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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 62                                                         
Monday, March 30, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I’m pretty overwhelmed. It’s been a tough start to the season. I’ve played well but not scored well. With experience you realize you go through peaks and troughs. You realize with age there will be an upside. Just like life. I’m the kind of person where you can hit me hard, but I’m going to get back up. I take a lot of inspiration from people who have achieved things against adversity, that’s a motivating factor. There are a lot of people who are not as fortunate as myself in that I can go out and do what I love. You’ve got to play for today and not live for tomorrow. You have to enjoy it as much as you can.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many weeks has Rory McIlroy been #1 in the world rankings?

THE NUMBERS GAME: Call it PR or spin but while on Friday the Irish public was being told that Rory McIlroy was doing his bit for the Irish economy by paying corporate tax on royalties here, The Sunday Times reported that the world No 1 is now a registered tax exile in Dubai when it comes to the lion's share of his fortune. READ MORE>>>

REMEMBER THE ALAMO: Billy Horschel, the reigning FedExCup champion, finished third overall, his first top-10 of the season. He was T3 in 2013 after leading by two strokes after 54 holes.

Daniel Summerhays T4 finish was his best showing on the PGA TOUR since he was T2 here at the Valero Texas Open a year ago.

Dustin Johnson posted consecutive rounds of 68 on the weekend to finish T5. Johnson was one of 24 of 72 players from the Thursday morning draw to make the cut. He was T79 after his opening-round 79.

Freddie Jacobson increased his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 416, the longest current streak on TOUR. Jacobson’s last three-putt came on No. 16 in the second round at the Humana Challenge. His streak is the longest on the PGA TOUR since Luke Donald had 483 straight during the 2011 season. Jacobson has only had four three-putts this year.

Chesson Hadley’s T4 finish was his best finish since winning the 2014 Puerto Rico Open.

Phil Mickelson finished T30 after a final-round 4-over-par 76. However, he’d probably like to forget about his play on holes 4-7 where he was a combined 10-over-par on that four-hole stretch during the tournament.

Outside of the majors, the Valero Texas Open cut of +6, 150 was the highest on TOUR since the 2012 Quicken Loans National, which featured a cut of +6 148. The cumulative scoring average for the field over all four rounds this year was 74.581. A year ago the field averaged 73.286 for the tournament

BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE: The Valero Texas Open and the Benefit for Children announced a record $10.4 million has been raised for charities at this year’s tournament, this helping Valero surpass its goal of raising a total of $100 million since becoming a tournament sponsor in 2002. This year’s was the highest in tournament history and brings the all-time total to $100.9 million. Since its inception in 1922, the tournament itself has raised $104.9 million. Only three other PGA TOUR events have surpassed the $100 million milestone. Funds are distributed to children’s charities in all areas around the country where Valero has major operations. 

WINNER’S CLUBS: Jimmy Walker earned his fifth career PGA TOUR victory in his 224th career start on the PGA TOUR. He played his first 187 events without recording a win. But with his Valero Texas Open victory, Walker has now won five times in his last 37 starts and has finished in the top 10 in 15 of those starts. He became the season’s first multiple winner for the second season in a row. With the victory, Walker moves into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he was 13th last week. Walker won using the following products:

New Titleist Pro V1x golf ball
Titleist 915D2 driver (9.5*) with an Aldila Rogue Tour X shaft
Titleist 915F fairway metal (15*) with an Aldila Rogue Tour X shaft
Titleist 915F fairway metal (18*) with a Fujikura Motore VC8.2 Tour shaft
Titleist MB 714 irons (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT X100 shafts
Vokey Design SM4 pitching wedge (48), SM5 sand (54) and lob (60) wedges with True Temper Dynamic Golf X100 shafts
Scotty Cameron Newport2 303 GSS
FJ ICON MyJoys golf shoes
FJ StaSof glove
FJ Performance Golf Apparel

Jimmy Walker’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 22
Pars: 39
Bogeys: 11
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 277

