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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 146                                                       
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've had some rough times and some good times. Possibly higher and lower than a lot of my colleagues. That being said, I think no one is going to go through a 15 or 20-year career out on TOUR without having some bad seasons. So that's kind of normal. But I've been possibly touching some bottoms and reaching some highs that's been higher and lower than others. I think golf is a game you're never going to be finished. You're never going to get to the point where you're maxed out in your ability and how you're playing, so there's always that strive to become better. I’ve got a little perfectionist in there that's always been pushing me forward and that can both make me and break me at times, when you're striving to be your best.”

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BRAIN TEASER: International players have won six of the last eight PGA Championships. Can you name the two American players to win it in this time?

REINVENT OR DIE: When Greg Norman took the golfing world by storm in the 1980s and ’90s, the sport was riding an unprecedented wave of success in dynacraftAustralia and Dynacast golf clubs could be found in almost every golf shop. As one of Australia’s biggest entry-level golf club brands in the 1980s and ’90s, Dynacast produced about 250,000 clubs a year and employed 15 full-time manufacturing staff to assemble them in South Australia under the guidance of Managing Director Eric Rowe. But the rise of home brands at major chain stores, cheap imports and an end to the golfing boom forced the golf club manufacturer to reinvent itself to remain competitive. While Eric is still heavily involved with the business, his son Daniel now plays a big role in the day-to-day running of the Dynacast Golf Group as its General Manager. Although Dynacast still produces its own brands, it has reduced its manufacturing to about 50,000 clubs a year.

“We were fortunate enough and the business was set up well enough that we’ve been able to shoulder a lot of blows, deal with the industry changes and be in a strong enough financial position to weather these storms,” Daniel said.

“This year we’re seeing very good growth over last year in an industry that’s generally not seeing growth so we’re quite optimistic – there’s definitely going to be road blocks there but I think there’s also good opportunities and we’re going into it with enthusiasm.” READ MORE>>>

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PERSPECTIVE: Phil Mickelson has another opportunity this week to capture a major championship. At age 46, how many more chances will he have to win? His experience at Royal Troon is somewhat bittersweet for the five-time major champion. “I think it's one of those things, where I'll look back over time and my disappointment will probably increase, because I think it's the first time in my career that I have played to that level of golf and not had it be enough to win a tournament. That's a disappointing thing because I would have loved to have added another Claret Jug,” Mickelson acknowledged ahead of this week’s PGA Championship.

“But because we have big tournaments coming up right now and because I am playing well, I don't want to let an opportunity, another really good opportunity that I have to play a PGA Championship here at Baltusrol at a course I like, while my game is sharp, and let the effects or disappointment linger,” he added. “The idea is just to get back and start playing at that level again and hopefully it will be enough this week.”

WEB GEMS:

THE CHAMP: Korea's Byeong Hun An came out on top in the long drive contest at the U.S. PGA Championship, much to the irritation of Rory McIlroy. All players had the opportunity to hit one tee shot on the first hole at Baltusrol Tuesday, with the distance measured as long as the ball finished on the fairway. McIlroy had set a daunting target of 345 yards early in the morning and looked set to win the gold money clip and a $25,000 donation to a charity of his choice, only for An to beat him by two yards. "I'm a little bit gutted," McIlroy said with a smile. "That would have been a mini victory this week and I hit mine at half-past eight this morning when there was no wind. I pulled it a little bit, so I was a little concerned it might just miss the fairway left, but it just hung on.” READ MORE>>>

BIG STICK ADVANTAGE? The hectic major golf season comes to a close with the PGA Championship at venerable Baltusrol Golf Club starting on Thursday, a classic course where accuracy with the driver could be the key to victory. "It will be important to drive the ball well, and I actually am looking forward to that challenge," Mickelson told reporters on Tuesday. "I consider it one of the top American golf courses that there is," said Jordan Spieth. Padraig Harrington, a three-times major winner including the 2008 PGA, issued a caution. "There is fear on the greens," Harrington, who shot 13-over-par for two rounds at Baltusrol in 2005. READ MORE>>>

