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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 25                                                         
Friday, February 5, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I used to go to a golf course without a game plan, trying to play as good as I possibly can. Now I have a game plan for what I'm trying to accomplish every day, what I'm trying to accomplish throughout the week, a set of goals to hit every day. Doesn't sound like much, but when you have that, you break up the tournament to I'm not just trying to win, I'm trying to do this on day one, trying to do this on day two. Every day conditions are different, pin positions are different. You can't just go in with a mindset I'm going to go birdie every hole today. You have to have a clear mission of what you're trying to do that day. Some days 69 or 70 might be the best you can possibly shoot. Some days 64 might be. You just don't know. You have to get out there and see what the course leaves you. I didn't really have any idea about that before. I'd just kind of go out there and winging it and seeing what happened. Now I have a pretty clear picture what I need to do. That way if I don't have my best game, if I can check off certain things for that day I can kind of manage that day and hopefully figure it out before the next one.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Over the last five years or 20 rounds, prior to 2016, which player do you think has posted the lowest cumulative score at the Waste Management Phoenix Open?

SAY WHAT! Its been said that kids say the damnedest things. Some PGA TOUR players could fall into that category. Bubba Watson wasn’t afraid to share his disdain for the TPC Scottsdale, prior to the start of the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open. “Ping is here in Phoenix, Arizona. Oakley is a big sponsor here. Stance Socks is a big one for 16 this year with the 16-hole socks. So obviously I'm here because of my sponsors,” Watson quipped. “I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all,” he said upon questioning of the golf course. “I just mentioned why I'm here. I've got three beautiful sponsors that love it here.”

Meanwhile, Bubba has played the Waste Management Phoenix Open, held annually at the TPC of Scottsdale, nine times before 2016. Since 2007, he is a collective 94-under par entering Thursday play. He has never shot a competitive round over par in any of the tournaments he’s competed in. He’s made more than $1.6 million just from playing the TPC of Scottsdale in his career. What would happen if he did like the course? Its safe to say his sponsors appreciate his candor and support, but likely wish he kept his mouth zipped on this topic.

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ALL WORK AND NO PLAY! Attendance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday was 101,021. The record for the opening round stands at 118,000+, which came last year when you know who (Tiger Woods) came out to play.

PROGRESS? Callaway Golf reported its fourth quarter and full year operating results for 2015. Fourth quarter sales came in at $153 million, despite being impacted by $7 million due to unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates, according to the company. It reported a net loss of $30.5 million in the quarter.

For the full year, Callaway sales were $843.8 million compared to $889 million in 2014. The company spent $33.2 million on research and development in 2015 compared to $31.3 million in 2014. General and administrative expenses grew by nearly $8 million ($68.6 million versus $61.6 million) in 2015 from 2014. But it managed to return a profit to its shareholders. The company delivered net income of $14.6 million. In 2014, Callaway’s net income was $16 million.

Looking at a breakdown of its equipment categories for the full year, sales of metal woods were $222.2 million, down 18% due in part to foreign exchange rates, from 2014. Iron sales were $205.5 million, up 3%, while putter sales were $86.3 million up 6% from 2014. Golf ball sales were $143.2 million, up 4% from 2014.

Sales in the United States came in at $446.5 million for the year, up 6% from 2014 levels. It represented 53% of its total sales for the year. European sales were off 7%, Japanese revenues slumped 17%, while the rest of Asia was down 22%. The strong US dollar in 2015 influenced these results.

The company also announced its Tokyo-based Japanese subsidiary, Callaway Golf K.K., plans to form a joint venture with its long-time licensee, TSI Groove & Sports Co, Ltd. The planned venture will include the design, manufacture, retail and distribution of Callaway branded apparel, footwear and headwear in Japan.

IF YOU DO NOTHING, NOTHING WILL CHANGE! Keith Pelley is a man on a mission. The European Tour CEO is leaving no stone unturned, as they say. Under his watch, which began last year, he has reduced the minimum number of starts required for European Tour membership from 13 (including the World Golf Championships and majors) to five (excluding the World Golf Championship and majors). Pace of play has been an ongoing issue and he is out to reduce the time it takes the best in the world to apply their craft by 15 minutes per round. Furthermore, fines will be transparent when a violation occurs. He’s even allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds. “Shorts was a lot bigger story than I thought it would be, but it is something that the players have certainly embraced,” he said recently. “We also extended this to our staff, and I received a number of pictures of some of our staff in shorts this week in Dubai. It's more than just the players that are enamored with it; it's the staff, as well.” Maybe this story has legs!

