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Golf News

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 04:01:24 GMT

The latest post-Masters coverage from the newsletter devoted to the majors and in these editions, the devotion is to paying subscribers who free me to write what I want:

Champions, Cutmakers and (Point) Missers, a fancy way of saying a Winners and Losers column.

The Green Jacket was put on an airport chair and other Monday reads.

In other Quad related news, The New York Times’ Ben Smith devoted his weekly column to “Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack”, a column on the company that gives me the newsletter a home.

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 03:48:29 GMT

Tod Leonard gets an update from USGA CEO Mike Davis, who is working on the fluid situation of how many fans can attend the U.S. Open.

As California reopens and has seen a big decline in COVID cases, June 15th has been circled as the goal for full reopening of the state hosting the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. And as feared, it’s not the tournament site that’s of concern.

It’s the long shuttle rides for the venues that pose safety concerns.

“What we do know, and I think this is pretty much final, is that both in San Francisco and San Diego, we’re just not going to be able to shuttle people from distances,” Davis told Golf Digest. “It’s hard for us, because how do we even plan?”

Both venues are 36-hole facilities but with little parking space within walking distance and need to preserve the “other” 18’s for possible tournament infrastructure.

This year at Torrey, Davis said that optimistically the number for the total people on the grounds, including players, USGA officials and guests, media, corporate sponsors and a small handful of general admission fans would be no more than 10,000. He mentioned possible figures of 4,000 and 8,000, too. With those numbers in mind, the USGA has sent letters to various volunteer groups, such as hole marshals, that their services will not be needed. The idea is to reduce the number to the fewest possible critical jobs.

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 03:45:43 GMT
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GolfDigest.com’s Daniel Rapaport has bad news for the anti-vax set: the PGA Tour will let players and others in the “bubble” to get out of COVID testing 14 days after getting their second COVID-19 vaccine.

From an email obtained by Golf Digest and sent from PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan to players:

“As the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more readily available, more individuals are being vaccinated,” the email reads. “PGA Tour Health and Safety protocol requires individuals to continue testing onsite until 14 full days have passed since their second dose (Moderna & Pfizer) or 14 full days since their single dose (Johnson & Johnson). Once 14 days have passed, individuals are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test when considered ‘inside the bubble’ at PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions or Korn Ferry Tour events.”

Monahan had previously said the vaccine was a choice. But the policy certainly provides a nice perk to those players and their “team members” who do get it.

There is no data on how many players have received a dose or two, or how many might be refusing to be vaccinated.

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 04:34:10 GMT

Because my subscribers wouldn’t want you to miss a Masters Monday recap, here is The Quadrilateral’s Sunday wrap of Hideki Matsuyama’s win.

A few key highlight videos that did not make the newsletter and which are also free:

And results of The Quadrilateral’s league at Masters.com. Well done! Hope you don’t unsubscribe because the host finished 50th.

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 04:21:00 GMT

Let me tell you, these are heroes and I’m glad Augusta National had them as guests. Particularly because they are part of the community and had not been on the grounds for the Masters. Sad it takes a pandemic for things like this to happen or to appreciate these people, but I’m just glad the club followed through this way:

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 03:49:15 GMT

Plus multiple angles of Billy Ho’s slide. The Quadrilateral’s roundup from Saturday for all to read, even those who haven’t taken the free option.

A bizarre Saturday at Augusta saw Hideki Matsuyama move clear of several top players who failed to rekindle their pre-delay mojo.

Not included in the newsletter were a few videos starting with every eagle made Saturday:

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 04:05:01 GMT
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Friday night’s Quadrilateral notes were opened for all to read and see what you’re missing if you are not a subscriber supporting non-sponsored content.

Big update for the 91 Quadrilateralists who are playing Masters Fantasy. I’m 42nd and really wishing I took Will Zalatoris for low rookie. Come on Bobby Macintyre (E)!

The top 7 after 36…well done!

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 17:37:17 GMT
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Here is a neat NY Times spread with Bill Pennington’s reporting and words, images by the award-winning Doug Mills from Augusta.

The subject matter is a definitive guide of sorts to the many oddball putting grips of the world.

Bryson DeChambeau’s is featured above and Pennington’s description for your sampling purposes. Check out the full piece here.

A college physics major whose early nickname on the PGA Tour was “the mad scientist,” DeChambeau was ranked 145th in putting on the PGA Tour until he converted to the arm-lock method and improved his putting ranking to 28th. It’s all about keeping the proper angles: DeChambeau turns his elbows outward in opposite directions and his wrists inward. Simple.

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 04:24:21 GMT
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:15:15 GMT

Christine Brennan reports on a journalist who has been covering Augusta National events since April 2nd has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining along with three housemates who so far have tested negative.

Press were required to test negative before entering club grounds to start the week.

One journalist Tweeted confirmation of a positive today. Brennan says the club’s testing has found four positive results.

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 04:27:19 GMT

The team over at The Quadrilateral had a busy Wednesday and a few software issues.

But in a nutshell all of the editions are available to subscribers, paying folks and even a spot for those who don’t want something free delivered once a week via The Quad’s Substack page.

Wednesday’s editions:

Final prognosticating tools, notes and fun prop bet analysis.

My assessment of Chairman Fred Ridley’s press conference and other reads, Tweets, weather and the round one viewing guide.

Or, for those who didn’t get the guide or would like it all on its lonesome, here it is after not getting into the initial email.

Happy Masters Thursday everyone!

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 04:23:00 GMT

Joe Passov talked to the USGA’s Mike Davis for a Wall Street Journal interview as the CEO retires from the organization and is replaced by Mike Whan.

Naturally the rollback talk was of most fun.

WSJ: The USGA has co-produced a Distance Insights Report—the product of the Distance Insights project to study the impact of hitting distance in golf. Among other things, it asserts that distance gains put golf on an unsustainable path. Is the golf ball going too far? If so, why is that a negative?

MR. DAVIS: You won’t hear me say that the golf ball is going too far. The problem is that golf courses around the world have been getting longer and will continue to do so, with this trend that every generation hits the ball farther than the last generation.

Everyone bears the brunt of when courses need to change, whether it’s architecturally—more land, new tees, pushing bunkers further down—or, if it’s a new course, more land that’s required. Because at the end of the day, it’s about resources. It’s land, it’s water, it’s nutrients, it’s fungicides. It’s how long it takes to mow and prep a golf course, the fuel it uses, how long it takes to play a golf course. Longer golf courses equal longer rounds of golf. I think in this world where everybody is worried about time, it’s an issue.

The issue is not that the golf ball is going too far.

It is but we know it’s not necessarily the ball’s fault. Go on…

The issue is we need to fit the game on golf courses, and we’d like to see the game balanced, too, on distance, accuracy and shot-making. We want to make sure that it doesn’t become a game all about how far you hit the ball.

WSJ: Are you suggesting what many have termed a “rollback”—taking distances achieved and equipment specifications to numbers where they were a generation or two ago.?

MR. DAVIS: I hate the word “rollback” because what we are trying to do is not roll back. We are trying to look forward and say, based on the data, what’s in the best interest for all who play the game. It’s not looking backward.

No but it would be rolling back.

This expanding footprint [lengthening golf courses] is doing the game no favors as we look forward. Is any other sport on the planet Earth doing that to themselves other than golf? You just don’t see baseball handing out titanium bats and hot baseballs and expanding their stadiums.

The issue is we need to fit the game on golf courses. No more of constantly having to change golf courses. It’s time to do the right thing.

Yes it has been for at least a decade.

Davis is not going quietly and that’s a fantastic way to deflect some heat so that Whan can get established for what will be quite a battle.

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 04:53:00 GMT
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A gem from Tuesday’s pre-2021 Masters press conference:

Q. Fast-forwarding to tonight's Champions Dinner, how are we feeling about the pigs in a blanket? Are you a fan, or what's up?

PHIL MICKELSON: I'm always open. I've tried a lot of different cuisine over the years. I think it's pretty cool. I remember -- I'll share with you a little funny story from Adam Scott's victory.

