Notes Sponsorship deals Furyks belly

By Doug FergusonSeptember 3, 2010, 3:12 am
PGA Tour (75x100)NORTON, Mass. – Deutsche Bank has picked up the option on the final two years of its title sponsorship, and it will have some financial help from a familiar partner in EMC Corp., which will be a presenting sponsor.

Terms of the deal were not announced. Seth Waugh, the CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas, instead focused on reports showing it has raised upward of $70 million in revenue each year since the tournament began in 2003.

“Someone once told me when I started in the business that the best thing you can ever do for the economy is to create a job,” Waugh said. “And I’m hoping that in $500 million, there’s a number of jobs that have been created out here. Our view is that it’s never been more important to do that than it is today.”

The renewal was the 19th title sponsorship deal the tour has completed since the start of 2009. With Deutsche Bank, it assures that all its FedEx Cup playoff events are sponsored through 2012, the end of the current TV contract.

The Deutsche Bank Championship is the only playoff event that has never changed dates. It was a risky move when the tournament chose to end on Labor Day.

“We took a tough weekend – it’s not a corporate weekend, it’s a family weekend – and said, ‘Let’s make that a strength rather than a weakness.’ And I think New England has embraced that,” Waugh said.

EMC has been a founding partner since the tournament began, and it previously was the title sponsor of the World Cup.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was headed to Ohio for what was likely to be a similar announcement at the Memorial, the tournament Jack Nicklaus created. At least two more deals are expected by the end of the year.

“It hasn’t turned out to be devastating,” Finchem said. “It’s just harder work.”

Given the amount of sponsorships it has kept, Finchem said he would give his marketing team an “A” for a grade. Finchem said given the economic climate, it takes longer to secure a contract, and there is more scrutiny by companies wanting to get involved in PGA Tour sponsorship because entertainment dollars are tight.

He said the scrutiny has helped golf, however, because it compared favorably among other sports.


FURYK’S BELLY: Seeing Jim Furyk on the first tee Thursday at the TPC Boston was worth two looks – and not just because Furyk’s alarm clock worked and he made his pro-am time.

Four clubs stood tall in his bag – the driver and a fairway metal, and two belly putters.

Furyk was contemplating using the belly putter this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, as he had last week at The Barclays before he was disqualified for oversleeping and missing his tee time.

He last tried a belly putter years ago, then gave up on it. Furyk said he closed with two low rounds at the Honda Classic, then tried it again at The Players Championship.

“Didn’t putt very well,” he said. “I went back to the shorter putter for the final round.”

Meanwhile, the rule that got Furyk disqualified was suspended for the rest of the year. The tour figured the playoff events were different from regular events, particularly because a player who withdraws or is ineligible is not replaced by anyone.

Tiger Woods understood the suspension the rule, although he was curious about the timing.

“I would think they would have waited until after the season was completed,” Woods said. “It’s only affected one player so far this year, and that was Jim. But I can understand it. I just thought it might have been a little premature.”


MICKELSON’S DAY: Phil Mickelson, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2007, was among the last to arrive. He was not at the dinner party that Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin hosted for the eight Americans who made the team. And he asked out of his pro-am round Thursday, swapping it out with a corporate function, as he was entitled to do.

Why the late arrival?

Part of that could be issues with his driver. Mickelson’s driver broke last week at The Barclays, and he was working hard on the practice range over the weekend trying to find another one he liked.


TIGER TIME: It’s not quite death and taxes, but just about any pro-am on the PGA Tour will feature Tiger Woods in the first group of the morning. He was in the morning way at the TPC Boston, but there were five other groups ahead of him.

Why wasn’t he first?

For starters, he wasn’t even in the pro-am because of his low FedEx Cup ranking (No. 65). Instead, Woods was a sponsor selection to play the pro-am, and his options were 7:40 a.m. or 12:40 p.m.

“It just shows how far I’ve fallen,” Woods said with a laugh.

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.