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July 25, 2013 - 8:56pm
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John Holmes
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Colin Montgomerie
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Colin Montgomerie thinks golfers, like chess players, should have a specific amount of time to play each shot or receive a penalty.

The topic of slow play has been much discussed lately. European Tour stalwart Colin Montgomerie has an idea how to stop it once and for all – a shot clock.

Monty, who's now playing the Champions Tour, is one of the faster players in the game. He'd like to see every player timed from first tee box to 18th green, and that one-stroke penalties be applied whether players are famous or not. His reference is to the fact that two young Asian players have been penalized for slow play in majors this year, but no big-name tour player ever has.

"What I would love to see … would be for one of the top players to have that shot penalty and then it would really resonate throughout the rest of the field," he said at the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. 

"Why do you have to wait to be slow before you are put on the clock?,'' he asked. ''There should be an allotted time to play the game, like chess where you have a certain time to play.

"It has been mentioned about a shot clock and that is interesting,'' he added. "There are 52 referees out there at major championships and they should all have a clock, should be able to put them on the clock on the first tee to ensure they all get around in time."

Montgomerie calls slow play ''the biggest bugbear" in golf.

"If the first two groups take five or more hours to go round, then the day is gone, you can't make it up,'' he said. "But if that first group takes four hours and five minutes then you have a chance.''


July 25, 2013 - 7:13pm
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Nick O'Leary motorcycle crash
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Nick O'Leary, the grandson of Jack Nicklaus, went flying after his motorcycle hit a car that had pulled out into his path.

Jack Nicklaus' grandson Nick O'Leary plays football at Florida State, and he is one tough dude. He proved it by walking away from a horrific motorcycle crash. 

The accident occurred in Tallahassee on May 2. Tomahawk Nation, which covers Florida State athletics, got hold of the video footage and recently published it. The wreck was captured by a camera on board a Tallahassee city bus that also was involved.

You can watch the video here.

O'Leary was coming down Mission Road when a car pulled out right in front of him. O'Leary struck the car, sending both him and his bike flying. The bike smashed into the front of the Star Metro Bus, which was stopped on the other side of the road while a passenger got off, shattering its windshield. Fortunately for O'Leary, he missed the bus, and skidded approximately 100 feet down the road.

Also very fortunate was the passenger who had just gotten off the bus. He was retrieving his bicycle from the front of the bus, and the flying motorcycle barely missed him.

Tomahawk Nation discovered the footage, and the accident report, after being tipped off by an unknown source.

Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher referenced the accident at a press conference earlier this month, Tomahawk Nation said, saying that the 247-pound O'Leary was looking ''very good'' after he ''wrecked that daggone scooter and was banged up for about a month.''


July 24, 2013 - 10:22am
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T.J. Auclair
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GoPro, golf, TPI
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Dave Phillips, PGA Professional and founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, prepares to hit a GoPro camera (instead of a golf ball) out of a bunker.
GoPro touts its product as, "The world's most versatile camera."
Goofing around at the the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) last Friday, PGA Professional and TPI Founder Dave Phillips put the versatility of the camera to the ultimate test.
Phillips placed the camera in a bunker -- in lieu of a golf ball -- and proceeded to take a whack at it with a sand wedge. What happens next is nothing short of amazing, as the camera rotates in the air the way a golf ball would before -- incredibly -- dropping into the hole.
The description on the TPI video uploaded to YouTube explains that Phillips attempted the shot eight times before finding the bottom of the cup. 
And -- in case you were wondering -- Phillips used the same camera for all eight tries.
Versatile indeed!
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July 23, 2013 - 6:00pm
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John Holmes
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Adams Tight Lies fairway woods
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The new Adams Tight Lies fairway woods feature Cut-Thru Slots in the sole to help flex the face.

Back in the 1990s, Adams Golf earned the attention of golfers everywhere with the introduction of its Tight Lies fairway woods, and for years those clubs were among the most prominent in all of golf.

Two decades later, the Tight Lies line is back. The new iteration features many of the same design elements that made those originals so successful, along with the Velocity Slot Technology found in current Adams clubs.

Just like the original, the new Tight Lies line will debut with a 16-degree 3-wood in mid-August, with other loft options to follow later.

