Thursday, April 2, 2020

ESPN Salutes Masters Tournament with Three Days of Epic Victories

Tiger Woods’ 1997, 2005 Wins; Jack Nicklaus’ Stunning 1986 Win in Encore Presentations


(TV) — ESPN will salute the Masters Tournament with encore presentations of the final rounds of two of Tiger Woods’ five wins, Jack Nicklaus’ stunning victory in 1986 and other classic editions of the iconic event at Augusta National Golf Club over three days beginning Wednesday, April 8.

Viewers will be able to watch Woods’ wins in the 1997 and 2005 Masters, with the final round of the 1997 event, his first Masters win, airing in prime time at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 9. The final round of his win in the 2005 Masters will air at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10. In that event, Woods improbably chipped into the hole on the 16th at Augusta National, perhaps the most memorable shot of his storied career.

In 1986, Nicklaus shocked the golf world with his come-from-behind win, scoring his record-setting sixth Masters title as well as his 18th and final major championship. The final round airs Wednesday, April 8, at 3 p.m. On that same day, ESPN will open the salute at 1 p.m. with highlights from the 2018 Masters Par 3 Contest, an event highlighted by Nicklaus’ grandson (and caddie) G.T. Nicklaus scoring a hole-in-one as his proud grandfather watched. The Par 3 Contest re-airs at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Also featured will be the final round from 2012, when Bubba Watson won the first of his two Masters green jackets, airing on Thursday at 2 p.m. Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff with an incredible shot off the pine straw on the 10th to set up his winning putt.

The final round of the 2013 Masters, won by Adam Scott over Angel Cabrera in a playoff, airs Friday at 12:15 p.m. It remains the popular Australian’s only Masters win.

The airdates for the Masters salute coincide with the dates ESPN would have been televising the Masters Par 3 Contest and the first two rounds of this year’s event before it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Also, beginning next week ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, will present an on-demand collection of official Masters Films, including highlights of nearly every Masters event since 1960.

Masters.com and @TheMasters social media will feature complementary archival and never-before-seen content from the iconic final rounds. Fans are encouraged to follow along and share their viewing experience using #MastersRewind.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Club Champion Launches Gift Card Promotion

Club fitter encourages getting golf ready from home with new bonus card offer


(Willowbrook, IL) — In an effort to bolster excitement and hope for the 2020 golf season, the nation’s #1 club fitter and builder has introduced a new gift card promotion. The promotion offers a $50 bonus card to anyone who purchases $100 - $500 in Club Champion gift cards. Purchases over $500 will be entitled to a bonus card in the amount of 10% of their gift card purchase (i.e. a $1,000 gift card would earn a $100 bonus card). This is a limited-time offer and the bonus card expires June 30, 2021.

Like many businesses in golf, Club Champion has been affected by nationwide mandates asking people to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is looking to find the best way to serve their customers remotely. This gift card promotion is intended to help customers plan for future fittings and helps Club Champion continue their mission of better golf through custom equipment.

“The health and safety of our team and customers is the most important factor for us right now,” said Nick Sherburne, Club Champion founder. “We wanted to find a way to reward our customers for supporting us during this time without asking them to leave their homes. This gift card promotion was a great middleground.”

Club Champion’s business model revolves around Tour-quality custom club fitting and building. They have 45,000 hittable head and shaft combinations in each of their 74 stores nationwide to serve every level of golfer. A Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter 10 years running, the brand has epitomized club fitting for a decade.

The bonus card offer is a rare promotion for Club Champion; the brand usually hosts one promotion per year. The offer runs through April 30, 2020 and is best claimed online. For terms and conditions or to purchase, visit clubchampiongolf.com/giftcards.

The USGA and The R&A Announce Postponement of 41st Curtis Cup Match

The Match, originally scheduled for June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales, will now be held in 2021


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J., and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland) — The USGA and The R&A today announced that due to the evolving dynamics of the global COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions to international travel, the 2020 Curtis Cup Match has been postponed. The biennial team competition contested by female amateur golfers has been rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales, the original host site.

“The decision to postpone this year’s Curtis Cup Match did not come lightly, but based on a number of factors, including guidance from the CDC and restrictions on international travel, we’re confident this is what’s best for the health and safety of our players, staff, fans, and everyone associated with the Match,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA. “We’re extremely appreciative of The R&A and all involved for the quick work and dedication to ensure this competition moves forward next year.”

Sarah Ingram, a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (1991, 1993, 1994) and a member of three USA Curtis Cup Teams (1992, 1994 and 1996), will continue as captain of the USA Team. Elaine Ratcliffe, a distinguished amateur player who won the English Amateur Championship and the Finnish Amateur Championship, will remain captain of the Great Britain & Ireland squad. The formal team selection process would have taken place this month.

“It is certainly disappointing anytime you have to postpone something you are so actively looking forward to, but when we take our team to the Match, we want to be able to focus on competition and camaraderie, rather than have to worry about health and safety,” said Ingram. “I feel for the players who have worked so hard these last two years and share in the disappointment they surely feel that the Curtis Cup will not be contested this June. Despite the delay, we will be ready and eager to have the experience of a lifetime.”

The Curtis Cup Match is contested by two teams of eight female amateur players, one from the United States of America and one from Great Britain and Ireland, which is comprised of England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee selects the USA Team, while The R&A selects the GB&I Team. The USA Team leads the overall series, 29-8-3.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tiger vs. Phil II Odds and Prop Bets

(WAGER) — The sports world certainly hopes to see the rematch between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson that has been teased over the last 24 hours.

