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September 4, 2013 - 7:16am
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T.J. Auclair
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Sun Mountain
Sun Mountain
These Sun Mountain H2NO Lite bags are just two of the waterproof offerings for the company's 2014 line up.
In 2007, Sun Mountain introduced the first waterproof golf bag. New for 2014, the H2NO collection of bags will be expanded to include cart bags and carry bags, all constructed with waterproof fabric, taped seams, and waterproof zippers. The full range of H2NO golf bags will be in stores in October with retail prices from $259-$289. 
 
In part, here's the press release with the announcement from Sun Mountain:
 
Sun Mountain’s most popular bag in Europe, the H2NO carry bags feature tops with integrated handles for ease in picking up and setting down, a top-molded stand attachment for stability, Sun Mountain’s proprietary E-Z Fit Dual Strap System for a balanced carry across both shoulders, patented Roller-Bottom stand mechanism for easy leg activation, and for those rounds that you ride, H2NO stand bags feature leg lock straps and a cart-friendly bottom that will fit into a cart’s bag well. H2NO carry bags feature ample storage space, too, including a full-length clothing pocket, a velour-lined valuables pocket, and multiple accessory pockets. The 2014 collection of waterproof carry bags will include the H2NO Lite ($259), H2NO Ultra Lite ($229) and the H2NO Staff.
 
The H2NO Cart bag features a larger diameter, individual club-divided top, and waterproof pockets to include two full-length clothing pockets, multiple accessory pockets and a velour-lined valuables pocket ($289).
 
The waterproof pockets and rainhood on the H2NO bags feature the same waterproof construction as Sun Mountain’s line of rainwear to include waterproof fabric, taped seams, and YKK waterproof zippers. The extra technology required to make a bag waterproof will be much appreciated by golfers who carry items like cigars, mobile phones, and range-finders. Additionally, when used with the matching rainhood the waterproof protection of the H2NO bags extends to the clubs.
 
For 30 years Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear and golf carts. Sun Mountain's many innovations, including the first lightweight golf bag and modern stand bag, have made it the top golf bag company in North America. Within golf outerwear, Sun Mountain redefined golf-specific performance first with the windshirt, then fleece, and again with its four-way stretch, waterproof, and breathable rainwear. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart® golf push cart transformed walking carts and created an entirely new category of golf products. Sun Mountain's "Ahead of Time Design" motto drives the company to continually design and refine golf equipment. 
 
For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.
 
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September 3, 2013 - 8:51pm
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John Holmes
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Mizuno MP-54 irons
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The long and mid irons in the Mizuno MP-54 set feature a Milled Step Muscle with a cavity cut into them to help provide extra forgiveness and a higher ball flight.

Many players get into golf by playing game-improvement irons and, sure enough, their games improve. Then what?

That was the question Mizuno's designers and engineers asked themselves. Their answer: the new MP-54 irons, the follow-up to Mizuno's MP-53 set.

"Over the past several years, Mizuno's MP iron category has expanded to a point where consumers expect a 'player' iron look and feel with the forgiveness of today's technologically advanced equipment," said Vice President of Product Management Chuck Couch of the challenge Mizuno faced.

The MP-54s are created for better players – those with handicaps from scratch up to about 12 – who want a bit more forgiveness than classic blades provide. At various stages of development and testing, Mizuno staff players including Luke Donald, Charles Howell III and Jonathan Byrd provided their feedback.

What makes them unique is the ''Milled Step Muscle'' in the 3-iron through 7-iron. As is the case with many Mizuno clubs, each MP-54 is forged from mild carbon steel, and the 3- through 7-irons feature a thick muscleback with a 4-millimeter-wide slot. 

This Milled Step Muscle allowed the engineers to reposition the removed weight around the head's perimeter, which increases stability on off-center hits. It also creates a deeper center of gravity for more forgiveness and a higher ball flight, all while maintaining the necessary heft behind the ball to deliver a solid impact. 

The scoring irons – 8-iron down through pitching wedge – don't have the slot. Instead, they feature Mizuno's Solid Muscle Design – essentially, a solid clubhead, thicker in its bottom half, to improve playability. Those attributes also are enhanced by a perimeter grind on both the heel and toe, and the clubs feature Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.), in which Mizuno's engineers tune the clubhead design to maximize feel and feedback.

By comparison, Mizuno says the MP-54 clubheads will be about the same size as the MP-53s, but will offer a more heavily beveled sole for cleaner turf interaction. And, of course, the cavity cut into the MP-54s gives them a lower center of gravity than the MP-53s.

The MP-54s will be available at retail on Sept. 9 in both right-handed and left-handed models, and will carry a suggested retail price of $999.99. They come outfitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts and Golf Pride M-31 58 round grips, though a variety of custom shafts and grips also are available. Custom set make-ups also can be assembled from in mixed or combo sets or with MP-H4 long irons.

For more information, visit www.mizunogolf.com.

 

September 2, 2013 - 7:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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COBRA Golf
COBRA Golf
The Tour Trusty is made of Cast 8620 Carbon Steel and available in a Tour Matte Satin and Tour Matte Black PVD finish.
COBRA Golf has introduced a new family of performance wedges under its Trusty line set for release on October 1.
 
Here's the announcement from COBRA:
 
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tour inspired performance, look and feel combine in the new Tour Trusty product line to create a new family of wedges designed by COBRA Golf in conjunction with Tour pros. Featuring COBRA’s Tour notch K-Grind, a Tour preferred shape and Variable Feed Rate Milling, Tour Trusty wedges are designed for precision wedge play and shot versatility.
 
