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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 149                                                       
Friday, July 31, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “As a player I am embracing the fact that golf is included in the Olympics. It's going to be an exciting event, going to be a great opportunity to be a part of something huge, to be the first golfer in a long time, anyway, to win a gold medal. It's going to have a lot going for it, obviously, and, who knows, in a hundred years' time that might be the most sought after achievement in golf. Right now it's all about history. So Major Championships have more of it than the Olympics does for us as a sport. When you look at the Olympics, it's about the best of the best: The fastest man on earth, the fastest woman in the pool. You kind of strive to these huge great athletic achievements.”

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BRAIN TEASER: This player uses a golf ball with the number 87 on it. Can you name him? HINT: He is a recent winner on the PGA TOUR.

ASIAN FLU: Callaway Golf reported within its second quarter operating results, the Asian region is undergoing some obstacles, which has impacted its performance. Second quarter sales in Japan were $32.5 million, flat from a year ago but down year-to-date. “Japan specifically the market was down 5%, 5.7% through Q2. A portion of the challenges in Japan are due to an inventory correction at retail,” stated Chip Brewer, Callaway Golf’s CEO. “We believe it should mostly work through by the end of the year provided there is no further drop off in market conditions.” Year-to-date, Callaway’s sales in Japan are down 25%. However when factoring out the influences of the stronger U.S. dollar to the Japanese Yen during the reporting period, sales were off 11%, Callaway said.

The rest of Asia, excluding Japan, was down 24%for Callaway as second quarter sales were $19 million versus $25.2 million in 2014. “China has become a challenging market primarily due to government policy decisions and we've been working through a change in business and distribution models in the South East Asia markets of Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia,” reported Brewer. “Fortunately, our brand position across Asia remains very strong and we remain optimistic for the balance of the year in the long-term.” Year-to-date, Callaway’s sales in the rest of Asia are down 32% from a year ago and 29% on a constant currency basis. Asia, including Japanese sales, accounted for 20% of Callaway six-month revenues in 2015. A year ago, the region represented 24.8% of its six-months sales and 28.8% of its entire 2014 revenues.

HERE VERSUS THERE: Callaway reported its domestic business is looking better. Second quarter sales in the U.S were up 8% from a year ago coming in at $122 million. However, through six-months, sales are trailing last year at this time by $6.6 million or 2%, despite the higher 2015 second quarter. The company said the market share of its products is what’s driving the overall improvement.

“In the U.S., our year-to-date hard goods dollar market share as of June was 21.4% up 230 basis point year-over-year,” reported Chip Brewer, Callaway’s CEO. “This third-party data has us regaining the number one position in total clubs, as well as being the top-selling brand in the irons, fairway woods, hybrids, and putters categories year-to-date. We've been the number one player in the putter category for some time. But the fairway wood, hybrid, and irons positions represent improvements in our relative positions that have been realized over the last year or so.” Callaway doesn’t provide a specific breakdown in dollars by product category respective to each geographic region. It chooses to share overall sales combining domestic and international channels for each category. Metal wood sales were down 7% in dollar terms for the quarter and off 23% through six-months.

Callaway also shared its progress in some international regions. “In Japan, our year-to-date hard goods share through June was 16.2%, up 110 basis points year-over-year. We remain the number one U.S. brand in this market. In the UK, our year-to-date hard goods market share through June was 18.5%, up 50 basis points year-over-year. In Europe through May which is our most recent data for that market, our share was 20.8%, up 220 basis points and sustaining our position as the number one hard goods brand in that market,” said Brewer.

The strong American dollar has been the biggest deterrent to Callaway’s progress. According to the company, foreign currency exchange rates negatively impacted revenues in the second quarter by $17 million and in turn make the top line revenue weaker compared to a year ago.

BLAME IT ON RIO: Jordan Spieth might have no choice but to miss the John Deere Classic next year. It's the same week as the Olympics. READ MORE>>>

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THE DONALD: It might have been hard to believe during the 25 minutes Donald Trump spent talking to the media in a ballroom within the majestic Turnberry hotel, but the Women’s British Open was going on just outside. In a wide-ranging oration attended by a surely unprecedented mix of political and golf journalists, the owner of the eponymous “Trump Turnberry” resort spent little time discussing Scotland’s national game. But, as is his way, he did take the opportunity to drop metaphorical bombs on a few of those organizations charged with running the sport in which he has invested so heavily around the world. READ MORE>>>

COME BACK TRAIL? Tiger Woods got back to shooting in the 60s. But he didn't make it look easy. READ MORE>>>

MR. SPEAKER TAKES A PASS: Why John Boehner doesn't like golfing With President Obama. READ MORE>>>

LOOKING FOR HER FIRST MAJOR: World No 2 Lydia Ko shrugged off a 3.30am wake-up call to card an opening round of 66 in the Ricoh Women's British Open at Turnberry on Thursday. Ko, who started her round at 6.41am, carded four birdies in succession from the second hole and recovered from her solitary bogey on the sixth to pick up further shots on the seventh, 10th and 14th. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “As a player I am embracing the fact that golf is included in the Olympics. It's going to be an exciting event, going to be a great opportunity to be a part of something huge, to be the first golfer in a long time, anyway, to win a gold medal. It's going to have a lot going for it, obviously, and, who knows, in a hundred years' time that might be the most sought after achievement in golf. Right now it's all about history. So Major Championships have more of it than the Olympics does for us as a sport. When you look at the Olympics, it's about the best of the best: The fastest man on earth, the fastest woman in the pool. You kind of strive to these huge great athletic achievements.”--Justin Rose.

As noted in Monday’s issue of the Daily Pulse, Jason Day plays a TaylorMade Tour Preferred X ball with the number 87; the year he was born. He won last week’s Canadian Open using it.

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 148                                                       
Thursday, July 30, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've had two astronomy picture of the day from NASA this year. I think I've had five over the last like three years that I've been submitting. Thousands and thousands of pictures are submitted daily and to get one picked is pretty cool.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who did Justin Rose defeat in a playoff to win last year’s Quicken Loans tournament?

LOOKING FOR GROWTH: Once upon a time, the second quarter for the equipment business represented a sweet spot. Re-orders of clubs already introduced was the operating model as the recreational playing season was in full gear. As the industry has evolved, the second quarter has become somewhat of a potpourri. You’re not quite sure what you’ll get.

Callaway delivered second quarter sales in 2013 of $250 million. It drifted down to $232 million last year. This year, the company reported $231 million in sales for the reporting period. It cited unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates and softer than anticipated international market conditions (particularly in Asia) for the slightly lower revenues. Callaway estimated the foreign currency exchange rates negatively affected 2015 second quarter net sales by approximately $16 million.

However, the company reported it was able to compensate for the offset in sales by improvement in gross margins (500 basis points) due to more favorable product pricing and mix of higher margin products as well as improved operational efficiencies. Callaway achieved net income of $12.8 million for the three-month period compared to $3.3 million in 2014.

For the first six months of 2015, Callaway’s sales are $514.7 million, down $69 million from 2014, when it recorded revenues of $583.8 million. The proud maker of Big Bertha reported net income of $48.6 million in 2015 versus $58.7 million in 2014.

Looking at a breakdown by product category, Callaway’s metal woods business was off 7% ($3.7 million) coming in at $49.4 million for the 2015 quarter. In the second quarter of 2014, metal wood sales were $53 million. Iron sales were higher by 12% ($6.4 million) as Callaway reported $59.3 million in sales in Q2 2015 compared to $52.9 million in Q2 2014. It’s worth noting that iron sales were higher than metal woods for the company in the reporting period. Putter sales were off 10% ($2.6 million) coming in at $24.4 million versus $27 million last year. Golf ball sales were up 5% ($1.9 million) as it reported $40.9 million in 2015 versus $38.9 million in 2014. The accessories category was off 6% ($3.4 million) in the second quarter: $56.5 million versus $59.9 million.

Looking at the geographies it competes in, sales in the Unites States were up 8% ($9.4 million) in the second quarter. Callaway’s European sales were off 11% ($4.2 million), while Japan was flat. The rest of Asia was down 24% ($6.1 million) for the quarter.

"Overall, we are pleased with our performance in the second quarter and the progress we have made turning our business around," stated Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company. "Foreign currency exchange rates and softer than expected market conditions in Asia have proved challenging this year; however, our brand momentum and market shares have continued to increase, we have made substantial progress improving our profitability, and our product pipeline remains robust. Looking forward, despite a continued rebalancing of retail inventory in Asia, we are encouraged by the overall fundamentals of the golf industry with less overall promotional activity, more reasonable production and inventory levels, and a general stabilization of participation in golf."

