Wheres My PGA Show Goodie Bag

By January 30, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 PGA Merchandise ShowORLANDO, Fla. -- I was fully expecting, as an attendee of the spectacular 2005 PGA Merchandise Show, to receive an expensive goodie bag when I entered the massive Orange County Convention Center.
 
Although void of the famous red carpet, I still foolishly assumed it would be just like Oscar night in Hollywood and a gift bag filled with hundreds if not thousands of dollars of golf gifts would be mine.
 
Not only was this not the case, but to make matters even worse, I also realized that I hadnt even been nominated for anything.
 
GustBuster umbrellaAhh, but the show must go on, and so I instead strolled into the massive convention hall and decided to make a list of things that I would have enjoyed to be in my wonderful goodie bag. And then seeing that some of these items couldnt possibly fit in a little gift bag, I instead envisioned needing a large SUV to get the goodies home.
 
Starting small I uncovered a little booth called 535s Sport Optics that dealt in eyewear. Using a lens technology that filters out red and blue light ' while allowing green in ' the resulting effect is that you are able to truly see the contours of the green while still providing UV and IR protection.
 
There are hundreds of teaching aids in this place, but none of them are going to help you if you dont have a good read of the green, said founder Barry Ozer. With these youll see the green like never before.
 
Flying high above the showroom floor like the flags of the United Nations, GustBuster golf umbrellas were easy to spot. The No. 1 choice for golfers on all the major tours, these award-winning umbrellas are quite simply the best designed and best looking. With the double canopy design, which has been tested to withstand winds up to 55 mph, the umbrella can sometimes be your best friend when playing on a rainy day.
 
And if it isnt the rain causing you grief, then Mother Nature is probably serving up some extreme heat or perhaps sending a little chill through the air while youre trying to get in your weekly 18. Well, no more worries, as a company called Masterflux is bringing to the masses a heating and cooling system thats built right into the cart to keep you as comfortable as possible despite Mother Natures objections.
 
With so many golfers rambling these days about looking for chances to walk the golf course instead of ride in a cart, SeeMore Golf has come up with an ingenious and simple solution to those in need.
 
Without having to haul around your own cumbersome trolley in the trunk, or shell out several bucks each time to the club, SeeMores design works much the same as most of the luggage you see nowadays at the airport. The wheels are already attached and the handle slides up right out of the top of the bag so youre ready for that walk in the park in no time.
 
G.G. MarkerAs you continue to receive a wide array of books on the game of golf with each passing birthday or Fathers Day, is your golf library getting a little out of control and sloppy looking?
 
Fret not, as Origins of Golf produce a limited edition of golf-themed bookends ' as well as a number of other golfing knickknacks - that are sure to get your bookcases straightened up and presentable to your golfing buddies. Reasonably priced at most golf outlets, these bookends ' and not yet another golf book ' should make your Christmas list later this year.
 
Are you like me and have a favorite hole on a favorite course but its located half a world away?
 
Well, dont let that spoil the fun or let the memories fade, for a company named G.G. Markers will have no problem customizing your very own marble hole marker complete with the hole number, the yardage and even the name of the club.
 
Available in many shapes, sizes, designs and colors - including a very classy granite ' why not place one of these out in the backyard, where you normally practice up on your pitching and chipping skills, to remind yourself not only of the great memories youve had in the past but also the fun you might have in the future.
 
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    Vogel Monday qualifies for eighth time this season

    By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 5:27 pm

    The PGA Tour's regular season ended with another tally for the Monday King.

    While Monday qualifiers are a notoriously difficult puzzle to solve, with dozens of decorated professionals vying for no more than four spots in a given tournament field, T.J. Vogel has turned them into his personal playground this season. That trend continued this week when he earned a spot into the season-ending Wyndham Championship, shooting a 5-under 66 and surviving a 4-for-3 playoff for the final spots.

    It marks Vogel's eighth successful Monday qualification this season, extending the unofficial record he set when he earned start No. 7 last month at The Greenbrier. Patrick Reed earned the nickname "Mr. Monday" when he successfully qualified six different times during the 2012 season before securing full-time status.

    There have been 24 different Monday qualifiers throughout the season, with Vogel impressively turning 19 qualifier starts into eight tournament appearances.

    Vogel started the year with only conditional Web.com Tour status, and explained at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May that he devised his summer schedule based on his belief that it's easier to Monday qualify for a PGA Tour event than a Web.com tournament.


