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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 183                                                       
Friday, September 19, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “At the end of the day, you know, The Ryder Cup it's about one week, I think. Form often doesn't mean that much; it's which team gets inspired. It's which team gets the MoJo going I suppose. It will be a tightly-fought match imagine.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who finished the 2013/14 PGA TOUR season on top in the Strokes Gained: Putting category?

LADIES FIRST! As expected and to no one’s surprise the R & A has voted ‘Yes’ in allowing women members. The vote was 85% from the club’s 2,400 male membership in welcoming women as members. Peter Dawson, Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, released a statement:

“I am very pleased indeed to announce that the membership of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has voted overwhelmingly in favor of welcoming women members. More than three quarters of the club’s global membership took part in the ballot, with a decisive 85% voting for women to become members. This vote has immediate effect and I can confirm that The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is now a mixed membership club. The membership has also acted to fast track a significant initial number of women to become members in the coming months. This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men.”

The announcement appears to be driven mainly from a business application. Earlier this year, the CEO of HSBC, which invests significantly in golf, went on the record saying his company was "very uneasy" with the Royal and Ancient's all-male membership policy. "We would like to see it solved so we don't keep talking about it," Giles Morgan stated when asked his opinion on the topic. "When you are showcasing one of the world's greatest tournaments it would be much more palatable if it were played where there was not a sense of segregation."

Upon the news, Morgan, one of the Open’s main backers, said, “As a partner of the R&A and a long-term international sponsor of golf, we welcome this news with open arms. HSBC is committed to growing the game at all levels and fundamental to this is our commitment to the value of diversity and our support of women’s golf, which is a cornerstone of our global golf portfolio. As a patron of the oldest and most prestigious of all Major Championships, we are proud to be a partner of The Open Championship, which creates a center of gravity in our global golf portfolio. We look forward to continuing this successful partnership at St Andrews in 2015 for what promises to be the start of a new era.”

Now the pressure shifts to the other all male clubs, Muirfield, Royal Troon and Royal St. George’s, to re-examine their policy if in turn they want to remain in the Open Championship rotation.

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GOT THE TIME? OMEGA, the official watch of Team USA in the upcoming Ryder Cup, reported it has produced a special version of its Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M. It has facetted blue hour and minute hands, an 18K yellow gold seconds hand and red transferred design elements. These colors against the silvery background of the dial, it said, are inspired by the Ryder Cup logo. The dial also features the “Teak Concept” pattern that distinguishes Aqua Terra models from all other timepieces in the Seamaster family. This stainless steel wristwatch is presented on a matching bracelet.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M is self-winding, has anti-magnetic mechanical movement. The anti-magnetic technology is exclusive to OMEGA and was introduced in 2013. The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M is also water resistant to 15 bar (150 meters / 500 feet) and it is offered with a full four-year warranty.

WEB GEMS:

NO FEAR! Rory McIlroy knows he will be the man with a target on his back at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next week and he can’t wait. The world number one was responding to American captain Tom Watson’s comments that he wants his team to ‘take down the top dogs,’ a reference to McIlroy and Ian Poulter. “I know what a huge fillip it would be for them if I lose but it is up to me to make sure it doesn’t happen. I’m a double major champion this year and it’s important that I embrace that and step up and take on the responsibility. I know I will have a target on my back but I love that and I am going to play up to it as much as I can.” READ MORE>>>

RETURN ON INVESTMENT? Ahead of the 15th edition of the ISPS Handa Wales Open, the Chief Executive of The European Tour, George O’Grady, has paid tribute to Sir Terry Matthews, the owner and chairman of this week’s host venue, The Celtic Manor Resort. At a lavish gala dinner held on Tuesday night, Sir Terry revealed that the resort – which four years ago staged one of the most thrilling Ryder Cups in living memory – will undergo significant expansion over the next two years, with the addition of a vast convention center amongst other improvements. READ MORE>>>

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Ryder Cup fans at Gleneagles next week will be able to watch four golfing legends take on a team of famous sporting faces in a special Pro-Celebrity Match on Thursday September 25. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “At the end of the day, you know, The Ryder Cup it's about one week, I think. Form often doesn't mean that much; it's which team gets inspired. It's which team gets the MoJo going I suppose. It will be a tightly-fought match imagine.”--Justin Rose

Graeme McDowell was declared the Strokes Gained: Putting leader for the 2013/14 season. In 46 measured rounds, his total putts gained was 40.752. Aussies Aaron Baddley and Greg Chalmers were second and third respectively in the category.

