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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 45                                                         
Thursday, March 5, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I thought because I do have to make an adjustment by the end of this year, if I'm going to spend some time doing it, I should try and start now and maybe find the best solution. I've putted lots of different ways at home, and you know, probably going to putt with a shorter putter this week. It's not that big a deal. I did it for a long time, too, that way.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Patrick Reed is one of just four players currently under 25 on the PGA TOUR with multiple victories. Can you name the other three to accomplish the feat?

DATA POINTS: Patrick Reed ranked inside the top 10 in a number of key stats en route to his victory on Trump National Doral at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship. He was 4th in driving distance, 1st for approach shots from 175-200 yards, 8th in sand saves, 6th for scrambling, and 9th for strokes gained – putting. But he missed 30 greens for the week and found 14 greenside bunkers. Reed, however, is the first champion to hit fewer than 25 fairways and fewer than 45 greens at Trump National Doral en route to victory (since 1983 when records have been kept).

TRENDING: It was roughly a year ago that Patrick Reed made his bold statement. He was then challenged to explain himself. “It's just one of those things that I feel like with how hard I've worked, I mean, I'm working my way up to become a Top‑5 player in the world. But the thing is, its just going to take a little time in the fact that I haven't been on the PGA TOUR for very long,” Reed explained after his win at the 2014 WGC Cadillac Championship, which moved him to #20. Going into the 2015 WGC Cadillac Championship, he is currently ranked #15 in the world. While his original comments caught plenty of people off guard, it would seem a year later he has a few more believers in his camp.

BETTER BRING EXTRA AMMO: From 2003 to 2006, the PlostballGA TOUR has had a regular full field event (last known as the Ford Championship at Doral) at the infamous Blue Monster course. Starting in 2007 Trump National hosted the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Since 2003, The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral, as it is now known, has been one of the most penalizing courses on TOUR. Last season was the first for the redesigned Blue Monster, which resulted in the most balls in the water at 318. It was 98 more than the next highest year (2004) with 220. The only other time more than 200 balls were sent to a watery grave in a full field event was in 2006 (201). Prior to breaking the 200 mark, the highest count was 187 in 2005, which surpassed 2009 by one. The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral had the most balls in the water of any course on TOUR with 318 in the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season. The Donald must be proud!

DO WE HAVE A DEAL FOR YOU! TaylorMade is going into retail. The company announced the opening of its first branded outlet store in Myrtle Beach, SC., next month, with plans to open additional locations by the end of the calendar year. TaylorMade stores will sell previous season’s products consisting of TaylorMade, Adams Golf, adidas Golf and Ashworth. The product assortment will consist largely of closeouts and off-season products with substantial savings to the customer.

“The outlets are designed to benefit our current retail partners and golfers alike. There has been an influx of product in the marketplace that has moved at a slower pace than expected,” explained Ben Sharpe, CEO TaylorMade Golf Company. “The outlets allow us to sell off-season product at a discounted price, while giving our retail partners the ability to set prices on in-season product at sustainable levels."

The outlet stores will be managed in partnership with the adidas parent company and their retail team. The second store location has been identified in Livermore, California and scheduled to open soon after the first one is up and running. More locations are expected, yet its unknown the total number of store rollouts anticipated in TaylorMade’s strategy.

“The retail outlet model will enable our company to more effectively manage distribution of prior generation products while strengthening the position of our brands,” added David Abeles, President of TaylorMade Golf Company.

BUSINESS HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER: The Donald is front and center this week as the WGC event is played on his Trump National Doral course. The real estate magnate isn’t shy when it comes to a camera and he couldn’t wait to let anyone and everyone know on CNBC that his golf business is booming.  "I don't get what Dick's is doing," Trump said. "It's a store that sells cheap stuff. Golf should be an aspirational game. I think if they look at golf as something other than that, then they are making a big mistake." READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

BISHOP OFFERS HIS TWO CENTS: “The real boss of the U.S. Ryder Cup team is Phil Mickelson.” READ MORE>>>

