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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 162                                                       
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm actually more looking forward to 2015 and after these next few events, after The Ryder Cup, I'll probably take the rest of the year off, work on my fitness, work on my golf game and really focus on 2015 because 2015 is when the points start accumulating really for the Olympics. I don't know why that's important to me but it is. I want to be a 46-year-old Olympian, that's pretty cool.”


BRAIN TEASER: Which player do you think has produced the most sub 70 rounds during the FedExCup playoffs from 2007-2013?

WE CAUGHT IT: PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim released a statement on status of the company’s Ketsch putters: “In the highly-praised Ketsch putter, which is widely used on Tours around the world, our internal team recently determined the grooves in the face technology are deeper than intended. As a result, we suspended production and shipments of the putter. Today, (August 19th) we are announcing the Ketsch putter is returning to production and will soon be available with new grooves.

“Since this affects all Ketsch putters (standard and counter-balanced), we are providing current owners of the putter a gift of $30. Ketsch putters currently available for purchase at golf shops (shipped by PING before production was suspended) are eligible for the gift. Details on how to receive the gift will be communicated over the coming weeks.

“We are also confirming all Ketsch putters conform to the Rules of Golf. As a company built on standing behind the technology and performance of its products, we thank our customers for their continued loyalty and support.”

It's important to note that the existing Ketsch putter is and always was conforming under the rules of golf. The company found the grooves didn't meet its tolerance for depth and elected to notify the trade and consumers of its findings. More than likely most players will continue using the Ketsch without much thought regarding the groove depth. However, PING decided to do the right thing by letting people know and the opportunity to receive a $30 gift in the future.


THE TREND ISN’T A FRIEND: Dick's Sporting Goods Inc is throwing in the towel on golf. Reeling from a months long decline in sales, mounting inventories, and little recovery in participation rates in the sport, the retailer said it expects to cut back the category to about 10% of its business over the next three to four years from 15% today and 20% a few years ago. "Golf, from a participation standpoint and how it translates to retail, is in a structural decline, and we don't see that changing," said Joseph Schmidt, the company's chief operating officer. READ MORE>>>

BULKING UP: Nike Golf pulled out its bug guns to introduce its newest product, the Vapor Iron family, slated to arrive at retail in October in the United States and the end of January 2015 in Europe. While the dog days of summer linger on to the delight of baseball fans and students looking to avoid the first day of school, Nike Golf is fast-forwarding to later this year. The recreational playing season of 2014 will be in the rear view mirror when the Vapors Irons arrive at American retailers and its quite likely the buzz generated with the help of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Fallon will be forgotten. In an attention deficit society that can only recall the here and now, Fallon used his Tonight Show platform to introduced the Vapor Irons along with his special guests. Credit Nike Golf as being the only equipment vaporcompany that could leverage a late night show to help introduce a new product. In the good old days that time slot was reserved for infomercials that promised similar performance enhancements! Woods and McIlroy were granted face time on ESPN Sports Center and CNBC to help elevate the company’s agenda. While the questions were focused on the individuals, the brand was pushed to the back despite the one of a kind Vapor hat each wore for their respective interviews.

Without further ado, Nike Golf has created three new sets of irons that it will release in October to Americans. Timing aside, the Vapor Irons represent one component in Nike Golf’s master plan for 2015 to help drive its business. According to Nike Golf, building a better iron starts with listening to the voice of the athlete. It said, when studying Tiger's blades, Nike Golf’s team noticed that the wear pattern was directly on the center of the clubface, not trending towards the heel where the bulk of the club's weight is carried and where he could achieve a more efficient strike. Quick show of hands, how many hit it like Tiger? How many play a traditional blade iron? Nike said it noticed Tiger’s wear patterns. What took so long? He’s been on the payroll for more than a decade!

"We had this idea, if we moved the CG towards the center of the face that it would have more impact and more mass right behind the golf ball. And it worked. I was able to hit the ball a little bit further, it came off more solid, and the amazing thing is the ball flew better," said Tiger. Nike said it began drilling holes towards the toe of his irons and filling it with a weighted tungsten plug, which led to what its calling Modern Muscle technology. The company said this term that it has coined, represents an updated design method that pushes weight to the toe of the club, shifting the center of gravity to the middle of the clubface. Modern Muscle technology will be available in all three members of the Nike Vapor Iron Family - the Vapor Pro, Vapor Pro Combo and Vapor Speed. No word on the pricing for the product or whether retailers are expecting any slow down in current sales of Nike irons as the world awaits the arrival of Vapor!

