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October 23, 2013 - 10:47am
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Paul McGinley
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On Wednesday, Paul McGinley announced that he will make his wildcard selections for the 2014 Ryder Cup a day later than usual.

To avoid a situation that happened in 2010, European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley said Wednesday that he will delay the announcement of his 2014 wildcard selections by 24 hours.

The point, McGinley said, is not to clash with the Deutsche Bank Championship -- the second leg of the PGA Tour FedExCup Playoffs.

In 2010, Paul Casey and Justin Rose were notified during the final round of the Deutsche Bank that then-captain Colin Montgomerie decided not to use any of his picks on them.

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"With no actual qualification points counting in the Deutsche Bank Championship, I was initially prepared to make my wild card announcement on the Monday (Sept. 2) -- the day after the final counting event, the 2014 Italian Open," McGinley said in an Irish Independent report.

"But I have had a rethink and I now want to delay 24 hours as I realize that some potential members of the team might well be playing in Boston that week. Realistically, I think it will have minimal effect, but out of respect for any players involved, I want to allow them to finish that tournament before I call them with news, one way or another."

The delay in McGinley's decision means that both the European wildcards and U.S. Captain Tom Watson's wildcards will now be announced on the same day -- Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The 2014 Ryder Cup will take place Sept. 23-28 at Gleneagles Hotel's Centenary Course in Perthshire, Scotland. The U.S. is looking for its first victory in a Ryder Cup since 2008 at Valhalla and its first on foreign soil since the Belfry in 1993 -- the last time Watson was the U.S. captain.

You can follow all Ryder Cup news on the official site of the matches, www.rydercup.com.

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October 23, 2013 - 9:16am
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New Zealand teen golf star Lydia Ko officially announced her jump to the professional ranks in a fantastic YouTube video on Tuesday.

We recently brought you the story of 16-year-old New Zealand golf star Lydia Ko, whose jump to the professional ranks was imminent.

On Tuesday, Ko made the leap official in a fantastic, fun video posted to YouTube. You can watch it here:

It's seriously worth a few minutes of your time. In the video, Ko is playing a round of golf with her good friend Israel "Izzy" Dagg, a player for New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team.

Izzy nags Ko, asking if she's ready to turn pro yet and insists he wants to be the first to know.

Throughout the video, Ko hits a number of trick shots -- one from a fried egg lie in a bunker, a flop shot over a golf cart and more. After each of these shots, Izzy asks, "Are you ready now?"

Near the end of the video, Izzy says, "If you can handle the pressure of beating me, you must be ready to turn pro."

Ko innocently responds, "OK. I'll do it."

"Do what?" Izzy asks.

"I'll turn pro," Ko says.

"Like right now?" Izzy asks.

"Yeah," Ko replies. "Like right now, this second. I'll turn pro."

The video was almost as creative as Ko's incredible shot-making ability.

It looks like Ko's first start as a professional will be in Florida next month in the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Titleholders.

Remember -- Ko is already a two-time winner as an amateur on the LPGA. She won the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2012 at age 15 to became the LPGA's youngest winner, then successfully defended that title this past August.

Here's to wishing Ko a great career. If it's as good as this "I'm going to turn pro" video, something tells us she'll do just fine.

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October 23, 2013 - 8:49am
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Have you ever wondered how great golfers are able to control the flight of their ball? For instance, if you're a high-ball hitter, wouldn't it be nice to command a lower trajectory when windy conditions call for it?

Believe it or not, you have that shot in your bag. You just need to spend a little time working on it.

In today's golf tip video, PGA Professional Joe Plecker shows you how to hit both a low and a high shot off the ground with your irons.

For more help with your game, click here to find a PGA instructor near you.

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October 22, 2013 - 11:50pm
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Brandel Chamblee apologized to Tiger Woods on Tuesday, several days after writing a highly controversial column in which he criticized Woods for rules infractions and equated those infractions with an incident in which Chamblee cheated on a test in school.

Brandel Chamblee has been, to put it lightly, the talk of the golf world for the last week or so, since he wrote a highly controversial column about Tiger Woods posted on Golf.com. On Tuesday, he apologized.

In a series of Twitter posts, Chamblee said, ''I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse,'' and that ''I was not asked to apologize.'' He also said his ''intention was to note Tiger's rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far.''

 

 

 
 
 

In the original column, Chamblee gave Woods an ''F'' grade for his 2013 season, in part for what he called being ''a little cavalier with the rules.'' He never explicitly called Woods a cheater, but seemingly equated Woods' brushes with the rules with the time Chamblee was busted for cheating on a test in school.

 
Chamblee, a prominent analyst on the Golf Channel, had steadfastly defended the column in the days since it sparked a wildfire in the golf community, and on Tuesday, Associated Press Golf Writer Doug Ferguson filed a story in which Chamblee stood by his work.
 
And then a few hours later, he apologized.
 
There was no immediate comment from Woods or his agent, Mark Steinberg, or from the Golf Channel or Golf.com.
 
After the column was originally posted, Steinberg told ESPN.com that he would ''have to give some thought to legal action,'' though there is no indication that any moves toward legal action were actually undertaken.
 
 
 
 
October 22, 2013 - 7:49pm
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Paul Levy, Darrell Crall, Ted Bishop, Derek Sprague, Pete Bevaqua
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PGA President Ted Bishop (center) is joined by the PGA leadership after being inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
Ted Bishop, the 38th president of The PGA of America and Tour Professional Chris Smith were inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Tuesday night (Oct. 22) at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis.
 
In 2012, Bishop became the third native of Indiana to be elected president of The PGA of America, the world's largest sports organization. He joined Indiana's Don Padgett II (1977-78) and Mickey Powell (1985-86). Both Padgett and Powell are also enshrined in the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
 
"There was never a point in my career I could imagine being inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame," Bishop said. "I can't tell you how much this means to me to be in the Hall of Fame family. This really means so much to me."
 
A native of Logansport, Ind., Bishop graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy in 1976, and began his career as a professional and superintendent at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton, Ind.
 
He was elected to PGA membership in 1985, and has served in a leadership capacity at either the Section or National levels since 1989. Bishop was the 1991 recipient of the Section Horton Smith Award and a two-time (1996-97) Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient. From 1997-98, Bishop served as president of the Indiana PGA Section, and was the 1998 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
 
 
He has twice been awarded the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana, for service to the communities in which he has resided.
Bishop, 59, is the PGA general manager at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., where he oversaw construction and development of the facility in 1991. He was instrumental in the process that saw the Indiana Golf Office move to its current location, which provided tangible space for the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
 
"Based on the fact that the Hall of Fame is here at the Legends makes it all that much more special to be inducted," Bishop said. "For me to know that in some small way I had something to do with it, being here makes it even cooler."
 
Well-versed in virtually every aspect of Association governance, Bishop has served since 2006 on the PGA Board of Directors. Prior to joining the PGA Board, he served on the PGA Board of Control from 2002-05, where he evaluated hundreds of membership cases. He later served as chair of the Board of Control while secretary of The PGA.
 
During his first year as PGA president, Bishop oversaw the hiring of The PGA of America's new CEO, continued to champion growth of the game endeavors and has been the voice of The PGA concerning vital issues affecting the golf industry.
 
Smith, 44, is a native of Peru, Ind., and the 1991 Big Ten Conference champion while completing an All-American career at Ohio State University. Smith turned professional in 1991, was the 1997 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year and won the 2002 Buick Classic.
 
Bishop and Smith are the 101st and 102nd members of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame, respectively.
 
October 22, 2013 - 5:32pm
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Nike Lunar Embellish women's golf shoes
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The Nike Lunar Embellish women's golf shoes come with a variety of Interchangeable saddle wraps to allow golfers to match their shoes with their outfits.

The two big pushes in golf shoes these days are to make them as lightweight as possible and also to make them customizable. Nike Golf does both in its new Lunar Embellish women's golf shoe.

The Lunar Embellish is significantly lighter than its predecessor, the Air Embellish, weighing in at 8.6 ounces compared to 11.9 ounces for the Air Embellish. The weight savings is a result of lighter materials combined with a slimmer, more refined design. And the new shoes contain Nike's Lunarlon Technology for responsive cushioning in the heel as well as Integrated Traction on the outsole to provide control at impact. 

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The Lunar Embellish also comes with two reversible saddle wraps – for four colors in total – allowing golfers to match their shoes with their outfit for the day, and the saddles also provide adjustable mid-foot support. In addition, a new water-resistant synthetic leather upper, crafted with a no-sew technology film overlay, provides extra support and durability throughout the length of the shoe.

The Pure Platinum/Wolf Grey-White shoes offer Red Violet, Turf Orange, Glacier Ice and Wolf Grey saddle choices. The Black/Metallic Cool Grey-White offer Dark Grey, Turbo Green, Geranium and Violet Shade saddle choices. The shoes carry a suggested retail price of $130 per pair (and a street price of $99 per pair), and will be available at retail in early November.