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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 150                                                       
Friday, August 9 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'd love to create some magic that kind of happened in 2013. I really teed off Sunday not thinking I'd have a chance but played a really solid round. One kind of fell my way, actually. If you hang around long enough, that happens, and that's kind of how I remember it. So it would be fun to be in the mix again this week.”

BRAIN TEASER: Two players managed a win on the PGA TOUR this year but didn’t qualify for the for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Who are they?

LESS GOLF / MORE NUMBERS: Callaway Golf reported net sales growth of 13% in the second quarter of 2019 with record second quarter net sales of $447 million, an increase of $51 million. The bottom line reported net income of $29 million. Golf club sales were $223.8 million, a decrease of $9 million from a year ago. Golf ball sales were $68.6 million, up $2.7 million from 2018. The company did not provide a break down in sales by equipment category.

For some perspective, metal wood sales were $94 million for the quarter ending June 30, 2018. Iron sales were $111 million, putters were $27.8 million and ball sales were $65.8 million for the quarter.

Six-month sales for Callaway were $963 million, compared to $800 million for the same period in 2018. It said the Jack Wolfskin business contributed $141 million in sales in the first half. Year-to-date, club sales are $485.5 million versus 490.3 million in 2018. Ball sales are $130.5 million compared to $120.8 million last year.

"We are very pleased with our results for the second quarter and first half of 2019," said Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf in a prepared statement. "Given the success of our 2019 product line and our TravisMathew business to date, and with the Jack Wolfskin business delivering 14% growth in local currency in the second quarter, we were able to overcome significant foreign currency headwinds and increase our guidance for the full year.

WHY? David Maher, Acushnet’s President and Chief Executive Officer spent some time on the company’s recent conference call to Wall Street analysts, to provide some background on its latest acquisition. “The defining characteristics of the KJUS brand are its focus on the dedicated athlete and unwavering passion for product performance and quality excellence. KJUS',” began Maher. “KJUS' Founders, Olympic Champion Lasse Kjus and Didi Serena, from the beginning have viewed wearables as a performance-enhancing equipment category and the company has never deviated from the belief that outerwear must enhance an athlete's ability to excel. These attributes are the most appealing to Acushnet and are the foundation of our future vision for KJUS. The global golf outerwear and apparel market is roughly $4 billion at retail, comprised of some 300 different and mostly regional brands. This acquisition strengthens Acushnet's position in this sizable product category as we now approach this market opportunity with 3 distinct and complementary brands and product strategies.

“FootJoy is our largest and most globally oriented performance position line. Titleist apparel is a super-premium performance play, focused on the Korean and Japanese golf market opportunities,” he continued. “And now KJUS presents us with a range of technical performance opportunities across geographies, style preferences and premium price points. KJUS' origin is in technical, premium skiwear where they have earned a loyal following with discerning skiers who place a premium on performance and styling. KJUS is a proven leader in fabric innovation and the company has a great job translating ski technologies and materials innovation into the golf wearable space. For perspective, the KJUS ski business represents about 60% of the total with golf and lifestyle accounting for the balance. KJUS will be led by company veterans Brook Mackenzie and Nico Serena who are actively engaged in the integration process as we establish an operating model to fortify the brand's entrepreneurial spirit and category focus, invite increased investment in product innovation and design and take advantage of Acushnet's global reach and scale. We think KJUS is a great fit for Acushnet and look forward to helping the KJUS team further develop this compelling growth opportunity.”

Acushnet declined to disclose the size of the business for competitive reasons. It did share through a Securities and Exchange filing the acquisition price for KJUS was $28.7 million.

WEB GEMS:

SURPRISED? Tiger Woods joked that at least he broke 80 after struggling to a four-over-par 75 in the first round at the Northern Trust. The score was the latest indication that all is not well with the 15-times major champion’s surgically fused spine, though his putter also let him down at Liberty National in perfect morning conditions. READ MORE>>>

NOT THE NAME EVERYONE WAS EXPECTING: Troy Merritt’s focus has shifted after tying Liberty National’s course record in the first round of THE NORTHERN TRUST. “We're in a good position now to contend for the championship,” Merritt said. “That's why we tee it up each week. Obviously this week, it's a little bit different with just trying to get into next week and now we can shift our focus from winning the golf tournament.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'd love to create some magic that kind of happened in 2013. I really teed off Sunday not thinking I'd have a chance but played a really solid round. One kind of fell my way, actually. If you hang around long enough, that happens, and that's kind of how I remember it. So it would be fun to be in the mix again this week.”--Adam Scott.