''In the ever-present pursuit of maximum distance, today's fairway woods have become mini-drivers – extremely difficult to hit from anywhere other than from a tee,'' said Adams Golf Director of Research and Development Justin Honea. ''The low-profile design places the center of gravity (CG) below the CG of the ball, making it easy to hit the ball in the air.'' 

A hallmark of the original Tight Lies fairway wood was its revolutionary low-profile, upside-down design, and it is back in the new version. This design feature allows for a very low center of gravity – below the ball's center of gravity – making it easier to get the ball up in the air with distance and accuracy.

The Cut-Thru Slots in the crown and sole create extra flex in the face, which helps create faster ball speeds as well as increased forgiveness across the face. And that unique tri-sole design reduces turf interaction to improve performance from the fairway, rough, sand – even, as Adams says, tight lies.

The new club already has made a fan in eight-time major winner and 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson.

''The most important thing for me is to know how far the ball is going to go,'' he said, ''and with the new technology, here with Tight Lies, we can hit it where we want it to go and that's what you want in a golf club.''

The regular Tight Lies woods will come standard with the Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara Eagle graphite shaft, while the slightly hotter Tight Lies Tour edition will feature the Aldila Tour Blue shaft. Both models will feature a matte black finish, while the women's model will have a matte grey crown. All will include the familiar white half stripes low on the shaft that were also featured on the original. 

Along with the 16-degree models available soon for lefties and eighties, the Tight Lies line also will include 14-, 19- and 22-degree models in right-handed, and 19 degrees in left-handed. The Tour clubs will add 14.5- and 18-degree models for right-handers, along with a 14.5-degree model for lefties.

The women's models will come in 3-wood, 5-wood and 7-wood models for right-handers, and 3-wood and 5-wood clubs for lefties.

The standard Tight Lies will carry a suggested retail price of $199.99, with the Tight Lies Tour going for $229.99.


July 23, 2013 - 11:21am
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T.J. Auclair
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Jesse Massie, golf, NGA Tour
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Jesse Massie's scorecard of his 14-under 56.
For years and years, shooting a "59" has been incredibly special. It still is. But, it's nothing compared to what 25-year-old Jesse Massie did in a casual round in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.
After shooting a 67 in a morning round, Massie went 11 -- that's right, 11 -- shots better in the afternoon for a mind-boggling round of 16-under-par 56.
The round included one eagle, 14 birdies and even a penalty stroke for Massie, who plays primarily on the NGA Hooter Tour's Carolina Series. 
The course was short by professional standards at 6,450 yards and par 72 from the back tees, but the score was still remarkable.
"When he came into the shop, he was shaking," explained Jack Ridge, head pro at Glenmary. "I couldn't believe it. Nobody walks in and says they shot a 56."
Massie reached 17 of the 18 greens in regulation during his record round, remarkably needing only 21 putts. The lone green missed resulted from his tee shot at the par-4 fifth hole, where Massie's drive became lodged in a cedar tree. After taking a drop for an unplayable lie, he got up and down from 150 yards to save par, one of only three pars he carded during the round.
"I was more nervous when I was 11- or 12-under, because you want to break 60 so bad," said Massie, who added that his round included 10 made putts from outside 12 feet. "By the time I got to 14-under, I was just trying to get to the clubhouse."
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July 22, 2013 - 11:50pm
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John Holmes
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Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson
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Callaway Golf Europe took to Twitter Monday to show us Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson with their trophies from the 1984 Callaway Junior World Championships.

With Phil Mickelson's victory in the Open Championship still fresh on our minds, Callaway Golf Europe tweeted out this blast-from-the-past photo on Monday. It shows the two most recent Open champions – Mickelson and 2012 winner Ernie Els – with the trophies they won in the 1984 Callaway Junior World Championships in San Diego.

Els won the age 13-14 bracket over Mickelson, who finished second – you can read the words ''runner-up'' on Phil's trophy. That same year, David Duval won the age 15-17 division, and Tiger Woods won the age 9-10 division despite being only 8 years old at the time.

That year, admittedly, was an anomaly, but several other past winners went on to professional glory, including Corey Pavin, David Toms, Amy Alcott, Notah Begay III, Lorena Ochoa, Craig Stadler and Nick Price.

The 2013 tournament was played last week. This time of the year, in fact, is about the most important for big-time junior golf – the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls Junior events are being played this week, and the Junior PGA Championship is next week. These events have produced a plethora of prominent players, and it'll be fun to follow the progress of this year's winners.