Scottsdale, AZ (September 6, 2016) – Today, PXG formally announced the release of the PXG 0311XF iron collection. Featuring the company’s groundbreaking TPE Core Technology, the new game improvement irons offer xtreme forgiveness and a superior feel, while maintaining the irresistible look of a PXG blade.

In 2015, PXG made an indelible mark on the golf industry with the introduction of its revolutionary iron technology. The original PXG 0311 forged blades have a distinctive design, exceptional feel and unmatched performance.

Joining the ranks, the new PXG 0311XF iron collection leverages the same materials and sophisticated manufacturing processes. The club head has a longer blade length, wider sole, and slightly larger profile to help inspire confidence at address and deliver xtreme forgiveness.

“The longer blade length and wider sole help increase the MOI and drive the CG back to create greater forgiveness and more dynamic loft at impact,” said PXG chief product officer Brad Schweigert. “As a result, the clubs are incredibly forgiving and deliver outstanding mis-hit performance.”

“We’d all love to hit the ball perfectly every time, but the truth is many of us don’t,” American businessman and PXG founder Bob Parsons said. “Most players struggle with imperfect swings and for some playing a blade can be intimidating. So, we engineered a game improvement iron that is even more forgiving than the original PXG 0311 irons and just as sexy. Trust me, forgiveness has never felt so good.”

PXG 0311XF irons are triple forged and feature an ultra-thin face coupled with a structural thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material. The patented technology combines to dampen vibrations and produce a more efficient energy transfer. The large, TPE-filled internal cavity promotes higher ball speeds and increased distance.

High-density tungsten alloy weights situate mass for an optimal CG position, resulting in longer more consistent shots. Perimeter weighting also creates PXG’s signature look.

PXG 0311XF irons seamlessly integrate with the entire 0311 series, supporting complete and mixed set makeups. Even elite players with low handicaps may benefit from using a set that blends from PXG 0311XF irons to the original PXG 0311 or PXG 0311T mid and short irons.

“I love my PXG 0311XF 4-iron,” said 15-time worldwide champion Charl Schwartzel. “Off the tee I hit it 260 yards and when someone looks in my bag it blends perfectly with my 0311 irons. You would never know that it’s a game improvement club – and I like that.”

With the introduction of the new PXG 0311XF irons, PXG now offers three collections engineered for golfers at every level of the game. The PXG 0311T (Tour Performance Collection) is for tour pros and the very best golfers. The PXG 0311T features a smaller more compact head and less offset. The PXG 0311 (Players Collection) is the company’s original iron and accommodates the widest range of golfing skill. It has a larger head and a bit more offset, providing forgiveness where you need it and performance where you want it. And now, for golfers who need or want the absolute in forgiveness, the company offers the PXG 0311XF. All three iron collections are priced at $350 per club.

The entire PXG 0311 series is available in Chrome and, for an additional $150 per iron, Xtreme Dark, a black Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coating.

For more information or to schedule a fitting visit www.PXG.com.

About Parsons Xtreme Golf – PXG, A YAM Worldwide Company
Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company was founded by Go Daddy founder, businessman and philanthropist Bob Parsons in 2014. Leveraging breakthrough technology and sophisticated manufacturing processes that integrate high-performance alloys, PXG produces the finest golf clubs in the world. The company has over 80 global patents issued for its proprietary designs.

PXG clubs are currently being played on all three major U.S. Tours. PXG’s professional staff includes PGA TOUR Champions Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, Ryan Moore, James Hahn and Charles Howell III, Champions Tour golfer Rocco Mediate, and LPGA players Cristie Kerr, Gerina Piller, Alison Lee, Beatriz Recari and Sadena Parks.

CARLSBAD, Calif., Monday, August 23, 2016 – Today Callaway Golf Company officially announced its new line of Big Bertha Fusion Drivers and Fairway Woods. Both products will be available at retail nationwide on September 30.

Big Bertha Fusion Drivers deliver a material change in forgiveness and distance, led by an aerospace-grade titanium skeleton called an EXO-Cage. The EXO-CAGE is fitted with a crown and sole composed of an ultra-light, ultra-strong material called Triaxial Carbon. The fusion of these materials allowed Callaway engineers to position substantially more weight in the perimeter and far back from the face, resulting in a dramatically higher level of forgiveness.

An innovative new head shape combines fast aerodynamics with high MOI, and the proprietary Speed Step that Callaway designed with the help of aerodynamics experts is built to increase head speed.

The Big Bertha Fusion Fairway Woods reach a new level of forgiveness by fusing a Triaxial Carbon crown, which is 78 percent lighter than a typical steel crown, with a steel body to promote straighter and longer shots. The innovative head shape leads to improved launch and distance, and Callaway’s industry-leading Hyper Speed Face Cup promotes high ball speeds across the face.

The Big Bertha Fusion Driver will be available in 9*, 10.5* and 13.5* HT lofts with a retail price of $399. The fairway woods will be available in 3-, 5- and 7-wood options at a retail price of $249 each. For more information about the new Big Bertha Fusion golf clubs, visit callawaygolf.com/fusion.

Trio of new clubs showcase a scientifically crafted approach to excellenceNorcross, Ga. (Aug. 29, 2016) – Mizuno, a company long regarded for its excellence and innovation in iron performance, is challenging the status quo by investing the same level of attention and detail in its woods, beginning with the new JPX900 lineup of woods. The new JPX900 Driver, Fairway Wood and Hybrid are making a statement showcasing the science-driven process of Mizuno to craft clubs that delivers unrivaled optimization, enhanced performance and better control.

