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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 145                                                       
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Certainly my family means a lot. They're a big support team. Golf is a selfish game, and what they go through, it's an amazing support to help me try to be my best. It was very, very cool to have them here. It was a great surprise. A teary surprise. And it's great to have people to share things with, have loved ones here.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only two players have captured three legs of the Grand Slam by the age of 23. Can you name them?

MARKET SIGNS: US Golf Equipment sales in the first half of 2017 are in the books, and while the results in total are less than ideal, there are some bright spots and trends underway. Golfers are heading back to the pro shop and buying more frequently from their long-lost friend, the Golf Professional. In total, three of ten product categories showed improved sales in dollars, led by drivers (+3.3% YTD) and golf balls (+3.2%) which are two of the largest categories, with fairway woods (+0.3%) just barely above prior year levels.  At the same time, all except golf balls (+1.1%) were down in units. READ MORE>>>

LOOKING TO MAKE A BUCK: Mobile golf technology startup, 18Birdies, has announced the release of its Premium Membership, which contains advanced tools. The 18Birdies Premium Membership offers more insight into golfer’s game and provides a variety of new personalized data points to help with course management and shot planning. A new feature, Caddy+, provides personalized distance and club recommendations, shot distance tracking and an advanced GPS that includes elevation, temperature, humidity and wind data.

“As excited as we are to attract new golfers to the game, we understand there is a set of avid golfers that require advanced functionality to meet their needs,” said founder and CEO, Eddy Lui. “The 18Birdies Premium Membership will accommodate those golfers that are looking for additional data to help them plan the perfect shot without having to resort to expensive hardware.”

The 18Birdies Premium Membership builds upon the feature set currently available in the free version of the 18Birdies app. 18Birdies said it will continue to support the free version of the app, which will include GPS+, score and stat tracking, Live Rounds, ability to participate in tournaments and side games and social community features.

WEB GEMS:

NOTHING IS A GIVEN: Jordan Spieth only has to wait three weeks until he gets his first crack at the career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship. Of the five players who have won the career Grand Slam, no one has ever completed it at the PGA Championship. He is among three active players who are one major away from the career Grand Slam. READ MORE>>>

WILLETT’S GAME FEELS MILES AWAY: Danny Willett was not prepared to apply a single coat of sugar to the dubious honor of teeing off first in the final round of the 146th Open Championship. “It was amazing,” Willett said, with several dollops of heavy sarcasm. “There’s nothing quite like teeing off at 7.55 on the Sunday of an Open. It really gets your blood flowing. “The Masters was 13 months ago. I’m still the same person but the golf’s not in the same place. If I got the game somewhere near I could maybe draw on that and use it because I’ve been there and done it but when you are playing at 7.55 on a Sunday morning – regardless of what beautiful memories I have from April 2016 – they can’t somehow enhance you to play brilliantly.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Certainly my family means a lot. They're a big support team. Golf is a selfish game, and what they go through, it's an amazing support to help me try to be my best. It was very, very cool to have them here. It was a great surprise. A teary surprise. And it's great to have people to share things with, have loved ones here.”--Matt Kuchar, runner up in the 2017 Open Championship.

Jordan Spieth and Jack Nicklaus are the only players to capture the third leg of the Grand Slam at age 23.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 144                                                       
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “This one, we had to work even harder for, mentally and physically. I will never forget this. This is special.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who is the youngest American to win golf’s oldest championship?

DIVERSIFICATION: Hunt Valley Country Club, —an Arcis Golf property in the Maryland countryside—has opened an innovative, three-in-one golf course. It was designed to appeal to golfers, non-golfers, families, and anyone else with a new concept perfect for celebrations, events, and sporting activities. “The Ridge 9,” offers nine holes of traditional golf along with 18 holes of two other games played on a golf course: Disc golf and Footgolf.  

“This is the only place on the East Coast where you will find a country club with a championship golf course plus Disc and Footgolf courses,” said Jon Vodehnal, general manager of Hunt Valley Country Club. “The upgrades to The Valley, our 18-hole championship layout, have enhanced shot values and improved playability. On The Ridge 9 we’re offering fun experiences the whole family can enjoy, no matter how they like to play.”

The changes to The Ridge 9—now promoting a variety of “swing, sling, and kick” sports options—is part of a $2.5-million revitalization of the entire Hunt Valley CC. “We can create all sorts of activities for our members,” Vodehnal said. “That could be anything from a tee shot accuracy contest or a dart game station, speed golf, and just about anything you can think of that applies to golfers, Disc golfer, and Footgolfers alike.”

The Ridge 9 also allows Hunt Valley County Club the ability to host different types of events, from kid’s birthday parties that are outdoors, active, and economical, to corporate outings and team building exercises. The club will also be offering Disc golf leagues.

GOLF GIVING BACK: Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – awarded more than $2.9 million in grants to 55 Valley charities during its spring funding cycle.  Most notably, Thunderbirds Charities granted $300,000 to UMOM New Day Centers, $250,000 to VOS YMCA, $150,000 to Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) and $80,000 to Desert Voices Oral Learning Center.

“The most rewarding part of this job is this time of year when we get to hand out much-needed money to deserving charities in our community,” said Andy Markham, President of Thunderbirds Charities.  “We are proud of what the Waste Management Phoenix Open has become and even more proud to be able to assist so many in need in our Arizona communities.”

The donation to Special Olympics Arizona helps SOAZ to host its state competitions in 2017, increasing awareness for the Special Olympics movement while championing inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

“As a community partner, The Thunderbirds have diligently supported Special Olympics Arizona in our efforts to bring all persons with intellectual disabilities and closely-related developmental disabilities into the larger society where they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens,” said Tim Martin, Executive Director of Special Olympics Arizona.  “The Thunderbird’s outstanding commitment to our organization extends beyond dollar donations, with generous in-kind support for events, partnering with law enforcement agencies in support of SOAZ, and a continuing enthusiasm to partner with Special Olympics Arizona on campaigns supporting our organization.”

The donation to UMOM assists the families and youth client assistance program to help end homelessness.  "This extraordinary and generous gift provides critical resources for families, as well as the youth we're now caring for through the former Tumbleweed programs," said UMOM New Day Centers CEO Darlene Newsom. "The best part of working with The Thunderbirds is the fact that we're building on a relationship that goes back decades. Since the mid-1990s, they've consistently given us a big boost on projects of all sizes – everything from opening an emergency shelter to supporting our new family facility to underwriting critical improvements like flooring and lighting in several of our facilities. We are deeply grateful for their unfailing commitment to the priorities we share.”

The gift to VOS YMCA helps support their water safety program and its day and after school camps, and the award to Desert Voices Learning Center was used for their Toddler Room program. Additional grants were awarded to the following charities:

About Care Inc. – $15,000 to the Volunteer Management Program.
ACCEL – $25,000 for upgrades to east campus facility, sports court and outdoor therapy area
Act One Foundation – $50,000 to the Act One Field Trip Program
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids – $25,000 to Kinship Foster Care, Social Work and Outreach
Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter – $20,000 to the Family Support Program
Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels – $50,000 to the Comfort and Care Program
Arizona Council on Economic Education – $30,000 for Economics for Everyday Living Program
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation – $15,000 to Fostering Success for Children
Assistance League of East Valley Arizona – $15,000 to Operation School Bell
Audubon Arizona – $25,000 to Nature in your Neighborhood program
Campus of Human Services – $150,000 to the Campus Engagement Program
Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation – $10,000 to Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy
Childhelp, Inc. – $100,000 for Specialized Therapy service enhancements
Chrysalis Shelter – $67,500 to Counseling for Child and Adult Victims of Domestic Violence
Civitan Foundation – $80,000 to Tot Turf Renovation
Cortney’s Foundation – $17,000 to Quality of Life Programs for Individuals with Special Needs
Desert Voices Oral Learning Center – $80,000 for Thunderbirds Toddler Room
Duet:  Partners in Health and Aging – $10,000 for Grandparents Raising Kids program
East Valley Senior Services – $7,500 to Assistance for Independent Living Volunteer Services
Expect More Arizona – $25,000 to Engaging Parents in Student Success
Family Promise of Greater Phoenix – $50,000 to Whole and Healthy Families Emergency Shelter
Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona – $35,000 to provide safety for at-risk young women
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona – $10,000 for Free Arts Programs for children
Future for Kids – $13,000 to the Discover Your Future – NAC Coral Canyon Complex
Gabriel’s Angels – $20,000 to its Pet Therapy Program
Girls Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine – $50,000 to its Family Engagement efforts
Higher Octave Healing – $10,000 to Social Connections
Homeless ID Project – $40,000 to ID Empowers Our Community program
Homeless Youth Connection  – $25,000 to Empowering Youth for the Future program
Homeward Bound – $200,000 to Empowering Homeless Families with Children program
House of Refuge – $55,000 to Adopt a Home program
Joy Bus – $10,000 to Meal Delivery program
Labors Community Service Agency – $5,000 to Family Stabilization Project
Leukemia Foundation of Arizona – $10,000 to Home is Where the Heart is program
Local First Arizona Foundation – $40,000 to Fuerza Local
MentorKids USA – $7,500 to Student Success program
Mitchell Swaback Charities – $20,000 to Harvest Compassion Center Phoenix
Musical Instrument Museum – $50,000 to A World of Musical Journeys
Neighborhood Ministries – $25,000 to Katy’s Kids Early Childhood Development Preschool
notMyKid – $37,500 to Prevention Program for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley
One Step Beyond – $50,000 to One Step Beyond Catering Expansion
Phoenix Art Museum – $50,000 to its Teen Engagement Initiative
Phoenix Children’s Chorus – $8,000 to Enriching Children’s Lives Through Music program
Special Olympics Arizona – $150,000 for 2017 Special Olympics Arizona State Competitions
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – $300,000 to Kids Café Program, Vehicles and Food
Stand for Children Leadership Center – $10,000 to Family Engagement program
Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies – $10,000 for Gifts in Kind
Take Charge America – $7,500 to Financial Literacy and Life Skills for at-risk youth
Teach for America – $50,000 for recruitment, development and retention of teachers
Treasures 4 Teachers – $25,000 to Treasures 4 Teachers on Wheels
UMOM New Day Centers – $300,000 to Ending Homelessness for Families and Youth program
United States Veterans Initiative – $100,000 to provide housing and services for homeless vets
Valley Youth Theatre – $10,000 to Literacy and the Arts programming
Voices for Case Children – $50,000 for CASA Companion program
VOS YMCA – $250,000 for Water Safety and Camp Quality improvement

WINNER’S CLUBS: Grayson Murray won for the first time on the PGA TOUR at the 24th start in only his 24th start. The 23-year-old Raleigh, NC resident, was the 2016 Web.com Tour Finals leading money winner. On that Tour last year, he won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, OH. “I missed the cut at the John Deere and I got here on Sunday, which is not my normal routine. Then I put in a lot of hard work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to get ready for the week. I knew my position coming in this week was 124 on the FedEx list and I knew I had room for improvement, especially if I wanted a job next year out here,” he said afterwards. “My goal was to get into the Playoffs this year, the FedExCup Playoffs. That was my goal. I didn't set my goals too high for my first year. I'm definitely going to make it in there, so I'm looking forward to just kind of getting myself in position to make the TOUR Championship. But as far as what comes with a win, Maui, obviously that's going to be exciting. Never been to Hawaii. Hopefully we can make that a family trip, that would be awesome. I get to play in the PGA Championship in a few weeks in my home state, that's pretty exciting.” Here is what Grayson Murray had in the bag to win the 2017 Barbasol Championship:

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Fairway Woods: Callaway GBB Epic (15 degrees)
Hybrids: Callaway Epic (18 degrees)
Irons: Callaway Apex MB (4-PW)
Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (52, 56, 60) and Mack Daddy Forged (60-08)
Putter: Odyssey O Works Versa Tank #1
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft

Grayson Murray’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 26
Pars: 38
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 263

WEB GEMS:

A CHANCE FOR GREATNESS:Golf has its mojo back. It should hardly be disrespectful to those who had claimed the seven majors before the Open Championship that Jordan Spieth’s success has a broader appeal. Every sport benefits, after all, from blue-chip players winning blue‑chip events. Such a theory will be borne out in a matter of weeks as Spieth attempts to become the youngest player in history to claim all four major titles. Among those entitled to savor spine‑tingling events at Royal Birkdale on Sunday was the PGA of America; its US PGA Championship has suddenly been ramped up a notch. READ MORE>>>

GRELLER IS EXPECTING HISTORY NEXT MONTH: “He’s hurt a lot since that 2016 Masters, and I’m sure somewhere in there some doubts had crept in. He just said, ‘You know what, I know how to do this’. He’s done it twice before and now three times. It was just cool to see him with his back against the wall, more than at Augusta in 2016. To do what he did just shows his character and his grit.” READ MORE>>>

SMART MONEY? British Open champion Jordan Spieth and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy were rated 7-1 early co-favorites on Monday to win next month's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “This one, we had to work even harder for, mentally and physically. I will never forget this. This is special.”--Jordan Spieth.

