Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 72
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There's just no script, it's different for everyone. And if this is to be Sergio's moment, it's almost a more well-earned Major than Phil Mickelson's first, which was quite a lot longer than anyone would have imagined for him.”
BRAIN TEASER: Sergio García turned professional in 1999 after shooting the lowest amateur score in the 1999 Masters Tournament. His first title on the European Tour came in his sixth start as a professional, in July 1999 at the Irish Open. He first achieved worldwide prominence with a duel against Tiger Woods in the 1999 PGA Championship, where he eventually finished second, losing by one stroke. Where did Garcia pick up first PGA TOUR victory?
ANOTHER BRAND PLAY: Have you ever heard of QBE? You might not be alone. It is considered one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. Nevertheless, the company has decided to make a financial investment in golf to help grow its brand. QBE has agreed to become the title sponsor of Greg Norman’s Southwest Florida’s annual PGA TOUR stop, now to be known as the QBE Shootout.
"We are pleased to become the title sponsor of one of the most recognizable events on the PGA TOUR schedule,” said Russ Johnston, Chief Executive Officer of QBE North America. “In addition to The Shootout bringing together some of the world’s best and most prominent names in golf, the tournament provides financial support for very worthwhile charities. Giving back to our communities is in our DNA, which is why the opportunity to sponsor the Shootout was very attractive to us. There’s a very close alignment between the goals of the QBE Charitable Foundation and the philanthropic mission of Greg Norman’s event.”
“As one of the world’s premier insurance brands, QBE is the perfect partner for this event and we are thrilled to have them as our new title sponsor,” said Greg Norman. “The QBE Shootout is the longest running late-season tournament on the TOUR calendar and this new agreement assures a 30-year anniversary in 2018 which is sure to be a landmark event.”
MORE CHANGES COMING? Paul McGinley believes Rory McIlroy must sort out his equipment issues and ask himself some searching questions after his latest Masters disappointment. After seeing McIlroy finish in the bottom quarter of the field from tee to green, McGinley said: “He’s obviously changed his equipment and we know he had trouble when he changed to Nike first of all. You have got to trust your equipment so that's a big X Factor that he has to take care of.” READ MORE>>>
ANYONE INTERESTED? PXG has released a Lydia Ko-inspired putter. READ MORE>>>
LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Unlucky in love, unlucky in major golf. Yet while the locker room has always warned 'a happy Sergio is a dangerous Sergio', Akins and her family have given him something more than "the inner peace" of which he spoke throughout the week. Angela's father, Marty, is a former All-American college quarterback, while her grandfather is Ray Akins, a legendary high-school gridiron coach who also happens to be the grandfather of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. In short, they are not a family who hold much stock in victimhood. READ MORE>>>
MORE PLEASE! “Everyone knows how much I love the Players’ Championship, having won there. To be there as Masters champion is going to be extra special. It is going to be my first tournament back and, as I said at Augusta, we are not done yet. It’s obviously been an amazing year [having also included a win in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic] so far. But I feel it can get better so I’ll be working hard to do that.” READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “There's just no script, it's different for everyone. And if this is to be Sergio's moment, it's almost a more well-earned Major than Phil Mickelson's first, which was quite a lot longer than anyone would have imagined for him.”--Adam Scott, while Garcia and Rose were still playing their fourth round at the 2017 Masters.
At the age of 21, Sergio García won his first PGA Tour event at the 2001 MasterCard Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and then won again at the Buick Classic in New York the same year. He was the youngest Tour winner since Tiger Woods in 1996 at age 20.
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