By Alex Holmes
If you can rock the Rolex than by all means wear it with pride but there are also a bunch of fun and inexpensive pieces out on the market these days that can add some serious style to your game on and off the course.
There was a time when men would make a big to-do about matching watch bands to shoes or accessories and yes, if your wearing your tux make sure everything you’ve got on is on the dark and dressy side. For the other 364 days out of the year, I wouldn’t worry to much about it. I’ve been wearing my weekend watch with my suit this summer and think the contrast looks pretty cool.
So, whether you’re rolling on a budget and want to pick up a new time piece or you already have your day-to-day dial and just want a fun knock-around clock for the weekend, check out five watches under a C-note to put into play this summer.
Seiko Navy Automatic, $55
Adidas White Peachtree Digital, $65
Fossil Aeroflight, $90
Timex Weekender, $45
Swatch Lemon Profond, $90
Some were surprised when Ernie Els signed an endorsement contract with Adams Golf in January, but the real surprise might be that Els helped design the iron he has played since the spring.
The XTD Tour uses the same cross braces in the cavity found in the company’s more game-improvement-style XTD iron, plus a slightly smaller sole slot to increase the face’s ability to flex at impact. The cross braces deepen the center of gravity for extra stability on off-center hits.
Els helped refine the shape on his more compact version of the XTD, including a squarer toe on the short irons. The XTD Tour will be available in September ($700, seven irons).
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By Alex Myers
The last time Royal Montreal held the RBC Canadian Open it was the Bell Canadian Open. The year was 2001, and Scott Verplank was the winner (Royal Montreal also hosted the 2007 Presidents Cup). In other words, looking back isn't going to help much. Instead, we'll focus more on current form. Oh, and you're welcome for those Rory and Sergio picks for the British Open. We'll try to keep the momentum going with this week's fantasy lineup:
Starters -- (A-List): Matt Kuchar. We pick him almost every other week (although we're running dangerously close to using up all his starts). Why not here?
(B-List): Jim Furyk. Fresh off a fourth-place finish at the British Open, Furyk missed the cut the last time he teed it up at Royal Montreal. However, that was 17 years ago. We'll weigh his two other wins in this tournament more heavily.
(B-List): Hunter Mahan. You probably remember Mahan hastily leaving this tournament last year despite holding the 36-hole lead to be with his wife, Kandi, who was having the couple's first child. The golf gods owe him this week, don't they?
(C-List): Graeme McDowell. G-Mac's last three tournaments? T-6 at the Irish Open, a win at the French Open and a T-9 at the British Open. This is another OPEN.
Bench/Backups: Brandt Snedeker, Graham DeLaet, Jerry Kelly, Charl Schwartzel.
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Hunter Mahan. Two words: golf gods.
Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).
A few hours after the practice round, Lewis had the ankle taped up, and in her usual resilient manner, assured everyone the injury isn't going to affect a thing. "If anything, it's helping me stay down and not jump in front of the ball, which I've been trying to work on for two weeks,” Lewis said, “so maybe it's a good thing."
Lewis is on the four-person American squad and will be paired with Lexi Thompson in a four-ball match against Chinese Taipei with the International Crown beings Thursday.
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By Alex Myers
Attributing the weekend success of Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki to their recent breakup is nothing new. But when Stephen Colbert tackles any subject on his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report," he's bound to give a fresh take.
On Sunday, McIlroy won the British Open -- his third major, but first in nearly two years -- and Wozniacki won the Istanbul Cup, her first win in nine months. On Tuesday, Colbert noted that the two were in a "sixth stage of grief: winning an international sports tournament." He then declared, "Breakups are the ultimate performance-enhancing drug." Tiger Woods and others might disagree.
Here's the full clip:
By Alex Myers
Remember when Rory McIlroy played with an amateur marker at the Masters -- and lost? The recent British Open winner certainly remembers, but instead of being embarrassed or bitter, McIlroy seems intent on using the experience to his advantage.
With the claret jug next to him on the podium in his post-tournament press conference, McIlroy, now a winner of three of golf's four major championships, was asked about trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National.
"I've always been comfortable from tee to green at Augusta," said McIlroy, who wound up shooting 69 the day after his Saturday pairing with amateur Jeff Knox "And it's taken me a few years to figure out the greens . . . if I can just figure out the greens a little bit more. What really helped me last year was playing with Jeff Knox in the third round. He's my amateur marker and he's the best I've ever seen on Augusta's greens."
Of course, Knox isn't just any amateur. The longtime member of Augusta National has played in two U.S. Amateurs, is a two-time mid-amateur champion in Georgia, and holds the Augusta National course record from the members tees with a 61. He has been a noncompeting marker if there has been an odd number golfers to make the cut in the tournament since 2002 and reportedly upset Sergio Garcia by beating him in the final round in 2006. In this year's third round, Knox shot 70 to McIlroy's 71, but McIlroy reacted much differently.
On Tuesday, the Augusta Chronicle reported McIlroy hopes to learn more from Knox, who said he received a letter from McIlroy asking to play a couple practice rounds with him before the 2015 Masters. The 51-year-old Knox said McIlroy reaching out to him "says a lot about the young man," and that he'd be happy to play with him.
Of course, it also felt good to be singled out by one of golf's great players in the wake of his latest major championship triumph.
"It was quite an honor for him to say that," Knox said. "I don't know if shocked is the right word, but it was quite an honor. I happened to play good that day; I guess that helped."
With more expert help on the greens to come and potentially decades of future trips to Augusta in April, the odds of McIlroy achieving golf's modern career Grand Slam -- something only five players have accomplished -- are looking pretty good.
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