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Teeing Off

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MY BAG

FOR THE U.S. AMATEUR

Rickie Fowler

"I go through two to six balls a round, depending on how many wedges I hit. They cut the ball pretty good."

DRIVER
Titleist
909 D2 (7.5°)
SHAFT
Diamana
White Board 73 (X flex)

HYBRID
Titleist
585H (17°)
SHAFT
Proforce
V2 104 (X flex)

PUTTER
Scotty Cameron
Proto GSS Circa 62

BALL
Titleist
Pro V1x

FAIRWAY METAL
Cobra
IS1-9 (15°)
SHAFT
Fujikura
Pro 95 (X flex)

IRONS
(two-iron)
Titleist
AP2; (four through nine)
Titleist
680
SHAFTS
True Temper
Dynamic Gold X100

WEDGES
Titleist
Vokey Design (47°, 53° and 59°)
SHAFTS
True Temper
Dynamic Gold S400

THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENTS

U.S. AMATEUR

Ride 'Em, Cowboys

Rickie Fowler is the top-ranked amateur in the country, so he figures to be the favorite at this week's U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, but he should get a challenge from the No. 2 player, Peter Uihlein. A head-to-head meeting between the pair would have a little extra spice because they're teammates at Oklahoma State. If the home-on-the-range shootout doesn't materialize, you can always follow fish-out-of-water Steve Wilson, a 39-year-old gas-station owner from Mississippi who won last year's Mid-Amateur, and 2009 Byron Nelson Award winner Mike Van Sickle, son of SI senior writer Gary.

Staking a Claim

The Barclays is the first PGA Tour event played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. Since 2000, 47 Tour events have been held on either a new course or one that hadn't hosted a Tour event in 10 years. Unfamiliar territory seems to lend an advantage to two groups: those without a win and Tiger Woods.

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FIRST-TIME WINNERS
12

TIGER WOODS
6

—Compiled by Sal Johnson

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KOHJIRO KINNO (FOWLER)

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KOHJIRO KINNO (BAG)

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KOHJIRO KINNO (BALL)

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ROBERT BECK (WOODS)