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Writing And Videos

St. Andrews, Augusta and Royal Melbourne are my three favorite courses in the world. Like St. Andrews and Augusta you can slam it anywhere off the tee at Royal Melbourne and you can still get to the greens but the putting is going to be crazy if you play it that way. It is really so dangerous around the greens and you can make a bogey from anywhere. And when the wind blows it's, "Oh my God! How do I manage this course?"  FRED COUPLES




WGHOF Hits A Davis-Graham-O'Meara-Tillinghast Superfecta

Hard to argue with the World Golf Hall of Fame's induction of arguably the four most obviously overlooked candidates based on criteria, accomplishments and place in modern golf history.

Ryan Lavner with a summary of the newest names to be enshrined next July at St. Andrews.

For Immediate Release, and note the finalists list also released. Some pretty surprising inclusions and omissions...

World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum welcomes
Davies, Graham, O’Meara and Tillinghast as the Class of 2015
Class will be celebrated at Induction Ceremony on July 13, 2015 at St Andrews
St. Augustine, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast will be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum as the Class of 2015.  The Induction Ceremony will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the University of St Andrews, just blocks from the Old Course, host site of that week’s 144th Open Championship.
This is the first Class to be elected by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Commission, which debated a group of 16 Finalists.  The four members of the Class of 2015 each passed the required 75 percent voting threshold – approval by at least 12 of the 16 members.
The Selection Commission was co-chaired by Hall of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Annika Sorenstam and included the members of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors and a mix of institutional and at-large seats.
“We are thrilled to welcome Laura, David, Mark and A.W. into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” said Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner, Selection Commission member and chairman of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors.  “The new selection process provided a thorough examination of the candidates by a diverse, international group and we’re delighted with the outcome.  Congratulations the Class of 2015.”
The Commission elected the Class of 2015 from 16 Finalists, which were vetted by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee met earlier this summer and vetted every candidate that met the qualifications of the Hall of Fame’s four Induction categories. It presented the following group of Finalists to the Commission:
Candidate                     Category
Laura Davies                 Female Competitor
Johnny Farrell               Male Competitor
Max Faulkner                Veterans
David Graham               Male Competitor
Beverly Hanson             Female Competitor
Catherine Lacoste          Veterans
Henry Longhurst            Lifetime Achievement
Davis Love III                Male Competitor
Meg Mallon                   Female Competitor
Graham Marsh               Male Competitor
Mark O’Meara                Male Competitor
Sandra Palmer              Female Competitor
Calvin Peete                  Veterans
Samuel Ryder               Lifetime Achievement
Jan Stephenson            Female Competitor
A.W. Tillinghast             Lifetime Achievement


World Golf Hall Of Fame Set To Induct Newbies...

A lot is riding on Wednesday's 9:30 am ET announcement of new inductees into the World Golf Hall Of Fame now that the "right people" are voting on who gets in and not those lowly ink-stained wretches.

Will Laura Davies and A.W. Tillinghast, just two of the most overlooked names, finally get in? Will there be an induction of a Tom Weiskopf or David Graham or Mark O'Meara or Meg Mallon or Dottie Pepper, who all fit the criteria for their on-course work but who aren't Tim Finchem cronies?

Check out Twitter and the WGHOF site Wednesday for more.

Bill Zimmerman previews the possibilites with multiple links. And for a refresher, Alex Miceli's post on the new selection criteria.


Task Force Deserter Paul Azinger On Morning Drive

While the Ryder Cup task force Task Force kicks around how to make Paul Azinger's pod system the way of the Team USA future, the last winning USA captain will be on Golf Channel's Morning Drive Wednesday October 15th.

And not just for a token appearance, but for--apologies to Larry King--da full two hours! That's 7-9 a.m. ET.

The Tweet where you can also pose your questions to Azinger.


Elite Converge On World Challenge Again...

It doesn't matter that Tiger's moving the World Challenge to Isleworth from Sherwood or that elite players are burned out on playing high profile those world ranking points, baby!

Brentley Romine on Tiger Woods drawing another fine field for his annual World Challenge, no doubt aided by the lure of easy world ranking points. Oh, and the chance to play Isleworth, of course.

Along with Tiger Woods, defending champion Zach Johnson, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and 2013-14 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel are among this year's participants in the Dec. 4-7 event at Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Fla.

The players competing account for a combined 166 PGA Tour wins and 21 major championships.


NBC Extends Johnny Through At Least 2017

With an option for 2018, reports Doug Ferguson.

From his AP story:

"I was thinking I'm 67. I'm getting up there," Miller said over the weekend at Silverado, where he was the unofficial host at the Open. "I didn't know how my marbles were going to be at that time. So far, I haven't lost too many. I'll be the first guy to quit this if I start losing it."


Exclusive: First Ryder Cup Task Force Meeting Minutes

It turns out that while the announcement was made today of the Ryder Cup Task Force's creation, the group has already secretly met to discuss how to solve Team USA's issues.

While Tim Rosaforte is reporting how Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been very engaged already, this copy of the exclusively obtained minutes shows just how involved the first meeting was.

Minutes from the first meeting:


The Ryder Cup Task Force Meeting

The Bishop Conference Room, PGA Of America Headquarters

October 14, 2014

Members present:
Derek Sprague, Co-Chairman
Peter Bevacqua, Co-Chairman
Ray Floyd
Rickie Fowler
Jim Furyk
Tom Lehman
Paul Levy
Phil Mickelson

Davis Love III
Steve Stricker
Tiger Woods

Meeting called to order by Co-chairman Derek Sprague at 6:04 p.m.

Motion made by Tom Lehman to join hands in prayer for the health and safety of the Task Force. After robust discussion, Davis Love III agreed to second the motion, minus the hand holding part.

Chairman Sprague asked for a motion naming Tom Watson a Task Force Member Emeritus In Absentia. The motion was robustly seconded by Phil Mickelson, though Tiger Woods strongly insisted his second got in first. Robust discussion ensued.

Co-chairman Pete Bevacqua introduced the Task Force’s goals of improving all elements of the Ryder Cup. Before opening the floor to general brainstorming, he announced that the Task Force will be broken up into pods, with members Sprague, Bevacqua and Levy leading each of the pods.

Phil Mickelson wanted it stated for the record that he and Tiger should be on separate pods. Tiger Woods seconded the motion. Mickelson said he didn't offer a motion. Highly productive discussion ensued.

Meeting paused for everyone to say hello to Ted Bishop, who stuck his head in the door to check on the progress of the Task Force.

Rickie Fowler asked why the WiFi was so bad in the Bishop Room. He suggested it be improved for the next meeting so that he can Tweet a Task Force selfie and check out the “surprising robust Tindr presence” in West Palm Beach while Phil and Tiger debate issues.

Co-chairman Bevacqua said he would look into a PGA WiFi Task Force and report back to The Ryder Cup Task Force. Bevacqua also raised the possibility of Fowler heading an ad-hoc committee focusing on making the Ryder Cup more millennial-friendly. Ray Floyd offered to second a motion only after receiving an explanation as to what exactly it means to be a millennial.

Co-chairman Sprague asked for a show of hands in the room of who had actually captained a winning Ryder Cup team. No hands were raised.

Steve Stricker was asked by Co-chairman Sprague to discuss his experiences from the 2014 Ryder Cup. Stricker reported that other than a balky reverse switch on his cart, it was a great week. Ray Floyd concurred, saying he had trouble several times putting his cart in reverse over the weekend days when he saw Tom Watson coming. Co-chairman Bevacqua said he will ensure that all carts for captains are in top working order in 2016.

Tiger Woods asked about uniforms going forward, and specifically requested the option to wear jeans to the next Task Force meeting and beyond. After unanimous vote, a no jeans ordinance was passed.

Co-Chairman Sprague thanked everyone for a highly productive session, set the next Task Force gathering for an undetermined date and adjourned the meeting at 6:28 p.m.


