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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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2016 Top Golf Stories: #10 Tim Finchem Resigns, While Keith Pelley Hustles

2016 Top Golf Stories: #10 Tim Finchem Resigns, While Keith Pelley Hustles

Effective at midnight December 31st, Tim Finchem will end his reign as the Commissioner of the PGA Tour. Jay Monohan has been serving as his Deputy Commissioner for the past 2 years and will ascend to the commissioner’s chair. For 22 years, Finchem oversaw the greatest era of growth to the PGA Tour in its history. Deane Beman, who had held the PGA Tour Commissioner’s job prior to Finchem had set in place a foundation for growth and Finchem added […]

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Did Donald Trump Just ‘ONE UP’ The GOLF Establishment?

Did Donald Trump Just ‘ONE UP’ The GOLF Establishment?

“How Do You LIKE Me Now?” Did President-elect Donald Trump give an “Up Yours” to the ruling bodies of golf last week, when he held transition meetings at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster? The norm for Trump had been to hold important meetings at his offices in Trump Tower in downtown Manhattan. For some reason the meetings with prospective cabinet members and political advisers was moved across the river to one of Trump’s high-end golf clubs in New Jersey. […]

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Donald Trump Becomes the Top Golfer

Donald Trump Becomes the Top Golfer

Since we have had some time to process the fact that Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States, it is time to consider the impact his presidency could have on golf. President-elect Trump made millions on real estate transactions from his ability to see possibilities others could not. I hope he can bring that same insight to his term or terms in office. He owns several high-profile golf properties, including Trump Doral in Miami Florida, which […]

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A Few Unruly Fans Tarnished the Ryder Cup

A Few Unruly Fans Tarnished the Ryder Cup

One of the more unfortunate aspects of the Ryder Cup was the inability of a few fans to act in an appropriate manner. The Europeans were guests of the American Ryder Cup Team, and as such, should have been treated with the up-most respect by every fan. Golf is a game that prides itself in its sportsmanship and fair play. The competitors respect each other and demonstrated tremendous class, whether winning or losing a match. It is indeed unfortunate that […]

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Questions Persist Days After the USGA Ruling Fiasco at Oakmont

Questions Persist Days After the USGA Ruling Fiasco at Oakmont

“If the Putter Doesn’t Hit……..You Must Acquit”……..…Not-Johnny Cochran   For a game that prides itself as a Gentlemanly pastime and self-enforces penalties, golf has seen some bizarre happenings over the years that have drastically affected the outcome of major golf tournaments. Before video replay and electronic scoreboards, Bob Goalby became the lucky recipient of the Masters Green Jacket in 1968, when Roberto De Vincenzo signed for an incorrect score and was disqualified. Tiger Woods hit such an accurate chip shot […]

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Philanthropy in Golf

Philanthropy in Golf

This article derives from a discussion about Philanthropy in Golf on May 3, 2016, Back 9 Report.   Golf and Golfers generate over $4 billion for charitable donation in the United States each year. With around 20 million golfers playing on approximately 15,000 golf courses around the country, it takes a ton of outings, benefits and tournaments to raise that gargantuan amount of money. Professional Golf Professional golf tournaments have grown in size and require thousands of volunteers to ensure […]

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