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All of the die-hard golf fans among us know golf has had a pretty tough time of it in recent years (unless you happen to be Rory McIlroy).

Golf course memberships used to be a decade-long waiting list. Now, you stroll in with your application form and deposit, and you’ve got a good chance of being in.

For anyone on the…

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If you’re wondering why you can’t tune in to the Back9Network and have stopped receiving emails from Ahmad Rashad’s brainchild, there’s a good reason: operations have been suspended due to a lack of funds.

Launched in 2011, Back9Network has seen Rashad along with friends Michael Jordan and others wax on all things golf and many unrelated subjects as well. Funny…

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Next time you’re tired of losing money hand over fist at the craps table at the MGM Grand, you can get your frustrations out by whacking a few golf balls next door.

Last Wednesday, TopGolf Las Vegas had a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new driving range that will be open 24 hours a day and located next to the MGM…

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Before I came over to GolfBlogger, I covered professional tennis for a long time. It took me about a year to figure out the way that sport’s ranking system works and another year after that to accept it as fact – my low point being in 2010, when Kim Clijsters defeated Venus Williams to win the US Open, and…

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His 2014 season might have been a dud, but Tiger Woods is still the highest-earning golfer in the world.

For the 12th straight year, Woods led Golf Digest’s All-Encompassing Money List, making $55.1 million in 2014. However, that number was down from a whopping $121.8 million in 2013.

That figure kept him just ahead of Phil Mickelson ($50.7 million) and Rory…

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It’s not Buick or Pepsi, but Tiger Woods has added a new sponsor to his cadre of endorsements.

Woods announced a deal with Hero Motocorp, which makes two-wheel motorcycles and scooters, primarily in India, where 98% of its sales revenue comes from.

Woods turned 39 on Tuesday and is attempting a major for the first time since 2008.

In 2009, Woods’ cheating…

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If you’ve ever dreamed of working at Augusta National, site of the Masters, here’s your big chance.

On Friday, the Augusta National Golf Club posted a job listing in the Augusta Chronicle for an open position – Director of Security and Safety.

The full job listing is below, but here are a few of the more rigorous qualifications:

Experience in law enforcement…

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There aren’t many people in the golf world with more money than Tiger Woods, but Donald Trump is one of them.

The two giants in the industry will combine to design and build an 18-hole championship course at Trump World Golf Club in Dubai, set inside the 55-million square foot master community known as Akoya Oxygen.

The course is expected to…

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For the first time in just short of two decades, a new TV station in the US will be broadcasting golf as Fox Sports makes its debut on Saturday with the Shark Shootout.

The network will do trial runs on Thursday and Friday, then carry Saturday’s final round live on Saturday, with Joe Buck and Greg Norman on the mike.

Fox…

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Suzy Whaley was elected the secretary of the PGA on Saturday, making her the organization’s first-ever female officer.

“It’s an incredibly special day for me, my family, the Connecticut section and our members,” Whaley told the Associated Press. “Our association has a long-term strategic plan and I’m excited to part of implementing that plan. We have so many opportunities to…

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The end of the 2014 season marked the end of George O’Grady’s last season heading the European Tour on Sunday, and the man who spent close to a decade as the organization’s CEO was able to reflect on that in an interview.

“The European Tour has weathered the recession.  We are quite strong and have money in the bank for…

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George O’Grady, Chief Executive of the European Tour, has announced he will retire from the position and has asked the Board of Directors to begin seeking out his replacement.

O’Grady hadn’t planned on making the announcement until the last tournament of the year, but rumors in the media sped up the process.

O’Grady has been Chief Executive since 2005. He is…

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Golf retailer American Golf has announced its support of the country’s only Services golf charity, The On Course Foundation (OCF).  

The OCF supports the recovery of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through the medium of golf.

As well as training and teaching golf skills, OCF strives to create work experience and employment opportunities within the golf industry…

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What equipment did Rory McIlroy use to win the USPGA champs? We go inside his bag.

Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5-degree (Kuro Kage XTS 70X)
Fairway Wood: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 3-wood/15-degree and Nike VRS Covert 5-wood/19-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9)
Wedges: VR Forged 46-degree, 52-degree, 56-degree and 59-degree
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black

Rory McIlroy’s USPGA charge started…

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The golfing genius of Rory McIlroy never fails to ignite the creative genius of the UK’s golf writers.

And after his imperious USPGA win at Valhalla, the Irish star caused sports desks to go into a frenzy yet again.

Here’s some of the best write-ups of Rory’s epic major triumph.