Jordan Spieth at the tender age of 23 became the youngest American to win golf's oldest event Sunday. He surpassed Bobby Jones, who won his first of two Open Championships in 1926 at the age of 24.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 143                                                       
Monday, July 24, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think these crowds are second to none. They're the most educated golf fans. And that 18th hole walk is a really, really special thing to do, whether it's Monday in a practice round or it's Saturday or Sunday afternoon.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name Jordan Spieth’s first PGA TOUR victory?

TOP THAT! A record-breaking crowd of 235,000 attended The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale setting an attendance record for a Championship staged outside of St Andrews. This year’s attendance surpassed the 230,000 mark set at Royal Liverpool in 2006, making it the largest ever Championship held in England and reflects a 17% increase since The Open last visited Royal Birkdale in 2008.

Record advance ticket sales made it the fastest-selling Championship in history and included more than 15,000 Youth Tickets. Overall 30,000 golf fans under the age of 25 attended The Open, 13% of the total crowd, and included over 15,000 juniors aged 16 and under who attended free-of-charge as part of the Kids Go Free initiative. Demand for The Open’s official hospitality offering led to all six packages selling out, including the Claret Jug Pavilion, Champions Club and Greenside Club.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, remarked, “One of the main reasons why The Open is so highly regarded as a world class sporting event is the hundreds of thousands of spectators who generate a very special atmosphere for the players and millions of viewers watching around the world. A record-breaking crowd has enjoyed a week of thrilling golf and we thank every single person who has visited Royal Birkdale over the last eight days for making this a very special Championship.”

GOLF GEEK NUGGETS: With rounds of 65-69-65 and sitting at 11-under 199 through three rounds, Jordan Spieth’s 54-hole total of 199 was six better than the previous best mark at Royal Birkdale (Tom Watson, 205, 1983). It falls one shy of The Open 54-hole record of 198 (Tom Lehman, 1996). It represents Spieth’s lowest opening 54-hole scores in major championships: 199 – 2017 Open Championship, 200 – 2015 Masters Tournament (won), 203 – 2015 PGA Championship (2) 205 – 2015 Open Championship (T4) 206 – 2015 U.S. Open (won) 206 – 2016 PGA Championship (T13). It also marks the first time Spieth (65-69-65) has opened a major championship with three rounds in the 60s.

It was the first time Spieth (65-69-65-69) has posted four rounds in the 60s in a major championship. By doing so, he is the only the fifth player to win The Open with four rounds in the 60s, joining Greg Norman (1983), Nick Price (1994), Tiger Woods (2000), Henrik Stenson (2016).

Spieth’s victory comes in his 121st PGA TOUR start at the age of 23 years, 11 months and 26 days. He is set to turn 24 next week (July 27). He joins Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three legs of the grand slam before the age of 24. Nicklaus won the 1963 PGA Championship at the age of 23 years, 6 months. By comparison, Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open (his third leg en route to the grand slam) at the age of 24 years, 5 months, 19 days. Spieth and Tiger Woods are the only players in the modern era with 10 or more PGA TOUR wins before the age of 24. Woods had 15 before he turned 24.

Branden Grace (T5) posted an 8-under 62 on Saturday; the lowest round ever recorded in a major championship. The previous low round of 63 had been posted 31 times, most recently by Justin Thomas during the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open. Of the 31 rounds of 63 in major championships, 16 were followed with over-par rounds, eight were followed with subpar rounds, two were followed with an even-par round and five of the 63s were shot in the final round. Most recently, Justin Thomas fired a 3-over 75 in the final round of the U.S. Open to follow his third-round 63.

