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  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • A Life Well Played: My Stories
    A Life Well Played: My Stories
    by Arnold Palmer
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    by Ken Bowden

Celebrated as Ben's reign has been both by the golf and nongolfing public throughout the world--for after his comeback from his near-fatal accident Ben became a human interest story and a powerfully popular figure for thousands who "never swung a tee"--we are probably still too closest to his separate triumphs, still too bedazzled by his commanding, combative, concentric personality, to appreciate how phenomenal he has been over a period of years purely and simply as a golfer. In the years to come, I am sure, the sports public, looking back at his record, will be struck by awe and disbelief that any one man could have played so well so regularly.   HERBERT WARREN WIND on Ben Hogan

 

   

Sunday
May142017

Quick Players Wrap: Kim Wins, Poulter Shanks To Second, Cabrera-Bello Records Albatross

They don't get much more uneventful than this one, but tip of the cap to Si Woo Kim for a steady performance and fine display of recovery play. The wrap here at Golfweek.com.

Ian Poulter tried to give away second place and finished tied with Louis Oosthuizen. He confirmed that he did, indeed, shank his second shot at 18 to set up an epic recovery.

As good as this week was, I'm still going to try and dissect it and work on certain things that need working on, the dreaded shank.

Q. So you're calling it a shank?

IAN POULTER: Oh, it was a full one. Yeah, it was a lovely one. Make no -- it was a shank. You'd like me to spell it for you?

The shank:

The shot of the day is Rafa Cabrera Bello's albatross on 16, which we detailed here at Golfweek.com, including the club...8-iron from 181.

The video posted by the PGA Tour Twitter account:

Sunday
May142017

Players Final Round '17: A Few Sunday Reads & Preview

If you were to dream up a leaderboard...this isn't the one. Never helps when one of the leaders gets you so excited about how life changing a Players win could be, even though it would be a career defining win for J.B. Holmes.

Q. Could you just talk to what winning a tournament of this magnitude would mean to you?

JB HOLMES: It would be great. You know, it's a golf tournament. It's a huge event, don't get me wrong, but in the end, it's just golf, and hopefully I can go out there and play well and win tomorrow, and if I do, my life is not really going to change. I'm going to load the car up and go to next week and play next week, and we'll live in the same house and I'm going to drive the same car. Don't get me wrong, I would love to win, and it would be awesome. Such a cool tournament, and to be able to lift that trophy would be amazing, but I'm not going to dwell on everything.

Well on that note...

It was a brutal Saturday for the stars. At Golfweek.com, I highlight some of the big numbers on a windy, nasty day for scoring.

Trying to figure out a winner is a tough task, notes Bob Harig in sharing player comments.

Sergio is lurking after a tough start and as Kyle Porter writes, the dramatics if he comes to 17 with a shot should make for fun viewing.

Pat Perez was a quote machine as usual, and Jeff Babineau profiled someone who is five back.

This is the 35th anniversary of the first Players at TPC Sawgrass, and Sean Martin has some fantastic memories from those who were there, including, Dodger fans, Vin Scully.

Ian Poulter is in a far different position than he was a few weeks ago, and as I write at Golfweek.com, at three back he has a chance to reposition his career. And buy more gifts for Brian Gay.

The Spanish language broadcast of Sergio's hole in one was fun, notes Alex Myers at The Loop with video.

Golfweek Staff explains the MDF's you saw on the leaderboard for the first time at the Players (Saturday cut).

Si Woo Kim with the shot of the day and maybe of his life. Wow:

Saturday
May132017

PGA Tour Said To Be Mulling Flag-Lowering Options Should Vijay Singh Or That UPS Guy Win The Players

Ok it was just a rumor. And I should say it was mentioned at The Players media party as too-talented-for-this-group guitarist and singer dedicated Tears in Heaven to the group in anticipation of a Vijay Singh victory.

Through 36 holes of the 2017 Players, however, Defcon settings are ready to change inside Tour headquarters Saturday should the 54-year-old miser hang around the leaderboard first page. Singh, who is suing the tour and could at best be described as someone who has hung on way too long while suing his tour (and therefore fellow players).

Brian Wacker with that charming backstory. Oh, and a fans Noonan-ed Vijay yesterday, prompting Billy Horschel to come to his defense, reports the Florida Times-Union notes team.