“We want to not only be taken seriously, but to be respected in the wood category,” said Ryan Ellis, Associate Brand Manager – Golf. “We realized to do this that we had to change people’s perceptions of our performance, and it started with changing our approach to the design process. Our biggest problem was we were operating within our known possibilities. When we began designing the JPX900 woods we went to the table without any restraints in mind, especially cost, and looked at what mattered the most – performance. This pushed us beyond our known possibilities, creating an explosion of ideas, knowledge and technologies that have birthed a new beginning in the wood category for us. This not only changes the game for us now, but for the future as well. With the JPX900 woods, believe me when I say, we are just getting started.”

The JPX900 Driver takes the success of the JPX850 and improves it on every front, from ball speed to forgiveness to adjustability. The new CORTECH face design is five grams lighter than the JPX850, freeing up discretionary weight while expanding the COR area to offer more forgiveness and ball speed retention on off-center hits.

Mizuno’s first-ever Infinite Fast Track uses a pair of eight-gram adjustable weights on an unbounded track, yielding unlimited settings to precisely dial in spin and vertical launch parameters. A pair of additional Fast Track ports in the toe and heel help to modify horizontal displacement and trajectory.

Understanding that performance starts with confidence, Mizuno developed the Visual Face Angle adjustor to enable customization of the desired face-angle orientation at address. By combining all of these features with the Quick Switch Hosel, which allows loft adjustments of +/- two degrees, the JPX900 Driver is scientifically crafted for optimization.

The JPX900 Fairway Wood also features Infinite Fast Track technology, making it the first-ever fairway wood with a front/back adjustable, sliding-weight system, putting the golfer in complete control of launch, height and spin. With a re-engineered compact head shape, the JPX900 Fairway Wood also employs the Shockwave Sole, pushing the center of gravity forward, enabling the clubhead to flex on impact to maximize distance, power and forgiveness. Offering unmatched control, the JPX900 Fairway Wood is scientifically crafted for performance.

The JPX900 Hybrid is the first Mizuno hybrid with adjustable loft settings. Equipped with a Quick Switch Hosel, for +/- two degrees of loft control, as well as re-engineered head dimensions, it provides a seamless and easy transition from woods to irons. The Shockwave Sole gives the club a front-weighted design that delivers higher ball speeds, lower spin and ease of launch, making it is scientifically crafted for control.

To make sure every aspect of club performance is being maximized, Mizuno spared no expense by choosing high-end, after-market shafts to offer stock in each model. The JPX900 Driver and Fairway Wood come with tour-proven Fujikura Speeder Evolution II shafts ranging from light weight models, for slower swing speeds, to heavier, more stiff profile options for professional level swing speeds. The JPX900 Hybrid embodies the same philosophy with a hybrid-specific, highly regarded shaft in the Fujikura Pro Hybrid.

Connect with Mizuno on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@Golf_Mizuno) to keep up with product news, Tour updates and custom content and fitting tools.

About Mizuno USA:
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Ga.

