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Callaway recruits Sugarloaf Social Club for first major medallion of 2018 (and you can win one)

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Perhaps you’ve seen this commemorative medallion/potential ball marker making the rounds on social media?

The image, of course, is Sugarloaf Social Club’s Pimento Loafwich. What’s less clear is how it ended up on a Callaway creation.

Fortunately, Callaway’s AJ Voelpel explained in a post

“Callaway Create allows us to hand pick social creators from outside the golf industry that inspire us and collaborate on unique ways to showcase our products. This program has led to several creators either taking up the game or working with other creators to collab on different projects…We took a similar page from our Callaway Create playbook and listed off a few people/groups that are doing cool, inspiring things.

‘Sugarloaf Social Club is one of those groups. I’ve followed them for a long time and respect the passion of their network of loyal followers. Ian and Harrison, the SSC founders, are connectors, much like we are…One of their logos is a riff on a pimento cheese sandwich, so it became a no-brainer to collab with them on the first major coin of the year.”

Callaway gives the medallions out to staffers and such, and they’re not available for purchase. However, you can win one, as Callaway’s Instagram post below details.

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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