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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 201                                                       
Monday, October 21, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It is kind of bizarre knowing that I've won four times here. I obviously like the golf courses and I feel like they fit my game well, but it must be all the beef, maybe that's what it is. I don't know.” 

BRAIN TEASER: This player shot his first over-par round (in the third round of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES) on TOUR since the final round of the 2019 Travelers Championship in June. Who is he?

ALL FORE ONE? There is talk from across the pond that the on again off again proposed takeover of the Ladies European Tour by the LPGA Tour is on again. Discussions between key stakeholders took place at last month’s Solheim Cup, with the LPGA Tour overseeing the women’s game in both the United States and Europe now a live prospect. READ MORE>>>

THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Miscellaneous Notes
With a solo-second, Danny Lee posted his fourth career runner-up 
Byeong Hun An posted the highest finish by a Korean player with a T6
Wyndham Clark (T8/-12) followed up three consecutive missed cuts with his first top-10 of the 2019-20 season
Jhonattan Vegas tied the best round of the tournament with a 9-under 63, vaulting 33 spots up the leaderboard from T49 to T16 
Gary Woodland, who finished runner-up in 2018 behind Brooks Koepka, recorded back-to-back top-threes at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES with a T3 finish after closing with weekend rounds of 65-66
Cameron Smith recorded his third consecutive top-10 at the tournament with a T3 finish after jumping into a share of third with a birdie-birdie-eagle finish 
Sungjae Im, the 2019 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, who is from Jeju, finished T39
 44-time PGA TOUR winner Phil Mickelson finished T31 in his tournament debut 
Hideki Matsuyama posted a season-best T3 in three starts this season 
Tyrrell Hatton (T6/-13) led the field in greens in regulation with 65/72 (90%) 
Whee Kim still holds the best finish ever by a Korean player at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES with a T4 in 2017

THE NUMBER$: The cumulative stroke average at the Club at Nine Bridges was 70.119 at the 2019 CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. In 2018, it was 70.944. In 2017, 73.187. Does this say anything about technology and equipment advances in the past few years?

WEB GEMS:

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY? A year after winning the British Open and one week after failing to make the cut in his home Italian Open, Francesco Molinari says he is changing his caddy. READ MORE>>>

LONG SHOT? Tiger Woods is targeting the Tokyo Olympics as he seeks to add another glittering chapter to his storied career. READ MORE>>>

TIME OFF: The PGA Tour announced that Matt Every has been suspended for 12 weeks after violating its conduct policy for drugs of abuse. Every, 35, in a statement sent to GolfChannel.com, said that he tested positive for cannabis, which he has been legally prescribed in the state of Florida, where he lives. “I have been prescribed cannabis for a mental health condition by my physician whom has managed my medical care for 30 years,” he said. “It has been determined that I am neither an acceptable candidate to use prescription “Z” class drugs nor benzodiazepines.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It is kind of bizarre knowing that I've won four times here. I obviously like the golf courses and I feel like they fit my game well, but it must be all the beef, maybe that's what it is. I don't know.” --Justin Thomas on his four career victories (in 9 starts) in Asia

Viktor Hovland’s 74 (third round of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES) is his first over-par round on TOUR since the final round of the 2019 Travelers Championship in June and ties his highest ever score on 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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 200                                                       
Friday, October 18, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't have a set number of wins. For me, it's more about the consistency, giving myself opportunities, and then certainly having a chance to win two or more of the majors on the weekend, that's always been my goal. Trying to tee it up to have a chance to win every single week, learn from when you do and when you don't win. I know what I need to take care of, what parts of my game I need to take care of to have those opportunities each week and I've been trying to address those and certainly make progress. Each part of my game at different points in my career has been towards the top of the PGA TOUR at different times and sometimes at the same time. So I know that I'm capable of doing it, it's just a matter of the normal ups and downs of the game and addressing them and quickly turning the downs to ups and then maintaining when those parts of the game are on top.”

BRAIN TEASER: Five Korean-born players were in the top 10 after the first round of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES including leader Byeong Hun An (-8/64). Has a South Korean player ever lead after any round of the event?

STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT! He hasn’t been seen or heard from that much since his big win, but nevertheless Open Champion Shane Lowry has signed an extension to his equipment contract with Srixon and Cleveland Golf. “I am absolutely delighted to have reached an agreement on a new multi-year contract with Srixon/Cleveland Golf,” Lowry said. “This new contract extends my partnership with the brand to 15 years and almost my entire professional golf career since turning pro in 2009. With Srixon, I know that I am playing the most consistent and reliable ball in the world, and the new Srixon Z 585 Driver was a critical factor in achieving my first Major win at the Open Championship this year.

“I would like to sincerely thank all of the people at Srixon/Cleveland, both at the head office in Japan, and the tour staff across Europe and the US, for their long-term faith and commitment to me in ensuring that I’m playing the best equipment every time I tee it up on a weekly basis across the globe,” he added. “I hope to repay this faith with many great days on the golf course in the years ahead.”

Rodney McDonald, Srixon/Cleveland Golf’s Vice President of Tour Operations, stated, “All of us at Srixon/Cleveland Golf are thrilled to extend our partnership with Shane. He is a great ambassador for our brands, and his continued support delivers worldwide validation for our products. We were all excited to watch him capture his first major title, and look forward to continued success in the years to come.”

HE DID IT! With an opening round score of 3-under 69, Viktor Hovland delivered his 18th straight round in the 60s. It is the most by any player on TOUR since 1983. Not bad for a rookie!

ANOTHER DEAL: OnCore Golf Technology, Inc. has announced a commercial partnership with PopStroke Holdings, LLC, the company that last week announced a strategic partnership with TGR, Tiger Woods Ventures. OnCore has a patent-pending golf ball designed exclusively for use in PopStroke's golf entertainment putting facilities.

"I am very excited about what our team has accomplished with respect to the integration of electronics and golf balls," said Keith Blakely, OnCore Golf's CEO. "The iPutt ball represents a number of significant advancements in hardware and software that were necessary to ensure flawless operation. A golf ball can move for lots of different reasons and 'teaching' the ball to recognize the difference between a putt and other movements is not easy."

Don’t look now but Topgolf, which is exploring a potential public offering, has some competition coming on the horizon.

UNITED WE STAND: Lynx Golf has joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative — a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 local networks. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

MORE GROW THE GAME MATERIAL: Another rules fiasco. Marcel Siem was docked 10 shots, then  DQs himself. READ MORE>>>

OLD IS NEW AND NEW IS OLD: When Steve Sesnick read about the upcoming reboot of the Skins Game in Japan headlined by Tiger Woods, he couldn’t help but feel a moment of pride like that of a proud parent. And why not? It was further confirmation that his concept – even if he believes it has outlasted its expiration date – still works.
More than 35 years ago, Sesnick claims that he conceived the concept that became one of the most successful made-for-TV franchises in all of sports: four of golf’s biggest names, competing in a go-for-broke format over two days during Thanksgiving weekend when golf traditionally was dark, college football was limited, and even the NFL had two fewer games to compete against. From its debut in 1983, it became a runaway success that once generated TV ratings that eclipsed all of the majors except the Masters and was another feather in the cap for television producer Don Ohlmeyer and IMG executive Barry Frank, who have long been credited for shepherding its success and not Sesnick. So how did they steal the glory and riches from Sesnick? READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I don't have a set number of wins. For me, it's more about the consistency, giving myself opportunities, and then certainly having a chance to win two or more of the majors on the weekend, that's always been my goal. Trying to tee it up to have a chance to win every single week, learn from when you do and when you don't win. I know what I need to take care of, what parts of my game I need to take care of to have those opportunities each week and I've been trying to address those and certainly make progress. Each part of my game at different points in my career has been towards the top of the PGA TOUR at different times and sometimes at the same time. So I know that I'm capable of doing it, it's just a matter of the normal ups and downs of the game and addressing them and quickly turning the downs to ups and then maintaining when those parts of the game are on top.”--Jordan Spieth

South Korea’s Byeong Hun An is the first South Korean player to ever lead after any round at the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 199                                                       
Thursday, October 17, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “You see Bernhard Langer still winning at 62. Jay Haas at 65 can still contend and was second in a senior major this year. At 56, I’m still a youngster so I’m thinking ‘ok, I’ll keep going’. I mean, what else would I do? You could talk of moving to St Andrews and walking the dogs on the West Sands. But that would take until 10 in the morning. What the hell do I do after that? It’s a long day. So I’ve never thought about retirement. Ely Callaway worked to his last day and he was 82. I’ll do the same thing.”

BRAIN TEASER: Viktor Hovland has recorded a score in the 60s in each of his last 17 PGA TOUR rounds, tied for the longest streak on record (since 1983). Who currently has the record if he shoots a score in the 60s in the first round of this week’s THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES?

EASY, PEASY? Regardless of the sport, the best players in the world often make the game look easy. Golf isn’t any different. However, what isn’t so easily apparent is the dedication required to make it look so easy. Case in point, soon to be 50-year old Phil Mickelson is doing his best to try and turn back the clock. The World Golf Hall of Famer, who is currently ranked 47th in the world, has made some big changes in his life for the simple purpose of trying to improve his play.

“I've changed my eating habits. I eat much healthier, I eat a lot less. I work out twice a day when I'm home and I believe that the weight loss and increased physical fitness will help me play better,” said Mickelson. “It helps me have more energy and more focus towards the end of the rounds. It helps me recover after tournament rounds a lot quicker and be ready for the next day. I'm optimistic and believe that I will start to play to the level that I know I'm able to.”

His noticeable weight loss is function of his desire to improve. “I wanted to feel better on the golf course, I wanted to be able to practice longer and I wanted to be able to recover faster,” he explained. “So when I would play a round, I was more tired at the end of the day than I wanted to be and I wasn't feeling fully refreshed and ready to play by the next day. Now that I've gotten in a lot better shape, I'm having more energy when I play and I'm recovering faster, so I can practice longer, too.”

WEB GEMS:

CAN WE GIVE IT A REST? "I've been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn't won a major since I've been on the PGA Tour. So I just don't view it as a rivalry," Koepka told AFP ahead of his defense of the CJ Cup in Jeju, South Korea which begins on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

GROW THE GAME! The rules have changed since Lee Ann Walker lasted played competitive golf. She found out the hard way. Walker shot rounds of 85 and 74 at the Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort in Indiana. That was before she realized players no longer can putt when their caddies have been standing directly behind them. She had to add 42 penalty shots to her first round, turning that into a 127, and 16 more penalty shots for the second round, turning that into a 90. It left Walker contemplating a consolation prize. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “You see Bernhard Langer still winning at 62. Jay Haas at 65 can still contend and was second in a senior major this year. At 56, I’m still a youngster so I’m thinking ‘ok, I’ll keep going’. I mean, what else would I do? You could talk of moving to St Andrews and walking the dogs on the West Sands. But that would take until 10 in the morning. What the hell do I do after that? It’s a long day. So I’ve never thought about retirement. Ely Callaway worked to his last day and he was 82. I’ll do the same thing.”--Colin Montgomerie.

Viktor Hovland would break Bob Estes’ record if he shoots a score in the 60s in the first round of this week’s THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 198                                                       
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “No sport has gone backwards. World records are beaten all the time in athletics, tennis is a different game from the Borg and McEnroe era. Look how quick football is now to what it was. They are quicker and stronger in rugby, cricket is faster. Every sport has changed. People want to do things bigger and better. If you give us a golf ball that’s going 80, 90 per cent of what it did, players will just hit it harder. And then we’re back to square one.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player made a hole-in-one last year at the THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. Do you know who it was?

WANT TO IMPROVE? Cobra Golf has unveiled T-RAIL (Transitional Rail) its first, all-hollow iron-hybrid set. The super game improvement clubs promise the forgiveness of a COBRA Baffler hybrid with the precision of an iron. “T-RAIL irons make it easy for beginners and golfers who have lost some distance and control to gain the confidence needed to play better and have more fun,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D, COBRA Golf. “Players who need max forgiveness and are looking for more distance will be amazed at how far and straight they hit these, even being able to get them airborne from tough lies.” 

A hollow body construction creates a lower, deeper CG, Cobra said, than traditional cavity-back iron designs. The Baffler Rails offer enhanced turf interaction for more speed and stability. 

The T-RAIL combo set features a hollow, iron-hybrid construction in the 5-PW with a 4-hybrid to make a 7-piece set. Both the Men’s and Women’s T-RAIL sets ($899) will be available beginning November 1, 2019. 