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WEB GEMS:

NORMAN LOVES AUSSIE’S CHANCES: "There's no question (Day can win the Masters). I love the way he's refocused, rededicated himself to the game of golf," Norman said. "I think we've got a got a couple of good Down Under guys who have got a chance to win the Masters this year.” READ MORE>>>

GOTTA MAKE A LIVING SOME HOW! The practice range isn’t the only place where Tiger Woods has a lot of work to do. Golf.com has learned that Woods has been tapped to redesign a golf course in Beijing, China. It’s a lucrative one -- part of a two-course deal that will pay him a staggering $16.5 million. READ MORE>>>

THINGS CAN CHANGE IN A HURRAY: “When I first turned pro, I was staying at home and had no real worries about anything,” he says. “I was in free-flow. In 2009, I was doing OK on the European Tour and suddenly all this money began to appear in my bank account. I thought I should do something with it. So I bought a nice car and a flat. Then I got married. All of sudden, my responsibilities changed. Bills started coming in. Which made me think I’d better play better to pay for it all. I was experiencing ‘real life’ for the first time. So my mistake in 2009 was thinking too much about how much money I would have to win to keep my card. That was silly. It was the first year of the ‘Race to Dubai’ so the big names were playing a lot in Europe and no one really knew how much cash it would take. Like everyone else, I was guessing. Anyway, I remember finishing about 35th in the Dunhill Links and feeling like I was within touching distance of keeping my card. That was fine, but I had gone from trying to win to trying to make the cut – a massive mistake. I could write a book on how many errors I made back then.” READ MORE>>>

PAY DAY FINALLY ARRIVES! Ritchie Ramsay, who won at Leopard Creek in South Africa at the start of the 2010 season and picked up a second title in Switzerland three years ago, had not picked up a single check this season before his win, having missed four cuts out of five and withdrawn injured when he made the weekend in Dubai. READ MORE>>>

MAN DOWN: Nine-time PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby has undergone back surgery for a herniated disc and will be out of action indefinitely. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I’m pretty overwhelmed. It’s been a tough start to the season. I’ve played well but not scored well. With experience you realize you go through peaks and troughs. You realize with age there will be an upside. Just like life. I’m the kind of person where you can hit me hard, but I’m going to get back up. I take a lot of inspiration from people who have achieved things against adversity, that’s a motivating factor. There are a lot of people who are not as fortunate as myself in that I can go out and do what I love. You’ve got to play for today and not live for tomorrow. You have to enjoy it as much as you can.” --Rickie Ramsey after his one shot victory at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday. Ramsey, who has been injured, cashed his first check of the year with his win on the European Tour. He has missed four cuts out of five and was forced to withdraw due to injury when he did make it to the weekend earlier in the season in Dubai.

Rory McIlroy has been world #1 for a total of 74 weeks.

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 6, NUMBER 61                                                         
Friday, March 27, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think we all knew the forecast was going to be pretty nasty. I can remember there two, maybe three years ago that the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, being so windy that they canceled play for three straight days. I can remember the Bob Hope scoreboards blowing over, tents being ripped up off the ground. So we certainly see it now and then. It's part of what we've got to deal with. But we love coming here. One, love the course, two, love the accommodations, three, the sponsor is fantastic, four, it gets great support from the community. I think all of those things go into a tournament becoming better and better and getting a better and better field.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Lydia Ko is on a roll. Can you guess how many consecutive rounds she has shot under par?

SHARPE LEAVES TMAG: It’s been quite a challenging period for TaylorMade adidas Golf and its parent company, the adidas Group. TMaG bid adieu to his charismatic leader Mark King last May. He was replaced by Ben Sharpe, but now he too is being replaced less than a year later as TMaG’s CEO. David Abeles, who was only rehired by the company in early February as President of TaylorMade and Adams Golf, has ascended to the throne within the TMaG Empire. The announcement came when reports also surfaced that the parent company is forecasting its net income to expand by around 15 percent (in constant currency terms) on average in each of the next five years. At its Investor Day in Herzogenaurach, Germany the adidas Group also projected its revenues to increase at a high-single-digit rate on average per year on a currency-neutral basis until 2020.