Martin Trainer (Puerto Rico Open) and Jim Herman (Barbasol Championship) are the only players to win on the PGA Tour this year without qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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 149                                                       
Thursday, August 8 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “People are probably going to say this is a little bit surprising, but I've never played Pine Valley. I know it's always rated every year as the No. 1 course in the world but I've never been there.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the highest ranked player in the FedExCup standings without a win entering the 2019 FedExCup Playoffs?

HOW’S BIZ? Acushnet, owner of the Titleist and FootJoy brands, reported second quarter financial results. Net sales were $462.2 million, down $15.9 million or 3.3%, from a year ago. The company said on a constant currency basis (factoring out the foreign currency exchange changes), consolidated net sales were down 0.8% resulting from a decrease of $8.4 million.

On a geographic basis, sales in the United States increased by 1.4% in the quarter on an increase of $3.0 million in Titleist golf balls and $1.7 million in Titleist golf gear, partially offset by a decrease of $1.8 million in Titleist golf clubs. Sales outside the United States were down 8.7% and 3.3% on a constant currency basis. On a constant currency basis, Japan was down 13.2%, EMEA was down 5.0%, and Korea was up 5.5%.

Looking at sales by product categories, golf balls were $173.3 million, an improvement of $1.1 million from the 2018 second quarter. Club sales were $107 million, down $10.8 million, while Titleist gear came in at $46.8 million, up $1 million. FootJoy second quarter sales were $114.1 million, down $5.4 million from a year ago.

Net sales for six months are $895.9 million, down $24 million compared to a year ago. Net income came in at $73.4 million, down $8 million from 2018. Titleist golf balls sales were 6% higher in this period, while clubs sales were down 15.5%. According to the company, the decrease resulted primarily from lower sales volumes of its iron series and wedges, which were in their second model year. The decrease was offset by higher sales volumes of TS drivers and fairways, which were launched in the third quarter of 2018. Titleist golf gear was up 2% and FootJoy reported a 2.0% decrease in net sales, but 0.8% increase on a constant currency basis.

“Through the first six months of the year, our business has been led by nice gains in Titleist golf balls, Titleist gear and FootJoy golf wear,” David Maher, Acushnet’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated in prepared remarks “Our new Pro V1 and Pro V1x models are off to great starts in all global markets, and the Titleist ball count across worldwide professional tours is 73%, more than eight times our nearest competitor.

"Titleist TS drivers have been the most played driver at 28 of 35 events on the PGA Tour this season, validating our TS metals speed platform which delivers terrific ball speed and total game performance", continued Maher. "Gains in Titleist gear were led by strong acceptance of our new stand bags, the largest component of that business, and the new FJ Flex and Fury golf shoes have been well received along with the 2019 FootJoy performance outerwear and apparel lines. We continue to be excited about the second half of the year, as we are set to launch several innovative new products led by our new Titleist T- Series irons, which will arrive in golf shops later this month. Across all markets, Acushnet associates and our valued trade partners continue to do great work presenting and fitting Titleist and FootJoy products to dedicated golfers.”

WEB GEMS:

HOW’S THE WEATHER LOOK? Tiger Woods put himself on a pitch count Wednesday at The Northern Trust. Well, it was a pitch count at least based on how the 43-year-old normally prepares for a PGA Tour event. Woods didn’t hit a tee shot after the seventh hole during his pro-am round at Liberty National and opted to only chip and putt over the final nine holes. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “People are probably going to say this is a little bit surprising, but I've never played Pine Valley. I know it's always rated every year as the No. 1 course in the world but I've never been there.”--Tiger Woods.

Webb Simpson (9th) currently is the highest ranked player in the standings without a victory entering the FedExCup Playoffs.

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 148                                                       
Wednesday, August 7 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm always trying new things, but last week was cool. I just said, you know what, I'm going to kind of do a little bit of a hard reset. I felt like I wasn't able to progress any further than what I was able to. I felt like I was working on my golf swing hard enough and I just wasn't seeing results. And so at that point in time, when you see that, out of your game, it's like, okay, let's go and see how we can make some clubs that can be more beneficial to me and so that's what we did last week. We found some very interesting results that will be of future help to amateur golfers across the world.”

BRAIN TEASER: Two players played their way into THE NORTHERN TRUST following the Wyndham Championship: Can you name either of them?

BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY:  Frank Nobilo recently tweeted: “I’m worried about the game. I think we have lost our way in so many aspects. Golf is too expensive. The courses are too long. We have equipment that is really designed for the recreational player, but which produces unhealthy distance for the elite players.” It’s a view that seems to be widely held. With no disrespect intended to Nobilo by singling him out, but he’s right on two out of three.

The average driving distance at last week’s Wyndham Championship was 300.1 yards (vs. 310.3 in 2018) for a difference of -10.2 yards, according to TOUR sources. The average driving distance in 2019, year-to-date, is currently -2.3 yards shorter than in 2018 on the PGA TOUR.

The average driving distance at last weeks Ellie Mae Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour was 307.6 yards (vs. 310.0 in 2018) for a difference of -2.4 yards. The average 2019 driving distance for the Korn Ferry Tour is currently -2.2 yards shorter, year-to-date, than in 2018. 

How about the over 50 guys? The average driving distance on the Champions Tour in 2019 is currently -8.0 yards shorter, year-to-date, than in 2018! Across the pond on the European Tour, the average driving distance is currently -0.9 yards shorter, year-to-date, in 2019 than in 2018.

The outlier happens to be the ladies. The average driving distance on the LPGA Tour in 2019 is currently 6.6 yards longer, YTD, than in 2018. 

We can debate several ways that would make the game healthier but if anyone thinks rolling back the distance a golf ball travels will excite and encourage people to continue to play or intrigue others to try it, they’re dreaming. Anyone want to go back to dial up service for the Internet?

WHO NEEDS ROLEX? It’s been more than 15 years since Greg Norman played more than 10 events in a season on the PGA TOUR. The last time he teed it up on the Champions Tour was 2012 and that was for two tournaments. The Sharks still carried a big reputation in golf and his services remain in demand. Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced a new partnership with the Aussie. Financial terms were not disclosed. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce this partnership and welcome Greg Norman into the Garmin family,” said Susan Lyman, Garmin vice president of global marketing. “As a globally recognized athlete, an avid outdoorsman and successful entrepreneur, Greg’s winning attitude and adventurous spirit make him a perfect fit for Garmin.”

The Greg Norman for Garmin campaign will highlight Norman’s experiences with golf products such as the Approach S60 golf watch and the Approach Z80 laser range-finder, as well as the Fenix 5S outdoor smart watch and the MARQ Collection of modern watches.

WEB GEMS:

THE AUTHORITY! Jordan Spieth might never find his way back from the wilderness unless he stops analyzing his swing in such detail and returns instead to his natural ways, PGA Tour winner turned television analyst Brandel Chamblee said. READ MORE>>>

TO BE DETERMINED: The European Tour has suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his arrest on charges of being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting a female passenger while she slept. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm always trying new things, but last week was cool. I just said, you know what, I'm going to kind of do a little bit of a hard reset. I felt like I wasn't able to progress any further than what I was able to. I felt like I was working on my golf swing hard enough and I just wasn't seeing results. And so at that point in time, when you see that, out of your game, it's like, okay, let's go and see how we can make some clubs that can be more beneficial to me and so that's what we did last week. We found some very interesting results that will be of future help to amateur golfers across the world.”--Bryson DeChambeau, defending champion of the NORTHERN TRUST.

Two players played their way into THE NORTHERN TRUST following the Wyndham Championship: Patton Kizzire (No. 118 from No. 129) and Andrew Landry (No. 132 to No. 123)

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 147                                                       
Tuesday, August 6 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's been going on so quick, I haven't really been able to think back and about all the memories or all the tournaments I played so far this year. But I remember after I came back from Christmas break, just hitting balls inside for four weeks, I was lost. I didn't know where the ball was going really and I really didn't feel like I was hitting the ball that great in college my last semester. But I got a lot better at just playing the game and scoring with what I had. In that way I've been really happy with just how I've been able to perform with the things that I've been playing with.”

