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The Marketing of Golf

February 7, 2012

Donnie Dwyer talks about Marketing in the world of golf and breaks down the different dimensions…

Photo of the Day: Luke Donald

October 24, 2011

Luke Donald poses with Donald Duck after winning the Children's Miracle Network Classic on Sunday. (John Raoux, Associated Press)

This is an awesome photo because it is of two Donald’s in the same picture. The funny part about me posting this on my blog is that my name is Donald and I also have a picture with Donald Duck. I also notice some similarities between the two in this picture. They are both really classy and they have big smiles. But in the end, to win that tournament after being 5 shots down is very impressive. I don’t care if your name is Donald or not, that’s winning at the highest level…

Golf can be a “cheap game” sometimes

September 28, 2010

Via ESPN:

Photo Courtesy of: Jeff Robinson/Icon SMI

Golf can be an expensive game. But the putter that netted Jim Furyk an $11.35 million payday Sunday at the Tour Championship cost him a whopping $39 at a discount golf shop near Boston. Jim Furyk found the putter that helped him win $11.35 million at the Tour Championship for $39 at a used equipment store.

Furyk picked up the used “Yes! Sophia” putter at Joe & Leigh’s Discount Golf Pro Shop at Pine Oaks Golf Course in Easton, Mass., earlier this month. He bought it during a quiet visit to the shop after the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, The Enterprise of Brockton first reported.

That same putter was in Furyk’s hands when he made a 2-foot putt for par that clinched the $1.35 million Tour Championship and another $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup.

The putter landed at the discount shop when two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Szep traded it in, The Boston Globe reported. Szep, who worked at the Globe from 1967 to 2001, now lives in Florida and is an avid golfer with a 7 handicap.

“I can’t believe it. It’s quite amusing,” said Szep, who watched the final holes of the Tour Championship at a friend’s house in Siesta Key, according to the report. “I said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to come see this. There’s my putter right there.’

Furyk's Yes! Sophia putter for $39

“It’s pretty neat. Usually I’m the one who’s going to the tour guys and trying to get their clubs, not the other way around.”

Furyk tried out a few putters during his 20-minute visit, then told club professional Mark Petrucci that the one he found had a nick that helped him line up the ball.

“It’s got a nick on the back flange, a little ding on the top,” Furyk said during his post-tournament interview on NBC. “I like it. I guess we were meant to be.”

Furyk will have the putter with him at this weekend’s Ryder Cup in Wales, according to the Globe.

“He made the putt and we got excited, and I’m sure people thought we were a little crazy that we were getting so excited over a golf tournament,” store co-owner Leigh Bader said, according to the Globe. “[Winning $11.35 million], using ‘our’ putter? We were rooting for him, because he was such a nice guy when he came in. Friendly, humble, unassuming.”

…This is a great story. Being an avid golfer and love for the sport, this makes me happy. I am always saying that it’s the clubs that make you better and for irons and woods that is so true. However, the putter is a different story. I have a generic Knight putter that came with my first set and I have sunk so many clutch putts with it in my lifetime that I don’t need the $150-$200 putters. Furyk showed that it is skill that matters and not price. Well he paid a low price for the club, the results were well worth it over the past week. I also feel happy for Paul Szep, the club owner cause he must feel like a million dollars cause that is probably what the club is worth after the round that Jim Furyk had at the Tour Championship. Just remember everybody, golf is about love of the game and not about the price…

Stuart Appleby shoots a 59 and wins the Greenbreir Classic

August 2, 2010

When you think golf during the weekend you think Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, maybe Fred Couples but not Stuart Appleby. Stuart Appleby felt opportunity, not nerves, as he started running out of real estate in the chase for golf’s magic number 59 during the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 

The Australian birdied the final three holes with putts of 15 feet or less Sunday to become the fifth PGA Tour player to reach the low-round record and win the Greenbrier Classic by a shot.

He also broke a four-year winless drought, when third-round leader Jeff Overton narrowly missed a long birdie try on the par-3 18th that would have forced a playoff.

Here is a priceless quote that describes his day and what it feels like to win on the PGA Tour…

“I was quite comfortable. It’s not a nerve-racking thing to be involved in. I had a lot of opportunities and I made them. It was great to do that to win the tournament.”

Appleby’s 11-under round on the Old White course put him at 22 under. Overton, playing three groups behind Appleby, shot 67 to finish at 21 under.

The others to shoot 59 were Al Geiberger at the 1977 Memphis Classic, Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational and David Duval at the 1999 Bob Hope Classic.

Appleby’s achievement was the first 59 on a par-70 course. Goydos’ came on a par 71 and the others on par 72s. Appleby understands there might be some debate as to whether his achievement is right up there with the others.

Jeff Overton came in second but it came down to the last stroke to force a playoff but he missed a 52 footer. Overton had 34 putts in the final round, three-putting three times. Here is a priceless quote from Jeff:

“I got beat by a 59,” said Overton, who had his third runner-up finish of the year and remains win less in five years on the Tour. “What can you say? I played great, hit a lot of great shots. You can’t win golf tournaments when you putt it that bad.”

Brendon de Jonge (65) finished third at 17 under. Tied at 15 under were Points (70), Woody Austin (63), Paul Stankowski (64), Roger Tambellini (65) and Jimmy Walker (67).

…Wow, what a tournament. To shoot a 59 is quite a big accomplishment. I think golf is so much more entertaining when it isn’t the big gunners or big names like we are used to hearing as sports fans. This is a nice accomplishment by Stuart and it should put him back on the map and he should be feeling great going into next weeks events. However, I feel really bad for the young kid Overton. He played well all week-long and almost hit the 5o footer at the end. He missed a short four-foot putt for birdie on the 17th and it cost him the match. His anger really got to him and it forced him to lose the event. He is an up and comer and I think people will be hearing his name around golf for many years to come…

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