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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 220                                                       
Friday, November 15, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Golf is such a challenging game. There's some guys who set the bar so high that sometimes if a guy wins once, twice in a season that's great, but the bar's been set high by the Tiger Woods and the Phil Mickelsons and now we've got the new crop of Dustin Johnsons and Brooks Koepkas and Justin Thomases who seem to win multiple times a year. It is hard going head to head with those guys every week and then trying to come out on top, and when you do, it's an amazing feeling. I certainly would say it spring-boarded me to arguably the best year I've had.”

BRAIN TEASER: When was the last time a round on the PGA TOUR was suspended without any play?

YOU CAN’T FIGHT WITH MOTHER NATURE: When you play an outdoor game that relies on some degree of cooperation from the weatherman, there are times it just isn’t going to happen. That was the case in the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

“The bottom line is we just don't have a golf course that's playable,” said Slugger White, SVP Rules & Competition, PGA TOUR. “We've got situations out there where we could lose balls in areas that we have no virtual certainty where it was. There's so many scenarios out there that just don't fit making an effort. Nothing's draining. Everything always drains to the mangroves here and there's no place for it to go with that much rain.  Tomorrow, unfortunately, is going to look almost about the same until we get here and see what happens. Monday's always in the mix. Obviously, we hope to finish on Sunday, but Monday will always be there.”

SUSTAINABILITY: It wasn’t that long ago somewhere heralding the advent of Topgolf and it would save the game by introducing it or at least a variation of it to the next generation of players. Along came Drive Shack, which in turn fueled even further hope that the future of golf was going to be in good hands.

Topgolf is said to be exploring a potential public offering in part to fund its future. Drive Shack is showing its financial house has some challenges. The company reported revenues of $74.7 million and a loss of $13.4 million in the quarter ending September 30th. Through nine-months of 2019, it recorded $200.3 million in sales and a $43.8 million loss. Clearly the build out of the concept is financially draining. Can it succeed, financially-speaking? Time will tell. Does this dampen in anyway the enthusiasm of the future of golf??

TWO BETTER THAN ONE: Two of Scotland’s oldest golf clubs have merged in order to secure their future in the face of declining memberships. The Royal Montrose Mercantile Golf Club opened earlier this month following the merger between Royal Montrose Golf Club and Montrose Mercantile Golf. Gordon Shepherd, former captain of Royal Montrose Golf Club, said his old club had also had around 400 members, meaning they were hoping for around 800 golfers to join the new merged club. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

HOME COOKIN’: Louis Oosthuizen produced a stunning birdie blitz to card a faultless nine-under-par 63 for a three-shot lead after the first round of the European Tour’s Nedbank Golf Challenge on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Golf is such a challenging game. There's some guys who set the bar so high that sometimes if a guy wins once, twice in a season that's great, but the bar's been set high by the Tiger Woods and the Phil Mickelsons and now we've got the new crop of Dustin Johnsons and Brooks Koepkas and Justin Thomases who seem to win multiple times a year. It is hard going head to head with those guys every week and then trying to come out on top, and when you do, it's an amazing feeling. I certainly would say it spring-boarded me to arguably the best year I've had.”--Matt Kuchar.

The last time a round on the PGA TOUR was suspended without any play was 2019 ZOZO Championship (second round)

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 9, NUMBER 219                                                       
Thursday, November 14, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'll never get there. I'm a realist and I know that 82 PGA TOUR wins is something that in this day and age is probably not going to be surpassed.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which player has won the most career money at Mayakoba Golf Classic?

BIG PLANS: Whether this is part of its long-term growth strategy or to aid in its plans to go public, Topgolf Entertainment Group is swinging big. The global sports and entertainment company says it’s signed a multi-year franchise agreement with Sports Entertainment Asia H.K. Limited (or SEAL), aiming to develop more than 70 venues in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and the Phillippines.