Callaway has revised its full year sales estimates and increased its full year earnings estimates. Callaway anticipates 2015 sales between $830-$840 million and fully diluted earnings per share will increase from its previous guidance of ($0.03) - $0.04 due to improved gross margins more than offsetting the softer than expected international market conditions. Through six-months of 2015, Callaway has reported sales of $514.7 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.54.

THE ECONOMY HASN’T BEEN A PROBLEM HERE: Income at St Andrews Links Trust, the charity that runs the seven courses at the home of golf, topped £20 million for the first time last year. Strong numbers of visitor golfers wanting to play the Old Course – which this year cost up to £170 a round – and six other courses was again one of the main reasons for the 5.6% rise in cash, coming in at almost £20.3 million. READ MORE>>>

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WEB GEMS:

NO GO: “Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title,” said McIlroy, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in early July. “Best of luck to all the competitors, and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016.” READ MORE>>>

ANOTHER SIDE TO THE STORY: When Donald Trump arrives in his helicopter here during the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Thursday morning perhaps he may wish to head out and watch group eight. Because in that threeball will be Lizette Salas, the daughter of Mexican immigrants who embodies what it means to chase Trump’s blessed “American dream.” “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but, his words, a lot of people listen to him and hear him because he’s a big name,” Salas said. “I’m proud of my heritage, proud of where I come from, not ashamed of being born of Mexican immigrants. But that’s a whole other subject. My goal this week is to win. He can say what he wants. Everyone can. It does not change the way I feel about myself, about my heritage at all.” READ MORE>>>

CAN HE DO IT AGAIN? Most of the world's top players are skipping the Quicken Loans National. Justin Rose wouldn't miss it - even if he weren't the defending champion. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've had two astronomy picture of the day from NASA this year. I think I've had five over the last like three years that I've been submitting. Thousands and thousands of pictures are submitted daily and to get one picked is pretty cool.”--Jimmy Walker.

Justin Rose and Shawn Stefani entered the final round of the Quicken Loans National trailing by three strokes, with both carding a 1-under-par 70 to advance to the first-ever sudden-death playoff in tournament history. A par for Rose on the first extra hole, coupled with Stefani’s double bogey, gave the Englishman his sixth PGA TOUR win.

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 147                                                       
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I have a lot of doctors now. I went to the Cleveland Clinic in Mid-Ohio and they have one of the best ankle doctors, hip doctors. Took a hand X-ray just for the hell of it, too. I was like, why not. Also have my doctor in L.A. that has been there for all my angle sprains and I have a doctor in Florida, as well. First opinion, second opinion, third opinion we are all on the same page, which is really great. There's no risk if I play. It's not like I'm going to injure myself more for playing, which is great piece of mind and whatnot.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Tiger Woods last victory came in 2013. How many times did he win that year?

CAN’T GET ENOUGH? The PGA TOUR is bringing out a direct to consumer business model with the introduction this week of PGA TOUR LIVE. Fans can have pgatourliveaccess to two different groups each day on Thursday and Friday tournament rounds. PGA TOUR LIVE debuts this Thursday at 7:30 a.m. EDT and will provide exclusive shot-by-shot coverage of Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and James Hahn or K.J. Choi, Danny Lee and John Senden. Friday’s groups are Tiger Woods, Bill Haas and Nick Watney or Justin Rose with Jimmy Walker and David Lingmerth.

This week’s Quicken Loans event is the first of seven tournaments through the remainder of the 2014-15 season where consumers can choose the service. According to the PGA TOUR, it will have more than 30 events per season there after. It is initially available on the seven-day free trial on iPhone, iPad and desktop/laptop platforms. PGA TOUR LIVE is being priced at $4.99 per month from pgatourlive.com or the Apple App Store and will become available on Android and other platforms at a later date.

“PGA TOUR LIVE is a groundbreaking service for golf fans, enabling them to watch live Thursday and Friday early morning action as soon as competition begins,” said Rick Anderson, the PGA TOUR’s Executive Vice President for Global Media. “We’re confident that this exclusive coverage of marquee groups, alongside our Thursday and Friday Golf Channel telecasts, has strong potential to build fan interest and viewership for our traditional television coverage.”