He had this wonderful meal, Australian-themed, and out comes dessert, and it's pavlova. It's meringue with some fruit and so forth. And I said, no -- now, you can't Google this stuff because there's no cell phones allowed, right. I said, oh, pavlova, that's inspired by the great Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova who was touring through New Zealand, Australia, and an Australian chef so inspired by her beautiful movement and tutu, she ended up -- he made a dessert after her.

Chairman Payne looked at me like what kind of stuff are you spewing here, you know.

And, no, no, this is true. Zach Johnson looks at me, says, "I've got a hundred dollars that says that's not right."

So everybody is calling me out on my BS. And a lot of times, I am BSing. However, however, my daughter was a dancer, and she wrote a biography on Anna Pavlova, and I made 32 pavlovas for her class when she was a little girl, and I knew this. And I ended up, you know, being right, which is not often, but I was right on that particular moment.

Some of these moments that go down in Champions Dinner are special, and that was cuisine inspired.

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 03:48:25 GMT

Luke Money and Taryn Luna report for the L.A. Times and California’s plan to “fully reopen its economy June 15.”

The hope is only as good as a sufficient vaccine supply expected along with “stable and low hospitalization numbers.”

June 15th is Tuesday of the U.S. Open scheduled for Torrey Pines South.

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 03:40:44 GMT

Robert Macintyre makes his Masters debut this week and provided this fantastic spin on the Magnolia Lane approach, all set to the internationally renowned recording artists, The Gunna Sound Ceilidh Band.

Personally, I’d go Mildred Bailey “Shoutin In That Amen Corner” or maybe throw a curveball with ABC’s use of the Love Unlimited Orchestra’s Love Theme, but I’m not Scottish nor am I driving up Magnolia Lane this week.

In case you’re one of those weirdos like me who still buys music, the iTunes store option.

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 03:35:30 GMT
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Today’s newsletter for the kind supporters and many thanks for all the new sign-ups this week.

I’m humbled and glad you’re enjoying The Quad as much as I am.

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:51:13 GMT

A multi-layered answer from Bryson DeChambeau’s pre-Masters press conference:

Q. Last year there was a lot of talk that, culturally, you were leading a revolution in golf, especially among young fans who are really energized by the way you swing the golf club and all those things. If so, what's the stage of that revolution now?

BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU: I don't know the scope of that answer, either. You guys are giving me tough questions today.

I will say the Drive, Chip & Putt, what we saw with one of the kids imitating Kyle Berkshire, you're already starting to see it with kids. I've had numerous college kids DM me on Instagram and ask me, "How do I get stronger? How do I get faster?" So you're already starting to see it through -- from collegiate level all the way to junior golf level.

I think as time goes on, there's not much more to gain from technology side of golf club manufacturing, building. There are little things we can do, but where the massive gains will be is in athletes. Once you get somebody out here that's a 7-foot-tall human being and they are able to swing a golf club at 145 miles an hour effortlessly, that's when things get a little interesting. That's when I'm going to become obsolete potentially even.

Look, there's still a chipping aspect and there's still a putting aspect to it, but from a driving aspect, that's where the gains will be had, is with these athletes coming out in the future. And it won't stop. There's just no way it will stop.

I think it's good for the game, too. I don't think it's a bad thing you're bringing in and making it more inclusive to everybody when you're doing that. The athletes are the ones that are going to in the end move the needle in any sport you play, and I think that's pretty amazing.

One way it’ll stop? Injuries to the athletes trying to do things the body won’t enjoy over thousands of shots.

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 03:39:31 GMT

A fun and busy Monday at Augusta meant a wide range of notes, with a huge emphasis on player praise for a much better golf course than they played in November.

Sorry, but you probably know the drill by now. This one’s for paying subscribers. Thanks for understanding.

Thursday’s edition will go to all followers of The Quadrilateral though so sign on up!

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 00:12:51 GMT
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Greg Norman, having sold his Florida home, wanted to share with us his final “sunset shower” at Tranquility, apparently the estate’s name.

Ladies and gentleman, (children cover your eyes), your SiriusXM Masters lead analyst this week…who also took a little jab at the other non-Fox golf networks approach to coverage as he prepares for his Augusta return:

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