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Geoff Ogilvy Wire to Wire at Mercedes

Geoff Ogilvy began the day 6 shots ahead and promptly went into reverse. With a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third his lead was halved by Anthony Kim. “Not angry, just frustrated,” Ogilvy said. “Is there a difference between angry and frustrated?” Is how he described his feelings at the time. Yes, there is a difference; frustrated is what you feel after that beginning, birdie two holes, then bogey holes seven and eight before getting it back together with an eagle on the 9th.

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Geoff Ogilvy began the day 6 shots ahead and promptly went into reverse.  With a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third his lead was halved by Anthony Kim.  “Not angry, just frustrated,” Ogilvy said. “Is there a difference between angry and frustrated?”  Is how he described his feelings at the time.  Yes, there is a difference; frustrated is what you feel after that beginning, birdie two holes, then bogey holes seven and eight before getting it back together with an eagle on the 9th.  Follow that eagle with birdies on five of the next six holes to restore a 6 shot lead and frustration is a fleeting sensation.  Play the back 9 like you played the front and anger is what takes over. 

“It’s not a very nice feeling to feel you’re frittering away your lead with weak shots and bad shots,” he said. “There was something I was not doing on the first eight holes as I had been all week for some reason. I wouldn’t say it was panic. It’s just not a nice feeling. No panic or ‘What am I doing?’ just ‘Can I go somewhere else for a while?’ Because it’s just uncomfortable.”  Sounds like a Southwest Airline commercial eh?  The iron shots Mr. Ogilvy hit on the back 9 were precise and accurate.  The results led to a restoration of his 6 shot lead and his fifth Tour victory, a very very large check, a new Mercedes, and the really large trophy. 

 

 I have to wonder if he was trying to out belt buckle Mr. Kim?  Which led me to wonder why it is skinny guys all wear huge buckles while those of us who lost our girlish figures long ago wind up with less garish belt fasteners?  Probably because the big buckle would knock the wind out of us when we bent over to see if our shoes were still tied. 

Mr. Kim and Davis Love III finished second, representing the young bucks and the old guys successfully to begin the year.  “Something made him mad, I guess, somewhere coming up on the ninth fairway,” Love said. “And then I guess he made eagle and went nuts.”  describing Mr. Ogilvy’s back nine.  The second place finish moved him up the world ranking to number 55, closer to the top 50 and an exemption into the Masters.  What I see as especially encouraging is his continued consistent good play carried over from the "Fall Series" last year into the beginning of this year. 

Mr. Kim opened Sunday with a 32 on the front, and got as close a single shot.  “I knew he was just teasing me for a little while there, and he was going to make some birdies,” Kim said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t.”  Which sums up the back 9 quite well. 

So the 2009 season is under way on the PGA Tour.  It’s always difficult for me to watch golf in January, not only because of the NFL playoffs, but because I can’t get out and play.  With a fresh 13 inches of snow on the ground and 2-4 more on the way, followed by sub zero temperatures, I get frustrated by my inability to get out and play.  But then, I do live in Wisconsin and this happens every year.  Still, a few hours on the range followed by 18 holes would be a nice distraction. 

This tournament, despite being limited to the winners of the previous years tour events,  did not have the top 4 players in the world ranking.  With the sponsor’s contract up in 2010 I wonder how readily the Mercedes Benz folks will part with $20 million or more for another four years.  Hawaii is a long trip for the European players, so some say.  When the tournament was in southern Californian weather was an issue.  Rumors are flying that Mercedes wants to host at a different location, yet where else is weather not going to be a major factor?  Commissioner Tim Finchem thinks that just because Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don’t play doesn’t justify changing venues.  He’s right, but convincing the title sponsor, in this economy, will cost the negotiator more than one nights sleep.  I noticed a lack of spectators on Sunday.  I’m not familiar enough with that course to know if it’s not conducive to watching play from hole to hole, although I did see the players getting into SUV’s to go from tee to green, which would indicate that one could not easily follow a specific group all 18 holes.  That may be an issue as well.  If economic recovery is not forthcoming, the day of million dollar winners checks may be a thing of the past. 

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Golf Drawn’s custom golf art

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I recently converted an extra bedroom in my house into a home office (golf-themed, of course). In my search for stuff to put up on the walls, I came across a company that was doing something different. They had a booth at this year’s PGA Show showing off some of their unique work, and when I dug in a bit more, I realized it was a really innovative product for the golf community. So, I reached out to the people at Golf Drawn to see if they could help me create a piece for my office.

Golf Drawn is a custom design and illustration service that specializes in creating original, hand-drawn course routing designs of your favorite club. Any club. That’s the best part. They can draw any course in the world using the wonders of satellite imaging.

Goat Hill Park

Brooklawn on Wood Canvas

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“We began just as we still do now, by drawing up folks’ home tracks,” said Anthony Malky, Owner and Creative Director at Golf Drawn. “Whether it was a par three, municipal course, top-100, or whatever. Our whole deal was that we would draw any course….and we still do. There’s yet to be one that we couldn’t execute.”

If you’ve spent any time looking around for golf art or memorabilia, you realize how big a deal that actually is. The top-100 courses get all the love. Golf Drawn is filling a void out there and providing custom art focused on your favorite local course.

“We receive the course request from you and get to work on creating the design,” said Malky, “Once the design is complete, we send you proofs, and then you choose background color, labeling, frame and any additions.”

Popular additions to the framed prints include images of the scorecard table, compass to show direction of the course routing, alternative club logos, etc…

And Golf Drawn can then put that routing design or logo on a tee-shirt, sticker or other items if you like as well. Every new design requires a one-time design fee to get the work completed. But once that design is done, it is free to put on any framed print or tee in the future for anyone. Tee-shirts are becoming a rather popular item on the website.

If a course has been renovated or simply no longer exists, Golf Drawn has worked directly from old photos or original course plans to recreate the old track you remember. And, of course, Golf Drawn can do the famous courses as well. It’s a great way to commemorate a favorite round, hole in one, or once in a lifetime score.

My local club is Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. They already had a design drawn of Colonial, so it wasn’t hard to customize what I wanted and finish the order. I added the columns logo to the top left corner and script location on the bottom right.

So how did this all begin? Anthony Malky grew up in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. He caddied at Oakmont Country Club for over a decade…and even got to play the course on some Mondays. He loves golf, just like we all do. And he started drawing courses as a hobby.

“I began drawing up the clubs that meant a lot to me,” Malky said. “After some time, at the urging of others I made an Instagram. I had a ton of course designs done and figured might as well post them for folks. From there, the Instagram took off, that turned into a website…then the custom orders started coming.”

Fast forward a couple of years, and Golf Drawn now has an entire wholesale catalog of unique products, over 250+ club accounts, and products stocked in shops around the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. That is pretty impressive for a business that does everything in-house with a fully customizable product. And keeping prices low has always been a goal for Malky, as he remembers a time when he wanted to buy golf art himself but found everything to be overpriced and low quality.

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“We’ve tried to keep our prices, minimums at wholesale, all low and cost effective,” Malky said.  “That was part of the initial start too, allowing people to get their course drawn up, framed, etc. for a price that anyone could pay. Not some outlandish design fee or commission type setup.”

Prices per print with framing included

The supply is working hard to keep up with the demand. Golf Drawn is still a small operation and Malky does all of the designs himself. There is a team that helps with operations and a few sales reps across the country, but the business definitely remains small. That is intentional. Malky believes that allows Golf Drawn to offer a personal, high-level service to each individual customer. And it allows the company to remain focused on the reason they got started in the first place.

“It’s always been about shedding light on and propping up courses and places that otherwise wouldn’t be,” Malky said.  Giving attention to and making that local municipal course look as good as a top-10 track. Getting the par-3 course by your house designed, framed and up on a wall, highlighted in a way that many people have only seen the big courses like Pebble, Pinehurst, Oakmont. It’s always been about highlighting the places and the memories that mean so much to people.”

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Report: 2020 Open Championship set to be cancelled; R&A releases statement in response: “continuing to work through options”

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This year’s Open Championship will be cancelled outright by the R&A due to the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from Golf Digest.

Per the report, an unnamed source has divulged to the publication that the championship will next take place in 2021 with St. Andrews hosting the event. Royal St. Georges, due to host the 2020 Open Championship, would instead host the 2024 edition.

According to Golf Digest’s source, insurance has played a pivotal role in the decision making. As with Wimbledon, the Open Championship has an insurance policy that protects itself against a global pandemic if the event is cancelled by a specific date.

On Wednesday, the R&A officially announced that the 41st Curtis Cup would be played in 2021 while the organization also moved the British Amateur and British Women’s Amateur from June to August.

Though unconfirmed, this would mark the first major championship of 2020 to be cancelled outright, with the Masters and PGA Championship having been officially postponed.

*UPDATE*

On Thursday morning, in light of the speculation surrounding this year’s Open Championship, Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, released a statement where he said the R&A are “continuing to work through our options for The Open this year.”

“We are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement. Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve. We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can. We will give a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank everyone for their support and understanding in this challenging situation.”

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Report: Woods-Mickelson Part 2 likely to happen in May and will feature two other sporting superstars

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Earlier this week, Phil Mickelson teased “The Match” Part 2 on his social media, and according to a report from CNBC the exhibition, though unconfirmed, is likely to take place in May and will include both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

On Monday evening, golf journalist Robert Lusetich stated that the potential “The Match” Part 2 would likely involve NFL legends, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a two on two contest.

Now per CNBC’s report, who claim that “a person familiar with the negotiations” confirmed the story to them, the contest is organized by AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour, and would likely take place in May with the proceeds going towards coronavirus relief charities.

The report also claims the event would likely not be a pay-per-view contest, with plans also in place to feature big names throughout the PGA, NFL, and National Basketball Association.

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