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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    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

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    Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

    By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

    Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

    Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

    “Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

    Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

    “When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

    Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

    “Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

    In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

    “Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

    Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

    “The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

    Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

    “Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to

    Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

    Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

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    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

    Christina Kim:

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: