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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 39                                                         
Friday, February 24, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Since the start of last year, I don't work with anyone on my swing. The pluses are it's pretty simple. I only argue with myself about it. But the minuses are I think even if you know your swing well, and even if you can manage it, you don't have someone just to talk to about it. Just being golfers, we like to talk a lot about ourselves and our rounds and our swing, and everything. Some of it is relevant and some of it's not. But that's probably one of the minuses I think. I use my phone a lot more for videoing. I try not to ask too many people little things because I think that can lead to problems. So until I have some real issues, I'm just going to leave it that way and keep it as simple as I possibly can. I think that's a nice way to be with the golf swing.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which of these players have more career PGA TOUR victories: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, David Duval, Bruce Lietzke, Craig Stadler, David Toms or Ken Venturi?

IMPRESSIVE RESULTS: You might be surprised to learn that Dustin Johnson has five wins and a total of 29 top-10 finishes in his last 47 starts on TOUR dating back to the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He has made 43 cuts in 47 starts during that period. That’s how you become world #1!

HOW LONG CAN THEY KEEP THIS UP? Bill Haas and Jordan Spieth have finished inside the top 25 in every start this season (minimum 4 starts). Haas finished T11 at the Genesis Open, while Spieth finished T22. Neither is in the Honda Classic field.

WE’RE A BUYER: Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has acquired TKVGPS, a provider of GPS-based fleet management solutions and GPS technologies. Going forward, TKVGPS’ business will operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’ Golf business, which offers E-Z-GO golf cars, Jacobsen turf care equipment and Cushman utility and hospitality vehicles to golf courses and resorts.

“TKVGPS fleet-management systems add an important dimension to Textron Specialized Vehicles’ portfolio of products and solutions for today’s golf-course operator,” said Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles. “Courses can select from a range of proven fleet-management solutions to meet the specific needs of their particular facility, protect their investments in vehicle fleets and turf-care equipment, monitor events on their course, and enhance the playing experience for their golfers.

“In addition, Textron Specialized Vehicles will leverage TKVGPS technology across our many other product lines, including Cushman commercial utility vehicles, Jacobsen professional turf-care equipment, and Textron GSE ground support equipment, to provide fleet-management solutions to our customers across many different industries and end-use environments for our products.”

GO GREEN: E-Z-GO, a Textron Specialized Vehicles business, has introduced its ELiTE Series lithium golf cars as a fleet offering. Activated by Samsung SDI lithium technology, ELiTE vehicles promise zero-maintenance batteries with a five-year unlimited amp-hour warranty and increased energy efficiency.

“The E-Z-GO partnership with Samsung SDI resulted in a giant step forward for the industry when it comes to high-efficiency vehicles and zero-maintenance battery power,” said Michael R. Parkhurst, Vice President, Golf for Textron Specialized Vehicles. “ELiTE Series vehicles are the biggest advancement in golf car technology since E-Z-GO introduced the E-Z-GO RXV golf car, with its groundbreaking AC drive and IntelliBrake technology.”

With less power required to charge ELiTE Series than leading lead-acid competitors, according to the company, golf course managers can cut energy costs while enjoying the extra revenue that comes from all-day uptime. The batteries in ELiTE vehicles are also lighter than traditional lead acid batteries. ELiTE Series vehicles batteries are half the size and a fraction of the weight of lead-acid batteries, reducing turf damage and soil compaction due to vehicle weight.

E-Z-GO ELiTE Series vehicles were tested at Tijeras Creek Golf Club, in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., where last year, 73,000 rounds of golf were played. The course is known for its challenging hilly, brutal terrain. Tijeras Creek Golf Club regularly rotates vehicles in the current lead-acid golf car fleet in and out of service daily to allow for ample recharge time. “From day one, the ELiTE Series vehicles have been going around our golf course anywhere from 36 to 54 holes a day, and during that time frame, we aren’t having to recharge them,” said Rob Heslar, Director of Golf at Tijeras Creek Golf Club. “There’s a confidence factor in the ELiTE Series lithium car for me. I’m not concerned about putting my customers in an ELiTE Series golf vehicle because I know they won’t worry about becoming stranded in an uncharged vehicle.”

