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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 159                                                       
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Mark Brooks has the most PGA TOUR starts, so that's the guy I'm gunning for. I would like to try to hang in there long enough to get over 800 PGA TOUR starts and pass Jay Haas and Mark Brooks.”

BRAIN TEASER: At the 2017 Wyndham Championship, this player made an ace on the 16th hole in the final round, which moved him from outside of the top125 to inside of the number and ended up finishing 118th entering the 2017 FedExCup Playoffs. Can you name him?

FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME? There is considerable excitement for Tiger Woods after his performances at the Open Championship and more so the PGA Championship. It’s deserved. Woods has done more to elevate the public awareness of golf over his career than perhaps any other player in the history of the game. Timing has been a factor. Cable television, specifically ESPN often led its SportsCenter program with his personal highlight reel. The PGA TOUR, astutely, leveraged his popularity into a financial bonanza via an increased network contract, which in turn put pressure on tournaments to raise their purses. The Tiger effect is what many people call it. Some swear it exists and others are not as convinced. Compare and contrast the participation rates or recreational rounds played today and the Tiger effect is questionable when viewed through this angle of the lens.

However, given the immense excitement for his comeback, which there are some that already contend it would be bigger that Hogan’s, its worth questioning whether the industry is any smarter the second time around with Woods? TV rating still soar when he’s in the mix. Already dubbed the favorite for the 2019 Masters, its hard not to think the rating won’t be at record levels. Ironically though, last week PGA of American CEO, Pete Bevacqua acknowledged golf’s greatest challenge remains growing the game. “The biggest challenge is, I think, the challenge that everyone in golf shares, which is how do you grow this game? How do you make this game more accessible and more diverse? How do you bring more women into the game? How do you bring more minorities into the game?” he said. 

When Woods turned professional at the end of summer in 1996, growth of the game was never considered a major obstacle for the industry. By the end of April 1997, he had won three PGA TOUR events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters. The rest as they say is history. Woods remains a minority, in more ways than one, and golf made (a lot of) money off of him back in the 90’s and into the 2000s. Yet, it never found a way to grow the diversity of the game at the grass roots level, despite having him as the so-called poster child, for argument’s sake. Will history repeat itself again now that Woods is yet again the focal point of the media’s attention??

The Tiger 2.0, shall we call it, won’t last nearly as long simply given his age. Therefore, if it wants to, its even more critical for golf to find a way to get more people interested in the game regardless of their gender, ethnicity or social economic background. Will it do a better job for the long-term health of the game or waste another opportunity?

I WANT TO HELP: Harold Varner III wants to inspire a new generation of African-Americans to come on to the PGA Tour so that there is more diversity on the professional circuit. READ MORE>>>

HE STILL HAS IT! There’s nothing like a late charge from Tiger Woods to juice the ratings of a major golf tournament. CBS reached 8.5 million viewers Sunday for final-round competition at the PGA Championship from St. Louis, a whopping 73 percent increase from the 4.9 million people who watched the same tournament’s conclusion in 2017, the Nielsen company said. READ MORE>>>

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN? When Nike Golf left the equipment business, you have to wonder if it considered what might happen if its club ambassadors when on to greater heights? Believe it or not, all four major champions in 2018 were at one time using Nike clubs. The reigning U.S. and PGA Champ relied on some of it in his victories. And at one time, some said its product was considered inferior?

The three (Patrick Reed, Franky Molinaro and Brooks Koepka) major title owners of 2018, still rep the Swoosh apparel. Tommy Fleetwood, perhaps the next European player to break through at a major, still uses Nike irons despite the fact he is running out of replacements. And Tiger Woods is yet again the talk of the sport!

