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R&A annouces next venues for British Open

The R&A also announced that the Open has been awarded to Royal Birkdale in 2017 and Carnoustie in 2018. Royal Birkdale last hosted in 2008 and Carnoustie in 2007. Padraig Harrington won them both.

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Tom Watson given Open extension which allows him to play in 2015

By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

Five-time champion Tom Watson will get his Open Championship exemption extended by one year so he can conclude his career at St. Andrews with a 40th-anniversary appearance in the tournament.

Watson, 64, was scheduled to play his last Open later this month at Royal Liverpool, but the R&A announced the added year on Tuesday during a news conference at the Greenbrier Classic, where up to four players could qualify for the tournament based on a top-12 finish this week.

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Learning to hit a fade off the tee

The fade is a great shot to have in your arsenal of shots for your next round. Like most golfers, I started out hitting a fade - ok - many times a slice, but through the years and the advent of new technology on the clubs, I'm now hitting the baby draw most of the time. But many of the courses I play have holes intended for the left to right ball flight. So I've been trying to figure out, in the day of draw-bias drivers, the best way to hit a controlled fade off the tee. After trying several different things, this is what seems to work the best for me:

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14 U.S. Open Golf Courses You Can Play Right Now

by Craig Better

USOpen Courses

The USGA takes its share of heat over various golf issues, but you have to give the Far Hills fraternity credit for at least one of its recent initiatives.

Its goal to open up the U.S. Open was more than just talk.

Consider this:

From its start in 1895 until 2000, the U.S. Open was played almost exclusively on private courses.

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How to fix a hook

Golf is a cruel game. Sometimes the swing you want produces the very ball flight you were trying to avoid. Such is the case with a hook. If you're afraid of hitting the ball left of your target, your tendency is to slow your body turn. You think if your upper torso turns left of the target, the ball will follow.

Ironically, the opposite is true. By slowing or even stopping your turn toward the target (inset), your arms and hands whip through the hitting area and shut the clubface, producing that dreaded snap hook.

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How to hit a Power Fade

A power fade is a driving, left-to-right tee shot that you hit on purpose, not because you left the clubface wide open at impact or cut wildly across the ball (the errors you make when you slice).

When to Use It

It's ideal on holes that turn hard to the right or when most of the trouble is up the left side. It's a trustworthy play because it's easier to pull off then a dead-straight drive or one that draws.

HOW TO FADE THE BALL WITH POWER

STEP 1

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Tiger still recovering from back surgey

Sunday will mark the six-year anniversary to the day of Woods, hobbling around on a left knee ripped to shreds, defeating Rocco Mediate in a playoff at Torrey Pines to earn his third U.S. Open. We know this anniversary will come and go without a repeat performance this week because Woods is again injured—this time to the second most-important part of a golfer's body.

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Matthew Rudy demonstrates 5 Pinehurst-centric shots you'll see players hit this week, and how you can play them

With its roughless, sandy framing, sea of pine straw and shaved green complexes, Pinehurst No. 2 has a radically different look than any other recent U.S. Open venue. That means you'll see tour players hitting a variety of less-common shots during championship. As the Pinehurst Golf Academy's director of instruction, top-50 teacher Eric Alpenfels has lots of experience both on No. 2 and hitting the shots Donald Ross' historical showpiece requires.

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3 signs that Pinehurst is teetering on the edge of insanity

http://www.golfdigest.com/blogs/the-loop/2014/06/3-signs-that-pinehurst-...

PINEHURST, N.C. -- If you've paid any attention this week, you know the hype: Pinehurst No. 2 looks amazing with its rusticity and absence of snooze-inducing Bermuda hay. Old Donald Ross' handiwork is playing as tough as anything the flatbellies have seen and will provide some unprecedented entertainment value in the form of artistic (or not) recovery shots.

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Bubba Watson calls Pinehurst's greens 'unfriendly'

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Calling the greens "unfriendly" and referring to the area outside the fairways as "weeds," Masters champion Bubba Watson expects a long week at Pinehurst No. 2, where the U.S. Open begins Thursday.

Watson will attempt to become the rare player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year, but he was making no bold predictions after a couple of days of practice.