Subscribe
Font Size
Join our Mailing List
DailyPulse
Home Daily Golf Briefs

golfbiz

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 226                                                       
Monday, November 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “That's what drives me, that's what motivates me. And I will continue to try to get better. It always helps with confidence. I think winning a tournament always helps breed confidence. Confidence goes a long way in this game. Knowing that I can do it. Knowing that, you know, 40 is just a number. Turns out 40 may be the new 20, so that's how I'm going to try to look at it. I don't think I've changed any of my goals. I aspire to make Presidents Cup, I aspire to make the TOUR Championship, I aspire to win multiple times in the '18-'19 season. A major's still on my list. Those are all goals for me and I think this will help leapfrog that. That confidence because of winning a tournament hopefully propels make to a great '19.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player recorded his third top-10 of the fall at the RSM Classic, tied for most of the season with Scott Piercy and Gary Woodland. He has ranked inside the top 10 in 13 of his last 16 rounds on TOUR: Sanderson Farms Championship (1- T1-1-1), Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T32-T8-6-T28), Mayakoba Golf Classic (T42-2-T5-T10), The RSM Classic (T7-T2-T2-6). Who is he?

THE PARTY CONTINUES: Early holiday trimmings have come to the PGA TOUR and Sea Island, Georgia.  RSM US LLP (“RSM”) has extended its sponsorship of The RSM Classic on the PGA TOUR through 2025. The five-year agreement, which takes effect following the 2020 tournament, was announced today by RSM Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams. RSM has been the title sponsor since the tournament’s debut in 2010, partnering with tournament host Davis Love III and the Davis Love Foundation, which serves as the tournament host organization.

“We understand that middle market business leaders enjoy watching and playing golf,” stated Adams. “Golf is also completely aligned with RSM’s core values of respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship, and it’s a great metaphor for our business. Like the caddie behind the successful golfer, RSM is committed to helping our clients navigate today’s global business landscape. The RSM Classic has provided a great opportunity for us to connect with clients and others in a meaningful way, while also serving as a platform to magnify our focus on giving back to the community. We’re pleased to extend our sponsorship of The RSM Classic through 2025, and we look forward to doing even more great things for the community through the tournament.”

“The RSM Classic quickly established itself as a popular stop on the PGA TOUR and has continued to grow through the dedicated efforts of Davis Love III, his Foundation and RSM,” said Brian Oliver, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. “The players love the resort setting and the uniquely relaxed atmosphere surrounding the tournament, which continues to do a tremendous job of raising money and awareness for local and national charitable organizations through the Birdies Fore Love program. We are thrilled that this partnership will continue through RSM’s new five-year commitment as the title sponsor.”

BUYER ALWAYS BE WARE: With the holiday season fast approaching, it is the time of year where gift giving takes center stage. Golf certainly looks to get its fair share of the money consumers spend before the end of the calendar year. Everyone has individual filters they employ in determining what they buy. However, does the authenticity ever come into the equation? In some regions of the globe, if not all, this is a very real issue.

The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group (The Golf Group) reported the largest single seizure in the past five years. It confiscated more than 29,000 pieces of counterfeit golf equipment and supplies from a facility in Dongguan, a major industrial center in Guangdong Province, China.

Seized in the raid were 592 finished clubs, 1,623 semi-finished clubs, 6,780 club heads, 3,340 grips, 1,990 headcovers and more than 15,000 pieces of stickers and marks that bear group members' logos, including Titleist, PXG, Callaway, TaylorMade, PING, XXIO and Cleveland.

“As our largest single raid in more than a half decade, this seizure signifies two things. One, that we are committed to fighting counterfeiters and will do everything in our power to bring them to justice. And two, that the production of fake golf equipment is still a very serious issue that more golfers need to be aware of,” said Sonia Lari, Senior Corporate Counsel, Callaway. “Consumers need to understand that the risks of purchasing fake golf equipment goes beyond performance – they can even be dangerous to use. The only way for consumers to guarantee that they are not purchasing counterfeit products is to buy from an authorized retailer or reseller.”

The recent raid was carried out by local government law enforcement authorities in Dongguan and Taixing in October. The key locations of the counterfeits, including the shipping center, the warehouse and the assembling workshop, were raided simultaneously by more than 30 officers from Dongguan and Taixing public security bureau (PSB), with assistance from 12 investigators and other legal counsel. Computer data, sales records, buyer lists and delivery notes including names and addresses were also found at the location and seized for further investigation. In total, five suspects are being held in custody for investigation.

“Just because this raid was completed does not mean this investigation is over. We will continue to work with local authorities, who are following up on leads generated from the raid that we hope will lead to additional prosecutions,” said Frankie Ho, Global Intellectual Property Counsel, PXG. “To continue to protect consumers against counterfeiters, all group members are working together with authorities to discover new ways to identify and shut down these illegal operations. While there are still counterfeiters producing fake golf products, they’re starting to find out that these practices are unacceptable and once found, we will ensure they are punished to the fullest extent of the law. We promise to continue to fight this ongoing battle against fakes and to keep golf real.”

To help consumers learn more about counterfeit products and their inherent risks, The Golf Group posts relevant information on its website www.keepgolfreal.com, and on its new Facebook page. On the Golf Group’s new social media channel, golfers can stay up to date on the latest news, tips and insights on how to avoid counterfeit equipment, as well as report suspected counterfeit golf equipment sellers directly to the Golf Group.

TIME IS MONEY: Golf Australia boss Stephen Pitt said at the start of last week that the sport needed to do a better job of bringing its stars into the lounge rooms of everyday Australians. It might want to have a closer look at the clock for starters. In an era in which world golf has experimented with events such as the Shot Clock Masters, where players can be penalized for their pace of play and standing over a shot too long, several groups set a dawdling pace at the Australian Open at The Lakes. Some of the last groups in the third round were spending almost five-and-a-quarter hours on course before lodging their cards, not only a frustration for crowds but also television executives. READ MORE>>>

NEWS NUGGETS: With 102 birdies during fall events, Cameron Champ won the Birdies Fore Love charity competition and will receive $300,000 from RSM to donate to The Cameron Champ Foundation. JJ Spaun was second with 110 and receives $150,000 for his charity. Joel Dahmen was third with 105 and receives $50,000 for his charity. The funds are earmarked for children or family-based charitable organizations of each player’s choice.

Chucky 3-stick had the third-most starts before his third PGA TOUR victory: Leonard Thompson (553), Howard Twitty (532), Charles Howell III (529), Steve Lowery (519), Mike Sullivan (457), Don Pooley (445), J.J. Henry (439).

WEB GEMS:

A WIN/WIN: Unheralded Mexican Abraham Ancer ignited his round with a remarkable chip-in before winning the Australian Open by five strokes on Sunday to join a host of golfing greats in lifting the Stonehaven Cup. Ancer, Dimitrios Papadatos and Jake McLeod have secured their places in The 148th Open after qualifying at the Emirates Australian Open. READ MORE>>>

ANOTHER WIN/WIN! Danny Willett made a triumphant return of the winner's circle as Francesco Molinari was crowned Europe's Number One on a dramatic final day of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. READ MORE>>>

ANOTHER/ANOTHER WIN/WIN!! Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn won $1 million (£778,998) and a bundle of honors as Lexi Thompson closed out the LPGA season with a four-stroke victory at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “That's what drives me, that's what motivates me. And I will continue to try to get better. It always helps with confidence. I think winning a tournament always helps breed confidence. Confidence goes a long way in this game. Knowing that I can do it. Knowing that, you know, 40 is just a number. Turns out 40 may be the new 20, so that's how I'm going to try to look at it. I don't think I've changed any of my goals. I aspire to make Presidents Cup, I aspire to make the TOUR Championship, I aspire to win multiple times in the '18-'19 season. A major's still on my list. Those are all goals for me and I think this will help leapfrog that. That confidence because of winning a tournament hopefully propels make to a great '19.”--Matt Kuchar.

Cameron Champ recorded his third top-10 of the fall at the RSM Classic, tied for most of the season with Scott Piercy and Gary Woodland. He has ranked inside the top 10 in 13 of his last 16 rounds on TOUR: Sanderson Farms Championship (1- T1-1-1), Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T32-T8-6-T28), Mayakoba Golf Classic (T42-2-T5-T10), The RSM Classic (T7-T2-T2-6).