WEB GEMS:

HOW DO YOU REALLY FEEL? "Personally, I don't think you'll see him again this year," Perez said. "The guy can't show up to an interview!" READ MORE>>>

NOT IF, BUT WHEN: “If ever there was a golf course that was built for Rory McIlroy [with his ball striking], it was Augusta, so I imagine he will [win there one day]. Will the layoff affect him? Not at all. Not at all.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “ Since the start of last year, I don't work with anyone on my swing. The pluses are it's pretty simple. I only argue with myself about it. But the minuses are I think even if you know your swing well, and even if you can manage it, you don't have someone just to talk to about it. Just being golfers, we like to talk a lot about ourselves and our rounds and our swing, and everything. Some of it is relevant and some of it's not. But that's probably one of the minuses I think. I use my phone a lot more for videoing. I try not to ask too many people little things because I think that can lead to problems. So until I have some real issues, I'm just going to leave it that way and keep it as simple as I possibly can. I think that's a nice way to be with the golf swing.”--Adam Scott.

You may be surprised to learn the late Ken Venturi had 13 career PGA TOUR victories, one more than Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, David Duval, Bruce Lietzke, Craig Stadler and David Toms each have.

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

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 38
Thursday, February 23, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? "I always used to look. Not anymore. I used to do it every week. I've stop looking, just because it's not a very nice number to look at. It was good when it was No. 5. It was great. I used to look at it all the time but 200 doesn't sound very good, does it. So I stopped. You have to scroll down a bit. It's really annoying when you click on the page and it's like 1 to 50, 50 to 100,100 to 150. I hate going four pages down. It's miserable."

BRAIN TEASER: This two-time winner on the PGA TOUR had a heart attack during the 2016 Honda Classic. Who is he?

STANDING THE TEST OF TIME: Time is a valuable commodity. Some equate time with money. Yet, in today's world conventional thinking implies escapes should be controlled into shorter durations. Golf has long been plagued with the time it takes to play the game, especially at the professional level. Many subscribe to the belief that it influences recreational play. Earlier this week, the R&A announced it would adopt "ready golf" at this year's Amateur Championship.

"Pace of play is something that we've been talking about extensively in the last 
12 months," said R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers. "The more evidence that I've seen this year, the more I'm going to continue talking about it because I think it is increasingly important to the development of the game."

Golf isn't the only sport that is attempting to modify its product. Major League Baseball is also trying to compress the time it takes to play a game. "I've tried to be clear that our game is fundamentally sound, that it does not need to be fixed, as some people have suggested," Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball said, "and I think last season was a concrete demonstration of the potential of our game to captivate the nation and of the game's unique place in American culture. We routinely draw 75 million people live to Major League Baseball games every year and another 40 million to Minor League Baseball. No other sport has that kind of drawing power. At the same time, I believe it's a mistake to stick our head in the sand and ignore the fact that our game has changed and continues to change. It's about two things: It's about pace and action. It is about pace in the sense that we would like to take dead time out of the game. It's about action during the game that keeps fans engaged," he stated.

The average time of a game increased by 4 minutes, 28 seconds last season after a reduction of more than six minutes the year before. Baseball games are routinely more than 20 minutes longer than the average NHL game and 40 minutes longer than an average NBA game. MLB games are shorter than an average NFL game. Yet, it's much more reasonable for fans to spend three hours watching a football game once a week than every day to follow their favorite baseball team.

"There is no ideal time for that and the fact of the matter is once you induce action it's hard to predict what you're going to get in terms of time of game. But we've never thought about it that way, that's why we've stayed away from the phrase 'time of game,' as opposed to 'pace of game.'"

Golf has made a point, especially in the Tiger Woods era, to make its telecasts more available for fans to watch. The PGA TOUR began live streaming coverage on Thursdays and Fridays via Twitter at the CareerBuilder Challenge in an effort to grow its audience in the digital world. It's offered some lip service towards pace of play, yet it hasn't followed through.

