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Nov 11, 2014 | 06:31 AM

Flying The Flag

The Japanese company Bridgestone Golf has manufactured some of its balls in the U.S. for years. But as of next February, all of its premium golf balls will be made at its North American headquarters in Covington, Georgia, near Atlanta. The company is celebrating the move with a limited-edition version of its B330-RX ball that features “USA” stamped on one side in an Old Glory-like red, white, and blue. The ball, now available, also comes in similarly colored sleeves and boxes. Company officials expect the ball—which is the same formula as the existing B330-RX, designed for optimum performance from amateur swing speeds—to sell out quickly at $45 a dozen.

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Nov 10, 2014 | 06:04 AM

A Rare Juli

It’s a busy time for LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster. She’s preparing to captain next year’s Solheim Cup team when American women take on the Europeans at Golf Club St Leon-Rot near Heidelberg, Germany, on September 18-20, 2015. She just played in her first LPGA Legends event, finishing second yesterday to Meg Mallon at the Walgreen’s Charity Championship in Florida, and says she’s planning to play in a few more Legends events next year. Plus, according to Golf Channel, she will become part of Fox Sports’ golf-announce team when the network begins its USGA coverage in 2015. “I’ve always been busy, I like to stay busy, and you know me, I love golf,” Inkster told Golf Channel. She has a little bit of TV experience, having worked with Golf Channel for five events, but, as she admits, “I’ve never done a men’s event. So, I feel like I’ve got a lot to learn. The good thing is that everyone is going to be new at Fox.”

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Nov 07, 2014 | 06:15 AM

Really Hot Drivers

If you’re tired—as we are—of reading newspaper stories that claim golf is dead and no one is interested in the game any longer, here’s another news report that might, oddly, make you feel better. It seems that someone is stealing expensive clubs from Columbus, Ohio-area golf stores. As reported by WSYX, the city’s ABC News affiliate, a thief ran off with half a dozen $350 drivers (make and model unreported) from the local Golfsmith. Store manager Tom Cox said, “He waited until employees were busy, then grabbed the clubs and ran out the door. He yelled ‘Don’t touch me, I am taking these.’” And this was just the latest club clipping in Columbus. A few weeks ago, security cameras at Par Discount Golf in Dublin, Ohio, caught a man “shoving drivers down his pants, then walking out the door with a female accomplice.” Let’s see: Drivers are about 43 inches long, so look out for a guy with a really big inseam.

 

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Nov 06, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Open Anticipation

When the Open Championship returns to The Old Course for the 28th time next July, there will be more than a few interesting storylines. Five-time champion Tom Watson is returning to St Andrews for his final Open appearance, just like Arnie did in 1995 and Jack in 2005. Rory McIlroy will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner since Padraig Harrington in 2007/2008 and the seventh overall since 1950 And if he’s healthy Tiger may return to the scene of two of his Open titles (2000 and 2005). Stats aside though, there is something different about The Open: the links golf, the knowledgeable (and restrained) spectators, the fickle weather, the history. “What I love about The Open is the rawness of it and the integrity of it,” says David White, producer of the 3-minute film. “It is not trying to be anything that it isn’t. It doesn’t have to try too hard whereas other sporting events perhaps have to create their own sporting identities. That authenticity of The Open is special and we have tried to focus on that in the film.”

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