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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 225
Friday, November 22, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? "I think I've shown this year what I have is good enough obviously when it's good. I think a little bit more consistency I want to have, would be nice. I want to be more consistent and being able to go out and shoot 68 every day. You have to work for what you get."

BRAIN TEASER: This player made his 769th career PGA TOUR start on Thursday at the RSM Classic. Who is he?

CREME OF THE CROP: For the second consecutive season, the Waste Management Phoenix Open was named the PGA TOUR "Tournament of the Year," marking the fourth time (2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) in the last six years the event has taken top honors. The Phoenix-area tournament also won the "Best Integrated Marketing" award for its engaging and creative year-round integrated marketing plan.

"We're extremely proud to be acknowledged by the PGA TOUR in back-to-back years and we want to say thank you to our fans, sponsors and the community for their commitment to our event," said Chance Cozby, 2019 WM Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman. "The Thunderbirds could not achieve this success without the tireless effort of so many involved, starting with our title sponsor Waste Management. Our goal each year is to make the Waste Management Phoenix Open better than the last so we can continue to grow our charitable give to the Valley of the Sun."

As the tournament continues to grow, so does the charitable impact. Proceeds from the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open generated a record $13.2 million for local charities, the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history. Since Waste Management became title sponsor in 2010, the tournament has raised more than $81 million for local charities.
"Since Waste Management became title sponsor in 2010, we are proud of the positive impact the Waste Management Phoenix Open continues to bring to benefit the community and the environment," said Jim Fish, President and CEO of Waste Management. "Together, with our partners The Thunderbirds, we strive to find new ways to improve one of the top sporting events in the world, and this recognition acknowledges our collaborative effort. We're thrilled to be the title sponsor of this event for the next decade to come."

THE DIGI WORLD: The race continues to try and make money from tee times. NBC Sports Group has acquired EZLinks Golf, a PGA TOUR-affiliated company. In its infancy, online tee times were anticipated to provide incremental growth at the course level. Yet, it hasn't happened. Nevertheless, it has become a staple in the way business is conducted in today's world and the days of calling for a time are long gone.

"Incorporating the technology and services of EZLinks into the comprehensive digital solutions we already offer will enhance our ability to help golf courses operate more efficiently and make the game more accessible for golfers," said Will McIntosh, executive vice president, NBC Sports Digital and Consumer Business.

"Like GOLFNOW, EZLinks has been committed to maintaining an open platform for golf operators," said Gary Cohen, chief executive officer of EZLinks Golf. "The combination of our two organizations will only enhance that shared commitment as we work more closely together to serve the needs of our clients and golfers everywhere."

"Simply put, our strategy is to make golf more accessible, simpler and more enjoyable to play by using tech and services that help better connect golfers and golf courses," said Jeff Foster, senior vice president, GOLFNOW and Emerging Businesses. "Teeoff and EZLinks Golf will round out our comprehensive portfolio designed to help courses elevate the golf experience at their venues and to better serve needs of the modern golfer."

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

WEB GEMS:

GOOD OLD BOY CLUB: Brooks Koepka’s pain is Rickie Fowler’s gain. Brendon Todd may be asking himself what else he needs to do? Tiger goes with Fowler as his next man up for next month’s Presidents Cup. READ MORE>>>

THE RACE IS ON: France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera overcame a lung infection to shoot the lowest-ever round at the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday, while Bernd Wiesberger stayed in pole position for the season-ending Race to Dubai title. World number two Rory McIlroy had five birdies and three lip outs on the front nine and finished with an eagle at the par-five 18th on his way to an impressive round of 64. READ MORE>>>

TRIPLE DIGITS?? “I think if he’s healthy, he goes to 100 wins,” the former PGA champion said. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think I've shown this year what I have is good enough obviously when it's good. I think a little bit more consistency I want to have, would be nice. I want to be more consistent and being able to go out and shoot 68 every day. You have to work for what you get.”--Champion Golfer of the Year, Shane Lowry.

Davis Love III made his 769th career PGA TOUR start (4th most all-time) on Thursday at the RSM Classic.

