See what was in Phil Mickelson’s golf bag during his win at the AT&T at Pebble
CONGRATULATIONS to Brandt Snedeker and the NEW Tour B330 for their first victories in 2012! In the same week the NEW Tour B330 series were unveiled in Orlando, FL, Brandt shot a -16 under with a -5 under 65 Sunday in La Jolla, CA to capture the Farmers Insurance Open title.
The Tour B330 has a NEW 6% softer Urethane cover for increased Spin Control to help Brandt stop his approach on 18 to within a foot for a crucial birdie forcing a playoff. The unique Dual Dimple technology enhances wind performance for longer distance and higher initial ball velocity.
Golfing Superstar, Rickie Fowler, Signs with COBRA Golf
CARLSBAD, CA (JANUARY 23, 2012) – Today COBRA Golf made it official, golfing sensation, Rickie Fowler, will join their worldwide roster of professional golfers. COBRA Golf will supply Rickie with the latest golf clubs as well as Tour Staff Bags and a selection of accessories. Rickie, who signed with PUMA Golf in 2009, will now represent the full COBRA PUMA GOLF brand both on and off the course. Rickie will also be featured in upcoming marketing campaigns for both COBRA and PUMA Golf.
“Rickie’s focus, determination and performance combined with his stand out style and joy for the game make him a perfect match for COBRA Golf,” said Bob Philion, President of COBRA PUMA GOLF. “He has had a tremendous effect in the golf industry over the past few years and his influence continues to grow. As we continue the revitalization of COBRA globally, Rickie Fowler will be instrumental in bringing our core DNA to life by being grounded in performance while bringing an edgy, unique personality and style to life. He will help us introduce the new COBRA Golf to a new group of consumers.”
To celebrate Rickie’s full COBRA PUMA GOLF partnership, ‘orange-outs’ will happen at various Tour events, COBRA PUMA GOLF Experiences, retailers and this week at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show. ‘Orange-outs’ will celebrate Rickie Fowler, his favorite color and the new COBRA AMPTM line of drivers, irons, hybrids and fairway woods. In some instances, fans will be able to participate and support Rickie, like this week at the Farmer’s Insurance Open. For information how you can join in on the fun, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cobragolf.
Rickie will start out the year with COBRA’s brand new AMPTM Driver featuring E9 Face TechnologyTM with dual roll, Advanced Material Placement TM, Adjustable Flight Technology TM with details in Rickie’s favorite color, vibrant orange, the AMP 3-Wood and AMP Pro Prototype Irons. Throughout the year, he will continue to test new COBRA Golf product and add it to his bag.
CROMWELL, Conn., June 26, 2011- Leading by a stroke going into the final round of the 2011 Travelers Championship, Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson held on by that margin and shot a 66 to earn his first career PGA TOUR victory at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
“Obviously, it means a great deal,” Jacobson said. “I came over in ’03 after having won in Europe, and I had my eyes on the (PGA) TOUR. Obviously after winning a couple of times that year (on European Tour), I felt pretty good about winning, and I didn’t know it was going to take this long before I won one. But whoever waits for a long time, all the sweeter when it comes together.”
Jacobson moved into first place when he shot a 63 Saturday. He fired a three-under on the front nine Sunday to retain the lead and held on with a back nine 34.
Jacobson was tied with Ryan Moore after 17 holes on Sunday at 20-under par. Moore bogeyed the 72nd hole to finish at 19-under. Needing a par for the win, Jacobson calmly hit his drive in the fairway on 18 and stuck his approach to 13 feet. He two putted for the win. Moore and John Rollins finished at 19-under and tied for second place.
Jacobson was steady the entire tournament, as evidenced by just one bogey over four rounds. His total score of 260 is the third best in tournament history, just two strokes off Kenny Perry’s 72-hole tournament record of 258 in 2009.
This was Jacobson’s fourth appearance at the Travelers Championship, his previous best finish coming in 2006, when he tied for 48th. Overall, this is his fourth title, with the other three wins coming on the European Tour in 2003.
