Think pink: Ideas to support breast cancer awareness

By Win McMurryOctober 13, 2011, 6:29 pm

When Amy Mickelson was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2009, the entire golf community came together with hope and well-wishes for her recovery. In fact, days after the announcement, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial announced a “Pink Out” to raise awareness for breast cancer research. A short time later, Phil Mickelson’s mother, Mary, was also diagnosed with the same illness, and support continued from the golf community as did the light of awareness. Thankfully, both Amy and Mary are doing better today.

However, the image of U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples wearing a pink ribbon pinned to his cap struck me recently as I looked back at footage from the matches in 2009. We don’t have to look very far to find people in our own lives who also have been affected by breast cancer and the battle against it continues as they seek a cure.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And as part of the golf community, here are some ways to show your support for a cause that continues to touch all of our lives:

*AB Golf Designs during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year donates a portion of proceeds from sales of its attention-grabbing specialty “Swing Bling” and “Think Pink” head covers to combat the disease.

*Bridgestone released a limited edition number of B330-RX dozens in pink, the same balls used by Paula Creamer in many of her final rounds on the LPGA. They are marked with “0” and “58,” her preferred ball numbers. Bridgestone plans to donate $20,000 from this special release to breast cancer awareness and research effort.

*For Breast Cancer Awareness month, Kentwool is donating a portion of proceeds from the pink version of its men’s and women’s Tour Profile and ladies-specific Low Profile Skinny performance socks (MSRP $19.95) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

*Custom breast cancer awareness Blingo Ballmarks are hand-made using Swarovski Crystals. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Free shipping is offered when you order from (MSRP  $16.95).

*Footjoy offers the SciFlex Pink Ribbon women’s glove (MSRP $19) that provides comfort and durability with a great grip and feel. I wear this glove and love it!

*Target offers pink C9 by Champions Women’s Seamless Cami Bra (MSRP $16.99) and pink Women’s Cardio Athletic Jacket ($27.99). If you haven’t been to Target recently, you need to go and check out this line of sports apparel perfect for the golf course.  The technology is top-of-the-line for an affordable price. It offers Duo Dry technology that wicks and speeds evaporation to help keep you cool and dry, seamless comfort to reduce chafing, compression fit for support and ease of movement, UV protection, defends against odors with antimicrobial properties, and also has products that are water resistant.  

*Birdy & Grace is known for doing some great sweaters for the active lifestyle woman.  This zip cardigan has a shiny satin lining on the inside that gives it pop and function.  The 'Dakota' is a fun pink piece to throw on, perfect for this time of year and for a great cause (MSRP $99.00).

*Ogio Featherlite Luxe golf bag (on sale for $149.99). To complete the playing pink look on the course, check out this pink-accented Ogio bag.

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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 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.