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"You lose a lot more in golf than you win. So when you do win, you have to enjoy it. I'm going to go back home and enjoy it with my friends and enjoy it with my family and, yeah, I love being from Northern Ireland. I tell everyone how great it is. For me, it's the best place on earth. I'm obviously biased, but I love it back there and I love the people."

 

 

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Making his comeback from two bouts of myeloid leukemia, Jarrod Lyle (played this week on a sponsor’s exemption) and finished T42. He posted rounds of 66, 71, 70 and 69 to finish at -8. This season, Lyle has 20 events to earn $283,825 to retain his TOUR playing privileges. Through his first two events, Lyle has earned $53,795 (finished T31 at the Frys.com Open). Lyle now heads back to Australia to play his home circuit for the remainder of the year.

 

Scott Piercy, a native and resident of Las Vegas who missed the cut at the Frys.com Open, is playing on a Major Medical Extension this season. Piercy had surgery to repair a torn flexor digitorum superficialis in his right arm in February after losing in the first round at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. The injury originally occurred at the 2013 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. He started the season with 14 events to earn 200 FedExCup points or $300,710. Sunday’s finish was good for 85 points and $193,233. “My goal was in the fall to just sew up my major medical. Today I probably made around 200 grand, so I need to make another 100 just to not even worry about it. You know, I take a lot of positives out of it, but I'm kind of kicking myself at the same time. The ultimate goal is win and keep getting better. I played for almost 10 months with one arm and made a million bucks doing it. When you've got two arms, it's pretty good,” said Piercy.

 

You have to believe Nike Golf is expecting some big things out of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in 2015. Woods should be healthy and well rested; while McIlroy will look to continue the momentum he’s created in 2014. If either or both players are able to play up to their capabilities, Nike is hoping its association will help to drive sale. For either player to live up to the advanced billing, it will have to start with their tee shots. McIlroy, who ranked third in driving distance vapor(averaged 310.5 yards) in 2014, used his driver as a weapon. It helped him win two majors and more than $8.2 million in the past 10 months. He elected to switch out of his Covert 2 at last month’s Ryder Cup and into a yet to be released Vapor driver.

Nike announced it has more than one Vapor driver; in fact it’s coming to market at the end of January, with three. The Pro, Speed and Flex feature Nike’s FlyBeams, which stiffen the cavity back of the club, a re-engineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2, which facilitates the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. According to Nike Golf, all of these technologies were developed to drive more energy to the golf ball for more distance, no matter the swing. But it will be Woods and McIlroy who it will be left to drive home the points to consumers by their respective performances.

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Looking for some help getting the ball to find the hole? Titleist has a couple of ideas on how to answer that age-old question. The company has announced two new Scotty Cameron Futura X5 and X5R putters. Available in golf shops worldwide beginning Oct. 31, the latest from Cameron promise stability through advanced perimeter weighting and easier alignment thanks to vertical and horizontal sightlines. The X5 model is angled in the back, while the X5R features a rounded shape.

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It hasn’t been the kind of year TaylorMade adidas Golf was looking for. Others can certainly relate, just perhaps not on the scale TMaG has seen its business drop off. Many in the industry have wondered how the company will respond to its first down year in a long time. The first clues have surfaced as TaylorMade announced RSi irons featuring Face Slot Technology.
 
In an interesting twist, the teaser campaign leading up to the announcement was titled mis-hits happen, which could be one way to explain the company’s performance in 2014. Nevertheless, TMaG has revealed its next generation of irons to help improve not only recreational players’ games but company revenues too. According to TaylorMade, 76% of all iron shots are mis-hits struck outside the center of the face. This discovery led the company to the development of a new technology, designed to improve consistency and distance on off-center hits.

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