19 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: World
No. 1 Lydia Ko chose the perfect moment to register the first
hole-in-one of her life today – and that sweetest of seven-iron shots
could potentially lead her to the promised land of Olympic glory in Rio
de Janeiro.
Standing in her way is the indomitable
figure of the Republic of Korea’s Inbee Park, the most decorated major
champion in the field, who held firm in blustery conditions to move two
strokes clear in the race to capture the first women’s Olympic gold
since 1900.
With the prospect of the winds increasing
in intensity – and the possibility of thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon –
the final round will now be played off the first and tenth tees at
07.00 with the leaders teeing off at 08.44 in order to avoid disruption
to a potentially thrilling climax.
Meanwhile Ko, the 19-year-old New
Zealander who has taken the golfing world by storm in three trophy-laden
years as a professional, defied gusty, swirling winds at Reserva de
Marapendi Golf Course to blaze a trail through the elite women’s field
and into serious medal contention.
At the end of a challenging day, which
witnessed several changes at the top of a powerful leaderboard, Ko found
herself in a tie for second place after a third round of 65 which
featured a dazzling outward nine holes of 29 – and the thrill of that
ace from 140 yards.
Park, a seven-time major winner, added a
third round 70 for a total of 202 to double her overnight lead to two
shots while Ko’s 54-hole total of 204, nine under par, send her hurtling
from 21st to second place alongside Gerina Piller. The American dropped
a shot at the 18th but managed to sign for a three-under-par 68 and
total of 204 while China’s Shanshan Feng matched that 68 to close in on
the leading pack on 205.
The capricious nature of the afternoon
gusts damaged a number of medal prospects, with Piller’s compatriot,
Stacy Lewis, shooting a 76 to slip back from second place into a tie for
eighth. Brooke Henderson of Canada, who won the Women’s PGA
Championship earlier this season, was only one shot better while Charley
Hull’s attempt to emulate Justin Rose’s men’s gold medal for Great
Britain also suffered a setback as she took 74.
The timing of Ko’s first hole-in-one
could not be more propitious, with the women’s Olympic competition
reaching a thrilling climax. The two Olympic events have now witnessed
four aces, with two in the men’s contest and two in one day for the
women, with Ko matching the feat of China’s Xi Yu Lin earlier in the
same day.
The Kiwi said: “This is the first one in a
practice round and tournaments, all included. I almost didn’t know how
to react, because it is your first one, and the wind is blowing and I
haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to hole?in?ones. I would
have loved to like done a dance or jumped up?and?down, but in that
situation, I think I was almost trying to cry, and then realised I had
11 more holes to play.
“It’s really cool. It just puts the
cherry on top. This week is about having fun and this experience, being
an Olympian and competing in the Olympics, and to have my first
hole-in-one, is something that I’ll never forget.”
The medal chase promises to be exciting
with Park, Ko and Piller at the head of affairs, and the experienced
Korean admitted: It was very challenging (in the) conditions. I feel
like I really struggled out there. My putting was really, really good
today, six birdies out in those conditions is phenomenal. I’m very happy
with where I’m positioned right now. “
In spite of the uncertainty over her
fitness due to a long-term thumb injury, Park has belief in her ability
to strike gold. She added: “Somewhere in my heart, after I made the
decision to play this week, I really believed in myself that I can do
it. If I didn’t have a trust in myself, I wouldn’t be playing this
week.”
Feng, who moved into podium contention,
confirmed that the wind had caused considerable difficulties. She
explained: “The wind stayed in the same direction but it was kind of
gusty at some points. It was hard out there, because even for me – and
I’m not a short hitter – I used 3?wood into the greens on three par 4s,
and that’s not very normal. It was really tough. You just need to stay
patient the whole day, and I think I did.”
Hull still believes she is playing well
enough to win. She said: “I scrambled quite well. I’m happy with the
position that I’m in. And I’m only in tied fifth position and that’s
nothing going into tomorrow. Anything can happen on a Sunday in a
major – or in this case, the Olympics.”
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, the most
recent major champion in women’s golf, was forced to retire after 13
holes due to a knee injury.
Quotes of the Day – Round 3
Inbee Park 202 (66, 66, 70):
“I think having big names on the leaderboard can make everything a lot
more exciting and that can help women’s golf grow a lot bigger. I’m very
happy what we are showing in the Olympic golf right now. It’s really
exciting for everyone. Really exciting for me. Really exciting for all
the other players that are competing. Exciting for all the people who
are watching. Yeah, it’s a great scenario.”
Lydia Ko 204 (69, 70, 65): “This
week has been great. Even without considering today, I think just this
experience, being here, representing New Zealand, seeing some of the
other athletes from New Zealand, I think that is an inspiration, and I
think that’s what the Olympics is about. Obviously the results and the
medals are great, but at the end of the day, it’s about the world’s best
athletes together and having a great time and at the end, having to
compete to stand on the podium.”
Gerina Piller 204 (69, 67, 68): “I would say it’s one of the biggest (rounds of her life),
yes. Playing the Solheim Cup is definitely dear to my heart and trying
to win that for the country. But I’ve never played in the final round
of an Olympics before competing for a medal. It’s going to be pretty
special. I’m going to soak it in all in, take it all in, and no matter
what the outcome, I’m proud to be American.”
Shanshan Feng 205 (70, 67. 68): “Back
in China, normally we are only on golf channels, but this time people
can see us on any (television) channels. I think that’s a great chance
to let the Chinese know how good the Chinese players are, and hopefully
they can just fall in love with the sport and join this sport.”
Paula Reto 209 (74, 67, 68): “It (Olympic Games)
feels awesome. It’s almost like you’ve got something above some
people. Just the experience, it’s something you can’t buy. It’s
something you have to earn. We love the golf course. It’s great. For
us to play for the first time in a competition since it’s been built –
that’s awesome.”
Ariya Jutanugarn (WD due to knee injury): “Yeah,
very disappointed, because it’s the Olympics, and I told my caddie that
I want to finish like four days. I don’t care how many over I’m going
to be, but I’m thinking about my career.”
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18 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
Stacy Lewis fired a scorching course record 63 in the second round of
the women’s golf competition to stand on the brink of Olympic glory at
the end of a whirwind two weeks in which she got married and became an
Olympic athlete.

The much-decorated American takes
everything in her stride, even preparing for a visit to the Olympic
diving event soon after compiling the eight-under-par round which
propelled her into the medal positions on 133, nine under par, just one
off the pace set by Inbee Park of Korea.

