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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 170                                                       
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “At the end of the day, you know, The Ryder Cup is -- it's about one week, I think. Form often doesn't mean that much; it's which team gets inspired. It's which team gets the MoJo going I suppose. But either way, it will be a tightlyfought qualification process and it will be a tightly-fought match imagine.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Chris Kirk won for the third time in his career on the PGA TOUR. Can you name either one of his previous two victories?

GOOD AND BAD: This wasn’t the kind of news the golf industry was looking. Last Friday before the Labor day weekend kicked off and most Americans were preoccupied with enjoying a long holiday weekend, news came out that quite likely was overlooked by many.

Consumer spending fell in July for the first time in six months, as Americans cut back on purchases of new cars and other retail goods, the U.S. government reported. The reduction in spending suggests the economy won't match the second-quarter growth rate of 4.2%. Consumers elected to squirrel away more money away instead of spending it. The savings rate climbed to 5.7% from 5.4% and reached the highest level since the end of 2012.

While the news reflects events that have already happened, it also means its unlikely retailers, especially in golf, had their best sales in the month of July. Given the seasonal nature of the golf business, this shouldn’t be shrugged off.

Meanwhile, under the heading of go figure, Golf Datatech reported rounds on a national level were up 1.1% in July compared to July 2013. Public access play was up 0.4% and private course activity was up 4.3%.

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WHO DOESN’T WANT TO MAKE MORE PUTT(ER)S? KZG has launched the DS-2 Limited Edition Forged Putter, a blade style putter to add to its limited edition “Designer Series” of putters. Each putter in the Designer Series will be designed by one of its Top 100 ClubFitters in the World. KZG believes that highly experienced and skilled fitters, who have worked with many of the top-touring professionals, know what golfers actually need to play their best.

The DS-2 was designed by Gary Tozer who was a scratch player by the time he was 15 years old; thereafter he played on the tour. He currently is a coach, teacher, professional fitter and owner of the Aussie Custom Golf Centre just NE of Sydney, Australia. “I learned at a very young age that if you want to win in golf, you better have great equipment,” said Tozer.

In designing the DS-2 putter, he said, “The basic profile is a blade style reminiscent of the 8802 and 8813 preferred by the purist, but with a slightly beveled section at the heel to prevent drag on the green. This design is more suitable for the golfer with a rotational type stroke. The micro-milled face assures that the DS-2 rolls the ball immediately without skipping or hopping.

“I chose a triple-forged process so that the putter is extremely responsive and guarantees repeatable consistency,” he added. “The face is dead center and perfectly square, with no offset. And the muscle arrangement at the back is higher at the center of the impact area of the putter. The result is that the feel is soft yet ‘meaty.’”   

“KZG has always worked with the elite of professional tour players, teachers and fitters around the globe,” explained Jennifer King, President of KZG. “With our elite network of professionals, we have the best in research and design ideas. We are very grateful to Gary Tozer for his design ideas for the DS-2 and already the golf world is responding with rave reviews.”

The MSRP for the DS-2 Putter is $299 and available in brushed satin or matte black. Each DS-2 putter will be custom fit to the golfer’s unique specifications as KZG products are solely available through qualified professionals (listed on the KZG Dealer Locator at www.kzg.com).

MICKELSON IS A BUYER: The Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, site of the 1984 Summer Olympics equestrian events, is being sold to U-T San Diego Publisher "Papa" Doug Manchester and Phil Mickelson by its roughly 400 members. READ MORE>>>

AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE! Just three starts after his win at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, the Modified Stableford scoring format, Geoff Ogilvy charged up the leaderboard in Monday’s final round with a second-consecutive, 6-under 65. He had not posted a round lower than 66 prior to this week in 23 events this season (68 rounds). He last posted a 65 in the final round of the 2013 Humana Challenge. Ogilvy finished T2 at TPC Boston this week.

Ogilvy went 99 starts between wins at the 2010 Hyundai Tournament of Champions and 2014 Barracuda Championship. He was in search of his ninth career win on the PGA TOUR this week. Ogilvy barely clinched the 100th and final spot into this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship field. He had returned home to Scottsdale for a “long break from golf,” before getting late word that he had, in fact, settled into the 100th spot in the standings after last week’s Barclays. With his jump from 100th to 24th, 76 spots, he made the biggest move of the week.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Starting Monday’s final round two shots out of the lead, Chris Kirk shoot a 5-under, 66 to claim a two stroke win over Geoff Ogilvy, Billy Horshel and third round leader Russell Henley. Kirk played his last 37 holes, 14-under par and without a single bogey! His win extends exempt status through the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season and puts him in the mix for a potential Ryder Cup selection. He is the sixth multiple winner of the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR season.

