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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 159                                                       
Thursday, August 22 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's been pretty much the same the whole year. It's been pretty easy to process. I simply have gotten just too inconsistent, too far off in the long game. It went down into the short game but a tremendous improvement in my putting. I know exactly why I got off, what happened and how to get it back. I know why my swing got off. I've started to figure out that next step of working it back the right way and then making it consistently up there as one of the best ball-strikers in the world like I have been in the past is the next step. I've done it with the putting. I know I can do it with the long game. It was a year that started out and finished very differently in my head.”

BRAIN TEASER: Thanks in part to the BMW Championship, Matt Kuchar became only the eighth player on the PGA TOUR to do what?

JUST DO IT: There is already some consternation within the media that Tiger should pick himself for the President’s Cup. Agree or disagree its fair to say. Nevertheless, one member of the team offered his two cents on the matter. “I personally really hope he picks himself. I don't know how you don't pick Tiger Woods. I mean, if you're not Tiger Woods, you're picking Tiger Woods,” said Matt Kuchar. Anyone want to argue with that?

JUST ANOTHER WEEK? Lucas Glover offered some levity on the matter of starting 10 shots behind at the TOUR Championship. “It's not that abnormal. I think he beat me by ten last week too, so just a carryover from last week,” said the 2009 U.S. Open champ. Patrick Reed shared what is different for him this week. “I've played for $10 million every year, but never for 15. So it's going to be interesting,” said Reed

HAMMER TIME! Golf appears to have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to young talent. This year in particular saw Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa burst on the scene and claim their respective maiden victories on the PGA TOUR. Viktor Howland is another that appears to have a bright future in the game. It’s too early to suggest this player will give these players a run for their money, but he’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Cole Hammer has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading men’s player in the 2019 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

The 19-year-old from Houston spent eight weeks as the world’s No.1 ranked amateur and earned exemptions into The 149th Open at Royal St George’s and the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot, provided he remains an amateur.

Hammer, who attends the University of Texas, won the Southern Highlands Collegiate, Lamkin Grips SD Classic and the NCAA Austin Regional in his freshman year. He also achieved top-five finishes in the Amer Ari Invitational, Augusta Haskins Award Invitational, ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Big 12 Championship and the Northeast Amateur.

He was the recipient of the 2019 Phil Mickelson Award as US college golf’s Freshman of the Year and helped the University of Texas to a runner-up finish in the 2019 NCAA Championship. Hammer, who made his debut in the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay at the age of 15, was also among the finalists for the Haskins Award and Ben Hogan Award this year.

In 2018, he won the US Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Garrett Barber, as well as the Western Amateur and Azalea Amateur championships. He was also a semi-finalist in both the US Amateur at Pebble Beach and US Junior Amateur at Baltusrol.

Hammer is a member of the United States of America in the 47th Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool next month. He was previously selected to represent the USA in the World Amateur Team Championship and the Arnold Palmer Cup.

WEB GEMS:

HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Thorbjorn Olesen is to face trial after being charged with sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft. The 29-year-old Olesen indicated he would plead not guilty to the offenses when he made a brief appearance at a magistrates’ court in Uxbridge, west of London. READ MORE>>>

YOU’LL NEVER PLEASE EVERYONE: Jay Monahan didn’t think twice when President Donald Trump invited him to play golf. “I’m concerned about criticism for everything that I do,” Monahan said Tuesday. “But in this instance, listen, like I said, he has been a great supporter of the Presidents Cup. He loves our game. He’s got a relationship with a lot of our players. And to me, I’m not there for political reasons. I’m there to support him. He’s asked me to be there and be there along with other peers in our industry. It’s a chance for us to spend some time together and have a wonderful time.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's been pretty much the same the whole year. It's been pretty easy to process. I simply have gotten just too inconsistent, too far off in the long game. It went down into the short game but a tremendous improvement in my putting. I know exactly why I got off, what happened and how to get it back. I know why my swing got off. I've started to figure out that next step of working it back the right way and then making it consistently up there as one of the best ball-strikers in the world like I have been in the past is the next step. I've done it with the putting. I know I can do it with the long game. It was a year that started out and finished very differently in my head.”--Jordan Spieth, who didn’t qualify for the TOUR Championship.

Matt Kuchar tied for 52nd at the BMW, enough to make him the eighth player to surpass $50 million in career earnings on the PGA TOUR.

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 159                                                       
Thursday, August 22 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's been pretty much the same the whole year. It's been pretty easy to process. I simply have gotten just too inconsistent, too far off in the long game. It went down into the short game but a tremendous improvement in my putting. I know exactly why I got off, what happened and how to get it back. I know why my swing got off. I've started to figure out that next step of working it back the right way and then making it consistently up there as one of the best ball-strikers in the world like I have been in the past is the next step. I've done it with the putting. I know I can do it with the long game. It was a year that started out and finished very differently in my head.”

