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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 196                                                       
Monday, October 14, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It wasn’t a difficult decision at all. I am very happy with my decision as I don’t miss the competition now. I am actually delighted I don’t ever have to hold a pencil in my hand ever again. I watch golf on the telly and, when I do commentate, I see the pressure there and I am so delighted I don’t have that in my life anymore. I can’t say what my legacy will be. He never won a major but he had fun?”

BRAIN TEASER: There is the only player to finish in the top 20 at all five events during the 2019-20 season. Can you name him?

UPGRADE: The probability on the PGA Tour of making a putt from 7 feet, 11 inches is 50/50. Anything closer favors the golfer; anything farther away is a worse proposition. But not all 50/50 putts are created equal. That’s one reason why the PGA Tour has been developing a major upgrade to its ShotLink system. The new Shotlink Plus will use READ MORE>>>

ANOTHER REASON WHY GOLF REMAINS UNIQUE: Former PGA Champion, Rich Beem went from broadcaster back to player last week at the Houston Open. After his opening round score of 69, no one was more surprised that he was. “I wish I was this good back in the old times, are you kidding me? I don't think I played this good towards the end of my career, there's no doubt,” said the 2002 PGA Champ.

“I hit some good shots, but I think that every shot grabs my attention, no doubt about it, just like in the PGA every year,” he continued. “So not playing full time, it's not easy. You've got to get out there and you think you're going to do okay, but listen, my biggest asset is mentally, I get to watch the best players in the world in a week-in, week-out basis and I kind of see how they manage their games. That's helped me more than anything because I can honestly say I've still got about four or five different swing thoughts and I'm trying to figure out which one's the best one out there. It's just about managing the game, hitting the shots that I know I can hit, finding some greens and roll a putt or two in. You shoot 69, which to me is simply incredible. I never expected this, not by a long shot.”

Plenty of casual observers might be caught off guard by Beem’s comments. While he turned back time with his play, his words are worth remembering even for weekend warriors. Managing what you can or can’t do often can make or break any round, even for elite level players!

GO FIGURE? Henrik Stenson, the highest-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking in the field, missed the cut (72-74) at the Houston Open. Meanwhile, amateur Cole Hammer (67-77) made the cut on the number, marking his first made cut in his second PGA TOUR start. Meanwhile, Lanto Griffin picked up his first PGA TOUR victory in his 33rd start at the age of 31 years!

WEB GEMS:

OFF THE MARKET: Congratulations go out to Rickie Fowler and Allison Stokke, who just revealed that they got married. READ MORE>>>

FROM ROME WITH LOVE: Bernd Wiesberger moved atop the Race to Dubai rankings by winning the Italian Open on Sunday for his second Rolex Series victory of the year. Wiesberger carded a bogey-free 6-under 65 at Olgiata Golf Club for a one-stroke victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick after beginning the day three strokes behind the Englishman. Fitzpatrick had chances to get into a playoff but missed both an eagle putt on the 17th hole that lipped around the cup and a birdie effort on No. 18. READ MORE>>>

DREAM COMES TRUE: Six feet away from his first PGA Tour victory, Lanto Griffin never felt calmer. It was only after his par putt fell into the middle of the cup Sunday in the Houston Open that the 31-year-old Griffin struggle to contain so many emotions. He describes his parents as hippies and his childhood as flush with fun and love, short on cash. His father, who bought him a starter set of clubs even though no one in the family ever played golf, died when Griffin was 12. A local pro in Virginia, Steve Prater, gave him an honorary membership when Griffin’s father died and continues as a coach and mentor. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It wasn’t a difficult decision at all. I am very happy with my decision as I don’t miss the competition now. I am actually delighted I don’t ever have to hold a pencil in my hand ever again. I watch golf on the telly and, when I do commentate, I see the pressure there and I am so delighted I don’t have that in my life anymore. I can’t say what my legacy will be. He never won a major but he had fun?”--Sam Torrance. He won 44 career professional events, 21 times on the European Tour. He won the won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 1972.

