Your feet will thank you for the Ecco Biom Hybrid 2

By Jason CrookApril 14, 2015, 4:45 pm

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There are few feelings in this world better than wearing a new, comfortable pair of shoes, but one of them would most certainly be golfing in a new, comfortable pair of shoes.

And when it comes to that experience, it doesn't get much better than the Ecco Biom Hybrid 2. The original Ecco Biom Hybrids set the standard, but its successor raises the bar even higher.

"We basically just tried not to mess it up too much," Jesper Thuen, Ecco's Global Marketing Manager, said during January's PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., about the differences between the models. "We just made a few changes that we think could benefit all golfers."

Well ... mission accomplished.

Ecco has known they've been on to something with their spikeless, hybrid golf shoes since they started making them in 2010. In fact, 90 percent of their sales are now hybrids, compared to traditional cleats, and looking at their newest product, it's easy to see why.

The first thing that grabs the eye are the colors. They aren't "Rickie Fowler bright," but if you want to make a statement, these will do the job just fine. The Biom Hybrid 2s come in concrete and royal, black and brick, camel and fanta, white and fire and a simple white and black. With every color combination featuring metallic, reflective accents on the outside of the toe and the heel. They also have a two-toned sole, which not only looks cool, but is actually a patented design to help with grip.

But as stated above, it's the comfort that is the main selling point of these shoes. Thanks to a silicone inlay, the Biom Hybrid 2s feel like they mold to your feet when you slip them on, ensuring that nothing will move around inside the shoe. And with a new outsole that is actually two parts, you feel the softness on the inside of the shoe while the outside is actually made of a much tougher material to protect you from the elements.

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So they're colorful and comfortable, but will it help your game? The answer, simply, is yes. The shoe's 800 traction angles will make you feel closer to the ground and stable all the way through your swing, essentially eliminating, "my feet slipped," as an acceptable excuse by putting these on.

"The further away you are from the ground, the less balance you have," said Thuen. "We've removed a little bit of material in he mid-sole, to reduce weight, and we've put an internal shank piece in to improve stability, but it's less material so you are actually closer to the ground."

And, needless to say, since they are spikeless, comfortable, fashionable and actually 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the Biom Hybrid 2 is the perfect shoe to wear to the course, the 19th hole and even to whatever errands you have to run afterwards.

The Ecco Biom Hybrid 2 shoes retail for $195.00. For more information or to make a purchase, check them out here.

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.