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 5, NUMBER 182                                                       
Thursday, September 18, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I still don't feel like I deserve to be on the team. I haven't played good enough this year. I haven't played good enough over a twoyear period to be on the team, and I understand that. I'm not upset with that. I'm over it. I've been over it since the picks were made at Deutsche Bank, and I'm fully supportive of the U.S. team and everyone else.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who lead the PGA TOUR in scoring on Par 5s in the 2013/14 wrap around season?

LOOKING FOR CHANGES OR ELSE RESULTS? Shares in sportswear maker Adidas jumped on Wednesday on a report that a group of hedge funds is seeking to buy a stake to pressure management to make sweeping changes, although one of the funds dismissed this. Citing unnamed financial sources, the magazine said the funds would seek radical changes at Adidas, including the removal of Chief Executive Herbert Hainer and the possible spin off of fitness brand Reebok and golf label TaylorMade. READ MORE>>>

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MORE GOLF: SiriusXM continues to invest in golf as it has added Natalie Gulbis and top instructor Debbie Doniger to host a new monthly show on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio (XM channel 93, Sirius channel 208). The Golfer Girls with Natalie Gulbis and Debbie Doniger will debut Wednesday, September 24 at 2:00 pm ET and focus on, but not be limited to, the world of women’s golf. 

“I have always enjoyed interacting with the media and talking about golf, and this partnership with SiriusXM gives me the opportunity to share my perspective directly with the audience,” said Gulbis. “Debbie and I look forward to offering our insights on everything in the world of golf – and many of our interests beyond the sport – to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio listeners.”

“Natalie and Debbie make a terrific team and their experience playing and teaching the game gives them an exceptional point of view on their sport,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “Their personality and perspective on golf and the world beyond it will make this a fun and engaging addition to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.”

NOW IS THE TIME? Given the financial state of the golf industry, what better time for bifurcation and the opportunity to make the amateur game more enjoyable. For the record, I’m an old fogey and have a great appreciation for the game. Therefore, I’d be very careful with its basic structure; no 15-inch cups, no crazy non-conforming equipment. Anchored putters are ok; I’d drop spring effect but have some limit in case someone figures a way to stop the faces from caving in so maybe a 10-15 yard limit. I’d leave the current ball alone; maybe make out of bounds a one shot and a line of flight drop (to speed up play). READ MORE>>>

WHAT DO THE STATS SAY? Are you a numbers person? With all the talk of analytics in other sports, golf has started to explore this area in greater depth. Here is just a few random samplings: There were 17 official holes in one on the PGA TOUR this season and 19 overall (two came at the Barracuda Championship, where ShotLink is not used) -- all on par 3s. John Daly recorded the highest score of the season with a 12 during the second round of the Valspar Championship on the par-4 16th hole. It marked the 16th time Daly recorded a double-digit score on TOUR. Brian Stuard had the longest streak without a three-putt, going 395 consecutive holes without one. The TOUR average is 80 holes without a three-putt. Six of the 33 TOUR winners (in events where ShotLink was used) led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

DIFFERENT PRIORITIES: “After discussing this in detail with Adam it became evident that my plan was not going to fit with Adam’s requirements so we decided to end our partnership,” Williams said. READ MORE>>>

TIME OUT: Rory McIlroy’s legal battle with Horizon Sports Management, which also involves his Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell, was so sensitive that it could be ready-made case for mediation, a High Court judge told the warring parties today. Mr. Justice Brian McGovern told lawyers for both sides that the court had the power to stay the proceedings for not more than 28 days to allow consideration of mediation or arbitration to take place. “The case has all sorts of sensitivities involving two players on tour, a manager of one of them and a former manager or agent of the other.  It has all sorts of complex issues involving relationship matters,” the judge said. READ MORE>>>

WILL COOLER HEADS PREVAIL? “Your continued criticisms of our clients completely ignores the central and fundamental commercial reality of the relationship between Mr. McIlroy and the Defendants. Our clients were extraordinarily successful in building a very strong commercial platform for Mr. Mcllroy on the basis of which he has already been paid in excess of $70 million over the past 2 years and on the basis of which he will, or at least should, earn several hundred million dollars more during the period that our clients remain his agent. His thanks was to hijack the commercial platform and management structure built by our clients and attempt to avoid paying the agreed commissions or indeed any commission to the Defendants.” READ MORE>>>

IT’S ALL-GOOD? European captain Paul McGinley insists he has no concerns over Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell's relationship ahead of next week's Ryder Cup. The Northern Irish pair have played together six times in the last two contests but are currently involved, directly and indirectly, in a court case with McIlroy's former management company. McIlroy's legal battle with Horizon Sports Management also involves the affairs of McDowell and the judge hearing the case said on Tuesday it involved such sensitive matters that the sides should engage in mediation. READ MORE>>>

WHERE IS HE NOW? Anthony Kim, MIA since 2012, wrestles with whether to tee it up again or reap an eight-figure disability settlement. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I still don't feel like I deserve to be on the team. I haven't played good enough this year. I haven't played good enough over a two‑year period to be on the team, and I understand that. I'm not upset with that. I'm over it. I've been over it since the picks were made at Deutsche Bank, and I'm fully supportive of the U.S. team and everyone else.”--Billy Horschel after winning the TOUR Championship and FedExCup playoffs.

Adam Scott was the best of the best on the Par 5s in the 2013/14 season. He was a collective 117 under par. He was a cumulative -26 on Par 4s for the year and +26 on Par 3s! Over 68 rounds, Scott averaged 4.48 on the Par 5s!

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 5, NUMBER 181
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? "I think a week off will do a lot of us a world of good. It really will. I don't want to see my golf clubs for a few days. I'll pick them back up again probably at the weekend before. Having these five days off is going to be big, and I think a lot of guys will do the same thing. I don't think fatigue will play a part in the Ryder Cup."

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BRAIN TEASER: BRAIN TEASER: Rory McIlroy finished the 2013/14 wrap around season a cumulative 123 under par. How many was he under par on the par 5s alone?

SRIXON GETS AGGRESSIVE FOR 2015: Golfers are an usual breed. Some are equipment junkies that are on a never-ending search for the next great thing. Given the economically challenged times we live in, there is a better than average chance there are less of them around than when the world was in a better place. But z545everyone is always interested to know what else is coming.

Srixon has announced the release of the new Z Series woods and irons, the latest in the Srixon line of golf clubs used by Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama, as well as many others professional staffers competing on the various professional tours across the globe. Srixon’s new Z Series clubs offer tour-influenced performance, real innovation and stunning design, according to the company.  The new Z Series clubs are currently available at select locations, with nationwide availability beginning on November 14, 2014.  

“We’re thrilled to introduce the new Z Series woods and irons to the U.S. market,” said Todd Harman, President of Srixon U.S.A. “At Srixon, we approach products like our tour players approach their game. It’s a constant ‘Journey to Better.’ Designing the game’s best products is always about raising the bar, and we believe the new Z Series woods and irons are the best the game has to offer.”

The compact 430cc Srixon Z 745 driver is designed for skilled players who like to work the ball with maximum distance and penetrating ball flight.  The Z 745 driver features Dual Speed Technology, which helps maximize rotation efficiency to deliver more club head speed for increased distance, according to the company. Srixon’s Quick Tune System offers 36 unique settings for loft, lie, face angle and center of gravity. The Z 745 driver’s cup-face construction, helps create an even larger sweet spot, according to Srixon, for added forgiveness on off-center hits. Available in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°, the Z 745 boasts a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black HBP 60 shaft and carries a minimum advertised price (MAP) of $399.99. 

