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The Players Championship is a celebration of Mother’s Day, while the U.S. Open is a celebration of Father’s Day — since it falls on U.S. Open Sunday every year. As such, the best possible Father’s Day gifts (that aren’t on this list, of course), are in this order:

  1. Winning the U.S. Open.
  2. Having your father caddie for you while you play in the U.S. Open.
  3. Attending the U.S. Open with your father.
  4. Buying your father a gift from the U.S. Open.
  5. Anything else.
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The merchandise tent stands tall on top of the perch of the temporary U.S. Open town of pavilions.

Let’s assume you’ll be going with option No. 4 this year, and that’s where we come in. The merchandising situation can be a little overwhelming at the U.S. Open because of the sheer size of the tent, the number of choices to make and the ridiculous amount of people. Luckily, there are some standout candidates for purchase, whether they’re for your pops or not.

There are also plenty of options for women and children, which you should be sure to check out while in the tent. And if you’re NOT attending the U.S. Open, click here to browse the online store.

Necessary gadgets

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What’s something you use on nearly every hole of golf you play? A ball marker. Most golfers use a quarter or a type of coin. Why not use something unique, like these markers with the awesome Oakmont-U.S. Open logo on them.

Even if your dad doesn’t hit many greens in regulation, the divot repair tool can still help him repair the ball marks in his putting line from golfers who do. The repair tool sets are available for $32.

Coasters

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Dads drink beverages. Whether it’s coffee, tea, water, or something cold and frosty, they’ll want a coaster to keep from ruining their table. For only $13 dollars, these coasters are a steal, and they’ll always be put to good use.

Man cave

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While the furry squirrels are cool, and so are the metallic U.S. Open at Oakmont signs, the star here is the hanging bottle opener with a bottle cap catcher. It’s well worth the $52.

Dad’s stomach is growling… for beers

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These are the most awesome growlers I’ve ever seen. The U.S. Open-Oakmont logo is on the front, and U.S. Open winners from Oakmont are listed on the back. They’re available for $75, while the Steins (bottom) sell for $22 each.

Hats, hats, and more hats 

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There’s an entire corner of the merchandise tent dedicated to just hats. It’s a lot to handle, especially if you’re shopping for someone else. I’ve picked out my favorite, and what I believe to be the most unique, but you might be on your own trying to judge what dad will like best.

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This hat is a bit outlandish, but when he shows up to that July 4th cookout rocking it, he’ll be getting all of the compliments. It’s $34.

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If you’re dad is into camo, or hunting gear, this hat from Imperial is a drop-dead winner for $27.

The squirrel cartoon logo comes on a 47 Brand hat ($27), and on a flat-and-yellow brim, snapback version as well. If your dad is into snapbacks, there’s a few other options he may like, pictured in the gallery above.

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The plaid white-and-green fitted hat, with the USGA logo and a clover as the back emblem, is a can’t miss for a dad who likes to be a bit eccentric with his fashion choices.

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Bring dad back a taste of Pittsburgh, and its sports teams, with one of these black-and-yellow hats from Imperial. The highly recommended Tour visor is $32.

Black and yellow

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There’s more than just hats that represent the colors of the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins, however. Check out this entire line of clothes inspired by the heart of Steel City.

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This Camo jacket has a slick logo that ties in the United States (stars), Pittsburgh (stripes), and Oakmont (squirrel) and sells for $145.

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This hockey-inspired sweater (left) sells for $105, while the t-shirt (right) is $45.

Good in any weather

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Waterproof pullovers make awesome gifts, because they can be used on and off the golf course and in various weather conditions. This white pullover from Sunice has a multitude of pockets for storage, a sweet American Flag type logo on the right shoulder, the U.S. Open-Oakmont logo on the left chest, and is only $139.

Casual gear

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Maybe dad’s not a golfer, or you want to get him some gear for off the course. This U.S. Open hoodie is understated and comfortable, and sells for $75. The “USGA” printed on the hood is a nice touch.

UsOPenMerch29The logoing on this stretch-fit, gray t-shirt from Under Armour is a little less subtle, but the shirt is so cool — and keeps you cool — that it won’t matter.

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These long sleeve tees — green with the squirrel-cartoon and blue camo — each sell for $45.

Local talent

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Artist David Lussier is selling replicas of his original painting of the 18th hole at Oakmont, ranging from $95-$6000, depending on your budget.

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Also, Lee Wybranski shows off his original works that capture Oakmont’s iconic Church Pew Bunker, which are available in a wide price range as well.

Hand-forged church pews

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As seen in the photo above, a hand-crafter representing Seamus Golf out of Oregon was providing custom engravings on bronze, copper and steel ball markers with the U.S. Open-Oakmont logo. They’re available for $32.

But the winner of the U.S. Open Merchandise tent has to the hand-forged Church Pew Bunker replica bottle opener (resting against the anvil) made from mild steel and copper, which comes with a leather satchel. Of course, the iconic Church Pews sit between hole Nos. 3 and 4 at Oakmont. The real pews will set you back costly strokes, while the bottle opener from Seamus will set you back $90.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Nick Shak

    Jun 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Does anyone have one of the bucket hats for sale or know where I can buy one? The merchandise tent was sold out by Friday and I would really like one! Please someone help me out!!!!

  2. don d.

    Jun 17, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Best buy US open socks. The prices are steep to say the least. Everything is big and expensive. US Open is definitely not my first pick for spectating.

  3. KCCO

    Jun 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    How are the food prices in relation to The Masters? As I was so surprised by the low cost of concessions at Masters.