BRAIN TEASER: Nine players have advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs in each season since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007. How many can you name?

TWO FORE ONE! The USGA announced moving forward, the reigning U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions will have the opportunity to utilize their exemptions in the following year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open as an amateur or professional. Previously, the reigning winners of the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur received an exemption into the following U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, respectively, only if they maintained their amateur status. Moving forward, the reigning champions will have the option to turn professional while maintaining their exempt place in the field.

“We believe this change gives our champions an important option as they choose whether and when to embark on their professional careers,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director, Championships. “Given the significant purses awarded at the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, we realize how important it is for players to make the most appropriate decision for his or her career, and the positive impact it could have at the outset of their professional careers.”

Over the past decade, four of 10 U.S. Amateur and three of 10 U.S. Women’s Amateur champions forewent their exemptions into the following year’s Open Championships, choosing to turn professional. “Given the opportunities afforded the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions, we want to make sure they are able to take advantage of as many as possible,” said Bodenhamer. “We feel strongly that our reigning champions have earned their places in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, regardless of their amateur status.”  

KARMA? Despite missing the cut, Pat Perez finishes No. 125 to earn the final spot in the FedExCup Playoffs, just two points ahead of Richy Werenski (No. 126).

PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM: It’s been a busy year for Titleist. The #1 ball in golf has been aggressive with its new product introductions. At the U.S. Open, in June, Titleist had three new irons (T100, 620 MB and 620 CB) make their debut. At the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Titleist debuted the U-Series utility irons. This isn’t your father’s Titleist. Case in point, for the second time this season, Titleist swept all eight major equipment categories on both the PGA TOUR and Koran Ferry Tour in the same week. It was an achievement that had never been accomplished until Titleist did it by sweeping the Travelers Championship and Wichita Open in June. The eight major tee-through-green equipment categories in question include golf balls, drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, utility irons, irons, wedges and putters.

For serious and recreational players, Titleist has formally introduced three new iron (T100, T200 and T300) designs as part of the Titleist T-Series. The T100 is a new fully forged cavity construction is balanced by co-forged, dual-density tungsten, according to the company. Max Impact technology spreads speed and distance control evenly across T200’s thin, forged L-face, according to Titleist. The 300 offers the most forgiving player’s experience possible, Titleist promises. It has a mid-size face in a cavity-back design.

“The T-Series represents a revolutionary step forward in Titleist iron design and technology,” said Josh Talge, Vice President, Titleist Golf Club Marketing. “Our Club R&D team is nearly six times the size it was when the first AP iron was introduced 11 years ago. It’s because of that ongoing investment that we’ve been able to make such significant breakthroughs in materials and construction, and learn how to package those technologies into constructions that offer the look, sound and feel that players expect from a Titleist iron.”

“There are three key elements to hitting a great iron shot: distance, dispersion and angle of descent,” said Marni Ines, Director, Titleist Irons Development, Golf Club R&D. “T-Series technology helps players carry the ball longer and hit their number more consistently, even when they don’t make a perfect strike. Dispersion is tighter, so the ball stays on target. And trajectory is optimized, so the ball not only lands on the green, but stays there. Length means nothing if you don’t have control.”

The T200 and T300 irons incorporate Max Impact Technology, a Titleist innovation that extends maximum speed across the entire face of mid and long irons while preserving superior sound and feel. A thin face is backed by a unique polymer core – developed in partnership with Titleist Golf Ball R&D – to provide consistently better distance from every swing.

“Max Impact allows us to make thinner, faster faces that push the limits of iron ball speed,” Ines said. “With this system in place, we’re able to take our materials and make them thinner and faster to maximize speed across the face, and help give us the launch angle we need to deliver more consistent distances on every swing. In other words, you’ll end up with more shots that hit the green – and stop there.

tseries“Being able to rely on the material expertise of our Golf Ball R&D team, we were able to build a polymer core with properties that not only deliver the resilience we needed for speed performance but also sound dampening that helps us dial in the preferred feel for each construction,” Ines continued. “When you have a face technology like Max Impact, it becomes doubly important to balance the construction with high-density tungsten to achieve the high MOI you need to keep the club stable at impact. Having such high MOI properties at our blade lengths allows the iron face to return more energy to the golf ball on off center shots and produce more consistent distances. If you don’t have a high MOI, you’re not going to get the full benefits out of your face design.”

