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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 129                                                       
Thursday, July 2, 2015

In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Daily Pulse will not be published this Friday. It will resume publishing on Monday, July 6th. A happy, safe 4th to everyone in the United States!

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I was really starting to kind of like the momentum I was starting to gather. Got to Memphis, physically didn't feel well that week, sort of carried that hangover into Chambers, which was a highly difficult test. I certainly look back and had no regrets about the golf course. I just didn't control my irons. Felt like I was starting to get somewhere and those two weeks knocked me a little bit but coming into the summer here now, got an incredible run of golf coming up. Really I have to start the ball rolling again and start that momentum gathering. I feel a lot happier where I am mentally now than where I was four or five months ago. You know, look at the World Rankings and I'm very conscious of not panicking. I know I'm good enough and I know that if I keep doing what I'm doing, that things will come back. There's no better time to start playing well than right now with all the golf ahead of me.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How old will the United States be on Independence Day 2015?

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT! Golf is a crazy game. More often than not we make it crazier that we realize. That’s what Hall of Famer Lee Trevino believes. “You know the old deal about everyone always says you drive for show and putt for dough? Don't believe that at all. Driving is the most important club in that bag. If you're not in the fairway you're not going to need that putter,” said Lee Trevino, a 29-time winner on the PGA TOUR and another 29 times on the Champions Tour. “ I was an excellent driver of the ball. Not long, but I was straight. Then I was a very good wedge player. I played against I guess the greatest player that's ever played the game, which was Jack Nicklaus. I was lucky enough to beat him some of the time. I beat him with the wedge and driver, not the putter. I couldn't reach the par-5s, and I was always wedging the ball up and making birdies. So that sums it up. I won 89 tournaments worldwide in my career.” Not bad for someone who didn’t get introduced to golf until he was 19-years old and then picked it up very quickly!

“I didn't play that long on the tour if you really look at it statistically. I came on the scene in 1967, and I only came out there because I had finished fifth at Baltusrol, and they gave me some invitations after June 15th to play some more tournaments. I played 13, because on the tour at the time, and if you made the cut, you were automatically in the next week. So I stayed there for 13 straight weeks and won rookie of the year. My prize money was 33,040,” Trevino added. This week at the Greenbrier if five players finish tied for 35th place, each will get $33,031! “Next year I came out and won the U.S. Open, which gave me a lifetime exemption, which is the greatest ticket you could ever have.”

The Merry Mex is the Greenbrier's third pro emeritus following Sam Snead and Tom Watson and will passing along some of his hard-earned knowledge to others. “I wasn't looking for a job, and when Mr. Justice asked me to come here, my wife is the one that really talked me into it. She says, ‘This is what you do at home: You go to the course every day, you teach, you tell jokes, you play golf with guys. That what Mr. Justice wants you to do.’” Trevino is a teacher at heart and happy to share what he’s learned over the years.

“I love teaching. I love showing people. Because this golf game is not that complicated. People make it complicated. I'm a tweaker. I don't tear down a golf swing and I don't teach golf swings. Who would want to learn a golf swing from me? I look like a pretzel maker. But I get results,” Trevino said. “The thing you have to understand, if a person played as well as I played with the way I swung at it, he's got to know something. This game is not picturesque. All the players, they look alike now. First thing I do is tell them, ‘If the roof of your house was leaking, would you hire a guy to tear the house down to fix the leak, or would you hire a guy to fix the leak? I fix leaks. You understand? That's what I do.’ Butch Harmon does that. No two people swing alike, think alike. So you have to work around what they have, but you can teach 'em what your beliefs are.”

For Trevino, the game isn’t nearly as difficult as it’s made out to be. In fact, it’s the opposite! “The game is very simple. It's a door. Open it and close it. Then you got to put your body with it and everything. I'm concerned with lady players, juniors, and just amateur players that can only play a couple times a week or whatever. That's what concerns me,” he said.

