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Tuesday
Nov252014

Players Tribune Editor: Tiger Wanted "Broader Audience"

Alan Bastable talks to The Players Tribune editor Gary Hoenig about how Tiger's commentary on the Dan Jenkins satirical interview went from Tiger's keyboard to the upstart website.

From Bastable's golf.com piece:

“They were aware that we were encouraging athletes to speak their mind,” Tribune editorial director Gary Hoenig told Golf.com in an e-mail. “I think they felt we were reaching a broader audience than their site.”

That may be the funniest line in the Woods v. Jenkins saga!

I'm pretty confident a majority of the world could guess what TigerWoods.com was and how to find it before the item appeared. ThePlayersTribunecom? Is that a gambling tip sheet those who miss the smell of fresh ink on recycled paper in the morning?

According to Quantcast TigerWoods.com is currently enjoying 634,000 monthly unique visitors. ThePlayersTribune.com is at 54,000.

As for the Woods camp being "aware" of The Players Tribune's intent, that would be accurate since Excel Management's Chief Marketing Officer is a founding partner in the site. Excel, of course, is the firm representing Woods.

Tuesday
Nov252014

Devotion To Craft Files: Lucas Herbert Edition

If you watched the Australian Masters final round you know that 18-year-old amateur Lucas Herbert set a course record during third round play, made a nice run at eventual winner Nick Cullen (while also fist-bumping his countryman at ever positive moment) and generally looked like a young player to be reckoned with. Herbert unfortunately double bogeyed the 18th, costing him a top-10 and a spot in this week's Australian Open.

Not to be deterred, Herbert and family felt flying was too unreliable to make it to Sydney in time, so they made the 11-hour drive from Melbourne to Sydney Sunday night as Lucas tried sleeping in the back, with an Aus Open Monday qualifier at Carnarvon Golf Club in mind. You can guess what happened next.

Michael Chammas of the Sydney Morning Herald with the amazing story.

"I birdied the last," Herbert said.

"I would have went into a playoff and it could have went anywhere from there. I shot five under today. I was pretty relieved. When I was driving up, we spoke about the disappointment, but I knew I had to forget about what happened and I did that. Dad said he was prepared to drive and then mum decided she wanted to help him out with the driving. I stretched out on the back seat and got some sleep. We stopped off at home [Bendigo] for some supplies, then kept on going.

"I reckon I woke up at about 6.30. It wasn't the best sleep I've ever had, but it was better than nothing. I was still wearing the same shirt that I wore at Metro and I had a 9.30 tee-off at Carnarvon, so I jumped in the shower at the club and away we went."

Tuesday
Nov252014

Take That Butch, Hank & Sean Files: Como's Deep Dive Swing

I haven't the faintest idea what the ultimate point was behind this year-old stunt by Tiger's new swing consultant Chris Como, but I do appreciate Alex Myers pointing it out in another lively edition of The Grind.

This will, however, help us understand when Tiger is spotted jumping off of diving boards in preparation for his the 2015 majors and mentions the issues he'd been facing with ground force reaction.

From the Devoted Golfer channel at YouTube, posted in November, 2013.

Tuesday
Nov252014

Match Play! The Golf Networks

You've voted and now I'm going to step into the network golf presentation discussion by hosting the first annual WGC Network Announce Championship.

Seeding the networks by your nearly 1000 votes of "most appealing" golf network announce team, CBS landed the top spot (46%), NBC finished second (35%), ESPN third (12%) and newcomer Fox's recently assembled (but not yet heard) team landed a distant fourth (7%).

The brackets, named for past legends of the profession as they played out in my mind...

Chris Schenkel Back-up Play-by-Play Bracket

1 Bill Macatee (CBS)
 2 Terry Gannon/Rich Lerner (NBC)
 3 Sean McDonough (ESPN)
 4 Shane O'Donoghue (Fox)

Macatee the old pro wins a friendly opener over newcomer-to-American television, O'Donoghue, who will be welcomed by American audiences because he's not Gus Johnson screaming after the U.S. Junior Amateur winning putt. The Gannon/Lerner combo, who fill-in for Dan Hicks when he's doing Notre Dame football or in Gannon's case, helming some Ryder Cup coverage this year with Nick Faldo, must 20 holes before knocking off the always-underrated Sean McDonough. In a tough finale of professionals who could easily be network play-by-play hosts if they weren't impeded by more famous names, Macatee plods along with pars to Gannon/Lerner's runs of birdies and bogies, grinding out a one-up win with his experience. CBS wins.

