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U.S. Women’s Open: Yuka Saso Wins, Extending a Majors Drought by Americans

SAN FRANCISCO — Lexi Thompson kept her AirPods in her ears until the first player in her group, Megha Ganne, stepped up to hit her opening drive Sunday at the United States Women’s Open.
Thompson, who started the final round at the Olympic Club’s Lake Course with a one-stroke lead, was bidding to win her second career major title, and her first since 2014. With a victory, she would break a 10-major winless streak by American women. With so much at stake, she wanted to wall herself off from all the noise.

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U.S. Women’s Open: Yuka Saso Wins, Extending a Majors Drought by Americans

SAN FRANCISCO — Lexi Thompson kept her AirPods in her ears until the first player in her group, Megha Ganne, stepped up to hit her opening drive Sunday at the United States Women’s Open.
Thompson, who started the final round at the Olympic Club’s Lake Course with a one-stroke lead, was bidding to win her second career major title, and her first since 2014. With a victory, she would break a 10-major winless streak by American women. With so much at stake, she wanted to wall herself off from all the noise.

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Patrick Cantlay Wins the Memorial Tournament in a One-Hole Playoff

DUBLIN, OHIO — The leaderboards positioned at critical junctures of a professional golf tournament are more than scoreboards. They are omnipresent yardsticks measuring the rhythm of the contest with hole-by-hole counts for the top golfers, collectively meant to tell the whole story of the event.
But Sunday in the final round of the Memorial Tournament, there was a jarring omission from every leaderboard, a name conspicuously missing.

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Patrick Cantlay Wins the Memorial Tournament in a One-Hole Playoff

DUBLIN, OHIO — The leaderboards positioned at critical junctures of a professional golf tournament are more than scoreboards. They are omnipresent yardsticks measuring the rhythm of the contest with hole-by-hole counts for the top golfers, collectively meant to tell the whole story of the event.
But Sunday in the final round of the Memorial Tournament, there was a jarring omission from every leaderboard, a name conspicuously missing.

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Jon Rahm Withdraws From Memorial Tournament After Positive Covid Test

DUBLIN, OHIO — Jon Rahm, a popular player on the PGA Tour and the world’s third-ranked male golfer, had just charged to a six-stroke lead on Saturday in the third round of the Memorial Tournament, an event he won a year ago. Walking from the 18th hole, where a crowd surrounding the green showered him with warm applause, Rahm, 26, shook hands with his playing partners and smiled.
Seconds later, he was doubled over and in tears, his left hand clasping his face.

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That Brooks Koepka Feud Won’t Leave Bryson DeChambeau Alone

As play was concluding at the Memorial, a grinning Koepka playfully threw another barb in DeChambeau’s direction. After thanking fans for shouting his name Friday, he posted a video on Instagram and Twitter offering a case of beer to the first 50 people whose time at the tournament, as he said, “might have been cut short.”
The clamor around DeChambeau may have had no effect on his golf, but after shooting a one-under 71 in the first round, which included 15 holes played Friday morning, DeChambeau stumbled badly at the start of the second round Friday afternoon.

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At U.S. Women’s Open, a 17-Year-Old Amateur Enters the Spotlight

The U.S. Women’s Open has throughout its 76-year history been a kind of coming-out party for young players, like the 10-year-old Beverly Klass in 1967, the 11-year-old Lucy Li in 2014 and the 12-year-old Lexi Thompson in 2007. After gaining acclaim for their youth, none survived the cut.
The tournament is, in theory, the most accessible of majors. Nearly half the players in this year’s field — 76 of the 156 entrants, including Ganne — earned their berths through 36-hole qualifiers held throughout the country. Ganne secured her spot on the second playoff hole of her qualifier.

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At the U.S. Women’s Open, Jessica and Nelly Korda’s First Rounds Diverge

SAN FRANCISCO — Jessica and Nelly Korda often play practice rounds together but Thursday at the United States Women’s Open was the first time they had been in the same grouping for the first two rounds of a major tournament. The sisters and their parents were thrilled at the prospect of spending five-and-a-half hours together hiking the sloping labyrinth of a course that is the Olympic Club, the site of five U.S. men’s Opens, in the cool morning murk.
It was one of those family gatherings that was a much better idea in theory than in practice.

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Michelle Wie West Was Ready to Retire. Then She Got Mad.

Wie West has sought out other athletes who fought for change, including Renee Powell, one of the first African-American members of the L.P.G.A., and tennis icon Billie Jean King, who described how her threat to boycott the U.S. Open in 1973 as the defending women’s champion spurred the tournament to become the first of the Grand Slam events to pay men and women equally for their victories. Wie West has compared notes with W.N.B.A. standout and players’ association president, Nneka Ogwumike, whose undergraduate years at Stanford overlapped with hers.

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Phil Mickelson Wins the P.G.A. Championship

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Weathering a riveting, roller-coaster test of nerve over five hours, Phil Mickelson, who turns 51 next month, won the P.G.A. Championship on Sunday to become the oldest golfer to win a major championship. The record was previously held by Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 P.G.A. Championship.
Mickelson shot six under par for the tournament, finishing two strokes ahead of the runners-up, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.

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Four Major Tournaments in Four Months Is a Lot of Important Golf

While the new schedule has added to the strain of trying to claim what can be a career-defining major championship, most players believe it is worth it for two chief reasons: Golf no longer goes head-to-head with the N.F.L. in the fall, and players can take a break and put their clubs away earlier.
Moving the P.G.A. Championship from August to May does both because it allows the PGA Tour’s season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs to start, and end, sooner.

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Phil Mickelson Leads P.G.A. Championship After Third Round

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Mindful of keeping his focus as he ages, Phil Mickelson has begun meditating in his spare time. In the third round of the P.G.A. Championship on Saturday, he clearly took his new diversion to the workplace, pausing for long contemplative moments, occasionally with eyes closed, as he prepared to execute a shot.
For 11 holes Saturday, the result was a commanding, five-shot lead.

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