Jan 16, 2017 | 09:46 am

#59Watch Was On Full Display Last Week

Shooting a sub 60 round in professional golf is like throwing a perfect game in baseball, it’s rare, and doing so will put you on a short list with elite company. This past weekend though, we were on #59watch every day, with two adding their names to the list and two more coming agonizingly close.

First, the two who actually shot the number. Justin Thomas started the week off with a 59 on Thursday in the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club. After holing out for eagle on his first hole of the day, Thomas added eight birdies, a bogey, and another eagle to shoot 59 on the number. In shooting that number, Thomas became the youngest player to shoot a 59 in professional golf history.

"It was the first time I’ve had a putt for 59," Thomas said, "and I was like, well, who knows if this is gonna happen again, so I might as well try to knock it in." 

On Friday, Woody Austin shot a 59 in the opening round of the Diamond Resorts Invitational in Orlando. Because the tournament was a Stableford scoring event, Austin didn’t even know until after he walked off the 18th green that he had even shot a 59. Austin recorded 10 birdies and an eagle and even had a shot for 58 but missed the green at 18 and got up and down for the par and 59.

"I didn't know it was a par-71 so when I walked off the last green I thought I shot 60," Austin said. "Everybody goes, 'No, it's a par-71.' So, ah, cool."

The weekend brought two more 59 scares, with both golfers falling short of the mark on the final holes. On Saturday, back in Hawaii, Kevin Kisner, who needed an eagle on his final hole just to make the cut, burned the edge on his eagle putt on 9 (he started on 10) and settled for a 60. On Sunday, Chez Reavie played his first 9 holes in 7-under and the 59 watch was well in play. He played his final 9 in just 2-under, finishing the day with a 61. 

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Jan 13, 2017 | 06:53 am

Ogio and Miura Have Sold

In two interesting moves in the golf equipment world, club manufacturer Miura and bag and apparel company Ogio have sold. The former was purchased by a group of investors and True Spec Golf, while the latter was purchased by Callaway. Callaway has said that the purchase is intended to bolster its soft-goods offerings.

Although questions arose in the originally vague reporting about Miura's sale, has followed up those reports with an interview with new Miura Golf President Hoyt McGarity, who is also CEO of True Spec Golf. For anyone worrying about a dip in quality, he said, “At the end of the day, I want to get across to people that Miura Golf clubs are going to continue to be made at the same factory in Himeji, Japan,” McGarity told GolfWRX. “Mr. Miura and his family will have control over everything that goes on with production and development of Miura clubs.” The new investors aim to increase the availability and awareness of the Miura brand while maintaining its position as an ultra-premium offering.

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Jan 12, 2017 | 09:36 am

Rory Mcllroy Going With Mixed Bag in 2017

When Nike announced last year that they were getting out of the hard goods market, it left many of the top golfers in the world without a club and ball sponsor, including Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy.

While many of the former Nike golfers have found deals elsewhere, and Woods has signed on with Bridgestone to play their ball, Mcllroy has chosen to embrace being a free agent, intending to play different “mixed bag” combinations throughout 2017.

For this week’s season opening South African Open on the European Tour, his first event of 2017, Rory is playing Callaway woods and irons,  Titleist Vokey wedges, and Odyssey putter, and a Titleist ball.

"They are picked for this week but that could change week to week," McIlroy said on Tuesday. "This is my first event with those clubs, so we will see how it goes this week."

While most golfers thrive on consistency and repetition when it comes to their games, Rory seems to be taking a different approach, constantly tinkering with his clubs.

In the famous words of Jason Bateman’s character Pepper Brooks in the move Dodgeball, “It’s a bold strategy Cotton, let’s see if that pays off for him.”

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Jan 11, 2017 | 10:09 am

The Dunvegan Has Sold

After a six-month marketing period, the famous Dunvegan Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland has sold. Owners Jack and Sheena Willoughby have owned the pub next to the St. Andrews Old Course for the last 23 years, and The Scotsman reported that Forth Bridge Capital, a consortium of self-purported golf enthusiasts from Canada and the U.S., has purchased the hotel.

“Having been owners for the past 23 years, it’s obviously a bittersweet time for us hence we were always hoping to find buyers of a like-minded nature to ourselves to take the Dunvegan into its next era,” said the Willoughbys to The Scotsman. “There is no doubt we have accomplished this goal as the new owners are all golfers and are well known to us and to the Dunvegan.”

The Dunvegan is one of the most memorable and famous 19th holes in golf and we look forward to seeing how it evolves in the coming years. Have you been to the Dunvegan before? Tell us about the experience in the comments below!

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