With a sleek and aggressive design, the Srixon Z 545 driver is designed for players that desire maximum distance and a mid-high launch in a larger, more forgiving shape. The Z 545 driver also features Dual Speed Technology, which increases ball speed and distance by maximizing the driver’s rotation efficiency. Srixon’s Quick Tune System offers 36 unique settings for loft, lie, face angle and center of gravity is also incorporated into the Z545. Available in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°, the Z 545 is equipped with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black HBP 60 shaft and also has a MAP of $399.99. 

srixon2015Srixon’s Z F45 fairway has a mid-size design, which is engineered to maximize launch conditions from all lies, the company said. It too features Dual Speed Technology and Srixon’s proprietary Quick Tune System offers 36 unique settings for loft, lie, face angle and center of gravity. An ultra-hot HT1770 maraging steel cup face has raised the club’s COR by 15 points for maximum ball speed, Srixon said. Available in lofts of 13°, 15° and 17°, the Z F45 fairway also comes with the Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black HBP 70 shaft and has a MAP of $279.99. 

Srixon’s new Z H45 hybrid features redesigned shape for smoother turf interaction and a more confident look at address. The Z H45 hybrid also features Dual Speed Technology. An ultra-hot HT1770 maraging steel cup face has raised the club’s COR by 13 points for maximum ball speed, Srixon said. Available in lofts of 16°, 19° and 22°, the Z H45 fairway comes with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black HBP 60 shaft and has a MAP of $229.99. 

Srixon’s new Z 745 irons sport a muscle cavity design while featuring a thinner topline and a more compact shape for a pleasing, traditional look. The new Z 745 irons are forged from 1020 carbon steel using the highest quality, most premium process available, Srixon said. A redesigned Tour V.T. Sole decreases turf resistance through impact for tighter dispersion. Double Laser Milling on the face of the Z 745 irons increases surface roughness for additional spin and trajectory control in all conditions. The Z 745 irons are available with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and carry a MAP of $999.99 (3 – PW). 

Srixon’s Z 545 irons combine hot flight and incredible feel in a slightly larger, more forgiving cavity-back profile, the company promises. Forged also from 1020 carbon steel, the new Z 545 irons feature a thin, high-strength SUP10 steel face, which increases COR for higher ball speed, the company said. A redesigned Tour V.T. Sole decreases turf resistance through impact for tighter dispersion and Double Laser Milling on the face of the Z 545 irons increases surface roughness for additional spin and trajectory control. The Z 545 irons are available with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and carry a MAP of $999.99. 

Designed to suit the needs of skilled players, the Srixon Z U45 utility sports a refined, iron-like head shape that helps find fairways off the tee and adds playability on aggressive shots into the green, Srixon said. The Z U45 utility features a compact topline and more compact flange with a slimming mirror chrome finish, which generates a compact address view that smoothly transitions to iron sets. The Z U45 utility features a 1020 carbon steel body, which is capped with a thin, high-strength SUP10 steel face for higher ball speed, Srixon said. The Z U45 utility’s lower and deeper center of gravity also helps to promote higher launch and increased playability. Available in lofts of 18°, 20° and 23°, the Z U45 utility is equipped with a Nippon NS PRO 980GH DST shaft and has a MAP of $179.99.  

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CHANGE CAN SOMETIMES BE GOOD: TaylorMade has announced the signing of Ryder Cup player Jamie Donaldson, who will officially play the company’s woods, including the latest line of metalwoods - SLDR. The multi-year agreement will also see the Welshman use a TaylorMade staff bag and Tour headwear. 

Ian Watts, Director Sports Marketing Europe remarked, “We’re delighted to welcome Jamie on board. Over the past few seasons he’s been one of the most consistent performers on the European Tour and his career statistics speak for themselves, with close to 40 Top 10 finishes since gaining his card. We know that Jamie will be a fantastic ambassador for our brand and look forward to a lasting partnership over the coming years”. 

“I’m very excited to be working with TaylorMade Golf,” said Donaldson. “The right equipment is essential to me and having the backing of TaylorMade’s Tour team along with the industry’s best driver and fairway woods made it an easy decision for me, as I endeavor to take my game to the next level”.  Donaldson’s first event as an official TaylorMade-adidas Golf ambassador will be the Volvo World Match Play.

SCORING, PRESENTED BY CLEVELAND GOLF: Billy Horschel still has to be pinching himself. Proving once again its not how you start but rather how you finish! He began the FedExCup playoffs by missing the cut at the Barclays. “I remember flying home and I talked to my wife, and she's like, you'll probably just wait until the season is over, start a new season. Just because it hasn't been a great year, and that's what it was,” he revealed. “I was sort of looking towards the fall of 2014 and start of 2014-2015 season, but at the same time I knew my game was in the right shape, and I just needed to get out of my own way, needed to allow my golf game to show, and did it show the last three weeks.” Did it ever!

