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Tiger Woods? niece, Cheyenne, is rolling at Amateur Pub Links

Tiger Woods? niece, Cheyenne, is rolling at Amateur Pub LinksWe might not see Tiger on the course anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean one Woods isn’t doing to a USGA event what her uncle used to do. Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger and a senior at Wake Forest, took medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship on Tuesday, being the only golfer to break par over two rounds (hum, I wonder if Tiger was ever the only person to break par at a USGA event), and has already rolled through her first opponent in match play.

The most interesting part? As Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry reports, Cheyenne arrived at Bandon Dunes and texted a friend saying she didn’t know if she was ready for the event.

No worries, as Woods posted stroke-play rounds of 72-69 to land the top seed in match play, and then roll over Ashley Edwards of Oakley, Calif., 4-and-3 on Wednesday.

It probably isn’t a genetic thing to be great at USGA events, but if it is, Cheyenne is doing her uncle proud. Tiger was medalist in three USGA events (1991 and ‘92 U.S. Junior Amateur, and 1996 U.S. Amateur) and won six consecutive USGA events from ‘91-96 before turning pro and winning three U.S. Opens, with the last coming in 2008. Cheyenne is no slouch herself, winning more than 30 amateur events already in her young career, and she was the ACC individual title winner this year at the conference tournament.

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A desperate Colin Montgomerie needs a strong finish to qualify for the Open Championship
A desperate Colin Montgomerie needs a strong finish to qualify for the Open Championship A dejected Colin Montgomerie is perhaps facing what could be the twilight of his career if he is not able to post a strong finish in this week?s Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart. And not just any other strong finish, but a strictly Top-5 finish is what will guide him through to the Open Championship ahead.   ?It’s the last throw of the dice here,? Montgomerie said. ?For 21 years I’ve p…

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Phil Mickelson hopeful to win the Open Championship this time around
Phil Mickelson hopeful to win the Open Championship this time around There will be just a handful of players at this year?s Open Championship at Royal St. George?s, who will be working hard to keep the American flag flying high in face of rampaging European brigade. Steve Stricker, currently number five on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and winner of the Memorial on PGA Tour, is one of the hopefuls of the event alongside Nick Watney, who clinched his second title for the season last…

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Devil Ball Golfcast 75: Closing out the Open

Devil Ball Golfcast 73: Matt KucharThe glow of the U.S. Open is finally fading, so let’s put a bow on it by talking to our intrepid correspondent Shane Bacon, writer here and at Dogs That Chase Cars. (Follow Shane on Twitter right here, and while you’re there, follow me too.) Shane was in attendance at Congressional, and although he was sidelined by a broken foot, he nonetheless got a look at all the Roryness up close and personal-like. We discuss what it’s like being in the gallery at a major tournament, how tough Congressional was (or wasn’t), and whether Rory McIlroy really is the next Tiger (or isn’t). And from there, we segue into a little Woods discussion, demonstrating once and for all that Woods dominates all talk of golf … and for the next few years, that’s as it should be. Listen up; it’s good stuff.

We welcome your thoughts, ideas and recommendations on the podcast. Hit me up at jay.busbee@yahoo.com. And if you’ve got a question or comment for us to kick around, call our Skype line at 678-389-9173 and leave your message. Click the little arrow below to play the podcast or right-click it to download, and hit the iTunes or RSS icons linked below to subscribe. Follow us on Twitter at @jaybusbee and @shanebacon to get more frequent updates. Have at it!

Devil Ball Golfcast 75: Closing out the Open

Devil Ball Golfcast 73: Matt Kuchar

Devil Ball Golfcast 73: Matt Kuchar

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Teeing Off: Is Nick Watney the most underrated player in the game?

Teeing Off: Is Nick Watney the most underrated player in the game?Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Jay Busbee and head writer Shane Bacon take a day’s topic and smack it all over the course. This week, Jonathan Wall steps in for Jay. Suggest a future topic by writing jay.busbee@yahoo.com, or hit us on Twitter at @jonathanrwall and @shanebacon. Today, we discuss Nick Watney, and his value in the golf world both as a top player and as a top American.

