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Tiger Woods and GolfTV strike content deal. What do GolfWRX Members want to see?

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Hot on the heels of experiencing an open-microphoned Tiger Woods on the golf course during the match against Phil Mickelson last Friday, fans can now expect to get even closer to the golfing legend in 2019.

Tiger Woods and Discovery have agreed to a multi-year deal that will feature an up-close and personal look at the “life, mind and performance” of the 14-time major champion. The content that will begin from the new year will stream on Discovery’s new channel GolfTV, in a joint venture alongside the PGA Tour.

If you’ve ever wanted some golf lessons from Tiger, and let’s face it, who hasn’t? Then that will be one aspect to look forward to in the new year, as the 80-time winner on the PGA Tour has stated his excitement at the prospect of both giving back to golf fans, and creating a brand new audience for the game through the new service.

“I want to talk to golf fans and golfers everywhere, directly, and straight from me. That’s important to me. Talking about what we care about: what’s happening on the course, how to play better, how can I shoot lower scores tomorrow, how can I beat my friends?

Getting the chance to do instruction is exciting. I’ve always been focused on my own game, and this experience can help players everywhere. Whether you’re a long-time player or a beginner, there are some things that help us all play better. If I can help the next generation enjoy the game more and play better, that’s pretty special.”

Golf fans in the U.S. will have to wait for the new addition from Discovery, which plans to begin by replacing the PGA Tour Live streaming service in international markets. Domestic streaming will continue on PGA Tour Live for the time being.

Speaking about the deal struck with Woods, Discovery CEO David Zaslav stressed how the new streaming service is “not going to be the traditional stuff” often provided by golf telecasts, as well as speaking about Woods’ enthusiasm for the venture who he says is “all in” after discussing the potential of the partnership.

So, just what can golf fans expect from the new service? Well, golf instructional videos are only one of the perks to look forward to, along with showcasing preparation routines used by Woods, and a behind the scenes look during his PGA Tour rounds.

Our members at GolfWRX have been discussing the deal here, and the news of the latest service has got some of them excited. Member alliikane, for example, believes that the competition from GolfTV will lead to companies delivering a better viewing experience all around.

“This is good. Competition for the Golf Channel. I like the Golf Channel, but some of their programming is getting a little tired. It will be great to have two choices for watching golf and some fresh new programming.”

However, not all of our members are sold on the new product from Discovery just yet, with Mattyo1984 stating that while he’s intrigued by the prospect of the deal, the awkwardness of last weeks open-microphoned match involving Woods is a major concern.

“Interesting to see how it works out, the promise of extra access to TW is in itself intriguing, although I would be sceptical as to how much genuinely interesting content it will result in. If it was anything like the banter during ‘The Match’ then oh dear.”

Along with instructional videos from Woods, which will no doubt prove popular, what other aspects would GolfWRXers like to see from the new up-close and personal service?

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. joro

    Nov 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    C’mon, enough of this Tiger worship. He had his day, with Golf and probably still the Trailer trash he drools over. The Golf Channel has become a joke with everything and anything about Woods. He is the past, a great player, but that was then. So he won again, so did 20 or so others. This is getting, or has gotten stupid, enough already.

  2. ogo

    Nov 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Yes… I so look forward to golf lessons and instruction from the Tiger…. and of course his insights into how to attack a golf course playing from the rough as well as the fairways. As for putting…..

  3. ogo

    Nov 28, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Yes… I so look forward to golf lessons and instruction from the Tiger…. and of course his insights into how to attack a golf course playing from the rough as well as the fairways. As for putting, I think that is his forte, his g u a n o of golf knowledge condensed. Of course a discourse of chitchat and assorted trash talk would be good too. Whatever….

  4. ogo

    Nov 28, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Yes… I so look forward to golf lessons and instruction from the Tiger…. and of course his insights into how to attack a golf course playing from the rough as well as the fairways. As for putting, I think that is his forte, his guano of golf knowledge condensed. Of course a discourse of chitchat and assorted trash talk would be good too. Whatever….

  5. Johnny Penso

    Nov 28, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    I’m not a Tiger fan but this is something I could get into so long as it’s somewhat “real”. I wouldn’t mind seeing the day to day, the preparation, the different events he attends, his house, his friends, what he does in his off time etc. but if it comes across as some douchey YT crap with over the top fake enthusiasm and full of tired old cliches, buzzwords, political correctness and virtue signalling it would be an instant turn off. Tiger is as vanilla as you can get most of the time but it would be great to see some of the veneer come off and see what really goes on behind the scenes.

