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.

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“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 allenedmonds.com

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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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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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.