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.

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

LPGA:

We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


Full-field scores from the Joburg Open


Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.