Expendables 11: The (Ryder Cup) Task Force

The Task Force (that's capitalized) is set. There are even people on it who've been part of a winning team. Barely.

For Immediate Release...

PGA of America Announces Ryder Cup Task Force
Past Captains, Players and PGA Leadership to Chart Course for Future U.S. Teams
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (October 14, 2014) – The PGA of America has announced the creation of an 11-member Ryder Cup Task Force, comprised of past Captains, players and PGA of America leadership.
The Task Force, co-chaired by PGA Vice President Derek Sprague of Malone, New York, and PGA Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will examine the entire Ryder Cup process, including the selection of United States Ryder Cup Captains; the Ryder Cup Points System; dates by which the Team is determined; dates of Captain’s selections; and the selection of Vice Captains.
The Ryder Cup Task Force was created following the 40th Ryder Cup, which concluded Sept. 28, at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland, where the U.S. was defeated by Europe, 16½ to 11½.
“The Ryder Cup is our most prized competitive asset, and the PGA of America is committed to utilizing our utmost energy and resources to support one of the biggest events in all of sport,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “The Ryder Cup Task Force, co-chaired by Derek Sprague and Pete Bevacqua, is an exciting and comprehensive initiative that will guide the PGA in developing the right strategy and building ongoing processes and infrastructure for future generations of U.S Teams.”
In addition to Sprague and Bevacqua, the members of the Ryder Cup Task Force are: past Captains Raymond Floyd, Tom Lehman and Davis Love III; past Ryder Cup Team members Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods; and PGA Secretary Paul Levy of Indian Wells, California.
“I think this is a great step by the PGA to accomplish what we all want – to win the Ryder Cup,” said Woods, a member of seven U.S. Ryder Cup Teams. “The Ryder Cup is very important to every player who has the honor to represent his country. I’m excited to be part of this group.”
The 41st Ryder Cup will be contested at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, in September 2016. The U.S. has lost three consecutive Ryder Cups and eight of the past 10 biennial competitions. America last won a Ryder Cup in 2008, and its last overseas victory occurred in 1993.
“Competing in a Ryder Cup is the experience of a lifetime, and serving as Captain is the ultimate honor,” said Love, a six-time Ryder Cup Team member, a 2010 Vice Captain and the 2012 U.S. Captain. “Having experienced all roles within this great event, I am deeply committed to serving once more to help direct Team USA to be a force again in the Ryder Cup.”
The Ryder Cup began in 1927. The U.S. leads the overall series, 25-13-2. However, since 1985, Europe owns a 10-4-1 advantage.

It looks like an Expendables cast. Former A-Listers, B-Listers, C-Listers and stand-ins for the former A-listers who said no.


Golf Inc's 2014 List Of The Most Powerful People In Golf

Sam Weinman does a nice job summarizing Golf Inc. magazine's annual ranking of "The Most Powerful People In Golf", which leans heavily on those in the course management and ownership business.

Topping the list is Eric Affeldt, CEO of ClubCorp whose company is defying conventional wisdom by selling memberships and attracting investors along with a 30% rise in the company stock, which began public trading in 2013.

Commissioner Wraparound lands at No. 5, after Donald Trump, Dana Garmany of Troon Golf and Jack Nicklaus, and ahead of Billy Casper Golf CEO Peter Hill, USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and developer Mike Keiser.

Weinman writes about the list's fluctuation between course operations folk and those tied to professional golf:

There's only person representing the golf media on the list (Golf Channel President Mike McCarley is 16th), one architect (Olympic course designer Gil Hanse, 20th), and just two active players: Rory McIlroy is 19th, and Tiger Woods, who was 17th a year ago, has dropped to 29th.

In addition to Finchem, other key figures in golf's governing bodies are also represented on the list: the USGA's Mike Davis (seventh), the R&A's Peter Dawson (13th), outgoing PGA of America President Ted Bishop (22nd) and European Tour CEO George O'Grady (23rd).


