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INSIDE SCOOP: Here’s how the LIV Golf tour will handle on-site equipment needs for players at each U.S. event

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During practice round days at nearly every PGA Tour event, equipment reps, expert fitters, and club builders from various OEMs are on-site to help competitors with their golf equipment needs. The reps conduct club fittings, provide equipment for players to test, and they help build and repair golf clubs for players to use.

To house all of the product inventory, tools and repair equipment for each manufacturer, large “tour trucks” travel in fleets to each event. These trucks are like traveling pro shops and club repair facilities that provide the space and tools (such as loft and lie machines, grinding wheels, etc.) that club fitters and builders need to make any equipment changes necessary.

The newly emerging LIV Golf tour, however, doesn’t have the same structure. With only 48 golfers competing in each event, fleets of tour trucks aren’t traveling to each event to help competitors with their equipment wants and needs.

There will be one tour truck, though.

Ben Giunta, golf industry veteran and founder of The Tour Van, has confirmed that he will be traveling to each LIV tour event, alongside his partner Jason Werner, to help LIV players get what they need equipment-wise

Giunta is currently a club fitter based in Portland, Oregon, and has spent his professional career fitting and repairing golf equipment. He started at TaylorMade Golf working with customers, then transitioned to Nike Golf, where he worked for years on the company’s PGA Tour Truck. While at Nike, he helped fit, repair and build golf clubs for the game’s top athletes at PGA Tour events.

Following Nike’s exit from the hard goods business in 2016, Giunta acquired the Nike Tour Truck and started his own club repair and fitting business, called The Tour Van. Currently, The Tour Van is located at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, which is the upcoming venue for LIV’s next golf event (The Tour Van is located at The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Arizona, during winter months).

Since the company’s inception, The Tour Van has also expanded to Nashville, where Werner – a club fitter and company partner – fits and repairs golf clubs out of a former TaylorMade Tour Truck that once serviced the Web.com/Korn Ferry Tour. The second Tour Van is currently located at Hermitage Golf Club in Nashville.

As GolfWRX has confirmed, Giunta and Werner will be on-site at Pumpkin Ridge ahead of the upcoming LIV event on June 30, working out of the The Tour Van’s original truck. There, the duo will be working with manufacturers to supply product, and helping LIV competitors with their equipment needs (club builds, club repairs, re-grips, wedge grinding, etc.).

Following the Portland event, Giunta and Werner will also be traveling to Bedminster, Boston, and Chicago as contractors for the remaining LIV events in 2022. Giunta says there are plans for a “larger trailer” in the events following Pumpkin Ridge.

“I am going to be responsible for managing the equipment trailer on the LIV tour, and making sure that we have all of the resources in place to service the athletes that will be playing on the tour from week-to-week,” Giunta told GolfWRX. “Whether it’s lofts and lies and regrips, or doing some testing, whatever the player needs as an unbiased position just to help them out. It doesn’t really matter who they represent, as far as a manufacturer standpoint. I’ll help them with whatever they need, and work with their sponsors to make sure we can facilitate their goals with their equipment…

“Right now, in the summer, one of my trailers is setup at Pumpkin Ridge, so it’s conveniently located. We’re going to be using this trailer here on property to service the athletes for the Portland event. Then we’ve got a plan moving forward with a larger trailer that will cover the rest of the domestic events here in the U.S. Jason and I will be working those also.”

While they’re not on the LIV tour servicing equipment needs for the players, Giunta and Werner will continue fitting, repairing and building clubs for customers of The Tour Van.

“If you call us up and you know your specs, we can build up your clubs the same way we can for a Brooks Koepka or an Abe Ancer, or Dustin Johnson, or anybody that’s playing out here, or any of the guys I worked with in the past…at the end of the day, I’m just here to help golfers play better golf. If one of the members comes to see me, that’s what I want to do: help them play better golf. If one of these [LIV] guys comes to see me, I’m here to help them play better golf, too.”

To learn more about The Tour Van and set up a time to work with Giunta or Werner, check out the company’s website.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Pingback: 2 big European names reportedly in talks with LIV Golf – GolfWRX

  2. Bob

    Jun 23, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    The harlots sure are running for Saudi blood paper printed from nothing.

  3. LIVing the Dream

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    How soon before these tour van guys get ridiculed for servicing the LIV guys?

  4. S

    Jun 23, 2022 at 11:28 am

    How does that pass with the manufacturers though???? Do they send all the secret specs etc to these Vans???? Probably not. Will be really interesting how the Proto testing and use will happen on this Tour……. does it play by USGA rules? Or do “non-conforming” be allowed to used with a blind eye????

    • Jon

      Jun 23, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      Legitimate questions, especially since LIV wants to give them $54 mil to shoot a 54.

    • Professor

      Jun 24, 2022 at 3:47 pm

      Great point! I think these guys under contract will probably be spending more time at their OEM’s headquarters and then maybe utilize the Tour Van for regrouping, lofts and lies, and any last minute needs. The guys without contracts? We’ll see…

      I want to see how the OEMs deal with LIV though. They pay a player X amount of money because that guys plays on the PGA Tour, is ranked somewhere where they’ll get exposure, over at least 15 events. LIV currently doesn’t have anywhere near the same viewership or exposure. Are they really going to continue to pay that same player the same amount of money for less exposure? Again, we’ll see…

      • Chuck

        Jul 1, 2022 at 1:45 pm

        Yes, these are all the correct points. It seems inconceivable to me that it would not be a material breach of a player’s equipment endorsement contract, if he were to voluntarily quit the PGA Tour, ending all of the exposure he’d have there, to go play for LIV.

        In some cases, it’s already happened. Phil Mickelson and Callaway are no longer a thing. Details being negotiated doubtlessly. And quietly.

        Many of the LIV players are minor players in equipment endorsement. Quick, tell me who Talor Gooch, Richard Bland and Carlos Ortiz’s equipment sponsors are.

        There are some middling names, who may maintain their sponsorships. Something tells me that Peter Uihlein is going to be okay with Titleist/Acushnet. Maybe they will just adjust their deals. (Westwood; Poulter; Schwartzel.)

        But then there are Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. TaylorMade’s two biggest tour stars short of Tiger Woods, and Srixon’s one superstar. My guess is that there will be a story there, whether it is made public or not. It’s a major alteration of the sponsorship fundamentals.

        I’ve wanted to see a Tour equipment contract — especially a Titleist/Acushnet contract — for about 20 years. I’d love to see a lawsuit and some public exhibits.

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WOTW: Will Zalatoris’ Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition

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If you are going to win your first golf tournament why not do it in a big way, during the FedEx Cup Playoffs! Will Zalatoris made a bogey on the 3rd playoff hole to win the FedEx St. Jude over Sepp Straka. This was Will’s first ever win on tour and he held the bronze trophy while wearing a special Omega Seamaster James Bond edition on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Name: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 007 Edition
Reference: 210.90.42.20.01.001
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Current
Case: Grade 2 Titanium
Bezel: Matte Brown Aluminum
Dial: Matte Brown
Size: 42mm
Movement: Caliber 8806, 35 Jewels
Power Reserve: 55 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Grade 2 Titanium Mesh
Price: $9,200 (~$8,000)


Omega has been such a large part of the sporting world, being the official timer of the Olympic Games. The Omega Seamaster was first introduced in 1948 in celebration of Omega’s 100th anniversary. The Seamaster wasn’t Omega’s first dive watch, that was the Mariner 16 years earlier. Since its introduction though, the Seamaster has been one of the most recognizable names in watches. Omega has also been a part of the James Bond movies for decades and this 007 Edition had direct input from actor Daniel Craig. This Seamaster is made for the “No Time To Die” movie that was released in 2021.

The case on Will’s Seamaster is crafted from Grade 2 Titanium and measures 42mm across. Grade 2 titanium has more of a gray color and accepts a brushed finish really well, all while still being corrosion resistant. The caseback is also solid titanium and screws into the case. The caseback is also the only place you will see the James Bond 007 logos on the watch. On the right side of the case is the screw down crown and at the 10 o’clock position is the helium escape valve. During saturation diving watches can have gases build up inside of them and the helium escape valve can help release the pressure before damaging the watch. On top of the case is a unidirectional titanium bezel that contains a matte brown aluminum insert. The aluminum insert features a 60 minute diving scale that matches the color of the luminescent material on the dial. The dial is a matching matte brown and made from aluminum with a “Tropical” finish. In watches a “Tropical” finish is when UV rays fade and distort a colored part over time, giving it a unique look. This usually applies to black pieces that turn brown but other colors can be effected the same way. The matte brown dial on this Seamaster has a retro look to it and features brushed hour, minute, and seconds hands made from the same grade 2 titanium. The hour markers are large and feature a luminescent material for easy reading in low light or underwater.

Inside the James Bond 007 Seamaster is the Omega Caliber 8806 mechanical movement. The 8806 is a self-winding movement that features Omega’s Co-Axial escapement for more consistent use of stored energy. A lot of Omega movements are magnetic field resistant and the 8806 can withstand up to 15,000 gauss to ensure precision in any environment. Fifty five hours of power reserve are on tap for the wearer and 35 jewels ensure that the movement runs smoothly. Keeping the Seamaster on your wrist is a Grade 2 titanium mesh bracelet with a twin trigger, single fold deployant clasp. Omega Seamaster watches are starting to become more and more desirable and this special edition will cost you $9,200 at an Omega dealer. You can save yourself a little bit of money on the secondary market where a brand new model will be around $8,000.

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Tour Rundown: Saki’s rout | From W to Z | Magic for Maja

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The world’s golfing viators feel their seasons winding down, just as folks in the northern hemisphere sense that summer is coming to a close. This time of year brings not the magical moments that the majors bring. Instead, it feels real, because touring competitiors save and lose their jobs, gain promotions, just as we do. 2022 has been a lightning rod of a year for professional golf. It’s only two-thirds over by calendar standards, but playoffs have arrived and the end is nigh for complete fan focus.

With that in mind, let’s turn our attention to five events that held our gaze on the world’s tours, and congratulate Saki Baba and Monet Chun on reaching the finals of the USGA Women’s Amateur. Baba turned in a timeless performance to defeat the pride of Canada, and win a second USGA title for Japan.

PGA Tour: FedEx Cup Playoffs Round One: FedEx St. Jude goes from W to Z

Will Zalatoris and Cameron Young, past teammates at Wake Forest, have waged a spirited battle to determine which one would earn a PGA Tour title first. This tussle was not reserved for regular tour events. The two have finished top-three in all four majors, and had come up just shy of the champion’s flag. That ended this week, as Zalatoris claimed a first professional win on the top shelf of the world’s tours.

The FedEx Cup playoffs elaborate over three weeks in August. Stop one was in the company’s hometown of Memphis, and Sepp Straka gave a heck of a performance over 75 holes. The Austrian-by-way-of-Georgia was near the lead for the entire event. His opening 64 stood him two back of the leaders, and his Friday 66 brought him closer. He and JJ Spaun played the final round together. Spaun had a day to forget, tumbling 41 spots from the top with a 78. Straka hung tough, and had a putt to win on the 72nd hole. It missed, and he entered a playoff with Zalatoris.

On Will’s side of the drama, his opening 71 gave him ground to make up, and he did so over the next 53 holes. 63, followed by 65 and 66, brought him event with Straka at 15-under par, three clear of third place. The two marched off to a playoff that lasted three holes. Play loosened, as the strain of the week became clear. At the third playoff hole, both hit from the drop zone on the par three 11th after less than stellar tee shots. Zalatoris was able to get up and down for bogey, and that was enough to defeat his overtime opponent.

LPGA/Ladies European Tour: Handa World Invitational is magic for Maja

One of those Why Don’t We Do This More Often events took place in Northern Ireland this week, at a castle, no less. The LPGA and Ladies European tours joined together to host an event over the same course as a simultaneous, DP World Tour event. It may have been a crowded affair, but it was interesting and exciting with room to spare.

Amanda Doherty of the USA played stellar golf over the first two days, and surged into the lead at 134. Her weekend rounds could only match par each day, and the young American dropped away from the lead, into a tie for 8th position with compatriot Lauren Stephenson.

Surging up the charts over the final 36 was Sweden’s Maja Stark. Lurking five behind Doherty at the midway mark, Stark posted 69 on saturday to move within two shots. On Sunday, Stark went into orbit, racing past all challengers with a sublime 63. Ten birdies over the par-73 course at Galgorm Castle sent Magic Maja five shots clear of runner-up Alisen Corpuz of the USA. The victory was Stark’s fifth on the European circuit, but first with LPGA sanctioning.

DP World Tour: Handa World Invitational a battle of two Scotsmen

The top of the board had full occupancy as day four began at the Handa World Invitational. American John Catlin was among the leaders, but he could not keep pace and slipped to a tie for 13th with a last-day 73. What ensued, was a battle of two Scots, with Ewen Ferguson and Connor Syme waging a contest for bragging rights and baubles.

To be sure, there were others involved. Spain’s Borja Virto closed with 68 to tie for second position, three behind the leader. Italy’s Renato Paratore posted 64 on day four, to tie for fourth with two others. Ferguson and Syme caught our attention, and not unearned  was it. Ferguson’s week began with a two-eagle round of 61, and as all aficionados know, keeping the lead over four days is not often an achievable task. His stumble came on Friday, with 70, but he followed with 68-69 into the weekend.

The chore for Syme was to chase the sprinter down. He was one of two golfers to post four rounds in the 60s this week, but for most of the day, he was not up to the task of catching the leader. Syme’s first ten holes were a struggle, with bogeys (three) outnumbering birdies (two). It was only the final quartet of holes (where he played three-under par) that Syme was able to make Ferguson concentrate a bit more.

The victory was Ferguson’s second of the year and career, and came five months after his initial win in Qatar.

Korn Ferry Tour: Pinnacle Bank is second of season for Shelton

Remember what we said about the Real quotient of late-season golf? It was evident on the Korn Ferry Tour this week. The PBC was the final, pre-playoffs event on the schedule, and that meant that the top 25 golfers on the money list come Sunday evening, would depart for the PGA Tour in a few months. Kevin Roy goes to the show for the first time in his journey, and Michael Kim returns after a six-spot climb in Nebraska. The heartbreak for Brandon Harkins and Ryan McCormick, who each came up a few thousand dollars shy of glory, is eased by a second opportunity to ascend, during the three-week playoff series.

Back to the heartland of America. Shelton was out in 31 on Sunday, to thrust his name into contention for win number two in 2022. Attempting to chase him down were the aforementioned Kim, Ben Taylor of England, and a bask of other crocodiles. It was Taylor who would come closest to an overtake, His Saturday 62 was the week’s low round, but his Sunday back nine harvested just one birdie. In the end, he would finish at 16-under par, in solo second.

Shelton was up to the task. A toe-stub bogey at ten was followed by birdies at 12 and 15. The later pushed Shelton to 17-under par, and he would navigate his way to port in even par, to secure a slim, one-shot win over Taylor.

PGA Tour Champions: Boeing Classic is charming third of 2022 for Jiménez

Billy Andrade was recognized recently with the 2022 Payne Stewart award for charitable work. On Sunday in Washington, he faced a challenge for a different sort of prize. The Rhode Island native was matched with Spain’s sartorial Miguel Ángel Jiménez over the final 18 holes at Snoqualmie. Each stood at 134, but only one would lift the champion’s bounty.

Unfortunately for Andrade, this day would not be his. birdies were offset by bogeys, and he dropped two slots, into a tie for third place. Jiménez fared much better. His five-under 67 was enough to hold off a charging David McKenzie of Australia. The later scribbled six birdies and twelve pars on his final-round scorecard, but his 66 was only enough to earn solo second. The day belonged to the Canarian, who doubtless celebrated his third win of the season with a fine cigar and a nice glass of Spanish Rioja.

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