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April 18, 2013 - 6:16pm
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James Driscoll
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James Driscoll carded four birdies, worth $4,000 to his fundraising efforts for the victims of the Boston bombing.

PGA Tour player James Driscoll grew up in the Boston suburb of Brookline, Mass., and lives in downtown Boston – about two blocks from where the twin bombs went off during the Boston Marathon.

Driscoll wasn't home on Monday; he was practicing down in Florida. He had thought about going home for the Patrriots’ Day festivities, but decided not to.

And now he's raising money for those affected by the bombing. Driscoll has pledged $1,000 for each birdie he makes this week in the RBC Heritage and at the Zurich Classic next week.

He got off to a nice start on Thursday, carding four birdies in an opening round of 3-over 74.

"I'll be happy to write a big check for this," he said on Thursday at Hilton Head. 

"It was pretty traumatic a day or two after," Driscoll said. "A lot of my friends are still shaken up by it. It really hits home when it's that close to where you live." 

The money he raises will go to the Boston One Fund, an organization set up by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino. 

Driscoll says he appreciates the support that people everywhere are showing for Boston and its citizens, and he has no doubt the city will recover. 

"Boston people are strong and they're for sure going to bounce back," he said. 

He hasn't asked his fellow PGA Tour players for donations, just to help get the message out about raising funds. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

April 17, 2013 - 8:36pm
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Antigua summer 2013 collection
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Antigua's Summer Performance Golf Collection for men and women continues the bolder and brighter color stories introduced this spring, and uses these trending pop colors as subtle details in the summer line-up.

If you're looking to put some pop into your golf wardrobe this summer, Antigua might have just the clothes for you.

The Arizona-based company's Summer Performance Golf Collection for men and women continues the bolder and brighter color stories introduced this spring, and uses these trending pop colors as subtle details in the summer line-up.

"For Summer 2013, the focus of pop accent colors on less conspicuous fabrications throughout the collections shows off the styling and design features of the individual garments," said Sean Gregg, director of product development for Antigua. 

This season, Antigua developed new performance fabrics with finer yarns to create ultra-lightweight knits in textures and in flat jerseys and interlocks that update the appearance of the traditional polo. And by using the finest denier yarns available, the company has achieved super-soft, super-lightweight fabrics that provide the same coverage as other polyknits but with faster wicking, more breathability and less restriction in movement. 

The men's color palette includes such creatively named hues as Lapis, Margarita, Apple, Melon, Phlox and Zest, with Light Melon, Kiss, Pansy, Fountain, Margarita and Light Apple in the women's line. All the summer clothes incorporate Antigua's proprietary Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite moisture management technology to keep golfers as cool and dry as they are colorful.

In the men's collection, Antigua has added a pair of hybrid pullovers, known as Style Flare and Style Omega, which have the design lines of mid- to lightweight outerwear while utilizing the short-sleeve styling found on performance polos. They also feature a ¼-zip placket with a stand-up collar. The Style Flare comes in neutral colors such as Smoke, White, Black, Silver and Steel, and feature pop color contrast stitch detail. Style Omega features pop color contrast on the shoulder and polyester jacquard side insets.

Other new men's styles include the Style Balance and the Romeo. The Balance is a moisture management jersey polo with contrast printed engineered stripes, while the Romeo two-color jacquard polo comes in the entire range of this season's colors.

New styles for women include Style Gem, a short-sleeve geometric pattern jacquard polo with a five-button placket, and Style Reflect, a striped shortsleeve polo with pop color contrast underarm and on the cover stitch detail at the princess seams. In addition, the Style Escape is a lightweight interlock polo with an open V-neck placket and pop color contrast cut and sew color block details. 

Two new sleeveless polo shirts join the women's collection for summer. The Jive pique sleeveless polo has a dyed-to-match flat knit collar and contrast piping detail. And for a blast of color, the Utopia sleeveless polo comes in every color of the women's color palette, and features a solid pop color on the front and a white jacquard contrast back panel that wraps around the shoulder. 

 

April 17, 2013 - 7:40pm
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Adam Scott at the Masters
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Now that Adam Scotthas a Masters green jacket, 'The Bachelor' wants him to hand roses.

Adam Scott is cooling down this week in the wake of his Masters victory. But if answers his phone, he might just find the folks from ''The Bachelor'' on the other end of the line.

Yup, ''The Bachelor'' is ''definitely going to pursue'' the 32-year-old Australian with the brand-new green jacket, according to a report on EOnline.com.

No meetings have yet been set up, a ''Bachelor'' source told EOnline, ''but we're trying. He could be a perfect fit.''

Other potential bachelors also are being considered, the report said. ABC, which airs the show, said it doesn't comment on casting rumors.

Would Scott take ''The Bachelor'' up on its offer? That's up to him. But, given the fact that almost every woman we know already has a crush on him, we don't think he needs any help in the dating department.

 

April 17, 2013 - 8:46am
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PGA of America CEO Peter Bevacqua has issued the following statement about the tragic events that took place at Monday's Boston Marathon:
 
"The PGA of America is saddened by the tragic events that occurred during the Boston Marathon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the City of Boston, all of those affected by the bombings and our friends and colleagues at the New England Section PGA."
April 16, 2013 - 11:11pm
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Guan Tianlang at Atlanta Hawks game
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"Go Hawks... this is my first time watching live NBA game," said Guan Tianlang on Twitter Tuesday night.

Spending last week at Augusta National was apparently just the start of the fun for Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang.

Guan's father celebrated his birthday on Sunday, and the youngster gave him the silver cup he received as low amateur at the Masters. Happy birthday, Pops – you'll always remember this one!

On Monday, Guan accepted a sponsor invitation to play in next week's Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Guan, it turns out, actually spent a month in the New Orleans area last year and has practiced at Lakewood Golf Club, not far from TPC Louisiana, the host venue for the Zurich Classic.

And on Tuesday, he attended his first NBA game in Atlanta, where he saw the Hawks take on the Toronto Raptors.

After he finished his final round at the Masters on Sunday, Guan said he planned to hit the books and catch up on a little schoolwork. I haven't seen any indication as to when he might be headed back to the public school he attends in China.

And while we're talking about ''the Kid,'' the nickname by which he became known at the Masters, did you know that he had no three-putts at Augusta and nothing worse than a bogey on his scorecard?  

 

 

April 16, 2013 - 7:11pm
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Adam Scott's Scotty Cameron Futura X prototype putter
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In this close-up shot from Masters Saturday, you can see the semi-circular head of Adam Scott's new Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter with weights on the far corners of the head.

With Adam Scott earning his first green jacket, Titleist certainly had a Masters to remember.

For starters, Scott played with a brand-new Titleist 913D3 driver – in fact, he put it in his competition bag for the first time at Augusta National, though he had been testing it for a month or so. He also was using a new Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter (and both Scott and Angel Cabrera played Titleist balls, Scott the Pro V1 and Cabrera the Pro V1x).

Scott switched to his new driver from a Titleist 910D3 – the model that preceded the 913D3. His new 913D3 9.5-degree driver has an A-1 (neutral) SureFit Tour Hosel setting with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8, X flex graphite shaft at 44.75 inches, according to Titleist. 

Scott was custom fit for the new driver on the Wednesday before the Tampa Bay Championship, according to Titleist, then continued to play his old driver while working with the new one in practice leading up to the Masters. 

"Adam came to Augusta ready to put it in play and was extremely confident in his performance with it following several practice rounds,'' said Titleist. ''Scott cited that he was getting a higher ball flight without increased spin for longer carry distance with the new driver – which would be beneficial to him at Augusta National and going forward.''

Scott had been famously playing a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi long putter, but switched to the Futura X prototype for the Masters. Switching flatsticks for those daunting greens at Augusta National seems like a risky proposition, but Scott had been working with Cameron on the new model since December and the Futura is, generally speaking, quite similar to the Kombi.

The big difference, according to Titleist, is that the new one adds stability through the stroke thanks to the design of its head, and the fact that the head is perimeter weighted. The semi-circular head is made of aluminum and includes a balance bar running perpendicular to the face. In addition, four tungsten weights are positioned under four adjustable stainless steel weights in the far four corners of the head. The one Scott is using is 49 inches tall, and has a 79-degree lie angle and 3 degrees of loft.

In an interesting bit of trivia, Scott's victory completed the career Grand Slam for long putters – Scott at the Masters, Webb Simpson at the 2012 U.S. Open, Ernie Els at the 2012 British Open and Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship – and four of the last six majors now have been won by long putters.

Scott was asked whether he thought yet another major won by a long putter might have an impact on the USGA and R&A's decision to ban the anchored putting stroke.

"I don't know that this is going to impact any decisions at all. You know my feeling on it all; that it was inevitable that big tournaments would be won with this equipment, because you know, these are the best players in the world and they practice thousands of hours,'' he said. ''They are going to get good with whatever they are using.  It's inevitable. I don't know that is going to have any impact on any decisions upcoming.''

To see this week's edition of What's in the Winners' Bags, click here. And to see a photo gallery of Scott's Masters-winning clubs, click here.