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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 231                                                       
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Goals next year, I would say I've played a lot of golf the last two years, done a lot of traveling, so maybe being really careful with my schedule and making sure I'm fresh and ready. And as we go into 2020, that's going to be a huge year with Olympics and Ryder Cup, so just managing all the variables that go along with that. This will be an exciting year and I feel like its time for me to win another major championship.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many times in his career has Tiger Woods won what is now called the Hero Challenge?

TIGER TV! Discovery, Inc. and the PGA TOUR, GOLFTV have an exclusive multi-year global content partnership with Tiger Woods. Starting in January 2019, GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR, the new global live and on-demand video streaming service jointly developed by Discovery and the TOUR, will collaborate with Woods on a wide range of programming, content creation and storytelling opportunities for a regular look into the life, mind and performance of Woods.

Among the collaborative plans are a weekly practice and instructional videos, exclusive access into his preparation routines, behind-the-scenes access before and after PGA TOUR rounds and exclusive post-round commentary. “I’ve been watching Discovery and David Zaslav build up a global sports platform with Eurosport, the Olympics and the launch of GOLFTV with us at the PGA TOUR, so I think they’re the perfect partner to help grow the game. They’re global, they get sports and know how to build new, younger and big audiences. It’s a perfect fit and I’m so excited to be a real partner with the Discovery Sports team,” said Woods.  

“I love the vision of GOLFTV and the ambition for it to become the premier destination for golf entertainment worldwide. To have my own platform to communicate is the culmination of a lot of hard work from my team and the team at Discovery. We’re going to build content for everyone, whether you’ve been playing golf for a long time or just starting out. I’ll be sharing stories and giving insight into my approach that has never been seen before. This is such an exciting time for golf and for me, so to be part of the vision to grow the game all around the world is fantastic. I can’t wait to share my knowledge on GOLFTV,” he said.

“I want to talk to golf fans and golfers everywhere, directly, and straight from me. That’s important to me. Talking about what we care about: what’s happening on the course, how to play better, how can I shoot lower scores tomorrow, how can I beat my friends?  David explained how GOLFTV is for the fans and the players, a single place they’ll all want to go, and he’s building something everyone will want,” added Woods.

“Getting the chance to do instruction is exciting.  I’ve always been focused on my own game and this experience can help players everywhere. Whether you’re a long-time player or a beginner, there are some things that help us all play better. It’s one way I want to give back to people who love the game like I do. If I can help the next generation enjoy the game more and play better, that’s pretty special,” Woods concluded.

EARLY RETURNS: Turner received 750,000 unique video views and 55 million minutes consumed on B/R Live for The Match, which led Levy to state “We don’t have all the facts and figures, but based on early indications, the total audience for the match surpassed expectations across all of our platforms.” The glitch is said to have cost Turner in the region of $10 million in revenue, and it’s an error that Levy has put down to the insufficient memory in the system, caused by Black Friday shoppers. Despite not receiving revenue from PPV purchases, Turner did sell sponsorships to companies such as Rolex, Audi, Capital One and AT&T, all of which Levy has said were “extremely happy” with the event, and “want to come back.” READ MORE>>>

LASTING LEGACY: Ian Baker-Finch, who enjoyed success at The Open in 1991, has donated $50,000 to charities in Australia and the UK after returning his Gold Medal to The R&A. The former Champion Golfer’s medal will go on display in the clubhouse at Royal Birkdale, scene of his famous victory.

“Many of my charitable activities have focused upon improving the lives of young people and particularly those who are undergoing care and treatment for cancer-related illnesses in Australia,” said the 58-year-old Aussie. “These charities are very close to my heart and I know these funds will make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families. I would like to thank The R&A for its generosity in helping to support these initiatives.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, remarked, “One of Ian’s most enduring qualities is his unstinting acts of kindness and we were delighted to support these charitable activities which clearly mean a lot to him. His memorable victory at Royal Birkdale remains one of the great stories in the cherished history of The Open and it is entirely fitting that his Gold Medal should be displayed at the club where he lifted the famous Claret Jug.” 

Challenge is a Melbourne-based charity, which provides support services to young people diagnosed with cancer and their families and has been in operation since 1983. It opened the Challenge Family Centre in 2011 to complement the existing support offered by the organization. Jarrod Lyle, who passed away earlier this year after cancer-related illness, was an ambassador for Challenge and supported its work for many years.

Redkite was founded as The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children in Australia in 1983 and provides essential support to children, teenagers and young adults with cancer to ensure the best possible quality of life for them and their family. Funds will also be donated by Baker-Finch to the Golf Foundation in the UK to support its Girls Golf Rocks participation program. Youngsters participating receive a 7-Iron for completing a six-week block of activity.
Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “This is a very generous gesture by Ian and The R&A. We would like to thank them for their support in providing funds for our Girls Golf Rocks program which will help to inspire many young girls into playing golf.”

THE CHINA SYNDROME: The PGA of America has reached a multiyear partnership with China’s Mission Hills Group and PacificPine Sports Group that will see the launch of three PGA Golf Academies in China. Two PGA of America Academies will be established at the Mission Hills Shenzhen resort in southern China and a third academy at the Mission Hills Haikou resort on Hainan Island.

“China represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the game of golf,” said Arjun Chowdri, PGA of America Senior Director for Global and Corporate Strategy. “We will continue to position PGA of America Members at the forefront in driving this growth. Mission Hills has shown an enduring commitment to the game, and it is our shared values that will allow us to make a true impact on the future of the game in China.”

PacificPine Sports Group has been appointed to manage the three academies at Mission Hills in China, with PGA of America Member Patrick Quernemoen overseeing operations. Previously, both the PGA of America and PacificPine’s parent, i3 Sports, partnered to create a digital media strategy that localizes the PGA’s library of content and distributes it via platforms, including a dedicated microsite on Sina Sports’ website.

“We are proud to partner again with the PGA of America,” said Quernemoen, PGA, COO of PacificPine Sports Group. “As a PGA Professional for 20 years, I know first-hand that the expertise and knowledge of the game by PGA Members is unparalleled. The PGA of America Academies at Mission Hills will be designed to introduce a new generation to the game within China, one of the fastest growing emerging markets in golf.”


YEAR END MEANS SOMETHING: With only three weeks of golf left around the world, it could be tight for a few wanting to end the year in the top 50. Branden Grace is No. 48 this week and likely to slip a little more. He is expected to play next week in the South African Open, and he currently is on the entry list for the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. Matt Wallace, who would appear safe at No. 44, also is on the entry list for the two events in South Africa. Emiliano Grillo is No. 46 and not scheduled to play, though he also appears to be safe. Ditto for Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark at No. 47. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “Goals next year, I would say I've played a lot of golf the last two years, done a lot of traveling, so maybe being really careful with my schedule and making sure I'm fresh and ready. And as we go into 2020, that's going to be a huge year with Olympics and Ryder Cup, so just managing all the variables that go along with that. This will be an exciting year and I feel like its time for me to win another major championship.”--Justin Rose.

Tiger Woods has won the Hero Challenge five times in his career. The last was in 2011, when it was then called Chevron World Challenge. Ironically, he has never won it under its current name.