OPPORTUNITY IS STILL KNOCKING: The Olympics has thrown another wrinkle into the golf schedule, this one affecting the American team for the Ryder Cup. The PGA Championship typically is the final event to earn one of the eight automatic qualifying spots, and then Davis Love III would have four captain's picks leading up to the Ryder Cup matches that start Sept. 30 at Hazeltine.
Because the PGA has been moved to the end of July ahead of the Olympics, qualifying for the Americans won't end until Aug. 28 after The Barclays. Love is looking beyond standings because of the Olympics. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've had some rough times and some good times. Possibly higher and lower than a lot of my colleagues. That being said, I think no one is going to go through a 15 or 20-year career out on TOUR without having some bad seasons. So that's kind of normal. But I've been possibly touching some bottoms and reaching some highs that's been higher and lower than others. I think golf is a game you're never going to be finished. You're never going to get to the point where you're maxed out in your ability and how you're playing, so there's always that strive to become better. I’ve got a little perfectionist in there that's always been pushing me forward and that can both make me and break me at times, when you're striving to be your best.”--Henrik Stenson.

International players have won six of the last eight PGA Championships (Padraig Harrington/2008, Y.E. Yang/2009, Martin Kaymer/2010 and Rory McIlroy/2012, 2014 and Jason Day/2015). Keegan Bradley (2011) and Jason Dufner (2013) are the exceptions.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 145                                                       
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Even though I didn't hit a lot of fairways this (last) week, I actually hit it solid off the face. Hit a lot of good shots, kind of exactly what I wanted to do, close enough. That has given me, especially over the last two days, a lot of confidence going into next (this) week. I'm hoping that once I get in there, get a rest on Monday, start practicing Tuesday, Wednesday, I should be good to go.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who holds the record for the most PGA Championship victories?

CAN YOUR WEDGE DO THIS? Are all wedges the same? Some might think so. But reality isn’t always what it seems. Cleveland Golf has introduced new RTX-3 wedges. Let’s see whether your existing wedges have everything that the new RTX-3 wedges have?  The latest from Cleveland, which has sold more than 10 million wedges globally, feature new Feel Balancing Technology. This patent-pending technology shifts the center of gravity closer to the center of the wedge face – the impact rtxwedgezone – to decrease vibration and maximize head stability at impact, according to the company. By adding a microcavity inside the hosel and shortening it, nine grams of mass are optimally redistributed in the head for a more centered CG location, Cleveland said. This improves feel and tightens shot dispersion, giving you maximum control. How many wedges can make this claim?

The new RTX-3s have three tour-proven grinds that feature a V shape with more leading edge bounce to help get the club head through the turf faster at impact. This promotes crisper feel and more consistent head speed for increased spin and control. The V-LG is Cleveland’s narrowest low bounce sole for maximum versatility, the V-MG has mid bounce suitable for a wide range of players and turf conditions, and the V-FG promises a forgiving full sole design with trailing edge relief.

The RTX-3s are equipped with new Tour Zip Grooves that have a deeper, narrower U shape with a sharp edge radius in all lofts. The advanced, 2-pass micro milling pattern increases friction, according to Cleveland and is directionally enhanced by loft: low lofts (46°- 52°) have a straighter pattern to accommodate full shots and high lofts (54°- 64°) have a more angled pattern to optimize open-face shots. Laser milling precisely roughens the face surface to the conforming limit.

The extensive testing for RTX-3 compared to both the previous-generation 588 RTX 2.0, the company’s older wedge models and select leading competitors prove that it has the tightest dispersion, Cleveland said. It is more accurate than any wedge Cleveland Golf has ever tested, according to the company.

“After spending more than two years developing these wedges, Cleveland Golf is very proud with the finished product,” said John Rae, Vice President of Research & Development for Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO. “Our testing proves the three key technologies in RTX-3 can help golfers get the ball closer to the hole, a tremendous benefit for any player that supports Cleveland Golf’s unmatched commitment to the short game.” Scott Carlyle, Sr. Vice President – Global Marketing, added: “I’m privileged to have been involved in developing Cleveland Golf wedges for most of the past decade, and the RTX-3 represents some of the biggest steps we have taken in what we consider our three key wedge factors: shape, feel and spin performance.”

