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July 14, 2011

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
So Yeon Ryu
We could have recognized Steve Stricker, who birdied the final two holes to win the John Deere Classic for a third straight time. But Ryu made her own clutch birdies, none bigger than on the 72d hole at the US Women’s Open, which forced a three-hole playoff with fellow South Korean Hee Kyung Seo. Ryu birdied the 18th again for good measure to conclude the playoff, making her first victory on the LPGA Tour the most prestigious prize in women’s golf.

TIP OF THE WEEK:
John Tuffin
Playing in windy conditions presents challenges for players of all skill levels. I believe following these three tips will help make you a better wind player:

1. Widen your stance to create a more stable base. Good balance is essential to playing well in the wind.

2. Move the ball back in your stance. This will effectively lower the loft of the club and help promote a more penetrating ball flight.

3. Most importantly, swing easy. The natural urge in the wind is to swing harder, which will only create more problems. Swinging harder puts more spin on the ball, and wind only serves to exaggerate spin. Try taking two or three extra clubs when playing in the wind and swinging easy.

John Tuffin is director of golf at Pinehills Golf Club. Are you having specific problems with your game and want a local PGA professional to provide some help? E-mail your question to mwhitmer@globe.com.

THIS WEEK’S TOUR SCHEDULES:
PGA: British Open, Sandwich, England. Purse: 5 million pounds (winner’s share 900,000 pounds). TV: today/tomorrow 4 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (all on ESPN).

PGA: Viking Classic, Madison, Miss. Purse: $3.6 million (winner’s share $648,000). TV: today-Sunday 4-7 p.m. (all on Golf Channel).

Nationwide: Chiquita Classic, Maineville, Ohio. Purse: $550,000 (winner’s share $99,000). TV: today-Sunday 2-4 p.m. (all on Golf Channel).

TWEET OF THE WEEK:
“One bad hole [Sunday] stopped me in my tracks. Probably wasn’t catching the machine that is @Luke_Donald. New day. New event. The Open.’’ - Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell), who was near the lead on Sunday at the Scottish Open before making a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 12th hole. He shot 74 and tied for 42d, 10 shots behind Donald.