Wall: Not sure if you’re aware of this or not, but Nick Watney won his second tour event of the season over the weekend. Dude is so quiet I almost forgot he was in the field until he hoisted the trophy on Sunday evening. I’m kidding, of course, but it seems like Watney’s nickname should be the “Silent Assassin” for the way he continues to sneak up on the competition. He’s now ranked in the OWGR top 10 and continues to play solid golf almost every week. Yet we rarely talk about him as a top player. Seriously, is there a more underrated golfer in the game right now than this guy?

Bacon: There can’t be. This is a guy that in the last year has won two marquee non-majors, led a major after 54 holes and finished in the top 10 at the British. But let me ask a follow-up; why do we always forget about this guy? Is it because he’s quiet and just goes about his business, or is it simply easier to pull up names like McIlroy and Mickelson when talking about the top dogs? I feel like this is a kid that has all the tools we want in our next young American star, but for some reason, fail to get behind.

Wall: I think it’s valid question. In all honesty, he’s not a sexy name like Dustin Johnson or Bubba Watson. I’d be willing to bet if he was in the "Golf Boys" video or tried to get in the spotlight on occasion, we’d definitely be mentioning him in the same breath as some of the top American players in the game. He reminds me a lot of a young Steve Stricker, in the sense that he wins tournaments and usually finishes in the top 25, but he still doesn’t have a major. Win one and we definitely won’t forget about him, don’t you think?

Bacon: I like the Stricker comparison. A guy that gets it done, normally with a sincere smile on his face, and rides off in his Lexus with the trophy.

So, I’ll toss this at you — is Watney the most likely American to contend at next week’s British, or is it just up for grabs at this point for any of about 30 names out of the red, white and blue?

Wall: Ugh, I was hoping you weren’t going to ask this question! American golfers have had a lot of success recently at the Open Championship, but outside of Tiger, the names have been all over the map. While I think Watney has a great chance based on his recent form in the major — T-7 in ‘10 — I also think any number of names could be in the mix. Heck, John Daly has a chance! So my roundabout answer is I’d take the field at this time. You in agreement?

Bacon: Absolutely, the field seems like the only way to go these days, that is, unless you had Oosthuzen-Kaymer-Schwartzel-McIlroy in that order, and if you did, mind sending me a predictions text?

Now your turn … is Watney underrated, or do we place him right where he needs to be?

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Bubba Watson spews out disrespect for French Open and France
Bubba Watson spews out disrespect for French Open and France While the long-hitting Bubba Watson went over to miss the cut at the Alstom Open de France last week, he made sure to completely destroy his image with his wreckless public statements, which have profoundly offended the French public. The left-handed golfer, who switched over to PGA Tour after his successful run in the Nationwide Tour, decided to travel beyond the Atlantic to sharpen his skills before the Open Championship ahead….

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Tseng Dominates LPGA Championship for Major No. 4 at Age 22
Yani Tseng has now won more majors than Nancy Lopez. She’s 22 years old.

Tseng won the 2011 LPGA Championship in record-tying fashion. She had a putt on the final green …

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Cheyenne Woods Medalist at USWAPL
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship is taking place this week in Oregon, at Bandon Dunes. And the players are through two rounds of stroke play, which whittled the …

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Rory McIlroy rises to No3 in world rankings after US Open win

? Northern Irishman ousts Kaymer to complete all-British top three
? Luke Donald and Lee Westwood still lead the way

Rory McIlroy had something else to celebrate today ? a climb to a career-high No3 in the world.

Northern Ireland’s new US Open champion overtook Martin Kaymer when the German failed to finish in the top eight at the BMW International Open in Munich.

Now only Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are ahead of the 22-year-old McIlroy, who is on a three-week break after his stunning eight-shot victory at Congressional.

He returns for the Open at Sandwich on July 14-17, but before that Kaymer is at this week’s French Open and both Donald and Westwood are entered for the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, near Inverness, starting on July 7.

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