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27 May 2020

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  • More On The Match Ratings: A Younger Audience For The Old Guys
    27 May 2020

    Media and tour executives insist golfers must get younger to attract the demographic coveted by advertisers. That means hyping young players, encouraging them to turn pro earlier and overall, declaring anyone under 30 to be capable of curing cancer while breaking 70 on a daily basis and delivering young eyeballs.

    So as more numbers roll in from The Match: Champions For Charity, it’s noteworthy that four guys in their forties—and one about to turn 50—attracted a record rating on cable, robust sales, and even a younger audience than the previous week’s younger foursome for TaylorMade Driving Relief.

    First, a recap on the participants, starting with The Match:

    Tom Brady 42

    Tiger Woods 44

    Peyton Manning 44

    Phil Mickelson 49

    And the TaylorMade Driving Relief foursome:

    Matthew Wolff 21

    Rickie Fowler 31

    Rory McIlroy 31

    Dustin Johnson 35

    According to, almost 1/3 of The Match 2’s audience was in the coveted 18-49 demo and the number was even better on on TruTV, also meaning there are people of any age group who know how to find TruTV:

    About 30% of The Match’s audience landed in the 18-49 demo despite the 44.5 average age of the participants.

    The numbers for TaylorMade Driving Relief with a foursome averaging 29.5 years:

    That’s 25% of the almighty buyers for a younger, supposedly more millennial-friendly group of golfers. And a grand total of (at least) 860,000 fewer viewers 18-49. While not a huge difference in the percentage department, The Match did rout Driving Relief in overall audience and even took chipped away at NASCAR’s ratings.

    Given the sometimes blatant ageism in golf and view that young participants translate to a young audience, The Match’s overall dominating win should be noted. But probably won’t.

    In other ratings news, Sunday night’s Tiger Slam documentary debut following completion of The Match on Golf Channel failed to land in cable’s top 150 shows.

    I discussed what made The Match a success with myself on the latest Shack Show:

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    27 May 2020
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    27 May 2020
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    27 May 2020
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    27 May 2020
  • Thailand’s Jazz finds a home away from home with the Chopras
    27 May 2020
    Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond (far right) and his caddie Camp Pulit with the Chopras (from left) Samantha, Coco, Casper and Daniel, in Orlando. Image courtesy PGA Tour,By Rahul Banerji

    Jazz Janewattananond is itching to get back into action and reignite his PGA Tour dream. Till then, he’s found a family away from home with two-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Chopra.

    Chopra, who has made Orlando home for the past many years, invited the 24-year-old Thai to stay when the corona-virus lockdown was enforced in March.

    The world 39thranked Jazz will return to action at the Charl Schwab Challenge when play resumes on June 11.

    And while he misses his family dearly, Jazz has found comfort through his ‘adopted’ family, thanks to Chopra, also an Asian Tour regular.

    After they met at Bay Hill in the week leading up to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Chopra invited Jazz and his caddie Camp Pulit to stay with his family when the shutdown occurred on March 13.

    It was a simple gesture from the Chopras, but one demonstrating how golf builds and sustains bonds and speaks a universal language.

    “When the shutdown happened, I didn’t want to go back to Thailand as we weren’t sure how long the break would last. And then, our country shut down and it was too late to get home.

    ‘Felt like family’

    “I know Daniel as he plays in Asia but I didn’t realise he lives and practices at Bay Hill. We had a hotel room booked for two weeks but he made us stay with him. It was good to have some familiar faces around … it felt like family,” the PGA Tour said in a statement.

    His time in Orlando with Chopra’s family, children Casper and Coco, and wife Samantha, has helped him find renewed vigour for the game, Jazz says.

    He has so much liked Bay Hill that he has taken up up a club membership and if he secures his PGA Tour card, Jazz will not hesitate to consider setting up base near the iconic club.

    He is thankful the Chopras have helped ease the downtime.

    “Everything was closed here, except for stuff related to health and groceries. Our daily routine was wake up, think about what I’m going to eat next, stare out of the window, and repeat,” he laughed.

    Keeping things going

    “When golf was restricted, we tried to spice things up in our daily life. We played basketball and Casper would beat us easily. I also spent time wake boarding and wake surfing and Samantha plays tennis so we played a bit to keep active.”

    When facilities reopened, Jazz and Chopra participated in one-day competitions to get the adrenaline flowing again.

    “I just miss the travelling and going out to play, meeting new people. We played in several mini tour events … one day, we got up at 5am, drove for two hours to the course and teed up.

    “I shot one-under in the first event and didn’t make my money back (from the entry fee) and in the second one, I shot two-under and tied Daniel in third place.”

    The 46-year-old Chopra, who is of Indian-Swede parentage, won his first PGA Tour event at the 2007 Ginn sur Mer Classic and two events later claimed the season-opening 2008 Sentry Tournament of Champions, beating Steve Stricker in a playoff.

    Educative time

    Jazz has watched and learned from his host while practising together and also picked the brains of other PGA Tour winners including Robert Damron and Dicky Pride during social rounds together.

    “Daniel has a golf net at home and I’ve been grinding. We’ve played golf almost every day together and Daniel’s a great guy and a great golfer.

    “He loves a side game and when he needs to make a putt, it just comes up for him. I guess that’s why he’s a PGA Tour winner.

    “Casper, who is 10, is a good golfer too. I wasn’t as good as him when I was his age and he would hit balls all day long. I consider myself a range rat but he’s out-practising all of us. It kind of gives us a boost for our love towards golf. It’s a good reminder,” said Jazz.

    With international travel and requirements differing from country to country, Jazz is looking at extending his visa to remain in the US beyond its current expiration in August.

    Open options

    With the US Open in September and the Masters in November, he is keeping his options open to staying on in the country for remainder of the year.

    “If I go back to Thailand, I don’t know if we’ll have to go through quarantine or if it’ll be easy to return. I’m happy here so maybe it’ll be better to stay on.

    “No one expected this to happen in our lifetime. You’re just moving along and then this happens. A lot of people are more united and helping each other out and I think humanity will come out on the better side of this.

    “For Daniel and Samantha to open up their home to me and my caddie, they have helped me out so much. You see the nicer part of people and the best of people coming out to help one another.”

    Also read: Srinivasan, Theegala emerge top US collegiate golfers

    The post Thailand’s Jazz finds a home away from home with the Chopras appeared first on Tee Time Tales.

  • Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Golf: Conch Course – Hole 5 Presented by
    27 May 2020

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Golf – Conch Course: Hole 5

    This is one of my favorite holes on the course mainly due to the complete uniqueness and pure size of it, it’s gigantic!

    It has quite a few alternate plays with the pipes but really the best route is to follow the green right down the middle to the bottom where the hole is. It has a ton of character and options for play, which makes it one of the most unique and interesting holes I’ve ever played. Also make sure to watch the clip of Missus Mini Golf to see a surprise ending!

    Check out the prior hole here: Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Golf: Conch Course – Hole 4

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  • How Positivity Can Help Us Persevere in Times of Uncertainty
    27 May 2020

    By Sara Wright, Guest blogger, PGA TOUR

    Positivity and perseverance have always been revered characteristics. This seems true now more than ever before.

    For most, regular day-to-day routines were flipped completely upside down during the COVID-19 pandemic. And it was a rapid change to the norm.

    As the global health crisis took shape, most children saw their schools closed and their sports and after-school activities canceled. This inevitably included First Tee’s in-person programs, which were suspended for the unforeseeable future.

    Many parents created a virtual learning environment for their children at home. While the lucky ones worked remotely, many faced layoffs as businesses closed their doors and unemployment rates skyrocketed. Our work-life balance shifted and even regular interactions with family and friends changed drastically almost overnight.

    While some states begin to slowly reopen, the future is still unclear. Around the world, people and businesses are doing their part: helping others, spreading good news and simply reassuring each other with signs or messages of positivity that we WILL get through this. We will persevere.

    Examples of golfers using perseverance and positivity are also plentiful, but the name that sticks out to us is one that we’ve heard frequently over the past year.

    Photo courtesy of the PGA TOUR

    She is not a professional golfer (at least not yet), but Amy Bockerstette, along with her iconic self-assurance and her “I got this” mentality, is a player who knows first-hand what it takes to persevere against all odds.

    If you are one of the few who have not heard of ‘Amazing Amy’ yet, don’t worry. We got you. Watch this video released by the PGA TOUR about Amy and her viral moment with Gary Woodland in 2019 on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.

    So, what can we learn from Amy? Well, her story is one that truly shows just how powerful positive attitude and self-talk can be.

    “Amy’s energy, her love, her attitude was so contagious,” four-time PGA TOUR winner Woodland said. “I need more of that, and I think the world needs more of that. Her positive self-talk is stuff I’m still using to this day.”

    Woodland credited Amy’s positivity and perseverance as a driving force to his U.S. Open victory that came a few months after he met her.

    So if it works for Gary and Amy, it can work for all of us.

    Positive self-talk is an essential tool in perseverance.

    Positive self-talk helps boost your confidence. This seems like a no-brainer, but studies have shown that positive self-talk is among the most efficient and effective means of increasing a person’s self-confidence. Many psychologists believe confidence is one of the primary prerequisites to personal and professional success.

    In addition, it helps eliminates stress. According to the American Heart Association, positive self-talk can aid in controlling stress. As a result, it makes you feel calmer and less anxious, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease and other physical ailments brought on by stress.

    How can you practice positive self-talk?

