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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 41                                                         
Friday, February 27, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've got nine PGA TOUR wins, which in two or three years, isn't too bad; it's pretty good. But I want to make that a lot more.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Five years ago he won the Honda Classic by five shots over Anthony Kim (where are you know?). The five-stroke winning margin equaled the largest at the Honda Classic and it was the first double-digit winning score since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National. The win, at the time, was the fifth by an international-born player in the previous six years at the Honda Classic. Can you name who won the 2010 Honda Classic?

HOW DOES IT LOOK OUT THERE? As February comes to a close, mercifully for many on the east coast, it’s hard to believe 2015 is nearly two months old. March is the only thing standing in the way of the first quarter being complete! The Siberian Express has replaced the 2014 Polar Vortex in terms on the weather pattern in the early going, thus perhaps giving some reason to wonder if 2015 is giving its best impression of last year. True Temper represents a unique vantage point as it works hand in hand with all equipment companies. It is privy to products that are on the horizon well before anyone else except for the Asian foundries that build them.

In January, Jason Jenne was promoted to True Temper’s President and CEO as Scott Hennessy retired. Jenne was previously the company’s Chief Operating Officer and prior to that it’s Chief Financial Officer. For the past five years, he has directed all of True Temper’s global production and manufacturing activities as well as being responsible for the company’s Amory, Mississippi and China facilities located in Guangzhou and Suzhou. Recently, upon returning from an Asian trip, he shared some thoughts on the state of the industry.

How was 2014 for the golf industry and equipment sales from your perspective?
JJ: While there were definitely a few bright spots in the golf market and equipment sales in 2014, the overall industry clearly had a very challenging jenneyear. The second year in a row, in fact, where the overall market retracted, based on most measures and statistics we have available.

Were there any volume changes in terms of units for the year?
JJ: Most of the published and public information available would suggest that total golf equipment unit volume was down in 2014 versus 2013, and our experience at True Temper during the year would tend to support that fact. It would appear, however, that the actual decline in unit volume was modest, and not nearly as bad as some of the headlines reported through the mass media during 2014. We also observed some very healthy changes in the supply chain during 2014, as the market shifted to a lower and more sustainable overall inventory level.

How do you see 2015 shaping up?
JJ: I wish we had a crystal ball that could tell us how 2015 would turn out. It’s always a difficult task to predict an industry such as ours, prior to the spring season breaking and the initial retail feedback. That being said, we do see a lot of great new product in the market this year that should provide a very compelling reason to get the golfer in to the shop and considering some new purchases. As mentioned previously, the supply chain also appears to be much healthier this year, so if our industry does experience an uptick at retail we should all feel that momentum.

Any specific category look interesting that might offer some commercial opportunities for equipment manufacturers?
JJ: At True Temper our objective is to develop the best golf shafts in the world for all club categories, and to partner closely with the equipment manufacturers to meet their needs, help them be successful, and ultimately deliver the best possible product to the golfer. As such, our goal is to see all equipment categories be successful each year. It does seem, however, that on the equipment side of the business our industry experiences certain waves of product demand. There was the wedge phenomenon a few years ago related to the groove rule change, as well as the long putter trend that came and went recently. As we look forward into 2015 it seems to be a very balanced year from an equipment perspective. There is great product coming to market in woods, irons, wedges and putters in the coming year; and our hope is that each of those categories experiences some well-deserved growth in 2015.

How would you sum up the mood of equipment manufacturers after a couple of challenging years?
JJ: We have definitely all lived through a couple very difficult years in 2013 and 2014, but our industry is filled with some very accomplished and outstanding equipment manufacturers. I would also say that they are a very resilient group. They have managed through these challenging years very effectively, and continued to develop and launch great new product for the golfer. As the overall economy recovers and our golf industry improves, the equipment manufacturers will reap the benefits of their hard work and resiliency during those difficult years. Because of that, I do believe the overall mood in our golf industry is positive and we would characterize it as cautiously optimistic entering 2015.

