PHOENIX (May 8, 2012) – PING’s Hoofer® carry bag has won Gold on the 2012 Golf Digest “Hot List” ranking of the industry’s highest-performing products. The results are published in the June issue of the magazine.
In recognizing the Hoofer, editors singled out its dual sliding shoulder pads and innovative strap slider, which provides a backpack-style fit and makes the bag easy to slide on and off. These features are part of PING’s Enhanced Ergonomics (E2®), which includes a leg-retention strap that keeps the legs snug while walking. A reinforced bracket with leg stops ensures stable, secure leg extension on all surfaces. At approximately 5 pounds, the Hoofer has a roomy five-way, reinforced top to make club removal and replacement easy. Eight pockets include those for valuables, a range-finder, and apparel.
“The Hoofer is a wonderful example of how E2 has enabled us to advance comfort, adjustability and durability while ensuring that our bags can be fit to any player’s body type and carrying style,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “At PING, our emphasis on innovation, performance and custom-fitting extends well beyond golf clubs. The Hoofer winning ‘Hot List’ Gold is further validation of our efforts to make sure every product carrying the PING name is the highest quality.”
Of the 65 bags tested, only eight were awarded Gold. Including the Silvers given to its 4 Series® and Pioneer® bags, PING tied for the most awards.
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Kuchar looked beyond the edge of the 16th green at a scene packed with enough stress it could wipe away even his smile.
Across the water was an island green that was awaiting him Sunday in The Players Championship. The guy dressed in all orange and pumping his first was Rickie Fowler after making a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to cut Kuchar’s lead to two shots.
Kuchar stepped over his 15-footer and answered with a birdie just as big.
”Yeah, absolutely I saw the putt,” Kuchar said. ”Watched the thing disappear and he gave a big fist pump. I knew it got him to within two shots and he could birdie 18 to bring it within one. That could have changed the whole scenario of how I would have approached and played 18. So I was really excited to drop that birdie on 16. That was big.”
Everything was big for Kuchar on the TPC Sawgrass – most of all, that smile.
After a three-putt bogey he could afford on the 17th, and a tap-in par on the final hole with his family watching, Kuchar closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory, his fourth career win and by far the biggest in so many ways.
It was his first win in 38 starts on the PGA Tour, dating to The Barclays in 2010. He won $1.71 million, the richest prize in golf, and moved to No. 3 in the Ryder Cup standings and a career-high No. 5 in the world ranking. His parents moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, so he stayed with them all week and delivered the perfect gift on Mother’s Day to the woman who taught him to have fun while playing golf.
Even at scary Sawgrass, that was never a problem.
Not so for Kevin Na.
Already struggling with a pre-shot routine of practice swings, waggles and a few intentional whiffs so he could start over, Na heard it from the fans who heckled him with chants of ”Pull the trigger!” and ”Hit it!” He lost the lead for good with four bogeys in a five-hole stretch to finish the front nine, and when he hit his tee shot in the water on the par-3 13th, fans serenaded him with, ”Na-na-na-na … good-bye.”
He closed with a 76, keeping a peculiar record intact – since The Players moved from March to May in 2007, the 54-hole leader has not shot better than 74 in the final round, with an average score of 76.3.
”I backed off and they’re booing me,” Na said. ”I said, ‘Look, guys, I backed off because of you guys.’ … But it is what it is. I also felt that a lot of people were turning towards me and pulling for me, which I really appreciate.”
Fowler missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole – the difference of $399,000 – and shot 70 to settle for a four-way tie for second. He was joined by Ben Curtis, who holed a 10-foot birdie on the last hole for a 68; Zach Johnson, who shot 68; and Martin Laird, who made bogey on the 18th for a 67.
Laird made the strongest run on a cloudy, breezy afternoon, tying for the lead with his third straight birdie on No. 12. Laird lost his momentum with a poor tee shot on the 14th that led to bogey, and with a bogey on the final hole, he needed big mistakes from Kuchar that never came.
Luke Donald finished alone in sixth after a 66, not quite enough to replace Rory McIlroy at No. 1 in the world.
Tiger Woods shot 40 on his front nine and rallied for a 73, at least finishing The Players Championship under par. That was the smallest of consolations. Far more alarming was that he tied for 40th, the first time in his career that he has finished no better than 40th in three straight tournaments. The streak began after a five-shot win at Bay Hill for his first PGA Tour title in 30 months.
”Just keep working. Keep working,” Woods said when asked what he could take out of the week.
Kuchar opened with a tee shot into the woods and a bogey, though that was his only significant mistake until he could afford one with the three-putt at the 17th. The key shots turned out to be pars in the middle of the back nine.
With a one-shot lead and on the upper shelf of the green on the 13th, he two-putted from 60 feet to stay in the lead. His next tee shot went into the bunker, just over the water, on the 14th. He blasted that out from 181 yards, just over the bunker and safely onto the green to secure another par.
”Just doesn’t seem like anything is going to upset him too much,” Laird said. ”That’s obviously a good attitude to have when you’re out here on Sunday on this golf course.”
That smile has been around for a long time.
It first showed up in 1998 when Kuchar won over the crowds with his easy smile and demeanor while contending as an amateur at the Masters and U.S. Open. Through wins and having to go back to the Nationwide Tour, it never seems to leave him.
”It’s completely a natural reaction,” Kuchar said. ”I love playing the game of golf. I have fun doing it. I’m a golf junkie. I have to force myself to take vacations where I cannot play golf, because the game is just always so challenging. And I think it’s that challenge that’s addictive to me. … The smile is there because I’m having a good time.
”Now, granted, if I’m shooting 10-over par, you’re probably not going to see my real happy. I’m hopefully going to behave myself appropriately, thanks to my mother, but I’m not going to be near as happy as when I’m making birdies.”
Suffice to say Kuchar, who finished on 13-under 275, was thrilled Sunday.
”It’s such an amazing feeling – playing amongst the game’s best, to come out on top, to do it on Mother’s Day … it really is magical,” he said.
Curtis, who started the season without a full PGA Tour card, now has three top 5s in the last month, including a win at the Texas Open. He was slowed by a double bogey on the par-3 eighth, and simply couldn’t catch up.
Even though Laird is the only player who actually tied for the lead at one point, Fowler generated the biggest buzz in his all-orange attire and free swinging ways. Coming off his first PGA Tour win last week at Quail Hollow, he got in the mix with two birdies in the opening four holes, only to take a double bogey on No. 5 and a bogey on the seventh. Even so, he ran off four birdies after that and never went away until missing the short birdie at the end.
”The last few holes were a lot of fun,” Fowler said. ”It’s a rush out there. Get yourself in contention Sunday at The Players, it’s a lot of fun.”
Story Courtesy the Golf Channel
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Woods’ final-round 2-under-par 70 and 13-under total was good enough for a 5-shot win. With his 72nd victory, Tiger is now just one win short of matching Jack Nicklaus’ 73 for second all-time on the PGA Tour wins list and 10 shy of Sam Snead’s mark of 82 wins.
Dave Stockton “The Pro Tours’ Hottest Coach” scheduled to appear at Roger Dunn Golf Shops Santa Ana Superstore on Thursday, March 15th
REDLANDS, CA. – Stockton Golf (www.DaveStockton.com) announced today that Dave Stockton Sr. will be revealing the “Secret” that has helped Tour Players reach the winners circle over 60 times in the past 2 years and signing copies of his Best Selling Book, Unconscious Putting, from 6 to 8 pm at the Roger Dunn Golf Shops Santa Ana Superstore on Thursday, March 15th. Dave will be conducting a Short Game Clinic followed by a Q&A session and book signing.
Simplify your routine with help from golf’s first family of putting: Dave Stockton Sr. and his sons, Dave Stockton Jr. and Ron Stockton. Dave Stockton Sr. is a five-time Major Championship Winner and victorious Ryder Cup Captain. Together they’ve taught more than 50 players on the world tours, and helped thousands of amateurs in clinics around the world, and now, they’re ready to help you.
With “Unconscious Putting” you’ll learn how to:
- Roll your ball using your own natural putting signature, not by copying one that doesn’t fit, or following a checklist of mechanical thoughts.
- Improve your mental game and discover that putting is an art that you can master.
- Reconnect with your instincts to see the line more clearly and get a better feel for distance.
Find out from the Pros themselves why Dave is called “The Pro Tours’ Hottest Coach” and why so many of them rely upon his Signature Approach to create wins on Sunday afternoon.
“Dave’s focus on key fundamentals has helped me tremendously. Working with Dave and some hard work took me from a two win season in ’99 to 17 wins and counting in the next 2 ½ year period. Thanks Dave.”- Annika Sorenstam
“Dave Stockton has a great putting touch and the confidence that stems from it. What I like most about his method is his rhythm; whether it’s a two-footer or a fifty-footer, his rhythm never changes. That’s the key to great putting.” – Lee Trevino
“There are and have been other great putters besides Dave Stockton, but none are able to articulate their methods as clearly as Dave can.” – Mark McCumber
“Dave Stockton has always been, and stills remains, one of the best putters in the game of golf. Aside from his marvelous technique and style, the single thing that has impressed me most about his putting is the speed at which the ball travels from the putter head.” – Tom Weiskopf
About Stockton Golf
Dave Stockton Sr. is an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, 14 times on the Champions Tour and is widely known as one of the pre-eminent putting and short game gurus in the golf industry. Ron Stockton has been teaching golf for over 25 years and in addition to coaching his father to 14 wins on the Champions TOUR, he’s helped some of the top PGA and LPGA TOUR players in the game. Dave Stockton Jr. played 10 years on Tour with two wins on the Nike TOUR following an All-American career at USC. Following his competitive playing days, he joined his father and brother as an instructor at Stockton Golf. Stockton Golf’s tailored offerings can include: Short game and putting clinics, On-course instruction, Mental Approach driving range instruction, Pre and Post event engagement Awards presentation, Equipment ﬁttings & other value add items and Motivational Speaking. Appearing at some of the most sought after golf locations around the globe, the Stocktons have had the pleasure to work with some of the world’s top companies, like American Airlines, American Express, Avis, Time Warner, IBM and Merrill Lynch.
Current and former clients include Tour players Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, J.B. Holmes, Martin Laird, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Morgan Pressel, Suzann Pettersen, and Yani Tseng, among others.
For more information about Stockton Golf, visit www.DaveStockton.com or call 888-811-8467.
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