Ping's new i20 irons raise the bar

By Global Golf PostApril 2, 2012, 5:23 pm

According to Brad Schweigert, Ping’s director of engineering, the Phoenix-based equipment maker has created something special with its i20 irons line, which was released on Jan. 1 and offers multi-metal technology in a progressive set design.

The long irons are slightly larger and launch higher, he said, thanks to a vertical Custom Tuning Port that allowed Ping to position the center of gravity a bit further back in this model as opposed to its predecessor, the i15.

“But we worked to make sure that as we transitioned to the short irons, which have a thinner top line and a shorter toe-to-heel length, we kept shots at the right trajectory,” he said.

Schweigert said that a tungsten toe weighting system in the 17-4 stainless steel heads of the i20s enhances forgiveness throughout the set and makes it easier for players to shape and control shots, while stabilizing bars work with a slightly thicker clubface to bolster distance control and feel.

“The idea was to take weight where we didn’t need it in the clubhead and put it elsewhere, to elevate stability and control performance,” he said.

Each of the i20 irons comes with what Schweigert calls “foggy chrome” finish and ferrule for a cleaner, more high-performance look. While they will sit in the Ping line between the S56 and G20 models, they’re designed to appeal to golfers of all abilities.

The i20s are available from 3- to 9-iron and also in PW, UW, SW and LW. The stock steel shaft is the Ping CFS, in four flexes, and the one in graphite is the TFC 169i, also available in four flexes.

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

LPGA:

We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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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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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.