    • Create a positive outcome in your head: Imagine a goal and how you will accomplish it. Once you keep this intent in mind, it becomes easier for you to accomplish and set out steps to achieve it.
    • Build on your accomplishments: This can be done in two parts. First, remember your previous accomplishments. These memories will make you feel good about yourself. Then, praise yourself when you achieve your new goals.
    • Repeated affirmations: Focus on regularly saying optimistic statements about yourself, your present endeavors or what goals you intend to accomplish. By repeating these affirmations, a person has a higher chance of recalling positive thoughts instead of negative ones.

    One of the goals of First Tee is to better equip our children for whatever comes their way. With that in mind, we have provided a vision board activity to complete with your child at home.

    A vision board is a physical representation of a goal or set of goals that you’re aiming to achieve. It is a collage of items that are meant to kick start their imagination and help visualize those goals with words of positivity and affirmation. Check out the project linked here on our new Links to Learning website.

    With positive self-talk, we CAN persevere even through the most uncertain and trying of times. Remember, you’ve got this. (Now, just repeat that to yourself as often as it takes!)

    The post How Positivity Can Help Us Persevere in Times of Uncertainty appeared first on The First Tee.

  • How MLSN works
    27 May 2020

    The recording of my seminar about “How MLSN Works” is now available on YouTube.

    I want to correct something. At the very end, I misstated that irrigation water normally has 20 to 60 ppm (mg/L) potassium. That’s incorrect. Potassium is normally 5 to 20 ppm, according to Penn State’s irrigation water quality guidelines. It is calcium that normally has a concentration of 20 to 60 ppm.

    Irrigation water can supply a lot of the potassium nutrition, however. Let’s imagine a 120 day period, with an average evapotranspiration of 4 mm per day. That’s 480 mm of water the grass may use. Let’s say half that water is provided from irrigation, 240 mm, and let’s let the irrigation contain 10 ppm potassium. That’s 2.4 g of potassium supplied per square meter from irrigation. Meanwhile, if clippings are being removed at a rate of 20 mL/m2 per day over this same 120 day duration, that’s 2.4 L of clipping volume. I expect those clippings to contain 2% potassium, and when dry I expect the clippings to have a mass of 151 g. Two percent of 151 g is 3 g.

    Bier et al. have described how potassium in topdressing sand can supply all the potassium a stand of turf can use. Irrigation water can supply a substantial amount too.

    Some related links to this presentation include:

  • SkyGolf Offers Father's Day Promotion
    27 May 2020
    (RIDGELAND, MS) — SkyGolf, maker of SkyCaddie, the most-trusted rangefinders in golf, is offering a special Father’s Day promotion of $50 off the award-winning SkyCaddie SX500 and SX400 rangefinders through July 6, 2020.

    “With more golf courses opening during this pandemic, golf is a great way to have fun, get fresh air, and exercise, all while maintaining proper social distancing,” said Jacqui Surman, SkyGolf SVP, International Sales & Marketing. “We’d like to help you give your dad the gift of better golf with a SkyCaddie rangefinder this Father’s Day. Your dad will thank you for helping improve his game with accurate golf course information. Take advantage of our special promotion and receive $50 off a brand new SkyCaddie SX500 or SX400, the most powerful and visually dynamic golf course GPS products on the market today.”

    The SX500 features the fastest processor, best battery life and the largest and most vivid display in the industry and has been recognized for its outstanding functionality and powerful features. My Golf Spy awarded the SX500 its “Most Wanted” status and it was validated by tour professionals with five wins and several top ten finishes on the European Senior Staysure Tour in 2019.

    The SX500’s little brother, the SkyCaddie SX400, gives golfers the same powerful features found in the award-winning, tour-proven SX500 model, in a more compact size. With a full high-definition 4-inch touch screen driven by an ultra-fast multi-core processor, the SkyCaddie SX400 joins the SX500 to deliver the most powerful way to measure yardage while providing the very “best view” in golf. Both the SX500 and SX400 are preloaded with over 35,000 best-in-class courses and feature Wi-Fi connectivity to streamline application updates and getting the latest course updates without connecting to a computer.

    A host of automated features such as auto-course selection, auto-hole advance and auto-zoom make either the SX500 or SX400 almost touch free from the parking lot to the 18th green. The brilliant HD displays of the SX Series combined with HD quality course graphics, only available from SkyCaddie, provide the best views of the most-reliable information in the game to allow you to play your best golf.

    Both the SX500 and SX400 include simple wireless connectivity to collect and store critical performance data in the SkyGolf 360 Cloud Service, making it available instantly to your dad, his instructor or friends.

    The promotional period for the SkyCaddie Father’s Day discount runs through July 6, 2020 and is subject to availability. The discount is only available on new SkyCaddie products, not pre-owned, open box or refurbished products. The offer is open only to U.S. residents and U.S. shipping addresses.
    For more information, visit

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