At the 2016 U.S. Open, the USGA reported the organization was comfortable on Thursday and Friday pace of play of four hours and 45 minutes for a threesome. "We think 4:45 is a very reasonable time," said Mike Davis, Executive Director of the USGA. "I will also tell you that there's a lot of research that goes into this. We have this year 21 minutes worth of walking time between greens and tees (Chambers Bay). Put that in perspective. Last year at Pinehurst, we had 13 and a half minutes. Merion the year before 11 minutes. So we had to add some time to that. And then obviously it's a U.S. Open. It's a tough test of golf. But we feel that this is an appropriate time." The organization was silent on the topic in 2016 at its national championship. Meanwhile, an average 2016 Major League Baseball game was three hours and 26 seconds. Manfred's earlier comments are in an effort to a reversing trend. MLB games in 2014 lasted three hours and eight minutes and went to two hours and 56 minutes in 2015. Golf would be well advised to take such a proactive stance on this aspect of its product. In the instance of baseball, the player's association balked at agreeing to any changes in advance of the 2017 season. Yet, Manfred and company has an ace in the hole. Under its collective bargaining agreement, it can implement the changes it wants without the permission of the MLBPA in the second year of its original request. If only golf's power brokers had the same conviction and recourse to help improve its product in a world that worships under the premise of less is more. Final word goes to Manfred, but should be echoed by golf's power brokers, "I'm firmly convinced both our avid fans and casual fans want us to respond to and manage the change that's going on in the game. I'm certain that our job as stewards of the game is to be responsive to fans, and I reject the notion that we can 'educate fans' to embrace the game as it's currently played."

BROADENING GOLF’S APPEAL: “We talk about golf participation, but getting people to watch golf is also a challenge, and we’ve got to get the right product,” said Slumbers, who is now around 18 months into his tenure, having succeeded Peter Dawson following his retiral after 16 years in the post. “The people that come and watch The Open, and I would say probably the same for the Women’s Open, tend to be golf clubbers. We need to move beyond that to sports lovers, who particularly want to see the very best women play in sport and trying to get an angle from both of those is part of our business plan.” READ MORE>>>

OFF AND RUNNING: January of 2017 featured good weather across much of the United States (West Coast not withstanding), and the golf equipment business responded positively, getting off to a solid start with Consumable sales (golf balls and gloves) up over 10%, clubs growing by 9% and light durables (bags and shoes) improving by a little more than 6%. Following the good weather theme, Green Grass sales grew more than READ MORE>>>

INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE: PING has signed Gee Chun, #4 in the Rolex World Ranking, to a multi-year agreement. The South Korean was the runaway LPGA Rookie of the Year last season. “In Gee has been playing at an elite level since she turned pro in 2012, but it’s still amazing that she’s only 22 and has already won 13 times worldwide,” said PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim. “As her multiple major titles demonstrate, she has a tremendous all-around game and her consistency is what any player looks for. It seems like if she’s not winning she’s always in the mix on Sunday. We welcome the continuation of our relationship with In Gee and we look forward to watching her compete in the coming year.” Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.

MASTERS TIE IN: Golf fans love the Masters. It’s the biggest tournament of the year, every year. Lamkin is looking to cash in on fans’ love for the toonament by offering special edition versions of its Z5 and SINK grips. The Z5 Majors Edition ($7.99) is comprised of traditional green and white rubber with bright yellow paint trim and cord in the upper zones. The SINK grips (starting at $12.99) include traditional green with yellow and white accents and is available in both 11 and 13-inch options.

“The first major of the year is not only an iconic tournament, but it also signifies the beginning of the golf season in many parts of the world and we wanted to commemorate it in a fun way,” said Bob Lamkin, President and CEO of Lamkin. “The Z5 is the most advanced grip we’ve ever created and has been tremendously well received, so we’re thanking our customers by building a limited version to go along with the sought-after SINK.”

