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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 235

Monday, December 6, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Please! Is this yet another case of protectionism by the PGA Tour or are they so desperate to win something! Wouldn't have something to do with Rory not joining the tour next year?”

ON THIS DAY: In 1987, Steve Jones and Jane Crafter combined to win the JC Penney Classic.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: According to Golf Datatech, rounds played in the U.S. were up 19.4% in October 2010 versus 2009. Public access play was up 19.9% for the month and private course activity was higher by 17.8%. By region, play climbed 86.3% in West North Central, 36.8% in East North Central, 27.9% in South Central, 17.2% in Mountain, 10.3% in New England, 9.4% in Mid Atlantic, and 6.3% in South Atlantic. The only declining region was the Pacific, down 2.0%. Despite the impressive performance in October, rounds played year-to-date in 2010 remain off 2009’s pace by 1.8%.

KEEP THE FAITH: It appears the golf business model isn’t losing faith with some around the world. The Dubai-based luxury hotel company and member of Dubai Holding, Jumeirah Group has signed a new contract with golf in DUBAi, the promoters and organizers of the two golf events, to be the official caterer and hospitality partner for the next four years. "We believe that golf in DUBAi plays an important role in the development and promotion of the game in our city. We have, and we will continue to support their excellent efforts. We are proud to be associated with them, and the quality of professional golfers and spectator experience that they bring to Dubai," said Thatcher Brown, Vice President of Brand Strategy & Management, Jumeirah Group.

TRY AND TOP THAT: According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, the final round overnight ratings for Chevron World Challenge were highest in 8 years and up 170% from last 2009. Another data point that supports the thinking why the Tiger Woods is good for the PGA Tour’s business.

HERE’S JOHNNY: This is a new twist by the USGA. Johnny Miller, a two-time USGA champion, will serve as the honorary chairman of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, which will be conducted July 9-14 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course at Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway, Utah. 
“ The bottom line is that Utah knows golf,” Miller said. “I live about two miles away from Soldier Hollow and I wake up looking at the place. I practice there once in a while, too. There is nothing like the way people from Utah host an event. I am really looking forward to being involved and enjoying the championship at Soldier Hollow.” No word whether Johnny will begin the competition with a ceremonial tee shot...

WEB GEMS:

SOONER THAN WE THINK? "He used to appear invincible," McDowell said after his victory. "Of course he has made himself appear more human in the last 12 months, but there's something a bit special about his golf game and I fully expect that mystique to return as the golf clubs start doing the talking again." READ MORE>>>

EXCEPTION TO THE RULE? Alexis Thompson has petitioned the LPGA for additional starts in 2011, Golfweek has learned. Thompson, 15, is limited to six LPGA starts per year under current rules because she is not an LPGA member. The LPGA requires members to be at least 18 years old. Thompson is asking to be allowed to accept sponsor exemptions into 12 events in 2011, her agent, Bobby Kreusler, told Golfweek. “We’re not looking for a full card,” Kreusler said. “We’re not looking for full privileges. READ MORE>>>

NO WORRIES MATE: Greg Norman has hailed Australian golf healthy as ever. READ MORE>>>

BAD TO GOOD: Geoff Ogilvy turned a rough year into something special. "I didn't enjoy golf that much this year because of how I was playing," Ogilvy said. READ MORE>>>

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ANSWER: The world’s #1 player, Lee Westwood on Twitter sharing his feelings about Rickie Fowler being named rookie of the year.

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