BOY POWER! Niall Horan, the One Direction band member, has handed the beleaguered Ladies European Tour a much-needed boost for next season by being behind a new Northern Ireland Ladies Open. In another move that should be applauded, part of the event will also run concurrently at Galgorm Castle in County Antrim with the men’s Northern Ireland Open, mirroring a format successfully adopted by the Vic Open in Australia. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

ONE OF THE BEST YEARS EVER BY SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW: He's the hottest golfer on the planet, though you might struggle to recognize him. Brooks Koepka's second major title of the season at the US PGA was somewhat swamped by the Tiger Woods noise, but the 28-year-old's low-key approach is also keeping him under the radar. That could be about to change after Sunday's success. By holding off a charging Woods at Bellerive and to add to his successful defense of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in June, the muscular Koepka has propelled himself into the epicenter of the spotlight. The attention is something he doesn't necessarily crave, and yet sometimes he feels he deserves more. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Mark Brooks has the most PGA TOUR starts, so that's the guy I'm gunning for. I would like to try to hang in there long enough to get over 800 PGA TOUR starts and pass Jay Haas and Mark Brooks.”--Davis Love III

At the 2017 Wyndham Championship, Martin Flores made an ace on the 16th hole in the final round which moved him from outside of the top125 to inside of the number and ended up finishing 118th entering the 2017 FedExCup Playoffs.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 158                                                       
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “In the summertime, I sweat a lot, and I lose a bunch of weight. I have the hardest time during summer maintaining weight. No matter what I eat, no matter what I drink, I just can't maintain weight.”

BRAIN TEASER: Brooks Koepka has four times in his career. Only one is a not a major. Can you name the event he won that wasn’t a major championship?

THE BUSINESS OF GIVING! The gift of giving knows no season as the Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open – awarded more than $3.1 million in grants to 51 Valley charities during its 2018 spring funding cycle. It includes a record one-time donation of $1 million to Special Olympics Arizona for its new State Competitions Distribution and Training Center. 

Additionally, Thunderbirds Charities awarded grants of more than $100,000 to six Valley Charities; including $300,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank, $200,000 to Child Crisis Arizona, $150,000 to Homeward Bound, $100,000 to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and $100,000 to Friendly House.

“Without a doubt, giving back to our communities is the most rewarding thing about what we do as tournament hosts,” said Carlos Sugich, President of Thunderbirds Charities.  “We’re thrilled and so proud to give these grants to deserving organizations around the Valley.  It’s an honor to see where all the money goes from the WM Phoenix Open and how it impacts those in need in our community.”

The $1 million donation to Special Olympics Arizona helped create a new Distribution and Training Center which allows SOAZ the opportunity to serve even more individuals with disabilities across the state, ultimately expanding the number of athletes reached while creating more teams and enhanced competitions for SOAZ athletes.  

“We are honored to receive this momentous donation from Thunderbirds Charities for the new Special Olympics Arizona Distribution Center,” said Jamie Heckerman, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Arizona. “This donation will allow us to build a one-of-a-kind facility, which is a necessary component to our rapid growth as an organization and will be instrumental in allowing Special Olympics Arizona to better serve the community.”
           
The $200,000 donation to Child Crisis Arizona went toward its Head Start Expansion Renovation Project, which included a remodel of its Mesa facility to house two additional classroom spaces for 40 children, as well as child-sized bathrooms and additional Head Start staff offices.
           
“We could not be more thankful to Thunderbird Charities for their ongoing support,” said Child Crisis Arizona Chief Executive Officer Torrie Taj. “Their generous gift is allowing us to expand our education programs, and provide valuable services to families, many of whom lack access to quality early childhood education and parenting resources.”

The $150,000 grant to Homeward Bound went to Empowering Homeless Families with Children, a project that not only provides housing, but also offers parents access to financial resources and the ability to emotionally support and advocate for their children, while the children receive high-quality education and enrichment experiences.

"I continue to feel astonished by the generosity and commitment of The Thunderbirds to our children,” said Homeward Bound President & CEO Becky Jackson.  “We get the pleasure of seeing the transformation first-hand, and know that each day, they are breaking the cycle of poverty, and learning to thrive. We are truly inspired by Thunderbird Charities."

UK JUNE RETAIL MARKET UPDATE: June’s retail market numbers, which show the overall sales value was up: over 9% up on last year (according to Golf Datatech’s golf specialty audit). The love continued through the other categories: with 11 product groups showing an increase and 6 showing some decline.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest drop year on year was in Outerwear – down a massive 56%. So what were the winners? Amazingly, the top 7 categories all had increases, ranging from 2% for Shoes, to a whopping 28% for Men’s Shirts. The two big Hardware categories also saw double-digit year-on-year growth. Balls were the 3rd largest growth category – up 22% on 2017. READ MORE>>>

MAJOR WINNER’S CLUBS: In his 100th start on the PGA TOUR, Brooks Koepka became just the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year. At 16-under 264, he set the PGA Championship record for best 72-hole score, previously 15-under 265. He is the first player since Jordan Spieth to win two majors in one season (2015 Masters, U.S. Open). Overall, 19 players have performed the feat 32 times. The only others who have won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season are Tiger Woods (2000), Jack Nicklaus (1980), Ben Hogan (1948), Gene Sarazen (1922).

