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Perry Tops Hoffman in Playoff

Kenny Perry rolled in a birdie putt on the third playoff hole to capture the victory at the FBR Open. “That’s probably the first putt I’ve ever made to win,” Perry said. “Those are the putts you think about when you’re a kid. You’re on the putting green saying, ‘This is to win the Masters, or whatever,’ and I finally made one. It took me a long time to do it.”

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Kenny Perry rolled in a birdie putt on the third playoff hole to capture the victory at the FBR Open.  “That’s probably the first putt I’ve ever made to win,” Perry said. “Those are the putts you think about when you’re a kid. You’re on the putting green saying, ‘This is to win the Masters, or whatever,’ and I finally made one. It took me a long time to do it.”  But like many things in life, better late than never. 

Charley Hoffman, whose final round 67 got him into the playoff with Mr. Perry, bogeyed two of his first three holes Sunday with some sloppy, my head is somewhere else, play.  With his hairdo from the stylists of Crush and Wear,  he managed to right himself with a birdie on the fourth hole and record five birdies in a six hole stretch from holes 8 thru 13. 

 

Kevin Na started the day six shots behind but had a chance on the 18th green to join the playoff, but his 8 foot putt just missed resulting in a third place finish.  James NItties and David Toms finished tied for fourth place after closing round 68’s.  Mr. Nitties in particular had some real opportunities Sunday, but kept hitting the ball left just enough to make things more difficult than he could overcome. 

The three hole playoff was anything but pretty.  “The playoff was ugly,” Perry said. “We were hitting it everywhere, having to scramble from all over the place.”  Ugly is kind.  I was wondering if either of these players was remembering to breathe.  They both hit shots all over the yard, and both had opportunities to win.  “Kenny gave me a few opportunities, I gave him a few opportunities, and he happened to close the door,” said Hoffman, whose one PGA Tour victory came at the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.  Unfortunately for Mr. Hoffman his head was in the doorway when said door was closed. 

I wondered as I watched earlier in the week, what is an FBR anyway.  I think this tournament is a hoot, what with having a stadium par 3 at the 16th hole.  Where else do crowds chant for players to tip their hats and Ted Purdy runs from tee to green madly waving an Arizona Cardinal flag?  I was particularly amused when the alcohol fueled section started a wave which petered out when it reached the corporate suite section resulting in a chorus of boos directed at the high rollers.  Anyway, FBR stands for Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc.  They are a real estate investment trust investing in mortgage related assets.  Times are truly tough these days, especially when your share price is listed at 0.18.  How long do you suppose they can continue to back this tournament?  This can’t be a comfortable time for Tim Finchem and the rest of the tour executives.  I like this event, it’s different than anything else during the year.  I just hope it’s still here next year and beyond.

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PGA Tour to provide financial assistance to players and caddies during Coronavirus pandemic

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The PGA Tour has announced plans to compensate both players and caddies after several Tour events were cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to players on Friday, it was explained that due to IRS regulations, the Tour is not allowed distribute un-earned financial benefits to members, but that the organization has developed some programs to help its players during the ongoing pandemic. Players and caddies will receive financial assistance from the PGA Tour with one of the primary programs to help players based on their current FedEx Cup standing.

Players can receive up to $100,000 in bonus earnings during this period which will subsequently be removed from their season-ending bonus after play has been restarted.

Tour pros will also be entitled to request advance payments (up to $30k) for future Monday pro-am spots and advances on future earnings, while the Tour also plans on allowing players to withdraw funds from their retirement plans based on financial need.

“Playing opportunities equate to financial opportunities, and we are concerned about the toll that canceled tournaments are having on some of our members” – Tyler Dennis, a senior vice president and the Tour’s chief of operations.

Included in the memo were caddies, who are entitled to a partial mid-season distribution of an endorsement program and who can also request financial support from the Caddie Benevolent Fund.

Play is not set to resume on the PGA Tour until May 21 at the earliest.

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GolfWRX AUA (Ask Us Anything): TaylorMade fitters are answering YOUR questions!

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With the downtime, #teamtaylormade are ready to talk golf!

Go to the link below to ask any TM specific questions you may have. TaylorMade fitters from across the US will be diving in the forums to answer questions, talk golf and get you dialed. Take this opportunity to go TM crazy.

Team TaylorMade fitters that will be participating:

  • Chris Clegg, Georgia
  • John Junkin, Pennsylvania
  • Lewis Schnauble, Maryland
  • John Tabor, Michigan
  • Freddy Villarta, California
  • Matt Zerishnek, Pennsylvania
  • James Albright, Arizona

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Report: 2020 U.S. Open to be rescheduled due to Coronavirus pandemic

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This year’s U.S. Open will not go ahead as planned in June and will be rescheduled for a later date, according to a report from the New York Post.

Per the report, the plan is for the tournament to be played “later in the summer”, with the location of the event remaining at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Winged Foot Golf Club would be closing its doors indefinitely. The news came after New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order telling non-essential businesses to suspend trading immediately due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

The New York area currently has 37,200 confirmed cases of Coronavirus as of Thursday 26 March.

Both The Masters and the PGA Championship have already been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic with plans in place to play both majors at a later date.

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