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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 58                                                         
Friday, March 23, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Match play is one of those things that's definitely difficult. We don't play it that much on Tour. We don't get too much experience playing it. But it's something I always enjoy. It's just you versus one other guy. You're only worried about that match, really. It doesn't matter what the rest of the guys are doing. But it's something that I always enjoy playing it. As far as how to be a really good match play player, I'm not really sure.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the five past champions of the WGC Match Play?
 
FACT FINDING MISSION: As the professional game remains quite healthy, the opposite is the case on the recreational side. Case in point, golf in Singapore is at an interesting stage of development and is facing challenges from several sectors. At the Government level, the leases for some courses have not been renewed and some have closed or will close over the next few years. The total number of golf courses has dropped from 22 in 2001 to 17 in 2017.

In addition to Government related issues, the number of retailers has dropped, crowds to the major tournaments such as the Singapore Open have reduced, and the number of junior programs and participation appears to also have declined. There are, however, also a number of positive developments for golf in Singapore such as the 2017 Team Gold Medal achieved at the SEA Games, the establishment of The R&A regional headquarters for Asia Pacific at Sentosa, the expansion of the European Tour office in Singapore and multiple major regional championships being held in Singapore such as the SMBC Singapore Open, HSBC Women’s World Championship, Asia Pacific Amateur Championship and the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific. 

While there appears to be both issues and positive developments, very little quantitative or even useful data is available about the Singapore golf industry and as such it is difficult for golf to articulate its case for increased Government support, to attract more sponsorship and to promote the sport to the public in Singapore. 

The Singapore Golf Association (SGA) with support from The R&A have engaged Golf Business Advisory Services (GBAS) to produce the first Singapore Golf Industry Report. GBAS is considered a highly respected, specialist independent golf industry advisory firm based in Melbourne, Australia and led by Jeff Blunden. The firm has an extensive track record in the provision of industry reports, having delivered most of the major reports that have been published in recent years in Australia plus reports looking at issues in South East Asia. This experience is to be drawn on as GBAS delivers on behalf of the SGA and The R&A a first-time market report that will examine the following areas:
• Determine the demand and supply ratio of golf facilities and playing opportunities
• Identify problems and challenges facing golf clubs so those issues can be addressed
• Develop a profile on the impact, importance and direction of golf in Singapore
• Distribution of golfers in Singapore in terms of gender, age golf club members and social golfers
• Membership levels, capacities and fees
• Number of golf rounds played in Singapore
• Private and public green fees
• Employment related to golf in Singapore
• Overall revenue generated by golf including course expenditure
• Taxes and government charges generated by golf
• Funds spent for corporate golf days
• Charity revenue raised by golf
• Golf related tourism including numbers of golfers from overseas and revenue spent
• Environmental/sustainability issues and initiatives including golf’s green footprint
• Junior golf programs at schools and golf clubs
• Future developments and projects
• Number of professional and amateur golf tournaments held in Singapore each year including spectators (local and international) in attendance

GBAS, with the help of SGA, said it will touch base with all stakeholders in the coming months to outline the data needed to formulate the report as accurately as possible. We aim to finalize the report by end of June 2018.

FORE PLEASE! For golf fans there is no better time of the year than Master’s Week. If you’re one of those with a 4K television, then sit back and relax. With Tiger back in contention and the odds-on favorite to win the Masters, Rory winning at Bay Hill, Phil recently in Mexico and the top player’s peaking, the PGA Tour’s first Major set to tee off in just a few weeks.
AT&T/DIRECTV will, for the first time, be broadcasting The Masters live in stunning 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR). This continues AT&T/DIRECTV’s tradition, which began at the 2016 Masters, of broadcasting the world’s top sporting events in 4K to provide viewers with the highest quality viewing experience unlike any other.

This year’s broadcast includes live daily coverage of the Masters including:
• Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6: “Amen Corner,” Holes 11, 12 and 13 from 10am-6pmET (DIRECTV Channel 105), and Holes 15 and 16 from 11am-6:45pmET (DIRECTV Channel 106)
• Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 8: “Amen Corner,” Holes 11, 12 and 13 from 12pm-6pmET (DIRECTV Channel 105), and Holes 15 and 16 from 12:45pm-6:30pmET (DIRECTV Channel 106)

WEB GEMS:

DAY TWO IN THE BOOKS: Rory McIlroy found his way back into the mix, but defending champion Dustin Johnson and fellow finalist Jon Rahm were two of 20 players who were mathematically eliminated from the World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play on Thursday.

McIlroy reached into his reserve tank to grind out a 2 and 1 win over Jhonattan Vegas and wrestle his fate back into his own hands after a shocking loss to Peter Uihlein in day one. A win on Friday against Brian Harman will see him at the very least enter a sudden death playoff with Uihlein — who also needs to beat Vegas — to advance to the round of 16.

“I didn't want to have to rely on that. But that's the beauty of this group play,” McIlroy said. “Some years it works in your favor, like this year, and some years it doesn't, like last. I played a match on Friday that was basically meaningless. It's nice to still have something to play for tomorrow.”

Other first day losers who clawed their way back into at least some form of contention included ninth seed Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Dufner (42), James Hahn (56), Ross Fisher (27), Branden Grace (23), Phil Mickelson (14), Russell Henley (51), Alexander Levy (55) and Patrick Cantlay (30). READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Match play is one of those things that's definitely difficult. We don't play it that much on Tour. We don't get too much experience playing it. But it's something I always enjoy. It's just you versus one other guy. You're only worried about that match, really. It doesn't matter what the rest of the guys are doing. But it's something that I always enjoy playing it. As far as how to be a really good match play player, I'm not really sure.”--World #1 Dustin Johnson.

The five past champions are in the field this week. They are Ian Poulter (2010), Matt Kuchar (2013), Jason Day (2014, 2016), Rory McIlroy (2015), and Dustin Johnson (2017).

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