But as we learn in Garry Smits' Florida Times-Union game story, there is more irony on this board. Or something.

Take Louis Oosthuizen, sporting his UPS logoed collection in the week we found out FedEx renewed only after throwing in a silly last-minute exclusionary provision for players sponsored by competing logistics and shipping companies.

Then there is Kevin Tway. No, Patrick Rodgers. Wait, no that's Kyle Stanley, the other Nike guy with a beard tied for the lead.

Did I mention Jordan Spieth is headed home and Phil Mickelson struggled down the stretch after inspired play early in his second round? Jeff Babineau with the gory details.

Oh, and your first group out on Saturday? The slowest player in the history of golf, Ben Crane, and recent Twitter retiree Grayson Murray.

I could focus on some exciting young players lurking not too far off the lead as well as some big name stars who could post something in the sixties and be near the top by day's end.

Or that Zak Blair handled his 9 beautifully, as John Turner reported for Golfweek.

But these are scary times in Ponte Vedra!

Friday
May122017

Playoff Shipping Wars: "It certainly caused some consternation"

When GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard broke the news earlier this week, I think we just figured the details would suggest merely an optics play. But the FedExCup rule declaring players who endorse competing shipping companies ineligible could have greater ramifications. Oh sure, maybe it just scares a few players away from being endorsed by UPS and on we go with a brown-free Playoffs(C).

But after reading Bob Harig's ESPN.com follow-up chat with agents about the ramifications over some sort a shipping-company endorsement provision, the details will be very important. When and if we get them.

The PGA Tour said it would not comment on that aspect of the contract prior to briefing the players fully on the matter.

"It's certainly less than ideal,'' said agent Mark Steinberg, whose Excel Sports agency represents several players. "It was clearly a part of the negotiation that the tour went through, and it was one of the last stumbling blocks. PGA Tour sponsorship deal may bar players endorsing FedEx rivals from competing in playoffs.

Harig's story includes Chubby Chandler making the Mercedes-BMW analogy, and you can bet many companies will take this precedent and attempt demands in future negotiations.

More interesting will be the ramifications should Amazon want to endorse players while also moving into competing businesses.

Also fascinating will be the perception of the FedExCup as a sports competition should the provision actually rule a competitor ineligible from participating. Could that further damage how the sports world sees the FedExCup?

Thursday
May112017

Video: Sergio Garcia Aces TPC Sawgrass' 17th

I was lucky enough to witness a pretty stellar hole-in-one by Sergio Garcia at 17 to salvage an open 73.

Here are a few notes from Dan Kilbridge and I at Golfweek.com on the shot, plus quotes from Garcia.

The video and images:



Thursday
May112017

Weather Update: If The PGA Moves To May, Files 

The first domino fell with a FedExCup renewal this week, and now the inevitable March move for the Players means the PGA Championship may move to...May, 2019 or 2020.

Assuming the PGA were played this week, here's a look at future venue cities, prospective markets or longtime host cities (Dallas, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Whistling Straits, Miami). This is today's weather (Thursday) screen-grabbed at midday ET.

This does not take into account any possible agronomic condition issues that would arise from playing earlier in the year, just tournament weather through Monday (just in case!). I don't think we'd be having much fun this week at Bethpage, Bedminster or Oak Hill.

2019, Bethpage:

2020, Harding Park

2021, Kiawah Island

2022, Trump National Golf Club (Bedminster, New Jersey)

2023, Oak Hill (Rochester, NY)

Future possibilities:






Thursday
May112017

Better Than Most! The 2017 Players Is Here

I genuinely believe we're going to see a little more aggression, a little more creativity and more Players Championship energy thanks to some fun course setup and design tweaks. All without disrupting the fundamental character of TPC Sawgrass.

We'll know early on with PGA Tour Live coverage beginning at 7:30 am ET and going until, gulp 7 p.m. PGA Tour Live Coverage of the 12th and 17th holes begins at 9 am.

Golf Channel Times for Thursday, May 11

Morning Drive  7-9 a.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS  9 a.m.-1 p.m.
THE PLAYERS Championship (Round 1)  1-7 p.m.
Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS      7-9 p.m.

As for The Players...

Sergio Garcia was in fine spirits as he looks to win a second Players, writes Jeff Babineau. And as Ryan Lavner notes for GolfChannel.com, Garcia has a different caddie for a few weeks and he's a former European Tour winner. Oh, and he and Padraig are still fine.

Jason Day fans will want to read John Turner's Golfweek investigation of why there have been no back-to-back winners here.

Wednesday
May102017

Video: Hahn's Caddy Hits 17th Green...With A Ball Throw

The unofficial estimate is about 102-104 yards for this golf ball toss on to No. 17. Caddies traditionally hit a shot to raise some funds for the Bruce Edwards Foundation.

James Hahn's caddie, Mark Urbanek, instead threw a golf ball across the lake and onto the island green. I'm not sure how many would understand how impressive this feat is, but my rotator cuff hurts just watching:

@looper62 hand cannon to like 20ft on #17. πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸπŸ”«

A post shared by Justin Ragognetti (@jragognetti) on May 10, 2017 at 10:36am PDT

 

Wednesday
May102017

TaylorMade, Ashworth, Adams Sold For $425 Million To Private Equity Firm KPS Capital Partners

Nice work by Ryan Ballengee at GolfNewsNet with the news shared to Taylor Made employees Wednesday.

The deal ends a year-long effort by Adidas to unload their golf equipment and apparel brands.

David Dusek and Jason Lusk report for Golfweek on the deal, including this:

The New York-based KPS Capital Partners manages $5.3 billion in global assets in manufacturing and industrial companies, including automotive parts and electrical components.

About half of the $425 million will be paid in cash, while the remaining portion will be paid in the form of a secured note and contingent considerations. The final sale is expected to be completed in late 2017.

Wednesday
May102017

Closer Look At TPC and Players Championship Changes

I believe the overall effect of changes at TPC Sawgrass--both manmade and Hurricane induced--will make for a livelier, better golf tournament, as I detailed here for Golfweek.com.

While No. 12 is getting all of the attention--players are saying it's too much risk and not enough reward reports Golfweek's Jeff Babineau--it's the short grass around greens and lighter rough that should induce a little more aggression and creativity.

Here's a prime example at No. 11 where one pot bunker remains, but the area is otherwise all tight turf. It's tad over-shaped in my view, but instead of thick-rough-covered mounds that had as much as 3 inches in recent years, the player may now be more enticed to go at the green because of the tight turf.

The recovery shots should also add viewing interest:


Now on to the 12th, where the Groupthink mentality of players and caddies has declared this an automatic lay-up hole. I'm pretty certain by Sunday that this will not have been an automatic layup hole and in fact, a pretty interesting risk-reward hole.

A few things to look for, starting with the view just above the tee (a prime spectator spot btw). The layup area is pretty distinct and notice the lower elevation of that area, which sets up an obstructed view approach shot.


The view from the layup shows how much the TPC Sawgrass mounding impairs the view.


Here's the reward for those who carry the fairway bunker about 270 off the tee.


The TV tower rear view shows off the tight mow that leads to the lake. Lots of griping about the slope so far, but I think we need to wait and see.

The photo here doesn't show it, but there are two rear and right upslope bumps reminiscent of old Donald Ross greens (nice touch!).

The slope and hazard:

Wednesday
May102017

FedExCup Renewal: Complications And Concerns

For fans, there was only one piece of news that should have come out of FedEx's renewal that matters: an improved format and better flow to the PGA Tour schedule.

Given the complex nature of the changes being discussed, neither happened. But it's worth waiting to see how things play out in hopes of turning an odd algorithm-driven competition into one that is a true playoff at season's end. Because as Adam Schupak  notes at MorningRead.com, the FedExCup extension brought more questions than answers.

Given that Commissioner Jay Monahan insisted there were no plans to move The Players back to March, the possibility of a a schedule change still seems up in the air. Yet FedEx's rep, Patrick Fitzgerald, gave away his excitement at the potential schedule refinement in a Monday gathering of select press:

There is some exciting potential when you look at the schedule and other things, but I don't know what the best answer will be yet, and that's why we are so fortunate that we have a close collaborative working relationship with the TOUR, and they have a very clear view of some potential things that could change and how that would affect things.  So I'm confident that if the schedule changes, it will be in the best interest of golf and of the FedExCup.