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

 

 

 

 

 

golfbiz

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 225                                                       
Friday, November 16, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'll be watching. I'm close to Vegas it's a four-and-a-half-hour drive, so I'm still deciding if I'm going to go see it in person or not, because I might make a joke with Phil and just tell him, I don't want to pay the Pay-Per-View. But I'll be interested in watching and see how it is. I don't know how it will be -- and maybe in the future I find myself in one of those, so hopefully it's a success.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only three players have managed to win a PGA TOUR event in four different decades. Can you name anyone in this elite company? HINT: One of them is playing in the RSM Classic.

LET’S WORK TOGETHER: The old adage even in today’s data driven digital world, is that two heads are better than one. In the hyper competitive world of golf equipment, ideas are plentiful yet making it work is the harder, if not delicate part of the equation. One manufacturer has enlisted some new outside help to refine some of its existing ideas but also prepare it for what the future might hold.

Callaway Golf Company has signed a consultancy agreement with GE Additive’s AddWorks team. The impetus is to help the manufacturer of Big Bertha harness greater potential of additive manufacturing. The first project from the agreement was a redesigned Odyssey R-Ball Prototype putter head. If this product doesn’t sound familiar to you, its because it only exists in Japan.

Callaway as well as its competition, uses a range of manufacturing techniques to innovate and produce clubs and equipment that reflect the different aesthetic and acoustics of professional and amateur golfers in every region. The reworked Odyssey R-Ball Prototype putter was originally developed as a tour preferred model in Japan, but its design had an acoustic signature unique to that local market, the company said. Callaway’s goal was to see how additive manufacturing could change that acoustic signature while retaining the preferred shape and performance.

For this putter head, the best way, it said, to optimize acoustics was to add geometry that made it difficult for conventional casting methods. GE Additive Addworks’ engineering consultants worked with Callaway’s design and engineering teams to apply additive manufacturing design practices and build upon an already-proven design.

AddWorks lent guidance to Callaway, based on its experience of additive design background spanning several industries. According to Callaway, the team refined existing designs to the build direction to ensure all features were self-supported or easily supported during the build. The AddWorks team designed supports for thermal stresses and overhang constraints. Topology optimization was used in conjunction with acoustical mapping.

“Additive manufacturing is a new tool; which is quickly going beyond the aspirational phase, and into the functionalization phase of the technology. Callaway needs to learn how to use this tool well, because it is inevitable that 3D-Printing of production parts is going to happen – it is the production method of the future,” said Brad Rice, director - R&D, Advanced Engineering at Callaway. “We chose to work with GE Additive, to partner with experts, that represent best-in-class within the industry. GE Additive brings the total package to the table, offering end to end solutions; from printing machinery, raw materials, consultancy and build software.”
 
“In terms of innovation and technology leadership in their sector, Callaway stands head and shoulders above the rest. This project has allowed us to add value to Callaway’s business goals,” said Chris Schuppe, general manager, AddWorks, GE Additive. “We’re also taking away many new learnings from our first project together, especially around aesthetics. We have also used additive technology to create an acoustic map, which is certainly a first for us. We’re looking forward to driving more successful projects with Callaway, as they continue their additive journey,” he added.

Callaway has worked with other companies in the past. Boeing, for example, was enlisted to assist in aerodynamic efficiency. Now GE has been added to the fold.

WEB GEMS:

MCGINLEY BAFFLED: It's quite extraordinary that Rory's not going to play just two more events to fulfill his European Tour membership next season. It's very disappointing and it is obviously a blow for the European Tour. I've been racking my brains wondering how that can be. Obviously Rory sees it in other ways and has got his own rationale for that, although I'm finding it hard to understand! The FedExCup finishes in August next year, so you've got all of September, October, November and December where the PGA Tour is played in Malaysia, Korea and various other places. Is Rory going to play in those rather than play in Dubai, where he has had unbelievable success and offers the exact same prize money as those events? Or is he just not going to play at all over the last four months? READ MORE>>>

THE OTHER SIDE: “Everyone has to look after themselves, and next year I’m going to be looking after me. I get where McGinley is coming from. He is on the European Tour board and he has to protect what he has. I’m trying to do what’s best for me to get back to winning majors.” READ MORE>>>

STILL IN THE DRIVER SEAT: Francesco Molinari missed two par putts from less than two feet in his opening round of the World Tour Championship on Thursday to give Tommy Fleetwood a sliver of a chance of keeping the European Tour season title. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'll be watching. I'm close to Vegas it's a four-and-a-half-hour drive, so I'm still deciding if I'm going to go see it in person or not, because I might make a joke with Phil and just tell him, I don't want to pay the Pay-Per-View. But I'll be interested in watching and see how it is. I don't know how it will be -- and maybe in the future I find myself in one of those, so hopefully it's a success.”--Jon Rahm.

Davis Love III (80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s) is one of three players to win a PGA TOUR event in four different decades. He is joined by Ray Floyd (60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s) and Sam Snead (30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s). Love opened the 2018 RSM Classic shooting 5-under.

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

 

 

 

 

 

golfbiz

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 224                                                       
Thursday, November 15, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I contemplated it. I was having lunch with Phil. It was at one of the FedExCup events and I said, I might watch it. He took $25 out of his pocket and said, ‘No, here's $25. I'll pay for it for you. Thank you.’’ Look, 15 years ago, it would have been great, but I think nowadays, it missed the mark a little bit.”

BRAIN TEASER: Since 2010, this player’s 67.73 stroke average is the lowest scoring average of any player at The RSM Classic (min 13 rounds). He is 47-under par on the Seaside course at Sea Island Resort. Can you name him?

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES: Golf has been very successful in one department. There has been growing concern regarding participation rates and course closures ever since 2008, when the economy was deflated by the financial crisis. Yet despite these concerns, the professional game has managed to up the anti when it comes to available funds for its players. Case in point, the woman’s game, which often doesn’t get the respect it deserves, has found a slice of the money pie.

Beginning in 2019, the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship will have a $5 million purse – matching the richest in women’s golf – and the winner will pocket $1.5 million, the largest first prize in the women’s game. The move doubles the Tour Championship prize money from $2.5 million to $5 million, matching the U.S. Women’s Open as the richest in women’s golf.

“CME Group has made a huge impact on the LPGA Tour during our nine years together, and today’s news is an absolute game changer for the LPGA and its members,” Commissioner Mike Whan said. “With the Race to the CME Globe, we already had a grand finish to the LPGA Tour season. With these changes, it’s now bigger money, smaller field, and any player in the Tour Championship can win – game on!” 

“We will be evolving our CME Group Cares Challenge by introducing a new Score 1 for St. Jude program to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital mission of finding cures and saving lives,” said CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy.

EURO TOUR CHIEF STILL BULLISH: “Our two critical KPIs [key performance indicators] are playing opportunity and prize funds,” he explains. “The 100th-ranked player in 2016 made 275,000 euros. This year, they are going to make over 400,000 euros. This year on the schedule, I think there are 4,382 playing opportunities, which is a little up from last year but it’s five or six hundred more playing opportunities than a couple of years ago. And as a members’ organization, that’s key, providing opportunities for people. We’re thrilled with the media value and we’re thrilled with what the Rolex Series has brought to the tour.” READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

ITS NOT THE SAME ANYMORE: Growing up in Melbourne, I was always told that the Australian Open was golf’s ‘fifth major.’ It had such a great history, so the case was persuasive. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player had all regularly come down to play and all three had won the event. So I was sold. But, looking back now, that our Open was hailed as the fifth most important event in the game is hard to imagine. I speak from experience. When I won the Australian Open in 2010 I was competing around the world at the highest level. READ MORE>>>

SMALL FAVOR TURNS TO BIG ATTENTION: Cameron Champ was a freshman in high school and a graduate of The First Tee program, missing only the means to travel the country to play junior golf tournaments with hopes of getting noticed outside Northern California. One phone call made a difference as big as some of his drives. His father called John Wood, an old friend from high school in Sacramento who at the time was caddying for Hunter Mahan. “He said his son was into golf and would I come out and spend a day with him,” Wood said Wednesday morning from the Australian Open, where he now works for Matt Kuchar. “You get those calls and figure you’ll go watch a guy shoot 80. But I literally watched Cam hit three shots and thought: ‘Hang on. Something is very, very, very different here.’ You could see the physical talent, and he’s such a polite kid, the kind you’d want to help. His potential was off the charts.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I contemplated it. I was having lunch with Phil. It was at one of the FedExCup events and I said, I might watch it. He took $25 out of his pocket and said, ‘No, here's $25. I'll pay for it for you. Thank you.’’ Look, 15 years ago, it would have been great, but I think nowadays, it missed the mark a little bit.”--Rory McIlroy.

Since 2010, Webb Simpson’s 67.73 stroke average is the lowest scoring average of any player at The RSM Classic (min 13 rounds). Simpson is 47-under par on the Seaside course at Sea Island Resort, the second-best of any player at this course (Kevin Kisner, -48).

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

 

 

 

 

 

golfbiz

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 223                                                       
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There's signs of good stuff. There's just a lot of mistakes. I'm going to a golf course that I've had so much success on. If there's any golf course or any place in the world where I can get a bit of confidence from, it's Dubai. I've won there four times and I've won there twice, and I'm very familiar with the place. Looking forward to it.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many players do you think have career earnings of $45 million or more on the PGA TOUR?

A NEW RANKING: The R&A and the USGA reported they will administer a global ranking for golfers with disabilities. The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will launch on January 1, 2019 and will be administered in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) for both men and women via www.WAGR.com.

The R&A and the USGA will assume responsibility for the ranking following agreement with EDGA, who created the comprehensive and independent Ranking for Golfers with Disability in 2014. Further information for golfers and tournament organizers wishing to register with the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will be made available later this year. 

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Events at The R&A, said, “There is an accelerating growth in the number of events around the world for golfers with disabilities to compete in, so it makes absolute sense that there is a global ranking to provide a robust measurement of an individual’s skill and ability. It is another important step towards ensuring that golf is more inclusive of people of all ages and abilities. Along with our colleagues at the USGA we will continue to support EDGA’s drive to grow participation and competition in the sport among all disability groups.”

“One of golf’s best benefits is that it can be played by everyone, and it can be played for a lifetime,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships. “We are pleased to administer this ranking in partnership with The R&A, as it elevates an important population of the golf community that clearly loves the game and enables a variety of competitive opportunities around the world. Together with the modifications to the Rules of Golf for golfers with disabilities and the USGA’s work to make golf courses more accessible, we are working to create meaningful and lasting change to make golf more welcoming.”

Tony Bennett, President of EDGA and Director of Education for the PGAs of Europe, said, “This is a crucial step forward for the growth and development of the sport for golfers with disabilities and we believe it will act as a catalyst for encouraging more people into playing golf, both competitively and recreationally, around the world.”

LET’S DO IT AGAIN: ECCO has re-upped its partnership with Fred Couples. “I honestly can’t imagine competing in any other shoes,” said Couples. “ECCO Golf have been a big part of my journey for over a decade and I’m ecstatic to be partnering with them for the foreseeable future.”

“Fred has been an amazing ambassador for our brand for over a decade,” said Jesper Thuen, responsible for global golf sponsorship for ECCO Golf. “He’s an incredible golfer, a legend of the game and we’re very proud to be able to continue such a successful partnership together.” Financial terms were not disclosed.

WEB GEMS:

A CHANGE OF COURSE: Rory McIlroy’s decision to focus on the United States from the start of 2019 marks a significant blow to the European Tour. “I don’t know” when asked whether he will renew European Tour membership, a call he must formally make before May. “I am starting my year off in the States and that will be the big focus of mine up until the end of August and then we will assess from there,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of ‘pure’ European Tour events on my schedule up until the end of August. I guess my thing is that I want to play against the strongest fields week-in and week-out and for the most part of the season that is in America.” READ MORE>>>

WHAT HAPPENS IF THIS DOESN’T WORK? Lee Westwood is set to stick with a winning team and retain his girlfriend as caddie after splitting with long-time bagman Billy Foster. “Lee wanted to work differently to everything we had ever done, which basically meant me just carrying the bag,” Foster said. “I struggled to adapt to that situation as a caddie, and it created a bit of an uncomfortable atmosphere on the course. “Ultimately it was no good for Lee and not fair on me either. So unfortunately the partnership had run its course and we both knew that.  Times change. It has been a great 10 years of my life with Lee and we had many special times and successes together. I can only wish him good luck moving forward - although I do feel he could have waited more than a week before winning a million dollars!” READ MORE>>>

NO WORRIES? Golf Australia concedes it could have handled the Adam Scott affair better, but remains confident the former world No.1 will be back. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “There's signs of good stuff. There's just a lot of mistakes. I'm going to a golf course that I've had so much success on. If there's any golf course or any place in the world where I can get a bit of confidence from, it's Dubai. I've won there four times and I've won there twice, and I'm very familiar with the place. Looking forward to it.”--Rory McIlroy.

Matt Kuchar earned his first PGA Tour win in over four years at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. With his $1.296 million payday, he became the 10th player in Tour history to exceed $45 million in career earnings. H\For those interested here is the top 10:

1) Tiger Woods (who else?) $115,504,853
2) Phil Mickelson $88,254,084
3) Vijay Singh $70,971,328
4) Jim Furyk $68,633,709
5) Dustin Johnson $56,295,789
6) Justin Rose $49,715,560
7) Adam Scott $49,417,393
8) Ernie Els $49,093,738
9) Sergio Garcia $48,086,53

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

 

 

 

 

 

golfbiz

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 222                                                       
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Really sickened me that I kept getting off the first tee and everybody had gold bibs and I didn't have one. I was thinking, it's time you won one of these things. You need a gold bib on your caddie. They are great sponsors and obviously they put a lot of money into the Tour and without people like Rolex, the players wouldn't have the vast fortunes to play for that they do.”

BRAIN TEASER: Matt Kuchar became the fourth player in his 40s to win on the PGA TOUR in the 2018 calendar year. Can you name the other three?

SHE’S BACK AND PROMISES TO BE BETTER THAN EVER: When you hear the name Big Bertha, its synonymous with Callaway Golf. But the name pre-dates golf as German soldiers bestowed a 17-inch light naval cannon gun with the nickname "Big Bertha." It spread through German newspapers to the Allies, who used it as a nickname for all super heavy German artillery. As the world recently recognized the 100th anniversary of the war to end all wars on Sunday, Big Bertha still remains a constant in some golfers’ lives.

bbironsCallaway is relying on its name and perhaps more importantly its reputation, to once again resonate with consumers. One of the most iconic names in golf equipment is returning in the form of irons and hybrids.

The Big Bertha Irons began in 2014 led by Callaway’s 360 Face Cup technology, and continued in 2016 with Big Bertha OS Irons led by EXO-Cage. The latest to carry the Big Bertha moniker from the company features Suspended Energy Core. According to Callaway, Suspended Energy Core is a construction that’s never been achieved before in a golf club, featuring a core design that delivers: 1) incredible sound and feel; 2) long, consistent distance; and 3) easy launch.

Metal Injection Molded (MIM’d) Tungsten Floating Weight are suspended within a proprietary urethane microsphere material. This sounds costly and therefore the price reflects it the new BB irons! Suspending the floating weight allowed Callaway engineers to position the Center of Gravity deeper using a 3-piece iron construction. Suspended Energy Core is considered the engine of the new Big Bertha irons.  The design promises to deliver easy launch; long consistent distance; and incredible sound and feel, according to Callaway.

Next Callaway’s 360 Face Cup employs a flexible rim around the face that flexes and releases at impact to increase ball speed, it said. And by using the high launch angles generated by the Suspended Energy Core, it was able to make its thinnest face cup for increased speeds that promote longer distance versus its 2016 BBOS irons.

The latest rendition of Big Bertha has a clean Smoked PVD Finish. It will be available at retail starting on January 18, 2019. A stock set is 4-AW and $1,200 for steel shafts and $1,300 for graphite. Callaway said the new irons are available in a new premium Recoil or KBS shafts.

The newest Big Bertha Hybrids promise Jailbreak ball speeds and adjustability for easy launch, Callaway said. To combine Jailbreak and adjustability for the first time in a hybrid, Callaway said it developed an entirely new hosel system that’s shorter and lighter. It allows it to save weight that’s repositioned to optimize the Center of Gravity for easy launch and high, long-carrying flight. Also available at retail starting on January 18th (3H, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H, 8H) Big Bertha Hybrids are priced at $269.99 each.