Pelley has plans for the European over 50 circuit too. Just recently it was announced the Senior Open Championship would go to St. Andrews in 2018. “I think the Senior Tour, it needs a transformation. We are looking at a plethora of different concepts, ideas, working with the current members, have brought in an external group to look at it. It's safe to say that the Senior Tour in 2018 will be significantly different than it is today. It's not where we want to be,” he revealed. When pressed for more details on this topic, Pelley said, READ MORE>>>

TIME TO PAY THE PIPER: Sports Authority Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy as it faces a debt payment due in 10 days, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Sports Authority is negotiating with creditors as the clock ticks on a $20 million interest payment that it skipped last month on its $343 million of subordinated debt. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

PLAYING WITHOUT THE “A” GAME: The habit scoring well when you are not playing your best was something that Tiger Woods turned into an art form. It now appears that Rory McIlroy is learning that dark art and in what must be a frightening move for his rivals, he’s threatening to start winning that way too. READ MORE>>>

A LOVE AFFAIR: “I just love the game,” said Els after being asked what it was that helped him retain his obvious passion and enthusiasm to get back into the winner’s circle at a time when the likes of McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler – all players around half his age – are at the top of the world rankings. “I think everybody saw that I went through a very tough spell there last year,” he added, “but I’m starting to rekindle my love for putting again and, with the rest of the game having always kind of been there, I feel like I can still do something.” Even in the majors? “Yes, I feel I can do that,” he added. “Equipment has kept me very relative in the modern game. Length is not a big issue as I can hit my driver as long as a lot of the young guys. My issue was on the greens but I always felt that, if I could get my touch back, I could still compete. That’s what is happening now – I’m starting to feel it on the greens again. That gives you even more of a kick and I feel that I am going to have a good year.” READ MORE>>>

WESTWOOD LOOKING A BOUNCE BACK YEAR: Former world number one Lee Westwood wants to focus fully on his golf again this season after being distracted by a painful split from wife Laurae in 2015. The Englishman had a season to forget last year, sliding from 26th to 50th in the rankings after failing to win on either the European or U.S. tours. "I'm going through a divorce and found it nearly impossible to concentrate on golf," Westwood told ESPN.co.uk in an interview. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: I used to go to a golf course without a game plan, trying to play as good as I possibly can. Now I have a game plan for what I'm trying to accomplish every day, what I'm trying to accomplish throughout the week, a set of goals to hit every day. Doesn't sound like much, but when you have that, you break up the tournament to I'm not just trying to win, I'm trying to do this on day one, trying to do this on day two. Every day conditions are different, pin positions are different. You can't just go in with a mindset I'm going to go birdie every hole today. You have to have a clear mission of what you're trying to do that day. Some days 69 or 70 might be the best you can possibly shoot. Some days 64 might be. You just don't know. You have to get out there and see what the course leaves you. I didn't really have any idea about that before. I'd just kind of go out there and winging it and seeing what happened. Now I have a pretty clear picture what I need to do. That way if I don't have my best game, if I can check off certain things for that day I can kind of manage that day and hopefully figure it out before the next one.”--Brandt Snedeker.

Believe it or not, but none other than Bubba Watson has enjoyed the most success around TPC of Scottsdale in the past five years!!! He is 65-under par, prior to the start of the 2016 event. In second place is Brendan Steele (-54), followed by Brandt Snedeker (-49), Phil Mickelson (-44) and Hunter Mahan (-43).

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 6, NUMBER 24                                                         
Thursday, February 4, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I love this event, and I definitely embrace the crowd, the atmosphere. You can definitely use it to your advantage if you're playing well and kind of feed off the crowd's energy. So I have always enjoyed it. I have had some great weeks here. I have had a couple not so great, but it's just a fun week. The Thunderbirds and Waste Management do a great job. It seems like it keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Brooks Koepka won the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open by one shot over three players. He winning total was 15-under par. How many under par was he on the par 5s at TPC Scottsdale for the week? HINT: There are only three par 5s on the course.

ANOTHER DANCE WITH THE OLD GIRL: St. Andrews is a favorite venue amongst professionals and amateurs alike. The Old Course pulled in 201,000 fans in 2010 to watch the action of the Open Championship. In 2005 that number was 223,000 and in 2000 a record 230,000 watched Tiger Woods blow his rivals away. Despite a windy Saturday that suspended play and led to a rare Monday finish at last year’s Open Championship, 237,024 fans came to St. Andrews. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the auld grey toon is already thinking about 2018.

The Old Course at St Andrews will achieve another historic milestone by hosting (from July 26-29, 2018) the Senior Open Championship for the first time. The 144th Open in 2015 was the 29th occasion on which the Championship has been played at St Andrews. The Ricoh British Women’s Open has been played there on two occasions and the Old Course will now become the 13th venue to accommodate the Senior Open Championship, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary with a return to another famous Scottish venue at Carnoustie.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, and European Tour CEO, Keith Pelley, welcomed the decision to bring the Senior Open to an iconic location with which many of the world’s greatest senior golfers have a strong affinity. “There have been many great championships held at St Andrews over the years and it is entirely fitting that the Senior Open should be played at the Home of Golf in 2018,” said Slumbers. “We know that the galleries in St Andrews are passionate about golf and I’m sure they will turn out in strong numbers to see so many renowned senior players competing. It promises to be another wonderful event for golf fans in Scotland.” Pelley added, “The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex is, without question, the premier tournament in the Senior game and it is fitting, therefore, that it is to be played for the first time at golf’s most iconic venue. Some of the most celebrated players in history have laid claim to the title over the years and we are already looking forward to seeing who will join them on the Roll of Honor. We thank our partners at the R&A and Rolex for their support and I know all of our Senior Tour Members are already looking forward to pitting their wits against the Old Course in July 2018.”

The announcement also received unanimous support from several golfing greats, including five-time Champion Golfer of the Year and three-time Senior Open winner, Tom Watson, who was a prime instigator behind the event heading to St Andrews for the first time. Watson has completed all four rounds in every one of the 14 Senior Open Championships in which he has participated. In those 56 rounds he has recorded 20 scores in the sixties and twice carded rounds of 64 on his way to victory in 2003 and 2005, earning just under 1 million euros in prize money from that Championship alone.

“The R&A, the European Tour and the St Andrews Links Trust have shown the spirit of cooperation that exists in the game. By agreeing to bring this wonderful Championship to the Home of Golf in July 2018, they have allowed not just me, but many other great champions, an opportunity to return to a venue that means so much to everyone who plays the game,” said Watson.

Sir Nick Faldo, who captured the second of his three Open victories at St Andrews in 1990, also bade farewell to The Open on the same Friday as Watson in 2015, is already thinking about competing in the Senior Open Presented by Rolex in 2 ½ years’ time. “It is absolutely fantastic to see the Senior Open Championship going to St Andrews in 2018.  This certainly gives me another golfing goal and I only hope my game is good enough to give it a go on the Old Course!” said the six-time Major Champion and Britain’s most successful golfer. “It’s a great image, even now, to visualize so many legends of the game gathering again in that famous setting. As a golfer, and a golf fan, I will look forward to it enormously.”    

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A NEED FOR CHANGE: Three things have stood in the way of golf enjoying more success with recreational players. Time, cost and difficulty of the game have often been referenced why golf isn’t more popular than it is. The United States Golf Association recently hosted 125 industry experts at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif., for the Association’s Pace and Innovation Symposium.  The two-day symposium marked the third time that the USGA has brought together experts and leaders from throughout the industry to discuss the issues that often serve as barriers to participation and enjoyment of the game. Representatives from The R&A, the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, The PGA of America, the Southern California Golf Association and several community golf facilities joined with the USGA to present research, ideas and case studies. The topics included course design, resource management and pace of play, with the goal of helping facilities make their operations more efficient while also providing an enjoyable, sustainable product for their customers. 

“The USGA is committed to bringing the industry together to share ideas and foster collaboration in order to find solutions that address sustainability and viability of facilities,” said Rand Jerris, Ph.D., senior managing director of Public Services for the USGA. “We recognize that change needs to happen for our industry, and it needs to happen sooner rather than later. The symposium offers a substantive opportunity to strengthen the game’s future by creating a more compelling experience for golfers through technology and enhanced facility operations.”

The first day of the symposium focused on the discussion of tools and solutions, including the USGA’s sustainability initiatives, the USGA-University of Minnesota research partnership and ongoing studies on pace of play.  

Day 1 Key Takeaways -  
Pace of Play:
·    Golfer experience is determined by flow, not round times.
·    Studies show an increase in round times of as much as two hours between the first group on the course and later groups. Most of that time is spent waiting. 
·    USGA recommendations for pace:
o    Set an aggressive pace for the lead group.
o    For non-lead groups, control the cycle times (gap between groups).
o    Balance starting intervals with cycle times (gap between groups).
·    The USGA Flagstick Tool will allow facilities to measure and track pace of play in real time, allowing them to identify bottlenecks and prevent delays.
·    On average, golfers would pay 9.1 percent more in green fees for a significant (15-30-minute) improvement in pace of play. Golfers under age 40 would pay 14.2 percent more; golfers between 40 and 49 would pay 11.5 percent more.
·    A large proportion of golfers ages 25-44 expressed a desire to spend 1-1½ hours less playing golf, indicating a market for shorter rounds (three- and six-hole loops, for instance).

Resource Management:
The challenge of trying to save money by reducing water and other inputs necessary to maintain turf, while also improving the playing conditions for golfers led to the creation of the USGA Resource Management Software Tool.  The tool, which will be beta-tested later this year, uses data from GPS loggers carried by golfers to track their movements throughout the course. The data can help facilities reduce maintenance costs and speed up play by: 
·    Determining areas on the course that are not being utilized by players, which may allow for a reduction in maintenance and water use. 
·    Identifying course features that result in slow play.
·    Tracking mowing heights and maintenance methods that can lessen wear and tear on equipment and determine where players are getting “stuck” waiting for maintenance staff.
“The software in the Resource Management Tool can be regionally and golf course-specific and used to create a model to help perform ‘what if’ analysis regarding utilization of resources,” said Jim Moore, USGA director of Green Section education. “This will allow facilities to invest in their courses where golf is actually being played. Now we can help golf courses create a sustainable model for the future and an enjoyable experience every day.” 

The second day focused on course design and management, and included several presentations from the ASGCA, as well as successful case studies.

Day 2 Key Takeaways - 
Opportunities for Golf Course Architects:
·    There are thousands of courses in the U.S., built between the 1970s and 1990s, that need updates to infrastructure. It’s a chance to rethink what a golf course property is and to emphasize player enjoyment, pace of play and sustainability.
·    For new golf courses or renovations, the golf course architect is often the first point of contact in improving pace of play and the golfer experience.
·    Architects are working closely with course managers and superintendents to devise solutions to common problems. 
Major Design Influences Affecting Pace of Play:
·    Length
·    Sequencing of holes
·    Distance between holes (green to next tee)
·    Blind shots
·    Green contours
·    Hazards

Course Design Case Studies:
·    Todd Eckenrode of the ASGCA outlined many examples of turf reduction that decreased maintenance expenses, including symposium host Brookside Golf Club, which removed 20 acres of turfgrass and saved $75,000 in water costs in 2015.
·    Mike Benkusky described his redesign of Arlington Lakes Golf Club, in Arlington Heights, Ill., which will offer three- and six-hole loops for customers who don’t have time for longer rounds.
·    Andy Staples discussed his design of Rockwind Community Links, in Hobbs, N.M., which strengthened the connection between the municipal course and the community.
·    Damian Pascuzzo discussed his 12-hole Challenge Course at Monarch Dunes Golf Club, in Nipomo, Calif., which hosts the public facility’s “Learn Golf” program.
“Improving pace of play and providing great playing conditions are important for golfers, and we are working to provide technology, solutions and best practices that will help facility managers provide a better product for their customers,” said Hunki Yun, the USGA’s director of strategic projects. “We look forward to continuing to provide facilities with the tools that will allow them to offer a first-class golf experience for all who wish to enjoy this great game.”

FAIR WEATHER: Golf Datatech reported rounds played in December were up 11.6% for the month on a national basis in the United States. Thanks to this surge, recreational rounds played for 2015 were up 1.8% over 2014. However, looking a little deeper into this raises a few eyebrows. For example, in December the East North Central region of the country reported rounds played grew by 89.4%, New England by 144.3% and Mid Atlantic 112.1%. Diving a little deeper into these specific regions showed Indiana was up 72.3% in December, Kentucky 102.9% and Ohio was up 135.5%. Cleveland reported rounds played were up 210.9% in December 2015! Hartford was higher by 119% and Boston by 125.5%, New York City by 95.9%, Philadelphia by 101.4% and Pittsburg grew 183.9%. Clearly the weatherman or perhaps more specifically El Nino was kind to these areas. However, in Phoenix where golf is big business as represented by green fee prices in December, rounds played were down 7.8% in December. Las Vegas also slumped by 4.7%.

It’s worth noting that Datatech’s research reported 2,895 reporting courses in December versus 3,560 in November. Keep in mind it is strictly the messenger here. Despite triple digit improvements in some cold weather locations in the final month of the year where comparables on an annual basis are easy to beat due to the weather, rounds played for 2015 managed only a small uptick. It came largely at the end of the year as November rounds played was up 19% leading to December’s double-digit increase. It represented the only two months of the calendar year that registered a double-digit increase over 2014.

WEB GEMS:

HOW IT CAME TO BE: More people can now fit on the famous 16th hole than would come to the tournament back in the 1970s. The explosion of the Phoenix Open into the most fan-friendly, fun-filled atmospheres in the sport is a success story that should make many other PGA Tour stops envious. The “people’s major,” as it’s been dubbed, has become the biggest, baddest bash in golf, part by necessity and part by design. Thanks to one magical Tiger Woods moment in 1997, the tournament reached a new level. “The skyboxes around 16, you know what made that? Tiger’s hole in one.” READ MORE>>>

A SECOND CHANCE: Tom Watson is excited by the prospect of getting a second chance to finish on a high note at the Old Course following the announcement that the Senior Open Championship will be hosted at St Andrews in 2018. “The one thing I hope I can rectify is that I left my competitive Open Championship history with a three-putt and prior to that a shank,” said the five-time Open winner. “I’m grateful to have that next appearance at St Andrews. I’m 66 years old right now.” READ MORE>>>

FATHER TIME: Two years ago, this week, Tiger Woods remained in his commercial prime. He could claim a substantial appearance fee to appear in the Dubai Desert Classic, had won five times in 2013 and was a crucial part of golf’s narrative. On the Friday afternoon of that tournament, albeit linked to commitments, which are tied into appearance deals, Woods took to the range alongside his old friend Mark O’Meara for a golfing clinic. The pair provided a brilliantly enjoyable masterclass for 100 or so onlookers, complete with microphones and Woods’ self-deprecation regarding the round of 73 he had just completed. It was educational and fun. Only a comment from the 14-times major winner’s manager to an onlooking journalist spoiled the scene. READ MORE>>>

LEARNING CURVE: From outscoring Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi to barely making the cut in Qatar, amateur Bryson DeChambeau has discovered that his unique "scientific" approach cannot always prevent the vexing dips in form that dog every golfer. "It's great to look back and go 'why did something change'?" DeChambeau said. "It was too much adrenaline, too much going for me. I was 10 under through 20 holes. I know I can do it. The issue is how do you control the different situations that amount when the pressure is on, when you're playing with the best players." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I love this event, and I definitely embrace the crowd, the atmosphere. You can definitely use it to your advantage if you're playing well and kind of feed off the crowd's energy. So I have always enjoyed it. I have had some great weeks here. I have had a couple not so great, but it's just a fun week. The Thunderbirds and Waste Management do a great job. It seems like it keeps getting bigger and bigger.”--Rickie Fowler.

Brooks Koepka won the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open largely by the way he played the par 5s. He was 11-under par for the 12 par 5s he played for the week. He was 2-under for the par 3s and 2-under for the par 4s. He beat Bubba Watson, Hideki Matsuyama and Ryan Palmer by one shot to claim his first 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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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 23
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? "I think it is great for golf we are in the Olympics but ultimately, yes winning a gold medal in the Olympics this year is not as big as winning a major, but in 100 years' time it may be bigger. Majors 100 years ago weren't what they are now. Times change. So I think people are wrong to judge it on this year. All the tennis players will tell you that when it first went into the Olympics, they weren't interested and now it is a big deal. And it will grow and that is what will happen to golf."

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BRAIN TEASER: Brandt Snedeker became the first player to make the cut on the number and win in the last six years. Can you name the last player to accomplish the same feat? HINT: He won the 2010 RBC Canadian Open.

THEN AND NOW: In his last three starts, Brandt Snedeker is now a collective 47-under par (Hyundai Tournament of Champions (-21), Sony Open in Hawaii (-20) and Farmers Insurance Open (-6). Through 10 starts at Torrey Pines, Snedeker now ranks second in all-time earnings at the Farmers Insurance Open, with $3,780,342. He passed Phil Mickelson, who has made 27 starts with $3,029,517 in career earnings from the tournament. Tiger Woods is the all time money winner of the event, with $6,856,015.

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HARD WORK: Life on the PGA TOUR can look awfully inviting. However, it isn’t easy as it looks and Sunday/Monday’s final round of the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open proved to be the case. The final-round scoring average was 77.901, the highest for the fourth round at a regular PGA Tour event since the tour began keeping such statistics in 1983.

Here is a look at the PGA TOUR events (non-majors) with the highest fourth-round scoring average since 1983:
2016 Torrey Pines GC 72 +5.90 (South Course)
1991 TPC Eagle Trace 72 +4.52
2007 Bay Hill Club & Lodge 70 +4.51
2005 TPC Sawgrass 72 +4.51
1991 Trump National Doral 72 +4.32

OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING: Anirban Lahiri, Paul Dunne and Michael Kim were given the final three sponsor exemptions by the tournament host Thunderbirds for the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community. Ricky Barnes, Aaron Baddeley and Jack Maguire received the first three exemptions, but Baddeley earned a spot in the field by finishing in the Top-10 (T8) at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday. 

WEB GEMS:

THE URGE TO MERGE: The Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO) are keen to increase their involvement in co-sanctioned events abroad but remain opposed to any radical changes to Asia's organizational structure, a senior director told Reuters. READ MORE>>>

LESSONS LEARNED: ''It's been a wild schedule,'' he said. ''And what I've learned is that I won't bounce back and forth from the States over here as often as I did. It's just tough.'' READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think it is great for golf we are in the Olympics but ultimately, yes winning a gold medal in the Olympics this year is not as big as winning a major, but in 100 years' time it may be bigger. Majors 100 years ago weren't what they are now. Times change. So I think people are wrong to judge it on this year. All the tennis players will tell you that when it first went into the Olympics, they weren't interested and now it is a big deal. And it will grow and that is what will happen to golf.”--Paddy Harrington.

Brandt Snedeker became first player to make the cut on the number and win since Carl Pettersson at the 2010 RBC Canadian Open. Pettersson made the cut on the number (-1), and shot a record round score of 10-under par 60 in the third round and followed it with a 67 at St. George’s Golf and CC for the 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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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 22                                                         
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I’ll tell you what’s most exciting, 2016 is probably going to become a historic year for the golf industry. In about a 10-week period, you’ll have the Open Championship, two weeks later the PGA Championship, two weeks after that the men’s and women’s Olympics and two weeks after that is the start of the FedExCup, which is a four week competition. A week after that is the Ryder Cup. So it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to capitalize on a huge platform golf is going to create in 2016.”

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BRAIN TEASER: This player has recorded a first, second and third place finish already in 2016. Can you name him?

LET’S DO IT AGAIN: The PGA TOUR and online mortgage lender Quicken Loans extended the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes for its third year. The deal takes effect starting this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and concludes at the TOUR Championship in September. In total, the sweepstakes encompasses 32 tournaments in 2016. Since the sweepstake’s inception in 2014, Quicken Loans said it has awarded more than 600 monthly mortgage payments through the program.

“Our Hole-In-One Sweepstakes has received tremendous response from fans and players alike the past two years, so it was a no-brainer to bring the offer back,” said Art Steiber, Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorships. “There aren’t too many moments in sports more exciting than a hole-in-one, and this adds even more thrill and suspense for everyone present at the course and watching on TV throughout the PGA TOUR season.”

In addition to the Hole-In-One’s monthly mortgage offering, Quicken Loans will award one entrant $1 million if a PGA TOUR pro aces the par 3 10th hole during the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club, taking place June 23 - 26. “We’ve literally been feet away from making one lucky fan a millionaire the past two years,” said Steiber. “You just have that feeling that this will be the year when the $1 million shot happens.”

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SHOW BUSINESS: The PGA of America reported the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show held last week, delivered   a 3 percent increase in overall attendance, despite the early-week Winter Storm Jonas impacting the East Coast of the United States. The 2016 Show attracted more than 7,000 PGA Professionals, it said, along with 284 companies that were new to the event. The top five U.S. states represented in attendance were Florida, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan, it said.

OLD IS NEW AGAIN? The distance measuring device market is built on information, specifically distance between objects. Some products rely on GPS and others allow you to determine for yourself how far away the target is. While this hasn’t changed since the USGA and R&A first gave their blessings toward these products, the segment has been challenged to bring something new to the table. Bushnell believes that it has with the new Tour V4 family of rangefinders. The Tour V4 and Tour V4 Slope Edition are faster than their predecessor, according to the company, 30% smaller and more ergonomically designed. The Tour V4 Slope Edition provides compensated distances for elevation changes. The USGA’s revision of rule 14-3, effective January 1, 2016 enables players to use distance-measuring devices with a slope function, so long as the function is disabled during play. Bushnell designed the Tour V4 Slope Edition with the ability to turn the slope function on and off, making it legal for tournament play and thus is hoping consumers will buy it for this specific reason.

“Our Slope technology is counted on by PGA Tour Professionals and playing pros around the world,” said Scott Peterson, Senior Product Manager at Bushnell. “In the past, amateurs have been reluctant to purchase rangefinders with Slope Technology. With the new USGA rule change, the Tour V4 Slope will now be conforming during tournament play and for posting handicap rounds by turning slope mode off.”

