Putting the Sun Mountain KG-2 golf bag to the test in rainy Ireland

By Brandon TuckerJuly 12, 2012, 10:05 pm

The spotty weather in Northern Ireland during the Irish Open at Royal Portrush got a bad rap. Considering the PGA Tour venue for the same week, the AT&T National at Congressional was riddled with heat, humidity and thundershowers, wouldn't you rather play in the odd rain shower and cool breeze? Besides a short rain delay during the first round, most of the week was actually quite calm and sunny. During that time, I had the chance to play some of Northern Ireland's finest golf courses.

The links of Ireland are enjoyed best when walked, and making the rounds with me was the new Sun Mountain KG-2, decked out in a fitting green trim for the occasion. Sun Mountain has 25 years of stand bag-making experience, and with that expertise, virtually no detail is ignored on the KG-2. On the top of the bag are three integrated handles that come in handy when the bag is in a tight space. The lift-handle on the side of the bag is big, stiff and sturdy, and doubles as a dog leash attachment when I'm walking the municipal golf courses in Austin with my rascal of a collie-terrier puppy:

KG-2 Sun Mountain

There is a little extra padding on the upper part of the bag that softens any impact it has on your shoulder blades when trudging down a fairway. Pockets include a little slot for a pen and easy-access bottle holder. In total, there are eight pockets of various sizes, including a easy-to-get-to cell phone pocket and velour-lined valuables pocket for your watch that is fully waterproof.

Stuffed into my largest pocket were the Sun Mountain Torrent jacket and pants waterproofs. They are insulated and warm and watching rain bead off the material is quite a sight if you've never worn something as heavy-duty. A couple innovative parts to the Torrent jacket are the cinch system at the waist and adjustable hem and cuffs to ensure the jacket, despite it's sturdy build, doesn't impact your golf swing.

For walkers, the KG-2's E-Z Fit Dual Strap system fits well and can be adjusted very easily, whether you're carrying the bag or if it's on the ground. On two occasions, I had members at Castlerock and Portstewart who caddied for me, and they used trolleys rather than carry. Two small holders at the bottom for the legs, as well as a cart-friendly bottom, ensure the stand isn't damaged or the legs don't stick out.

Sun Mountain has 16 variations of walking, stand bags alone for men (plus one more for women), as well as numerous more cart bag variations. For those who want something that is even smaller and lighter carrying, check out their SwiftX and Zero-G models. But for an all-purpose bag that doesn't skimp on space, style and durability, it's tough to beat the KG-2.

More information can be found at SunMountain.com.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.