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2017 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members… the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. And whether that special person you’re buying for is into apparel, equipment, technology or cool accessories, our Holiday Gift Guide has you covered. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

When you’re done reading, be sure to pass the link along to drop a not-so-subtle hint of what you really want this holiday season.

Uther Tour Towel: $24.99

The first golf towel the golfer on your list will actually be excited about receiving. Uther has a wealth of cool designs, but we’re partial to the large 20 x 40-inch Flamingo Lake Tour Towel.

Buy it.

Sunfish The Declaration headcover (fairway wood): $59.99

We like the idea of making a statement with one of your wood or hybrid headcovers. There are fewer cooler statement designs than one of the greatest statements in world history: the Declaration of Independence.

Buy it. 

True Linkswear Originals: $149

If you haven’t heard, True linkswear has returned to its spikeless roots with a vengeance this year. Whether the golfer on your list prefers a more traditional style or something more sporty, the Originals will satisfy.

Buy it.

A dozen custom Titleist Pro V1s: $56.99

Titleist’s My ProV1 custom creation portal keeps getting cooler. We’re partial to the new holiday graphic options. Custom number + more than 200 logo/icon options + personalization of three lines per side = the best custom ball holiday gift.

Buy it.

Imperial Headwear Ugly Visor: $40

 

You’ve heard of the ugly Christmas sweater. Take that concept and apply it to a tour visor from Imperial Headwear. Enough said. Plus, Imperial is running a “Black Friday Buy More, Save More Sale” through Sunday.

Buy it.

Bushnell Pro X2: $499

A top-of-the-line rangefinder with bells and whistles aplenty for the demanding golfer on your list.

Buy it.

TecTecTec VPRO500: $149.99

If you don’t want to pony up 500 bucks, here’s an excellent rangefinder at a reasonable price. Measures up to 540 yards and is accurate within one yard. And 20 percent off through November 27!

Buy it.

Sugarloaf Social Club Pimento Pack: $125

The folks at Sugarloaf Social Club have done it again. Their latest offering: The Pimento Pack, featuring SSC’s signature pimento loafwich. Pack includes: Made in the USA dancing pimento putter cover. Olive five-panel cap w/ pimento logo embroidered on front panel. Made in the USA club towel.

Buy it.

The First Major by John Feinstein: $16.99

Feinstein’s latest. Like the dust jacket says: “a dramatic chronicle of the bitterly-fought 2016 Ryder Cup pitting a U.S. team out for revenge against the Europeans determined to keep the Cup out of American hands.” If you’re buying a book, make it this one.

Buy it.

Holderness & Bourne Robbins Long Sleeve Heathered Claret: $125

Holiday red? Sunday red? H&B’s Robbins Long Sleeve Heathered Claret layer feels like a sweatshirt but looks like a sweater. Wearable on course and off. The golfer on your list will appreciate the versatility of this garment in contrast to getting the proverbial “another sweater.”

Buy it.

Linksoul Professor Art Print: $65

A touch classic. A touch modern. A great golf print that’ll satisfy a range of tastes.

Buy it.

Golftec Silver Holiday Package: $295

We end with the gift of better golf (in the form of a Golftec gift package). Boasting a 95 percent success rate, GolfTec students improve their games. The company is offering a range of holiday options, but we like the Silver Package, which includes an evaluation, lesson, practice session, and custom fitting.

Buy it.

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  1. chinchbugs

    Nov 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I was on the fence about shanking it…. and then I saw the GolfTec idea (promo)…

    • Don

      Nov 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      My first shank ever. Terrible list. This is the best stuff out there? Wow.

      • Ben Alberstadt

        Nov 25, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        Sorry you feel that way. Don’t hesitate to share some better ideas with the readership.

    • Jon

      Nov 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Some people may find that to be a great gift. I don’t see what the problem is, promo or not.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open

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Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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WATCH: Phil Mickelson purposely hits the ball while moving at the U.S. Open (updated with Phil’s response)

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Update: In a post-round interview, Phil had this to say: “I took the penalty, no disrespect to the game, I didn’t feel like going back and forth and I’ve always wanted to take the two-shot penalty, and I finally did… It’s meant to take advantage of the rules the best you can. I’d gladly take the two shots over continuing that display.”

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You don’t see Phil Mickelson lose his cool very often, but that’s seemingly what happened on Saturday — his 48th birthday — at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

After blowing his bogey putt by the hole on No. 13, Phil ran after his ball and decided to hit it while it was still moving. Phil finished out the hole in 8 shots; adding in the two-stroke penalty for hitting the golf ball while moving, and it was a 10 on the scorecard.

Check out the bizarre scene that Phil Mickelson put on at the 13th hole below:

Phil was four-over par in the round going into the 13th hole, and exited the 13th hole at 10-over par after the fiasco. He is currently continuing his third round as regularly scheduled.

Wow.

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WATCH: Ian Poulter, sitting 1 back of the lead, completely butchered his 17th hole

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The majorless Ian Poulter was coming off birdies on hole nos. 4, 5 and 7 — his 13, 14 and 16th holes of the second round of the 2018 U.S. Open — when he came to the 8th hole (his 17th hole) sitting at 3-under and just one shot back of leader Dustin Johnson (4-under).

Then, he bladed one from the greenside bunker, soaring the ball into the fescue over the green.

Yikes. But not a disaster. He drew a great lie… just get it on the green, make the putt and take your bogey — or make double at the very worst. But then he laid the sod over his fourth shot, sending it into the real thick stuff. Three shots later, Ian Poulter made a triple-bogey 7, and back to even par for the event.

Watch it unfold below (or click here if the Twitter embed doesn’t work for you).

 

 

Poulter then finished his round with a closing bogey, and currently sits at 1-over through 36 holes (T4). By no means is Ian Poulter out of this tournament, but finishing triple-bogey, bogey was definitely not what Ian Poulter had in mind sitting in the greenside bunker on his 17th hole just a stroke off the lead.

Can Poulter get back on track and win his first? Will Dustin Johnson run away with his second U.S. Open victory? Or will Stenson, Rose, Koepka or Fowler (each sitting at 1-over par) make a run? Regardless, the champion will need to avoid late-tournament triple bogeys and costly mistakes that can happen so easily at the penal Shinnecock setup.

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