Bushnell Golf has also included its JOLT Technology in their new line of Tour V4 Laser Rangefinders. The Tour V4 and Tour V4 Slope will be available at Bushnell retailers nationwide beginning in mid-April. The retail price for the Tour V4 is $299 and Tour V4 Slope is $399.

Bushnell also has introduced the neo iON Golf GPS Watch, its lightest and thinnest golf watch. Pre-loaded with more than 35,000 courses in over 30 countries, it features an integrated step counter, a charging clip design and boasts a market-leading battery life, according to the company. “Creating Tour-trusted technologies is a priority, but we also understand everyday golfers want those exclusive technologies available in an easy-to-use watch,” said Peterson. “With the popularity of wearable technology on the golf course, we created the fashion-forward, user-friendly neo iON with improved technologies providing golfers the ability to enhance their game at an affordable price.”

The neo iON Golf GPS Watch will be available in March, with a retail price of $199.99.

WHAT WAS IT REALLY LIKE? Monday finishes on the PGA TOUR don’t happen very often and when they do its because of the weather. Sunday at Torrey Pines wasn’t very much fun for those who had a tee time on the South course. “It was just a day like I've never seen before in professional golf, to be honest. It was just on the verge of unplayable all day, but I think most of the day we were on the playable side of it,” said Kevin Streelman. “I think everyone did a great job getting as many holes in as we could, but it was just extremely trying. I never had my patience tested so drastically as that, let alone I got screamed at the top of my back swing by a Marshall on one hole. I made a double on it, too. You had to stay patient, you had to stay positive, and I was proud of the way I finished and hopefully get a top two or three place finish.”

He was back on Monday to complete his round and was asked what he’ll take away from the experience. “A lot of mental toughness,“ said Streelman. “Proud of the mental fortitude. I played awesome the first two days. And Saturday and Sunday I did not have my best swing. My coach came in to do some work with me, because I hit it all over the map. But to save pars with wedges, get up-and-downs, make a lot of putts I needed to, and to shoot 4-under par is pretty darn good.” Streelman finished the Farmers in third place.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Brandt Snedeker had to sweat it out but in the end it was worth it. Usually the wait isn’t nearly as long, but Mother Nature forced play to be suspended until Monday before Snedeker would know his fate. “I wish I could say why I shot what I shot today, it was one of those days where you throw everything out of your mind and go play golf and grind and as best as you possibly could,” he said after signing for a 3-under par 69 on Sunday. “I couldn't do it again. I don't know how I did it. I didn't get off to the best of starts, kind of hung in there, but I made a long putt for par on 4. About a 45-footer. Holed a 15-footer for par on 5. Then got the rain delay. Came back out, started hitting the ball a little bit better and kind of got the day going on 10 with a birdie. And kind of got some good stuff going from there. Just one of those freak days where you just got to get lucky, I got lucky. I hit some good shots.”

Snedeker is the first Tour winner in nearly six years that made the cut right on the number. It marks the third time he has won an event where he trailed by 6 or more shots through 54 holes and the second time at Torrey. However, Snedeker wasn’t optimistic about his chances on Sunday when play was called. “Obviously not birdieing 18 is hopefully not going to come back and bite me, but it's something I'm going to regret for the next couple of hours here. But to have a chance to win from where I started today, that's probably a pretty good day.” In the end it didn’t matter. The 2016 Farmers Insurance Open marks Snedeker’s eighth career PGA TOUR victory, which puts him in the company of K.J. Choi, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, David Graham, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Brad Faxon, Jerry Pate and Mike Weir. Here's what Snedeker had in the bag to win at Torrey Pines:

Driver: Bridgestone JGR (9.5 degrees with a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661, X-Flex) shaft
Fairway Woods: Callaway X Hot (15 degrees) with an Aldila Tour Blue 75X shaft, Tourstage X-FW (18 degrees) with a Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 83X shaft
Irons: Bridgestone J15 (4-PW) with Aerotech SteelFiber i95 S-Flex shafts
Wedges: Bridgestone J15 (52, 56) and a Titleist Vokey TVD Prototype (60) with True Temper Dynamic Golf S400 shafts
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
Ball: Bridgestone 2016 B330

Brandt Snedeker’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 16
Pars: 47
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 282

WEB GEMS:

A DAY LATE! Brandt Snedeker won the weather-hit Farmers Insurance Open without hitting a shot on Monday as his closest pursuers succumbed to brutal conditions in southern California. READ MORE>>>

ITS A BIG DEAL FOR SOME: While former world number one Adam Scott dismisses the value of an Olympic gold medal, Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman is unequivocal about its importance to the wider world ahead of the sport's return at the Rio Games later this year. The self-taught world number 310, dubbed the 'Bangladeshi Tiger Woods' at home, has never competed at one of golf's four major championships, meaning the Olympics, should he qualify, would easily stand out as the pinnacle of his career. "Wow, yes, It would be very exciting for me if I can get in," the 31-year-old told Reuters during a rain delay at the recent Singapore Open. Siddikur currently sits 58th on the list, just inside the qualification spots. READ MORE>>>

HOW IT CAME TO BE: No one envisioned the Open becoming the best-attended event on the PGA Tour. For that, credit the Phoenix Thunderbirds and two guys named Tiger and Phil. It was the Thunderbirds who dreamed up the Birds Nest, the 48,000-square-foot tent/concert venue that accentuated the Open’s shift from golf to a party dressed up as a golf tournament. READ MORE>>>

NOT TO BE: He is ranked inside the top 10 in the world rankings and won’t be going to the Masters this year. It will be the second time he has been to Augusta for the Masters since 1996. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I’ll tell you what’s most exciting, 2016 is probably going to become a historic year for the golf industry. In about a 10-week period, you’ll have the Open Championship, two weeks later the PGA Championship, two weeks after that the men’s and women’s Olympics and two weeks after that is the start of the FedExCup, which is a four week competition. A week after that is the Ryder Cup. So it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to capitalize on a huge platform golf is going to create in 2016.”-- WGF CEO Steve Mona

Brandt Snedeker finished T3 at the Hyundai TOC, 2nd at the Sony after losing in a playoff and 1st at the Farmers in 2016!

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VOLUME 6, NUMBER 21                                                         
Monday, February 1, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “One of my best rounds on TOUR by far. I remember shooting 61 here my rookie year. I shot some 63s to win tournaments before. But under these conditions, to shoot anything under par or around par is a good round. To shoot 69 when you need to, really special. Goes down as one of my best rounds I've played just because of how awful it is out there right now.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you guess how many scores in the 80s were recorded before play was suspended on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open?

EL NINO: Due to inclement weather, play at the Farmers Insurance Open was suspended Sunday from 8:46 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Play was suspended for a second time at 10:39 a.m., while a brief line of showers passed through. Play resumed at 11:00 a.m. It was again suspended at 1:57 p.m. and ultimately called for the day. The final round will resume at 8:00 a.m. local time today.

This marks just the second Monday finish of the Farmers Insurance Open. In 2013, Tiger Woods claimed his seventh title in the event on a Monday (due to dense fog over the weekend). This is the fifth event in the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season to be impacted by inclement weather. On the PGA TOUR last season, there were unscheduled Monday finishes at The Honda Classic and The Open Championship.

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HOSTILE TAKEOVER! Members of Wentworth golf club have accused the Chinese-based owners of using an eye-watering rise in membership rates to get rid of them and turn the club into a preserve of the ultra-rich. In the legal letter sent last week, Wentworth’s new owners were given an ultimatum to back down or face court action. The letter claims the planned changes to the club’s membership would breach a legal trust agreement in place for 50 years, contravene consumer and equality laws, and possibly even break Chinese laws on joining golf clubs. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

SPIETH IS A BRIDESMAID: Jordan Spieth finished runner-up at the Singapore Open on Monday after South Korea's Song Young-han held his nerve to beat the fast-finishing world number one by a single stroke. READ MORE>>>

A FIRST! Ha Na Jang bowed down and kissed the ground – “Korean-style” – before she picked her ball out of the hole on the par-4 eighth. Jang recorded the first albatross on a par 4 in LPGA history on Saturday at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. READ MORE>>>

GRACE MAKES HISTORY IN QATAR: Branden Grace held his nerve in a closing 69 to become the first man to successfully defend the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters title at Doha Golf Club. World Number 11 Grace spoke before the tournament of his desire to break into the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking. READ MORE>>>

ROLFING SAYS HE’S CANCER FREE: NBC Sports and Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing says tests show his rare form of cancer is now "100 percent gone." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “One of my best rounds on TOUR by far. I remember shooting 61 here my rookie year. I shot some 63s to win tournaments before. But under these conditions, to shoot anything under par or around par is a good round. To shoot 69 when you need to, really special. Goes down as one of my best rounds I've played just because of how awful it is out there right now.”--Brandt Snedeker after posting a 3-under 69 on Sunday in raging weather at Torrey Pines. The scoring average Sunday was just over 78

There already were 11 rounds in the 80s, and there was certain to be many more if play had continued!

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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