PRESIDENTIAL PARDON: Since Trump entered the presidential race in June 2015, revenues from greens fees at the L.A. club has dropped by 13 percent, according to figures from the city government. Charity golf-tournaments, another core piece of the club’s business, have moved away: ESPN relocated its celebrity tournament. The L.A. Galaxy soccer team withdrew. The L.A. Unified School District also moved, forfeiting a $7,500 deposit it had already paid Trump’s course. Hollywood, another source of revenue for the club, has largely stopped coming to film TV shows and movies, according to city permit records. And the club’s wedding business seems to have been affected as well. Couples used to hold big outdoor ceremonies at a city park across the street, then return to Trump National for a reception. Nobody’s done that since November, according to city records. READ MORE>>>

PROGRESS? England Golf’s strategy to grow the game has inspired over 640,000 people to take up the sport in the last four years and more than 44,000 to join clubs. The growth was notably rapid in 2016/17, with over 237,000 new players and almost 17,000 new members recorded in the year to the end of March. Forty per cent of all new participants are female, highlighting the appetite for the game among women and girls.

The figures are revealed in England Golf’s latest Impact Report, which reviews the success of support for clubs provided by the county network, with the help of national partners. READ MORE>>>

MAJOR WINNER’S CLUBS: Very little about Jordan Spieth’s golf game suggests he is only 23. He stepped on the gas pedal after making bogey at the 13th hole on Sunday and went birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, and par to win the 146th Open Championship by three shots over Matt Kuchar. “Boy, this was eventful. 17 pars and a birdie would have been fine, too. But there are a lot of roads to get there. And today I was put in a tough one early on.

“I felt once I lost my lead completely and we were tied, I actually felt the nerves go away for a few holes until I got the lead again. And then they were back. And it's just kind of powering through that. You just don't know really what your mind is going to do to you sometimes. You can control it to an extent but certain situations are going to bring more tension and you have to kind of channel that the right way, play the right shots. And that was a difficult thing to do today because it was just so up and down.”

Spieth collected his 11th PGA TOUR victory with the 146th Open Championship. Here is what Jordan Spieth had in the bag to win the 2017 Open Championship:

Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 915F (15)
Irons: 718 T-MB 3-iron, 716 T-MB 4-iron, 716 AP2 (5-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46), gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009
Ball: New Pro V1x golf ball

Jordan Spieth’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 2
Birdies: 17
Pars: 44
Bogeys: 9
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 268

WEB GEMS:

HOW WILL HE BE REMEMBERED? Someday, perhaps very soon, there will be a plaque at Royal Birkdale for Jordan Spieth, much like the one off the 16th hole that celebrates Arnold Palmer and the 6-iron he slashed out of the rough in 1961 to usher in a new era of golf. The only question will be where to put it. On the side of the towering sand dune where his drive ended up on 13 after hitting a fan in the head? On the driving range by the Titleist semi where he took relief from an unplayable lie and somehow found a way to get back in play? Maybe on the next tee, where he almost made a hole-in-one. Or on READ MORE>>>

LOSING SUCKS: American Matt Kuchar said he was "crushed" after he lost out by three strokes to compatriot Jordan Spieth in a classic head-to-head battle at the British Open on Sunday. "You work so hard to get to this position. And to have a chance to make history and win a championship. You don't get that many opportunities. And to be this close, to taste it with five holes to go, it's a hard one to sit back and take," he said. READ MORE>>>

WHAT A SUMMER! Austin Connelly to stay in Europe after Open and sharpen ‘killer instinct.’ “I really, really believe that I’ll come away a stronger player after spending a few years on the European Tour. I’m very content with being out there right now.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think these crowds are second to none. They're the most educated golf fans. And that 18th hole walk is a really, really special thing to do, whether it's Monday in a practice round or it's Saturday or Sunday afternoon.”--Jordan Spieth after the third round at the Open Championship.

Jordan Spieth’s first PGA TOUR victory came in 2013 at the John Deere Classic.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 142                                                       
Friday, July 21, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I really am fond of Birkdale, I've played well there twice and really like the golf course. Having that experience on it and knowing the holes a little bit will help. It's the first one I haven't been qualified for since I think '96. I've got no one to blame but myself. I really haven't played very well since I've come back from surgery, I haven't been consistent. I was playing great back in I guess 2015 and before kind of being hurt and injured. I had my world ranking up there really high, and with all the time off from that and coming back and not playing consistent, my world ranking's dropped and got no one really to blame buy myself.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who holds the record for the most Open Championship appearance?

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar are joint leaders of the 146th Open Championship after the first round. Prior to Thursday, the last time The Open Championship had three players share the first-round lead was in 2008 at none other than Royal Birkdale (Rocco Mediate, Graeme McDowell, Robert Allenby). Craig Stadler’s 64 in 1983 marks the lowest opening-round score at this year’s venue,  Royal Birkdale.

For those in pursuit, fear not. Since 1975, just six first-round leaders/co-leaders of The Open Championship have gone on to win: Rory McIlroy (2014), Tiger Woods (2005), John Daly (1995), Greg Norman (1993), Seve Ballesteros (1988), Tom Watson (1980). Last year, Phil Mickelson opened with a 63 to lead by three shots over Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer. We all remember who came out on top. Meanwhile, the Merry Mex, Lee Trevino is the only first-round leader/co-leader of The Open Championship to carry that lead on to victory at Royal Birkdale, doing so in 1971. That was a long time ago and a much different world, wouldn’t you say? The first-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win only six of 35 stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR this season. The most recent was, however, Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship.

How good was Spieth on Thursday? He carded a first-round, bogey-free 5-under 65, equaling his second-lowest score in a major championship (65 during the third round of the 2015 PGA Championship). His lowest career score was a first-round 64 en route to victory at the 2015 Masters Tournament. Spieth’s opening-round scoring average at The Open is 68.60. By comparison, his second-round average is 74.00. “I thought today's round was extremely important, as they all are, but given the forecast coming in, I thought you really needed to be in the red today,” he said after his round. “So really good start. Everything was strong. I give it a nine across the board for everything - tee balls, ball-striking, short game and putting. So things are in check. It's just about keeping it consistent. That was one of my top five rounds at a major.” Spieth is making his fifth start at The Open Championship (T30-2016, T4-2015, T36-2014, T44-2013). His previous low score at The Open was a third-round 66 at St. Andrews in 2015 (T4).

Brooks Koepka’s 5-under 65 marked his lowest score in 16 major championship appearances and his seventh consecutive under-par round in majors. He closed 71-69 to finish T11 at the Masters Tournament, followed by rounds of 67-70-68-67 to win the 2017 U.S. Open. “I played pretty solid today. I felt like I was in control of the golf ball pretty much all day. And it was just fun to get back playing again. It's something after taking four weeks off, it's kind of nice to get back inside the ropes and finally get those competitive juices flowing,” the reigning U.S. Open champ said afterwards. “Unfortunately one bogey on 16, just a bad putt. But 17 was actually a terrible lie in the bunker. It was in one of the those rake marks. And my caddie told me to get inside ten feet; that would be pretty good. And luckily enough it went in.” Koepka is making his fourth Open Championship start (T10-2015, T67-2014, MC-2013)

Matt Kuchar opened with a 5-under 65 (including a 5-under 29 on the front nine), two strokes better than his previous low round at The Open (67/R2/2012). Overall, he now has five sub-70 scores in 37 rounds at The Open. “ I watched some of the golf this morning on TV. It looked awfully challenging. It looked like anything under-par was going to be a good score. Curious as the day went on, seemed like the later your tee time the better draw you got,” said Kuchar. “We had enough four, five, six holes that were certainly challenging this morning. I don't think near as challenging as the early guys. But as we got later on in the day, the sun came out and warmed up. Still breezy but certainly easier than this morning. But for me to start my British Open with a 29 on the front nine, is a great way to start.”

This week marks Kuchar’s 13th start at The Open, with his lone top-10 finish coming in 2012 (T9). He struggled early at The Open, missing the cut in his first five starts, but has since reeled off six made cuts in his last seven starts. He owns eight top-10 finishes in 46 previous major championship starts, led by a T3 at the 2012 Masters Tournament. The seven-time TOUR winner is in search of his first win on TOUR since the 2014 RBC Heritage.

