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Writing And Videos

The really great sports passion of Bob Hope's life is golf. I don't suppose anybody alive has ever done more for the game, not Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, not anybody except possibly the Scotsman who invented it in the first place.




Product Line Wish: Nike's JUST SKULL IT. 

Seeing Tiger Woods show up for Lindsey Vonn’s record-breaking performance in a less-than-incognito skull mask might seem a tad strange to the conservative golf world. But these could also be the early days of a new Nike line aimed at the under-represented cold-weather millennial golfer who adores the Oakland Raiders.

I understand it’s not my place to tell companies what products to make, but there is an opportunity to tap a market that can grow the game by activating previously non-transcendable demographics.

So here’s what I’m thinking for Just Skull It. with help from the art department providing the visionary product design mock-up and first advertising piece.

Here goes:

The Nike Golf Reversible Knit Hat is made of ultra-soft reversible fabric, with a Honolulu evening gray for those nighttimes when you don’t want homeless people to mug you and a softer, East Bay gray when you’re headed out to to watch a Raiders game in your favorite dad jeans. The “Just Skull It” slogan fronts this must-have piece of 21st century golf gear. Retail: $34.95

To round out the package, Nike introduces its first cold weather Tiger Woods Limited Edition Skull Mask that can double as Halloween costume or just lend extra non-recognition for those late Sunday afternoons when you take your yacht around Hobe Sound. The revolutionary UltraDri-FORM Max Compression fabric breathes to help your mouth remain dry or to send extra oxygen to your new implants. An interior layer of UltraDri-FORM also absorbs foul language when you skull, chunk or otherwise flub a wedge shot around the greens. The human skull motif fronting the mask features a missing tooth for added intensity and fear factor for your Day of the Dead celebration, with full branding value delivered via the UBERDay-GLO Nike swoosh. Retail: $49.95


6'4" 14 Y.O. Teeing Up In Euro Tour's Qatar Masters

Brentley Romaine with a note on Jakub Hrinda, the 14-year-old who qualified for this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters by winning the Qatar Open.

At an eye-opening 6'4" Hrinda isn't even close to being the youngest to play a European Tour event

Hrinda will be the 10th youngest player to make a European Tour start. The youngest is Ye Wo Cheng, who played in the 2013 Volvo China Open at 12 years, 242 days old.

“Being tall, I hit it a long way for my age, but I really focus on trying to make everything strong, not just one thing," Hrinda said. "My ballstriking right now is pretty good, so I’m happy with that.”

Hrinda's home course is Doha Golf Club and he's played it regularly since he moved to Qatar when he was 8 years old. Hrinda's father, Daniel, will serve as his caddie, too.


Schwab Inexplicably Locks In 20-Year Champions Tour Deal

"Chuck" and Commissioner Value appeared on CNBC to announce the incredible 20-year deal between the Champions Tour and Charles Schwab that will continue to sponsor the year-long points race. You know, the one that only friends and family of Champions Tour players care about.

Think about that...20 years. Patrick Reed will still be several years away from Champions Tour eligibility!

Anyway, after the CNBC dude grills "Chuck" about indexes and funds and portfolios as the Commissioner tries to not act annoyed, Tim Finchem is asked about the unprecedented deal, only to be cut-off in the online version after someone decided the value word was dropped one-too-many times.

Part of the release that also mentions, should you care, a "playoff" series coming to the Geezers Tour. (Because the PGA Tour Playoffs have been such a ratings winner):

Charles Schwab and PGA TOUR Sign Record

20-year Marketing Partnership

Multifaceted extension assures continuation of Charles Schwab Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (January 20, 2015) – The PGA TOUR and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. today announced an historic 20-year extension of their multifaceted marketing partnership. This represents the longest marketing agreement the PGA TOUR has ever entered.

In conjunction with the extension, the Champions Tour will be creating a playoff system beginning with the 2016 season, with details on the structure forthcoming. The announcements were made by Schwab Founder and Chairman Charles R. Schwab and PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Key elements of the marketing extension include the continuation of:

Schwab’s Official Marketing Partner status as the Official Investment Firm of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour;

Schwab's umbrella sponsorship of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition on the Champions Tour;

Schwab's sponsorship of the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the culmination of the Charles Schwab Cup.

“Charles Schwab has been an exceptional partner of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour since 1997,” Finchem said. “In particular, Schwab has had a profound impact on the Champions Tour through its sponsorship of the Charles Schwab Cup and, more recently, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Today, we are thrilled to announce that this important relationship will continue another 20 years through this unprecedented agreement.

