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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 104                                                       
Friday, May 26, 2017

In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, The Daily Pulse will not be published on Monday, May 29th. For US readers please enjoy a safe holiday weekend.

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I told him, Mike (Davis), I promise you this will be the best tournament you've ever had. We take perfection incredibly seriously, and we take this tournament incredibly seriously. We are going to deliver something that's amazing for you, and I know you're going to deliver something that's amazing for us.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the only course to host a U.S. Open, PLAYERS Championship and an annual PGA TOUR event?

THE START OF SUMMER! AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.” The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

By the Numbers: Memorial Day Travel Forecast
•        2017 will mark the third consecutive year of growth in Memorial Day travel with 2.7 percent more travelers than last year.
•        34.6 million Americans (88.1 percent of travelers) will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.4 percent over last year.
•        2.9 million Americans are taking to the skies this Memorial Day, increasing air travel by 5.5 percent over last year.
•        1.75 million travelers, an increase 2.9 percent from 2016, will look to other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses.
•        Drivers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2015. Airfares, car rental rates and mid-range hotels are all trending higher than last Memorial Day.

According to Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York are the busiest metro areas this Memorial Day weekend, based on last year’s accident and traffic jam data. For travelers visiting or driving through these cities, be aware of high traffic volumes.

While the vast majority of travelers are planning a Memorial Day road trip, many other Americans will take advantage of the long holiday weekend and travel internationally, with Europe especially popular this year. The top destinations for Memorial Day weekend, based on AAA travel bookings, are:
1.      Orlando, Florida
2.      Rome, Italy
3.      London, England
4.      Dublin, Ireland
5.      Vancouver, Canada
6.      Seattle, Washington
7.      Las Vegas, Nevada
8.      New York, New York
9.      Paris, France
10.    Honolulu, Hawaii

According to Hertz, the busiest airport pick-up locations for travelers planning to rent a car this Memorial Day are expected to be Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Orlando (MCO), Atlanta (ATL) and Denver (DEN), based on data from 2016.

WEB GEMS:

THREE AT THE TOP AFTER ONE: Jon Rahm was at Colonial during tournament week each of the past two years to accept the Ben Hogan Award that goes to the nation's top college golfer. This time, he's playing in the PGA Tour event at Hogan's Alley and among the leaders. With his 4-under 66 on Thursday, Rahm was a stroke behind first-round leaders Kelly Kraft, Derek Fathauer and PGA Tour rookie J.T. Poston. READ MORE>>>

GERMAN ENGINEERING! Shrugging off fatigue from last week's victory, Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot lead in the first round of the Senior PGA Championship. READ MORE>>>

WHY GOLF IS DIFFERENT: Four-times major winner Ernie Els underlined why golf has a proud reputation for integrity and fair play by calling a two-shot penalty on himself at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

HOW SWEDE IT IS: British Open champion Henrik Stenson shot a bogey-free, 4-under 68 to lie two strokes off the lead held by Swedish compatriot Johan Carlsson after the first round of the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I told him, Mike (Davis), I promise you this will be the best tournament you've ever had. We take perfection incredibly seriously, and we take this tournament incredibly seriously. We are going to deliver something that's amazing for you, and I know you're going to deliver something that's amazing for us.”--Eric Trump, son of Donald Trump, on the 72nd U.S. Women's Open Championship at Trump National located only a few miles from the USGA's headquarters in New Jersey.

Colonial Country Club is the only venue to host a U.S. Open (1941), PLAYERS Championship (1975) and an annual PGA TOUR event (1946-present).

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 103                                                       
Thursday, May 25, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Out of the U.S. Opens that I've played in, every single one of them has been a new venue for me. I've played Erin Hills. I played the U.S. Amateur there and reached the quarterfinals. I've played a significant number of rounds on that golf course. We've got as much experience as anyone other than Kelly Kraft, Patrick Cantlay, who were in the finals at that golf course.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only one player has won the Texas Grand Slam over their career. Can you name him?

TIGER TALK: “I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.
Presently, I’m not looking ahead. I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.” READ MORE>>>

HEALTHY SIGN? Greg Norman Real Estate and Solmar Group have partnered to develop a branded residential enclave and oceanfront golf course in Los Cabos. Norman Estates will be Greg Norman’s first community in Mexico to join his global collection of luxury residences. The 834-acre master-planned development is on 1.2 miles of beachfront with the Pacific Ocean 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas.  It is to be a private, gated community within Rancho San Lucas featuring 32 luxury estate homes and 36 condominiums, all with panoramic views of the Pacific. Construction has officially begun on Phase I of the estate homes as well as the Norman-designed Rancho San Lucas Golf Course. A grand opening in fall 2018 is anticipated.