The adidas Group has been troubled lately and it’s attempting to put its best face forward to the investment community to reassure that all is well.  "The new business plan is built around three major strategic choices: speed, cities and open source," an adidas statement said. How much of this five-year plan Herbert Hainer, adidas CEO, will be allowed to oversee is an open question. The adidas board announced in February that it has launched a search for a successor to the 60-year old, whose contract ends in 2017. Hainer, who has served about 15 years, experienced perhaps his most turbulent year in 2014 as the company's stock dropped 38 percent in value.

Meanwhile, back at TMaG, Abeles will report directly into adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer. "David has a proven track record of success and leadership excellence. I am convinced that David will lead our golf business into the next era of growth. At the same time, I would like to thank Ben for his passion and many contributions to our company over the last nine years and I wish him all the best for his professional and private future,” Hainer said in a company press release.

Abeles has his work cut out for him, just as Sharpe had before him. Sales of TaylorMade, adidas, Adams, Ashworth products were down 29% in its last fiscal year, as detailed earlier this month. Turning it around won’t be quite so easy; especially when Abeles inherits the blueprints Sharpe has already set out for 2015. While many around the country have yet to set foot on a golf course, let alone think about buying another driver, the goose could already be cooked for TMaG. A strong American dollar will hamper all equipment companies selling their products around the world, which represents on average half of annual sales. Meanwhile, TMaG’s parent company is domiciled in Europe and reports in euros, which means even US sales for the golf division will be converted for accounting purposes. The euro could sink to parity with the U.S. dollar within just three months, driven partly by fears over a Greek exit from the Eurozone, according to analysts.

The true selling season for equipment has yet to completely open for business, but it would seem the edict has been set that TMaG’s parent company will see growth this year, one way or another. The adidas Group set forth a new plan, largely due to declaring its previous one unattainable last July. The reasons cited were the volatility of the Russian market as well as disappointing sales and excess inventory at you guessed it, TaylorMade adidas Golf. Just last month, the company announced it was selling its Rockport shoe division. No pressure for the TMaG crew to deliver in 2015!

WHO WANTS TO GO TO AUGUSTA? SuiteHop, an online booking platform, is now offering tickets to attend this year’s Masters. Practice and tournament round rickets are available from April 6-12, 2015. General passes include access to the course and start at $600 for practice rounds, while tournament rounds are going for $1,600. Hospitality passes are available for an additional cost and include access to the luxury amenities of Club Magnolia, a private 5-star hospitality resort located directly across from the Augusta National’s main gate. Club Magnolia offers guests a three hole putting course, full service business center, cigar terrace and live entertainment, six on-site dining options, on-site concierge with transportation services, complimentary gate shuttle service and more. For more information on the upcoming Masters click here.

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WEB GEMS:

THREE THE HARD WAY! Consider it the best use of a mulligan in PGA Tour history. READ MORE>>>

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

LEE TAKES THE EARLY LEAD: Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5 holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think we all knew the forecast was going to be pretty nasty. I can remember there two, maybe three years ago that the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, being so windy that they canceled play for three straight days. I can remember the Bob Hope scoreboards blowing over, tents being ripped up off the ground. So we certainly see it now and then. It's part of what we've got to deal with. But we love coming here. One, love the course, two, love the accommodations, three, the sponsor is fantastic, four, it gets great support from the community. I think all of those things go into a tournament becoming better and better and getting a better and better field.”--Matt Kuchar after the first round of the 2015 Valero Texas Open.