“Additionally, with this long-term commitment by Schwab, we are delighted to announce that the Champions Tour will be moving toward a playoff format, which we will outline at a later date. Schwab’s interest in continuing its sponsorship for this duration truly is a testament to the dedication, accessibility and hard work of the players and everyone involved with the Champions Tour.”

“So many of our clients and prospective clients are as passionate about golf as they are about investing, and so we’re very excited about having this expanded relationship with the PGA TOUR,” said Schwab.  He added, “The parallels between investing and golf are numerous, especially the dedication and commitment they both require, and we look forward to continuing to serve the investment needs of TOUR players and golf fans everywhere.”

Charles Schwab first joined the PGA TOUR’s Official Marketing Partner program in 1997. In 2001, the Charles Schwab Cup was introduced as the Champions Tour’s first-ever, season-long points competition to identify the leading player on the Tour. Two years after the Charles Schwab Cup was introduced, the company became a sponsor of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

“The Charles Schwab Cup has had a major impact on the Champions Tour with the season-long competition highlighting our leading players and significantly improving the stature of the Tour while maintaining the interest of our fans throughout the season,” said Greg McLaughlin, President of the Champions Tour. “I know everyone involved with the Champions Tour is extremely excited that The Charles Schwab Corporation has agreed to continue its sponsorship over the next two decades.”

In addition to the sponsorship elements, Schwab’s marketing program includes consumer engagement and relationship-building assets across multiple PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events and TPCs, plus advertising on PGATOUR.COM and with the TOUR's broadcast partners. Schwab also provides investment-related services to TOUR players and staff.


Allenby Recants: Gives Homeless Woman Reward

A day after questioning Charade Keane's motives for telling media outlets what she witnessed, Robert Allenby wisely rewarded the woman who saved him from a sticky situation with a $1000 AmEx gift card (and maybe some reward points too!).

John Strege
tries to unravel the run of stories on Allenby's increasingly confusing claims of robbery, kidnapping and assault.

On Monday night, Allenby and Keane met on camera (see below), and he thanked her for helping him. Their exchange:

Allenby: "Thank you for looking after me."

Keane: "No problem."

Allenby: "I appreciate what you did for me."

The meeting and story on Honolulu's KHON2 News:

Jason Sobel reports that Honolulu detectives issued a statement saying their investigation was ongoing.

The news, though, was that there is no news.

No arrests have yet to be made and suspects are still being investigated.

"Detectives are reviewing witness statements and gathering security video footage," read the statement, issued around 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday. "They are also looking into recent charges made on Mr. Allenby's credit card. No arrest has been made.

"Detectives have opened second degree robbery and fraudulent use of credit card investigations. Second degree robbery is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; fraudulent use of credit cards is punishable by up to five years."


Video: Bubba's Back With Another Putt-Putt Hole-In-One

Gotta love one of the world's top golfers eschewing Topgolf and going retro by playing putt-putt golf, filming his hole in ones, challenging ESPN's Sportscenter to show it and giving us a memorable, if slightly haunting reaction. (He's a human Chia pet!)

Tweeted by defending Masters Champion Bubba Watson:


Lindsey Vonn: The Pain For Tiger "Is really nothing when he has had as many injuries as he's had"

Brian Pinelli in a special to USA Today, talks to all-time World Cup win leader Lindsey Vonn, who took to Facebook to say her man was indeed hit in the face by a videographer. This, even though no one saw the incident that resulted in a tooth loss. Race organizers strongly deny the claim. And the videographer remains on the run hiding footage that could net him a large check.

From Pinelli's story:

Vonn added of Woods' condition: "The nerve is showing, so he will definitely get it replaced ASAP.

"This pain is really nothing when he has had as many injuries as he's had," she said. "It's not a big deal, he was in good spirits."

Meanwhile, the race secretary general Nicola Colli, who is understood to have personally escorted Woods during his time at the finish line where the tooth loss occurred, says he saw nothing.

"During the [awards] ceremony, Tiger Woods was in the operations tent, the tent just outside the exit gate," Colli told USA TODAY Sports. "He was looking on from there and he was not in the finish area."

Colli added: "He was not in the ceremony area during the ceremony ... I don't have any information regarding the accident."


Golf Channel And Topgolf Join Forces

Long rumored and now happening, Golf Channel and Topgolf are joining forces to--what else--grow the game.

For Immediate Release:

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - January 20, 2015) - Golf Channel and golf entertainment leader Topgolf International, Inc. today announced a partnership intended to attract and serve fans of the sport. The multi-year agreement includes integrated marketing programming, cross-promotional events, prizing for Topgolf® guests and other grow-the-game initiatives.

