has missed because of injuries.
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Scott Downs Dufner in Playoff to Win at Colonial

Scott Downs Dufner in Playoff to Win at Colonial

 Tom Pennington/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Adam Scott won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Sunday in a playoff over Jason Dufner.
Scott, who just this week became the No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, beat Dufner on the third playoff hole when he sunk a 7-foot birdie putt.
Scott and Dufner both shot 4-under 66s Sunday to finish tied at 9-under for the tournament. They both parred the first playoff hole and birdied the second before Scott won on the third hole.
The win means Scott becomes the first player ever to win the Texas Slam. To win the Slam you must win all four events in Texas. Scott won the Shell Houston Open in 2007, the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas in 2008 and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio in 2010.
“As soon as I made the decision to enter last week it was on my mind,” Scott said when asked if he was thinking about winning the Texas Slam. “I thought it would be a neat thing to do. I’ll take any kind of record I can get.”
The win is Scott’s 11th of his PGA Tour career.
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Todd Wins First PGA Tour Event

Todd Wins First PGA Tour Event

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — Brendon Todd tried 76 times to finish atop the leaderboard in a PGA Tour event. On Sunday, the 28-year old picked up his first career win at the Byron Nelson Championship.
“To win out here is really special,” said Todd. “I think since I became a solid college golfer I felt like I could win on the PGA tour. It’s taken a little while, but now that I’m here it’s a dream come true.”
Todd attended the University of Georgia, and one of the perks of winning his first PGA Tournament is a spot in the 2015 Masters at Augusta National. He also earns a PGA Tour exemption through the 2015-16 season, impressive considering Todd twice had to go back to the Web.com Tour in order to regain full playing privileges.
Todd finished at 14-under for the championship, defeating Mike Weir by two strokes. Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, held the lead on the final day before a bogey on the sixth gave Todd a chance to tie him at 12-under. Todd would take the lead for good with consecutive birdies on No. 9 and 10. He finished with a bogey-free round, including a 17-foot par putt on the 17th green.
Todd is the eighth different first-time winner on tour this season. 
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Kaymer Hangs On to Win The Players Championship

Kaymer Hangs On to Win The Players Championship

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla.) — Martin Kaymer holed a 30-foot par putt on the 17th to save himself and then parred the 18th to hang on and win The Players Championship by one stroke over Jim Fuyrk Sunday.
The 29-year-old Kaymer fi…

Holmes Wins Wells Fargo Championship

Holmes Wins Wells Fargo Championship

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — J.B Holmes hit a 3-foot bogey putt on the final hole of the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday, giving him a one-stroke win over Jim Furyk at Quail Hollow
It’s Holmes’ third victory of his career an…

Scoreboard Roundup 5/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup 5/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Toronto Raptors 103 (Nets Win Series, 4-3)
San Antonio Spurs 119 – Dallas Mavericks 96 (Spurs Win Series, 4-3)
NHL Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Minnesota Wild 1 (Chicago Leads …

Kuchar Holes Bunker Shot to Win at Harbour Town

Kuchar Holes Bunker Shot to Win at Harbour Town

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — After three straight weeks of holding at least a share of the lead but never winning, Matt Kuchar finally came through.
Kuchar holed a bunker shot for a birdie on the 18th hole to win the RBC Herit…

Bubba Watson Wins The 78th Masters for the Second Time

Bubba Watson Wins The 78th Masters for the Second Time

Andrew Redington/Getty Images Sport(AUGUSTA, GA) – Bubba Watson put on the second green jacket of his career on Sunday after he finished 8-under-280 for a three-shot victory at Augusta National.
Watson, who won back in 2012, held off Jonas Blixt …

Watson, Spieth Tied for Masters Lead

Watson, Spieth Tied for Masters Lead

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(AUGUSTA, GA) — Jordan Spieth put together yet another impressive performance Saturday, shooting a 2-under 70 to tie Bubba Watson for the lead at the Masters.
If Spieth can outlast the remainder of the field Sunday, he’ll beco…

Bubba Watson Takes Second Round Lead at The Masters

Bubba Watson Takes Second Round Lead at The Masters

Andrew Redington/Getty Images Sport (AUGUSTA, Ga.) –  After two days of play, Bubba Watson has seized control of the Masters. 
Watson shot a -4 under 68 Friday and is currently -7 under for the tournament.  He takes a three-shot lead in…

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