Privately held Topgolf says that SEAL’s management team has experience developing hospitality and food and beverage brands in the Far East, including Starbucks and Domino’s Pizza, and that its franchise leaders are now “in active pursuit of premier destinations” in the Phillippines and Greater China. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

TIME TO LET BYGONES BE BYGONES? “What happened post tournament with David is something I’m not proud of, made some headlines that certainly I’m definitely not proud of, but I’ve done my best to make amends, to make things right with David, to do things right by the community,” Kuchar said. READ MORE>>>

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET: Patrick Reed’s fiery, competitive spirit has ruffled feathers in the past but the golfer nicknamed ‘Captain America’ says he has no plans to dial down the intensity when he tees off for the United States at next month’s Presidents Cup. READ MORE>>>

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT? It was the second straight year that the great shots belonged to the last guy on the course while the big check belonged to the guy watching from the clubhouse. This is what the PGA Tour was trying to avoid when it made a radical change to the FedEx Cup finale. Two weeks ago in China, when Rory McIlroy was talking about trying to avoid slow starts, he was asked for an example. “I was five shots behind at the Tour Championship before it even started,” he said with a laugh.
It worked out well — this year. McIlroy won by four shots on the tournament leaderboard, which included how many under par he was at the start. He won the real tournament by three shots. There was no debate. There will be at some point. It’s inevitable. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'll never get there. I'm a realist and I know that 82 PGA TOUR wins is something that in this day and age is probably not going to be surpassed.”--Rory McIlroy on his chances of reaching Tiger's 82-win total in a recent on-camera interview with GOLFTV.

Pat Perez has won the most career money at Mayakoba Golf Classic of any player - $1,688,329 in seven starts.

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 9, NUMBER 218                                                       
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's an amazing feeling to win a PGA TOUR event. It is a hard thing to do. It feels extra sweet having suffered through not playing great in 2018, being four years removed since my last victory. I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA TOUR.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who finished with the Champion’s Tour lowest scoring average (69.14) in 2019? HINT: He ended Bernhard Langer’s five-year streak.

THE DUF: COBRA Golf has signed Jason Dufner to a multi-year deal. “At COBRA our goal is to align with the best athletes and ambassadors who are not only talented golfers but are also engaging and authentic on and off the course. To that end, we are excited to officially announce Jason Dufner as the newest member of our team,” said Dan Ladd, Executive Vice President, General Manager of COBRA PUMA Golf. “In addition to his unique personality, Dufner is known for his impressive ball-striking ability, as well as being one of the most sophisticated, technically-savvy pros out there when it comes to choosing what’s in his bag, and we’re honored that someone as discerning as he is, has chosen our equipment as he looks towards the next stage of an already impressive career.”

LESS PROMISES MORE: New equipment, specifically drivers has morphed into math equations in recent years. Case in point, COBRA Golf has introduced the F-MAX AIRSPEED driver that has a new Carbon Fiber Crown. According to COBRA, it replaces titanium to save 10-grams of discretionary weight. In turn the weight was re-distributed to low and back in the clubhead to maintain a MOI of 5,000. COBRA said the clubhead of the F-MAX AIRSPEED is 2 grams lighter. 

Additionally, it has a 5-gram lighter AIRSPEED shaft, and 6-gram lighter, 41g Lamkin midsize grip design COBRA says yields 11 grams in weight-savings. If the numbers confuses you, COBRA said the total overall weight is 13 grams lighter than its predecessor.

The F-MAX AIRSPEED drivers utilize a new PWR Ridge design on the Carbon Fiber Crown to assist with alignment and improved aerodynamics. For players who prefer a traditional, square setup at address, the F-MAX AIRPEED drivers are also available in a straight neck model. 

“Not a single aspect of club design was overlooked when we were trying to maximize the weight savings in this line,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D for COBRA Golf.  “We even use an unpainted shaft with clearcoat and a decal design to save two extra grams of weight over a typical painted shaft.  That is a perfect illustration of the level of detail than went into making these clubs as lightweight as possible.”

The F-MAX AIRSPEED drivers ($329), fairways ($219) are available beginning January 10, 2020 in store and at cobragolf.com. F-MAX AIRSPEED clubs will also be available in a complete set ($1,299) for beginning to intermediate golfers.

COBRA is also coming out with F-MAX AIRSPEED irons, which is 5 grams in weight-savings over previous models, according to the company. “For golfers who love the game but just don’t swing it with the same speed they used to, the F-MAX AIRSPEED irons are a great choice, said Olsavsky. “We are confident that the combination of easy launch, low spin, and increased clubhead speed that these irons provide, will make the game much more enjoyable.”

The F-MAX AIRSPEED Hybrids featured in the combo sets are also available to purchase as stand-alone options. The F-MAX AIRSPEED Irons, Hybrids and Combo Sets will also be available beginning January 10, 2020.

WEB GEMS:

ITS ALL GOOD: One year since he teamed with Matt Kuchar for a memorable win that led to a less memorable dispute over compensation, caddie David Ortiz said he harbors no ill will toward his former player. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's an amazing feeling to win a PGA TOUR event. It is a hard thing to do. It feels extra sweet having suffered through not playing great in 2018, being four years removed since my last victory. I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA TOUR.” --Matt Kuchar after his victory at the 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Retief Goosen finished with the Champion Tour’s best scoring average (69.14). He is the seventh player to win the scoring title as a rookie, and it ends Bernhard Langer’s five-year streak as the Tour’s scoring leader.

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 9, NUMBER 217                                                       
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “ In hindsight, obviously it's easy to see after that, the results haven't been quite the same. It's tough, like any sport I think, when you lose a tournament or lose a game or something like that. It takes a toll mentally."

BRAIN TEASER: Who was the last player to win the Champions Tour money title not named Scott McCarron or Bernhard Langer?

LIFE BEGINS AT 50: Scott McCarron won the Champions Tour money title by earning $2,534,090. It’s his third straight $2-million season and he ended Bernhard Langer’s seven-year run atop the money list. It is the first time Langer has played a full season and not won the money title. In all, he has won 10 money titles (2008-2010, 2012-2018) and is the Tour's all-time money leader ($28,653,126). Meanwhile, McCarron tied for 27th at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to claim the $1 million bonus for the season points title and the Schwab Cup.

HISTORY ON ITS SIDE? Once upon a time, there was plenty of talk that China was the next growth platform for the game and industry. Callaway Golf even talked up India and a business opportunity.  The game’s inclusion into the Olympics was also anticipated to help spur further interest in underdeveloped countries. Yet, little results have come to date. Golf is a game that can last a lifetime, yet it isn’t something everyone embraces. Nevertheless, another region of the world is looking to try and introduce the sport to the masses.

A global golf business event, the Golf Saudi Summit, promises it will bring together captains of industry and national leaders to debate hot topics and modern development tactics at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers from 2-4 February 2020.

Staged in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, the event will allow guests to learn more about golf within the Kingdom and an opportunity to unite stakeholders of the game and evolve key business relations.

“Our commitment to the game of golf is founded on a national ambition for sports to act as a catalyst in realizing Vision 2030”, commented Majed Al-Sorour, CEO, Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation. “The Golf Saudi Summit will allow us to bring together a rich array of industry leaders and our own national stakeholders to share insights and build critical working relations. Saudi Arabia has one of the most ambitious programs in global golf history and it is our intention to layout pioneering programs that draw on new creative concepts, technology and best-practice, setting a new benchmark in the development space.

“To champion golf in Saudi Arabia, we need to harness the talent of our people through education and integration to develop the golf industry and inspire Saudis to thrive in the world of golf,” Al-Sorour continued. “Hosting marquee events such as the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers is a wonderful advert for golf, showcasing the natural beauty and modern lifestyle of Saudi Arabia and inspiring all generations to become involved in our sport. We look forward to welcoming everyone to King Abdullah Economic City, uniting key stakeholders to explore new opportunities together and building on our partnerships to progress our golf strategy.”

WEB GEMS:

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SKIN A CAT: Hosung Choi is back in the winner's circle after his self-made "fisherman's swing" helped him capture the Heiwa PGM Championship on the Japan Golf Tour. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “In hindsight, obviously it's easy to see after that, the results haven't been quite the same. It's tough, like any sport I think, when you lose a tournament or lose a game or something like that. It takes a toll mentally."--Francesco Molinari upon reflection of his T-5 finish at Augusta National.

Before Scott McCarron ended Bernhard Langer seven-year run atop the money list, the last player to win the money title was Tom Lehman in 2011.