Twenty players have now won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in their career. Before last week, Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship, 2014 U.S. Open) and Rory McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open, 2012/2014 PGA Championship) achieved the feat most recently. Here is what Brooks Koepka had in his bag to win the 2018 PGA Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460, 9.5 degrees
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M2 2017, 16.5 degrees
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX Tour 900 (4-PW):
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52, 56); Titleist Vokey SM4 TVD (60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 SLT 10
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Brooks Koepka’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 22
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 264

Justin Thomas / 2017 PGA Championship:

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 917F2 (15.0), 915Fd (18.0) 
Irons: 716 CB 4-iron, 718 MB (5-9)
Wedges: SM6 pitching (46), SM5 gap (52) and sand (56), SM6 lob (60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5
Ball: Pro V1x

Justin Thomas’– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 20
Pars: 40
Bogeys: 12
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 276

Jimmy Walker / 2016 PGA Championship:

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5*)
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M1 (15 degrees), Titleist 915Fd (18*)
Irons: Titleist 716 MB (3-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (48*), sand (54*) and lob (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Jimmy Walker’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 19
Pars: 48
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 266

WEB GEMS:

ONE TO FORGET? "It's been a year where I've shown glimpses of what I can do but I just haven't done it often enough. It's the major season over and we have to wait a few months to the next one but there's still a lot of golf to play this year and quite a bit to play for. There's a lot of room for improvement. My swing really hasn't been where I want it to be. It was pretty good at the start of the year but it's sort of regressed as the season has went on, you start to fall back into some of the habits you don't want to." READ MORE>>>

FALDO IS A BELIEVER: “I thought that 20-foot birdie putt that he holed at the 18th told him all he needed to know. He now knows that he can win again. There have been times this year when I didn’t think he had a hope in hell of winning another major but now you have to say that he does. You have to take your hat off and applaud his efforts. His determination to get back to the top is incredible. I think what we’ve already witnessed represents the greatest comeback in golf and if he wins again it will be, for me, the greatest comeback in sport.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: In the summertime, I sweat a lot, and I lose a bunch of weight. I have the hardest time during summer maintaining weight. No matter what I eat, no matter what I drink, I just can't maintain weight.”--Tiger Woods. We should all be so fortunate!

Brooks Koepka’s only victory that isn’t a major came at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 157                                                       
Monday, August 13, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “When I look at what I've done in the past two months, it's incredible. Looking where I was, sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible.”

BRAIN TEASER: How much did Brooks Koepka earn from winning the PGA Championship?

ELIMINATE THE MIDDLE MAN: The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company reported it has delivered multi-million sales growth with its direct to consumer strategy. “Our exclusive factory-direct business model is unprecedented for name brand golf equipment, as we put best-in-class custom forged irons in the hands of golfers of all playing levels, and at hundreds of dollars less than they would pay for competitive products through green-grass and retail channels,” said Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.  “Our proven product innovations are driven by Mr. Hogan’s renowned club making philosophies that have endured for decades. This, combined with our quality custom club making commitment, and a risk-free demo program, has validated our business model and provided a roadmap for expanded product lines in 2019, and beyond.”

The Company is now planning the rollout of several new product lines in late 2018 and early 2019. “Our exclusive factory-direct business model is unprecedented for name brand golf equipment, as we put best-in-class custom forged irons in the hands of golfers of all playing levels, and at hundreds of dollars less than they would pay for competitive products through green-grass and retail channels,” said White.. “Our proven product innovations are driven by Mr. Hogan’s renowned club making philosophies that have endured for decades. This, combined with our quality custom club making commitment, and a risk-free demo program, has validated our business model and provided a roadmap for expanded product lines in 2019, and beyond.”