At the TOUR Championship, Horschel played the Par 3s, 3 under, the Par 4s, 4 under and the Pars 5s also 4 under. His nearest competitors were Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk who tied for second at the season ending event. McIlroy played the Par 3s, +1, the par 4s, 6 under and the Par 5s, 3 under. Furyk also stumbled on the Par 3s, playing them +1 like McIlroy. He was 4 under on the Par 4s and 5 under on the Par 5s. On the surface, it appears the 3-Pars were the difference maker for Horschel.

Looking back over Horschel’s year, the Deutsche Bank (T2) was the first time he played the Par 3s (-1), 4s (-4) and 5s (-8) all under par. He did it again at the BMW Championship, which he won. He was -2 on the Par 3s, -9 on the Par 4s and -3 on the Par 5s. In 2013, Horschel accomplished the feat just twice and even posted a victory (Zurich Classic of New Orleans) without playing the Par 3s under par. The first time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (T11) and then in April at the Valero Texas Open (T3). However, he managed to do it three times in a row to finish off 2014 in style!

WEB GEMS:

WHEN WILL THE STARS COME OUT TO PLAY AGAIN? Some 20 years ago, there was a feeling that the PGA Tour didn't really get going until Florida. It might feel like that next year, too. Among the contributing factors - the busy end to the FedEx Cup season that forces players to pace themselves during the year, the start of a new season and moving the Match Play Championship to the first weekend in May. READ MORE>>>

THE HITS KEEP COMING: Rory McIlroy won recognition for his stellar campaign when he was named winner of the 2013-14 PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. For the 25-year-old Northern Irishman, who has two major titles among his four wins worldwide this year, it marked the second time in three seasons that he has captured both awards. READ MORE>>>

TELL IT TO THE JUDGE: A Brazilian court is set to decide on the future of the 2016 Olympic golf course amid allegations the design is breaking environmental laws. The plan is for the course in Rio de Janeiro to be carved out of a nature reserve with luxury high-rise apartments planned around the edges. The city of Rio de Janeiro and the course developer are defendants in a lawsuit that alleges environmental laws were broken in authorizing and building the layout. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think a week off will do a lot of us a world of good. It really will. I don't want to see my golf clubs for a few days. I'll pick them back up again probably at the weekend before. Having these five days off is going to be big, and I think a lot of guys will do the same thing. I don't think fatigue will play a part in the Ryder Cup.”--Rory McIlroy after the final round of the TOUR Championship.

Rory McIlroy failed to finish below par in only two events this year. It first happened in March at the WGC Cadillac Championship (T25) where he was 5 over and then again at the US Open (T23) when he finished 6 over for 72 holes. Coincidentally, for both events he was even par on the par 5s. The only other time this year when that happened was at the Masters. Otherwise he ripped the par 5s a part, as he was 91 under par. If curiosity has the better part of you, McIlroy finished the year -39 on par 4s but +7 on pars 3s.

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 5, NUMBER 180                                                       
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Started hitting balls around three years old in our back yard. We live on two and a half acres and would follow my dad out there. My dad didn't like going to golf courses whether it be kids, men or women couldn't hit the ball certain yardage in the air. So he would never take me out to the golf course. We would go to a driving range, but never take me to play any holes until I could clear this creek that was about 100 yards from the back of our house. I don't remember when I cleared it, five, six, seven. We're blue collar to a tee. Neither of my parents have a college degree. My mom has been going to college the last five years or six years to get a degree, and she graduates in December. To do college and to work a full-time job, 50, 60plus hours a week, is pretty amazing.”

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BRAIN TEASER: During the FedExCup era (dating to 2007), Billy Horschel is the fourth winner of the TOUR Championship to record all four rounds in the 60s, joining Tiger Woods (2007), Bill Haas (2011) and Henrik Stenson (2013). How many consecutive rounds in the 60s did he produce?