  4. ooffa

    Jun 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    45 bucks for a T-Shirt. Now that’s a value. OMG they are insane.

  5. John

    Jun 14, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The week after the US Open is when the real deals can be had. Lots of big discounts on their site. Also, joining the USGA gets you a free US Open hat every year delivered right to your mailbox. A great cause and a free hat to boot.

    • Adrien Jenot

      Jun 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thanks guys, I must be blind.

      • AllBOdoesisgolf

        Jun 14, 2016 at 11:15 am

        USGA lost my membership when they went ahead and told singles they have no business posting scores because they don’t trust them. I will keep my dollars local and help out the First Tee.

        • Scott

          Jun 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

          Great point. They lost me when they started being sponsored by non-U.S. auto companies.

        • Kevin

          Jun 15, 2016 at 9:43 am

          Not sure how the USGA will ever go on without your 9.99. Hope you are giving more to the First Tee, IMO the best organization out there

  6. Adrien Jenot

    Jun 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Will this stuff be available on the USGA site those snapback are too slick!

    • mitch

      Jun 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

      they have a link to the store before the top ten list above.

      • Adrien Jenot

        Jun 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

        FML all the stuff I want isn’t on the USGA site it’s event only… I just want that damn snapback and maybe the crazy fishing hat…

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Lanto Griffin WITB 2024 (February)

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Driver: Titleist TSR2 (10 degrees @9.25)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 80 6.5 TX

Irons: Titleist U505 Black (2), Titleist T100 Black (4-9)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 130 S (2, 4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (46-10F, 50-12F, 54-10S, 60-08M)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 130 S (46, 50), Modus3 N.S. Pro 125 Wedge (54,60)

Putter: Sik Flo C
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Tour 3.0

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Cord, Iomic

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Driver: Ping G430 Max (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6 X

3-wood: Ping G430 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 8 X

5-wood: Ping G425 Max (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Red 8 X

Hybrid: Ping G425 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 HY TX

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (5), Titleist 718 CB (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400 (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (46-10F, 50, 54-10S, 59), WedgeWorks Proto (59)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT S400 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (50), KBS Tour MT 125g S+ (59)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Rossie OG, Toulon Design San Diego

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Check out more in-hand photos of Brendon Todd’s clubs here.

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Toulon Golf introduces First Run Collection putters for 2024

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Complementing its Small Batch putter releases, Toulon Golf today announced its First Run Collection line of putters.

The First Run Collection sits at a price point below the once-a-month Small Batch offerings and will be produced in larger quantities.

Eight different head shapes — four blades, four mallets — are included in the collection. Six models — Madison, San Diego, Austin, Memphis, Atlanta, and Las Vegas — are previous Toulon designs that have been refined for this release. Two models are new for 2024: New York City, a wide-body blade, and Alcatraz, a large mallet.

“We couldn’t be more excited to share the 2024 First Run Collection line with the world,” said Toulon Golf founder Sean Toulon. “At our core, my sons and I are golfers. We get excited about putters and how they uniquely evoke emotion and make golfers feel. Our putters are a labor of love and we feel that shines through in the final product.”

Toulon utilizes its Chocolate PVD finish across the line of 303 stainless steel putters, opting for Heritage Green and Cream paintfills throughout. Face milling is mid-depth Double Fly Cut. All First Run Collection putter soles feature two interchangeable weights. Final head weight are around 360 grams across the line. However, adjustable weighting allows golfers to reduce the head weight by 10 grams or add up to 30 grams via the interchangeable weights.

Additionally, catering to the trend of longer, heavier putters, the entire First Run Collection lineup is available in Toulon’s Heavy-Spec package. Heavy-Spec putters are built with heavier head weights and a 15-inch, oversize grip.

Toulon First Run Collection: Additional model details

Toulon Golf Madison: A new hosel, softer bumpers, and front-loaded weights define Toulon’s updated Madison design.

Toulon Golf San Diego (LH available): Toulon’s most popular design features softened shoulders, a thinner topline, and more aggressive bumper blending for 2024.

Toulon Golf Austin: Toulon widened the cavity and flattened the topline for the 2024 First Run Austin. Bumpers were also softened.

Toulon Golf New York City (new for 2024): Billed as “a longer and wider cousin to our previous Chicago design,” the multi-material New York City has a milled 6061 aluminum sole plate to push mass to the perimeter and a slightly longer H1.5 crank neck hosel design. Toulon bills the NYC as its most forgiving blade design.

Toulon Golf Atlanta: Relative to the previous design, the 2024 Atlanta is slightly smaller. Toulon refined the topline, shoulders, and bumper for a “crisper appearance.”

Toulon Golf Memphis: The multi-material mid-mallet Memphis is more “ear-shaped” than the previous design, according to the company. A 6061 aluminum sole plate is again incorporated here to allow for more perimeter mass distribution.

Toulon Golf Las Vegas (LH available): Toulon increased the profile of the Las Vegas from the previous design and offers the design with a double bend hosel for decreased toe hang. The 6061 aluminum sole plate is again utilized here.

Toulon Golf Alcatraz (new for 2024, LH available): New for 2024, Toulon’s iteration of the popular “Jailbird” design, the Alcatraz, is the largest mallet in the First Run Collection. Face-balanced with a double bend shaft, the multi-material design is built with MOI in mind. Also available with an H1 crank neck.

Toulon First Run Collection: Pricing, availability

Price: $600 (standard spec), $650 (heavy spec)

Standard grip: Toulon First Run Pistol Midsize (standard spec), Toulon First Run XL Pistol (heavy spec)

At retail: Now, via toulongolf.com

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