Following the conclusion of the featured groups on Thursday and Friday this week, PGA TOUR LIVE will shift its live broadcast coverage to the Featured Holes at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club – a pair of par-3s, the 11th and 16th. In total the new service will deliver access to more than 11 hours of live coverage to fans each day. PGA TOUR LIVE initially will be available in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom. Other markets will follow. 

A LITTLE EXTRA ON THE LINE: Quicken Loans will reward one person with $1 million if a player (first player to do so) aces the 16th hole at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club during tournament play at this year’s namesake tournament. An additional $25,000 will be donated to the charity of the professional golfer’s choice. To enter the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes, golf fans simply need to visit www.pgatour.com/QuickenLoans. Each person can enter the contest once. All qualified sweepstakes entrants are eligible to win the $1 million grand prize.

GOLFERS WANTED: The latest Active People Survey (APS) results, for six months to the end of March, show that 727,700 people aged 16-plus, play golf for at least 30 minutes a week. In early 2008 the number was 948,400. The decline has not been steady, with the country seeing most of the drop in one year between 2012 and 2013, when the number of regular golfers in England fell sharply from 908,000 to 772,800. The survey also found that there were 1.54 million golfers who played the game at least once a month in 2007/8. By March 2015 this figure had plummeted to less than 1.1 million, including a three percent drop in just the final six months. READ MORE>>>

SILVER LINING: It turned out to be an unusual Open Championship at St. Andrews as Mother Nature enjoyed somewhat of a starring role. While it wasn’t ideal that a Monday finish was required there was blessing in disguise. READ MORE>>>

A NEW ONE: The PGA TOUR and LECOM Health (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) announced that LECOM will become the title sponsor of a new Web.com Tour event at Peek’n Peak Resort in western New York. It is a four-year agreement that begins in 2016 with a tournament purse of $600,000.

“We are excited to partner with the PGA TOUR’s Web.com Tour to encourage health and wellness,” said John M. Ferretti, D.O, President of LECOM. “There is no better example for highlighting wellness than these young Web.com Tour professionals, who like our LECOM students, put in an extraordinary amount of work to achieve their career goals.”
Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) will serve as the host organization of the LECOM Health Challenge. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, as well as other charities in Chautauqua County and the nearby greater Erie, Pa. area. “While LECOM offers one of the most affordable tuitions in the nation, students still graduate with significant indebtedness,” said Ferretti. “We greatly appreciate that the LECOM Health Challenge promises to help these students by providing scholarship dollars from the tournament proceeds.”

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WEB GEMS:

LIFE AFTER WINNING: “If I were to pick a golf course in the rotation that I would probably have the least chance of winning at, St. Andrews would be one of the first I would pick,” he says. “There are so many odd carries there. I just didn’t think I had the game to do it there.” READ MORE>>>

HOLDING OUT HOPE: Billy Hurley III took a few questions about his struggles on the golf course and his ties to northern Virginia before a PGA Tour official said Hurley had an announcement. Fighting off tears, Hurley delivered the stunning news that his father, retired police officer Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing since July 19. READ MORE>>>

SOONER OR LATER? "I didn't think that it would take this long because I thought I would have my short game earlier," Woods told reporters at Robert Trent Jones GC in Gainesville, Virginia where he is hosting this week's Quicken Loans National. "You can cover up a lot of different things when you're chipping and putting well. I didn't have it at the beginning of the year.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I have a lot of doctors now. I went to the Cleveland Clinic in Mid-Ohio and they have one of the best ankle doctors, hip doctors. Took a hand X-ray just for the hell of it, too. I was like, why not. Also have my doctor in L.A. that has been there for all my angle sprains and I have a doctor in Florida, as well. First opinion, second opinion, third opinion we are all on the same page, which is really great. There's no risk if I play. It's not like I'm going to injure myself more for playing, which is great piece of mind and whatnot.”--Michelle Wie, who is competing this week in the Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship at Trump Turnberry.

Tiger Woods won five times in 2013 and had one-second place finish. He won the Farmers Insurance Open, WGC Cadillac Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, The PLAYERS and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

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 146                                                       
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “My life long goal is to get to No. 1 in the world. I know that I can't do that without wins in major championships. I just want to be the best I can be while I'm on this Earth and while I have the opportunity to play golf. I want to show the people that I'm not going to quit and I'm not going to stop fighting until it's over, and that's probably the way I'm going to play the rest of my life. That's kind of the way I was raised. My dad used to say never say die all the time, and that's what I remember every time I play golf is I'm going to keep fighting.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Did Tiger Woods make the cut at the 2014 Quicken Loans National?

DO YOU HAVE TIME FOR A QUICK ONE? The United States Golf Association is hoping many of the loyal recreational players of the game remember to participate its second PLAY9 Day this Wednesday, July 29. The initiative is an effort to rally golf industry stakeholders, facilities and golfers around the nine-hole round as a fun, quick and convenient way to enjoy the game. The USGA is hoping that those that do indulge will share photos and support of the program by using #Play9Golf via social media throughout the day. Fan posts will be featured on the USGA’s official platforms. According to the USGA, it recorded a 13 percent year-over-year increase in nine-hole rounds posted to its Golf Handicap and Information Network in the months following the program’s launch in 2014.

greenGOING FOR THE GREEN: TaylorMade has added highly ranking amateur golfer Gavin Green to its stable of players that it endorses. The 21-year-old Malaysia native, who reached fifth on the men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking during his amateur career, recently made his professional debut on the Asian Development Tour at the PGM Ragman Putra Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“We are thrilled to have Gavin join the TaylorMade-adidas family,” said Chuck Presto, TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s senior vice president of sports marketing. “Gavin showed a lot of potential and ability during his time as an amateur and we are confident that this will translate into stellar results as a professional.”

“I am very excited to begin my professional career and I am very grateful to TaylorMade and adidas for their confidence in me,” said the three-time All American from the University of New Mexico. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this point in my career and I’m excited to begin this next chapter in my life as a professional.” While his name isn’t well known in North American golf circles, Green has already made a name for himself in Asia. He is the first player to win as an amateur on the Asian Development Tour. It happened in June of 2014 when he won by an 11-stroke margin at the PGM Vascory Tempmler Park Championship.

 

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WEB GEMS:

THE PLOT THICKENS: Robert Allenby’s former caddie says he doesn’t believe the Australian golfer was bashed and kidnapped in Hawaii earlier this year. Allenby’s former caddie Mick Middlemo, with whom he fell out spectacularly following a verbal confrontation during the opening round of the Canadian Open, said he had protected the golfer and publicly supported his story about the incident because he was asked to. READ MORE>>>

WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: It was an up-and-down kind of weekend for 16-year-old Andrew Orischak. The South Carolina teen blew a 5-up lead in the final of the U.S. Junior Amateur, losing in 37 holes to complete the largest collapse in the championship's history. Then he locked up a prom date with Fox Sports host and former Golf Channel personality Holly Sonders. READ MORE>>>

BEST OF THE BEST? Jordan Spieth could go down as the greatest putter golf has ever seen, according to Europe's Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter. "I don't believe we've seen statistics on putting like we've seen from Jordan," said Poulter. "If you look at the percentage of putts he holes from 25 feet it's remarkable.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “My life long goal is to get to No. 1 in the world. I know that I can't do that without wins in major championships. I just want to be the best I can be while I'm on this Earth and while I have the opportunity to play golf. I want to show the people that I'm not going to quit and I'm not going to stop fighting until it's over, and that's probably the way I'm going to play the rest of my life. That's kind of the way I was raised. My dad used to say never say die all the time, and that's what I remember every time I play golf is I'm going to keep fighting.”--Jason Day after his win at the Canadian Open. He moved from World No. 9 to World No.4 with the victory.

Tiger Woods could manage no better than 74-75 in his first 36 holes after back surgery last year at the Quicken Loans National. It was only his 10th missed cut of his career in his 299th professional start on the PGA TOUR. Since then he has missed four more cuts along with one WD.

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 145                                                       
Monday, July 27, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think it was about six years ago the last time I played here. Some of the holes I remembered, some of the holes I didn't. I remember last time we were here I racked up a $1500 phone bill because I was in the family dining on my phone the whole time because we had storm delays.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many shots back from the leader was Jason Day going into the final round of the Canadian Open?

I SPY: Looks like Callaway has something up its sleeve. Prototype versions of the Great Big Bertha Driver and the Big Bertha Alpha 816 Alpha Driver have appeared on the USGA conforming list today. At the risk of speculation, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if some of Callaway’s Tour Pros were to test the products at this week’s Quicken Loans and potentially put in play the new drivers.

OLLIE SIGNS WITH CALLAWAY: He finished T12 at the Open Championship as an amateur and turned professional the next week at the Canadian Open where he finished T22. The former World #1 Amateur (41 consecutive weeks) and rising Tour star Ollie Schniederans now has an equipment deal as Callaway Golf has signed him to a contract. The three-time All-American at Georgia Tech and 2014 Mark H. McCormack Medal winner presented by the R&A, joins a strong list of players who are 25 and under that are endorsed by Callaway. He joins Patrick Reed, Danny Lee, Tony Finau, Ryo Ishikawa, Matteo Manassero, Lydia Ko and recent signee, Julien Brun that represent the company.

"Ollie's collegiate golf success speaks for itself," said Nick Raffaele, VP Global Sports Marketing, Callaway Golf. "But as we began to know Ollie on a personal level and align our values, goals and objectives, we had no doubt he'd be a perfect fit with Team Callaway."

TWO TO KEEP AN EYE ON: Philip Barbaree, 17, of Shreveport, La., matched the largest comeback in U.S. Junior Amateur Championship history in defeating Andrew Orischak, 16, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in Saturday’s final match. Trailing 5 down with eight holes remaining, Barbaree, No. 59 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, managed to rally for a 37-hole win on the 7,366-yard, par-72 Colleton River Plantation Club’s Dye Course. READ MORE>>>

Eun Jeong Seong, of the Republic of Korea, led for all but two holes in a decisive 3-and-2 victory over Angel Yin, of Arcadia, Calif., in the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship’s final on Saturday at Tulsa Country Club. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Jason Day eased the pain of coming up one shot short in the Open Championship with a victory at the Canadian Open. It is his fourth career PGA TOUR victory and second of the year. Day became the sixth different Australian to win the Canadian Open: Joe Kirkwood (1933), Jim Ferrier (1950 and 1951), Kel Nagel (1964), Greg Norman (1984 and 1992) and Nathan Green (2009). He earned $1,044,000 for the victory outside of Toronto to go along with the $460,377 he picked up in St. Andrews. Here is what Jason Day had in his bag to win the 2015 Canadian Open:

Drive: R15 460 Driver 10.5* with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 70x shaft
Fairway Metals: AeroBurner HL Fairway – 16.5* with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 80x shaft
Irons: RSi TP Irons – 3-9, PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
Wedges: Tour Preferred EF Wedge (Tour Grind) 47*, 52* & 60* also with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts.
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider IB Putter
Golf Ball: Tour Preferred X Golf Ball with the number 87; the year he was born.
Shoes: adidas Golf adipower Boost Footwear
Glove: Tour Preferred Glove

Jason Day’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 2
Birdies: 23
Pars: 38
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 271

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WEB GEMS:

NO WORRIES MATE: Jason Day made himself right at home in the Canadian Open - at David Hearn's expense. The Australian birdied the final three holes to win the national championship Sunday at Glen Abbey, spoiling Hearn's bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years. READ MORE>>>

WILLETT PREVAILS: Danny Willett held off stiff competition from fellow Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton to win the Omega European Masters and clinch his third European Tour title. Victory moved Willett to second in The Race to Dubai behind leader Rory McIlroy, and could well see him climb into the top 25 of the Official Golf World Ranking. READ MORE>>>

MARCO POLO! Marco Dawson held off the twin challenge of super stars Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie over the final nine holes to claim victory in a thrilling climax to the Senior British Open Championship on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

COME FROM BEHIND WIN: Lexi Thompson surged past overnight leader Lizette Salas and held off a last-day charge by Gerina Piller to win her fifth career LPGA title by one shot at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think it was about six years ago the last time I played here. Some of the holes I remembered, some of the holes I didn't. I remember last time we were here I racked up a $1500 phone bill because I was in the family dining on my phone the whole time because we had storm delays.”--Jason Day on the last time he played the Canadian Open.

Jason Day was two shots behind third-round leader David Hearn when play began for the RBC Canadian Open. Ironically, back February, Day also came from behind to win the Farmers Insurance Open. He started the final round two shots back of 54-hole leaders J.B. Holes and Harris English and carded a final-round 70 to get into a four-man playoff. Day defeated Holmes on the second extra hole for his third PGA TOUR win.

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