GET SHORTY: Adam Scott hasn't teed it up in a PGA TOUR event since last November when he tied for 12th at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China. While the World No. 5 spent most of his downtime with his wife and newborn daughter, he admitted during Wednesday's press conference that he's used a portion of it to experiment with different putters, including conventional-length models. READ MORE>>>

I’LL BE THERE: Despite a dislocated shoulder that has slowed his gait and prevented him from playing golf, Arnold Palmer has no intention of missing his appointed tee time at Augusta National Golf Club next month. READ MORE>>>

CAPTAIN TO ASSISTANT CAPTAIN: Davis Love III told U.S. captain Jay Haas last year that he would be in South Korea for the Presidents Cup one way or another, which at the time meant that if the 50-year-old Love didn't qualify for the team then he would go as an assistant captain. Love just didn't imagine being Ryder Cup captain while serving as an assistant captain in the Presidents Cup this October. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I thought because I do have to make an adjustment by the end of this year, if I'm going to spend some time doing it, I should try and start now and maybe find the best solution. I've putted lots of different ways at home, and you know, probably going to putt with a shorter putter this week. It's not that big a deal. I did it for a long time, too, that way.” --Adam Scott, who is expected to switch his putting style at the WGC Cadillac Championship.

More than likely everyone knew Rory McIlroy, however give yourself a pat on the back if you also knew Harris English and Russell Henley were the others under the age of 25 to win multiple times on the PGA TOUR along with Patrick Reed.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 44                                                         
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It was a good week for me. You have to look at it in baby steps here. I haven't played well in quite some time. Now I need to use this as a steppingstone to go into Doral. But after two missed cuts I needed to get a good, solid tournament, which I did. I would have liked a better final round but it didn't feel like it was that bad. In fact, it was probably the best ball-striking round of the week for me.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Patrick Reed is the defending champion of the WGC Cadillac Championship. Can you name where he picked up his first win on the PGA TOUR?

A NEW PLAYER COMES TO GOLF: What was rumored can now be confirmed. The International Federation of PGA Tours and Dell announced a multi-year agreement making the computer company the title sponsor of the World Golf Championships-Match Play beginning in 2016 and running through 2019.

Dell, which has major sports sponsorship experience with Formula 1 and America’s Cup, is making its first foray into a major golf sponsorship. The company initially plans to have a presence during the Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park with a customer engagement program, a fan-facing Dell technology experience and a digital media campaign across the 2015 World Golf Championships. As the event moves to Austin in 2016, Dell plans to integrate its various technology solutions into the renamed World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play event. It will be held the week of March 21-27.

“We’re excited to sponsor the Match Play Championship, to showcase Dell technology to golf fans and to bring the world’s greatest golfers to our hometown, Austin, Texas,” said Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO. “We’re also proud to support the championship’s tradition of philanthropy that has raised millions of dollars for charitable causes.”

Austin is the nation’s 11th-largest city by population and last hosted a sanctioned Tour event from 2003-2009 on the Champions Tour. Austin also was the original site of the Legends of Golf from 1978-1994.

ITS ALL GOOD: DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc., the largest U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer, reported sales and earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended January 31, 2015. Last year the company was outspoken about its golf segment and it wasn’t in a flattering light. In fact, the retailer decided it was prudent to eliminate several positions that tendered to its golf business and reduce its retail foot print in order to properly align itself moving forward. “Golf Galaxy was down 7.1% with Dick's golf business slightly better,” Ed Stack, Chairman and CEO shared with the investment community. The company does not provide a specific break down of its golf revenues. “But we’re seeing it’s getting better. It’s improving but it’s still not back to last year’s levels,” he shared upon being questioned about the state of DICK’S golf business. “We think golf is going to be still a drag on the total sales but not to the degree that it was last year.” Its interesting that he has this insights in the first week of March, yet where was it a year ago?!

