Buzzz Report Ping celebrates 50th Birthday with Limited Series Clubs
We were looking for some unique products specifically geared to Pings 50th anniversary and we found them. In addition to the 1-A putter, there will be a limited release of its G10 irons with the original finish of the early irons and Pings badge on the back of the club.The grooves are also precision-milled by machine, unlike the standard G10 irons, providing more spin. All of the products you see here will be available in early spring.
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1-A Gold Plated Putters- A limited number of Ping gold-plated 1-A putters, set in a wooden display box, will be available.These are similar to what you would find in the Ping factorys vault, a storied place where gold-plated replica putters and clubs are stored. Every time a player wins on the PGA Tour, a special replica club is made, one which goes to the player and the other into the vault. Included in this vault is a replica of Tiger Woods only victorious Ping putter, from the 1994 U.S. Amateur.
50th anniversary G10 irons - The 50th anniversary G10 irons will feature the old tumbled finish (similar to EYE2 irons) with machined grooves.
50th anniversary Rapture V2 metal woods - The 50th anniversary Rapture V2 metal woods will be available in driver, fairway and hybrid models. The difference from the retail line is the paint scheme (black and gold in the head and shaft).
The 50th anniversary Karsten putter models - The 50th anniversary Karsten putter models are made of manganese bronze (instead of stainless steel, found in the regular Karsten Series) and are available in the Anser, Zing and B60. They feature a gold satin finish.
Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1
Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.
He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.
Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).
Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.
That was his only dropped shot of the day.
The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.
Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.
That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.
Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.
'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th
Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.
“Go in,” he immediately said.
“Please go in,” he added.
Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.
Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie
Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.
But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!
Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.
That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.
Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup
Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.
And then he aced the par-3 seventh.
Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.
Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!