News for Thursday, February 2, 2012

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3 players disqualified for breaching lift rules

Three players were disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters on Friday for unknowingly breaching rules on preferred lies.

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Lee leads Australian Masters; Lexi two back

Lee Bo-mee of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Australian Ladies Masters, while teen stars Lexi Thompson (two shots back) and Lydia Ko (five shots back) are in contention.

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Toy Box: Shafts gain in technology, exposure

At the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, golf shafts were everywhere. For golf equipment fanatics, shafts could have been proclaimed the star of the show.

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Former LSU trio find early success on NGA Tour

Ken Looper wasn’t planning to make the 10-hour drive to central Florida, let alone play the first two events of his pro career. Last-minute decisions often turn out for the best, though.

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Titleist unveils four new golf balls

Titleist’s NXT Tour family represents one of golf’s most recognizable names. It should attract even more attention in 2012 with the addition of new models.

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Mickelson sues to ID anonymous Web critics

Phil Mickelson sues a Canadian Internet service provider, demanding to identify two anonymous bloggers who spread "vicious" rumors about the PGA Tour player.

Victory at home boosts Arizona's confidence

Veteran Arizona coach Rick LaRose knows how difficult it is to win at the college level, even when playing your home golf course.

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Cantlay, Spieth receive Northern Trust invites

Two of the best amateurs in the country have received sponsor exemptions into the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.

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Q&A: Lou Dobbs, TV journalist

Lou Dobbs, host of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on the Fox Business Network, adopted golf later in life and knows it's the sport of business.

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British Am headed to Royal Portrush, Carnoustie

The British Amateur Championship will be held at Royal Portrush and Carnoustie in 2014 and 2015, respectively, the Royal & Ancient announced Thursday.

AD at center of Minnesota lawsuit to retire

Joel Maturi, the Minnesota athletic director who is at the center of a sexual-discrimination lawsuit filed by former Gophers women’s coach Katie Brenny, is retiring.

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Never a bystander, Porter-King a hero in golf, life

Mary Bea Porter-King's transformation of junior golf in Hawaii is only one aspect of her lasting legacy.

Adams Idea Tech V4 hybrid & forged irons

The Adams Idea Tech V4 irons -- available in two versions: a forged set and an all-hybrid set -- seek high, solid hits with long clubs and short clubs that allow feel and control.

Adams Idea Tech V4 hybrids

Adams' Idea Tech V4 hybrids are meant to inspire confidence across the board -- lofts start at 17 degrees and progress all the way to 32.

Adams M. Puglielli wedges

Made of 8620 carbon steel, Adams' M. Puglielli forged wedges are triple milled (face, back and grooves) to promote feel and consistency.

Yes! i-4 Tech putters

Yes! has developed a reputation with C-Groove technology in its putters -- and its i4-Tech models feature tungsten heel and toe weights to raise the moment of inertia.

Mizuno JPX-825 driver

The Mizuno JPX-825 driver has a square face angle, favored by many skilled players, and a multi-thickness CORTECH face to optimize distance, forgiveness and control.

Mizuno JPX-825 fairway woods

The Mizuno JPX-825 fairway woods feature an Ultimate Dynamic Stability internal weight; one function of this weighting is to provide a high trajectory and maximum carry distance

Mizuno JPX-825 hybrids

The Mizuno JPX-825 hybrids are designed to be pure hybrids, not mini versions of fairway woods, and are available in four lofts.

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Bridgestone J40 445 & 430 drivers

Who says all modern drivers are 460 cubic centimeters in size? The names of two Bridgestone drivers, J40 445 and J40 430, reflect the volume (in CCs) of the heads.

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Bridgestone J40 fairway woods

The Bridgestone J40 fairway woods have squared, relatively shallow faces but are long from heel to toe for added forgiveness.

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Bridgestone J40 hybrids

Bridgestone is focused on making clubs for skilled golfers -- the J40 hybrid lineup contains genuine hybrids, smaller in size and not necessarily related to the fairway woods.

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Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back irons, Dual Pocket irons

The most important element of Bridgestone's J40 Cavity Back and Dual Pocket Cavity irons, both forged, is their interchangeability.

Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide, J40 Satin Chrome wedges

The shape of the Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide and J40 Satin Chrome wedges is classic pear-shaped, and they harken to an era of finesse and creative shotmaking.

Cobra Baffler T-Rail hybrid

To make the Cobra Baffler T-Rail hybrids skim over the turf, as well as through rough and sand more efficiently, Cobra designed a pair of rails in the sole with tungsten weighting.

Cobra Trusty Rusty, Big Trusty Rusty wedges

Cobra's Trusty Rusty and Big Trusty Rusty wedges equate rust with improved feel. These non-plated wedges will rust over time.

Cobra AMP Cell fairway woods

The Cobra AMP Cell fairway woods are designed with three key features: An adjustable hosel called MyFly, an alignment system called SmartPad and a face that's forgiving high in the toe and low in the heel.

Cobra Baffler T-Rail fairway woods

The Baffler T-Rail fairway woods are designed by Cobra, first and foremost, to be easy to hit off the tee – but they really shine in the fairway and from the rough.

Cobra AMP Cell, AMP Cell Pro irons

With the AMP Cell irons, Cobra designed the faces to be especially thin in certain areas and then repositioned the discretionary weight into cells designed low and inside the heads.

Cobra AMP Cell hybrids

An adjustable hosel system allows each of the three Cobra AMP Cell hybrids to have a 3-degree loft range, as well as the company's SmartPad alignment system.

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Fernandez-Castano leads Daly by 1 in Qatar

John Daly surprised even himself by opening the Qatar Masters with a 5-under 67 that left him one shot behind leader Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Daly called it one of his best rounds.

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Women's preview: Northeast Conference

Northeast Conference women's preview: Ann Colligan of St. Francis (Pa.) made an immediate impact as a freshman and has not shown any signs of a sophomore slump.

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Men's preview: Ohio Valley Conference

Ohio Valley Conference men's preview: David Lawrence once dreamed of being a big-league baseball player, but after a pair of high school injuries, Eastern Illinois has benefited from his new passion: golf.

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Kaui (No. 22, 2013) commits to Oklahoma

Alexandra Kaui of Las Vegas has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma. Kaui also made unofficial visits to UNLV, Arizona and Oregon before deciding to become a Sooner.

Ping Anser wedges

Ping Anser wedges made their debut on the PGA Tour in spring 2011 and immediately were popular with accomplished players seeking soft feel.

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Ping S56 irons

Designed with better players in mind, Ping's S56 irons have a compact head, thin topline, little offset and only a small amount of perimeter weighting for forgiveness.

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Ping Anser Milled putters

Each Ping Anser Milled putter starts as a solid block of 303 Stainless steel and then is machine milled into a classic heel-toe weighted blade.

Tour Edge Exotics XRail driver

The Tour Edge Exotics XRail driver is built for mid- and high-handicap players who simply want to hit the ball as far, and straight, as possible.

Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 fairway woods

With a larger and deeper face than its predecessor, the Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 fairway wood was designed to maximize distance for golfers.

Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 fairway woods

The Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 fairway woods have an aerodynamic head shape that allows them to slip through the air more effectively and create more clubhead speed.

Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 driver

Designed with golfers who have trouble generating clubhead speed in mind, the Bazooka Max-D45 has a 460cc all-titanium head with an aerodynamic shape.

Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 hybrid

Tour Edge designed the Exotics XCG6 hybrids for golfers who want an iron replacement that combines distance, control and feel in a traditional-looking package.

Wilson Staff Ci11 irons

Thanks to a unique weighting system that it calls Exoskeleton, Wilson shifted 54 grams of mass toward the edges of the Ci11 irons and away from the face.

Wilson Staff Duo golf balls

The Wilson Staff Duo golf balls are designed to provide players with slow and moderate swing speed with all the distance they want, while at the same time providing soft feel greenside.

Wilson Staff FG Tour, FG Tour X golf balls

For golfers who seek a combination of distance off the tee and short-game performance around the greens, Wilson offers the Staff FG Tour and the Staff FG Tour X golf balls in different compressions.

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Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 irons

Wilson added mass directly behind the center of the Staff FG Tour V2 irons' faces to enhance feel and make these clubs play like true musclebacks – yet they also carry a fair amount of perimeter weighting.

Wilson Staff FG Tour TC wedges

Wilson's FG Tour TC wedges have been given an aggressive groove pattern that is enhanced by 11 laser-etched lines between each groove.

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