“Our Research & Development team worked tirelessly with our Tour athletes like Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Lexi Thompson and Jonas Blixt to create the Tour Trusty wedge,” commented Tom Preece, Vice President of Research & Development. “With their input and our research and technology, we have developed a true performance wedge that will perform in the toughest conditions.”
 
The non-offset compact shaping delivers excellent alignment at address and the groove edges and volume have been maximized to the USGA allowable limit. COBRA’s new Tour notch K-GrindTM provides heel and toe relief for Tour-trusted versatility around the greens. This combination allows golfers to hone in around the green for optimized shot making.
 
COBRA’s proprietary Variable Feed Rate milling consists of two depths of cut to maximize spin on even the shortest of shots. The Tour Trusty has double the amount of surface roughness than the Trusty Rusty and new, wider grooves to provide maximum spin so golfers can stop the trickiest of shots around the green. Adding to that, the Tour Trusty has a straighter leading edge and new, wider grooves for improved spin.
 
The Tour Trusty is made of Cast 8620 Carbon Steel and available in a Tour Matte Satin and Tour Matte Black PVD finish. This does more than just make a great looking wedge – it provides excellent feel and reduces glare for the golfer.
 
The Tour Trusty (MAP $119) will be available in 11 loft/bounce options in both right and left handed models (48.08°, 50.08°, 52.08°, 54.10°, 56.12°, 56.08°, 58.08°, 60.10°, 60.06°, 62.08° and 64.08°). All options will be available in a Tour Matte Satin or Tour Matte Black PVD finish with a True Temper Dynamic Golf S200 shaft and Golf Pride® New Decade MultiCompound Whiteout grip.
 
The Tour Trusty will be available at golf retailers on October 1, 2013. To find an authorized COBRA dealer near you, visit http://cobragolf.com/dealer-locator
 
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September 1, 2013 - 2:42pm
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John Holmes
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Kevin Stadler at the Deutsche Bank Championship
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Kevin Stadler and the rest of the field are dealing with damp conditions at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday after a long rain delay in the morning.

How many times have you started a round, played a few holes and wished you could just go back to the first tee and start over? That's what the PGA Tour did today.

The third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship got under way as planned this morning, but rain and lightning brought play to a halt around 8:45 a.m. ET. After the weather finally cleared up a couple hours later, officials decided to throw out all the scores and restart the round from scratch.

Zach Johnson and Stuart Appleby, in the first group, had reached the sixth hole when play was halted. A total of 14 players had teed off.

The restart also saw the players re-paired – instead of twosomes off the first tee as originally planned, they were grouped in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees at TPC Boston. They also are being allowed to lift, clean and place their balls.

If you're wondering, this is the second event this season in which the PGA Tour has re-started a round – it happened twice at the season-opening Hyundai Championship in January.

The threat of scattered thunderstorms remains this afternoon, and actually the chance of rain increases as the afternoon goes forward, according to the PGA Tour.

Monday's forecast also calls for a 60 percent chance of rain, and as a result, the final-round tee times already have been moved up. The players again will be grouped in threesomes off the first and 10th tees, with tee times running from about 8:00-10:00 a.m. ET.

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August 31, 2013 - 8:13pm
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John Kim
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Phil Mickelson flop shot
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Phil Mickelson's flop shot at the Deutsche Bank left the crowd and fellow players in awe.
So the thing about the best players in the world - they really are the best players in the world. Not only are they consistently good, even when they struggle, they are ridiculously good.  
 
Let's talk about, arguably, the most exciting player in the world to watch - Phil Mickelson.  His ability to get on birdie streaks is tremendous, but it's his fearlessness and daring when he's not in the middle of the fairway is what really make him "must see tv."  
 
Consider what happened on Saturday, during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.  Mickelson, who had flirted with a 59 the day before, was the exact opposite of his opening Phil. He was all over the place, driving it left and right, missing greens, finding bunkers, etc. But do you know what he shot on the day? Even par. How?  Well, shots like the one he hit on hole No. 11.
 
In short, it was a flop shot from a tough lie in the rough. 
 
In long, it was a shot that had Tiger Woods and Adam Scott laughing at how good it was. It was a shot that Phil himself noted, "I've not seen anybody else hit that shot...it sure looks good."
 
It was mostly indescribable - even Mickelson said he couldn't describe the mechanics of the shot in a way that people could understand. But it doesn't matter if you can see how great and fun a shot it was.  And you can.  Watch it here. 
 
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August 31, 2013 - 7:26pm
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John Holmes
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William Campbell, a former U.S. Amateur champion who played on eight Walker Cup teams and later served two years as president of the U.S. Golf Association, died Friday, the USGA has announced. He was 90 years old.

Campbell was USGA president from 1982-83 and served on its executive committee for 10 years. In 1987 he became only the third American to be elected captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, and the only man to have led both of golf's governing bodies. 

Campbell served in the Army during World War II, graduated Princeton in 1947 and remained an amateur golfer his entire career. He competed in the U.S. Amateur for 33 straight years, winning in 1964. He also won the U.S. Senior Amateur twice and the North & South Amateur four times. 

He played on eight Walker Cup teams from 1951 to 1975, never losing a singles match and never playing on a losing team. He was the playing captain in 1955. As an amateur, Campbell played in the U.S. Open 14 different times and played in the Masters an amazing 17 different times.

"Mr. Campbell was one of the game's great champions and finest gentlemen," said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. "His contributions to amateur golf and to the USGA have been many and profound." 

Campbell was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, and you can read much more about his career in his official Hall of Fame biography. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.