News for Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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TaylorMade pledges $5 million to grow game

TaylorMade Golf pledged $5 million Tuesday evening to foster the growth of the game of golf in a five-year effort will be conducted under an entity called Hackgolf.

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Woods the odds-on favorite at Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods has the best odds to win this week's Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif., at 5-to-2, according to golfodds.com.

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Old Tom Morris photo collection sold at auction

The golf antiquity market is alive and well as Green Jacket Auctions closed out its winter auction on Sunday morning. The headliner was a collection of 42 photos from Old Tom Morris’s personal photography collection.

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Golf gear shines for PGA Show first-timer

Sun. Green grass. An easy breeze. The mood was good early in the media tent for a journalist's first PGA Merchandise Show experience. After all, a desk editor waits for days like this.

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Besting par in 11 straight, Z. Johnson takes break

You’d have to go back to last summer’s Open Championship for the last time unheralded Zach Johnson finished a tournament over par.

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Pettersen (shoulder) WDs from Bahamas LPGA Classic

Suzann Pettersen, the second-ranked player in the Rolex Rankings, withdrew from the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on Tuesday, citing a shoulder injury.

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Puma introduces the Biofusion Spikeless Mesh

Last week it the Biofusion for Puma Golf, this week the company introduces the Biofusion Spikeless Mesh. It’s a lighter version of the BIOFUSION Tour.

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PGA Show puts spotlight on CG in drivers

The PGA Merchandise Show is an equipment writer’s Super Bowl -- less about new equipment introductions, more about generating momentum -- and nothing creates excitement quite like the driver.

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Masters, USGA and R&A team up for new amateur event

The Masters Tournament, the R&A and the USGA have teamed up to for an amateur championship for Latin America, according to GolfDigest.com.

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Koepka earns sponsor exemption into Honda Classic

Brooks Koepka has earned a sponsors exemption into the Honda Classic set to take place Feb. 28-March 2 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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PGA Show 2014: Demo Day Live Blog

We will be running down the latest and greatest golf equipment news from Orange County National as the 2014 Demo Day is underway in Orlando, Fla.

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Tee times: Tiger paired with Walker, Spieth

Defending champion Tiger Woods will be paired with the red-hot Jimmy Walker and 20-year-old wunderkind Jordan Spieth in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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Homa, Williams get Pebble Beach exemptions

Former college stars Max Homa and Chris Williams have earned exemptions into the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am set to take place Feb. 6-9.

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David Feherty: Let me entertain you

On the eve of "Feherty Live," our Martin Kaufmann sits down with TV personality David Feherty to talk about his rise off the course into one of the best commentators and personalities in the golf business.

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Qatar Masters: Tee times, 1st and 2nd rounds

Henrik Stenson will play alongside Jason Dufner and Luke Donald for the first two rounds of this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on European Tour -- here are complete tee times and pairings.

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Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 wedges

With new groove patterns, several sole designs and loads of bounce options, Titleist's Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 wedges are designed for short game versatility.

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Bridgestone 2014 Tour B330 golf balls

Adding water to the core mixture via Hydro Core technology helped Bridgestone increase speed and decrease spin on its flagship line of B330 golf balls.

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Tech golfer Tyler Turnbow dunks at basketball game

Junior Texas Tech golfer Tyson Turnbow took to the basketball court during halftime of the Tech game against Baylor on Jan. 15 to show that golfers can actually dunk.

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Reed WDs from Farmers with rib injury

Patrick Reed withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Tuesday with a rib injury.

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True Temper’s dynamic history

The Dynamic steel golf shaft was introduced in 1942. Today, 72 years later, it is still manufactured by the same company, True Temper, and remains the most popular iron shaft on the PGA Tour.

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Fujikura's MCI shaft

Fujikura’s MCI (Metal Composite Iron) shaft recently became widely available through the certified network of Fujikura dealers. This iron shaft is a blend of graphite and steel. The objective is better balance, feel and stability.

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Women’s spring preview: Pac-12 Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Pac-12.

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Men's spring preview: Pac-12 Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Pac-12 Conference.

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UST Mamiya's Recoil shafts

UST vice president and shaft designer Mike Guerrette says the company has finally mastered the ovaling process – just ask five-time major winner Ernie Els.