“Having traveled all over the globe, I can say with conviction that Norman Estates at Rancho San Lucas is unlike anywhere else in the world and will undoubtedly raise the benchmark for beachfront living in Los Cabos,” said the Great White Shark.

According to Brad Wheatley, director of golf operations, the 7,329-yard, par-72 course is being carved into gently sloping terrain creased by deep arroyos and canyons. “It’s a gorgeous piece of property with beautiful cardon cactus and palo blanco trees,” Wheatley said. Earthmoving, he added, is being kept to minimum.
Known for employing a ‘least-disturbance’ approach in his design projects, Norman has routing that features seven holes set in rolling dunes near the sea, with ocean views from 17 holes. At least two of the par 3’s are expected to create quite a splash in a destination renowned for its signature holes. For example, the par-3 third hole, sculpted into dunes that run down to the sea, plays directly along the beachfront and will give players views of breaching whales during the winter months. The par-3 17th hole, patterned after the infamous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, plays to an island-style green where both water and sand need to be avoided.

In addition to Norman Estates, Rancho San Lucas will include a village with shopping, dining and entertainment; a community park with a lake, hiking and biking trails, and family picnic areas; as well as a luxury resort, tennis center and other top amenities.

WEB GEMS:

WHAT A YEAR: Henrik Stenson was officially presented with the recently renamed Seve Ballesteros Award. Javier Ballesteros, Seve’s eldest child, along with European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley presented the Swede with the award, which is voted for by every European Tour Member at the end of a season and now carries the name of the legendary Spaniard. READ MORE>>>

ITS JUST GOLF! The USGA insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the U.S. Women's Open at a golf course owned by President Donald Trump in less than two months. Some fans and politicians criticized golf's governing body for not moving the marquee women's tournament from Trump National after lewd comments by Trump about women from 2005 surfaced during the presidential campaign. READ MORE>>>

DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA: This year's venue for the Senior PGA Championship has made news for reasons that have nothing to do with the tournament or the champion it might produce. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Out of the U.S. Opens that I've played in, every single one of them has been a new venue for me. I've played Erin Hills. I played the U.S. Amateur there and reached the quarterfinals. I've played a significant number of rounds on that golf course. We've got as much experience as anyone other than Kelly Kraft, Patrick Cantlay, who were in the finals at that golf course.”--Jordan Spieth.

With his win in 2014, Adam Scott became the first player to win the Texas Grand Slam (traditional four events), winning the 2007 Shell Houston Open, 2008 AT&T Byron Nelson, 2010 Valero Texas Open and 2014 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 102                                                       
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “You really never know what is going on in someone's lives, and that has certainly been true this last year for me. There are so many families out here who struggle with any variety of issues. We're not any different, aside from being more in the public eye, which provides us with an opportunity to speak out about the very real struggles of battling addiction. It can be a very lonely disease, and there is a stigma out there that leads many not to ask or accept the help they need. My wife and I hope that sharing our story will help other people who are either struggling with addiction, or are their loved ones. We look forward to sharing more in the future.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player has shot 37 consecutive rounds of par or better. Can you name him?

IRISH EYES AREN’T SMILING! A hemorrhaging of golf club membership levels, which has seen a decline in the numbers playing the sport in Ireland, isn’t due so much to economic factors – given the fall off started prior to the financial crisis – but more to do with changed family lifestyle factors, according to a report, “Golf in Ireland: A Statistical Analysis of Participation”, undertaken by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ERSI). READ MORE>>>

JUST ANOTHER WEEK? Should Bernhard Langer prevail at this week’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, he would become the first player to have won all five major championships on the PGA TOUR Champions. It would also be his ninth major championship on Tour, taking over the top spot in that category from Jack Nicklaus. It would also mark the fourth time in his career he has won multiple major championships in a year. He also did so in 2010, 2014 and 2016.

WEB GEMS:

NEVER, SAY NEVER: We should have planned on watching Ben Hogan play Hogan’s Alley again before Phil Mickelson ever returned. Second only to Tiger Woods, and possibly Tim Love, Phil is the last person we thought would come back to Fort Worth for its annual PGA party. Despite winning the tournament twice, Phil was done with Colonial. Colonial wanted to be done with Phil. The last time Phil was here was 2010. He left with his feelings clearly hurt. He missed the cut. Phil doesn’t miss cuts. Or he didn’t back then. “With the [course] redesign, I’m afraid I won’t be playing it [Colonial] anymore,” Phil said in 2011. “It doesn’t give me a power advantage. I know all the shotmakers will be there every year. But I don’t see any of the long hitters playing there anymore. There’s no decision-making now. It’s all irons, irons, irons.” But this week the PGA told Colonial that Mickelson will play again in the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. READ MORE>>>

HORSCHEL’S BIG WIN: Billy Horschel's emotions from winning the AT&T Byron Nelson went far beyond ending more than two years without a victory. One day after Horschel was vague about issues off the course, his wife took to Twitter to reveal she is battling alcoholism. Brittany Horschel said last weekend marked the one-year anniversary of her sobriety. READ MORE>>>

ITS A MAD, MAD WORLD: Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour, has moved to reassure all of those planning to attend this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth that security remains “the highest priority” following last night’s terrorist attack in Manchester. READ MORE>>>

BIG THINGS STILL TO COME: Padraig Harrington believes Rory McIlroy has set his heart on reaching Gary Player’s career total of nine majors and doesn’t think injuries will prevent the Northern Irishman from achieving his goal. “I had a good chat with Rory recently, and tried to get a bit more into it,” revealed the Dubliner. “As for majors, he’ll always win them in clusters, he’s that type of player. He’ll win three or four in a two-year spell, not one a year for four years.” READ MORE>>>

HOME SICK: Jang Ha-na knows her decision to quit the elite U.S. women's golf tour at the peak of her career has left people scratching their heads but the world number 10 said on Tuesday she had no regrets about putting family ahead of fame and fortune. Jang confirmed at a news conference in Seoul that she was rescinding her membership of the U.S. LPGA Tour and would return to play on the domestic Korean women's circuit this season. The 25-year-old, who has had four wins on the U.S.-based circuit since her 2015 rookie season and earned more than $2.6 million in prize money, said being closer to her mother was the prime reason for her decision. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “You really never know what is going on in someone's lives, and that has certainly been true this last year for me. There are so many families out here who struggle with any variety of issues. We're not any different, aside from being more in the public eye, which provides us with an opportunity to speak out about the very real struggles of battling addiction. It can be a very lonely disease, and there is a stigma out there that leads many not to ask or accept the help they need. My wife and I hope that sharing our story will help other people who are either struggling with addiction, or are their loved ones. We look forward to sharing more in the future.”--Billy Horschel

Colin Montgomerie, T25 at the Regions Tradition, has posted 37 consecutive rounds of par or better. The PGA TOUR Champions record is 38, set by Jay Haas in 2014. Earlier this season, Montgomerie missed more than two months due to a left ankle injury (torn ligaments).

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 101                                                       
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I only had one Top-10 up until this point. It's a little disappointing but it's not the first tournament I'm going to lose. I've lost plenty of other ones beforehand and I'll lose plenty more in the future. I got to try to get better from this experience and I feel good about my game.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you guess within 10, how many hours of broadcast time Fox, the U.S. broadcast partner, has planned for the 2017 U.S. Open?

WILL CONSUMERS TURN TO EPIC? Chip Brewer, Callaway Golf’s CEO, started the company’s first quarter conference call earlier this month to Wall Street with an apology. “Let me apologize for this in advance, but I can't resist it. I believe it's fair to say that Q1 2017 was an EPIC quarter for our company.” Brewer said its EPIC driver fueled the company’s financial results in the reporting period. Pun aside, he added later, “I think once and we're all done,” referencing the temptation to use the epic tagline again.

While the pun might be considered one and done, that isn’t the case for Callaway in terms of branching out on the EPIC platform. When Brewer came to Callaway in February of 2012, he challenged Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s head of R&D, to create his “dream iron” – the iron Doc Hoc would design for himself. As the story goes, the new CEO imposed no limit on time, materials or cost. Sounds a little along the path of PXG, doesn’t it? According to Callaway, more than 70 people were enlisted to help determine what was needed and how to create it. Engineers, metallurgists, industrial designers, Tour pros, professional club fitters; all took part in conceptualizing, developing, refining, and testing.

epicironNo stone was unturned, as they say, in an effort to eke out a superior and more pleasing combination of distance, control, forgiveness and feel. The result is the Epic and Epic Pro irons, both promising the best performance package in an iron in Callaway’s illustrious history.

Callaway reported the Epic iron has an ultra-thin, ultra-fast face that is turbocharged by an improved 360 Face Cup architecture that reduces the rim thickness to 1mm at its thinnest point. That allows the rim to flex more readily, consistently and at greater speed. That increases ball speed for more distance, and gives more ball speed on impact toward the toe, toward the heel, high up and especially down low – the most common place where mis-hits occur.

Inside the head, fundamental changes were made to Callaway’s Internal Standing Wave technology, a weighting method that affects launch, spin and feel. In simple terms, the ISW is a flat, asymmetrically shaped piece of metal that helps pinpoint CG location to promote optimum launch and spin in each head, and helps control vibration to promote unique feel. In this case, ISW consists of a specially shaped piece of MIM’ed tungsten. MIM’ed stands for Metal-Injected Molding, an injecting-molding process that uses finely powdered metal to create intricately shaped parts with tremendous precision.

Parts spend up to 41 hours of furnace-time at temperatures up to 2500 degrees Fahrenheit to fuse the powder into a solid piece. MIM’ed tungsten allows a new combination of size, shape and weight for the ISW, allowing Callaway to precisely position the CG location differently in each individual iron. Extremely low in the long-irons to promote easier launch and high, long flight; and progressively higher as loft increases to promote a lower flight in the short-irons for added control; and a balance of easy launch and control in the middle-irons, according to the company.

Callaway said it made equally significant improvements to the clubhead’s Exo-Cage construction. (This is the second Callaway iron to employ Exo-Cage. The first, Big Bertha OS) In Epic, the company incorporated a high-grade steel structure into the center of the cavity to add strength and stiffens the body, especially the topline and sole, so that the face can take on more impact load. The term for this is “energy lensing.” In Epic irons, energy lensing raises the efficiency level of the face to promote faster ball speed and distance. That, combined with face thicknesses finished to a tolerance of 1/1000th of an inch, according to the company, helped Callaway to elevate the COR right up close to USGA limit of .830 COR in the 3-iron through 7-iron. It’s the first time Callaway said it had so many irons in a single set bump up epichybridagainst the COR limit.

The Epic Pro irons share all the same material and technological advancements, but in a more compact head with a thinner topline and sole and less offset -- qualities that make it slightly less forgiving but significantly more workable, a trade many better players are willing to make. That said, Epic Pro, according to the company, boasts Callaway’s best-ever overall performance package of distance, workability and forgiveness in a player’s iron.

Given the level of detail and costs involved in the creation of the Epic and Epic Pro, you likely have come to the conclusion that it has been passed on to the consumer. You would be correct. The irons debut at retail on June 16th at a cost of $250 per club (steel), $280 (graphite).

Epic isn’t finished with the irons. It also will be available in a hybrid. The Epic hybrid incorporates a crown consisting of Callaway’s proprietary triaxial carbon composite material. Used in its GBB Epic driver and fairway woods, triaxial carbon is the thinnest and lightest composite material the company has ever used. The weight it saves is redistributed into strategic locations within the head to increase MOI and lower the CG.

During development Callaway said it studied and tested a variety of new ways to enhance launch and trajectory, and succeeded by incorporating MIM’ed tungsten into its Internal Standing Wave technology. (MIM stands for Metal-Injected-Molding, an injecting molding process using finely powdered metal to create intricately shaped parts with precision.) The precise shape and weight of this MIM’ed tungsten piece (1.8x heavier than steel, according to the company) allowed it to achieve the specific mass property goals necessary to raise this hybrid’s high forgiveness and easy launch characteristics to the next level.

Epic hybrids are equipped with UST’s new Recoil 760 ionā€plated graphite shaft engineered to promote great feel, long distance and tighter dispersion. The Epic hybrid (also at retail starting June 16th) is available 2H-5H at $279.99 each.

BRIDGESTONE SIGNS ANOTHER WOODS: Bridgestone Golf has signed Cheyenne Woods to a multi-year agreement to exclusively play and promote its golf balls. As part of the partnership, Tiger Woods’ niece will be featured in digital and social marketing as a Bridgestone Golf ambassador.

“Cheyenne is one of the LPGA Tour’s rising young superstars and is an excellent addition to our large and growing stable of influential ambassadors,” stated Corey Consuegra, Senior Director of Marketing. “She is the latest example of a player switching to our products because they provide superior all-around performance over any of our competitors.”

“The Tour B330-RX fits my game perfectly and gives me the confidence to hit any type of shot. It is long and straight off the tee and easy to control around the green,” said Woods.

WEB GEMS:

NEVER GIVE UP: With a 6-under-par 65 in the final round, Lexi Thompson delivered a definitive answer to any question about how the heartache of that controversial loss at the ANA Inspiration last month would affect her confidence and momentum. “I am always a very determined person,” Thompson said. “Every time I've tee'd it up, I have that drive to win, even more now.” Thompson said family support was key to her regrouping and overcoming. READ MORE>>>

WISCONSIN BOUND: Former U.S. Amateur champions Matthew Fitzpatrick of England and South Korean An Byeong-hun were among 27 additional golfers to earn full exemptions into next month's U.S. Open golf championship, officials said on Monday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I only had one Top-10 up until this point. It's a little disappointing but it's not the first tournament I'm going to lose. I've lost plenty of other ones beforehand and I'll lose plenty more in the future. I got to try to get better from this experience and I feel good about my game.”--Jason Day after his playoff loss to Billy Horschel. His three-putt for bogey lead to his first playoff loss on the PGA TOUR.

FOX reported it will broadcast over 45 hours of the 2017 U.S. Open. Final round coverage of the 2016 U.S. Open earned a 3.4 final rating and 5.4 million viewers on FOX, down 19% in ratings and viewership from the previous year (4.2, 6.7M). Dustin Johnson‘s win ranks as the second-least watched final round of the U.S. Open since at least 1987. Only 2014 delivered a smaller audience.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 100                                                       
Monday, May 22, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've won 105 tournaments now worldwide as a pro. Not many people can say they match Jack Nicklaus in anything. To have won as many majors on this tour as he has is outstanding obviously and a thrill for me.”

BRAIN TEASER: Byron Nelson passed away September 26, 2006 at the age of 94. He won 52 times on the PGA TOUR, including 11 times in a row in 1945. How many major championships did he win in his career?

SPEED KILLS:  Just about everyone knows the fastest way to slow down pace of play is to increase the speed of the greens. Players end up three putting or more and frustration mounts. Nevertheless, the governing body of the USGA will put on public display fast greens at its annual championship, which is something its been known to do, for quite some time. The putting surfaces often get plenty of attention at U.S. Opens and arguably it’s the greatest defense of the national championship.

“The greens will be average U.S. Open speed, maybe even a little faster than U.S. Open speed. Part of that's just going to depend on what kind of winds we get predicted for a certain day,” reported Mike Davis, CEO and executive director for the USGA.

Last year at Oakmont, the USGA authorized green speeds in the 14s. “The green speeds will essentially be what we had in 2007, 2010. They will be up in the 14s on the Stimpmeter. That's what the players will be playing. That's what they played in 2007. That's what the women played in 2010. That's often times what the members -- in fact, there's a couple times the members actually go beyond that, which I don't know how that's possible, but they tell me they do,” said Davis.

puttingOakmont is epicenter for the invention of the Stimpmeter. “If you haven't read about it, read about the 1935 U.S. Open when there was a controversy with a player saying the greens were simply too fast to play a championship, and thus the USGA Stimpmeter was born out of that championship because to that point, there was no way to read green speeds,” said Davis.

In 2015 at Chambers Bay, Davis reported, “The putting greens will be rolling somewhere in the 12 maybe 12 and a half range on the USGA Stimpmeter.” After the second round, Henrik Stenson had this to say about the putting surfaces at Chambers Bay. “It's pretty much like putting on broccoli. So I don't know what to say other than that, really.” Rory McIlroy went one better. “I don't think they're as green as broccoli. I think they're more like cauliflower.”

Greens can make or break a course’s reputation as that of the national championship. Davis echoed this sentiment to some extent. “I will say, and we've said this publicly before, too, this notion that good greens have to be fast greens is bad for golf. It's just not good.

“For the U.S. Open, which we talk about this as ultimate test, we try to match the green speeds to the architecture, to the weather conditions that are predicted, how windy, how firm. We sometimes are 10 at Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open because how much percentage slope they have in the wind, but I will tell you the collars at Oakmont are faster than 10, so it just depends on the architecture and what it is,” Davis explained.

