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August 26, 2012 - 8:44pm
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Best tweet regarding Lydia Ko's win goes to our friend Beth Ann Baldry over at Golfweek.  

 

@Golfweek_Baldry "Ladies of the LPGA, you've just been KO'd."

 

Perfect. Succinct, accurate, powerful. And a new nickname to boot. You can follow Beth Ann Baldry on Twitter here. 

 

August 25, 2012 - 10:52pm
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John Holmes
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Sergio Garcia at The Barclays
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Can Sergio Garcia close out his second victory in a mere six days? That's but one great question we'll see answered on a very special Sunday of golf.

I rarely need an excuse to park myself in front of the TV to watch golf on Sundays – especially when it’s gonna be 100 degrees outside, and I mowed the lawn on Saturday. But no excuses needed this Sunday, which looms as potentially one of the most memorable in a long time.

--In the morning, the European Tour wraps up its Johnnie Walker Championship, which is the final event for players to earn Ryder Cup points. Nicolas Colsaerts, who is six off the lead and tied for 13th, needs a big rally because he has to win or finish second to grab the final automatic qualifying spot. Otherwise, he’ll be left hoping for one of Captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s two wild-card picks. Olazabal, by the way, will reveal his picks at 7:00 a.m. ET on Monday, and you can see his announcement live on RyderCup.com.

Also worth watching is whether third-round leader Paul Lawrie can pull off another win. Lawrie, 43, seemed all but washed up when he went winless from 2002 to 2010, but he captured the 2011 Andalucia Open and followed it up with another win at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters earlier this year. He’s already locked up a spot on the European team after not playing in the Ryder Cup since 1999, when he made his first and only appearance.

--In the afternoon, we’ll see if Sergio Garcia, the 54-hole leader at The Barclays, can earn his second PGA Tour victory in the span of six days – and that’s after going more than four years since his previous PGA Tour triumph. He starts the final round two shots ahead of Nick Watney.

Garcia is hitting the ball as well as ever – he’s tied for second in fairways hit (78.6 percent) and tied for fourth in greens in regulation (75.9 percent), and his putting – long his Achilles’ heel – has greatly improved since a grip change. If he wins, he’ll also take over the FedExCup points lead.

--Also in the afternoon, we’ll find out whether 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko can become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. Ko, who was born in South Korea but lives in New Zealand, leads the CN Canadian Women's Open by a shot over Stacy Lewis, Jiyai Shin, Chella Choi and Inbee Park.

Ko won the U.S. Women's Amateur a couple weeks ago, and in January she won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event. In that victory, she broke Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa's mark of 15 years and 8 months.

If she wins in Vancouver, she’ll break the mark for youngest LPGA Tour winner set by Lexi Thompson last September, when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic at age 16. Previously, Paula Creamer held the record, winning in 2005 at age 18. Ko also would become the first amateur to win on the LPGA Tour since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational.

--Then Sunday evening, we’ll see whether Tom Jenkins, at age 64, can become the oldest winner in Champions Tour history. He leads the Boeing Classic by two over Willie Wood, who got his first Champions Tour victory last week 

Mike Fetchick was 63 when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational. Jenkins won the last of his seven senior titles in 2006.

August 25, 2012 - 12:20am
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John Holmes
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Old Course at St. Andrews
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Could change be on the way at St. Andrews and other men-only golf clubs?

With Augusta National having admitted its first female members earlier this week, all eyes have turned to The R&A. On Friday, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown ramped up the pressure.

"If the golf club in Augusta can admit women, then shouldn't St. Andrews? If they can do it in South Carolina, can we not do it in Scotland?" Brown asked during the Scottish Parliament Festival of Politics in Edinburgh, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper.

"I think we have to think hard and long about issues of discrimination in our own country," the paper quoted Brown as saying, as he discussed the role Scottish political and trade union leaders play in championing social justice across Great Britain.

Brown, who served as prime minister from 2007 to 2010, also said The R&A’s men-only policy was indefensible in the wake of Augusta National’s move.

