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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Golf's a job. As brilliant a job as it is, golf's a job. Life's miles more important. I've got a fantastic family at home. Like I said, golf's golf, but it's more really important for me off the golf course what's happened and how good that is.”
BRAIN TEASER: Can you name who won the 2015 BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour?
GOING PUBLIC: Acushnet Company, the owner of golf brands including Titleist and Footjoy, is preparing to register with U.S. regulators as early as June for an initial public offering that could value it at more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The IPO would come five years after consumer products conglomerate Fortune Brands sold Acushnet, under pressure from activist investor William Ackman, to South Korean sports apparel company Fila Korea Ltd and Mirae Asset Private Equity for $1.23 billion. READ MORE>>>
HOW NUMBERS CAN HELP: Analytics has been popular for quite some time. It doesn’t matter which sport, but certainly it’s found its way into golf. A few companies such as Arccos. Game Golf and Club Hub, have popped up to help recreational players try and understand how they can improve their game. On tour its big business as Mark Broadie authored a book, Every Shot Counts that chronicled the importance of each and every shot in a round. Jordan Spieth was asked recently what role analytics has played in his pursuit to improve.
“I let Cameron (McCormick), my coach, kind of take over the information overload, but I'm certainly involved in the analytics,” the former world #1 replied. “We get strokes gained reports every week from Mark Broadie, and Cam kind of asks me more questions instead of saying this is what your percentages were, this is your strokes gained, tee to green, out of the rough, proximity from the fairway, whatever it may be, he more asks a question.” This application might be something avid golfers might find helpful in their pursuit towards improvement. “Hey, on 14 on Friday what was your number, what were you trying to play,” Spieth continued. “If it was a shot that really stood out that may be lower than average or really cost me a couple shots and it may have been a wind gust. It may have been in between clubs, I chose the wrong club but I put a good swing on it. By him asking me that question versus telling me this is what was off, it stays out of my head because it may have been a very good swing that I just caught a tough break on, and that's common. That happens to everyone. I owe a lot of that to him (McCormick) by recognizing let's not overload it and let's really find out if there was an actual problem on these shots, and there always is. Every week there are certain shots that you could have been better at. Then we dissect and we go to the driving range and figure out why.” Sounds like good advice and something many of us could learn from.
STANDING THE TEST OF TIME: Colonial CC is home to the PGA TOUR this week and it still packs plenty of punch. “This golf course does reward the good ball-striking, and that's important. Around the greens is quite severe with poor ball-striking, you can get in some awkward spots, and it makes it difficult to have a good score. You look at holes like the 9th, to me it's not the longest hole, but it's imperative that you hit that fairway, otherwise you're under a fair bit of stress going for that green over the pond,” remarked Adam Scott, who won the event in 2014. “I like the challenge of that as a change of pace from just bombing 10 drivers around a golf course. I think it kind of gives you that all-around game, which I also believe you need at major championships, whether it's just the Open Championship where you have to hit irons and hook it into a wind to hold a fairway, or depending on where the other ones are, it's not just all bombs-away driver.”
Colonial is known for many things but the Horrible Horseshoe (holes 3-5), has been one of the toughest 3-hole stretches on TOUR. Since 1983, it has played to +6,782 over par while the other 15 holes of Colonial have played to -1,024 under par. Out of 12,200 rounds played at Colonial CC, on tour, just 1,691 of those rounds have played holes 3-5 under par. And there are only 24 players to have a career relative to par score under par on holes 3-5 at Colonial CC.
Colonial is a traditional layout that was built in 1936. Its fame skyrocketed after hosting the 1941 U.S. Open, marking the first time the USGA had hosted its premier event south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Today, it still continues to challenge the best players in the world.
NEVER LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT: Galvin Green has introduced its Spring/Summer 2016 Ventil8 range of polos, trousers, shorts and skorts engineered for moisture management in excessive heat. The Ventil8 garments are crafted from textile fibers that draw moisture away from the body and disperse it over a large area to promote rapid evaporation. The material has ventilation panels for maximum airflow, according to the company. The shirts transport moisture and excess heat away twice as quickly as a conventional polyester golf shirt, the company said. In addition, each Ventil8 item is easily cared for by regular machine washing. Additional characteristics include a UV protection rating of 20+ and permanent antibacterial features for exceptional odor control.
“The research that goes into our Ventil8 line is what makes it a best-seller with our green grass partners and consumers,” says Andrew Creed, President of Galvin Green USA. “Even in the hottest conditions Ventil8 fibers create a cool and comfortable body climate.”
THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND: Strong winds forecast for this week's Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas have put a smile on the face of U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth who believes he will benefit from the challenge at Colonial Country Club. "Given the forecast, it's going to take a lot of imagination. There's going to be 20-plus mph winds and I think that's going to really help me.” READ MORE>>>
ONLY A SWING AWAY! “I think when you haven’t played well for a long time, then you do start to have doubts in your mind,” admitted Westwood, who tied for second with Jordan Spieth to extend his unwanted record of most top-three finishes in major championships without a victory to nine. “But it never takes long for golfers to snap out of it, really. We’re a pretty dumb breed. We’re only one good shot, really, from a comeback. You start to feel the right things in your golf swing and it can have an almost immediate effect. I’ll just see a couple of putts go in, and starting the ball on line, and it can change in the click of a finger.” READ MORE>>>
LOOKING FOR SOME MAGIC: When Luke Donald won the BMW PGA Championship five years ago to scale the summit of golf’s rankings there were seven members of the world’s top 10 in the Wentworth field. This year there is just one representative of that elite, with the 2011 and 2012 champion having spiraled to No 76. Donald’s demise can be charted alongside that of this one-time Surrey spectacular. The European Tour does not even call it their ‘flagship event’ any more, with Keith Pelley, the new chief executive, quite rightly sniffing at that moniker when its £3.8 million purse is more than £700,000 shy of the PGA Tour’s corresponding Dean & Deluca Invitational in Fort Worth which does not even qualify as Texas’s flagship event. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “Golf's a job. As brilliant a job as it is, golf's a job. Life's miles more important. I've got a fantastic family at home. Like I said, golf's golf, but it's more really important for me off the golf course what's happened and how good that is.”--Masters Champ Danny Willett.
Byeong Hun An’s 72 hole total of 21 under par set a new BMW PGA Championship record and he made history in 2015 when the South Korean became the first Asian to win the Championship. He is currently ranked 26th in the world. Prior to his victory at Wentworth last year, he was ranked 132nd.
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