Sports bettors would undoubtedly also be elated as there would be a live sporting event to gamble on. And according to early odds set by SportsBetting.ag, Woods is a slight favorite over Mickelson in the rematch.

There are also odds for the four potential pairings with Woods, Mickelson, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

The fine print for these bets indicate that the match must occur by the end of 2020 for action: https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/golf---specials

Tiger vs. Phil II

Tiger Woods -165
Phil Mickelson +125

Which pairing will win Tiger vs. Phil II?
- Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning -180
- Tiger Woods/Tom Brady -150
- Phil Mickelson/Peyton Manning +110
- Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady +140

Which player will have the most birdies?
- Phil Mickelson -110
- Tiger Woods -130

Will hole No. 18 be played?
- Yes -130
- No -110

Will the match go to a playoff?
- Yes +250
- No -300

Women’s Golf Day Announces Revised Date, Virtual Celebration

(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — In light of the escalated response to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the Women’s Golf Day leadership team is announcing a new approach to this year’s 5th anniversary event planned to take place worldwide on June 2, 2020. This year, WGD is adapting the event to bring the industry together to engage and empower women as part of a virtual WGD celebration on June 2nd. The health and well-being of WGD partners and guests is paramount, so the events that take place worldwide as part of the world’s largest single day celebration of women’s golf will move to the 1st of September, providing that there is clearance from the WHO and governing bodies. By making this change, WGD is providing two opportunities for engagement.

By setting a new date, which is provisionally September 1st, Founder of WGD Elisa Gaudet hopes to offer the industry something positive to focus on at this challenging time. She explains: “The global community finds itself in an unprecedented situation and we need to respond appropriately. Women’s Golf Day is in a unique position because we have the flexibility to react quickly to the changing landscape whilst also giving the industry something positive to aim towards.  Our mission and platform is that of a global unifier. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, but we are hopeful that the September date is realistic.”

In the meantime, plans are in place to create a virtual celebration of Women’s Golf Day on the original June 2nd date.  Just as in previous years, the day’s celebration will start as the sun rises in Australia and end as the sun sets in Hawaii. Expect to see video content from famous faces and inspirational stories from across the world shared across the campaign’s social media platforms.  Social media has always played a significant role in the success of the event, delivering a staggering 47 million global impressions to nearly 25 million people in 2019 and it is hoped that the 2020 campaign will be a catalyst to support a post-pandemic resurgence of the industry.

To help more locations join the community in time for the September date, WGD is offering free basic registration on the website www.womensgolfday.com with the code WGDUnites.  Any golf facility can take part with participating venues in the past including golf clubs around the world, retailers such as PGA Superstore, TopGolf locations and driving ranges – essentially anywhere you can swing a club!

Elisa concludes: “We will support our locations around the globe by bringing the industry together and using our shared voice to get golf back on its feet.  June may be too early to hold an event, but it will be a great opportunity for people and organizations to share their inspirational stories around golf.  In the meantime, we encourage people to sign up to our platform and register their venues because we will be hosting Women’s Golf Day again and intend to come back united and stronger than ever.”

Visit the website (www.womensgolfday.com), tab #WGDUNITES, for ongoing digital content and updates as to how you can participate with the global community.

BIG MAX Wins 5th Straight Golf Digest Award

(RELEASE) — BIG MAX, Europe’s No.1 push cart brand is celebrating its fifth consecutive Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award for push carts after the BLADE IP won its third straight title, taking the top spot in Best Pushcarts: Compact category.

Since the brand’s introduction to the U.S. market it has achieved remarkable success in the highly respected Golf Digest awards. Following victory in the push cart categories for its Autofold FF in 2016 and Blade Quattro in 2017, the BLADE IP has swept all aside winning three consecutive honours. In an industry where technology and innovation moves at an incredible pace, a three time win is a remarkable achievement.

“To win a third award for the BLADE IP and our fifth consecutive award for BIG MAX since we launched to the U.S. market is incredible. I’d be very surprised if any other brand has done this before,“ commented Rick Oldach, CEO of BIG MAX U.S.A, upon hearing of the win. “We always knew that the design for the BLADE IP would change the idea of what a compact push cart could be, but to have no other company come close to matching it in three years really does underline what a fantastic, unique product it is.”

In their summary of the BLADE IP the Golf Digest editors commented, “If ease of storage is the most important thing to you, the Big Max Blade IP is what you’re looking for. This folds down flatter than any other pushcart we’ve seen—five inches high. It weighs less than 15 pounds, so not only is it easy to store, it’s easy to lift. It’ll fit any size bag you have, and the minimalist frame has storage for your essentials”

The success of the BLADE IP is down to it’s folded size –34 ½” x 24 ½“ and an incredible depth of less than 5”.  It is the Flattest of all BIG MAX carts and hands down, the most easily stored and transported push cart on the market.  But it’s benefits don’t end there.

The BLADE IP is as practical on the fairways as it is for transport and storage. Multiple features such as double foot brake, integrated drink holder and storage compartment in the handle, along with ball, tee and double scorecard holder, keep all a golfers’ necessities close to hand. Multiple Quick Lok and Quick Fix bases finish the package, ready to take any BIG MAX accessory such as umbrella holder, GPS holder, or sand bottle holder.

The BLADE IP is available in golf stores nationwide as well as on the BIG MAX website. Available in Phantom, Phantom/Lime, White, White/Lime, Phantom/Red, the BLADE IP retails at $329.99.

For more information, visit www.us.bigmaxgolf.com.