SCORING, PRESENTED BY CLEVELAND GOLF: Wouldn’t it be nice if you knew in advance what is required to win? Often it isn’t clear cut to see who will come out on top as more often than not its impossible to predict what anyone is going to do over 72 holes. Adam Scott won the 2013 Barclays and his statistical breakdown showed he was 42 of 56 (75.0 percent) in driving accuracy, which ranked him T11. He averaged 298.9 yards off the tee and was 50 for 72 (69.4 percent) in greens in regulation. His driving distance was respectable but not nothing necessarily special as he ranked 21st, but his greens in regulation was good enough for 4th in the field. Scott has never been known for his putting since his full swing often gets rave reviews. He needed 113 putts to win last year’s Barclays, which ranked him T40 in the field. Yet, he managed to get the job done. In fact, he entered the final round T13 and trailed Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland by six strokes. A bogey-free 5-under 66 led to a one-stroke victory over Tiger Woods, Woodland, Graham DeLaet and Justin Rose. Scott can thank the par 5s for his win as he played them 8-under par for the week. He managed to play the par 4s in 3-under, which lead to his winning total of 11 under par. “I was thinking, I'm lucky to even have a chance, I started today on a wing and a prayer I thought. I played a good round of golf but I didn't think it was good enough, but the closing holes threw up a challenge on these guys and luck was definitely on my side today,” Scott said a year ago after being declared the winner. “I'm pretty shocked. There were so many guys out there with a chance and really didn't think I had much of a chance. You know, if you hang around the lead long enough, you're going to win some, you're going to lose some and this one went my way, so I'm really fortunate that it did and really happy to get another win this year.” You never know what it’s going to take from one week to the next. In part that’s what makes winning so special!


THERE’S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR! Phil Mickelson has already written off 2014. That is not speculation or conjecture, it is fact. Mickelson himself admitted as much on Tuesday afternoon, standing in the thicket of towering oak trees off the right side of the 18th fairway at Ridgewood Country Club. He admits that this season has been one to forget. That even though he almost won a PGA Championship in the process, he arrives at The Barclays this week to begin the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs already looking ahead to next year. READ MORE>>>

MEA CULPA: After he said he acted like a child during the PGA Championship, Bubba Watson has been trying to man up ever since. Two weeks ago at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville at the last major championship of the season, Watson, who has struggled with his behavior in the past on numerous occasions, was an easy target for critics. READ MORE>>>

BACK IN THE GAME: Chalk this up to one of the more bizarre injuries in golf. Matt Kuchar missed the final major of the year when his back locked up on him from having to sit too long in traffic. Adding to this forgettable tale: He was shopping for a slip-and-slide. READ MORE>>>

TAX DOLLARS HARD AT WORK! Scottsdale will contribute up to $75,000 in tax dollars toward the Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament, which takes place this fall at the Desert Mountain Golf Club. The Scottsdale City Council, at a meeting on Aug. 18, agreed to sponsor the PGA Tour-produced championship using the city's bed tax funds, once certain criteria are met. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm actually more looking forward to 2015 and after these next few events, after The Ryder Cup, I'll probably take the rest of the year off, work on my fitness, work on my golf game and really focus on 2015 because 2015 is when the points start accumulating really for the Olympics. I don't know why that's important to me but it is. I want to be a 46-year-old Olympian, that's pretty cool.”--Phil Mickelson.

Steve Stricker has the most sub-70 rounds in the FEC from 2007 to 2013 at 62. His nearest competitor is Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk, who both have delivered 52 times followed by Adam Scott at 50. No. 103, this year, Steve Stricker is absence this week at The Barclays, thus his seven-year streak of qualifying for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola will end in 2014. Stricker has played a limited schedule the last two years and also dealing.








Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 161                                                       
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The United States has been a great place for me and gave me an education, gave me a degree, an opportunity to fulfill my dreams playing on the PGA TOUR, be a PGA TOUR winner.”


BRAIN TEASER: Five players have had at least 1 top 10 finish in each year of the FedExCup Playoffs since 2009. But, only one player has at least 1 top 10 finish each year of the Playoffs’ inception in 2007. Who is it?

PALMER RECEIVES A PACEMAKER: Arnold Palmer had successful pacemaker implant surgery on Monday at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh to correct an abnormal heartbeat. He will remain in the hospital for observation overnight and is expected to be released Tuesday. On September 10th, Palmer will turn 85.


THE BEST IS YET TO COME: Brandt Snedeker came up short in his bod to win the Wyndham Championship. A T5 finish isn’t anything to be ashamed of, yet Snedeker has bigger plans for himself. “Kind of a lackluster day for me. Hit it pretty good, gave myself a bunch of chances and didn't keep up with it. Very disappointing but in good forms and excited about playing the next couple of weeks,” he said after signing for a final round score of 67.

Snedeker’s optimism is due in part to his recent work with Butch Harmon. “He's helped a lot. It's leaps and bounds in the time. I'm a lot more confident than I was. I have a great idea of what I need to do. I feel like my game is good enough to go against anybody in the world as long as I'm putting good,” he said. “You know it's unbelievable the track record with the guys helping them get better. He's great mentally, too. He's seen all, been through it all. Knows it all. A good help,” he added. Snedeker acknowledged he’s lost count how many times he’s seen Harmon since they’ve begun to work together. “Quite a few, between Majors and going to Vegas and stuff like that. Very minor stuff, nothing major. We hadn't been overhauling anything,” he explained. “Just trying to get the way I work the golf ball a little differently than I was before, trying to get more through it, trying to let the club release a little differently than I used to releasing leasing. Hitting the ball lower and further.”

