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April 9, 2013 - 10:07am
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T.J. Auclair
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Nick Faldo
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Nick Faldo hasn't played in a Masters since 2006 and he may never play in another one.

 

It's certainly not earth-shattering news seeing as Sir Nick Faldo hasn't played in a Masters since 2006, but the three-time Masters champion has gone on the record saying that his Masters playing days are likely over.
 
Faldo, winner of six major championships overall, revealed to Augusta Chronicle writer David Westin that despite his lifetime exemption at Augusta National, he probably won't tee it up in the tournament again.
 
Westin wrote:
 
Nick Faldo doubts he’ll ever play in the Masters Tour­nament again.
 
“Probably not,” the three-time winner at Augusta Na­tional Golf Club (1989, 1990 and 1996) said this week.
 
The former No. 1-ranked player, now 55, stopped playing in the Masters after the 2006 tournament, turning his full attention to his budding golf broadcasting career. He shot 79-74 and missed the cut on the 10th anniversary of his third Masters title.
 
Six months later, Faldo signed a multiyear deal to be the golf analyst for CBS, which broadcasts the Masters and other PGA Tour events.
 
It was unprecedented for a former Masters champion at that age – Faldo was 49 at the time – to stop competing at Augusta National. He had played in the Masters 23 times and ended with a streak of 19 in a row.
 
Faldo doesn’t plan to play in the next few years, and he won’t be one of those former champions who plays a “farewell” Masters in his golden years. Predictably, they shoot high scores in the first two rounds and miss the cut by a mile.
 
“I can’t see that,” Faldo said. “I couldn’t let myself go and shoot any number. It’s just not me. … If I keep my nose clean and keep my job at CBS, I’m quite happy to be here and doing that.”
 
 
For PGA.com's exclusive Masters coverage, click here.
 
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April 8, 2013 - 10:46pm
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John Holmes
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Rickie Fowler's Masters outfits
Courtesy of Puma Golf
Rickie Fowler will blend right in Thursday through Saturday, then stand out as usual on Sunday.

Okay, all you fashion mavens, here's the post you've been waiting breathlessly for – the big reveal of the apparel Rickie Fowler will be sporting at the Masters.

The photo above shows his wardrobe from (left to right) Thursday through Sunday, capped off, of course, by his traditional all-orange final-round outfit.

Here's day-by-day details of each outfit, provided by Puma Golf:

Thursday: Golf Duo-Swing Polo shirt, Golf 5 PKT Tech pants, AMP Cell Fusion shoes, Monoline 210 cap and High Shine fitted golf belt 

Friday: Duo-Swing Diamond Polo shirt, Golf Tech Style pants, AMP Cell Fusion shoes, Monoline 210 cap and Spectrum fitted golf belt 

Saturday: Ombre Tech Polo shirt, Golf Track jacket, Golf Tech Style pants, AMP Cell Fusion shoes, Cat Patch Snapback cap and Form Stripe belt 

Sunday: Golf Duo-Swing Polo shirt, 5 PKT Tech pants, AMP Cell Fusion shoes, Cat Patch Snapback cap and High Shine Fitted golf belt 

For complete coverage of the Masters, including news, features, video, photo galleries and more, click here.

 
April 7, 2013 - 5:42pm
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John Kim
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Petco Park
photo: TaylorMade Golf
Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, gets foul-IER down the lines.

 

TaylorMade Golf has long been noted for being aggressive and innovative in their marketing efforts. And their newest campaign of being "IER" has certainly drawn notice as being....well, edge-ier and funny-ier (at times).  So getting this note from my friend Dave Cordero at TaylorMade as well as the photo above was not surprising but still a fun way to off Masters Week as well as baseball season. 
 
"In 2011, TaylorMade pulled off one of the most creative in-stadium advertising features when it erected an 88-foot R11 foul pole at Petco Park in San Diego. The pole represented a three-year partnership with the Padres. In 2012, the pole changed from R11 graphics to the company's record selling RocketBallz 3-wood. In 2013, the final year of the contract, TaylorMade is taking its taking its partnership even further-IER. As you have seen in TV and print advertising, TaylorMade has been promoting its new RocketBallz Stage 2 as longer-IER than the original.   So logically, TaylorMade is making Petco Park "Petco Park-IER."
 
" In-stadium takeovers when a Padres player hits a homerun (signage like Deep-IER, Yard-IER, Smashed-IER)
" A TaylorMade branded tape measure that will provide HR distance
" A TaylorMade swing simulator at every home game for fans to demo the product and compete in long drive competetions
" Giveaways of RBZ Stage 2 product during games
 
We are also swapping out last year's foul pole for the new RocketBallz Stage 2 3-wood and temporarily making it "foul pole-IER" (10-feet longer than the standard size of the foul pole). See attached image. This IER structure was built to celebrate the partnership and take "IER" to a fun/new level. It will not be displayed permanently throughout the season."
 