“McIlroy’s triumph was so brilliantly deserved given the epic battle he had…

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The award-winning Thracian Cliffs Resort in Bulgaria has appointed former head of the Austrian PGA, Hansjoerg Lumpi, as its new director of golf. 

In addition to 11 years at the Austrian PGA, the experienced golf operations specialist has honed his skills in Europe and America including spending time working at leading Austrian resorts Brandlhof GC and Golf Eichenheim.

Lumpi joins a…

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Ryder Cup legend and two- time Major winner, Tony Jacklin CBE, is soon to begin a 21-date theatre tour of the UK and Ireland.

Over the course of two months Tony will take to the stage with his good friend and snooker legend, Willie Thorne, answering questions from the snooker great.

With Willie as host and question-master, Tony will bear his…

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If you want to spend the weekend looking like Rickie Fowler – yes, there are some of you out there – this is what he’ll be wearing in the USPGA champs.

To be fair, as wqell as being one of the hottest young golf talents in the world, he does look pretty cool. And guess what colour he’ll be wearing…

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Competitors have been given added incentive to claim victory in this year’s 2014 Darren Clarke Golf Tour.

For a five-star golfing break to the Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA in Sicily is on offer to the winner.

Clarke, who has won 22 tournaments worldwide including the 2011 Open Championship, opened a new Darren Clarke Centre of Excellence at the deluxe resort…

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The Manor House Hotel and Golf Club has been nominated as ‘England’s Best Golf Hotel’ in the prestigious World Golf Awards.

The luxurious venue, which features 18 holes of stunning golf set in 365 acres of Wiltshire countryside, has long been regarded as one of the top stay-and-play courses in the UK, regularly featuring in ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in…

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A lucky golfer recorded his first hole-in-one then followed it up with a second ace a week later.

Paul Crooks, 48, a new member at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, registered his first ace with his first swing of the day – after not hitting a ball for two weeks.

Due to a strong headwind, the 16-handicapper selected a driver for his…

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A 260km (161 miles) non-stop, fundraising run from the Lisbon coast to the Algarve, by staff from Onyria Golf Resorts, has proved so popular that organisers plan on turning it into an annual event.

The ‘Onyria Running Challenge’ was conceived by staff at the award-winning Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso, in Cascais, after a popular colleague was diagnosed with…

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Europe’s largest golf retailer, American Golf, has opened of a new flagship store in the heart of the City of London.

Just a stone’s throw from Monument, this exciting new addition to the company’s portfolio is in a prime location and is being kitted out with the very best technologies on the market to help you improve your game.

To celebrate…

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GolfBuddy’s new PT4 golf GPS caused a massive rumble when it launched earlier this year.

The only GPS in the market with a 4inch smartphone-style screen, it is unique, powerful and, best of all, completely free to use – with no annual subscriptions (unlike some of its main competitors).

And if you want to see it in action, check out the…

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American Golf, is launching a Junior Championship at De Vere Mottram Hall, Cheshire, on 27th August 2014.  

The inaugural event will be held in association with PING who will be providing all the prizes for the competitors.

The event is open to anyone aged under 18 as of the 1st January 2014.

Entries will be limited to 100 people on a…

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One of the south-west’s leading golf resorts has joined the world’s largest group of independently owned hotels to become ‘Best Western The Dartmouth Hotel, Golf and Spa’.

The 35-bedroom hotel, which also boasts seven self-catering four-star, gold award lodges, will continue to remain independently owned but is now part of the Best Western family – one of the world’s best-known…

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De Vere has further improved its all-round golfing experiences by launching a new dedicated website allowing golfers to book tee times at its renowned golf courses.

As part of the new fully interactive De Vere Golf website that was launched earlier in the year, www.dvteetimes.com has been launched, which allows members and visitors to book tee times at any of…

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Nike Golf athletes will stay cool as they battle the Louisville heat at the 2014 PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy USPGA clothing 2014Wearing Nike Dri-FIT fabrics that promote cooling, the Fall 2014 Nike Golf Collection will help keep the athletes comfortable in a colour palette of hyper brights.

Tiger Woods, the four-time PGA…

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A former lady captain and current lady captain at Portpatrick Dunskey GC scored holes-in-one in the same club competition.

As a result, both received limited-edition BOSS watches as recognition for their perfectly timed achievements.

Kath Donnelly, 69 – a 22-handicapper and former lady captain – scored her ace on the 126-yard, par-three fourth, while 20-handicapper Judith Anderson, 66, the current lady…

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The stunning new £2m driving range and coaching facility at Silvermere Golf Complex, in Cobham, Surrey, has invested heavily in Foresight Sports technology.