Format tweaks were not discussed but seem possible. They even seem a priority based on some of the comments made by both men.

However a bigger question remains: is securing FedEx's sponsorship more important than any other relationship the Tour enjoys?

Doug Ferguson asked about this in Monahan's press conference:

Q. Can you just ever see a day where a tournament that performs well in its community and charity and everything else, there's not room for it on the schedule?

JAY MONAHAN: No, I think there will always be room. Using that fact pattern, there will always be room because you're talking about a tournament that's performed very well, that's performed well for us and we have got a strong relationship with, so I could see change in the schedule, but I can't see a removal of a partner from our schedule, because we have a duty and a commitment the to do everything we can to build those partnerships. I don't know, but that would be my response to it; we're certainly not thinking that way.

Yet contraction seems likely in some markets and a longtime charity could be hurt in the effort to tighten up the "product". 

And now player pocketbooks may take a hit at the behest of FedEx.

An exclusivity clause was part of the new 10-year agreement, reports GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard. This could be harmless, or could set off dreadful corporate boundary wars that also target players not endorsed by preferred partners. 

According to sources, the clause will keep players from participating in the season-long race if they have endorsement deals with one of FedEx’s competitors.

“All I'm going to say on that front is when you're in business with someone for 30 years, and you're about to commit to 10 more, you do some things to protect each other on a long-term basis,” commissioner Jay Monahan said. “That's what we've done in this agreement, and our players know that; our players understand it; our players think so highly of FedEx and what they've meant to them in terms of playing financial opportunities. So we do everything we can to protect our partners.”

Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen both have endorsement deals with UPS but have been grandfathered in and will not be impacted.

Could UPS logos on shirts really have been that terrible for FedEx that the deal hinged on such a request? Call me crazy, but lame points resets and the overall view of a bloated, boring competition should have been priority number one over a corporate turf war.

Overall, these are entirely first-world matters and I sense the end goal of Monahan and FedEx is to create something that is fan friendlier, more entertaining and better in the sports landscape.

But getting there is not going to be easy or, at times, very pretty.

Wednesday
May102017

Golf Channel Wins Sports Emmy For Korengel Story

Golf Channel claimed it's first Sports Emmy for Outstanding Short Feature with producer Todd Kapostasy's artfully-produced look at the inspirational Ryan Korengel story:

NBC Sports Group tonight won nine Sports Emmy Awards for excellence in sports television production, highlighted by four awards for its coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sunday Night Football’s eighth award for outstanding live sports series in nine years; and individual honors for Bob Costas, Mike “Doc” Emrick, and Andres Cantor. The awards were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

•    Outstanding Short Feature: Golf Central (Golf Channel) - “Don’t Cry for Me – The Ryan Korengel Story”

If you didn't watch the last time it was posted here, this is the piece.

Tuesday
May092017

ShackHouse 35: Tommy Roy And The Players

Live on tape from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida arrives our pre-Players Championship preview.

Plus, special guest Tommy Roy of NBC Sports discusses his incredible career, golf on television and golf in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Then Travis Fulton of Golf Channel Academy joins us to talk junior golf, PVB and the Players.

As always, you can subscribe on iTunes and or just refresh your device subscription page.

Here is The Ringer's show page.

Same deal with Soundcloud for the show, and Episode 35 is here to listen to right now!

As always, ShackHouse is brought to you by Callaway, makers of the Epic Driver that is now part of Callaway's very groovy Customs program along with Mac Daddy's and Chrome Softs. Check it out.

Tuesday
May092017

Rory Blames Golf Ball In Explaining New Equipment Deal

After reiterating twice that his Masters ProV-1 golf ball struggles prompted more testing, something tells me Rory McIlroy will get pulled-over by the police every time he drives through greater Fairhaven.

As was reported here and the Forecaddie, McIlroy has signed with Taylor Made and cited the improved golf ball as a primary reason. (James Corrigan wrote in The Telegraph that the deal is worth $10 million a year.)

From David Dusek's Golfweek.com report on the signing.