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April 7, 2013 - 5:13pm
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John Kim
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Condoleezza Rice
From Doug Ferguson's Twitter
Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice walks the grounds of Augusta National with two fellow club members.

 

For the most part, Augusta National Golf Club members - though very involved in the operations of the Masters - typically aren't the story as Masters week commences. Oh sure there will be a couple of press conferences involving the chairman (Billy Payne) and you'll see the regal green jackets manning various important posts, but patrons, media and other members are there to see the players this week - right?  Well....
 
Probably the most anticipated sighting of the week happened on Sunday, the day before the crowds enter the grounds. Former Secretary of State and one of the first two female members of Augusta National - Condoleezza Rice - played a practice round with none other than Phil Mickelson and then walked the grounds with a couple of fellow members.
 
A short blurb then moved on the wires by the AP's Doug Ferguson (who also tweeted the photo above)
 
AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) -- Phil Mickelson has won three green jackets, and he was the one asking all the questions Sunday at Augusta National.
 
That's because Mickelson played a practice round with Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State and one of the newest club members. Rice made history in Augusta when she and South Carolina financier Darla Moore were the first women invited to join Augusta.
 
Rice later donned her green jacket to meet with other members on the practice range.
 
She slipped away without taking questions. Members typically don't give interviews during the week of the Masters. Mickelson couldn't stop talking about her -- especially her 40-foot par putt on the 18th hole. He says Rice asked him about courses, and he asked her about countries.
 
For more on Rice's day at Augusta National, click here. 
 
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April 7, 2013 - 4:06pm
Posted by:
John Holmes
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New York Times Magzine Meh List
Annmarie Dodd via Twitter
Tiger Woods is on the "Meh List," but at least he's No. 1.

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are done – at least according to the New York Times Sunday magazine.

Each week, the magazine has a little feature called ''The Meh List.'' It describes itself as a list of things that are ''not hot, not not, just meh.'' 

And topping the list this week, as we can see in the image above, is golf's No. 1 power couple. 

Also on the list this week are things like ''you had me at …'' ''Whole Foods sushi'' and ''the acoustic version.'' 

I can't mount a big argument that Tiger and Lindsey don't belong on the list – and hey, at least they're No. 1. But I will say this: If Tiger wins the Masters, he and Lindsey won't belong on anybody's ''Meh List.''

And now I can't wait to see how long it'll take for ''Dufnering'' to make the list.

Golf clap to fashion expert Annmarie Dodd for spotting this first.

April 6, 2013 - 6:52pm
Posted by:
John Holmes
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Titleist 712U utility irons
Courtesy of Titleist
The heads of the Titleist 712U utility irons are chrome plated with a satin finish, and are slightly larger than the standard 2-irons, 3-irons and 4-irons in the Titleist MB 712 and CB 712 series.

Last fall, Titleist quietly seeded some of its prototype 712U utility irons among its staff players, and said that their reaction would help the company determine whether the clubs would be released to the public. Not quite six months later, we know what that determination is – they'll be available to the public by custom order starting May 15.

Three irons will be available – an 18-degree 2-iron, a 21-degree 3-iron and a 24-degree 4-iron.

All three clubs are forged from 1025 steel and include a high-speed 455 steel face insert. They have a traditional profile with a rounded back design that many better players prefer over cavity back long irons with more offset. 

''During the development of 712U, we worked closely with our tour players to design a utility iron that delivers a great combination of consistency and control,'' said Titleist Golf Clubs General Manager Steve Pelisek. ''The deeper CG (Center of Gravity) results in a higher MOI (Moment of Inertia) that increases stability at impact, helping players achieve more consistent distance and trajectory control, whether hitting shots high or low.''

The heads are chrome plated with a satin finish, and are slightly larger than the standard 2-irons, 3-irons and 4-irons in the Titleist MB 712 and CB 712 series. They have a wider, camber-sole design than traditional long irons, which promotes clean turf interaction and is more effective for a variety of attack angles. They also utilize a tapered-tip iron shaft for additional trajectory control.

Each iron carries a suggested retail price of $235 with a steel shaft and $259 with a graphite shaft. Custom up-charges may apply.

After their introduction to Titleist staffers last fall, 712U clubs are currently in the bags of such players as Adam Scott (2-iron), Tim Clark (4-iron) and Geoff Ogilvy (2-iron), who prefer a utility iron over a hybrid as an alternative to traditional long irons. In fact, Titleist says, the 712U already has become the most-played utility iron model on the PGA Tour this season.

''I don't like the look of hybrids, but the 712U (2-iron) looks great at address,'' said Ogilvy. ''It is a bit stronger than a 2-iron, it goes farther than a 2-iron and it's easy to hit. It feels great, performs how I need it to, and I like having it in my bag.''