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March 15, 2013 - 9:42am
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Rory McIlroy, Nike VRS Covert
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Nike's new commercial featuring Rory McIlroy is all about the VRS Covert Driver.

 

 
Today, we bring you the latest Nike VRS Covert driver featuring Rory McIlroy.
 
Unfortunately, there's no humor in this one -- it's all about the driver. Still a decent commercial, but we've come to expect the LOL-variety from Nike these days.
 
 
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March 15, 2013 - 8:26am
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy was expected to partner up with Michael Jordan in this week's member-guest tournament at Medalist. Instead, the world's No. 1 player has decided to withdraw.

 

We're not sure if it's ever before been reported that a PGA Tour player has withdrawn from a member-guest tournament... until now.
 
But, we suppose, that's life when you're the No. 1-ranked player in the world and always under the microscope. Rory McIlroy, who was scheduled to team up with Michael Jordan in the Medalist Golf Club member-guest tournament this week, has decided instead to withdraw.
 
Keegan Bradley will replace McIlroy as Jordan's partner. Tiger Woods is playing in the event with good friend Ahmad Rashad.
 
 
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy won’t be going at it this week in the Medalist GC member-guest tourney after all. Seems the world No. 1 has withdrawn from the foursome that will include Michael Jordan and Ahmad Rashad in favor of Keegan Bradley.
 
McIlroy’s decision to play a friendly round with the guys created a Twitter tumult, according to GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard, who said critics were displeased that the top-ranked golfer would tee it up with His Airness and not at next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.
 
When you're No. 1, you can't please everyone. These days, McIlroy is learning that the hard way.
 
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March 14, 2013 - 3:34pm
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Masters bags
Callaway staffers will carry the bag on the left at the Masters, while TaylorMade players will use the one on the right.

The Masters begins four weeks from today! One of the many cool things about the season's first major is the relatively new trend in which some of the big clubmakers provide their players with special Masters-themed bags. In the last few days, we've gotten our first looks at a couple of them.

The one on the left in the photo above is Callaway's creation, obviously, while the one on the right is from TaylorMade.

We'll explore them in more detail when we get to Masters week, but for now we can see a magnolia blossom adorning Callaway's bag. And the TaylorMade bag has a ''golden bear,'' which we can safely assume is a reference to the 50th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' first Masters victory in 1963.

March 14, 2013 - 11:32am
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PGA Tour Latinoamerica

The second season of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica got under way today at the first round of the Mexico Open.

The South of the Border circuit played 11 events in 2012, but has 15 on the docket this season. The campaign is broken into two halves, with eight tournaments between March and June in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, followed by the seven final events between October and December in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

The events feature $150,000 purses, but there is more at stake for those who perform well. Several players excelling in the first half will gain access to this summer’s PGA Tour Canada, and the top five players on the season-ending Latinoamerica money list will earn spots on the 2014 Web.com Tour.

Having a chance to climb the ladder is why many of the players are participating.

"For the Latin American golfer, (the difference) with this tour is day and night," Alan Wagner of Argentina told PGATour.com. "Up until last year, we would play the Tour de las Americas and those players that would win or play well wouldn’t receive a reward for their play – you would gain access to the second stage of Q-School.

"But now you know that if you play well, you’ll be competing on the Web.com Tour the following year," he explained. "As this tour grows and consolidates, in a few years we will see many more Latinos playing on the Web.com and eventually on the PGA Tour, so it is very good for Latin American golf."

For more on the 2013 PGA Tour Latinoamerica, click here.

March 14, 2013 - 8:49am
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Tiger Woods, Nike Golf
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In the latest Nike Golf commercial, Tiger Woods plays a salesman at a Dick's Sporting Goods -- and himself.

 

 
In the new spot, a hacker is at a Dick's Sporting Goods store asking the salesman (Tiger Woods), if the Nike VRS Covert driver he's looking at is the one the pros are playing.
 
The hacker isn't convinced it's the driver he's looking for, so the salesman (again, Woods), says, "Let me go get some help."
 
A second later, Tiger Woods, dressed in his Sunday red, appears. 
 
Needless to say, it's the right driver.
 
When the salesman returns, the hacker asks, "Did you know Tiger Woods was just here?"
 
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March 14, 2013 - 8:10am
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Speed Golf World Championships coming to CBS in April
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World-record holding Speed Golf champion Christopher Smith amazingly broke 70 in just 54 minutes.

 

When it comes to golf and television network CBS in the month of April, all we think of his Jim Nantz and his famous, "A tradition unlike any other, the Masters on CBS."
 
Well, the Speed Golf World Championship may not be a tradition unlike any other, but it's golf in April and it's on CBS.
 
Airing on April 13 (Masters Sunday), CBS will show the Speed Golf World Championship.
 
 
For those not familiar with the sport, speed golf combines your normal golf score with the amount of time that it takes you to finish the round. For example, if you shoot 85 in 75 minutes, your speed golf score would be 160.
 
The rules of speed golf are basically the same as regular golf except you are allowed to putt with the flagstick in the hole to save time, and lost balls or out-of-bounds balls are treated more or less as lateral hazards.
 
Believe it or not, world-record holding Speed Golf champion Christopher Smith -- featured in the video link below -- broke 70 in just 54 minutes in Bandon Dunes, Oregon! That's how long it takes to play three holes on the PGA Tour sometimes!
 
 
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