The 17-year-old New Zealander has 10 straight top-10 finishes and has broken par in her last 25 LPGA Tour rounds and 28 worldwide. She has six LPGA Tour victories and 10 worldwide wins in pro events. She is currently tied for second after an opening round of 5-under par at the Kia 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 6, NUMBER 60                                                         
Thursday, March 26, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I understand that the better you play the more attention is on you. I still want to play better. I know that if I do that then that's going to be the case and I accept that and really enjoy it. I kind of have fun with it.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Through the Arnold Palmer Invitational, who is leading the FedExCup standings race?

LOOKING FOR SOME ACTION? Golf is as much about keeping score as it is about characters and relationships. Caddyshack, for example, was immensely successful thanks to its exploitation of the characters that make up the recreational game. Anyone that has been around golf for any length of time has seen or played with an Al Czervik, Ty Webb or Judge Smails!

A new golf movie is coming that helps to remind us what the game was like not so long ago. THE SQUEEZE, directed and written by Terry Jastrow, stars Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights, Peter Pan), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, Requiem for a Dream, Thelma and Louise), Katherine LaNasa (The Campaign, Alfie), Jillian Murray (Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown), Michael Nouri (Flashdance), and Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars).

squeezeThe plot is about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man living in a small rural town that possesses superior golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in some high stakes matches that provides him with some fast cash. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes “life or death.” The story is based on actual events. It turns out Terry Jastrow and his wife, Anne Archer, had dinner with Kevin Flatt and his wife, Chris, in Las Vegas. Flatt told his story of how he went from being an unknown golf pro to playing in money matches. Back in the “good old days” it wasn’t uncommon for big money games to happen. The lower the profile of the player the greater the opportunities. For example, there is a famous story about how Raymond Floyd first met Lee Trevino! “I went down to El Paso to play Lee,” Floyd recalled. “He was the club pro, the cart attendant, the bag guy. He was it! I was asked would I go down and play this guy down in Texas for some money. I said what’s his name and they said Lee Trevino. I said I’d pay somebody I never heard of. It took three days and I shot 66 and 65 and lost. Then I shot 63 and won and the end of that story to make it short is that’s the first time I ever spoke Spanish. I said adios!” Keep in mind this was long before weekly PGA TOUR purses featured multi-million dollars or winners pocketed seven figures!

Jastrow and his wife were enthralled by Flatt’s story so much that they decided to make a movie about it. Jastrow spent 24 years of his life with ABC Sports, including covering six Olympic Games. He served as a Producer and or Director with the network including working on 68 of golf's Major Championships. He has received 7 Emmy Awards and been nominated 17 times! For those of us old enough to remember, “Wide World of Sports,” its tagline was the thrill of victory, the agony of squeeze2defeat. As much as THE SQUEEZE is about golf, it’s equally if not more so about the people that are involved in the game. Both the thrill of the pursuit and the agony that sometimes accompanies it.

“THE SQUEEZE is a movie about golf. And also it’s a movie about big-time gambling. Golf has always had a gambling aspect to it,” said Tom Watson, who got involved with the production. “When I grew up I played dollar Nassaus, played for dimes putting against older kids when I was eight years old.”

A week after The Masters is played, THE SQUEEZE will debut in select cities around the country. Jastrow has in place a distribution of the movie with 95% of the ON DEMAND outlets as well as with Groupon to sell it via digital download. It will also be available on DVD on June 9th in advance of Father’s Day and the playing of the U.S. Open. He let a few well know golfers and celebrities enjoy an advanced preview of the movie and here is what some of them had to say:

“I watched THE SQUEEZE and really enjoyed it,” said Jack Nicklaus, Winner of 18 Major Golf Championships. “It’s a fun movie that tells an interesting story, and the golf elements are so real you actually believe it could happen.”

“THE SQUEEZE is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic,” said Five Time Major Championship Winner, Phil Mickelson. “It hooks you in the beginning and stays interesting and entertaining right to the end. I’m looking forward to seeing it again.”

“THE SQUEEZE has the best poker scene I’ve ever seen in a movie,” said Steve Wynn, Chairman of Wynn Resorts. “If you like gambling, golf and Las Vegas, you’ll love this movie.”

