Really pleased with today's round especially with it being bogey free!— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) April 19, 2014
By Matthew Rudy
Bacon and panko crusted chicken sandwich at SoMa Street Food Park in SF. pic.twitter.com/K2aef87F1u— Matthew Rudy (@RudyWriter) February 27, 2014
By Peter Finch
Everybody likes the idea of a distance iron, until you don't need a distance iron. That's the thinking behind the Tour Edge Exotics CB PROh ($600), which marries hollow, thin-face designs in the middle and long irons with compact, cavity-back short irons.
The 8-iron through pitching wedge are cast of a softer 431 stainless steel for feel and control. The rest of the irons fuse a forged 420 stainless-steel face insert with the 431 body.The hollow approach is similar to recent iron-like hybrids from Adams, Callaway, Cleveland, Mizuno, Ping and Titleist. The face (only about two millimeters thick) is designed to flex at the USGA limit for springlike effect. The hollow construction promotes a more stable head on off-center strikes. Individual long irons—even an 18-degree 2-iron—can be purchased separately ($100). Follow @MikeStachura
By John Strege
Stories of interest you might have missed...
What will professional golf be without Tiger Woods? We got an indication from the Masters, which Woods missed for the first time in 20 years. “Many people predicted that the tournament’s bottom line, from television ratings to corporate attendees, would suffer. Those people were right,” writes Jake Simpson in the Atlantic, beneath the headline, “Golf's Future After Tiger Woods: Bleak.”
Can golf recover from the malaise that has plagued it in recent years? The answer: A definite maybe. “Course owners and real estate investors are betting on a comeback following a downturn that was ‘by far the toughest ever in the industry,’” write Nadja Brandt and Mike Buteau in Bloomberg Businessweek.
Many believe the game does need help to recover, hence this story by Bill Pennington in the New York Times, with the headline, “In a Hole, Golf Considers Digging a Wider One.” Among the suggestions: Foot golf and offering golfers an option of playing rounds with 15-inch diameter holes.
The 15-inch hole idea was put to the test post-Masters, with Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and media members at Reynolds Plantation. The verdict: “I played a round in which our time on the greens was slashed in half. It was fast, fun and liberating,” writes John Paul Newport in the Wall Street Journal.
A long, cold winter won’t help in golf’s comeback bid. In Michigan, for instance, “We had ice that was basically like a skating rink sitting on top of many of our putting greens for over two months,” said Kevin Frank, Michigan State University associate professor in crop and soil sciences and and AgBio Research scientist in this story on MLive.com. “Many will not be able to play their greens until early June.” Ouch.
How bad is soda for you? Forget the calories. Forget the sugar. Forget the general lack of nutrition. All you need to know is that mechanics sometimes use cola to take the corrosion off a car battery terminal. Not joking. I've seen it done.
I won't go into a long list of reasons. Instead, I'll give you the three most widely reported by nutritionists and doctors.
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Looking forward to throwing out the opening pitch at the @Marlins game tonight!!:)— Lexi Thompson (@Lexi) April 16, 2014