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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 233                                                       
Thursday, November 30, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS?“There’s nobody that moves the needle like him, even now. I’m probably just as excited to watch it as you are. I just get a front-row seat to it, but I’m also looking forward to trying to kick his ass, to be perfectly honest.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player led the field at the 2016 Hero Challenge with 24 birdies. Can you name him?

HAIL TO THE NEW CHIEF: A couple of changes at the top for Topgolf. The company has been somewhat low profile lately, however it’s been on a torrid pace, which in many ways explains its relative tranquility. Topgolf Entertainment Group (TEG) has hired Troy Warfield of British Airways to expand its global footprint of venues as well as driving ranges that license its Toptracer Range technology. Warfield replaces former Topgolf International President Neil Allen, who is stepping into a new role as strategic adviser. The Topgolf International division is based in London and overseen by TEG Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson.  

"Topgolf is thrilled to welcome Troy to our executive team," said Anderson. "Whether it's through one of our venues or a driving range powered by Toptracer Range technology, Troy will advance Topgolf's vision of being a global sports and entertainment community creating great times for all." 

Prior to Topgolf, Warfield served as Executive Director of Management Committee and the Director of Customer Experience at British Airways, responsible for more than 16,000 employees. He has decades of experience in sales, marketing, general and board-level management for brands such as Kimberly-Clark, Avis and Unilever. Throughout his career, Warfield has led international teams in Europe, Australia, Asia and, most recently, globally. He has managed both corporate-owned and franchisee-owned businesses. Warfield earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of New South Wales and his MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia.

Topgolf will open its first venues in Australia and Mexico next year, followed by Canada in 2019. Anderson said the company has been eyeing dozens of potential locations across the globe, and Warfield will identify the strategic partners to help Topgolf's expansion and ensure the guest experience aligns to local culture.

"Topgolf is among the most innovative and admired brands in the sports and entertainment industries," Warfield said. "I was especially attracted to its tagline 'Everyone's Game,' as I will get to help introduce the Topgolf experience to millions of new fans around the world."

THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE: For nearly 65 years, the Firestone Country Club in Akron has hosted some of the greatest professional golfers in the world on its iconic courses. Since 2006, Bridgestone has been the sponsor of the World Golf Championship. Prior to that NEC hosted the World Golf Invitational. The contract between Firestone and the PGA expires after next year’s tournament. There is speculation the tournament may be moved, leaving the historic Akron course without a professional golf tournament for the first time since the 1950s. Beyond next year, both sides are not commenting on their intentions for a long-term relationship. READ MORE>>>

SUB PAR YEAR: Rory McIlroy's management and image rights firm last year recorded a pre-tax loss of $105.4m. The paper loss stems from a non-cash write down of $99m in the value of McIlroy's lifetime image rights. The figures show that revenues at Rory McIlroy Management Services Ltd (RMMSL) last year totaled $21.7m - or $418,269 per week. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

REUNITED: Brett Ogle has had a gold-plated commemorative putter he won returned to him, after it was stolen and found discarded at a regional recycling center. Ogle won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the United States in 1993. After winning, he received the engraved commemorative putter from his club manufacturer, Ping, who also made a solid gold version for the company's vault. But 12 years ago, the putter was stolen from Ogle's Sydney apartment and had not been seen by the golfer since. READ MORE>>>

IT’S A MYSTERY: “My prediction, he’ll come back in a blaze of glory,” six-times major champion Lee Trevino, who endured back issues throughout his career, told Golf World. “He’s not too old, far from it. If he gets fixed, when he comes back to hitting and feels no pain, he’s going to be so happy, that he may be more dangerous than he was before.” Trevino, however, added that it was all still supposition. “Hey, if they couldn’t fix him, then it is over,” he said. “You can only chase a rainbow so many times.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: "There's nobody that moves the needle like him, even now. I'm probably just as excited to watch it as you are. I just get a front-row seat to it, but I'm also looking forward to trying to kick his ass, to be perfectly honest."--Justin Thomas.

Tiger Woods led the field at the 2016 Hero Challenge with 24 birdies, with champion Hideki Matsuyama second on the list with 22. Woods finished 15th.

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