ANOTHER WAY TO WIN! Rickie Fowler has one win in his career on the PGA TOUR. It was at the 2012 Wells Fargo tournament. But if he can find a way to sit at the top of the leaderboard after the third round this year, he’ll make someone very happy. COBRA GOLF is giving fans the chance to win $10,000 every time Fowler is number one on the leaderboard at a PGA TOUR event for the 2015 season between the Honda Classic, and the end of the Fedex Cup Playoffs.

"To celebrate and thank the thousands of fans who follow Rickie on Tour every week, we're offering a unique chance to win $10,000 every time he tops the leaderboard on Saturday so they too can experience the thrill and excitement of being in contention," said Ian Barrett, Director of Marketing for COBRA Golf. “This campaign highlights the confidence that Rickie displays with COBRA clubs in this bag."

To enter the contest, or for more information and complete terms and conditions, visit cobragolf.com/movingday For the record, Fowler was not the third round leader of his lone PGA TOUR victory. He wasn’t a third round leader at any event last year either. Best of luck to those that decide to enter.

COME BACK AND ALL WILL BE FORGIVE! Several golf communities that were once bankrupt have been recapitalized and are said to be on their way back. The list includes Reynolds Plantation and Sea Island in Georgia, private club communities Bella Collina and Old Palm in Florida and the Cliffs Community in Carolina. Last October, bankrupt Lake Las Vegas reopened for business, thanks to the resort community’s newest owner. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER: Rory McIlroy is playing so well that he can easily manage a smile even on the bad days. One of those occasions came Thursday on his way to the 15th tee at the Honda Classic. He was playing alongside Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, the star group at PGA National with scores that sure didn't resemble it.  READ MORE>>>

HERMAN CREDITS THE DONALD: "He's like, 'Why are you folding shirts and giving lessons? Why aren't you on the Tour? I've played with tour players, you're good enough.' I don't know, maybe something like that gives you more confidence." READ MORE>>>

THANKS FOR PLAYING: An unusual situation played out Thursday at the Honda Classic when rookie Mark Hubbard was disqualified after failing to officially register for the event. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've got nine PGA TOUR wins, which in two or three years, isn't too bad; it's pretty good. But I want to make that a lot more.”--Rory McIlroy.

Camilo Villegas 13-under 267, notched the first double-digit winning score since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National in 2007. Since his victory in 2010, only Rory McIlroy in 2012 has won in double-digit figures (-12) at the event.

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 6, NUMBER 40                                                         
Thursday, February 26, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's a significantly different game than 20-plus years ago when I first came out. Guys are in better shape, guys are swinging harder and the equipment now accommodates for greater speed. Back when I started out the golf ball spun so much, you could swing it harder, hit it farther and it would just spin more and wouldn't really go that much farther. Now it's a significantly different game. The last couple years, I have not had the speed that I am accustomed to, and this year, I do, so I think that this year is going to be a much better year.”

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BRAIN TEASER: He won the Honda Classic with a score of 12-under 268, holding off none other than Tiger Woods and Tom Gillis by two strokes. With the victory, he moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, taking over the top spot from Luke Donald. Do you remember who won the 2012 Honda Classic?

WATCH OUT FOR BIG NUMBERS! The 2013-14 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, Rory McIlroy makes his 2014-15 PGA TOUR season debut today at the Honda Classic. The 2012 Honda Classic Champion and 2014 runner-up is set to make his 7th appearance at this event. Since 2009, the world #1 has played six times and 21 rounds at PGA National (Champions course). He has won once, a runner up and three top twenty-five place finishes at the Honda Classic. McIlroy has the 10th lowest scoring average (69.9) among players with 12 or more rounds since 2009 at PGA National (Champion). However, it hasn’t been all roses for him.