The RTX-3 Blade, Cavity Back and Women’s Cavity Back are all available in the Tour Satin finish. For the Blade, two additional finishes have also been developed. Cleveland Golf’s new RTX-3 wedge line launches Friday, September 16th. The Blades will carry a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) is $129.99 each. The Cavity Backs are slightly larger shape and will be available in Tour Satin in three different grinds. MAP with steel shaft is $129.99 each, while a graphite shaft goes for $139.99 MAP.

The Women’s model features the same large cavity back shape with the lightweight Action Ultralite 50 graphite shaft, which promotes a high, easy launch. Available in V-MG grind. It has a MAP of $129.99 with a graphite shaft.

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY? It’s fair to say, TaylorMade has been a work in progress lately. The company is up for sale and the past couple of years have seen its sales slide. There are a number of mitigating factors related to this. The company has pledged to take a more disciplined approach to its product launches and to date appears to have maintained its philosophy.

m1patriotOn the eve of the PGA Championship, TaylorMade has announced the impending release of a red, white and blue M1 Special Edition driver. It was designed to incorporate custom components to celebrate Dustin Johnson’s victory in the season’s second major championship, the U.S. Open.

Similar to the original M1 driver, the M1 Special Edition features the use of a seven-layer carbon composite crown that resulted in a significant decrease in the crown’s weight and allowed engineers to lower the CG and add a T-Track system that houses 25g of adjustable weight, according to the company. The entire system has been placed low on the sole so regardless of moveable weight positions, the club still maintains a low center of gravity to deliver optimal trajectory. Not so sure how many recreational players are going to benefit from this, but for now that appears to be somewhat irrelevant.

TaylorMade said it worked exclusively with Fujikura Composites on a custom Speeder 661 Tour Spec Special Edition created specifically for the Special Edition M1. Along with the custom Fujikura shaft, the M1 Special Edition driver is housed in a premium full leather headcover, the same used by TaylorMade’s Tour staffers at the season’s second major championship.

“The M1 Special Edition Driver gives performance a new look,” said Brian Bazzel, Senior Director, Product Creation. “A stunning, American-inspired clubhead pairs perfectly with a special Golf Pride grip and Fujikura shaft to give golfers the ultimate in personalized performance in a can’t-miss red, white, and blue colorway.”

Here where it gets really interesting. The M1 Special Edition will be available starting on August 26 at $799 USD! So if you think you have to have it, be prepared to pay up for it. Clearly retailers will support this, as it’s an opportunity to see a healthy profit margin on each sale. But ask yourself this, for $800 will you hit the ball that much further or straighter? Isn’t that something anyone would expect for laying out that kind of money? You might be the first one on or only one, on your block to own it, but there is a strong argument to suggest there are less and less early adopters today that in years gone by.

ECONOMIC STIMULUS? Golf’s return to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century was expected to introduce the sport to a new generation of fans around the world and provide a boost to a struggling industry. Instead, the withdrawal of several key golfers due to various concerns has depleted the field with less than two weeks to go until the Games begin in Brazil, generating widespread criticism in the process. But the golf industry’s struggles began well before the 2016 Olympics, and even a strong showing by the sport at this year’s games is unlikely to reverse the trends.  READ MORE>>>

HAPPY TRAILS: The PGA TOUR announced that longtime executive Bill Calfee, who has served as President of the Web.com Tour since 2006, is retiring at the end of the year. Dan Glod, Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations of the Web.com Tour, is being promoted to President, effective January 1, 2017. Following the transition, Calfee will continue to assist the Web.com Tour on strategic initiatives through 2017.

