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Mark Herrmann

Mark Herrmann became Newsday's national golf writer in 2002 and writes a twice-weekly column called LI Golf Beat, appearing in the newspaper on Thursdays and Sundays.

Tiger ousts Steve Williams as caddie

 Steve Williams served as Tiger Woods’ bodyguard, enforcer and close friend as well as caddie for 12 years through 13 major titles, until yesterday. Williams was fired and became the latest to go in Woods’ personal and professional upheaval.            Woods did not announce a replacement in conjunction with the announcement...

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Defending champ Jim Liu advances at U.S. Junior Amateur

Defending champion Jim Liu of Smithtown rallied after a 78 in the opening round of stroke play and shot 70 on Tuesday to qualify for the match play phase of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Bremerton, Wash. Liu will play Nicolo Galleti of Clayton, California Wednesday at 2:39 Eastern Time.

It appears that Matt Lowe of Farmingdale also qualified, although that has not been finalized...

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Araskog, Park reach match play at U.S. Girls Junior

Annie Park of Levittown, who reached the semifinal round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links recently, and Caroline Araskog of Locust Valley, a top competitor in national junior events, both made it through two rounds of stroke play and advanced to match play at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship outside of Chicago.            Both...

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Tiger Woods' agent joins with Derek Jeter's agent


         There had been a rumor that Tiger Woods would have a big announcement this morning. All kinds of speculation ensued, such as that he might be done for the year and might be retiring. Hardly.

          He made no announcement, nor will he. The news about Woods today is that his agent Mark...

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Joe Saladino wins LI Amateur

     Joe Saladino put all of his experience to use in a dramatic 36-hole final match to win the Long Island Amateur, 2 and 1, over 16-year-old Clancy Waugh.

       Saladino seemed comfortably ahead after the morning session at Tam O'Shanter Club in Brookville. He was 4 up. He extended that to 5 up early in the second round. But Waugh, who plays...

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Joe Saladino vs. Clancy Waugh in LI Am final

        Joe Saladino of Huntington has won the Long Island Amateur (in 2007) among his many other titles and honors in golf. He was the Met Player of the Year in 2010, having won the Nassau Invitational and Havemeyer Memorial, qualified for the U.S. Amateur and reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Mid-Amateur (losing to Phil Mickelson's brother).


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Tony Demaria wins assistants title at Hudson National

Tony Demaria, right, with Theron Harvey, director of

            Tony Demaria of Willow Ridge shot par 70 at Hudson National Monday to win the latest stop on the local assistant pros tour. He scored a one-shot victory over David Head of Laurel Links and two others. Matt Belize of Westchester Hills also tied for second, having made two eagles on par 4s.           ...

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Gary Player to join Arnie, Jack as Masters Honorary Starter

       In the 1960s, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player dominated golf's majors and were seen as such a powerful group that they appeared in a regular TV series, "Big Three Golf." Well, now the Big Three will be revived in a formal way. Player will be one of the honorary starters at the Masters, starting in 2012, joining Palmer and Nicklaus.


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Tiger withdraws from British Open

Tiger Woods smiles during a news conference at

(Credit: AP)

Tiger Woods made it official today, announcing that he will not play in the British Open next week. That seemed obvious last week when Woods said during a news conference at the AT &T National, which he hosts, that he has not practiced at all and does not intend to play any golf until he feels 100 percent recovered from his knee and Achilles injuries.

The announcement today just made it...

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LI's Annie Park defeats Tiger Woods' niece

Annie Park, 16 of Levittown, scored the most eye-opening win in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, taking a lead on the front nine and maintaining it to beat Cheyenne Woods, Tiger’s niece, 3 and 2.

Park advances to the semifinal round Friday afternoon in the national tournament at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Oregon. She has played a lot of big tournaments all over the country,...

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