Jimmy Demaret On Course Reporter #2 Bracket

1 
Peter Kostis (CBS)
 2 Mark Rolfing (NBC)
 3 Dottie Pepper/Bill Kratzert/Judy Rankin (ESPN)
 4 TBD (Fox)

Kostis earns a bye in the first round with Fox still having not selected an on-course reporter in the #2 role (at least that we are aware of). Rolfing faces a formidable trio of options on ESPN in a battle of on-course reporters who specialize in getting in and out without making the telecast about them (though all are never shy to express an opinion when necessary). This one was a total toss-up, but in sudden-death Rolfing overcomes his propensity to break into Hawaii Chamber of Commerce mode to edge the ESPN trio. With Kostis getting a free pass in the opener, his game is rusty and Rolfing coasts to a 3&2 win. NBC wins.

Frank Hannigan Others in the bullpen/Interviews/Studio Roles Bracket

1 Verne Lundquist, Peter Oosterhuis, Matt Gogel (CBS)  2 
Jimmy Roberts, Rich Lerner, Notah Begay (NBC)
 3 Tom Rinaldi, Peter Alliss, Tom Weiskopf, David Duval (ESPN)
 4 Holly Sonders, Corey Pavin, David Fay (Fox)

CBS has not done much to develop young talent nor has the network done a good job managing its role-playing veterans, all the way back to its firing of Ben Wright to today's select use of Lundquist and Oosterhuis. Oosty gets the prime 17th hole spot during the Masters and handles the tough job well, yet was cast off in cost-cutting moves and is left to merely fill-in for CBS. That peculiarity, coupled with Fox's early bullpen strength by hiring the only full-time rules expert in Fay and the popular Holly Sonders, gives the upstarts a 2 up win. In the tough 2 vs. 3 match up, ESPN's core of opinionated, wish-we-heard-more-of-them and informative role players is a bit too much for the capable but more conservative NBC trio, winning on the final hole when Alliss sinks a long birdie putt and Rinaldi brings him to tears in the post-match interview. The ESPN team's experience edges the upstart Fox group in the final. ESPN wins.

Bob Rosburg On Course Reporter Bracket

1 David Feherty (CBS)
 2 Roger Maltbie (NBC)
 3 Andy North (ESPN)
 4 Juli Inkster (Fox)

Inkster has been listed as an on-course reporter, but the wily LPGA veteran only hangs around against the huge favorite Feherty as long as she does due to Feherty inexplicably breaking into tears talking about the first time Tiger passed gas in his presence. A contrast of styles is evident in the other match with Maltbie's easy going reporting style clashing with North's intensity before Maltbie's humor wins the day, 3&2. In the final, "Rog" battles Feherty, before the CBS funnyman inexplicably drifts off to sign autographs for fans who scream his name more than any player not named Tiger. NBC wins.

Henry Longhurst Analyst/17th Hole Bracket

1 Ian Baker-Finch (CBS)
 2 Gary Koch (NBC)
 3 Curtis Strange (ESPN)
 4 Brad Faxon (Fox)

A tough division as each voice has their strengths and weaknesses, with the upstart Faxon sinking 22 putts only to have Baker-Finch make 21 in a match that extends to the 19th hole. Baker-Finch wins on experience, though Faxon figures to become a formidable future depending on how Fox uses him here. In a feisty 2 v. 3 battle, Koch reels off a few too many "just a moment agos" but wisely leaves his "better than most" line at home in grinding out a win over Strange, who somehow miss-pronounces K.J. Choi's name late in the match to lose 2&1. In the final, Koch's willingness to push back at Johnny Miller's zanier comments as Baker-Finch holds back every time Nick Faldo floats a nutty theory, produces an NBC win, 1 up. NBC wins.