However, watching the talented divers may
act as a springboard to success on Saturday afternoon, when Lewis
attempts to follow in the footsteps of her compatriot, Margaret Abbot,
who won for the United States in Paris way back in 1900.
First, though, the new Mrs. Chadwell
faces the challenge of overhauling Park, who continued her impressive
recovery from a thumb injury by matching her opening 66 for a 36-hole
total of 132.
Lewis carved out 11 birdies during a
brilliant performance on the Olympic course, lowering Park’s course
record from Wednesday by two shots. Even a bogey and a double-bogey at
the 14th failed to halt her inexorable progress up a cosmopolitan
leaderboard.
On the contrary, the 31-year-old
recovered from that bogey blow on the 14th by closing with four straight
birdies to match the 63 shot by Marcus Fraser in the men’s competition
exactly one week earlier.
“I guess I have a course record here,
and it’s great to put my name on that, and being near the top of the
leaderboard at the Olympics,” said Lewis. “It’s something that, I think,
every kid is going to dream of doing.”
She added: “It’s been such a cool week so
far, and the highlight for me was just getting to see the guys up there
on the podium on 18 on Sunday getting their medals and just thinking
about how cool that would be to be in their shoes and be doing that on
Saturday. It’s definitely a motivating factor but I’ve had a great week
and we’re enjoying it so far.”
Park, the seven-time major winner,
admitted that she arrived in Rio more in hope than expectation after a
lengthy lay-off due to the on-going thumb injury. However, the Korean
has plotted a steady course for two days and said: “I was able to
convert the birdies today. I missed a couple of tee shots, so I was in
the sand area, but I was able to convert them into birdies. That’s
really the key for today’s round.”
The leaderboard reflects the global
nature of the competition, with a league of nations contending inside
the top ten of an exciting women’s event. Hard on the heels of Park and
Lewis are Canadian Brooke Henderson and Charley Hull, bidding to follow
the gold medal performance of her fellow Briton, Justin Rose, last
Sunday. Henderson also went low wth a 64 while Hull tagged a 66 onto her
initial 68 for an eight-under-par total of 134.
Right behind the leaders are three
players on seven under par, Marianne Skarpnord of Norway, Denmark’s
Nicole Broch Larsen and Candie Kung of Chinese Taipei while the youngest
player in the field, 18-year-old Aditi Ashok carries the hopes of India
at six-under-par.
Quotes of the Day – Round 2
Inbee Park 132 (66, 66): “I
think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to
play this week or not due to the injury. Obviously didn’t expect much
of a result. It was more of whether I can play or not. A good result
is a great gift.”
Stacey Lewis 133 (70, 63): “I
was excited from the get?go with the announcement of the Olympics.
There are probably a lot of reasons why we shouldn’t have come and
shouldn’t have done this, whether it was Zika or other issues. I just
did my homework and nobody gave me a good reason why I shouldn’t come.
You’d have to ? I mean, there’d have to be something seriously wrong
with me to not come play in the Olympics. This has been so cool. Just a
different feel about it.”
Brooke Henderson (134) 70, 64: I feel Britt (sister and caddie)
and I came up with a really good strategy for this course over the last
week or so, along with Team Canada. I think so far, it’s been pretty
good. But like I say, there’s still lots of golf left and hopefully
I’ll just continue to play smart but take advantage when I can.
Charley Hull 134 (68, 66): “I
don’t really look at what I do. I just kind of get off the golf course
and go to the gym. I don’t really analyse where I am. I just kind of
think, oh, yeah, I played decent, another round tomorrow.”
Marianne Skarpnord, 135 (69, 66): “When I first came there (Team Norway house),
I was thinking, God, this is like going to camp or something, border
school or whatever. The food isn’t great. The beds aren’t great. The
apartment isn’t great. But the atmosphere and the experience is better
and a lot more than I would ever think that it would be. I’m loving
it. I think it’s really cool.”
Nicole Broch Larsen 135 (67, 68): “It’s cool (Olympic Village).
It’s nice to be surrounded by athletes. I think we have a good
atmosphere in the Danish, yeah, all the Danish people together.
Everybody is cheering for each other. It’s really cool getting back
there yesterday and a lot of people is like, good luck, and well
played. It’s just nice to get their support, as well.”
Aditi Ashok 136 (68, 68): “I
think golf every day is different. You never hit the same shot twice.
So every day is a new experience, and you can’t really come with any
expectations. The game is bigger than all of us, so that’s what I like
about it. Every day, you have a new experience.”
Gerina Piller 136 (69, 67): “Yeah, that would be pretty cool to have a (USA)
podium sweep. It’s definitely been talked about amongst us. But
again, there’s a lot of golf to be played and you can’t put the cart
before the horse. For me, I just want to focus on playing consistent
golf and hitting good shots and making putts.”
Minjee Lee 136 (69, 67): “I
think when you’re on the golf course, you don’t really think about it.
But when you’re obviously not on the golf course, you’re like, oh, you
just sort of realize how big of an event it is and not just for
yourself, because you’re representing your country and for women’s golf
and all that. So I think it’s pretty cool just to be here. I think
it’s amazing. More amazing as it goes.”
Lydia Ko 139 (69, 70): “I think she (Charley Hull)
realises how big of a deal it is, and especially with Justin Rose
winning the gold medal, I know she would love to putt a contribution to
GB. I think it’s just her personality that she’s just cool, outgoing,
trying to play some great golf, and no matter what tournament that
you’re playing, I think that’s a confidence factor; that either you’re
in perfect positions or not, you’re still going out there focusing on
that shot in front of me and not worrying about everything that’s gone
around you.”
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17 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Ariya Jutanugarn of
Thailand delivered another masterclass in a season overflowing with
dominant performances by shooting a six-under-par 65 to grab the lead
after the first round of the Olympic women’s golf competition.

The talented 20-year-old burst from the pack on a crowded leaderboard
to set the standard on the Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course in Rio de
Janeiro, on a day when women’s Olympic golf made a triumphant return
after a 116-year absence.

Victory and a gold medal this week would set the seal on a phenomenal
year for Jutanugarn, who reeled off three wins in consecutive starts on
the LPGA Tour before landing a first major championship for Thailand in
the British Women’s Open just two weeks ago. Olympic glory would be a
fifth win – appropriately in view of the association with the five
Olympic Rings.

“I think I’m going to be really excited, because I like to represent
Thailand,” said Jutanugarn. We want to be the best and have the gold
medal for Thailand. I think it’s going to be great if I have it.”

Jutanugarn collected seven birdies and an eagle, offset by a
double-bogey and bogey, in lowering the best score over the new Gil
Hanse and Amy Alcott-designed Olympic course which stood at 66 for just
two hours courtesy of South Korea’s Inbee Park.

Park, one of four South Korean players in the 60-strong field,
emerged with great credit from her competitive return in a season
curtailed by a ligament problem in her left thumb by carding a
five-under-par 66, the same mark as her Korean teammate, Sei Young Kim.

Three players, Nicole Broch Larsson of Denmark, Candie Kung of
Chinese Taipei and Carlota Ciganda of Spain, forced their way into
contention on 67, four-under-par, with a quarter of golfers on 68,
including Great Britain’s Charley Hull, who is seeking to emulate Justin
Rose’s gold medal performance in the men’s competition.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand did her cause no harm by holing
her nine iron second shot from 136 yards for an eagle two on the 15th, a
stunning shot which helped her into a tie for 11th place on 69.

Ko, who at 19 already has two majors to her name, said: “It was my
first eagle at the Olympics, so I think it’s great. At the men’s last
week, I think there were two hole?in?ones and a few eagles, and I put my
contribution to golf by making an eagle, I think is a really good
feeling, and especially since I was even par at that point in my round.
So to go from zero to two?under-par was a great turnaround.”

Park, who has been resting in preparation for the Olympics for the
majority of the past two months, completed an error-free card and
laughed: “Bogey free – it’s been a while! It feels great. It wasn’t
too windy out there this morning, so I had a lot of birdie
opportunities. I had a really good ball?striking day and I’m very
satisfied with today’s round.

“My injury felt pretty good and everything felt like I was quite
ready. I’m very happy to see the results like today. It’s a good
confidence boost. I felt quite nervous this morning, teeing off, and
being able to overcome that kind of nerves feels great.”

Quotes of the Day – Round 1

Ariya Jutanugarn 65 (-6): “I like (the Village) a
lot. Before I came here I had no idea what it’s going to be like. When I
got into the Village, I liked it. I love it a lot. I’m a roommate with
the badminton players from Thailand and I have had a chance to watch
them play a few matches. Pretty good.”

Inbee Park 66 (-5): “I think that this (the Olympic
Games) could be the highlight of my career. I was lucky enough to have
the opportunity. I’ve won a lot of the major championships but,
obviously, in the Olympic Games, you get to only do it once every four
years, so being able to be standing here representing South Korea is
something very special and very meant to be. (I am) so very happy to be
here. It’s a huge honour, and like I said, it could be the highlight
of my golfing career.”

Nicole Broch Larsson 67 (-4): “It was fun out
there. I didn’t really think about it as the Olympics. It was another
round of golf and I tried to focus on my own things. It was different
waking up in the Olympic Village instead of in a single room at another
hotel. It’s just been a really cool experience so far and I’m really
enjoying my time down here. I’ve got my brother and my dad here, and we
have a few others from the Danish Golf Union. It’s really nice to get
support.”

Candie Kung 67 (-4): “I actually went to Vegas for a
wedding before I came here, so I didn’t get here till Monday afternoon.
It was one of my best friends from high school. She planned it around
me. She thought I had three weeks off. She forgot there’s the
Olympics! When I got to the course, it was blowing so hard I couldn’t
even walk it.”

Carlota Ciganda 67 (-4): “Watching Rafa (Nadal) is
the best. He’s my hero. When you watch that guy playing tennis – the
way he runs, the way he fights, it’s just another planet. You can see
he’s not playing great, but he still wins. And when he’s under
pressure, he plays even better. I had breakfast with him, and without
competing 2 ½ months, he won the (doubles) Gold Medal and finished
fourth (in singles). We’ve played twice. He loves golf. I think he’s
one of the best athletes in Spanish history.”

Aditi Ashok 68 (-3): “I’ve played the Youth
Olympics, as well. I’ve kind of had that experience of playing that and
it made me want to play in the Olympics as well. This is my rookie
year. Getting the experience and playing for India and trying to win a
medal for my country doesn’t get better than that. It would be huge for
women’s golf in India, because we don’t have that many girls playing and
this will definitely boost the popularity of the game in India and
that’s what we need. So I hope I can do that.”

Lexi Thompson 68 (-3): “The nerves were there,
that’s for sure. It is a whole different feeling, just stepping on that
tee, saying that you’re an Olympian golfer. There’s nothing like
that. It was an adrenaline rush. Hopefully we’ll get more and more
people out on that first tee as the days go by, but it was an amazing
feeling to have.”

Gerina Piller 69 (-2): When golf came back in the
Olympics, I thought, it’s like, wow, here is my chance to go to the
Olympics, and never thought I would be standing here giving an interview
about being in the Olympics. It’s just a dream come true. “

Stacy Lewis 70 (-1): “You can’t even compare this to
a major. You have majors, you have LPGA events. You can’t even
compare it to the Solheim Cup. It’s different. It’s the Olympics. It
has a different feel about it. I don’t even know what to compare it
to. I think it’s a good thing that it’s different. It doesn’t need to
be compared with a major or any of that stuff. It’s its own deal, and
you know, we are 60 players here, are forever Olympians, and that’s
cool.”

Leona Maguire (Ireland) 74 (+3): Talking about following the men: ““I
think for me, the best players in the world are here – that’s their
job. That’s not my job this week. I’m just out there to have as much
fun as I can and do as well as I can, and that’s up to Lydia and Brooke
and Ariya and those girls to show that they are the best players in the
world. For me, it’s just a bonus being here.”

Miriam Nagl (Brazil) 79 (+8): Talking about hitting the first Olympic women’s tee shot in 116 years: “It
was nerve?wracking, to be honest. I was very nervous, but what an
honour that I could be hitting this shot. It means so much to me –
being in my home country and golf being back in the Olympic Games, and
(the fact that) I have a little daughter now. It was just very special
to me.”

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14 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: It took 112 years for
golf to find a new Olympic champion, but it was well worth the wait.
Great Britain’s Justin Rose followed in the footsteps of the
long-departed George Lyon of Canada when he climbed onto the podium to
collect the Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

On a sun-drenched final day, in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,000
at Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course, Rose added the Olympic crown to his
2013 US Open title after a prolonged and exciting battle down the
stretch with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

In the end, the packed grandstand which turned the 18th arena into a
noisy sporting amphitheatre, watched spellbound as Rose got up-and-down
from the side of the green for the birdie which sealed a worthy gold
medal performance.

Stenson, who knew he needed to hole a 25-footer of his own to force a
play-off, three-putted and the first Olympic golf competition since
1904 had a new champion.

Stenson, who emerged on top after a similarly epic shoot-out with
Phil Mickelson in The Open at Royal Troon last night, had to accept
second place this time and the silver medal was a deserving reward for
his part in a wonderful spectacle which saw Matt Kuchar of the United
States claim the bronze medal after a course record-equalling last round
of 63.

Rose finished with four rounds in the sixties and his closing 67
secured the gold medal with a 16-under-par total of 268. Stenson took
silver with a fourth-round 68 for 270 and Kuchar’s swashbuckling last
day brought home the remaining medal on 271.

The leading three players completed the 72-hole test detached from
the rest of the field, in which Belgium’s Thomas Pieters finished a
highly creditable fourth after slicing 12 shots off his third-round 77
with a final day 65.

After holing out for a birdie four on the 18th, Rose
punched the air in celebration and fell into the arms of his wife, Kate,
before savouring the medal ceremony as the Olympic golf champion.

“Olympic gold medalist – It sounds absolutely incredible,” said the
36-year-old. “I was on that last green, just sort of pinching myself
and taking myself back to the quote that I had given about the Olympics
all along – that I hoped my resumé one day read: ‘multiple major
champion and Olympic gold medalist’ and if that happened then I’d be a
very, very happy man. I pretty much just need the multiple major now,
but for the most part, I’m there on that quote.

“The whole week, I’ve been so focused, really, to be honest with
you. I’ve been so into it. I’ve been so up for it. I’ve been just so
determined, I suppose, to represent Team GB as best as I could, and it
was just the most magical week, it really was.”

The final round in Rio delivered the anticipated head-to-head between
two outstanding major champions. And both men held a narrow lead at
different times as they exchanged birdies.

It seemed that Stenson might repeat his Open victory at Royal Troon when he edged in front due to a Rose bogey at the 13th, but he handed back the initiative to the Englishman when he bogeyed the 14th and Rose knocked in an eight-footer for birdie on the 15th.

Despite both men missing the green at the last, it was Stenson who
blinked first, hitting a weak chip to 25 feet while Rose struck a deft
chip close to the hole for a cast-iron birdie four.

Stenson recognised the quality of the golf on display on the final
day and admitted: “When you’re in good position to try and win, you
always kind of feel a little disappointed afterwards. But at the same
time, we said that all along in the Olympics, you’ve got some pretty
good consolation prizes.

“I guess if you would have asked me before the week that I would
leave here with a medal, I would have been pretty pleased and I managed
to do that. I’m quite happy, I didn’t feel like I played my absolute
best throughout the week but I played good enough to put myself in
contention and that was my goal. Once I was up there, I played pretty
well but I needed to play one or two shots better to win it today. “

Rose paid tribute to his rival and friend by saying: “I just said
today that I had to out?Stenson Stenson. I knew I wasn’t going to get
much from him at all. Obviously the bogey at the last only came because
he had to force the putt in.

“But he is unbelievable. He’s relentless and a great player, and I
can’t wait to be on the same team as him in The Ryder Cup. He’s a great
player and he’s a great friend, and I just gave him a hug on the 18th
green and he was as gracious as ever. I just said to him, ‘Great summer –
winning The Open Championship’, I was so pleased for him. There are
very few guys are you really genuinely, genuinely happy for, and Henrik
is one of them.”

Bronze medalist Kuchar just came up short, despite equaling the
record 63 set by Australian Marcus Fraser on Thursday. Had he not three
putted the 16th and failed to birdie the 18th, he might just have grabbed another colour of medal.

The American Ryder Cup player said: “It’s just an amazing week. It’s a
boyhood dream come true. I keep expressing the feeling of sheer pride.
I knew when I was out there playing that I was in third place. I
certainly didn’t want to lose that but also wanted to keep pushing
forward.

“While I was out there, playing that back nine, the sense of being an
Olympic medalist really hit me. There were times I kind of had to back
off a few times and regather my thoughts and composure to make sure I
try to continue to hit good shots and keep making birdies.”

Quotes of the Day

JUSTIN ROSE: “I think it sits alongside the US Open
trophy for me, for sure. I think people want to keep comparing the
two, major championship or Olympic gold, I don’t think they should be
compared to one another. I said earlier this year that if my resumé one
day read “multiple major champion and Olympic gold medalist,” I would
be a very, very happy man. Just going to tag on another major now.”

HENRIK STENSON: “You play for your country and I
think I did that pretty well today. It was always going to be a
battle ?? or I was hoping it was going to be a battle with me and Justin
for the gold and the silver, and it was in the end. I think we both
pleased to be a couple of shots ahead of Matt there coming into the last
couple of holes, and it was down to the last hole and Justin just swung
that a little bit quicker than me up the 18th (laughs).”

MATT KUCHAR: “I grew up a fan of sport. I had the
dreams most boys have of hoping to compete in an Olympics, hoping to win
a medal. The sport I ended up choosing was the sport that through my
lifetime has not been an Olympic sport. When it did become an Olympic
sport, the lights went off and said, how amazing, I can’t believe I now
potentially have the opportunity.”

JUSTIN ROSE: (on using a picture of Michael Phelps for motivation)
“I think the picture sort of circulated on social media a little bit. I
think Michael Phelps is literally just doing his stroke, eyes forward,
and then there’s a guy to his right kind of looking at him. You know,
part of our mentality was just to keep our eyes forward and play as hard
as we could and take care of our business. That’s what Henrik does so
well. I knew that would be a strategy that wouldn’t necessarily give me
an advantage today but it would kind of ? it was something that was
going to be very, very useful. It was a nice, powerful image on which
to work off.”

HENRIK STENSON: (comparing Olympic atmosphere to a major championship) “It
is slightly different and I don’t think you necessarily need to
compare, either. It’s a whole new experience for us as golfers,
participating here, and it’s been a fun one. I’m really happy I went.
It’s memories of a lifetime being here competing, and we’re competing
for our countries more than we do normally in a way. Yeah, it’s been a
nice ten days in Brazil.”

MATT KUCHAR: “To look at the support that was out
here, to look at the guys that came through, won medals, I think it
speaks for itself. This event has gone over I think fantastically
well. Amazing support from the crowds. I wasn’t really sure what to
expect as far as golf in Brazil. I didn’t think that it would have
great support and it really did. If you take the broadcast and then look
at what a great showdown to have these two guys battling down the end.
I don’t know that it could have gone much better for the game. It’s a
clear winner to move forward.”

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August 11 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: On a momentous day when golf was reunited with the Olympic movement after a 112-year absence, Australian Marcus Fraser leads the men’s competition after shooting the lowest score of a thrilling opening day, which saw Justin Rose capture the first hole-in-one in Olympic history.

As a new era dawned for the sport amid the colossal carnival which represents sport’s greatest show on earth – putting a huge smile on the face of golf – it was 38-year-old Fraser from Melbourne who took command by firing an eight-under-par 63 to grab the first round lead.

The bounce in Fraser’s step was unmistakable as he laughed, “We were just saying: ‘I’ve got the Olympic record’. That’s pretty cool, and hopefully that lasts all week.”

Fraser claimed nine birdies over the purpose-built Olympic course at Reserva de Marapendi to open up a three-stroke lead over Open champion Henrik Stenson and Canadian Graham DeLaet as the 60 newest and proudest Olympic athletes set the tone for a potentially epic few days’ play in Rio.

Fittingly, it was a 44-year-old Brazilian, Adilson da Silva, who was handed the honour of striking the first Olympic golf shot in the modern era at 7.30am, a time when most of the swimmers, gymnasts, boxers and beach volleyball heroes were tucked up in the Olympic Village.

It was also appropriate that the first three-ball of the Olympic competition contained DeLaet, whose countryman, George Lyon, was the last person to capture a precious gold medal in the dying embers of golf’s last flirtation with the Olympics 112 years previously.

DeLaet was aware of the Canadian connection as he flexed his competitive muscles with an outstanding round of 66, five-under-par and observed: “We said as we were walking off the first tee that this is pretty cool – the first time in over a hundred years – and we’re the lead group. It was nice.”

As the day unfolded, and more new Olympians were established with every passing tee time, it was clear that golf was savouring its return to Olympic prominence. The quality of the play reflected that.

Rose enjoyed the feeling of recording the first hole-in-one of the new Olympic era, as his seven iron from 189 yards disappeared into the hole at the fourth.

“Definitely one of those icing on the cake moments, when you’re the first to do anything, no one can ever take that away from you, whatever it is,” said Rose, who is tied for fourth at four under par. “That was definitely a cool moment.”

DeLaet admitted he was inspired by meeting the Canadian women who won the first bronze in Rugby Sevens. He said: “We went to the Canada House on Tuesday night and the Rugby Sevens girls were with us on the bus going over there, and they had their Bronze Medals when they got there.

“You know, we got to hold it. We took a picture with the girls and that’s when it really kind of became real to me how amazing it would be to get that chunk of medal. Obviously gold would be incredible, but I think bringing home anything would be really, really special. I know that countries always count medals, so to be able to add to what Canada can rack up would be pretty awesome.”

Stenson, who won his first major at Royal Troon last month, racked up six birdies and one bogey in his 66 to join DeLaet in second spot, with Justin Rose of Great Britain among a group of five players on 67, four under par.

He admitted that confidence is still high after his Open win and said: “Hopefully confidence doesn’t wear off that easily, but more than anything, I’m just focusing on my game and what I need to do, and I feel like I’ve got pretty good control over most areas of my game, what I need to focus on. It was all about trying to get some energy back. Days like these are tiring, playing in these conditions.”

