SAN DIEGO, 3/12/2019 – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips would like to congratulate the winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on his victory this weekend that was sealed with a faultless final round of 64 and sees him continue his remarkable form of the last 12 months.

Equipped with Lamkin’s TS1 grips, on his swinging clubs and Lamkin’s Deep Etched putter grip, the winner played stunning golf all day, racking up eight birdies, including a monster 43-foot birdie putt on the last to secure the win. This performance continues his form from the last 12 months that had seen him take the #1 spot on the 2018 European Tour Race to Dubai, secure his first Major at the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, take 3 wins in his last 12 PGA Tour starts including his first at the Quicken Loans National, win the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship, and win an unprecedented 5 points from 5 for Team Europe at the Ryder Cup in Paris.

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The winners Lamkin TS1 grips, in a customized Blue color, feature Lamkin’s revolutionary GENESIS compound and utilize FINGERPRINT TECHNOLOGY micro-textures for unmatched feel and responsiveness. A reduced-taper shape reduces excess grip tension for a more fluid swing. The Tour-inspired TS1 is exceptionally durable and maintains a consistent feel in all weather conditions.

The Deep Etched Putter grip features a prominent horizontally etched pattern and a traditional sized, paddle shape. The surface texture, profile and firmer material make it an ideal choice for players who want a grip that delivers maximum feel and shot feedback.

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Doesn’t it feel great? The 2019 PGA Tour season has officially begun. As the season starts where the sky meets Pacific blue the long road to the season’s playoff finale at East Last began this week in Maui. The home of Kapalua Golf and its Plantation Course. The site of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

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This weekend saw a field of 34 players (make that 33… as Kevin Na had to withdraw due to a fractured finger) all with hopes of punching their ticket back to paradise in 2020. This week was a little different as we watched players contend with the new modernized rules of golf. We watched Bryson DeChambeau putt with the pin in. We also watched him execute a drop from knee height which if you ask me looked awkward as heck and called it “a bit absurd”. We also saw a player or two take advantage of being able to ground a club in a hazard.

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The event marked a “sort of” end to a quasi “free agency” market. For example, the previously mentioned Kevin Na formerly a Titleist staffer is now with Callaway Golf (he was a free agent during 2018). Also with Callaway Golf is defending Champion Golfer Of the Year Francesco Molinari who was also an equipment free agent in 2018. Paul Casey was observed with a Honma utility iron so who knows perhaps he joined Justin Rose on Team Honma. Troy Merritt previously of Wilson Golf was seen this week wearing a Titleist cap. Speaking of Wilson Golf, Gary Woodland who in 2018 had a buffet in his bag is now with the Chicago, Illinois-based golf manufacturer. He’s playing a V4 utility iron, Staff Proto blades and at last check he’s testing the Driver vs Driver 2 winner (Cortex).

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As I write this article, there’s a tie atop the leaderboard as Woodland and Xander Schauffele are in a share for the lead at -22 after Woodland sunk a clutch putt on 17. Schauffele who is playing in the group ahead missed an Eagle putt on 18 however he would make birdie to get to -23 (a final round 62).  Woodland in the meantime hit his second shot (a layup) to just in front of the green. He left himself a make-able putt to force a playoff but just missed.

Congratulations go to Xander Schauffele on his win in Maui. If this is any example, it’s going to be an exciting year on the PGA Tour. Next stop for 2019 is the first full field event for 2019. The Sony Open.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

Sitting here I was thinking about something that I wrote about in my Top 10 Golf Stories of 2018. I made a bold prediction based on pretty much nothing regarding my pick to win The Masters in April. Seeing that I went that far with it… I’m going to make Major predictions for the 2019 season on both the LPGA and PGA Tour.

Let’s see how close I get.

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The Masters – I went out on a limb about the 2019 Masters Tournament in the article yesterday that led to this piece. My prediction was that Tommy Fleetwood would win the Green Jacket in 2019. While everyone on Tour and in the field has the game to win on any weekend one half of Ryder Cup craze “Moliwood” will break through and claim his first Major. Justin Rose will be right there when the dust settles too.