Trevino admits that he is removed from today’s multi-million dollar professional game. “First of all, I'm about three generations removed from these young men. I don't know very many of them. They're very respectful. They've come up and introduced themselves, shake your hand and everything,” he said. However, he believes too many aspirational players attempt to emulate how the pros play. “Most of the players that play today do not work the ball left to right,” said Trevino. “The greatest player ever hit a fade, and that was Nicklaus. Everybody thinks he drew the ball, but Jack Nicklaus faded the ball. As I try to tell my son, I've never seen a fader starve to death. I've seen a lot of guys that hook the ball go hungry, but not a guy that fades it. It's a go-to shot.” Words of wisdom from someone who knows more than a thing or two about playing golf.

FOR THE RECORD: The PGA Tour, USGA, PGA of America and LPGA felt it necessary to issue a joint statement on Donald Trump’s remarks recently regarding Mexican immigrants. “In response to Mr. Trump’s comments about the golf industry ‘knowing he is right’ in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organizations. While the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA do not usually comment on Presidential politics, Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”

Meanwhile, Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles is scheduled to host the 33rd PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Oct. 19-21, 2015. What are the chances the PGA of America will change venues based on Trump’s comments?

SOLD! Drinks Company Diageo has sold its luxury Gleneagles hotel and golf resort in Scotland - which hosted the Ryder Cup last year - to the hotel developer behind the Hoxton hotels brand. READ MORE>>>

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WEB GEMS:

HE SAID, SHE SAID? Tiger is back on TOUR this week and usually that means something. This time it looks like another rumor, linking him to Jason Dufner’s ex-wife. Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg has his thoughts on it. READ MORE>>>

NEVER LACKING FOR CONFIDENCE: Fresh off shooting the worst 36-hole score of his career at the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods sounds as confident as ever. After a pro-am at the Greenbrier Classic, Woods answered a reporter Wednesday who asked if he can win this week without missing a beat. “Oh, absolutely," Woods said. READ MORE>>>

THE CHAMP: Matt Dobyns won the PGA Professional National Championship for the second time in four years Wednesday to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I was really starting to kind of like the momentum I was starting to gather. Got to Memphis, physically didn't feel well that week, sort of carried that hangover into Chambers, which was a highly difficult test. I certainly look back and had no regrets about the golf course. I just didn't control my irons. Felt like I was starting to get somewhere and those two weeks knocked me a little bit but coming into the summer here now, got an incredible run of golf coming up. Really I have to start the ball rolling again and start that momentum gathering. I feel a lot happier where I am mentally now than where I was four or five months ago. You know, look at the World Rankings and I'm very conscious of not panicking. I know I'm good enough and I know that if I keep doing what I'm doing, that things will come back. There's no better time to start playing well than right now with all the golf ahead of me.”--Graeme McDowell, who is defending champion at the Alstom Open de France on the European Tour. McDowell has won the event the last two years.

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The United States turns 239 years old in 2015.

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 128                                                       
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “St. Andrews is a very difficult golf course to understand, very difficult. There are several holes, like No. 12. 12 is a very hard hole to understand. There's other holes, 17. You've got to understand how to play 17. You've got to understand how to play 2 and 4 and know how the shot reacts at 5, the long shot going into the green. You've got to know all these things. If I get the iron game in good shape and I'm putting well, I give myself a fair chance to at least make the cut and to do well there.”

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BRAIN TEASER: The Greenbrier Classic came on board in 2010 on the PGA TOUR. Can you remember what tournament it replaced?

RECORD LEVELS: Despite a rugged economy, the European Tour is more than holding its own. In fact, it seeing growth. Seven new tournaments are on the docket in 2015, which helps to create greater playing opportunities as well as income opportunities. READ MORE>>>

(NOT SO) FUN FACTS: As many wonder where the next wave of recreational golfers will come from consider some of the following nuggets as ammunition in determining your opinion. Europe represents a major geographic area for golf, especially for the fortunes of some equipment companies. The Eurozone youth unemployment edged lower to 22.1%! Half of Spaniards under 25 are jobless and Italy’s rate is 41.5%. Only Germany has a rate under 10%. While these countries won’t be considered hotbeds for future players, it does means existing ones are worth their weight in gold to marketing executives hoping to attract them to their brand. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for men age 20-24 in the U.S. is 11% as of May 2015.

CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT: Changes are coming at Nike. Phil Knight, co-founder of the swoosh has announced he will step down as Chairman of the company sometime in 2016. Knight has informed the Nike Board of Directors of his recommendation to have Mark Parker, Nike’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2006, succeed him as Chairman. Further, the Company also named Travis Knight, Phil’s son, as the newest member to its Board of Directors.

PLAN AHEAD: AAA projects 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day, the most since 2007 and a 0.7 percent increase from the 41.6 million people who traveled last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5.

“This Independence Day, more people will get in their cars, board airplanes, and take buses, trains and cruise ships to celebrate our nation’s freedom with friends and family,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President. “Students all across the nation are also celebrating freedom from homework, making this an ideal time for a family vacation. Independence Day is typically the busiest summer travel holiday for this reason, and more Americans are planning a holiday getaway than any year since 2007.”

Despite recent seasonal increases, gas prices remain well below year-ago levels, which has helped boost Americans’ disposable income. “Although some consumers are using their recent savings on gas to pay down debt and save, overall, Americans are planning to travel in record numbers,” continued Doney. “Independence Day gas prices are expected to be the lowest in at least five years, a welcome sign for the 35.5 million people planning a holiday road trip.”

AAA expects to rescue nearly 360,000 motorists at the roadside this Independence Day weekend, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends motorists inspect their vehicle and check the condition of their battery and tires before heading out on a holiday getaway.

Travelers will encounter moderately higher lodging rates and airfares this Independence Day.  According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, the average nightly stay in a Two Diamond hotel is six percent higher this year at $145, while Three Diamond hotels will cost nine percent more, averaging $195. Average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes are six percent higher this Independence Day, climbing to $227.

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WEB GEMS:

DON’T STOP BELIEVING! Has the genius been coached out of Tiger Woods? His first instructor says no. READ MORE>>>

CASE CLOSED? A Hawaii man pleaded guilty Tuesday to using Robert Allenby's credit cards after the professional golfer said he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu. READ MORE>>>

ONE MAN SHOW? Jordan Spieth already has accumulated the second-most FedEx Cup points in the regular season, and there's still two majors, a World Golf Championship and the John Deere Classic on his schedule before the playoffs begin. More significant is what's going on at the bottom of the list, and a number of players who risk missing the playoffs for the first time. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “St. Andrews is a very difficult golf course to understand, very difficult. There are several holes, like No. 12. 12 is a very hard hole to understand. There's other holes, 17. You've got to understand how to play 17. You've got to understand how to play 2 and 4 and know how the shot reacts at 5, the long shot going into the green. You've got to know all these things. If I get the iron game in good shape and I'm putting well, I give myself a fair chance to at least make the cut and to do well there.”--Tom Watson, who will play in his last Open Championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews.

The Greenbrier Classic made its debut in 2010 and replaced the long-standing Buick Open in Flint, Michigan on the tour schedule. Tiger Woods won the final Buick Open in 2009. He opened his career at the Buick Open with an even par score of 72 and then reeled off 35 consecutive under par rounds. Woods became the 50th winner of the tournament, which also represented his 50th career victory at the 2006 Buick Open!

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 127                                                       
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “My whole goal in my career was to get ten wins. I felt like in this day and age with the talent level all across the world, that 10 is a big number to get double digit wins on the PGA TOUR with as many players that are winning, all the talent, all the people know how to prepare now. Tiger Woods raised the bar for everybody, and I think that around the world they've raised the bar. So it makes it tougher to win. So 10 was always a big number. I think if you have double digit wins this day and age, I think that's pretty good. Other people might, Tiger thinks differently than I do, but I just think that ten wins is a big number.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Tiger Woods is in this week’s field at the Greenbrier Classic. The only other time he has played in the event was in 2012. Do you remember where he finished in the tournament?

