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06 July 2020

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  • Hosung Choi’s embarressing air-swing; golf ball moves an inch
    06 July 2020

    Hosung Choi has been making headlines across the last few years for his entertaining, but very effective golf swing. But this week it makes headlines for the wrong reasons.

    Playing in the Busan Gyeongnam Open on the Korean Golf Tour, Choi let rip with his signature swing only to drop-kick his driver into the ground on the downswing and snick the ball off the tee and miss the ball. A bunch of now airborne turf dislodged the ball from the tee.

    After completing the pirouette, Choi sees his golf ball has moved no more than an inch.

    Check it out. This is hard to do.

    Hosung noooooooooooooooooo pic.twitter.com/vlND55T7Mt

    — Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) July 4, 2020

    The post Hosung Choi’s embarressing air-swing; golf ball moves an inch appeared first on Aussie Golfer.

  • "He won’t often have to hit mid-irons, ever."
    06 July 2020

    From this week’s Golf.com Confidential, caddie and contributor John Wood on Bryson DeChambeau’s game following the Rocket Mortgage Classic win:

    John Wood, PGA Tour caddie for Matt Kuchar (@Johnwould): Bryson seems to have broken the code for Bryson. And I think he has transferred what has been done at the long driving competitions for a while now to highly competitive golf. I couldn’t be more impressed. I was watching today and thought how economical this type of game is to practice. You practice drivers, wedges, chips and putting. He won’t often have to hit mid-irons, ever. Maybe a couple a day to par-5s. But for the most part, playing the game like he is playing it, and how courses are allowing him to play it through setup, why would you spend the time on fairway woods and hybrids and long/mid-irons when they will be used so seldom.

    Will Gray at GolfChannel.com featured several of DeChambeau’s comments and summed up the whirlwind week at Detroit Golf Club, including this.

    To that end, he’s looking to parse every possible advantage in a game where each player starts the week with the same score from the same teeing ground.

    “I think the most important thing is that I’ve shown people that there’s another way to do it, and there’s going to be other people trying to come up and do it that way,” DeChambeau said. “For me, I think there are going to be people trying to hit it a little harder, some of them, but at the end of the day, it’s going to take a generation for all this to evolve into something different.”

  • Buck Reflects On Fox's U.S. Open Run, What Kills Him Not To Have Called
    06 July 2020

    Fox Sports’ Joe Buck penned an uplifting serenade to five years of Fox handling USGA events and namely, the U.S. Open.

    While he has fond memories of everything coming together for both parties at Pebble Beach, including a fitting Tap Room finish, only one thing really bugs the broadcaster. Not getting to call a Tiger win, or at least, contending U.S. Open week.

    Regarding Tiger: We never got to see THE MAN do his thing. (MC, DNP, DNP, MC, T21 in our five years.) And that kills me.

    Buck also offers this about golf on TV.

    But I wouldn’t trade our five-year run for anything, because of the people I worked with (starting with our producer, Mark Loomis), what we experienced together, what we learned. Here are some quick lessons: Let the players and caddies talk. Less is more. From the field is better than from the booth. And the Fox Sports production-side innovations will become a big part of TV coverage elsewhere. Drone shots and more ball-tracers already are.

    While Fox promised a lot and severely under-delivered for the USGA, they did end up bringing the disruptor role that was promised by pushing others into more usage of tracer, drone and maybe someday, more mic’s in the cup to hear conversations on greens.

    I would add their hole graphics, which were the most artistically beautiful and useful when they worked, and their placement of cameras to better give viewers a sense of what the player faced along with the scale and details of tee shots. (The Golf.com gang touched on this and more in this week’s Confidential, point 5).

    Buck also deserves credit for adjusting his style and stepping up immediately in big situations when he did not let controversy stop him from calling it as he saw it.

  • Swing Time Germantown: Hole 7 Duck Crossing- (Par 2) Presented by MiniGolfReviews.com
    06 July 2020

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  • Circumstances Surrounding Member’s Termination From Club May Determine His Entitlement To Refund Of $100,000 Membership Deposit
    06 July 2020

    By: Rob Harris

    William Harmelin has sued Arizona’s Silverleaf Club, seeking to recover the $100,000 deposit he and his wife paid when they joined the club ten years ago.

    As a federal district court stated in denying Mr. Harmelin’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, “[i]n September 2019, Plaintiff’s membership was terminated after he allegedly committed repeated acts of misconduct and harassment of the Club’s staff and employees.”

    According to the court, “[t]he underlying reasons for the membership termination are not at issue…, but the nature of the termination is.” Specifically, the fate of Mr. Harmelin’s $100,000may depend on “whether Plaintiff’s membership was recalled or whether he was expelled from the Club.”

