Water repellent gear

By David AllenJuly 16, 2009, 4:00 pm
Rain was the big story at last months U.S. Open on Long Island, and figures to make its presence felt this week at the Open Championship as well. But it wont be the dominant story as it was at Bethpage. The last rain delay at golfs oldest championship came in 2004 at Royal Troon, and that lasted for only 30 minutes.
 
Players can expect no mercy from the bad weather, not even from the harshest of conditions. Just ask Tiger Woods, who fired a third-round 81 ' his worst score as a professional golfer ' in windswept rain during the 2002 Open Championship at Muirfield. Woods said afterwards that his score could have been much higher.
 
Whether youre watching the players this weekend at Turnberry or planning to buy some raingear for your next big golf trip to Ireland or Scotland ' or Seattle ' heres a look at a few popular golf outerwear brands, all sure to keep you dry.
 
SUN MOUNTAIN (www.sunmountain.com) Rainflex Long- and Short-Sleeve Pullovers (LS: $165; SS: $145)
Sun Mountain Rain Shirts
Rainflex long-sleeve jacket (left) and short-sleeve pullover (right) from Sun Mountain
With all due respect to Rosie, this is the real quicker picker upper. Sun Mountains RainShield fabric protector repels water off the surface of the garment, keeping you dry and stain-free. (After being doused several times with water by my co-workers, there was no evidence of any liquid ever hitting my sleeves.) Each pullover features waterproof side pockets and zippers and a stand-up Rentex collar which blocks wind and rain. Rainflex is extremely lightweight and breathable, making it suitable for warmer climates like here in Florida. The pullover stretches where you need it most, in the shoulders and at the bottom, allowing you to make a full, comfortable swing with no feeling of resistance.
 
Rainflex Full-Zip Long-Sleeve Jacket ($185)
The jacket features an internal chest pocket with plenty of room to store your scorecard or gloves, along with two waterproof side pockets. Adjustable Velcro straps allow you to adjust the width of the cuffs and the waist.
 
Rainflex Pants ($165)
An elastic waist with cinch adjustments allows you to tighten or loosen the waistband for a comfortable fit. Lower leg zippers make it easy to slip the pants on and off. A short pant (three inches shorter than regular length) is available in black only.
 
ZERO RESTRICTION (www.zerorestriction.com)
 
Tour-Lite Travelers Jacket ($420)

A long list of players, including two-time defending British Open champion Padraig Harrington, U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood purchased ZR outerwear in anticipation of bad weather at Turnberry. The Tour-Lite Travelers jacket is a three-in-one jacket which allows you to convert from jacket to half-sleeve to vest, depending on the conditions. Theres a back pocket to store the sleeves, two chest pockets and several loops under the logoed left chest flap to securely house your tees. All ZR jackets are made of Gore-Tex fabric to provide waterproof and windproof protection. Available in black and navy.
 
Zero Restriction Rain Jackets
Tour-Lite Traveler's Jacket (left) and Featherweight Qualifier Jacket (right) from Zero Restriction
Featherweight Qualifier Jacket ($280)
This ultralight jacket allows you to play comfortably in all conditions. The glued-in waterproof zip pocket is a neat feature which is extremely easy to find, and the comfort collar works well with ZRs Gore-Tex bucket cap ($42) to prevent water from seeping down your neck. Patented Expansion Back Pleats provide you with the freedom you need in your shoulders and upper back to make a full, uninhibited swing. Available in black and steel grey.
 
Tour-Lite Pants ($270)
These are the pants for you if youre looking for protection from the rain and cold. Made of soft, durable Gore-Tex, the Tour-Lite pants are breathable, warm and cozy. The leg zippers at the ankles allow you to slide your pants on and off with ease while the ankle hugger snap system creates an umbrella over your shoes to help keep your feet dry. Available in black and navy.
 
Featherweight Pants ($190)
These pants travel light and are easy to store in your golf bag. The two-way waterproof side zippers run from your ankle to your hip, making it easy to access your shorts or pants pockets. Available in black and navy.
 
FOOTJOY (www.footjoy.com)
 
DryJoys Performance Light Jacket ($170)

FootJoy, a division of Acushnet Co., is known for producing shoes which keep your feet warm and dry, but theyve got a wide selection of outerwear geared toward keeping the rest of you dry. The Performance Light Jacket is a flyweight by most rain jacket standards and is guaranteed to be 100 percent waterproof under normal use for two years. Among its cool features: a scoreboard pocket located on the inside of the jacket adjacent to the full-length zipper; adjustable Velcro sleeve cuffs; and storm collar. Available in black, navy, sunburst, slate, and taupe.
 
Footjoy rain Jackets
DryJoys Extreme Pants from FootJoy
DryJoys Tour Collection Rain Jacket ($240)
Cinch cords located in the lower side pockets allow you to adjust the fullness of the jacket through each pocket. Adjustable waterproof stretch panels running from the armpits to the collar create a greater range of motion in the swing. Available in black, navy, light blue ripstop/black piping; black ripstop/red piping; and sandstone ripstop/black piping.
 
DryJoys Tour Long- and Short-Sleeve Rainshirts ($180 LS; $160 SS)
A protected chest pocket located just inside the front zipper allows for easy access to your wallet, scorecard, ball marker, etc. The front zipper does not zip all the way down but helps the shirt lay down flat so your putting stroke is unimpeded. Available in a wide variety of colors: black, black ripstop/red piping, white/red piping, light blue ripstop/black piping, navy ripstop/white piping, orange ripstop/black piping, and red ripstop/black piping.
 
DryJoys Extreme Pants ($180)
Ever wonder how those NBA players shed their warm-ups so quickly? Well, look no further: A full-length, two-way zipper with buttons on the side of each pant leg will help you slip these off just as quickly as the NBAs best sixth man. A five-inch Velco strap at the end of each pant leg also allows you to adjust the length of the pants so youre not tripping over them. DryJoys Sta-Dry Extreme System is completely waterproof and windproof, and when combined with the rain jacket, has you well-prepared to face the harshest of elements. Available in black only.
 
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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.