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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 168                                                       
Friday, August 26, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I try not to play golf thinking about money at all. If I did, and you told me three-foot putts are worth $500,000, I probably wouldn't be able to play. So I try and play golf not thinking about money or having it have any influence on my decisions. I play for enjoyment and the challenge of beating people. I don't get to do it very often because you don't win much, and that's why I keep coming back. Because the feeling of beating people in any sport is nice.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Patrick Reed did something this week that has only been done three times in more than 200 years. Can you name it?

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: For the most part Tour players typically don’t watch golf, even when it comes to the Olympic Games. Dustin Johnson falls into that category. “I watched a lot of the Olympics. I checked the scores on the golf just to see how it was going but that's about the extent,” he shared. “Doesn't matter if it's the Olympics or what golf tournament it is, I don't watch it. I play enough golf; I don't need to watch. But I'll check the scores just to see who is leading and what's going on, but that's about it.”

World #1 Jason Day didn’t go out of his way to see what he missed in Rio. “I only watched one hole,” said Day. “I didn't really watch much of the Olympics at all to be honest. I think I watched Usain Bolt win, and I watched one swimming, which was a four-by relay or whatever it was. I can't remember what it was. That's how much I know about the Olympics.” He said he didn’t think twice about his decision not to participate but he is thinking about Tokyo already.  “I don't have any regrets. The decision was based on family and you don't have any regrets whenever you base something bigger than yourself, and it was for me and my family. I'm looking forward to Tokyo. If I can play my way on to that team, that would be great. It's four years away obviously. There's a lot of golf to be played from now until then. If I can play my way on to that team, that would be fantastic and look forward to representing Australia in Tokyo if I can.”

Jordan Spieth acknowledged he lived with regret over his decision not to go to the summer games. “I watched it. I really enjoyed it. It came off I thought tremendous for the game. I enjoyed watching the finish to the Olympics and I wished I was there. At the time I made the decision, it was the right decision for me. And I told you guys in that press conference, it was the hardest thing I've had to do. The potential for regret was going to be there and it certainly was while I was watching, so that's why I Tweeted out, ‘I'm looking forward to setting it as a goal to be there in 2020.’” Spieth said Rickie Fowler gave him some inside perspective on the experience is what helped to change his mind. “The passion that everyone was displaying; the videos I was getting from Rickie of all the guys and just how much fun everybody was having on and off the golf course. The golf course was beautiful, and then the Olympic glory at the end of it. The combination of just about everything.”

Rory McIlroy, also missing in action in Rio, admitted he was surprised by golf’s reception. “Obviously it pleasantly surprised me. There were more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. It was good to see, it really was. It seems like it was a great atmosphere down there. I think it was one of the cheaper tickets, as well, and I think that encouraged a lot of people to go. It was nice to be proven wrong somewhat in terms of, I thought golf was sort of going to get lost a little bit. It was away from the village; I thought it was going to just sort of blend in with everything else and be just one of a lot of sports that are there obviously. But to see the crowds and see the turnout, I was glad to be somewhat proven wrong.”

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THE MATING GAME: There is wide spread interest in where and when Rory McIlroy will sign with a new equipment company after Nike announced its intension of leaving the hard goods side of the business. He can afford to take his time before making any decisions since he still is under a very lucrative contract with Nike. It is, after all, highly unlikely that the young Irishman is in need of money. Nevertheless, business is business and apparently the courting has already begun even if he isn’t a willing participant just yet.

“I haven't been home, but apparently my parents' house has been inundated with golf equipment from different manufacturers. I haven't asked for it, but its there,” McIlroy revealed. “I might start tinkering a little bit in the off-season and see what else is out there. I'd rather just have a year of going and playing what I want and being comfortable, and if I come across something that I really like and I'm really comfortable with, obviously I'll look to sign a longer-term deal,” he said.

Should his current deal with Nike be restructured to compensate him strictly for wearing Nike apparel and footwear, it would appear to accelerate the timetable to find a new equipment company to work with. After all, Nike won’t have any equipment presence on TOUR in 2017, meaning he won’t have access to company representatives to assist him with his equipment needs. Also it will become increasingly apparent there is money being left on the table by not signing with someone new. The only real question is what his new market value is, based on those interested in his service. Previously published reports indicate Nike paid McIlroy $100 million over five years starting in 2013. This information came out in a lawsuit between him and his former agent, Conor Ridge of Horizon Sports Management. McIlroy and his team will likely have to accept a pay cut to reflect the change in landscape. But don’t feel sorry for him, as it should still be a soft landing.