LOOKING FOR A HERO? The Tiger Woods Foundation and the Tavistock Group formed a partnership designed to elevate Woods’ World Challenge tournament to new heights. Now it has a new title sponsor, Hero Motocorp. “This title sponsorship of the Hero World Challenge is reflective of brand Hero's rapidly expanding global footprint. Having been associated with the game in India for over two decades and being the title sponsor for the Hero Indian Open for both men and women for over 15 years, it is only befitting that Hero should now be stepping out of the Indian shores and take the grandest stage, and what grander stage could it have been for Hero than the Hero World Challenge?” remarked Pawan Munjal, vice-chairman and CEO of Hero Motorcorp. The company is considered the world's largest manufacturer of two wheel vehicles. 

Munjal stated his first meeting with Woods sealed the fate of the eventual partnership. “I first happened to be introduced to Tiger right here in this club in the dressing room during the Tavistock Cup by another friend of mine, Daniel Chopra,” he explained. “I think that was the day I decided sooner than later I would get into a friendship with Tiger, I would work together with the Tiger Woods Foundation towards the betterment of the underprivileged, and also for the betterment of golf, not just in the U.S. but around the globe.”

Some may recall that Woods made a trip to India earlier this year. It was to see Munjal and play in a private skins game. It turned into a crowd of people at Delhi Golf Club as an estimated 5,000 spectators lined the fairways. Woods was reported to have accepted a $2 million appearance fee to make the side trip after playing in the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic. “It was my proud privilege to host Tiger when he took time out to come on his maiden visit to Delhi in February of this year to play a round of golf with some of us. In our cricket-mad country, his visit generated unprecedented enthusiasm and accentuated the importance of the association I felt we must foster with Tiger going forward,” said Munjal. “We've never had such large crowds on the golf course, and there were kids five years, seven years old, there were all people, ladies, men in wheelchairs, who came to see Tiger on the golf course, and they were lining up on the tee, 5,000 of them,” he continued.

“I feel there are many synergies between us at Hero, a rapidly growing global brand, and Tiger, a true champion who exemplifies great toughness, never-give-up attitude, and sustained excellence for the game. His foundation mirrors his own personal attributes. In August last year, Hero Motocorp became only the second company in the world but the fastest to produce and sell 50 million motorcycles and scooters since its inception.  Today, one out of every 10 motorcycles in the world globally is a Hero bike, and one out of every second motorcycle in India is a Hero bike. Even as Hero two-wheelers have gone on to become the most popular mode of personal transport for millions, the brand Hero has also become synonymous with sports, supporting and promoting a diverse area of sports in India and globally, most notably cricket, golf and hockey. Last year we produced 6.25 million motorcycles and scooters, and I have set myself a target to get up to 12 million annually by the year 2020. So 6.25 today translates to 23,000 motorcycles every day, which is a very large number. So we have to take our motorcycle scooters to the rest of the globe. We've started going into Africa, into Latin America, into Central America. So to take the brand global, clearly we have to go on to the global stage, so this was the right thing for us to do. As a passionate golfer myself, I fully understand the significance of our association with an event of the highest caliber such as this and what it means for Hero.”

“Look at the title of our tournament, the World Challenge,” said Woods. “It means the world, and Hero Motocorp and what Mr. Munjal has done with his company has been remarkable, and it's a natural fit. You look at all of our participants in the fields over the years; they've played from all over the world. We've got guys from South Africa, from Australia, we've had guys from Canada, Paraguay, we've had them from everywhere, and golf is a global sport, and we wanted our tournament to be a global tournament. That's one of the reasons why we named it the World Challenge.  Now with Hero on board, I think it further cements that, and I think that with what Hero is doing around the world globally and their impact that they're having, I think it's a natural fit for us as a foundation that we can explore other options of expansion and how we can expand and maybe introduce satellite learning centers, not just here in the United States but also around the world.”

Talks have already begun in preliminary stages of Woods potentially setting up a chapter of his foundation in India. Munjal acknowledged his company would look to expand manufacturing in the United States. “As we come into the United States with our products, we will start bringing them from India or maybe from South America, but for sure we are looking at manufacturing in the United States,” he said. “I'm not sure if it's going to be Florida or some other state. It could be the Carolinas, could be Ohio. I'm really not sure, but definitely manufacturing in the United States.”

