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19th Hole
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Golf Blogs: Professional Golf

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Sean Donnelly
Keith Pelley can modernise the European Tour
Oct 8, 2015 12:49 PM
 
The European Tour is a sporting institution in need of a makeover. Where in America even the most mundane Tour events are scheduled so as to maximize media exposure and marketed in a manner which suggests that they are second only to The Masters in terms of competitive import, the PGA’s counterparts across the Atlantic have consistently shown themselves incapable of cultivating anywhere close to the same level of media attention around their flagship events. Much of the reasoning for this, one feels, is cultural and has to do with the manner in which professional golf developed in America compared to Europe. In continental Europe, for example, professional golf has only in the last two decades really begun to gain any kind of a foothold as a spectator pursuit in an already crowded sporting landscape. It arguably remains the case, therefore, that it is simply not possible for the French or Italian Opens – let alone those taking places in new growth areas for the sport such as Poland – to generate the kind of media attention that events of an equivalent profile do in America. Britain, meantime, is historic birthplace of the sport dating back to the later fifteenth-century. As a consequence the R&A (as anyone who takes the time to Google what those initials stand for will not be surprised to discover) prefer to administer events taking place in their jurisdiction in a more modest, understated (some might suggest antiquated) fashion that they feel befits the body’s exalted positon in golf’s institutional hierarchy. In the US, though, golf really ‘arrived’ as a popular recreational activity at the end of the nineteenth-century. This birthdate at once afforded the game the time required to meaningfully embed itself in the country’s sporting culture while also remaining free of the staid traditionalism which has stymied the professional sport’s development in Britain. After all, golf grew popular in the States just as a wave of professionalization was preparing to sweep across the country’s sporting landscape. The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America, for instance, was established in 1916, within three decades of the foundation of the country’s first golf clubs in 1880s. To put the speed of this development into some kind of context, the European Professional Golfers' Association (now the European Tour) was only founded in 1901, four decades after the inaugural Open Championship. Almost from the point of its arrival in America, therefore, golf was a professional sport and its elite practitioners organized and promoted themselves in the interests of generating profit. The early onset of professionalism in America’s golfing history, then, might go some way towards explaining why the PGA Tour has been so much more successful than their European counterparts at marketing the sport in the twentieth-century. In this respect it can be seen as heartening that the European Tour took the decision to replace its outgoing chief executive George O’Grady with a man steeped in North American marketing experience, Keith Pelley. Pelley has been recruited from Rogers Media in Canada, of which he was president from 2010, with previous experience across a range of Canadian sports and media outlets. The hope is that Pelley’s appointment will herald the dawning of a new era for the European Tour, one characterized by a greater emphasis on marketing events in fresh commercial territory while revamping the structure of underperforming tournaments. The early signs are certainly positive. Pelley’s standing his ground under pressure from the WGC to reschedule the French Open so as to avoid a clash with the Bridgestone Invitational, for instance, spoke to an impressive confidence in his ability to promote the European Tour event in such a way so that it may still prove a commercial success. His decision to allow Rory McIlroy partake in the season-ending Race to Dubai despite the Irishman’s lengthy injury lay-off, meantime, indicates his awareness of the Tour’s need to position its star names at the front-and-centre of its promotion strategy. History weighs heavy on the governance of the European Tour, but if the body’s storied past can be harnessed in such a way so that it invests its flagship events with a prestige frequently absent on the other side of the Atlantic, it can be transformed into the Tour’s greatest asset. This is a development strategy that Pelley has shown himself to impressively sensitive to early in his tenure and it may spell the way forward for European golf. [Image Source: Flickr under CC]
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CLTheGolfer
Will Tiger Woods Make It Back?
Jul 10, 2015 8:34 AM
Tags: Golf   Professional Golf   PGA   pga tour   Tiger Woods   Woods  
 
This past weekend, Tiger Woods showed a glimpse of his former self at the Greenbrier Classic, finishing seven under par tied for 32nd place. Unlike much of this season, he didn't have swing problems, injuries to overcome, or issues with his short game. He played with confidence and almost had his old swagger back because over four rounds, he was able to score in the 60's for three of them and had a bogey free last round, which was his first in 56 rounds of competitive golf. However, his new unpredictable self did surface during the Classic on Saturday in the third round when he shot a one-over 7. Overall, his performance at the Classic was much better than a majority of his other outings this year, but despite the improved performance, there is one serious question that still remains. That question is, will Tiger ever be able to be the top ranked golfer that he was once? Die hard Tiger fans say yes, he'll be able to bounce back and again, be the Tiger of old. The thing is, there's just not a lot of evidence that supports that he can make it back and be the player that he once was. For starters, he hasn't won an individual pro tourney title in close to two years since the last time he walked away with a trophy was back Aug. 4, 2013 when he won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, shooting 15 under par. He was an integral part of his team's President's Cup victory in October of 2013 when he secured a one up victory over Richard Sterne, yet after those victories, he hasn't even been close to winning anything again either as an individual or on a team. Another reason why Tiger is never going to be what he once was is due to the fact that his body is starting to fail him. Since his body is starting to fail him, he can't get in the practice time that he needs to be a top ranked pro golfing and that leads to a third reason why he's not going to be back on top. That reason is how his game is extremely inconsistent.When his long game is on, his putting is off. Or when he's doing well on the green, then his chipping isn't where it needs to be. Basically, he's having a hard time pulling it all together and if he can't do that, there's no way he's going to be able to be the player he once was. At the end of the day, it would be good for golf if Tiger return to his former playing self. He's a household name and makes people who don't even like golf really want to watch the sport. Realistically though, it doesn't look like that's going to happen, especially since he's only fallen in the World Golf Rankings the past few years instead of rising. At one time, he ranked #1, so long ago now, and currently, he's only 226th in the world. The next few weeks should reveal what's going to happen next in Tiger's career and now, it's just a waiting game on whether or not things will get better for the pro or if they'll continue to get worse.
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CLTheGolfer
Where did Jordan Spieth Come From?
Jul 6, 2015 8:48 AM
 
Four months ago, no one really knew who Jordan Spieth was and now, the 21 year-old professional PGA Tour golfer has become a household name. Most people think that Spieth is just busted onto the PGA Tour scene this year. However, he's actually been a professional for three years now, after he turned pro during his sophomore year in college at the University of Texas, and was granted full PGA tour status when he won the John Deer Classic in 2013 after a sudden-death play-off. Basically, Spieth didn't come out of nowhere to win the 2015 Masters Tournament in early April. Nope, he's been a standout golfer at multiple levels, including the pro level, for quite awhile now. Back in high school, he not only was the runner-up at the 2008 and 2009 Junior PGA Championship, but he also won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011. Then in college, he continued to dominate starting his freshman season when he took home titles in three events and led his team to the NCAA Championship that season. Due to the fact that Spieth had so much success as an amateur golfer, he then made the jump to the professional level and has really never looked back. He's sponsored by Under Armor and during his first season in addition to winning the John Deere Classic, he took second place at the Wyndham Championship, was named to the 2013 President's Cup, and won Rookie Of the Year honors. In 2014, he continued to do well and at The Masters he took second place, was named to that year's Ryder Cup Team, won his second tourney as a pro when he grabbed the title at the Emirates Australian Open, and secured his third title at the Hero World Challenge just a week after winning at the Emirates Australian Open. Spieth's solid play during his amateur and early pro career showed that he had the talent, skill, and determination to contend at the pro level. So, when 2015 came around, his strong play the previous year's indicated that his golf game would most likely continue to improve and that's exactly what happened. In fact, he's been almost untouchable amongst his competitors this season, winning the Valspar Championship in March, taking second at the Valero Texas Open, claiming The Masters in April, and then in June, he won an impressive second major title after grabbing the top spot at the US Open. In addition to winning big time tournaments, he also secured even more money from sponsors on top of his Under Armor sponsorship. Currently, his major sponsors include AT&T, Titleist, Rolex, Perfect Sense, NetJets, and Super Stroke. He also has a charity called The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation that provides free playing opportunities for youth golfers in North Texas. When it comes down to it, Spieth is a pro golfer who built the foundation for his success early on during his amateur golfing career. Each year that he's played, he's only gotten better and only time will tell whether or not this kid from Dallas, TX will end up being one of the all time golfing greats.
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AseyaGolf
Massive Dinosaur- Like Alligator Loves Golf
Mar 11, 2015 5:27 PM
 
It is common to come across unusual animals, items, or sharks in the ponds around a golf course. It only makes your game interesting and excited, but what would you do if you came across something that would scare the life out you. Recently, in Englewood Florida a large alligator was spotted. Well, to call that an alligator would be great, it is not just an alligator it is a massive dinosaur-like alligator. Although, some think that it is not true and it could have been Photoshop, you never know the truth. In previous blog I talked about a shark in the one of the pond of golf course in Australia. Approximately 13-feet long called the Myakka Pines Golf Club a home. The size of this gator is making people question, whether it is real if so what type of gator is this? The walk style of this gator made others wonder whether he is walking like human. Prior to this gator there was a larger gator known as Big George, lived at the golf course for decade before he died. The wildlife in golf course are no harmful they are just the spice to the game. It attracts people to attend the golf course for extra fun and interest. Adventures and wildlife should not stop anyone from playing golf. Photo Credit: Nydailynews.com, 2015
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AseyaGolf
Five things to know about golf in Ireland
Mar 10, 2015 6:06 PM
 
Here are five most important things to learn about golf in Ireland. 1. Northwest and southwest Ireland have different appeals. The west side is home for seaside tours, and golf courses are placed across. The southwest side of golf courses has the most popular links. The northwest on the other hand is a rural region and the getting from one point to another is not easy. 2. Golfer airport is Shannon Airport in Ireland, even though Dublin is the largest city. Shannon airport have shorter flights from North America, and since airport is small it is easier to get around. 3. The mix of new and old links are an interesting combination. The links are dated back to the 19th century, and the history creates a special touch. 4. Many golfers started their game with practicing in Ireland. In the past players such as Tiger Woods and Payne Steward prepared for the British Open by spending their time in Ireland. 5. Irish love is always something that one would want to go back to. The blind of love and the links of Ireland can not stop anyone. The fairway connected through the pin or a small pole builds your strength and a need for a good a caddie. Photo Credit: Custom Ireland Golf Vacation, Lynottours, 2015
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AseyaGolf
Golf heritage
Mar 9, 2015 6:14 PM
 
Golf is an identity that creates ones personality; it is either inherited from family or earned. Even after being inherited it is a game that builds your own character. It is personal strength and practice that builds your capabilities. Sam Saunders also took that needed step to build his own identity this Sunday. Falling just short of his first PGA Tour victory, Saunders stood strong and focused on his future goals. Wanted to make his own name gave him the strength to work hard and practice for the Tour. The 27 year old, Arnold Palmer’s grandson is another step closer to his near win. The last game in Puerto Rico would have earned him an invitation to the PGA Championship. Although, he did not win his struggle and goal to aim for higher is consider a great accomplishment for many. Photo Credit: Golfdigest.com, 2015 The chance to win PGA Tour is very hard, and many golfers are aware. Knowing the challenges but still keep hopes high enough to aim for the better game in the future is the key to success. The motivation and inspiration build through the struggle is significant than any practice. A golfer must know his or her future goals through the daily practice and golf tournaments. As usual golf is not only about winning or losing it’s about building your character and strengthening your mind and physical state.
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AseyaGolf
Golf Club Abuse
Mar 8, 2015 12:18 AM
 
Frustration can cause many things in golf, as mentioned in many of my previous golf blogs. Anger, stress, and frustration seems to be the worst enemy for a successful game. It can put you down and make you lose hope, which certainly leads to failure in golf. The same happened to Rory Mcllory this weekend. Rory Mcllory the No.1 player showed his frustration by throwing his golf club at the lake. He is not the only player to show such emotion and frustration at a golf course, many other famous players have long topped that path. But the question is whether 30 second of relieve by throwing a club in the air can make any changes? Will it make you win or change your score? The answer is No! Frustration and anger can only give you shorter than a minute relieve but it will slowly affect your mentality and your abilities. As the player said “it felt good at the time”, but obviously later it did not change anything. Keeping a peaceful mind and stress free mentality can help you improve and aim higher. One may say “it is easier said than done”, and certainly well said but always considering the fact whether expressing anger can make any changes will allow a person to think twice. Although, Mcllroy did express his frustration in an interesting why some found it funny. When it comes to throwing clubs around Stenson holds a metaphorical master’s degree. As a playing partner he found this funny and some comic relief. Photo Credit: Nydailynews.com, Rory Mcllroy, 2015
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AseyaGolf
Altered Course
Mar 6, 2015 6:29 PM
 
A new reality competition series announced by Golf Channel can be the next big thing. It is the combination of golf, speed and fitness, just the combination of all my previous blogs. It will provide team work and decision making process as a team in the most challenging situations. The 700 yard golf course consist of natural obstacles and difficult steps. Fitness and sport is taken to the next level, providing greater emphasis in golf. It is the result of men and women focusing on golf today. Rewarding teams that are most physically fit and play the best golf can take Altered Course to the stage that no one has been. The re-imagined golf holes will train and test golf players in the hardest position. The series will feature 8 people with 2-person teams, consisting running against the clock and try to take risk for the extreme golf holes. Montego Bay, Jamaica will hold the inaugural of the show, including the Montego Bay’s premier courses for the first to stages of the competition. This interesting yet learning experience will provide golfers with the experience that they will value in the remaining of their games. The Hyaat Zilara and Hyaat Ziva Rose Hall resort will have a part in the filming of the series. Team work, shared values, collaboration can be the key to success for the team, and it does not seem to be a problem for golfers as they are build with these skills everyday by practicing. The humble and positive attitude can give players the advantage over others. Photo Credit: Twincities, 2015
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AseyaGolf
Age can not stop you from GOLF
Mar 5, 2015 3:53 PM
 
Golf is a game of harmony, positive energy, and it is a legacy. For many it just never stops. There is no injury, no age, or time that will stop most golf players from playing. Golf is like a candy with a toddler, once taste it cannot be forgotten. It is for many reasons though that golfers can’t forget the taste of golf. First the peace gained after a round of golf and relaxation of mind. Second, it is a full exercise followed with healthy meals. Thirds it is a social event, it can gather around friends and families that you would love to spent sometime walking the green fairways. Golf is that positive energy passed through your lungs from the green fairways and reached your mind. Golf can create the interest in your life that you would not want to forget so did Palmer. The injured shoulder of Arnold Palmer would not stop him from hitting the ceremonial first tee shot at next month’s Masters. He is planning to make his annual appearance at Augusta National. Since 2007 Palmer has been an honorary starter at the Masters. The dislocated shoulder from Father-Son Challenge tournament in December does not stop him to join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player alongside to start the tournament. It is the dedication to golf and legacy that he wants to follow. Photo Credit: Arnold Palmer . Com, 2015
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AseyaGolf
Golf in the Kingdom
Mar 3, 2015 5:33 PM
Once again a story represent golf more than just a sport. Golf in the Kingdom is recognized as a classic work on the deeper mysteries of golf. It is a story about a teacher and a student who shared common understanding and meaning of life and nature. A young man en route to India stops in Scotland meets a mysterious golf teacher named Shivas Irons at the legendary Burningbush golf club. The teacher takes student Michael Murphy through a round of phenomenal golf, by unleashing the power in a backswing via the force of gravity. The novel is inspiring and motivating by providing concept of holy man and revealing the possibilities of managing human soul. This draws Murphy’s attention to look at the world in a new ways and he focuses on the world through the ancient and haunting game, golf. The book has great effects on an individual’s life during and after reading. The mystical journey about golf of all things, Murphy captivates you through the reading. If you love golf, you will love the book as it will open my interest to the world of golf even further in your life. It will provide you with profound feelings and deeper interest in golf. It is time to find out how you truly are, not who you think you are.
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AseyaGolf
Secret of a Golf Course
Mar 2, 2015 8:46 PM
 
Lincoln Park Golf course located at the 34th Avenue at Clement Street of San Francisco is an 18 hole, a par 68 course. It was designed by Tom Bendelow, which opened in 1928. The golf course is 5,149 yards with magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is moderately forested with pine trees and native landscaping. This golf course is also one the courses used for the annual San Franciso City Golf Championships. Lincoln Park Golf course is nothing like the ordinary golf courses around the world, it has its secret. The land on which the Lincoln Park stands was a cemetery, which was in use during the late 1860s. Golf enthusiasts during the 90s change the land to a three-hole course. After turning the land over to the Parks Commission, the golf courses expanded from 3-hole to 14 and 18 later in 1917. There are still bodies that remain on the premises. The beautiful golf course provides a deep history of San Fransico and the great views of the city. It is the best place to get away from a city and decompress either through playing golf or simply by joining your friend for a walk. The smell of pine trees, foge, and moisture of the weather can give you the energy you need for the rest of your week or day. Photo Credit: US Luxury Tour, SF, 2015
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AseyaGolf
Luxury Golf Shoes
Feb 26, 2015 6:25 PM
 
If you are a billionaire and playing golf you will not be doing an awful lot of walking on the course, the golf carts are available to handle the majority of the workload between holes. However, for the most luxurious look and the best outfit you may want to consider John Lobb personally customized shoes for that amazing day. Available in a wide range of materials, and personally customized for individuals this fine shoe company can provide you with the comfort you will need. Various types of the shoe such as exquisite box calf, crocodile or elephant skin can give the most measurable moment to the clients. The product takes at least 6 months to finish and its price starts from $5,000, however, the end results are something unique. This is a shoe you can design based on your taste and it is that moment of your life when you own something that nobody else does in this whole world. Specifically measured for you and with your choice of cleat pattern for your personal taste. This 148-year-old British company is known to well known executives and it has been about the craftsmanship and luxury. It is mostly designed for well-paid executive who appreciate footwear priced in four figures. Photo Credit: Claymoorslist, 2015
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