Tuesday, November 25, 2008

GM Lets The Tail Go

Tiger Woods will have a little less pocket change, as General Motors will not be renewing Woods’ endorsement contract, believed to be worth about $7 to $8 million per year. Moreover, GM will take a more limited approach to its marketing on the PGA Tour and reduce their exposure at certain events.

This move by General Motors is an obvious sign of the times, as American automakers (perhaps anticipating their eventual bailout from the Federal government… wink, wink, nudge nudge) must prudently trim their expenditures.

In terms of Woods’ endorsement portfolio (Nike, Gatorade, Gillette, Tag Heuer), it always seemed that Buick was a not-so-obvious fit. It ranks right up there with MJ endorsing Ball Park Hot Dogs. I’m sure Buick had a heyday back when Edsels were still the joke. But lets face it; analogizing Tiger’s excellence to an American-made car is like comparing a diamond to a booger.

But Buick isn’t totally lost. The 2009 Wildcat Gran Sport will only set you back around $60,000, has a real retro-sleek look to it and perhaps something that Tiger would actually keep in his garage.

Tiger Drives The Wildcat. Ring that one up the flagpole!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Augusta Ch-ch-changes... again!

Augusta National President Billy Payne wants to "provide greater flexibility in the event of adverse weather conditions." This will be most notable on the 1st tee, which has been moved up to help "ease gallery flow." Greens # 1, 5, & 7 have also been renovated with new heating/cooling systems. Although the tee boxes have been lengthened, the home course for the Masters has been shortened by a grand total of 10 yards.

What is seemingly worrying Payne is the notion of a tournament suffering from lackluster scores due to inclement weather, the most notable of which is Zach Johnson's windy, cold 2007 victory, the highest winning score in Masters history. It is this notion of attempting to control adverse weather conditions that is irksome.

Not that Payne's changes to the course will automatically lower scores, but this golf and not Golden Tee. Part of the fun of watching professionals playing in tough weather is that they become more like us: mistake-prone, rattled...HUMAN!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What can the Majors learn from J.P. Hayes?

In an act that speaks volumes about the person and league he represents, J.P. Hayes was honest enough to turn himself in, knowing fully that the chance at winning millions of dollars on the PGA Tour would most certainly be in jeopardy.

By using an illegal prototype golf ball during a ‘Q-School’ round, Hayes subjected himself to full disqualification from the tournament and ultimately, a spot on the Tour. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Hayes admitted, “It was my mistake. I had no choice but to take my medicine."

“I would say everybody out here [on the PGA Tour] would have done the same thing,"

The notion that Hayes and ‘everyone else’ are adhering to the rules may be shocking to some, even regarded as stupid. After all, if you’re not cheating then you’re not trying to win, right? Moreover, Hayes infraction seems benign compared with the punishment to which he subjected himself. Hayes honesty even may seem audacious, but the principle remains.

To take the risk of being regarded as a ‘cheat’ is not worth price of a spot on the Tour. Honesty, in this case, is the far greater virtue.

A virtue, to which no other major sport can rightfully claim, but is not out of the realm of possibility.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Golf Etiquette... GET SOME!!!

Rick Pipal gets it.

Who is Rick Pipal you may ask?

For those who have always wanted to take up the game, but are afraid of embarrassing themselves on the course, Rick Pipal wants to provide you with an invaluable service. As the Creator/Owner of Duffy Mac Golf, Mr. Pipal wishes to influence people of all ages to take up the game of golf, but not without neglecting what he terms as the “essential components of the game.”

Thanks to Mr. Pipal’s workshops and his manual “The Golf Course”, the Royal and Ancient game has someone committed to informing all players about decorum and conduct on the golf course. The Duffy Mac workshops are great for groups, especially for beginners who may be going to their first corporate outing. “The Golf Course” manual is probably more suited for the hacks and ignoramuses who need a little detention session to read over what they’re doing wrong.

Duffy Mac Golf won’t help you lower your handicap, but it may very well keep you from pissing off your playing partners. Feel free to log onto his website http://www.duffymacgolf.com for information about workshops, the manual and other nice promo items.

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