U.S. Open – Ah yes! The carnage and horror of how the USGA sets up their courses. I’m a huge fan! Always a test that wears down the field I hope that 2019 is no different. It’d be easy to predict Brooks Koepka because he really guts it out to hang in during the battle of attrition that is the U.S. Open. Not this year though. Bryson DeChambeau broke through in a big time way in 2018. 3 wins on Tour. He can win on golf’s biggest stages, won the U.S. Amateur in 2015. He wins at Pebble Beach in June.

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The Open Championship – Royal Portrush is the venue in 2019. The golf course in Northern Ireland was first formed in 1888. It has stood the test of time much like the cliffs that border the golf course have been beaten and battered over time. The last few Open Championships have been graced by good weather. 2019 will be a test like so many Open Championships before it. One weekend… four seasons. I’m picking a player to win from the European continent. His name… Francesco Molinari. He’ll repeat as the Champion Golfer of the Year. Grizzled veteran Bernhard Langer will give us thrills if he’s in the field.

PGA Championship – Courses for the PGA Championship generally get set-up with the players in mind. That said, we aren’t going to see a USGA-style Bethpage Black set-up. It’ll be a little friendlier. Accuracy, length, putting and a deft touch will still be required to get around the Tillinghast layout. Picking a Brooks Koepka repeat is a thought but what fun would that be? My prediction is a young gun. A pretty young gun at that. Cameron Champ will win the final Major of the year. He has the tools to collect the Wanamaker Trophy.

 

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ANA Inspiration – The 40th Anniversary of this tournament. Previously, it was called the Kraft Nabisco Championship and The Dinah Shore. No matter what name you call it remember that the ANA Inspiration is the first Major Championship contested every year (PGA Tour included). Who’s going to take the leap into “Poppies Pond”. I’m looking right at Brooke Henderson to make the fabled leap. She’s tasted victory in Major Championships before. Get her towel and robe ready.

U.S. Women’s Open – The U.S. Women’s Open is going to be contested in the “Palmetto State”. The Country Club of Charleston is the host venue (founded in 1900) and it’s a course steeped in history. As you might expect the course will be set-up in typical USGA fashion for the ladies. While I haven’t been there (I haven’t been anywhere really) I will say that by looking at the pictures it sort of reminds me of ANGC. The combination of intimate green complexes with false fronts and solid bunkering adds to the effect. The greens will be fast… so who was the best putter on the LPGA Tour in 2018? She may not have been the best but third is pretty close. Who was third? That was World #1 Ariya Jutanagarn. Ariya win’s the U.S. Women’s Open. Dame Laura Davies is going to make some noise here.

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – Minnesota golf fans. Hazeltine National Golf Club is the host site for the 3rd of 5 major championships on the LPGA Tour. Name an important USGA tournament and there’s a chance that Hazeltine has hosted it. It’s also hosted the PGA Championship and a Ryder Cup (with another slated for 2028). For the first time since 1966 the women return to walk it’s marvelous tree-lined fairways. Well thought out hazards protect the “old girl”. Precision is a priority. It’s not going off of the radar to pick the winner of this tournament. I like current World #3 So Yeon Ryu.

The Evian Championship – The first of two Major Championships to be contested in consecutive weeks. It’s going to be a matter of who’s feeling “it” the first week. I really can see Lexi Thompson winning The Evian. She struggled with being mentally drained and body image in 2018. She took some valuable time off from professional golf in 2018 to focus on herself and it paid off when she came back fresh and won the CME Group TOUR Championship. I really like Lexi to claim her second Major here.

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AIG Women’s British Open – The last Major Championship of the year for the women takes place at Woburn Golf Club. My pick might seem like a bit of a darkhorse but I actually like Dame Laura Davies to win. Maybe because I would love to see some history made. dame Davies still plays great golf and can contend with the younger gals on the LPGA. Woburn looks like a typical parklands-style golf course and looking at it it looks like it could be any course in North Carolina. Towering pine trees with large greens… who knows. Maybe she could do it. If not her than look no further than Charley Hull.

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2019 is a Solheim Cup year. The American team wins handily at Gleneagles.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee