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  • 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

Wise is the man who knows how to play each hole as he should play it, and skillful the golfer who can place his shots after he knows where they should go. Such a player is exceedingly hard to defeat on a course with proper strategy. GEORGE THOMAS

 

    

Monday
Nov072016

PGA Tour Policy Board Appoints Jay Monahan Commissioner Effective January 1, 2017

I'll share a few thoughts and insights over the next few hours and days, but for now the official press release regarding the long-expected appointment of COO Jay Monahan as Tim Finchem's PGA Tour successor.

For now, the press release...with all caps reluctantly left in place.

Policy Board Appoints Jay Monahan as PGA TOUR’s Next Commissioner

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (November 7, 2016) – The PGA TOUR Policy Board has announced the appointment of Jay Monahan as the PGA TOUR’s next Commissioner.

Monahan, currently the TOUR’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, will take office on January 1, 2017, upon the retirement of Tim Finchem.

The action was unanimously approved today during the Policy Board’s meeting at PGA TOUR Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach. Finchem is stepping down after serving more than 22 years as the TOUR’s third Commissioner. He succeeded Deane Beman on June 1, 1994.

Monahan, who joined the TOUR in 2008, has served as Deputy Commissioner since April 1, 2014. He assumed the additional title of COO earlier this year.

“Jay has proven himself to be an outstanding leader who has developed an intimate knowledge and understanding of the PGA TOUR and a clear vision for the future of the organization,” said Victor F. Ganzi, Chairman of the Policy Board. “He is highly respected among our members, staff, business partners and the golf industry as a whole. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Jay’s caliber fully prepared to assume the role of Commissioner and lead the PGA TOUR’s exceptional executive team as it continues to
build upon the remarkable success achieved under Tim’s leadership.”

“I am greatly honored by the trust the Policy Board has shown in me to succeed Tim Finchem as Commissioner,” Monahan said. “Under Tim’s leadership, the PGA TOUR has made remarkable progress, even in the most difficult economic times. We are now entering a very important time in our organization’s history, and I know our executive team and I will draw upon and be inspired by the invaluable experience of working with Tim as we take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities, as well as face the challenges, that are ahead for the TOUR.”

Monahan follows a similar path to the position as did Finchem, who also served as the TOUR’s Deputy Commissioner and COO before being named Commissioner.

“I have the highest regard for Jay and have total confidence in his ability to lead the PGA TOUR well into the future,” Finchem said. “He has been a key member of the executive team since joining the TOUR and has worked closely with me on all business matters since becoming Deputy Commissioner. Jay is well respected throughout the PGA TOUR family and the golf industry. I know he will do a tremendous job for the players and all constituents of the PGA TOUR.”

Finchem has left his own major imprint upon the organization in a multitude of areas. Under his leadership, the PGA TOUR has continued its tremendous growth, from record purses, revenue and charitable contributions, to leading a number of major global golf initiatives.

Finchem’s tenure has included the creation of the FedExCup and Presidents Cup; formation of the International Federation of PGA Tours, World Golf Championships and World Golf Foundation; introduction of The First Tee youth initiative; creation of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China; and taking a leadership role in golf’s return to the Olympic Games.

Monahan came to the PGA TOUR from Fenway Sports Group (FSG) in June 2008 as Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Championship. He had been FSG’s executive vice president, leading the sales and business development team for the property ownership and representation divisions. Additionally, he directed FSG’s sponsorship sales operations for the Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing and Boston College Athletics.

In 2010, Monahan was named the TOUR’s Senior Vice President for Business Development and in March of 2013, was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing business development, corporate marketing and partnerships, title sponsor relations, retail licensing and media sales.

Prior to joining FSG, Monahan spent three years as executive director at IMG Worldwide, where he played an integral role in the development of what is now the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., and served as the tournament’s first director.

Monahan began his sports sponsorship career as director of global sponsorships and
branding programs at EMC Corporation. Previously, he worked at Arnold Advertising
and Bob Woolf Associates.

Monahan graduated from Trinity College in 1993, where he was a four-year member of the golf team and a Division II Academic All-American his senior year. He earned a masters degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
in 1995.

Monahan and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Sophie and Phoebe.

Monday
Nov072016

Eddie Pepperell Blogs On Losing His Card

England's Eddie Pepperell last posted just prior to the Ryder Cup and in the meantime has continued to struggle with his game.

