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"You lose a lot more in golf than you win. So when you do win, you have to enjoy it. I'm going to go back home and enjoy it with my friends and enjoy it with my family and, yeah, I love being from Northern Ireland. I tell everyone how great it is. For me, it's the best place on earth. I'm obviously biased, but I love it back there and I love the people."



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GolfNow has announced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky golfer to win Free Golf for Life. The sweepstakes is running through Monday, April 13, and will award one winner with a complimentary foursome once per month courtesy of the online tee time platform. “GolfNow is constantly trying to showcase golf in exciting new ways, and we are seizing that opportunity once again through NBC Sports’ high-profile platform this week,” said Jeff Foster, senior vice president, GolfNow New Media Group. “In the past, GolfNow has arranged dream foursomes with Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley, and has sent winners across the country on a private jet to play golf on both coasts in a single day. The idea of winning Free Golf for Life is something that until now avid golfers have only dreamed of, and GolfNow is going to make someone’s dream a reality.”

Golfers can visit the sweepstakes page, until April 13 to enter for a chance to win and see full rules. Once registered, participants can submit daily entries, and earn an additional entry by promoting the sweepstakes’ page via Twitter. Contest participants also are eligible for daily instant win prizes, which include free rounds of golf and promotional codes from GolfNow.


Phil Mickelson acknowledged his success has its limits. Last November, he made news trying to recruit a player to his alma mater, Arizona State University, where his brother is the golf coach. However, there has been a change in plans. “We had developed a plan to where I could call some recruits,” Micklson explained. “We weren't really going to say anything and hadn't said anything for a few weeks until one of the players had Tweeted it and it looked like there were some improprieties, which there weren't, so we had to publicly announce I was assistant captain; otherwise, I wouldn't be able to make the phone calls I had been making. As of the first week of January, Tim, my brother, needed a real assistant to help out with a bunch of the things going on with the traveling and I got fired.” he revealed. “He needed some real help!”


Its been said more than once that the Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday. One player remembers vividly the significance of that statement and specifically what that day meant to his young career. “It was the most important day of my career, yeah, bar none,” said Rory McIlroy. “It was the most important day, because if I had not have had that happen to me, who knows where I would have been. I learnt so much from that day. I learnt what I shouldn't do when I'm in that situation again.  You learn way more from those days than you do from your victories. Everyone needs to go through them at some point in their life, whether it's golf or whatever, you make mistakes, and that's where you learn and move on and become better at whatever you want to do.”


Each year when January rolls around a phenomenon occurs. We start the year out striving to be better through our New Years resolutions and goals that we set. Consider it the equivalent of reinventing ourselves. Weight loss commercials are quite popular but often succumb to pizza by the time the Super Bowl arrives at the end of January. Equipment companies often reinvent themselves each year through the products they introduce. FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf, doesn’t have to reinvent itself. Yet, its latest product just might help more than a few recreational golfers reinvent their game.

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The most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez, has chosen to wear Bobby Jones as his official apparel partner for 2015. “We are very excited to partner with Miguel to become his official apparel provider,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports.  “He is easily one of the most recognizable players on Tour because of his unique combination of his intriguing personality and incredible talent. With our continued march towards global expansion of the Bobby Jones brand, there was an easy, natural fit with Miguel. Given his respect for the game and Mr. Jones, we know he will be a great brand ambassador for us throughout the world.”

“I am very excited to become a Brand Ambassador of Bobby Jones,” said Jimenez. “My key requirement when choosing golf apparel for 2015 was to select the highest quality cotton shirts available. My tournament schedule takes me to many different countries and climates around the world, so it is vital that I feel comfortable at all times on the golf course in order to give me the confidence to both play and look my best. Bobby Jones offers me the best range of apparel to suit all conditions as well as a great selection of styles and colors. I look forward very much to forging this relationship with Jones Global Sports and having the opportunity to proudly represent one of the greatest names our game has ever known.”


Bridgestone Golf announced it will unveil its new J715 460 Driver at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show. It marks the company’s first J715driver in four years. “At Bridgestone we don’t release new products just to release new products. Our philosophy is to wait until we truly have something innovative and unique that will benefit golfers’ games,” said Josh Kinchen, Golf Clubs and Accessories Marketing Manager, Bridgestone Golf, Inc.  “We haven’t put out a new driver in several years because we don’t believe a new color offering or some other less impactful technology is really worth asking consumers to part with their hard-earned dollars for. We want consumers to know that when we introduce a new club, it will always offer real tangible performance benefits. The J715 is without question the best driver we’ve ever made and we know that golfers who try it will see the difference it makes.” 

The J715 relies on a combination of four key technologies to maximize distance and accuracy off the tee, Bridgestone said. The J715 has a Flex Action Speed Technology (F.A.S.T.) crown, which Bridgestone said is extremely thin near the clubface and progressively thickens towards the club head rear to enable the crown to slightly flex at impact creating higher launch and increased repulsion. It also has a patented face milling pattern that works to reduce ball slippage at impact, a problem that some drivers today encounter. Maintaining the ball’s position of impact leads to increased quality compression time that results in reduced spin (200-300 RPMs based on robot testing) for straighter and longer drives, Bridgestone said. The J715 also features movable weights on multiple axes in the heel and center of the clubhead, which allow users to customize the center of gravity for desired spin and trajectory. The new J715 driver is completely Face and Lie angle adjustable, offering face angle adjustments of up to 1° (closed and opened) and lie angle settings of standard, 1° upright and 2° upright. 

The J715 Driver is available in 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12-degrees of loft and will be the first Bridgestone driver in the U.S. available in both left and right hand versions (Left hand available in 9.5 and 10.5 lofts only starting on April 1st).  The J715 driver comes standard with the Mitsubishi Fubuki ZT shaft and custom yellow Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip. The J715 Driver will be available at retail February 1, 2015 and will have a street price of $399 each.

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