CUTTING THE CORD: It was impossible to forecast that one day would see the onset of death to the newspaper business. With the advent of the digital age, fewer and fewer people are relying on print to deliver news and entertainment to them. Lessons learned or have they? According to a study by Digitalsmiths which is owned by TiVo, 8.2 percent of those responding say they have totally cut their cable or satellite service in 2014. That’s up 1.3% from the previous year. And even some more concerning news to the cable and satellite providers, another five percent plan to cut their service with another 3% going to switch to an online app or rental service in the next six months.

For those who have kept cable, DirecTV or Dish, 45.2% plan on reducing their channels, a term now called “cord shaving.” These respondents say they would spend more time on streaming services while going to smaller packages that might include premium channels. READ MORE>>>

A DATE WITH ST ANDREWS! A further six players have secured their places in the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews. The players earned their place in the starting field as the highest ranked non-exempt players in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of Week 26 – 29 June 2015. The fortunate ones are: Francesco Molinari - Italy; Matt Jones - Australia; Tim Clark – South Africa; David Lingmerth - Sweden; Harris English - USA and Daniel Berger - USA.

STEADY AS SHE GOES: Two years ago, TaylorMade Golf Company created the Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade counterbalanced putters. In 2014, dllengineers believe they have upped the ante. The new Daddy Long Legs+ Putter promises to be the most stable putter the company has ever created. It features a SuperStroke XL 2.0 grip with 125-gram counter weight and a True Temper lightweight steel shaft. The DLL+ puts 200% more weight above the hands to raises the balance point 2” to allow greater control of the heavier head, according to the company. The new balance point with the 8856 MOI of the DLL+ head creates the most stable overall putter TaylorMade said it has ever created. The Daddy Long Legs+ features 17 individual pieces.

Another feature found on the Daddy Long Legs+ putter is TaylorMade’s new deep-milled 6061 13-gram aluminum insert, engineered to deliver a smooth, accurate roll. The rough surface of the insert also softens the sound at impact, according to the company, delivering more auditory feedback preferred by better players.

“With Daddy Long Legs+, the stability and performance of our counterbalance putters have been taken to the next level,” said Clay Long, Senior Director of Product Creation, Putters. “We’ve taken one of our most popular putters of all time and added performance features to deliver a remarkably stable putting stroke, which golfers of all abilities can benefit from.”

Available domestically starting on July 15, the Daddy Long Legs Plus is priced at $249.

ANOTHER ENTRANT TO THE WEARABLE GOLF MARKET: PIQ, self-described as the creator of the most sophisticated multi-sport sensor technology, has announced its first wearable golf device. According to the company, it provides golfers with more instant data than ever before. In partnership with golf app developer, Mobitee, the lightweight PIQ golf device attaches to the golfer’s glove and can display yardage to the green while transmitting swing metrics, shot tracking piqand specific club data onto the golfer’s smartphone. The device represents a wearable rangefinder, shot tracker and swing analyzer.

“We realized it was time to inject new innovation into the game of golf, and PIQ device makes the game more enjoyable and offers new ways of improvement,” stated Cedric Mangaud, PIQ co-founder and CEO. “With a partner like Mobitee, the leader in golf apps and software, we were able to develop the very best wearable sensor technology, connectivity and software that dramatically improves the golfer’s experience during and after his round, ultimately making the game more exciting.”

The PIQ sensor provides instant, easy to read yardage to the front, center and back of the green. Instead of having to look through a viewfinder on a handheld device or pulling a smartphone out of his pocket, the yardage is shown on a LED display on the back of the golfer’s glove.