“I wasn’t really happy with the golf ball I was playing, and I needed to do something,” McIlroy said during his press conference Tuesday at the Players Championship. “I felt like I struggled in the wind. So I sort of went back to the drawing board and tested for about 10 days pretty extensively after Augusta. (I) worked with a lot of different things, but I worked with the TaylorMade guys one day and started just on TrackMan (launch monitor) on the range and saw stuff with the golf ball, that new T5x ball that they have. I thought, ‘Wow, this is what I need.’ This is exactly the thing that I’ve been struggling with, and this is, I feel, what I need.”

Tuesday
May092017

Ten Things We Know Following The FedExCup's Renewal

FedEx is back through 2027! Algorithms rejoice!

Announced on CNBC's Squawk Box by Commissioner Jay Monahan--because where else does one announce such things--he proclaimed the biggest deal in golf history as the shipping company will continue to sponsor the FedExCup through 2027.

Steve DiMeglio reports for USA Today:

Financial terms of the deal, which was set to expire at the end of this year, were not revealed, but PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said “as we go forward, we expect the Cup and the payout to increase significantly.”

“For now we're just announcing the extension through 2027,” said Monahan, who took over his post Jan. 1. “As we went through this process, we've identified a number of ways for us to continue to enhance the magnitude and consequence of the FedExCup, and that's complicated.

#pgachampionshipmoving

"There's still some other moving parts that we need to get to before we'll be able to announce any additional changes.

“I’m really comfortable with where the Cup is and excited about the flexibility that this gives us on a long‑term basis.”

#pgachampionshipmoving

With various parts to be determined, we can still conclude a few things about today's news that figures to pad player pockets and ensure purse growth executive bonuses are on their way for years to come!

So here is what we know with FedEx renewing very, very late in the game (their current deal was expiring in September):

1. The PGA Championship is moving to May.

2. PGA Tour VP's can notify Marsh Landing that they'll be leaving at year's end to donate their bonus checks to a Pablo Creek membership.

3. The PGA Tour calendar will be contracting by a few events, including, most likely, one playoff event to get the entire thing finished by Labor Day. Sorry Boston, even if you put on a great event every year.

4. The Florida Swing will still be a giant mess thanks to Tim Finchem wanting to get away from Doral's owner and insisting Cadillac pay WGC prices and...

5. No-cut, limited field WGC events will remain while some regular stops seem almost certain to go.

6. PGA Tour employees still only get 5% off their FedEx/Kinko's orders despite mentioning to the clerk that they work for FedEx's biggest charitable recipient.

7. FedExCup points standing lists are with us for another decade.

8. Your FedEx delivery person, likely to not get a raise because of this massive expenditure, is more likelier than ever to toss your package at the doorstep.

9. If it took this long to get the deal done, hopefully FedEx asked for concessions such as a more interesting, sensible format that is a true PLAY-OFF.

10. The PGA Championship is moving to May.

Monday
May082017

GolfSixes Wrap: Shot Clock, Yes; Television Coverage, No

Saturday's coverage was all I could see of European Tour's Chief Executive Keith Pelley's bold, perhaps too-ambitious GolfSixes (won by Team Denmark). While I heard from several of you rightly offended by the excess of elements wheeled out--Pelley's effort to fund the event and the strong response of players to all of it, but in particular, the shot clock, will be the ultimate legacies.

With Sky Sports doing the TV coverage those of us watching in the States were able to see what a fine job the European Tour's IMG Media-produced coverage does on the announcing, storytelling and production fronts. On Saturday's telecast, I saw mostly putts for par while announcers worked relentlessly to somehow bring everything back to themselves. The combination made the telecast almost unbearable.

Iain Carter noted the announcing in his BBC take on the event.

For spectators, there was plenty to watch and hear. Some of the stuff pumped through the microphones and speakers missed the mark but an engaging atmosphere was generated.

To make it work better they should employ announcers who know their subject and are capable of identifying all of the players and match situations.

The Telegraph's James Corrigan says the reaction has been strong from a sponsorship point of view.

"It is understood that a number of potential investors have been in touch and the long-term view is to set up a series of GolfSixes events, which will run within the traditional schedule.

"[European Tour Chief Executive Keith] Pelley admitted beforehand that it was a gamble going into the £1  million event without a title sponsor and so having to dip into the Tour’s carefully protected coffers. But this is an experiment the Canadian believes will pay off. 'There’s no doubt this will be back,' Pelley said. 'We’re going to take what we’ve learnt and build on this. The key is to get the mix right, making it entertaining and preserving the integrity of the game.'”

Players raved, in part because of the better pace. Andy Sullivan said the shot clock worked, reports Alistair Tait for Golfweek.

“Personally, I just think they need to be stricter with it on the Tour,” Sullivan said. “This week, everyone was quicker because they knew as soon as it (the shot clock) went to zero, they were getting a shot penalty. Whereas in a normal event, you’ve got that little bit of leniency.”

Players who participated even took to Twitter to defend the event:

 

 

Monday
May082017

Grayson Murray Is Back: Fires Veteran Caddie Mid-Round

Thanks to reader JD for Aaron Schoonmaker's Wells Fargo Championship report on the latest dust-up for PGA Tour rookie Grayson Murray. A Grade 1, All-Conference Twitter point-misser, Murray apparently got into an "altercation" with veteran caddie Mike Hicks, formerly of Payne Stewart fame.

Worse, Hicks has been on the bag for Murray at Q-School and Web.com Tour play. Not anymore.

Murray, and his caddie Mike Hicks, got into an altercation on the ninth hole Sunday in the final round at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington. Hicks then dropped the bag and handed his smock to a replacement caddie selected by Murray from outside the ropes.

According to sources, the replacement caddie was a friend of Murray named Alex.

The altercation came following a bogey on No. 8 that sent Murray to 1-over for the tournament. Murray then bogeyed Nos. 11, 15 and 18 to finish the event at plus-4.

Murray is scheduled to be part of Wednesday's first-time participants press gathering at The Players.

Monday
May082017

PGA Tour Doing "Comprehensive" Slow Play Review

Bob Harig kicks off Players week with an extensive ESPN.com profile of new Commissioner Jay Monahan.

Much of what Monahan says mirrors comments he made on ShackHouse (message discipline students take notice!), but one area we did not cover on the show stood out in Harig's piece. Monahan, to date, has brushed aside most pace of play talk. But this sounds like he's taking a harder look at the matter.

"As it relates to slow play, a lot has happened behind the scenes in the last 12 to 18 months. We've developed a Shotlink dashboard for our rules officials where you can at any point in time see where a player is relative to time-par, see where a player is relative to their own historical averages. And we disclose all that information to the players, and so the players are well aware. (Players are only given information about themselves, not other players.) They have access now.

"And we're in the midst of a comprehensive review on pace of play. It's not something that we just say it's our policy and that's how it's always going to be. We recognize that with technology, we can be far more intelligent about what's happening. Now what do you do with it? I would venture to say at this point we are taking a good hard look at it.''

Monday
May082017

Eric Trump: "We own our courses free and clear"

Mark Moore and Chris Perez report for the New York Post on Eric Trump's response to golf journalist James Dodson's story about the way Trump Golf finances projects.

From the Post report:

“We own our courses free and clear,” Eric said, insisting that the report was “categorically untrue” and “complete garbage.”

“We have zero ties to Russian investors,” he added.

Monday
May082017

Must Read: "Threat of stalkers, trolls makes social media complicated for LPGA players"

Beth Ann Nichols files a Golfweek.com eye-opener on the social media ramifications for LPGA Tour players.

From the security issues to sponsorship opportunities won and lost, it's a fascinating look into the risks players take in sharing more about their lives.

Just one of the many revealing bits from LPGA Tour Security Director Joe Funk, who says he spends about 60 percent of his time tackling social media related issues for players.

Funk also warns against players posting too much private information about their schedules. Geotags, for example, make public the real-time GPS location of a player’s whereabouts.

Though in the case of four-time winner Wie, something as innocuous as a Tweet about a sunrise practice session at the LPGA stop in Portland, Ore., a few years back turned alarmingly bizarre.

It didn’t take long for security to notice the man in the powder blue suit and floppy hat at 6 a.m. Turns out he took a bus from Iowa to Portland to propose to Wie.

“We took him to the hotel and put him on a bus back to Iowa,” Funk said. The man showed up once more in Rochester, N.Y., but hasn’t been heard from since.