Oct 01, 2013 | 09:49 AM

Bear Balls

Jack Nicklaus has jumped into the golf ball business. Production begins this month on a line of three different models—Nicklaus Black, Blue, and White—geared to the skill levels of golfers (the colors refer to the tees from which better, average, and weaker players traditionally play). The balls, three years in development according to Jack’s specifications, will be produced by Bridgestone. They’ll be available in November but initially only online from Jack's website and through pro shops at Nicklaus-designed courses. A percentage of sales will go to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. And despite Jack’s longtime belief that the golf ball should be “throttled back,” rest assured, these will be full-octane models.

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Sep 30, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Think Pink

Get ready to see a lot of pros in pink starting tomorrow. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means players in the NFL, baseball playoffs, and other sports will be sporting pink gloves, shoes, socks, and more. Same on the golf tours, where pink bags, hats, and umbrellas will be everywhere. You can join in, and help support the cause, by buying pink golf shirts, balls, and bracelets from online retailers like The Ladies Pro Shop and Café Press; golf bags from a number of manufacturers and retailers; and towels (like the ones above) and umbrellas from Devant, which gives a portion of sales to the Virginia Commonwealth Massey Cancer Center in Richmond.

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Sep 27, 2013 | 08:01 AM

Old And Easy?

A few months ago, when the R&A and St. Andrews Links Trust announced they’d be making changes to the Old Course, their hope was to make the course more challenging for the game’s best players. Well, based on the initial returns, not much has happened. In round one of the Dunhill Cup yesterday, three players shot 64 at St. Andrews to share the lead. Collectively, the great triumvirate of Richard McEvoy, Alexandre Kaleka, and Mark Tullo (average World Golf Ranking of 517) posted 24 birdies and an eagle. Kaleka and Tullo each hit all 18 greens, and on the four holes changed most markedly—numbers 2, 9, 11, and 17—the three players were collectively four under par. Yes, the conditions were benign, and yes, time will tell, but at this point it seems time will not be telling the changemakers what they were hoping to hear.

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Sep 26, 2013 | 03:19 PM

Best and Worst Stats

With the conclusion of the FedExCup Playoffs and the Tour Championship on Sunday, the PGA Tour season is now in the books, so who finished first and last? No, not in FedExCup points or on the money list, but in all the statistical categories like scoring, driving, and putting? Here are a few of the more interesting takeaways: Despite winning the Vardon Trophy, Tiger Woods did not have the lowest adjusted scoring average; semi-retired Steve Stricker did at 68.94, but he didn't win the trophy because he didn't have the required 60 rounds. Luke List led the tour in driving distance at 306.3 yards, but he was last in driving accuracy at 45.58 percent (he also hit it in the left rough more than anyone else at 22.66 percent of the time). Phil Mickelson was first in putting average with 1.718 per green in  regulation, while Vijay Singh was last at 1.888 (he was also last in three other putting categories—that’s what he gets for suing the tour!). Click here to see all the stats.

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