WEB GEMS:

TELL ALL? Tiger Woods is writing what he describes as his definitive story in a memoir titled “Back.” The memoir will cover Woods from his youth as a golf prodigy to his rise as the youngest Masters champion and the only player to hold all four major championships at the same time. It will delve into his slide from injuries and his high-profile personal issues that led to divorce, along with his comeback from four back surgeries to win the Masters at age 43 for his 15th career major. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “No sport has gone backwards. World records are beaten all the time in athletics, tennis is a different game from the Borg and McEnroe era. Look how quick football is now to what it was. They are quicker and stronger in rugby, cricket is faster. Every sport has changed. People want to do things bigger and better. If you give us a golf ball that’s going 80, 90 per cent of what it did, players will just hit it harder. And then we’re back to square one.”--Colin Montgomerie

In the second round last year, Paul Casey made the first and only ace in the history of the THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 197                                                       
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If I was 65 and I play 20 times and maybe I only played well a couple times, I wouldn't do it at all. You've got to take all those good things with the bad and that's what golf really is. I've been doing it 40 years and I've had so many great days, but you always go home and think of the crappy shots. I’ve made five holes-in-one in my life and I've shot a lot of 76s, but I remember the 76 a heck of a lot more than five little holes-in-one.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player currently leads the TOUR in Total Birdies (94) made in the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season. Who is he?

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS: As American Express once touted, the PGA TOUR has built upon the premise that membership has its perks. Case in point, Scott Harrington's played 195 times on what is now called the Korn Ferry Tour and made $787,464. He tied for second in the Houston Open on Sunday and made $667,500!

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW? Another golf season has faded for recreational players throughout the globe. For those that might be in the market for a new putter, Odyssey has announced a new Stroke Black Ten and Stroke Lab Black Bird Of Prey Putters. According to the company, the story behind Stroke Lab is the shaft. It promises the design actually helps to improve the tempo and consistency in a players’ stroke.

The new Stroke Lab Ten provides balanced weighting for greater consistency, according to Odyssey, with enhanced forgiveness, alignment, and insert technology inspired by its #7 and Indianapolis models. The multi-material head construction promotes a high MOI for more stability. Odyssey’s new Microhinge Star Insert creates a firmer feel. A hi-def alignment promises an easy to find correct setup at address.

The Stroke Lab Ten Black is already Odyssey’s #1 model on the PGA TOUR (Phil Mickelson, according to Odyssey is already among the list of players who are using it). “I always try clubs that Callaway makes. Our product line is incredible, and I always try whatever comes out. Sometime things click and sometimes they don't. Putters are a very hard thing for me to get fitted in. I usually use a mallet or a blade and there are reasons for that, the way I stroke and the way I set up to it,” reported Mickelson from the Shriners.

“So it's very hard to get the right look, feel, performance that I'm looking for from a putter because I don't stoke it the same as a lot of guys do. The first few putts I hit with this I noticed a real difference. It was more stable. The guy that makes it for me has the right hosel, right amount of offset, the White Hot XG insert that I love from years ago. It's got a stability -- doesn't block,” he continued. “Usually those mallets I block them. Don't block that one. I hit them online. And what I found was from six feet in I was much more efficient. For me, a good putting round is making every putt inside six feet. A great one is when you make every one inside six feet and you add a few 12, 15, 20-footers.”

The new Bird of Prey features one of the most distinct head shapes the company has introduced. The multi-material shaft saves 40 grams of weight, according to Odyssey, which is redistributed to the head and grip end of the putter. It allowed the company to completely rebalance the putter for improved tempo and consistency in the stroke. As is the case with the new Stroke Black Ten, the new Bird of Prey also features a new Microhinge Star Insert, a hi-def alignment and a super high MOI for stability.

The Stroke Lab Ten Black and new Bird of Prey will be at retail on November 1st and are priced at $299.99.

NUMBERS DON’T LIE: For anyone wondering, the 2019 Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston played to a cumulative stroke average over four rounds at 72.011. In 2018, when it was played from March 29 - April 1st, the cumulative stroke average was 70.600. In 2017 at the same course and essentially the same dates (March 30 - April 2) as 2018, the stroke average was 71.982. In 2015, once again the same course and time of year (April 2-5), it was 70.855. Yup, the golf ball is a real problem!!

WEB GEMS:

EQUAL PAY: Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam will host a new tournament in Sweden next year with men and women facing off on the same course for a single trophy and prize fund, organizers announced. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “If I was 65 and I play 20 times and maybe I only played well a couple times, I wouldn't do it at all. You've got to take all those good things with the bad and that's what golf really is. I've been doing it 40 years and I've had so many great days, but you always go home and think of the crappy shots. I’ve made five holes-in-one in my life and I've shot a lot of 76s, but I remember the 76 a heck of a lot more than five little holes-in-one.” --Fred Couples

Lanto Griffin entered the Houston Open leading the TOUR in Total Birdies (70) and led the field in that category last week with another 24!

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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