“T300 is the ultimate game improvement iron,” Talge said. “It goes high and far, it’s exceptionally playable and it looks great. T300 has a higher MOI than our prior generation game improvement model for even more distance and forgiveness. From address, you’d never believe how much technology is built into this iron.”

Titleist said the new T-Series irons made their tour debut two weeks ahead of schedule at the U.S. Open, due to player requests during prototype testing. Cameron Smith and Charles Howell III immediately put sets in play at Pebble Beach, while Justin Thomas added a T100 4-iron. Jordan Spieth, whose feedback the company said was instrumental in the T100 development process, switched to a full set at The Open Championship.

“When I first saw the T100 irons and it didn’t say ‘AP2’ on it, I had to have full trust,” Spieth said. “I’m sitting there saying, ‘Man, I played the same iron that said the same thing on it since 2010, probably earlier.’ But I’ve been playing Titleist clubs since I was 12 years old, and they’ve never led me in the wrong direction and they’ve always gotten better. And the idea of a name change – really an entire change across the board with their irons – is big. But there are big changes.” Charley Hoffman, Ian Poulter, Scott Stallings and CT Pan are also among the more than 20 PGA Tour players who have put the new irons in play, as T100 is poised to quickly become the most played iron model on the PGA Tour.

“With T100 we wanted to build an iron that delivers incredible performance and perfectly suits the player’s eye,” Ines said. “This is a precision product. It’s not about hitting it the furthest, it’s about hitting it that exact distance each and every time, being able to work the ball when necessary and having that pure look and feel that the best players in the world demand.”

The Titleist T-Series irons will be available in golf shops worldwide beginning Aug. 30, with fittings starting on Aug. 8.

Titleist isn’t finished with the new T-Series. For the purists and the shotmakers, the new Titleist 620 CB and MB irons carry on Titleist’s legacy of delivering tour-proven shot control and feel in precise cavity back and muscle back forgings. The 620 CB and MB have been refined based on tour player feedback with improved shaping and smoother turf interaction.

The new 620 CB and MB designs feature progressive blade lengths, with compact short irons progressing into slightly larger blade lengths at the long end of the set, the company said. The profiles of 620 CB and MB have also been matched to make for seamless transitions for the growing number of players with mixed CB and MB sets.

“The ‘600’ designation is a nod back to our original 600 series of forged blades from the early- to mid-2000’s,” said Talge. “These designs are an important part of our company’s heritage, as they proved that Titleist knew how to make the best irons for the best ball strikers in the world.”

“Our ability to use co-forged high-density tungsten in such a compact blade size like 620 CB is extremely powerful, especially at the long end of the set where players need the most help with launch and forgiveness,” said Ines. “We’ve seen many MB players gravitate toward mixed sets particularly because that combination of performance and workability in the CB 3- and 4- irons is so compelling. At the same time, with mixed sets becoming so common, we matched the profiles and blade lengths of 620 CB and MB so that players can start blending at any point in the set without making any sacrifices.”

The new Titleist 620 irons will also be available in golf shops worldwide beginning August 30th, with fittings beginning August 8th.

WEB GEMS:

THE CIRLE OF LIFE FOR GOLF: Twenty-three years ago, a commercial real-estate agent named Charles (Doc) Cunningham took an old persimmon 5-wood and sawed it down for his 3-year-old grandson. It was the start of a long three-sided relationship between the man, the boy and the sport of golf. Cunningham, a competitive golfer who would play in senior amateur events, now had a new shadow when he went to the driving range, and the boy learned a little bit of everything from his grandfather, including how to behave on the course. They spent hours together, and the boy became very good, even better than his teacher in time, and took home two conference championships in college. On Sunday, that grandson, J.T. Poston, won his first PGA Tour event at the Wyndham Championship, just 100 miles east of his Hickory, N.C., home. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's been going on so quick, I haven't really been able to think back and about all the memories or all the tournaments I played so far this year. But I remember after I came back from Christmas break, just hitting balls inside for four weeks, I was lost. I didn't know where the ball was going really and I really didn't feel like I was hitting the ball that great in college my last semester. But I got a lot better at just playing the game and scoring with what I had. In that way I've been really happy with just how I've been able to perform with the things that I've been playing with.”--Viktor Hovland. In the five events he’s played on the PGA TOUR this season, he has earned $678,035. He finished solo fourth to earn ticket to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

Nine players have advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs in each season since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007 (Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson).