In 21 rounds on the Champion Course at PGA National, McIlroy has a combined score of 13 over par on the “Bear Trap” (holes 15-17). He had a rough start on the Bear Trap in his first few years making 5 doubles or worse in 12 rounds playing it a combined 16 over par. However, since his first 12 rounds he has only made 1 double or worse and has played the Bear Trap a combined 3 under par. McIlroy has played a total of 756 different holes to date in his career on the PGA TOUR. Of those he is over par on only 267 of them. He is 10 over par on the 6th hole and 8 over par on the 17th hole at PGA National (Champion). Holes 6 and 17 are two of his top three toughest holes on the PGA TOUR. McIlroy has played these two at a combined 18 over par!

THIS IS OUR BEST EVER: So anyone still looking for a rangefinder? Maybe its time to upgrade? Leupold thinks it’s the one everyone should be looking for when leupoldthe snow finally disappears. According to the company, the GX-1i2 is designed for customization to the individual golfer’s needs.

The latest and greatest from the company has seven selectable aiming reticles, utilizes micro-processing circuitry, and an advanced infrared laser to accurately and consistently hunt down the pin against virtually any background. Its all part of Leupold’s exclusive PinHunter 2 Laser Technology,

“The more powerful GX-1i2 offers golfers the ability to customize their on-course experience,” said Tim Lesser, director of product development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The upgraded mechanics and exclusive technology can help shave both time and strokes off the game for golfers of any experience level.”

The GX-1i2 also has an updated Prism Lock Technology, which delivers accuracy by using highly reflective prisms already incorporated into many course features and pins to obtain a high intensity return to the rangefinder. Diehard golfers will also appreciate the exclusive Fog Mode, which provides fast, accurate distance measurements, even in the worst conditions.

Rugged, compact, waterproof and tournament legal, the GX-1i2 has 6X magnification and can range up to 800 yards, according to the company. The GX-1i2 is now available and has a suggested retail price of $299.99.

WHAT TO WEAR? Galvin Green has launched ‘Dress for the Weather,’ a free mobile app that combines course-specific forecasts with advice on what to wear for any playing conditions. Based in Sweden, Galvin Green said it developed the Multi-Layer Concept – golf’s first apparel layering system – more than a decade ago. Its approach uses fabric technologies to promote dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that helps players optimize performance.

Offered on the App Store or Google Play, ‘Dress for the Weather’ allows golfers to choose from thousands of courses in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe. It then provides detailed five-day forecasts and recommends the ideal layering solution for expected levels of precipitation, temperature and wind speed.

“We’re constantly exploring ways to add more value to the experience of our customers in connection with the Multi-Layer Concept we pioneered,” says Nicholai Stein, Brand Manager of Galvin Green. “Facing desert heat, howling Scottish winds or anything in between, golfers can stay ahead of the competition by choosing the proper outfit.”

The app will also lets player’s challenge their friends to a match and stay updated with the latest brand news.

WEB GEMS:

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! Jack Nicklaus is now devoting time to the one glaring weakness in his incomparable career - ice cream. The Schwan Food Company in Minnesota is teaming up with the 18-time major champion to create Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream. It will be sold by the pint and available in grocery stores in select markets. READ MORE>>>

LOOKING FOR HELP FROM AN UNUSUAL PLACE: Rory McIlroy said his preparation for the Masters Tournament will include some practice at Augusta National Golf Club with the amateur golfer who beat him by a stroke during the third round a year ago. READ MORE>>>

LOOKING FOR SOME MOJO: “I feel like starting the year, I felt ready and was able to work on my game and practice uninhibited,” he said. “I feel like I put in the time, so hopefully the scores will start to reflect that. I don’t know when that will happen, but hopefully soon.” READ MORE>>>

STILL HOPE? David Toms might have been the American Ryder Cup captain in Scotland last year if the PGA of America had not radically altered its traditional path for choosing captains. In fact, back when Tom Watson was identified as the next U.S. captain, Toms got a call from then PGA of America president Ted Bishop informing him why he wasn’t going to be the choice and why Watson was getting the job. So, with this new American Ryder Cup template in place, where does Toms stand now? READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's a significantly different game than 20-plus years ago when I first came out. Guys are in better shape, guys are swinging harder and the equipment now accommodates for greater speed. Back when I started out the golf ball spun so much, you could swing it harder, hit it farther and it would just spin more and wouldn't really go that much farther. Now it's a significantly different game. The last couple years, I have not had the speed that I am accustomed to, and this year, I do, so I think that this year is going to be a much better year.”  --The always-optimistic Phil Mickelson.

With his victory at the 2012 Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy went to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, taking over the top spot from Luke Donald. Since the OWGR began in April of 1986, McIlroy (then 22 years, 10 months) became the second youngest player to achieve the top spot. Only Tiger Woods was younger, when he first became the world No. 1 on June 15, 1997 at the age of 21 years, 24 weeks.

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 6, NUMBER 39                                                         
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “To me the biggest thing in my life right now is the birth of my daughter in three weeks. It humbles me and kind of brings me down to reality.  I'm going to be a dad here in three weeks. I couldn't be more excited, and more nervous. I'm lucky to play golf for a living, but to have the opportunity to be a father, I think is crazy, absolutely crazy.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the longest tenured title sponsor on the PGA TOUR?

BUSINESS AS USUAL? The Ryder Cup has remained a topic of conversation; long after the US was spanked at Gleneagles in September. Some loses hurt more than others and this one seems to have taken the cake. Nevertheless, the PGA of America vowed to look into the matter to determine how the red, white and blue could become more competitive in the future. A highly publicized task force was created to provide varying viewpoints on what went right and more importantly wrong in order to correct any further, future wrong doings. Fred Couples’ name was said to be lobbied by more than a few to take the reigns of the captaincy in 2016 due to his track record with the Presidents Cup. Paul Azinger, the last American Ryder Cup captain to be victorious, is believed to have turned down any interest in attempting to recreate his winning ways.

In years past the PGA of America has chosen its captain by a formula that included a major championship on their resumé, preferably that being a PGA Championship. Well, Tiger Woods can largely be blamed for this one as he went on an astounding winning spree that included multiple major championships. Now age 39, Woods is entering the age most future captains would start to be identified. Therefore, the remaining candidates are somewhat narrow since Woods and to a lesser extent Phil Mickelson, who is more age appropriate than Woods his junior, are still determined to pad their major championships trophy case. Between the two, they possess nearly 25% of the majors won in the past 20 years! Woods and Mickelson have won the PGA Championship five times collectively since 1995. Eliminating the PGA Championship international winners (7) during that period brings Woods and Mickelson’s winning percentage among domestics to 38%. So no disrespect to Mark Brooks, David Toms, Rich Beem (who won at Hazeltine, site of the 2016 Ryder Cup), Shaun Micheel, Keegan Bradley or Jason Dufner the choices were somewhat limited if you want to maintain a PGA Championship on the captaincy!

The mistake many people make with the Ryder Cup is that the PGA TOUR doesn’t have any financial stake in it and therefore its involvement is essentially null and void. It owns the Presidents Cup but the Ryder Cup is the property of the PGA of America and a highly sought after one at that. It’s a cash cow for the organization, more valuable quite likely than the PGA Championships it provides annually or certainly the fledgling Grand Slam that it created. Many years ago it owned the annual PGA Merchandise Show, but elected to sell it to Reed Exhibition (1998) despite keeping its association with the annual gathering in Orlando, FL. It also went into partnership with Turner Sports to handle its website, pga.com.

Its portfolio is somewhat limited, aside from the 27,000 PGA members that it boasts. So choosing Davis Love III will help to fuel the fire of maintaining the Ryder Cup on the top of mind in of all times, the month of February! The endless art of second-guessing is now in full season, which lends itself to the old adage there is no such thing as bad public relations. Yet this too shall pass and all that really matters here is the finances. The captain position isn’t a financial drain so regardless of whom was chosen, it has no bearing on the bottom line. The position is somewhat ceremonial (at least historically) in terms of toeing the line with the power brokers at the PGA of America and the entities that spend millions to be associated with it in terms of sponsorship. And that is ultimately what this subject is truly all about.

