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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I used to go to a golf course without a game plan, trying to play as good as I possibly can. Now I have a game plan for what I'm trying to accomplish every day, what I'm trying to accomplish throughout the week, a set of goals to hit every day. Doesn't sound like much, but when you have that, you break up the tournament to I'm not just trying to win, I'm trying to do this on day one, trying to do this on day two. Every day conditions are different, pin positions are different. You can't just go in with a mindset I'm going to go birdie every hole today. You have to have a clear mission of what you're trying to do that day. Some days 69 or 70 might be the best you can possibly shoot. Some days 64 might be. You just don't know. You have to get out there and see what the course leaves you. I didn't really have any idea about that before. I'd just kind of go out there and winging it and seeing what happened. Now I have a pretty clear picture what I need to do. That way if I don't have my best game, if I can check off certain things for that day I can kind of manage that day and hopefully figure it out before the next one.”
BRAIN TEASER: Over the last five years or 20 rounds, prior to 2016, which player do you think has posted the lowest cumulative score at the Waste Management Phoenix Open?
SAY WHAT! Its been said that kids say the damnedest things. Some PGA TOUR players could fall into that category. Bubba Watson wasn’t afraid to share his disdain for the TPC Scottsdale, prior to the start of the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open. “Ping is here in Phoenix, Arizona. Oakley is a big sponsor here. Stance Socks is a big one for 16 this year with the 16-hole socks. So obviously I'm here because of my sponsors,” Watson quipped. “I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all,” he said upon questioning of the golf course. “I just mentioned why I'm here. I've got three beautiful sponsors that love it here.”
Meanwhile, Bubba has played the Waste Management Phoenix Open, held annually at the TPC of Scottsdale, nine times before 2016. Since 2007, he is a collective 94-under par entering Thursday play. He has never shot a competitive round over par in any of the tournaments he’s competed in. He’s made more than $1.6 million just from playing the TPC of Scottsdale in his career. What would happen if he did like the course? Its safe to say his sponsors appreciate his candor and support, but likely wish he kept his mouth zipped on this topic.
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY! Attendance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday was 101,021. The record for the opening round stands at 118,000+, which came last year when you know who (Tiger Woods) came out to play.
PROGRESS? Callaway Golf reported its fourth quarter and full year operating results for 2015. Fourth quarter sales came in at $153 million, despite being impacted by $7 million due to unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates, according to the company. It reported a net loss of $30.5 million in the quarter.
For the full year, Callaway sales were $843.8 million compared to $889 million in 2014. The company spent $33.2 million on research and development in 2015 compared to $31.3 million in 2014. General and administrative expenses grew by nearly $8 million ($68.6 million versus $61.6 million) in 2015 from 2014. But it managed to return a profit to its shareholders. The company delivered net income of $14.6 million. In 2014, Callaway’s net income was $16 million.
Looking at a breakdown of its equipment categories for the full year, sales of metal woods were $222.2 million, down 18% due in part to foreign exchange rates, from 2014. Iron sales were $205.5 million, up 3%, while putter sales were $86.3 million up 6% from 2014. Golf ball sales were $143.2 million, up 4% from 2014.
Sales in the United States came in at $446.5 million for the year, up 6% from 2014 levels. It represented 53% of its total sales for the year. European sales were off 7%, Japanese revenues slumped 17%, while the rest of Asia was down 22%. The strong US dollar in 2015 influenced these results.
The company also announced its Tokyo-based Japanese subsidiary, Callaway Golf K.K., plans to form a joint venture with its long-time licensee, TSI Groove & Sports Co, Ltd. The planned venture will include the design, manufacture, retail and distribution of Callaway branded apparel, footwear and headwear in Japan.
IF YOU DO NOTHING, NOTHING WILL CHANGE! Keith Pelley is a man on a mission. The European Tour CEO is leaving no stone unturned, as they say. Under his watch, which began last year, he has reduced the minimum number of starts required for European Tour membership from 13 (including the World Golf Championships and majors) to five (excluding the World Golf Championship and majors). Pace of play has been an ongoing issue and he is out to reduce the time it takes the best in the world to apply their craft by 15 minutes per round. Furthermore, fines will be transparent when a violation occurs. He’s even allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds. “Shorts was a lot bigger story than I thought it would be, but it is something that the players have certainly embraced,” he said recently. “We also extended this to our staff, and I received a number of pictures of some of our staff in shorts this week in Dubai. It's more than just the players that are enamored with it; it's the staff, as well.” Maybe this story has legs!
Pelley has plans for the European over 50 circuit too. Just recently it was announced the Senior Open Championship would go to St. Andrews in 2018. “I think the Senior Tour, it needs a transformation. We are looking at a plethora of different concepts, ideas, working with the current members, have brought in an external group to look at it. It's safe to say that the Senior Tour in 2018 will be significantly different than it is today. It's not where we want to be,” he revealed. When pressed for more details on this topic, Pelley said, READ MORE>>>
TIME TO PAY THE PIPER: Sports Authority Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy as it faces a debt payment due in 10 days, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Sports Authority is negotiating with creditors as the clock ticks on a $20 million interest payment that it skipped last month on its $343 million of subordinated debt. READ MORE>>>
PLAYING WITHOUT THE “A” GAME: The habit scoring well when you are not playing your best was something that Tiger Woods turned into an art form. It now appears that Rory McIlroy is learning that dark art and in what must be a frightening move for his rivals, he’s threatening to start winning that way too. READ MORE>>>
A LOVE AFFAIR: “I just love the game,” said Els after being asked what it was that helped him retain his obvious passion and enthusiasm to get back into the winner’s circle at a time when the likes of McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler – all players around half his age – are at the top of the world rankings. “I think everybody saw that I went through a very tough spell there last year,” he added, “but I’m starting to rekindle my love for putting again and, with the rest of the game having always kind of been there, I feel like I can still do something.” Even in the majors? “Yes, I feel I can do that,” he added. “Equipment has kept me very relative in the modern game. Length is not a big issue as I can hit my driver as long as a lot of the young guys. My issue was on the greens but I always felt that, if I could get my touch back, I could still compete. That’s what is happening now – I’m starting to feel it on the greens again. That gives you even more of a kick and I feel that I am going to have a good year.” READ MORE>>>
WESTWOOD LOOKING A BOUNCE BACK YEAR: Former world number one Lee Westwood wants to focus fully on his golf again this season after being distracted by a painful split from wife Laurae in 2015. The Englishman had a season to forget last year, sliding from 26th to 50th in the rankings after failing to win on either the European or U.S. tours. "I'm going through a divorce and found it nearly impossible to concentrate on golf," Westwood told ESPN.co.uk in an interview. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: I used to go to a golf course without a game plan, trying to play as good as I possibly can. Now I have a game plan for what I'm trying to accomplish every day, what I'm trying to accomplish throughout the week, a set of goals to hit every day. Doesn't sound like much, but when you have that, you break up the tournament to I'm not just trying to win, I'm trying to do this on day one, trying to do this on day two. Every day conditions are different, pin positions are different. You can't just go in with a mindset I'm going to go birdie every hole today. You have to have a clear mission of what you're trying to do that day. Some days 69 or 70 might be the best you can possibly shoot. Some days 64 might be. You just don't know. You have to get out there and see what the course leaves you. I didn't really have any idea about that before. I'd just kind of go out there and winging it and seeing what happened. Now I have a pretty clear picture what I need to do. That way if I don't have my best game, if I can check off certain things for that day I can kind of manage that day and hopefully figure it out before the next one.”--Brandt Snedeker.
Believe it or not, but none other than Bubba Watson has enjoyed the most success around TPC of Scottsdale in the past five years!!! He is 65-under par, prior to the start of the 2016 event. In second place is Brendan Steele (-54), followed by Brandt Snedeker (-49), Phil Mickelson (-44) and Hunter Mahan (-43).
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