World Match Play Limps To Its 50th Birthday

Ignoring last week's news that they'll be on a sponsor search again or that this year's Ryder Cup-headliner field is just okay, Derek Lawrenson's Daily Mail notes column opens by celebrating what is still an intriguing event.

There is also the added twist of big time golf getting as close to London (London Golf Club in Kent), though not mentioned is just how much the field may be limited in quality by Britain's heavy taxation of visiting athletes.

Back in the days of Jack and Arnie, all matches were 36 holes at Wentworth. Now they’re played over 18 and there is a three-day group stage at London Golf Club in Kent to determine eight quarter-finalists on Saturday, with the semi-finals and final the following day.

So let’s toast the World Match Play at 50. It might not be the event we remember growing up but there will certainly be enough on show to make it a celebration.


PGA Tour Wraparound Blues Files: Early 2014-15 Edition

I’m keeping a nice scrapbook of quotes, moanings and general whining about the wraparound schedule’s start last weekend just weeks after the previous PGA Tour season ended. I’ll be matching up with those who’ve branded Tim Finchem a genius for seeking more and more with this "calendar year" nonsense, while shooting down the possibility that product over-saturation could possibly lead to fan revolt, player injuries, lousy ratings or general golf apathy. Honestly, I thought it would take a few years for the rejection to kick in, but based on social media grumbling, the over-saturation hostility may have already arrived.

And I’ll stick with my view that Finchem will ultimately be viewed as a short-sighted commissioner who put maximization of playing opportunities--for which he's incentivized to generate--at the expense of the health of the PGA Tour. So when the world questions why Commissioner Monahan isn't able to figure out how to get back the west coast and Florida swing audiences back, there will be documented reminders of what Finchem pushed as he undoubtedly is ushered into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

In the meantime, I couldn’t help but question the normally spot-on analysis from some in roundtable’s discussion of calendar year golf. They were responding to a column by Peter Kostis, who lamented the wraparound as a terrible thing because of the lack of downtime and the potential for more injuries.

VAN SICKLE: Disagree. Nobody is forcing these guys to play the old fall events and most of the top names aren't. Was it better before when Disney was the last official Tour event in early November? No. The difference is the forced late-season play of the FedEx Cup. Hey, the guys who didn't make the FedEx Cup playoffs have had two months off. They're ready to go. If the Tour gives up these seven events in six weeks, it's leaving the last three months of the calendar open -- a ripe opportunity for someone to create a rival product. Deane Beman made sure that never happened.

The guys who missed the FedExCup playoffs were in the Tour playoffs, so they've arguably had more stress the last six weeks than the stars. And then they were asked to start all over again after a couple of weeks off. That's not even enough time to do a ShotLink analysis of the season.

As Johnny Miller reminded us, the biggest stars playing last week at Silverado appeared because they were forced to be there. Ron Kroichick reports on the Turkey Eight and who has and who hasn’t fulfilled their obligation to appear at the Good news, Rory and Tiger have to mail in an appearance next year when the event is likely to return to Napa.

Woods and McIlroy are part of the “Turkey Eight,” players who skipped the Frys in 2012 for a cash-grab exhibition event in Turkey. PGA Tour officials granted those eight players a release, on the condition they play in the Frys once by 2015.

Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood showed up this year. Woods, McIlroy, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson and Charl Schwartzel are obligated to make an appearance next year.

“Yeah, it changes the vibe,” Miller said of Woods and McIlroy joining the field. “We’ll actually be able to advertise it, too.”

Take that...people-golfers who showed up this year!


Azinger Not Ready To "Jump On A Task Force"

Somewhere Ted Bishop is saying, "who said anything about jumping? We'll be talking a lot, eating scrumptous appetizers and sitting around telling our favorite Tom Watson stories. No jumping!"

Yes,'s Bob Harig confirms what we first suspected from Jaime Diaz's reporting: Paul Azinger will not be on the blue-ribbon, grand jury sized task force set to try and right the sinking Team USA ship, but has a meeting schedule with PGA officials in November.

