Deane Beman: TPC Sawgrass built for golf fans
Former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman joins Morning Drive on Friday of the 2015 Players Championship.
Deane Beman on Pete Dye and No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass
Deane Beman joins Morning Drive on Friday of the 2015 Players Championship to discuss Pete Dye and the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.
Ginella's Journey: TPC Sawgrass
Travel along with Matt Ginella to TPC Sawgrass, home of the 2015 Players Championship. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Feherty: Deane Beman Monday 10PM ET
Feherty sits down with former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman to discuss how TPC Sawgrass came to be on an all-new episode. Watch Feherty Mondays at 10PM ET only on Golf Channel.
Feherty: Why Beman waited so long to turn pro
David Feherty asks Deane Beman what took him so long to turn professional.York on my right hand where they had a, I had a chronic inflammation in my right wrist, and every time I practiced and played for, for about three years even though, I was only playing in maybe half a dozen a year because I, just physically couldn't do that, couldn't practice. So I won, I won the amateur and, and, and 63 literally almost one handed, then I started with all the medical advice and it took me until 60, late 66 to get it fixed. That must have been a very difficult time. It was tough, and, and I was chomping at the bit, I wanted to turn professional. You know things on the tour we're improving. You could actually make a pretty good living. Even if you weren't even if you weren't Jack Nicholas and Arnold Palmer it was reasonable. But I was just not physically able to do that you know. Was, was it because of Jack Nicholas and Arnold Palmer that, that you could make a decent living in the tour? In those days, did they elevate the game to a different
Feherty: Beman on start of Champions, Web.com tours
Deane Beman and David Feherty discuss how the Champions and Web.com tours came to be.of tours that we haven't talked about are the Web.com and the Champions tour and they sort of, they're, they orbit the main tour, if you like. How did they come about? Well the Senior Tourand the regular tour. Into the, what is called, now called the Champions Tour . They were very competitive from day one, and so it's made a great contribution to golf certainly very helpful and very good
Feherty: Beman talks the origins of 'stadium golf'
Deane Beman and David Feherty discuss the origins of 'stadium golf'.was Eddie Ault and he he and I were gonna build a golf course on the eastern shore of Maryland, which never came about. We never, never the project never got off the ground. But in, in talking and routing the golf course , we talked about the tournament golf courses and he and I together developed this concept of, in stadium golf. And so we,
Feherty: Beman on importance of marketing golf
Deane Beman talks with David Feherty about the importance of marketing golf.part of. Is you know, companies like Nationwide, or you know, like Coca Cola or you know, they can do such good in the community. it, it really helped their image. Yeah, we're their home base. Coca - Cola in Atlanta, and their involvement in golf, and of course nationwide. Now with Jack's tournament, in Columbus, we, we're able to keep those relationships, because golf is, is a very special sport . And, and, and the, the players have been willing to allow the Tour as their organization because it's a player's organization. The
Feherty: Why does everyone love Deane Beman?
David Feherty asks Deane Beman why people loved him.he said, tell you what you do. He says, you get some fingernail polish , and put it on those coins, and he says, when I pick the coins up, I'll put em back in the slot in your door. And so, we had free laundry. And, it made a big difference. Because, I had a baby with, and and back then, you know, you, they're not paper diapers. and, and so we were running a lot of, of our clothes through those machines, but it was worth probably $4, $5 a week, which was a lot of money back then. There's something that strikes me early is that. You, you were ahead of the curve. It seems you're at college, and
David Feherty previews Deane Beman interview
David Feherty discusses his interview with Deane Beman. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.in, in Ireland, you're of the European community. You're, you're from the European tour . What, what was your first recollection or memory of Deane Beman and what impact he had on the game of golf? Do you remember? Yeah, I do remember. We had just switched from the, the 1.62 to the 1.68 golf ball. Mm-hm. I think it was like in the early seventies. And you, you know, I think it was right around that time maybe a, a couple of years later where the PGA of America. Split and we, we got the PGA Tour over here and the architect of that was Deane Beman. And I, I remember him being a central figure in professional golfabout what he did, or what he's done for the present day PGA tour ? Well, well you're right you know Tim Finchem had this, actually one central character, if you like, that's that's changed golf. Deanehad to convince people that he was gonna turn it into a golf course . And he actually did some of the work himself. Yeah they, they drove bulldozers and because it was cheaper that you hired them by the day, ran them 24 hours a day. Mm. they, they were moving dirt and you know, digging A swamp essentially 24 hours a day for I don't recall how long, a long time and, and, you know, turned it into a golf course and across the street, you know, the TPC eventually got built. I mean he, he, he was the seed, you know, that germinated into that entire golf community, if you like. And Up in Jacksonville. Do you think, did you get a sense of great pride that he has in the present day PGA tour ? Yes, absolutely. he, he still loves golf. He he feels that he was a big part of of making it making the
Adjustability : Beman discusses new Cure putter
Former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman shows Charlie Rymer his new Cure putter from Veritas Golf at 2014 PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day at Orange County National.and golf was not doing that. When I became commissioner, the NFL Super Bowl then played for 13 or 14 years, so we knew big money was already in the sports, but it certainly wasn't in golf from the standpoint of the-- of the organization. It was big because of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus They were-- they've made a lot of money, the rest of the players did not make a lot. So-- -In May, we
Feherty: Beman reflects on his surgeries
Deane Beman discusses with David Feherty some of the surgeries he underwent while he was playing on the PGA Tour.Well, they didn't know that back then. so, they went in for exploratory surgery on my right hand and decided that, that they really didn't know how to fix it per say. Oh, excellent. So what they did was, was take the carpal ligament, and transplant it underneath a couple of tendons so that even though it got inflamed it didn't hurt. Mm-hm. So my, you know if you look at my left wrist you'll see my tendons in the middle of my hand bow string across my carpal. Oh, yeah. Is underneath these tendons. There's