In his win at the TPC Boston, Kirk used a Big Bertha V Series Driver (9-degree) with a  Mitsubishi Diamana 62x Black shaft. According to Callaway officials, his driver was set to a Neutral directional bias and a -1 Loft Adjustability. He first put the driver in play at the PGA Championship and has used it in every start since.

He also used an X2 Hot 3-wood (15-degree) with a Mistubishi Diamana Ahina 80x shaft along with a Ping Anser Hybrid (17-degree). He played RAZR X Muscleback Irons (3-9) with KBS Tour 125 shafts. He played Mack Daddy 2 PW (47-degrees, S-grind, 11 degrees of bounce), Mack Daddy 2 Sand Wedge (54-degrees, S-grind, 14 degrees of bounce) and a Mack Daddy 2 Lob Wedge (58-degrees, S-grind, 10 degrees of bounce). He won with an Odyssey VERSA Metal-X Milled #9 HT Putter and a  Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

Chris Kirk – Deutsche Bank Championship Statistics
Driving Accuracy 42/56 (75%) T7
Greens in Regulation 46/72 (63.9%) T44
Total Putts 107 T3
Driving Distance 286.8 T35
Strokes Gained – Putting 5.929 (1.821 avg.) 5th
 
Chris Kirk – Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 2
Birdies: 17
Pars: 48
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 269

WEB GEMS:

SURPRISE! Fred Couples won the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday, chipping in for eagle for a course-record 9-under 61 and beating Billy Andrade with a tap-in birdie on the first hole of a playoff. "It never came into my mind about winning the tournament until really maybe the 15th, 16th holes," said Couples, four strokes back entering the round. READ MORE>>>

A RETURN TO THE TOUR: Bud Cauley won the Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday to regain his PGA Tour card, earning $180,000 in the Web.com Tour Finals opener. READ MORE>>>

DECISIONS MADE: Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named as Europe's wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against the United States by captain Paul McGinley on Tuesday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “At the end of the day, you know, The Ryder Cup is -- it's about one week, I think. Form often doesn't mean that much; it's which team gets inspired. It's which team gets the MoJo going I suppose. But either way, it will be a tightlyfought qualification process and it will be a tightly-fought match imagine.”--Justin Rose.

With the win, Chris Kirk earned his third career PGA TOUR victory in his 114th career start on the PGA TOUR. He also won the 2011 Sanderson Farms Championship and 2013 McGladrey 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 5, NUMBER 169                                                       
Friday, August 29, 2014

In observance of the Labor Day holiday in the US, the Daily Pulse will not be published on Monday, September 1st. It will resume on Tuesday the 2nd. A happy and safe holiday to all American readers.

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Paul (McGinley) knows I play well at Gleneagles and I like the course, but I am pretty far down the list (23rd) and even if I win it would be a surprise to get that call on Tuesday."

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BRAIN TEASER: What year was the first Deutsche Bank Championship played?

GOODBYE SUMMER: AAA Travel projects 34.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday, a 4.2 percent increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year. The anticipated increase in holiday travel is predominantly due to increased consumer spending and the improving housing market, according to the association. The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 29 to Monday, September 2.

“AAA is forecasting a lift in Labor Day travel this year due to the increasingly positive economic outlook and optimism in the housing market,” said AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet.  “For many Americans, their home is also their biggest asset, as home prices improve in many parts of the country more families are feeling comfortable about traveling this Labor Day holiday.”

Labor Day holiday travelers are expected to total 34.1 million, an increase of 4.2 percent from the 32.7 million who traveled last year. Eighty-five percent of travelers (29.2 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 4.3 percent from 28 million last year, while holiday air travel is expected to increase nearly three percent to 2.61 million. The largest share of travelers (46 percent) will depart today, Friday, August 30.

“As schools across the nation usher in their next session of students, the Labor Day holiday provides families with the opportunity for one final extended summer weekend getaway,” continued Darbelnet.

