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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ryder Cups, New Events & Other Tidbits

A lot of news has come out in the past few days, so it's a good time to get everybody caught up.

We finally know who the European Ryder Cup captain will be -- Paul McGinley, who's not so well-known on this side of the pond but is a familiar name to those of us who keep up with the ET. McGinley's done a couple of stints as captain at the Seve Trophy and been a Ryder Cup assistant captain a couple of times as well. (Do I need to add that he has a lot of experience winning team events?) He is also the first-ever Irish captain -- which, I admit, was a shock to me.

The LPGA finally announced its full schedule -- at least, they have announced all the tournaments they know about now. (More are being negotiated and may be added later this year.) There are 28 tournaments so far -- one more than last year -- but there are three new events, plus the Evian becomes the tour's fifth major. Tony Jesselli over at Mostly Harmless has a post that he's been updating as news comes out, so you can get the latest info there.

I'm sure you've heard the official announcement that Rory McIlroy has joined Nike Golf -- a 10-year, $200million deal according to the rumors. However, you may not have seen the new Nike commercial with Rory and Tiger having a little "closest to the pin" competition that escalates into a hail of golf balls at every kind of cup imaginable. (The trash talk's pretty good too.) It's one of the better commercials lately, so take a look:

Finally, don't forget that the Dubai tournament -- where Tiger and Rory will be paired for at least the first two rounds -- will be televised on GC starting tonight at 10pm ET.

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