BRAIN TEASER: Thanks in part to the BMW Championship, Matt Kuchar became only the eighth player on the PGA TOUR to do what?

JUST DO IT: There is already some consternation within the media that Tiger should pick himself for the President’s Cup. Agree or disagree its fair to say. Nevertheless, one member of the team offered his two cents on the matter. “I personally really hope he picks himself. I don't know how you don't pick Tiger Woods. I mean, if you're not Tiger Woods, you're picking Tiger Woods,” said Matt Kuchar. Anyone want to argue with that?

JUST ANOTHER WEEK? Lucas Glover offered some levity on the matter of starting 10 shots behind at the TOUR Championship. “It's not that abnormal. I think he beat me by ten last week too, so just a carryover from last week,” said the 2009 U.S. Open champ. Patrick Reed shared what is different for him this week. “I've played for $10 million every year, but never for 15. So it's going to be interesting,” said Reed

HAMMER TIME! Golf appears to have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to young talent. This year in particular saw Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa burst on the scene and claim their respective maiden victories on the PGA TOUR. Viktor Howland is another that appears to have a bright future in the game. It’s too early to suggest this player will give these players a run for their money, but he’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Cole Hammer has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading men’s player in the 2019 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

The 19-year-old from Houston spent eight weeks as the world’s No.1 ranked amateur and earned exemptions into The 149th Open at Royal St George’s and the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot, provided he remains an amateur.

Hammer, who attends the University of Texas, won the Southern Highlands Collegiate, Lamkin Grips SD Classic and the NCAA Austin Regional in his freshman year. He also achieved top-five finishes in the Amer Ari Invitational, Augusta Haskins Award Invitational, ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Big 12 Championship and the Northeast Amateur.

He was the recipient of the 2019 Phil Mickelson Award as US college golf’s Freshman of the Year and helped the University of Texas to a runner-up finish in the 2019 NCAA Championship. Hammer, who made his debut in the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay at the age of 15, was also among the finalists for the Haskins Award and Ben Hogan Award this year.

In 2018, he won the US Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Garrett Barber, as well as the Western Amateur and Azalea Amateur championships. He was also a semi-finalist in both the US Amateur at Pebble Beach and US Junior Amateur at Baltusrol.

Hammer is a member of the United States of America in the 47th Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool next month. He was previously selected to represent the USA in the World Amateur Team Championship and the Arnold Palmer Cup.

WEB GEMS:

HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Thorbjorn Olesen is to face trial after being charged with sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft. The 29-year-old Olesen indicated he would plead not guilty to the offenses when he made a brief appearance at a magistrates’ court in Uxbridge, west of London. READ MORE>>>

YOU’LL NEVER PLEASE EVERYONE: Jay Monahan didn’t think twice when President Donald Trump invited him to play golf. “I’m concerned about criticism for everything that I do,” Monahan said Tuesday. “But in this instance, listen, like I said, he has been a great supporter of the Presidents Cup. He loves our game. He’s got a relationship with a lot of our players. And to me, I’m not there for political reasons. I’m there to support him. He’s asked me to be there and be there along with other peers in our industry. It’s a chance for us to spend some time together and have a wonderful time.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's been pretty much the same the whole year. It's been pretty easy to process. I simply have gotten just too inconsistent, too far off in the long game. It went down into the short game but a tremendous improvement in my putting. I know exactly why I got off, what happened and how to get it back. I know why my swing got off. I've started to figure out that next step of working it back the right way and then making it consistently up there as one of the best ball-strikers in the world like I have been in the past is the next step. I've done it with the putting. I know I can do it with the long game. It was a year that started out and finished very differently in my head.”--Jordan Spieth, who didn’t qualify for the TOUR Championship.

Matt Kuchar tied for 52nd at the BMW, enough to make him the eighth player to surpass $50 million in career earnings on the PGA TOUR.

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 158                                                       
Wednesday, August 21 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Obviously the goal each week is to win. I didn't do that this year. As far as that goes, I still got some motivation to work. As far as the year-end goal, this is pretty good. From what I understand, I get to go to Augusta next year. Hadn't been there in a long time. Pretty excited about that. I'm proud of my season. I didn't get a win. I'm still hungry.”

BRAIN TEASER: Two major champions didn’t make it to East Lake for the TOUR Championship. Who are they?

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Available in three different models, the PRO ONLY putter grip series will be available at retail September 1st and feature a suggested retail price of $12.99 each. For more information on the PRO ONLY putter grips and the entire 2019 Golf Pride product offering, visit GolfPride.com.

WEB GEMS:

IT IS WHAT IT IS: He contended at the Masters, US Open and US PGA Championship, although he missed the cut at the British Open. It is why the former world No.1 Adam Scott will take his FedEx Cup result with a grain of salt. "I think it's taken me a long time to realize you have to take the FedEx Cup for what it is," Scott said. "It is a big old exhibition at the end of the year with a pot of gold at the end. You can play great all year and not win (the FedEx) and you can play average all year and win it. And you can play somewhere in between, it's hard to know exactly what it is." READ MORE>>>

THE TRAVESTY! The 1975 US Open at Medinah immediately followed the infamous “Massacre at Winged Foot” where Hale Irwin’s grinding seven-over-par 287 on one of the hardest golf courses in the United States was good enough to win by two shots. By the time the US Open returned to Medinah in 1990, the course was 200 yards longer, the cut came down from seven over to one over and Irwin won his national crown a third time, shooting 280. Now, almost 30 years on, the game has changed beyond recognition. READ MORE>>>

PELLEY TALKS: Many issues have affected the game of golf since I became Chief Executive of the European Tour, but none have been as recurrent as the topic of slow play. It is the discussion that dominates dinner tables at tournaments and it is one of the main sources of frustration at all levels of the game. Although superficially solving the pace of play conundrum would seem like an easy fix, golf’s biggest challenge remains the size of our arena, as an 18-hole golf course is equivalent to almost 90 football fields, with 156 players dotted around it. Timing every player, on every shot, every week is a monumental, and costly, challenge. We must also consider the complexities of policing more robust timing rules. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Obviously the goal each week is to win. I didn't do that this year. As far as that goes, I still got some motivation to work. As far as the year-end goal, this is pretty good. From what I understand, I get to go to Augusta next year. Hadn't been there in a long time. Pretty excited about that. I'm proud of my season. I didn't get a win. I'm still hungry.”--Lucas Glover

Defending TOUR Champ, Tiger Woods (Masters) and Shane Lowry (Open Champ) are the two major winners not at East Lake.

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 157                                                       
Tuesday, August 20 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It doesn't matter what golf course it is. You give us soft good greens and soft fairways, we're going to tear it apart. It's just how it is.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player qualified for his 11th TOUR Championship; marks the most seasons qualifying for TOUR Championship by a player in FedExCup era. Who is he?

MONEY TALKS! Stephen Curry has pledged to support the establishment of Howard University’s first NCAA Division 1 golf program for the next six years. Inspired by Howard senior and golfer, Otis Ferguson IV, whom Curry met during a campus visit earlier this year, Curry was compelled to act when Ferguson shared that his impassioned solo crusade to get a golf team at Howard proved unsuccessful. Curry decided to help bridge the gap between talent and opportunity. He called howardon Under Armour, Callaway, Eat. Learn. Play., among others, for help with equipment, uniforms, and more for assistance to introduce and increase access to elite golf at a historically black college.

“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” said the NBA star. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.”

Howard University aims to debut the first men’s and women’s golf teams in the 2020/2021 academic year. The university previously had a Division 2 golf team and various intercollegiate and intramural club teams.

“Howard University is honored to partner with NBA Champion Stephen Curry to launch what is sure to become one of the best golf programs in the country,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. “This program will expose the campus to a game with numerous benefits. Golf is unique because it can be played through various ages of life. Grandfathers can play with granddaughters. Expanding the competitive opportunities for student athletes, especially in arenas where they are underrepresented, is consistent with the university’s strategic plan.” 

PERSPECTIVE: Tiger won’t be at East Lake to defend his title. Those likely missing him the most will be television. However, it’s a safe bet to suggest there will be plenty of reminders with highlights of his 2018 conquest. Woods finished T37 in the BMW Championship and No. 42 in the FedExCup standings and therefore did not advance to the TOUR Championship. It marks the 16th time in his career he has not defended a title (reasons include did not choose to play, injury, tournament no longer played, etc.). For comparison purposes, Rory McIlroy, Mark O’Meara and Tom Weiskopf each have 16 career PGA TOUR victories!