Enlisting Mobitee’s database of over 35,000 golf courses across the globe, golfers worldwide have accurate distances no matter what golf course he or she is playing. The app automatically detects the course and then displays hole-by-hole yardages based on the golfer’s GPS location. “We wanted the user to experience our Mobitee app without having to take their smartphones out of their pocket,” said Stan Chapus, Mobitee CEO. “Now they are able to quickly view precise yardages with a glance at their hand using the PIQ golf sensor.”

Data is captured from every club that the golfer uses during his or her round through the use of near-field communication (NFC) sensor tags that are inserted onto the end of each grip. Fifteen NFC sensor tags are labeled specifically for each club in a standard set and an additional three customizable sensor tags are also included for a total of 18. With a tap of the sensor tag to the golf device on the player’s glove before every shot, the shot-tracking and distance data is then recorded onto the Mobitee app. That real-time data is instantly viewable on the smartphone or can be analyzed afterwards.

Mobitee and PIQ track all shots and record yardages to give the golfer the ability to analyze their distances with each club providing helpful averages over time for future club selection. PIQ highlights the golfer’s best moments of the round including longest drive, best swing, top score and other highlights that can be shared via social media and text messaging.

In addition to a rangefinder, scorekeeper and shot-tracker, PIQ captures data of the player’s swing including swing tempo, club head speed, and the swing path. That information is then displayed in a 3-D swing analysis on the smartphone. By integrating the latest sensor technologies along with NFC tags, Bluetooth Low Energy and micro-processing technology, PIQ incorporates 13 axis points and measures performance metrics such as velocity, height, airtime, G-force, amplitude, trajectory and others.

The wearable PIQ sensor can be positioned in the ideal place for data collection whatever the sport. To view the PIQ product video click here https://youtu.be/T1Hb0sOCN3U

The PIQ/Mobitee golf device can be pre-ordered on www.piq.com for $269. Preorder customers will also have exclusive access to the device prior to retail availability in select golf shops starting in September. 

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WEB GEMS:

YOU BET! Many sports have unhappy histories with gambling. Golf is not one of those sports. The major leagues had the Black Sox scandal. The NBA had Tim Donaghy. To know NFL history is to suspect that many games in the 1940s and 1950s were fixed. But the PGA Tour not only embraces its gambling past but virtually grew out of it. READ MORE>>>

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION? Nearly $3 million transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was part of "an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events," according to two sources and court documents obtained by Outside the Lines. A 56-year-old former sports gambling handicapper, acting as a conduit for an offshore gambling operation, pleaded guilty last week to laundering approximately $2.75 million of money that two sources told Outside the Lines belonged to Mickelson. READ MORE>>>

A NEW CHALLENGE: Former British golfer and CBS analyst Peter Oosterhuis says he has early onset Alzheimer's disease. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “My whole goal in my career was to get ten wins. I felt like in this day and age with the talent level all across the world, that 10 is a big number to get double digit wins on the PGA TOUR with as many players that are winning, all the talent, all the people know how to prepare now. Tiger Woods raised the bar for everybody, and I think that around the world they've raised the bar. So it makes it tougher to win. So 10 was always a big number. I think if you have double digit wins this day and age, I think that's pretty good. Other people might, Tiger thinks differently than I do, but I just think that ten wins is a big number.”--Bubba Watson after his 8th PGA TOUR victory.

Tiger Woods missed the cut at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic. He posted a score of even-par 140. His previous tournament was the week before at the 2012 AT&T National. He won that event!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 126                                                       
Monday, June 29, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “He's been a poor driver of the golf ball. And to win the U.S. Open there's no question his driving has been the reason that he has not won the U.S. Open. I have no hesitation. If you look at the stats and you watch him and you see how many times he's in the rough. It's very hard when you're in the rough. When the flags, as the USGA put them in corners, and all of their events do, to shoot at those flags with great accuracy and with the necessary spin on the ball, although the grooves today are very sophisticated and different than when we played, it still isn't adequate to make the ball come out with the right flight. And it's a great deterrent.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many career wins does Bubba Watson have? HINT: It was in Friday’s issue of the Daily Pulse.