However, in the real world where people pay to play, Davis is hopeful the game trends away from emulating the national championship’s modus operandi. “I think we hope that the game starts to move back the other way and that courses are more reasonable and golfers are more reasonable about the speed,” said Davis in advance of the 2017 national championship. “You know, it's costing the game more money to keep greens fast. It compromises in some cases the health of the greens. It compromises the architectural integrity of the greens sometimes. It certainly hurts pace of play. For all those reasons, as an organization, we would say that there is a happy medium where golfers will enjoy themselves more at a certain speed, and if you get past that, then all of a sudden you're probably not doing golf any favors. There is no ideal green speed. It kind of depends on who's playing it, but we would just say that taking our U.S. Open hats off for a second, this arms race to get fast greens is not a good thing for the game of golf.”

Decide for yourself, once again as the best players in the world attempt to stick handle their way around Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open. It should prove to be entertaining, if not bordering on controversial!

ONE MORE TO THE LIST: Add another name to the insider sellers at Callaway Golf. Director Tony Thornley sold 10,698 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.75, for a total transaction of $136,399.50. Following the completion of the transaction, he now owns 49,790 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $634,822.50. Thornley joins Neil Howie, Harry Arnett and Alan Hocknell in recently selling Callaway shares.

NEVER HAD A CHANCE: What was once Western North Carolina's biggest golf story, the first Tiger Woods-designed course in America, has gone beyond bust. The now former Cliffs at High Carolina has a new name and is officially on the auction block. This project really never got off the ground. It was almost 10 years ago when the announcement was made, but too many things went wrong. READ MORE>>>

PARTNERS: President George W. Bush announced that he is teaming up with the AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Tournament. Starting next year, Bush's Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament will be part of Byron Nelson week in North Texas. The two-day event is expected to take place following the tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Billy Horschel won the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson with a par on the first playoff hole Sunday after Jason Day missed his 4-foot par putt. “I haven't played here in five years. I was not a fan of this golf course. I was like wow, why did I not like this course, this course really fits my game to tee and I really just embraced the golf course and played really well. I putted beautifully all week,” said Horschel afterwards. He claimed his fourth PGA TOUR victory in 166 career starts.

The victory has some added perks. Horschel began last week No. 76 in the Official World Golf Ranking and is now projected to move comfortably inside the top-60 and earn an exemption into the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin next month. The top-60 after May 22 will earn exemptions, as will the top-60 after June 12, which is the Monday prior to the championship. Here is what Billy Horschel had in the bag to win the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson:

Driver: PXG 0811X (9 degrees)
Fairway Woods: PXG 0341X (15 degrees), PXG 0341 (18 degrees)
Irons: PXG 0311T (3, 5-PW)
Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled (52, 56, 60)
Putter: PXG Bat Attack
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Billy Horschel ’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 21
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 9
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 268

WEB GEMS:

STILL A NO GO: For the second time this year, Rory McIlroy will miss tournament time due to a rib injury he first suffered when testing equipment, and which he aggravated while preparing for last week's Players Championship. McIlroy, 28, withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship in England, the European Tour's flagship event and one the Northern Irishman won in 2014. READ MORE>>>

WINGING IT? Rory McIlroy will decide by the weekend whether to play in next week’s Memorial tournament in Ohio - or to go into the US Open without a prep event. READ MORE>>>

CREAM OF THE CROP: Bernhard Langer cruised to his second straight Regions Tradition victory, shooting an 8-under-64 Sunday to match Jack Nicklaus' record of eight PGA Tour Champions major titles. READ MORE>>>

A WINNER AGAIN: Alvaro Quiros defeated Zander Lombard in a play-off to win his seventh European Tour title at The Rocco Forte Open - Verdura, Sicily. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've won 105 tournaments now worldwide as a pro. Not many people can say they match Jack Nicklaus in anything. To have won as many majors on this tour as he has is outstanding obviously and a thrill for me.” --Bernhard Langer. He has tied Jack Nicklaus’ record of eight major victories on PGA TOUR Champions.

Byron Nelson won his first major title at The Masters in 1937, two shots ahead of runner-up Ralph Guldahl. During this tournament he shot a first-round 66, which was the lowest first round score at the Masters until 1976, when Raymond Floyd had 65 en route to his victory. Nelson won four more majors, the U.S. Open in 1939, the PGA Championship in 1940 and 1945, and a second Masters in 1942. In 1945 Nelson enjoyed a record-breaking year, winning 18 of 35 PGA tournaments including 11 in a row!

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