Don’t be misguided by who the captain is. Win, lose or draw the PGA of America and its counterparts on the European side collect at the pay off window. It means more to the Europeans since the European Tour does has more than a passing interest (code for financial stake) in it. Prize funds as its called in Europe are not on parity with the PGA TOUR, so any extra that can go to the kitty is always welcomed. Therefore, the Europeans mean business since it helps their business. The PGA of America and the PGA Tour are separate entities and it doesn’t require a degree in advanced mathematics to know how the non-profit organization in Ponte Vedra is doing these days. After all it acquired the land for TPC Sawgrass, home to the PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, for a $1 back in the day!

Davis Love III will not only have the pressure of picking the right roster for his team along with producing a win but also validating the new format invoked by the task force is in fact making a difference. Ultimately it will come down to performance! That said, his toughest decision might be selecting Woods and Mickelson, who both have seen their respective on course performance drop off recently. While there is plenty of time yet for both to find their games, Love will also need to pay close attention to the next generation of players (easily half his age) invading the PGA TOUR. Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth handled themselves admirably at Gleneagles and in another 16 months time when the team is finally determined it doesn’t require a leap of faith that there will be new faces representing the United States of America. Will it be a winner?

ON THE RISE: Australia has an interesting way of keeping track of its rounds played. Whatever it is, it seems to be improving. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

OLD IS NEW! Davis Love III gets another shot as U.S. Ryder Cup captain. His introduction Tuesday as captain in 2016 made it feel as if he was doing this for the first time. READ MORE>>>

IMITATION IS CONSIDERED THE SINCEREST FOR FLATTERY: When it comes to the Ryder Cup these days, Love is clearly not all you need, especially if you're American. Europe's recent dominance of the competition has forced a massive re-think in the way the United States picks its skipper and its team. In what is designed to give continuity to the new spirit of player collaboration forced by the Mickelson Mutinty that's been instituted to correct years of PGA of America insularity, a new committee has been set up featuring three PGA blazers (the President, Vice-President and the CEO), the current captain and veterans Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. READ MORE>>>

RADICAL? Americans follow European template with host of changes to selection as Davis Love is installed as captain and Woods and Mickelson take on permanent roles. READ MORE>>>

WILL PRIDE STAND IN THE WAY? For the first time in over a decade, Butch Harmon may be softening his stance on Tiger Woods. In a report for GolfWorld, Harmon admitted he would be willing to give Woods his opinion, which is more than he's ever offered since their split in 2002. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “To me the biggest thing in my life right now is the birth of my daughter in three weeks. It humbles me and kind of brings me down to reality.  I'm going to be a dad here in three weeks. I couldn't be more excited, and more nervous. I'm lucky to play golf for a living, but to have the opportunity to be a father, I think is crazy, absolutely crazy.”--2015 Northern Trust Open winners, James Hahn.

Title sponsor of The Honda Classic since 1982, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is the longest-tenured title sponsor on the PGA TOUR, now in its 34th year. Since its inception, the tournament has contributed more than $25 million to national and local charities, including the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. 

 

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 38                                                         
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm not going to lie to myself. I didn't deserve to win this week, it's as simple as that. I didn't play well at all this week. It was already a good effort for me to have a chance, and unfortunately it's never nice to finish bogey, bogey, to get outside the playoff.  But I can't really be disappointed because I didn't play well enough. I just need to play better, simple as that.”

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BRAIN TEASER: This week the PGA TOUR heads to Florida and the Honda Classic. In 2013, then defending champion Rory McIlroy withdrew from the event in the second round. Do you remember what his reason was for stopping play?

LIVING THE DREAM: James Hahn is many things. Among those he’s realistic about himself. “I'm not even supposed to be here. Come from a small town. Didn't do well in college. Was never an All-American. Sold shoes for a living for a while,” he revealed after his victory at the Northern Trust Open. For headline grabbers, those than can only retain a limited amount of information, the data point about selling shoes will certainly stick with Hahn for a while.

“I can still remember the day when I was grinding on the mini-tours and I didn't have any money. Didn't want to ask any family for money or any sponsors to see if they could help me out,” he continued. “I played my first year on the Korean Tour, played two years on the Canadian Tour, and it was my first year on the Canadian Tour that I was struggling. I thought, these guys were really good. My game definitely needed improvement at that point. I had just under $200 going into Edmonton that week, and I'm sitting there in my room and I've got to borrow money to pay for my caddie fee. It was a little embarrassing. I was going to borrow money from my parents to get a flight home. And I'm sitting there on the computer going on Craigslist and I start looking for jobs.

“It kind of just hit me, like, hey, you have an opportunity to do something with your life.  And I was wasting it just hanging out with friends, partying on the weekends. I wasn't putting the time in. And kind of committed to myself that if given the opportunity, given the opportunity again that I wouldn't waste it. That week (in 2008), I had one of the best weeks of my life and finished eighth, and that kind of rolled over into a couple more weeks, and finished out the season keeping my card. I thought, that was, to me, a very successful season.”

Hahn said he won $3,000 in Edmonton and acknowledged it was in Canadian funds so the exchange rate was going to be helping his cause. “But to me at that point, like $3,000, you might as well have just given me $1million. I could play golf; I could keep playing golf,” he said. “I remember exactly a year later, I was at that same golf tournament, and I had like $2,000 at this point and I thought I was a millionaire still. I was like, dinner's on me, guys. Don't worry about it.” Fast-forward to last weekend and his first victory on the TOUR was worth just over $1.2 million! “Do you know how many diapers I can buy with a million dollars?” the one time party boy exclaimed. “This is it's a dream come true. I know its cliché to say that. I was just talking to my wife on Wednesday, and she's driving a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta with 130,000 miles on it. I said, if I finish Top-5, I'm going to buy you a new car." According to Hahn, his wife isn’t on board with the idea. “She said, “No, there's nothing wrong with my car. This thing's perfect.’ She absolutely loves it. She just got new tires the other day. I'm like, no, it's not. So I think I need to go buy a new car when I get home,” said Hahn.

Safe to say Hahn is still living the dream. It’s just changing in its size and scope. From selling shoes, trying to play golf for a living and keep some money in the bank, he’s graduated to seven figure pay checks and potentially car shopping!

DEMAND AND SUPPLY: For those that worry that one of golf’s current challenges is maintaining its relevance with consumers, this might help to refute some of those sentiments. The United States Golf Association announced that all championship-round tickets (Thursday through Sunday, June 18-21) for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., have sold out. The 115th U.S. Open marks the first time that the national championship has been conducted in the Pacific Northwest, which inevitably assisted in the demand for ticket sales, despite some anxiety has been exhibited on its location and specifically transportation to and from the venue.

“The tremendous response we have received for our ticket sales reaffirms our decision to bring the U.S. Open to Chambers Bay and the Pacific Northwest,” said Tom O’Toole Jr., USGA president. “We appreciate the support of golf fans in the region, while we look forward to sharing a memorable experience and a historic championship with all in attendance.” Limited practice-round tickets for Monday through Wednesday, June 15-17, are still available but are expected to sell quickly. Prices start at $50 for a daily practice-round.

THAT’S A WRAP? Perhaps it was an aggressive idea simple launched at the wrong time. The importance of funding is always a concern but even more so for something on the scale of this as the Back9Network, a golf lifestyle channel founded in 2011, has suspended operations because it has run out of money — temporarily, the company says. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

LAST LAUGH? While Tiger Woods wrestles with back issues and sharply declining form and Vijay Singh has battled assorted health problems in recent years, veteran Jim Furyk is playing some of the best golf of his career. At the age of 44 and despite a few "dings, nicks and bruises along the way," American Furyk is still one of the most consistent players around as he continues his quest to add further PGA Tour titles to his impressive tally of 16. Criticized by some pundits early on in his career for his highly unorthodox and loopy swing, Furyk's game has stood the test of time and he maintains a high level of fitness while many of his peers have succumbed to injury and dips in form. READ MORE>>>

