Monday, September 1, 2014

IJP Design Introduces Glen the Eagle Ahead of Gleneagles Transatlantic Clash

(RELEASE) - As golfers and fans across the US and Europe wait to hear who has won wildcard places ahead of next month’s eagerly anticipated transatlantic clash at Gleneagles, IJP Design has introduced Glen the Eagle and two limited edition putter covers to celebrate the return of golf’s legendary match play tournament to Scotland for the first time since 1973.

The exclusive limited edition covers feature Glen the Eagle in both US and European colours and capture the competitive spirit of the biyearly tournament with a fun, light-hearted design which includes Glen the Eagle dreaming of claiming the golden trophy and sinking a winning putt. Available at $66.23 in mallet and blade styles, the covers feature a magnetic ball marker and a protective soft-lined tote bag, which can also be used to hold spare golf balls, tees and other accessories.

Designed to follow IJP Design’s philosophy and represent Ian Poulter’s iconic style by combining striking designs with quality fabrics, these limited edition putter covers offer golfers the chance to celebrate the greatest tournament in match play golf and the rivalry between both teams in a stylish and eye-catching way.

The limited edition Glen the Eagle mallet and blade covers are available now from www.ijpdesign.com.

Ashworth Golf Brand Ambassador Fred Couples Wins Shaw Charity Classic

Victory is Couples’ 11th Since Joining Champions Tour in 2010

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – Finding himself four shots behind the leaders entering Sunday’s final round, Ashworth Golf brand ambassador Fred Couples needed to make a major move up the leaderboard to have any chance at victory. He did just that, carding two eagles and five birdies to force a playoff at the Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, winning on the first playoff hole.

Setting the course record with a blistering final round 61 to force a playoff, the victory is Couples’ eleventh on the Champions Tour.

An Ashworth ambassador since 1990, the victory is Couples' second Champions Tour win of the year, having previously won the Toshiba Classic in March. The 54-year-old Couples now has 11 Champions Tour tournament victories in addition to his 15 PGA TOUR wins.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Titleist Top Ball at The Deutsche Bank Championship

(RELEASE) - The second event of the FedEx Playoffs is underway and the top 100 players in the race will be looking to go low in order to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship. The 7,241, par-72 TPC Boston layout in Norton, Massachusetts is designed with wide fairways and many risk-reward holes, forcing the players to stay aggressive in hopes of keeping pace with the leaders.

"If you're in position out here, you can be aggressive...everybody knows you're going to have to go out and make birdies" said former champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman, who ranks 33rd on the FedEx Cup points list.

"You've got to get to 20-something under. There are guys shooting 60, 61, 62, every year out here"
Points leader and Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan realizes that while there are many opportunities to be make birdies, players still need to properly plan and execute.

"The wind blowing right now should dry out the course quite a bit and dry out the greens. We'll really have to think about our approach shots and how we want to come into the greens, and angles become very important"

In order to shoot low scores, golfers need complete control and confidence in their equipment, especially their golf ball.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
This week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball choice with 54 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (25) and approach, sand and lob wedge (84) categories.

Troon Challenge Amateur Golf Event Concludes at Troon North Golf Club

Champions Crowned after National Finals at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – After several months of hard-fought competition contested on 26 courses, spanning eight states and drawing more than 1,000 amateur golfers, the 2014 Troon Challenge recently culminated with an exciting National Finals Event held at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Troon Challenge is a series of amateur golf tournaments hosting two-person, modified best-ball (shamble) competitions at world-class Troon Golf® facilities across the United States. Beginning in April 2014, two-player teams competed in local qualifying events with a record total of 48 teams (96 players) eventually vying for the championship at the Troon North-hosted finals event held August 23-24, 2014.

In the Gross division, the team of Michael Kaufman and Jason Moore, who qualified for the finals at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.,  got off to a hot start by shooting a blistering 62 on Troon North’s Monument course.  The 10-under par round was good enough for a one stroke lead with several other teams just a couple shots shy.  Teams arrived for round two on Sunday knowing that in order to win, they would need to post a great number on the Pinnacle course.  The battle was fierce and in the end, the team of Chad Hossack and Sean O’Malley, who qualified at The Boulders in Carefree, Ariz., came through shooting 61.  This gave them a two-day total of 127 which was good enough to tie Kaufman and Moore. Hossack and O’Malley’s stellar day-two round led them to victory in a scorecard playoff!

In the Net division, the team of Philip Bowker and Tommy Harrison, who qualified at Palmilla Beach Golf Club in Port Aransas, Texas, took a commanding lead after shooting 60 in round one.  On Sunday, several teams made a strong effort to catch Bowker and Harrison, but their score of 62 showed they would not let up. Their two-day total of 122 led them to an eight-shot victory. The battle for second place came right down to the end with five teams finishing within a shot of each other.

“Congratulations to all of the champions and of course all of the national finalists, as they all were ‘winners’ as they got the chance to come to Scottsdale and compete in this National Finals,” stated Kris Strauss, vice president, sales and marketing, Troon.  “The Troon Challenge delivers a fun and competitive environment for amateur golfers at many of our prominent courses across the country. With the support of our sponsors and loyal golf followers, this event will continue to grow as an important element of our ‘Play Troon’ initiative, designed to grow the game of golf by offering players a diverse range of playing options.”

2014 Troon Challenge National Finals Results
Gross Division
*1st – Chad Hossack & Sean O’Malley (The Boulders): 66-61 = 127
2nd – Michael Kaufman & Jason Moore (The Phoenician): 62-65 = 127
3rd – Mike Bristoll & Jake Sessions (Whirlwind Golf Club): 67-62 = 129
4th – David Bates & Pete Lugowski (Troon North Golf Club): 64-65 = 129
5th – Steve Blackford & Joseph Fox (Golf Club of Estrella): 64-66 = 130
Net Division
1st – Philip Bowker & Tommy Harrison (Palmilla Beach Golf Club): 60-62 = 122
2nd – Mark Nelson & Dale Banda (Yocha Dehe Golf Club): 68-62 = 130
3rd – Tim Christensen & Warren Nichols (Poston Butte Golf Club): 69-61 = 130
4th – Ryan Beeney & Joe Cuff (Lookout Mountain Golf Club): 65-66 = 131
5th – Ray Williams & Peter Dallas (PGA West): 67-64 = 131
*- Team won on first playoff hole

The 2014 Troon Challenge is presented by Callaway Golf, along with supporting partners that include Imperial Headwear (featured as the events official headwear sponsor), TRUE linkswear, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, THINQ Golf, Mobicoach, Pepsi, American Hole ‘n One and Infiniti of Scottsdale.

For more information on the 2014 Troon Challenge presented by Callaway Golf, visit www.TroonChallenge.com or search #TroonChallenge14.

NBC Sports Group’s ‘Road to the Ryder Cup’ Begins Sunday

U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson & Europe Captain Paul McGinley’s Picks to Air Live on Golf Channel, Sept. 2

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – With anticipation building for the 2014 Ryder Cup, NBC Sports Group on Sunday will begin an unprecedented, month-long slate of Ryder Cup-themed programming leading into the Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28 matches from Gleneagles in Scotland.NBC and Golf Channel will take viewers inside the ropes for a look at everything that makes this event one of the most compelling in sports when the three-part series, Road to the Ryder Cup, premieres Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with replays of each episode airing on Golf Channel.

On Tuesday, Europe Captain Paul McGinley will announce his captain’s picks live on Golf Channel during Morning Drive (7-10 a.m. ET). And later that night in primetime, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson’s Captain’s Picks press conference will air before an audience of fans and invited international media at NBC’s famed Studio 8H, the home to Saturday Night Live for nearly 40 years at NBC’s “30 Rock” headquarters. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET with an hour-long special edition of Golf Central, hosted by Rich Lerner and featuring invited guests, who will break down the current roster and analyze the potential picks available to Watson. This will be followed by live coverage of the PGA of America’s press conference with Watson and live via satellite interviews with his three additions to the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Road to the Ryder Cup
Golf Channel on NBC on-course reporter Mark Rolfing, who will be working his 12th Ryder Cup since his debut event at the famous “War by the Shore” in 1991, serves as host of the Road to the Ryder Cup series that will feature in-depth conversations with golf’s most influential Ryder Cup players, recount some of the Ryder Cup’s most incredible stories and introduce viewers to Gleneagles where USA and Europe will compete for pride and country.

"This series is truly a look behind the curtain with some of the highest profile Ryder Cup personalities – the Captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley; the players, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Keegan Bradley – and even Tiger Woods and “His Airness,” himself, Michael Jordan,” said Rolfing. “I think people will be surprised by what they will see and hear in this Road to the Ryder Cup.”

- Episode 1
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel
Rolfing begins the series by explaining everything fans need to know about the Ryder Cup, and soon segues into telling one of the most amazing stories in recent Ryder Cup history. The incredible European comeback in 2012 at Medinah Country Club just may have been influenced by one of the greatest athletes of our generation, Michael Jordan. A huge Ryder Cup fan, Jordan was brought in by U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III to help motivate his team, but his actions, instead, may have motivated Ian Poulter, who has become known over the years as a Ryder Cup force for the Europeans. As Saturday’s afternoon matches were underway, the Americans were dominating on the scoreboard, and Poulter and playing partner Rory McIlroy were facing Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson in a must-win match. Jordan, sensing this match could turn the tide for the Europeans, followed the group and verbally taunted Poulter along the way, even going as far as poking him in the chest. In a rare sit-down interview, Jordan tells the tale of the battle inside the battle, which, ultimately, was won by Poulter (Video Sneak Preview). Later in the episode, Tiger Woods tells Rolfing what it’s like to miss another Ryder Cup due to injury and what he thinks are the keys to a U.S. victory.

- Episode 2
Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel
Known for his candid commentary, Golf Channel on NBC analyst Johnny Miller sits down with Rolfing to discuss the U.S. and European Ryder Cup Teams. Who made it and who didn’t, and what fans can expect from their renewed rivalry.   Then, Rolfing will meet with U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson in New York City – just hours after making his three picks to complete his 12-man roster – to get the golfing legend’s take on the tough decisions that had to be made and why he thinks he has the right team to win back the Ryder Cup. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy explains how another Ryder Cup victory will cap off what has already become for him one of the greatest in golf history.

- Episode 3
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel
Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Rolfing introduces the men who will lead their teams into competition: Tom Watson for the USA and Paul McGinley for Europe. Then, the show will take a look at the 2014 rookies for both sides, including Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker for the USA, and Victor Dubuisson for Europe, and what they have to do to contribute to the success of their teams. And wrapping up the series, Road to the Ryder Cup will showcase Gleneagles and its Centenary Course, which will serve as the competition grounds for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

2014 Ryder Cup Coverage on Golf Channel and NBC
NBC and Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup from Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28. This will mark the first European-hosted event to be televised live in its entirety in the United States. Earlier this year, Golf Channel acquired the exclusive Ryder Cup telecast rights in North America for Friday’s matches, which will be the first time the network has provided live coverage of this event. Both networks combined will air 26.5 hours of live golf – the most ever for a European-hosted event – from the opening tee shot on Friday through the final putt on Sunday. Live from the Ryder Cup and Morning Drive also will showcase all the news surrounding the Ryder Cup, offering more than 50 combined hours of live coverage, Monday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 28.

Friday, August 29, 2014

KZG Releases DS-2, Limited Edition Forged Putter

(NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) – KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine, just launched the DS-2 Limited Edition Forged Putter, a blade style putter to add to its limited edition “Designer Series” of putters.

Each putter in the Designer Series will be designed by one of the Top 100 ClubFitters in the World. KZG believes that highly experienced and exceptionally skilled fitters who have worked with many of the top touring professionals, as well as many average golfers, know what golfers actually need to play their best.

The DS-2 was designed by Gary Tozer who was a scratch player by the time he was 15 years old; thereafter he played on the tour. He currently is a coach, teacher, professional fitter and owner of the Aussie Custom Golf Centre just NE of Sydney, Australia. As Gary reports: “I learned at a very young age that if you want to win in golf, you better have great equipment.”

In designing the DS-2 putter, Gary reports: “The basic profile is a blade style reminiscent of the 8802 and 8813 preferred by the purist, but with a slightly beveled section at the heel to prevent drag on the green. This design is more suitable for the golfer with a rotational type stroke. The micro-milled face assures that the DS-2 rolls the ball immediately without skipping or hopping.

“I chose a triple-forged process so that the putter is extremely responsive and guarantees repeatable consistency” Gary adds. “The face is dead center and perfectly square, with no offset. And the muscle arrangement at the back is higher at the center of the impact area of the putter. The result is that the feel is soft yet ‘meaty.’”

“KZG has always worked with the elite of professional tour players, teachers and fitters around the globe” reports Jennifer King, President of KZG. “With our elite network of professionals, we have the best in research and design ideas. We are very grateful to Gary Tozer for his design ideas for the DS-2 and already the golf world is responding with rave reviews.”

Each DS-2 putter will be custom fit to the golfer’s unique specifications as KZG products are solely available through qualified professionals (listed on the KZG Dealer Locator at www.kzg.com). MSRP for the DS-2 Putter is $299 and available in brushed satin or matte black.

Troon Facilities Support Patriot Golf Day this Labor Day Weekend

Donations Support Families of Military Service Members Who Have Been Disabled or Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon announced its support of the eighth annual Patriot Golf Day, a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. Golfers playing at many Troon-managed facilities around the country will have a unique opportunity to donate a minimum of $1 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation (FoldsofHonor.org). The donations will be collected August 29 – September 1, 2014 to provide post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled in the line of duty. The mission of Folds of Honor is to help ensure that no family is left behind in the field of battle by honoring their sacrifice and educating their legacy.

"As we all know, freedom is not free, and we are proud to partner with Troon to help the families of our wounded and fallen heroes," said Major Dan Rooney, Founder, Folds of Honor.  “Through Patriot Golf Day events held at thousands of facilities across the country, including Troon-managed facilities, we have given golfers a way to provide their support.”

Since its inception in 2007, PGA Professionals have helped raise millions of dollars through Patriot Golf Day events, allowing Folds of Honor to award more than 7,500 educational scholarships. Patriot Golf Day allows the Folds of Honor Foundation to present an ongoing tribute to the brave service members by ensuring that the families of fallen and wounded warriors have hope for the right educational start to life and best future possible.

“It is an honor to support the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides the perfect opportunity through Patriot Golf Day to give back to the families of those who have given so much through their brave service,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operations, Troon. “Like the efforts from previous years, I believe the golf community will make a major impact for this cause.”

Participating Troon facilities will proudly fly an American Pin Flag on the 18th green to celebrate the occasion. Additionally many Troon facilities will host special Patriot Golf Day events to increase fundraising efforts with specific tournaments, raffles and more. A number of properties will also expand upon the Troon’s Troops playing benefits over the weekend to show their appreciation to active duty U.S. military personnel and severely injured U.S. combat veterans.

Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot, PGA Professional and USGA member, came up with the concept of Patriot Golf Day and founded the Folds of Honor Foundation in 2007, following his second of three tours of duty in Iraq. After returning from his second tour, Major Rooney witnessed a profound display of a family’s grief as they welcomed home the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin. Inspired by this tragic homecoming of a fallen American solider, Rooney started the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide support to military families in the aftermath of their tragedies.

For more information about Patriot Golf Day or to make a donation, visit www.foldsofhonor.com.