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 9, NUMBER 224                                                       
Thursday, November 21, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's just amazing how fast this game can turn. It turned fast in the wrong direction for me in 2015, it turned fast the other direction for me, so I'm enjoying it and I'm just going to keep grinding.”

BRAIN TEASER: What was the winning score at the 2018 RSM Classic?

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK: Ten years into his reign, Mike Whan has rebuilt the LPGA with a healthy, diversified foundation, with 33 events and more than $70 million in total prize money. Now he is getting rewarded for his work. “It’s a long-term contract,” Whan said. “I don’t even know how long it is. I really don’t.” READ MORE>>>

A NEW SYSTEM: The USGA and The R&A announced the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) will be determined by a new system called the Power Method. It begins in January 2020. The Power Method places greater emphasis on current form and results by improving the algorithms used to determine the WAGR, according to the ruling bodies.

In the new structure, every event in the world will earn a Power based on the strength of its starting field which will then determine the total number of ranking points on offer to the field. This will extend to a maximum of 1,000 for amateur events with players also able to gain ranking points from playing in professional tournaments. The Power Method can be applied to all competitive events: amateur, professional, stroke play, match play, and can also cater to formats the previous system would not accommodate, such as Stableford.
  
“We are thrilled to introduce the Power Method which will significantly improve the World Amateur Golf Ranking,” said Jeff Holzschuh, Chairman of the WAGR Committee. “We have listened to feedback about WAGR since its inception and we believe this change addresses many of the challenges within the previous system.”

Professor Steve Otto, Director of Equipment Standards and Chief Technology Officer for The R&A, stated, “The simplicity and elegance of the revised WAGR system will be of great benefit to competitive players at every level. It will be easier for players to become ranked under the Power Method but with the system recognizing current form and rewarding recent top results it will be tougher to remain ranked compared to the previous system.”

Points from events within the most recent 52 weeks of a player’s record will count at full value. From there, event points will reduce proportionately, approximately two percent, per week before their removal after 104 weeks. “We are grateful to our colleagues at The R&A for their work in developing this effort and their partnership in bringing it to life,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director, Championships. “As we have begun to discuss the upcoming changes to WAGR with various constituents, we have received great feedback and believe this will be very warmly received by players and event organizers.”

GET IN THE GAME: V1 Sports (V1) has launched the V1 Game, a mobile app that enables golfers to gain insights on the course and in their game without the need of external hardware. With the V1 Game app, a mobile phone or Apple Watch becomes a player’s personal caddie and shot tracker. After a round is completed, V1 Game’s performance analysis technology provides statistics that show the user’s strengths, weaknesses and paths to improvement. 

“The launch of V1 Game advances V1 Sports’ mission to empower golfers and instructors to use the best tools for game improvement,” Bryan Finnerty, CEO of V1 Sports, stated. “V1 Game gives users the power of accurate GPS data combined with next-generation performance tracking and analysis. With this powerful mobile app, golfers can make better decisions on the course, practice more effectively, and shoot lower scores.”

V1 Game’s Shot Tracking lets golfers track their strokes, putts, penalties as well as shot distances, locations, and clubs used so they can evaluate their performance and work to improve their weaknesses. For post-round analysis, V1 Game instantly displays shot data so golfers can see their strengths, weaknesses and tendencies at a glance. Stats include: strokes gained, shot patterns, club distances, scoring, greens in regulation (GIR), fairways in regulation (FIR), scrambling, putts per green, putts per GIR, estimated handicap, and more, according to the company.

“With V1 Game, you’re going to get deep into data that reveals who you are as a golfer. In vivid color and with real-time data analysis, you’ll know your strengths and weaknesses on the course, which will empower you to get with your teaching professional and make specific improvements. This is an incredible tool for golfers who truly want to play better and score lower,” Finnerty said.