MAJOR BU$INE$$: Masun Denison, global footwear director for Adidas Golf, explained to Footwear News that the final pairing of ambassadors Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose at this year’s Masters resulted in roughly $19.9 million in brand exposure. The Garcia-Rose matchup also helped Adidas Golf see a 30 percent increase in sales online across apparel and footwear, including Garcia’s winning polo shirt selling out by the following morning. As for footwear, Denison confirmed the Powerband Boa Boost that Garcia wore saw roughly a 40 percent spike in sales from the prior week. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

PUSH BACK: Rory McIlroy was standing on the sixth tee and already doubting his chances of making the weekend at the British Open when his negative thoughts were interrupted by his caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald. "He reminded me who I was, basically," said McIlroy, a four-time major champion. "He said: 'You're Rory McIlroy, what are you doing?'" Initially, his response was passive. "Whatever," replied McIlroy, who had bogeyed four of his first five holes and was about to drop another shot at No. 6. But then came the recovery. READ MORE>>>

PLAYING WITH DANGER: Jon Rahm thought he was moving a loose twig, didn't realize he had violated a rule and eventually was cleared of a penalty in the opening round of the British Open. It was the second straight tournament in which Rahm was caught up in a rules dispute. READ MORE>>>

ONE AND DONE: Former winner Mark O’Meara admitted his day was “toast” after just one shot as his final Open Championship appearance got off to a nightmare start at Royal Birkdale. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I really am fond of Birkdale, I've played well there twice and really like the golf course. Having that experience on it and knowing the holes a little bit will help. It's the first one I haven't been qualified for since I think '96. I've got no one to blame but myself. I really haven't played very well since I've come back from surgery, I haven't been consistent. I was playing great back in I guess 2015 and before kind of being hurt and injured. I had my world ranking up there really high, and with all the time off from that and coming back and not playing consistent, my world ranking's dropped and got no one really to blame buy myself.” --Jim Furyk, who is playing this week in the Barbasol Championship.

The record for most Open Championship appearances is 46 (Gary Player). In his 42nd overall appearance and 41st consecutive, Sandy Lyle opened with a 7-over 77 on Thursday. Lyle’s 42 ranks second overall.

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 141                                                       
Thursday, July 20, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think at the end of my career no one is going to go, he was a great golfer, but he was slow. To be honest, I don't really care what people say. I need to do what I need to do to win a golf tournament. And within reason of respecting other players and the Rules of Golf. When someone gets put on the clock, we need to pick up the pace of play, and everyone understands that. And I'll do my best to make sure that I try to not get put on the clock. But if you're looking at it statistically this year, I haven't been put on the clock too much. And once again, the year before that and the year prior to that. Everyone thinks I'm slow because of the pace of play that I've played on in Sundays. During 2015 and 2016 I was in a lot of groups that were on TV in the final day.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only one European has successfully defended the Claret Jug in more than 100 years. Can you name who it is?

TIGER EFFECT? For years, even decades, golf counted on Tiger Woods to help draw people in to watch it. Despite his prolonged absence, attendance at the 146th Open Championship is expected to be a record. The R&A said it is expecting a crowd of more than 225,000 spectators to attend this year’s event.

Based on strong advance sales, the attendance will surpass the previous high mark of 201,500 at Royal Birkdale in 2008, with this year’s Championship the fastest selling in history. Thousands of fans are still expected to purchase tickets throughout the week and this year’s Championship could take its place in the four largest attendances in The Open’s history. 

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The record number of spectators expected to attend Royal Birkdale underpins The Open’s reputation as one of the world’s great sporting events. We very much look forward to welcoming fans from all over the globe to Royal Birkdale to join us for a true celebration of world-class sport.”

According to the R&A, The Open is increasingly attracting a younger audience with more than 20,000 young people aged under 25 attending the Championship. More than 10,000 Youth Tickets have been sold in advance of the Championship, while over 10,000 juniors aged 16 years will attend the Championship free of charge as part of the successful Kids Go Free initiative. “We have an absolute policy on encouraging under 25's to come here to The Open. We've done a lot in terms of improving that. In fact, we moved our youth tickets to under 21's to under 25's this year. Our camping village for under 25's is free,” said Slumbers. “This is the people that we need to come into the game in the future. We need to make sure that the way we show technology and show the TV is attractive to younger people, and I think we're doing a great job of that.”

