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November 13, 2013 - 9:10am
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Crocodiles
Crocodiles have been a serious problem at one Cancun golf course lately.

OK, remember not long ago when we told you the story about the New York man who -- on vacation in Mexico -- lost two fingers to a crocodile while playing golf at the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club?

Well, there was crocodile-related incident at the same place last Friday, where another golfer was attacked.

GolfChannel.com's Ryan Lavner caught the story from Scotland's Daily Record of a 58-year-old Scottish man vacationing in Cancun, who survived the attack from a massive, 12-foot crocodile.

RELATED: Golfer loses two fingers to crocodile in Cancun

As the story goes, the man -- Dougie Thomson -- played a shot from a waste bunker when out of nowhere, the crocodile burst out of the bushes and sunk its teeth into Thomson's right leg.

Panicked, Thomson's playing partners acted fast. Friend Brendan O'Hara began battering the crocodile with a 9-iron. Moments later, golf buddies Gordon Victory and Martin Botwright came in to help as well. Botwright also used a golf club to beat the croc, while Victory used a golf cart to run over the beast.

When all was done, Thomson was freed, but not without battle wounds that required 200 stitches.

"My leg is a complete mess," Thomson said in the Daily Record report. "It's only by the grace of God I'm alive -- and I'm an atheist. If my friends hadn't seen what was happening, I would have just disappeared. The doctors said I'll have to think about plastic surgery. There's a huge indent on the back of my leg."

Thomson is reportedly threatening legal action against the Cancun Golf Club. Spokespeople there deny blame.

In the Daily Record report, they said there were warning signs about the crocodiles, and described them as "unique characteristics" of their course.

A spokesman said: "We deeply regret this incident and wish Mr. Thomson a speedy recovery. The safety of our clients, guests and employees has always been, and will continue to be, of paramount importance to Iberostar."

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November 13, 2013 - 12:27am
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John Holmes
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Cobra BiO Cell line of clubs
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Beneath the bright colors for which Cobra clubs are known, the BiO Cell woods and irons utilize Cobra's new BiO Cell technology to reposition weight away from the clubface to improve the clubs' launch characteristics.

Virtually every clubmaker has spent the last couple of years exploring every conceivable way to reduce weight in their clubheads to help increase swing speed and, therefore, ball speed. The latest development at Cobra Golf is the BiO Cell, and the company has built an entire line of clubs around this advance.

In the BiO Cell Driver, Cobra has removed a few grams of weight – essentially by cutting a honeycomb-like pattern – in the crown and repositioning that weight around the head's heel. This next step forward from last year's Advanced Material Placement technology (as found in the AMP Cell clubs) lowers the center of gravity, improves stability through the swing and creates a slight draw bias. 

''Our Research and Development team focused on developing a driver that would deliver distance, provide consistency, keep adjustability simple yet effective and offer a great feel,'' said Cobra Golf Director of Product Marketing Jose Miraflor. ''The BiO Cell Driver delivers on all of the above through Cobra's proprietary technology and goes a step further by offering personalization in five different color options.''

PHOTO GALLERY: See images of the new Cobra BiO Cell family of clubs

The BiO Cell driver features a full-sized 460cc titanium head and MyFly8, an expansion of Cobra's 2013 MyFly technology. The MyFly8 adjustable hosel gives golfers the option to select their trajectory from among eight loft settings (9.0, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 and 12.0 degrees of loft) along with three draw setting (9.5-degree D, 10.5-degree D and 11.5-degree D). Utilizing SmartPad technology – a small strip on the sole – the face angle will stay square at address regardless of the loft setting.  

True to Cobra's DNA, the BiO Cell driver is offered in five eye-popping colors: Blue Aster, Black, Barbados Red, Vibrant Orange and Silver. They come with a stock Project X PXv shaft and will be available in right- and left-handed models in extra-stiff, stiff, regular and lite flexes. The Lamkin R.E.L. 3GEN 360 is the stock grip. It has a suggested retail price of $299.

There is also a BiO Cell+ driver, with a smaller 440cc head and multi-material construction – specifically, a crown made of aluminum, copper, magnesium, zinc and zirconium. Together, these metals comprise what Cobra calls ''venollum,'' which makes the crown even lighter than on the standard BiO Cell driver and gives the BiO Cell+ an even lower center of gravity. That, Cobra says, helps golfers get the ball airborne higher but with lower spin – a key requirement for better players.