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 9, NUMBER 216                                                       
Monday, November 11, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I started coming with my dad when I was nine years old. And I started playing when I was 11. He got me started playing. I grew up playing rugby and golf at the same time. My dad never forced me into anything. Dad would always say to me, Do you want to come and play? What do you want to do? My parents had to try and keep me away from the golf course. I wanted to play 72 holes a day in the summer when I was growing up. I couldn't get enough of it. I had the rugby, which was the team. And then I had the golf which was me against the golf course. So I had the best of all worlds. Sometimes I wonder if I did the right thing.”

BRAIN TEASER: Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship in wire-to-wire fashion. Who was the last player to win a major wire-to-wire?

ENOUGH ALREADY! Anyone else notice Tiger Woods choosing Tiger Woods for the Presidents Cup received far too much attention in the golf world? It proves two things. The first is that its a slow news cycle and the second is the over reliance on employing Tiger to help sell the game. The reality is he isn’t drawing in a new audience as he once did. Maybe that will change but for now no one really knows how much 43-year old Tiger still has in his tank?

THE NEW NORMAL? As everyone eagerly anticipates the release of the distance report next February, (insert sarcasm!) here is something to consider in the meantime. “Golf is now aggressive regardless of the situation,” stated Paul Goydos after his first round of the Charles Schwab Championship. “We’ve turned into a bunch of guys who just hit it at the flag every time and accept what happens. That’s why you are seeing a lot more rounds with 10 birdies and four bogeys instead of four birdies and 14 pars.” Is that the fault of clubs and balls? “I play the same way regardless kind of the course, quite frankly,” he added. You be the judge.

ARROW OR THE OPERATOR? Jeff Maggert credited a new club for his play at last week’s Schwab Championship. “I got a new putter at the Ping factory on Monday and as soon as I saw it, I says, wow, this looks good, I think I can make some putts with this. Lo and behold, I made a lot of good putts today,” he said after signing for an opening round score of (-8) 63.

Maggert was hoping the putter would give his game a jump-start. “I haven't really played that well the past couple years. I have had moments where I have had some good tournaments but just can't put a good stretch of three or four months together to get the confidence rolling,” said Maggert. He has also made another equipment change in an effort to get something going. “It's such a fine line out here. I went to a different ball about a month ago. It took me some time to get used to, but I think it's paying off. It has a little more spin on my irons. I feel like I can hit the ball close to the hole a little bit easier.”

Even a 3-time PGA TOUR and now 6-time Champions Tour winner turns to equipment changes to try and spark a performance improvement.

WEB GEMS:

FRISCO: “Over the last 25 years, we’ve done a lot of try to kill golf. We’ve made it too hard, too expensive and taking too long. The one thing we haven’t done is make it too fun. This project is a chance to push back on that. This project is to benefit the 29,000 (members), it’s certainly not for me.” READ MORE>>>

YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS UP: Tiger Woods almost did it during the 2000 U.S. Open. And now Eddie Pepperell has actually done it in the Turkish Airlines Open. Run out of balls that is. READ MORE>>>

BATTLE OF ATTRITION: Tyrrell Hatton beat Matthias Schwab on the fourth playoff hole to clinch his second Rolex Series title at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya on Sunday after a dramatic six-man playoff. For the first time at a professional golf tournament, the floodlights were switched on at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal golf course for the playoff as the six golfers battled for the $2 million prize money. READ MORE>>>

ANOTHER SEASON IN THE BOOKS: Jeff Maggert holed out from 123 yards for eagle on the third playoff hole Sunday to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and hand Scott McCarron the season points title and the Schwab Cup on the PGA TOUR Champions. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I started coming with my dad when I was nine years old. And I started playing when I was 11. He got me started playing. I grew up playing rugby and golf at the same time. My dad never forced me into anything. Dad would always say to me, Do you want to come and play? What do you want to do? My parents had to try and keep me away from the golf course. I wanted to play 72 holes a day in the summer when I was growing up. I couldn't get enough of it. I had the rugby, which was the team. And then I had the golf which was me against the golf course. So I had the best of all worlds. Sometimes I wonder if I did the right thing.”--Darren Clarke.

The last player before Brooks Koepka to win a major wire-to-wire was Jordan Spieth (2015 Masters Tournament).

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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