Wilson back in black with Ci11 irons

By Global Golf PostJanuary 17, 2012, 2:21 pm

The first thing players notice about the new Ci11 irons from Wilson Golf is the black PVD finish on the clubhead. It gives the latest generation of the equipment maker’s Control line a striking look as it also ensures that the game-improvement iron appears smaller at address.

A thin top line on the 431 stainless steel clubhead only enhances the visual picture. But company engineers say the real allure of the Ci11, which is designed for the aspirational golfer looking to lower his handicap, is performance.

 “We’ve re-engineered the exoskeleton weighting system so we can provide even more optimal MOI (Moment of Inertia) and even greater forgiveness by pulling weight away from the clubface and toward the heel and toe,” says Michael Vrska, global director of golf research and development for Wilson. “That makes the Ci11 that much more forgiving, and at the same time we have given it a thinner, harder face for stronger ball flight and distance.”

According to Vrska, the clubmaker has also installed a one-piece, soft-response insert to dampen vibration on mis-hits. And Wilson has made the irons available with a trio of stock shafts: True Temper TX Flighted steel, Aldila VS Proto II graphite and its own, patent-pending Half & Half, which employs a technology using both graphite and steel that was applied with great success in baseball bats and is now used throughout the Wilson club line.

 “What’s great about these irons, which have a standard set make-up of 4 to PW, is the way they combine looks and performance,” says Vrska. “And they give players in that handicap range of, say, eight to 18 two very good reasons to upgrade.”

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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 GolfChannel.com 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.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.