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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Ben Crenshaw
Even as golf embarks on the final major of the year at the PGA Championship, still fresh in the mind is the closing round Phil Mickelson put together at Muirfield to win the British Open. He birdied four of the last six holes for a 6-under 66, the best round of the day in demanding conditions.
At the entrance to the Putterham Meadows golf course stands a statue of 1913 U.S. Open champion Francis Ouimet. Also in bronze, dwarfed by the bag he carries, is the 10-year-old caddie who walked all 90 holes by his side.
Joe Daley learned at rookie orientation that as a PGA Tour member, he had access to the vast TPC network. He was at tour headquarters that week and wasted no time taking advantage of this perk, sneaking out to play the TPC Sawgrass and holing out from the 10th fairway for eagle.
There was a time when a 14-year-old on the PGA Tour would be considered big news.
Pinehurst is getting ready to make history next year with the first double-dip of U.S. opens.
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese golfer who added some buzz to this year's Masters, was hit with a one-stroke penalty for slow play during Friday's second round, hurting his chances of making the cut.
Guan Tianlang didn't need the school books he brought to America to learn two important life lessons in the Masters.
Guan Tianlang put off his homework for a few hours, grabbed the snack his mom had made and went out to play with his friends.
Leishman, off in the ninth group of the day, held the lead at 6-under-par 66 until Garcia, in the sixth-to-last group, matched him.
Ted Potter Jr. didn’t care about the so-called Par-3 Contest jinx. In his first Masters appearance, Potter worked his magic, sinking birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 in sudden death, beating Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson in a two-hole playoff to hoist the crystal trophy.
Notable pairings include Tiger Woods with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy at 10:45 a.m., and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson with Ian Poulter and Steven Fox at 10:34.
"It really gave American golf its first shot in the arm," said Ben Crenshaw, who captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team at The Country Club in 1999, when Justin Leonard sank the 45-foot putt on the 17th hole that turned the tournament in the Americans' favor.
"After our team staged a furious rally to win the Cup, I brought two things back with me," Crenshaw wrote in the forward to Ouimet's autobiography when it was republished in 2004, "a miniature bronze of Francis Ouimet and Eddie Lowery from the Ryder Cup caddies, and the eerie feeling that Francis Ouimet's spirit guided Justin Leonard's putt into the 17th hole that electric afternoon.