Dave Marr Analyst/16th Hole Bracket

1 Gary McCord (CBS)
 2 Peter Jacobsen (NBC)
 3 Scott Van Pelt (ESPN)
 4 Steve Flesch (Fox)

Flesch was a surprise hire away from Golf Channel by Fox and figures to surprise those not familiar with his opinionated nature, especially now that he's freed of a studio role and reacting to live golf. McCord shows up late to the match, loses the first few holes, but steadies the ship thanks to an incredible ability to wing it, edging the newcomer on experience 1 up. In the other semi Jacobsen's knowledge of the game counters the similarly charismatic Van Pelt to win 2&1. The final pits former tour buddies trying to out-joke one another, with McCord breaking out in song, only to be countered by the Jake Trout and The Flounders frontman. Jacobsen, who improves his game every year, wins with a deeper catalog of hits, 2&1. NBC wins.

Ken Venturi Lead Analyst/18th hole Bracket

1 Nick Faldo (CBS)
 2 Johnny Miller (NBC)
 3 Paul Azinger (ESPN)
 4 Greg Norman (Fox)

In a brutal, at times hard-to-watch rematch of the 1996 Masters final round, Faldo again shoots 67 to Norman’s 78 after the Aussie butchers names and shows more passion for talking about various player wines than their games. In the spirited 2 v. 3 match, Johnny’s prevalence compared to Azinger’s once-a-year Open Championship appearance, plus the lack of a good foil (ala the Faldo days), allows Miller to win. This, despite five three-putts, including three misses under three feet. In the final, Faldo brings his Masters announce game to Johnny’s US Open mode, making for a epic tug-of-war won by Johnny thanks to his willingness to offend just about anyone, including his own sensibilities. NBC wins.

Pat Summerall Play-By-Play Bracket

1 Jim Nantz (CBS)
 2 Dan Hicks (NBC)
 3 Mike Tirico (ESPN)
 4 Joe Buck (Fox)

Arguably the toughest division, Nantz faces a tougher-than-expected match against Buck in the opener. The CBS legend's golf experience is just too much for the talented but new-to-golf-broadcaster Buck.  Hicks v. Tirico goes 22 holes, with Tirico finally conceding the match when the hardest working man in show business (A) realizes keeping Johnny in line 12 weeks a year is much tougher than doing the same with Azinger once a year, and (B) he has another announce gig to get to.

In the final, Hicks struggles early after Nantz melts him down on the first tee with an epic, knee-knocking Hello Friend. Hicks battles back with his more subtle cynical readings of various NBC, PGA Tour and PGA of America promos to Nantz's spirited, seemingly earnest readings of How I Met Your Mother teases, only to lose to a Nantz birdie on 18. CBS wins.

That leaves a final record of five wins for NBC, two for CBS, one for ESPN and none for Fox.

Well played ladies and gentlemen.

Tuesday
Nov252014

The Australian & Jack: "Why not do more than just the greens?"

As I noted on Morning Drive Monday, this is a great time of year for late night golf viewing when tournaments Down Under take us to exotic locales. While this week's Floridaesque stop in Sydney won't be nearly as fun to watch as the sandbelt fun at Metropolitan, there is the presence of Rory McIlroy (paired with Ogilvy and Appleby the opening two rounds) combined with the intrigue of big-time golf returning to The Australian.

Peter Stone tells the story of Jack Nicklaus having been re-engaged to supervise the greens he rebuilt over thirty years ago, leading to an overall redo and (gulp) pricey cart path installation.

“The club felt why not do more than just the greens,” club CEO Rob Selley said today. “It’s a Nicklaus course. It made a lot of sense to bring him back because of his attachment to the club.

“Jack absolutely jumped at the chance. His designers were on the ground in late 2010 working on what would be best to do. When the course was built in 1977 there were a lot of spectator mounds, now they’ve basically gone and the course looks much more natural.”

The fairways were redone. Around 12,500 cubic metres of top soil was taken off back to the sand base. And, Jack sent his top green shaper Jerame Miller, one of the highest paid in the business, here for six weeks to supervise work on the greens.   

“His work with his big D6 bulldozer was like an artist at work,” Selley says.

Unlike first time round, the club members did not lose their rounds of golf. Such was the rotation work around the course a temporary 18-hole layout was devised with 10 par threes and eight par fours. The temporary greens would have been the envy of several clubs around Sydney.

It’s almost four years to the day since the Nicklaus team hit the ground. It has cost $5 million with $1 million of that used on cart paths and it also has Nicklaus’ fee included.

“Jack made three (inspection) visits during the construction. He doesn’t get on a plane for less than $250,000 to go to most parts of the world, but he threw those visits in at no extra costs,” Selley said.

Monday
Nov242014

Ernie Els Eager To Make Rio In 2016

Tony Jimenez talks to Ernie Els who is growing eager to make the 2016 Olympics and maybe even allowing himself "the thought of carrying the South African flag into the stadium."

Jimenez writes:

"I never thought when I started playing this game that I would be standing here talking of playing in the Olympics but I'm really getting excited at being on the same international stage as those stars of track and field," said Els.

"It would be wonderful just to spend time with them in the environment of an Olympic Games."

Els is currently 24th in the Olympic ranking that essentially tracks who the field will consist of based on the criteria for eligibility. If you haven't looked in a while it's worth checking out.

Monday
Nov242014

GMac: More 9-Hole Par-3 Courses, Please

Graeme McDowell files his year-end column with the help of Iain Carter and covers an array of topics.

Besides his take on Rory, the Ryder Cup and Poulter, worth noting is his desire to see the game more kid friendly.

We have to make the game cheaper, more accessible, faster and more fun. Growing up in Ireland, one of the things was how cheap and accessible it was. Just look at how many successful players Ireland has these days and I don't think that's a coincidence.

When I go to different parts of the world I see that golf is still elitist. It doesn't encourage people who can't afford to play. We need nine-hole par-three courses like the one I grew up on. I don't understand why we don't see more of that, especially in the United States.

We need ways to bring the masses in and to do that we have to make it fun, sexy and cool. We have the young icons - the likes of Rory, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth - and now it is a case of leveraging that to boost the game.

Monday
Nov242014

Thanksgiving Re-Broadcast: "Jack's First Major"

On Thanksgiving day Fox is re-broadcasting the USGA documentary "1962 U.S. OPEN: JACK’S FIRST MAJOR.”

The documentary is narrated by Peter Coyote and from the highly-respected Ross Greenburg Productions, longtime producers of HBO's award-winning sports films.

Check your local listings. Mine has it listed for a noon PT airing.

A preview:

Monday
Nov242014

Como: “The idea of having a person rely on a teacher is bad.”

Great stuff in the Monday's Golf World from Tim Rosaforte profiling Chris Como, Tiger's new swing consultant.

No matter what happens with Tiger's game, Como is a refreshing story, rising from the range picker at Westlake golf course to driving the country in a beat up car worth a smidgen of his Trackman.

Enjoy...

Monday
Nov242014

Video: Weiskopf Tours Back9 Around TPC Scottsdale

Architect Tom Weiskopf tours Back9 Network's Shane Bacon around his remodeled TPC Scottsdale in this video feature.

The story includes some drone footage of the course as well as Weiskopf taking us through the major changes to green complexes and tees. I have to say that I'm struggling to not judge until seeing it in person or during the (final?) Waste Management-sponsored Phoenix Open in 2015, but I have to say it does not look better. Weiskopf touts the new uber-white sand-flashed bunkers compared to the old desert brown grassed face pits built by he and Jay Morrish (who is not mentioned in the piece, sadly). But the new Augusta-style bunkers look gastly in the desert landscape where the old desert browns didn't jump out so blatantly.

The new par-3 4th looks particularly uninspired, with a Mickey Mouse-shaped fronting bunker that looks beemed in from Disney World. I really hope it looks better on the ground than it does from the air.

Anyway, on that positive note...

Sunday
Nov232014

Pic: Luke Guthrie Tries The Beach Angle On Pebble's 18th

Scott Langley Tweeted this photo of fellow Illini Luke Guthrie playing a recovery shot from Pebble Beach's 18th Sunday when the tide was way down. It was the Callaway Invitational final round, where Tommy Armour III beat Lee Janzen in sudden death.

Guthrie, who struggled to a final round 77 in the Callaway, replied that "it was a great angle down there. Golf is all about angles Lang."