The Open’s Largest Attendances Figures:
2000, St Andrews, Scotland: 239,000
2015, St Andrews, Scotland: 237,000
2006, Royal Liverpool, England: 230,000
2017, Royal Birkdale, England: >225,000
2005, St Andrews, Scotland: 223,000
1990, St Andrews, Scotland: 209,000
2014, Royal Liverpool, England: 203,000
2008, Royal Birkdale, England: 201,500
2010, St Andrews, England: 201,000
1998, Royal Birkdale, England: 195,000

CHICKEN OR THE EGG? For many, many years the debate in golf has often been made between the operator and the equipment. There is a third dimension to this argument, according to two well-known players, that rarely gets mentioned. “Your technique makes very little difference to how you play golf. Your technique defines what your potential is. Your mental game defines what use you make of it,” said Padraig Harrington, a three-time major championship owner. “I think golf is more mental than physical at the end of the day,” said Rory McIlroy. “I think about it a lot. Everyone is different. And some techniques work for some guys and some techniques work for other guys. The mental side is so important in golf. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, they were both so strong mentally, so that tells you what, maybe the separation factor is the mental side of the game, and being maybe a little bit better in that aspect than the rest of the guys. But I think it's really about knowing yourself and knowing what works for you and what thoughts work and what techniques work,” the four-time major champion added.

Harrington referenced Bryson DeChambeau win last week at the John Deere Classic to bolster his point. “When DeChambeau comes out and he's doing something different all he’s proving is that he's not following. To be a professional golfer you've got to have a huge belief in what you're doing, in whatever you're doing, you've got to have belief in that. And clearly when you do something different to everybody else, you are setting a mark right there that you believe in yourself. There's no doubt everybody's watching, and I won't say hoping you fail, but certainly watching and putting pressure and expectation on somebody who's out there changing things or changing the game. So clearly he's dealt with that for a long period of time. And that must make you very self-confident. And that's the biggest key to being a good player. I don't see anything better about his (DeChambeau) technique or worse about his technique than anybody else. But I'm saying that because he's different technically he must be strong mentally. And that's the biggest bonus of being different.”

WEBB IS STILL OUR MAN: Burns & Wilcox, a North American wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager, said it will extend and expand its golf sponsorship deal with Webb Simpson. “The competitive spirit and exceptional performance that Webb has displayed this season is a perfect representation of the values on which Burns & Wilcox was founded,” said Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President and CEO, H.W. Kaufman Financial Group, parent company of Burns & Wilcox. “His work ethic on and off the course illustrates what makes a true champion.”

In addition to showcasing the Burns & Wilcox logo on the left side of his golf shirt, the company logo will now be featured on Simpson’s golf bag. The Burns & Wilcox logo will also continue to be featured on his caddy’s hat. “The immense support Burns & Wilcox has shown exemplifies the true meaning of teamwork,” said Simpson. “It is gratifying to be involved with a company that has the same unwavering dedication to excellence as I do on the course.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

WEB GEMS:

DON’T CALL ME THE NEW SEVE: “To whoever compares me to him, I'm never going to be Seve," Rahm said. "If we ever see someone like him again it is going to be someone very, very special for Spanish golf and the Spanish community. If I'm somewhat compared to him, to see the hopes people have in me, it's amazing. I try to take it as a positive and embrace it. If I could do a quarter of whatever he did, I'd probably be satisfied with my career.” READ MORE>>>

MCILROY WANTS MORE: "A second Open Championship isn't going to change my life, but I'm still as ambitious now as I was starting off my career, if not more so now because I know what I've achieved and I know what I can achieve." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think at the end of my career no one is going to go, he was a great golfer, but he was slow. To be honest, I don't really care what people say. I need to do what I need to do to win a golf tournament. And within reason of respecting other players and the Rules of Golf. When someone gets put on the clock, we need to pick up the pace of play, and everyone understands that. And I'll do my best to make sure that I try to not get put on the clock. But if you're looking at it statistically this year, I haven't been put on the clock too much. And once again, the year before that and the year prior to that. Everyone thinks I'm slow because of the pace of play that I've played on in Sundays. During 2015 and 2016 I was in a lot of groups that were on TV in the final day.”--Jason Day.

Paddy Harrington won the Claret Jug in 2007 (Carnoustie) and again in 2008 (Royal Birkdale). James Braid of Scotland was the last European to successfully defend the title. He did in 1905 (St. Andrews) and 1906 (Muirfield).

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 
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