Jacobson became the fourth first-time PGA TOUR winner at the Travelers Championship in the last six years, joining J.J.Henry in 2006, Hunter Mahan in 2007 and Bubba Watson in 2010. The 2012 Travelers Championship will take place June 18-24 at TPC River Highlands. For more information, please visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.
In yet another example of her incredible talent and no-fear mentality, Adams Golf Tour Staff Member Yani Tseng won the Wegmans LPGA Championship by 10 strokes at 19-under-par. With the win, Tseng became the youngest player (22) to win four majors. She also matched the LPGA Tour record-low at a major and has won three of the tour’s last six majors. The only major she’s missing is the U.S. Women’s Open title, which she’ll have an opportunity to complete her career grand slam in two weeks at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Here’s what the world’s No. 1 player carried in her bag:
Speedline 9032LS driver – 9.5 deg.
Speedline FW – 14 deg. (3)
Idea a7 hybrid – 19 deg.
Idea a7 hybrid – 22 deg.
Idea Tech a4 irons (4-PW)
Mick Elliot from espn.com has a great story about Yani and how she arrived on the global stage of women’s golf:
When Tseng flipped on her television Saturday night before going to sleep on her 54-hole lead, she tuned in the Golf Channel to watch and self-critique. But it was not to study her golf. It was to listen to herself being interviewed and judge her communication efforts.
“I probably talk too much now,” she said with a giggle last week. “I try don’t be afraid to talk to people, the media, fans or friends. You know, just try to be free. That’s how I learn English so fast. I learn lots of American slang and from the book.”
It really doesn’t matter. Her statement Sunday was heard loud and clear.
The summer has heated up fast for the Adams Golf Tour Staff with 3 wins in the span of 1 week. Tom Watson started by winning the Senior PGA Championship on the first hole of a playoff. Steve Wheatcroft ran away with the Nationwide Tour’s Melwood Prince George’s County Open, finishing a staggering 29-under Sunday for a record-breaking 12-stroke victory. And Brittany Lincicome shot a 5-under-par 66 on Sunday to record her fourth career LPGA victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
This magical week on Tour comes approximately 3 months after the Adams Golf Tour staff swept the weekend of Feb. 20 with wins on the PGA Tour (Aaron Baddeley – Northern Trust Open), the Champions Tour (Bernhard Langer – ACE Group Classic) and the LPGA Tour (Yani Tseng – Honday LPGA Thailand).
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rory Sabbatini began the day with a big lead, turned back a challenge on the back nine and shot an even-par 70 Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Honda Classic.
By: Steven Wine – Associated Press
The South African sank a 2-foot par putt on No. 18 to finish at 9-under 271. He earned his first PGA Tour title since the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship and sixth overall.
Y.E. Yang birdied the final hole for a closing 66 to finish 8 under. Jerry Kelly, who played with Sabbatini and Yang in the final threesome, shot a 67 and took third at 7 under.
“Usually if you’re in front, if you’re running away from somebody, you tend to be a bit nervous,” the South Korean said through an interpreter. “But in Rory’s case, apart from No. 14, he seemed really calm. I commend him for being, I guess, so emotionally stable. I wasn’t.”
Sabbatini started the final round ahead by five shots, and was still in front by five when he finished No. 8. But Yang was within one stroke seven holes later, thanks to birdies on Nos. 12 and 14 and two bogeys by Sabbatini.
“Rory did what he had to do to hold us off,” Kelly said, “and we just didn’t hit it good enough to make enough birdies.”
Then came treacherous Nos. 15-17, the water-laden stretch known as the Bear Trap. But there would be no collapse by the leader.
“Luckily I had enough of a cushion that I didn’t get too concerned,” Sabbatini said. “I knew going into today that if I shot even par, it was going to be tough to catch.”
A change in putters before the tournament gave Sabbatini’s game a lift, and the new club came through again on No. 16 when he sank a 16-foot birdie putt to go back up by two.
Then he put his tee shot on the dangerous par-3 17th in the middle of the green.
Moments later, the horn sounded to signal a stoppage in play because of lightning in the area. The leaders found refuge in a van as heavy rain fell during a 28-minute delay.
But the threat to Sabbatini’s lead had passed, and when play resumed he easily closed out the win.
Lee Westwood, who fell to No. 2 in the rankings behind Martin Kaymer on Feb. 28, shot 70 and tied for 29th. He needed a top-3 finish to regain the top ranking.
Graeme McDowell shot a 64, matching the lowest score in the event since it moved to PGA National in 2007, and was 2 under for the tournament.
The average round was 2 1/2 strokes above par. Since the beginning of 2010, only last year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach has had a higher average: 4 over par.
Sabbatini is known for his fiery personality, outspoken nature and occasional digs at Tiger Woods, who skipped the event. But Sabbatini’s demeanor was even-keel from the time he took the lead to stay on the front nine Saturday.
“I’m a passionate golfer,” he said. “I love the game of golf, and I’ve had my moments. I’m not proud of everything I’ve done out here, but I’m trying to learn. I’m trying to be a role model for my children, and I know as my wife has said to me, I wouldn’t want my son doing some of the things that I’ve done in the past.”
The Sabbatinis have three children ranging in age from 7 years to 5 1/2 months.
Dad started the final round up by five shots, and after No. 8 the lead remained the same. But Yang was within one stroke seven holes later, thanks to birdies on Nos. 12 and 14 and two bogeys by Sabbatini.
DORAL, Fla. — Tiger Woods is hitting some of his best shots when no one is watching.
By: Doug Ferguson
That’s typically the case when Woods tries to build a new golf swing, and his third major swing change is no exception. Put him on the practice range at home in Isleworth and he says he goes through long stretches of hitting the ball how he wants. Put him inside the ropes, with a scorecard in hand and TV cameras in the towers, and he has stretches of looking ordinary.
But there is one big difference this time around.
Woods isn’t playing very much.
When he tees it up Thursday in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, it will be only his 10th competitive round of the year, an unusually low number with the Masters around the corner. Woods talks about needing more competition, and most would agree that would speed along the process of revamping his swing. It also leads to a natural question.
Why not play more tournaments?
“Because I have a family. I’m divorced,” Woods replied solemnly. “If you’ve been divorced with kids, then you would understand.”
It spoke to a personal life that remains as much a work in progress as his golf swing.
There was speculation after Woods lost in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship that he would play the Honda Classic, especially since he is close to moving to south Florida. But that was his time with his 3 1/2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son as part of the “shared parenting” with ex-wife Elin. There are no plans to play next week at Innisbrook, either.
Woods can’t expect any sympathy for a situation he created through serial adultery. Even so, his playing schedule reflects that he’s having to change more than his swing.
When he went through his first big overhaul under Butch Harmon after the 1997 season, Woods played 17 rounds before the Florida Swing. At the start of 2004 under Hank Haney, he played 22 rounds leading to Florida, the traditional start of the road to the Masters.
This year, he has played nine rounds in competition.
Woods started his season at Torrey Pines with four rounds, only two of them under par. Two weeks later he was off to Dubai, where he was in contention until a 75 on the wind-blown final day. After another two-week break came the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, where he lost in the opening round to Thomas Bjorn.
There is no cut at this World Golf Championship, so he is guaranteed four rounds this week.
It starts Thursday on the Blue Monster, a course where he has won three times and never finished out of the top 10 in four other appearances. That means nothing anymore, for Woods had never finished out of the top 10 at either Torrey Pines and Dubai until this year.
Woods will be in familiar company, which will bring him even more attention.
Because tournament officials relied on the world ranking to determine the groups, Woods will spend the first two days with Phil Mickelson, his fiercest rival, and Graeme McDowell, who in December rallied from four shots behind in the final round to beat Woods in a playoff at the Chevron World Challenge.
Not since the 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship have Woods and Mickelson played in the same group for the early rounds. What’s strange about this occasion is their form. Woods has gone nearly 16 months without winning, the longest stretch of his career. Mickelson has not won since the Masters last year.
Who could have guessed golf’s two best players of their generation would have one win between them in the last year?
And it doesn’t sound as though Woods is expecting much this week.
“I’ve been through periods in my career where I have not won and I’ve struggled before,” he said. “When you’re making a change with the game and change instructors, it takes a little time. Trust me, we have been working on it. As I said, I’ve shown signs. Unfortunately, it’s in spurts and is not consistent. It has not been for 72 holes yet, so, we need to get to that point.”
After playing nine holes on Tuesday — including three balls in the water on the 18th hole — he talked about changing everything about his game, all the way down to how he releases the putter.
“You just can’t have one swing and not have another,” he said. “They’re all interrelated. It’s just something I’ve had to change, and you know, it takes time.”
And most of that time is spent on the range, not at tournaments.
Lee Westwood, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Martin Kaymer two weeks ago, can understand the feeling. Westwood once was No. 4 in the world until he went into a deep slump that dropped him as low as No. 253.
He wasn’t surprised when Woods did not play the Honda Classic last week, even for reasons other than his children.
“When I went through a bad patch, it was a juggling act whether to stay at home and practice and work on your game — because you get more done — or to go out and play and risk maybe not playing well and taking another confidence knock,” Westwood said. “So it’s very much in situations like that up to the individual.
“Tiger has got to do what he feels is right, not what everybody else feels is right.”
Meanwhile, another World Golf Championship in on the line. Woods used to own these events, winning 16 out of the first 30. Ernie Els is the defending champion, having held off fellow South African Charl Schwartzel a year ago.
Els spoke about the young players who are thriving now, and don’t have the emotional baggage of facing a decade of Woods at his best.
“I don’t think they will ever appreciate how good Tiger was back then,” Els said. “He could do it again. He’s just got to sort out the new swing again. He’s so mentally strong that he could well dominate again. But at that level, who knows?”
Johnson found it. He doesn’t have to be told what’s out there for him Sunday.
The hard-luck loser of last year’s PGA Championship will have a chance for the biggest win of his career when he takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral. While others faltered on the back nine and particularly on the infamous 18th, Johnson had it in cruise control, attacking the course with his distance and blitzing the back nine in 31 to fulfill Harmon’s prediction.
It also came after a 20-minute range session with his coach Saturday morning.
“There wasn’t anything going wrong,” said Johnson, who was at 13-under par 203. “I wanted to get him out there just to take a look at some things. The first two days I didn’t drive it that great. I hit into the fairway a little bit but I wasn’t hitting the type of shots that I wanted to. I hit a lot of good drives today.”
According to Harmon, he knew Johnson was dialed in when he started bombing them over Doral instructor Jim McLean‘s shed. Johnson hit 10 of 14 fairways, with one of the misses going into the front bunker on the drivable 16th hole. Averaging 292.9 yards a drive, he was the definition of overpowering.
His competition, meanwhile, fell off late. Luke Donald (66), looking for his second straight WGC win, tied for the lead with a birdie on No. 14 but bogeyed the 18th to fall two back in second. Nick Watney (68), another Harmon student, missed a three-foot birdie putt that would have given him the outright lead on No. 17, then drove it into the water on No. 18, pulling his hat over his face. A day that began with an eagle ended with a double bogey and left him tied for second with Donald and Matt Kuchar (68).
Finally, Hunter Mahan, who had led for most of the tournament, bogeyed four of the last six holes to shoot 71 and fall into a fifth-place tie, three shots back.
As for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, playing together for the third straight day, their hopes of winning again at Doral are done. Woods rebounded with a 2-under 70 after switching putters from his trusty Scotty Cameron to a Nike model and using it a week-low 28 times. But Tiger, was 11 behind and is paired Sunday with Thomas Bjorn, the man who beat him in match play last month, also hit just five of 14 fairways and ducked any questions from the media.
Mickelson didn’t talk either after shooting even par with just four fairways hit to be 13 back. If Mickelson makes up two shots on Woods and ends up tying him, he will pass him in the World Rankings for the first time since Woods won the 1997 Masters. That’s the only drama left for them Sunday.