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September 23, 2013 - 9:13am
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Keegan Bradley
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If you thought the whole "Dufnering" phenomena was on fumes, think again.
 
Jason Dufner's good buddy and fellow PGA Champion Keegan Bradley paid homage -- we think -- to Dufner with this hysterical celebration at the Tour Championship on Sunday after holing out an approach shot from 170 yards out on East Lake's fourth hole.
 
 
Typically when a player holes out from any distance, we've become accustomed to the high fives and enthusiastic fist pumps. Bradley, however, took it where no player has gone before. Rather than get all riled up, Bradley simply sat on the ground in the position that's become famously known as "Dufnering."
 
 
 
This while Dufnering thing just never gets old. 

UPDATE: On Monday morning, Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) tweeted the video of his Dufnering stunt to the man himself with this message:
 
"In ur face @JasonDufner." 
 
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September 22, 2013 - 12:30am
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John Holmes
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Michelle Wie at shooting range
Provided by Michelle Wie via Twitter
Michelle Wie tweeted that she was "scared" before heading to the shooting range for the first time, but her pistol target shows that accuracy was no problem.

The LPGA Tour is off this week so, naturally, some of its more promiment players spent Saturday at the range.

No, not the driving range. Michelle Wie, Christina Kim and Jane Park were in Texas, so the range in question was a shooting range.

They were in Austin along with bride-to-be Jeehae Lee – a former LPGA Tour player who now works at IMG, which represents Wie and several other players – and IMG vice president Nickole Raymond. And part of their pre-wedding ''Hen Party'' activities included a visit to the Hidden Falls Adventure Park northwest of town, where they got familiar with a variety of firearms large and small.

''Going shooting today for the first time!,'' tweeted Wie, who added the hashag "#scared." She proved to be something of a natural with a pistol, however, as the right-hand image above showing her target proves.

After mastering their handguns, the firing females moved on to some serious hardware. 

''Got to shoot a Desert Tactical 338 Lapua sniper with the help of a marine,'' Wie tweeted. ''That was one BIG gun.''

Kim agreed, calling her experience with that weapon ''insane.''

And, Raymond said, ''Things got way more bad ass when the Marine brought out the Desert Tactical .338 Lapua.''

Wie also tried out an M-16. And as much fun as they obviously had, it sounds as if they came away from their experience with a new appreciation of the guns and their capabilities. Wie also had a word of warning for Lee's future groom, James Kuk.

''The bride was a pro!!,'' she tweeted. ''@kuk504 watch out...''

 

September 20, 2013 - 8:33am
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JC Anderson
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JC Anderson, competing for Team USA in this week's PGA Cup, provides a hilarious golf tip in this old -- but classic -- video.
OK, so this is an old video, but a good one. 
 
And it's relevant to this week because the star of the video -- JC Anderson -- is a member of the U.S. PGA Cup team competing this week at Slaley Hall in England.
 
In case you've never seen it, you must click here.
 
We've all been there -- struggling with our game to the point that we have so many thoughts rushing through our head that it's impossible to focus on any one thing.
 
Anderson perfectly displays precisely what we're all going through in -- what these eyes believe to be -- the funniest golf tip video ever made.
 
For instance, there's this gem from Anderson:
 
"What I try to do, is I try to flat load my feet so I can snap load my power package, that way I can amplify both lag and drag pressure through impact fix. As long as my No. 2 power cumulator doesn't break down, I should be able to..."
 
What?
 
Again, we've all been there.
 
Follow Anderson and the rest of Team USA at the PGA Cup with our special coverage here.
 
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September 20, 2013 - 8:03am
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Piedmont Leather Company
Piedmont Leather Company
Exotic belts, cash covers and valuables pouches are just a few of the items the Piedmont Leather Company offers its customers.
We've said it here before, but it's worth repeating -- over the last several years, golf has become cool. Can we all agree that we have Fred Couples to thank for that?
 
Along with the coolness come the apparel and accessories. Golf isn't just about your old, beat up bag and your clubs. For some, it's about making a statement on the course.
 
If you're one of those people looking to make a statement, then we've found just the thing for you.
 
