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January 7, 2014 - 12:28am
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Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner
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Brandt Snedeker (l) and Jason Dufner aren't exactly twins, but don't tell that to Snedeker's young daughter.
To you and I, Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker don't look a lot alike. But to Snedeker's three-year-old daughter, Lily, well, maybe there are more similarities than we think.
 
I'll let this Twitter exchange tell the cutest tale I heard all day:
 
 
January 6, 2014 - 7:23pm
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TaylorMade Tour Prefeered MB iron
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The Tour Preferred MB irons from TaylorMade have a compact, classic shape with a thin topline that transitions smoothly into the hosel, minimal offset and minimal camber on the sole.
TaylorMade has reaffirmed its commitment to better players with the introduction of its new Tour Preferred irons. The three new models – the Tour Preferred MB (muscleback), MC (muscle cavity) and CB (cavity back) – all are aimed at highly skilled golfers.
 
The Tour Preferred MB (muscleback) irons are forged from soft 1025 carbon steel, and created for elite players. Their shape is classic and compact, TaylorMade says, with a thin topline that transitions smoothly into the hosel, minimal offset and minimal camber on the sole. Their grooves are milled to exacting specifications to promote more spin and control from the rough, and they – like all of the new Tour Preferred irons – feature a hand-polished satin nickel-chrome finish.
 
Designed for players seeking a bit more workability, the Tour Preferred MC irons blend a classic shape with a shallow muscle cavity behind the face to boost the clubs' stability through the swing. Their heads' length, topline and sole width are all slightly larger than on the Tour Preferred MB, and the 3- through 7-irons incorporate TaylorMade's Speed Pocket technology to promote increased ball speed in the lower portion of the clubface for more consistent ball speed and launch conditions across the entire face. 
 
 
The Tour Preferred CB irons are full-fledged cavity backs that, TaylorMade says, are created for the better player who wants maximum performance technology in a compact and elegant head shape. The Speed Pockets in the 3- through 7-iron feature micro-slots to promote faster ball speed across the face and higher launch, which promotes more distance. That, the company says, helps make the CB one of the longest player's iron that TaylorMade has ever created. 
 
The heads on the short iron heads are compact with minimal offset, while those on the long and middle irons are slightly larger with progressive offset for more stability and easier launch. The CB irons also have stronger lofts to work with the higher launch angle generated by the Speed Pocket for what the company calls an optimal combination of distance and controlled trajectory.
 
All three models come in 3-iron through pitching wedge, feature a hand-polished satin nickel-chrome finish and are equipped with KBS Tour steel shafts and tour velvet grips. The Tour Preferred CB set includes a 51-degree A-Wedge. Custom shafts and grips are available. 
 
The Tour Preferred MB irons carry a suggested retail price of $1,099 per set, while the Tour Preferred MC are priced at $999 and the Tour Preferred CB are priced at $899. 
 
Here's a video from TaylorMade introducing the new Tour Preferred irons:
 
 
 
 
January 6, 2014 - 3:43pm
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Bubba Watson and Garia golf cart
Bubba Watson via Twitter
If all you knew of Bubba Watson was what you saw him driving over the last year or two, you might assume he's an Air Force test pilot or a NASCAR star instead of one of golf's best players. After all, he's the proud owner of the General Lee, he spent some time tooling around in a hovercraft and for Christmas he got a brand-new Corvette.
 
Today, though, Bubba has gone back to his golfing roots. He tweeted out a photo of his latest four-wheeled acquisition – a Garia golf cart.
 
Garia is a high-end golf cart maker, and says its carts are made in the same factory where the Porsche Boxster and Cayman were produced. Judging by the photo, Bubba's new ride is a Garia LSV model, which has a maxmum speed of 25 mph and a maximum range of 40 miles, and is made to be street legal in many jurisdictions. Among its options are a refrigerator and a stereo system. 
 
And if Garia sounds familiar to you, it might be beause Paula Creamer got one in the summer of 2012. The seatbacks on hers are festooned with the ''Pink Panther'' logo. Bubba's seatbacks say ''BubbaGolf'' on them.
 
For more info on Garia, check out the company's web site. And for a quick look at Paula's cart and Bubba's vehicles of 2013, take a look below:
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 6, 2014 - 9:43am
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Isaiah Tesori
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Isaiah Tesori, newborn son of Paul Tesori who caddies for Webb Simpson, was born Saturday with complications.

Golf is a tight-knit community at every level, especially the pros.

This week in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson is without his regular caddie, Paul Tesori. Instead, Simpson is borrowing buddy Bubba Watson's caddie, Ted Scott, so that Tesori could be home for the birth of he and wife Michelle's second child.

On Saturday, Tesori took to Twitter to announce the birth of his little boy, Isaiah. He also shared every parent's nightmare -- Isaiah was born with some complications.

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Here's the original tweet from Tesori:

Tim Rosaforte, from Golf Channel and Golf World, followed up on Sunday morning and reported that Isaiah Tesori was still in the NICU with a virus and a possibility of Down's.

Not surprisingly, the Tesoris have been inundated with an outpouring of support and well wishes.

Scott, in fact, had the name, "ISAIAH," emblazoned on the bill of his hat during the third round of the Tournament of Champions.

 

Here are a couple of more tweets sent out by Tesori:

 

"Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted me to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day, and that's what Teddy and I did," Simpson said, following a 5-under 68 on Sunday that had him tied for the 54-hole lead. "You know, I felt like we were out there playing for Isaiah.

"Paul needs something to watch there in the hospital. It's been a long few days, so hopefully we gave him something good to see on TV."

For more updates, or to send well wishes, you can follow Tesori on Twitter, @PaulTesori.

Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tjauclair.
 

January 3, 2014 - 8:44pm
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Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing contest
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Brittany Lincicome and Gary Player are two of the celebrity judges for this year's Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing contest.
Golf season might just be cranking back up after the holidays, but the smallest swingers better have their A-Games ready. Why? Because it's time for the Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing contest.
 
For the fourth straight year, Little Linksters, LLC, the Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development and The Littlest Golfer, Inc. are looking for the best swings from kids up to 8 years old. The contest is open to children from all around the world, and this year’s there’s a unique twist.
 
"We wanted to get the instructors involved and motivated as well to have their juniors take part in this fun contest, so we are offering a very cool prize pack for the instructor that has the most junior golfers register in the event," explained PGA Professional Brendon Elliott, the founder of Little Linksters. "The instructor who has the most children entered will win a free website and hosting for a year from one of the industry's best, Golf Web Design, as well as a very cool swing training device called Swingbyte." 
 
Elliott – a 2010-2012 US Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher, a 2013 US Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher, a 2013 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional and the 2011-2013 NFPGA Junior Golf Leader award winner – will lead the judging. He will be assisted by this year's celebrity panel of judges:
 
--LPGA Tour player Brittany Lincicome
--Golf legend Gary Player
--Golf Channel analyst and former PGA Tour player Frank Nobilo
--Golf Channel personality Holly Sonders
--PGA & LPGA Professional and multiple award-winning instructor Nicole Weller
--Honorary PGA of America President Allen Wronowski
 
Elliott is encouraging parents to post a video of their kids' swing on YouTube and submit the link between now and Jan. 15, 2014. Registration details and complete instructions can be found at: http://littlelinksters.com/best-pee-wee-golf-swing-in-the-world/
 
Prize packages will be awarded in four age categories: Under 3 years old (new for 2013-2014), 3-4 years old, 5-6 years old and 7-8 years old. Each prize package includes items from some of the industry's best children's golf apparel, equipment and training aid companies:
 
--The Littlest Golfer gift pack
--US Kids Golf Full set of Clubs and other accessories
--Exemption & Entry Fee into 2014 FCG International (formally the San Diego Junior Masters) 
--EyeLine Golf training aids package
--The Golfer's Footprint swing trainer 
--MoRodz alignment sticks
--Almost Golf play anywhere pack
--Swingfix online lessons
--Star Putter training aid
--Kwik Golf gift pack
--My Mini Golf gift pack
--Swinggait Swing Trainer
--Stick To Sports "Let's Play Golf" Book
--Little Linksters coloring book and prize pack
 
The winners will be announced at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Jan. 22-24.
 
The Little Linksters golf program in central Florida is designed specifically for children from 3 to 8 years old. The program is taught in a fun and interactive way using both traditional and non-traditional instructional methods to ensure children's first introduction to golf is FUN! The Little Linksters mascots Floppy, Birdie & Bogey are featured in the programs instructional coloring book and training aids.
 
The Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development, a 501c3 nonprofit in Central Florida runs this mobile golf instruction program as well as an introductory through advanced level tournament series for children ages 3-10. In November, Little Linksters launched its new G.O.A.L.S. program for children with special needs. G.O.A.L.S. stands for Golf Outreach Advances Life Skills. Also in development is a national program that will enable teaching professionals from across the country to grow their business and the game of golf with a proven program that combines a child-friendly approach, a complete program curriculum, and uses items from some of the industry's best training aid and junior golf equipment companies.
 
To help the nonprofit Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development, email them at nonprofit@littlelinksters.com.
 
 
For more information about the "Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in the World" Video Contest or the Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development, visit www.littlelinksters.com or email Elliott at Brendon@LittleLinksters.com or by phone at (321) 278-1612.
 
 
January 3, 2014 - 7:23pm
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Henrik Stenson
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Henrik Stenson will be playing a bag full of Callaway gear in 2014 and beyond.
Callaway Golf has signed endorsement deal with Henrik Stenson and Pat Perez, the company announced Friday.
 
Stenson finished the 2013 season in historic fashion, as he became the first player to win the FedExCup on the PGA Tour and the Race to Dubai money title on the European Tour in the same season. Having amassed more than $12 million in earnings in 2013, he enters 2014 ranked No. 3 in the world.
 
"After having the best season of my career to date in 2013 using Callaway irons and fairway woods, the option of extending my relationship with Callaway Golf was a very natural progression, and I look forward to continued success in 2014 being back as part of the Callaway family," Stenson said.
 
Stenson played a mixed bag last season that at various times included clubs from Callaway, TaylorMade, Cleveland and Piretti. He ended the year playing Callaway fairway woods and irons. Callaway hasn't yet specified what clubs he'll play in 2014.
 
Stenson is set to play both tours again in 2014. He is scheduled to begin his season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, and make his U.S. debut about a month later at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
 
Perez made 22 starts on the 2013 PGA Tour, making 14 cuts and earning $974,800 to finish 84th on the final money list. He picked up an extra $125,000 in four starts in the early part of the 2013-14 wraparound schedule. 
 
He played TaylorMade clubs last year, with the exception of an Odyssey putter.
 
Callaway also hasn't formally said which clubs Perez will be playing, but Perez spent much of Friday afternoon tweeting out photos of Callaway gear that we might assume he'll be using. He showed us a Big Bertha driver, a 17-degree H2 Hot fairway wood, Apex irons, Speed Regime 3 golf ball and an Odyssey Metal-X Milled putter.
 
Callaway has hinted that several more signings will be announced next week. The company announced the signing of two-time PGA Tour winner Harris English on Thursday, and earlier signed youngsters Thomas Pieters, James Erkenbeck and Chase Seiffert.