Lanto Griffin is the only player to finish in the top 20 at all five events during the 2019-20 season.

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 195                                                       
Friday, October 11, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I always say that I was never a great celebrator of victories. And I regret that. I always had a doubt. After each win I’d think ‘will this win be my last?’ So I just tried to keep improving. I loved the feeling of winning. When I won, I was so up. The self-esteem was so high and I felt seven feet tall.”

BRAIN TEASER: The PGA Champions Tour tees it up at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina for the SAS Championship. Three members of the World Golf Hall of Fame have won it. Can you name any of them?

IN TIGER WE TRUST: Topgolf, which is exploring a public offering for additional funding, while simultaneously creating an exit strategy for shareholders, appears to have some competition on the horizon. Forget about hitting full shots, try eating and drinking while putting!

TGR, Tiger Woods Ventures and PopStroke Entertainment Group have entered into a strategic partnership. Founded in 2018, PopStroke is a technology golf-entertainment concept, like Topgolf, featuring professionally designed putting courses with food and beverage. PopStroke currently has one facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Locations in Scottsdale, Arizona and Fort Myers, Florida are currently under development, and several additional sites are said to be planned for 2020 and beyond. TGR Design and Tiger Woods will be responsible for designing the putting courses at all future PopStroke locations.

TGR“This is a natural extension of my golf course design philosophy and my TGR Design business,” said Woods. “Our goal has always been to design courses that bring people together and are fun for golfers of all abilities and ages.”

The PopStroke experience is enhanced with a technology platform consisting of the soon-to-be released electronic scorekeeping golf ball, the “iPutt” ball. The ball transmits scores electronically to the custom PopStroke app. Players will be able to compete against each other in a dynamic, social and tournament environment while earning “Pop Bucks” through the PopStroke loyalty rewards app program.

“Tiger Woods has had the most significant impact in growing the game of golf around the world and his investment and partnership in PopStroke will undoubtedly introduce the game to a new and wider audience of participants,” said PopStroke founder Greg Bartoli.

“Some of my happiest memories are spending time with my pops on the golf course having putting contests,” said Woods. “I’m looking forward to others enjoying time with their kids at PopStroke. This is a new way for individuals to experience the game of golf. It’s about bringing people together.”

The Board of Directors of PopStroke will be comprised of Bartoli, Chris Hubman, CFO of TGR, Tiger Woods Ventures and Peter Bevacqua, president of NBC Sports and former CEO of the PGA of America. “We are incredibly excited and honored to partner with Tiger in introducing the PopStroke experience across the country,” Bartoli added. “Tiger is the greatest putter and golfer of all time and we are privileged to utilize his TGR Design team and for him to endorse our golf experience. Our goal is to introduce the game of golf to a wider audience of players in a dynamic environment, across all ages and backgrounds, and there is nobody more qualified to do that than Tiger Woods. I am also happy to have Chris Hubman and Pete Bevacqua as board members of PopStroke. Their wealth of experience in the golf and media industry will provide invaluable support to our future growth.”

WEB GEMS:

JUST DO IT! The players in the American Presidents Cup team want Tiger Woods to be a playing captain at this year’s event in Australia, former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love said. “We asked him to be captain knowing that this would probably happen.” READ MORE>>>

TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Suzann Pettersen is letting us all in on the deeper story of the putt she made to win the Solheim Cup for Europe almost a month ago. She explains in a letter to her infant son, Herman, how that putt tied a bow on golf’s place in her life and how he changed her understanding of who she really is. The letter was published READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I always say that I was never a great celebrator of victories. And I regret that. I always had a doubt. After each win I’d think ‘will this win be my last?’ So I just tried to keep improving. I loved the feeling of winning. When I won, I was so up. The self-esteem was so high and I felt seven feet tall.”--Colin Montgomerie

Three members of the World Golf Hall of Fame have won the SAS Championship: Bernhard Langer (2012, 2019), Colin Montgomerie (2017) and Hale Irwin (2005).

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 194                                                       
Thursday, October 10, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I came out and had two good rounds out of four. I didn't obviously compete, but the road back to playing well is a process, and this week was a good start on that process, and I'm looking forward to going to Korea and continuing improving. I identified a few areas to continue to work on, but there were some areas of strength as well. Flew a lot of wedges and short irons the right number. My short irons have not been sharp the last six, eight months. They were much, much better. I hit a lot of good putts the first and fourth rounds, online. Didn't make a ton, but I hit a lot of good putts. I had a rough putting week the second and third rounds. I'll work on that. My iron play, my chipping was much better. I hit a lot more fairways, too.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the last company to sponsor the Houston Open?

IN GOLF WE TRUST: As yesterday’s issue noted, Topgolf is exploring a public offering. It’s a natural progression within its financial structure. It should be interesting to see how the company portrays itself to the investment community. As its name implies, golf would seem to be the central theme. Yet, golf hasn’t delivered a compelling growth platform and that will be a challenge in convincing investors for its valuation. Real estate, technology along with food and beverage are also components of the story. So how much will or won’t golf influence investor sentiment or make or break a deal?

BALL GOES TOO FAR: For those that feel the ball goes too far, ask yourself which club is more important to scoring: driver or putter? This might surprise you but since 2006, the Houston Open champions have combined to only miss 14 putts from inside 5 feet and Hunter Mahan (2012), Matt Jones (2014) and J.B. Holmes (2015) are the only winners at this event to make every putt from within 5 feet.

Matt Jones (2014) made 98.39% of putts from inside 10 feet (61 of 62), marking the third best putts make percentage from this distance by a PGA TOUR winner since 2003 (4 measured rounds).

WEB GEMS:

FATHER TIME? Phil Mickelson has never played this much golf this late in the year since the PGA Tour began a new season in October instead of January. He’s never had this much of a reason. Mickelson is running out of time to show why U.S. captain Tiger Woods should pick him for the Presidents Cup. At stake is a streak that is unlikely to be matched. Mickelson has played on 24 consecutive Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, qualifying for 20 of them. The last time he wasn’t on a team was 1993, the year Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth were born. READ MORE>>>

ITS TIME: There will be no more “play it again, Sam.” Nearly 50 years after he turned professional, Sam Torrance has called time on his competitive career. The man who holds the record for most appearances on the European Tour and gave us an iconic moment as he raised his arms skywards on the 18th green at The Belfry in 1985 after holing the winning putt in a Ryder Cup has officially retired at the age of 66. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I came out and had two good rounds out of four. I didn't obviously compete, but the road back to playing well is a process, and this week was a good start on that process, and I'm looking forward to going to Korea and continuing improving. I identified a few areas to continue to work on, but there were some areas of strength as well. Flew a lot of wedges and short irons the right number. My short irons have not been sharp the last six, eight months. They were much, much better. I hit a lot of good putts the first and fourth rounds, online. Didn't make a ton, but I hit a lot of good putts. I had a rough putting week the second and third rounds. I'll work on that. My iron play, my chipping was much better. I hit a lot more fairways, too.”--Phil Mickelson on his performance last week in Las Vegas.

Shell Oil Company sponsored the event from 1992 through 2017. When the end of Shell's sponsorship was announced, the PGA Tour said it would seek a new sponsor for 2018

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 193                                                       
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “ I'm going to come back next year and look like a different person. You're going to see some pretty big changes in my body, which is going to be a good thing. Going to be hitting it a lot further. Not necessarily bigger, but just stronger in general. I am going to look probably a lot bigger, but it's going to be a fun month and a half off. I have never been able to do this, and I'm going to go do things that are going to be a lot of fun.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who is the defending champ of the Houston Open?

NOT IF BUT WHEN: Topgolf International Inc is in talks with investment banks about hiring underwriters for an initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter said. READ MORE>>>

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK? Yesterday’s issue reported on the PLAYERS Championship turning to the streaming world. It was also pointed out how this is fast becoming a demarcation point with respect to the way in which content is consumed. Cable and satellite is being forced out by digital streaming, especially with younger consumers who has zero affinity to overpaying for channels they have no interest in. So where does the existing golf consumer reside?

Golf Datatech, LLC has unveiled its 2019 Summer Golf Product Attitude and Usage (GPAU) Study. “The streaming of golf content increased substantially a few years ago, it has been in a holding pattern since. Serious Golfers, because of their age and lifestyle, aren’t as likely to use streaming, they’re more likely to watch a tournament live, DVR it, or watch a replay, than they are to stream it on a digital device,” reported John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC. “While the American media landscape is changing rapidly, moving from traditional print and television to digital and streaming, Serious Golfers are moving a little slower in that direction. Despite being digitally savvy, they still utilize many of the traditional means to gather their golf information.”

Datatech’s 2019 Summer Golf Product Attitude and Usage also provides insight into equipment purchases and the ever-changing ways consumers buy products. For more information on the 2019 Summer Golf Product Attitude and Usage Study, call 888-944-4116 or visit www.golfdatatech.com.

WHAT’S NEXT? Its that time of year again. Summer has passed and the holiday season is fast approaching. Like it or not, another year is less than 90 days away! It’s also the time of year equipment companies begin to unveil new products for the upcoming year. Cobra Golf went into 2019 with the KING Forged CB/MB irons that Rickie Fowler had a helping hand in. For 2020, it will be the next generation of KING Forged TEC Irons.

COBRA reported the latest irons it has designed feature a traditional muscle-back shape with a hollow design for softer feel and improved power, which it stated is preferred by better players. In case anyone is wondering, the KING Forged TEC Irons will be available in a variable or ONE Length set make-up.

Like a majority of COBRA equipment, the Forged TEC irons also feature the COBRA CONNECT Powered by Arccos allowing users to track their accuracy and distance using the Arccos Caddie app on a smart device.

The Forged Tec variable length irons (MAP: $1,099 steel; $1,199 graphite) are available through stock in an 8-piece (4-GW) set in both right and left-hand versions. The Forged Tec ONE Length irons are available through stock in a 7-piece (4-PW) set. The irons will be available at retail and at cobragolf.com beginning November 1, 2019.

IT’S FREE! PING has announced a program providing a free set of Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors exclusively to golfers who have purchased an eligible PING club or buy one before the end of the year. More than 30 PING clubs are eligible in the promotion that runs through December 31, 2019 or while supplies last. The promotion also includes a 90-day free trial of the Arccos Caddie app.

“We want to reward our loyal customers in unique ways,” stated John K. Solheim, PING President and an Arccos user. “I’m confident the best way to do that is to provide them meaningful incentives that help them play better and enjoy the game more. By offering them the free Smart Sensors and the free trial, we’re making it easy for PING users to try Arccos and see the amazing improvements in their games.

“Once golfers experience the technology, they’ll immediately see the value it brings to their game,” Solheim continued. “I personally love analyzing the strokes-gained data Arccos Caddie provides to show me areas for improvement. During the round, I rely completely on the club recommendations and ‘Plays Like’ distances. I’ve seen tremendous improvement in my game and I know all golfers will similarly benefit.”

To request the 14 free Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, eligible consumers need to visit ping.com/arccos-sensor-promo and follow a four-step process.

WEB GEMS:

PASS: This week the Houston Open will move into its new fall date on the PGA Tour calendar, but it will do so without defending champ. But rather than defend his title this week, he will instead tee it up on the European Tour at the Italian Open. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “ I'm going to come back next year and look like a different person. You're going to see some pretty big changes in my body, which is going to be a good thing. Going to be hitting it a lot further. Not necessarily bigger, but just stronger in general. I am going to look probably a lot bigger, but it's going to be a fun month and a half off. I have never been able to do this, and I'm going to go do things that are going to be a lot of fun.”--Bryson DeChambeau.

Ian Poulter won the 2018 Houston Open in a playoff over Beau Hossler. It was his third career PGA TOUR 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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 191                                                       
Monday, October 7, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If you're playing to be second best I don't know what you're playing for. Seems very simple for me. I don't know anybody in any professional sport that wants to be second best.”

BRAIN TEASER: Kevin Na became the first player to make a triple bogey in a final round and go on to win since who else did it? HINT: 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

HELLO OLD FRIEND: FootJoy is bringing back the best selling shoe category of all time, Contour Series. It is now wrapped in refined leather and a relaxed hybrid styling. Available in a cleated Contour and spikeless Contour Casual version, both feature slip-lasted construction found in most sneakers.

“Building off of the successes of the Contour Series, we wanted to reinvent the category with a more contemporary design,” said Rickard Frye, Director of Product Management, FJ Footwear. “This line of Contour is completely reimagined from the ground up with an entirely new outsole configuration, a luxurious new upper package, but the same Contour fit and commitment to comfort that has made it one of the most successful golf product franchises of all time.”

The Contour Series line features contemporary cup sole construction and an ERGO-sole that is proven to be comfortable and durable, the company said. The updates sole has been modified with a wedge-shaped EVA insert to improve cushioning, reduce weight and add ergonomic support. The upper construction features proprietary NappaLUXE leather. It has one-year waterproof protection.

The cleated Contour ($129.95 Laced/ $159.95 BOA) and spikeless Contour Casual ($119.95 Laced) are available now.

Launching in unison with Contour footwear is the new ContorFLX glove. “We continue to push for new ways to advance al of our products and that’s evident here with the all-new CntourFLX,” said Maria Bonzagni, Senior Director for Acushnet Clove and FJ Gear. “We’ve identified key enhancements to provide softness, fit and excellent durability, all while maintaining a price-point that will appeal to all golfer.”

ContorFLX uses precision placement of PowerNet mesh along the back of the hand, with finer elastic across the knuckles for increased moisture control. ContourFLX uses a 3-Dimensional proprietary angled ComfortTab Velcro closure tab. The new ContorFLX has a suggested retail price of $17.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE? “There is a problem with how golfers are introduced to the game. It is our mission to give these new golfers the best program and technology possible to make becoming a life-long golfer a fun experience. Our team has been hard at work over the last 10 years to build the programs, technology, training, and network to help carry out this mission. We believe the foundation is in place to set our big Network-wide goal.  We are going to introduce 1,000,000 new golfers to the game and get them to shoot even par (36) for 9 holes by the end of 2025! The best part is we can guide golfers and actually measure it with our technology.” READ MORE>>>

BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT TO BELIEVE: Maybe the ruling bodies can chew on this: Kevin Na sets a PGA TOUR record at the 2019 Shriners for most feet of putts made (558’11”) in a 72-hole event (ShotLink era). Is it still all about how far the ball travels? Oh ya, Na needed extra holes to secure his fourth career PGA TOUR victory.

WEB GEMS:

RECORD BREAKER: The 24-year-old is now the fastest Spaniard to five European wins, achieving the feat in ten fewer events than Ballesteros at the venue where the 1997 Ryder Cup captain won his 50th and final European Tour title 24 years ago. READ MORE>>>

ONE CLUB THE DIFFERENCE MAKER: “Putter got hot this week. Tends to do that sometimes, and when it does, if I'm hitting it halfway decent I feel like I can win.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “If you're playing to be second best I don't know what you're playing for. Seems very simple for me. I don't know anybody in any professional sport that wants to be second best.”--Brooks Koepka, who missed the cut in Las Vegas.

Kevin Na is the first player to make a triple bogey in a final round and go on to win on the PGA TOUR since Rickie Fowler did it at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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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