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    "The courses that the PGA Tour sets the qualifiers up, they're more difficult and sometimes they're not a full field whereas the Web, since there's no pre-qualifier, you have two full fields for six spots each and the courses aren't as tough," Vogel said. "So I feel like if you take a look at the numbers, a lot of the Web qualifiers you have to shoot 8-under."

    Vogel has made three cuts in his previous seven starts this year, topping out with a T-16 finish at the Valspar Championship in March. The 27-year-old also played the weekend at the Nelson and the Wells Fargo Championship, missing the cut at The Greenbrier in addition to the RSM Classic, Honda Classic and FedEx St. Jude Classic.

    While Vogel won't have another Monday qualifier opportunity until October, he has a chance to secure some 2019 status this week in Greensboro. His 51 non-member FedExCup points would currently slot him 205th in the season-long race, 13 points behind Rod Pampling at No. 200. If Vogel earns enough points to reach the equivalent of No. 200 after this week, he'd clinch a spot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals where he would have a chance to compete for a full PGA Tour card for the 2018-19 season.

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    Woods adds BMW Championship to playoff schedule

    By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 5:01 pm

    Tiger Woods is adding a trip to Philadelphia to his growing playoff itinerary.

    Having already committed to both The Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championship, Woods' agent confirmed to GolfChannel.com that the 14-time major champ will also make an appearance next month at the BMW Championship. It will mark Woods' first start in the third leg of the FedExCup playoffs since 2013 when he tied for 11th at Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago.

    This year the Sept. 6-9 event is shifting to Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., which is hosting the BMW for the first time. The course previously hosted the Quicken Loans National in both 2010 and 2011. Woods won the BMW en route to FedExCup titles in both 2007 and 2009 when it was held at Cog Hill in Illinois.


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    Woods was already in good position to make the 70-man BMW field, but his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship vaulted him from 49th to 20th in the season-long points race and assured that he'll make it to Aronimink regardless of his performance in the first two postseason events.

    Woods' commitment also means a packed schedule will only get busier leading into the Ryder Cup, where he is expected to be added as a captain's pick. Woods' appearance at the BMW will cap a run of five events in six weeks, and should he tee it up in Paris it could be his seventh start in a nine-week stretch if he also qualifies for the 30-player Tour Championship.

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    Handing out major grades: From A+ to F

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 14, 2018, 5:00 pm

    The Masters is 237 days away, which means these definitive major grades will hang on players like a scarlet letter for nearly eight months.

    OK, maybe not.

    Brooks Koepka, obviously, gets an A+. He won two majors, and became just the fourth player to take the U.S. Open and PGA in the same season, and did all of this while overcoming a career-threatening wrist injury at the beginning of the year. Very impressive.

    Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari – you passed with flying colors, too. Reed showed that he can access his best stuff in an event other than the Ryder Cup, while Molinari’s three-month heater culminated with him surviving a wild final day at Carnoustie to hoist the claret jug. Welcome to the major club, gents.

    As for everybody else? Hey, you’ve now got plenty of time to recover, reassess and round into form in hopes of improved marks in ’19.


    TIGER WOODS

    Grade: A

    Why: Sure, a few shots from his major season will linger for years – his too-cute pitch shot on Carnoustie’s 11th hole and his sliced drive on Bellerive’s 17th immediately come to mind – but let’s not forget how far we’ve come: Two years ago, Woods could barely walk because of debilitating back pain; at this time last year, he’d just exited a treatment facility for overusing his pain/sleep medications, following an embarrassing DUI arrest. Now, he’s top 30 in the world, with a pair of top-6s in the majors and undoubtedly the most stirring final round of the year, in any event, with his career-best Sunday 64 at the PGA. If you still think that Tiger doesn’t have what it takes to win another major, you’ve lost touch with reality.


    JUSTIN ROSE

    Grade: B+

    Why: 

    Why: He was one of only two players (Webb Simpson) who finished top 20 in all four majors, and he’ll probably look back at 2018 as a year in which he easily could have bagged a second title. At the U.S. Open he was only one shot off the lead after 54 holes but stumbled on the final day. A month later, he tied for second at The Open, but only after a weekend rally once he made the cut on the number. Across all four majors he had the best cumulative score to par of any player (12 under). This was a what-could-have-been year.