"I'm just not ready to sit down and jump on a task force," Azinger said by phone. "I have a scheduled meeting with the PGA of America in early November and I just think it's too soon for me to commit to jumping on a task force."

In my best Seinfeld high-pitched squeal: no jumping here! Who said jumping? Tiger's got a bad back, we don't jump on those! We'll just be sitting. You can even sign copies of your book!


“Ted was the right person at the right time"

Golf World's Jaime Diaz profiles PGA of America president Ted Bishop's final days in office and gets this endorsement from PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua.

From Diaz's story:

“Ted was the right person at the right time,” says Pete Bevacqua, the PGA of America’s smooth 44-year-old CEO who Bishop says can reel him in almost in a fatherly way when he gets too worked up. “Ted did not shy away from being the most vocal president with a bullish voice in the industry that we needed. The way he’s wired helped us get things done that would otherwise not have gotten done.”

Diaz also notes that Bishop received a "laudatory text" post-Ryder Cup from former USGA president Glen Nager, Bishop's one time nemesis in the anchored putter debate. Not sure if Nager was complimenting the selection of Tom Watson or Bishop's cart driving duties or something else, but it's just simply touching to know these two are texting again.

The story also notes we'll be getting the PGA-Ryder Cup task force list soon and there are many names listed, but Paul Azinger isn't one of them. Yet. Here we go!


“The PGA’s Ryder Cup problem is not one of communications or optics or who makes the most putts. The problem is cultural and systemic."

Global Golf Post's Steve Eubanks says the PGA of America did “what bureaucrats do” in announcing a task force to study the Ryder Cup issues facing Team USA and takes them to, uh, task.

He points out that Paul Azinger has already provided the model, but he doesn't appear to be a priority for the PGA.

They’re calling it a “task force” because that sounds muscular and decisive but have no illusions, this is deflection, a committee created to beat back criticism and kick the proverbial cup down the road.

Asinger didn’t hear a word from the PGA until Tuesday afternoon last week when news broke of the possible task force.

Eubanks, a former PGA of America member, says the organization is “incapable of making the kinds of changes Azinger proposes" and ends with this, uh, zinger...

“The PGA’s Ryder Cup problem is not one of communications or optics or who makes the most putts. The problem is cultural and systemic. And, unfortunately, that is not something a blue-ribbon panel is ever going to change.”

I wasn't nearly as tough as Eubanks but it sounds like we've been comparing notes on the strange treatment of Azinger post-2008 along with our takes on the unnecessary "task force."

My discussion with Damon Hack today on Morning Drive:


Sandy On World Hickory Win: It Got "My Ticker Going"

Richard Watt of the Courier catches up with World Hickory winner Sandy Lyle and even a former Masters and Open Champion who is still very competitive as a senior admits to still getting nervous down the stretch.

From Watt's report:

“It’s been a very good experience which certainly got my ticker going, especially over the last two or three holes of the last round, which were very nerve wracking.”

Presenting the award, Lionel Freedman joked that Lyle had won another Major.

Professional Andrew Marshall from Norfolk tied for second with defending champion Paolo Quirici, a Swiss specialist in hickory golf.

Tad Moore sent some nice close-ups of the woods used by Lyle, including the Cleek. More works of art:


Fazio To Be Consultant On 2020 Olympic Course?

C.H. Alison's Kasumigaseki, host to the 2020 Olympic golf competition, appears to be headed for a carving under Tom Fazio's reliably-lamentable classic era renovation knife, reports Joe Passov.

Architect Tom Doak, far more likely to be sympathetic to master designer Alison's work, had helped the club determine a composite course for the 2020 games. But it was Fazio's work at Augusta which got him the job.

“We haven’t signed the deal yet,” Fazio told, “but we’re expecting to get this done within a few days.”

Fazio wouldn’t comment on specific changes, stating only that he would undertake an evaluation of the entire 36-hole property before proceeding on both short-term and long-term alterations. Club officials, however, are confident that Fazio, who serves as Augusta National's consulting architect, will take the project in the right direction.

“We will be making improvements, not big, big changes,” said Kiichi Kimura, president of Kasumigaseki. “[Fazio] has a great reputation, as we know from his role at Augusta National. He emphasized that he would respect what we have here. He will balance the natural feeling here with the improvements needed to challenge the best players.”



Stanford Golfer Shoots Course Record 59 After Meeting Tiger

Brentley Romine and Andy Zunz report that Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar met a visiting Tiger Woods Saturday and posted the first ever sub-60 round on the Stanford Golf Course Sunday.

From their story:

"My first 59, it was a pretty cool experience," Badhwar said. "I just kind of got on a roll. ... It was fun."

The score breaks the previous course record of 61, set by Badhwar and Stanford women's golfer Mariah Stackhouse.

After inducting former teammate Notah Begay to the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame Sunday (G.C. Digital with the details and video), Woods attended the Raiders game, reports Nick Schwartz. Sadly, the dad jeans appear to have made the trip.


Shark On America's Failure To Lead, Obama, High Taxes, Over-Regulation And The Possibility He Won't Golf Again

Having regained his color after nearly cutting off his hand in a chainsaw accident, golfer-turned-vintner-turned-Fox-Sports lead USGA analyst Greg Norman appeared on the Fox Business Network to talk about everything America is doing wrong. Including, unbeknownst to him, harboring wealthy, bombastic Australians.

The Living Brand, as he will be forever known now that he's refined the absurd self-designation in this interview ("I love being a living brand"), said he just picked up a club for the first time this week. Future Shark Shootout appearances, however, appear in doubt.

“Well we don’t know yet, we don’t know. I had my first swing in the gym the other day, not hitting a golf ball but just swinging a light weighted golf club and it definitely feels different. I mean I have to build up a lot of the muscle that was torn away here. Chainsaw does a good job, when you chainsaw a log you see all those chips come out, a little bit of flesh in there too.”

The Living Brand lamented America's current foreign policy, corporate tax rate and said the "leadership’s not too hot," explaining that the "leader of the free world should be laying out long term plans" like Greg Norman does for his family of brands when they convene for an annual shareholders shin-dig in Colorado.

Wondering about why things were so "over-regulated," The Living Brand criticized President Barack Obama's leadership on all issues but thankfully, brought the conversation back to what really matters. His ownself.

“I love being a living brand,” he said, “I love growing it, I love seeing opportunities out there and the global market place is just extraordinary right now.”

If only America weren't dragging it all down!

The Guantanamo-ready clip:


Video: Golfer's Drone Taken Out By Canada Goose

The Canada goose is the bane of many superintendent's existence, but maybe they do serve a purpose after all: take out the drones of golfers slowing down play!

Thanks to reader Owen for spotting this clip of a DJI Phantom Vision drone, dragged along for a buddies golf outing, only to to objected to by an annoyed goose.


Volvo Dropping Out Of Euro Tour Events A "Huge Blow"

Sponsor's come and go but after reading James Corrigan's take on Volvo pulling out of its sponsorships at two of three European Tour sanctioned events, it sounds like this one will be particularly tough for the tour as it's finalizing the 2015 schedule and facing more trouble landing "domestic" sponsors for events in Europe.

From his Telegraph report:

The news comes as a huge blow to the Tour, particularly as Volvo is also pulling out of the Champions tournament, which since 2011 has kick-started the year. The tournament was due to take place in the second week of January, probably in Durban, but is now in doubt.

While the loss of that $4 million (£2.5million) event would be keenly felt – and would lead to some last-minute scrambling before the calendar is announced – the demise of the matchplay would be of wider concern and that is why the Tour and the promoters IMG have vowed to bankroll the event for at least one year.


Video: Billy Hurley's Silverado Hole In One

All holes-in-one are special but Billy Hurley's at Silverado's 15th Friday is surreal. The straight jar-job left him and his playing partners unsure what happened. And only because they figure out the reaction of a lone spectator at the green screaming like a wild man. Eventually applause from a few comes from somewhere. And the ace was #1 play of the day, so there's hope for golf yet.

The video: