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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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What is normal? In today’s world almost anything goes. What might have been questioned before is now virtually open game. It’s in all walks of life. Today’s society seems to embrace change as well as alternative sources and methods towards finding solutions. Few areas seem to escape an examination. One that might have been overlooked are shoe laces. Not exactly where you thought I was going with this. Forget about Brexit, Dallas Police department, Baton Rouge, Black Lives Matter, Nice, the coup in Turkey. No think shoe laces!

In the past, consumers have essentially been force-fed thin or rounded laces by manufacturers. Take it or leave it. The only time someone would replace the laces that came with their shoes would be if one happen to break. However, there are alternatives that make sense, are practical and can be tailored to anyone’s preference. Want to wear your shoes tight when you run? Or maybe you want them to be relaxed when sitting on an airplane. Maybe you would rather not deal with the hassle of untying and retying your shoes every time you go to the airport for a trip.

Snap Laces offer an easy to use system that can make you question why you ever bothered with laces in the first place. Performance and comfort in one stop shopping. It also applies to all ages. Learning to tie laces, as children can be difficult, especially for those that suffer from any type of motor skills or autism. Elderly also often has challenges with mobility. Bending over to tie a shoe can be a challenge. For many the answer is Velcro. However, it no longer needs to be the case.

Snap Laces allows individuals to customize the color they want as well as the fit they prefer, even when they play golf. For those that enjoy the road less travelled or simple wish not to conform to the establishment’s status quo, give Snap Laces a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what it provides, especially the next time you have to slip your shoes on in a hurray.

 

The names of the 120 men and women who will create golf history in Rio de Janeiro next month have been ratified with the publication of confirmed places for the Olympic Games competition at Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course between August 11 and 20.

The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have now entered the athletes who will represent their country for the first Olympic golf competition in 112 years, following the publication last Monday of the Final Olympic Golf Rankings.

With no fewer than 41 countries included in the start list for the men’s competition from August 11-14, followed by the women’s event from August 17-20, the composition of the Olympic fields highlights the broad global diversity of the sport in Rio de Janeiro, representing the ultimate shop-window for the sport and having the capacity to reach a brand new audience, especially among the younger generation across all the continents.

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PXG continues to build itself out. Bob Parsons, company founder, announced his company has signed Charl Schwartzel. The 2011 Masters Champion will be playing PXG equipment this week in The Open Championship. Interesting move to put new clubs into play at the third major of the year. It also spells an end for Schwartzel with his Nike Golf clubs.

“From clubs to club maker, I feel like PXG is behind me,” said Schwartzel. “They have taken an interest in all aspects of my game and are committed to helping me play the best golf of my life. I had the opportunity to speak with Bob Parsons and his enthusiasm for the game of golf and golf equipment is infectious.”

“Not only is Charl a champion, he is a stand-up guy – the kind of guy we want on our team,” said Parsons. “At the end of the day, it's all about performance – and PXG clubs perform. Charl and the rest of PXG’s Troops wager their living on their ability to win tournaments. When they put a PXG club in play they know, without question, that they are playing the very best.”

 

A further eleven players have secured their places in The 145th Open at Royal Troon. The players earned their place in the starting field as the highest ranked non-exempt players in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of Week 26 (24 – 27 June 2016).

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The PGA TOUR has released its 2016-17 season schedule of 47 FedExCup tournaments, several of which return to their traditional pre-Olympic dates and others that have a venue change and/or new title sponsor.

The first such change occurs the opening week of the season, with new sponsorship of the Safeway Open (October 13-16) at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., which also begins the TOUR’s seven-tournament run through November. After the schedule resumes in January, another new title sponsor emerges with the Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles (February 16-19). The sponsorship by Genesis, a luxury car brand, was announced earlier today.  

Next comes the relocation and renaming of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship (March 2-5), which moves from South Florida to Mexico City through a new seven-year sponsorship agreement with Grupo Salinas. The host facility has yet to be named.

Also changing sites the first week of May is the Wells Fargo Championship with a one-time move to Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C. This move is due to the PGA Championship going to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, the Wells Fargo Championship’s regular host site.

The following week, THE PLAYERS Championship returns to a Mother’s Day Sunday finish (May 14) and will greet the season’s strongest field with totally resurfaced greens, including some with contour changes, and a redesigned, drivable par-4 12th hole.

The U.S. Open will be held at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wis., for the first time, June 15-18, while The Open Championship is scheduled for July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale in Lancashire, England. The PGA Championship returns to August (10-13) after moving to July in 2016 to accommodate golf’s return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  

In addition to the PGA Championship, other tournaments reverting to their regular slot post-Olympics include the Travelers Championship (from the first week of August to June 22-25), the John Deere Classic (from the second week of August to July 13-16), and both the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Barracuda Championship (from the first week of July to August 3-6).  

Also during this portion of the schedule, the Quicken Loans National (June 29-July 2) will be held for the first time at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. The final changes on the schedule involve the opening FedExCup Playoffs event, THE NORTHERN TRUST (August 24-27), which features a new sponsor and new course, Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y.

The FedExCup Playoffs continue the next week with the Deutsche Bank Championship’s traditional Monday finish on September 4 before taking a one-week break. The Playoffs then resume with the BMW Championship (September 14-17), which returns to Conway Farms Golf Club near Chicago, and conclude September 21-24 with the TOUR Championship. The very next week, The Presidents Cup will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

 

 

The USGA wishes to congratulate Dustin Johnson on his victory and thank him, and the other players in the field, for their professionalism and grace throughout the championship. Dustin is a wonderful champion, a talented golfer and a gentleman.

Our team at the USGA has seen and heard a great deal of discussion and debate about the ruling on Dustin’s ball moving during the final round of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club. In addition to the explanations we offered upon the conclusion of the final round, we add these comments.

Upon reflection, we regret the distraction caused by our decision to wait until the end of the round to decide on the ruling. It is normal for rulings based on video evidence to await the end of a round, when the matter can be discussed with the player before the score card is returned. While our focus on getting the ruling correct was appropriate, we created uncertainty about where players stood on the leader board after we informed Dustin on the 12th tee that his actions on the fifth green might lead to a penalty. This created unnecessary ambiguity for Dustin and the other players, as well as spectators on-site, and those watching and listening on television and digital channels.

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Acushnet Holdings Corp. (“Acushnet”) has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The total number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. Acushnet intends to apply to list the common stock under the symbol “GOLF.” 

For the year ending December 31, 2015, Acushnet’s new sales were $1,503.0 million, a decrease of 2.3% from the prior year and the adjusted EBITDA was $214.7 million. On a constant currency basis, net sales would have increased by $54.1 million or 3.5% versus the prior year, the company reported. Titleist golf ball sales were 36% of 2015 net sales, while golf clubs represented 26%. FootJoy was 28% of 2015’s net sales and Titleist gear was 9%. It posted a loss of $966,000 in 2015, compared to a profit of $21.6 million in 2014.

For the first quarter ending March 31, 2016, net sales were $442.8 million and the adjusted EBITDA was $80.8 million. This compares to a first quarter 2015 of net sales $416.3 million and adjusted EDITDA of $70.4 million. Acushnet also reported 2016 first quarter net income of $26.2 million compared to $16.4 million in 2015.

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