The bugaboo that came to light a year ago for the retailer was inventory, as in too much of it in golf. But Stack contends his company is squeaky clean this year. “Our golf inventory is very clear. Our inventory is down versus last year. Our clearance inventory is down versus last year. Our golf inventory really could not be in much better shape and I would say that the vast majority of a brand their inventories are in great shape too, so the whole channel doesn’t have the same inventory issues this year that we did last year, but we expect to see some margin rate improvement and some average retail price improvements. We’ve indicated the golf business will continue to be a less important part of our business and that is because of the reduction in golf sales but as the reduction of golf sale that was percent to our total business,” he continued. “We’re growing other areas of the business at a pretty fast (rate) as we’ve indicated the women’s business, the youth business, the sport business and as those things grow at a faster rate than golf and golf becomes the smaller percent of the business. And that’s not to be misinterpreted that we’re not investing in golf, we still think golf is an important part of our business it’s going through a bit of the difficult cycle right now but we think it will stabilize and we’re going to be in the golf business and we’re enthusiastic about the golf business.” Stack is certainly offering a different tone from a year ago.

OPTIMISM? Could there be some good news on the horizon for the golf industry? There is an interesting argument being made that consumer spending will be up this year. READ MORE>>>

WHAT DO THE NUMBERS SAY? Golf has been slow towards embracing analytics compared to other sports. However, with the advent of Strokes Gained Putter as well as Strokes Gain: Tee to Green (pioneered by Mark Broadie) it is catching on. Whether the average fan at home completely understands it is another thing altogether. Whether they want to is another argument too. But you can’t get in the way of progress and golf seems to be cozying up to the statistical analysis aspect and finding ways to even embrace it. For example, Dr. Daniel C. Hickman of the University of Central Oklahoma and Dr. Neil E. Metz of the University of Idaho teamed up to author the winning paper in the PGA TOUR’s ShotLink Intelligence Prize competition. They have earned a $30,000 technology award from the TOUR’s technology partner CDW, which will be divided between their respective schools ($20,000) and themselves ($10,000).

Entitled “The Impact of Pressure on Performance: Evidence from the PGA TOUR,” the winning research shows as the amount of money riding on a shot increases, the likelihood that shot is made is significantly reduced. The researchers note that previous studies have tested what’s known as the “choking” phenomenon, but such studies often lack an explicit link between performance and reward. Their research draws on the PGA TOUR’s ShotLink dataset, which is powered by CDW, to more directly analyze the effect of pressure on individual performance by calculating the potential change in earnings from making or missing a putt on the final hole of the tournament. The timing of this is somewhat interesting as it would be fascinating to see it applied to the recent final round of the Honda Classic that was concluded on Monday.

"We appreciate the opportunity to work with the ShotLink dataset because it offers a real-world set of information that allows us to test behavioral hypotheses in an interesting and meaningful way," said Metz, Assistant Professor, Economics and International Business at the University of Central Oklahoma. "The ShotLink Intelligence Prize has provided a great platform for us to share our work with our peers and others in the industry. The prize itself will be a great help because it will provide us with the technological resources to further explore the richness of the ShotLink dataset," added Hickman, Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Business and Economics at the University of Idaho.

WEB GEMS:

R.I.P.: Jay Morrish, a Past President and Fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), died March 2, 2015. He was 78. READ MORE>>>

HAIL BRITANNIA: The British Masters will return to The European Tour International Schedule for the first time in seven years in 2015, with a quartet of Britain’s leading golfers rotating as the tournament host over the next four seasons. READ MORE>>>

BY GEORGE! One of the three clubs on the British Open rota with a male-only membership policy has voted to allow female members for the first time. READ MORE>>>

HARRINGTON KEEPS HIS WORD: "I've got four invites the next four weeks, and I'm committed," he said. "One thing about getting an invite. I said, `If you give me an invite, I'll be there.' While it's terrible preparation for the Masters to play four, I took the invite to Tampa, Bay Hill, San Antonio and Houston. And I will honor those invites because I got them. And I do appreciate them. It doesn't change it now because I'm busy. I owe a few people favors." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It was a good week for me. You have to look at it in baby steps here. I haven't played well in quite some time. Now I need to use this as a steppingstone to go into Doral. But after two missed cuts I needed to get a good, solid tournament, which I did. I would have liked a better final round but it didn't feel like it was that bad. In fact, it was probably the best ball-striking round of the week for me.” --Phil Mickelson on his play at the Honda Classic.

Patrick Reed earned his first career PGA TOUR victory in his 38th start after he beat Jordan Spieth with a birdie-3 on the second extra hole at the 2013 Wyndham Championship. Reed went on to win twice in 2014 and once already in 2015. He has four career victories in his PGA TOUR career.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 43                                                         
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's obviously a little bit of mental, otherwise there's no reason for the mechanical to fail. I've got 2 1/2 hours in the car with my son Luke, so I think I'm going to have to turn the stereo off, have a nice chat to him and explain how easy it is to hand golf tournaments away and tell him to just focus real hard and see how easy it is to make mistakes. If you don't concentrate, then you're in big trouble, and that's exactly what happened. I didn't focus 100 percent, and I paid the price. You don't mind being beaten fair and square. But I've handed one away this week and you know it's going to hurt because making triples and doubles just doesn't get it done, and it's a shame. I shouldn't do that.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Padraig Harrington won for the sixth time on the PGA TOUR in his career. Do you know where he earned his first victory?

IT GOES BOTH WAYS! The 2015 Honda Classic started in an inauspicious way. The weather was yet again the story! However, it didn’t deter the eventual champion, Padraig Harrington. In fact, he welcomed it. “As tough as the day was and it was playing tough, I kept telling myself, it suits me more than most guys. There was an element of don't get down on yourself, this suits you better than possibly everybody else, so stick with it,” he said after signing for an opening round 67. Little did he know where it would take him!

The three time major champion has seen his fair share over the course of his career. He’s also tried a few things too along the way to try and improve. Some might recall, for instance, wearing glasses in 2013 in an effort to try and make a few more putts. Harrington has been described as a grinder. In his own estimates a journeyman before he won three majors. He’s abandoned the glasses long ago, yet he will never give up the pursuit of excellence. The man that epitomizes the phrase, “No stone unturned,” is constantly tinkering with a way to be better. Low and behold, he did just that.

“I found something in my game last week. I felt a lot better on the golf course. I came out here this week, 50 percent of the time, I was at peace with myself. Not all the time,” he remarked after his victory. “You know, clearly if I play like that going forward, I will have better performances, and selfishly or whatever, my mind-set is, maybe I could do it better in the future.”

His win on Monday was a big one in more ways than one. “I'm playing on exemptions, not exemptions, invites. I got an invite this week,” he said. The 2015 Honda Classic marked Harrington’s 119th start since his last victory at the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club. The 2015 Honda victory is his first top 10 since a T10 at the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic. “I think I got in contention three times since 2008, and I've won four times now,” he said afterwards. He won in Indonesia late last year, which he credited with his recent turn around. “So I really have struggled to, as a lot of people who win major tournaments, you look back at them and you try and live up to them, play up to them. I just got very intolerant of my mental game, my focus. It was never swing related, all focus related, and just got frustrated with it and found it very hard to really separate from the bad shots. In terms of playing, it was disappointing,” he continued. Despite his contention his game was plagued by his self described, mental intolerance, Harrington acknowledged some additional challenges that trickled into his game.

“I had the yips in 2012. I had my best ball-striking year ever in 2012, in terms of the stats, but I had the yips that year. When you get things like that, it's really frustrating, it's really hard. You don't know what to do. You grind your way through it and it is a tough thing to get through,” he admitted. “There's no doubt low points in those years, because you know, in 2008, 2009, I'm very much in the penthouse. I wasn't quite down to the doghouse but not far away from it.”

Golf is indiscriminately a frustrating game as even for the best are not immune to its hardships. Clearly Harrington’s story shares both the ups and downs golf offers. “It has got harder to win on the TOUR. The standard keeps going up. The one thing you learn is you don't win as often as you think,” said Harrington. He no longer has to worry about sponsor invitations. Now he's eligible for the Masters, The Players Championship and at least two World Golf Championships. He’s also moved to No. 82 on the world rankings and has a two-year exemption on the TOUR! The $1,098,000 he earned from the Honda doesn’t hurt either!

WHY ASK WHY? Former Major League Baseball player, Russ Ortiz has started a golf apparel company. READ MORE>>>

MOVE OVER BIG BREAK! Look for another reality-style show coming to the Golf Channel. Altered Course, currently in production combines golf, speed, fitness, teamwork and decision-making. Teams navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards, traversing the natural obstacles and challenging terrain as fast as possible.

alteredcourse"Athleticism and fitness have taken on a much greater emphasis in golf in recent years, and as a result we are seeing more athletes coming up in the ranks of men's and women's golf," said Keith Allo, Golf Channel vice president of programming development and original productions. "Altered Course is taking this trend to a whole new level, rewarding teams that are the most physically fit and play the best golf. The terrain and re-imagined golf holes will test their golf skills and challenge them both mentally and physically. Pace of play will not be an issue on Altered Course."

The tournament-style competition series will feature eight two-person teams racing against the clock in an alternate-shot or scramble format. Teams will be scored on both shots taken as well as time, with weekly eliminations leaving one team left standing as the champion of Altered Course. The Golf Channel will utilize Sony Action cameras and aerial footage to track the teams' progress on each challenge offering rarely seen golf course camera angles.

Altered Course's inaugural season will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Filming will commence at the all-new Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, with the competition staged at two Montego Bay's courses, White Witch and Cinnamon Hill. Kristen Kenney, pit reporter for the Red Bull Global RallyCross series on NBC and NBCSN, has been tabbed to host the inaugural season. For the series inaugural season, sponsors include Skechers GO GOLF as the official footwear provider, MusclePharm as the official nutritional supplement and Bushnell as the official range finder. Altered Course Montego Bay will premiere in the summer, of 2015.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Padraig Harrington, who entered the final round trailing third round leader Ian Poulter by three strokes, carded an even-par 70 and then defeated Daniel Berger with a par on the second playoff hole (par-3, No. 17) to win The Honda Classic. There were a few firsts in his victory. He became the first player to win on the PGA TOUR with two double bogeys (Nos. 6, 17) in the final round since Vaughn Taylor won the 2004 Barracuda Championship. He is also the first sponsor exemption to win on the PGA TOUR since Lee Westwood was victorious at the 2010 FedEx St. Jude Classic. Harrington is the first player in his 40s to win on the PGA TOUR this season, compared to seven in their 20s and seven in their 30s. The last two players in their 40s to win on TOUR were Angel Cabrera (2014 Greenbrier Classic) and John Senden (2014 Valspar Championship). Harrington began the week ranked No. 297 in the Official World Rankings, which was the exact same position James Hahn was (No. 297) in the prior week when he won at the Northern Trust Open! Harrington won using the following products:

Driver: TaylorMade AeroBurner TP (9.5 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 60TX
2 Wood: TaylorMade SLDR S Mini Driver (12 degrees) with True Temper Project X
3 Wood: TaylorMade SLDR (14.5 degrees) also with True Temper Project X
Hybrid: D-100  19* hybrid
Irons: FG Tour V4 utility and FG Tour V2  5-pw KBS Tour shafts
Wedges: FG Tour TC Wedge 52 KBS Tour V 120 and PING EYE2 Gorge LW model (58 degree loft) KBS Tour V shafts
Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Putter (South Side)  
Ball: Titleist New Pro V1x golf ball 
Shoes: FJ shoes
Glove: FJ Pure Touch Limited glove

Padraig Harrington’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 18
Pars: 44
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 2
Cumulative Score: 274

WEB GEMS:

ON SECOND THOUGHT, FORGET IT: Claims that Tiger Woods is serving a one-month drug suspension – rebutted by the player’s agent and the PGA Tour – have been withdrawn. READ MORE>>>

COUNT ME IN: Steve Williams is joining the class action lawsuit being filed on behalf of PGA TOUR caddies. READ MORE>>>

SEVEN YEAR ITCH: Padraig Harrington ended a seven-year title drought on the two main tours when he won the Honda Classic in a playoff with American rookie Daniel Berger after a thrilling finish on Monday. READ MORE>>>

BOUNCE BACK: Rory McIlroy didn’t take long to rebound from missing the cut at the Honda Classic. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's obviously a little bit of mental, otherwise there's no reason for the mechanical to fail. I've got 2 1/2 hours in the car with my son Luke, so I think I'm going to have to turn the stereo off, have a nice chat to him and explain how easy it is to hand golf tournaments away and tell him to just focus real hard and see how easy it is to make mistakes. If you don't concentrate, then you're in big trouble, and that's exactly what happened. I didn't focus 100 percent, and I paid the price. You don't mind being beaten fair and square. But I've handed one away this week and you know it's going to hurt because making triples and doubles just doesn't get it done, and it's a shame. I shouldn't do that.” --Ian Poulter after the Honda Classic.

Paddy Harrington returned to the scene of the crime when he won the 2015 Honda Classic for his sixth victory on the PGA TOUR. His first came 10 years ago at the 2005 Honda Classic! He also won the 2005 Barclays so perhaps history will repeat itself once again for him in 2015!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 42                                                         
Monday, March 2, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm pissed off. I think it's been since The Open in '13 the last time I missed a cut. I don't like missing cuts.” 

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BRAIN TEASER: Do you have any idea when the last event happened on the PGA TOUR that didn’t have a re-pair of groups between round three and round four?

AN EXCLUSIVE: Fam Brands has signed a licensing deal for its Tehama lifestyle brand, acquired three years ago, with The Golf Warehouse (tgw.com). The apparel collection will debut in the second quarter of this year and will be an exclusive category for The Golf Warehouse and licensed for the USA.

"Tehama is one of the most successful golf brands of all time. In its relatively short brand history, it boasts $1.5 billion in accumulated retail sales,” said John Spotts, EVP International and Licensing, Fam Brands. “It is clearly the premier lifestyle wear brand for golfing, the country club life and chic casual wear. In fact, the exclusive Robb Report, named it one of the Best Apparel Brands, three years in a row. Beyond this launch , we have big plans to expand it as licensed property in about 20 additional categories including headwear, golf clubs, shoes, small leather goods and sunglasses. We will maximize its impact in the marketplace by taking it to the next level as brand owners with an aggressive licensing endeavor."

Susan Shade, VP of merchandising for The Golf Warehouse added, "We are thrilled to be able to offer the golf customer the Tehama brand which has always been a favorite for its exceptional styling, quality and performance."

The debuting line will retail for approximately $40-$60 and include men's and women's bottoms, pullovers and jackets that are updated with new twists and trend elements, according to the company. Men's polo shirts will feature innovative technical fabrics and the original hang em dry fabrics will continue due to its ongoing demand, the company stated.

The original collection was established in 1997 by designer and golf sportswear specialist Nancy Haley and Hollywood icon, Clint Eastwood.

MORE THAN ONE WINNER: Andy Sullivan led the way in qualifying for The Open after his victory in the Joburg Open in South Africa today and will be joined at St Andrews in July by his fellow Englishmen David Howell and Anthony Wall. “This year has been a roller coaster. I have never played in an Open Championship before so it will be great to get the first one under my belt. It’s unbelievable to get the win and a spot in The Open at St Andrews. It’s absolutely fantastic,” said sullivanSullivan after his win.

A final round six-under-par 66 over Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club’s East Course took Sullivan to 17-under-par for the championship and gave him a two shot victory over five players: Howell, Wall, Ireland’s Kevin Phelan and South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl and Wallie Coetsee. The English pair secured places in The Open thanks to their higher positions in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Sullivan made it a South African double after securing his first European Tour win at the South African Open Championship in January. The 28-year-old, who played in the winning Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team at Royal Aberdeen in 2011, will make his debut in The Open at St Andrews.

Howell closed with a three-under-par 69. The former Boys Amateur champion has won five times on the European Tour including the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews in 2013. The 39-year-old has played in twelve previous Opens but will play in golf’s oldest championship at the Home of Golf for the first time this year. His best finish in The Open was tied seventh at Royal Birkdale in 2008. “I came here specifically to qualify for The Open and to win the tournament so to come away with one of those two things is fantastic,” said Howell. "It means a lot to play again in The Open. It was one of my goals this year and I’m delighted to have made it.”