WEB GEMS:

HAPPY ENDING: I first approached Stewart Cink about doing a story on the challenging journey he and his wife, Lisa, have been navigating since she was diagnosed in April with an aggressive form of breast cancer because I thought it would be a good story to tell. As I spoke with Cink, a 20-year PGA Tour veteran and always one of the good guys in the game, I quickly discovered it not only was therapeutic for Cink to speak about the struggles, but it became a cathartic experience for me. “I learned really fast that I wasn’t ready to be out there,” Cink said. READ MORE>>>

WHO IS THE BEST OF THE BEST? Imagine the best players in golf competing at the absolute top of their games. Who's the toughest to beat? World ranking computations aside, who's the real No. 1? That question was a lot easier 10 years ago. The answer is a lot more difficult now, and it could take years to sort out. Jason Day has not won since May and still held the No. 1 ranking for 47 consecutive weeks. In this culture of short attention spans, it's easy to forget that he won seven times in 17 tournaments and at times looked unbeatable doing it. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I always used to look. Not anymore. I used to do it every week. I've stop looking, just because it's not a very nice number to look at. It was good when it was No. 5. It was great. I used to look at it all the time but 200 doesn't sound very good, does it. So I stopped. You have to scroll down a bit. It's really annoying when you click on the page and it's like 1 to 50, 50 to 100,100 to 150. I hate going four pages down. It's miserable.”--Ian Poulter

A year after suffering a heart attack on Friday of last year’s Honda Classic, Jason Bohn will make his 11th start in The Honda Classic this week. Following last year’s medical emergency, caused by a 90 percent artery blockage, he returned to competition on the PGA TOUR at the RBC Heritage in April.

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

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 37                                                         
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I have a trapped nerve in my neck. My one recommendation is surgery. At the moment, I'm going through trying to calm down the nerve with a cortisone injection. The problem I get from it is I've pins and needles; I've had numbness in my right hand. I have atrophy in my right triceps. Probably lost about five miles an hour of clubhead speed. I saw last week at the stats that I hit it 50 yards short of where Dustin did last week.”

BRAIN TEASER: Fred Couples won the Chubb Classic on the Champions Tour on Sunday. How many times has he won on the senior circuit?

JUST WIN BABY! Jason Day, former world #1 was asked what advise he would give to the current world #1 Dustin Johnson, who bumped him out of the spot he held for 47 weeks. “I haven't any advice,” said Day. “I think he's going to do just fine. I think he's won every single year that he's been out here. That's the formula. You've got to win every single year and you've got to win as much as you can. He's done such a good job of doing that, and to be able to not only do that but play well consistently, whatever he's doing, he just needs to keep doing. It seems like right where he needs to be, and if he keeps playing the way he's playing, we've got to all pick our games up to try and compete against him because he's playing some good golf.”

PREDICTABLE? Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Essentially, Pareto, an Italian economist, showed that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. He developed the principle by observing that about 20% of the peapods in his garden contained 80% of the peas. For example, it’s a popular belief that in business, "80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients." It appears the PGA TOUR may be trending in this direction as well.

Five of the seven winners in 2017 have been inside the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking entering that week’s event: Justin Thomas (SBS Tournament of Champions/then ranked 22); Thomas (Sony Open in Hawaii/12); Hideki Matsuyama (Waste Management Phoenix Open/5); Jordan Spieth (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am/6); and Dustin Johnson (Genesis Open/3). Thomas, Spieth and Matsuyama are three of the seven different players under the age of 30 that have accounted for 10 of the 14 PGA TOUR wins through the Genesis Open, including a PGA TOUR-record tying (since 1970) seven straight between The RSM Classic in November and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.

WEB GEMS:

ARE YOU READY? “Ready golf” is to be implemented at this year’s Amateur Championship as the R&A steps up its attempt to improve pace of play in golf, with chief executive Martin Slumbers insisting that players like Jason Day have a responsibility in that respect as “role models.” READ MORE>>>

IN FORE A PENNY, IN FORE A POUND? The 146th Open Championship could be the first in the event’s history to offer prize money in US dollars due to a weak pound in the wake of the Brexit vote. R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said he is considering the change in an effort to try and keep the Claret Jug joust on par with the other three majors in monetary terms. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I have a trapped nerve in my neck. My one recommendation is surgery. At the moment, I'm going through trying to calm down the nerve with a cortisone injection. The problem I get from it is I've pins and needles; I've had numbness in my right hand. I have atrophy in my right triceps. Probably lost about five miles an hour of clubhead speed. I saw last week at the stats that I hit it 50 yards short of where Dustin did last week.”--Padraig Harrington.