THE DEATH OF GOLF: During the boom, most of those 20-somethings who were out hacking every weekend were out there because of one man: Tiger Woods. Golf's heyday coincided neatly with Tiger's run of 15 major golf championships between 1997 and 2008. If you listen to golf insiders, he's the individual most to blame for those thousands of Craigs­list ads for used clubs. When Tiger triple-bogeyed his marriage, dallied with porn stars, and seemingly misplaced his swing all at once, the game not only lost its best player; it also lost its leading salesman. The most common answer given by golf industry types when asked what would return the game to its former popularity is "Find another Tiger." But you can't blame one man's wandering libido for the demise of an entire sport. READ MORE>>>

MONEY WELL SPENT:“He’s a special guy,” Plank said. “He’s going to win a lot of golf tournaments, and that’s going to end up costing us a lot of money at some level, but I’d say it’ll probably be some of the best money we ever spent.” READ MORE>>>

CONSOLATION PRIZE: The top four players, not previously eligible for the Open Championship, that finish among the top 12 (and ties) at the Travelers Championship and The Greenbrier Classic will earn entry into The Open Championship. The top player among the top five (and ties) at the John Deere Classic will also qualify. If there are ties for the final spot(s), qualifiers are determined by Official World Golf Ranking.

Brian Harman (3rd), Graham DeLaet (4th), Carl Pettersson (5th) and Luke Donald (T7) are those who qualified for The Open Championship next month in St. Andrews via the Travelers Championship.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Bubba Watson made just his third bogey of the week on the par-4 17th hole to open the door for what would become extra holes with Paul Casey. On the second extra hole, No. 18, Watson secured the victory with a birdie three. With his win, Watson joins Jimmy Walker (Sony Open in Hawaii, Valero Texas Open), Rory McIlroy (WGC-Cadillac Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship) and Jordan Spieth (Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament and U.S. Open) as multiple winners on the PGA TOUR this season. He now has 154 total birdies at TPC River Highlands, tying his record for most total birdies in an event. At the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he also has 154 birdies, also through nine starts. Watson’s win at the Travelers Championship comes a week after a missed cut at the U.S. Open. Here is what Bubba Watson had in his bag to win the 2015 Travelers Championship:

Driver: G30 Pink Driver  9@ 8.25 degree with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype shaft
Fairway metals: G30 3 (14.5) and 7 (19) woods with Tour Spec 8.2
Irons: S55 4-9 irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100 shafts
Wedges: S55 PW Glide 52, 56SS & 60TS with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Putter: PING Anser Milled 1
Golf Ball: Titleist New Pro V1x

Bubba Watson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 17
Pars: 51
Bogeys: 3
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 264

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WEB GEMS:

HOLA AMIGOS: Donald Trump sent a letter to Univision CEO and president Randy Falco informing him that "no Univision officer or representative" is allowed to use his Trump National Doral, the resort and golf club immediately adjacent to Univision offices in Miami. READ MORE>>>

TWO IN A ROW: Jeff Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year. Maggert shot a 5-under 65 at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, edging defending champion Colin Montgomerie by two strokes. Maggert made six birdies and one bogey to finish at 10-under 270. READ MORE>>>

THE SPAIN REIGN: Spain's Pablo Larrazábal shot a flawless final round 66 to claim a second BMW International Open title by a single stroke from Henrik Stenson at Golfclub München Eichenried. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “He's been a poor driver of the golf ball. And to win the U.S. Open there's no question his driving has been the reason that he has not won the U.S. Open. I have no hesitation. If you look at the stats and you watch him and you see how many times he's in the rough. It's very hard when you're in the rough. When the flags, as the USGA put them in corners, and all of their events do, to shoot at those flags with great accuracy and with the necessary spin on the ball, although the grooves today are very sophisticated and different than when we played, it still isn't adequate to make the ball come out with the right flight. And it's a great deterrent.”--Gary Player on why Phil Mickelson has not won the U.S Open in his career.