FLYING UNDER THE RADAR: Three months after having to go to Qualifying School to earn his European Tour card, an excited Anirban Lahiri can look ahead to a season when he will compete in all four majors for the first time in his career. Out of nowhere the 27-year-old Indian has rocketed to 34th in the world rankings after following his victory in the Malaysian Open two weeks ago by landing the co-sanctioned Indian Open title in New Delhi on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm not going to lie to myself. I didn't deserve to win this week, it's as simple as that. I didn't play well at all this week. It was already a good effort for me to have a chance, and unfortunately it's never nice to finish bogey, bogey, to get outside the playoff.  But I can't really be disappointed because I didn't play well enough. I just need to play better, simple as that.”--Sergio Garcia after he finished play at the 2015 Northern Trust Open. He was the third round leader and finished T4.

Rory McIlroy withdrew during the second round (on the ninth hole/No. 18) of 2013 Honda Classic due to “severe wisdom tooth pain affecting his concentration.” It marked the first time he withdrew from a PGA TOUR event. Prior to his WD, McIlroy had 61 career double bogeys. During the eight holes he completed in the second round, he had a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 11th hole and a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 16th hole. He failed to complete his ninth hole of the day (No. 18) after hitting his second shot into the water hazard near the green. McIlroy’s highest score on a hole in relation to par is a 4-over 7 on the par-3 12th hole during the first round of the 2012 Memorial.

Statement from Rory McIlroy – “I sincerely apologize to The Honda Classic and PGA TOUR for my sudden withdrawal. I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future. It began bothering me again last night, so I relieved it with Advil. It was very painful again this morning, and I was simply unable to concentrate. It was really bothering me and had begun to affect my playing partners. I came here with every intention of defending my Honda Classic title. Even though my results haven’t revealed it, I really felt like I was rounding a corner. This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year and I regret having to make the decision to withdraw, but it was one I had to make.”

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 37                                                         
Monday, February 23, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The best part about that hole is it makes us all make decisions we don't like making. We all want to hit driver, it's clearly the wrong play and we all still do it. Holes are great when it makes us make wrong decisions. That's when golf gets fun to watch I think, and that's clearly one of the best holes in the world at peer pressuring us into make that wrong decision. There's not many holes in the world as good as 10.”

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BRAIN TEASER: James Hahn became the first international-born player to win the Northern Trust Open since whom?

WHO DOESN’T LIKE FUN? There has been plenty of attention paid to the challenge golf faces, especially in terms of a contracting participation base. Yet, few if any words are ever devoted to what attracts someone to the game. There is concern that the next generation of potential players won’t be interested in the game for reasons we’ve all heard too many times before. But if everyone thought the same way, the world would be a pretty dull place. Leave it to one of golf’s up and coming stars to share what attracted was to the game.

“I love the fact that I can control my own destiny,” said Jordan Spieth last week after the first round of the Northern Trust Open. “I love my preparation is all that matters in what I do out here. I'm not relying on anybody else to put in the work ahead of time. If I want to have success, I do it myself, and really love that part of the sport. There's a lot of little things, but as an overall competitive edge, I like being able to control my own destiny.” Spieth acknowledged playing other sports that involved teamwork. “I played everything. They (his parents) wanted to turn me loose on all sports. My mom played college basketball and my dad played college baseball, so whatever I wanted to do,” he said. But he ultimately fell in love with golf!

