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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 55                                                         
Friday, March 22, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It wasn't anything like technique or swing related. It never is. When we're hitting it so good Thursday Friday and Saturday and Sunday, things go wrong, it's never the swing, it's all up here (points to head.) Golf is 99 percent in your head, it's just what it is. And it's what I've been working on for so long and it's what I'm going to continue to be working on. On days like that it's where you learn the most about yourself and when you're going to be able to you learn those things to improve most about yourself and become a better player. So within the pain and the sadness of performing like that I'm glad it happened because I'll come out stronger and it will be another point in my career where I'll hopefully at an important event I'll have the lead again and I'll know what to do.”

BRAIN TEASER: A 17 years old made his first start on the PGA Tour this week. Who is he?

IT’S GOING TO BE BIG: The Open Championship is headed to the Emerald Isle in July and the country is expecting big things from it. Independent research forecasts an £80 million economic benefit for Northern Ireland from hosting The Open and television pictures of the Antrim Coast, including UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Giant’s Causeway, is expected to be beamed to over 600 million households in over 190 countries worldwide.

Investment in the regeneration of Royal Portrush ahead of The Open has reached more than £17 million and The Northern Ireland Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright MP has endorsed Portrush Regeneration Program, which involves major capital works to help to enhance and revitalize the town in the run-up to and beyond The 148th Open.

“In four months’ time the eyes of the sporting world will be on Northern Ireland for the most prestigious Championship in golf," said Wright. “The Championship is a wonderful opportunity to promote the best of Northern Ireland to the world, both as a host of major sporting events and as a leading visitor destination. There is great excitement among fans for The Open’s long-awaited return here. The team at Royal Portrush have done incredible work preparing the course and combined with the investment in the town will maximize the sporting and economic benefits to the area.”

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “The Open is going to be the biggest ever sporting event to be held on the island of Ireland and we are very much looking forward to staging an outstanding Championship. The local agencies in Northern Ireland have provided tremendous support and guidance throughout our preparations for Royal Portrush and we will continue work with them to deliver a successful Championship that will generate significant economic benefits for Northern Ireland.”

WEB GEMS:

THE FIRST OF MANY? Former President George W. Bush has made a hole-in-one at a Dallas course that will soon host his institute’s Warrior Open honoring wounded U.S. military personnel. The 72-year-old Bush, who lives in Dallas, says his next goal: “Live to 100 so I can shoot my age.” READ MORE>>>

THESE GUYS ARE GOOD: An albatross from 275 yards helped Russell Knox vault within one stroke of first-round leaders Sepp Straka and Joel Dahmen at the Valspar Championship.  It was the second albatross in a week on the PGA Tour, after American Harris English recorded one at the Players Championship. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It wasn't anything like technique or swing related. It never is. When we're hitting it so good Thursday Friday and Saturday and Sunday, things go wrong, it's never the swing, it's all up here (points to head.) Golf is 99 percent in your head, it's just what it is. And it's what I've been working on for so long and it's what I'm going to continue to be working on. On days like that it's where you learn the most about yourself and when you're going to be able to you learn those things to improve most about yourself and become a better player. So within the pain and the sadness of performing like that I'm glad it happened because I'll come out stronger and it will be another point in my career where I'll hopefully at an important event I'll have the lead again and I'll know what to do.”--Jon Rahm on his Sunday performance at the PLAYERS.

17-year old, Akshay Bhatia will make his first start on the PGA Tour this week. Bhatia is currently ranked 9th in the world amateur golf rankings. Call it the true Tiger effect as he stated in his pre-tournament press conference, “I'm not here to just show up and try to make the cut, I'm trying to win.” The only amateur in the field opened with a 3-over 74.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 54                                                         
Thursday, March 21, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “As long as you can hit it far enough and you got control of your golf ball, it doesn't really matter if you're 37, 41 or 47. You can ask the same questions out on the golf course and it's all about doing it. But, it gets tougher. We see that on a yearly basis, new players coming out, hitting it further and competition gets tougher and tougher. You got to use your experience and I think that's one big part in this game when you've been around a long time, you draw from previous mistakes and you learn and try to play smarter and maybe not make the same mistakes as some of the younger players might do.”

BRAIN TEASER: He played the 2018 Valspar Championship on a sponsor invitation and finished solo seventh. Can you name him?

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Now that Spring has sprung, have you subscribed to PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold, the direct-to-consumer live streaming product? Given golf’s demographics, the jury is still likely in deliberation. But when you consider the world around us, the streaming product represents an important, if not critical segment. Why?

US consumers are taking their entertainment matters into their own hands and personalizing their content across multiple services (pay-TV, streaming video, gaming and music), according to Deloitte’s 13th edition of the Digital Media Trends survey. This year’s survey noted strong growth in streaming video subscription services (69 percent) and streaming music services (41 percent). Pay-TV remained relatively flat with 65 percent of US households subscribing to the same, and 29 percent paying for live TV streaming services. High-quality, original content continues to be an important factor in streaming video growth, with 57 percent of current US streaming consumers (and 71 percent of millennials, ages 22-35) subscribing to streaming video services to access original content. This shed further light on Rory McIlroy’s (age 30) involvement with proprietary content with Golf Pass as an effort to cash in on this emerging market.

The survey also found that 37 percent of US millennials binge-watch every week, watching an average of four hours (almost the amount of time it takes to play a round of golf!) in a single sitting. Consumers also continue to spend more time streaming video from their paid services (46 percent) versus free video streaming services (29 percent). Consumers are not only binge-watching in high numbers, they are also streaming movies, with 70 percent of millennials reporting they stream movies weekly, and 40 percent doing so daily. But does golf have a place in this competitive market?

“With more than 300 over the top video options in the US, coupled with multiple subscriptions and payments to track and justify, consumers may be entering a time of ‘subscription fatigue,’” said Kevin Westcott, vice chairman and US Telecom and Media and Entertainment leader, Deloitte LLP. “As media companies and content owners wrestle with how to retain and grow their subscriber base, they should not only continue to strengthen their content libraries, quality, distribution and value, but also keep a close eye on consumer frustrations, including advertising overload and data privacy concerns.”

The survey found consumer dissatisfaction with high volumes of advertising, pushing them away from pay-TV. That can’t good news for the next round of network contract negotiations! Three quarters (75 percent) of consumers say they would be more satisfied with their pay-TV service, if there were fewer ads, and 77 percent indicated ads on pay-TV should be under 10 seconds! Eighty-two per cent believe there is excessive repetition of ads!! Golf telecasts are certainly guilty on this point!

Ownership of voice-assistant home speakers grew 140 percent year-over-year with total penetration growing in excess of 100% from 15 percent to 36 percent. When consumers use digital assistants, 42 percent of the time they are using them on home devices versus smartphones (34 percent of the time). The top five uses of voice-enabled digital assistants, according to Deloitte, are playing music, searching for information, getting directions, making phone calls and setting alerts. However, the survey found that voice still lacks a killer application, with half of consumers saying they don’t use voice-enabled digital assistants at all, and only 18 percent claiming to use if daily.

Gaming is increasingly becoming a centerpiece of the entertainment puzzle. Forty-one percent of consumers play games daily or weekly, and the share rises to 54 percent of Gen Z (ages 14-21), the survey reported. Smartphones (34 percent) are the device of choice to play games, with the exception of Gen Z, who are playing on consoles (33 percent) slightly more frequently. Clearly this isn’t golf’s sweet spot or the audience it pretends to command. The gaming console is being used more often as an entertainment hub to stream TV/movie content (46 percent), watch online content (42 percent), browse the internet (34 percent), stream music (25 percent), and stream eSports (11 sports).

“Consumers are using a combination of services, so they can watch, hear and play what they want. They’re not waiting for someone to provide it for them,” concluded Dr. Jeff Loucks, executive director, Deloitte Center for Technology, Media and Telecommunications, Deloitte LLP. “Consumers love the freedom to customize their media consumption, but there’s growing friction. Consumers have trouble finding their favorite programs across multiple subscriptions, get frustrated when content ‘vanishes’ from a service without notice, and feel they sit through too many ads. Consumers will pick media companies that give them flexibility to choose the content they want, with less friction.”

IT MUST BE WORKING:  The Sherwin-Williams Company has signed a five-year extension that will take effect after next year’s tournament and continue its Valspar brand’s sponsorship of the Valspar Championship through 2025. “We are very proud of the Valspar Championship, The Most Colorful PGA TOUR Tournament in the World,” said Aaron Erter, President, Performance Coatings Group, The Sherwin-Williams Company. “This tournament has exceeded our expectations in strengthening our customer and vendor relationships, elevating our brand, and, most importantly, investing in the community in a meaningful way. We are pleased to extend our partnership with the PGA TOUR through 2025 and look forward to making an even greater impact in the community in the years to come."

WEB GEMS:

COULD THIS BE HIS YEAR? Dustin Johnson is peaking. The Masters is nearing. And he was talking Wednesday about an injury from the stairs. At least this time it was his brother. “Those stairs, man,” Johnson said with a smile. “They’ll get you.” Johnson has been trying for two years to get back to the best golf he ever played, when he won three straight tournaments against the strongest fields to reach No. 1 and become a heavy favorite at the Masters. And then he slipped down the stairs at his rental home in Augusta, Georgia, withdrew, and hasn’t returned to that level of golf. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “As long as you can hit it far enough and you got control of your golf ball, it doesn't really matter if you're 37, 41 or 47. You can ask the same questions out on the golf course and it's all about doing it. But, it gets tougher. We see that on a yearly basis, new players coming out, hitting it further and competition gets tougher and tougher. You got to use your experience and I think that's one big part in this game when you've been around a long time, you draw from previous mistakes and you learn and try to play smarter and maybe not make the same mistakes as some of the younger players might do.”--Henrik Stenson.

Playing on a sponsor invitation, 2010 Valspar Championship winner and 2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk made six birdies and one bogey on Sunday to close with a 5-under 66 and finish solo-seventh at 6-under 278. It marked his first top-10 showing since a T6 at the 2016 The RSM Classic (T6).

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 53                                                         
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't feel any less pride for the way I played because I didn't win. And because it was Rory, I mean, probably doesn't take any sting out of it. I have a lot of respect for his game. I have a lot of respect for him as a person. But it still stings. I mean, I'm a competitor, and I want to win, and it pisses me off I didn't.”

BRAIN TEASER: He became the first player since Steve Elkington in 1997 to record all four rounds in the 60s at THE PLAYERS. Who is he?

IN GOLF WE TRUST! The R&A is out to promote the health benefits of golf. The first ever Golf and Health Week will take place from April 15-19 and will aim to encourage golfers, non-golfers and lapsed golfers into taking part in the sport. A number of health-related themes will be promoted during the week of the campaign, including:
•        Monday April 15: Fitness – professionals and amateurs
•        Tuesday April 16: Mental health (including dementia)
•        Wednesday April 17: Disability golf
•        Thursday April 18: Golf for everyone – featuring various health projects (e.g. Parkinson’s, loneliness, stroke and other programs that can benefit health)
•        Friday April 19: Club level – focus at golf clubs (e.g. fitness, food, drink, gym classes)

Focusing primarily on Great Britain and Ireland, it will include support of the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, The Professional Golfers’ Association and the Golf Foundation, as well as national associations including England Golf, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union. A number of other organizations have expressed interest in supporting the week, including EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association), the PGAs of Europe and Golf Australia.

The campaign is also to be backed by professional golfers including Annika Sorenstam, Brooke Henderson, Padraig Harrington and Zach Johnson, who are ambassadors for the Golf and Health Project.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, stated, “It is important that we continue to promote golf as an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities and demonstrate that playing golf can provide significant benefits for the health and wellbeing of those who participate in the sport.

“We are working closely with our affiliated national associations and partners to produce an engaging and inspiring campaign which will drive interest in playing the sport and encourage people to take advantage of the health benefits that golf can bring.”

Last year, a global consensus amongst leaders in public health, public policy and sport backed golf in the race to tackle physical inactivity and the prevention of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer of the breast and colon. Evidence linking golf and health, commissioned by the World Golf Foundation and supported by The R&A, was presented at Westminster following research led by the University of Edinburgh and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Previous research has also highlighted that those that play golf live five years longer than those that don’t play, while the sport has been shown to have self-esteem and self-worth benefits.
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WEB GEMS:

A DIFFERENT NUMBERS GAME: Two tournaments on different continents illustrate why PGA Tour players are increasingly skeptical about the world ranking. READ MORE>>>

ALL STARS: Ernie Els has named Korea’s K.J. Choi, South Africa’s Trevor Immelman and Canada’s Mike Weir as his assistants for this year’s Presidents Cup in Australia. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I don't feel any less pride for the way I played because I didn't win. And because it was Rory, I mean, probably doesn't take any sting out of it. I have a lot of respect for his game. I have a lot of respect for him as a person. But it still stings. I mean, I'm a competitor, and I want to win, and it pisses me off I didn't.”--Jim Furyk

Dustin Johnson became the first player since Steve Elkington in 1997 to record all four rounds in the 60s at THE PLAYERS. He posted his first career top-10 at the event in his 11th appearance.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 52                                                         
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The new trophy is horrible. If I was McIlroy I’d request the old one. Jodie Mudd has mine.”

BRAIN TEASER: There are only three players to win at least one FedExCup, THE PLAYERS, a major and a World Golf Championships event. Can you name them?

GROW THE GAME, PART THREE: Try this one on for size. If you don’t subscribe to the grow the game tag line, then consider the following: Jim Furyk's runner-up finish at the 2019 PLAYERS was worth $1.35 million, matching the biggest paycheck of his career. Please don’t feel bad for the former Arizona Wildcat. He did win the 2003 U.S. Open and the 2010 FedEx Cup Champ! He now has career earnings of $70,332,129, which ranks his fourth.

ELIMINATE THE MIDDLE MAN: Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company has introduced its first putter line in nearly fifteen years with the release of a Precision Milled FORGED putter line. The putters are crafted from 1020 carbon steel in a multi-step forging process that strengthens and purifies the molecular structure of the metal, according to the company.

The line is available in four traditional head models with a proprietary DBM (Diamond Black Metal) finish. It eliminates glare and generates more contrast with the ball and putting surface to promote better alignment, the company stated. “A 100% forged, CNC precision milled putter is not the least expensive nor the easiest way to make a putter by any means, but at Ben Hogan Golf we believe it is the best way,” said Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “Serious golfers demand precision and performance on the greens, and the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled Forged putters deliver. They look great, but perform even better.”

White added, “What makes this new line even more special is our factory-direct business model, which provides golfers with an ultra-premium forged milled putter at a price far less than many mass-market investment cast putters. In fact, while many of today’s leading putter brands sell their top models at $400 or more through retail channels, we allow allows serious golfers to purchase one of our new Precision Milled FORGED putters for just $250 direct at BenHoganGolf.com.  This is unheard of given the feel, consistency and pure performance attributes of our forged putters, which are synonymous with Ben Hogan’s uncompromising standards.”

WEB GEMS:

NEVER A DOUBT: With McIlroy approaching his 30th birthday, and with only one victory over his previous 50 tournaments worldwide, the critics took notice. When he played in the final group nine times without winning — never mind that he was at least three shots back on five of those occasions — questions about his ability to close became louder. His patience was tested when he began this year by playing in the final group in three out of his five tournaments, finishing no worse than a tie for sixth. But he never showed any hint on panic. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The new trophy is horrible. If I was McIlroy I’d request the old one. Jodie Mudd has mine.”--Mark Calcavecchia via Twitter

Rory McIlroy joined Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson as the only players to win at least one FedExCup, THE PLAYERS, a major and a World Golf Championships event.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 51                                                         
Monday, March 18, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The Players Course is everything that’s bad about modern design and they set it for the winner to shoot 20 under. Every pin was easy to shoot at and 12 is a par 3, not a 4. Par is 68 max. All 5’s reachable with mid irons. Tirico eats for 5, and looks quite ready to explode.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player extended his record consecutive cuts-made streak at THE PLAYERS to 16. Who is he?

ANYTHING TRULY CHANGE? The 36-hole cut for the 2019 PLAYERS came at 1-under 143 from a field of 141 professionals. While this year it was held in March, the 2018 version was contested in May. The 36-hole cut also happened to be at 1-under. Coincidence?

Webb Simpson, who was the 36-hole leader in 2018 at -15, won with a score of -18. Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy were joint leaders after 36-holes this year at -12. The Northern Irishman earned $2.25 million by posting a winning score of -16.

Now in 2006, when the PLAYERS was last held in March, Stephen Ames won with -14. When you consider the plethora of new equipment introductions from drivers to balls and everything in between over the last 13 years from every manufacturer, it’s fascinating to see scoring hasn’t been impacted!

WEB GEMS:

SAME OLD, SAME OLD: “Because (tour officials) don’t do anything about it,” McIlroy said. “It’s become somewhat of an epidemic on tour. Look, it’s our livelihoods and people are going to take their time. And as the course dries up and gets firmer and gets tougher, guys are going to take their time. But the fact that someone didn’t finish (Thursday) that’s unacceptable.” READ MORE>>>

THE KID IS ALL RIGHT: “It’s very special. I just tried to treat it like another day, even though I’ve had all those close calls this year. If anything they were good for me. All those experiences this year led me to this point and ultimately they were good for me because they got me over the line today.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The Players Course is everything that’s bad about modern design and they set it for the winner to shoot 20 under. Every pin was easy to shoot at and 12 is a par 3, not a 4. Par is 68 max. All 5’s reachable with mid irons. Tirico eats for 5, and looks quite ready to explode.”--Peter Kessler on Twitter.

Sergio Garcia (T22) extended his record consecutive cuts-made streak at THE PLAYERS to 16.

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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