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  1. Rory McIlroy at 20-1 for British Open? 'Good time to back me' (w/ video)

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    SOUTHPORT, England — So artful are the usual gambling options in this creative nation that anyone can bet on some serious minutiae concerning the 146th British Open, which begins today. Which golfer will finish first among Thai players, among Indian players, among Swedes, among Danes, among Scandinavians, among …

    Rory McIlroy, center, chats with caddie JP Fitzgerald, right, and swing coach Michael Bannon during a practice round at Royal Birkdale. “I feel like it’s all coming together,” he says.
  2. Sung Hyun Park wins U.S. Women's Open

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    BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Sung Hyun Park gave away the U.S. Women's Open a year ago with a couple of bad rounds on the weekend. The South Korean didn't make the same mistake this year.

    South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park uses her struggles from last year’s tournament to win this year by two shots.
  3. Shanshan Feng leads U.S. Women's Open

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    BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Shanshan Feng is going to have the president of the United States looking over her shoulder in the final round of the U.S. Women's Open today, and probably a lot of South Korean fans, too.

    Shanshan Feng, who has led from the start, takes a one-shot lead into the final round.
  4. Tom Jones' Two Cents: Lay off golfer Brittany Lincicome

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    Out of bounds

    Brittany Lincicome tees off the 15th hole during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament Friday, July 14, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) USO109
  5. Feng leads Open as Trump pays a visit

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    EDMINSTER, N.J. — Shanshan Feng increased her lead in the U.S. Women's Open and lost the spotlight.

    Shanshan Feng
  6. Rickie Fowler in contention at British Open warmup

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    IRVINE, Scotland — Rickie Fowler skipped the defense of his Scottish Open title last year with a heavy heart. He began making up for lost time Thursday.

  7. Xander Schauffele wins first PGA Tour title at Greenbrier Classic

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    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — A strong finish in the U.S. Open last month helped prepare Xander Schauffele for the nerve-racking grind of chasing a title on the PGA Tour.

    PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele, 23, lines up an 18th-hole birdie putt, which he makes to win the Greenbrier Classic by one. He totaled 14-under 266.
  8. Rookie Sebastian Munoz keeps lead at Greenbrier Classic

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    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Davis Love believes his experience might give him an edge as he tries to become the PGA Tour's oldest winner at age 53. First, he must surpass several others, including a rookie trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner in the Greenbrier Classic.

    Davis Love III enters the final round of the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic four shots off the lead at 10 under after 2-under 68.
  9. Rookie Sebastian Munoz leading by three strokes at Greenbrier Classic

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    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — PGA Tour rookie Sebastian Munoz has found a comfortable routine at the Greenbrier Classic — go play golf, then watch a movie at night.

    Sebastian Munoz follows 61 with 67 at the Greenbrier Classic to take a three-stroke lead into the weekend. Munoz, 24, is seeking his first top-10 finish as a rookie on the PGA Tour.
  10. St. Petersburg High's Meredith Kiernan selected to play alongside PGA Tour Champions players at Pebble Beach event

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    Meredith Kiernan, 16, of St. Petersburg, has been selected to compete in the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach in September, where she will play alongside PGA Tour Champions players.

    Meredith Kiernan has been selected to compete at the 2017 PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach in September, where she will play alongside PGA Tour Champions players. [RODNEY PAGE | Times]

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DREAM 18

 

Wouldn't it be great to play a course made up of the best holes from our top area courses? We gave it a shot. It's called the Dream 18. Get an up-close view through a multimedia report featuring photos and descriptions of each hole as well as audio from Times staff writer Rodney Page.