The industry-leading launch monitor technology has been installed in all fitting and coaching bays, along with further systems for use within the range itself.

The four state-of-the-art bays at the Surrey venue each contains a Foresight Sports Game…

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FootJoy continues to impress in the golf apparel market, following the unveiling of its Autumn/Winter 2014 Performance Apparel Collection.

Mastering a balance of comfort, style and performance, the diverse range of winter layering garments stays true to the company’s mantra of Making Every Day Playable.

The high-tech waterproof rainwear garments, DryJoys Tour XP™ and HydroLite™ maintain their flagship status within the…

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TaylorMade has announced new counterbalanced models of the Daddy Long Legs, Spider Blade and Spider Mallet putters, each with Tour-inspired aesthetics.

A year ago, TaylorMade released the most stable putters the company had ever created – the counterbalanced Daddy Long Legs and the counterbalanced Spider Blade.

Later, TaylorMade expanded its counterbalance putter offerings to include the Spider Mallet and the ultra-stable…

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Rory McIlroy is back on the top as the number one player in the world after clinching his eighth PGA Tour career victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

His tour title brings to four the number of wins by Nike athletes on the PGA Tour this year – including a major championship.

Just one week before the final major championship of…

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World-class Thracian Cliffs Resort in Bulgaria has been bestowed membership of the prestigious Leading Golf Courses Europe collection.

The luxury Black Sea venue has gained many admirers since opening in 2011, with images of its sensational cliff-top Gary Player golf course being transmitted around the world.

It also successfully hosted the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship and scooped the ‘European…

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Sir Nick Faldo enthralled a specially invited audience with tales of his golf career at an exclusive evening hosted by luxury Swiss watch brand Jaermann & Stübi – the Timepiece of Golf.

Held at Urban Golf, in Kensington, the evening also gave guests the opportunity to learn more about the limited-edition Jaermann & Stübi watches crafted from the very golf…

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Europe’s leading membership organisation which certifies Europe’s top golf venues has launched its new Almanac and Compendium.

The new Leading Golf Courses of Europe Almanac 2014 is now available and being distributed throughout Europe to inform golfers about member golf clubs and their unique characteristics, enabling golfers to make informed decisions on the top clubs in Europe when planning their…

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Premium British manufacturer Stewart Golf has released a new version of its X Series remote controlled golf trolley.

Based on the same electronics system as the groundbreaking X9 Follow announced in April, the new X9 Remote uses the latest in Bluetooth technology to connect the machine to the compact handset.

The accuracy of the new Bluetooth communications system has allowed engineers…

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Brocket Hall has announced a partnership with the renowned AimPoint green reading system, used by several top Tour players to aid their putting.  

Run by top teaching professional Jamie Donaldson, the AimPoint tuition programs, which focus on the science behind reading greens, have proven highly successful with amateurs, professionals and juniors and are now available to both members and…

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Lamkin Corporation has congratulated David Horsey on his Russian Open win.

Equipped with Lamkin UTx grips on all his clubs, Horsey produced an incredible final round finish, edging out a fellow Lamkin user Damien McGrane in the play-off.

The UTx from Lamkin, as used by the winner, features the company’s unique tri layer technology.

Two layers of different firmness ACE 3GEN material…

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Golfstream, the leading manufacturer of all-British, precision-built electric golf trolleys, has become sole sponsors of the Kent Golf Veterans League.

Golfstream will provide a range of substantial prizes for the KGVL’s two annual championships – the Singles Championship to be held this year at Sundridge Park Golf Club on Wednesday 17th September and the Group Winners Championship, at West Kent…

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Trolley brand Big Max has added the new Terra 5+ to its bag range.

The Terra 5+ combines Big Max quality, contemporary design and all the practicality you would expect from one of Europe’s biggest brands.

With a 14 way divider top and stacks of space in its 10 pockets the Terra 5+ helps a golfer to organise all their gear…

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In our opinion, Cobra are making some of the best-looking clubs in the market right now – which you probably need to do when Rickie Flower and Ian Poulter are your main Tour representatives.

The BioCell we tested is in the new all black livery and it looks fantastic. The crown is really nice: the Cobra logo serves as a…

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The first Club Car vehicles for use in The 2014 Ryder Cup are on site at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, to assist pre-event operations.

With two months to go until one of the world’s largest sporting events tees off, the Official Supplier to The 2014 Ryder Cup has delivered the first 40 vehicles, of more than 300 that will be supplied…

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England Golf and TaylorMade-adidas Golf have announced a new partnership to support the England national golf squads.

A four-year agreement starting in January 2015 will see all the England national squads wearing adidas Golf apparel and footwear and using TaylorMade golf bags and accessories at international events.

In addition the partnership will secure the brands’ official supplier status of golf apparel,…

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Glenmuir, the renowned Scottish golf clothing brand, has undertaken an investment programme to improve the speed and efficiency of its market leading bespoke embroidery service.

The company has completed phase one of a two stage investment programme to invest in cutting edge embroidery software and machinery with phase two being initiated next month.

The investment comes at a time when the…

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Redbourn Golf Club will welcome Ladies European Tour (LET) professional and former Solheim Cup player, Becky Brewerton, to a morning clinic and golf day on Friday, August 1.

From 10am, the Welsh born golfer will be providing guests of the Ladies Yonex Golf Day with a display of her skills and answering questions about her illustrious career, which includes three…

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Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron has been creating some of the world’s finest putters for decades.

And now there is somewhere for all golfers to experience the art of putting and go through the same fitting process as leading Titleist Brand Ambassadors…at the new Scotty Cameron Gallery.

Located close to Cameron’s famed Studio in California, the Gallery showcases an ever-changing array…

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PlaneSWING – one of the world’s leading golf teaching aids – is staging an Academy Week at Vila Sol Resort in the Algarve, Portugal, in November.

The 7 night trip (Sat-Sat) with 4 rounds of golf and 11 hours of coaching takes place on 15-22 November.

The Fully Supervised Package Includes:
A fully insured shared car for 7 days (for 2 people)
Welcome Snack Lunch/Reception
Shared 2 bedroom 4 star…

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The National Azerbaijan Golf Club has launched a state-of-the-art website in order to showcase its premier course, facilities and service to lovers of the sport worldwide.

The new site reflects the Troon-managed facility’s efforts in attracting golfers from far and wide to bolster its budding golfing infrastructure, in conjunction with The Azerbaijan Golf Federation.

The user-friendly platform (www.tnagolfclub.com) will serve as…

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The 1994 British Boys amateur golf champion, who plays off scratch, has recorded two holes-in-one in the same round.

Chris Smith hadn’t managed the feat for 15 years before scoring his remarkable double, which guaranteed him the reward of two limited-edition Boss timepieces, one for each wrist.

Smith recorded his first ace on the 145-yard, par-three seventh hole at Scarborough North…

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British heritage golf brand Wolsey has announced the release of a “Pioneers” video with launch of its Autumn/Winter 2014 Sportsman collection.

Featured are Wolsey’s team of inspiring brand ambassadors – legendary designer Johan Lindeberg, Tour players Robert Rock, Tom Lewis and James Heath, and polar explorer Alex Hibbert. Each champions Wolsey’s spirit of adventure that stretches back to the company’s…

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Lynx Golf engaged with thousands of golfers as it launched a wide-ranging new event marketing programme at the recent Ricoh Women’s British Open.

As the prestigious event’s Official Golf Club brand, the family-owned UK company rolled out a series of product demonstrations, instruction clinics, trick shot shows and live celebrity interviews – alongside a stunning new 100 sqm modular exhibition…

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In the end it was a cake-walk – despite a Sergio Garcia fightback – as Rory McIlroy walked off with the best prize in golf at the Open championship.

It must have been sweet for the Irishman and his clubmakers, Nike, after loads of questions were asked about whether the switch from Titleist was one of the reasons for McIlroy’s…

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The famous Nike swoosh was seen by millions of golf fans around the world as Rory McIlroy lifted the Open championship.

Final day pairing playing partner, Rickie Fowler, gave Puma a massive brand presence too with live TV coverage focusing hard on the young guns.

And with adidas-endorsed Sergio Garcia also gaining mega exposure for his sponsors, it looked like the…

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Italian golf clothing brand Chervò has announced that three of British women’s golf’s brightest young talents are now official Chervò ambassadors.

Alexandra Peters, Lauren Blease and Charlotte Ellis – a trio of British golfers tipped for the top of the women’s game in the coming years – will all wear Chervo clothing as they compete across Europe this season.

An England…

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Premium British manufacturer Stewart Golf has announced an all new push trolley that will be built by hand in Gloucestershire.

While the folded size of the new R1 Push is 33% smaller than the outgoing Z3, the console of the machine has 4 times more volume and more features than its predecessor.