WINNER'S CLUBS: Matt Kuchar set 36, 54 and 72-hole tournament records en route to his eighth career PGA TOUR win in Mexico on Sunday. Patton Kizzire's 265 was the winning score in 2017 at the Mayakoba Classic. Kuchar's was three shots better finishing at 262 and a one shot victory. It is the first time Kuchar has post four rounds in the 60s in a PGA TOUR event since the 2017 The RSM Classic (69-68-68-69/T29).

His 262 total sets his career low for 72-holes (previously 264 from 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii and 2008 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open). This tidbit of information surely didn't slip past those in Far Hills, NJ. His 22-under also set the 72-hole tournament record (previously 21-under by Harris English in 2013 and Pat Perez in 2016). Damn the distance those golf balls travel! Meanwhile, Kuchar was elated with the outcome.

"It's an amazing feeling to win a PGA TOUR event. It is a hard thing to do. It feels extra sweet having kind of suffered through a year this year 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," he said afterwards. You have to wonder if his words were taken under advisement by any of the power brokers to the rules of the game? I guess golf is more than simply hitting a golf ball a long way!

"Winning here is so difficult because the strength of field every week is awfully good, the depth and the strength of these players now. The young guys that come up are just younger, stronger, bigger and better and pushing the ball forward and forward and making us all better along the way," Kuchar continued. "So for me to come out on top is a special feeling. Like I said, '18 hadn't been my best year. To get knocked out of the Playoffs early, to not be selected to the Ryder Cup, there were a handful of disappointments along the way. It was shaping up to be a pretty rough year for me, but always had great support from my wife, from the kids, and to have them here is awfully special."

Here is what Matt Kuchar had in his bag to win the 2018 Mayakoba Classic:

Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees)
3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Hybrid: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20)
Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees); Cleveland RTX-4 (56, 62 degrees)
Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Matt Kuchar’s– Numbers for the week: 
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 26
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 262

WEB GEMS:

WHAT A YEAR! Francesco Molinari had become Italy’s first major champion. There is a smile from the 36-year-old when asked whether he should now become a multiple major winner. “Should? No, I would never say that,” Molinari says. Against such a backdrop of stunning individual success it is an anomaly that a team event really catapulted Molinari towards wider prominence. That he was already the Open champion was, of course, significant but Molinari’s Ryder Cup heroics – largely in the company of Tommy Fleetwood. Footage of crowds chanting Molinari’s name as he got on the Eurostar at Gare du Nord to head home endorsed his profile. “It’s hard to say but I think probably, from my point of view, the Ryder Cup has been even bigger than the Open,” Molinari explains. “Having achieved those things so close together in time makes it a good combination and a big combination. Things have changed a lot over the summer. You would never expect that in a train station. That probably shows you; that was one thing that would never happen after the Open, so the Ryder Cup is so special. You could see this year, especially, the special relationship we had within the team. The public bought into that and loved it.” READ MORE>>>

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Robert Allenby plans to honor the memory of Jarrod Lyle with a tournament named after the former professional golfer, which he hopes, becomes a permanent fixture on the Australian calendar. Allenby, whose charity Challenge has raised more than $20 million to support children with cancer since its inception, insists planning is only in its infancy for the Jarrod Lyle Invitational, which he wants to be played in Melbourne each year. "I think there's a lot of companies out there that would love to be a part of it and we'd love to be the first tournament on tour that generates money for charity. Obviously Challenge would be one of those beneficiaries and that's because it was Jarrod's legacy. Realistically, I was his hero to start off and he was mine when he left us.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Really sickened me that I kept getting off the first tee and everybody had gold bibs and I didn't have one. I was thinking, it's time you won one of these things. You need a gold bib on your caddie. They are great sponsors and obviously they put a lot of money into the Tour and without people like Rolex, the players wouldn't have the vast fortunes to play for that they do.”--Lee Westwood after his win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa on Sunday, which is part of the Rolex Series on the European Tour.

Matt Kuchar (40) joined Tiger Woods (TOUR Championship/42), Phil Mickelson (WGC Mexico/47) and Ian Poulter (Houston Open/42) in the winner’s circle in the 2018 calendar year.

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

 

 

 

 

 
More Articles...