The V1 Game App is the product of a new partnership between V1 Sports and mobile app developers Pocket Par and is differentiated from similar apps, according to the parties, because it combines powerful and user-friendly GPS functions with dynamics shot-tracking analytics that include Strokes Gained data for personal data. “It’s exciting to work with V1 Sports and having the V1 Game app reach an audience that’s dialed into game improvement. You don’t have to be a data geek to get serious game improvement benefits from the V1 Game app,” said Pocket Par co-founder Dallas Webster. “You’ll know your miss tendencies and exactly where you’re losing shots on the golf course so you can spend your practice eliminating the exact shots that are costing you strokes.”

Users can connect and share stats and performance data with instructors and friends. V1-connected instructors can invite students to start receiving feedback on performance and plans for improvement. Advanced statistical analysis of golf data requires a subscription (in-app purchase) after the first three rounds. Subscriptions can be purchased in-app with both auto-renewing and non-renewing options. Auto-renewing subscriptions cost $59.99/year or $6.99/month. Non-renewing subscriptions (allowing 7-day access) can be purchased for $9.99. The V1 Game app can be downloaded by Apple users in the App Store and by Android users in the Google Play store. Learn more here.

WEB GEMS:

GROW THE GAME? The BBC will not show any live golf next year for the first time since 1955 after the broadcaster lost the rights to live coverage of the Masters. Sky Sports will be the sole broadcasters of the tournament from Augusta. READ MORE>>>

WEEK OFF: The European Tour has called off next week’s Hong Kong Open because of the ongoing civil unrest in the city, citing the safety of players and staff. Keith Pelley, the Tour’s chief executive, was confident that the 65th-staging of the $2 million event would take place, saying as recently as 10 days ago that “we are comfortable with the tournament going ahead.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's just amazing how fast this game can turn. It turned fast in the wrong direction for me in 2015, it turned fast the other direction for me, so I'm enjoying it and I'm just going to keep grinding.”--Brendon Todd. Perhaps, truer words were never spoken and sums up why anyone that plays the game becomes addicted to it!

Charles Howell III and Patrick Rodgers finished 72 holes of the 2018 RSM Classic at 19-under par (263). Howell won with a birdie-3 on the second playoff hole.

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 9, NUMBER 223                                                       
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The money's not that important. Obviously, being a golfer these days, you have a chance at a young age to set your family up for life. Winning is just such a good feeling. It has been a long time coming, and I'm not one to complain, but I really did want to win something. Everybody puts a lot of hard work in week-in, week-out and you wait for your time to come. I feel happy and lucky that it's been my time this week.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player is 44-under par in his past two events and was 43-under combined in 16 events between the start of the 2018-19 season! Who is he?

NUMBERS SAY IT ALL: El Camaleón Golf Club at Mayakoba Resort played to a field average score of 70.032 last week. The 36-hole cut saw 82 players make it at 1-under 141. A year ago, the cumulative scoring average was 69.247. Yup, the golf ball is to blame. The 36-hole cut was 4-under, 138. In 2017, the cumulative scoring average was 70.290. I know it sounds like a broken record! The 36-hole cut was 1-under 141. Three years of data isn’t going to be recognized statistically, but I won’t bore you with the redundancy (again). History repeats itself and as Einstein pointed out, expected a different outcome is madness. That damn ball is a real problem.

BONJOUR: HONMA Golf has opened its first European golf shop in Paris to showcase. The brand plans to build on its growing profile in other destinations across Europe and said it is due to open similar shops in the commercial districts of other European cities in the coming months. You may be surprised to learn that HONMA already operates 75 shops under its own branding across the world, including flagship stores in Tokyo and Shanghai. There are 30 HONMA stores in Japan alone and the brand has also just opened its first North American store in California in September.

“The choice of Paris as the first city in Europe to open a HONMA shop was easy, as the French capital is globally recognized as a center for market-leading, high-end brands and premium products,” said Alejandro Sanchez, General Manager of HONMA Golf Europe. “Coupled with the opportunity to occupy this prime location with our retail partner GOLF PLUS, and the success of last year’s Ryder Cup contest at the nearby Le Golf National complex, Paris became a natural option for our first European outlet,” he added.

The City of Lights attracts more than 40 million visitors a year and is considered one of Europe’s most successful shopping destinations, with an estimated €13.5 billion Euros being spent there on an annual basis.

WEB GEMS:

WORK IN PROGRESS: “It’s difficult to understand, right? I’m right out of college and I’m like, ‘oh, let’s see if I can finish my card (but) oh, I finish the year fifth in the world’. This is hard to believe in that sense. I was held to the expectations of what one of the top ten or 5 players in the world should be, as it should have been. I guess mentally I didn’t see myself as such a role model that quickly. It takes time to adjust, but slowly I’m trying to be better and be a better player, and a better person on the golf course, because off the golf course, I’m a very different person in that sense.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The money's not that important. Obviously, being a golfer these days, you have a chance at a young age to set your family up for life. Winning is just such a good feeling. It has been a long time coming, and I'm not one to complain, but I really did want to win something. Everybody puts a lot of hard work in week-in, week-out and you wait for your time to come. I feel happy and lucky that it's been my time this week.”--Tommy Fleetwood after his victory at the Nedbank Challenge. He won the richest first-place check on the European Tour of $2.5 million with his playoff victory.

Brendon Todd is a combined total of 44-under par; was 43-under combined in 16 events between the start of the 2018-19 season and his win at the Bermuda Championship.

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 9, NUMBER 222                                                       
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “He's probably not the person I would lean on because he's never really done well in Q-School. He knows that. He's better at major championships than he is at Q-School.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who was the last player to win back-to-back PGA TOUR events before Brendon Todd accomplished it?

THE NEXT GENERATION: This week at the RSM Classic, the new Vokey Design SM8 wedges will be made available to tour players for the first time. It marks the start of Titleist’s tour seeding and validation process for the next generation Vokey Design models, which happens to be the most played wedges on tour since 2004.

Master Craftsman Bob Vokey, Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill and Director of Wedge R&D Kevin Tassistro will be on site at Sea Island Golf Club, working alongside Titleist’s Tour Reps, introducing players to the new SM8’s and fitting them into the best bounce and grind setups for their game.

OUR BEST EVER: Cobra Golf reports it has created the company’s fastest and most powerful drivers to date. According to the company, it has optimized six unique zones of the KING SPEEDZONE and the KING SPEEDZONE XTREME. The new products feature a CNC Infinity Milled Face, which the milled area of the face has been expanded by 95%, the company says, enabling for greater control and leading edge thickness. It’s important to note that the USGA and R&A limit the initial velocity a ball is able to travel off the face of a driver. So Cobra may have found improvements over its past generation of drivers, but it still is going to be limited in order to comply with the ruling bodies mandates.

The SPEEDZONE drivers feature a new Titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis that removed unnecessary titanium to create more discretionary weight. A 360 Carbon Wrap Crown design makes up 50% of the driver body, Cobra says, providing ample stiffness and support to the chassis while saving 25 grams of discretionary weight. It also has a low CG zone, Cobra promises, high MOI and enhanced aerodynamics.

“Our new KING SPEEDZONE drivers emphatically answered the question we are always asked – can you really improve the driver any further and stay within the rules of golf?  That answer is yes,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D for COBRA Golf. “By approaching design the same way you would if you were trying to create the world’s fastest cars, we left nothing on the table in terms of speed considerations.  With our six zones of performance, SPEEDZONE is the fastest driver that we have ever produced.”

The KING SPEEDZONE XTREME Driver ($449) features a slightly larger shape profile with more perimeter weighting and a 17-gram tungsten weight that sits behind the rear exhaust pipe design.

The new KING SPEEDZONE Irons is built off a similar platform as the driver. “When designing irons, there is a delicate balance of delivering playability, feel and distance, and the SPEEDZONE Irons in both traditional and ONE length make-ups provide all three attributes in spades,” said Olsavsky. “Our innovative SPEEDZONE technology has allowed us to maximize distance without giving up any feel or forgiveness.”

COBRA Golf offers two iron models in the SPEEDZONE equipment family.  In addition to the KING SPEEDZONE Variable Length Irons (steel - $799), there is the KING SPEEDZONE ONE Length Irons (steel - $799).

Last but not least, there is the KING SPEEDZONE Fairway ($279), which features a more traditional model, designed with back weighting and a slightly shallower face along with a KING SPEEDZONE men’s Hybrids (MAP $229).

WEB GEMS:

HOLA! Brendon Todd held his nerve to secure a one-shot victory in the rain-delayed Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico on Monday as he lifted his second trophy in as many U.S. PGA Tour appearances. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “He's probably not the person I would lean on because he's never really done well in Q-School. He knows that. He's better at major championships than he is at Q-School.”--Chase Koepka, who has earned status on both the Challenge and European Tours, and next month faces final qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour.

Brendon Todd wins back-to-back PGA TOUR events, becoming the first to do so since Bryson DeChambeau ((2018 THE NORTHERN TRUST, 2018 Dell Technologies Championship)

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 9, NUMBER 221                                                       
Monday, November 18, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Some of my favorite courses like this one, and Hong Kong one of my favorite courses, doesn't have to change to keep scoring down. I think that's the sign of a great course. There's always times when you're going to have to lengthen certain holes, but I just think that it's paramount to strike the ball well and if you don't, you can't score and I just think that's what makes a good golf course.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who has more career PGA TOUR victories: Ben Crenshaw, Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Doug Ford, Hubert Green, Tom Kite or Rory McIlroy?

SHOE BUSINESS: David Maher, President and Chief Executive Officer for Acushnet foreshadowed earlier this month that FootJoy still had some new products FLEXcoming in 2019. The #1 Shoe in Golf has launched several additions to its popular FJ FLEX franchise.

The FJ FLEX now offers waterproof protection and elevated athletic styling with the all-new FLEX XP (MSRP: $125).  The new upper design features a premium, lightweight performance mesh upper with a one-year waterproof warranty. “Offering an adjacent waterproof category was a critical addition to the FLEX family, with further enhancements to improve the overall design,” said Richard Fryer, Director of Product Development, Footwear.  “This product will excite FJ FLEX wearers and those looking for unrivaled versatility on any surface and in all weather conditions.”

Next is FJ FLEX LE1 (MSRP: $165), the first limited edition release for the FJ FLEX category, featuring contemporary suede Wingtip Blucher upper. The company is offering it in three colors and finished in soft suede. “With the momentum that we have riding the incredible success of FJ FLEX, it’s really exciting to see what we can do with this footwear franchise,” added Fryer. A limited number of FJ FLEX LE1 shoes are available now on FootJoy.com and select retailers, while supplies last.

ONE MORE TIME: Callaway is going back into the shoe business. The company announced Cuater by TravisMathew, a new premium performance brand focused on creating versatile, comfortable footwear and accessories. Its launches with three shoes, including two golf shoes - The Moneymaker (retail price: $159.95) and The Legend (retail price: $249.95), as well as one casual shoe - The Daily (starts at $109.95).

According to the company, Cuater by TravisMathew is focused on creating versatile, comfortable footwear and accessories. It contends that most performance products on the market are over designed with exaggerated technology and it set out to combat the trend toward unnecessary complication. Without sacrificing style, Cuater strives to incorporate useful technology into premium performance products. Each of these shoes is featured on the brand’s new website: travismathew.com/cuater.

WEB GEMS:

REALLY!!!??? Russell Henley incurred a bizarre eight-stroke penalty in the second round at the Mayakoba Classic on Saturday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Some of my favorite courses like this one, and Hong Kong one of my favorite courses, doesn't have to change to keep scoring down. I think that's the sign of a great course. There's always times when you're going to have to lengthen certain holes, but I just think that it's paramount to strike the ball well and if you don't, you can't score and I just think that's what makes a good golf course.”--Tommy Fleetwood on the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa.

Greg Norman won 20 times in 14 years on the PGA TOUR. Ben Crenshaw (19 in 23 years), Ernie Els (19 in 19 years), Doug Ford (19 in 12 years), Hubert Green (19 in 15 years, Tom Kite (19 in 18 years) and Rory McIlroy (18 in 10 years) trail the Great White Shark by one victory.

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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