VOLUME 1, NUMBER 241
Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 1, NUMBER 241
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's never occurred to me that it wouldn't continue. I have no reason to believe that it wouldn't continue. I'm not looking at any other alternatives at this point.”
ON THIS DAY: In 1986, Gary Hallberg and Scott Hoch won the Chrysler Team Championship.
IT’S NOT OVER, ‘TIL IT’S OVER: The anticipated acquisition of the Acushnet Company has generated a significant buzz throughout the industry ever since it was first reported last week. The company could command a hefty price tag, at least that would be the expectation of the seller, Fortune Brands. However, there is some unfinished business that could cause the price to go to a discount; perhaps making a management led deal more likely to garner the highest price. READ MORE>>>
FOLLOW THE MONEY: It is safe to say, the European Tour isn’t in any rush to see 2010 end. It was its most successful campaign, perhaps ever. However, few realize that the EURO 205 million prize money offered at the PGA Tour’s 46 official events in 2010 dwarfed the EURO 125 million available in the 48 tournaments on Europe’s worldwide schedule. And it should be pointed out that eight of the top nine money tournaments on the European roster in 2010 were co-sanctioned by the US Tour — namely the four majors and four World Golf Championships, which offered a total of EURO 47 million in prize money. READ MORE>>>
IRISH EYES ARE SMILING: The Irish Open will return to Killarney next season with the backing of Failte Ireland, it has been confirmed. The purse for the tournament on July 28-31, however, won’t be announced until a later date. READ MORE>>>
WHAT WAS THE BIG DEAL? The GolfChannel.com asked dozens of players if the new rule regarding grooves in irons altered the way they played a single hole this season? “Nope . . . not that I can think of. Not even once,” Aaron Baddeley finally admitted after a long pause. “We made more about it at the start of the year than it turned out to be,” Ernie Els said. “The ball is still stopping.” READ MORE>>>
WILL IT BE TIGER’S TURN NEXT YEAR? Stuart Appleby has been voted the PGA Tour comeback player of the year after going from his worst season to a magical win. He won over Rocco Mediate and Arjun Atwal in a players vote. The Australian used a one-time exemption for career money to keep his card. He won The Greenbrier Classic, thanks to a closing score of 59, which he needed every shot in making him one of only two players to hit golf's magical number in the last round. His victory followed a year in which he finished outside the top 125 on the money list for the first and only time, to date, since his rookie season.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: Ben Crane, the reigning champion of the Farmers Insurance Open, is like everyone else attached to the tournament in 2011. He wants to see Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines during the last week in January when he attempts to defend his title. Century Club Executive Director Tom Wilson said he has been in regular contact with Woods’ representative, Mark Steinberg, and though there hasn’t been confirmation that Woods will play here, there is a strong hope that he will do so. “Everybody is speculating. I would be really surprised if he doesn’t play here,” Wilson said. READ MORE>>>
WANNA BET? In the years between world wars, Titanic Thompson — a made-up name for a self-made man who won and lost millions of dollars playing cards, dice, pool, golf, horseshoes, and anything else he could think of to bet on motored from town to town in a two-ton Pierce-Arrow, living by his wits and reflexes. He carried his tools in the trunk: left- and right-handed golf clubs, a bowling ball, horseshoes, a shotgun, and a suitcase full of cash. He conned Al Capone out of $500. And he double-crossed Arnold Rothstein, the crime boss who fixed the 1919 World Series.
He hustled country-club golfers for $20,000 a hole while elite pros like Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson were earning $10,000 a year. He once drove a ball more than 500 yards. "The best shotmaker I ever saw," Hogan said. "Right- or left-handed, you can't beat him." READ MORE>>>
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ANSWER: PGA TOUR Commissioner, Tim Finchem speaking on the continuing sponsorship of FedEx towards the yearlong points race.
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