Stories by James
Callaway Big Bertha irons, hybrids
The Callaway Big Bertha line isn't just one of drivers, but also irons and hybrids.
Notes: Look back at 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur
The USGA's six-day championships offer a close-up examination of many of the top amateurs in the world – yielding some highlights from the U.S. Senior Amateur at Big Canyon Country Club.
In the bag: U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalists
The golf clubs of the four semifinalists at the U.S. Senior Amateur, played this week at the Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
Pat Tallent putts way to Senior Amateur title
Pat Tallent won the U.S. Senior Amateur thanks to a strong putting performance, beating Bryan Norton 2 and 1.
Eccentricities power Bryan Norton, Patrick Tallent to 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur final
The match-play final of the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur pairs two golfers in Bryan Norton and Pat Tallent who definitely do things their own way.
Rick Cloninger is anything but old at U.S. Senior Am
Rick Cloninger takes gritty game to the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, redefining what it means to play the "old" golfers' tournament.
U.S. Senior Amateur benefits from Big Canyon CC's par-5 finishing hole
There is nothing more exciting than a par-5 hole that demands clear thinking and the execution of a strategy. Big Canyon Country Club, host of the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur, has such an 18th hole.
U.S. Senior Amateur's Sweet 16 produces strong lineup for quarterfinals
After advancing through 36 holes of qualifying and two rounds of match play, everyone in the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur's Sweet 16 had a story worth telling.
5 Things: Playoff kicks off exciting day at U.S. Senior Amateur; Tim Jackson, Doug Hanzel advance
The Round of 64 at the U.S. Senior Amateur always makes for an exciting day. But when that day begins with a playoff to decide the final match-play spots? Well, that's just icing on the cake.
Shooting his age, Vinny Giles advances at U.S. Senior Amateur
At 71, former U.S. Amateur champ Vinny Giles feels a resurgence. It showed as he shot his age while advancing to match play at the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur.
Winner's bag: Chris Kirk at Deutsche Bank Championship in PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs
Here's a complete list of the clubs in Chris Kirk's bag during his win at the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship on PGA Tour during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Mizuno MP-T5 wedges
In the wedge world, Mizuno champions wider, shallower grooves in the high-lofted wedges and narrower, deeper grooves in the low-lofted wedges. This emphasis continues in the new MP-T5 wedges.
Mizuno MP-H5 irons
Mizuno’s new MP-H5 irons advance the company’s attempts to provide forgiveness in irons.
Mizuno MP-15 irons
The new MP-15 from Mizuno is the latest advancement in Mizuno's design concept of combining titanium and steel in an iron clubhead.
Mizuno introduces MP-15, MP-H5 irons, MP-T5 wedges
Two new MP irons for 2015, the MP-15 and MP-H5, plus a collection of new MP-T5 wedges go on sale Sept. 19.
Mizuno introduces JPX-850 hybrids as part of new line of golf clubs
Mizuno's Shock Wave Sole, intended to allow the clubhead to contract then expand upon impact, helps define the company's new JPX-850 hybrids.
Mizuno releases JPX-850 fairway wood
Mizuno has introduced new technology to its JPX-850 fairway woods that the company calls Shock Wave sole and promises greater distance.
Mizuno announces JPX-850 irons (cast)
The cast version of the Mizuno JPX-850 irons has a slightly firmer feel and is all about that elusive combination of distance and forgiveness on offcenter hits.
Mizuno adds JPX-850 Forged irons
It took Mizuno six years to develop the concept found in the new JPX-850 Forged irons, which feature boron added to forged carbon steel as a thinner face was incorporated.
Mizuno announces JPX-850 drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons on way
Mizuno's JPX-850 line offers comprehensive options, from a driver with sliding weight tracks to cast or forged irons as well as fairway woods and hybrids.
Winner's bag: Hunter Mahan at Barclays on PGA Tour to open FedEx Cup playoffs
Heading into The Barclays, Hunter Mahan made a change in his bag. Here's the complete list of clubs he used to win the PGA Tour's first event of the 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs.
Fumie (Alice) Jo tops Eun Jeong Seong in U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links final
Chinese golfer Fumie (Alice) Jo defeated Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Slow play almost derails 14-year-old at Women's Public Links
After avoiding penalties while on the clock for slow play in her match with Doris Chen, Eun Jeong Seong scored a 1-up victory in the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.
Doris Chen gets her revenge in WAPL victory over Lauren Diaz-Yi
Doris Chen lost the 2013 WAPL final by a 10-and-9 margin to Lauren Diaz-Yi, but she got her revenge on Thursday with a 6-and-4 romp.
Lucy Li, 11, gets letter from D.C. as USGA will display her gear
Lucy Li, the 11-year-old who played in this year's U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, revealed that she had received a personal letter from Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Lucy Li shines again before exiting U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links
Despite her sudden-death loss in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, 11-year-old Lucy Li remains a genuine golf prodigy.
Hannah Wood among those unhappy to see Women's Amateur Public Links go away
Junior golf standout and Oklahoma commit Hannah Wood is a bit disappointed to see the WAPL go away, calling it "heart-breaking."