Specially designed self adjusting bag jaws will accommodate any…

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Formby Golf Club will host the 2016 Palmer Cup, announced Palmer Cup Chair­man Jim Awtrey at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Palmer Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club.

“I’m pleased a membership the caliber of Formby Golf Club has agreed to the host the 2014 Palmer Cup,” said Mr. Palmer. “Formby has a history of enthusiastically supporting both the…

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Bioflow has bolstered its stable of professional golfers for 2014 with the addition of talented Scotsman, Scott Jamieson.

The 30-year-old Glaswegian becomes the latest professional golfer to recognise the benefits of Bioflow magnetic therapy joining the likes of Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Lawrie, Chris Wood, Catriona Matthew and Thomas Aiken.

Jamieson commented: “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join…

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If you want to look like Keegan Bradley, then here’s what the Tour star will be wearing during this week’s Open Championship.

The Tommy Hilfiger clothes horse has gone decidedly British, with loads of red, white and blue in his four playing day ensembles.

So that’ll please the Everton AND Liverpool fans who pour into Hoylake.

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Mo Martin wore Ecco’s distinctive BIOM Hybrid golf shoes as she lifted the 2014 Women’s British Open, held this past weekend at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport.

Relying on patented E-DTS outsole technology for ideal traction, the 31-year-old American struck a remarkable 3-wood that hit the flagstick on the championship’s 72nd hole. She then converted a six-foot eagle putt…

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In his final preparation before The Open Championship, TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Ashworth Golf Tour Professional Justin Rose had all facets of his game under control, winning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen over a strong contingent of global challengers.

In Rose’s bag were:
Driver: SLDR 430 (10.5)
Fairway: SLDR (16.5)
Irons: Tour Preferred UDI #2, Tour Preferred MB (2014) (4-PW)
Ball:…

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Lamkin Corporation, a leading manufacturer of premium golf grips, has  congratulated Justin Rose on his win at the Scottish Open.

With Lamkin REL ACE 3GEN grips on all his swinging clubs and a Lamkin Deep Etched paddle grip on his putter, long time Lamkin user Rose produced a flawless final round. After birdieing four of the first six holes Rose…

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Cobra Puma Golf has released its own special Arsenal Golf Kit which includes golf footwear, apparel, accessories and a driver designed to celebrate PUMA’s partnership with the Gunners.

The unique collection of golf products, available in limited distribution, stays true to the traditional red and white Arsenal colours, inspired by the strong and loyal fan base the brand has built…

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A day after Justin Rose’s success in the Scottish Open with his trusted SLDR driver, TaylorMade launched this video celebrating the first anniversary of the most decorated driver on Tour.

The video features clips of TaylorMade Tour Professionals and amateurs alike talking about their experiences with the SLDR driver and how ‘Lofting Up’ has changed their game.

Justin Rose is hoping…

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The Open is as much about fashion as it is about golf (Tiger Woods apart, of course).

And if Ian Poulter and Rickie Fowler don’t go stroke for stroke, you can bet they’ll have a right old ding dong when it comes to who’s wearing the trousers, so to speak…

Here’s what Rickie will be wearing.

 

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The UK-based Golf Consultants Association (GCA) has welcomed two new members.

Insignia Creative’s Richard Netherclift has more than 20 years’ experience in design and marketing for both on and offline requirements.

Richard recently helped the GCA develop its new website, which has seen a much more professional and user-friendly website, along with expertise in making the website more visible to potential…

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The Golf Channel’s host of School of Golf, and the 2008 PGA National Teacher of the Year, Martin Hall, has chosen Foresight Sports GC2 for use in his coaching, analysis and personal practice.

Hall, 58, is now a huge fan and an advocate of the Game Changer 2 (GC2) and HMT systems from Foresight Sports after being immediately hugely impressed…

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Adams Golf is has announced the appointment of David Pritchard as Head of Adams Golf Europe following Simon Homer’s move to TaylorMade Golf Pacific.

David will lead the Adams business into a new phase of growth in Europe with particular emphasis on improving distribution on the Continent and driving consumer demand across the whole region.

David has a wealth of sales…

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Lamkin Corporation, the original manufacturer of premium golf grips, has congratulated Justin Rose on his exciting playoff victory at the 2014 Quicken Loans National, becoming a two-time winner of the event.  

A longtime Lamkin Grips player, Rose currently uses REL ACE grips on all of his swinging clubs.  He recently switched his putter grip to Lamkin’s popular Deep-Etched Paddle.

“To…

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