Thursday, January 31, 2013

VIJAY SINGH USED BANNED SUBSTANCE

With the sports world all abuzz with latest revelations and rumors of the use of PED's I guess it was only a matter of time before golf got into the act. This from the AP:

Vijay Singh says he has used deer-antler spray and wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the PGA Tour.

The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The magazine said Singh paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids' owners $9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products.

Singh released a statement Wednesday at the Phoenix Open.

''While I have used deer-antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy,'' Singh said in the statement.

''In fact, when I first received the product, I reviewed the list of ingredients and did not see any prohibited substances. I am absolutely shocked that deer-antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this position. I have been in contact with the PGA Tour and am cooperating fully with their review of this matter. I will not be commenting further at this time.''

PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said the tour is ''looking into the matter.''

''I know that it's obviously illegal, whatever it is,'' Masters champion Bubba Watson said. ''It sounds like something I would never want near me. ... I don't even know how you take deer-antler spray.

''It's sad that people live and die by their sport and they have to, I guess, cheat and go around it and try to better themselves with deer-antler spray. I'm not just going to take something and ask questions later. I'm not going to take deer antler-spray and find out what it is later. ... I think we should check them for mental problems if they're taking deer-antler spray. That's kind of weird.''

Singh won the last of his 34 PGA Tour titles in 2008. The three-time major champion also has 22 international victories. Early in his career, he was suspended from the Asian Tour for two years for altering his scorecard during a tournament in Indonesia.

Doug Barron is the only player to be suspended under the tour's anti-doping policy, missing part of 2009 and most of 2010. The one-year suspension was lifted in September 2010, and Barron was granted a therapeutic use exemption for low testosterone.

And Mark Calcavecchia also tried some of these SWAT products and was featured in an endorsement on the company's website. But in 2011, Calcavecchia was informed by the Champions Tour that the spray was a banned product because it was found to contain growth hormone. At that point, Calcavecchia acted fast he stopped using it  and asked that S.W.A.T.S. remove his endorsement from the company website.


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Monday, January 28, 2013

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 1-28-2013

 Another Monday finish for the PGA Tour but well worth the wait....



TIGER WINS AT TORREY PINES AGAIN
 On an agonizingly slow day at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods hit only three fairways, lost one of his tee balls and played the closing stretch in 4 over.

Continuing his  dominance at Torrey Pines, Woods was never challenged during his final 11 holes Monday, scrambling his way to an even-par 72 and a four-shot victory over two players at the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open.


Woods, who finished at 14-under 274, became the first player to win at the same venue eight times. It was also his 75th career PGA Tour title.


Before the sloppy finish – he was 3 over in 11 holes Monday – Woods seemed destined to either match or surpass his own tournament record for largest margin of victory at the Farmers (eight strokes, set in 2008). Less than five months later, of course, he won the U.S. Open there on a broken leg. 


Now, though, he’s simply content to erase what had been a bizarre start to his season. Woods missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, but only after being penalized two strokes for taking an improper drop in the second round.


At Torrey Pines, he shot 68-65-69 to create a comfortable cushion. When the final round resumed at 2:10 p.m.  Monday, he was staked to a six-shot lead with 11 holes to play.


Woods moved eight shots ahead midway through the back nine, but bogeyed the 14th and then lost his tee shot on 15 en route to a double-bogey 6. He dropped another shot on 17. Despite the miscues, he maintained a four-shot advantage as he stepped to the tee of the par-5 18th. 


Brandt Snedeker (69) and Josh Teater (69) tied for second, with Nick Watney and Jimmy Walker sharing fourth place.





 WOOD WINS FIRST ON EURO TOUR
Chris  Wood eagled the 18th hole to win the Qatar Masters for his first European Tour victory, overtaking Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee, who finished a shot back.

The 142nd-ranked Englishman shot 200 yards to the green with a 6-iron and watched the ball roll to within 12 feet. Wood calmly sank the putt to finish the final round at 3-under 69 for an overall 18-under 270. Garcia and Coetzee had looked set for at least a two-man playoff after both birdied the last hole.

Wood came into the final day with a three-shot lead over former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, Simon Khan and Alexander Noren after the third round.
But Wood almost threw the victory away early, after he missed a birdie putt on No. 2 and then double-bogeyed the par-3 third.

The 48th-ranked Coetzee, also looking for his first European Tour win, had three birdies on the final four holes on the front nine and then eagled the 10th to take a two-shot lead. Garcia got into the hunt with his much-improved short game, with six birdies on his final 11 holes.

Wood recovered with some clutch putting down the stretch. The win moves Wood into the top 60.


HEDWALL TAKES KO IN NEW SOUTH WALES OPEN
 Caroline Hedwall won the New South Wales Open on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand.
Hedwall finished at 13-under 203 on the Oatlands course. Ko, the 15-year-old amateur who won the Canadian Open last year, shot a 69. 


NEWS & NOTES
Nicolas Colsaerts made a name for himself at the Ryder Cup last September when he erupted for eight birdies and an eagle as he and Lee Westwood knocked off Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.
The memory of what Colsaerts calls that "incredible" day never gets get old.

Now the big-hitting Belgian has introduced himself to the PGA TOUR as he made his debut as a member at Torrey Pines this week. He calls this point in his career "pretty exciting times."
Colsaerts, who is a two-time winner in Europe, played eight events on TOUR last year with his best finish being the ties for seventh at the U.S. Open and Wyndham Championship. He's been very impressed with the condition of the courses, the pleasant weather and the way the players are treated which he calls "quite phenomenal."

Colsaerts, who is sure to attract attention after averaging 318 yards off the tee last year.
Colsaerts said he plans to spend his off weeks in West Palm Beach, Fla., a place many TOUR players call home. He spent last week there getting ready for this early stretch of tournaments that will see the 30-year-old remain in the U.S. at least until after the Masters.

So how did he make out  he made the cut and finished back in the pack tied for nd


Jeremiah Wooding will have a tee time at the Northern Trust Open.
Wooding, who was born in Orange County, Calif., and hails from Riverside, Calif., has been awarded the 2013 Northern Trust Open Exemption and will make his first career start on the PGA TOUR next month, following in the footsteps of his big brother, Joshua, who was awarded the Northern Trust Open Exemption in 2010.

A graduate of University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2011, Wooding has conditional status on the Web.com Tour after advancing to the final stage of PGA TOUR q-school in December.

With the 2013 Northern Trust Open less than a month away, Wooding, 24, was chosen from a pool of applicants to receive the exemption, created and sponsored by Northern Trust . The annual exemption provides an opportunity for a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf and wouldn’t otherwise be eligible to compete in the event.  The 2013 Northern Trust Open returns to Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Riviera Country Club February 12-17.


The LPGA Tour is creating a tournament to determine the best in the world.
The International Crown will start in 2014 and be played every other year. It will feature four days of team matches among eight countries that can field the strongest four-player teams based on the world rankings. The inaugural event will be in late July at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore.
As much as the International Crown has an Olympic flavor, it might be more closely related to the Solheim Cup, which for years did not include the best players in women's golf because it was only for Americans and Europeans. Among those who never played were Karrie Webb of Australia, Se Ri Pak of South Korea, Lorena Ochoa of Mexico and Yani Tseng of Taiwan.

Whan said the players would be in uniforms of their country, free of corporate sponsorships. The purse will be $1.6 million, with $400,000 going to the winning team. It also will be played in the middle of the LPGA Tour season, when players are in form for the majors and media interest is higher than it would be at the end of the year.

The tournament also brings a new format to golf, breaking away from the routine of 72-hole events.
The eight teams will be divided into two brackets, and every team in each bracket will face each other over three days of fourball matches. Five teams will advance to the final round of singles matches, with the points carrying over.

The fifth team will be determined by a playoff between each of the countries that finish third in their brackets. Each country will be required to submit a name in an envelope of the player who would compete in the playoff - to determine the fifth finalist, and if a playoff is needed to determine the overall winner.

 After the inaugural event Caves Valley, it will move to Rich Harvest Farms west of Chicago - site of the 2009 Solheim Cup - for 2016. Whan said it would be played in July, which is the heart of the LPGA Tour's domestic schedule. 


Adams Golf added another former PGA TOUR winner to its staff in 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic champion Robert Garrigus.
Garrigus was with TaylorMade before switching. He’ll wear the Adams Golf logo on his bag and headwear and carry a 22-degree SUPER S hybrid.

Garrigus will open his 2013 season this week at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, where he tied for second last year.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 1-20-2013



BRIAN GAY WINS HUMANA CHALLENGE
Brian Gay outlasted the field and took home the Humana Challenge on the second hole of a playoff. Gay defeated David Lingmerth, Charles Howell III.

