Terrorist Attack Effects Ripple Into Golf Business
AIRLINE HALT TRAPS PING EXECS: The interruption in airline traffic caused by Tuesdays terrorist attacks has grounded Pings plans to personally introduce its new driver ' and stranded a handful of its executives.
Ping had planned a multi-city tour to show members of the golf retail and press communities its new TiSI Tec titanium driver. But Ping has now canceled the road show because of the grounding of all North American air traffic after the attacks on New York and Washington. Ping executives, including chairman and CEO John Solheim, had made it as far as Toronto, the first stop on the trip. The group will return to company headquarters in Phoenix when airline traffic resumes.
PERRYGOLF ALLOWS RESCHEDULING: The airline problems have moved golf travel company PerryGolf of Atlanta to allow customers who had British Isles golf packages to reschedule their entire land itineraries. The rescheduled packages must be completed within the next 12 months. There will be no additional charge for resetting the dates. Check the details of the policy on the companys website at www.PerryGolf.com.
CLUBCORP ENACTS DISABLED GUIDELINES: Beating expected U.S. Justice Department regulations by 18 months, Dallas-based ClubCorp, the largest golf course owner in the United States, has released guidelines for accommodating disabled golfers at its courses.
These guidelines will change the way the golf industry operates and designs courses, said Michael Quimbey Sr., ClubCorps vice president for environmental affairs and author of a book on helping disabled golfers enjoy the game. By collaborating with organizations that represent disabled golfers and major industry associations, we have built a fair and reasonable framework to ensure that everyone has access to golf.
The seven pages of guidelines will also help member courses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 statute whose most prominent golf test was PGA Tour Inc. v Martin. That was the case in which the Supreme Court of the United States determined that professional golfer Casey Martin had the right to use a golf cart in PGA Tour events.
Among other things, the guidelines offer advice on accessibility to courses, buildings and parking areas; course design principles that will make the game more accessible to disabled players; and suggestions for adaptation of existing facilities.
ClubCorp, whose assets exceed $1.7 billion, owns or operates more than 210 golf facilities.
Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.
Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.
The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.
Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.
The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.
Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.
The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:
The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.
For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.
But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.
Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":
Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.
Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.
The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.
“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.
In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.
“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”
Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.
“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.