Al Michaels, NBC Sports Top Announcer: “THE SQUEEZE and it was very entertaining! The script is wonderful, especially the end which came as a surprise! The setting and shots, just beautiful. Christopher McDonald and Michael Nouri turn in boffo performances. Sign them up for the sequel - now.”

Bob Costas, NBC Sports Host Announcer: “Perfect cast, cleverly written, beautifully shot. I loved it from the first tee to the 18th green.”

Judy Rankin, Top Female Golf Commentator: “I was fascinated by the story from the first time I heard it! You keep saying to yourself "and this is based on a true story!" Incredible. A must see movie.”

Tom Roy, Senior Producer Golf, NBC Sports: "THE SQUEEZE is fabulously shot and edited. It's the first golf movie ever that depicts the game authentically. The actors have tour-quality games, which make us believe the narrative, which by the way has lots of twists and turns. Finally, a thoroughly enjoyable golf-themed drama!"

Greg Maddux, Hall of Fame Baseball Player: "I had almost as much fun watching THE SQUEEZE as I did winning the World Series! The movie is based on the true story of a buddy I've played golf with for decades. So great to see his incredible story turned into a movie. See it, you'll like it!"

If you would like to see a trailer of the movie, click here. Spoiler alert, Flatt’s story as told through the main character of Augie Baccus, has a different ending than what the movie portrays. But that’s Hollywood! What leads up to it is something a lot of golfers can identify with.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW VERSUS THE ONE YOU DON’T: Since golf equipment today is frozen technically by the USGA, at least in the critical category of distance, it’s essentially a brand-awareness, marketing game. Frankly it’s not unlike the fashion business, as new models must be accompanied by very strong marketing. Counterfeiting in that industry is a major issue and China is one of the main sources. If my prediction of higher prices for new clubs comes to fruition, the knock-offs won’t be far behind. READ MORE>>>

ROLL TIDE! PGA TOUR Superstore is heading to Birmingham, Alabama. It is expected to open this summer and will employ more than 30 associates. “Birmingham represents a premier market for our expansion and is an ideal place to introduce our brand,” said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. “Our new Birmingham store will be the largest and most interactive experiential golf store in the state of Alabama, and will also have the widest selection of brand names in equipment and apparel.”

According to local media reports, the company has signed a lease to take up 25,000 square feet for its latest storefront. PGA TOUR Superstore is owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons

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WEB GEMS:

BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL: Keegan Bradley has gone from being a proud supporter of the St. John’s University golf team to removing the New York school’s logo from his bag. “I’m pretty disappointed with the school,” Bradley, 28, said. READ MORE>>>

BUCKET LIST: “I dream about it every day, winning (at Augusta),” he said. “I mean, I’ve dreamed about playing in this tournament. I’ve dreamed about winning on the PGA Tour and I’ve accomplished both of those dreams. I’ve got a lot more on the list, but yeah, I dream about it every day.” READ MORE>>>

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON? Seve Ballesteros' son reveals the lessons he learnt from his father plus his ambition of winning at St Andrews. READ MORE>>>

ONE LAST TIME: “I’ve thought long and hard, and it’s the right time,” said Crenshaw, 63, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “I will look back and think how excited and fortunate I was to be in the fray a few times,” Crenshaw said. “No Masters champion ever forgets how that feels.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I understand that the better you play the more attention is on you. I still want to play better. I know that if I do that then that's going to be the case and I accept that and really enjoy it. I kind of have fun with it.”  --Jordan Spieth.

Jimmy Walker is currently your FedExCup points leader!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 59                                                         
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Wedge play needs quite a lot of work. If I'm getting ready just for Augusta, there is quite a few wedges for me there and going to concentrate a lot on sort of from 120 yards in the next couple of weeks and try to get that as sharp as I possibly can.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who won the 2014 Valero Texas Open?

LOOKING FOR GROWTH: GolfNow is partnering with Yelp, in an effort to elevate the exposure of its tee times by making it available throughout Yelp's digital golfnowand online community. "By expanding Yelp Platform to new categories and partners, we're delivering on our goal to make it as easy as possible for consumers to both find and book experiences and services directly through Yelp," said Mike Ghaffary, VP Business and Corporate Development at Yelp. "Partnering with GolfNow is a win for all of the golfers who are coming to Yelp every month to find the best local golf courses."

Players will be able to access online tee times through Yelp at more than 6,000 golf courses around the world. According to Yelp, it possessed 135 million average unique monthly visitors as of the fourth quarter of 2014, which is where the online tee time provider is hoping to cash in. "Yelp has established itself as a leading resource for consumer information and reviews on the local business marketplace," said Will McIntosh, senior vice president of business and strategy, GolfNow New Media Group. "This partnership will provide GolfNow with broader exposure, and ultimately make it easier for golfers to book tee times online at their favorite courses."

NO WORRIES, MATE: Thanks to a strategy of diversification, Greg Norman’s business empire continues to excel. He’s started a new division called Great White Shark Opportunity Fund, an asset-based debt-lending fund that provides alternative and flexible capital to small- and mid-cap companies. Norman won't reveal what companies they've invested in so far but said they have $75 million in capital. "Business is good, actually," he said. "We've weathered the storm and are seeing things turning around, especially on a global front where we've reached only 20 percent of our potential. Banking regulations in the U.S. have kind of killed the entrepreneurial spirit a little bit, but there are places in this country where you can do well and make money. That's why I started the investment fund. There are a lot of opportunities out there because of the regulations in place." READ MORE>>>

ONE AGAIN, CHANGE IS CONSTANT: Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO announced that Todd Harman has resigned as President of Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO – U.S.A., effective immediately. “I’ve been with Cleveland for eighteen years and during that time we’ve experienced tremendous growth with many exciting changes for the better,” Harman said in a company release. “I’ve enjoyed my time here immensely and I will miss all the wonderful individuals with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work throughout my time with Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO – U.S.A.”  

During his 18 years with the company, Harman has held a variety of roles, which started in customer service and moved to marketing. In 2007, he served as President of Cleveland Golf - Europe and it propelled him to his most recent role as President, a position he held since 2009. Effective immediately, Chief Financial Officer Bill Bird will temporarily assume the role of interim President of Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO – U.S.A.

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WEB GEMS:

THE MORE THE MERRIER? The Masters Tournament is approaching a milestone its stewards have carefully tried to keep at bay for a half century. READ MORE>>>

THAT’S THE FACT, JACK! Jack Nicklaus was awarded the highest civilian honor yesterday in a ceremony in Washington. READ MORE>>>

WHAT TO DO? Adam Scott is considering using a long putter when he plays the Masters in two weeks. "Putting with a longer putter is maybe the smarter thing to do," Scott said following a disappointing final-round 72 and tie for 35th Sunday at Bay Hill. "I don't know. It's all about the lag putting. It's such a difference in weight of club and stroke and everything. I'm just trying to figure it all out." READ MORE>>>

HE’LL BE BACK! Tiger Woods expects to be challenging for a place on the U.S. team for next year's Ryder Cup, according to skipper Davis Love III. In an interview with the BBC, Love said he was in regular contact with Woods and was not ruling him out, despite his current struggles with fitness and form. READ MORE>>>

IF YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN: The Madeira Islands Open has been rescheduled for the end of July after last week's event was postponed due to extreme weather. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Wedge play needs quite a lot of work. If I'm getting ready just for Augusta, there is quite a few wedges for me there and going to concentrate a lot on sort of from 120 yards in the next couple of weeks and try to get that as sharp as I possibly can.”--World #1 Rory McIlroy upon completion at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

In 2014, Australia’s Steven Bowditch headed into the final round with a three-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe. Despite a 4-over 76 on Sunday, Bowditch earned his first career PGA TOUR title with a one-shot victory over Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays at 8-under 280 in his 110th start on the PGA TOUR.