Meet Jay Green, founder of the Piedmont Leather Company. Founded in January of 2009, Green's Piedmont Leather Company based out of Gastonia, N.C., produces a number of items using exotic materials -- everything from alligator belts to ostrich valuables pouches to custom elephant cash covers and more.
 
Since 2006, Green has worked with putter-maker T.P. Mills Company.  
 
"Sometimes the putter business gets really slow," Green said. "In January of 2009, it had gotten really slow, as the weather had been rough for a few days with really cool temperatures and lots of rain. I found myself needing some new belts and decided to try to find some online. I spoke to a few people and they said I should start my own leather business, so in a nutshell, I did."
 
Talk about an idea taking off. 
 
"We offer the highest quality exotics at the best prices," Green said. "For decades, exotic products have been priced so that only the top 5 percent of the population could afford them. I don't agree with that philosophy, so I've tried my hand at changing that. So far, it's working."
 
Indeed it is. Products on the Piedmont Leather Company website range in price from as little as $15.99 for a genuine alligator key fob (think keychain), to $69 for a bison cash cover (or a lot more, depending on how fancy you choose to get), to $499 for a set of three full quill custom ostrich head covers.
 
Green's belts, made from materials like crocodile, shark, elephant, bison, alligator, stingray and more, are also a big hit with a varying price range. Truly, there's something for everyone.
 
"The belts are beautiful and certainly unique," Green said. "We only use genuine skins and all of our products are made right here in the USA. That's very important, because we only want the best for our customers and the best exotic products are made in the USA. Each skin is unique and no two are alike. We can do custom stitch and edge colors on our belts to show team colors. All of our belts have snaps, so you can exchange your buckle any time you like." 
 
Green can customize whatever it is you're looking for too and that's his favorite part of the job. 
 
"That's the beauty of being a small shop," Green said. "We can do everything custom or a person can order 1,000 black alligator belts all the same size. We're very flexible."
 
And, with a smaller operation, Green is able to get to know his customers -- a part of the job he relishes. 
 
"It's always the relationships that are created," he said. "It's just like going on vacation and getting paired up with strangers -- by the third or fourth hole they aren't strangers any longer. We are golfers and no matter what we do for a living or regardless of where we live, we love the game and want to play it as often as possible. The exotic leather business mirrors that, as well. I mainly sell to golfers and there is nothing better than having a customer that you can invite to meet at a course and play 18 holes with or having them invite you to their course to play a round."
 
To learn more about Piedmont Leather Company, visit them at www.piedmontleather.com, check them out on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter, @jaygree08563162.
 
"There are thousands of combinations of belts, cash covers, yardage book covers, etc.," Green said. "We want to help you create what your mind's eye envisions. You can even call me directly, 704-879-9380, and I will be glad to talk you through the entire process."
 
How's that for customer service?
 
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September 20, 2013 - 1:24am
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John Holmes
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Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet and Ted Ray at the 1913 U.S. Open
Harry Vardon (l) and Ted Ray (r) congratulated Francis Ouimet (c) after Ouimet won the 1913 U.S. Open in 90 holes.

Most of you perusing golf sites on a weekday in September know the story of Francis Ouimet, the young amateur whose victory in the 1913 U.S. Open is widely considered the single event most responsible for igniting the golf boom in the United States.

Today, Sept. 20, is the 100th anniversary of Ouimet's triumph – and if you just did a double-take, that's perfectly understandable. But it's true – the 1913 U.S. Open was originally scheduled for June, but the U.S. Golf Association pushed it back to late September to make it possible for prominent British champions Harry Vardon and Ted Ray – widely considered the world's best two golfers at the time – to come over and play. 

Ouimet, age 20, wasn't even planning to play the U.S. Open. He had just played the U.S. Amateur – which was bigger than the U.S. Open at that time – losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Jerome Travers. Ouimet had missed a lot of work to play the Amateur, but USGA President Robert Watson beseeched him to participate in the Open, and he eventually relented.

The 1913 U.S. Open, as we all know, was played at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., the course Ouimet knew better than any other. So, despite this being Ouimet's first U.S. Open start, he finished 72 holes tied with Ray (the 1912 British Open winner) and Vardon (a five-time British Open winner who also had won the 1900 U.S. Open). Ouimet, of course, won the playoff – beating Vardon by five and Ray by six – in front of a throng of 10,000 supporters, an upset that made headlines in both Great Britain and the United States and helped catapult golf into the sports mainstream in the United States.

Ouimet went on to win the 1914 U.S. Amateur, and played for or captained the U.S. Walker Cup team 12 times. He ran a sporting goods store, was a vice president of the Boston Braves and president of the Boston Bruins, and was elected the first American captain of the R&A in 1951. More important, however, some of his friends established the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund in 1949, and it has distributed more than $26.5 million in college tuition aid to more than 5,100 students who have worked as caddies or in pro shops or course superintendent operations in Massachusetts. 

To celebrate the big occasion this afternoon, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the life-size statue of Ouimet and Eddie Lowery at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham Meadows in Brookline. Lowery, we remember, was the 10-year-old caddie who carried Ouimet's bag for all 90 holes and became Ouimet's lifelong friend. The ceremony will feature Ouimet's great grand-daughter Caitlin Wallerce and Lowery's daughter Cynthia Wilcox, along with Ouimet Scholarship recipients and students from the City of Boston’s Franklin Park & George Wright Caddie Scholars Program.

PGA.com ran a great story on Ouimet's victory and its repercussions during the U.S. Open this summer, and you can read it here

 

September 19, 2013 - 2:55pm
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Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
The Bobby Jones apparel company will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014. Its 2014 spring collection will be available in January.
Winter is right around the corner, but -- let's face it -- it's never too early to start thinking about the 2014 spring golf season.
 
As it turns out, the folks at Bobby Jones already have the 2014 spring season on their minds. The apparel brand, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, has unveiled its Spring 2014 Collection of luxury knit polo tops.
 
“2014 marks a milestone year in the history of the Bobby Jones brand,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports. “We look forward to celebrating our 25th Anniversary with what may be our finest collection of luxury knits ever. For many golfers, the Bobby Jones name calls to mind a certain style and grace, and we’re proud to say that those attributes are reflected perfectly throughout this line.”  
 
Here's detailed information on the new collection from a press release:
 
Highlighting the new collection are Bobby Jones exclusive Supreme Cotton garments. This assortment offers pieces featuring 120/2 100% Pima gassed cotton interlock construction for the ultimate in comfort. Bobby Jones offers two different styles in its Supreme Cotton assortment in Spring 2014 -- Solid Supreme Cotton polo and Supreme Cotton Watson Stripe polo, each providing the wearer with exceptional softness and a brilliant luster.  
 
The Solid Supreme Cotton features a flat knit collar with 3% Lycra for added shape-support wash after wash. The Solid Supreme Cotton dazzles in a rainbow of 14 vivid colors (Aquamarine, Aqua Sky, Black, Canary, Carnation, Cerulean, Fuchsia, Jade, Lapis, Navy, Plum, Tangerine, Turquoise and White).    
 
The Watson Stripe utilizes a yarn dye interlock stripe pattern and a self-tailored collar for a sophisticated, yet modern look. The Watson Stripe stuns in 11 beautiful hues (Aquamarine, Classic Blue, Cerulean, Fuchsia, Jade, Lapis, Plum, Salmon, Tangerine, Turquoise and White).
  
Reflecting startling attention to detail, both styles of polo feature Mobilon stretch tape in the shoulders providing incredible flexibility during the golf swing.  Each of the styles also utilizes a 3-button placket featuring the trademark Bobby Jones Player embroidery.  Bobby Jones Supreme Cotton polos will be available at green-grass shops by January 25, 2014.   
 
The remainder of Bobby Jones Spring 2014 collection of fine cotton knits are constructed from 60/2 Double Mercerized 100% Egyptian Cotton, providing the wearer with a glossy luster and soft silk-like hand feel that is breathable and luxurious. While the Spring 2014 collection offers golfers a wide selection of 20 different styles of Double Mercerized Egyptian Cotton tops, the focus this season is on two, in particular (Hagen Jac and Palmer Stripe).  
 