AND THE AWARD GOES TO? With the 2013/14 PGA TOUR season over it quickly shifts to the awards segment. Player of the year shouldn’t be too difficult to determine, but rookie of the year might be a little trickier to predict. The nominees for the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA TOUR Player of the Year are (alphabetically): Billy Horschel, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson. The nominees for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year are Victor Dubuisson, Chesson Hadley and Brooks Koepka. The PGA TOUR Player Directors and members of the Player Advisory Council finalized nominees. Last year, Tiger Woods on the strength of five wins was Player of the Year and Jordan Spieth, who began 2013 without any playing status on the TOUR and went on to win the John Deere Classic, captured the Rookie of the Year honors.

YES OR NO? As Scotland votes on independence, a saga dogged by controversy may be resolved on Thursday when the Royal & Ancient Golf Club lets in women members for the first time in 260 years. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

ALL IN GOOD TIME: Tiger Woods is too busy in the gym to find a new swing coach, or even swing a golf club. Woods said Monday his strength has returned from "busting my butt in the gym pretty hard" and he is on schedule to resume competition in December. But he still hasn't hit a golf ball since he missed the cut at the PGA Championship on Aug. 8, and still doesn't know when he will. READ MORE>>>

MULLIGAN? "It's been a long four weeks.  You know, if I had to do it all over again, I probably would have taken a week off somewhere in this stretch of tournaments," McIlroy said after finishing three shots behind Horschel, who shot a 68 to win on 11 under. He has now earned $13.48m in three weeks. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Started hitting balls around three years old in our back yard. We live on two and a half acres and would follow my dad out there. My dad didn't like going to golf courses whether it be kids, men or women couldn't hit the ball certain yardage in the air. So he would never take me out to the golf course. We would go to a driving range, but never take me to play any holes until I could clear this creek that was about 100 yards from the back of our house. I don't remember when I cleared it, five, six, seven. We're blue collar to a tee. Neither of my parents have a college degree. My mom has been going to college the last five years or six years to get a degree, and she graduates in December. To do college and to work a full-time job, 50, 60‑plus hours a week, is pretty amazing.”--Billy Horschel.

Billy Horschel’s streak of 12 rounds in the 60s is also the longest of the season. The last time he posted anything starting with a seven was back-to-back 73s at the Barclays, where he missed the cut. Jim Furyk carded 11 consecutive rounds in the 60s earlier in the season.

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 179                                                       
Monday, September 15, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I do feel I can be a top ten player and Ryder Cup player again. Those are pretty easy questions. Yes I’m older, yes I’m greyer, I’m not sure I’m wiser, but there is no doubt that I have a better understanding of my game than I did in 2009. I do have the confidence of 2009? Not yet. But I’m working on it.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who was the last player to win back-to-back PGA TOUR events since Billy Horschel?

A NEW VOICE TO LEAD: Lee Clapp, a golf industry veteran, has been named Executive Director of the National Golf Buyers Association. He will assume his new role just prior to the Association’s annual show and corporation meeting, October 6th, 7th, and 8th in Memphis, TN.  

Clapp has spent 18 years as a local golf retailer in the Western New York market and 15 years as an award winning sales representative for Callaway Golf and Cobra Puma Golf. His appointment is expected to help strengthen the Association’s vendor relationships, which have been strained by industry contraction. He will be able to offer a fresh perspective to the group on what its vendor partner’s need, while voicing the concerns of timely and comprehensive communication, margin growth and national marketing support on behalf of its members.

THE HEAT IS ON: Adidas AG investors are putting pressure on the German sporting-goods giant to accelerate a turnaround, and even discussed with executives the possible removal of the company's longtime chief executive, according to people familiar with the matter. In meetings with Adidas representatives, large shareholders have criticized the performance of Chief Executive Herbert Hainer, arguing that Mr. Hainer should have reacted faster to the steep slide in U.S. sales at its TaylorMade golf brand, according to people present at the meetings. READ MORE>>>

WE HAVE A BUYER: The new Chinese owners of the prestigious Wentworth golf club have promised to preserve the famous Surrey course's "unique culture" as it becomes the latest British prize to be added to Beijing's expanding trophy cabinet. The course, home to the annual PGA tournament, has been sold by restaurant entrepreneur Richard Caring to Beijing-based Reignwood Investments for £135m. READ MORE>>>