  6. benseattle

    Nov 28, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Oh please. This — very much like “The Match” — is yet another blatant cash-grab and another desperate attempt to hang on to fleeing relevancy. Tiger turns 43 in December. Just WHAT about this going-over-the-hill golfer don’t you know that you’re desperate to learn? Insights into Tiger’s uh, sorry… “personal” life, daily routine, workout, friends and challenges MIGHT have been somewhat interesting oh… perhaps FIFTEEN YEARS AGO but now? Seriously? And as for Instruction, just what can thus guy share that we haven’t observed over and over and over since he turned pro in 1996? Zero? I thought so.

  7. James

    Nov 28, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    How bout finally just showing all golf – good bad great ugly…sick of hearing about (I’m an uncaring bastard) sick caddies, pets, GF’s, Bro-cations or what a cat still anaylizing swings on last century BS HAS TO SAY.

    SHOW name brand cats – who made the last 3 cuts shoot 76-77 and go home. NOT TO EMBARASS THEM, BUT TO SHOW PEOPLE STRUGLING TO IMPROVE REAL LIFE GOLF. They loved showing Daly mess up – to rub it in, they ONLY show leaders melt down – ’cause they have to. Show 15x more actual golf and less talk.

    That, I’d watch

  8. Chuckle Barkles

    Nov 28, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Oh jc, now that’s quality comedy right there, good stuff!! That made me laugh. Actually, that would be very interesting to hear how he picks his women of interest. Elin is still the Queen of ’em all. His latest hot mama, IMO, leaves a lot to be desired. She must do things……
    “So Eldrick, have you ever dated a woman of color, like a black, as our esteemed President refers to us? What is it about white women that you prefer over Mexican women? Have you ever dated a Muslim, a Canadian perhaps? And about your “black” Mercedes, what in fact did you hit that night that caused such extensive driver’s side damage from bumper to bumper? And about that dipping of your skull through impact, where did that come from? It is not as pronounced in previous versions of your swing, say between 1999 and 2001? Get back to us when you have a moment.

    Thanks Eldrick

    • cindy

      Nov 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      If you bite white you won’t go black….

  9. jc

    Nov 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

    he will tell us about his newest white girlfriend and why he is scared to death of women like serena williams.

  10. Tom

    Nov 28, 2018 at 11:40 am

    The Golf Channel shows nothing but Tiger….enough already!

  11. Scheiss

    Nov 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    There will be initial excitement and a boat load of detail and activities and information from his and his whole gang.
    But then all of it will become distracting to him, as paying attention to disseminating information to others rather than focusing on the task at hand for himself, that is, winning more tournaments next year, will all of a sudden cut off the details and minutiae of content, and the fans will give the new channel, the show and its producers, as well Eldrick himself a lot of flack and negativity, for wasting everybody’s time.
    People will only get a slight glimpse in the end, because he will see a massive drop in his game while he does these shows, and he will quit doing the shows, to end up just focusing on winning again.
    So why bother?

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Greg Norman: “If I had to do it all over again, I would go to one-length clubs”

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Greg Norman has never been a man to shy away from speaking his mind, and during Saturday’s Golf Channel broadcast of the QBE Shootout, the Australian declared that if he had the opportunity to begin his career again, he would do so with single-length irons.

Norman stressed how his experience while experimenting with Cobra King One Length irons led him to conclude that single-length irons are more beneficial than standard irons because “your spine angle stays the same” no matter what club you are using.

“Believe it or not, if I had to do it all over again as a 13 or 14-year-old, I would go to one-length clubs,” Norman said. “I actually had a set made for me when [Bryson DeChambeau] first came and joined, and I got it straight off the bat. When you think about it, my 4-iron and my 8-iron are the same length, but my ball flight was so good on all of them because your spine angle stays the same.”

The Australian went on to say that anyone looking to introduce their kid to the game of golf, should give them single-length irons to optimize their chances of success.

“I think parents now, for longevity, golf is a sport you can play your entire life, so if you look at that motion that [DeChambeau is] going through there, it’s such an effortless motion. He’s stacked up beautifully. At the end of the day, the motion is so simple through there. So the one-length golf club, in my humble opinion, give a kid at six, seven, eight…get him used to it and he’ll do well.”

Norman won 88 times in his career, including 20 wins on the PGA Tour and two major championship victories. Could the Shark have achieved even more if he had have used single-length irons during his career instead of standard irons?

Let us know what you think, GolfWRXers!

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Web.com Tour hopeful suffers heartbreaking finish to miss out on Tour status by one stroke

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With the careers of many players hanging in the balance at Web.com Tour Q-School, the agony of those who miss out matches the ecstasy of the few that make their way through the brutal process.

On Sunday, there was one particular man who suffered the agony of missing out more than others.

Patrick Sullivan was inside the top-40 and heading for his status on the Web.com Tour for 2019 before it all went wrong. Playing the back nine of Sunday’s final round, the 35-year old faced a birdie attempt on the 14th green but struck his ball off the green and into the water. Sullivan ended up making a costly double bogey on the hole and followed the error with another bogey on the 15th hole.

To his eternal credit, Sullivan showed incredible resolve. Needing to play his final three holes in four-under par, Sullivan managed to make a birdie and an eagle before heading to the final hole.

A three on 18 was a must, and Sullivan faced a nerve-jangling four-footer to claim his Web.com Tour status for next season. The putt, however, slid by, leaving him one shot outside of the magic number.

Golf can be a cruel sport at times.

Sullivan does, however, have conditional status for next year, meaning he will have the opportunity of playing events through Monday qualifiers.

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GolfWRX Morning 9: Louis king again | Q-School craziness

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

December 10, 2018

Good Monday morning, golf fans.
1. King again!
Louis Oosthuizen captured his home country’s open for his first win in three years.
  • Ryan Herrington writes…”Louis Oosthuizen was already the winner of a historic Open title, but on Sunday he claimed arguably a more meaningful one to the 36-year-old. With a closing 67 at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, Oosthuizen posted a runaway six-stroke victory over France’s Romain Langasque at the South African Open, his home country’s oldest tournament.”
  • “I wish the family was here,” said a tearful Oosthuizen, ending a nearly three-year winless drought. “The crowd was great this whole week, it was nice to do it for them.”
  • “It was Oosthuizen’s eighth career European Tour triumph, four of which have come in events in South Africa. But this was the first time he’s won his country’s Open after playing in the event for the first time since a third-place finish in 2010.”
2. St. Simons boys triumph
Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman, both residents of St. Simons Island, joined forces to win the QBE Shootout.
  • PGATour.com’s Cameron Morfit …”We’re normally trying to get into each other’s heads,” Kizzire said after the St. Simons Island, Georgia duo shot a best-ball, final-round 61 in blustery weather to reach 30-under and win the unofficial QBE at Tiburón Golf Club. “And this week he was nice to me, which was kind of weird.”
  • Added Harman: “I was hoping I wasn’t going to throw him for a loop.”
  • “For the second straight year Graeme McDowell finished second, this time with a new partner, Emiliano Grillo. They made par on 18 to finish 29-under, one back.”
  • “Three teams shared third, two back: Charles Howell III and Luke List, who was 9-under on his own ball over the last nine holes as they shot 61; Kevin Na and Bryson DeChambeau (62); and Charley Hoffman and Gary Woodland (63), their highlight coming when Woodland aced the 202-yard 5th hole.”
3. A horrific stolen clubs story…with a happy ending
From our Gianni Magliocco…:”Web.com Tour Q-School is well known for being a gruelling process, and while 49 players graduated over the weekend, one man was forced to go to hell and back to do so.”
  • “Cody Blick sat three shots outside of the desired Top-40 heading into Sunday’s final round, and on waking up that morning to prepare for the biggest round of his life, the 25-year-old realized that his clubs had been stolen.”
  • “Blick took to social media immediately, desperately hoping that anyone could help him, offering $5k no questions asked should his clubs be returned.”
  • “Blick was unable to recover his clubs though, meaning he was forced to put together a mishmash of different clubs before Sunday’s final round. According to the Mackenzie Tour Twitter account, they consisted of the “Superintendent’s driver, pro shop’s wedges, random irons and a heavier than usual putter.”
  • “After all of that, Blick pulled off a miracle. The American fired a sensational round of nine-under par 63, which included birdies at his final three holes, to take him into the coveted Top-40.”
4. Walker: Q-School Medalist
PGATour.com Staff report...”With a tight leaderboard down the stretch at Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, University of Virginia alum Danny Walker emerged from the pack to birdie his final three holes and claim medalist honors at 27-under at Whirlwind Golf Club. Coming from the fourth-to-last group, Walker posted an early 9-under 63 before waiting for his fate as the final groups finished. With the victory, Walker earns fully-exempt status on the Web.com Tour in 2019.”
  • “Players who finished top-40 (and ties) earned guaranteed starts next year. This year, the cutoff came at 18-under 270 with 49 players earning guaranteed starts.”
  • “I’m super excited right now – my goal was to come top-10 this week, so I wasn’t really thinking about winning,” Walker said. “But I’m excited about it now obviously and relieved to have the week done, it’s a stressful week for everybody so it feels good to play well.”
5. The Shark wishes he went single length!  
Here’s an interesting note (or maybe just a Cobra staffer hyping a product his sponsor has cornered the market on among major OEMs).
