Golf News – August 22nd, 2013

Golf News for August 22, 2013

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Nike Golf Signs Dave Stockton

BEAVERTON, Ore. (August 21, 2013) – Dave Stockton, one of the hottest short-game instructors in the sport of golf, has signed with Nike Golf to assist in product development and design, specifically in the realm of putters.

Stockton, who currently resides in Redlands, Calif., brings his elite knowledge and signature status as one of the legendary putting gurus in the golf industry to his new role with the brand.

Stockton has coached some of the sport’s top athletes, including Nike Golf’s very own Rory McIlroy and Suzann Pettersen.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of what I believe is one of the most innovative brands in sports,” said Stockton. “I look forward to sharing my putter insights with Nike engineers so they can continue to create amazing product that help golfers putt better.”

Stockton currently runs a golf instruction program, Stockton Golf, with his two sons, Ron and Dave, Jr. His book, “Unconscious Putting,” quickly became a best-seller after its release in 2011.

The University of Southern California graduate made his professional golf debut in 1964, capturing 11 PGA Tour titles over the course of his career –including two PGA Championships — and 14 Champions Tour victories. Stockton also won three Ryder Cup matches with the U.S. team in 1971, 1977 and 1991.

15 Fun Facts About the Barclays

By PGATOUR.COM staff

The FedExCup Playoffs get under way tomorrow at Liberty National. Here are 15 random facts to note as the race for the FedExCup heats up.

1. Ayone inside the top 84 in the FedExCup standings could be the leader after this week’s Barclays.

2. The current top 43 are guaranteed a spot in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

3. Jordan Spieth (No. 8) has the second-best start for a rookie in the Playoffs era (Keegan Bradley, No. 5, 2011).

4. No one starting the Playoffs outside the FedExCup top 20 has ever won the FedExCup.

5. Bill Haas entered the 2011 TOUR Championship at No. 25 and won the FedExCup, though.

6. While 35 players have qualified for every Playoffs, just 26 of them have qualified for the Deutsche Bank every year since 2007.

7. No one moved into the top 125 the last two weeks of the PGA TOUR Season.

8. Only once in the Playoffs (2007 Deutsche Bank) has no one crossed the cut line to advance.

9. No Barclays champ has won the FedExCup sinde 2008 – tied for the longest drought of any Playoffs event.

10. After Round 1, Hunter Mahan will become the only player to compete in all 25 Playoffs events in FedExCup history.

11. No. 110 Camilo Villegas has never competed in a Playoffs without earning at least one top-10 finish. He needs to work fast to keep his streak alive.

12. Six players: Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker have not fallen outside the FedExCup top 30 this season.

13. Just two players — Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker — haven’t ranked outside the top 20 (or top 10 for that matter) this season.

14. For the first time in three weeks, Tiger Woods’ reign atop the FedExCup standings (which has reached 22 weeks) could come to an end.

15. No. 125 Ben Crane made the Playoffs with 10 points to spare. Nos. 125-126 were separated by 11 points COMBINED from ’09-’12.

Iomic Grips Used By The Winner Of The Wyndham Championship

Santa Ana, CA – August 21, 2013 – IOMIC USA, manufacturer of innovative, revolutionary and dynamically designed grips, announced today that the winner of the Wyndham Championship used an IOMIC Absolute X Putter Grip.

“We congratulate the winner on his first PGA Tour career victory. This young professional displayed incredible focus and control throughout the event and especially during his playoff when he pulled off an outstanding birdie to win. We appreciate the fact that he relies on our putter grip to maintain great feel and control on the greens,” said Katz Murai, Overseas Division of IOMIC.

The winner shot a 14-under 266 to tie for the lead of the Wyndham Championship. He made a birdie putt on the second playoff hole to claim the first victory of his career. His win moved him to 22nd in the FedExCup standings. The FedExCup Playoffs begin with the top 125 in the standings competing at The Barclays this week. The winner used a black IOMIC Absolute X Putter Grip. Two other top-10 finishers (T5 and T8) also used IOMIC grips.

The IOMIC Absolute X Putter Grip features a classic design with a new textured surface that reduces grip pressure and improves traction. This grip inspires confidence during every putting stroke. It is available in mid-size only and comes in a wide variety of bold colors.

All IOMIC grips feature the revolutionary “IOMAX” technology, a proprietary compound that provides a soft feel with control. This material provides adhesiveness, is water and friction resistant and is naturally white in color which allows for a full spectrum of color – IOMIC’s signature trait.

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Dufner’s life after PGA win: ‘Not much has changed’

Jason Dufner is playing in his first tournament since winning the PGA Championship two weeks ago at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Dufner, who was back in Auburn, Ala., in the wee hours Monday morning said: “I still took the trash out on Tuesday morning, and we actually got a new puppy, so I was up at 3:00 in the morning every night taking him out to the bathroom and still going to my favorite breakfast spot in town.

“So not too much has changed in my life. My wife hasn’t treated me any differently and people around me are still treating me the same. So it’s pretty easy when you’ve got good people around you,” Dufner added.

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Who has had the better year, Scott or Woods?

Adam Scott: 1, Tiger Woods: 0

That’s how many majors Scott and Woods have this year.

Though, Woods does has five wins and enters the FexExCup Playoffs as the No. 1 player in the standings and is in prime position to win his third FexExCup in its seven years of existence.

Scott only has one win, but it was the Masters, where he claimed his first career major and became the first Aussie to wear the Green Jacket.

“I’d rather have mine, that’s for sure,” Scott said. He also has top-five finishes at The Open and PGA Championship this year.

Not so fast though. Scott thinks Woods has had a great season, too: “Five wins? Tiger’s had the best year. It’s hard to pass up looking at five wins. I think the next best guy might have two; is that right? That’s a great year to win that many times.”

Maybe Woods would like Scott’s season.

“I really don’t know,” Scott said. “He may want mine. I mean, No. 15 is proving to be difficult for him, so that would have given him that.”

Earlier today, Woods said this about his own season: “This year’s been a great year so far. I’ve won at two of my favorite venues, plus winning two World Golf Championships and a Players in there, it’s been pretty good.”

By: Cassie Stein @GolfweekCassie

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Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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