Geoff Ogilvy is known for his appreciation of course architecture. He’s never been shy about his fondness for Riviera CC and especially the 10th hole. He shared some of his thoughts on what makes golf fun for him. “Golf gets interesting when the rough is maybe a better position than the fairway, which is, I think, cool.” His affection for the drive-able par 4, 10th hole also offers further insight into what makes the game enjoyable for him. “I'm 50/50 probably over my career, always knowing when I hit driver, it's not that sensible. That's why it's fun. Sometimes you go for shots you shouldn't go for, but that's kind of why you play golf, because it's a bit of fun. Then when you go for it for a while and you make threes and fours, you think, going for is the right play. Then you make a six or a seven and takes you a couple of years to get the balls to go for it again.”

LADIES’ MAN! Recently the R&A made news by admitting women members. That might be just the start for the governing body. Exploratory discussions are underway between the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A towards establishing a more closely coordinated working relationship and the possibility of a merger between the two organizations.

A joint statement was issued stating: “There is a great deal of synergy between the LGU and The R&A, with both based in St Andrews and responsible for staging Major Championships, prestigious amateur events and international matches. Both organizations are committed to supporting the development of golf and encouraging participation in the sport. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

Founded in 1893, the Ladies’ Golf Union is the organization for ladies’ amateur golf in Great Britain & Ireland. The LGU’s administrative base is in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, while activities, championships, matches and events take place in Great Britain & Ireland and internationally. 

WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT? PING has just produced a new putter using 3D design and printing technology that could improve control and accuracy, making support tactics like anchoring less relevant than ever. And that’s really just one benefit of using 3D printing or additive manufacturing for producing high quality golf clubs. READ MORE>>>

WINNER'S CLUBS: With a birdie on the third extra hole, No. 14, James Hahn defeated Dustin Johnson for his first career PGA TOUR victory. It came in his 65th career start on the PGA TOUR. Paul Casey was eliminated after the second extra hole. Hahn is the 10th player to make the Northern Trust Open his first PGA TOUR win; Victor Ghezzi (1935), Johnny Bulla (1941), Fred Wampler (1954), Phil Rodgers (1962), TC Chen (1987), Chip Beck (1988), Kirk Triplett (2000), Len Mattiace (2002) and John Merrick (2013). Hahn won using the following products.

Driver: TaylorMade SLDR 460 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 6.2X
3 Wood: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Pershing 75X
Hybrid: Titleist 910H (18 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya VTS ProForce 100TX (Hybrid)
Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (54), Titleist Vokey TVD K-Grind Prototype (58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-Ball
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoes: FJ DryJoys Tour golf shoes

James Hahn’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 15
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 11
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 278

WEB GEMS:

NOW THEY KNOW HIM: James Hahn had reason to feel like a nobody at Riviera. He was among seven players who had at least a share of the lead on the back nine at some point during the final round of the Northern Trust Open. All of them were PGA Tour winners. Two have won majors. One is in the Hall of Fame. Three have played multiple times in the Ryder Cup. READ MORE>>>

READY FOR LIFTOFF: If 2015 morphs into a year of unprecedented success for world-beating 17-year-old Lydia Ko, as it is expected to, the New Zealand phenomenon will look back at her victory at this year's Australian Open as the birthplace of that dominance. READ MORE>>>

TREVINO TALKS RYDER CUP: “If Phil Mickelson wants to say what he said, it’s up to him. I thought it would have come out a lot better from someone like Patrick Reed, who went 3-0-1, instead of a guy who has been a part of so many losing teams. If I had a losing record in the Ryder Cup, I’d keep my mouth shut.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The best part about that hole is it makes us all make decisions we don't like making. We all want to hit driver, it's clearly the wrong play and we all still do it. Holes are great when it makes us make wrong decisions. That's when golf gets fun to watch I think, and that's clearly one of the best holes in the world at peer pressuring us into make that wrong decision. There's not many holes in the world as good as 10.” --Geoff Ogilvy on the 10th at Riviera.

James Hahn became the first international-born player of the Northern Trust Open since Aaron Baddeley in 2011 and ninth since 1995 (Nick Faldo/1997, Ernie Els/1999, Robert Allenby/2001, Mike Weir/2003-2004, Adam Scott/2005, Rory Sabbatini/2006 and Aaron Baddeley/2011).

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