"The lasting health of the game of golf is a top priority for Topgolf and Golf Channel," said Topgolf CEO Ken May. "Our collaboration signifies our commitment to growing the sport and offering added value to Topgolf and Golf Channel fans across the nation."

The new partnership will include:

    •    Golf Channel providing Topgolf with integration support on-air, online, across its social media brands, as well as through its email distribution platforms

    •    Golf Channel supporting Topgolf U and Topgolf Leagues by creating a platform for Topgolf locations on, the network's online source for golf course ratings, reviews and recommendations by golfers, for golfers

    •    Topgolf providing brand exposure and signage for Golf Channel and GolfNow at its venues, as well across Topgolf's digital media platforms

    •    Golf Channel and GolfNow will become a preferred partner of Topgolf Leagues

"Topgolf has quickly stepped in as a leader in expanding golf's footprint beyond its traditional platform by providing a new direction to propel the game forward," said Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel. "The collaboration possibilities between our brands, including GolfNow, will help attract both new and avid golfers to underscore our effort to encourage more golfers to play more golf."


Video: Bryan Bros Hit Trick Shots On Live TV

As their fame grows and the trick-shot duo gets better trick shot video editing, it was great to see them pull off some fun shots live on Morning Drive today. Like Charlie Rymer said, it's hard enough to hit a stationary ball, much less one three feet in the air and moving...


A Dentist's Tiger Tooth Theory...

Longtime reader John is a dentist and has seen some of the commentary speculating on Tiger's tooth loss and the lack of blood, swelling or general awfulness when the event was said to have occurred.

He offers this explanation:

His tooth was probably fractured at the gum line horizontally, not a avulsed or knocked out. That is why you see no trauma to the lip. Tooth was involved in some form of trauma many years ago which caused it to yellow, the nerve slowly dies. He probably had endodontics done on it at some point which further weakened it. Probably didn't take much force to fracture the crown at the neck or gum line. He will probably have an implant placed.

Now, if we could just get a Freudian to explain the skull mask.


Streamsong To Add Gil Hanse Design

Gil Hanse and Mosaic Company's Rich Mack appeared on Morning Drive with Matt Ginella to announce a third course at Streamsong Resort.

From a Golfweek report:

The Black course will be built southeast of the two existing courses on the remote site between Tampa and Orlando, as part of a 16,000-acre reclaimed phosphate-mining operation. The resort also features a 216-room lodge and three restaurants. Officials also announced plans for a second practice facility, clubhouse and restaurant to serve guests playing the Black course.

The full Morning Drive segment:


Cara Robinson Joins Golf Channel's Morning Drive

UK readers will be familiar with Cara Robinson's work on Golfing World, at The Open and as a presenter extraordinaire.

Robinson guest-hosted Morning Drive last fall and will be making the move to Orlando, starting work on the show in late February. You can follow her on Twitter as well.

For Immediate Release:


ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2015) – English sports television presenter Cara Robinson has joined Golf Channel’s on-air team, and will serve as a co-host for the network’s signature daily news and lifestyle show, Morning Drive. A London native, Robinson will transition to Orlando, Fla., - Golf Channel’s world headquarters – and is expected to start her new role in late February.

Robinson brings extensive experience in television and golf. She most recently served as host of Golfing World, a weekly program on Sky Sports – available to 20 million viewers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria – traveling to golf’s biggest events to conduct player interviews and features about all aspects of the game. She also participated in @TheOpenLIVE, a live digital telecast of the Open Championship, and has contributed as a studio host and reporter for productions surrounding Wimbledon, World’s Strongest Man, rugby and the London 2012 Olympics, where she hosted Sky Sports’ tennis coverage.

“Cara’s passion for golf and experience working in sports television are a welcome addition to our Morning Drive team,” said Molly Solomon, Golf Channel executive producer. “Viewers will immediately connect with her engaging personality and strong rapport with many of the top European players in the game as they begin their day with Morning Drive.”

Robinson will continue to make occasional contributions to Golfing World, and the first episode of 2015 will premiere on Golf Channel on Wednesday, Jan. 21, with 48 episodes scheduled to air throughout the year.


Dustin On Cocaine Use: "I have issues. But that’s not the issue.”

SI's Pete Thamel scores the first sitdown with Dustin Johnson who was joined by his agent and new PR consultant.

Oddly, Johnson talks to the sister publication of, where it was reported that Johnson was serving a second PGA Tour suspension after testing positive again for cocaine use. The same report also suggested Johnson had an affair with a fellow PGA Tour player's wife (what that had to do with Johnson's possible substance abuse issues remains unclear).

