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17-year-old high school junior has day to remember at US Women’s Open

When that happened, Megha Ganne was just a child.
Fast forward to 2021 and Ganne — a 17-year-old high school junior — pulled off the same feat on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club, finishing on a four-under 67 after day one of the 2021 edition of the major.
Known for its twisted, forest-lined fairways, tiny greens and dense rough, the course is a tough one to navigate.

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The 19-year-old major winner who modeled her game on Rory McIlroy’s after watching him on YouTube

The answer is yes. The 19-year-old Filipino gets to keep the trophy for a year before it’s replaced by a replica after she won the US Women’s Open on Sunday, beating Japan’s Nasa Hataoka in a dramatic sudden death playoff.
As she rolled in her 10-foot birdie putt to clinch the momentous victory on the playoff’s third hole, Saso became the first Filipino to win a major in men’s and women’s golf.
When she was a 13-year-old, Saso used to watch clips on YouTube of Rory McIlroy winning his first major at the US Open in 2011.

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Juggling a pro golf career when you’re a Mom

Twenty years ago, this is exactly what amateur Brenda Corrie-Kuehn — eight months pregnant — did at the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club alongside playing partner Jennifer Greggain, who was well into her second trimester.
Their scores were not the best and they were not the quickest around the course — they were even put on the clock by officials given the number of toilet “pit stop” breaks Corrie-Kuehn had to quite naturally make.

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‘Everybody loves to hate the villain,’ says Shooter McGavin 25 years on from ‘Happy Gilmore’

Twenty five years since Adam Sandler propelled golf into the cinematic zeitgeist with his role as a neurotic hockey player who finds out he has a talent for the game, stars including Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have been paying homage to the 1996 comedy.
“I would be lying if I said we knew right away it was going to be this hit. It’s always a crazy thing when it happens,” Christopher McDonald, who plays Shooter McGavin — Gilmore’s nemesis — in the film, tells CNN Living Golf’s Shane O’Donoghue.

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How Phil Mickelson’s history-making major victory was a family affair

Tim Mickelson caddied for his brother Phil during his record-breaking PGA Championship victory on Sunday, with which Mickelson became the oldest major winner in golf history.
And while Tim was the only person who had direct contact with Mickelson on the course, their mom was trying to send her own piece of advice to “Philip” from afar.
“Text Philip and tell him just to par in,” Mary Mickelson texted to his sister Tina, she revealed on Twitter. “Don’t hit bombs or activate calves. Just par. They will have to catch him.

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Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner as he wins enthralling PGA Championship

He finished two shots ahead of Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, following an excellent final round performance, finishing six-over for the tournament.
In winning at aged 50, Mickelson surpassed the record previously held by Julius Boros, who won the PGA Championship in 1968 at age 48.
The victory is the sixth major title of Mickelson’s long and storied career, with his previous PGA Championship coming 16 years ago in 2005.

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Brilliant Phil Mickelson atop leaderboard heading into final round at PGA Championship

The five-time major winner produced some stunning golf on Saturday at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course before dropping some late shots to finish on seven-under and atop the leaderboard of the major with a one-shot lead.
But his competitors aren’t far behind. Two-time winner Brooks Koepka was slow and steady in his movement up to just a shot behind Mickelson.
Heading into the final day of the PGA Championship, it looks to be a nervy one with numerous big names in contention, with 2010 Open winner Louis Oosthuizen just a shot behind Koepka.

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‘Are you not entertained?’: Joel Dahmen ask famous ‘Gladiator’ question during PGA Championship

Joel Dahmen, after holing a crucial putt in his third round at the PGA Championship, turned to the crowd, hands aloft and asked the famous question: “Are you not entertained?”
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The question was made famous by Russell Crowe’s character, Maximus Decimus Meridius, in the 2000 Oscar-winning film, “Gladiator.”
And Dahmen thought it the perfect time to check on the on-watching fans as the culminating moment to an excellent front nine on day three.

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Y.E. Yang, the man who beat Tiger Woods to win the 2009 PGA Championship, is disqualified

The South Korean golfer was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard following the second round on Friday of the 103rd PGA Championship at The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island Resort, in South Carolina, according to a press release from the tour.
On the par-4 10th hole, Yang put down that he shot a four, where he actually made a five.
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After his scorecard was “officially returned” and he left the scoring area, Yang was disqualified.

According to Rule 3.

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Phil Mickelson sets early lead at PGA Championship, and a chance at history

The five-time major winner carved out a two-shot lead for himself on Friday at the 103rd edition of the competition.
And, annoyingly for Mickelson, it could have been even better.
The 50-year-old birdied six of his first 11 holes but bogeyed three of the last six to finish the day five-under par and two shots ahead of the chasing pack.
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But despite the tough ending to his round — the wind caused havoc as it picked up later on — Mickelson described having “fun” out on the course.

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