Median spending during the Labor Day holiday weekend is expected to grow to $804, compared to $749 last year. Travelers expect to spend 24 percent of their budget on transportation and lodging and 21 percent on food and beverages.

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EASY MONEY?? More and more market participants have been banking on the decline in the popularity of golf, according to new research, with stocks that have exposure to the sport seeing an increase in short interest in recent weeks. Rather than playing the long game, Markit, a data analysis firm based in the U.K., says that these "short sellers" have been keen to play this near-term trend. Short-selling is an investment tactic where a speculator borrows a financial instrument, such as a stock, and sells it in the hope of buying it back later at a lower price, thereby making a profit. Markit measures this short interest by calculating the amount of shares that are out on loan. "With an aging customer base and slimming margins, companies with large exposure to the golfing sector have seen their stocks come under pressure in recent weeks," said Simon Colvin, a research analyst at Markit. READ MORE>>>

MORE AWARDS: Oliver Schniederjans has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the number one-ranked player in the 2014 World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 21-year-old from Powder Springs, Georgia amassed five wins in his third year in college golf. The Georgia Tech student also finished second in the NCAA Championship and NCAA Raleigh Regional, reached the third round of last week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club and was selected for the American Palmer Cup team which faced Europe at Walton Heath in June. He was his team’s highest points scorer winning three points from a possible four in a losing effort against Europe, which triumphed 18 ½ to 11 ½.

“I’m very excited about this accomplishment,” he said. “It is something I believed I could achieve. I have gotten better every year since I got to college and hope to continue that in future. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without all the support I have received and all the opportunities I have had to practice and to be able to play good tournaments. I know all about the players who have won the McCormack Medal and now my name will always be remembered alongside them. It is going to be really cool to be known as a great amateur before I go on to play professionally.”

WEB GEMS:

LUNCH DATE: Rory McIlroy played golf at Shinnecock Hills and spent one afternoon having a long lunch with former President Bill Clinton. READ MORE>>>

TOUGH TIME TO BE SIDELINED: South African Tim Clark has withdrawn from this week's Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts because of an elbow injury, the PGA Tour said on Thursday. Clark, who clinched his second PGA Tour title at last month's Canadian Open, pulled out of last week's Barclays tournament in New Jersey midway through the second round with the same injury. READ MORE>>>

WILD CARD? “I had a chat with Paul when he got here and I think the good thing is that he knows what I can bring to the team because he has seen me as vice-captain on the last two teams,” said Molinari, whose halved match with Tiger Woods at Medinah in 2012 ensured Europe won outright for the seventh time in the last nine contests. “But it's up to me to prove that I really want it and am playing well enough. I think anything less than a win would not be enough so I have to aim for that.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Paul (McGinley) knows I play well at Gleneagles and I like the course, but I am pretty far down the list (23rd) and even if I win it would be a surprise to get that call on Tuesday."--Stephen Gallacher.

The Deutsche Bank Championship is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, held annually over the Labor Day weekend. The tournament made its debut in 2003 and is held at the Tournament Players Club of Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, south-southwest of Boston. Unlike most PGA Tour events, which are played Thursday through Sunday, this tournament is played Friday through Monday, with the final round on Labor Day. Adam Scott won the inaugural event shooting 20-under par. He earned $900,000 for the victory. In 2014, the winner will pick up $1,440,000.

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 5, NUMBER 168                                                       
Thursday, August 28, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've done enough good results to know I can play this game at a very high level. And not to be able to be anywhere near that standard is frustrating.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Jim Furyk has played in 18 tournaments this year. How many times has he missed the cut and how many top-10’s finishes does he have entering the Deutsche Bank Championship?

GOTTA SUPPORT THE TEAM! To celebrate the start of the 2014 college football season, Bridgestone Golf is offering collegiate team logo caps to complement bridgestonehatits popular college team logo golf balls. The Bridgestone Collegiate Caps showcase vivid 3D team logos on the front, the Bridgestone “B” on the back and the Bridgestone Golf logo on the right side panel.

“Throughout the country on Saturdays in the fall, college football fans love to show their school allegiance wherever they go, including the golf course,” said Josh Kinchen, Golf Clubs & Accessories Marketing Manager - Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “Our college team logo balls have been so well received and so popular among fans, the next logical step was to extend the Bridgestone collegiate program to headwear.  The caps we’ve chosen are high quality and offer a stylish relaxed fit that any fan can be proud to wear on and off the course.”

The Bridgestone Collegiate Caps will be available in 29 major colleges and universities and carry a suggested retail price of $30.   

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES! The Queen Mary is hosting the traveling exhibit, “Bob Hope: An American Treasure,” created in partnership with the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum with support from the Bob Hope Legacy. The 2,200-square-foot exhibit is officially open on the ship based in Long Beach, Calif., where Bob Hope performed his first routine of World War II. It will be on display through January 2015.

“The Queen Mary is the perfect location for this exhibition, because it held a special place in Dad’s heart,” said Linda Hope, daughter of the entertainer. “His performance on the Queen Mary showed Dad’s sense of duty and foreshadowed the involvement he would later have with so many U.S. war efforts. We hope visitors to the Queen Mary will learn that and so many more things about his incredible life.”

It was 75 years ago this September, in 1939, that Bob Hope performed his legendary routine on the Queen Mary. Hope and his wife Dolores were returning from Europe when war was declared. German U-boats were on the prowl, so the Queen Mary’s captain ordered all portholes painted, windows covered and running lights shut off. Finally to calm the nerves of frightened passengers the Captain leaned on Hope to perform and lighten the mood.

Hope obliged, performing the first of what would be hundreds of shows during World War II, singing “Thanks for the Memory,” in the First Class Lounge with the line: “Some folks slept on the floor, some in the corridor, but I was more exclusive, my room had ‘Gentlemen’ above the door.” He went on to joke that it was hard to dance in a life preserver.

“Bob Hope: An American Treasure” is a fun, interactive exhibition for guests of all ages that celebrates his life and achievements. Hope lived for 100 years, and in many ways his life mirrors the American story of the 20th century. With reproductions of more than 200 vintage photos, seven videos and more than 170 items, guests can laugh along with Hope as he performs on radio and later television, entertains the troops from World War II through the Persian Gulf War and wisecracks with U.S. Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

The exhibit is full of Bob Hope’s famous one-liners, like when he played golf with one of his favorite Presidents and joke targets: “I love playing golf with Gerald Ford. He makes me feel like I’m back performing in a war zone.” 

Some of the items on display from Hope, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1983, include an original vaudeville contract from 1922; his Ellis Island medal; the final set of golf clubs used in his life; Emmy and Honorary Oscar awards; an outfit he wore during USO tours; gifts and awards from Presidents and other celebrities; his Congressional Gold Medal awarded by President John F. Kennedy; and his "Honorary Veteran Citation" from Congress, which he called the most important honor of his life.

The exhibition, which has been on the road since 2011 with stops including the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, is back on the road after adding a new, educational series of panels called “Bob Hope in Real Time.” The series is intended to bring Hope into the 21st century for younger, student visitors to the exhibition by showing what it would have looked like if he had access to social media.

Visitors will be able to see what happens when Bob Hope posts to Facebook and Twitter, creates a Pinterest page and texts his friend Bing Crosby after seeing his first Mickey Mouse film.

“The Queen Mary is an excellent stop for the exhibition, given Bob’s history with the ship and that his family lived in the Los Angeles area for decades,” said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “With the new ‘Bob Hope in Real Time’ upgrades, we are thrilled that guests of all ages can discover more about his life. As always, we thank the Bob Hope Legacy for continuing to support this exhibition.”

WEB GEMS:

CHARITY BEFORE GOLF: Justin Leonard ordinarily would have played the final week of the PGA Tour's regular season, and this is one time he probably should have gone. He likes the Wyndham Championship and typically plays well, having never missed the cut. And at No. 108 in the FedEx Cup, it would have been his last chance to improve his standing heading into the playoffs, where it's all about moving up the list and advancing to the next week. But then he got an offer he couldn't refuse. READ MORE>>>

WHO WILL IT BE? With just days to go before United States captain Tom Watson announces his three wildcard picks for next month's Ryder Cup, the heat is on for several players competing at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship. READ MORE>>>

WHO WANTS IT? “I have been in this situation before, going into the last calendar event in 2004, where I was I think just outside the team. I think I may have been 11th place with Frederik Jacobson just ahead of me. We had a race to the finish line right until the last day. We were drawn together on the last day and I think I finished in the top five of the tournament and edged just ahead of Freddie. I then went on to play what I considered to be my best Ryder Cup in 2004. I can understand the pressure the guys are under. I can relate to it. There is no doubt that the performance I had in Munich in 2004 that pushed myself over the line was a huge psychological boost for me. It was one of the reasons why I believed I played so well. There is an opportunity for the guys that are here this week to do something similar.” READ MORE>>>

EASY PEASY?? Paul Azinger believes Tiger Woods has become “over engineered” with his swing, but he believes Woods can be fixed in 10 minutes. “It doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to work on it, but the fix should be able to be explained in minutes,” Azinger told GolfChannel.com. “And then you work on it. You dig it out of the ground yourself.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've done enough good results to know I can play this game at a very high level. And not to be able to be anywhere near that standard is frustrating.”--Henrik Stenson after his win last year at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Jim Furyk has not missed a cut this season. Entering the Deutsche Bank Championship he has earned more than $4.8 million and has finished inside the top-10 in half of the events he has entered! Over his career, Furyk has played in 522 events and finished inside the top 10, 170 times or 32.5%.

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 5, NUMBER 167                                                       
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't think there's anything wrong. I've played pretty well at times this year. I guess I'm a victim of my own success at times. But I know how well I can play and you guys know how well I can play and I want to get back to that level.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many times has Henrik Stenson won on the PGA TOUR?

ANYTHING FOR A BUCK: The PGA TOUR has expanded the availability of archived videos of tournament, individual champion and season recaps for fans by offering “PGA TOUR Rewind” on YouTube as a paid channel at YouTube.com/PGATourRewind.
The library of golf videos by PGA TOUR Entertainment has produced more than 200 shows that summarize the action from tournaments and entire seasons dating back to 1990, as well as recaps of every tournament from the current 2013-14 season.

These highlight shows, which are approximately one hour in length, are available in HD on the YouTube paid channel for $7.99 per month, with a free 14-day trial to all new subscribers.

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ONE TO WATCH FORE: Pop quiz: Can you name the last female winner of the Mark H McCormack Medal that wasn’t named Lydia Ko? It’s a tricky question since the New Zealander won the award in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The answer is Australia’s Minjee Lee who was named the recipient of the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading women’s amateur player in the 2014 World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The 18-year-old from Perth has topped the ranking for 26 weeks and included defending the Australian Women’s Amateur title she won in 2013 as well as top 25 finishes in the U.S. Women’s Open and the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

"I am very proud and happy to win the McCormack Medal,” said Lee. “It is an honor for me to be awarded this medal and it is an achievement I will always remember in my career. I have had a great season and played some good golf so I'm really excited to be number one in the ranking."

SCORING, PRESENTED BY CLEVELAND GOLF:  Everyone has heard the old saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” That certainly applies to golf, as there is more than one way to make par. Therefore, by extension it means that there are several ways shoot a score. The PGA Tour in conjunction with its business partner, CDW has launched a new way to determine the strengths and weaknesses of players scores, if not games. Consider it the equivalent of uncovering the smoke and mirrors sometimes employed in getting through a round!

Building upon the Strokes Gained: Putting statistic, the PGA TOUR is unveiling the next generation Strokes Gained category that will focus on player performance beyond the green. Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green applies the same foundation as Strokes Gained: Putting to more accurately compares a player’s non-putting performance to the rest of the field.

“Strokes Gained: Putting truly was groundbreaking in regard to having an outside source take the massive amount of data provided by ShotLink, analyze it and creatively apply it to compare player performances,” explained Steve Evans, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Information Systems. “Tee-to-Green is the next logical step in utilizing the Strokes Gained formula to provide further insight into the intricacies of competition. We anticipate the development of new categories for ‘Beyond the Green’ through continued use of ShotLink data.”

ShotLink, powered by PGA TOUR technology partner CDW, is the TOUR’s proprietary real-time scoring system that captures multiple data points on every shot struck during competition, which in turn translates into thousands of statistics.

The “strokes gained” concept was initially developed by Professor Mark Broadie of Columbia University, utilizing ShotLink data that has been made available to academic institutions for research since 2007. In 2009, a team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology led by Professor Stephen Graves used Broadie’s “strokes gained” approach to rank putters on the PGA TOUR. Broadie and Graves then consulted with the PGA TOUR on the TOUR’s initial implementation in 2011.

Strokes Gained: Putting presents player putting efficiency in a more accurate, meaningful way by measuring his putting performance relative to his fellow competitors in a tournament. It takes into account putting proficiency from various distances and computes the difference between a player’s performance on every green – the number of strokes needed to hole out – against the performance of the other players for each round. This ultimately shows how many strokes are gained or lost due to putting for a particular round, for a tournament and over the course of a year. Strokes Gained: Putting now becomes part of the equation to calculate Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green.

First, a player’s score will be compared to the field’s average to establish a Strokes Gained: Total number. For instance, if a player shoots 68 and the field average is 70, his Total is +2.0. That number, in turn, will equal the combination of Strokes Gained: Putting and Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. So if the player is +1.2 in Strokes Gained: Putting, his Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green number is +0.8. Conversely, a player who shoots 72 in the same round has a -2.0 Total and is -1.1 in Strokes Gained: Putting, his Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green number is -0.9.

Based on season data through last week’s The Barclays, the top-5 players in Tee-to-Green are: Rory McIlroy, +2.019; Sergio Garcia, +1.855; Jim Furyk, +1.639; Hideki Matsuyama, +1.618; and Justin Rose, +1.611.

WEB GEMS:

COMING OF AGE: Jordan Spieth celebrated a big birthday with friends in Las Vegas, had a two-week stretch at Firestone and the PGA Championship, and then headed home to Texas to take advantage of the biggest perk to turning 21. He finally played Preston Trail. The private club in Dallas is strict about its rules, and one of them is that a player has to be at least 21. READ MORE>>>

THE ETERNAL QUESTION? "The question is: do you go with form or do you go with experience. That's a headache Paul is going to have over this next week. Paul would want guys playing well but at the same time you would want guys who have the experience in that arena; it's going to be a tough decision." READ MORE>>>

LADY LIBERTY: The PGA Tour will announce a 25-year agreement with Liberty National Golf Course on Tuesday, tour officials said, including plans to host the Presidents Cup at the eight-year-old Jersey City course in 2017. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I don't think there's anything wrong. I've played pretty well at times this year. I guess I'm a victim of my own success at times. But I know how well I can play and you guys know how well I can play and I want to get back to that level.”--Rory McIlroy prior to the start of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship when he was the defending champion.

Henrik Stenson earned his third PGA TOUR victory at last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship. His other two victories came at the 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and 2009 THE PLAYERS Championship.

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 5, NUMBER 166                                                       
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've only played THE TOUR Championship once.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Henrik Stenson won the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship. What was his winning score?

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Taction2 Advanced Performance Cabretta Leather has been strategically placed on the palm and thumb to benefit performance in these key stress areas. This not only improves control during the swing as a result of advancements in grip and feel, but also increases the longevity of the glove through superior durability.

By extending the coverage of the PowerNet material featured across the knuckles and back of the fingers, this allows golfers to gain better breathability, flexibility and ultimately a more comfortable golf glove, FootJoy said.

“As the world’s best-selling and most trusted golf glove for the past 25 years, WeatherSof is an integral member of the FootJoy glove family and I am delighted that we are able to mark such an important anniversary by introducing this new and improved model to golfers worldwide,” said Maria Bonzagni, Senior Director of Marketing, FJ Gloves and Accessories.

“Our unwavering commitment to product and performance excellence has installed the WeatherSof glove as the undisputed leader in comfort, durability and value since 1990. When you combine these attributes with a great value price point, it’s easy to see how WeatherSof has earned its position as the industry’s most popular glove.

“With marked improvements in comfort, feel, fit and durability, we have no doubt it will continue to be the ‘go-to’ glove for millions of golfers worldwide and continue its longstanding leadership position as the world’s #1 Selling Glove for years to come.”

It can be tricky to determine when its time to replace a glove as more often than not it comes down to an examination by the naked eye with respect to wear and possible tear. According to Bonzagni, fit is an important element with regard to whether a glove has any movement or friction, which can lead to wear. Also some players enjoy practicing or for that matter even hitting a bucket of balls before playing. “Rounds of play relative to glove wear is predicated on how many full swings a player takes. For example, if a player wears a glove to hit a bucket of balls before a round (50 balls), that equates to
one round of golf before playing. If a person takes a full practice swing before each shot, that can equal another round. One day of golf (practice & 18 holes) could add up to 3-4 ‘rounds’ of wear,” she explained. Obviously weather also plays a role too as hot and humid conditions can easily lead to perspiration. All of these factors contribute to the wear of a glove. According to FootJoy, it expects a glove to last between 15-25 rounds depending on usage. So for those who wait until the last possible minute before replacing a glove, consider it might be wiser to consider how many rounds a glove still has remaining. With summer fading fast, it just might be time for a replacement sooner rather than later.

