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October 11, 2013 - 8:33am
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Bobby Jones
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The Tri Color Raker Sweater (left) and 1/4 Zip Textured Argyle Vest are just two of the fine items Bobby Jones apparel is offering this Fall.

With temperatures dropping in many parts of the country, it's about time to start dressing a little warmer on the golf course.

Bundling up doesn't have to mean sacrificing style, though.

Bobby Jones apparel can keep you warm and looking sharp as you stroll the fairways with its 1/4-zip textured Argyle vest and tri-color Raker sweater this fall.

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The vest features a 1/4-zip front with tonal diamond pattern, contrast stripe collar, banded bottom and is 100 percent pima cotton. It retails for $135.

The sweater, meanwhile, is a 1/4-zip pullover with a mock neck. There's a knit-in pattern on the front with a stretch rib knit collar, cuffs and hem. The sweater is made of 75 percent silk, 20 percent cotton and 5 percent cashmere. It retails for $195.

Both offerings are cozy and comfortable and perfect for both the boardroom and the golf course.

They're just a couple of the stylish garments you'll find by Bobby Jones this Fall.

Head over to www.bobbyjones.com to check out all the great styles in sports shirts, sweaters and more available now.
 

October 10, 2013 - 6:26pm
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Rory McIlroy, Bill Clinton and Bono
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Rory McIlroy, President Clinton and Bono converged on a Dublin restaurant on Wednesday, then Clinton and McIlroy played golf together on Thursday.

It's only Thursday, but this has got to be my favorite photo of the week.

President Clinton has been over in Ireland for a few days on a philanthropic tour, and went to dinner Wednesday at the Fire Restaurant in the Dublin city center. Coincidentally or not, Rory McIlroy and U2 lead singer Bono also were there. Hard to believe that Bono forgot his ''indoor shades.''

Then today, Clinton and McIlroy hit the links together. 

''Fantastic day in Ireland golfing w/@McIlroyRory and getting to know the great work of the @roryfoundation,'' Clinton tweeted.

McIlroy retweeted Clinton's tweet, adding ''Thanks for the lesson, Mr. President!''

McIlroy, by the way, set up his foundation to aid children’s charities around the world. After not qualifying for the Tour Championship last month, he is scheduled to return to competition next week in the Kolon Korea Open.

 

October 10, 2013 - 1:10pm
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Remember that crazy story we brought you yesterday about that giant, 200-pound golf ball sculpture that was stolen from just outside the entrance to Muirfield Village on Monday?

Well, get this, WTVN in Dublin, Ohio, is reporting that a second golf ball sculpture was discovered missing on Tuesday. Thankfully, this second missing golf ball was returned early this morning.

The ball that was returned recognized Muirfield Village's partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Here's a tweet sent out by Dublin police on Thursday morning:

Enough already with the stolen golf ball sculptures, people!

As stated in yesterday's piece, the people responsible for the first missing golf ball have until midnight Saturday to return it undamaged, or they will face felony charges.

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October 10, 2013 - 11:50am
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Erik Compton has been named the inaugural recipient of the PGA Tour Courage Award.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced Wednesday at the season-opening Frys.com Open that Erik Compton is the inaugural recipient of the PGA Tour Courage Award.

Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, is beginning his third season on the PGA Tour at CordeValle this week.

The PGA Tour Courage Award is presented "to a player who, through courage and perseverance, has overcome extraordinary adversity, such as personal tragedy or debilitating injury or illness, to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf."

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Clearly, Compton was a logical choice.

The Courage Award includes a $25,000 charitable contribution to be distributed to a charity of the award recipient’s choice; this year’s contribution will be shared by the Cardiovascular Institute of Miami and the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation at Compton’s request.

“Erik’s story is a remarkable one in the fact he has overcome extraordinary odds to not only survive, but thrive,” said Finchem. “In recent years, he has started a family with wife Barbara and daughter Petra, won a Web.com Tour event and played two years on the PGA Tour. With Erik’s show of perseverance and courage, along with his charitable work to encourage organ donation, he is a very fitting recipient of the inaugural PGA TOUR Courage Award.”

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“Through the help of family, doctors and friends, I have gone from being someone lying on his back in recovery to someone walking the fairways of the PGA Tour,” said Compton. “Not only has playing on TOUR been a dream of mine, but it has also served greatly in the healing process. It has given me something to work toward, but also something to hope for. I’m incredibly grateful for this award and blessed to have the opportunity to be playing on the PGA Tour.”

Compton's best career finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for fourth at the 2013 Honda Classic. Compton won the 2011 Mexico Open Presented by Banamex on the Web.com Tour.

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October 10, 2013 - 11:06am
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The new Mizuno MP-54 irons.

I recently had the chance to take a sparkly, brand new set of Mizuno's MP-54 irons out to the driving range for a test spin.

This beautifully crafted Grain Flow Forged set features a Tour-player like look at address -- a thin top line -- but with its "STEP-Muscle" design and small cavity-back, this blade-style iron provides the type of forgiveness you'd expect from a game-improvement iron.

"This iron tasked our R&D team to improve upon an already winning formula from our previous model -- the MP-53," said David Llewellyn, Manager, Golf Club R&D. "We took a deep look into the intricacies of the club design, the physics of the golfer’s motion and the desired performance on the range. The result is an inspiring iron with sleek design that is still MP, still traditional, yet aggressive.”

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Traditional and aggressive is a perfect description of this iron.

Check out this video, where the folks at Mizuno describe the new MP-54 along with PGA Tour star Charles Howell III:

 

 

The 3 through 7-iron feature the Milled STEP Muscle design at the center of the MP-54. In simple terms, the position of the weighting increases stability on off-center hits allowing for more forgiveness.

The slightly thicker sole of the MP-54 is made from mild carbon steel and with rounded out Harmonic Impact Technology, a vibration management technology, the club gets through the ball and the turf with ease, playing more like a blade sole.

RELATED: Mizuno invites average Joe to 'Play Famously'

"Over the past several years Mizuno’s MP iron category has expanded to a point where consumers expect a 'player' iron look and feel with the forgiveness of today's technologically advanced equipment," said Chuck Couch, VP of Product Management, Golf Division. "Golfers will quickly start to embrace the MP-54 philosophy after experiencing what this iron can do."

Personally, I'm a big fan of the sound that the ball makes as it comes off the clubface. The sound from the MP-54 is as good as any I've heard. It's crisp, solid and even the off-center hits sound flush. At the same time, the feel coming off the club is soft, which provides excellent feedback.

The MP-54 became available at retail in September. They cost $999 for a set of eight clubs. The beauty of Mizuno is that all clubs are available on a custom-order basis. If you have a personal preference when it comes to shaft or grips, Mizuno can create the set you desire.

THE VERDICT: While lower handicap players will love the MP-54 irons thanks to the incredible feel they've come to expect from Mizuno, this is also the perfect club for those avid golfers who are thinking about -- but my have been afraid -- to take the step up from a deep cavity iron to the blade category. In the MP-54 irons, you get the Tour-look without sacrificing the forgiveness. It's the best of both worlds.

To learn more about the MP-54 and all of Mizuno Golf's offerings, visit www.mizunousa.com/golf.

You can also find more about Mizuno on PGA.com, Facebook, or on Twitter, @Golf_Mizuno.

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October 10, 2013 - 9:48am
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As an amateur, New Zealand's Lydia Ko has already won four professional events. All indications are that Ko is ready to turn professional.

Lydia Ko, the teen star from New Zealand and No. 1-ranked woman amateur in the world (she's also No. 5 in the world among all female golfers), is ready to make the jump to professional golf.

The 16-year-old, who turns 17 next April, has decided that her next start in a professional event will be as a professional, according to a report by GolfChannel.com's Randall Mell.

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Mell wrote that Ko's mother, Tina Hyon, told GolfChannel.com Wednesday that Lydia will make the trip to Naples, Fla., for the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Titleholders next month and is also considering a possible spot in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico the week before.

“If she plays any pro events now, she will play as a pro,” Hyon wrote GolfChannel.com in an email.

Here's a fun video from New Zealand Golf showing Ko as an 8-year-old on the golf course and tracking her rise to fame:

 

 

Ko is already well-versed in the professional game with four professional wins as an amateur, including a successful defense of her CN Canadian Women's Open in August on the LPGA Tour. When Ko won the event in 2012 at age 15, she became the LPGA's youngest winner.

The LPGA requires its members be at least 18 years old, but Ko's mother told Golf Channel that the family has officially filed a petition seeking a waiver to the rule.

Mell writes: "As a non-member winner of a tour event, Ko is entitled to claim tour membership. She could seek to claim immediate membership for the rest of 2013 and through 2014. Or, she could defer membership to next year. However, Ko can’t do either without first obtaining a waiver of the tour’s age restriction. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan holds the power to grant or deny such petitions."

Lexi Thompson won the Navistar Classic in September of 2011 at age 16. She petitioned a for a waiver of the Tour's age restriction -- deferring to the 2012 season -- and was granted the waiver shortly thereafter.

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