His win at the Clubb Classic was Fred Couples’ 12th victory on PGA TOUR Champions, and first since he defeated Billy Andrade in a playoff to win the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic. His 12 wins came in 81 starts. On the PGA TOUR, Couples has 15 career victories in 612 starts.

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

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 36                                                         
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There's still moments of sadness and we obviously miss him. We all miss him; it's not just me. People come up and say ‘I'm so sorry for your loss.’ The truth is we all lost somebody that meant a great deal to us and did a lot for all of us. It's not just me. If I look at it subjectively as a young guy that plays on the PGA Tour, I owe my entire career to him. We're all out here because of what he did.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player has posted 29 consecutive rounds under par. Can you name who it is?

WELCOME TO THE CLUB: Bridget Jackson MBE, Hon D.Sc. (Birmingham) and José María Olazábal have accepted invitations to become Honorary Members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. During a notable amateur career, Jackson played in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland on three occasions and was selected as an England international nine times. She has served as Chair and President of the English Ladies Golf Association and President of the Ladies’ Golf Union. She was made a MBE in 2003 for her services to women’s golf. Born in Birmingham, England in 1936, Jackson won the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship in 1954 and two years later triumphed in the English Ladies Closed Championship and German Ladies Championship. She won the Canadian Ladies Championship in 1967. Initially included as a reserve in the GB&I team for the 1958 Curtis Cup against the United States, the withdrawal of Philomena Garvey led to Jackson playing in the match for the first time. She would also play for GB&I in the Curtis Cup in 1964 and 1968, and the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe on four occasions. In 1973 and 1975, she was the non-playing captain of winning GB&I teams in the Vagliano Trophy.

In 1964, Jackson was selected as playing captain by England to play in the first ever Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships, winning a bronze medal. She also won the Home Internationals with England on six occasions.
Following a successful playing career, Jackson became a talented golf administrator and was chair of the English Ladies Golf Association from 1971-72 and President from 1993-95. She became President of the Ladies’ Golf Union in 1998 and subsequently an Honorary Vice-President. She has also been President of Handsworth Golf Club and Royal St David’s Golf Club.

“I am delighted to accept this invitation to become an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club,” said Jackson. “I have been fortunate to be involved in golf throughout my life and have always enjoyed being able to give something back to the game. I look forward to representing the club and playing my part in continuing its great tradition of supporting golf.”

Olazábal has won 30 professional tournaments during his career, including the Masters in 1994 and 1999. He was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. Born in Fuenterrabia, Spain in 1966, Olazábal made an early impression as an amateur golfer, winning the Italian Open Amateur Championship, Spanish Open Amateur Championship and Boys Amateur Championship in 1983. The following season, aged 18, the Spaniard defeated Colin Montgomerie 5&4 in the 36-hole final of The Amateur Championship at Formby and successfully defended the Spanish Amateur title. A year later he won the Silver Medal as the leading amateur in The Open at Royal St George's and the British Youths Open Amateur Championship at Ganton. That makes Olazábal the only amateur golfer to have won all of the R&A medals for which he was eligible to compete.

Olazábal also represented the Continent of Europe in both the St Andrews Trophy (1984) and Jacques Leglise Trophy (1981, 82, 83) international matches against Great Britain and Ireland. Joining the professional ranks in 1986, he finished second behind close friend Severiano Ballesteros in the European Tour Order of Merit, and repeated the feat three years later. He went on to win 23 tournaments on the European Tour. He would also win on the PGA Tour six times and twice on the Japan Golf Tour.

Olazábal secured his first Major Championship in 1994 after winning the Masters with a nine-under-par total, two strokes ahead of American Tom Lehman. In doing so, he became the only winner of The Amateur Championship in the post-war era to win a Major Championship, a record that still stands. Five years later, he won his second Masters title. Between 1987 and 2006, Olazábal made seven appearances for Europe in the Ryder Cup, winning on three occasions. He went on to captain Europe in the ‘Miracle of Medinah’ match in 2012 when the team, facing a 10 – 6 deficit on the final day, rallied in the singles matches to win 14½ – 13½ against the United States

“I am thrilled and extremely proud to become an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews,” said José María Olazábal. “Winning The R&A’s amateur championships and the Silver Medal in The Open were huge achievements for me and gave me a tremendous boost in the early stages of my career. It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of so many of golf’s great champions in becoming part of the Club’s celebrated history.” 

ROYAL GEORGE, BY GEORGE! One of the world’s great sporting events will return to the south east of England in 2020 when The 149th Open is played at Royal St George’s. The Open will return to the historic Kent links for the 15th time. “We are very much looking forward to the return of The Open to Royal St George’s in 2020,” said Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A. “The Open is a true celebration of sport and the global spotlight will fall once again on Sandwich. Royal St George’s has produced a series of outstanding Champion Golfers over the last 120 years and it is a thrilling prospect for golf fans to see the greatest players competing on one of the world’s finest links courses.”

James Furber, the Captain of Royal St George’s, said, “We are delighted and honored to be invited to host The Open in 2020. This is tremendous news for the Club and a wonderful commercial opportunity for Sandwich, Thanet and Kent. The Club is most grateful to all those in the local authorities and the local MP’s who have worked so hard with us over the last few years to bring this about. We look forward to working with The R&A and others over the next three years to deliver one of the world’s most prestigious championships in 2020.”

Paul Carter CBE, Leader of Kent County Council, said, “We are absolutely delighted that we have secured The Open in 2020 at Royal St George’s. In 2011 there were over 180,000 visitors to The Open, and an extra 37,000 passengers travelled on the special High Speed train service from London St Pancras. The benefits to the tourist economy was massive, amounting to over £64 million. Significant transport improvements were needed to improve spectator flows in and out of Royal St George’s and KCC has played a leading role in facilitating partnership funding with the Local Enterprise Partnership and District Councils.”

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming The Open back to Sandwich in 2020. It’s the biggest sporting event to come to the region and provides the perfect showcase for Dover and the wider East Kent area. We’re proud to have some of the world’s finest links courses and The Open always provides a huge boost to the local economy.  We look forward to working with The R&A and partners to deliver another outstanding event in 2020.”

Christian Brodie, Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, added, “The Open is one of the country’s iconic sporting events and it’s fantastic news that Royal St George’s will host it again. The Open in 2016 was worth an estimated £110 million to Troon and Scotland and in 2020 it will present us with an opportunity to highlight the economic opportunities for business to invest in East Kent to a global audience.” The 149th Open will be played from 12-19 July 2020.

THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT YEAR! Playing on a sponsor invitation, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters finished in a two-way tie for second at the 2017 Genesis Open. He collected 245 non-member FedExCup points, taking his total to 306. Pieters, who will compete in this week’s The Honda Classic and the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship the following week, requires an additional 13 points to match the points earned by the player at No. 150 in last season’s FedExCup standings (319 by Greg Owen) to become eligible for Special Temporary Membership to the PGA TOUR. When questioned on his plans to join the PGA TOUR, Pieters replied, “I love playing in Europe. If that gets my card or gets close and I can maybe lock up my card in the next three, four starts, then that will be good, but it's not going to change for this year probably. It will just make my schedule a little bit easier next year I think.”