Bubba Watson picked up his eighth career win on the PGA TOUR in his 223rd start on 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 125                                                       
Friday, June 26, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I haven't actually practiced that much throughout my career. A little bit more than people think, but not as much as some. And I think physically, I'm very flexible as well. Now, you put these two together, and really, being 52, I'm really sort of 45 in golfing terms. You see the guys beating balls day after day, and the injuries appear. I'll touch wood here. I've been very, very fortunate that I've never really missed a day's work through illness or injury over a 30-year cycle. So I'm very lucky. That's the thing that will stop us all. If we're not flexible, we can't do what we do. So I've been fortunate health-wise in a consistent period of time, and that's really what's sustained me into play for this length of time at any level.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Bubba Watson is the first round leader of the 2015 Travelers Championship shooting 62. Can you name his first PGA TOUR victory?

FOREVER YOUNG: Jordan Spieth is on top of the world. He has won the first two major championships in 2015 before reaching his 22nd birthday. He’s earned more than $7.8 million in the first six months of the year and many expect more to come. Spieth has a date in St Andrews coming up that could easily elevate his status even further in the game. It’s truly amazing how much is still yet in front of him. Looking back, however illustrates just how far golf’s earnings potential has come.

In 1990, Nick Faldo won the Masters and British Open. He earned $225,000 along with his green jacket and another $153,850 in St. Andrews to go with the Claret Jug. Hale Irwin won the 1990 U.S Open at Medinah and it paid him $220,000. Wayne Grady captured the PGA Championship at Shoal Creek in 1990 and made $225,000. Nevertheless, Spieth made more with his win at the 2015 Valspar Championship ($1,062,000) than the combined earnings for first place in each 1990 Grand Slam leg. The total amount was $823,850. In 1990, Faldo made $345,262 on the PGA TOUR, while Irwin picked up $838,249. Wayne Grady wasn’t a member of the PGA TOUR.

In 2000, Tiger Woods won the U.S, British Open and PGA Championships. He picked up $800,000 at the U.S., another $759,150 at the British and $900,000 at the PGA Championship. His earning for 2000 were $9,188,321 on 9 wins, 2 seconds and one third place finish. To equal Woods’ 2000 earnings in 2015 Spieth needs to make another $1.3 million and come up with six more wins!

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SOFT SALES: Nike Golf through its parent company, Nike Inc., reported fiscal 2015 sales were $771 million, down $18 million or 2% from the previous year. Nike Golf sales in fiscal 2014 were $789 million. Nike Inc., did not reveal its golf division’s bottom line results. The company’s fiscal year ended May 31, 2015.

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BACK TO THE BIRDIE FEST: Bubba Watson hit to inches on the final hole for the last his nine birdies in an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Travelers Championship. "Coming off a U.S. Open, this golf course seems like it's gettable, and we all feel that way," Watson said. "So the guys that played in the U.S. Open maybe feel better about their game when they get here." READ MORE>>>

ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON: Tom Watson took advantage of an early tee time to shoot a 4-under 66 and earn the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I haven't actually practiced that much throughout my career. A little bit more than people think, but not as much as some. And I think physically, I'm very flexible as well. Now, you put these two together, and really, being 52, I'm really sort of 45 in golfing terms. You see the guys beating balls day after day, and the injuries appear. I'll touch wood here. I've been very, very fortunate that I've never really missed a day's work through illness or injury over a 30-year cycle. So I'm very lucky. That's the thing that will stop us all. If we're not flexible, we can't do what we do. So I've been fortunate health-wise in a consistent period of time, and that's really what's sustained me into play for this length of time at any level.”--Defending U.S Senior Open Champion, Colin Montgomerie.

Bubba Watson won the 2010 Travelers Championship for his first win on the PGA TOUR. He beat Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank in a playoff. Watson is seeking his eighth career win on the PGA TOUR in his 223rd start on TOUR.

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