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JACKIE BURKE

 

    

Thursday
Jan222015

The Country Club Named As Boston's 2024 Golf Venue

Thanks to reader John for sending along Boston 2024's freshly released document which clearly states The Country Club as the golf venue should the sport still be in the Games and Boston lands the bid.

The details include how spectators would arrive at the course and suggests the club is "supportive of the proposed use" and "preliminary discussions with Trustees have confirmed venue availability."

The golf portion of the document specifying TCC as the one and only golf host and not, as noted in early reports, Franklin Park's William J. Devine GC. Golfweek's Jim McCabe scolds early reports for not accurately specifying the William Devine name and reports that TPC Boston is one of the proposed golf sites in the bid documents, though I was unable to find the mention.

Here is the golf bid page and the outlined vision for TCC as the venue, assuming this even gets to the bid stage. Based on the reaction in Boston, the possibility of a bid is no certainty.

Thursday
Jan222015

Right On Cue, A Strip Club Enters The Allenby Saga!

The Honolulu Chamber of Commerce is feeling better today as the Robert Allenby kidnapping claim unravels with the shocking, stunning but slightly clichéd revelation that the Aussie went to a local strip club. He told rescuer Chris Khamis he'd been drugged. Definitely not a plot from the Taken films Allenby says he loves.

Rob Shikina in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

Moments before Australian pro golfer Robert Allenby injured himself by passing out and hitting his head on a lava rock early Saturday, he told a homeless man that he was depressed and had been drugged at a strip club where he went to get some "action."

Nothing soothes the soul wounded by a missed cut like a lap dance!

"There was no crime (when I was present). It was his stupidity," Khamis said in an interview.

Way harsh Tai! I mean Chris.

"(Allenby) passed out and hit his head. I was there. Nobody pushed him out of a car."

This is a nice image...

But when Khamis looked back at Allenby, the golfer was on the ground, bleeding.

"There he was, I was like, 'Oh, my God!'"

Khamis said he gave Allenby a stack of napkins from his bag and tried to get Allenby to focus, but Allenby kept repeating that he was a millionaire and waved around his American Express Platinum Card.

Don't leave home without it!

This story follows a Hawaii News Now item suggesting that police are skeptical of Allenby’s story and merely searching for whoever lifted Allenby’s credit card to “buy more than $10,000 worth of goods from other stores in the Ala Moana and Ward areas, including an ABC Store and an Urban Outfitters store in Waikiki.”

Which prompted this shrewd observation from Jim Moriarty:

 

Wednesday
Jan212015

Rio Olympic Course Has No Name, But Grass Is Growing

Ryan Herrington of GolfDigest.com reports on the PGA Show unveiling of initial images (below) from Rio of the 2016 Olympic course, where the name has not been settled on but at this point no one seems to mind.

Herrington writes:

"We're just happy to have a golf course right now," joked Gil Hanse (below right), who along with Amy Alcott designed the course and participated with Peter Dawson of the R&A, Ty Votaw of the PGA Tour and tour pros Graeme McDowell and Suzann Pettersen in the discussion.

The laughter that followed from the entire panel underscored the relief being felt that finally, albeit months later than expected, all 18 holes of the course had been grassed and legal challenges to its construction had ended.

Golfweek's Brad Klein writes about the initial impressions of the layout, which have arrived as Hanse and Alcott billed in their presentation to win the job.

What counts is that the layout – at 7,350 yards, a par 71 – has a wide-open, linksy feel to it. It’s built on sand, brings no trees into play and offers several paths and avenues for greenside recovery from the side and behind. It also features lots of what Hanse calls “half-par” holes – short and long par 3s and par 4s and reachable, risk-reward par 5s. Amy Alcott, an LPGA Hall of Famer and design consultant to Hanse on the project, is especially proud of the finishing stretch. Those present opportunities for birdies if players take the risk – as they well might at the reachable par-4 16th hole.

The images presented in Orlando and courtesy of Hanse Design. The sandbelt influence is strong in this one!