Quotes of the day:

Marcus Fraser 63 (-8): “I think this is probably one of the best rounds of golf I’ve ever played, given the circumstances, I was quite edgy and a bit jumpy on the first tee, because it’s such a big occasion to be here at the Olympics. To manage that and go on to play the way I did is really pleasing and a big confidence boost.

“Tapping in on the 18th, when the three-footer went in, I looked down there, and grabbed my ball out of the hole. It’s something I’ll never forget, because it’s pretty special to be able to shoot that score in the first round that golf is back in the Olympics.”

Graham DeLaet 66 (-5): “I was a little bit nervous actually. You know, we do this for a living week?in, week?out, but there was something different about that first tee shot today. It was a different announcement for us, and it was just a really cool feeling.

“I was playing with a Brazilian (Adilson da Silva) and that was neat. We had a lot of people out there, especially for 7.30 in the morning – more than I anticipated. It was a lot of fun. We said as we were walking off the first tee; ‘this is pretty cool, first time in over a hundred years, and we’re kind of the lead group’. It was nice.

Gregory Bourdy 67 (-4): “It’s an amazing experience to be here, playing an Olympic Games, It was really one of my biggest goals for the last few years to be here and to perform, to play well. I’m very happy to start my Olympics with a score of four under. I think it’s already a special atmosphere, because usually, as I said, we play individually and we are not listening too much to French cheering ‘Allez les Bleus’!”

Nicolas Colsaerts 68 (-3): It would mean a lot on a personal point of view and also a national point of view. It would be a dream come true. It’s not the first time golf is here, but it will pretty much feel like it, in the modern era, anyway. I feel honored to be here. I really feel proud to be on that list of players that have supported the event.”

Matt Kuchar 69 (-2): “The nerves don’t get me in very many places. Here it was a little different. Teeing off in particular. I think I was the first American to tee off today and to hear my name announced as an Olympian (meant) there were a few more butterflies than I anticipated on the first tee.”

Matteo Manassero 69 (-2): “When I hit the first tee shot, I thought: ‘okay, I’m officially an Olympic athlete’ and that was a good feeling. We (have been) trying our best to get golf to look as great as it is in the biggest sports stage there is. It’s a good responsibility, and also we’re having a lot of fun and it’s great to be here.”

Padraig Harrington 70 (-1): “I would say I was more nervous on the first tee ? as much as I would have been when I played my first major. It was very exciting. I said it to the guys walking off, now we are Olympians and nobody can take that away from us. When you think about it, most weeks, you have 156 guys playing, 155 losers. This week, you have 60 guys playing, and we are all winners.”

Adilson da Silva 72 (+1): “Before I teed off, my head was everywhere….just don’t goof this! But just towards the end, I managed to calm myself down and focus to what I wanted to do. And I have been hitting my driver well, so I think I committed to the shot and I hit a nice one there.”

To find a full list of player transcripts after Day 1 of the Olympic Games golf competition, visit:

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INTERNATIONAL GOLF FEDERATION CONFIRMS DRAW FOR MEN’S OLYMPIC COMPETITION

8 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: The International Golf Federation has announced the draw for the first and second rounds of the Men’s Golf Competition at Rio 2016. At 7.30am local time on Thursday 11th August, history will be made when Brazilian, Adilson da Silva, hits the opening tee shot and golf’s return to the Olympic Games will be complete.

Two further Olympic connections are celebrated in the first group. Canada’s Graham DeLaet, whose countryman George Lyon won the Olympic gold medal in 1904, the last time golf was part of the Olympic programme, will tee off second. And, Byeong Hun An, the son of two Olympic table tennis medalists at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, will complete the group.

Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington from Ireland and Italy’s Matteo Manassero, both of whom formed part of the International Golf Federation’s delegation that presented golf’s case for inclusion in the Games at the 2009 IOC Session in Copenhagen, will play together in the second group out at 7.41am. The Irishman and Italian will be joined by New Zealand’s Danny Lee.

Other notable tee times include 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett from Great Britain who will play with American Matt Kuchar and China’s Haotong Li at 9.03am. Two-time Masters winner, Bubba Watson, will tee off at 9.14am in the same group as former US Open champion Martin Kaymer from Germany and India’s Anirban Lahiri. Siddikur Rahman, who carried Bangladesh’s flag during the Opening Ceremony, will begin their first round at 10.14am in a group with the Netherlands’ Joost Luiten and Ricardo Melo Gouveia from Portugal.

At 10.58am, world number seven Rickie Fowler from the USA, former US Open champion Justin Rose, from Great Britain, and last month’s winner of the Canadian Open, Jhonattan Vegas, will begin their bid for Olympic gold. And, at 11.09am The Open champion and world number five Henrik Stenson will play alongside Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and Rafa Cabrera Bello at in Thursday’s final group.

All tee times are in local time for Rio de Janeiro. A full listing of the draw is attached which includes Thursday and Friday tee times.


Veteran PGA Tour Member, Jim Furyk became the first player in history to shoot 58 on the PGA Tour. He accomplished this incredible feat at the Travelers Championship.

Equipment is accurate at the Travelers Championship (7 August 16)

Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha (9 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Tour Limited 75X

3 Wood: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 (14 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

Hybrid: Callaway X2 Hot Pro (20 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 100 HS S-Flex

Irons: Callaway RAZR X Forged (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour 115R

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50 degrees, S Grind), Titleist Vokey SM4 (56 degrees), Callaway MD3 Milled (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Odyssey Versa #1 Wide (White/Black/White)

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