Nicklaus, Allen Edmonds partner on golf shoes

By Jason CrookApril 18, 2013, 9:39 pm

Jack Nicklaus has recently partnered with the Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation to release the Jack Nicklaus signature golf line by Allen Edmonds. Nicklaus has been involved in every step of the process for nearly two years in order to create a line of golf shoes and other golf-related products that focus on providing innovations for improved comfort and performance, while still respecting the traditions of the game. 

The 18-time major champion, who has used foot orthotics for years because of the wear and tear that comes from playing in well over 700 professional tournaments, recently walked all 18 holes at Augusta National in a pair of the shoes without issue. He also wore the shoes while hitting the ceremonial tee shot at this year’s Masters with Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

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The Nicklaus shoes were designed specifically to cater to every golfer's individual needs. The vast innovations in the Jack Nicklaus signature line of shoes include:

• A patent-pending “stability rim” sole, which provides a swing platform for greater traction and footwork stability, giving golfers feedback should they sway during their swing.

• Large cross patterns on the interior of the “stability rim” for additional traction. These crosses spread a golfer’s weight evenly across the shoe.

• Supportive but removable insoles, so those with foot concerns can either use Allen Edmonds’ insoles, or choose to switch over to custom orthotics – an important addition from Nicklaus, whose own custom orthotics help him play without discomfort.

In addition, Nicklaus' signature line features green-friendly spikeless soles designed for on- and off-course wear, full leather uppers that allow feet to breathe more naturally and a waterproof design.

Jack Nicklaus

“I was very involved with Allen Edmonds in the design, performance aspects, and look of this new signature line of golf shoes,” said Nicklaus. “(But) while we focused on performance and comfort, we did not sacrifice style.”

The result was three series of golf shoes, all named after some of the most renowned Nicklaus courses.

Muirfield Village – Traditional saddle style in five models: white/black grain, white grain/blue croc print, white grain/brown and white grain/green croc print.

Bear’s Club – Blucher style in black leather and two crocodile patterns including a black gator print and brown gator print.

Desert Mountain – 'Athleisure' style in four models: black grain/blue thread, brown leather/khaki thread, olive leather/orange thread and white grain/blue thread. This style has colored soles and a U-throat pattern perfect for men with high in-steps.

“Through a comprehensive design and development process, we believe we have created shoes that appeal to golfers of all skill levels and tastes in style,” said Nicklaus.

The Jack Nicklaus signature shoes come with multiple lace colors and are available in a full range of lengths and widths. They retail for $195 and are now available at golf specialty retailers, green-grass accounts, Allen Edmonds stores and at

In addition to shoes, the full signature line of Jack Nicklaus golf apparel includes gloves, hats, socks, belts, blankets and shoe bags – all bearing a brand new stand-alone logo depicting a silhouette of the Golden Bear taken from the famous reaction to his birdie putt on the 17th hole on Sunday at the 1986 Masters.

Jack Nicklaus

“The folks at Allen Edmonds convinced me that this image from the Masters represents the tradition and classic inspiration of the new line together,” Nicklaus added.

Check out the entire Allen Edmonds/Jack Nicklaus signature line here.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

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