The PGA mournes the passing of a true gentleman of the game

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Seve Ballesteros Passes Away

Seve Ballesteros Passes Away

Seve Ballesteros was a genius with a golf club in his hands, an inspiration to everyone who saw him create shots that didn’t seem possible. The Spaniard’s passion and pride revived European golf and made the Ryder Cup one of the game’s most compelling events.

 

Ballesteros, a five-time major champion whose incomparable imagination and fiery personality made him one of the most significant figures in modern golf, died Saturday from complications of a cancerous brain tumor. He was 54.

His career was defined not only by what he won, but how he won.

“He was the greatest show on earth,” Nick Faldo said.

Tiger Woods said on Twitter: “Seve was one of the most talented and excited golfers to ever play the game. His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed. His death came much too soon.”

A statement on Ballesteros’ website early Saturday said he died peacefully at 2:10 a.m. local time, surrounded by his family at his home in Pedrena. It was in this small Spanish town where Ballesteros first wrapped his hands around a crude 3-iron and began inventing shots that he would display on some of golf’s grandest stages.

“I held his hands, caressed them and thought: ‘what these hands have done in the world’,” his brother Baldomero told Spanish agency Efe. “He knew he was dying, and he did it with full presence of mind.

“What is leaving us is more than a brother, a son or a father; what is leaving us is glory.”

Ballesteros won the Masters at 23, leading by 10 shots at one point in the final round. He was a three-time winner of the British Open, no moment greater than his 1984 victory at St. Andrews. He was as inspirational in Europe as Arnold Palmer was in America, a handsome figure who feared no shot and often played from where no golfer had ever been.

“Today, golf lost a great champion and a great friend. We also lost a great entertainer and ambassador for our sport,” Jack Nicklaus said. “No matter the golf that particular day, you always knew you were going to be entertained. Seve’s enthusiasm was just unmatched by anybody I think that ever played the game.”

In a long list of spectacular shots, perhaps the most memorable came from a parking lot next to the 16th fairway at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in the 1979 British Open. Leading by two in the final round, he drove his ball into the lot, had a car removed to get his free drop, then fired his second shot to 15 feet and made birdie on his way to his first major.

“He was a man who got into trouble. Only for Seve, there was no such thing as trouble,” Gary Player once said.

Headlines such as “The Inventor of Spanish Golf” and “Life of a Legend” were splashed across Spanish media as athletes and other notable figures from around the world paid tribute Saturday.

“This is such a very sad day for all who love golf,” European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady said on the tour website. “Seve’s unique legacy must be the inspiration he has given to so many to watch, support and play golf, and finally to fight a cruel illness with equal flair, passion and fierce determination. We have all been so blessed to live in his era.”

Lee Westwood, the No. 1 player in the world, said on Twitter: “Seve made European golf what it is today.”

An emotional Jose Maria Olazabal played through tears at the Spanish Open on Saturday, overcome by grief.

Olazabal, who teamed with Ballesteros as the most successful pairing in Ryder Cup history, broke down as players honored Ballesteros with a minute’s silence.

“I just played the most difficult round of my life. It was very tough to make it to the first tee and hit the first drive,” said Olazabal, who shot a 3-over 75. “I don’t think there will ever be another player like him. There can be others that are very good, but none will have his charisma.”

Ballesteros’ last challenge came from an unbeatable foe: cancer.

He fainted in a Madrid airport while waiting to board a flight to Germany on Oct. 6, 2008, and was subsequently diagnosed with the brain tumor. He underwent four separate operations, including a 6 1/2-hour procedure to remove the tumor and reduce swelling around the brain. After leaving the hospital, his treatment continued with chemotherapy.

Ballesteros looked thin and pale while making several public appearances in 2009 after being given what he referred to as the “mulligan of my life.” But he rarely was seen in public after March 2010, when he fell off a golf cart and hit his head on the ground.

His few appearances or public statements were usually connected to his Seve Ballesteros Foundation to fight cancer. He wanted but was unable to take part in a champions exhibition at St. Andrews for the British Open.

Ballesteros won a record 50 times on the European tour, his first victory as a 19-year-old in the Dutch Open, his last when he was 38 at the Spanish Open in 1995. That also was his last year playing in the Ryder Cup, where he had a 20-12-5 (win, lost, drawn) record in eight appearances. Ballesteros was captain in 1997 when Europe won at Valderrama.

“He did for European golf what Tiger Woods did for worldwide golf,” three-time major champion Nick Price said from a Champions Tour event in Alabama. “His allegiance to the European Tour was admirable.”

Ballesteros was the reason the Ryder Cup was expanded in 1979 to include continental Europe, and it finally beat the United States in 1985 to begin more than two decades of dominance. While others have played in more matches and won more points, no player better represents the spirit and desire of Europe than Ballesteros.

His battle went beyond the golf course.

Ballesteros did not play in the 1981 Ryder Cup over a dispute with Europe over appearance money. He later battled former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman over how many tournaments he was required to play.

He was feisty. He was proud. He was charming. He made people watch, and he usually gave them something to remember.

Ballesteros announced his retirement in a tearful news conference at Carnoustie before the 2007 British Open. He had returned to Augusta National that year to play the Masters one last time, but shot 86-80 to finish last. After turning 50, he tried one Champions Tour event, but again came in last.

His back was ailing, his eyes were less lively, his best game had left him years earlier.

“I don’t have the desire,” Ballesteros said at the time, though he remained active in golf even after he stopped playing regularly, mainly through course design.

His desire was as big a part of his game as any shot he manufactured from the trees, the sand — just about anywhere on the course.

Born April 9, 1957, in Pedrena, Ballesteros first gained acclaim at 19 in the final round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale, where he threaded a shot through the bunkers and onto the green at the 18th hole, finishing second to Johnny Miller and in a tie with Nicklaus.

“He invented shots around the green,” Nicklaus said in the weeks before Ballesteros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. “You don’t find many big hitters like him with that kind of imagination and touch around the green.”

Ballesteros went on to win the Order of Merit on the European Tour that year, the first of six such titles. Two years later, he won the first time he teed it up in America, a one-shot victory at the Greater Greensboro Open.

His first major came a year later, at Royal Lytham in the 1979 British Open, where he made birdie from the parking lot.

“I won the Open … in a different way from most people that have won the Open,” Ballesteros once said. “I was right, left, in trouble most of the time. But I finished the hole quicker than the rest of the field. That was the name of the game.”

Partly because of his humble roots, partly because of his Spanish blood, Ballesteros always played as though he had something to prove. Even after some called him “Car Park Champion” for his shot at Lytham, the Spaniard showed that was no fluke when he arrived at Augusta National the next year.

He obliterated the field in the 1980 Masters, much like Woods did in 1997. Applying his genius to a course built for imagination, he became at 23 the youngest Masters champion until Woods won at age 21.

Ballesteros won the Masters again in 1983, and he was equally dominant in golf’s oldest championship. He won the British Open in 1984 at St. Andrews over Tom Watson, then at Lytham in 1988 by closing with a 65 to beat Price and Faldo.

Despite his five majors and 87 titles around the world, Ballesteros forever will be linked to the Ryder Cup. He developed an “us against them” attitude that became infectious with what had been an inferior European team. He made his teammates believe.

Ballesteros was headed for defeat in 1983 at PGA National, his ball beneath the lip of a bunker, some 245 yards from the green, when he lashed a 3-wood to the fringe and escaped with a halve against Fuzzy Zoeller. The Americans narrowly won, but the Ryder Cup was never the same after that year—and perhaps after that shot.

He teamed with Olazabal to become the most formidable partnership in Ryder Cup history, producing an 11-2-2 record. In his final Ryder Cup, at Oak Hill in 1995, he played Tom Lehman in singles and didn’t hit a single fairway on the front nine, yet was only 1 down. Lehman calls it the greatest nine holes he ever saw.

Ballesteros and his wife Carmen divorced in 2004. They had three children together.

The funeral will be Wednesday in Pedrena with family and intimate friends attending the subsequent wake. Three days of official mourning will be held in Cantabria, regional government head Miguel Angel Revilla announced.

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Long time CBS Sports producer of the Masters, loses battle with cancer

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Frank Chirkinian of CBS Sports

Frank Chirkinian of CBS Sports

Frank Chirkinian, the longtime golf producer for CBS Sports who helped turn the Masters into one of the most watched events in sports television, has died. He was 84.

Chirkinian died Friday at his home in North Palm Beach, Fla., after a long bout with lung cancer, his son told the Associated Press. He was surrounded by friends and family.

The television pioneer was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame just last month, during an emergency vote after it became widely known he was undergoing treatment for cancer. He will be inducted posthumously on May 9 in St. Augustine, Fla., in the lifetime achievement category.

“He squeezed every drop of life out of his 84 years,” his son, Frank Chirkinian Jr., said during a phone interview. “I don’t think there was anything left.”

Described as street-wise and direct, Chirkinian had said recently that getting into the Hall of Fame was the apex of his career — and what a robust career it was.

He produced his first PGA Championship in 1958, at Llanerch Country Club near his home in Philadelphia, and two years later the first televised Winter Olympics from Squaw Valley. He also dreamed up the idea of putting cameras on blimps to cover college football games.

But it was his work in golf that stood out, and at Augusta National in particular. He produced 38 editions of the Masters for CBS, bringing the majestic fairways and greens of Augusta to fans who could only dream of seeing them in person.

“Frank Chirkinian was a visionary in every sense of the word,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. “He was an artist. The sport of golf was presented on television to generations of fans in innovative, imaginative and entertaining ways because of Frank.”

Chirkinian introduced high-angle cameras and new angles, put roving reporters on the grounds, and made sure to capture the unique blend of sounds — the club hitting the ball, the ball falling into the cup — that came to define modern golf coverage. He even changed the way scores were delivered, according to par rather than by total.

He could be friendly and agreeable, but also surly and demanding — announcer Pat Summerall gave him the nickname “the Ayatollah” in the late 1970s, when the Shah of Iran was deposed and replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini. It was a name that Chirkinian acknowledged he enjoyed.

“He was a friend, a mentor and a father figure to me,” broadcaster Jim Nantz said. “I was blessed to have his guiding hand extended to me at the age of 26. I am comforted knowing, as long as there is golf being televised anywhere in the world, Frank Chirkinian lives.”

Chirkinian left his imprint on many of golf’s defining moments, from the duels between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus that defined the 1960s and ’70s, to the Golden Bear’s back-nine charge to win the 1986 Masters. He called Augusta National “the greatest theater in sports.”

He retired from CBS in the late 1990s, but could still be found on the golf course.

“Frank Chirkinian was a true pioneer,” said Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports. “There certainly would not have been a golf television business without him. And golf may never have developed into such a robust business without the way he connected the game on the course to the viewer at home. He will be sorely missed but the game is better forever because of him.”

Critics recognized his passion and devotion by awarding him five Emmys and a Peabody during his career. He also was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

“The golfing world lost a great ambassador to the game,” said Lance Barrow, coordinating producer of golf and the NFL for CBS Sports. “He did as much for the game as anyone who has ever been associated with golf. His legacy will live on forever.”

That’s why, when word spread that he was undergoing cancer treatment, the Hall of Fame board — including members of the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA of America and European Tour — held an emergency vote last month to elect him alongside Ernie Els, Doug Ford, Jumbo Ozaki, Jock Hutchison and George H.W. Bush. Those five were elected last September.

Chirkinian had hoped to make the induction in May, and his son said he taped an acceptance speech that will be played during the ceremony. His family plans to attend in his honor.

“I think it really brightened his last few days,” Frank Chirkinian Jr. said. “I think this was kind of the crowning achievement for his career.”

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Mickelson still shooting for 50 win milestone, maybe Phoenix Open?

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PhilMickelson

PhilMickelson

From the time he won the Northern Telecom Open as a 20-year-old amateur, gingerly juggling that big silver Conquistadors helmet on his head, Phil Mickelson has appeared destined for big things.

Sure, it took him longer than we all expected to win his first major championship — 43 attempts as a pro, to be exact. Since his breakthrough victory at the 2004 Masters, though, Mickelson has won three more of golf’s crown jewels, two at Augusta National and one PGA at Baltusrol.

Election to the World Golf Hall of Fame is a mere formality now. But there is plenty more golf to be played, and judging by Mickelson’s comments on Wednesday, he’s looking ahead with enthusiasm.

Whether the 40-year-old Mickelson has a Vijay Singh-like fifth decade remains to be seen. The talented Fijian, who has already taken his place among the greats of the game at the shrine in St. Augustine, won 22 of his 34 PGA TOUR events after turning the big 4-0.

Make no mistake, though. Mickelson has goals and in a particularly introspective mood on Wednesday prior to the Waste Management Phoenix Open as he shared that win No. 50 was among them.

“I’m 12 away,” he said. “I really think that’s an attainable goal and maybe in a short period of time. That’s something that I would like to do. I just think it has a magic ring to it, and to be able to do it in this day and age would be a great accomplishment. That’s one of my goals as well as to play well in the major championships.”

Ahh, the majors. Should he successfully defend his title at Augusta National in April, Mickelson would tie Tiger Woods with four Green Jackets, second only to Jack Nicklaus with six. And the PGA returns to the Atlanta Athletic Club where Mickelson finished second to David Toms in 2001.

But the U.S. Open has been more problematic for a player who’s clearly become the people’s choice. He’s finished as the runner-up in America’s national championship a record five times without winning the ultimate prize. And Mickelson only has one top-10 at the British Open, which could be his biggest obstacle if he is to join just five others with a career Grand Slam.

“The Masters is a tournament that I just love,” Mickelson said. “I’d love to keep trying to add to the three victories I’ve had there, and also it would be something if I could somehow get a win in the U.S. and British Open and get a career slam, although that’s going to be very challenging for me.”

Mickelson’s last major championship was also his 38th and most recent victory. Making it even sweeter was the fact that his wife Amy, who has battled breast cancer for the last 19 months, was well enough to be there at the 18th green that Sunday to share in the moment.

Mickelson had a health scare of his own last year when he was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. But he’s found the right medication to ease the symptoms, as well as a more balanced diet borne of a five-month flirtation with a vegan lifestyle that one of the TOUR’s most avowed carnivores now jokes was “doomed” to fail.

In recent months, Amy has felt strong enough to take a December anniversary getaway to Egypt, as well as accompany Phil and their three kids to Abu Dhabi where he opened his 2011 season. And she walked 63 of his 72 holes last week at the Farmers Insurance Open — joining his gallery for the first time since the 2009 PLAYERS Championship.

Mickelson finished second there, one stroke behind Bubba Watson, and exhibited a comfort level with Torrey Pines that had been missing since the 2001 redesign. He played with his head, as well as his big heart, and Mickelson appears primed to make another bid for win No. 39 at TPC Scottsdale this week, where he already has two titles.

“We’re in a lot better place,” he acknowledged. “The last three, four, five months have been really good, and so we’re excited. Amy and I are excited are where we’ve come to and excited about 2011.

“I feel like my game is pretty sharp. Last week I played well, wasn’t quite enough, but I played well, and I feel like it’s going to get better as these weeks come on, and I’m excited about my opportunity here in Phoenix.”

The personal turmoil of the last 19 months, interestingly, appears to have only increased Mickelson’s desire to perform. He vowed last week that he wanted to make 2011 the year he had hoped 2010 would be when he opened with a win at the Masters. So far, he’s seems off to a good start and gaining more momentum this would will be huge.

“In the last year and a half I realized how much I love golf and how much I have used it throughout my life as a way of dealing with things on and off the golf course,” Mickelson said. “It’s a place where I’m at peace and it’s a place that I am constantly wanting to be.

“And so even though it’s been my job in theory for many years, I’ve never felt like it’s a job. I love the game of golf. I love the opportunity to compete.”

This week, and for many, many more.

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Is the tide changing from the Establishment to the New Breed?

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Ernie Els vs Jason Day

One of the themes for the 2011 PGA TOUR season is the competition involving the Establishment vs. the New Breed. How will the established players — those with significant TOUR experience and long-standing championship pedigree — fare against the young, hungry up-and-comers who are looking to nudge their way into the TOUR’s elite?

Each week, PGATOUR.COM will select two players — one from the New Breed and one for the Establishment — and analyze their chances heading into the tournament. We’ll then track which player has the better score for his team, and keep a running tally throughout the year.

This week, we’ve selected Jason Day for the New Breed and Ernie Els for the Establishment:


ESTABLISHMENT
AGE: 40
YEARS ON TOUR: Starting his 18th full season on TOUR.
OVERVIEW: Els is coming off a two-win season that kept him on or near the top of the FedExCup standings for much of 2010 before he finished third overall. He turned 40 in October, shortly after learning he had been elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame, but the affable South African doesn’t appear ready to rest on those considerable laurels. His decision to concentrate on the PGA TOUR appeared to pay dividends in 2010 for Els, who won consecutive starts in Florida, and tied for third at the U.S. Open, a tournament he has already won two times previously.
STATE OF HIS GAME: He came to Kapalua last week on the heels of victory at the 100th South African Open. He had mixed results on Maui, though, when he failed to capitalize on the momentum of a second-round 64 and tied for 17th.
HISTORY IN THIS EVENT: The first five times Els played in the Sony Open in Hawaii, he won twice and finished second in 2005 as he went for the rare three-peat. In fact, he’s finished 12th or better six of the seven times he’s played at Waialae.
OUTLOOK THIS WEEK: It depends on whether his putter is more sympatico with the rest of his game. Els obviously knows the course as well as anyone but he tied for 28th in putting and ranked next-to-last in putts per round at Kapalua last week. Not a good combination considering Els was third in greens in regulation and had plenty of chances.



NEW BREED
AGE: 23
YEARS ON TOUR: Starting his fourth full season on TOUR.
OVERVIEW: Hard to believe, but Day is still one of the youngest players on TOUR. In fact, 27 of the TOUR’s 36 rookies are older than the Aussie is — but he has something they all covet, a victory at last year’s HP Byron Nelson Championship. Day went on to post top-10s in the first two events of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and eventually finished eighth overall. He did all this last year while battling a debilating and lingering sinus problem that appears to have been corrected by offseason surgery.
STATE OF HIS GAME: That muffed drive during the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions notwithstanding, Day managed a tie for ninth in his first appearance at Kapalua last week. He ranked third in driving distance and first in putting, although he stood 28th of 32 players in greens in regulation.
HISTORY IN THIS EVENT: His record at Waialae isn’t stellar. Day has played in the Sony Open twice — missing the cut as a rookie and then tying for 64th two years later.
OUTLOOK THIS WEEK: The par-70 Waialae Country Club is relatively flat and wide-open and tends to surrender low rounds with frequency. Day’s length should be an advantage, along with the week of competition under his belt. If the putter cooperates, he could contend.
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Tiger Woods and the “Big Easy” will make for interesting viewing at first tourney of the year

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Ernie Els

Ernie Els

Long a source of blissful reprieve to tournament-hungry fans eager to see the offseason quickly finished, the recently rechristened Hyundai Tournament of Champions has seen its share of history-making golf. While PGA Tour winners have been facing off at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii since 1999, the event proved to be an exciting preview of one particularly historic season for Tiger Woods. In fact, Woods’s victory in 2000 remains the last time the winner has managed to net more than one other tournament victory in the same year.

Tiger Woods’s performance at Kapalua in 2000, when the Tournament of Champions was called the Mercedes-Benz Championship, marked the beginning of a momentous year for golf. While his win at the Championship was a stepping stone towards domination at Pebble Beach and the “Tiger Slam,” Woods faced stiff competition from South African, Ernie Els.

Els, otherwise known as “The Big Easy,” proved the single greatest, most immediate threat to Woods, demonstrating to the world that he was more than a match for the promising prodigy. Els was then most famous for twice winning the U.S. Open Championship, and seemed the perfect foil to the red hot Tiger Woods. With Woods’s winning streak on the line, the two golfers distinguished themselves from the pack going into the 18th hole.

Just when it seemed like the tournament had reached an apex, both Woods and Els traded eagles, proving indisputably that they were the best men at Kapalua that day. The sudden-death playoff which followed would see Tiger sink a six-foot birdie putt.

The excitement at Kapalua was palpable when Woods took to the second extra hole with a stupendous 40-foot putt for a birdie that was almost certain to clinch it for the young golfer. Despite unrestrained jubilation, every serious fan of pro golf who saw the match knew that the indomitable Els had the capacity to keep the nail-biting action going.

For Els, it wasn’t to be. Although his 35-foot putt had viewers on the edge of their seats, breath bated, it came up just shy, sealing Woods’ victory. For his part, Woods lived up the hype, fulfilling his vaunted status, and putting the world of golf in awe. Woods finished the day at 16 under par and a final score of 276. Ironically Els would not only win at Kapalua three years later in 2003, he would set a record for the event, finishing 31 under par.

Some may doubt how important Tiger’s win was that year. After coming so close, would it have really mattered if Els had come out on top in Kapalua? Maybe. The win might just have vindicated Woods’ belief in his own ability, proving that he could not only play amazing golf, but he could also win amazing golf. For Woods, winning would become the norm that year. Els, on the other hand, wouldn’t stray far from that performance – excellent but not excellent enough. Els wound up with seven second-place tournament finishes and was a runner-up in three Major Championships.

Unlike Tiger, Els has been consistent throughout the last ten years, and that consistency has paid off. The irony is that the “Big Easy” is set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011, an honor which Tiger Woods has yet to receive.

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Grand Champions to appear in 4 events in 2011

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Grand Champions

Many of golf’s all-time greats gathered at the 2010 Ensure Classic at Rock Barn in Conover, N.C., for the annual Great Grand Champions Pro-Am. However, the 18-hole competition, one of four gatherings scheduled during the year, was reduced to a nine-hole event due to inclement weather.

The weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the players and golf fans who attended the breakfast at the course on the morning of Sept. 28. Once again former Masters champion Bob Goalby served as the emcee for the affair and regaled the crowd with player introductions, stories and anecdotes.

The Great Grand Champions pro-am field at Rock Barn included players with 187 total combined wins on the PGA TOUR as well as 77 on the Champions Tour. The field also included World Golf Hall of Fame members Billy Casper, Charlie Sifford, Gene Littler as well as one of the inductees of the Class of 2011, Doug Ford.

“These guys really are the history of professional golf in the United States,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Where else can you pay $15 to hear true living legends talk about the game we love to watch that they love to play? It was unfortunate that weather disrupted this year’s tournament, but it’s always enjoyable to have these former greats on site. This event is one of the best-kept secrets in golf today and we hope we’ll have them back again in the future.”

The Great Grand Champions will assemble again next year at Rock Barn (June 6-12). They will also appear during the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek (May 2-8), near Birmingham, Ala., the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (Aug. 15-21) at Westchester CC, N.Y., and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Oct. 31-Nov. 6) at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif.

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McDowell and Langer given yet another prestigeous honour for 2010

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McDowell

Langer

Langer

Graeme McDowell, Yani Tseng and Bernhard Langer have been named 2010 Players of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America.

It is the first GWAA POY award for both all three players. They will be honored at the GWAA’s Annual Awards Dinner April 6, 2011 in Augusta, Ga.

In the closest race, McDowell received 43 percent of the votes (87 votes) for Male Player of the Year to 32 percent for Jim Furyk (61) and 25 percent for Martin Kaymer (51). Tseng received 69 percent of the vote (137 votes) for Female Player of the Year to 16 percent for Cristie Kerr (32) and Ai Miyazato had 15 percent (31). Langer received 94 percent of the vote (187 votes) for Player of the Year to six percent (13) for Fred Couples.

McDowell became the first European to win the U.S. Open in 40 years and his win at Pebble Beach was one of four for the Northern Irishman. He won the decisive match for Europe at the Ryder Cup and his fourth win was a come-from-behind playoff win over Tiger Woods at the Chevron World Challenge.

McDowell also won the Golf Writers Trophy (a vote of the Association of Golf Writers) and shared European Tour Player of the Year honors with Kaymer. He is the second European to win Player of the Year in the last three years. Padraig Harrington won the honor in 2008

Tseng won two LPGA majors — the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Women’s British Open — in her three-win season. She had eight top-10 finishes, finished fourth on the money list and was the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year.

Langer won back-to-back majors — Senior Open at Carnoustie and U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee — and won five times on the Champions Tour. He led the money list, captured the season-long Charles Schwab Cup and won his third consecutive Champions Tour Player of the Year honor.

The GWAA, founded in 1946, takes an active role in protecting the interests of all golf journalists, works closely with all of golf’s major governing bodies and the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Ping’s newest products during PGA Merchandise Show announcement

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PING will showcase its newest products and fitting tools during the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show. PING is returning to the global industry’s 58th annual gathering to provide some 40,000 attending PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders with exclusive product previews, demonstrations and merchandising programs at Outdoor Demo Day, Indoor Demo Days, on the Show floor and as a sponsor of the PGA Magazine Merchandisers of the Year Conference.

“We look forward to supporting The PGA of America and its membership by playing an active role in the PGA Merchandise Show,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO. “PGA members are very important in sharing our story on how we approach helping golfers play better and enjoy the game more. The show is a great opportunity to demonstrate our newest clubfitting technology and introduce the attendees to PING’s newest products. This gathering allows us to work with our custom fitters and meet with industry leaders as we get the 2011 golf season off to a great start.”

During Outdoor Demo Day, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge in Orlando, PING will showcase its new K15 Series, Faith Women’s Series, S56 irons, Anser irons and the Scottsdale and Karsten 1959 putter families. PING fitting specialists will be on hand to share their latest best practices to support retail efforts in 2011.

From Thursday, Jan. 27 to Saturday, Jan. 29, PING will exhibit on the Show floor, sponsor the PGA Best Practices Clubfitting Area and participate in the Indoor Demo Days at the Orange County Convention Center. All Show attendees will be able to receive hands-on best practices information from the recognized leader in clubfitting and test the latest PING products at both the indoor golf range and short games areas.

Additionally, PING will return as the exclusive golf equipment company sponsoring the 4th Annual PGA Magazine Merchandisers of the Year Conference, Jan. 23-25, at the Reunion Resort in Orlando. The conference will bring together attending 2010 PGA Merchandisers of the Year selected by The PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections. They will be joined in the unique forum by other merchandising experts.

“PING’s strong participation during the 58th PGA Merchandise Show week-long schedule of events is a tremendous opportunity for our members to learn more about PING’s newest, innovative products and club fitting tools,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “They have been a valuable partner for many years to the Association and our 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals and we appreciate PING’s support of our largest membership gathering.”

About the PGA Merchandise Show

The 2011 PGA Merchandise Show, held January 27-29, in Orlando, Fla., will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s 58th annual global summit for the business of golf. Outdoor Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, tees off the Show on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During Show days, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. Organized in partnership with The PGA of America as a trade-only event, the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show will be held in the Orange County Convention Center ~ 8:30 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 27-28; and 8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 29. For more information, visit www.pgashow.com.

About PING

PING designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment including metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The family-owned company was founded in 1959 in the garage of the late Karsten Solheim, a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the aerospace and computer industries. His frustration with his putting inspired him to design his own putter, which created a “pinging” sound when striking a golf ball. This sound was the source of the name now synonymous with innovation, quality and service throughout the world of golf. Solheim and his company are credited with numerous innovations that became industry standards, including perimeter weighting, custom fitting and the use of investment casting in the manufacturing of golf clubs. His insistence on adhering to strict engineering principles and tight manufacturing tolerances raised the level of product performance and quality throughout the golf industry. Solheim is the only person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer. Today, the Phoenix-based company is under the direction of Solheim’s youngest son, John A. Solheim. PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.ping.com.

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Ping Golf and Apple getting into the Music Business together with Trademark Agreement

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Ping and Apple in Agreement

PING and its parent company, Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, announced today that they have entered into an agreement with Apple under which Apple will use the PING trademark in connection with Apple’s innovative new social music discovery feature in iTunes. Apple introduced the iTunes PING feature today.

Founded in 1959, PING is a famous premium brand that holds more than 1000 trademark registrations around the world, many related to golf equipment. The company also owns trademark rights in PING for social networking and other online services.

This announcement involves two companies that were founded by visionaries who created products that greatly impacted their industries. Karsten Solheim invented the PING® putter in his Redwood City, California garage and went on to revolutionize the golf equipment industry. The groundbreaking first Apple® computer was developed in nearby Palo Alto in 1976.

“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Apple,” said John Solheim, Chairman and CEO of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation and PING. “Like PING, Apple carries a reputation for innovation and quality. I have always had great respect for companies that have changed and improved the ways things are done and I continue to model PING along those lines. Apple is a truly great example of this kind of enterprise.”

About PING
PING designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment including metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The family-owned company was founded in 1959 in the garage of the late Karsten Solheim, a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the aerospace and computer industries. His frustration with his putting inspired him to design his own putter, which created a “pinging” sound when striking a golf ball. This sound was the source of the name now synonymous with innovation, quality and service throughout the world of golf. Solheim and his company are credited with numerous innovations that became industry standards, including perimeter weighting, custom fitting and the use of investment casting in the manufacturing of golf clubs. His insistence on adhering to strict engineering principles and tight manufacturing tolerances raised the level of product performance and quality throughout the golf industry. Solheim is the only person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer. Today, the Phoenix-based company is under the direction of Solheim’s youngest son, John A. Solheim. PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.ping.com.

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Regions Tradition introduced by the Champions Tours as first 2011 Major Championship

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When the Champions Tour opens their season in 2011, they will be contesting what has been introduced as the first new major of the year. The Regions Tradition will be held at Shoal Creek, near Birmingham, Alabama on the 5th to the 8th of May, 2011. This tournament incorporates three main elements which will show why it has been chosen as a major championship. It enjoys the Region Financial Corporation’s name as well as the logo of the historical Shoal Creek and finally it has the prestigious Lyle Anderson Trophy, which will be awarded to the champion of the event.

This new major was designed with the collabrorative efforts of all three of the main elements. Led by the Tour and along with the imput from Regions Financial Corporation, who is the title sponsor, and finally Shoal Creek, which is the host site of the championship. When you see the new logo for the event, you will notice that it is reminiscent of a classic golf logo. The Lyle Anderson Trophy contain the word marks for Regions and Shoal Creek in the center, which represents the symbol of the award. It also contains the identity of Regions brand with their light and dark green colors. Finally, pewter has been added as third color to reflect the trophy.

The philosophy behind the Regions pyramid of making life better is symbolized in the company’s signature green color scheme, and the three points of the pyramid is also a representation of those they serve, all of their associates and customers and communities. With the base of the trophy’s radiating the color of the pewter, the pyramid creates five sections, which is representative of the Region’s five values. They are: do what is right, put people first, reach higher, focus on your customer and finally, enjoy life.

The trophy has been named for Lyle Anderson who was the founder of the Tradition tournament. Anderson’s company has hosted various events over the last 30 years and owned some very high-end golf and real estate developments. These tournaments included The Tradition, The Scottish Open and the original Skins Game. The inaugural Tradition was held in 1989 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Tradition was held in the Grand Canyon state for 14 years before it was moved to Oregon for the following seven years. It has now found a home at Shoal Creek.

Shoal Creek is a proven venue that has previously hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championship, the 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The 7,234-yard, par 72, Jack Nicklaus designed layout provided three-stroke victories for both PGA Championship winners — Lee Trevino in 1984 and Wayne Grady in 1990. Some past champions are a list of golf’s who’s who and include: World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite and Tom Watson. The defending champion of the tournament, Fred Funk had a one-stroke victory over Michael Allen and Chien-soon Lu at the course at Sunriver, Oregon last August.

The tournament website is www.RegionsTradition.com.

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