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September 2, 2013 - 8:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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COBRA Golf
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The Tour Trusty is made of Cast 8620 Carbon Steel and available in a Tour Matte Satin and Tour Matte Black PVD finish.
COBRA Golf has introduced a new family of performance wedges under its Trusty line set for release on October 1.
 
Here's the announcement from COBRA:
 
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tour inspired performance, look and feel combine in the new Tour Trusty product line to create a new family of wedges designed by COBRA Golf in conjunction with Tour pros. Featuring COBRA’s Tour notch K-Grind, a Tour preferred shape and Variable Feed Rate Milling, Tour Trusty wedges are designed for precision wedge play and shot versatility.
 
“Our Research & Development team worked tirelessly with our Tour athletes like Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Lexi Thompson and Jonas Blixt to create the Tour Trusty wedge,” commented Tom Preece, Vice President of Research & Development. “With their input and our research and technology, we have developed a true performance wedge that will perform in the toughest conditions.”
 
The non-offset compact shaping delivers excellent alignment at address and the groove edges and volume have been maximized to the USGA allowable limit. COBRA’s new Tour notch K-GrindTM provides heel and toe relief for Tour-trusted versatility around the greens. This combination allows golfers to hone in around the green for optimized shot making.
 
COBRA’s proprietary Variable Feed Rate milling consists of two depths of cut to maximize spin on even the shortest of shots. The Tour Trusty has double the amount of surface roughness than the Trusty Rusty and new, wider grooves to provide maximum spin so golfers can stop the trickiest of shots around the green. Adding to that, the Tour Trusty has a straighter leading edge and new, wider grooves for improved spin.
 
The Tour Trusty is made of Cast 8620 Carbon Steel and available in a Tour Matte Satin and Tour Matte Black PVD finish. This does more than just make a great looking wedge – it provides excellent feel and reduces glare for the golfer.
 
The Tour Trusty (MAP $119) will be available in 11 loft/bounce options in both right and left handed models (48.08°, 50.08°, 52.08°, 54.10°, 56.12°, 56.08°, 58.08°, 60.10°, 60.06°, 62.08° and 64.08°). All options will be available in a Tour Matte Satin or Tour Matte Black PVD finish with a True Temper Dynamic Golf S200 shaft and Golf Pride® New Decade MultiCompound Whiteout grip.
 
The Tour Trusty will be available at golf retailers on October 1, 2013. To find an authorized COBRA dealer near you, visit http://cobragolf.com/dealer-locator
 
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September 1, 2013 - 3:42pm
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John Holmes
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Kevin Stadler at the Deutsche Bank Championship
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Kevin Stadler and the rest of the field are dealing with damp conditions at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday after a long rain delay in the morning.

How many times have you started a round, played a few holes and wished you could just go back to the first tee and start over? That's what the PGA Tour did today.

The third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship got under way as planned this morning, but rain and lightning brought play to a halt around 8:45 a.m. ET. After the weather finally cleared up a couple hours later, officials decided to throw out all the scores and restart the round from scratch.

Zach Johnson and Stuart Appleby, in the first group, had reached the sixth hole when play was halted. A total of 14 players had teed off.

The restart also saw the players re-paired – instead of twosomes off the first tee as originally planned, they were grouped in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees at TPC Boston. They also are being allowed to lift, clean and place their balls.

If you're wondering, this is the second event this season in which the PGA Tour has re-started a round – it happened twice at the season-opening Hyundai Championship in January.

The threat of scattered thunderstorms remains this afternoon, and actually the chance of rain increases as the afternoon goes forward, according to the PGA Tour.

Monday's forecast also calls for a 60 percent chance of rain, and as a result, the final-round tee times already have been moved up. The players again will be grouped in threesomes off the first and 10th tees, with tee times running from about 8:00-10:00 a.m. ET.

Follow the action along with us on our full leaderboard.

 

August 31, 2013 - 9:13pm
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John Kim
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Phil Mickelson flop shot
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Phil Mickelson's flop shot at the Deutsche Bank left the crowd and fellow players in awe.
So the thing about the best players in the world - they really are the best players in the world. Not only are they consistently good, even when they struggle, they are ridiculously good.  
 
Let's talk about, arguably, the most exciting player in the world to watch - Phil Mickelson.  His ability to get on birdie streaks is tremendous, but it's his fearlessness and daring when he's not in the middle of the fairway is what really make him "must see tv."  
 
Consider what happened on Saturday, during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.  Mickelson, who had flirted with a 59 the day before, was the exact opposite of his opening Phil. He was all over the place, driving it left and right, missing greens, finding bunkers, etc. But do you know what he shot on the day? Even par. How?  Well, shots like the one he hit on hole No. 11.
 
In short, it was a flop shot from a tough lie in the rough. 
 
In long, it was a shot that had Tiger Woods and Adam Scott laughing at how good it was. It was a shot that Phil himself noted, "I've not seen anybody else hit that shot...it sure looks good."
 
It was mostly indescribable - even Mickelson said he couldn't describe the mechanics of the shot in a way that people could understand. But it doesn't matter if you can see how great and fun a shot it was.  And you can.  Watch it here. 
 
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August 31, 2013 - 8:26pm
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John Holmes
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William Campbell, a former U.S. Amateur champion who played on eight Walker Cup teams and later served two years as president of the U.S. Golf Association, died Friday, the USGA has announced. He was 90 years old.

Campbell was USGA president from 1982-83 and served on its executive committee for 10 years. In 1987 he became only the third American to be elected captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, and the only man to have led both of golf's governing bodies. 

Campbell served in the Army during World War II, graduated Princeton in 1947 and remained an amateur golfer his entire career. He competed in the U.S. Amateur for 33 straight years, winning in 1964. He also won the U.S. Senior Amateur twice and the North & South Amateur four times. 

He played on eight Walker Cup teams from 1951 to 1975, never losing a singles match and never playing on a losing team. He was the playing captain in 1955. As an amateur, Campbell played in the U.S. Open 14 different times and played in the Masters an amazing 17 different times.

"Mr. Campbell was one of the game's great champions and finest gentlemen," said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. "His contributions to amateur golf and to the USGA have been many and profound." 

Campbell was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, and you can read much more about his career in his official Hall of Fame biography. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 
August 30, 2013 - 11:06pm
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John Holmes
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Sophie Gustafson
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Sophie Gustafson is retiring after five LPGA Tour titles and 13 crowns on the Ladies European Tour.

Sophie Gustafson of Sweden retired from the LPGA Tour on Friday after missing the cut in the Safeway Classic. 

"It's with mixed emotions that I'm now choosing to step away from the LPGA," tweeted Gustafson, who has battled a severe stuttering problem. "Thanks for all your kindness over the years." 

She gave no indication of how long she'd been considering retirement, or what her future plans might include.

Gustafson, 39, won the last of her five LPGA Tour titles in 2009. She also won 13 times on the Ladies European Tour and topped that circuit's money list three times. She entered the week ranked No. 131 on the LPGA Tour money list.

The long-hitter played in eight Solheim Cups, going 13-12-6. She was 4-0 in Europe's 2011 victory in Ireland and made an inspirational statement at the event by doing a lengthy television interview.

Ron Sirak of Golf World wrote an excellent profile on Gustafson, detailing her lifelong battle with stuttering, back in early in 2012. If you're not familiar with her story, I encourage you to check it out.

UPDATE: Beth Ann Baldry over at Golfweek reported Saturday that Gustafson plans to return to the Ladies European Tour, where she dominated early in her career. You can read her story here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 
August 30, 2013 - 6:07pm
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TaylorMade Ghost Series putters
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The Daytona 12 (upper left), Maranello 81 (upper right), Monte Carlo 12 (lower left) and Sebring 62 (lower right) illustrated several of the different head shapes in the new Ghost Tour Series of putters from TaylorMade Golf.

After making a splash with new counter-weighted, high-MOI putters like the Ghost Spider S and Daddy Long Legs earlier this year, TaylorMade Golf is rolling out a new collection of Ghost Tour Series putters for golfers who prefer traditional shapes and weighting.

The new ensemble includes three blade-style putters – the Daytona 12, Daytona 62 and Sebring 62 – along with four mallets – the Maranello 81, Fontana 72, Monte Carlo 12 and Corza 72. As you can easily see, many of these putters join the long list of TaylorMade putters named for prominent race tracks around the world.

''We spent a full year perfecting every detail on our Ghost Tour putters, making each one a thing of beauty, elegance and excellence,'' said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade's director of iron, wedge and putter development. ''Golfers will be blown away when they set each of these putters down for the first time, and again when they experience the performance.''

The new putters feature a black ion plating on the sole as well as a coat of durable white paint to provide contrast against the green. Black parallel lines on the trailing edge form the first- and second-read alignment system to further aid in alignment. 

Each new flatstick includes a multi-material 8020 PureRoll insert (80 percent Surlyn and 20 percent aluminum) to promote smooth roll, distance control and enhanced feel. Each model also features a rubber TaylorMade grip and a stepless chrome shaft – and, for the first time, golfers can upgrade to the same shaft in matte black finish that some PGA Tour players use to help reduce glare.

The Ghost Tour Series putters are priced at $149 each, with the optional matte black shaft going for an extra $40. They come in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, and will be available at retail on Sept. 1 (except for the Corza 72 model, which will be out in November).

For more information, visit www.taylormadegolf.com.