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With McIlroy in tow, Nike introduces new line

Rory McIlroy spoke frankly at Nike's recent Innovation Unleashed event in Las Vegas -- as did Nike Golf president Cindy Davis.

Ping CEO joins parents in Ariz. golf hall

John Solheim, Ping’s president and chief executive, joins his parents, Karsten and Louise Solheim, as members of the the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.

Bridgestone to enter collegiate-licensing market

Bridgestone Golf is courting the allegiance of college sports fans by producing golf balls featuring the logos of their favorite school teams.

Nike's chief club designer retires; remains as consultant

Tom Stites, Nike's director of product innovation, has retired. But he'll remain with Nike as a consultant and work on the company's biggest projects.

R&A turns back clock in defending male-only clubs

After numerous struggles for equality worldwide it's clear that at certain golf clubs in the U.K., discrimination is not only an accepted practice but one that is condoned by an organization and its chief executive.

Els says Muirfield's all-male policy is 'weird'

Defending Open Champion Ernie Els has called Muirfield “weird” for the its all-male policy ahead of next week’s Open Championship at the Scottish Club.

Rude: PGA, Tour's proposal a sensible compromise

On Monday, the PGA Tour and PGA of America offered the USGA a compromise on the anchoring ban that helps amateur golfers. Our Jeff Rude says he hopes America's rule-making body will finally just say yes.

Scott says he won't fight anchoring ban

Three prominent touring pros who use the anchoring stroke with long or belly putters – Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and Adam Scott – were disclosed to have retained legal counsel.

Rude: Anchoring ban for good of whose game?

Let’s not kid ourselves. The ban on an anchored putting stroke, to start in 2016, would seem to focus on “sport” rather than “game.” On competition rather than recreation. On game-face golf rather than social golf.

Equipment brands tap into social media

David Dusek says equipment makers are fully engaged in the world of social media, sharing and connecting to cultivate legions of brand loyalists.

Rude: It's time for Vijay to sing a little

In the wake of his controversy about a performance-enhancing substance, Vijay Singh can help himself by opening up a little, columnist Jeff Rude says.

Rude: PGA Tour likely to act soon on Singh

Hate to be Rude: Now that the Masters is over, the PGA Tour is likely to act soon on the case of Vijay Singh, according to one Tour insider.

IMG acquires Honda Classic operator

IMG Worldwide has acquired IGP Sports & Entertainment Group, a South Florida-based company with golf holdings that includes management of the PGA Tour's The Honda Classic.

Tait: Success at Merion could pave path for Royal Porthcawl

Lovers of classic links like Royal Porthcawl should watch this year’s U.S. Open at Merion with interest. A successful staging at Merion should provide food for thought for those who would love to see Royal Porthcawl one day host the Open Championship.

Tait: Avantha Masters proves bifurcation already exists

Bifurcation is the big word on everyone’s lips these days, but one form already seems to exist, as players continue to pay little attention to pace-of-play, including Sunday at the Avantha Masters.

Nicklaus, Phelps headline new Golf Channel season

The Golf Channel is set to debut new seasons of "Feherty" and "The Haney Project" tonight, and our Martin Kaufmann gives you a sneak peek at what you can expect.

Q&A: Pat Finlen, GCSAA president

Pat Finlen, the new president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, answered Golfweek’s questions on the eve of the industry’s trade show in San Diego.

Q&A: Dick Rugge, outgoing USGA technical director

Dick Rugge is calling it quits this week as the USGA's senior technical director. He was an executive at TaylorMade when the USGA hired him to oversee golf equipment testing procedures, and led a team of 18 full-time employees.

'Benevolent dictator' Patino left no detail overlooked

Jaime Ortiz-Patino liked to think of himself as a “benevolent dictator.” No detail was overlooked in his quest to build the best course in Continental Europe - which he did with Valderrama Golf Club.

Klein: Process to Old Course changes feels rotten

Our Bradley S. Klein doesn’t know if the changes to The Old Course at St. Andrews are all needed. But what he does know is the reasons given for making them are unconvincing and not enough basis for tinkering with sacred ground.

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