WEB GEMS:

HISTORY CAN BE A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD: Jordan Spieth walked with purpose down the long corridor toward his locker, not stopping to look at the photos and scorecards that cover more than a century of golf history at Baltusrol. Maybe that was just as well. History has proven to be his toughest opponent this year, and it was bound to be a losing battle. READ MORE>>>
PADDY THRILLED TO BE GOING TO RIO: Some top golfers have passed on the Olympics because of a hectic schedule and others have health concerns, but three-times major winner Padraig Harrington is thrilled to be going and dreams of gold. "I'm really looking forward to Rio. My whole family are going," the 44-year-old Irishman told Reuters after a long session on the practice putting green on a sizzling hot and stormy Baltusrol, where the PGA Championship begins on Thursday. "We're busy getting our tickets organized for the second week that we're there. It's a big deal for us." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Even though I didn't hit a lot of fairways this (last) week, I actually hit it solid off the face. Hit a lot of good shots, kind of exactly what I wanted to do, close enough. That has given me, especially over the last two days, a lot of confidence going into next (this) week. I'm hoping that once I get in there, get a rest on Monday, start practicing Tuesday, Wednesday, I should be good to go.”--Defending PGA Champion, Jas Day after his T14 finish at the 2016 Canadian Open.

Walter Hagen (match play) and Jack Nicklaus (stroke play) hold the record for the most victories; both men have won the competition five times.

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 144                                                       
Monday, July 25, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's massive, absolutely massive. I'm not aware of how big it is yet honestly. I'm trying not to think about it. Beyond my wildest dreams to be honest. This sort of thing doesn't happen to players like me normally. I've won a few tournaments over the years, but nothing anywhere near as big as this event. I feel very, very privileged to have won this event.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Jhonatthan Vegas picked up his second career PGA TOUR victory in Canada on Sunday. Can you name his first win?

GET SMART? Jordan Spieth wore “smart” golf shoes at the Open Championship. What exactly is that? Under Armour is betting big on connected fitness, envisioning a world where athletes—both professional and casual—can track their movements, workouts, sleep and other metrics to boost their performance. Throughout the four days of competition, Spieth walked around 54,000 steps, averaging 13,500 steps per day during The Open. (Fitness trackers generally recommend 7,000-10,000 steps per day for optimal activeness). “Data collection is a big part of getting better,” Spieth told Fortune. “I want to be smarter about how I train.” READ MORE>>>

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THE FUTURE?? The European Tour is set to revolutionize golf with a radical new format, played over just six holes and featuring time limits for shots, music and 'different' clothing. Keith Pelley, the European Tour's chief executive, said he wants to 'experiment' with the innovative format in 2017 and 'maybe roll it out in 2018'. 'It would probably be a country competition,' Pelley told BBC Radio 5 Live. 'So you could see England playing Scotland in a six-hole match play. 'If you're not prepared to change, you're not prepared to be innovative, if you're not prepared to actually take chances, then sports will fall behind.'
He added: 'Yes, there'd be a shot clock. Yes, there'd be music and players would probably be dressed a bit differently.’ READ MORE>>>

THE GARDEN STATE: This week’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club (Springfield Township, N.J.) is projected to inject approximately $100 million into New Jersey’s economy. The state’s golf industry generates approximately $2.9 billion of economic impact, $857.5 million of wage income and supports 27,700 jobs through its nearly 300 golf facilities.

The event will draw people from all 50 U.S. states and 28 countries since they have purchased tickets for it. Nearly 4,000 people will volunteer with representation from 37 U.S. states and countries. 61 percent of volunteers are from New Jersey. There will be 28 hours of live coverage broadcast by CBS and TNT to nearly 44 international distribution partners reaching potentially more than 600 million households in 185 countries. The 2015 event at Whistling Straits generated a weekend total viewership on CBS of 26.4 million, the second highest in five years.

MASS ADOPTION: True Temper reported its new Project X HZRDUS Hand Crafted shaft was the #1 wood model shaft at both the PGA TOUR RBC Canadian Open (45) and the WEB.COM TOUR Utah Championship (59) last weekend. Between the two events, there are more than 100 HZRDUS shafts in play. According to the company, 22 HZRDUS T-1100 prototype shafts were in play between both events, 44 HZRDUS Black shafts,17 HZRDUS Red shafts and 21 HZRDUS Yellow shafts.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Jhonatthan Vegas won the 2016 Canadian Open, despite starting the final round five strokes behind leader Brandt Snedeker. It more than made up for his adventure the previous week. Vegas had a six-shot lead at the Barbasol Championship, which included shooting 60 and a 64 on Sunday, but he eventually lost by three. The win earned the 31-year-old a spot in the PGA Championship starting on Thursday.