DOUBLE DOWN? Paul McGinley, the captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, has boosted his stake in golf equipment rental business ClubstoHire.com. The golfer was a founding investor in the Dublin-based company and has lifted his personal investment in the group for the first time since the business was set up in 2010. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CIRCLE: Since switching to PING’s G30 driver at the PGA Championship, Billy Horschel is averaging 12 more yards off the tee. His putter isn’t too bad either. Both clubs not only helped his game but also his bank balance immensely. For the second consecutive week, Horschel came out on top, which includes another $1.44 million wire transfer to his bank account. Prior to the start of the FedExCup playoffs, Horschel stood in 82nd place. But his two victories and a T2 at the Deutsche Bank Championship offset his missed cut at the Barclays. His play on Sunday at East Lake clinched a $10 million bonus.

Horschel carded a final-round 2-under 68, his 12th-consecutive round in the 60s in the FedExCup Playoffs (the longest streak by any player in the eight-year history of the Playoffs). Rory McIlroy (2012) and Tiger Woods (2007) owned streaks of 11 such rounds in the 60s.

Horschel won playing exactly the same clubs in his bag as he did at the BMW Championship. He used a PING G30 9 degree driver with an Aldila Rogue 60X shaft and a G25 3 wood (15 degree) with an Oban Kiyoshi Black 75-05 shaft. He also carried a G25 5 wood (18 degree) also with a Kiyoshi Black 75-05 shaft. He used PING S55 irons 3, 5-9, PW with PING ZZ65 shafts and Tour Gorge (50, 56, 60) wedges with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts. His putter was a Karsten TR B60 putter. Horschel won playing a Titleist ProV1x golf ball and wore FootJoy MyJoys shoes and a StaSoft glove.

Horschel’s scoring breakdown for the week: Par-3s (3-under), Par-4s (4-under), Par-5s (4-under)
R1 at a glance: 6 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens, 30 putts.
R2 at a glance: 8 of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens, 3 of 3 sand saves, 24 putts.
R3 at a glance: 5 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, 0 of 1 sand saves, 33 putts.
R4 at a glance: 10 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens, 1 of 1 sand saves, 32 putts.

Billy Horschel – TOUR Championship Statistics
Driving Accuracy 29/56 (51.8%) T21
Greens in Regulation 57/72 (79.2%) 1
Total Putts 119 T25
Driving Distance 296.2 yards 12
Strokes Gained: Putting +.815/per round 6
Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green +2.194/per round 2
Strokes Gained: Total +3.009/per round 1

Billy Horschel – Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 16
Pars: 51
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 269

WEB GEMS:

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE? Just three weeks ago, Billy Horschel had every reason to start looking ahead to next season. He had missed the cut in the first FedEx Cup playoff event to fall to No. 82 in the standings. He only had two top 10s all year, scant evidence that he was on the verge of something special. He was weeks away from becoming a father. What followed was the best golf of his life, and a payoff that was more than he could grasp. READ MORE>>>

ONE TO REMEMBER: Paul Casey completed a remarkable weekend’s work as a final round 66 saw him win a 13th European Tour title at the KLM Open. The 37 year old’s fiancée Pollyanna gave birth to the couple’s son on September 1, with Casey quipping: “First tournament as a Dad and first win as a Dad!" READ MORE>>>

NO WORRIES: Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor. "At least I can still play tennis," Norman told The Associated Press by phone Sunday morning. READ MORE>>>

OUT OF SIGHT! Most golfers would regard hitting a hole-in-one as out of this world; for Andy Sullivan, the phrase has literal connotations. The 216th-ranked Englishman, who has been plying his trade on the European Tour since 2011, achieved the feat in the final round of the KLM Open – and won a trip into outer space for his troubles. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I do feel I can be a top ten player and Ryder Cup player again. Those are pretty easy questions. Yes I’m older, yes I’m greyer, I’m not sure I’m wiser, but there is no doubt that I have a better understanding of my game than I did in 2009. I do have the confidence of 2009? Not yet. But I’m working on it.”--Paul Casey after his win at the KLM Open on Sunday.

Billy Horschel becomes the first player to win back-to-back PGA TOUR events since Rory McIlroy won the 2014 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.

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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