Now open: Scotty Cameron Gallery in California
Putter designer Scotty Cameron launches retail venture, which is more than just golf.
Small-town Oregon club makes big-time splash at U.S. Senior Open
A trio of Oregonians – Rob Gibbons, Bruce Stewart and Pat O'Donnell – will tee it up at the U.S. Senior Open as members of the same, small club, the Arrowhead Golf Club.
Ping G30 driver headlines new series of clubs
Ping, mostly a quiet and conservative family-owned club manufacturer, is unusually enthusiastic about the official July 3 introduction of the G30 family of clubs. The family includes irons, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.
Ping G30 irons
In addition to drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, new Ping irons carry the G30 name.
Ping G30 driver set for Bubba Watson at Greenbrier on PGA Tour
When the Greenbrier Classic starts Thursday on PGA Tour, Bubba Watson will use the new Ping G30 driver that will be introduced there and at the Open de France.
True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx Tour Issue golf wedge shaft
True Temper's new black steel wedge shaft, the DG (Dynamic Gold) Onyx Tour Issue, could be a forerunner of more black shafts to come.
Achenbach: Pinehurst fairways were too easy for a U.S. Open
Pinehurst No. 2 had mammoth fairways. The rough was replaced by sand and wiregrass and other native plants. Competitors encountered few obstacles off the tee.
Achenbach: Michelle Wie had something special from the beginning
James Achenbach recalls encountering Michelle Wie as a 12-year-old tree-tall golfer at the WAPL – and she stood out for more than just her 5-foot-11 frame even then.
Winner's bag: Michelle Wie, U.S. Women's Open
A look at Michelle Wie's complete bag of equipment at the U.S. Women's Open, where she won her first major on Sunday.
Behind 66, Juli Inkster will look to end USWO career on top at Pinehurst No. 2
Juli Inkster, 53, says this will be her final U.S. Women's Open after 35 appearances. Behind her Saturday 66, Inkster's farewell tour is now an unexpected chase for a third USWO title.
After missed cut at U.S. Women's Open, Lucy Li can go back to being 11
Although she missed the cut, Lucy Li turned the age calendar on its head with consecutive rounds of 78 in the U.S. Women's Open. Now, Li can get back to being an 11-year-old girl.
My bag: Lucy Li at the U.S. Women's Open
Here is the bag of 11-year-old Lucy Li, who shot 78 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open.
Achenbach: Caddie, Lucy Li make quick bond at Pinehurst
11-year-old phenom Lucy Li and Pinehurst local caddie Bryan Bush make instant connection over Donald Ross, love for the game.
Juli Inkster set to make her 35th, and final, U.S. Women's Open appearance
Juli Inkster, 53, remembers her first U.S. Women's Open – at the age of 18 – like it was yesterday. This week at Pinehurst No. 2, she makes her final start in a tournament that she has won twice.
Kevin Stadler spotted putting left-handed at Travelers
Kevin Stadler appears to have his own unique answer to the looming anchoring ban. At this week's Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour, Stadler was seen putting left-handed with a Rife General on the practice green.
Slowed by injury, Suzann Pettersen feeling better on eve of U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2
Suzann Pettersen is known for her fitness, helping transform how many players prep for the rigors of a full season on the LPGA tour. Now nursing a back injury, Pettersen had to scale back as she prepared for Pinehurst No. 2.
Pinehurst quiets as stars gear up for U.S. Women's Open
The Women's U.S. Open starts Thursday on the same No. 2 course played by the men, and practice rounds are underway. Yet only a handful of diehard fans have showed up for this prelude to history.
U.S. Open quiz: How many future U.S. Open venues can you name?
Seven future U.S. Open sites (2015 through 2021) have been selected. How many of the seven courses can you name? As a bonus, match each course with its appropriate year. How much of a golf nut are you?
Tough U.S. Open setup at Pinehurst wipes trademark smile off Matt Kuchar's face
Bang! The nicest guy in golf, Matt Kuchar, opened his mouth and the sharp-edged criticism came tumbling out after a 1-over 71 as he launched a rock-em, sock-em attack on the USGA for its Saturday setup.
Moore: They'll be putting 'em off Pinehurst's greens today at U.S. Open
Ryan Moore will tell you what's different about U.S. Open conditions at Pinehurst for Saturday's third round: "They're starting to firm up. They're getting bouncier. There's going to be at least 10 people putting off the greens today."
Martin Kaymer carrying two 3-irons at Pinehurst No. 2
Martin Kaymer opened the U.S. with back-to-back 65s. He also carried back-to-back 3-irons, with one being bent to more of a 2-iron.
By the numbers: Martin Kaymer strong in several stats at Pinehurst in 2014 U.S. Open
A look at the numbers finds Martin Kaymer performing well at the U.S. Open in several statistics, understandable given his six-shot lead, plus Pinehurst's strengths and (relative) vulnerabilities.
U.S. Open: The equipment counts at Pinehurst
The closest equipment counts at the U.S. Open were in irons, where Titleist edged TaylorMade 35-31, and putters, where Odyssey nosed Titleist 50-47.