“From where I was last year to where I am right now, obviously a couple of things have improved. But just the belief has gone up tremendously, especially for putting myself in the position of winning a few times. At the end of last year, I was close to winning twice, and this year was close to winning three times. You put yourself enough in that position, and sometimes you get breaks like this one and win,” said Vegas after claiming the 2016 RBC Canadian Open. “I had a long talk with my parents. I had a long talk with my golf teachers about what was missing, what was the missing component of the formula to win. Came this week with a completely different approach about things, and obviously it worked out.” Here is what Jhonatthan Vegas used to win the 2016 RBC Canadian Open.

Driver: Nike VR 8.5-degree with a Nunchuck shaft
Fairway Metal: Nike Vapor Speed 3-wood/15-degrees and 5-wood/19-degrees
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro (3-PW) with Project X 7.0 shafts
Wedges: Nike Engage 54-degree (toe-sweep) and 58-degree (square sole) also with Project X 7.0 shafts
Putter: Nike Method Core MC-12W
Golf Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum

Jhonattan Vegas’– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 23
Pars: 38
Bogeys: 11
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 276

WEB GEMS:

BUSTED: "I walk into a room, Finchem is there with a few other guys, and before my butt hits the seat, I'm handed a piece of paper telling me I was suspended for three months," Stallings recalled. "I was very much in shock." READ MORE>>>

GOLDEN OLDE: Scotland has been good – make that very good – to Paul Broadhurst since he became a golfing goldie oldie. First, he made a winning over-50s debut in the Scottish Seniors Open at Archerfield Links last August. Now the Nuneaton man has tasted victory again at the first attempt, this time landing an even bigger prize, the £1.35m Senior Open. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's massive, absolutely massive. I'm not aware of how big it is yet honestly. I'm trying not to think about it. Beyond my wildest dreams to be honest. This sort of thing doesn't happen to players like me normally. I've won a few tournaments over the years, but nothing anywhere near as big as this event. I feel very, very privileged to have won this event.”--Paul Broadhurst, winner of The Senior Open Championship

Jhonattan Vegas won the 2011 Bob Hope Classic for his first PGA TOUR victory.

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 143                                                       
Friday, July 22, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm defending four tournaments in the next five, six weeks or so.”

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BRAIN TEASER: This player finished T23 at this year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont, T3 at the Quicken Loans National (his professional debut) and T59 at The Open Championship. After the first round of the RBC Canadian Open he is T3. Can you name who it is?

snaplacesIT’S AS EASY AS A SNAP! What is normal? In today’s world almost anything goes. What might have been questioned before is now virtually open game. It’s in all walks of life. Today’s society seems to embrace change as well as alternative sources and methods towards finding solutions. Few areas seem to escape an examination. One that might have been overlooked are shoe laces. Not exactly where you thought I was going with this. Forget about Brexit, Dallas Police department, Baton Rouge, Black Lives Matter, Nice, the coup in Turkey. No think shoe laces!

In the past, consumers have essentially been force-fed thin or rounded laces by manufacturers. Take it or leave it. The only time someone would replace the laces that came with their shoes would be if one happen to break. However, there are alternatives that make sense, are practical and can be tailored to anyone’s preference. Want to wear your shoes tight when you run? Or maybe you want them to be relaxed when sitting on an airplane. Maybe you would rather not deal with the hassle of untying and retying your shoes every time you go to the airport for a trip.

Snap Laces offer an easy to use system that can make you question why you ever bothered with laces in the first place. Performance and comfort in one stop shopping. It also applies to all ages. Learning to tie laces, as children can be difficult, especially for those that suffer from any type of motor skills or autism. Elderly also often has challenges with mobility. Bending over to tie a shoe can be a challenge. For many the answer is Velcro. However, it no longer needs to be the case.

