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Asian Tour’s Josh Burack at Odds with PGA Tour

Asian Tour's Josh Burack at Odds with PGA Tour

The Asian Tour is not thrilled with a new PGA Tour event to be held in Korea. Last October, the PGA tour announced the event, scheduled for the 2017-18 wrap-around season, will be held after the CIMB Classic from Malaysia and prior to the WGC HSBC Champions in China. The tournament will greatly enhance the PGA Tour’s exposure in Asia. The tournament, “THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES,” will be one of the more lucrative events in the fall schedule […]

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10 Questions About The PGA Tour in 2017

10 Questions About The PGA Tour in 2017

With 17 events completed in the 2016-17 PGA Tour season, the year is more than 33% complete and we are still one month away from the start of the Masters. Here are a few questions about what has happened thus far and a brief look ahead to the Majors.   Who Has Been the Biggest Surprise? Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas have been the biggest surprises. Yes, we knew both of these young men could be stars on the PGA […]

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PGA Tour Pros Want Bigger Piece of USGA Pie

PGA Tour Pros Want Bigger Piece of USGA Pie

If you are old enough to remember “Trickle Down Economics,” well you are pretty old. According to a report filed by Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard, the PGA Tour Players held their first meeting of the year during the Farmers Insurance Open and there were questions about the smaller trickle (or percentage) of total revenue they are receiving from the U.S. Open. Wait a minute, didn’t the USGA announce an increase in the total purse for 2017 to $12 million. That’s […]

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Who Says Golf is Dead?

Who Says Golf is Dead?

Who Says Golf is Dead? By: Fred Altvater The PGA of America just held its annual Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida with over 40,000 golf professionals attending the Demo Day and three days of indoor activities. It had over 1,000 vendors exhibiting their best gadgets and gear, every golfer will need in 2017. I just visited several high-end golf courses in Florida and their tee sheets were full. Even non-golf fans are curious to see if Tiger Woods can make a […]

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Attention Grabbers From the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

Attention Grabbers From the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

2017 PGA Show Attention Grabbers By ED TRAVIS   Each year at the PGA Merchandise Show with its 1,000 exhibitors and thousands of products we look for a few items to highlight for our readers. Here are a few that grabbed our attention as we walked the 10 miles of aisles in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. There are no clubs or balls in this listing…that will come later as we complete our testing and reviews. Bermuda Sands—Finding good looking, […]

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Reports of the Death of the Ben Hogan Company May Be Exaggerated

Reports of the Death of the Ben Hogan Company May Be Exaggerated

Reports of the Death of Ben Hogan Company May Be Exaggerated By: Ed Travis   “Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated,” Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company President and CEO Scott Walker stated in a press release announcing a company restructuring. The voluntary action aimed at cutting costs and streamlining operations has included the layoff of most of the company’s 30 employees according to a copyrighted story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram by Steve Kaskovich.   The original Ben […]

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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy & Bubba Watson Equipment Changes for 2017

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy & Bubba Watson Equipment Changes for 2017

With Nike leaving the equipment business, two of the Biggest names in golf, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, have been searching for new equipment deals. One player, who is not running from Nike, but to it, is world No. 1 Jason Day. Day’s contract with Taylormade/Adidas was fulfilled, but he decided to stay with Taylormade equipment. He did, however, decide to switch from wearing Adidas apparel to the Nike Swoosh for his shirts, pants and shoes. Adidas, the parent company […]

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I admit it – I am a golfaholic, as well as a teaching professional. I have enjoyed playing the grand game of golf for over 40 years. In addition to playing, I find teaching golf very rewarding – I love to see students when they finally hit that great shot, make the long put, chip in or kill that long drive. - See more at: Toledo Ohio Golf Lessons - About Fred