Pepperell took to his blog to share his emotions and excessive-obsession with swing mechanics. The 25-year-old ends the post with a positive outlook though, interspersed with some jokes. Mostly though, he's just a wonderful writer and it's a rare look into the tougher side of professional golf.

Unfortunately 2016 has been the year I came to the realisation I don’t love this game the way I used to. It’s like being married to someone you have such a deep, inextricable connection to. It beats you up, yet you still come back for more. Don’t get me wrong I love the challenge of getting better, and I really enjoy being in the hunt on Sunday. That makes me feel alive. But golf has shown me it’s darker, more insidious side this year. Of course the irony is you only ever witness this part when you, the individual, start spiralling out of control. I’d say I started wandering the corridors of discontent with my game sometime last year, and I thought I knew which door I needed to take to get out, but yet I could never open it. That hasn’t happened to me for a while. I went from being a talented 18 year old, to a good professional because I used my brain and figured out what my weaknesses were and how I would go about fixing them.

Sunday
Nov062016

"Golf, at its worst, is Donald Trump."

It took nearly the entire campaign for someone to blame golf for everything on the planet including Donald Trump, and while the piece certainly scores a few legitimate points, he digs a little too deep into golf's past to make the case.

Michael Peppard is described as "a lifelong golfer and former employee at both public and private courses."

In a guest contribution to the Washington Post, he writes...

Male golfers at private clubs are misogynist in casual and structural ways. The acronym “Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden” is so widely disseminated as an etymology for the word “golf” that it needs to be refuted in the first line of a prominent golf history site. Many private clubs have divided their restaurants and courses by gender, with men eating in “Men's Grills,” while women play on “Ladies' Day,” which is often compressed into a midweek morning.

While men are playing the course, a woman often drives around selling drinks and food. Called the “cart girl,” even though she is a grown woman, she is almost always very attractive and, while alone, must frequently deal with unwanted advances or even cash propositions for sexual favors. Last year, a journalist went undercover for Golf Digest to record the experiences of cart girls. One who had formerly worked in human resources at a large corporation said: “It was total culture shock. Every single day golfers were saying things to me that would get them fired in a professional setting.” The hidden recording device captured a toxic masculinity, fueled by crippling insecurity. “I drove up to a group one time,” one cart girl recalled, “and the guy holds out a $50 bill and says, ‘Let's see your chest.’ “

Anyway, you get the idea.

Sunday
Nov062016

Arizona Golfer With Down Syndrome Plays In High School Championship

Richard Obert catches up with Sandra Day O'Connor High School golf coach Steve Casey about Amy Bockerstette, one of his starting five before last week's Division I girls at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen, Arizona.

Bockerstette is a 4-foot-9-inch junior with Down syndrome who has inspired her teammates by moving into the lineup.

This is her second year competing in high school matches.

Bockerstette was granted allowance from the Arizona Interscholastic Association to have a caddie during match play.

She has qualified with the team to compete in the state tournament, which runs Wednesday and Thursday for Division I girls at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen. Bockerstette is the team’s fifth golfer, shooting a best nine holes of about 50 this year.

Her swing coach, local pro Matt Acuff, who works with some of the top local juniors, will be on her bag and in her head as he steers her through the biggest tournament of her life, a journey that nobody but Bockerstette, her coach/caddie and those closest around her ever thought possible.

“It’s awesome,” she said.

The story goes on to detail how she got into golf and it's pretty inspirational stuff. Enjoy!

Sunday
Nov062016

Euro Tour Chief Pelley: Not To Be Afraid To Make Big Changes

James Corrigan of the Telegraph reports on European Tour Chief Keith Pelley surprising in his response to calls for a Ryder Cup rethinking.

Speaking to writers in Turkey where the Turkish Airlines Open was just won by Thorbjorn Olesen, Pelley suggested he's using the Paul Casey example as motivation to improve the European Tour.

“Our job as the gatekeepers of the Tour is to provide bigger purses, greater experiences and greater courses so that the players want to play here – and play here more than they need to just to stay a member – and so be a Ryder Cup player,” he said.

“The Ryder Cup is a critical component of our Tour and it is a sensational event. But it shouldn’t be the only reason why someone wants to be on our Tour. That’s our job at hand right now.

“We are having discussions regarding the qualification system. We will have them with our players, with our tournament committee and our board over the coming weeks and months. We will adjust the Ryder Cup qualification if we feel that we need to. We won’t be afraid to make the changes.”

But as John Huggan notes at GolfDigest.com, it's not as simple as making changes.

Eligibility for the Ryder Cup is one of the few “weapons’ he has in the on-going - and generally losing - battle with the bigger purses on offer on the PGA Tour.

Sunday
Nov062016

Video: Team Glee Simulator Shot!

Friday
Nov042016

Glen Abbey Given Reprieve From Development

David Lea reports that Glen Abbey, many-time host tto the Canadian Open, including some of the most thrilling finishes in PGA Tour history, has been given a reprieve by the Oakville Town Council from an expected development plan.

Lea writes:

Council voted unanimously to keep the bylaw going during a Tuesday (Nov. 1) meeting at Town Hall.

Oakville council enacted the bylaw on Feb. 1, 2016 after the owner of the golf course (ClubLink) put forward a redevelopment plan that would see the elimination of the golf course in favour of developing approximately 3,200 residential units, approximately 80,000 square feet of office space and 80,000 square feet of retail space.
The world famous golf course frequently hosts the Canadian Open and was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

In a report to council, Town staff noted the scale of the proposed project essentially represents unplanned growth.

Friday
Nov042016

Video: Links At Petco, Year Two 

Still a blast after all these year(s)! The Links at Petco was improved thanks to tightened up landing areas and a few lessons learned from year one even though it worked incredibly well given that this was the most aggressive effort ever attempted at putting golf in a stadium.

I don't want to spoil too many details for the golfers who are signed up from 7 am to 9:30 pm for the next four days, but with a perfect weather forecast and one of baseball's most ingeniously designed parks, you're in for a great time!

Only bummer: The Padres did not open any of their fantastic food stands, except for a 19th hole. Hopefully it saves a few bucks so they can sign a starter.

The island green hole, which looks absurdly small, nearly induced a heart attack when I saw it under construction, but is really hittable! Really! I saw it for myself.

The ShackHouse duo plays the course with Amanda Balionis.


Friday
Nov042016

Ramifications Galore From Spieth's Plan To Remain Titleist-Loyal

There were some intriguing remarks by Jordan Spieth to CNBC's Jessica Golden about his plans to remain loyal to his Titleist sticks. Three primary reasons: one, he's not helping his negotiating position going into a contract renewal. Two, he's exhibiting unusual loyalty and foresight compared to many of his peers who made costly switches And three, he doesn't sound like someone laying groundwork for Under Armour to join the golf equipment industry.

From the story:

When Nike announced it's getting out of the golf equipment business, Spieth said that caught many people off guard. "That was a bit of a shock when that came down," he said. However, Spieth said his PGA tour colleagues sponsored by Nike, most notably, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, enjoy the flexibility of playing with what they want. Spieth says they frequently talk shop to each other about the different equipment brands and clubs.

Despite that, Spieth has no plans to give up playing with his Titleist clubs. "I have played Titleist my whole life, so I just trust it," he said. Acushnet, which owns Titleist, had an IPO this month. Spieth said he didn't get any stock with the offering but he imagines he'll be a shareholder at some point.

"In golf trusting what you are wearing and playing with is first and foremost so you don't have to worry about anything but your game."

Thursday
Nov032016

Q&A With Ted Bishop, Author Of Unfriended

Ted Bishop's Unfriended opens like a media crisis thriller, but ultimately is worth reading because of the gentle way the former PGA of America president shows how golf's five families work and takes you behind the scenes of Tom Watson's Ryder Cup captaincy. While serving as a golf tell-all that only genuinely exposes a few PGA of America officers as short-sighted given the absurdity of his offense, the book never makes you want to run for the shower. In fact, it's often hard to put down thanks to Bishop's brisk, breezy style that only occasionally slows down.

The book documents Bishop's extraordinarily productive two years as PGA President, which saw the organization's profile raised and the membership defended by Bishop. Things have flat-lined since with the PGA and it's little wonder that the downward trend coincides with Bishop's removal with 28-days to go.

Ted answers a few questions via email below. You can buy Unfriended here at Amazon that includes a Kindle edition, or should you support non-Amazon retailers and want a signed copy from Ted, visit this page.

Also, Ted recently joined us on ShackHouse pre-Ryder Cup. Here is The Ringer's page for the show.

GS: What was your goal in writing this book?

TB: My departure as the President of the PGA of America is unprecedented and historic. Political correctness has taken on a life of its own with the 2016 Presidential election and it makes my impeachment look even more bizarre. Unfriended was simply an opportunity for me to tell my side of the story with no filters from anyone, including the media. It was also a chance for me to share some of the great stories and memories that I have been privileged to be part of in golf.    

GS: Did the PGA Of America attempt to stop the book from being published?

TB: The PGA made it difficult to write and publish my book. Ultimately, I had to seek the services of Levine, Koch, Sullivan & Schulz, one of the top First Amendment firms in the U.S. My lawyers determined that I had not violated any of my confidentiality or fiduciary duties to the PGA. That allowed me to press on with the book. I was fortunate that Classics of Golf publishing stuck with me through the PGA threats. In the end, I allowed the PGA to preview the book before it was published. In my opinion, that validates the integrity of the content in Unfriended.  

GS: What’s the feedback been like since you published?

TB: People tell me the book is extremely interesting, entertaining and easy to read. They enjoy being "inside the ropes" on things such as the Ryder Cup plus getting to know the biggest names in golf like Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Tim Finchem, Donald Trump, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Golfweek said that the book "raises the curtain on the insular world of those who rule the game and offers rare insights." 

But, I would also say that the politics in golf have worked against Unfriended to some degree. There is no question that certain media outlets won't touch the book because they don't want to get sideways with the PGA of America. That's too bad because the book does not reflect poorly on the PGA. People need to give Unfriended a chance. I suppose the title might have given some readers the wrong impression about the book's message, but Unfriended is a pretty fitting way to describe what happened to me.   

GS: The book opens as a firsthand account of how not to handle a modern media crisis, which you openly share. Was this a bit of therapeutic writing or your effort to help someone down the road in a similar situation?

TB: It was definitely therapeutic to a degree, but the first couple of chapters were also very painful for me because I had to relive the events when I wrote about my departure. You are absolutely correct about helping other people out. Unfriended is far more than a golf book. It's a case study on corporate media relations, political correctness and social media usage. I would like to use the book as a spring board to speak at the corporate level about the responsibilities of leadership in the 21st Century. There are many valuable lessons that I can share and they are very interesting given the people that I associated with in golf.     

GS: The account of the 2014 Ryder Cup is particularly interesting and puts the U.S. performance in good perspective. You also detail the beginnings of the Task Force concept, but now in hindsight you think it was unnecessary?

TB: The Ryder Cup Task Force was absolutely necessary. We had to change our approach and it obviously paid off with a U.S. victory this year. PGA Tour players are A-3 members of the PGA of America and they deserved a greater voice when it came to the Ryder Cup. That being said, I will always defend the PGA of America on its choice of past Ryder Cup Captains. However, Larry Nelson and Hale Irwin are certainly glaring omissions from several decades ago.  

GS: Have you gotten a thank you from the Task Force you helped start, post-2016 Ryder Cup?  

TB: Phil Mickelson left me a voice mail after Hazeltine and said, "I like the fact that you went out on a limb and brought the Task Force together even though you are not getting a lot of credit for that. It's a whole different feel than I have ever experienced before in my 20 years prior. l will never forget that first call I had from you about it. It's just one Ryder Cup, but we have something to build on now thanks to you." I appreciated that from Phil.  

GS: You dealt with Donald Trump quite a bit during your tenure as President and speak highly of the interactions you had with him. What should the USGA and PGA of America do, if anything, with regard to events hosted at his courses? I was disappointed when the PGA chose not to play the Grand Slam at Trump LA.

TB: At the time, I thought that was a mistake.

It has been surprising to me that more of the media are not asking the PGA questions about the 2017 Senior PGA at Trump D.C. and the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster in 2022 given his past comments that are certainly degrading to women. As the guy who was exiled from the PGA for calling Poulter a 'lil girl, I have been surprised that the PGA has softened its stance on political correctness with Mr. Trump.

But, like Mr. Trump, we have all done things or said things that we certainly would not want the public to know about. Trump has great courses and is a great host- so I say play on!

Thursday
Nov032016

Nominate Golf Courses Thinking Outside The Box...

Coming to you today from The Links at Petco Park got me thinking about something in Ira Boudway's Bloomberg story on Topgolf, which included this info-graphic on other golf courses attempting to shake things up.

Besides the fun of playing stadium golf, Blue Sky in Jacksonville sounds like the most creative...anyone been?

Are there good examples out there not mentioned above trying to do something fun and different to the golf experience?

Wednesday
Nov022016

Silly Season: Rory Under Fire For Turkey WD, Should He Be?

Rory McIlroy made a late decision to WD from the start of the European Tour's Race to Dubai, all but ruling the FedExCup champion from another playoff title and sizeable bonus pool check. He cited the security concerns after last week's bombing and normally this, combined with the excess of playing opportunities, would be enough.

But I think McIlroy is being called out by the tournament director and some of his peers because he has spent his off week making Ryder Cup news on a podcast, is the face of the European Tour even though he lives in the United States and pulled out of the Rio Games at the last minute. Oh, and this, noted in James Corrigan's Telegraph story.

McIlroy was understood to be guaranteed nearly £1 mllion in appearance fees, as well as the use of a private jet to fly directly into Antalya airport, a half-hour drive from this resort. However, a bomb which injured 12 people outside the local trade and industry chamber last week persuaded McIlroy as well as the US Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed, and a few others, to change their plans.

Too many events with too little meaning and not enough reason to risk being there.

Tuesday
Nov012016

Bloomberg: "To Make Golf Fun, Just Add a Nightclub"

Topgolf gets the Bloomberg treatment and while there have been many profiles of the indoor-golf-driving-range-hipster-21st-Century-bowling-alley, Ira Boudway's story features plenty of fresh anecdotes.

A couple of highlights, starting with this on how CEO Erik Anderson, founder of private equity fund WestRiver Group brought the idea stateside and made a key move: TV's in the hitting bays.

In 2009, Anderson and a group of U.S. investors bought Topgolf’s technology for an undisclosed fee and decided to overhaul the floor plan for future locations. They added a third level, tripling the size of each venue to 65,000 square feet; replaced the buckets with motion-sensing ball dispensers; and, in a key change, put TVs and lounges—effectively, the entire sports bar experience—at each bay. “We realized that this was really an integrated entertainment and sports experience,” Anderson says.

There was also this on the financing side...

In September the company lined up $275 million in financing to build 7 to 10 locations a year. (Each costs $20 million to $25 million to open.) “We think there’s room for 100 or so in the U.S. and an equal amount globally,” Anderson says, though other than the original locations, the company hasn’t yet opened any outside the U.S. Revenue last year was about $300 million; this year it will be about a half-billion dollars.

Tuesday
Nov012016

It's Come To This Files: New Drivers Spotted!

Hand it to Golf WRX obtaining images of new drivers from Callaway and Taylor Made.

It's great to see golf drivers reaching the level of Apple products, with blurry, badly lit photos showing the next longer, straighter big sticks set to debut some time in the future.

Oh, and clearly green or lime yellow are testing through the roof. White and red are so last year.

Tuesday
Nov012016

McIroy On NLU Pod: 12 Best For Ryder Cup Only

The Europeans have been way too quiet after a beat-down at Hazeltine while two of the better players in the world right now (Russell Knox, Paul Casey) sat at home (and maybe three given Alex Noren's play). Thomas Pieters, the other star for Europe in Minnesota, was a reluctant choice.

So it was nice to hear Rory McIlroy on the No Laying Up podcast (nice get!) open up about the process of selecting a team.

James Corrigan
transcribed and analyzed for the Telegraph.

“It should be the best 12 players from Europe versus the best 12 players from the US,” McIlroy told the Nolayingup podcast. “For me, there shouldn’t be anything to do with membership of tours. To have a guy like Paul Casey not on our team when he is playing some of the best golf in the world right now, it definitely hurt us [in Hazeltine].”

And he clearly understands that the captain's pick process has become as much about marketing as selecting a team.

“I know that isn’t as exciting in terms of captain’s picks and qualifying process and everything else,” McIlroy added. “But if we’re trying to make it the fairest way for the best 12 to make each team, I think that’s the way to go.”

Tuesday
Nov012016

Martha Burk On LPGAers Backing Trump Bedminster: "They’re acting like good little girls and remaining mute"

Martha knows how to turn on the charm offensive, doesn't she?

Hootie Johnson's favorite bayonet target is pushing hard for the USGA to pull the 2017 U.S. Women's Open from Trump Bedminster. The USGA has not changed its position today date.

Writing a commentary for Huffington Post, Burk explains the dynamics involved for the many who will not know the USGA from the LPGA. And in her inimitable way, manages to push the boundaries of truthfulness and offend sensibilities that will not do much for the cause.

But the USGA refuses to budge. One reason may be the players themselves. Most if not all of them are members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, and they’re acting like good little girls and remaining mute, or saying they don’t see a problem with playing their most important tournament at a course owned by the country’s leading misogynist.

To be clear, as the governing body of golf, the USGA, not the LPGA, is the Decider when it comes to where the Women’s Open is played. Technically the LPGA has no say. But without players there would be no tournament. So while the women can’t make the decision about location, they can make a decision individually — or better, collectively — not to participate.

It seems short-sighted to suggest players should boycott the most significant event on their calendar, particularly one where the site is chosen by an outside organization. Players have enough to worry about in getting a small ball into a hole without having to take a stand against someone who still, may, win the nation's highest office a week from today.

Trump has reportedly guaranteed that he will cover any monetary losses on the event, a tiny price for a billionaire to pay to buy legitimacy from an organization that ought to care more about its own reputation.

But it’s clear the USGA is at the core a boys club willing to exploit the women for monetary gain.

It’s way past time for the USGA to stand up for the players instead of standing down in favor of profits over principles.

Of course we know that (A) the chances of the host offering to cover losses is highly unlikely (B) the USGA typically loses money on the U.S. Women's Open.

It’s also time for the LPGA to stand up against the male mindset that the women are secondary.

None of these women got where they are today by being shrinking violets on the course. But they’ve no doubt had to bend to the will of the guys who run golf when it comes to decisions about their career prospects, which in this case means sacrificing personal integrity if they continue to stay silent. We’ve all heard the expression “Well behaved women seldom make history.”

I'm not sure those are the issues in play here, but she's certainly entitled to that view.

For me, the issue facing the USGA is very simple: will Donald Trump overshadow a national championship that still could be moved? If he's elected President he will be too busy. However, if he's not elected and continues a public presence inspired by the campaign, his past comments and high profile will potentially impact the most important women's golf tournament of the year.

We discussed this and more last week on Morning Drive. The panel hosted by Gary Williams featured Beth Ann Nichols, Ron Sirak, Matt Adams and yours truly. We followed an interview by Williams of USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, whose case for moving the Women's Open from Trump Bedminster is very different and far more convincing than Burks' (not that Martha set much of a bar).

The full interview with Brennan and roundtable discussion:

 

Monday
Oct312016

Reminder: 30 For 30 On John Daly Debuts 

Directors David Terry Fine and Gabe Spitzer do an superb job covering Daly’s rise and fall(s), his redemption at The Open in St. Andrews in 1995, and his various emotional and alcohol struggles. But the film goes beyond the expected Daly saga stuff we might have forgotten thanks to cooperations and opening up from Daly his ownself.

The film debuts at 8 pm ET Tuesday, November 1. For Cubs and Indians fans busy with Game 6, there is a repeat at 2:30 am ET November 2.

 

 

The full trailer:

Monday
Oct312016

State Of The Game Podcast 69: Catching Up

Rod Morri, Mike Clayton and myself decided we'd been away so long that we needed to just catch up on a few topics, vent on a few others and resolve absolutely nothing.

Happy listening!

Or happy MP3 downloading.

Or iTunes.

Or below:

 

Monday
Oct312016

Cypress Point Hosting...A College Golf Tournament Again

Golfweek's Brentley Romine explains the format and how it came to be that Stanford is hosting a college golf tournament at the ultra-exclusive Cypress Point.

Considering that most of elite clubs do not open their doors to tournaments and some actually sell memberships to universities, it's great to see Cypress Point opening its doors to college golf for the second time. Coupled with the higher-profile East Lake Cup, it's a nice week for college golf.

Social media posts from the teams has been pretty much non-existent, but this recent image shows the bunkers looking as great as they did in MacKenzie's day, with nice fringy fescue edges.

Monday
Oct312016

Shriners Open Oversold, PGA Tour Can't Offer Vouchers!

It would have been so much more fun if they'd just offered 40 FedExCup points to the first 12 takers electing not to tee up in Vegas this week.

Instead, reports Steve Karp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the PGA Tour will play a 144 player field instead of the petitioned-but-not-duly-noted 132-player total due. With an at-best sunrise-to-sunset window of 7 am to 5 pm and speed of play lethargic these days, the tournament has no chance of finishing the first two rounds on time.

With that in mind, the Shriners Open petitioned the tour in December to reduce the tournament field from 144 to 132 players in hopes of not having play spill over to the following day. The tour agreed, but a clerical error failed to have the reduction to 132 put into the tour’s computer. So when players and agents started looking into playing Las Vegas, it was with a 144-player field in mind.

“They realized the mistake, but at that point there was nothing they can do,” Lindsey said. “We’re the fifth event next year, and we are playing in November again (Nov. 2 to 5). But we will have 132 in the field for 2017.”

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