The PGA Merchandise Show: It's a wrap

By Jon LevyJanuary 30, 2011, 9:21 am
2011 PGA Merchandise Show

ORLANDO, Fla. – After three days, 40,000 people, 1,000 vendors and 10 miles of products at the Orange County Convention Center, the PGA Merchandise Show is in the books. takes a final look at a few of the more innovative products hitting retailers' shelves this year, as well as some other sights standing out from the golf industry’s biggest week of the year. 

PGA Merchandise Show floor

Never Compromise Gambler series: Esentially re-launching the brand, Never Compromise has introduced their high-end, limited edition Gambler Series in 2011, which has already found its way into six tour players’ bags, with another 25 orders in the works from tour types eager to test.

Never Compromise Gambler seriesThat’s not a bad start, explained Adam Sheidon of Never Compromise, considering the putters initially hit tour practice greens just six weeks ago.

“David Toms (a longtime Cleveland/Srixon/Never Compromise staffer) had just about the best quote I’ve heard in a while,” Sheidon said. “He was telling me how he felt about (the Gambler series) and said flat out, ‘You know, I’ve played the Tour for 20 years and this is the best looking and feeling putter I’ve ever had in my bag.’

“I feel like that’s a good idea of how these putters have been received out there because we’ve had an amazing response to our product in a very short time.”

Along with the series’ classic good looks and soft feel from 303 stainless steel forging, a big draw to the Gambler series is the customizable options Never Compromise is offering that normally remain privy to tour players, not the average paying customer.

Launching Feb. 21 at, customers will be able to pick from a variety of graphics colors and designs, with an option to engrave personalized stamping onto the putter.

Club Glove Train Reaction: When it comes to your prized golf clubs surviving airport baggers’ sometimes less-than-delicate methods, there’s a reason over 90 percent of tour pros choose Club Glove for their clubs’ safety.

Club Glove Train ReactionNew for 2011, Club Glove has introduced the Train Reaction series, which is a patent-pending luggage system that fully integrates three pieces of Club Glove luggage, designed so you, the weary traveler, can wheel your clubs and clothes with ease.

The assembled luggage “train,” as Club Glove calls it, self-balances when together, meaning it won’t topple over, which is always a good thing when hurrying to make that tee time. Club Glove says this system is so easy you can effortlessly tote up to 90 lbs. of luggage with just one hand.


Bender Stik: Teacher to the tour pros, Mike Bender, endorses a new product that allows for your golf-swing-in-progress to follow you everywhere. With the Bender Stik, explains Bender Stikinventor, PGA professional and Northern Iowa University golf coach, John Bermel, there’s no need for a number of different training aids that target just one specific aspect of the swing because the Bender Stik does it all. You can shape it and put it just about anywhere.

“The best thing about the Bender Stik is you can throw it right in your bag, take it with you and set it up on your bag or put it in the ground to help you with whatever you’re working on,” said Bermel. “It's easy, which is what we were looking for when we made this. It shapes in just about any direction, can vary in length and with the big, yellow foam ball on the end, you get that physical and visual feedback you’re looking for.”


Curious what else you'd find if you were roaming the convention center floors over the past three days?

DRUH Belts models
A hard-to-miss pair of druh belts models, showing off their product.

PGA Merchandise Show floor
A stately Bobby Jones overlooking the convention center floor.

PGA Merchandise demo range
A tempting range available for manufacturers to demo their equipment.

PGA Merchandise demo range
Demo range stalls set up like a real driving range.

Clear Choice Putters
Endless upon endless happy and hopeful manufacturers, with product models in tow.






















































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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.