Keeping cool in the summer heat

By Richard CurreyAugust 18, 2009, 4:00 pm
If you had $10,000 in the bank, what would you do with it?
 
Kevin Plank, a former special teams standout at the University of Maryland, decided he needed to redesign the t-shirt. Tired of leaving the football field covered in sweat and stink, he and his brother Scott set out on a quest to replace the cotton t-shirt he wore under his football jersey.
 
In doing so, Plank set off a revolution in performance sportswear by inventing what is now known as HeatGear Technology and started a little company we now know as Under Armour. Under Armour is widely known for their second skin product that uses microfiber polyester to wick sweat away from the body and move it where its easily evaporated.
 
Since the formation of Under Armour in the mid-1990s, many companies have gone on to replicate the technology and move it into the golfing arena. Heres a look at what Under Armour and some of its competitors are offering this year in an attempt to keep you dry.
 
Under Armour:
 
Mens Player Polo ($59.99)
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Mens Player Polo with ArmourStetch
Along with its moisture regulating HeatGear construction this shirt brings something else to the table, ArmourStretch. This new technology adds quite a bit of elasticity to the shirt, which makes for more skin to material contact. By doing this it allows the microfiber polyester to wick away more sweat while not restricting any range of motion. The player polo, which youll see on Hunter Mahan, also has an anti-pick and anti-pull finish for better durability. There are seven different color combinations available.
 
Mens Bent Grass Shorts ($49.99)
Once again, Under Armour takes advantage of their new ArmourStretch in these shorts to allow for better movement while swinging. These are a flat-front short with two side seam pockets and two rear besom pockets for plenty of room to keep your tees, gloves, and whatever else it is you like to hang on to while on the course. As with all of Under Armours HeatGear products, the shorts carry an anti-odor technology to help improve the smell of the material, which was a major complaint of many people using dry fitting material in the past. These shorts are available in black, dune, and stone.
 
HeatGear Glove ($14.99)
What sets this apart from most gloves is the use of HeatGear fabric in between the fingers to allow for airflow and sweat control in the glove. The use of synthetic leather on the top of the glove for more stretch while using natural Cabretta leather for improved grip in the fingers and palm allows for ultra-grip performance and club control with a comfortable, tight fit.
 
adidas:
 
ClimaCool 3-Stripes Mesh Polo ($65.00)
This new mesh polo is made completely of adidas Coolmax Extreme fabric to keep you dry and comfortable while offering a UPF rating of 15+ to help protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays. This shirt is also anti-microbial and resists pilling. It is currently available in three different color combinations; black/white, diaz/white, and white/black.
 
ClimaCool 3-Stripes Short ($80.00)
Also making use of the Coolmax Extreme fabric, these pants offer ventilation to the lower back to keep you cool on those hot summer days. One of the huge benefits of this material is for the traveler, as they will not wrinkle, meaning they can go straight from the suitcase to the course. Adidas offers these pants in four different colors; deck, boulder, white, and black.
 
Tour360 Sport Shoe ($160.00)
Adidas Tour360 Sport
Adidas Tour360 Sport
While it may look like a cross-training shoe, this performance shoe was made for the golfer through and through. It features adidas proprietary 50/50 Protect technology, a water-resistant shield which protects the lower half of the shoe from debris and water seeping in. It also has a mesh top to offer breathability and comfort.
 
Another interesting detail of this shoe is the 3D fitFOAM sock liner, which offers a great deal of cushion and comfort. X-static silver fragments are woven into the lining to help regulate the golfers internal temperature by drawing heat away from the body.
 
Ashworth:
 
AM 1058 Off the Grid Polo ($70.00)
Not a fan of the feel of polyester? This blend shirt offers something for the golfer that enjoys staying dry but wants the feel of cotton. Using a blend of polyester microfiber and Pima cotton, this shirt draws sweat away from the body without using chemicals, so it is a cotton shirt that does not need to be treated after every few washes.
Ashworth Morrison Pants AM 6071
Ashworth AM 6071 Morrison Pant

 
AM 6071 Morrison Pant ($80.00)
Once again with the cotton lover in mind, Ashworth brings us this pair of pants that uses 100-percent cotton in a specially constructed way. The pin cord construction transforms these pants into a lighter weight option by channeling the moisture away from the body while allowing for maximum breathability. For those of you who have to wear pants at the course this is a good place to start. This same material is also available in a shorts version.
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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.