 

Sunday
Nov232014

Graphic Images: Brookside Golf Course Day After UCLA-USC

Nice catch by Brentley Romine who saw Grace Lee's Tweets from Brookside Golf Course, where cars park for Rose Bowl games and where the trask crew still had a ways to go following UCLA's drubbing of USC Saturday night. (Lee is mother to LPGA player and Pepperdine alum Danielle Kang.)

Of course, alums of the two schools could also just not use the ground as their trashcan...that'd never happen at a Pepperdine game.

If we had a football team.

My favorite:

 

 

Sunday
Nov232014

"This guy will try to get Tiger a putting coach, a statistician, a green reading guy, etc. It’s his worse choice ever."

Hank Gola filed for the New York Daily News on Tiger's announcement of a new swing "consultant" in Chris Como.

He tracked down a trusted tour caddie for thoughts on Como, who previously has worked with Aaron Baddeley. The review was not flattering.

But according to a veteran caddie familiar with Como’s teaching methods, Woods, who many feel got too technical and complicated under Foley, is headed down a similar path with Como.

Como, said the caddie, is “way worse than Foley, way too technical. This guy will try to get Tiger a putting coach, a statistician, a green reading guy, etc. It’s his worse choice ever. He can turn a guy from an athlete into a golf geek.”

I'm not sure if that's a fair assessment of either teacher, as Foley could talk a highly technical game but when looking at a student on Trackman and offering feedback, his instructions are shockingly basic.

James Corrigan noted that so little was known of Como, the world crashed his website...on a Saturday.

Como is relatively unknown within the trade as shown by the fact that when Woods announced on Twitter that “Chris will consult and work with me during the year”, the rush to discover more about the 36-year-old from Texas caused his personal website to crash.

Saturday
Nov222014

Suzy Whaley Elected PGA Of America Secretary

This aligns the Connecticut golf instructor to be the first female president of the PGA of America in four years. But not before Derek Sprague and Paul Levy precede her. Honorary past president Allen Wronowski will serve another two years in that role after Ted Bishop's ouster, a move confirmed at the annual meeting.

Rex Hoggard's Golf Central report from Indianapolis, and the full press release:

Derek Sprague Elected
39th President of the PGA of America

Delegates Vote Paul Levy Vice President, Suzy Whaley Secretary

INDIANAPOLIS – (November 22, 2014) Derek Sprague of Malone, New York, was elected the 39th President of the PGA of America today at the Association's 98th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Sprague is the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone Golf Club. Elected to PGA membership in 1993, Sprague has held leadership roles at both the National and Section PGA levels since 1998. Sprague previously served as PGA Secretary from 2010-12, and as Vice President from 2012 until Oct. 24, 2014, when he was named PGA Interim President. He also previously served as the District 1 Director on the National PGA Board from 2007-10.

Succeeding Sprague as Vice President is Paul Levy of Indian Wells, California, who served the past two years as Secretary and held the roles of Secretary and Interim Vice President from Oct. 24, 2014 until today.

Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Connecticut, was elected Secretary. Sprague, Levy and Whaley will each serve two-year terms.

The Board of Directors extended the role of Honorary President Allen Wronowski of Bel Air, Maryland, for two additional years.

In addition, three new members of the PGA Board of Directors were sworn in at the PGA Annual Meeting. The new PGA Board members are Jeff Drimel of St. Michael, Minnesota; Tim Fries of Kenmore, New York; and Kyle Heyen of Arvada, Colorado. The new PGA District Directors each will serve three-year terms.

The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association's President, Vice President, Secretary, Honorary President and 17 Directors. The Directors include representatives from each of the PGA's 14 districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour. New District Directors are elected by their local PGA Sections.

Whaley survived a potential misstep when she branded embroiled president Ted Bishop a sexist, then recanted her assessment.

Saturday
Nov222014

18-Year-Old Posts Course Record, Within 2 At Aussie Masters

Mark Hayes with the outstanding story of 18-year-old amateur Lucas Herbert posting a course record 65 during Australian Masters third round play.

With host site Metropolitan near his home course Commonwealth, Herbert's move into contention for Sunday's final round had the place buzzing.

“I felt like I did them pretty proud today,” he said with enormous understatement before admitting is was the best he’d played in a pro event with his family in the gallery.

“I just tried to make sure they were not as nervous as what I was. They were trying to say, keep it going, but I said, `You don't have to tell me what to do too much, I've kind of got this one under control’.”

Herbert hugged his “great parents” after the round, then turned his attention to the rapidly emerging band of Golf Australia amateurs in the national squad, particularly the Victorian contingent with whom he’s so close."

Herbert trails Paul Spargo by two, with many others in contention, including Geoff Ogilvy three back.

The final round airs live on Golf Channel starting at 9:30 ET.

Saturday
Nov222014

Tiger Has (Another) Coach! Tiger Has (Another) Coach!

Nothing like news to warm your wintery Saturday.

Woods Tweeted the news out on Saturday dashing the hopes of those hoping he'd go it alone for a while.

Steve DiMeglio at USA Today notes that a statement was also released:

In an email release, Woods said he was introduced to Como this summer by long-time friend and former Stanford teammate Notah Begay.

"Subsequently we had several good conversations about the golf swing," Woods said. "I've worked with him about a month since I started practicing. Chris will consult and work with me during the year."

The Tweet from Tiger: 

You can follow Como on Twitter and search past Tweets for deep, hidden meaning into how he'll influence Tiger's swing.

Anyone want to speculate on Como's inevitable Tiger knickname? Comosy? Comesy? Chrissy? Eh...need to keep thinking about this one.

Saturday
Nov222014

“Have You Heard of Back9 Network?”

Pete Madden of SI/Golf Plus files the first in-depth look at the Back9 Network headquarters and the channel's vision since debuting last month on DirecTV.

The story covers quite a bit of ground, with quotes from CEO Charles Cox explaining how the channel intends to be different than Golf Channel by focusing on lifestyle content. They've also had to overcome image problems created the founder and his now former-wife.

“I think the brand has evolved a little blast 120 days,” he says. “Whether we knew it at the time or not, we were pretty polarizing. You’re Rodney Dangerfield in the clubhouse. You’re not winning the club championship. You’re just obnoxious and loud and you’re not even funny.”

Madden also previews on a cartoon "about a foursome of hapless hackers" debuting in 2015 and suggests that it may not help golf appeal to women.

Saturday
Nov222014

Catching Up With Ted Bishop...

As the PGA of America holds its annual meeting in Indianapolis near former PGA President Ted Bishop's home golf facility, Alex Miceli travels to The Legends to catch up with the ousted leader.

Miceli finds an upbeat Bishop looking ahead to the 2015 golf season.

This caught my eye...

Bishop has heard from many in the aftermath of his removal, inside and outside of the PGA of America. Some of what he heard is disquieting, but he is committed to taking everything he hears in stride. Bishop says he learned who his friends really are, not just from the firing but also from what occurred at Gleneagles and the Ryder Cup.

“From a PGA member standpoint, it's been appreciation for what I did as president of the PGA of America and how I affected,” Bishop said. “I think, a lot of PGA members' lives, at least from a relate-ability standpoint.”

Bishop said he felt as if he were on an island on the plane ride back from Scotland.

Friday
Nov212014

Video: Even Rory Cold Tops One Now And Then

Yep, the world No. 1 did it. So take comfort. From round two of the European Tour broadcast of the DP World Championship in Dubai:

Thursday
Nov202014

Today In The Fight To Stop The Rio Olympic Golf Course, Files

You may recall that 23 days ago the Associated Press in Rio reported that developers of the Olympic Golf Course had five days to comply with a judge's order to move three holes of the 2016 course. This was news to the parties building the course and remains so (full disclosure, as you know I've worked with architect Gil Hanse who has had to sadly watch this war on Rio golf).

Not surprisingly, the five days passed and the judge's order never was actually published, an event that went unnoticed by reporters in Rio. Yet the Associated Press has stuck to its story that the course is being built illegally, with Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade reporting that prosecutors in Rio have filed a brief to stop the course construction, even as the judge has refused to do so over the many days when the very same judge had been reportedly planning to shut down the project within days (but did not despite the AP report).

Meanwhile construction has continued and is near completion. Mercifully.