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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think the two next realistic goals are the career Grand Slam, and trying to become the most successful European player ever. And hopefully, when I achieve those, I can start to think about other things. But right now, that's what my focus is.”
BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the player that earned more in 2014 than he had in his entire PGA TOUR career leading up to it? HINT: He won a major in 2010.
THANK YOU: Due to the upcoming holiday season, the Daily Pulse’s final issue for 2014 is today. Publishing will resume again on January 2, 2015. In the event anything of significance happens in the golf world during this typically quiet period, it will be reported in a standalone email. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Daily Pulse and helped to make it a success. Happy Holidays and a very happy and healthy 2015 to one and all.
THE FINER POINTS: There exists a compelling argument that very few understand the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup system. Perhaps the best-known fact about it is the payout, specifically the first place amount that is awarded annually. For all those golf geeks out there, this one is for you!
The PGA TOUR Policy Board has approved a recommendation to reduce the number of points awarded for each of the four FedExCup Playoff tournaments. Beginning in 2015, The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola will award 2,000 points for a victory (down from 2,500) with all other places being reduced by the same proportion. The intent, according to PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, is to place a greater emphasis on season-long performance, yet maintain the element of volatility and movement throughout the Playoffs.
“Every year since the FedExCup was introduced in 2007, we have reviewed the points structure with the Player Advisory Council and four Player Directors who sit on the Policy Board,” Finchem said. “We believe this slight modification will add greater significance to players having an outstanding season leading into the Playoffs, while still allowing for the excitement of volatility and movement during the Playoffs, particularly as players vie to make the final 30 for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.”
With the change, reset points for the TOUR Championship also have been proportionately reduced to maintain the current scenarios of all 30 players having a chance to win the FedExCup and $10 million bonus. Additionally, the Board voted to eliminate a secondary cut for the playoffs that normally would occur after three rounds when more than 78 players make the 36-hole cut.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES: Bobby Jones announced its Spring 2015 XH2O line, which incorporates moisture wicking function, UV protection and breathability. “The XH2O line is one of my favorite areas of our Spring 2015 collection because it is what I believe Mr. Jones would wear if he were competing today,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports. “Anyone who has studied golf history knows Mr. Jones, while a gentleman, was a fiery competitor on the course. He would never have ceded anything he believed to be a competitive advantage to the rest of the field, including performance and flexibility in his apparel. We’ve designed our line to answer the call for elegant, sophisticated performance golf apparel that can facilitate the best round of your life on the course and, importantly, still afford great styling for your dinner engagement that evening.”
The XH2O polos range in price from $79.50-$89 depending on style, and will be available at retail beginning January 15th.
THE PLOT CONTINUES TO THICKEN: Three people close to Rory McIlroy made a “concerted effort” to destabilize the golfer’s relationship with the sports agency he had signed a representation agreement with, the High Court has been told. Those people were consultant Donal Casey, who later became CEO of Rory McIlroy Inc, Sean O’Flaherty, the golfer’s personal assistant, and Mr McIlroy’s father, Gerry, said counsel Maurice Collins. READ MORE>>>
PEBBLE GETS HIT: One of the two cypress trees in the landing area of the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links was toppled Thursday by strong winds that were a part of what the National Weather Service predicted would be one of Northern California’s strongest storms in years. READ MORE>>>
GAME CHANGER! Adam Scott and his wife Marie Kojzar are expecting their first child. READ MORE>>>
AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE: Australians Scott Strange and Wade Ormsby shared the second-round lead at the Australian PGA on Friday, with defending champion Adam Scott two strokes behind and American Boo Weekley three off the lead. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “I think the two next realistic goals are the career Grand Slam, and trying to become the most successful European player ever. And hopefully, when I achieve those, I can start to think about other things. But right now, that's what my focus is.”--Rory McIlroy after winning the PGA Championship, his fourth major championship and second of the year.
Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer earned $4,532,537 on the PGA TOUR in 2014. He played 19 events and won the US Open and Players Championship. From 2008 to 2013, Kaymer played 64 times, including a win at the 2010 PGA Championship. His earnings were $3,765,591 prior to January 1st 2014.
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