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NO, CANADA: For the time being, at least, Callaway Golf will have to leave the Royal Canadian Golf Association alone. A United States District Court judge in California dismissed Callaway's suit against the RCGA on the grounds that the U.S. court does not have jurisdiction over the RCGA.
Callaway had sued the RCGA alleging restraint of trade with respect to the Callaway ERC drivers. The drivers do not conform to the U.S. Golf Association's limits on spring-like effect off the face of the club. Once the USGA listed the Callaway clubs as nonconforming, the RCGA followed suit, relying on USGA test results instead of testing independently.
The suit arose after Callaway introduced its first ERC last March in Japan. That club was intended to be marketed everywhere but the United States. In October, Callaway introduced another nonconforming club, the ERC II, which is intended for sale worldwide.
Personal jurisdiction is a threshold issue in any lawsuit. Therefore, the dismissal is not a ruling on the merits of the case. Callaway plans an appeal.
REDOING THE CATALOG AT ADAMS: After the introduction of its new hybrid-shafted Tight Lies GT irons last fall, Adams Golf plans a whole new product line, including drivers, fairway woods and wedges.
No one questions the club-design savvy of company chairman and CEO Barney Adams. But investors have been critical of the financial performance. Adams stock, which trades on NASDAQ under the symbol ADGO, has been mired below a dollar per share for some time. Does Adams hope the new line will jump-start the stock performance?
'I care deeply about Wall Street, but I don't have any control over it,' Adams says. 'But this will be the first time in the history of Adams Golf that we've had a complete sales force and complete product line at the same time. So it's kind of a new beginning for us.'
As usual, Adams cares deeply about product too. But he's not giving away too much too soon.
'As far as the driver goes, my goal has always been to have a driver where the head plays as long or longer than anyone else,' Adams says. 'In addition, we're looking at a shaft technology that's superior in and of itself. And that's all I can say right now. But I'm also proud of the fact that suggested retail will be $100 less than anyone else.
'The wedges are classic Watson signature wedges that will have the GT shafts in them; they're just beautiful. And the fairway woods will be a little longer than irons, which will make them more playable.'
The new entries will make their debut at this month's PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 26-29 in Orlando.
STAT DU JOUR: To err with a forged iron is human, but the forgiveness of investment cast clubs is divine. More than 90 percent of recreational players use cast irons. On the PGA Tour, cast still beats forged, but less handily: 65 percent of Tour players use cast clubs. Source: The Darrell Survey Golf Equipment Almanac 2000.
Football coach hates golf: Don't need practice swearing
Some football coaches are a little more talkative than others. On one side of the spectrum, there's Bill Belichick. On the other sits Washington State football coach Mike Leach.
Leach always delivers the goods, and when asked recently if he liked golf, he didn't hold back:
Mike Leach hates golf. Why? Because "it's boring and I don't care where that ball goes." And because he doesn't need practice swearing. pic.twitter.com/hmybj1411Y— Lindsay Joy (@SWXLindsayJoy) April 18, 2018
As wrong as the 57-year-old is on the topic (golf is awesome), the man makes some hilarious points:
• “It’s boring. I don’t care where that ball goes.”
• "Golfers are always practicing their swing. But you know what I never did? I never practice fishing in my living room.”
• "They'll line up over the ball and they'll say they're going to do something that you can't do with a sniper rifle and a scope, but they're going to do it with a stick and a ball."
• “Golf’s pretty much for people that don’t swear effectively enough or need practice. And so there are people that need golf, and I don’t think I do.”
So in conclusion, it's confirmed: Mike Leach - not a golf guy.
Quiros takes 1-shot lead in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco - Alvaro Quiros shot a solid 2-under 70 in windy conditions to push into a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Friday.
Quiros fought the elements, carding seven birdies and five bogeys to move to 7 under overall and take the outright lead at the halfway point of the European Tour event.
The Spaniard was one clear of Andrew Dodt, who moved into contention with a 4-under 68 at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course. Dodt dropped two shots in his first six holes but the Australian recovered from that shaky start to collect four birdies and an eagle.