The Hagen Jac features a striking Jacquard pattern in 13 different eye-catching colors (Aquamarine, Aqua Sky, Black, Carnation, Cerulean, Fuchsia, Jade, Lapis, Navy, Plum, Tangerine, Turquoise and White) and utilizes a 3-button placket showcasing the Bobby Jones Player embroidery.
 
The Palmer Stripe offers a flat knit collar style with a contrasting fine-line stripe under collar and exquisite striping throughout the body of the shirt, which is available in 13 spectacular colors (Aquamarine, Aqua Sky, Black, Canary, Carnation, Cerulean, Fuchsia, Jade, Navy, Plum, Tangerine, Turquoise and White). The Palmer Stripe also utilizes a 3-button placket with the embroidered Bobby Jones Player logo.
 
Like all of the Bobby Jones Spring 2014 luxurious knits, the Hagen Jac and Palmer Stripe feature Mobilon stretch tape in the shoulders providing unrestricted range of motion during the golf swing. Both the Hagen Jac and Palmer Stripe will be available at green-grass retailers by January 25, 2014.  
 
The Spring 2014 Bobby Jones line will also include XH20 Performance Knits. These garments provide ultimate moisture wicking function, UV protection and breathability.
 
Bobby Jones XH2O polos will be available at green-grass shops by January 25, 2014.
 
“Some people claim that you can’t make a clothing brand relevant today if the brand’s namesake was at the height of his popularity 80 years ago,” said Bell. “The truth is that they don’t get it. Bobby Jones dressed the way he did in the 20’s and 30’s because he embodied the cutting-edge styles that men of distinction wore during that period. Today, Bobby Jones would much more likely be seen in performance polo’s that showcase class and style while ceding no competitive edge to his opponents in terms of comfort and performance. That combination of style and performance is at the heart of this XH2O line. Everyone who gives these garments a try will agree; in a real sense, it’s classic Bobby Jones.”  
 
Here's how the company described its new XH2O line:
 
The range of the new XH2O poly line -- 12 distinctive styles of polo shirt -- all deliver remarkable moisture-wicking performance and are perfectly tailored for off-course daily use as well as high performance on-course sportswear. Each of the shirts features Polyester/Lycra blend construction for quick drying, UV protection (UPF 15) and an anti-microbial shield. With attention to both function and form, the garments’ shoulder-to-shoulder stretch taping complements athletic movement during a golfer’s swing while fortifying the polos' seams for maximum durability.  
 
Highlighting the XH2O 2014 Spring offering are three specific styles of polo -- Performance Pique Solid, Hook Stripe and the Bi-Ply Stripe.  
 
The XH2O Performance Pique Solid polo features a flat knit collar with 3% Lycra for added shape-support wash after wash. 
 
The XH2O Performance Pique Solid impresses with 11 vivid color options (Black, Cerulean, Classic Blue, Kelly, Lapis, Mandarin, Pineapple, Poppy, Salmon, Turquoise and White), sure to please the most discerning of golfers.  
 
The XH2O Hook Stripe sports a Jacquard textured striping pattern, solid collar and a contrast under collar with tipping for a stunningly modern, yet refined look. The Hook Stripe presents in 10 beautiful hues (Black, Cerulean, Grey, Lapis, Pineapple, Poppy, Salmon, Tangerine, Turquoise and White).
 
Reflecting impressive attention to detail, both styles of polo feature buttons produced under a proprietary 5-step process that includes electroplating to create an appearance that mimics a golf ball’s dimples. Each of the styles also utilizes a 3-button placket featuring an updated color version of the trademark Bobby Jones Player embroidery and XH2O rubber logo on the back collar.  
 
For the golfer who prefers a zipper closure to the traditional 3-button placket, Bobby Jones has introduced the Bi-Ply Stripe polo. This garment features a flat knit solid collar with 3% Lycra for added shape-support and Jersey striping throughout the body. The Bi-Ply is distinct from the rest of the XH2O line with a Bobby Jones script logo Jacquard under collar. The Bi-Ply Stripe polo is available in 3 striking shades (Lapis, Salmon and Turquoise). 
 
For information on all Bobby Jones apparel offerings, visit www.bobbyjones.com.