 

 

Wednesday
Jan212015

Worldwide Manhunt For Tiger's Rogue Videographer Continues

Just think, somewhere on this planet--at least in the minds of Tiger Woods and his agent, Mark Steinberg--there is a rogue "videographer" who knocked out Tiger's yellowish front tooth, yet is likely sitting on some really juicy footage of the a world top 5 in terms of recognizability losing a tooth. Hope is alive!

Meanwhile, those crafty Arizona State frat brothers who populate TPC Scottsdale's 16th are buying up all the skull masks they can find for next week's Waste Management Open, where possibly Tiger will emerge with a new front tooth and a dental bill for that clumsy videographer (should anyone figure out who the mystery person was). But since the AP writer on site and the race organizer charged with holding Tiger's hand during his surprise visit didn't see anything happen, Tiger may have to pay this dental tab. Hope he can spread out the payments!

Reva Friedel over at Awful Announcing summed up the mess this way:

Also, this is not the first time his team has tried to cover up and/or downplay injuries he has sustained. If you will recall with me his November 2009 accident in the middle of the night when his jilted wife ran after him with a golf club and he smashed his SUV into a fire hydrant. I believe the PR-spin on that was “minor car accident.”

So the question remains – what REALLY happened? Did Vonn catch him cheating on her and knee him in the mouth? Did he re-enact the Happy Gilmore scene with Bob Barker and get his tooth knocked out with a fist?

Did that Perkins waitress finally unleash all her anger? Odds are we’ll never know the truth. But we have to wonder if his agent thought his explanation of the incident would suffice when no one else saw it happen. If you knock out Tiger Woods’ tooth, SOMEONE is going to notice. It’s all in the details, people. Next time, try harder!

Wednesday
Jan212015

Three Golfers Land On Millennial's Favorite Athletes List

Something called 120 Sports conducted research to determine who the most important people in the world view as their favorite jocks. Besides learning that the 18-34 year olds(ish) are sexist, ageist and likely to favor someone who attended college, they do like three golfers in their top 40.

From the press release, which notes the various predilictions of the precious, vital, and largely indebted demo.

The rankings provide additional insights including:
    •    8 out of the top 10 are 26 years of age or younger
    •    2 out of the top 5 are defending champions in their respective sports
    •    Jonathan Toews, NHL, was the most liked athlete among females
    •    1 female athlete in top 15
    •    70% of the top 10 attended college

The golfers are in italics:

2015 120 Sports Millennials' Athlete Index Top 10
1) Stephen Curry, 26, NBA
2) Mike Trout, 23, MLB
3) Russell Wilson, 26, NFL
4) Kevin Durant, 26, NBA
5) Madison Bumgarner, 25, MLB
6) Aaron Rodgers, 31, NFL
7) J.J. Watt, 25, NFL
8) Andrew Luck, 25, NFL
9) Lionel Messi, 27, La Liga
10) Odell Beckham Jr., 22, NFL
2015 120 Sports Millennials' Athlete Index Top 11-40
11. Alex Morgan, 25, USWNT
12. Damian Lillard, 24, NBA
13. Marcus Mariota, 21, NCAAF
14. Calvin Johnson, 29, NFL
15. Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, La Liga
16. Clayton Kershaw, 26, MLB
17. Jonathan Toews, 26, NHL
18. Patrick Kane, 26, NHL
19. Tom Brady, 37, NFL
20. Tim Howard, 35, USMNT
21. Anthony Davis, 21, NBA
22. LeBron James, 30, NBA
23. Rickie Fowler, 26, PGA TOUR
24. Tim Duncan, 38, NBA
25. Marshawn Lynch, 28, NFL
26. Rob Gronkowski, 25, NFL
27. Giancarlo Stanton, 25, MLB
28. Shaun White, 28, Action Sports
29. Steven Stamkos, 24, NHL      
30. Maria Sharapova, 27, WTA
31. Henrik Lundqvist, 32, NHL
32. Buster Posey, 27, MLB
33. Bubba Watson, 36, PGA TOUR
34. Felix Hernandez, 28, MLB
35. Sidney Crosby, 27, NHL
36. Alexander Ovechkin, 29, NHL
37. Klay Thompson, 24, NBA
38. Russell Westbrook, 26, NBA
39. Peyton Manning, 38, NFL
40. Tiger Woods, 39, PGA TOUR

As for our millennials, Jordan Spieth was left off the list but he doesn't care, he just signed with Under Armour for ten years in a no-brainer bit of loyalty since both sides took a shot when Spieth was an unproven commodity. Nice to see it work out for both sides.

