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TaylorMade-Adidas Golf trims workforce by 6 percent, company says

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf trims workforce by 6 percent, company says

Golf equipment company TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, owned by Adidas Group, confirmed to Golfweek that it has reduced its worldwide workforce by 6 percent.

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Tiger Woods puts new driver shaft in play at British Open

Tiger Woods puts new driver shaft in play at British Open 2015 at St. Andrews

Tiger Woods switched driver shafts in his Nike Vapor Speed prototype driver for the opening round of the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews.

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Oosthuizen improves driving with new Project X Hzrdus shaft

Louis Oosthuizen improves driving with new True Temper Project X Hzrdus shaft

Louis Oosthuizen used the new True Temper Project X Hzrdus driver shaft when he made five birdies in a row in the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

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Jeff Maggert wins U.S. Senior Open for 2nd major title

Jeff Maggert wins U.S. Senior Open for 2nd major title of Champions Tour season

Jeff Maggert won the 2015 U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club for his second major title of the Champions Tour season.

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Lancaster breaks hole with ace during U.S. Senior Open

Neal Lancaster breaks hole with hole-in-one during 2015 U.S. Senior Open

Champions Tour golfer Neal Lancaster broke the hole on a hole-in-one ace during the final round of the 2015 U.S. Senior Open as the hole had to be moved when it could not be repaired.

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With Langer, Maggert on top, U.S. Senior Open has major feel

With Bernhard Langer, Jeff Maggert on top, U.S. Senior Open has major feel

Champions Tour golfers Bernhard Langer and Jeff Maggert lead the 2015 U.S. Senior Open heading into final round with Tom Watson and Woody Austin in hunt.

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Kenny Perry makes moving-day charge at U.S. Senior Open

Kenny Perry makes moving-day charge at U.S. Senior Open

Champions Tour golfer Kenny Perry makes charge during Round 3 of the 2015 U.S. Senior Open major championship in California.

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Despite putting frustration, Austin appreciates U.S. Senior Open

Despite putting frustration, Woody Austin appreciates U.S. Senior Open test

Champions Tour golfer Woody Austin frustrated at his putting at 2015 U.S. Senior Open and talks about difference between PGA Tour and Champions Tour golf.

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Major-worthy conditions test golfers at U.S. Senior Open

Major-worthy conditions test golfers at 2015 U.S. Senior Open with Langer and Watson

The 2015 U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club with Champions Tour golfers Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie.

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Ryan's shining U.S. Senior Open moment represents best of golf

Achenbach: Dave Ryan's shining U.S. Senior Open moment represents best of golf

Men's amateur golfer Dave Ryan briefly led at the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship, showing that friendship in golf is one of the best parts of the game, writes James Achenbach.

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Tom Watson defies age with first-round 66 at U.S. Senior Open

Tom Watson defies age with first-round 66 at 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship

Champions Tour golfer Tom Watson takes lead in Round 1 of U.S. Senior Open Championship with 66 at Del Paso Country Club.

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Golf equipment companies thrive in Pacific Northwest

Golf equipment companies thrive in Pacific Northwest, including Aerotech shafts, UFO Tour bags and Arm-Lock putter grips

Golf equipment from the Pacific Northwest Aerotech shafts, UFO Tour golf bags and Arm-Lock putter grips.

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Mature Colin Montgomerie finding major mojo at U.S. Senior Open

Mature Colin Montgomerie finding major mojo at the U.S. Senior Open

Champions Tour player Colin Montgomerie arrives at U.S. Senior Open 2015 as the favorite.

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U.S. Open hindsight: Conservative putt might have changed DJ's fate

U.S. Open 2015 hindsight: Conservative putt might have changed DJ's fate

PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson lost the U.S. Open with a three-putt on the final hole, but could it have ended differently?

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Jordan Spieth makes history with thrilling U.S. Open victory

Jordan Spieth makes history with thrilling U.S. Open victory

Jordan Spieth's 2015 U.S. Open victory made golf history.

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USGA takes comprehensive approach to rules at U.S. Open

USGA takes comprehensive approach to rules at U.S. Open

The USGA has taken every precaution to prevent rules incidents at the U.S. Open.

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Daniel Summerhays makes U.S. Open run with unique bag setup

Daniel Summerhays makes U.S. Open run with unique golf equipment setup

Daniel Summerhays is charging up the U.S. Open 2015 leaderboard with a unique club setup.

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Michael Putnam delivers in U.S. Open home game

PGA Tour player Michael Putnam delivers in U.S. Open 2015 home game

U.S. Open 2015 hometown hero Michael Putnam did not crumble under the pressure Thursday at Chambers Bay.

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DeChambeau's success puts equal-length irons in high demand

Bryson DeChambeau's success puts equal-length irons in high demand ahead of U.S. Open

The 2015 U.S. Open PGA Tour major championship SMU golfer Bryson DeChambeau plays irons of equal length as made by clubmaker David Edel.

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By the numbers: Chambers Bay, site of 2015 U.S. Open

By the numbers: Chambers Bay Golf Course, site of 2015 U.S. Open

The 2015 U.S. Open PGA Tour golf major championship look at Chambers Bay Golf Course by the numbers with length in miles, greens free, elevation change, and yardage.

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Chip yips: One man, one hand, one cure

Jason Palmer explores the chip yips with one-handed swing, makes start at 2015 U.S. Open

Jason Palmer explored the chip yips and now is teeing it up in the 2015 U.S. Open.

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Washington native Ryan Moore well prepared for U.S. Open test

Washington native Ryan Moore well prepared for U.S. Open test at Chambers Bay

Washington native Ryan Moore has played many rounds of golf at Chambers Bay, and the smart, calculating, articulate PGA Tour player is ready for this year's U.S Open test.

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Chambers Bay's lone tree symbolizes U.S. Open venue's resilience

Chambers Bay's lone tree symbolizes 2015 U.S. Open venue's resilience

The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., PGA Tour major championship the lone tree at Chambers Bay speaks to the municipal course's resilience.

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Achenbach: Chambers Bay, fescue greens a match made in turfgrass heaven

Jim Achenbach at U.S. Open: Chambers Bay, fescue greens a match made in turfgrass heaven

The U.S. Open will be played on fescue greens for the first time when the 2015 edition begins Thursday at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

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Casey Martin on Tiger Woods: 'Don't be surprised if he comes back'

Casey Martin on former teammate Tiger Woods: 'Don't be surprised if he comes back'

After missing out on a U.S. Open berth, Oregon head coach Casey Martin talked about his former teammate Tiger Woods.

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Costello not disappointed after not qualifying for U.S. Open

Junior golfer Jordan Costello not disappointed after not qualifying for U.S. Open

Jordan Costello of Wyoming didn't advance out of U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in Cle Elum, Wash., but he wasn't disappointed.

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Now a pro, Cheng-Tsung Pan medals at U.S. Open sectional in Washington

Now a pro, Cheng-Tsung Pan medals at U.S. Open sectional in Washington

Former Washington men's golfer Cheng-Tsung Pan medaled in Cle Elum, Washington in 2015 U.S. Open sectional qualifying to earn a spot in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in his first pro start.

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Tumble Creek offers peaceful setting for U.S. Open qualifying madness

Tumble Creek offers peaceful setting for U.S. Open qualifying madness

The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay sectional qualifying in Cle Elum, Wash., at Tumble Creek.

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Joe Braly, pioneer in golf shafts, dies at 92

Joe Braly, pioneer in golf shafts, dies at 92

One of the giants of the golf industry, Joe Braly, died May 25, in Hollidaysburg, Pa. He was 92.

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Cobra tour rep comes to Fowler's rescue at The Players

Cobra Golf tour rep Ben Schomin comes to Rickie Fowler's rescue at The Players

Cobra Golf tour representative Ben Schomin flew across country Saturday evening to replace Rickie Fowler's damaged 8-iron before the final round of The Players Championship.

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Q&A: David Abeles, TaylorMade CEO

Q&A: David Abeles, TaylorMade Golf CEO

David Abeles was recently named chief executive and president of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, and caught up with Golfweek for a Q&A.

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Rose rallies for Golfweek Senior victory

Jerry Rose rallies for Golfweek Senior victory

Amateur Golf Jerry Rose rallies for Golfweek Senior Amateur title at the 54-hole event in La Quinta, Calif.

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Lengthy considerations: How to hit the ball further with a driver

Lengthy considerations: How to hit the ball further with a driver

Golf equipment driver length can determine how far a player can hit the ball and depending on ball contact is made in the sweet spot.

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Putter designers are the artists of the industry

Putter designers are the artists of the industry

Golf equipment putter designers such as Scotty Cameron and Austie Rollinson are the true artists of the golf industry.

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Hank Haney says clubhead swing speed is key part of game

Tiger Woods' former coach Hank Haney says clubhead swing speed is key part of game

Golf instructor Hank Haney, former coach of Tiger Woods, says the speed of the clubhead determines a player's potential in the game.

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Spieth’s success built on familiarity with clubs

Masters champion Jordan Spieth’s success built on familiarity with Titleist golf equipment

Masters champion Jordan Spieth rarely tinkers with the Titleist equipment in his golf bag.

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Augusta's best defense at the Masters found on the greens

Hole locations Augusta's best line of defense against PGA Tour players at the Masters

Difficult hole locations are Augusta National Golf Club's best line of defense against PGA Tour pros at the Masters.

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Masters champions made on back nine at Augusta National

Masters champions made on back nine at Augusta National

Many Masters have been decided on the back nine at Augusta National – those won by Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus and Charl Schwartzel, among them.

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'Big Three' get things started at 2015 Masters

'Big Three' get things started at Augusta National for 2015 Masters

Gary Player outdrove his Big Three friends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to start the 2015 Masters at Augusta National.

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Mementos from champions preserve Masters history

Mementos from champions preserve Masters history at Augusta National

Learn more about the Masters historic clubs from Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw, Bubba Watson and Marry Mize after donating a club to Augusta National.

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Equipment lessons from the Tour vans at the Masters

Equipment lessons learned from PGA Tour vans at the Masters at Augusta National

Equipment lessons can be learned from the PGA Tour vans at the Masters.

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Watson's green jacket tour among Masters press conference highlights

Watson's green jacket tour and Phil's swing training among 2015 Masters media sessions highlights

The 2015 Masters media sessions included interviews with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Masters champ Bubba Watson given solid gold Ping putter

Masters champ Bubba Watson given solid gold Ping putter at Augusta National

Masters 2014 champion Bubba Watson given solid gold Ping putter Tuesday at Augusta National.

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Hanzel adds overdue Florida Azalea Senior title to resume

Doug Hanzel adds overdue Florida Azalea Senior title to resume

Doug Hanzel is widely regarded as one of the most skilled senior amateurs in the world, even though he plays just “10 or 12” senior amateur tournaments each year. On March 15, he won the Florida Azalea Senior.

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History lesson: Equipment through Golfweek's 40 years

Equipment through Golfweek's 40 years provides a history lesson

In the past 40 years, gains in equipment and technology have helped shape a new area.

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Living the dream: 40 years of storytelling at Golfweek

Living the dream: 40 years of storytelling at Golfweek

From humble beginnings in a Florida garage to national coverage of the game’s biggest events, Golfweek celebrates 40 years of storytelling.

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Meet Dean Knuth, the man behind the High Heat driver

Meet Dean Knuth, the man behind the High Heat driver

Designers who specialize in putters and wedges often find themselves in the club spotlight. Scotty Cameron and Bob Vokey, for example, have secured their territory in the worldwide golf vocabulary. Enter Dean Knuth.

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Watson shares thoughts on parenting, mentoring

Bubba Watson shares thoughts on parenting, mentoring at Northern Trust

Speaking at Riviera Country Club, Bubba Watson shared his joy in being a dad for a second time and in influencing children beyond the ropes who might need a little encouragement.

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Ishikawa gains feel with new Secret Grips

Ryo Ishikawa gains feel with new Secret Grips at PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open

Ryo Ishikawa installed Secret Grip counterbalanced grips on every club in his bag except the putter on the eve of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

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Ryan Moore shows up at Riviera with Parsons Xtreme Golf driver

PGA Tour pro Ryan Moore shows up with Parsons Xtreme Golf driver at the Norther Trust Open at Riviera

The development of Parsons Xtreme Golf added another chapter Tuesday when Ryan Moore showed up on the Riviera Country Club practice tee with a new PXG driver.

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