Toy Box: Bubba visits Ping headquarters

Bubba Watson during Round 1 of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Bubba Watson during Round 1 of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The week before the U.S. Open, Bubba Watson visited Ping headquarters in Phoenix. Here’s all he did:

• Autograph more than 700 items, including 600 Masters flags and 90 pin G20 driver heads;

• Bought lunch for more than 800 Ping employees, actually serving dessert to many of them;

• Received a $250,000 check from Ping Chairman and CEO John Solheim from the sales of Ping’s Limited Edition pink G20 driver promotion. The money will be donated to several charities;

• Was presented a gold Ping wedge in honor of his Masters victory in April.

• Posed for photographs with Ping employees, all of whom wore pink T-shirts.

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Eun-Hee Ji never saw this coming. While Ji stood on the 16th tee holding her driver during Wednesday’s pro-am at the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., a ball came rocketing through the trees behind her and landed on the head of her driver.

It had been hit by an amateur, and it left a crater on the head of her Callaway Legacy Black driver. Ji said she was lucky the ball ricocheted away from her and not up toward her face.

She quickly phoned her sister, Yun-Hee Ji, who shipped a backup driver that arrived in time for Ji's Thursday morning tee time. No problem, as she tied for second in the tournament.

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It was a big week for Rife putters, which were carried by winners on the LPGA tour and Nationwide Tour.

Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship with a Rife putter in her bag. It was a Mr. Beasley model.

Meanwhile, Lee Williams was victorious on the Nationwide Tour with a Rife Aussie putter.

In May, Matt Kuchar won the Players Championship with a Rife Barbados putter.

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