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Puma launches limited-edition Patriot Pack ahead of the 2019 U.S. Open

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Puma Golf is celebrating this week’s U.S. Open championship with its limited-edition Patriot Pack.

The Patriot Pack features designs inspired by the stars and stripes of the American flag. Mixing the colors of red, white and blue, Puma has infused a dose a patriotism throughout a pair of its IGNITE NXT shoes, P 110 Snapback Cap, a COBRA x CRU headcover and a COBRA x VESSEL Limited Edition Standbag.

IGNITE NXT Shoes ($120)

Featuring a Pro-Form TPU outsole and an organically-altered traction pattern designed for ultimate stability, the shoes feature a red, white and blue colorway, incorporating stars and stripes.

P 110 Snapback Cap Stars & Stripes ($30)

The hat features a navy brim and white body with an embroidered P logo that contains the stars and stripes. A fresh take on Rickie Fowler’s favorite hat.

COBRA GOLF x Vessel Patriot Pack Tour Standbag ($599)

A joint-venture with Vessel, this bag utilizes a white body with red and blue accents to showcase the stars and stripes of the U.S.

COBRA Golf x CRU Patriot Pack Headcover ($99)

COBRA teamed up with CRU to create a Limited Edition headcover, sold in limited quantities on cobragolf.com. The stars and stripes headcover also features Rickie Fowler’s signature.

The Patriot Pack IGNITE NXT shoes and P 110 Snapback Cap are available now through PumaGolf.com

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Players wary of ‘unfair’ Royal St. Georges

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It’s the first Open Championship for two years, but a trip down south to Royal St. Georges hasn’t got every golfer excited for the week ahead, with some high profile players not exactly thrilled with the venue.

The ever candid Brooks Koepka spoke on Tuesday about the course, where he made it clear that it’s not one of his favorite courses, with the many blind tee shots not to his liking.

“It’s not my favourite venue that we have played. I think Portrush and St Andrews are definitely the favourites. I haven’t seen all 18, I’ll see the back nine today. But quite a few blind tee shots, kind of hitting to nothing. Fairways are quite undulating. I don’t know, it’s not my favourite of the rotation, put it that way.

This one, it’s just not as exciting. I don’t know why. Whether it be a couple shots to nothing, a couple of blind tee shots or shots in where you can’t really see much. I’m not too big of a fan of that.”

Bernhard Langer, who finished in the top-3 here three times in his career, is another who isn’t a fan of the English golf course, telling the Daily Mail on Tuesday that: “It is, to me, the most unfair of all the courses on the rota.”

It’s also fair to assume that the course isn’t number one on Rory McIlroy’s list of favorites either, who speaking on a podcast last year, stated: “Can’t we just skip St George’s and go straight to St Andrews?”

However, it seems the Irishman has had a change of heart over the course, as speaking to media this week, McIlroy revealed that after playing a softer Royal St. Georges at the weekend, the venue seems improved to him:

“Even before all the rain, the course was quite lush and green and we weren’t seeing the bounces that we’re accustomed to getting here.” he said. “I walked away after the weekend thinking this is a much better golf course than I remember.”

As for the big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau, it appears that the 27-year-old is prepared to dial it back this week in order to stay out of the “diabolical hay” surrounding the fairways.

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2021 Open Championship prop bets

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For the first time in two years, the Open Championship is finally upon us. For those who want to raise the stakes and make their early morning golf a little more interesting, DraftKings sports book has an array of options.

Winner to play in Final 1st Tee Grouping in Round 4

  • Yes (-250)
  • No (+175)

Winning Margin 

  • 1 stroke (+225)
  • 4 strokes or more (+275)
  • 2 strokes (+350)
  • After a Play-0ff (+350)
  • 3 strokes (+550)

Wire to Wire Winner 

  • Yes (+1100)
  • No (-3335)

Top Lefty 

  • Robert MacIntyre (+200)
  • Garrick Higgo (+250)
  • Phil Mickelson (+275)
  • Brian Harman (+300)
  • Yuxin Lin (+1400)

Continent of Winner 

  • North America (-110)
  • Europe (+138)
  • Any Other Continent (+450)

Top Former Arizona State University Player 

  • Jon Rahm (-150)
  • Paul Casey (+275)
  • Phil Mickelson (+650)
  • Matt Jones (+1000)
  • Chez Reavie (+1200)

Top Former Georgia Tech Player 

  • Stewart Cink (+138)
  • Cameron Tringale (+150)
  • Matt Kuchar (+250)

Top Former Oklahoma State Player 

  • Viktor Hovland (+100)
  • Rickie Fowler (+335)
  • Alexander Noren (+350)
  • Talor Gooch (+500)

Top Former University of Texas Player 

  • Jordan Spieth (-120)
  • Scottie Scheffler (+150)
  • Dylan Frittelli (+550)
  • Cole Hammer (+1600)

Top Former Georgia Bulldog 

  • Patrick Reed (+225)
  • Harris English (+350)
  • Kevin Kisner (+500)
  • Russell Henley (+550)
  • Brian Harman (+650)
  • Chris Kirk (+800)
  • Brendon Todd (+1000)
  • Keith Mitchell (+2000)

Winner to Birdie the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+800)
  • No (-2000)

Winner to Bogey the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+200)
  • No (-278)

Winner to Eagle 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+35000)

Winner to Par the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (-159)
  • No (+120)

Albatross in the tournament 

  • Yes (+2000)

To be decided by a 3 Man Playoff

  • Yes (+1400)
  • No (-10000)

To be decided by a 4+ Man Playoff 

  • Yes (+4000)

To be decided by a Playoff 

  • Yes (+350)
  • No (-560)

2 or more Holes in One in the tournament 

  • Yes (+240)
  • No (-345)

Hole in One in the tournament 

  • Yes (-134)
  • No (+100)
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Jon Rahm provides origin of his famous abbreviated back-swing

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Curious about why one of the most powerful golfers takes such an abbreviated backswing? On media Tuesday of the Open Championship, reigning U.S. Open champion, Jon Rahm, finally provided us with an answer.

“I was born with a club foot on my right leg, which means for anybody that’s sensitive about that, my right leg up to my ankle was straight, my foot was 90 degrees turned inside and basically upside down,” Rahm explained.

This malady required the relocation of multiple bones in his right leg and ankle, and it drastically decreased his stability on the right side of his body. As a result, the six-time PGA Tour winner had to learn how to generate power more efficiently.

Rahm elaborated, “I didn’t take a full swing because my right ankle doesn’t have the mobility or stability to take it. I learned at a very young age that I’m going to be more efficient at creating power and be consistent with a short swing.”

Add one more wrinkle to the incredibly impressive and unique story of Jon Rahm. The Spaniard currently sits as the odds on favorite to win the Open Championship across all major sports books.

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