WEB GEMS:

WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA? "I'm massively disappointed right now," he said. "It's a difficult one teeing it up late and having a lot of people out there to see something good, and not to come back with something special is a shame. Apologies. I tried and next time we can hopefully finish it off. There were no nerves but I tried too hard. Everyone does that when they think and I just started thinking, which maybe is the reason I backed up. Next time I will learn. It shows to me I can shoot 59.” READ MORE>>>

FORE!? New Zealand's Lydia Ko, seeking her fourth Canadian Women's Open title before the age of 20, made a promising start when she carded a five-under-par 67 in the first round in Alberta on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I try not to play golf thinking about money at all. If I did, and you told me three-foot putts are worth $500,000, I probably wouldn't be able to play. So I try and play golf not thinking about money or having it have any influence on my decisions. I play for enjoyment and the challenge of beating people. I don't get to do it very often because you don't win much, and that's why I keep coming back. Because the feeling of beating people in any sport is nice.”--Adam Scott.

Patrick Reed, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday and broke the gavel in the process, which has only happened three times in more than 200 years. Reed was presented the broken gavel to keep.

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 167                                                       
Thursday, August 25, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I’ve got them to save me three years’ worth of golf balls, so at least I’ve got a golf ball that I like.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the leader and or runner up in the scoring average on the PGA TOUR this season?

SHOW ME THE MONEY! To piggyback off of yesterday’s story WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG MEN GONE?, which called into question television ratings and the growth of digital content from the recent Olympic Games, the PGA TOUR remains full steam ahead on its mission to build a bigger digital audience.

Starting today at The Barclays and continuing until the TOUR Championship is completed in Atlanta, PGA TOUR LIVE will provide nearly 150 hours of Featured Group and Featured Hole coverage as well as studio programming. Over the course of the FedExCup playoffs fans will have extensive coverage across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android phones and tablets and PGATOURLIVE.com.

In addition, the PGA TOUR plans to stream more than 14 hours of PGA TOUR LIVE coverage on Twitter and Facebook Live during the opening rounds of The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, the first two events of the FedExCup Playoffs. In addition the TOUR will hold a fan vote on Twitter to determine which groups PGA TOUR LIVE will follow during certain rounds. This PGA TOUR LIVE streaming on Thursday and Friday mornings will bolster the streaming options available during broadcast windows on Golf Channel, CBS and NBC of the FedExCup Playoffs.

The PGA TOUR also reported it signed a key international media distribution agreement in Japan. Perform Group has acquired the rights to stream PGA TOUR LIVE coverage on “DAZN,” Perform’s new live sports streaming service which just launched in the Japanese market. DAZN Japan will distribute PGA TOUR LIVE coverage from more than 30 events each year through 2018 starting at The Barclays.

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TWO THUMBS UP: Two of golf’s medalist at the Rio Games offered nothing but positives after the recent Olympic Games. For both Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose couldn’t have been better. “It was a great experience being part of the Opening Ceremony and watching some of the other sports, get to interact with some of the other athletes from my country. You know, it was a great experience,” the 2016 Open Champion shared. “Then on the course, it was a very good showing for golf worldwide.”

Stenson said he’s already heard that it’s attracted a new audience to golf. “I think that's the beauty of the Olympics. You reach a different audience. I've had so many messages afterwards from people that never watch golf, and they said they got straight into it. I had a message on my Facebook from one guy who said, ‘I never watch golf; I was going to do something completely different this weekend, and I ended up watching golf for ten hours.’ You get people interested in our game, our sport, and that can only be good in the big picture. And then when you represent your country, you definitely feel like you're playing for your country rather than yourself. You feel proud when you succeed and bring home a medal for your country, absolutely.”

Justin Rose echoed Stenson’s feelings. “The whole experience, I think from start to finish, exceeded my expectations and certainly winning has blown me away in terms of the reach that it has and the global audience. I've really noticed a difference from people's reactions and stuff like that,” said Rose. “I really enjoyed my Olympic experience. I was obviously one of the golfers excited about the prospect of going down there to Rio, and just embracing representing your country and being an Olympian. And obviously now to come away with a Gold Medal and be called Olympic Champion is quite clearly just a huge carrot.

“I think the Olympic Gold Medal has reached a much wider audience,” the Englishman continued. “I feel the attention that it receives has been huge outside of the game of golf. I think that it sort of resonated with a lot more people. I believe that it was the biggest TV audience golf has ever had in the U.K. I know that the ratings were pretty good over here, as well.

“I think that it's captured the imagination of people who don't play golf because it's an Olympic sport. I watch sports that I wouldn't ordinarily watch because they are Olympic sports, and so that's going to be the same for golf. People are going to watch golf that don't ordinarily watch golf because it's an Olympic sport, which can only be good for our game. I think it was a good first showcase for golf. Just the whole atmosphere around golf in Rio was very positive. The crowd on the Sunday was amazing. People want to say, is it like a major championship or is it like a Ryder Cup. You have to say it's somewhere in between the two, because it was very patriotic. You had Union Jack flags flying. You had a huge Swedish contingent out there cheering on their man. So from that point of view, it felt very different from a normal tournament. Pressure is always self-inflicted, and it meant a lot to me. And so therefore, I was kind of feeling it from that point of view, as much as you would certainly in a major.”

bubbaPING AND BUBBA TEAM TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN: PING announced it is selling 6,000 limited edition pink PING G drivers, similar to the one used by Bubba Watson. With every pink driver sold $60 will be donated to the Bubba Watson Foundation. It marks the third time in four years the company has partnered with Watson on the fundraiser, which it said will now surpass $1 million in donations since its beginning in 2012.

The pink G drivers are available for pre-order starting today through authorized PING retailers around the world. The driver also comes with Bubba’s “caricature” head cover. The U.S. MSRP for the driver and head cover is $650. “Bubba’s a creative thinker and his decision to distinguish himself by using a pink driver and shaft helped make this program possible,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “I first met him as a teenager and he’s been on our staff since turning professional in 2003. He has a huge heart and continues to use his success in golf to help people in need, especially children. We’re blessed with the opportunity to partner with Bubba and are very grateful to golfers who choose to support this program for the benefit of the Bubba Watson Foundation.”

Watson has used a pink PING driver since 2012, the year he won his first of two Masters. Following that win, PING introduced a similar program with its pink G20 driver. Those funds were donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and used to help build the Bubba Watson-PING Motion Analysis Lab, which uses advanced assessment tools to evaluate and treat children and adolescents who have movement disorders or walking difficulties. Proceeds from the pink G30 limited-edition model in 2015 were donated to the Pensacola, Fla., children’s hospital, Sacred Heart, where Bubba was born, along with other children’s charities in the Pensacola area.

“PING and the Solheim family are incredibly generous in giving back to the game through ideas like the limited-edition pink-driver program,” Watson said. “I’m very grateful for all of their support, on and off the golf course. The response from the first two driver programs was amazing, so I’m excited to continue this tradition for the third time. We’ve been able to do a lot of great things together that truly help improve the lives of the less fortunate and those in need.”

THE KID IS ALL RIGHT! Maverick McNealy is the winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading player in the 2016 World Amateur Golf Ranking. A first-team All-American, McNealy won four collegiate events in 2016 for Stanford University, and made the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his only PGA Tour start of the year. In four career PGA Tour starts, McNealy has made the cut three times. His 69.57 stroke average was the second-best in the nation, and he was named a Ben Hogan Award finalist for the second year in a row. He is tied with Patrick Rodgers for the second-most career wins at Stanford with 10, one behind Woods’ 11.

"To win the McCormack Medal is both very special and a huge honor,” said McNealy. “Amateurism is something that is very important to me, and I really appreciate all that the USGA and The R&A do to promote and support the amateur game at all levels. It is very humbling to join the list of previous winners, as well as this year's winner, Leona Maguire, all of whom have reached the pinnacle of amateur golf. I hope that I can represent this award as well as it has been represented over the past nine years."

WEB GEMS:

MCILROY PLANS TO PLAY THE FIELD: “It was a shock to all of us. I got a call two hours before it was announced. I'm happy with everything. I'm hitting the ball well. That's not the issue. My issue over the past few months has been I just haven't been able to get the ball in the hole. We'll see where we go from here. I'm not going to commit to anything. I wouldn’t be surprised to see me not go with manufacturer for a year or two, just sort of play with what I want to play, play with what I’m comfortable with, and go from there." READ MORE>>>

I WAS WRONG: Rory McIlroy says he was glad to be “somewhat proven wrong” by the success of golf at the Olympics ­following its return to the Games. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I’ve got them to save me three years’ worth of golf balls, so at least I’ve got a golf ball that I like.”--Rory McIlroy on Nike exiting the golf equipment business. How many believe he’ll go three years playing the same ball???

Phil Mickelson currently leads the PGA TOUR in scoring average with 69.192 per round. He is closely followed by Dustin Johnson, who is averaging 69.228.

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 166                                                       
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The Barclays has been one where I've kind of struggled to get myself up there and have a chance to win, and to come to a major championship venue in one of the toughest venues in the United States at Bethpage, the Black Course, that's exciting. That's where I think it would play into strengths of mine. I feel very confident on very challenging golf courses. I feel like my game, I can step it up and dig in almost a little bit more. I maintain focus better on tougher courses.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who won the 2015 Barclays?

WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG MEN GONE? Back in June, Steve Burke described what he considered to be his greatest fear regarding the Olympics. “We wake up someday and the ratings are down 20 percent,” the chief executive officer of NBCUniversal said at a conference. “If that happens, my prediction would be that millennials had been in a Facebook bubble or a Snapchat bubble and the Olympics have come, and they didn’t know it.” According to a Bloomberg report, Rio broadcast ratings were down 25 percent among 18 to 49 year olds. The dilemma is that sports fans are getting older, while the garden spot for advertisers remains the infamous younger viewer.

Meanwhile, golf is using its return to the summer games as a much larger platform that will hopefully inspire under developed nations to become interested in the game. The hope is that participation rates will increase thanks largely due to government intervention in an effort to stimulate individuals into the sport as a means to one day pad the medal count. Recently, Peter Dawson, President of the International Golf Federation, was quoted as saying, “Golf’s success has been endorsed by strong viewing figures throughout the world and genuine interest from enthusiastic crowds in Rio.”

The industry is already singing from the same hymn sheet as Olympic medals were awarded to players from six different countries, including China. Dawson is also attributed in saying, “It is very important that we continue to be a supportive, contributing member of the Olympic family. We believe the values of our sport complement those of the Olympic movement and I am both hopeful and confident that we will continue to play our part beyond 2020.”

Within the bubble of the golf world, the Olympics represent nothing more than potential. Perhaps it will blossom into something more but nothing is guaranteed in life. The golf industry, exclusive of the PGA TOUR, has struggled in the post 2008 economy. Broadcast fees have been an area that seems to defy logic or gravity. It doesn’t confine itself to golf as NBC’s parent (which owns the Golf Channel); Comcast Corp. paid $12 billion for the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympics through 2032. The Olympic rating decline raises fresh doubts whether live sports draws a large audience under any circumstances. There is also a continental divide that is appearing as the audience has choices between television and digital broadcasts.

According to Bloomberg, NBC said 78 million unique users streamed on the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com, through Tuesday, up 24 percent from same period in London. NBC charged up to 50 percent higher rates for Internet ads than for TV due to the demographics of the younger web audience. So where does that leave golf??? It too has challenges in attracting a younger audience that tends to spend freely or by impulse. It doesn’t help that participation rates have been on a slow burn decline for the game. Now an argument can be made that its great hope, the Olympic Games, may not necessarily deliver the way it is hoping for. The audience golf delivered back to the Olympics wasn’t of any significance relative to the overall size and scope of the Games. Its equally challenging to argue the audience consisted of younger viewers that advertisers are paying a premium to find.

At the end of the exercise, golf didn’t enhance the Olympics audience as the ratings validate, despite the claims within golf that the opposite happened for the sport.

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BRANDING: If you think the golf business likes to control the message, it might be just sports in general. For example, Easton Baseball Softball Inc. and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. are seeking to end claims in a patent suit over innovations to control where the “sweet spot” is on baseball and softball bats. Each party filed separate motions recently for partial summary judgment in a California federal court. Wonder if this will ever drift into golf’s lane at some point???

WEB GEMS:

WHADYA THINK? The question was posed rather innocently to Zach Johnson after he played a practice round for the Barclays Championship on Monday at Bethpage Black. “Did you watch the Olympics?’’ “I watched a lot,’’ Johnson told The Post. “What did you think of the golf?’’ “Oh, I didn’t watch golf,’’ Johnson said.  READ MORE>>>

WHAT’S THE PLAN? Tiger Woods might be on the sidelines for the upcoming Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, but the American captain, Davis Love III, is still expecting the 14-time major winner to have a major impact on the competition. "Tiger is more interested in the strategy side of it -- rounding out the team with picks, or making small groups, making pairings. He's our tactician more than anything,” said Love. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The Barclays has been one where I've kind of struggled to get myself up there and have a chance to win, and to come to a major championship venue in one of the toughest venues in the United States at Bethpage, the Black Course, that's exciting. That's where I think it would play into strengths of mine. I feel very confident on very challenging golf courses. I feel like my game, I can step it up and dig in almost a little bit more. I maintain focus better on tougher courses.”--Jordan Spieth.

With a final-round 8-under 62, Jason Day finished The 2015 Barclays with a 72-hole total of 19-under 261, good for a six-stroke victory over Henrik Stenson.

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 165                                                       
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There are places I can get better. Ball striking-wise, tee ball I can get stronger, I can hit it further, my short game I want to keep consistent, keep exactly where it's at.”

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BRAIN TEASER: This player will be making his 18th start of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season this week at the Barclays, having already collected six top-10 finishes, including two victories. He was also a runner up in a major this year despite making a quadruple-bogey. Who is it?

THE BEST IS STILL TO COME: Callaway Golf is having a strong year. Part of its recent upswing in sales has come from its iron business. The company reported sales of $63.4 million, up $4.1 million or 7% in the 2016 second quarter. It was $13 million higher than its metal wood sales ($50.5 million) in the same reporting period. Meanwhile, Callaway is keeping the pedal to the metal with the introduction of the Steelhead XR Irons.

steelheadxrThe latest by Callaway has a slightly longer blade length, a slightly more rounded toe and the signature hosel-to-face transition. Based on Callaway’s 360 Face Cup technology, the edges of the face of the Steelhead XR irons freely flex and release at impact with greater efficiency, adding ball speed for more distance, especially on off-center hits, according to the company. The company reported it has hiked the COR (trampoline effect) of the irons right up to the USGA limit of .830. This was a hot (pun intended) topic back in the day specifically for drivers. Now Callaway says its Steelhead XR irons are on par with modern drivers when it comes to COR.

Greater speed and distance, even on mis-hits, is made possible, according to the company, by the modern Hollow Bore-Thru hosel design. Callaway engineers have removed weight from the hosel and repositioned it in strategic areas within the head in order to increase the MOI (resistance to twisting) for more forgiveness on mis-hits. They have also positioned the center of gravity strategically in the long, middle and short irons, according to the company. For players that are turned on by audio, Callaway said a new steel-infused polyurethane layer positioned low in the head, behind the lower portion of the face offers a great feel and sound. The Steelhead XR irons will be available at retail starting on September 2nd. The suggested prices are $799 (steel with the stock shaft being True Temper XP 95 Stepless) and $999 graphite (Matrix F15). A variety of premium aftermarket steel and graphite shafts and grips are also available.

“The way that we’ve taken the iron beyond our previous models is we’ve used the Face Cup technology in tandem with the mass properties of the head in a much better way in order to get more power, distance with forgiveness,” said Callaway Sr. VP of R&D, Dr. Alan Hocknell.

The new irons will also have some company in the form of new Steelhead XR hybrids. The face of each Steelhead XR Hybrid is larger and incorporates next-generation Hyper Speed Face Cup technology that promises more distance, Callaway said. It has a larger head and deep-back center of gravity, according to the company that makes the XR Steelhead hybrids easier to launch high. It was designed with the assistance of aerodynamic experts, the company said that improves airflow to promote faster clubhead speed for greater distance.

Callaway is making available lofts in 3H-6H starting on September 2nd. The Steelhead XR hybrids carry a price of $219 (each).

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CLAIRVOYANT? “I hate to say I saw that coming, but I’m not the least bit surprised. And I think it may be overplayed in terms of its impact on manufacturers like Callaway. The truth is, Nike really never had a significant share in golf equipment, not even in the heyday of [Nike-sponsored] Tiger Woods. We should certainly get our fair share of Nike’s equipment business, but there’s not a lot of that to fight over.

“I think it does validate the idea that golf equipment manufacturing should probably be left to the experts, the folks who are fully committed and dedicated to engineering and developing superior product, while the companies that are really in the business of selling apparel should stick to that. Under Armor created an example for Nike to follow, because it’s done great selling that stuff without selling equipment.” READ MORE>>>

ON DEMAND: PGA TOUR Digital announced it is offering audio shows as podcasts. “Our shift from live streaming audio to podcasting is about serving our fans with content they can consume when it fits their schedule,” stated Sloane Kelley, PGA TOUR Senior Director of Content. “We feel our current offering and upcoming podcasts will bring fans closer to the game and our players.”

Fans can access all PGA TOUR podcasts at PGATOUR.COM/podcasts. The audio shows are available via the iTunes, TuneIn or Stitcher apps and on nearly any type of device. The podcasts will also be available in the iPhone and Android PGA TOUR App in the early part of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. The four shows currently available via podcasts include:

Golf Talk America
Television and radio personality Timm Matthews and the rest of the "Golf Talk America" crew offer a free-form discussion covering a variety of entertaining topics.

On the Mark
Mark Immelman, older brother of 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman, is a broadcaster on a variety of platforms and considered one of the leading instructors in golf and passionate about performance.

PGA TOUR Replay
This podcast provides exclusive highlights and player interviews from the most recent play-by-play broadcast on PGA TOUR Radio, along with analysis from the former players and broadcasters who call the action from inside the ropes.

Talk of the TOUR
John Swantek, voice of "Inside the PGA TOUR" on Golf Channel, visits with players, writers, broadcasters, industry leaders and insiders from throughout the world of golf.

WEB GEMS:

SUCCESSFUL DEBUT? “We are going to tick a lot of boxes here,” said Peter Dawson, president of the International Golf Federation on Saturday in Rio. “We’re not complacent. There is a lot of competition for staying in the Olympic Games with all the various events. We’re going to put golf’s credentials forward the best way we can.” Specifically those boxes include spectator interest, television ratings, commercial success and how the players behaved while in Rio. READ MORE>>>

GOLF’S RETURN SEEN AS A WIN: "To anybody making the decision going forward, I would just ask them, were you in Rio on Sunday?," Rose said, after beating Stenson by two strokes in front of a sold-out gallery. Despite the fears over Zika, the women's game had no high profile no-shows. That tournament was less close, with a runaway five-stroke victory by South Korea's Park. New Zealand's Lydia Ko, 19, finished second to become the youngest Kiwi female medal winner, while China's Shanshan Feng vowed to grow the sport in the world's most populous country with her bronze medal. Both men and women agree that if golf is to stay in the Olympics, the 72 holes of individual stroke play format will needs some tweaks, including a way to incorporate a team game. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “There are places I can get better. Ball striking-wise, tee ball I can get stronger, I can hit it further, my short game I want to keep consistent, keep exactly where it's at.”--Jordan Spieth after winning the 2015 FedExCup last September.

Jordan Spieth will be making his18th start of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season this week, having collected six top-10 finishes. Of those, Spieth claimed his seventh and eighth TOUR titles at the Tournament of Champions and DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, respectively. He was also T2 at the Masters Tournament, where a quadruple-bogey at the par-3 12th hole in the final round derailed his chances to win the title for a second consecutive year. Spieth’s only other top-five finish this season came at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational where he finished T3.

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 165                                                       
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There are places I can get better. Ball striking-wise, tee ball I can get stronger, I can hit it further, my short game I want to keep consistent, keep exactly where it's at.”

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BRAIN TEASER: This player will be making his 18th start of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season this week at the Barclays, having already collected six top-10 finishes, including two victories. He was also a runner up in a major this year despite making a quadruple-bogey. Who is it?

THE BEST IS STILL TO COME: Callaway Golf is having a strong year. Part of its recent upswing in sales has come from its iron business. The company reported sales of $63.4 million, up $4.1 million or 7% in the 2016 second quarter. It was $13 million higher than its metal wood sales ($50.5 million) in the same reporting period. Meanwhile, Callaway is keeping the pedal to the metal with the introduction of the Steelhead XR Irons.

steelheadxrThe latest by Callaway has a slightly longer blade length, a slightly more rounded toe and the signature hosel-to-face transition. Based on Callaway’s 360 Face Cup technology, the edges of the face of the Steelhead XR irons freely flex and release at impact with greater efficiency, adding ball speed for more distance, especially on off-center hits, according to the company. The company reported it has hiked the COR (trampoline effect) of the irons right up to the USGA limit of .830. This was a hot (pun intended) topic back in the day specifically for drivers. Now Callaway says its Steelhead XR irons are on par with modern drivers when it comes to COR.

Greater speed and distance, even on mis-hits, is made possible, according to the company, by the modern Hollow Bore-Thru hosel design. Callaway engineers have removed weight from the hosel and repositioned it in strategic areas within the head in order to increase the MOI (resistance to twisting) for more forgiveness on mis-hits. They have also positioned the center of gravity strategically in the long, middle and short irons, according to the company. For players that are turned on by audio, Callaway said a new steel-infused polyurethane layer positioned low in the head, behind the lower portion of the face offers a great feel and sound. The Steelhead XR irons will be available at retail starting on September 2nd. The suggested prices are $799 (steel with the stock shaft being True Temper XP 95 Stepless) and $999 graphite (Matrix F15). A variety of premium aftermarket steel and graphite shafts and grips are also available.

“The way that we’ve taken the iron beyond our previous models is we’ve used the Face Cup technology in tandem with the mass properties of the head in a much better way in order to get more power, distance with forgiveness,” said Callaway Sr. VP of R&D, Dr. Alan Hocknell.

The new irons will also have some company in the form of new Steelhead XR hybrids. The face of each Steelhead XR Hybrid is larger and incorporates next-generation Hyper Speed Face Cup technology that promises more distance, Callaway said. It has a larger head and deep-back center of gravity, according to the company that makes the XR Steelhead hybrids easier to launch high. It was designed with the assistance of aerodynamic experts, the company said that improves airflow to promote faster clubhead speed for greater distance.

Callaway is making available lofts in 3H-6H starting on September 2nd. The Steelhead XR hybrids carry a price of $219 (each).

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CLAIRVOYANT? “I hate to say I saw that coming, but I’m not the least bit surprised. And I think it may be overplayed in terms of its impact on manufacturers like Callaway. The truth is, Nike really never had a significant share in golf equipment, not even in the heyday of [Nike-sponsored] Tiger Woods. We should certainly get our fair share of Nike’s equipment business, but there’s not a lot of that to fight over.

“I think it does validate the idea that golf equipment manufacturing should probably be left to the experts, the folks who are fully committed and dedicated to engineering and developing superior product, while the companies that are really in the business of selling apparel should stick to that. Under Armor created an example for Nike to follow, because it’s done great selling that stuff without selling equipment.” READ MORE>>>

ON DEMAND: PGA TOUR Digital announced it is offering audio shows as podcasts. “Our shift from live streaming audio to podcasting is about serving our fans with content they can consume when it fits their schedule,” stated Sloane Kelley, PGA TOUR Senior Director of Content. “We feel our current offering and upcoming podcasts will bring fans closer to the game and our players.”

Fans can access all PGA TOUR podcasts at PGATOUR.COM/podcasts. The audio shows are available via the iTunes, TuneIn or Stitcher apps and on nearly any type of device. The podcasts will also be available in the iPhone and Android PGA TOUR App in the early part of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. The four shows currently available via podcasts include:

Golf Talk America
Television and radio personality Timm Matthews and the rest of the "Golf Talk America" crew offer a free-form discussion covering a variety of entertaining topics.

On the Mark
Mark Immelman, older brother of 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman, is a broadcaster on a variety of platforms and considered one of the leading instructors in golf and passionate about performance.

PGA TOUR Replay
This podcast provides exclusive highlights and player interviews from the most recent play-by-play broadcast on PGA TOUR Radio, along with analysis from the former players and broadcasters who call the action from inside the ropes.

Talk of the TOUR
John Swantek, voice of "Inside the PGA TOUR" on Golf Channel, visits with players, writers, broadcasters, industry leaders and insiders from throughout the world of golf.

WEB GEMS:

SUCCESSFUL DEBUT? “We are going to tick a lot of boxes here,” said Peter Dawson, president of the International Golf Federation on Saturday in Rio. “We’re not complacent. There is a lot of competition for staying in the Olympic Games with all the various events. We’re going to put golf’s credentials forward the best way we can.” Specifically those boxes include spectator interest, television ratings, commercial success and how the players behaved while in Rio. READ MORE>>>

GOLF’S RETURN SEEN AS A WIN: "To anybody making the decision going forward, I would just ask them, were you in Rio on Sunday?," Rose said, after beating Stenson by two strokes in front of a sold-out gallery. Despite the fears over Zika, the women's game had no high profile no-shows. That tournament was less close, with a runaway five-stroke victory by South Korea's Park. New Zealand's Lydia Ko, 19, finished second to become the youngest Kiwi female medal winner, while China's Shanshan Feng vowed to grow the sport in the world's most populous country with her bronze medal. Both men and women agree that if golf is to stay in the Olympics, the 72 holes of individual stroke play format will needs some tweaks, including a way to incorporate a team game. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “There are places I can get better. Ball striking-wise, tee ball I can get stronger, I can hit it further, my short game I want to keep consistent, keep exactly where it's at.”--Jordan Spieth after winning the 2015 FedExCup last September.