In 2009, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond criticized The R&A for what the Guardian said was ignoring its tradition of inviting the principals of St. Andrew's University to become members when Louise Richardson took the post. And soon after the news from Augusta National came out, Scottish Sports Minister Shona Robison urged The R&A and the all-male Muirfield Golf Club, which will host the 2013 British Open, to follow suit.

The R&A has not responded to all these remarks, but said in a statement that its rules specify a male membership and its members would determine any change in policy.

August 24, 2012 - 1:16pm
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Patriot Golf Day
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Patriot Golf Day is a way for the nation's golfers to celebrate our nation's military heroes.

You'll often hear/read me say (whine?) that I wished I played more golf. I have a ton of excuses, very few legitimate reasons. I can and should play more. But that's a different post altogether.

This post revolves around the one weekend each year that I always commit to golf. I hope you will too.

You probably already know of Patriot Golf Day.  But for those that don't (or those that want more information including what courses in your area support it): Click Here.  

The bottom line is: Almost everyone says they love our nation's heroes, those willing to go and fight to defend our nation and national interest. Far fewer do something to support them. So when an opportunity comes up to help those who've either been injured or help the families of those that have been killed, we should all step up to the plate. And if you can do it by playing golf - cmon, that's a no-brainer. 

Patriot Golf Day has now grown into four days. (Labor Day Weekend - Friday thru Monday).  We'll post more stories about Patriot Golf Day in the week ahead.  I just wanted to post a promise and a plea that I'll be playing next week - I hope you will too. 

August 24, 2012 - 12:08pm
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Junior Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- The 2014 Junior Ryder Cup will be played at Blairgowrie Golf Club just days before the main event takes place 40 minutes away at Gleneagles, European Ryder Cup officials announced Friday. It will be held Sept. 22-23 of that year, with the Ryder Cup played Sept. 26-28.

The Junior Ryder Cup was created in 1997, and since then, players such as Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan have played it in and then gone on to the Ryder Cup. The United States and European teams consist of six high-school-aged boys and six girls each.

A few days ago, the U.S. team for the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup was announced. It includes reigning Junior PGA Champion Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., along with Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., the respective runners-up in the boys' and girls' divisions of the 2012 Junior PGA Championship.

The 2012 Junior Ryder Cup is set for Sept. 24-25 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, just down the road from Medinah, which will host the Ryder Cup Sept. 28-30.

August 24, 2012 - 1:31am
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Adams Speedline Tech Driver
Courtesy of Adams Golf
The Speedline Tech driver can be tuned by unscrewing the hosel and rotating the head to fit any golfer's swing type and preferred ball flight.

With its newest adjustable driver, the Speedline Tech, Adams Golf is promising significantly greater distance as well as significantly improved accuracy.

"We used advanced construction methods and made refinements to driver technologies that we've developed over time to make this our most customizable and best performing driver for golfers of all skill levels," said Vice President of Research and Development Tim Reed. "It's easy for the golfer to make adjustments and find their perfect ball flight while achieving even higher swing speeds and more distance through our aerodynamic shaping."

FASTfit Adjustability is Adams' solution for quick and easy club customization. The Speedline Tech driver can be tuned by unscrewing the hosel and rotating the head to fit any golfer's swing type and preferred ball flight. FASTfit allows the club to be set open or closed by up to 1 degree, thereby adjusting the loft +/- 1 degree as well. The clubhead also can be adjusted 2 degrees upright.

Through their research, Adams engineers found that golfers hit the ball high on the toe area of the clubface and low on the heel area as much or more than they hit it dead center. Taking this into account, they designed the Speedline Tech's clubface to provide optimal spin and launch in all three of those hitting areas. As a result, they say, the Speedline Tech produces drives up to 11 yards longer and 54 percent more accurate than golfers are used to hitting.

The new driver features such lightweight materials as titanium and carbon fiber to make it easier to swing, and the sixth generation of Adams’ aerodynamic shaping of slopes and curves help the club cut through the air faster for even more clubhead speed and distance.

The Speedline Tech driver comes in 8.5-, 9.5-, 10.5- and 12.5-degree right-handed models and 9.5- and 10.5-degree left-handed models. It is available now with a suggested retail price of $449.99.

 

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