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September 24, 2012 - 1:22am
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John Holmes
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Ping Golf founder Karsten Solheim
Karsten Solheim's original homemade putter became the foundation of a golf equipment empire that is still innovating.

Yeah, yeah, I know Monday Night Football is on, but you really oughta tune in to CNBC tonight for "How I Made My Millions" – or at least fire up the DVR. This episode is all about Karsten Solheim and his creation of Ping Golf.

"How I Made My Millions," says CNBC, goes behind the curtain to reveal how everyday people have taken ordinary ideas and turned them into extraordinary businesses. The program, CNBC explains, puts the American Dream on display and shows you that it's alive and well if you have the heart, the desire and the know-how to make it big.

The Ping Golf episode, entitled "Stroke of Genius," focuses on Solheim, who back in the 1950s was an engineer who thought he could play better golf if he improved his putter, so he built one himself. His original Ping putter, named for the sound it made when it hit the ball, became the foundation of a golf equipment empire that is now run by his son John and is still innovating all these years later.

"How I Made My Millions" premieres at 9:00 p.m. ET, and reruns at midnight ET. You can see a 70-second teaser on YouTube.

September 23, 2012 - 11:47pm
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Courtesy of Club Glove
The Last Bag XL (left) can accomodate nearly any tour golf bag, while the TRS Ballistic Check-in XL features five packing modules.

The U.S. Ryder Cup team is jetting into Chicago with its clothes, equipment and accessories packed neatly in Club Glove travel bags that you too can buy for your golf vacations.

For their sticks, the Ryder Cup players are using the Last Bag XL club bag. The Last Bag XL is the No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA Tour and Champions Tour events, says Club Glove, and it is complemented by the Stiff Arm Device, a fully adjustable, three-piece telescoping crutch that is slightly longer than the longest club in the bag, protecting clubs and shafts while nearly eliminating all risk of breakage.

The Last Bag XL weighs in at 11.2 pounds and stands 55 inches tall, 22 inches wide and 19 inches deep to accomodate nearly any golf bag and up to a 48-inch driver plus room for gear and accessories. Its single-piece, burst-proof Invista Cordura 1000 D water-resistant nylon is up to three times stronger than standard polyester and lasts up to five times longer than standard polyester. It also contains in-line skate wheels and bearings for smooth and quiet transport, an over-the-top zipper for easy loading, and two exterior shoe/storage pockets with nylon shoe bags.

It comes in 16 different colors, carries a suggested retail price of $329, and can be customized with a name or initials for an additional $20.

For their clothes, the players are using the TRS Ballistic Check-in XL, which features five packing modules to help keep its content wrinkle-free and organized. Extremely functional and durable, the bag is woven with military-spec Invista Cordura 1050 denier Ballistic nylon fabric that offers up to twice the abrasion resistance and up to four times the tear resistance of other premium brands. It stands 31 inches tall, 15 inches wide and 12 inches deep, and weighs 13.8 pounds.

The Check-in XL retails for $799, and is part of a multi-piece TRS Ballistic line that also includes the Backpack ($349), Shoulder Bag ($349), Carry-on ($699) and Check-in ($750).

This marks the eighth time that Club Glove has in some capacity outfitted the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup. The company – whose travel gear is used by more than 90 percent of PGA Tour players, according to the Darrell Survey -- created custom, personalized versions of its bags for each Ryder Cup player.

When used as a set, travelers can take advantage of Club Glove's patent-pending Train Reaction system. This allows users to quickly and easily connect bags and reduces the amount of effort needed to pull or push them by creating a perfect center of gravity and weightless feel.

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September 21, 2012 - 2:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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On behalf of the 2012 United States Ryder Cup Team, The PGA of America and the PGA Tournament Corporation will direct $2.6 million to designated charities and growth of the game junior golf initiatives as a way to leverage the Ryder Cup and also provide outreach support to communities nationwide.
All 12 members of the U.S. Team, along with Captain Davis Love III are able to designate $100,000 to the charity of their choice.  Another $100,000 will be directed to help launch and 
support PGA junior golf programs designed to introduce children to the game; provide unique approaches to play the game; and deliver world class coaching and mentoring to advanced juniors who may not otherwise have the financial means to play.  
Today, the donations made to charities by the players was made public. To read about the charities that will benefit, click here.
September 21, 2012 - 11:09am
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ATLANTA -- U.S. Kids Golf is excited to announce the first-ever recipients of the National Player of the Year Award. The award, which will be presented during the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, GA, on Saturday, September 22, 2012, is sponsored by FedEx, which has provided special invitations for the winners and their families to attend the event at East Lake Golf Club.

Winners of the U.S. Kids Golf National Players of the Year Award for the 2012 season are Yujeong Son, 11, of Norman, Okla., and Michael Thorbjornsen, 10, of Wellesley, Mass.

To read more, click here.

September 20, 2012 - 7:51pm
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John Holmes
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Rory McIlroy's house

Rory McIlroy has put his house in Northern Ireland up for sale, likely to help pave the way for him to relocate more permanently to the United States.

McIlroy’s house in Moneyreagh, a suburb in the hills above Belfast, has been listed for £2 million (about $2.5 million), according to a story by the Press Association, Britain’s newswire.

"I would say interest in the house will be extremely good, both locally and potentially worldwide," Michael Rodgers, a partner in the real estate firm handling the sale, told the Press Association. "We will have to wait and see."

The five-bedroom house, situated on 14 acres, also includes a gym in an adjoining refurbished stone barn as well as an extensive practice area with a putting green and driving range.

"I have really enjoyed living here. It is a really special place which has allowed me to relax and unwind -- when I get time," McIlroy was quoted in the house’s sales brochure. "With the privacy and seclusion of the location it is hard to believe the house is only 25 minutes from Belfast city centre and City airport.

"The space the house offers is bright and airy and there are views over the gardens and the pond from most rooms. The house has always been busy with friends and family and has suited us on all occasions."

McIlroy has said little about his future plans, but has been renting a house in Florida. His parents still live in his hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland.

September 20, 2012 - 7:51pm
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Ryder Cup towels
Courtesy of Devant Sports Towel
Official Ryder Cup towels look great hanging on the wall and work great hanging on your golf bag.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be playing in the Ryder Cup next week or anytime soon. But we can have a little bit of the Ryder Cup with us out on the course (or hanging up in our offices) with either of a couple of sporty Ryder Cup-themed towels from Devant.

The Official 2012 Commemorative Artwork towel showcases the Medinah clubhouse in a brilliantly colored image created by famed sports artist LeRoy Nieman that is also featured on posters, prints and other products. The graphics are applied with Devant’s patented Hi-Def digital technology, which allows Devant to reproduce the detailed artwork while keeping the towel soft and ready to use. Made from a cotton-polyester blend, it measures 16-by-24 inches and retails for $24.95.

If you’d rather have a towel with the Ryder Cup logo, there is one that features the logo with "Medinah 2012" in the background. Like the clubhouse towel, this one measures 16-by-24 inches, is made of cotton-polyester blend and features graphics applied in such a way as to make the image especially sharp while keeping the towel soft and functional. This one retails for $19.95.