The PGA Tour took a swipe at new media on Thursday.
Tour Vice President Ty Votaw sent a surprise email to reporters at Torrey Pines during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open. It read: “As you know, our media regulations prohibit the use of real-time, play-by-play transmission in digital outlets. In order to enforce these regulations, beginning this year, we will revoke the on-site credentials of all journalists affiliated with outlets that post play-by-play coverage, whether those posts are originating from tournament site or otherwise.”
Tweeting has become a major part of golf coverage with many digital outsets as well as traditional newspapers and magazines engaging in the practice. Hall of Fame sportswriter Dan Jenkins has found a new audience and new life in the Twittersphere, and journalists from across the spectrum use the medium as a quick-hit way to drive readers to their more lengthy and substantive pieces.
While the legal complexities of broadcast rights and data sharing must be considered, from a practical standpoint the policy seems counterproductive. Fans without credentials can tweet all the play-by-play coverage they want either on-site or from the comfort of their sofas, but credentialed media members who are driving interest and eyeballs to the event are prohibited from the same.
Expect clarifications and perhaps modifications to the policy in the coming days. In the meantime, Golf.com concluded its report on the ban by stating that the site “will continue to report on the Tour's position and will also live blog Friday’s second round.”
In poker terms, that’s a call and a raise.
The PGA Tour took a swipe at new media on Thursday.
We're always hearing about the "young guns" on the PGA Tour and it's amazing to see the talent level of a lot of these players just out of college.
Who are the best players under the age of 25? Well, there's no question who the far and away No. 1 in that group is... because he also happens to be the No. 1-ranked player in the world. That would be 23-year-old Rory McIlroy. There's no debate there. The rest, however, are a subjective matter.
Mike Dudurich, a featured columnist on BleacherReport.com, recently constructed his list of the top-10 players on the PGA Tour under the age of 25.
It's no secret who the best player on the PGA Tour who has yet to reach his 25th birthday.
Rory McIlroy put his name squarely on the spot with his play of the last two years.
The rest of the list of the top 10 players in that category revealed some interesting names. Some of them you'll recognize, some are a little more under the radar.
Some you'll agree with, some you won't.
Either way, check out the list.
Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair.
If you're a golf fanatic, you need to see this.
Geoff Shackelford, namesake of the popular GeoffShackelford.com golf blog, found this item from HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms television show. It's a feature on the backyard of short-game guru Dave Pelz.
In a word, this is unbelievable. Pelz's backyard would make any golfer jealous. He even has a replica of the TPC Sawgrass' 17th hole.
Over the last several years, golf has made a beeline in the direction of "cool."
Whether it's the snazzy clothes, the fun, bold equipment, the unique accessories, or the colorful characters that play the game at the pro level, golf isn't just your grandfather's game anymore -- even if it is still pretty neat to have him in your regular foursome.
To that end, allow us to introduce you to Troy Hamilton, the founder and CEO of the Part Time Golf Company.
Hamilton makes hats, tee shirts and accessories and the brilliant company name is something I'm sure many of you reading can relate to.
Recently, we sat down for a little Q&A with Hamilton to learn more about Part Time Golf.
PGA.com: How did you come up with the idea for Part Time Golf?
Hamilton: It's a brand for the player. Not necessarily the golfer, but the person that loves to play golf.
It's all about the legion of players that play the game part time -- most of them shooting solid scores. There's a whole new demographic of Part Time Golfers that are really good! I really wanted to create a brand that players could connect with and call their own... the name and logo is essentially, them.
PGA.com: Tell me a little about the logo.
Hamilton: The logo quietly says golf in a classy, clean style without saying it at all. It's the "polo horse" of golf if you will.
It's inspired by the most recognizable stance in golf -- the crouch of lining up a putt. It's done with confidence by all that play the game regardless of their playing level. The Golf Channel has referred to it as "the million dollar stance." It's been very well received for its powerful simplicity -- especially our League version which mimics the logo of the American pro leagues.
The logos are referred to as the "icon" and "the league."
PGA.com: Can you talk a little about the style of your hats? It looks like you've got something for everyone.
Hamilton: I wanted hats that appeal to all types that have a passion for the game of golf. From the construction worker to the Wall Street executive as well as celebrities and athletes. They're hats that can be worn as your "every day" on and off the course. Simple style that aren't a "billboard" but are still a conversation piece that says you love to play golf. The same logos run across the same styles from snap-back truckers to performance Ultrafibre as well as plaids and pinstripes and the popular Pro Fitted flat brim. The Flexfit® technology used is a trusted and familiar fit, known by most people.
PGA.com: Over the last several years -- more so than ever before -- golf has become "cool" for lack of a better word. It seems like Part Time Golf epitomizes that cool essence with the hats and tees -- especially the "definition" tee -- simple, but unique. Would you agree?
Hamilton: Yes. There is a whole new bread of golfer playing the game and their golf game is intertwined in their everyday lifestyle. There is a lot of influence from the individual sports world from me as many of those sports are a passion of mine (motocross, BMX and Snowboarding). I look to align the brand with many of athletes in these "X" sports and draw from their fashion and functional styles.
PGA.com: When did the company start up and are you looking to expand your products?
Hamilton: The company started in 2009 and launched "officially" after securing the name and logos in the first part of 2010 with one hat and tee style. The website, as you see it now with the introduction of the Player Map, launched at the end of 2011. The Player Map is a unique way of connecting the customers of the brand. Registration is free and I mail you a sequentially numbered bag tag and a set of league stickers. It's a "head count" of the players around the world if you will. As it grows with members -- currently there are over 250 members in six countries -- I look to expand its social functionality and bring more golf related content and prizes to the members. Stay tuned.
And, yes. I want to expand the brand and offer a full line of functional, stylish gear as well as a women's branded line. I'm also entertaining licensing opportunities for the brand as well.
PGA.com: Any highlights for Part Time Golf so far?
Hamilton: Bill Murray has embraced the brand, wearing it at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and can be seen wearing it on a regular basis in is day-to-day life.
It was worn by a great golfer named Derek Bohlen, a contestant of NBC/The Golf Channel's Big Break - Greenbrier. Several MLB players have requested hats, as they love the league logo to wear for their Part Time Golf games.
I've supported events for The First Tee as well as sending some hats for the kids at the Tiger Woods Learning Center.
PGA.com: Last thing, Troy. Tell me about the future of Part Time Golf.
Hamilton: I look to align the brand with celebrities, pro athletes, musicians and other prominent society figures who have a love for the game and have a passion to play Part Time Golf in their busy full-time lives. It's an "off the radar brand" that can quietly say they love golf.
To visit the Part Time Golf website, click here.
You can also follow Part Time Golf on Twitter, @iparttimegolf.
Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair.
Richard Langford, a featured columnsist for BleacherReport.com, put together a nice primer to get you prepared for the start of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which starts today in La Jolla, Calif.
Langford offers up some players to watch and highlights some notable tee times.
Last week, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy made the season’s biggest equipment switch, as he officially moved over from Titleist to Nike. On Wednesday, world No. 3 Luke Donald did exactly the opposite.
Donald has re-upped his endorsement agreement with Mizuno, signing a multi-year agreement with the Japanese clubmaker whose equipment he has played for many years. Donald doesn't play an entire bag of Mizuno clubs, but he does use the company’s irons and wedges, and those clubs are the backbone of his steady short game.
In fact, Donald provided feedback throughout the development of Mizuno's new MP-64 irons and MP-T4 wedges, to the point that Mizuno describes those clubs as being designed hand-in-hand with Donald. Donald even visited the the plant in Hiroshima, Japan, where the clubs are forged, last November, and spent a little time with the man who grinds his clubs.
Donald signed on with Mizuno back in 2003, and has earned 13 professional wins with that gear. He also played those Mizuno clubs during his red-hot 2011 and 2012 seasons, in which he held the world No. 1 position for a total of 56 weeks and topped the money lists on both the PGA Tour and European Tour in 2011.
"I feel as if I am playing as well as ever at this stage in my career. Over the next few years I want to be in a position to win major championships and to continue to improve," Donald said. "We've refined my Mizuno equipment in the last couple of seasons and I'm really happy with what I have in the bag right now, so it gives me great pleasure to extend this relationship. Mizuno is the most precise, incredible clubmaker out there, and I'm honored to represent this quality brand."
While he was in Japan last fall, Donald won the Dunlop Phoenix, one of the biggest tournaments on the Japan Tour. He used those Mizuno MP-64 irons and MP-T4 wedges in that victory, along with a TaylorMade RocketBallz driver and 3-wood, a 17-degree Mizuno CLK FliHi hybrid and an Odyssey White Hot XG #7 putter.