Snap Laces allows individuals to customize the color they want as well as the fit they prefer, even when they play golf. For those that enjoy the road less travelled or simple wish not to conform to the establishment’s status quo, give Snap Laces a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what it provides, especially the next time you have to slip your shoes on in a hurray.

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MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT: It isn’t so much how you start, but rather how you finish. Case in point, the last first-round leader of the RBC Canadian Open to hold on for the win was Scott Piercy in 2012 at Hamilton G&CC. Prior to that, it was Jim Furyk in 2006 also at Hamilton G&CC. Last year, Emiliano Grillo led by a stroke after an 8-under 64, before finishing T22. Good luck to first round co-leaders, Dustin Johnson and Luke List.

WEB GEMS:

MAKING A SPLASH: The sun may still have been out, but it was a wet finish to the opening round of the £1.35 million Senior Open Championship. First, we had two of the big guns, Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie, dumping their approaches at the last into the Barry Burn. Then “Aquaman” broke out of the pack (or should that be swam to the surface?) to claim an outright lead at Carnoustie. That’s the nickname Woody Austin earned after he attempted to play a shot from a lake on the 14th hole at Royal Montreal during the President’s Cup in 2007. “Yes, I’m the goofball that fell face-first in the water,” admitted the 52-year-old after signing for six birdies in a four-under-par 68 to sit one ahead of no less than seven players, with ten others a further shot back on a crowded leaderboard following a day when a wind that seemed to be constantly switching proved troublesome. READ MORE>>>

INSPIRATION: “I’d booked an early flight from the US to make sure I could see the final round, but it was delayed,” he explained. “So I had to get a later flight and when we landed at Heathrow I ran off the plane to find the nearest pub. “It was fantastic to see Henrik achieve what I couldn’t manage. We’ve waited a long time for this in Sweden and we had a few beers to celebrate.” READ MORE>>>

CONFIDENCE OR SUCCESS, WHICH COMES FIRST: "My game feels good," Johnson said. "I've got a lot of confidence in it. I feel like I'm swinging really well. I felt like I rolled the ball really nicely with the putter today. I'm definitely driving the ball nicely. I've got a lot of confidence in the driver. I feel like I can hit it in the fairway." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm defending four tournaments in the next five, six weeks or so.”--Jason Day.

One week after a T59 effort at The Open Championship, 21-year-old Jon Rahm carded a 5-under 67 to sit T3 following the first round of the RBC Canadian Open. Making his professional debut earlier this season at the Quicken Loans National, Rahm finished in impressive T3, four behind champion Billy Hurley III. This week marks Rahm’s ninth overall start on the PGA TOUR. Among his notable finishes was a T5 at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, becoming the first amateur to finish in the top five of a PGA TOUR event since Chris Wood at the 2008 Open Championship (5th).

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 142                                                       
Thursday, July 21, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Two hours, 50 minutes, and really I don't feel as if I've rushed. Everyone in the scorer's tent and even our own scorer said that was refreshing and it's the way to play golf. I'm sure those of you who are my age were all brought up on a round of golf taking three hours. I was. Even the old boys get around in three hours, you know. Why four and a half hours has become the norm, five hours in major play, I don't know why and how it's become that way. The sooner we get back to trying to play this game at a sensible pace, the better.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the last first time winner over the age of 40 to win a major championship prior to Henrik Stenson?

BANK ON IT: The PGA TOUR, RBC, Golf Canada and the Heritage Classic Foundation jointly announced that RBC has signed six-year extensions as title sponsor of both the RBC Canadian Open and RBC Heritage. The new agreements take effect in 2018 and run through 2023. “We are excited to extend our commitment to both the RBC Canadian Open and RBC Heritage for an additional six years,” said Dave McKay, President and CEO, RBC. “As the largest company in Canada, our sponsorship of the RBC Canadian Open reflects our leadership position in our home market, while our support of the RBC Heritage demonstrates our strong and growing presence in the U.S., particularly following our recent acquisition of City National Bank. We know many of our clients around the world have a passion for golf. With two PGA TOUR stops and a roster of world-class golfers representing our brand, RBC is proud to promote this great game and to have the opportunity to give back where we live and work, helping our communities prosper.”