THE REAL WORLD: Golf offers a respite from reality. It gives people a chance to take a break from whatever may be troubling them and allow them to become engrossed in the game. For some that take it too seriously, the game can become a source of frustration. Throughout the years, if not decades, propaganda has been delivered to the industry that hasn’t turned out to be valid. Anyone recall the idea that golf needed to build a course a day to keep up with demand?! Or golf is bigger than the movie industry. The latter came from Joe Steranka, then PGA of American President back in 2007. Suppose for a moment that it was accurate. Then what does it say about the industry today? Case in point:

Disney is the first studio to have 5 films in one year that have generated more than $1 billion at the box office:

1) Endgame: $2.796 billion
2) Lion King: $1.345 billion
3) Capt Marvel: $1.128 billion
4) Aladdin: $1.035 billion
5) Toy Story 4: $1.001 billion

In 2018, Callaway Golf’s annual sales were nearly $1.24 billion. Acushnet, owner of Titleist and FootJoy brands, produced $1.63 billion in annual revenue. The combined companies represent the leaders in market share in all equipment categories. So if the golf industry is larger or was larger than the movie business, it must come from the course level. You decide whether it was or ever can be again.

WEB GEMS:

LIP SERVICE? European Tour players will incur a one-shot penalty from November if they are deemed to have breached slow play regulations twice in a single round. READ MORE>>>

ONE DIMENSIONAL: “They haven’t figured out yet that long means nothing to us'” Former world No1 Adam Scott says courses too easy for golf's best players. READ MORE>>>

ADIOS: The PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship is looking for a new home after the golf club that’s hosted the event since it began in Reno in 1999 pulled out. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It doesn't matter what golf course it is. You give us soft good greens and soft fairways, we're going to tear it apart. It's just how it is.”--Justin Thomas

Dustin Johnson (14th in FedExCup) qualified for his 11th TOUR Championship; marks the most seasons qualifying for TOUR Championship by a player in FedExCup era.

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 156                                                       
Monday, August 19 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The driver is the most important club in the bag now just because of the way the game is played.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the player with the most wins on the PGA TOUR over the last four seasons?

WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT: The following players moved inside top 30 and will advance to the TOUR Championship:
Hideki Matsuyama has never missed a TOUR Championship since joining the PGA TOUR in 2014
• Lucas Glover qualifies for the TOUR Championship for second time and first since 2009
• Jason Kokrak birdied the 72nd hole to move into the top 30 and will make his TOUR Championship debut.

The following players fell outside top 30 and will not advance to the TOUR Championship:
Open Championship winner Shane Lowry dropped from 25th to 33rd
• A season after finishing 33rd in the FedExCup, Andrew Putnam finishes 34th
• Harold Varner III ends season 38th in the FedExCup, marking his best Playoffs run in four seasons on TOUR

HANDICAPPING THE FIELD:

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MONEY TALKS: As noted in Thursday’s issue of the Daily Pulse, the PGA TOUR, BMW of North America and Western Golf Association officially announced that Bavarian Motor Works has extended its title sponsorship of the BMW Championship. “We are happy to remain the title sponsor of the BMW Championship,” Bernhard Kuhnt, President and CEO of BMW of North America. “For 13 years, we have been proud partners alongside the Evans Scholars Foundation, helping to provide opportunities for students to follow their dreams. We are looking forward to continuing those efforts in support of these deserving young caddies.”  

All net proceeds from the BMW Championship, conducted by the WGA, benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. Since 2007, the tournament has raised more than $30 million for college scholarships for deserving caddies. “Over the past 13 years, BMW has been a valued partner of the Western Golf Association, providing strong support for both our championships and scholarships,” said John Kaczkowski, President and CEO of the WGA. “BMW has gone beyond the traditional role of title sponsors and fully embraced our charity, helping us send more caddies to college through the Evans Scholars Foundation. We’re excited and honored that BMW has extended its partnership with us.”

The 2020 BMW Championship will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club outside of Chicago.

WEB GEMS:

R.I.P.: Golf was only a part of Jack Whitaker’s glittering resume, a small part at that, but undeniably it was a memorable one, for reasons unrelated to his renowned skill. Whitaker, who at 95 died of natural causes in Devon, Penn., on Sunday, was working his first Masters telecast for CBS in 1966, when on Sunday evening he referred to the crowd coming up the 18th hole as a mob. READ MORE>>>

EN FUEGO: The sporting expression “caught fire” took on a literal meaning on Sunday as several players at the BMW Championship, including Phil Mickelson, were affected by a fire at their hotel. READ MORE>>>

DRIVER’S SEAT: Justin Thomas had more stress than he needed Sunday before regaining control with four birdies on the back nine at Medinah to win the BMW Championship and claim the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings entering next week's TOUR Championship at East Lake. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The driver is the most important club in the bag now just because of the way the game is played.”--Tiger Woods

Most wins over the last four seasons on the PGA TOUR: Dustin Johnson (11), Justin Thomas (10), Brooks Koepka (6).

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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