A Couple of New Gems Debut

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 25, 2003, 5:00 pm
PGA Merchandise Show LogoSeveral new offerings where introduced this year at the PGA Merchandise Show, partly to enhance, and also to widen the scope of the four-day extravaganza, ultimately making it more dynamic to all those involved.
 
Besides the surprisingly popular first-ever Demo Day held on Wednesday, just prior to the start of the actual show, there were a couple of other additions that perked some interest.
 
There were the introductions of over 60 educational seminars and a golf memorabilia appraisal show.
 
PGA Golf Exhibitions, in association with the PGA of America and the Association of Golf Merchandisers, decided the time was long overdue for such a vast array of business programs that were designed for the struggling golf industry.
 
Some of the seminars dealt with such topics as getting junior golf programs started, to liquidating inventory and buying strategies. Fitness, fashion, equipment technology and a host of other seminars were presented in hopes of further educating those in attendance.

They even had a seminar on how to reduce the cost of exhibits at merchandise shows just like this one.
 
We are proud to partner with our industrys top organizations to present for the first time an extensive education conference open to all attendees, said PGA Golf Exhibitions Vice President and Show Manager Christopher McCabe. As the PGA Merchandise Show celebrates 50 years as the worlds most influential golf marketplace, we remain committed to continuously increasing the value of attendance for our customers. This inaugural education conference is just one of several new programs attendees can look forward to in 2003.
 
Another offering was a golf version of the popular television show, Antiques Road Show.
 
The Golf Channel, Historic Golf Photos and PGA Golf Exhibitions introduced a Golf Memorabilia Appraisal area at the Show that gave attendees a chance to have golf memorabilia appraised.
 
The Golf Memorabilia Appraisal area is meant to add more fun and excitement to the Show floor, continued McCabe. We think smaller programs like this have the potential to add entertainment value and create more networking opportunities for our attendees.
 
Watch The Golf Channel on Sunday night's Golf Central, as the network will air some of the best and most intriguing items that are brought forward.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

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.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

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.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

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.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

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.


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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.