Wall eagled the par five first hole on his way to a four-under-par 68 in the final round. The 39-year-old has one victory on the European Tour to his name, in the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa in 2000, and will make his sixth appearance in The Open this year. His best finish in The Open came at Royal Liverpool in 2006 when he finished tied 11th. “It’s fantastic. It will be great to play there. It’s the ultimate place to play golf and The Open,” said Wall upon securing his spot in St Andrews.

The Open Qualifying Series continues at the Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation and the Mizuno Open, which are played from May 28 to 31.

WEB GEMS:

HOW TO GET HOOKED ON THE GAME: He was helped by his background. Lahiri grew up in a city of nearly 9 million people and only four golf courses. "That's probably not very many for America," he said, "but it's quite a few for India." He said a large number of golf courses belong to the Army, and his father picked up the game. Lahiri was attracted to the sport as a way to spend more time with him, and he fell in love with golf because it matched his introspective personality. READ MORE>>>

TEXAS TWO-STEP: The PGA Tour is completing plans to bring the Match Play Championship to Austin, Texas, starting in 2016. READ MORE>>>

CHALK UP ANOTHER ONE: Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday for her second straight victory. She has 10 worldwide victories in professional events, also winning at Clearwater as an amateur in 2013. READ MORE>>>

SHARK BITES: Most Tour pros, Norman said, don’t really want to reach the top, not down deep, not in a sport where 20th place can pay six figures. “Certain players are happy just going through the motions. They don’t want to be the leader, they would rather be a sheep. They enjoy grazing the field and getting fat and sassy,” he said. Here’s his take on some of today’s key players on the PGA Tour. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm pissed off. I think it's been since The Open in '13 the last time I missed a cut. I don't like missing cuts.” --World #1 Rory McIlroy on having the weekend off at the Honda Classic.

The last event to not re-pair between round three and round four was the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic. The last Monday finish at The Honda Classic was in 2007 when Mark Wilson won in the first year at PGA National.

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 41                                                         
Friday, February 27, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've got nine PGA TOUR wins, which in two or three years, isn't too bad; it's pretty good. But I want to make that a lot more.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Five years ago he won the Honda Classic by five shots over Anthony Kim (where are you know?). The five-stroke winning margin equaled the largest at the Honda Classic and it was the first double-digit winning score since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National. The win, at the time, was the fifth by an international-born player in the previous six years at the Honda Classic. Can you name who won the 2010 Honda Classic?

HOW DOES IT LOOK OUT THERE? As February comes to a close, mercifully for many on the east coast, it’s hard to believe 2015 is nearly two months old. March is the only thing standing in the way of the first quarter being complete! The Siberian Express has replaced the 2014 Polar Vortex in terms on the weather pattern in the early going, thus perhaps giving some reason to wonder if 2015 is giving its best impression of last year. True Temper represents a unique vantage point as it works hand in hand with all equipment companies. It is privy to products that are on the horizon well before anyone else except for the Asian foundries that build them.

In January, Jason Jenne was promoted to True Temper’s President and CEO as Scott Hennessy retired. Jenne was previously the company’s Chief Operating Officer and prior to that it’s Chief Financial Officer. For the past five years, he has directed all of True Temper’s global production and manufacturing activities as well as being responsible for the company’s Amory, Mississippi and China facilities located in Guangzhou and Suzhou. Recently, upon returning from an Asian trip, he shared some thoughts on the state of the industry.

How was 2014 for the golf industry and equipment sales from your perspective?
JJ: While there were definitely a few bright spots in the golf market and equipment sales in 2014, the overall industry clearly had a very challenging jenneyear. The second year in a row, in fact, where the overall market retracted, based on most measures and statistics we have available.

Were there any volume changes in terms of units for the year?
JJ: Most of the published and public information available would suggest that total golf equipment unit volume was down in 2014 versus 2013, and our experience at True Temper during the year would tend to support that fact. It would appear, however, that the actual decline in unit volume was modest, and not nearly as bad as some of the headlines reported through the mass media during 2014. We also observed some very healthy changes in the supply chain during 2014, as the market shifted to a lower and more sustainable overall inventory level.

How do you see 2015 shaping up?
JJ: I wish we had a crystal ball that could tell us how 2015 would turn out. It’s always a difficult task to predict an industry such as ours, prior to the spring season breaking and the initial retail feedback. That being said, we do see a lot of great new product in the market this year that should provide a very compelling reason to get the golfer in to the shop and considering some new purchases. As mentioned previously, the supply chain also appears to be much healthier this year, so if our industry does experience an uptick at retail we should all feel that momentum.

Any specific category look interesting that might offer some commercial opportunities for equipment manufacturers?
JJ: At True Temper our objective is to develop the best golf shafts in the world for all club categories, and to partner closely with the equipment manufacturers to meet their needs, help them be successful, and ultimately deliver the best possible product to the golfer. As such, our goal is to see all equipment categories be successful each year. It does seem, however, that on the equipment side of the business our industry experiences certain waves of product demand. There was the wedge phenomenon a few years ago related to the groove rule change, as well as the long putter trend that came and went recently. As we look forward into 2015 it seems to be a very balanced year from an equipment perspective. There is great product coming to market in woods, irons, wedges and putters in the coming year; and our hope is that each of those categories experiences some well-deserved growth in 2015.

How would you sum up the mood of equipment manufacturers after a couple of challenging years?
JJ: We have definitely all lived through a couple very difficult years in 2013 and 2014, but our industry is filled with some very accomplished and outstanding equipment manufacturers. I would also say that they are a very resilient group. They have managed through these challenging years very effectively, and continued to develop and launch great new product for the golfer. As the overall economy recovers and our golf industry improves, the equipment manufacturers will reap the benefits of their hard work and resiliency during those difficult years. Because of that, I do believe the overall mood in our golf industry is positive and we would characterize it as cautiously optimistic entering 2015.

ANOTHER WAY TO WIN! Rickie Fowler has one win in his career on the PGA TOUR. It was at the 2012 Wells Fargo tournament. But if he can find a way to sit at the top of the leaderboard after the third round this year, he’ll make someone very happy. COBRA GOLF is giving fans the chance to win $10,000 every time Fowler is number one on the leaderboard at a PGA TOUR event for the 2015 season between the Honda Classic, and the end of the Fedex Cup Playoffs.

"To celebrate and thank the thousands of fans who follow Rickie on Tour every week, we're offering a unique chance to win $10,000 every time he tops the leaderboard on Saturday so they too can experience the thrill and excitement of being in contention," said Ian Barrett, Director of Marketing for COBRA Golf. “This campaign highlights the confidence that Rickie displays with COBRA clubs in this bag."

To enter the contest, or for more information and complete terms and conditions, visit cobragolf.com/movingday For the record, Fowler was not the third round leader of his lone PGA TOUR victory. He wasn’t a third round leader at any event last year either. Best of luck to those that decide to enter.

COME BACK AND ALL WILL BE FORGIVE! Several golf communities that were once bankrupt have been recapitalized and are said to be on their way back. The list includes Reynolds Plantation and Sea Island in Georgia, private club communities Bella Collina and Old Palm in Florida and the Cliffs Community in Carolina. Last October, bankrupt Lake Las Vegas reopened for business, thanks to the resort community’s newest owner. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER: Rory McIlroy is playing so well that he can easily manage a smile even on the bad days. One of those occasions came Thursday on his way to the 15th tee at the Honda Classic. He was playing alongside Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, the star group at PGA National with scores that sure didn't resemble it.  READ MORE>>>

HERMAN CREDITS THE DONALD: "He's like, 'Why are you folding shirts and giving lessons? Why aren't you on the Tour? I've played with tour players, you're good enough.' I don't know, maybe something like that gives you more confidence." READ MORE>>>

THANKS FOR PLAYING: An unusual situation played out Thursday at the Honda Classic when rookie Mark Hubbard was disqualified after failing to officially register for the event. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've got nine PGA TOUR wins, which in two or three years, isn't too bad; it's pretty good. But I want to make that a lot more.”--Rory McIlroy.

Camilo Villegas 13-under 267, notched the first double-digit winning score since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National in 2007. Since his victory in 2010, only Rory McIlroy in 2012 has won in double-digit figures (-12) at the event.

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

 

 

 

 
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