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CAN WE SEE YOUR ID? The maximum age for competitors in the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Junior Amateur championships will be raised from 17 to 18 years old starting with the 2017 championships, the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced. The maximum Handicap Index requirements for both championships will also be lowered, from 18.4 to 9.4 for the Girls’ Junior and from 6.4 to 4.4 for the Junior Amateur. Additionally, sectional qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur will be reduced from 36 holes to 18 holes.

“These significant changes in the USGA’s junior championships are part of the Association’s continuous review of these global-reach competitions, which focuses on conducting excellent championships,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Enhancing the player experience is paramount for the USGA as it strives to provide the most comprehensive test in junior golf on the game’s grandest stages. We are thankful to our respective junior committees, state and regional golf associations, and our industry partners for their roles in reviewing and implementing these new conditions of competition.”

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE? Snell Golf is attempting to position itself as a challenger brand for golf balls. The company is giving golfers the opportunity to test a dozen of its balls for free. The Snell Golf “My Tour Ball Challenge” invites consumers to register for a chance to try the My Tour Ball (MTB) for 2-weeks and measure its performance against their existing golf ball of choice, at no risk to them. “We firmly believe that the My Tour Ball measures up to any premium golf ball in the game in terms of performance, and at our price point the overall value-equation is unbeatable,” said Dean Snell, president & CEO, Snell Golf.  “Consistently, we have seen that when golfers give the MTB a shot, they become loyal customers, so we developed this limited-time opportunity. The My Tour Ball Challenge is a way for us to demonstrate our products’ performance AND the convenience of receiving direct-ship delivery of our products, a very appealing model in today’s competitive golf ball marketplace.” The company said it won’t even charge for shipping.

Registration for the Snell Golf My Tour Ball Challenge is taking place now through July 31st at https://www.snellgolf.com/mtb-challenge/apply-for-the-mtb-vs-your-ball-challenge/

COLLECTORS? Lee Wybranski is at it again. Fresh off his visit to Troon, he will produce the official poster for the 98th PGA Championship, next week at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. He has depicted two of the famous club’s most iconic sights: the Tudor revival-style clubhouse and the par-3 fourth hole. “I got out of the way and let the grandeur of Baltusrol carry the day,” stated Wybranski of his fourth poster for a PGA Championship. “I always knew we were going to work with the clubhouse, because as great a course as Baltusrol is, it is known for that beautiful big clubhouse, too. No. 4 is one of the signature holes, but I wanted to take a different view, from the green back, askance to the line of play. It also brought water into the foreground and I always like bringing water into the picture.” 

For anyone interested in more information go to www.leewybranski.com.

WEB GEMS:

A BIG DEAL? Sweden's first male winner of a major golf championship, Henrik Stenson, joked that he needed to win another nine such titles before he could be considered as successful as Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Stenson has attracted huge attention in his home country, but said he had some way to go to match Ibrahimovic. "I think I said I would need to win 10 majors to get up to his recognition but maybe five will do it. We'll see! One at a time," Stenson told British media. "This is huge back home and it has been quite chaotic with all the media, but it is all good and I am just going to try to recharge." READ MORE>>>

JUST ANOTHER DAY? Jason Day is eager to open defense of his title at this week's Canadian Open, where his triumph last year marked the start of a remarkable run that saw him win his first major title and claim the world number one ranking. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Two hours, 50 minutes, and really I don't feel as if I've rushed. Everyone in the scorer's tent and even our own scorer said that was refreshing and it's the way to play golf. I'm sure those of you who are my age were all brought up on a round of golf taking three hours. I was. Even the old boys get around in three hours, you know. Why four and a half hours has become the norm, five hours in major play, I don't know why and how it's become that way. The sooner we get back to trying to play this game at a sensible pace, the better.”--Colin Montgomerie, Sunday after his fourth round at the Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Henrik Stenson was 40 years, 3 months, 12 days when he won on Sunday at Royal Troon. The last player over the age of 40 to win his first major championship was Darren Clarke at the 2011 Open Championship. He was 42 years old when he accomplished the feat.

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