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Two Contestants Run The Table in Picking The Majors Contest

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 08:07 Friday, 20 June 2014 02:01

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Jeff Sutherland (Inside Golf)

DUNCAN, British Columbia — The 2014 US Open Picking The Majors contest may have had a surprise winner in Martin Kaymer but Laurie Woodland of Victoria, BC and Toni Perreault of Smithers, BC both beat some big odds themselves in making every possible right pick for the US Open instalment.

The "PTM" contest concept is very simple. Just pick one player from each of ten pairs who you think is more likely to do better at the tournament… and you are done. Points are awarded on where they finish.

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Live U.S. Women's Open Blog: No Canadians Under Par After Day 1 Of 2014 U.S. Women’s Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 17:47 Thursday, 19 June 2014 17:10

by Alfie Lau
 

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After paying caddies $550 to collect as much data during last week’s U.S. Men's Open, it appears the USGA has found the right formula to make the U.S. Women’s Open comparable.
 
On a Pinehurst #2 that played more than 1,000 yards shorter, at 6,296 yards, for the women as compared to more than 7,300 yards each of the 4 days of the Men’s Open, par was a great number for any golfer to card.
 
The USGA was hoping to have the women play the same type of approach shots into the Donald Ross-designed turtleback greens and while the scores seem to indicate that was accomplished, my first-hand viewing of many of the holes saw way more hybrid and long-iron (heck, even fairway metal) approaches in by the women this week than the men last week.

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Live U.S. Women's Open Blog: Jessica Wallace Has Best Seat In The House For Lucy Li At U.S. Women’s Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 17:07 Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:42

by Alfie Lau
 

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How often do two players get to play with a third who isn’t even half their age?
 
Well, North Carolina Tar Heel grad Catherine O’Donnell, 24, and Langley’s Jessica Wallace, 23, found out early Thursday morning as they played with 11-year-old Lucy Li in the opening round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst #2.
 
Forget the fact that Wallace had the low score amongst the three, a (+4) round of 74, four better than the (+8) rounds of 78 O’Donnell and Li both carded.

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Live Blog At The U.S. Women's Open: How Young Is Too Young At The U.S. Women’s Open

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:53 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:44

by Alfie Lau
 

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When 17-year-old Lydia Ko talked about her inaugural LPGA season and what it’s been like to win 3 LPGA events already – including back-to-back Canadian Open championships as an amateur – she looked and sounded like a seasoned veteran.
 
“My first tournament (as a professional) was the CME Championship in November last year.
 
And I was really nervous. And it did kind of feel a little different,” said Ko. “But I’ve been having lots of fun. It’s already June and I’ve turned pro like eight months ago and it kind of feels like yesterday.
 
“I think my first (U.S.) Open was when I was 15. I thought I was pretty young then,” said Ko.

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Nail Polish, Crying And Trash Talking At The U.S. Women’s Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:37 Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:16

by Alfie Lau
 

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This was an actual question asked in the U.S. Open Media Centre today: “I notice sitting here in the front row that you have different nail polish on your fingers.
 
Is that to help you with your grip or is there a reason for that?”
 
It’s safe for you to assume that the object of that question was not Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or 2014 U.S. Open Champion Martin Kaymer, but that’s how different it is during Week 2 of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
 
Michelle Wie was asked that question and answered it was just a whim that she painted her fingernails different colours on Tuesday. 

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