Nike Tries to Bag More Golf Bag Business
NIKES GOT A BRAND NEW BAG: Three new golf bags from Nike will be available Sept. 1. The Tour Air Carry will have dual straps that use Nikes Air technology and a proprietary flexible stand system. Suggested retail will be $175.
The Verdana cart bag is designed for women, Nike says. It has a removable accessory pouch, and the entire bag is one inch shorter to accommodate shorter womens clubs. Its also 25 percent lighter. Suggested retail will be $140.
And evidently the Sunday bag is not dead. The Skinny Bag, suggested retail $50, is designed for those coupla-club days. It weighs just two pounds.
Nike claims to be the leader in the $125 million-per-year golf bag category with 19 percent of the market. (The company cites data from industry metrics company Golf Datatech.)
INKS A-FLYIN: Well, theres endorsement money out there somewhere. Wilson Golf continues to gather Senior PGA Tour pros to play its True golf ball; Wayne Levi will join Ben Crenshaw and Bill Kratzert on the Wilson staff. Levi turned 50 Feb. 22; he has already had four top-10 finishes. He has racked up more than $394,000 in earnings.
And Tom Lehman has signed a deal with Pro Tour Memorabilia to produce photographs and memorabilia of his career. Pro Tour is the official collectible company of the PGA Tour. At first, the Lehman collection will include signed photos, balls, clubheads, PGA Tour flags and similar items.
PGA AND JACK FIRST-TEE IT UP: The PGA of America and Jack Nicklaus have donated $210,000 to 25 First Tee chapters to promote their efforts to bring golf to kids who might not otherwise have gotten into it.
The lucky recipients of $10,000 PGA teaching grants are First Tee chapters in Ft. Smith, Ark., Plymouth, Minn., Salina, Kan., Elkton, Fla., Olympia, Wash., Minneapolis, Tulsa, Okla., Smyrna, Tenn., Chattanooga, Tenn., Sacramento, Calif., Columbus, Ohio, , Gladstone, Ore., Hartford, Conn., Galloway, Ohio, northeastern Illinois and Wisconsin.
Receiving $5,000 PGA/Nicklaus teaching grants are First Tee chapters in Davenport, Iowa, Memphis, Tenn., Columbus, Ga., Trinity, Texas, San Antonio, Columbus, Ohio, and two chapters in Knoxville, Ky.
DEFCON Tiger: Athletes tweet while watching Tiger
Tiger Woods grabbed the Tour Championship lead and the sports world by the throat Saturday, making birdie on six of his first seven holes in his third round and sending social media into a frenzy.
Here's a sampling from athletes, journalists and celebrtiies, and we'll start with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.
.@TigerWoods I want whatever you had for breakfast this morning! This is insane— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 22, 2018
Tiggggeerrrrrrrr— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) September 22, 2018
Wow @TigerWoods is ready to go today!— Harry Kane (@HKane) September 22, 2018
Tiger just had his 6th birdie of the day on the 7th hole! pic.twitter.com/eqLFbpEbbG— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) September 22, 2018
Tv on Airplane. Oh boy !!!!— Ricky Barnes (@RealRickyBarnes) September 22, 2018
Tiger is going to win— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) September 22, 2018
Tiger on the loose let’s go! pic.twitter.com/AjMi5p7yym— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) September 22, 2018
5 birdies in 6 holes. Only one player is within 6 shots of Tiger. This is outrageous. pic.twitter.com/Ws6A5Neayo— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) September 22, 2018
Make that 5 under thru his 1st 6. Live look at Tiger walking to 7th tee pic.twitter.com/W7T0Kei1rB— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 22, 2018
Feels like 12, 15 years ago, happily chained to my favorite chair watching the field chase Tiger in a big event on a Saturday afternoon...few things like it.— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) September 22, 2018
Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal
VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.
Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.
Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.
''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''
Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.
Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.
Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.
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Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven
Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.
Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.
Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.
One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.
He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.
He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.
He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.
Looking to make the turn in 29, Woods instead missed the green at the par-3 ninth, failed to get up and down for par, and had to settle for 5-under 30.