    As the court noted, the agreement signed by Mr. Harmelin, “the Club has the power to recall a member’s membership at any time, and for any or no reason.” Under such circumstances, Silverleaf would be required to refund Mr. Harmelin’s membership deposit within thirty days.

    On the other hand, the Membership Plan which the court held to be incorporated into the agreement permitted “the Club to levy sanctions against a member for cause, including for a member’s misconduct…” Permitted sanctions include expulsion, in which event the member “shall immediately and automatically forfeit all membership privileges, including the refund of any Membership Deposit…”

    The court also observed that Rules incorporated into the membership agreement provided for expulsion for “violation of any Club Rules or conduct in a manner prejudicial to the best interest of the Club,” and that any membership terminated under the Rules would be placed on a waiting list for re-issuance, with the member’s deposit being refunded when the membership is re-issued.

    Given these arguably inconsistent and ambiguous provisions, and the undeveloped nature of the factual record, the court determined that “there are too many missing pieces and unsettled issues to grant Plaintiff judgment on the pleadings.”

     

     

    The dispositive issue in Mr. Harmelin’s lawsuit is not

  • The great wellness escape to Zala Springs Golf Resort!
    06 July 2020

    The Hungarian Zala Springs Golf Resort (w/t a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed championship golf course) is planning to open its Wellness Centre in October.

    The post The great wellness escape to Zala Springs Golf Resort! appeared first on Golf Business Monitor.

  • The Amazing Numbers And Thorny Questions Prompted By Bryson's Distance-Fueled Rocket Mortgage Win
    06 July 2020

    One of several CBS graphics highlighting DeChambeau’s dominant driving

    The numbers are eye-popping and impressive. So is the dedication and precision displayed by Bryson DeChambeau in winning the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

    Not so great: his mood on Saturday and the resulting brand hit in whining about protecting his privacy.

    He finishes a four-week run 67 under par and will leave the golf world debating about what we just saw.

    A few stats of note:

    • First player in the 16 years of ShotLink and “Strokes Gained” to lead a field in both driving and putting.

    • Averaged 350.6 on the eight measuring holes, compared to a field average of 301.5.

    • He averaged 329.8 on all drives at tree-lined Detroit Golf Club, compared to the field’s 297.6 average.

    • DeChambeau reached 23-under-par to win by three strokes over Matthew Wolff, who started the day three ahead. Wolff hit five more fairways for the week, if that means anything (38/56 to Bryson’s 33/56).

    • According to CBS’s Jim Nantz, DeChambeau’s drives Sunday ended up 423 yards longer than playing partner Troy Merritt’s. And 143 yards longer than Wolff’s tee shots on the non-par-3s.

    There are, of course, issues that come with all of this madness. In no particular order:

    • I get more questions asking if there is drug testing instead of equipment or COVID-19 testing.

    • Half of most social media posts regarding DeChambeau descend into unfair character assassination about the naturalness of the weight and strength gain without any evidence this is something other than just hard work and an excessive diet.

    • There are undoubtedly kids and parents watching and sending junior to the gym instead of our to play or practice golf. This has always been a risk of allowing golf to become a long drive contest, and now we have an extreme example to inspire a movement.

    • Even with CBS having their best production yet, highlighted by some excellent storytelling around the DeChambeau dominance, the sight of driver-wedge golf and 8-irons into par-5s lacks any significant give-and-take between player and course. I’m not saying it’s boring, but there is less satisfaction in watching a course unable to call on a variety of skills.

    The obvious question of such a dominant and shocking performance: where do we go from here on the distance debate?

    Focusing on one player will only backfire for the governing bodies who have, for the moment, suspended the next steps of their Distance Insights Study and follow-up stages. The USGA and R&A will only take heat for singling him out, no matter how many unattractive episodes he has with people just doing their job.

    So after rightfully praising DeChambeau for his work ethic and execution, it is not out of line to ask if this is the way golf should be played at the highest level?

    Besides the well-documented issues of outdating classic courses and eliminating once-essential skills needed to succeed, DeChambeau’s success highlights a notion long mocked as a non-issue: is a weight-gain focused push for speed a good thing?

    Do the leaders of golf believe it is sustainable, wise and merely human progress playing out before our eyes? Or, might a tweak to the aerodynamics of the ball retain the essential characteristics that helped golf thrive and survive for centuries?

    If he stays healthy, DeChambeau will succeed in the sport no matter what actions are taken because he will adapt. His template for success should only serve as a reminder that there needs to be more than one way to get the ball in the hole, and more than one type of physique that can excel at golf.

  • Bryson Scolds Television Cameraman For "Watching me the whole entire way up after getting out of the bunker", Calls For More On-Course Privacy
    06 July 2020

    Bryson running a little hot. Caught up with him on 7 where he took a Sergio slash at the sand after splashing out of a greenside bunker, muttered an expletive after missing the par save and spent 60 seconds in a...testy discussion with a cameraman on his way to 8 tee. pic.twitter.com/ENjQt1U689

    — Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) July 4, 2020

    Bryson DeChambeau was seen giving a television cameraman covering round three of the Rocket Mortgage Classic some and was asked about his outburst by GolfChannel.com’s Will Gray following a third round 67.

    So he gave the cameraman grief for, what, you ask?

    Keeping the camera on Bryson…too long.

    Yep. His privacy was invaded. His brand tainted.

    Before we dive in to Gray’s GolfChannel.com story from Detroit Golf Club (where DeChambeau trails Matthew Wolff by three), I want to highlight some layers to this bizarre moment in the “Return to Golf”.

    DeChambeau’s diva-gone-awry moment illuminates, among other things:

    —The value of on site reporting and a writer (Gray) observing something not seen on a telecast, then asking a simple question post-round about what the issue was with the cameraman on the 7th hole. This kind of coverage is already limited in the era of COVID-19 and dwindling media resources.

    —The positively thankless job of working as a camera operator these days for CBS or PGA Tour Live. (I’m not clear yet which this lens man doing his job works for). Earlier this week, this cameraman most likely boarded a flight where you could get infected with COVID-19, sat in a cramped coach seat with no spacing, will have to fill out an expense essay detailing why he’s billing the company for an in-flight gin and tonic, only to arrive in sultry Detroit to have some bloated brat in a newsboy cap bellow on about you doing your job.

    —The clubby attitude of some PGA Tour players whose ideal world may consist of no cameras, media, fans, sponsors or a sense of appreciation for the privileges of playing during a pandemic.

    —The value of attending English classes at SMU to learn not to say things like “whole entire way”.

    I could pile on (too late?), but let’s get to the quotes in Gray’s piece. Remember, this came after a 67 that included some absurdly long tee shots.

    DeChambeau fired his club angrily into the sand shortly after impact, and he ultimately made bogey. While he described his reaction to the shot as “dumb,” he took issue with the cameraman subsequently following him closely as he approached the green and marked his ball.

    “He was literally watching me the whole entire way up after getting out of the bunker, walking up next to the green. And I just was like, ‘Sir, what is the need to watch me that long?’” DeChambeau said. “I mean, I understand it’s his job to video me, but at the same point, I think we need to start protecting our players out here compared to showing a potential vulnerability and hurting someone’s image. I just don’t think that’s necessarily the right thing to do.”

    Yes, cameramen, from now on drop the lens downward when you sense a grown man’s image might be tainted by their generally childish behavior.

    Anyway, Gray saw the exchange where DeChambeau expressed his obviously delusional views to the unsuspecting cameraman. Following the round he was asked and Bryson answered:

    “As much as we’re out here performing, I think it’s necessary that we have our times of privacy as well when things aren’t going our way. I mean, we’re in the spotlight, but if somebody else is in the spotlight they wouldn’t want that either,” DeChambeau said. “I feel like when you’re videoing someone and you catch Tiger (Woods) at a bad time, you show him accidentally doing something, or someone else, they’re just frustrated because they really care about the game. It could really hurt them if they catch you at a potentially vulnerable time.”

    Oh, you mean like, a fine? Not exactly…

    “We don’t mean anything by it, we just care a lot about the game. For that to damage our brand like that, that’s not cool in the way we act because if you actually meet me in person, I’m not too bad of a dude, I don’t think.”

    Yep he played the brand card. But do give him credit for avoiding the first person reference.

    There has been a risk in the PGA Tour pushing the “Return to Golf” in these difficult times. Commissioner Jay Monahan has said as much. So remember Bryson, you need to act grateful to be back playing. While other sports struggle to get back, everyone is pleased to have professional golf back. Please try to remember that the world is watching and if you don’t like it, stay home. Oh, and next time you spew droplets in someone’s face, wear a mask—like the cameraman you so unfairly berated.

  • DeChambeau powers his way to Motor City win
    06 July 2020
    Bryson DeChambeau flashed some of his newfound power en route to a Rocket Mortgage Classic victory.
  • Bryson DeChambeau just proved his get-big experiment is a winning formula
    06 July 2020
    He'd been close since adding pounds and distance. And he still had to answer all the questions about his methods. His win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic should take care of all that once and for all.

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