Notes Beem the salesman Haneys Tiger update

By Associated PressFebruary 3, 2009, 5:00 pm
SAN DIEGO ' The timing could not have been worse last year for Rich Beem, who failed to keep full status on the PGA Tour for the first time in 10 years as his sponsorship deals expired and the economy soured.
But when he started the new season two months later, Beem had a new lineup of sponsors for about the same amount of money.
How did the former PGA champion manage such a feat?
Basically, I just hit the pavement, Beem said, sounding like a salesman, which he was.
Two days after he finished the year at No. 140 on the money list, Beem pulled out his phone book and pored through a stack of business cards he had collected over his last decade on the PGA Tour and tried to strike a deal.
As soon as I got done, I just got on the phone, Beem said. I called up people I knew, either CEOs of their business or high enough up and said, Listen, you had talked about doing something with golf, would you like to get into it?
His agent helped him negotiate a modest renewal with Callaway Golf (bag, clubs, ball, glove and a logo on the shirt) and a modified deal with Mars, the parent company of Uncle Bens rice. Beem used to wear the logo on his cap, and now will do corporate outings.
Beem did the rest on his own.
On his cap is Guggenheim Properties, a private financial services firm with offices in Chicago and New York, courtesy of a longtime relationship with Jack Salerno. On the sleeve of his shirt is Nelson Financial Group ' Beem is neighbors in Idaho with one of the executives. He also arranged deals with Oakley (clothing, sunglasses).
None of these would be considered blockbuster deals, but each have a personal touch, and provide enough for Beem to take care of travel expenses as he tries to get by on a schedule built on sponsor exemptions and his conditional status.
And its a valuable lesson for players to pay attention to the people they meet on the PGA Tour.
The best salesperson for anybody is yourself, especially in this game, Beem said. You can sell yourself in pro-ams. How many people do we play golf with? Every week, someone gives me a card, a phone number. They tell you, Anytime youre in town, if you want to get together for dinner, or Anything I can do to help you out.
Beem met Salerno at Winged Foot during an outing 11 years ago. Salerno gave him his card, told him to call him if he was ever in Chicago and wanted to play Butler National. Beem took him up on the offer, shot 62 at Butler for the unofficial course record and weve been fast friends ever since.
Beem is comfortable in social settings. Instead of looking at pro-ams as a burden, he sees them as opportunity.

TIGER UPDATE: Swing coach Hank Haney spoke to a full house at the PGA Merchandise Show last week, and with the topic centered around instruction, he delivered one tidbit that might have surprised some of the teaching pros.
In the 5 1/2 years that Ive worked with Tiger, weve used video probably four times, Haney said. That might surprise a lot of people.
He paused and offered a wry smile.
Then again, hes on TV all the time, especially with some of the highlights, Haney said. Hell call me up and say, Did you see that swing on 16? But he knows what his mistakes look like. Once he sees a swing on video, he wont be surprised.
Haney has spent most of January at Isleworth with Woods, and while he couldnt say when the worlds No. 1 player would return to competition from his knee surgery, it sounds as though Woods is getting close.
Hes not ready right now, Haney said. But hes more ready this week than he was last week. He hasnt had any setbacks. He wants to play Augusta, and hes going to need to get in some events.

COLLECTORS ITEM: Even for a 19-year-old, Rory McIlroy had reason to wonder where the time has gone.
It was 10 years ago when he was watching the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, the year Colin Montgomerie defeated Mark OMeara for the title. It seems OMeara had holed a bunker shot on the 18th hole of the morning round and gave the ball to a young lad from Northern Ireland.
He signed it and Ive still got it, McIlroy said last week.
He couldnt resist bringing that up when McIlroy and OMeara, 52, played together the first two rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic, which McIlroy went on to win.

SLIM CARL: Carl Pettersson started the year looking slimmer than ever, having lost 20 pounds through diet and exercise. Pettersson said he knew it was time for a change when he felt sluggish after rounds, and figured he better get in shape if he wanted to continue competing well into the next decade.
I actually dont mind going to the gym, he said. But well see how long this lasts.
So far, so good. A month into the season, Pettersson said he has slipped only once, and that was last week at the FBR Open when he made a couple of trips to In-N-Out, the popular hamburger joint.
Asked if he was chubby as a kid growing up in Sweden, Pettersson replied, I only lived in Sweden 10 years. You guys make me fat.
Pettersson, whose father worked for Volvo, moved to North Carolina when he was 15.

IRONMEN: Brian Gay is finally taking a week off after playing the first four tournaments, all 17 rounds at par or better.
Four other players havent missed a beat, although they have missed a cut.
Daniel Chopra, Chez Reavie, Johnson Wagner and Ryuji Imada are scheduled to play the Buick Invitational, giving them five straight weeks on Tour. Chopra and Johnson have yet to make a 36-hole cut (there was no cut in the winners-only field at Kapalua).

DIVOTS: Lorena Ochoa is changing up her bag for the 2009 season. Ochoa said she will replace her 5-wood with another wedge, giving her four wedges. And a new putter, she said with a smile. David Toms has 12 consecutive rounds in the 60s dating to the second round of the Sony Open. BMW will be the title sponsor of the Italian Open, giving it three title sponsorships on the European Tour.

STAT OF THE WEEK: The last 13 winners of the Buick Invitational are major champions, the longest streak of any PGA Tour event except for the four majors.

FINAL WORD: Im getting another 25 with this club. That would be 2 feet, 1 inch.'Bart Bryant, 46, who was 166th in driving distance last year.
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    Pepperell among co-leaders early in Qatar

    By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 5:06 pm

    DOHA, Qatar – Eddie PepperellGregory Havret, and Aaron Rai made the most of calm early morning conditions at Doha Golf Club to set the pace in the opening round of the Qatar Masters at 7-under-par 65 on Thursday.

    Havret went bogey free, Pepperell made one bogey and eight birdies, while fellow English golfer Rai eagled his last hole to add to five birdies.

    One shot behind the leaders were four players, including former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari of Italy and former champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

    Defending champion Jeunghun Wang of South Korea started with a 68, and Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma of India shot 69 despite a double bogey on the 15th hole.

    Full-field scores from the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

    Pepperell, who is fast gaining a reputation on the European Tour for his irreverent tweets and meaningful blogs, showed his clubs can also do an equal amount of talking after missing cuts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Malaysia.

    Pepperell birdied Nos. 10, 11, 14, 16 and 18 with a single blemish on 13 after starting on the back nine. He made three more birdies on his back nine.

    He was joined on top of the leaderboard by Havret, who made five birdies in six holes from the sixth, and Rai, who eagled the last.

    ''I surprised myself, really,'' said Pepperell, who finished third in Portugal and Netherlands last year.

    ''I've made some changes this week with personnel, so I've been working on a couple of new things and I surprised myself out there with how well I managed to trust it.

    ''I hit some quality tee shots, that's the area I feel that I've been struggling with a bit lately. We had a good time.

    ''It's definitely a bigger picture for me this week than tomorrow and indeed the weekend. I'm not overly-fussed about my early season form.”

    Molinari, a three-time champion on the tour including last year in Morocco, started with eight straight pars, and then made seven birdies in his last 10 holes, including a chip-in for birdie on the last.

    ''I hit every green apart from the last one. I hit a lot of fairways, I had a lot of chances for birdie,'' said Edoardo, the older brother of Francesco.

    ''Last week in Oman, I had a decent week, I had a bad first round and then three very good rounds. It's been the case for the last few weeks so my focus this week was to try and get a good start.''

    Oliver Fisher of England was the best among the afternoon groups with a 6-under 66, joining Molinari, Quiros and Germany's Marcel Schneider in a tie for fourth.

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    Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

    By Tiger TrackerFebruary 22, 2018, 4:45 pm

    Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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    Honda Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 22, 2018, 2:15 pm

    The PGA Tour heads back east to kick off the Florida Swing at PGA National. Here are the key stats and information for the Honda Classic. Click here for full-field tee times.

    How to watch:

    Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream:

    Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream:

    Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6PM ET

    Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6PM ET

    Purse: $6.6 million ($1,188,000 to the winner)

    Course: PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (par-70; 7,140 yards)

    Defending champion: Rickie Fowler (-12) won by four, picking off his fourth PGA Tour victory.

    Notables in the field:

    Tiger Woods

    • Making his fourth start at the Honda Classic and his first since withdrawing with back spasms in 2014.

    • Shot a Sunday 62 in a T-2 finish in 2012, marking his lowest career final-round score on the PGA Tour.

    • Coming off a missed cut at last week's Genesis Open, his 17th in his Tour career.

    Rickie Fowler

    • The defending champion owns the lowest score to par and has recorded the most birdies and eagles in this event since 2012.

    • Fowler's last start was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he failed to close a 54-hole lead. Fowler is 1-for-6 with 54-hole leads in his Tour career, with his only successful close coming at last year's Honda.

    • On Tour this year, Fowler is first in scrambling from the fringe, second in total scrambling and third in strokes gained around the green. 

    Rory McIlroy

    • It's been feast or famine for McIlroy at the Honda. He won in 2012, withdrew with a toothache in 2013, finished T-2 in 2014 and missed the cut in 2015 and 2016.

    • McIlroy ascended to world No. 1 with his victory at PGA National in 2012, becoming the second youngest player at 22 years old to top the OWGR, behind only Woods. McIlroy was later edged by a slightly younger 22-year-old Jordan Spieth.

    • Since the beginning of 2010, only Dustin Johnson (15) has more PGA Tour victories than McIlroy (13). 

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    Lexi, J. Korda part of four-way tie in Thailand

    By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 1:01 pm

    CHONBURI, Thailand – Three-time tour winner Minjee Lee of Australia finished with a superb eagle putt to be among the four leaders after Day 1 of the LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club on Thursday.

    Lee sank a 45-foot putt on the 18th hole to card a 6-under-par 66 to tie for the lead with 2016 champion Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and local hope Moriya Jutanugarn.

    ''I just hit the collar. I didn't know if I was going to have enough. Such a big break there. I'm glad it caught the hole,'' Lee said.

    ''It's a second-shot golf course. Your approaches are really important, and obviously being in the right spots with the undulation. And if you have a hot putter that's going to help.''

    Full-field scores from the Honda LPGA Thailand

    Lee won the Vic Open near Melbourne this month and opened her 2018 LPGA tour account last week at the Women's Australian Open, finishing fifth.

    Thompson, who won this event in 2016 by six shots with a 20-under total and tied for fourth last year, started her latest round in style with an eagle followed by a birdie only to bogey the third hole. She carded four more birdies.

    ''It definitely helps to get that kind of start, but I was just trying to keep that momentum and not get ahead of myself,'' Thompson said.

    Her compatriot Korda had a roller-coaster round which featured eagles on the first and 17th holes, five birdies, a double bogey on the sixth, and two bogeys.

    Jutanugarn was the only player among the four to end the day without a bogey.

    ''I had a good start today, it was better than I expected,'' said Jutanugarn, who was seventh here last year.

    She's trying to become the first Thai winner of the tournament.

    Two-time champion Amy Yang and world No. 2 Sung Hyun Park were among six players at 5 under.