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September 23, 2012 - 11:47pm
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John Holmes
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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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John Holmes
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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.



September 20, 2012 - 7:35pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy
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A scene golf fans hope to see next week as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy congratulate each other after their opening rounds at The Tour Championship.
It’s way too early to make anything of it – just as it’s far too early be making any FedExCup projections, even though the networks are doing it anyway – but Captain Love has to be pretty darned pleased with how his team looks one week before the Ryder Cup opening ceremonies. 

Sure, Europe’s Justin Rose shot 4 under on Thursday to share the lead at the Tour Championship, and Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy slipped into the top 12 at 1 under, but Team America put on a show. 

Tiger Woods also shot 4 under to lead while Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar finished the day a shot back at 3 under. Not only did Stricker and Kuchar play well, perhaps more importantly to Captain Love, they putted great. Kuchar said afterward, “It was a fantastic putting performance. I didn’t hit it my best, but thankfully my short game was great, and putting, in particular, was really strong.” 

Brandt Snedeker also putted like a fiend to shoot 2 under, while Phil Mickelson hit some of the best iron shots of his life en route to shooting 1 under. “I’m hitting my irons really, really well,” Phil told me behind the East Lake clubhouse after Thursday’s round. “I only hit one bad putt all day, but I misread a lot of them. Hopefully I can get that corrected, because I’m hitting them on the line I want.”  

Zach Johnson finished the day birdie-birdie to shoot 2 under, while Bubba Watson shot 33 on the back nine to get in at minus-1 along with Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson. 

The only American Ryder Cupper to shoot over par on Thursday was Webb Simpson. But Simpson had five birdies in his 1-over round.  

Again, it’s a long week and an even longer time until the first shot of the matches. But if being hot matters going in, the Americans have to like what they see.