Recognizing hat most golfers want to personally experience equipment before they purchase, the Company offers a simple, risk-free demo program, as well as a Trade-UP program to offset the cost of their purchase by selling used equipment back to the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. According to the Company, over 70% of people try Ben Hogan golf equipment via the Demo Program end up buying equipment. 

“We have been methodical in developing and executing our direct-to-consumer business model. Now that we have proven this strategy successful, we are moving forward with the next phase in our plan,” said White. “ Entering additional product categories is exciting for us but, as always, we won't do so until we have a product worthy of Mr. Hogan's signature.  All new products will provide golfers with the same quality and expert craftsmanship that goes into our irons, along with pricing that is unmatched among brand name performance golf equipment.”

FOUR! Cleveland Golf announced the RTX 4, which it believes is it most tour-authentic wedge ever made. Built with the fourth generation Rotex it will launch in North America on Sept. 14, 2018.
  
“With the new RTX 4, we spared no expense in trying to achieve the best possible wedge for the best players in the world, and then bring that wedge to the consumer,” said John Rae, Vice President at Cleveland Golf. “We worked tirelessly with our tour staff to refine every detail of the wedge and its shape to fit their needs.”

The foundation of the RTX 4, the company said, is the fourth generation of Cleveland’s proprietary Rotex Face Technology. Following four life cycles, years of research, and millions of data points, the tolerances were tightened. Cleveland said the. RTX 4 generates more spin through the sharpest Tour Zip Grooves, most aggressive face milling, and more precise laser milling.

“It feels like the ball is really spinning off the face,” said Shane Lowry. “There are extra little grooves in there, which makes it spin more and it definitely does spin more.”

Following extensive tour feedback, RTX 4 features a more compact blade shape, with less offset and a smaller overall profile. Additionally, RTX 4 offers four new sole grinds, including an all-new XLOW grind for versatility to execute the most challenging greenside shots. “I mean it’s got that soft feel which is so nice,” said Graeme McDowell. “I really love the bounce profile here. I like the feeling of using the back bounce on the wedge so, when I look at that, it’s something that really appeals to me.”

“What I love about this wedge is the sole in the bunker,” said Keegan Bradley “It doesn’t dig in too much, and I’m able to really clip the ball and put a lot of spin on it. We are all very excited to play this wedge.”

“Having something that you can mishit a little bit and still see the results of what you’re trying to accomplish is amazing,” said Sean Crocker. “Cleveland wedges have already been the best wedges in the game, and this just makes it even better because to improve on their wedges is something hard to do, but they’ve done it with RTX 4.”

Cleveland’s RTX 4 wedges are priced at $139.99 MAP.

THE NUMBERS:
         Scoring Averages at Bellerive Country Club:
         Front 9       Back 9        Total          Cumulative
R1:    35.782        35.596        71.378        ---
R2:    34.839        34.755        69.594        70.486
R3:    34.575        34.925        69.500        70.157
R4:    34.625        34.713        69.338        69.952
Week:34.955         34.997        69.952

WEB GEMS:

FORGOTTEN MAN NO LONGER: Brooks Koepka is impossible to overlook now, winning the PGA Championship on Sunday with machine-like precision to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. And it still felt — and sounded — like he was playing second billing to Tiger Woods. With roars for Woods unheard anywhere this side of Augusta National, Koepka kept his cool and ran off two birdies on the back nine at Bellerive with Adam Scott tied for the lead and Woods one shot behind. Koepka closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory, making him only the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year. READ MORE>>>

ALMOST: Tiger Woods was much more forgiving of his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship on Sunday than his close call at last month’s British Open. He said he could not recall the last time he had felt so good about not winning. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “When I look at what I've done in the past two months, it's incredible. Looking where I was, sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible.”--Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka won $1,980,000  from his victory at the PGA Championship. He also earned $2,160,000 from his U.S. Open victory in June.

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 8, NUMBER 156                                                       
Friday, August 10, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's definitely tough, especially talking with some of the guys that knew Jarrod better than most out here. Guys like Scotty and Leish and a lot of the Aussies, obviously. You also think about it as far as Jarrod wouldn't want us out here feeling sorry for him or feeling bad or anything. You'd probably come out here and kick us in the butt and tell us to man up and go have some fun. So it's a little bit kind of bittersweet. You're trying to go out there and keep living lifelike he did, but it's unfortunate that he's not here with us.”