The new WeatherSof is available in 48 size options, ensuring an all-encompassing provision of Men’s Left, Cadet, Right and Women’s Left, Right and Pair sizes. In addition, WeatherSof is available in all white, all black and six fashion colors for both men and women.

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HELP WANTED: Even when he doesn’t play, he still makes news. Tiger Woods said he would no longer be working with Sean Foley the day after another of Foley’s students, Hunter Mahan captured the Barclays. "I'd like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship," Woods said. "Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship.”

"My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together," Foley said. "It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him."

"Presently, I do not have a coach, and there is no timetable for hiring one," added Woods.

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MEDICUS GETS INTO THE BALL BUSINESS: Medicus is looking to break into the golf ball category. The company hired Golf Laboratories, Inc., out of San Diego to review its Kick X TourZ. According to the company, it was matched against the Srixon Z Star, the Callaway SR3 and Titleist’s ProV1, ProV1x and NXT xtourzTourS and the Kick X TourZ by Medicus traveled up to four yards longer in a set of controlled drives from a robotic hitting machine.

The TourZ features a Metal Fuzion Core, which Medicus says, creates an exceptionally high coefficient of restitution, which is the “spring effect” found in premium golf balls.  Thanks to a fusion of three proprietary metals that concentrates mass in the center of its core, the ball rebounds more quickly when compressed at impact of a clubface, producing additional launch speed and distance.

The Kick X TourZ is part of a new line of performance golf clubs and products created by Medicus Golf, which for more than 20 years has been a leading developer of golf swing training products, including its best-selling hinged club. 

“We believe that our training aids, clubs and balls make it easier for people to play golf, play it better faster, and ultimately get the maximum enjoyment out of the game,” said Medicus Founder Bob Koch.  “It’s very rewarding to see the TourZ ball stand out in the distance challenge.”

Established in 1989, Golf Laboratories has developed leading standards for testing clubs, shafts and golf balls. It provides complete and often confidential tests that inform research and development projects within the industry. For this particular ball test, the computer controlled robotic hitting machine was programmed to launch drives with a 110-mph swing speed. While a Trackman analysis system measure spin rates, launch angles and speed, 10 balls from each model were hit and then measured on Golf Laboratories’ grass range.

“With exactly the same swing, the TourZ had longer distance than all of the others,” said Koch. “We chose several popular and high quality golf balls for the comparison. As a result, we’re now even more convinced that the TourZ is one of the game’s leading premium balls.”

The Kick X TourZ balls retail for $59.95 per dozen and more information is available at www.kickxgolf.com.

WEB GEMS:

CRITICS LISTEN UP: “You look at Tiger driving a golf ball and you look at Hunter Mahan driving a golf ball and to be honest, you look at how I drive the golf ball, it’s not like Sean’s missing a trick,” Rose explained. “It’s not like he doesn’t understand something, like his players can’t drive the golf ball. Some coaches have a certain method and their players hit six to eight [degrees] down on the driver and their players are never going to be great drivers of the golf ball. Sean doesn’t preach a method. From that perspective, I believe that he makes the appropriate fix for me. I work on the opposite things that Tiger works on. He’s trying to do the best job with each man from what he’s got to work with.” READ MORE>>>

WHO WILL IT BE? Let the speculation begin; just don’t include Butch Harmon in any of it. READ MORE>>>

SMALL IN NUMBERS: The Deutsche Bank Championship now has a smaller field than the Masters. Even though the top 100 advanced to second FedEx Cup playoff event, six players either did not enter or withdrew. That leaves a 94-man field at the TPC Boston. The Masters, the smallest of the majors, had 97 players this year. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've only played THE TOUR Championship once.”--Rory McIlroy.

Henrik Stenson defeated Steve Stricker by two shots to win the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship. He posted scores of 67-63-66-66—262 (-22).

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