Scott Stallings had started the final 18 holes with a five-stroke advantage but he missed the playoff when he hit his second shot at the par-5 18th hole into the water and wound up making bogey.
Gay missed an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole that as it ended up would have given him the lead alone. Howell had an 88-foot eagle putt but ended up three-putting for par to join Gay and Lingmerth at 25 under.
Lingerth birdied the 18th hole for his 62. Gay shot 63 and Howell, who was tied for second at the start of the day, had a 64.
Stallings had a chance to join the playoff even after bouncing off the rocks into the water. He chipped 9 feet by, though, and missed the putt. 

So the playoff began with Gay, Lingmerth, and Howel III. On the first playoff hole Lingmerth found the water with his second shot, knocking him out.

Howell and Gay moved on to second playoff hole.  Gay found the fairway off the tee while Howell went into the right rough, just over a pair of fairway bunkers.

Howell's second shot hit the green but went into the back bunker. Gay's approach settled 5 feet from the pin.

Howell blasted out about 12 feet past the hole. He missed the par putt, giving Gay  two putts to win.

Gay made the birdie putt and won for the first time in four years.



DONALDSON TAKES ABU DHABI TROPHY
Jamie Donaldson edged out Justin Rose and  Thorbjorn Olesen on a thrilling final day at the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi Championship on Sunday.

Donaldson squeezed five birdies in a closing four-under-par 68 to finish 14-under, one ahead of overnight leader Rose  and Olesen.

The Welshman almost let in his rivals when he bogeyed the last hole after missing from five feet. But neither Rose nor Olesen, playing in the group behind, could birdie the 18th and the trophy belonged to Donaldson.

Donaldson, who also won the Irish Open last year, birdied the first, ninth, 11th, 14th and 15th before dropping his only shot at the 18th.

Rose picked up four birdies in the final round but was let down by bogeys at the fifth, 11th and 16th.

He tossed his putter high in the air in anguish after seeing a 12-foot birdie putt lip out at the 18th.

Playing partner Olesen also had to settle for a par at the closing hole after missing from 14 feet.

Portugal's Ricardo Santos finished fourth on 277. 



JOHN COOK OPENS CHAMPIONS TOUR WITH A VICTORY
John Cook caught David Frost on the final hole of regulation, then beat him with birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Cook closed with a 5-under-67  to catch Frost at 17-. Cook made a 16-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.

Frost shot a 69, missing a 15-foot birdie putt at the 18th that would have given him a win in the Champions Tour season-opener. He had held the lead  since the 12th hole of the second round.

Both birdied the first playoff hole from inside 10 feet and went to the 17th tee. Cook hit his tee shot about 15 feet left of the hole and drained it after Frost had come up short with his 20-foot birdie try.

Cook won $309,000 for his ninth victory on the Champions Tour, to go along with 11 on the PGA TOUR. He birdied all four par-5 holes on Sunday, while Frost birdied just one.

Cook's victory gets him invited back next year. He did not have a bogey all week while Frost went bogey-free over his last 48 holes.

Bernhard Langer chipped in for a birdie on the last hole to finish third alone at 200. He started six back and bogeyed two of the first three before getting birdies on nine of the next 11 holes and finishing with a 64.

Fred Couples was five back going into the final round and also had two early bogeys. He rallied with an eagle and six birdies. That run died with a three-putt bogey at the 17th and he was fourth after a shooting a 67 and finishing at 202.

Kenny Perry was the first to make a move Sunday. He started the day in 14th place but surged into fifth with six birdies and an eagle. His 64 matched Langer's score as low round of the week. Perry finished four back with Kirk Triplett.



NEWS & NOTES
The LPGA  announced a 2013 tournament schedule featuring 28 tournaments, nearly $49 million in total prize money, and more than 300 hours of tournament television coverage on Golf Channel and other networks, the most in the Tour’s history. 

The 2013 LPGA schedule features three new tournaments including the $1.3 million North Texas LPGA Shootout, to be played April 22 to 28 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas; the $1.3 million Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, to be played May 20-26 at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas; and the $1.8 million Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic in Beijing, China, which kicks off the Tour’s Fall Asian swing the first week of October at Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club. Each of the new tournaments are four-day, 72 hole, stroke-play events, aired on the LPGA’s international television partner networks, including Golf Channel. Every North American tournament and 27 of the 28 Tour’s stops on the 2013 schedule will be televised worldwide.


Paul McGinley is Europe's captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.
The Northern Irishman defeated Colin Montgomerie in a vote of the European Tour's tournament committee in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

McGinley had received the backing of some of the continent's biggest names, including top-ranked Rory McIlroy and third-ranked Luke Donald.


and speaking of that....
Jason Dufner wants American players to have more input in choosing the Ryder Cup captain. 

The PGA of America chooses the Ryder Cup captain. While Dufner said he supported the choice of Tom Watson for 2014, he said many players would like to be more involved in the process since they are ''familiar with a lot of the guys that could be up for a nomination.''

The 11th-ranked Dufner, playing in this week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, said Europe is ''going to come together'' because of the role players had in choosing McGinley.



Lanny Wadkins is returning to the broadcast booth as lead analyst for the Champions Tour.

Golf Channel said Wadkins will make his debut Friday at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii. He will be the lead analyst for the 22 events on the Champions Tour that Golf Channel televises.

Wadkins was lead analyst for CBS Sports from 2002 to 2006 until being replaced by Nick Faldo.

Wadkins was recognized for his fearless play and outspoken nature when he won 21 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1977 PGA Championship at Pebble Beach. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. 



Phil Mickelson hinted at what could be a "drastic" change for the world of golf, and himself in particular. Thanks to his substantial earnings and his residency in California, Mickelson now falls into two sets of laws that substantially increase his taxes ... and he's not pleased.

"If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate's 62, 63 percent," he said. "So I've got to make some decisions on what I'm going to do."

He acknowledged that he could end up leaving his home state of California. And he further agreed that the financial issues were the reason why he pulled out of an ownership team that purchased the San Diego Padres back in August.

Mickelson has promised to address the issue in further detail at this week's Farmers Insurance Open.



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Sunday, January 13, 2013

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 1-13-2013

 HENLEY WINS SONY OPEN
Russell Henley won the Sony Open by three strokes over Tim Clark, getting his first PGA Tour victory. 

Clark made a run at Henley but Henley kept it together and matched Clark's 63 to take home the trophy.

Tied for the lead with fellow rookie Scott Langley to start the final round, Henley seized control from the start with a birdie on the first hole. And then he really poured it on at the end of the round. Henley birdied his last five holes to close .
Henley moved into a tie with Dustin Johnson atop the FedExCup standings. Both players lead with 500 points.

Henley finished at 24-under 256, breaking by four shots the Sony Open in Hawaii scoring record. It was the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA TOUR history, one shot behind Tommy Armour III at the Valero Texas Open in 2003.


The win gives Henley an invitation to the Masters.




OOSTHUIZEN WINS VOLVO CHAMPIONS
Louis Oosthuizen shot a final round 6-under 66 to beat Scott Jamieson of Scotland by a single stroke and win the Volvo Champions on Sunday.

Oosthuizen finished with a 16 under total of 272 at Durban Country Club to wrap up the victory after the Jamieson narrowly missed a chip on the 18th hole for eagle. Jamieson, who led by five shots heading into the last day, carded a final-round 72, and missed out on second successive European Tour win in Durban by a solitary shot.

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand (68) was another shot back in third, two strokes ahead of Ireland's Padraig Harrington in fourth.

It was Oosthuizen's sixth career European Tour win and elevated him to a career-high fourth in the world rankings.



 NEWS & NOTES
 Tiger Woods  announced on his website on Wednesday that he is planning on playing in Abu Dhabi next week.

The tournament, held at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, begins  January 17, and will have a field that includes Tiger and Rory McIlroy. You'll remember that these two guys  played together at this event a year ago for the first three rounds.

Woods also announced that he will open his PGA Tour season the following week at the Farmers. Woods is a  six times winner of the event, and it's the site of his U.S. Open victory in 2008.




 
 John Daly  struggled to break 80 Saturday in the third round, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying.

The two-time major winner again injured his right shoulder, the same shoulder he originally separated in 2007 and has separated at least twice since. Apparently he hit a rock on the six hole and something popped in his shoulder. He got it popped back in at the physical therapist and see how it is tomorrow.


 

The Jumeirah Group is not renewing its five-year sponsorship deal with top-ranked Rory McIlroy amid expectations that the Northern Ireland golf star will sign with Nike next week.

The global luxury hotel company based in the United Arab Emirates signed the deal with McIlroy when he was 18 and was one of his first corporate sponsors.

 

Rory McIlroy  announced he has started The Rory Foundation. Among the first projects is to bring attention to children by putting the name of charities on his bag when possible. The world's No. 1 player starts his season next week in Abu Dhabi.

 My aim is that The Rory Foundation will support children's charities big and small, around the world, that try to give kids that helping hand.''

He starts with ''The 6 Bags Project,'' in which he will display the name of a children's charity in each of the first six tournaments he plays. During the tournament, the bag will be auctioned through www.roryfoundation.com, with the money going to that charity.

The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children will be on the bag at Abu Dhabi.


First the Bahamas
and now Texas. The LPGA tour  announced a second new event for this year, the North Texas LPGA Shootout, April 25-28 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.

It is the first LPGA event in the region in more than 20 years.

The North Texas LPGA Shootout will  provide a unique opportunity for amateur players in the area to earn spots in the field through qualifying. Tournament exemptions will be awarded to the winners of a high school and collegiate "shootout" played in advance of the event. Tournament proceeds will benefit The Nexus Club which primarily supports and raises funds for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf in North Texas.

The $1.3 million North Texas LPGA Shootout will host a full-field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

 

Japanese phenom  Ryo Ishikawa has signed a multiyear contract with Callaway Golf, it was announced Thursday at a ceremony at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo.

After the ceremony, the 21-year-old Ishikawa boarded a plane for the United States, where he will commence his 2013 PGA Tour campaign at the Humana Challenge, starting Jan. 17 in La Quinta, Calif.

Ishikawa, a media sensation in Japan, is a dominant figure internationally. He won his first professional event at 15 and has amassed 12 tournament titles, none in the United States.


Darren Clarke says he may pull out of the race to become Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014 because of the impact it would have on his career in the next two years. 


Clarke and Ireland's Paul McGinley are the two main candidates to replace Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal, with the European Tour's tournament committee expected to vote in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

However, Clarke said that after seeing an improvement in his own game toward the end of the 2012 season he's not sure he wants to take on such a time-consuming commitment.



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Friday, January 11, 2013

LPGA 2013 SKED COMING TOGETHER

 
First the Bahamas and now Texas. The LPGA tour  announced a second new event for this year, the North Texas LPGA Shootout, will take place April 25-28 in Irving, Texas.
It is the first LPGA event in the region in more than 20 years.

The North Texas LPGA Shootout will  provide a unique opportunity for amateur players in the area to earn spots in the field through qualifying. Tournament exemptions will be awarded to the winners of a high school and collegiate "shootout" played in advance of the event. Tournament proceeds will benefit The Nexus Club which primarily supports and raises funds for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf in North Texas.

The $1.3 million North Texas LPGA Shootout will host a full-field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. 



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Thursday, January 10, 2013

TIGER ANNOUNCES STARTING TOURNEYS

 Tiger Woods announced on his website on Wednesday that he is planning on playing in Abu Dhabi next week.

The tournament, held at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, begins  January 17, and will have a field that includes Tiger and Rory McIlroy. You'll remember that these two guys  played together at this event a year ago for the first three rounds.

Woods also announced that he will open his PGA Tour season the following week at the Farmers. Woods is a  six times winner of the event, and it's the site of his U.S. Open victory in 2008.



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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

DUSTIN JOHNSON TAKES OPENER.....FINALLY

 Dustin Johnson chipped  in for eagle on the 14th hole, carrying him to a four-shot victory over Steve  Stricker at the weather-plagued, season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

With the victory Johnson became the first player since Tiger Woods to win in each of his first six seasons out of college. He also moved to 3-0 in 54-hole events.
Johnson closed with a 5-under 68 Tuesday on the Plantation Course to finish the shortened event at 16-under 203, four clear of Stricker . Brandt Snedeker was third, another two shots behind.

Trailing Johnson by five shots with 11 holes to play, defending champion Stricker made a run at back-to-back titles at Kapalua, pulling within a shot at one point, but his back-nine 36 wasn’t enough to catch Johnson.



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Monday, January 7, 2013

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 1-7-2013

 PGA Tour off to a slow start as weather problems plague the Hyundai Tournament of  Champions.  The wind has wreaked havoc with the tourney so far causing delays and cancellation of rounds. So now as it stands 36 today and 18 tomorrow. so we'll see.


CALL HIM SEMI RETIRED -->
Steve Stricker, is going into semi-retirement. When he leaves Kapalua, he won't return again to the PGA TOUR  until the Match Play Championship at the end of February.



He'll play the majors and World Golf Championships that are held in America, maybe a few other tournaments to get ready for the majors, and the John Deere Classic, which has become his hometown event ever since the Greater Milwaukee Open went away.



He has been thinking about cutting back for the last few years, only the decision was never easy. Not when he was as high as No. 2 in the world, a regular on U.S. teams in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup.



He’s  not walking away entirely. Over the last few weeks, he looked at the schedule and didn't feel he could miss the big events, particularly the majors. He hasn't set a number of events he wants to play, but it will be somewhere around 10.



What will he do when he’s away from the game. He’ll spend more time with his family and he is forming a foundation with a new sponsor, American Family Insurance, with the goal of helping adolescents. The seed money comes from the charity donation he received for winning the Payne Stewart Award and playing on the Ryder Cup team.



His other sponsors - Titleist, Avis and the New York Stock Exchange - are behind his decision to cut back. Stricker has restructured his endorsement deals because he is playing less, and he plans to do more personal days with clients.



 NEWS & NOTES
The equipment carousel has started as the new year begins here is a few changes.
Nike made it official Tuesday with separate announcements that it has signed NickWatney and Kyle Stanley to equipment deals. Both had been with Titleist.

Rory McIlroy will be moving to Nike also.  Nike will make that announcement in Abu Dhabi, where McIlroy will start his season in a couple of weeks. It also landed S.Y. Noh of South Korea.

TaylorMade  now has Stewart Cink (Nike), Lucas Glover (Nike), Ryan Moore (Adams Golf), and John Huh.

Moving to Callaway are Chris Kirk and Gary Woodland (both formerly Titleist).



Carl Pettersson says the proposed rule to ban the anchored stroke for long putters feels like a ''witch hunt,'' and that golf's governing bodies were only reacting to three of the last five major champions using a belly putter.

''It seems silly to ban something that's been around for 40 years,'' Pettersson said in his first comments since the U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club announced plans Nov. 28 to outlaw anchored strokes. ''It's unfortunate. I feel like I'm 16 years behind because I haven't putted with anything else for 16 years.''

Two more months of comment period remain before the rule becomes official, and then it does not take effect until the next Rules of Golf is published Jan. 1, 2016.



Rory McIlroy has a tough decision to make and it's not about his equipment, it's who will he play for in the 2016 Olympics. It is such a tough decision that McIlroy is considering skipping the games altogether.


McIlroy, No. 1 in the world and a two-time major winner, told the BBC that the decision to pick Great Britain or Ireland is a tough one and he isn't sure which side to join when the Olympics begin.


“Play for one side or the other – or not play at all because I may upset too many people. … Those are my three options I’m considering very carefully.”



Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield were elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, joining Fred Couples, Willie Park Jr., and Ken Venturi to round out the 2013 class. They will be inducted May 6, 2013, at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., to kick off THE PLAYERS Championship week.



Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez has broken his right shinbone and will be sidelined for up to five months.

Jimenez said in a statement Sunday that he had surgery on his leg after injuring it while skiing

Jimenez was a vice captain on Europe's Ryder Cup-winning team in September. In November, the 48-year-old Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner by capturing his third Hong Kong Open title. He has 19 career European Tour titles.


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

THE CAROUSEL BEGINS.....


  The equipment carousel has started as the new year begins here is a few changes.
Nike made it official Tuesday with separate announcements that it has signed NickWatney and Kyle Stanley to equipment deals. Both had been with Titleist.

Rory McIlroy will be moving to Nike also.  Nike will make that announcement in Abu Dhabi, where McIlroy will start his season in a couple of weeks. It also landed S.Y. Noh of South Korea.

TaylorMade  now has Stewart Cink (Nike), Lucas Glover (Nike), Ryan Moore (Adams Golf), and John Huh.

Moving to Callaway are Chris Kirk and Gary Woodland (both formerly Titleist).

Don't forget the Hyundai Tournament of Champions kicks off the PGA merry go round TODAY!!!

Welcome to 2013


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