Jordan Spieth will be making his18th start of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season this week, having collected six top-10 finishes. Of those, Spieth claimed his seventh and eighth TOUR titles at the Tournament of Champions and DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, respectively. He was also T2 at the Masters Tournament, where a quadruple-bogey at the par-3 12th hole in the final round derailed his chances to win the title for a second consecutive year. Spieth’s only other top-five finish this season came at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational where he finished T3.

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VOLUME 6, NUMBER 164                                                       
Monday, August 22, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I said, if I get a medal, I'm never going to take it off. I think I might have to shower with it. And I know that it doesn't rust; or at least we're going to try it. This medal is obviously something that I'm very proud of. But it's I think a medal that represents every golfer here, and you know, everyone back at home.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the top three players in the FedExCup standings with the 2015/16 now concluded?

DO THE NUMBERS ADD UP? A political ethics watchdog has demanded the Department of Justice investigate the books of Donald Trump’s Scottish golfing resorts after flagging up “suspect” financial disclosures. The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) has highlighted “significant and widespread discrepancies” in the reported income of the Republican presidential candidate’s resorts at Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire and Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire. READ MORE>>>

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R.I.P.: Bob Cupp, a past president and fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, died at the age of 76.  After a brief career as a professional golfer, Cupp began designing golf courses. He worked with Jack Nicklaus as a senior designer for more than 15 years before forming his own firm. His courses have hosted more than 50 national and international championships and in 1992 Golf World Magazine recognized Cupp as its first-ever Golf Architect of the Year. His work over the years included joint projects with his son, Bobby, a golf course architect and builder. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Si Woo Kim entered Sunday with a four-stroke advantage and shot a final-round 3-under 67. He coasted to victory at the Wyndham Championship. Kim finished at 21-under-par 259, which tied the 72-hole tournament record (set by Carl Pettersson in 2008), and was five strokes clear of Luke Donald. His five-stroke victory falls five shots short of the largest margin of victory in tournament history (Sam Snead – 1950). But it’s the third largest margin of victory this season.

At the age of 21 years, 1 month, 24 days, Kim becomes the youngest player to win on TOUR since Jordan Spieth did so back at the 2015 John Deere Classic when he was 21 years, 11 months, 15 days. Seve Ballesteros is still the youngest winner of the Wyndham Championship, winning his first tournament in the United States at the 1978 Wyndham Championship at the age of 20 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Kim’s first victory comes in his 38th PGA TOUR start (30th of the season), with a playoff loss at the 2016 Barbasol Championship his best finish prior to his first victory. He also owns top-10 finishes this year at the Sony Open in Hawaii (4) and CareerBuilder Challenge (T9). Here is what was in Si Woo Kim bag to win the 2016 Wyndham Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade M1 460, 8.5 degrees
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M1, 14 degrees, TaylorMade M2, 18 degrees
Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB 14 (3-9)
Titleist Vokey SM6 (PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (54 degrees); Titleist Vokey prototype (59 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Works 7
Golf Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

Si Woo Kim’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 26
Pars: 38
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 259

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WILD CARDS? Europe’s team to defend the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in September will contain at least five rookies after the nine automatic qualifiers were decided with a week to spare. READ MORE>>>

THE TIME IS NOW: He has only been a professional for two years, after becoming the first Englishman to win the US Amateur in more than a century and the first player to win low amateur honors at both the Open and US Open since Bobby Jones in 1930. Fitzpatrick’s pedigree cannot be questioned and neither, Bjorn believes, can his ability to handle the pressure in Minnesota. “We know Matt has the right mentality, he’s one of the brightest young prospects in world golf,” Bjorn said. “The Ryder Cup is a big boys’ game, but the experienced players in the team will help him along and make him feel comfortable. At 21 he has so many Ryder Cups ahead of him, it’s just a question of him now getting in to his first one and learning and becoming one of the greatest Ryder Cup players Europe has ever produced.” READ MORE>>>

AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE! Curtis Luck says he will put his professional career on hold after becoming the third Australian to win the United States Amateur Championship. Luck beat American Brad Dalke 6&4 in the final in Michigan on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I said, if I get a medal, I'm never going to take it off. I think I might have to shower with it. And I know that it doesn't rust; or at least we're going to try it. This medal is obviously something that I'm very proud of. But it's I think a medal that represents every golfer here, and you know, everyone back at home.” --Silver Medalist, Lydia Ko.

The top three players in the FedExCup standing at the end of the 2015/16 season are Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott.

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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