Some You Might Have Missed

By Brian HewittJanuary 30, 2009, 5:00 pm
2009 PGA Merchandise ShowORLANDO, Fla. ' For the golfer who has everything ... there is this stuff:
 
Some of it is cute, some of it is humorous, some of it is clever, some of it is irrelevant and some of it is ... well ... well let you decide. And then well add our own wiseacre remarks.
 
What all the following products have in common is they are currently on display at the PGA Merchandise Show.
 
  • Loud Mouth Golf: This companys product is bad pants. Actually Loud Mouths David Halldorson doesnt think theyre so bad.
     
    Theyre magic pants, he said Friday. Electric pants. Fun.
     
    A pair of them will set you back $89. And the biggest seller to date is the Disco Balls model which comes in a white or a black background.
     
    Comment: These are the only pants I've ever seen that should require the wearer to yell Fore when he puts them on.
     
  • Gabby Golfer: The worlds first talking golf club. Its a novelty product. It costs $49.95. Its a full-sized driver. And, no, says Gabby Golfers Karlis Ewing, its not meant to be used on a golf course.
     
    The club has an internal tape loop that is set to deliver a phrase every time you swing it. Phrases like, What a slice, making sandwiches? Or Nice hook for fishing.
     
    And no, the Gabby Golfer does not come in R- or X-rated versions.
     
    Comment: Ewing said he wanted to bring the Gabby Golfer to a tryout for Golf Channels Fore Inventors Only show but the product was still in development at the time. People love it, Ewing said of his driver.
     
  • Birdieball: Billed as the most accurate and rewarding practice ball in golf ... only flies about 40 yards with every club.
     
    Comment: Not sure whats so rewarding about a ball that goes the same distance with every club. But, hey, entrepreneurial spirit is important in these times.
     
  • Cape Madras: Mens and womens pants, shorts, skirts and Capris.
     
    Comment: Maybe Cape Madras will expand to tennis. Wouldnt you love to see Rafael Nadal in madras Capris?
     
  • Gem-Dandy Accessories: Tour brand belts, wallets, small leather goods, corporate gifts and hosiery.
     
    Comment: Hosiery? Not immediately known whether Gem-Dandies come in a thigh high.
     
  • Go-Go Caddy: This is a detachable mount and rack to carry golf clubs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
     
    Comment: When its cart paths only I want to see the ranger tough enough to tell a guy on a Harley to get his hog the hell off the fairway.
     
  • Golftini: Womens apparel with the logo of a martini glass.
     
    Comment: Best selling color is assumed to be olive.
     
  • Golfoholic: This encompasses a large array of products including apparel, golf bags and fine leather goods.
     
    Comment: No truth to industry rumors of an imminent merger between Golftini and Golfoholic (although it might not be a bad idea.)
     
  • L.o.f.t.: Golf duds catering to the average golfer. Target player is the more than 50 million golfers who do not regularly break 100.
     
    Comment: Long live the chop.
     
  • Ocean Cleanse: Used to detox huge amounts of body stress toxins. Product requires a two-gallon tub of tap water to eliminate toxins through the pores of your feet.
     
    Comment: Butch Harmon was unavailable for comment.
     
  • Orange Whip Trainer: Its designed to create an athletic swing. Company says its also a great core workout.
     
    Comment: Sounded like a Vegas nightclub act at first.
     
  • Paratemps Eccentrique, Inc.: These guys make square umbrellas.
     
    Comment: Their timing was good this week since it was raining when the show closed Thursday and when it opened Friday. Am thinking Huey Lewis would be a great endorser of this product: Its Hip To Be Square.
     
  • Teach-N-Towel: Designed to aid players in fundamentals of set-up and alignment and ball placement.
     
    Comment: But is it big enough to wrap around your waist if the doorbell rings while youre in the shower?
     
  • Tilley Hats: They are washable, packable and come with a four-page owners manual and free insurance against theft and loss. Guaranteed for life against wearing out.
     
    Comment: This is my favorite by far: An insured hat with a users manual. Are you kidding me? Wonder if that covers acts of God, like a big wind.
     
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.