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December 13, 2013 - 6:38pm
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Odyssey Metal-X Milled putters
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The Odyssey Metal-X Milled putters have a pattern milled into their face that increases the friction between the face and the ball.
Odyssey Golf has been having a lot of fun over the past few months with its ''Mystery Milled'' campaign on social media. Odyssey teased the impending arrival of its new putters with a number of photos of head covers festooned with question marks.  
Now, the ''mystery'' is solved. Odyssey has revealed its new line of Metal-X Milled putters, which it calls the most technologically advanced milled putters on the market.
The Metal-X Milled putters differ from the original Metal-X line in one significant way. Where the original Metal-X putters have a face insert with the Metal-X pattern milled into it, these new Metal-X Milled models have the Metal-X pattern milled across the entire face.
As Odyssey explains it, the oval dimple Metal-X pattern on the face increases the friction between the face and the ball by forming what it calls a ''mechanical lock'' during the time the ball is in contact with the face. This works best with an ascending stroke to add forward roll to the ball and help produce a lower launch angle.
And becase the dimple pattern minimizes the contact area on the face, Odyssey says, the Metal-X Milled models produce a quieter and softer sound as well as a truer, more consistent roll.
The Metal-X Milled putters also feature three sets of customizable weights to help golfers fine-tune their preferred weight. The removable weights – two 10-gram, two 15-gram and two 20-gram – on the sole complement the stabilizing crossbar on the back to help stiffen the face without adding much weight.
The new Metal-X Milled putters will be available at retail on Jan. 17, 2014. The #1, #6, #9HT and 330 mallet will carry a suggested retail price of $299.99, while the #7 and Rossie models have a suggested retail price of $349.99.
Jorge Campillo and Colin Nel
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Jorge Campillo and Colin Nel each shot a 59 Friday in the European Tour's Nelson Mandela Championship. Those scores, however, are unofficial.

Prior to today, the score of "59" had never been recorded on the European Tour since it was founded in 1972.

But in a span of 10 minutes in Friday's second round of the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, South Africa (the tournament started a day early due to Mandela's state funeral scheduled for Sunday and was then reduced to 54 holes because of weather), two players registered the elusive score... sort of.

Spain's Jorge Campillo and South Africa's Colin Nel each fired the rounds of 11-under 59 at the par-70 Mount Edgecombe Country Club early in the second round.

Those scores are unofficial, according to this tweet by the European Tour, because the lift, clean and place provision was in place:



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Lift, clean and place, or not, a 59 is incredible. Two of them are mind-blowing.

Campillo's 59 featured seven birdies and two eagles, while Nel's came as the result of nine birdies and an eagle.

Six players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour while the European Tour is still waiting for its first official 59. The last player to do so was Jim Furyk in the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship.

Furyk made 11 birdies and holed out for eagle in that round at Conway Farms Golf Club near Chicago and made a 3-footer at the par-4 ninth hole -- his final hole -- for a 12-under 59.

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December 12, 2013 - 7:06pm
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Sewailo Golf Club opens at Casino Del Sol Resort
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The Sewailo Golf Club at Casino Del Sol Resort features large lakes, flowing streams, waterfalls and plush landscaping.
Notah Begay might have stepped away from the PGA Tour, but he's certainly kept himself busy with his charity work and his new role as an analyst on the Golf Channel. He's also gotten into golf course design in recent years, and his latest project opened for business today. 
The Sewailo Golf Club is at the Casino Del Sol Resort southwest of Tucson, Ariz. The casino resort is a creation of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and, of course, Begay is the only full-blooded Native American to have played on the PGA Tour. 
''Sewailo is a unique opportunity to showcase the beauty and tradition of the Pascua Yaqui community,'' Begay said. ''I'm delighted to see this project come to fruition and confident that the golf course will serve the Pascua Yaqui community for generations to come.''  
In the Pascua Yaqui language, the word Sewailo means "flower world," and the course high in the Sonoran desert features more than 30,000 native flowers, plants and cacti across its 200-acre spread. The course measures 7,400 yards from the championship tees and features five different tee boxes on each hole. Large lakes, flowing streams, waterfalls and plush landscaping blend help the layout transition through both desert terrain and an oasis environment while taking full advantage of the surrounding mountain views.
The course is open to casino guests as well as the general public. It will be managed by Troon Golf, and among its amenities are an extensive practice arena including areas for chipping and putting and a 2,000-square-foot climate-controlled teaching facility. In addition, the resort includes two casinos, six restaurants and bars, a state-of-the-art conference center with breakout rooms, the Hiapsi Spa and Oasis pool and bar, and an outdoor amphitheater.
December 12, 2013 - 5:57pm
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Lydia Ko
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Lydia Ko signed with IMG, joining a stable that also includes Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Jessica Korda and Beatriz Recari.
Lydia Ko has signed with management company IMG, the company has announced.
Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, the 16-year-old Ko is already No. 4 in the women's world rankings and won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters last week in Taiwan in her second start as a professional. She won the CN Canadian Women's Open at 15 last year to become the youngest winner in tour history and successfully defended the title this year.
"I am excited to work with my new team at IMG as I embark on my professional career," said Ko in a statement. "My family and I spoke with many candidates and IMG emerged as the clear choice to represent me, in large part because of their global reach. I am comfortable knowing that IMG will commit the appropriate resources to help my career excel while I focus on golf."
Ko ''is an incredibly impressive young lady and an astonishing player,'' said Guy Kinnings, global head of golf at IMG, in a statement.
After a dominant amateur career, Ko received an exemption to join the LPGA Tour, where she will play full-time in 2014.
IMG's stable of female golfers also includes Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Jessica Korda, Beatriz Recari and Jaye Marie Green, who was runner-up to Ko in the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur and last week won the LPGA Tour’s 2014 Qualifying Tournament in record fashion.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
December 11, 2013 - 11:00pm
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Duck Dynasty golf balls from Srixon
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''Duck Dynasty'' golf balls, made and marketed by Srixon Golf, are Blaze Orange – just like hunting vests – and come festooned with the faces of some of your favorite cast members.
By now, we're all too familiar with the phenomenon that is ''Duck Dynasty.'' The bearded brethren and their kinfolks have one of the highest-rated shows on TV, and their licensing machine has been in overdrive lately – you could, if you want, buy everything from ''Duck Dynasty'' sleepwear to bandages to Halloween costumes for dogs.
And, I have just discovered, there are also official ''Duck Dynasty'' golf balls. Made and marketed by Srixon Golf, these two-piece balls are Blaze Orange – just like hunting vests – and come festooned with the faces of some of your favorite cast members. But as goofy as they might look, these are balls are the real deal.  
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Made for the vast majority of golfers, Srixon says these spheres promote a high launch angle and penetrating trajectory for greater distance. The strong, piercing ball flight produces a shallower descent for greater carry and roll, the company adds, noting that they also provide soft feel for added control.
I admit I haven't seen every espisode of the show, and can't say that I've ever seen Willie and the boys out on the links. But we know for a fact that they do like golf – they're buddies with Bubba Watson and hung out at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans last spring. And, of course, we learned this year that Si fancies himself a golf instructor.
The golf balls would make a fun stocking stuffer for your favorite golfer. And no disrespect to Si, but I'd recommend you see your local PGA Professional for lessons.
December 11, 2013 - 2:33pm
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Mark Sheftic explains how to remedy common mistakes amateurs make with their chipping.