GET WITH THE PROGRAM! The club scheduled to host the golf at the 2020 Tokyo Games must allow women to have full membership or organizers will have to find another venue, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates told Reuters on Monday. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

LOOKING FOR RESULTS THROUGH CHANGE: Adam Scott will revamp his 2017 major championship schedule in a bid to add to his historic 2013 Masters title. "If you look at my major results the last two years, it hasn't been getting better; it's been getting worse --- so I had to make some changes," he said. READ MORE>>>

BUCKET LIST? Rory McIlroy teed it up with the president of the United States, Donald Trump on Sunday morning at Trump International. McIlroy rode in the cart for all 18 holes with the president, and told No Laying Up the following: “He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70’s!” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “There's still moments of sadness and we obviously miss him. We all miss him; it's not just me. People come up and say ‘I'm so sorry for your loss.’ The truth is we all lost somebody that meant a great deal to us and did a lot for all of us. It's not just me. If I look at it subjectively as a young guy that plays on the PGA Tour, I owe my entire career to him. We're all out here because of what he did.”--Sam Saunders on his grandfather, Arnold Palmer.

Bernhard Langer is tied for ninth after carding a second-round 68, his 29th consecutive round under par. The streak began with the first round of last year’s Boeing Classic, and in that span his scoring average is 67.34

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

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 35                                                         
Monday, February 20, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think it was a step of healing for me. I think the other piece of it was really that everything publicly, because of me playing golf and everything, was all about my dad dying and my dad lived a great life for 60-some years. So I think we wanted to and I wanted to show the world who he really was, and too often in tragic situations and suicide it becomes just about how they died.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many times did Dustin Johnson win on the PGA TOUR in 2016?

PROMOTION: PUMA has appointed Bob Philion President of PUMA North America. In addition to his new role with PUMA North America, Philion will continue leading the global COBRA PUMA GOLF business. He replaces Jay Piccola who is retiring after a career of nearly 20 years of continuous service to PUMA.

Philion has been part of the PUMA family since 2005 and comes to the role from COBRA PUMA GOLF where he led PUMA’s acquisition of Cobra in 2010 and has served as President and CEO for the past seven years. In addition to his new role with PUMA North America, Philion will continue leading the global COBRA PUMA GOLF business.

“With Bob we have found a leader within the PUMA family who understands not just the North American market but also PUMA globally,” said Bjoern Gulden, CEO & Chairman of the Administrative Board for PUMA. “I am convinced that Bob is the right person to continue the current momentum for the brand.”

IRISH EYES AREN’T SMILING: Around 20 staff at specialist golf supply firm Nevada Bob's may be made redundant after it pulled down the shutters this week on its stores at Boucher Crescent in Belfast and Balloo in Bangor. The company, which billed itself as Northern Ireland's premier golf retailer, has been operating for more than a decade. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Dustin Johnson’s win at the 2017 Genesis Open was never in question. What was was if it would happen on Sunday due the interruptions Mother Nature provided. With his victory, Johnson moves into the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Johnson is also in rare company as he joins Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as players to have won at least once on the PGA TOUR each of their first 10 seasons on TOUR. Here is what Dustin Johnson had in his bag at the 2017 Genesis Open:

Driver: TaylorMade 2017 M1 (10.5 degrees)
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M2 Tour (3HL, 16.5 degrees)
Hybrids:
Irons: TaylorMade UDi (2), TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB ’14 (3-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52-09 and 60-10)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black
Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Dustin Johnson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 21
Pars: 47
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 267

WEB GEMS:

BACK IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: Fred Couples won the Chubb Classic on Sunday for his 12th PGA Tour Champions title and first since 2014, rallying to beat Miguel Angel Jimenez at TwinEagles. READ MORE>>>

SACRILEGE! The Queen’s private Balmoral golf course is being opened to the public. Normally only open to the royal family, staff and their guests, visiting golfers will now be allowed a round on the nine-hole course for £200 for four players. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think it was a step of healing for me. I think the other piece of it was really that everything publicly, because of me playing golf and everything, was all about my dad dying and my dad lived a great life for 60-some years. So I think we wanted to and I wanted to show the world who he really was, and too often in tragic situations and suicide it becomes just about how they died.”--Billy Hurley III on his motivation to publish his letter to his deceased father in the Players Tribune.

Dustin Johnson, the new world #1, won three times in 2016. His first victory came at the U.S. Open followed by the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and BMW Championship.

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