Snedeker wouldn’t mind a trip to Scotland at the end of September, but realizes he has some work to do before he can expect a call from Tom Watson. “I'm obviously playing better, playing in good form but you need to put yourself in a contention and win to impress the Captain. I didn't do that today (Sunday). I need to go do that the next two weeks,” he said.

YOU’RE NOT GETTING OLDER, YOU’RE GETTING BETTER! Bernhard Langer earned a check for $277,500 for his win at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and increased his 2014 Champions Tour earnings to $2,652,520, the most money earned in a year by a player since Hale Irwin pocketed a record $3,028,304 in 2002. Langer’s previous personal-best single-season earnings was $2,648,939 in 2010

Langer’s final round 66 was his 10th consecutive score in the 60s and for the first time in his career, he was bogey-free in a Champions Tour event. It also marked the third time this year that a Champions Tour event has had a player play all 54 holes without making a bogey. Langer has now gone 93 consecutive holes at Enjoie (venue of the Dicks Sporting Goods Open) without making a bogey and has a current streak of 65 straight holes without a bogey going into this week’s Boeing Classic. “We can still get better at our age, we can improve our swings, our techniques, our short games, our mental part, everywhere. If you can improve five or 10 percent or even a small percentage, you're going to shoot lower scores. I feel this year I'm putting a little bit better,” Langer remarked after his win.


A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: Rory McIlroy has had a year to remember after winning both The Open and the PGA Championship this year, and the world No 1 appeared to be in the mood to celebrate as he and a pal joined a group of pretty girls at the Lowry hotel in Manchester at 3am on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

WRITING ON THE WALL: Tiger Woods has revealed he pulled out of the Ryder Cup because he did not feel he could have won a point for the USA. Woods last week withdrew himself from contention for the competition, which gets under way at Gleneagles in Scotland on 23 September, and has ruled himself out of action until December as he attempts to get to the root cause of persistent back problems.

“Physically, I couldn’t do it,” Woods, 38, told Sky Sports News of his decision to inform USA captain Tom Watson he was unavailable. “I wouldn’t be ready, and not being able to be there for my team-mates, the captain, assistant captain and everyone that’s involved in the event, I just wouldn’t be ready and I just couldn’t help the team.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The United States has been a great place for me and gave me an education, gave me a degree, an opportunity to fulfill my dreams playing on the PGA TOUR, be a PGA TOUR winner.”--Camilo Villegas after his win at the Wyndham Championship.

Phil Mickelson is the only player with at least 1 top 10 finish each year of the Playoffs.
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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 160                                                       
Monday, August 18, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Just the nature of the game. Ups, downs, good years, average years, bad years. And if you ask any player out in the field everybody wants to play better. The game has been good to me. I have no complaints. Do I want to play better? Yes. Do I feel like I have played to my potential the last two and a half years? No. But again, it's not everything about golf. You got to be little bit easy on yourself and just enjoy life.”


BRAIN TEASER: Can you guess how many PGA TOUR starts Camilo Villegas had between recording victories?

SURPRISES STILL HAPPEN: Gunn Yang, 20, of the Republic of Korea, defeated Corey Conners, of Canada, 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final match Sunday to win the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club’s 7,208-yard, par-71 Highlands Course. “I was just trying to make it to the match-play portion, really,” said Yang, a San Diego State University sophomore who had back surgery in May 2013. “That was the goal, first of all. And then when I made it to the match play, I was like, maybe I can do this. I was just trying to go through by every single match, just trying to play my game and trying to see how it goes, and I got the trophy. So, I'm really excited and really happy about it.”

Yang, who grew up in Korea and played competitive amateur golf in Australia for five years, is the second Korean-born player to win the U.S. Amateur, joining Byeong-Hun “Ben” An, who claimed the title at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., in 2009.
Conners, 22, a recent graduate of Kent State University in Ohio who lost to eventual champion Matt Fitzpatrick in the 2013 semifinals, was vying to become the first Canadian winner since Gary Cowan in 1971. He was the first player since Patrick Cantlay in 2010 (semifinals) and 2011 (final) to advance to at least the semifinals in back-to-back years.

Yang, who was playing in his first U.S. Amateur after qualifying on July 21 at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif., held a 1-up lead through the morning 18 holes. He never trailed in the match.

“I haven't won a tournament for a long time, like maybe five or six years,” said Gunn. “I was going through my injury, also. I was just trying to play my game. Obviously, it just popped in my head that if I beat Corey, then I win the trophy. But, I was just trying to concentrate and just trying to hit balls and just put it next to the hole and make the putt.”

Conners, a member of the Canadian national team, won the first hole of the afternoon 18 to square the match and that status held until Yang won the 24th and 25th holes for a 2-up advantage. Yang led 1 up through 28 holes when the match was suspended at 4:25 p.m. because of dangerous weather. Both players had hit their drives in the fairway on the 29th hole. Play resumed at 6:02 p.m.