BRAIN TEASER: Gary Woodland is the first round leader of the PGA Championship. He opened with a score of 6-under par. How many career PGA TOUR victories does he have?

PICKING UP? With both the 2018 PGA Championship and US Open Tennis Championship coming up, the golf and tennis equipment markets have something to celebrate. U.S. retail sales for both categories have made a comeback in the 12 months ending June 2018, with golf and tennis/racquet sports experiencing respective dollar sales increases of 8 percent and 7 percent across the combined athletic specialty/sporting goods, national chain, mass, and e-commerce channels, according to global information company The NPD Group.

Golf sales reached $2.5 billion in the 12 months ending June 2018, it said, after a 6 percent sales decline experienced the prior year. Golf products for all users grew, including women’s sales increasing by 7 percent and juniors being the smallest yet growing the fastest, +31 percent.

With tennis products making up the bulk of the category, racquet sports equipment sales grew to $294.8 million, bouncing back after a 3 percent decline in sales the previous year. Tennis racquets and balls generated a combined $211.2 million, a 4 percent increase over the same time period a year ago.

“About 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day, and as more retire, both the golf and tennis businesses are benefiting primarily from the many individuals who now have more recreational time on their hands. The quickly growing retiree community is seeking ways to stay busy and fit,” said Matt Powell, vice president and senior industry advisor, Sports, The NPD Group. “For golf and tennis equipment sales to grow further down the road, the sports inevitably must attract Millennials and Gen Z, and to do so they will have to better align with the values of these generations.”

PAY UP? It’s not just elections. Hackers are now targeting major golf tournaments too. Shadowy bandits have hijacked the PGA of America’s computer servers, locking officials out of crucial files related to this week’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club and the upcoming Ryder Cup in France. Staff realized Tuesday morning that their systems had been compromised when attempts to work on the files generated an ominous message: “Your network has been penetrated. All files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorythm.” Any attempt to break the encryption could cause the loss of all of the work, the hackers warned. “This may lead to the impossibility of recovery of certain files,” the message threatened. READ MORE>>>

FREE EQUIPMENT AGENTS: Agents and officials from the manufacturers say that a handful of star players—think Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson —still earn several million dollars annually on such deals. But the offers for most other players have dropped substantially. A midlevel Tour player who made $500,000 a decade ago might make $250,000 now.

“The market has changed dramatically,” said Dan Ladd, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Cobra Puma. The company, which used to sponsor several PGA Tour players, now sponsors only two: Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau. Likewise, a spokesman for TaylorMade said it has reduced the number of players it endorses but declined to share specifics.

“It’s a challenge for these athletes,” Ladd said. “The ones that do it are phenomenal but there seems to be fewer today that can truly cut through and be an ambassador that moves the needle for a brand.”

Of all the equipment companies, though, the one that had the biggest impact on the market is the one that got out of it two years ago: Nike. Its exit not only impacted the more than 40 players it had on staff. It softened the market for everyone else. And it left players with more years remaining on their Nike deals—McIlroy, Koepka and Molinari among them—in an unusual spot. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

SELF-LESS ACT: Bryson DeChambeau won the PGA Championship's long drive contest with a 331-yard drive at Bellerive Country Club. He was awarded a gold money clip and $25,000 to donate to the charity of his choice.  He's decided to help the family of Jarrod Lyle. READ MORE>>>

ROUGH START BUT BACK ON COURSE: If Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship on Sunday he will reflect on the back nine of the first round, which kept him in the tournament when it could have gone either way. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's definitely tough, especially talking with some of the guys that knew Jarrod better than most out here. Guys like Scotty and Leish and a lot of the Aussies, obviously. You also think about it as far as Jarrod wouldn't want us out here feeling sorry for him or feeling bad or anything. You'd probably come out here and kick us in the butt and tell us to man up and go have some fun. So it's a little bit kind of bittersweet. You're trying to go out there and keep living lifelike he did, but it's unfortunate that he's not here with us.”--Rickie Fowler.

Gary Woodland has three career PGA TOUR victories. He has won the 2011 Transitions Championship, 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open and the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rickie Fowler, who trails by one shot after the first round, has four career PGA TOUR victories.

