Is TaylorMade Sniffing Around Maxfli Again

By Adam BarrOctober 3, 2001, 4:00 pm
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ANOTHER TRY AT TAYLOR MADE-MAXFLI? As usual, no ones talking out loud, but theres plenty of golf industry whispering lately about another potential union between TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Maxfli. (Astute merger watchers will recall that the two companies talked before, but decided to step back from the altar.)
 
TaylorMade has allowed its three-year-old golf ball brand to languish recently. President Mark King said at the 2001 PGA Merchandise Show in February that the company would accomplish some key objectives in clubs first, then look to balls.
 
And accomplish it did. TaylorMades 300 Series woods have sold well in a down golf economy, and have made their mark on the PGA Tour. Question is, would acquiring Maxfli help TMaG get it done in golf balls?
 
Maxfli has made a recent splash with its new A10 golf ball, which has already been used by 13 winners on various pro tours, including Se Ri Pak and Robert Allenby. And many in the industry respect Maxflis technology and R&D, which produced the popular Revolution model.
 
But Maxflis overall market share has slumped to the six- to seven-percent range in recent years. Some see the brand as just keeping its head above water in the marketing storm whipped up by well-heeled competitors Nike, Callaway Golf and Titleist.
 
British capital group CinVen, which bought Maxflis parent, Dunlop Slazenger from BTR (now Invensys) in 1996 for 330 million, has long been rumored to be looking for ways to unload Maxfli. By one estimate, golf accounted for 60 percent of Dunlop Slazengers 200 million (about $300 million) in annual sales last year. Tennis and other sports made up the difference.
 
TRYON HITS (UP) TARGET: New young pro Ty Tryon of Orlando, Fla. has signed an endorsement deal with retail powerhouse Target Stores. Tryon, who made the cut as an amateur in two PGA Tour events this year (the Honda Classic and the B.C. Open), turned pro in August, even though he is still a junior at Orlandos Dr. Phillips High School.
 
Tryon will wear the Target bulls-eye logo. Hell also work with designer Mossimo Giani (whose first-name-only clothes used to adorn David Duval) to come up with a line of youthful golf and leisure wear.
 
SPALDING WARNING: A Tuesday message warned customers of Spalding Sports Worldwide not to get the wrong idea if they read reports that the company wont make the October interest payment to major bondholders. Spalding has decided to take the 30-day grace period allowed under the terms of the bond while it negotiates the possible recapitalization of the company with a group of bondholders. That would also involve major debt restructuring.
 
Spalding assured customers that the news has nothing to do with the liquidity of the company, and products and payments will flow in the normal course of business.
 
No word yet on whether the Spalding warning is code for an impending positive changes for Spalding ' but watch this space.
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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.