The BiO Cell+ driver also comes with MyFly8 adjustability, but the available lofts are slightly lower (8, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11 degrees of loft along with 8.5D, 9.5D and 10.5D draw). It comes with a stock Matrix Red-Tie 6Q3 shaft in extra-stiff, stiff and regular flexes with a Lamkin ACE 3GEN grip. They also feature a slightly different paint scheme with white accenting the other bright Cobra colors, and carry a suggested retail price of $399.

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The BiO Cell Fairway Woods and Hybrids also feature MyFly8 adjustability technology, along with E9 Face Technology to improve distance and stability. Their stainless steel heads have a high-strength steel insert, which enables more face flex for faster ball speeds, longer distances and higher trajectory, and come in the same colors as the drivers.

The fairway woods have Project X PXv shafts and will be available in two models. The 3-4 Wood (13 degrees, 13.5,13.5 D, 14.5, 14.5 D, 15.5, 15.5 D and 16 degrees of loft) and 5-7 Wood (17, 17.5, 17.5 D, 18.5, 18.5 D, 19.5, 19.5 D and 20 degrees) are available in x-stiff, stiff, regular and lite flexes in both right-handed and left-handed options. They all come with a stock Lamkin R.E.L. 3GEN 360 grip, and will retail for $219.

The hybrids feature a BiO Cell shaft and come in three models. The 2-3H (16 degrees, 16.5,16.5 D, 17.5, 17.5 D, 18.5, 18.5 D and 19 degrees), 3-4H (19, 19.5, 19.5 D, 20.5, 20.5 D, 21.5, 21.5 D and 22 degrees) and the 4-5H (22, 22.5, 22.5 D, 23.5, 23.5 D, 24.5, 24.5 D and 25 degrees) are available in x-stiff, stiff, regular and lite flexes in both right and left-handed options. All the hybrids have a stock Lamkin R.E.L. 3GEN 360 grip, and will retail for $189.

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The BiO Cell irons feature heavy tungsten in the heel and toe of the long and mid-irons for added forgiveness, while the short irons have tungsten centered behind the hitting area for extra distance and control. They also include a perimeter undercut, which gives them the largest unsupported face of any Cobra Iron and helps the face flex more at impact for an increase in ball speed and distance. 

As in the drivers, woods and hybrids, the new BiO Cells in the irons combine with E9 Face technology to enable more discretionary weight to be relocated around the perimeter of the heads for a lower center of gravity and higher level of stability through the swing. They are available with Silver, Blue Aster, Barbados Red and Vibrant Orange accents. 

''The BiO Cell irons are designed to give golfers distance and control without sacrificing forgiveness,'' said Miraflor. ''Progressive placement of tungsten throughout the iron set drives the added distance, control and forgiveness.''

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The irons have a True Temper Dynalite 85 shaft available in stiff and regular flex in the 3-iron through lob wedge in right-handed and 3-iron through sand wedge in the left-handed models. Graphite irons are available through custom order, with Cobra BiO Cell shafts in stiff, regular or lite flexes. They all come with Lamkin R.E.L. 3GEN grips and carry a suggested retail price of $699 per set.

A BiO Cell iron combo set features a 3-4 hybrid, 4-5 hybrid and 5-iron through pitching wedge. They come with True Temper Dynalite 85 shafts in steel models and Cobra BiO Cell shafts in graphite models. The set made up of steel-shafted irons and graphite-shafted hybrids carries a suggested retail price of $799, while the set containing all graphite shafts retails for $899.

The entire family of BiO Cell clubs will be available at retail in mid-January 2014.

 

November 12, 2013 - 7:27pm
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John Holmes
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Tiger Woods at the Turkish Airlines Open
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Tiger Woods and his American teammates might be playing the 2022 Ryder Cup in Turkey.

Last week, Turkey staged the inaugural edition of the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour. Now, the country is raising its sights – considerably.

And by considerably, I mean the Ryder Cup.

Yes, Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Agaoglu is eager to boost his country's stature in the world of golf. The best way to do that, he believes, is to shoot for the stars – and grab the 2022 Ryder Cup.

''We have the idea to host the Ryder Cup in 2022, but if anyone wants to skip it in 2018 [France] or 2014 [Scotland], we can take it,'' he told Sport Business International. ''We will bid for that. Turkey is in Europe [the nation generally competes in Europe in sports such as soccer]. But if we need to, we can build a course on the European side of Istanbul.''

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A public-private partnership to lure the Ryder Cup likely would begin with Turkish Airlines. ''We will seriously consider bidding to host the Ryder Cup, '' Turkish Airlines Chairman Hamdi Topcu told Sport Business International. ''We have people in our company working on this and we discussed it with the Turkish Golf Federation on Saturday.''

The European Tour, which will play a big role in deciding where the 2022 Ryder Cup will be staged, is taking Turkey's interest seriously, according to The Independent newspaper in Ireland. Formal bids on the 2022 venue likely will be invited after the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the newspaper said, adding that European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady ''was positive'' when asked about Turkey's chances of following 2018 host Paris.

Whether or not Turkey lands the Ryder Cup, the country also is interested in supplanting Dubai as the host of the European Tour's season-ending event, now known as the DP World Tour Championship – the 2013 edition of which is being played in Dubai this week.

''We are candidates for the [the European Tour's] 'Race to Antalya' or 'Race to Turkey' in 2016,'' said Agaoglu.

 

November 12, 2013 - 2:08pm
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Maide Golf
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One lucky winner will receive all of the prizes above as part of the Maide Golf $1,000 sweepstakes.

The people at Maide Golf -- "a brand of classically stylish, better-fitting golf clothes "from Bonobos -- announced today its $1,000 sweepstakes.

RELATED: Bonobos launches Maide Golf apparel line

Prizes are in the photo above. The winner will receive the following:

1. Maide Striped Polo ($88)
2. Maide Southsider Sweater ($98)
3. Maide Highland Pants ($108)
4. Stitch Golf Clubheads ($145)
5. Royal Albartross "Connoisseur" Shoes ($595)

To enter the sweeps, visit the Maide Golf Facebook page and enter your email address. The sweeps run from now through 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 17.

To learn more about Maide Golf, visit www.bonobos.com. You can also find Maide on Twitter, @MaideGolf.

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November 12, 2013 - 12:15pm
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Did you know that the backswing plays a key factor in generating the power required to hit longer drives?

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Steve Bosdosh discusses how you can improve your backswing rotation. Bosdosh reveals the correct impact position to drive the ball farther.

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November 12, 2013 - 12:04pm
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Justin Rose
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In Dubai on Tuesday, Justin Rose became the 47th recipient of a Honorary Lifetime European Tour membership.

Justin Rose soared onto the world stage in golf at age 17 when he tied for fourth as an amateur in the 1998 Open Championship.

The day after that tournament ended, Rose decided to turn professional and would miss the cut in his first 21 consecutive starts as a pro.

Unlike most young stars who experience the lumps that come in the professional ranks before hanging up a once promising career, Rose has worked tirelessly to become one of the best players in the world today.

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The highlight of Rose's career -- which includes five PGA Tour wins and six European Tour victories -- was his win at Merion in June in the U.S. Open. It was Rose's first major triumph.

On Tuesday in Dubai where Rose is playing in the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship, European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady awarded Rose a lifetime honorary membership in recognition of his U.S. Open win.

The European Tour has doled out a total of 47 lifetime memberships over the years, including Graeme McDowell (2010) and Rory McIlroy (2011) after each player's respective U.S. Open win.

"For a kid who started his career with 21 missed cuts, I guess this means an awful lot really," said Rose in the report. "And the whole journey could not have been done without all the hard work of The European Tour. It's great to be back here in Dubai and great to have a chance to be playing for The Race to Dubai. Like I said, this truly does mean a lot to me.

"It's been a great journey," Rose added. "There are many, many fantastic players who have done so much for European golf who have received this honor, so it would be wonderful for me to be able to do the same. I've got a lot of great golf ahead of me, I hope, and a lot of great golf on The European Tour ahead of me. So I look forward to living up to this honor."

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