“He struck the ball great,” Conners said of Yang. “He made a lot of key putts when he needed to and didn't really have any weaknesses out there. He didn't give me any openings to climb through.”

Yang’s 18-foot birdie putt on the 32nd hole pushed him to 2-up. Conners, the Mid-American Conference co-player of the year, missed birdie opportunities on the next three holes and Yang’s two-putt for a halving par on the par-3, 35th hole closed the match.
“Especially the second round, I had a lot of looks for birdie,” Conners said. “I had a bunch of birdie tries. I thought I hit nice putts. They just slipped by and that was kind of frustrating not to have any of those drop and win some holes.”

Yang receives a gold medal and custody of the Havemeyer Trophy for the next year. By virtue of reaching the U.S. Amateur Championship final, Yang and Conners each earned an exemption into the 2015 U.S. Open – provided they remain amateurs – and a likely invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament. The champion receives an exemption into the 2015 British Open Championship. All quarterfinalists earn an exemption into the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.


ANYTHING CHANGE? Sang-Moon Bae is the only player in the field to move from outside the top 125 to inside the top 125 in FedExCup points standings after the Wyndham Championship. Nicholas Thompson was the only player to drop from inside the top 125. Four players will retain exempt status for the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR Season based on official money earnings: Nicholas Thompson, Jim Renner, Mike Weir and Charlie Beljan. Players outside of the 125th spot in the FedExCup standings, but inside the top 125 on the money list will miss the Playoffs but will be exempt for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR Season.

HOW SWEDE IT IS! Sweden’s Oskar Bergqvist won the 2014 Boys Amateur Championship on Sunday after a closely contested Final with Ireland’s Rowan Lester at Prestwick. Strong winds buffeted the Ayrshire links for the duration of the Final creating testing conditions for both competitors. In the morning round Bergqvist was the quickest to adapt and had gained a two hole advantage over his Irish opponent by the time the pair reached the 7th tee as both players struggled amidst wind gusts reaching 50 mph.

boyschampThe turning point in the match came on the par-4 35th hole when Bergqvist played three excellent shots for birdie and Lester laid up to avoid the cavernous Sahara bunker on Prestwick’s famous 17th hole before missing his putt to save par. With Bergqvist one ahead Lester was unable to find the birdie he needed on the last hole to keep the match alive and the Swede closed out the match as the 2014 champion. ““To win means a lot to me, it’s a very big step for me in golf and it has given me a lot of confidence about my game,” said Bergqvist afterwards. “I think it’s a really good achievement for golf in Sweden to have a Swedish player win such an important tournament. Amateur golf is so big here in the UK so to become the Boys Amateur Champion here is very good.”

““Naturally I am quite disappointed to have lost but I only lost by a hole if you think about it, so I’m happy with the week,” said Lester. ““I finished tied third in the stroke play, which is big for me as well. Getting through to the Final and beating some big guys along the way is a great achievement.”

Bergqvist, who finished tied for ninth place in last week’s European Amateur Championship at the Duke’s Course near St Andrews, followed in the footsteps of players such as José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia in winning the Boys Amateur Championship and has earned a place in the 2015 Amateur Championship at Carnoustie. The Peter Garner Bowl, which is awarded to the player in the under-17 age group that progresses furthest in the championship, was awarded to Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan who reached the Quarter Finals.

WINNER’S CLUBS: It was a bumpy week for TaylorMade when it announced a 15% reduction in its work force. However, Camilo Villegas has helped to turn the tone back to a more positive one for both him and his equipment sponsor with his win at the Wyndham Championship. Going into the event, Villegas had made 17 cuts in 25 starts this season, but was looking for his first top-10 finish. He has been in search of his first win on TOUR since the 2010 Honda Classic. Mission accomplished, thanks largely to opening and closing scores of 63.

Villegas won playing a TaylorMade Driver: TaylorMade JetSpeed (HL, 13 degrees) driver with a  Matrix Ozik TP7 XX shaft. He also used a TaylorMade SLDR (3HL 17 degrees, 5HL 21 degrees) with Matrix Ozik Code-8 shafts and a TaylorMade Rescue (5 hybrid, 24 degrees). He carried TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB (4-PW) irons with Royal Precision Rifle 6.5 shafts and TaylorMade TP xFT (54, 58, 60) wedges also with Royal Precision Rifle 6.5 shafts. His putter was a Scotty Cameron SB+ Tour Only model and he won playing the TaylorMade Tour Preferred golf ball.

Camilo Villegas’ Numbers for the Week:
Eagles: 2
Birdies: 17
Pars: 49
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 263

Camilo Villegas’– Wyndham Championship Statistics
Driving Accuracy 43 of 56 (76.8%) T5
Greens in Regulation 56 of 72 (77.8%) T8
Total Putts 116 T24
Driving Distance 300.9 39th
Strokes Gained – Putting .954/Avg. 16th

Villegas 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Season starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 26-18-1-1.

Marc Warren carded a final round 68 on the European Tour to earn a 2-shot win at the Made in Denmark tournament. Warren is the first player to win playing the new Big Bertha V Series Driver (9.5-degree) in the bag. “Driving the ball has been really good this summer. I put a new Callaway V series driver in the bag last week. And I took massive confidence from it. It was a tight course and then a lot of wind this week, so to drive as well as I did has been great. That has been the key this weekend,” Warren said after his win in Denmark. Saturday’s round was marked with gusts measured at 30 mph.

Warren won his third European Tour title and first since winning the 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship playing a Big Bertha Fairway Wood (16-degree) along with an X Utility Prototype Irons (18-degree and 21-degree). He carried X Forged '13 Irons (4-9) and Mack Daddy 2 Wedges. He used an Odyssey Prototype iX #1 Putter and won with a  Callaway SR 3 golf ball. “It feels incredible. I felt the last couple of years I’ve been close to winning a couple of times but for whatever reason it hasn’t quite happened for me, whether I’ve made mistakes or someone else has played really well. This summer I fell more confident that I’ve ever done. I kept telling myself I was swinging the club really well and I was confident in what I was doing. I was happy to see the win come up as it would be difficult for someone to come out the pack,” he remarked after his victory.


LIFE THERE AFTER: Between 1995 and 2000—at the height of the rivalry between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, and concurrent with the professional debut of the Williams sisters—the number of recreational tennis players increased 28.5%, from nearly 18 million to nearly 23 million, while the number of recreational golfers increased only seven percent, from 23.7 million to 25.4 million. Recreational golf's growth after Tiger burst onto the scene was not especially remarkable even by the sport's own standards. Compared with the three-percent increase in participation between 1990 and 1995, the actual "Tiger effect" fell short of the rapturous expectations: Woods was a prodigy, not a prophet. READ MORE>>>

FOR BETTER OR WORSE? Is Tiger a victim? More specifically, is Tiger’s golf game a victim? A victim of what you probably ask? After all, there have been so many controversies in Tiger’s life how could one be singled out above all others. The gambit of possible influences range from injuries, his personal life, relationships with instructors, having so many different swings or just generally all that goes with being such a huge celebrity and living under a never ending microscope. Rather than delving into the often mentioned and over analyzed, let us take a look at what has become a common methodology for teaching the game and explore its manifestations as it relates to the role of individual intuition and competing at the highest level. Then, with that established, take a closer look at how Tiger’s desire to continue to improve by committing to swing changes with multiple teachers may have had an undesired effect. READ MORE>>>

CRAZY GOOD: Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to drop into a tie for seventh. The 56-year-old Langer played all 54 holes without a bogey, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O'Meara. Langer finished at 16-under 200 at En-Joie for his 23rd career victory on the 50-and-over tour. READ MORE>>>

BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR: Pádraig Harrington has lost his PGA Tour card for next year after missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina on Friday evening. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Just the nature of the game. Ups, downs, good years, average years, bad years. And if you ask any player out in the field everybody wants to play better. The game has been good to me. I have no complaints. Do I want to play better? Yes. Do I feel like I have played to my potential the last two and a half years? No. But again, it's not everything about golf. You got to be little bit easy on yourself and just enjoy life.”--Camilo Villegas, after his round at the Wyndham Championship.

Camilo Villegas breaks a winless spell of 116 PGA TOUR starts, dating to the 2010 Honda Classic. He was ranked 292 in the world at the end of 2013 and moved to 254 when he teed it up at Greensboro.








Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 159                                                       
Friday, August 15, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Eighty percent of the people out here don’t care what you shoot and the other 20 percent wish it was worse.”


BRAIN TEASER: One player in this week’s field named one of their children after the Wyndham Championship. Who is it?

GOOD PLAYER ALERT! Callaway Golf is looking for better players to migrate into its latest iron offering. The company continues to push forward its product introductions, in part taking advantage of its vast research and development resources to distance itself from its competitors. In July of 2013, Callaway’s CEO, Chip Brewer talked about mid season new product launches and how it fits into the company’s financial plans. “The scale of a midseason launch is sometimes smaller than a launch that might occur in a January time period. The profitability, the relative profitability is the same. And there are successful product launches in this industry that occur in all different seasons,” Brewer explained. “Callaway has not had a history of launching products around this time. I have in my past and many of the other big brands have. So this is not a strange item for the industry in general. And I wouldn't say we're going to quicken or slow down the pace of products. We're going to be apexmba little bit unpredictable on that front and we're going to be responsive to opportunities as they present themselves either based on the markets or technologies that come forward. So no clear pattern will be coming forward there other than a strong desire and commitment to bring energy to the marketplace, grow brand momentum and possibly grow market share,” he promised.

In August of 2014, Callaway announced the Big Bertha V Series and now it’s following it up with two new irons: Apex UT and Apex MB. In late 2013, Callaway introduced Apex back into the marketplace with a standard and pro set. It appeals to select group of players and the latest offerings continue along that theme.

The Apex Muscleback Irons have Tour player written all over them. According to the company, the MBs were inspired by Tour player feedback. According to Callaway, the long story short is the world’s best players wanted the precision of a blade with some playability sprinkled in, which was the impetus for the product creation. The Apex Muscleback irons are custom order ONLY, which is a big change from the way Callaway has conducted a product launch. The pricing is $1,099 per set.

The new Apex Utility Irons are loaded up on technology and forged precision, according to Callaway Golf. Precision, versatility, better distance gapping, and forgiveness are all staples of these new additions to the Apex Family, Callaway promises. And if you’re looking for a high technology alternative to hybrids or long irons, then these might get your attention. The Apex UT irons feature sole weighting, which Callaway said lowers the center of gravity so that these utility irons are easier to hit and easier to launch. The Hollow Body construction is there to increase forgiveness in a traditional long iron shape, Callaway said. The Apex UT irons come standard in a KBS Tour-V or UST Recoil 680 F4 Shaft, but additional offerings are available at no extra charge. Available in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees, the Apex UT is priced at $229 per club.


WHO KNEW? It’s only when we stop and take a look back do we see how much has changed. While golf laments its challenges in growing the game, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t grown! The PGA TOUR has seen dramatic growth on many different levels in a relatively short period of time. Davis Love III has reached a formidable plateau in his personal career as he’s played in 700 PGA TOUR events. He is one person that can reflect back on what life was like before versus now on the TOUR. “Little things like we would have to drive back out to the clubhouse and go walk up to the scoreboard to see what your tee time was the next day if your hotel didn't get the tee time for you. There was no text messaging -- like we know the horn is going to go off before it goes off if you're looking at your phone you know because they're going to text you that play is suspended and back then you had -- you really didn't have any idea. It was hard to find your tee time,” Love acknowledged.

“Sometimes you're guessing, calling the newspaper to find out what your tee time was the next day. Literally, it was a different world, you know, and all the scores were put up on the scoreboard. There was no Internet to see where you stood, what the cut was going to be,” he continued.

“The Tour has just grown so much bigger. We were laughing the other day that golf and NASCAR used to be last two things on Sports Center, if they put them on. Now they're up at the front. It's amazing, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, John Daly and now Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy are superstars in the world of sports and they're the lead-in,” he said. “Rory McIlroy is now the hottest thing going. Talking about him almost as much as LeBron James, and talking about Tiger as much as LeBron James. It's incredible that our sport has grown that much. We've always had really good fan support I think at events. Obviously if Tiger and Rory are playing in a big city they get a little bit bigger crowd but I don't think that's really changed, but the worldwide scope of when you hit a shot or play a practice round it's on TV. It’s just amazing. It was two hours on CBS on the weekend and now it's 25 hours a week that we're on TV or more. Just incredible. It's grown and obviously the money is incredibly different. We've caught up with a lot of sports. It's amazing what Dean Beaman and Tim Finchem have done. They had a good product but they’ve really grown it.”

No one could have predicted any of this to happen; yet it has. Perhaps one day golf will get around to finding a way to grow its fan base and those that enjoy playing it recreationally as well.

WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF? No one moved in or dropped out of the top 125 in the FedExCup standings at the Wyndham Championship in 2013. It marked the first time in the seven years of the FedExCup that at least one player has not used the Wyndham Championship to move inside the top 125. There are five players in the Wyndham Championship that are outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and have never missed the FedExCup Playoffs: Brian Gay (135), J.J. Henry (130), John Merrick (138), John Rollins (164) and Charlie Wi (148).

Meanwhile, five of the last seven champions of the Wyndham Championship have been first-time TOUR winners: Brandt Snedeker (2007), Ryan Moore (2009), Arjun Atwal (2010), Webb Simpson (2011) and Patrick Reed (2013).

CLEAR AS MUD: Players outside of the 125th spot in the FedExCup standings, but inside the top 125 on the money list will miss the playoffs but will be exempt for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR Season.


HE’S FINISHED! “This is it for me,” he said. “I’m going to continue to play golf, but I’m retiring from pro golf. The only tournament I’m going to play in after this is if I’m lucky enough to get invited to somebody’s member-guest. “I’m still going to manage money, and I’ll be on the road some, but I’ll be home on weekends. I’m going to work even harder in this next job working on investments — but beating the S&P 500 is probably a little easier than beating Rory McIlroy.” READ MORE>>>

TIME FLIES! The Wyndham Championship is one of the oldest events on the PGA TOUR, having first been held in 1938. Hometown hero Sam Snead won that year -- and would go on to win in Greensboro seven more times. This week's event marks the 75th time the Wyndham Championship has been held (the tournament was not held in 1943 or 1944). In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the tournament has put together its list of the 75 most interesting tidbits and it has been kind enough to share them with PGATOUR.COM. Here's a look at the moments, counting backwards: READ MORE>>>

TIME AWAY PAYS OFF: Camilo Villegas got away from golf for a little while, and his game came back. A recharged Villegas shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Wyndham Championship. North Carolina natives Webb Simpson and William McGirt shot 64, and Scott Langley, Heath Slocum, Paul Casey, Andrew Loupe and Martin Laird were another stroke back in the final event before the PGA Tour's playoffs. READ MORE>>>

HOPING FOR A TRIP TO SCOTLAND: "I'm not ruling myself out but I would have to do something exceptional to catch his eye," Casey said, referring to European captain Paul McGinley, who will pick three players to go with nine automatic qualifiers. "A win, win would catch his attention. I've played some good golf this season, but if I was captain I'd be looking at four guys right now, as the standings sit (for captain's picks).” READ MORE>>>

allstarANSWERS: “Eighty percent of the people out here don’t care what you shoot and the other 20 percent wish it was worse.”--Lanny Watkins on how fleeting friends can be on TOUR.

“We named our third child after this tournament, Wyndham Rose Simpson. She was born in May,” revealed Webb Simpson!








Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 158                                                       
Thursday, August 14, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Please get that through everybody's head. It makes no difference. 285 down the middle of the fairway will beat people. I don't care if the course is 12,000 yards long, so length absolutely means nothing. It's basically putting.”


BRAIN TEASER: How many years has the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour been in existence?

WOODS WITHDRAWS FROM THE RYDER CUP: Tiger Woods released a statement on his web site that declared he is not healthy to play in the Ryder Cup. "I've been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They've advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.  I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain's pick, I took myself out of consideration. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I'll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches. I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It's an event that's important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again."


STANDING THE TEST OF TIME: The Wyndham Championship celebrates its 75th playing this week. It is the sixth-oldest non-major on the TOUR’s schedule in terms of number of events played dating back to 1938. Over the span of the previous 74 years, a superior list of golf’s greatest have won this event, including Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Seve Ballesteros and Gary Player. Recent winners include Davis Love III, Webb Simpson and Sergio Garcia. The Wyndham Championship has brought back former winners Dow Finsterwald (1959), Bob Goalby (1958) and Lanny Wadkins (1983) as part of the week’s festivities.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE PLAYOFFS? This week’s Wyndham Championship marks the 41st and final event of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season, with four weeks of the FedExCup Playoffs to follow. The Wyndham Championship marks the last opportunity for players to improve their FedExCup positions heading into the Playoffs, or in some instances, move into the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and qualify for the first Playoff event, The Barclays.

Only three players have participated in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola all seven years since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007. By virtue of his runner up finish at the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson jumped from 84th to 42nd in the FedExCup standings, while Steve Stricker (122nd to 99th) and Hunter Mahan (65th to 59th) also improved in the FedExCup standings thanks to T7 finishes. All three will have their work cut out if they want to keep the streak alive by finishing their year again in Atlanta.

WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR! Its been said before that golf doesn’t have an off season. As the PGA TOUR concludes its 2013/14 season this week, it has released details of the next one. If anyone thinks the season is already long, then 2014-2015 version features two more events on the docket than 2013/14 bringing the total to 47!

The biggest change in the schedule is the World Golf Championships-Match Play shifting from February to April 27-May 3, one week prior to THE PLAYERS Championship. That spot has traditionally has been held by the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., which for 2015 will be held the week after THE PLAYERS. The two Texas tournaments that immediately follow, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 18-24) and AT&T Byron Nelson Championship (May 25-31), also switch places in the schedule. One other significant move is the Quicken Loans National near Washington, D.C., switching from late June to the week of July 27-August 2.

The Match Play’s move to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco also is among several high-profile venue changes, including those for three major championships and two FedExCup Playoff events. The U.S. Open will be held for the first time at Chambers Bay in Washington State; The Open Championship will be played at St. Andrews, Scotland, and the PGA Championship will be held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The FedExCup Playoffs begin the week of August 24-30 when The Barclays returns to Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey, where it was held in 2011; and the third Playoff event, the BMW Championship, returns to Conway Farms outside of Chicago, where it was contested in 2013.

The Sanderson Farms Championship returns to the schedule with a new venue after a one-season absence. It will be contested November 3-9 at the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.), the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. It was last held in July 2013 during the same week as The Open Championship, a slot that will now be occupied by the new Barbasol Championship (July 13-19), which debuts at the Robert Trent Jones Trail’s Grand National - Lake Course near Opelika, Ala.

The 2014-2015 season opens with the Open in Napa., Calif. (October 6-12), and continues with a six-week stretch of domestic and international tournaments into November. After the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas October 13-19) and the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga. (October 20-26), the TOUR heads overseas to the CIMB Classic in Malaysia (October 27-November 2). Following that is the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China before the TOUR heads back to the U.S. for the Sanderson Farms Championship. The first portion of the schedule then wraps up with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (November 10-16). The official season breaks for several weeks before resuming in January with the two-week swing through Hawaii.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB: ClubCorp has signed an agreement to acquire the Atlanta-based Sequoia Golf for $265 million. Sequoia Golf, founded in 2002, owns and operates 50 clubs (30 owned, three leased and 17 managed properties) with concentrations in Atlanta and Houston along with positions in Denver and Chicago markets. The addition of Sequoia Golf will increase ClubCorp's golf and country club portfolio to 157 from 108, and raises ClubCorp's business, sports and alumni clubs by one to 52. Sequoia Golf will also add over 7,000 acres of fee simple real estate and over 27,000 memberships. Combined, ClubCorp will own over 25,000 acres of fee simple real estate and have approximately 180,000 individual memberships serving more than 430,000 members. "Sequoia Golf aligns perfectly with our business model.  It is a strong membership business that, like ours, generates nearly 50% of its revenue from membership dues,” stated Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's president and CEO.

FOLLOW UP: As the news circulates on TaylorMade’s reorganizational plans, consider what isn’t being said as more important that anything else. If TaylorMade were confident its business would see a bounce back in 2015, based on its new product offering, etc., would it be downsizing to the extent that it is? If one of the golf industry’s largest equipment vendors is downsizing its workforce heading into 2015, then doesn’t that speak volumes of what its anticipating for the year ahead?

CLEAN SWEEP: With a win at the PGA Championship at Valhalla, Golfersskin sunscreen lent a helping hand with all 4 men’s majors in 2014. “We are very proud that all 4 majors were won by players that rely on our Golfersskin sunscreen products each time they tee it up.” said Golfersskin General Manager Ben Steward, “At the 4 majors this year, more players trusted their skin health to Golfersskin than all other sunscreen brands combined, proving once again that more top players in the world trust their skin health to the non greasy performance of our Golfersskin products.”

In the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, nearly 3,900 players (74+%) teed it up with Golfersskin sunscreen products protecting their skin. Golfersskin products are available at fine golf shops all over the US. Use the dealer locator at to find a location near you.

R.I.P.: James E. Moore, who dedicated his career to helping thousands of deserving caddies attend college through the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Program, has passed away. He was 73.

During his tenure, Mr. Moore helped lead the nonprofit’s growth from 600 Scholars in school and 1,000 Alumni to having 870 Scholars in school and 9,990 Alumni. He served the Program for 47 years, longer than any other WGA employee, in several capacities, including as educational director and senior vice president of foundation advancement. 

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to Jim’s family and all of those whose lives he so deeply touched in his leadership roles at the Western Golf Association,” said WGA Chairman Dennis O’Keefe. “Jim was a pillar of our organization and the face of the Evans Scholars Foundation to thousands of young men and women who received the Evans Scholarship over the past five decades. He will be greatly missed.”

The Evans Scholars Program, administered by the Western Golf Association in Golf, Illinois, is one of golf’s favorite charities and among the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship programs. Each year, more than 240 full housing and tuition college scholarships are awarded to caddies who show outstanding academic, leadership and caddie records, as well as financial need. On 14 college campuses across the country where there is an Evans Scholarship chapter, recipients live together in a Scholarship House, excelling in the classroom and in the community.

Mr. Moore first arrived at the Western Golf Association as assistant educational director in 1967, helping then-longtime Educational Director Roland F. “Mac” McGuigan with the growing needs of the Evans Scholars Program. From 1989 to 2008, Moore served as educational director, and he worked to improve living conditions for all Scholars. During this time, every one of the Program’s 14 Scholarship Houses was replaced or upgraded through renovation or purchase of new property. He made numerous visits to the chapters and met with hundreds of Scholars each year, advising them on academics and personal matters. He maintained close ties with many Alums, serving as a mentor and friend as they built their careers.

In 2008, the Evans Scholars Alumni Association established the James E. Moore Endowed Named Scholarship in honor of his more than 40 years of service to the WGA. His legacy also lives on through the James E. Moore Scholarship Trophy, which is annually awarded to the Evans Scholarship chapter with the highest overall cumulative GPA. 

“Jim’s legacy also is evident through the lives of the thousands of young people he helped during his many years of service to the Evans Scholars Foundation,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA president and CEO. “He was a father, uncle and brother to many of the caddies he mentored and who grew to know him, most of all, as a friend. We’re saddened to know he will no longer be here to help us with our mission to educate caddies, but we know the work he did in his tenure here has laid a firm foundation for the future. His spirit remains with us in the lives of those thousands of caddies he so greatly impacted.”


THE STORY WITHIN THE STORY: "Everybody is playing for something this week, and yeah, the field might not be as deep as some other weeks around it," two-time winner Davis Love III said Wednesday. "But the guys that are here are here for a lot of different, very important reasons and playing hard to try to get something out of this week. It's a fun week to watch." And a stressful week to play. Even if the players say it's not. READ MORE>>>

FORE! Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gob-smacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked. “There was no warning he was coming,” sniffed a guest. READ MORE>>>

JIMENEZ WANTS TO DO IT AGAIN: “Last year’s win was possibly the most special as I defended my title and also extended my record as the oldest winner on The European Tour. It will give me great pride to once again return as reigning champion. I hope that I can make it five!” READ MORE>>>

allstarANSWERS: “Please get that through everybody's head. It makes no difference. 285 down the middle of the fairway will beat people. I don't care if the course is 12,000 yards long, so length absolutely means nothing. It's basically putting.”--Rocco Mediate, who is playing in this week’s PGA TOUR stop, on whether he can win.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour!





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