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Long Island golf courses and golfers mixed with a splash of PGA and other pro tours.

Tiger has no timetable on comeback, praises Rory

      Tiger Woods said this afternoon that he "learned his lesson" about coming back from injuries before he feels 100 percent, so he has set no timetable for his next appearance on a golf course. At a news conference for the AT&T National outside Philadelphia, a tournament that he hosts, Woods said he has not hit any balls, other than putts, since he injured...

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Barclays coming to Black in 2012, sources say

 

         Newsday's Albany bureau has confirmed, through sources, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has reached agreement to bring the Barclays--the first leg of the PGA Tour's season ending playoffs--to Bethpage Black in 2012 and in 2016.

          This will mark a return of pro golf...

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Erik Compton, after two heart transplants, wins on Nationwide

      Erik Compton, who has endured two heart transplants and kept his golf career going, won on the Nationwide Tour Sunday and looks like a cinch to earn his PGA Tour card. An amazing story of perseverance tied to talent.

      Here's a piece I did on Compton at the U.S. Open last year:

   Newsday (New York)June 15,...

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U.S. Open winners and losers, non-McIlroy division

 There was, of course, only one real winner all week at the U.S. Open. No one came anywhere near Rory McIlroy, only the seventh player in 111 U.S. Opens to lead from start to finish without being tied.            Consider that his emphatic response to those who scribbled a thought such as this in a compilation of winners and losers at the...

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`Rory is best I've ever seen'--McDowell

    Here is what they were saying about Rory McIlroy, as he was about to become the U.S. Open champion:            Graeme McDowell, defending U.S. Open champion: “He’s the best player I’ve ever seen. I didn’t have a chance to play with Tiger when he was in his real pump. This guy is the best I’ve...

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Turnesa has solid back nine

       Marc Turnesa of Rockville Centre, the only local golfer in the U.S. Open, had a strong back nine after the rough start on Congressional (he hit his first-ever Open shot into the water and made double bogey on the 210-yard 10th).

        He shot par for the back nine and finished the first day 5 over, which was not all...

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Early U.S. Open notebook

     Some observations and thoughts (emphasis on the former) from the first round here at Congressional Country Club:

      Pack a lunch if you're walking from the 17th green to the 18th tee. They built a new tee for the 523-yard par 4 finishing hole and, man, it is back there. Way back by the fence. The hole is downhill, though, and the players...

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LIer Marc Turnesa 5 over at the turn

     Marc Turnesa of Rockville Centre will always remember that his first shot ever in a U.S. Open went in the water. That's what happens when one of the nines starts with a par 3.

       Turnesa began on No. 10, a par 3 with about a 200-yard carry over a pond. With light rain just starting to fall, his ball fell just short and right...

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U.S. Open returning to Shinnecock in 2018

Here's a copy of the current story about the return of the Open to Long Island. USGA officials are particularly happy to have the chance to let people see Shinnecock for the world-class course that it is, not as the object of derision it became in 2004, when the USGA admittedly "let the course get away from us."           The U.S....

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Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 14: Phil Mickelson hits

(Credit: Getty/Andrew Redington)

An at-a-glance lookat Phil Mickelson's close calls at the U.S. Open.

He played the first of his 20 U.S. Opens in 1990 at Medinah. His best round was a 66 in 2004 at Shinnecock (round 2) and in 2010 at Pebble Beach (round 2). His best finish was second, and he did that five times. See the chart below. YEAR COURSE WINNER SHOTS BACK 1999 Pinehurst Payne Stewart 1 2002...

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