    RICKIE FOWLER

    Grade: B

    Why: His 65-67 finish at the Masters left him one shot back of Reed, but it felt like the final obstacle had been cleared. Nothing was stopping Fowler now – he proved he could go low when it counted. Except then he imploded with an 84 in the third round of the U.S. Open and shot over par in both weekend rounds at The Open, before again getting into the mix at the PGA. Alas, battling an oblique strain, he regressed each round after an opening 65 and tied for 12th. Maybe next year …


    JORDAN SPIETH

    Grade: B

    Why: Give him credit: He played better in the majors than he did the rest of the season. He shot an electric 64 on the final day at the Masters (though he’ll rue his tee shot on the 72nd hole) and grabbed a share of the 54-hole lead at The Open, despite not having his best stuff. That he shot a birdieless 76 on the final day was more a product of his form this year than succumbing to major pressure. Like Kopeka, he’s figured out how to perform when the lights are the brightest.


    JON RAHM

    Grade: B

    Why: With the completeness of his game, it’s a little surprising that he hasn’t given himself better chances to break through. But he’s still only 23, and the chances will come in bunches before long. His fourth-place showings at the Masters and the PGA are steps in the right direction. 


    Rory McIlroy on No. 18 on Saturday at the 2018 Masters.

    RORY MCILROY

    Grade: B-

    Why: Asked Sunday how he’ll remember the major season, McIlroy replied bluntly: “Probably won’t. I don’t think there was anything all that memorable about it.” Of course, we’ll remember plenty, such as when he played his way into the final group at Augusta, only to fade over the course of the day, thus squandering another shot at capturing the career Grand Slam. And we’ll remember his tie for second at Carnoustie, where he eagled the 14th hole but then, with a chance to apply pressure on Molinari, couldn’t hit a wedge within 20 feet on the 18th green. He’s fallen into bad habits with that majestic swing, but there are holes in McIlroy’s game that need filling – holes that some of the other top players don’t have. And until he refines his wedge play and putting, that majorless drought (now four years and counting) will continue. 


    JUSTIN THOMAS

    Grade: C+

    Why: No one has been better than Thomas over the past two seasons, but he’s likely frustrated by his major performance in 2018 – three top-25s, but only one realistic chance to win. Four shots off the lead heading into Sunday at the PGA, he had erased his deficit midway through the front nine but made critical mistakes on Nos. 14 and 16 to dash his hopes of defending his title. Of all the big-name players, he’s probably the best bet for a major rebound in 2019.


    JASON DAY

    Grade: C

    Why: This has been a resurgent season for Day, with a pair of wins, but he didn’t bring it in the year’s biggest events. It’ll look good on paper, with three top-20s, but the only time he had a chance to win was the PGA, and he was one of the few to back up on the final day, carding a 1-over 71 when he sat just four shots off the lead.


    DUSTIN JOHNSON

    Grade: C-

    Why: The floodgates were supposed to open after the 2016 U.S. Open, and it just hasn’t happened. Yet. He top-tenned at the Masters but was a non-factor, then jumped out to a four-shot lead halfway through the U.S. Open. He couldn’t make a putt during a Saturday 77, then got worked on the final day, head to head, against Koepka. He backed it up with a missed cut at The Open (where he blamed a lack of focus) and finished outside the top 25 at the PGA at a soft, straightforward course that suited plenty of other bombers. He can – and should – fare better.


    PHIL MICKELSON

    Grade: D-

    Why: His series of lowlights at the U.S. Open – where he bizarrely whacked a moving ball on the green and then staunchly defended his actions – underscored that his window is all but closed at the majors. His major results since getting demoralized by Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open: T33-T22-MC-MC-T36-T48-T24-MC. ’Nuff said.


    SERGIO GARCIA

    Grade: F

    Why: No doubt, marriage and fatherhood are massive adjustments for everyone, but he’s missed the cut in his last five majors (and didn’t break par in any major round this year), plummeted down the world rankings (to 25th!) and put European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn in a difficult position of deciding whether to burn a pick on the slumping Spaniard. Memories of that breakthrough Masters victory are already drifting further and further away.

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    Watch: Furyk throws out first pitch at Yankees-Mets

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 12:59 pm

    As part of a a New York media tour to promote the Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Jim Furyk threw out the first pitch at Monday evening's game between the Yankees and Mets at Yankee Stadium.


    Here's a look at some more photos from Captain Furyk's Ryder Cup Trophy tour.