VOLUME 1, NUMBER 197
Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 1, NUMBER 197
Friday October 8, 2010
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “You know that we'll bring more people into the game of golf, and seeing that and watching that and hopefully more kids and more youths will start taking up the game and seeing that dramatic finale as it was. It can only encourage people to play the game, and come out and watch.”
ON THIS DAY: In 1989, Donnie Hammond won the Texas Open with score of 258. It’s the second lowest 72-hole score in TOUR history (at that time), topped only by Mike Souchak’s 257 at the 1955 Texas Open.
GET THEM STARTED YOUNG: Lam Zhiqun from Singapore holds a one-shot lead after 36 holes at the Asian Amateur Championship in Japan after finishing day two (Friday) at seven-under 135 at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe City. An invitation to the 2011 Masters Tournament awaits the champion, with both the winner and the runner(s)-up earning places in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship being played next year at Royal St George’s Golf Club. The 21-year-old, Zhiqun has a one-stroke advantage over a 17-year old from Japan, Yosuke Asaji, the overnight leader, with Hideki Masuyama an 18-year old also from Japan, a further shot back.
Ryo Ishikawa addressed the tournament field at the event’s gala dinner on Friday evening. Speaking in English, the 19-year old who has already participated in the Masters twice and the Open Championship, said, “I would like you to do your best in this Asian Amateur Championship, so that it may open up new doors for you and the development of golf in your home country.” Already an eight-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, with his first victory coming in 2007 as a 15-year-old amateur, he praised the tournament’s organizers vision for helping to develop the game in Asia.
SHORT STROKES: There are plenty of recreational players who are facing the reality that the 2010 playing season is drawing to a close. It’s yet to be determined, but golf clubs will be put into hibernation once the temperatures make it to cold to play. However, the passion for the game continues to burn for many avid players even when Mother Nature displays her cold side. While many fans eventually become relegated to indoors activities SKLZ has something that can keep their hand in the game. The company announced it has introduced the Vari-Break Putting Green as part of its line of golf training aids. While the wind blows or the snow falls, golfers can practice reading and making putts with a variety of lies including uphill, downhill, left and right break with SKLZ’s new Vari-Break Putting Green. The 33-square foot oversized putting surface can be manipulated with versatile, moveable foam wedges for all kinds of practice. The putting surface closely simulates real green conditions, according to the company, including with and against-the-grain putting.
“When you play a round of golf, rarely is a putt perfect, flat and straight, so your practice putting routine shouldn’t be either,” said Greg Shoman, vice president of marketing, SKLZ. “Now golfers finally have a practice putting mat that acts like an actual putting green, which will help improve putting on virtually any type of lie.”
In addition to coming with two foam break wedges The Vari-Break Putting Green includes the horseshoe-shaped SKLZ Putt Pocket, which fits in a standard golf hole to reduce its size for higher precision practice as well as practice putting to the high side of the hole. The weighted Putt Pocket can also be moved around the green for more putting scenarios and for fun putting competitions with friends and family. The oversize green measures 11 feet long by 3 feet wide and has a Stimpmeter rating of 10 on a firm rug, and 11 on linoleum surface for down-grain. Against-grain rates a 9 on a firm rug, the company said. The Vari-Break Putting Green can be found in the Putting training category on the SKLZ website at www.SKLZ.com and retails for $99.99.
ANOTHER YOUNG GUN: There are a lot of big names and players in St. Andrews this week for the Dunhill Links event. However, none of them for the time being are leading it. However, someone that already has a victory is sitting on top and hoping to cash in again. England's John Parry, a 23-year old Challenge Tour graduate, won in France at the Vivendi Cup. He used part of his maiden victory earnings to buy something usual. READ MORE>>>
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: A formal statement was issued by the BBC about the actions of a three-time European Ryder Cup captain who was inside the ropes and calling Jeff Overton's match with England's Ross Fisher. Upset over something Overton said to the match referee about a free drop Fisher that received from a muddy area, Gallacher elected to offer his unsolicited opinion. READ MORE>>>
PLAY ON: Tiger Woods has been the world’s #1 player for more than five years and it’s been a foregone conclusion that he will relinquish that position sooner or later. A few players have had the opportunity to surpass him yet none to date have managed to do for reason or another. Lee Westwood is the odds on favorite to accomplish the feat. He needs a very good week in St. Andrews for it to happen or it may be a case of the inevitable in the event it doesn’t Westwood was outspoken that he would like to accomplish it by playing but that may be in question. READ MORE>>>
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ANSWER: Colin Montgomerie on the Ryder Cup effect in Europe.
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