Erik van Rooyen of South Africa was another shot back in third on 5 under after his 71.
Bradley Dredge of Wales, who shared the first-round lead with Quiros, slipped off the pace with a 1-over 73. He's tied for fourth with Austin Connelly of Canada (71), 4 under par and three shots behind Quiros.
Bogey-free Moore shares Valero lead
Amid the swirling winds on a difficult track at the Valero Texas Open, Ryan Moore has yet to blink.
Moore was one of only two players among the 156-man field to go bogey-free during the opening round at TPC San Antonio, and he's now the only player still boasting a clean scorecard after a second-round 67 that included five birdies and the rest pars. At 9 under, the veteran shares the lead with Zach Johnson and was three shots clear of any other player at the end of the morning wave.
"Really, around this golf course what matters is the right distance," Moore told reporters. "You can get in some pretty tough spots if you're long and short. So I kind of hit it the right distance all day, gave myself plenty of good birdie opportunities and didn't stress myself out too much with too many up-and-downs."
While many players struggle to find a true offseason, Moore took nearly three months off between starts at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and Waste Management Phoenix Open. During that time he shed nearly 20 pounds thanks to changes to his diet and teamed up with a new swing coach, Drew Steckel, in December.
The results have been solid if not spectacular, as Moore tied for fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and finished T-16 last week at the RBC Heritage.
"It's been solid golf, especially the last few weeks. I haven't got a ton out of it," Moore said. "The putter just wasn't there. So this week, just got a little more comfortable with the putter and knocked a few putts in that kind of matter early in my rounds, and it's going in. That's kind of what's been missing lately."
Moore had a breakthrough season in 2016 that included his victory at the John Deere Classic and spot on the Ryder Cup team, but he hasn't sniffed career win No. 6 since a T-3 finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions 16 months ago. Should he keep a clean card this weekend in San Antonio, his chances to end that victory drought appear bright.
"I played some really nice golf yesterday, I just controlled the ball nicely all the way around and was bogey-free yesterday, so thought, 'Let's go try and do that again,'" Moore said. "So to play in tough, windy conditions, to go bogey-free (again), it was some good solid golf."
Former champ Z. Johnson surges at Valero
Midway through his opening round at the Valero Texas Open, Zach Johnson appeared far closer to a missed cut than a spot on the leaderboard.
Johnson initially struggled in the winds at TPC San Antonio, playing his first 13 holes in 3 over. But he eagled No. 14 and closed with three more birdies to post a 2-under 70, then went unconscious during a second-round 65 where he made six birdies over his first 10 holes.
It added up to a 9-under total at the halfway point, and instead of packing his bags the two-time major champ now shares the lead with Ryan Moore.
"You just never know. That's the beauty of this game," Johnson told reporters. "I didn't have anything going putting-wise. I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. Shoot, I made some good pars all while being 3 over. You just never know."
Johnson won this event in both 2008 and 2009, but that was when it was held across town at La Cantera Golf Club. Since the switch to TPC San Antonio in 2010, he has only one top-10 finish and two missed cuts, including last year's early exit with consecutive rounds of 74.
But Friday he played like a man unaware of the venue shift, with four straight birdies on Nos. 12-15 and a hole-out eagle from the greenside bunker on the par-4 fifth hole. His closing bogey on No. 9 was his first dropped shot in the last 25 holes.
"The confidence is there, and when you can step on the tee with this kind of wind, you trust your clubs and trust your ball, that's pretty important," Johnson said. "I felt good. It was hard, I'm not going to deny that. That was one of the better 27-hole stretches that I've had in a long time."
Johnson's 65 was his first sub-70 score since an opening-round 69 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a span of 12 stroke-play rounds. The veteran has made every cut in 11 starts this season, but his T-8 finish at the RSM Classic in November remains his only top-10 finish.
"I felt really good coming into the week," Johnson said. "Confidence was there, it just wasn't showing up on the scorecard."