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 8, NUMBER 155                                                       
Thursday, August 9, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I haven't played a lot of golf with Tiger. I might put a few noses out of joint by saying, but in my opinion, the best player that's ever played the game. And that, for me, it was always a special place to be. I'm glad that this generation of players get to experience Tiger Woods, because that's what they need. They need to experience what he brings to the game, and they need to experience all that comes with the world of Tiger Woods.”

BRAIN TEASER: At the 2017 PGA Championship, two players each hit the century mark by playing in their 100th major championship. Do you remember who they are?

WHO IS NEXT? This will be Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America, last PGA Championship that he resides over. Bevacqua has accepted a position with NBC Sports and will maintain some involvement in golf in the future but from a different perspective. Meanwhile, his current employer still has to find a successor. He was asked for an update at the PGA Championship.

“I've had many conversations with our officers and our board about the CEO process and the next steps,” said Bevacqua. “ I think that what's most important is that the PGA of America takes its time and gets the right person. It's obviously a big decision for the PGA of America, and personally for me, nothing would make me happier than to see them get a person who will just take this place to all new and even better levels of excellence.” Based on his comments, it would appear to still be an open field!

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION! “The biggest challenge everyone in golf shares, which is how do you grow this game?” noted Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America. It’s a recurring theme within the game that has been a mystery for more years than anyone would care to admit. “How do you make this game more accessible and more diverse? How do you bring more women into the game? How do you bring more minorities into the game? Because I think we would all agree, or most of us would agree, that the face of this game has to change if it's going to grow. It needs to look more like the face of America, and that's not something you can do in a year, six years, or more. That has to be a constant pursuit, a generational pursuit,” Bevacqua added. “But whether it's the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, the USGA, the LPGA, I think all the key entities in this game understands that we need to make this game more diverse.”

WEB GEMS:

UPDATES! Heavy rains that fell at Bellerive this week hardly slowed its massive greens, which tournament coordinator Kerry Haigh said were running right where he wants them for the PGA Championship. Haigh said about 1 1/2 inches fell during Tuesday’s storm. That could make an already long course play even longer from tee to green, but the otherwise the course handled the rain quite well. Some players had grumbled after early practice rounds about brown patches on some of the greens, but Haigh said Wednesday that’s hard to avoid given the oppressive summer heat in St. Louis. Haigh added that PGA officials “love where they’re at. They’re rolling beautifully.” READ MORE>>>

WILL HE PLAY? The aura surrounding the 14-times major champion in his prime affected his playing partners, said Furyk, who believes times have changed and that Woods can only be a positive force on the team at next month’s event in Paris. “It was hard to partner Tiger with guys 15-20 years ago,” Furyk said on the eve of the PGA Championship at Bellerive. “To live in his shoes for a day was a rude awakening.” READ MORE>>>

OUR BAD: The European Tour has apologized to Tommy Fleetwood after his Open earnings of more than £120,000 were paid to a PGA club pro bearing the same name because of “a clerical error.” It was deposited into the account of another Tommy Fleetwood, an American club pro. He was with his friend Greg Thorner on Wednesday when he discovered the windfall. READ MORE>>>

R.I.P.: Popular and loved Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I haven't played a lot of golf with Tiger. I might put a few noses out of joint by saying, but in my opinion, the best player that's ever played the game. And that, for me, it was always a special place to be. I'm glad that this generation of players get to experience Tiger Woods, because that's what they need. They need to experience what he brings to the game, and they need to experience all that comes with the world of Tiger Woods.”--Thomas Bjorn

Ernie Els, four-time Major Champion and  five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson reached the historical marker of playing in their 100th major championship at the 2017 PGA Championship. The club is select as few have accomplished the feat. Other than Lefty and the Big Easy others to accomplish it are:

1. Jack Nicklaus - 164 majors
2. Gary Player - 150 majors
3. Tom Watson - 145 majors
4. Arnold Palmer - 142 majors
5. Raymond Floyd - 127 majors
6. Sam Snead - 119 majors
7. Ben Crenshaw - 118 majors
8. Gene Sarazen - 112 majors
9. Tom Kite - 109 majors
Mark O’Meara - 109 majors
11. Bernhard Langer - 104 majors
12. Sir Nick Faldo - 100 majors

Davis Love III will joined the select group this week in St. Louis.

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