And Rickie just reportedly re-upped with Puma for an unspecified number of years, with Cobra-Puma putting out a fun video featuring cameos both great (Greg Norman) and eye-roll worthy (Rickie's cranky agent Sam MacNaughton).

You have to stay with it to the end for Norman's fun cameo:

Wednesday
Jan212015

The Disastrous Dustin Johnson ESPN Interview...

I've seen the negative social media and comment references to Dustin Johnson’s chat with ESPN's top interviewer, Tom Rinaldi, and having watched the four minute chat I understand the lack of empathy for Johnson as he returns from his "leave of absence."

Chalk this one up as a horrible bit of stage puppetry to Johnson's agent, David Winkle, who mysteriously thought the public would buy the story of a vacation and nothing more. Johnson, who is undoubtedly an immense talent but by no means a wordsmith, has a good heart. But throwing him in front of a camera and taking tough questions from a pro like Rinaldi? He has zero chance. In the court of public opinion, even one that rarely sides with the media, Johnson’s stance of innocence will not hold up to golf.com's multi-sourced story suggesting a drug suspension.

Also of note is the bizarro on-course footage shot at Sherwood Country Club of Johnson, including a shot with a crowd reaction and Johnson playing to them. Who is that reacting? Friends? Family? The caddies?

The entire thing matches the lameness of the Sears catalog shot in the SI package. File it all under textbook examples of "how not to return from your suspension" stuff here:

Wednesday
Jan212015

Shocker: Robert Allenby's Story Continues To Unravel 

If you had Wednesday morning in the Allenby Exposed pool, you may be looking good as Robert Allenby's unbelievable story of kidnapping and assault by mystery wine bar stalkers has been refuted by another credible witness suggesting the injuries may have been the result of passing out and introducing a head to a rock.

Frank Coletta and Leesa Smith of Daily Mail Australia talk to Toa Kaili, who came upon Allenby twice while the Aussie was passed out on a downtown Honolulu sidewalk near the wine bar.

About two hours later, Mr Kaili says he returned to find the golfer still unconscious on the pavement but now with a bloodied face – the man claims the Australian was injured from falling over and hitting his head on a rock.

'Then he’s accusing me and my friend "you guys stole my wallet and phone – alright the gig is up just hand it over" so I was like "brother we are the ones who woke you up - we are the ones just helping you,' Mr Kaili told Channel 9 News.

'He was saying 'you don’t know who I am".'

That's our Robert! Same one who ran into that big Robert Allenby fan at the bar.

Now Toa, you mean you weren't you a big fan of early 21st century PGA Tour golf? You should know who I am!

Here is the video segment where Toa comes off quite credibly.

Wednesday
Jan212015

Forever Golden: Nicklaus Turns 75

Golf World's Jaime Diaz visits with Jack Nicklaus on the Golden Bear's 75th birthday, considering the state of Jack, his family and his businesses.

Most interesting, and something that also came up in the recent USGA documentary, is how much Nicklaus appears to enjoy mentoring young up-and-coming players.

"I’ve had a lot of kids come by, a couple over the holidays. I’m very flattered by it, I get a big kick out of it. If I can impart some wisdom that can help somebody, I’m just delighted.”

Wednesday
Jan212015

The New Ben Hogan Irons...

Most of you know how little I care about the new stuff debuting at this week's PGA Show in Orlando (longer, straighter, softer, etc...), but how can anyone who has been around a while not get excited at the sight of the new Hogan irons? Maybe I'm just a sucker seeing that iconic signature, but the design and perimeter-weighted forged concept sounds (and looks) incredible.

Mike Johnson
has a short write-up with images in Golf Digest Styx today, with the revelation that the irons will not be stamped with numbers, but instead with lofts.

Steve Kaskovich profiled the company in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, explaining the planned April launch of the club design. While the heads will be made in China, the assembly will take place in Hogan's Fort Worth. They've gotten the band back together, with several ex-Hogan employees and they have an interesting distribution concept used previously by CEO Terry Koehler's previous ventures.


With that in mind, the new set of Hogan clubs being unveiled this week, dubbed the Fort Worth 15, combines the sleek look of traditional “blades” with state-of-the-art perimeter weighting technology to offer a high-performance premium club for the serious golfer. (The company can no longer use its famous Apex model name, which was retained by Callaway Golf, the old Hogan Co.’s last owner.)

And in a novel approach, the company will allow golfers to create their own set from a selection of 44 different irons, including 16 wedges, numbered by loft angles from 20 to 63 degrees instead of the traditional 2-9 plus wedges.

The clubs will be sold exclusively through golf professionals at country clubs and learning centers, where players will be custom-fitted and provided help to choose the lofts that fit their game. They’ll be priced at $149 apiece with steel shafts, and $165 with graphite.

Wednesday
Jan212015

Humana's Last Stand In Desert; Clinton Foundation Continuing

Larry Bohannan writing for the Desert Sun considers the future of the tournament formally known as the Hope which starts Thursday, where Bill Clinton and his foundation remain committed to the event while Humana's CEO change sounds as if it led to the corporation's decision to make this its last year sponsoring a PGA Tour event.

Clinton talked at length with Bohannan and exposed a shocking amount of awareness of the event field, the dynamics of luring players and the progress the event has made despite not landing a top 10 player or Tiger Woods.

"Something has happened in each of the last three years," Clinton said. "One year it was the presidential inauguration that took me away. I want to be there at the end, so I am really looking forward to it."

Last year, Clinton placed a phone call to Humana winner Patrick Reed just as Reed was preparing to meet the media after his victory.

"He had a remarkable year, even though he had his ups and downs," Clinton said of Reed. "People gave him a little grief for saying he could be one of the top-five best players in the world, but there is no question that he can be if he just keeps going."

This year Clinton will be on hand for the trophy ceremony, followed by two days of the Health Matters event.

And here's where Clinton slips in a suggestion that the new CEO, Bruce Broussard, who was definitely not as committed as the previous Humana leader, Mike McCallister, who saw the brilliant synergy of desert golf, Clinton Health Matters and Humana's interest in wellness.

"We are going to land on our feet on that. The PGA is working this hard, and I have done a little work on it, and I feel like we'll be fine," Clinton said about new sponsorship for 2016. "I am grateful to Humana. You know they have new leadership and they have the right to have new priorities. We'll figure out how to replace them, and they still want to stay involved in some way."

In another story, Bohannan suggests the Affordable Healthcare Act was part of the company rethinking its marketing strategy. Though it was hard not to see the change in leadership as the ultimate deathnell for Humana.

Up next is finding a new sponsor and perhaps a shift in where charity dollars go, something that has concerned some longtime locals.

Part of what made Humana’s time at the tournament different is that the healthcare company, along with the Clinton Foundation, was promoting an agenda of health and well being rather than trying to raise funds for a specific charity or series of charities. The tournament still raises money for local charities, handing out more than $800,000 this year to 40 charities, including Eisenhower Medical Center. But the message from Humana was more about personal health and taking control of one’s own health.

Tuesday
Jan202015

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

Tuesday
Jan202015

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

Brentley Romaine with a Golfweek.com 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.

Tuesday
Jan202015

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.

Tuesday
Jan202015

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."

Tuesday
Jan202015

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:

Tuesday
Jan202015

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."

Tuesday
Jan202015

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 GolfAdvisor.com, 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."

Tuesday
Jan202015

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...

Tuesday
Jan202015

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.

Tuesday
Jan202015

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: