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‘He found a better way’: Bryson DeChambeau flipped the script (in more ways than one) to win the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot

Throughout his 27 years, Bryson DeChambeau has discovered answers to problems confronting him by racking his brain and body, whether devouring a textbook, during strenuous workouts or laborious experimentation.
Simple old observation didn’t hurt, either.
But with the clock ticking ahead of the start of the 2020 U.S. Open at merciless Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, he found a solution in the dark.
DeChambeau was lost as he sent one ball after another after another into the Tuesday night sky the week of the U.S. Open.

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Australian Louis Dobbelaar holds on for Dogwood Invitational win

Louis Dobbelaar hasn’t competed in a major event in the U.S. since the AJGA’s Junior Players Championship in 2019. Since then, the Australian has been dominating Down Under with his biggest win of 2021 coming at the Australian Men’s Amateur Championship in February.
Despite a start-and-stop week at the Dogwood Invitational because of inclement weather, no one could catch Dobbelaar at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. Now, the 19-year-old has a major U.S. amateur title under his belt.

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Chesson Hadley doesn’t buckle playing with world No. 1, tightens grip on Palmetto Championship lead

RIDGELAND, S.C. – The world’s 320th-ranked player didn’t stumble.
The world No. 1 did.
Chesson Hadley, who had missed the cut in 11 of his last 15 starts on the PGA Tour and fallen to his lowest rank since 2016, outplayed Dustin Johnson as the two walked side by side in the final group on Saturday and remained atop the leaderboard through three days of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
The only thing that stopped Hadley, whose lone PGA Tour title came in the 2014 Puerto Rico Open, was a suspension of play due to threatening weather as he stood on the 18th tee.

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Despite a tough finish Saturday, Jerry Kelly is in the hunt at the AmFam Championship

MADISON, Wis. – Jerry Kelly had played bogey-free golf through 35 holes of the American Family Insurance Championship.
The Madison native was tied atop the leaderboard at 10-under-par with Miguel Angel Jimenez heading into the final hole at University Ridge Golf Course on Saturday. Then Kelly admitted he took the wrong approach to the 440-yard, par-4 No. 18.
“I need to hit the ball better,” Kelly said. “I need to hit the driver better. I need to hit my shots better.
“It doesn’t change anything. It just shows that I can get caught. I got caught trying to skirt that bunker.

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Four players tied for lead at Scandinavian Mixed, including two men and two women

Four players are tied for the lead through three rounds of the Scandinavian Mixed, and it’s an equal representation. Alice Hewson and Caroline Hedwall both stand at 12 under at Vallda Golf and Country Club in Gothenburg, Sweden, and so do Rhys Enoch and Jason Scrivener.
Equal representation at the top of the leaderboard is the best endorsement you could make for the opportunity this tournament provides.
Wind made conditions difficult in the third round, but Hewson persevered. She birdied three of her final four holes for a third-round 69 and is enjoying every minute.

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Jon ‘Rambo’ Rahm says he’s cleared to play in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

Last Saturday, Jon Rahm held a six-shot lead after 54 holes in the Memorial Tournament before being told he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw.
This Saturday was much better.
The world No. 3 tweeted that he has been cleared to play in the U.S. Open starting next Thursday on the South Course at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
“After two negative tests in a 24 hour span and being cleared by health officials, it’s time to get ready for the US Open. Vamos!!” Rahm tweeted. He added a GIF of Sylvester Stallone as the movie character Rambo.

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Georgia star Davis Thompson rallies to play the weekend at Palmetto Championship, his pro debut

RIDGELAND, S.C. — Those who know of Davis Thompson as a University of Georgia star golfer and one of the world’s top amateur players could not have expected to see him stumble so badly to start the first round of his professional debut.
Five bogeys in his first eight holes. Just think how Thompson felt.
“I kind of see myself as a very consistent player, which kind of shocked me what I did (Thursday),” he said Friday at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. “It’s golf. You can’t predict anything.”
This was new territory for Thompson, currently No.

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PXG will title sponsor a new two-week match-play event for up-and-coming pro women

Beginning in 2021, women in the space between amateur golf and the LPGA will have a place to test their match-play skills thanks to PXG. The equipment company has announced the creation of the PXG Women’s Match Play Championship for Oct. 25-Nov. 5, 2021. The unique event will take place over two weeks at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.
The event will feature 64 female professionals. Eligible players include those who are pursuing their dream of playing on the LPGA.
The players will compete over two weeks in two separate, but connected, tournaments.

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FootJoy styles Max Homa and Will Zalatoris for 2021 U.S. Open Championship

FootJoy has been one of the leading brands for shoes, gloves and apparel in the golf industry for years. This year is no different as the 2021 U.S. Open Championship is on the horizon. Professional players such as Max Homa and Will Zalatoris will sport seasonal collection colors and designs inspired by Torrey Pines Golf Course. 
FJ has created prints replicating vintage state maps of the 30’s and 40’s with pastel colorways. They have reinvented their shoes with a classic look, but included FJ’s modern technology and innovation.

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How a starter at an Indiana golf course ended up playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates

INDIANAPOLIS — The ballpark was closed for the season. The stadium empty except for Hunter Owen training, sweating in the batting cages at Victory Field.
He was a minor leaguer who didn’t get called to the major league alternate squad when the Triple-A season was canceled due to COVID-19 and Major League Baseball still played its 60 games and needed backups.
Disheartened was how Owen felt when his name wasn’t among those called up. He was, after all, one of the older guys in Triple-A on Indianapolis’ Minor League baseball team.

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Welcome to Wilco World: Youngster Wilco Nienaber powerfully turning heads in PGA Tour debut

RIDGELAND, S.C. – Well before thunder and lightning rolled through the Lowcountry and suspended play for a bit late in Friday’s second round of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree, Wilco Nienaber was delivering his own violent turbulence.
The 21-year-old South African sensation has turned plenty of heads this week in his PGA Tour debut with eye-shocking power. Bubba Long? He’s got that covered. And watch out, Bryson DeChambeau, the kid could supplant you as the longest in the game.
At 6-2 and just 175 pounds, Nienaber still cranks up bombs with an effortless swing.

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Palmetto Championship tee times, TV info for Saturday’s third round

Despite a minor setback late in the day because of the weather, the second round of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree reached a conclusion late Friday evening. Chesson Hadley took the lead early in the day and no one – not even world No. 1 and South Carolina native Dustin Johnson – could overtake him.
Hadley, who is benefiting from a dialed-in putter, will enter the weekend at 11 under, two shots ahead of Johnson. The margin might have been different had Johnson not double-bogeyed the closing hole at Congaree.

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