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 146                                                       
Monday, August 5 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I thought the Wyndham Rewards was a great initiative to reward guys for their regular season play. Only seems right. You know, everything starts a little slow, the fact I'm the only guy here out of the top-10 is one thing, but it's certainly got guys' attention. For me skipping next week, I really feel I need the energy going into TOUR Championship because I think TOUR Championship's going to be incredibly volatile with the new system they've got, kind of like a handicapping system. So I was willing to sacrifice one and save the energy for the BMW and then the TOUR Championship and take my chances that way. I just felt that there was no way I could really compete if that was going to be my sixth in a row. And Wyndham is important to me. They've been great, so good to me through the years, I really wanted to come here and support this event.”

BRAIN TEASER: J.T. Poston became the first player since 1974 to win a 72-hole stroke-play event on tour without any bogeys or worse. Who was the last player to do it?

BALL GO FAR!! The scoring averages for the week at the 2018 Wyndham Championship was 68.399. The front-9 was 33.675, while the back-9 was 34.724. In 2019, the field played 7,127-yard, Sedgefield Country Club at 68.175. You have to wonder if the R&A/USGA will decipher this data in determining whether there is a direct relationship between scoring and distance?

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS REWARDS! As the saying goes, its good work if you can get it. The top 10 in the FedExCup after the Wyndham Championship share a $10 million bonus through the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 program. Take note of the number of players receiving the bonus payout that participated in the Wyndham. Here’s the final payout:

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CHANGE IS CONSTANT: When the Wyndham Championship rolls around next year, there will likely be fewer golfers playing on the weekend because of a new rule regarding the cut line. Starting next season, the top 65 golfers and ties will make it for the weekend instead of the top 70 and ties. On Friday there were 83 golfers who made it to the weekend who were 4 under or better. Another change in the rules is the cut for Sunday will be eliminated. That rule cost Jordan Spieth who struggled and did not make the cut for the final round. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE: ‘Smiling Cinderella’ Hinako Shibuno completed a fairytale week by winning the Women’s British Open in her first LPGA event at Milton Keynes on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

NEUTRAL TURF? International captain Ernie Els says he will have no say in the set-up of Royal Melbourne for the Presidents Cup but still thinks his knowledge of a venue where he holds the course record could help his players in their quest for victory. READ MORE>>>

KID’S PLAY! J.T. Poston kept racking up birdies and pars — but no bogeys — at the Wyndham Championship. They added up to his first PGA Tour victory — and a first-time-in-decades achievement. Poston shot an 8-under 62 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the tour’s regular-season finale. “I probably haven’t had that many bogey-free rounds this year,” Poston said. “To be able to do four in a row is pretty special, and finish it off with a 62 on Sunday is pretty awesome.” The native North Carolinian began his round three strokes back, took the lead for good with — what else? — a birdie on the par-5 15th hole, then finished with three straight pars to earn $1,116,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I thought the Wyndham Rewards was a great initiative to reward guys for their regular season play. Only seems right. You know, everything starts a little slow, the fact I'm the only guy here out of the top-10 is one thing, but it's certainly got guys' attention. For me skipping next week, I really feel I need the energy going into TOUR Championship because I think TOUR Championship's going to be incredibly volatile with the new system they've got, kind of like a handicapping system. So I was willing to sacrifice one and save the energy for the BMW and then the TOUR Championship and take my chances that way. I just felt that there was no way I could really compete if that was going to be my sixth in a row. And Wyndham is important to me. They've been great, so good to me through the years, I really wanted to come here and support this event.”--Paul Casey.

J.T. Poston became the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win a 72-hole stroke-play event on tour without any bogeys or worse.

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