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October 7, 2014 - 11:00am
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Ryder Cup captain
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Team USA captain Tom Watson (L) Jimmy Walker (C) and Patrick Reed (R) watch the final singles match of the 2014 Ryder Cup. The US lost to Europe on day three at Gleneagles Resort - PGA Centenary Course. Mandatory Credit:

The PGA of America is considering changes to its procedure selecting captains for the Ryder Cup. The 2016 U.S. Team Captain, who will lead the 12 U.S. players at Hazeltine, would typically be named in late 2014 or early 2015.

PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua told the New York Post Monday that the organization is “assembling a task force and it’s something we’re excited about.”

The task force would include "PGA of America representation, past captains and current players to really dive into an open analysis of all aspects of the Ryder Cup to see what we can do to improve and give Team USA its very best chances of success,’’ Bevacqua told The Post. He added: "It will give everyone a little bit of ownership. I think it’s going to be a healthy, inclusive process.’’

October 7, 2014 - 10:51am
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CarveOn
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CarveOn, based in Dublin, Ireland, creates personalized golf accessories, including yardage book covers and scorecard holders.

Golf accessories sure have come a long way over the last few years.

Virtually everything you can think of -- clubs, bags, golf balls, clothing, footwear, etc. -- can be not only customized these days, but also personalized.

Having a golf accessory with a personal touch is special for any avid player. No matter your ability, it makes you feel like a Tour pro.

That's where a company based out of Dublin, Ireland -- "CarveOn" -- comes into play.

CarveOn, founded in 2011 by Alan and Gary McCormack, design and craft a contemporary range of accessories from their Kildare workshop -- everything from leather iPhone and iPad sleeves to tote bags, messenger bags and more.

But what really caught our eye is what CarveOn is doing in the golf space: customized -- and personalized -- leather yardage book covers and scorecard holders.

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World No. 1 Rory McIlroy himself uses a yardage book cover customized for him from CarveOn.

"We don't have any official sponsorship arrangements with players on Tour but we did make a lot samples and were delighted to see so many of them in use," Alan McCormack, Creative Director of CarveOn, told us. "We made a custom yardage book for Francesco Molinari who posted a very nice picture of it in a tweet thanking us which was really great for us. We also made a red yardage book for fellow countryman, Rory McIlroy, which he used during his highly publicized run of major wins recently. We would like to think it brought him some luck. We have made them for probably a dozen or so pros which has really helped spread the word, particularly in the U.S."

The leather yardage book covers by CarveOn are designed for professional caddies and golfers and are completely customizable. They're designed to house official European and PGA Tour (9.5 cm x 17.4 cm) yardage books.

As for the materials used, the yardage book covers are crafted from 4 oz. vegetable tanned Tuscan leather, blending traditional style and functional design. They're available in tan, red, dark brown and black.

CarveOn leather goods are hand-waxed and polished then precision stitched using premium wax thread. Normal wear and tear ages each piece with a unique patina to create an individual, distinctive and timeless character.

Each leather cover comes presented in a signature engraved wooden box, perfect for a special gift.

The leather yardage book sells for around $100.

"Our golf accessories are only on the market since earlier this year but have become very popular in that short period of time," Alan McCormack said.

The leather yardage book might not be for everyone -- particularly the average golfer; it's more for the tournament player. However, anyone who plays on a regular basis, no matter the handicap, would appreciate the scorecard holder.

The scorecard holder incorporates the same materials as the yardage book cover, but also includes an elastic pen/pencil holder. It's available in tan, red, dark brown and black for roughly $75.

Customizable and personalized options on all CarveOn products include initials, name, text or logo.

"The majority of our goods are made to order so we had an amazing opportunity to offer our customers complete flexibility with regards to personalization," Alan McCormack said. "We invested heavily in advanced equipment which allows for precise one-off customization. We also have an excellent in-house design team that handle client's brands and artwork with great professionalism. The feedback has been fantastic. Many of our customers have been hitting social media with pictures of their personalized accessories and commending us on our work. A satisfied and vocal customer is the best form of advertising in this business."

CarveOn golf accessories are the perfect gift for the golf lover in your life, or even as a gift to yourself that's sure to make the rest of your regular foursome jealous.

"We are relatively new to the golf world but are fascinated with the sheer scale of the industry and the opportunities present," Alan McCormack said. "It is really an entire multitiered ecosystem within itself. We have received an influx of orders from individual players, but also from teams, clubs, tour operators and large corporates. There are plenty of companies importing accessories from places like India and China but I think the market is saturated. People have forgotten what real leather and craftsmanship feels like. We are here to remind them."

To learn more about CarveOn, visit www.carveon.com. You can also find CarveOn on Twitter, @carvedon, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods looks out at the progress being made on the sixth hole at Bluejack National.

We're used to seeing Tiger Woods in his blood-red Sunday shirt and dress pants, so it's almost a shock to see him dressed casually in blue jeans and playing in the dirt.

Woods posted seven photos on his Facebook page Monday afternoon from last week's trip to Bluejack National Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas, as he checked on progress of construction of what would be the first course designed by him to open in the United States.

You can see the entire set of photos here.

The photos were captioned with each hole, and the album was entitled: "Excited to be back at Bluejack National and see how great things are progressing along."

According to the Tiger Woods website, the course is expected to be ready for play by the fall of 2015. It's the former location of Blaketree National Golf Club, but Woods is revamping the entire 755-acre site to his specifications. 

Here's how the new course is described on tigerwoods.com:

Strategically, Woods said the golf course will require players to think and make decisions throughout their rounds. Successfully challenging hazards will reward players with preferred angles of play for their next shot. He said green contours will be kept simple to allow for fast speeds, and the areas around the greens will be maintained firm and tight to promote shot options and creativity from the chipping areas.

 

October 6, 2014 - 9:04am
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T.J. Auclair
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Brandt Snedeker
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Brandt Snedeker took skeet-shooting to a whole new level in this video.

Are you ready to be impressed?

Brandt Snedeker just posted a video on Twitter explaining how easy it was to shoot skeet. So, he decided to try something else -- hit the skeet with a 4-iron golf shot:

Here's the video:

That was pretty cool.

Yes, we suppose it's possible that Snedeker has just as much skill in editing video, but we're going to go ahead and say it's still more likely this is legit. Pro golfers probably don't have the time or inclination to put together trick shot hoaxes in their spare time.

October 6, 2014 - 8:38am
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T.J. Auclair
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Webb Simpson
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Here's some great video of Webb Simpson apparently dancing at a recent wedding.

Elaine Benes has nothing on Webb Simpson when it comes to dance moves.

Below is video posted by Michelle Tesori, showing her husband Paul (Simpson's caddie) and Simpson dancing at a recent wedding:

Yikes.

Simpson is a high-handicapper on the dance floor.

It reminded us of these sweet moves by Elaine in Seinfeld:

October 6, 2014 - 8:09am
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Rory McIlroy
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This putt on the 17th hole at St. Andrews on Sunday -- one of the most famous holes in the world -- didn't go according to plan for Rory McIlroy.

The 17th at the Old Course at St. Andrews -- the Road Hole -- is one of the most recognizable holes in all of golf.

It can also be one of the most excruciating... a fact that world No. 1 Rory McIlroy learned the hard way during Sunday's final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

McIlroy's second shot came up well short of the green on the 17th hole. No problem -- a pitch and a putt to save par, you might think.

But that's the beauty of links golf, especially at the game's birthplace. There are so many options, and usually the wisest of those options is to keep the ball low. So, even though he was 40 yards off the green, McIlroy elected to putt.

The only thing standing between McIlroy and the hole? The hellish Road Hole Bunker.

Here's McIlroy -- the best player in the world today -- doing what we would most likely do faced with a similar predicament:

That's right -- the best player in the world putted his ball into the Road Hole Bunker.

Though he got up and down from the bunker for an admirable bogey, it was a costly blunder. McIlroy finished in a tie for second, one shot behind winner Oliver Wilson.