Either way, that latter topic did not come up but he did refute's report about the cocaine suspension to a publication that publishes their golf stories

Johnson and his p.r. team say he wasn’t suspended and are indignant that reports continue to circulate despite a denial from the Tour.

Johnson says this respite was a choice to address “personal challenges.” He adds that he did not enter any kind of rehab, instead hiring a team of experts -- a life coach and several clinicians among them -- to help him better understand what drives him, how to handle stress and how to unlock his latent potential. “I did not have a problem,” he says when asked explicitly about cocaine. “It’s just something I’m not going to get into. I have issues. But that’s not the issue.”


Video: Chuck Cook On Morning Drive

If you're looking for a little cleansing from all of the police blotter news, check out this portion of Chuck Cook's Morning Drive appearance Monday.

In Orlando for the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit along with the PGA Show starting Wednesday, Cook talked about working with different minds and some of his start pupils Dufner, Kite and the late Payne Stewart.


Allenby Suggests His Assault Savior Is "Getting Paid" To Lie

Robert Allenby's mugging and kidnapping tale continues to spiral with his suggestion via text to Tim Rosaforte that the homeless woman, Charade Keane, was "getting paid" by someone to lie about the events taking place near the wine bar instead of six miles away, as Allenby has said.

From a G.C. Digital item:

Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reported on Monday's "Golf Central" that Allenby texted him, “I’m guessing she’s getting paid” in response to her claims. Allenby later texted Rosaforte, "It’s such a shame that people are focusing on whether the story is true. I say you only have to look at me to see the truth.”

You can see Rosaforte and Golf Central's full report at the 12:15 mark of Monday's show.

Alex Miceli tried to piece together this news along with tidbits from a Honolulu Star-Advertiser story behind a paywall. Miceli writes of Keane's account:

According to Keane, however, Allenby was talking with the two homeless men, whom she knows, and she thought the men were helping him. The two men mentioned to her that Allenby had hit his head on a rock.
"They started arguing when I got up there, and I realized this wasn't well. I need to get him out of here," she said, and confirmed Allenby's story that the men were trying to rob him. "I just wanted him to get away because I wasn't sure of the situation. They started arguing again."

Keane told Allenby to come with her, and when he did, the two men followed. Eventually, Allenby asked Keane for help negotiating a deal with the men to leave him alone. According to Keane, Allenby suggested he would give them $500 in exchange for his wallet and phone because he thought the men had robbed him.


Bubba Grabs Minority Stake In Double-A Reds Affiliate

Thanks to John Strege for spotting the news and Bubba Watson's Tweet announcing his excitement at buying a stake in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, where he has thrown out first-pitches after both Masters wins.

The original story appeared at by Dennis Pillion who also wrote about the corn maze created in Bubba's likeness last year.


Race Organizers: No Report Of Tiger's Tooth-Loss Incident

The Associated Press' Andrew Dampf says World Cup race organizers contradicted the account of Tiger Woods and agent Mark Steinberg who suggested the golfing great lost a tooth due to a video cameraman surging toward the stage and knocking out Woods' front tooth.

Dampf also tweeted that he saw nothing and heard of no incident related to Woods (more on that in a second), and shared a detailed account of Tiger's activities during a surprise visit to see Lindsey Vonn break the record for most World Cup wins.

Race organizers said this was not reported to them. They added that Woods did request extra security and a snowmobile to exit the finish area, and organizers met both requests.

"I was among those who escorted him from the tent to the snowmobile and there was no such incident," Nicola Colli, the secretary general of the race organizing committee, told The Associated Press. "When he arrived he asked for more security and we rounded up police to look after both him and Lindsey."

Confirming just how quiet Woods' presence was, Dampf's first game story from Italy Sunday led with an anecdote about Woods watching the race on the Internet back in Florida, while mentioning what a big day this was for Vonn in the winner's circle because she was reunited with her mom and dad.

"It means a lot," Vonn said. "Both my parents haven't been able to come to any World Cups. My mother because she couldn't afford it and my father because we weren't speaking for a long time. And now I feel like everything is great with my family and to have my mom come to her first European World Cup and see my 62nd win is something very special."

Vonn was estranged from her father, Alan Kildow, while she was married to the former skier Thomas Vonn. But father and daughter repaired their relationship after Vonn separated from Thomas three years ago.

"It's nice that I can finally share these experiences with them," Vonn said. "And also have it be historical moments for myself and for the sport. To share that with them is very special."

But Dampf, after learning the identity of the man in the skull mask and claims of a lost tooth in the winner's circle, took to Twitter to hit home the point that Woods could not have had his tooth knocked out in a photographer crush because Woods wasn't in the winner's circle.

Initial Tweet:

And noting that Woods did not take in the awards ceremony where the incident happened.

And noting that Woods had the skull mask on from the time he arrived.

Speaking of skull ski masks, they're way more available than I ever could have imagined considering how ridiculous they look!

For you shoppers at home...

If you want to see Tiger in all of his ridiculous skull mask glory as well as other Armando Trovati images from Lindsey's big day, here are all the key shots posted by the AP.

Meanwhile, there were undoubtedly some who enjoyed seeing Tiger lose a tooth. But I just can't decide who would have enjoyed it most.

Break the four-way tie for me here please.

Who most enjoyed the image of Tiger missing a tooth? free polls


R.I.P. Tiger's Yellow Front Tooth

The rogue fang amidst otherwise perfect ivories has long annoyed some and helped keep air brushes in business, so it's hardly a surprise Tiger Woods finally addressed this pressing matter.

A missing front tooth was evident when Tiger surfaced in Italy to surprise Lindsey Vonn as she won her record 63rd World Cup victory.

Sporting a ski mask he picked up at the Jack The Ripper outlet store, Woods was at the finish line after Vonn's historic win and an AP photographer caught this image of the new Mike Tyson aesthetic.  

Nick Menta at with the spot.


Homeless Woman Adds Wrinkle To Allenby's Mugging Account

An unbylined 9News story from Australia claims to have interviewed the homeless woman in Robert Allenby's story and she says she came upon him not six miles away from the bar, but around the corner.

And Allenby was offering money to get his belongings back, an element to his story not previously mentioned. He also mentions that people "get jealous."

The Hawaiian woman told 9NEWS Allenby offered $500 to get his belongings back, but the men became aggressive and Allenby was put into a taxi by a passerby.

It conflicts with the account given by Allenby earlier in the day, when he said he was stuffed in a car boot and dumped in a park 10km away.

In this interview with The Age, other details emerge from Allenby including just what a fan he is of the Taken films.

You know, I watched Taken quite a few times and it kind of felt pretty much the same as that. I just, very surreal, yeah.

And in talking to the Sydney Morning Herald, he said he has been careful when going out...

"I think if you're a professional athlete or any type of celebrity status I think you always have to be careful," he said.

"I always try to stay to really nice establishments. I don't go out drinking and party and stuff, I don't go to nightclubs. I try and stick to the ... classy areas because I feel like you've always got to be careful."

Asked whether he believed he was targeted because he was a golfer, Allenby said he was not sure.

"There was a lot of fuss when I was in the restaurant, in the bar area. You know, people saying 'Oh, that's Robert Allenby, he's a famous golfer', and blah blah blah, and that kind of maybe drew some attention for someone," Allenby said.


What Could Go Wrong Files? Golf And Gamification As A Way To Teach Financial Literacy To Millennials

American Banker's Mary Wisniewski previews Regions Financial's plan to test "gamification" (new word alert!) as a way to "teach financial literacy to millennials with a mobile app that simulates a sport more commonly associated with older generations: golf."

You know how it tugs at my heartstrings to hear how we're reaching to the young people today to empty pocketbooks of what they aren't using to pay off college loans make their lives better.

Games are seen as one way to "try to spoon-feed financial education into a fun and interactive way to keep kids' or young adults' attention on a subject," said Corey Carlisle, senior vice president of bank community engagement at the American Bankers Association.

Michele Elrod, Regions' head of marketing, said the game tries to help young consumers learn financial skills through a medium that resonates with them. "Games are really popular," she said.

The $119 billion-asset bank, which tested the app with millennials, said golf is a game many people have experience with, even if some of them have only played miniature golf. It also chose golf because it is an individual rather than a team sport, useful for illustrating how a person's choices influence their personal finances.


Texas Tech Senior Lands Masters Spot With LAAC Win

The Latin America Amateur Championship intially produced this short wire story on Matias Dominguez's 11-under par, 277 win at Pilar Golf Club. (A longer story appeared on the official site eight or so hours later.)

The win in the inaugural event lands the Texas Tech senior a spot in the Masters as well as the U.S. Amateur and The Amateur Championship.  Rex Hoggard notes the improbable nature of the win, as Dominguez was the 421st ranked amateur and is 293rd ranked college golfer.

Dominguez was emotional after the win:

“It’s a shock right now. Everything is just going crazy and my family, everybody was just crying. So many emotions,” Dominguez said. “As a young golfer my dream was to play the Masters. That was my last goal as a golfer. Hopefully I can share this moment with my friends and family.”

Dominguez's post-round TV interview:

The Masters Twitter account tweeted this image: