Still a Show Even for the Little Guys

By January 27, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 PGA Merchandise ShowORLANDO, Fla. -- You would guess that with this being the 54th PGA Merchandise Show, there couldn't possibly be anymore new golf stuff making its way into the market.
 
Well, you would've guessed wrong. The 'stuff' just keeps on coming.
 
Yes, yes, there's still the sideshow for the 'little guys':
 

Turf Trike
The Turf Trike
Turf Trike
You like the fitness that comes with cycling and yet love the fun that comes with playing the generally thought of lazy sport of golf? Well, look no further than Turf Trike - where cycling meets golf! Designed with three wheels - two in front and one in back, the surprisingly easy-on-the-eye Turf Trike touts itself as a way to get in better shape, increase the pace of play and generally have a more enjoyable round of golf than you've ever experienced.
 
'It's a very different round when you take one of these out to the course,' said founder and president Jason Deal. 'There's a really different flow to the game.'
 

The Basket Gallery
The booming gift basket industry has obviously come into play for golfers - or perhaps more accurately - golfers' spouses or significant others. With well over 20 golf-related baskets offered, it's an easy and convenient choice for any gift-giving occasion the golfer in your life. Take the 'Grand Slam': McDuffer reusuable tin of cocktail snacks, 19th Hole golf snacks, 2 acrylic wine glasses, Wine, Pasta salad, Popcorn & Pretzel snacks, Wine cheese, Sleeve of your logo golf balls, Walkers shortbread, Solid chocolate golf shoe, and a sleeve of Chocolate golf balls.
 

The Matworks
Too much dirt being brought into your home or car? Or maybe you just want a nice mat to show off at the entrance of your game room? Matworks offer custom-designed floor mats that will accentuate your yacht, home, auto, or business. Whether it be your country club, home course or even the site of a major championship you attended, you can impress your guests with a great first impression.
 

Rainwedge
Lets face it, sooner or later everyone gets caught in the rain, and even today some courses still don't have the rain protectors and the back of the cart. With Rainwedge you can use it either walking or on a cart and the set up is simple and effective. Working just like many of the rain-protectors and the back of regular carts, the Rainwedge is designed for just your back, offering a retractable rod system that keeps the hood away from your clubs, making club selection a breeze.
 

Launcher Tee
This hybrid-type tee is made from a semi-soft composite and features a 36 percent smaller 'ball seat' area than a regular wooden tee. So? So, it translates to less resistance and friction from the driver, and ideally longer drives off the tee. And maybe the biggest bonus is its durability - no more grabbing a new tee out of your bag after every hole. Or better yet, give one to that annoying partner of your's who is seemingly always asking for one on every tee box.
 
Legendary Headwear
Aaahh, brilliant! Like an idea I coulda, woulda and shoulda came up with - but, like normal, didn't - it's a simple solution to the style and love one has to the bucket hat on the golf course, but without its interfering line of sight. With its completely one-of-a-kind-style, the uniquely infused traditional-curved baseball cap prevents obstruction from the wearer's sight line while keeping the sun and/or rain off the ears and neck. Without question, one of the coolest 'new' things I ran into this PGA Show. It's called the 'Albatross.'
 
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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."