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 6, NUMBER 58                                                         
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I thought last year when I got to Augusta, I took two weeks off and I swear to God I thought I had a good chance of winning. After Augusta I was really bummed out. I got there and got my butt kicked. I don't want to be a guy who can't compete there. I know that place sets up better for others.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Matt Every became the TOUR’s first player to post his first two career wins at the same event since the 2007 and 2008 RBC Heritage. Can you name who won the 2007 and 2008 RBC Heritage events?

BUY LOW, SELL HIGH! For those who are keeping track of golf course acquisitions, Club Corp has purchased six-properties, said to be worth about $44 million. READ MORE>>>

CHANGE IS CONSTANT: Perhaps the generation gap grows over time, but there is no denying the world is a different place today that it was 5 or 10 years ago or in this instance 40 years ago! News came yesterday that the National Football League will suspend its TV blackout policy for the 2015 season. Originally put in place back in 1975, the blackout rule forbid cable and satellite providers from carrying games that were blacked out on local broadcast television if it wasn’t a sell out. The only way around the blackout was a minimum of 85% of seats had to have been sold 72 hours before kick off. It meant if local fans wanted to see their team play, they would have to be present at the game. If enough tickets were sold, then others could watch it on television if they couldn’t get a ticket. Blackouts were once common but now are rare. Further evidence that the world is changing, even to the most popular sport in the United States!! Take note and challenge yourself how your business needs to change in order to reflect the times. The NFL appears to have!

SOLD: An iconic baseball bat brand is being sold, but its golf division isn’t. Why? The company believes it needs to pursue a new business model. READ MORE>>>

STAY THE COURSE: The PGA TOUR and Getty Images Inc., have reached a seven-year extension of their marketing agreement that maintains Getty Images as the “Official Photographic Services Provider of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour.”  Getty Images maintains its exclusive commercial relationship as photo supplier of golf imagery. The new agreement is through 2021.  

“We are extremely pleased to extend our relationship with Getty Images and continue to benefit from its tremendous photographic resources,” said Ty Votaw, the PGA TOUR’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Getty’s photographers have consistently met the challenge of capturing the great moments on TOUR and the personality of our players. With the ever-increasing accessibility to the TOUR through new platforms, it is imperative that we effectively and efficiently capture our players and the excitement of the competition in the best possible light.”

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HOW DID HE DO IT? Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard on the strength of his approach shots and his putting. He gained 3.8 strokes per round on the field, with approach shots contributing 1.8 strokes of the gain (third) and putting contributing another 1.2 strokes (eighth). READ MORE>>>

RYDER CUP CASH: The past few seasons have been lean ones for Darren Clarke on the golf course but landing the 2016 European Ryder Cup captaincy could be endorsement income worth up to. READ MORE>>>

LET THE HYPE BEGIN: Rory McIlroy's road to the Masters was memorable for reasons not many would have imagined. He missed the cut at the Honda Classic. He was missing a club at the Cadillac Championship when he flung his 3-iron into a lake. And his highlight at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was eating a banana split after dinner with the King. "He went into it like it was the last supper," Palmer said. READ MORE>>>

PETTINESS? The contentiousness between the PGA Tour and its caddies seems to be escalating following an incident on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I thought last year when I got to Augusta, I took two weeks off and I swear to God I thought I had a good chance of winning. After Augusta I was really bummed out. I got there and got my butt kicked. I don't want to be a guy who can't compete there. I know that place sets up better for others.”--Matt Every.

Boo Weekley won 2007 and 2008 RBC Heritage for his first two victories on the PGA TOUR. Weekley was the last player to make his first two victories on the PGA TOUR at the same event, as Matt Every. Weekley has three career wins in 235 events, while Every has two in 118 PGA TOUR events.

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