  • Golfweek’s Dan Kilbridge…”The equipment issue came up on air Saturday afternoon while Norman was watching Bryson DeChambeau. The 25-year-old has already picked up five PGA Tour wins using Cobra King One Length irons, and Norman said he wishes he could have put them in play when he first started out as an amateur.”
  • “Believe it or not, if I had to do it all over again as a 13 or 14-year-old, I would go to one-length clubs,” Norman said. “I actually had a set made for me when (DeChambeau) first came and joined Cobra Puma and I got it straight off the bat. When you think about it, my 4-iron and my 8-iron are the same length, but my ball flight was so good on all of them because your spine angle stays the same.”
  • “I truly do believe that,” Norman said. “I think parents now, for longevity, golf is a sport you can play your entire life, so if you look at that motion that (DeChambeau’s) going through there it’s such an effortless motion. He’s stacked up beautifully. At the end of the day, the motion is so simple through there. So the one-length golf club, in my humble opinion, give a kid at six, seven, eight … get him used to it and he’ll do well.”
6. Steph’s tourney to Lake Merced
Golf Channel’s Will Gray...”A new PGA Tour event in the Bay Area hosted by NBA superstar Steph Curry is now expected to debut next fall at Lake Merced Golf Club.”
  • “According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, the club’s membership voted “overwhelmingly” to approve an estimated $3.6 million in renovations that are viewed as a “prerequisite to holding the tournament.” The planned changes will reportedly be overseen by Rees Jones and could stretch the Daly City, Calfornia, course beyond 7300 yards.”
  • “Lake Merced has hosted an LPGA event four of the past five years, with Lydia Ko winning three times. It is slated to host the LPGA’s MediHeal Championship from May 2-5 next year. The Curry-hosted event is expected to take place in September as part of the fall portion of the 2019-20 season and likely close to the Safeway Open, which is annually played in Napa.”
7. LET in Limbo
Golfweek’s Alistair Tait…”The 2019 LET Qualifying School is scheduled Dec. 16-20 in Morocco. Once again, those players who earn one of the 25 cards have no idea how many tournaments they will play next year. The LET has yet to publish its 2019 schedule.
  • It cost $1,450 to enter this year’s Q-School. Imagine getting your dream job and having no idea where, when and if you’ll be working?”
  • “There were just 15 events on this year’s LET schedule. Two of those – the $3.25 million Ricoh Women’s British Open and $3.85 million Evian Championship – were majors and basically out of reach for most Q-School grads. The $1.5 million Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open is essentially an LPGA event and also is off-limits to most Q-School grads. In other words, those who earned cards were playing in low-purse events.”
  • “By low purses we’re talking between a low of $140,000 for the Jabra Ladies Open to $500,000 for the Hero Women’s Indian Open. The first four events on this year’s schedule were co-sanctioned with the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour. Two of those were worth just over $100,000. You don’t have to be a math genius to work out that traveling to, and accommodation in, Australia isn’t cheap. Even a top-10 finish in those events could leave players taking a loss on the week.”
8. Pining for the Q-School of yore?
According to the Forecaddie, some Tour vets are feeling a bit of nostalgia.
  • “For almost 50 years, the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament was the coliseum for Sansabelt soldiers, where battle-scarred veterans and fresh-faced rookies fought it out over six days to earn their stripes. For every career launched at Q-School, many others crashed to earth. Stories from that make-or-break week are plentiful and almost always painful. Like Steve Haskins, a journeyman who entered the arena 14 times but never made it out with a Tour card.”
  • “Even those who survived the gauntlet have scar tissue. It’s been 35 years since Brad Faxon’s only trip to Q-School, but he can recall it with forensic detail still. Fall 1983, TPC Sawgrass, 108 holes with a cut after 72.”
  • “I shot 71 in the fourth round to move way up,” Faxon said. “Then rain and lightning came and they cancelled everybody’s scores. Next day I shot 76 and went from the top 10 to, like, 50th place.” He narrowly made the cut and secured a card that he kept for almost three decades.
9. Q-School heartbreak
Move over, Cody Blick…
  • Golf Digest’s Joel Beall…”Sullivan, a 35-year-old journeyman who missed 20 of 23 cuts on the Web.com Tour last season, looked to be in fine standing to retain Web status for 2019, in 23rd place heading into the final round of Q-School at Whirlwind G.C. in Chandler, Ariz. Unfortunately for Sullivan, on a day when the field went low, he hovered around par for 13 holes, and then had the bad fortune of finding the water on the 14th hole.”
  • Sullivan tweeted…”We’ve heard all the QSchool horror stories over the years. I was wondering if anyone had ever putted it into the water on the back nine to miss by one? If not…..dibs.”
  • “Sullivan ultimately made a double, and followed with a bogey on the 15th. And while he did mount a commendable charge, answering with a birdie on the 16th and eagle on the 17th, Sullivan missed a four-footer on the final hole.”

 

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