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President George W. Bush Announces the Bush Institute Warrior Open
at the AT&T Byron Nelson
New partnership highlighting service and sacrifice of
military members begins in 2018
DALLAS, Texas (May 21, 2017) — President George W. Bush announced today that beginning in 2018, the Bush Center’s two-day Warrior Open golf tournament will be held immediately following the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas. This support will further amplify and draw attention to the service, sacrifice, and resilience of post 9-11 warriors and their families, particularly the issues they face in making a successful transition to civilian life, including employment and addressing invisible wounds.
“One way to better serve post-9/11 veterans as they transition from military to civilian life is to address the challenges they face when they come home,” said President Bush. “This partnership between the Bush Institute and the AT&T Byron Nelson introduces more Americans to the Team 43 members playing in this tournament. They represent the millions of resilient service members who served their country honorably and now lead their communities in new and meaningful ways as civilians.”
The Warrior Open will last two days. It will occur on the Monday and Tuesday following the AT&T Byron Nelson and will include a Pro-Am.
“We are honored to support the Bush Institute’s Warrior Open by providing the full PGA TOUR experience for these community heroes,” said Alan Friedman, President of Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Salesmanship Club of Dallas is a nonprofit service organization of more than 600 volunteers dedicated to building and repairing social emotional health for kids for over 97 years through the programs of Momentous Institute. The organization also engages an additional 1,000 community volunteers to operate the AT&T Byron Nelson.
The Bush Institute’s Warrior Open began in 2011 for United States military personnel seriously wounded or injured since September 11, 2001. Since 2011, more than 140 warriors have participated in the Military Service Initiative’s Team 43 Sports, which include the Warrior Open and the annual W100K bike ride. Many of them are featured in President Bush’s recent book and corresponding exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Portraits of Courage: A Commander-in-Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.
This year’s Warrior Open will be played at Prestonwood Golf Club in Dallas on Monday, May 22 to honor alumni of Team 43 who have participated in previous Warrior Open tournaments.
The Military Service Initiative within the Bush Institute honors the service and sacrifice of all post-9/11 veterans by ensuring that they and their families make successful transitions to civilian life, specifically in addressing the challenges of employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war. Core programs of the Military Service Initiative include an employment partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap, and the Warrior Wellness Alliance, which connects peer-to-peer veteran networks with best-in-class health care providers for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
To learn more about the work of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative and the Warrior Open, please visit www.bushcenter.org.
About the George W. Bush Institute
Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The work is achieved through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda – by which the Bush Institute engages the greater community with its important work.
About the Salesmanship Club of Dallas
Founded in 1920, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas is a nonprofit service organization of more than 600 business leaders dedicated to building and repairing social emotional health for kids for over 97 years through the programs of Momentous Institute. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas is the host of the AT&T Byron Nelson.
About the AT&T Byron Nelson
The AT&T Byron Nelson is hosted by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and has been a premier PGA TOUR event for 49 years. The tournament has raised more than $150 million since its inception in 1968, making it the most financially successful charity event on the PGA TOUR. All proceeds benefit Momentous Institute, the nonprofit operated by the Salesmanship Club for over 95 years. The organization focuses on social emotional health and serves 6,000 kids and family members directly each year through education, mental health, research and training. The AT&T Byron Nelson is one of North Texas’ biggest sports attractions and most anticipated social events of the spring.
FLAT CAT® Solution™ by Lamkin Users Share Success Stories after Switching to the Revolutionary New Weighted Putter Grip
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FRANKFURT, May 10 – German sportswear giant Adidas agrees to sell its golf clothing and equipment brands TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth to the private equity firm KPS Capital Partners, just one day after signing Rory McIlroy to a $100m endorsement deal.
Adidas will get $425 million, about half in will in cash and the remainder in secured notes and contingent considerations, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
Golf Channel Notable Quotes
Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET)
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
On THE PLAYERS Championship and the renovated TPC Sawgrass
Mark Rolfing – “This golf course does not favor any style of player. I believe half of the field right now could win this championship.”
Notah Begay – “This course has become one of the best finishes in golf. Everything is in play. You have a birdie opportunity on 16, you have a hold your breath moment at 17, and then you hold on for dear life trying to get in the clubhouse at 18.”
Arron Oberholser – “If you want to score well here, you have to take the trouble on off the tee. This golf course also gives you the most chance for disaster around every turn. You can make a double or a triple in a heartbeat. That is what makes this course so unique. You can make birdies and eagles, and you can also make doubles, triples and quads.
Rolfing – “This is the best fan experience on the PGA TOUR.”
Geoff Shackelford – “I feel like we are going to see a new identity for the PLAYERS. We are going to see the players go after some of the holes more aggressively. It is going to make for a more interesting and fun golf course to watch.”
On the long-term FedExCup Sponsorship Extension and the FedExCup Playoffs
Rolfing – “The big question is when are the FedExCup playoffs going to fit into the schedule. The PGA TOUR, with this length of a deal, now has the luxury of looking at their schedule and ask, ‘Where are these playoffs going to fit in?’ For me, they have to finish before the NFL starts. I think you will see a serious look to get the playoffs to finish a little bit sooner. That is what is going to make them really successful.”
Oberholser – “I think the schedule has to change. I don’t think FedEx would have made this long-term commitment to stay in this spot in the fall. I think the schedule will change.”
On Dustin Johnson
Begay – “This guy has all of the skills in the modern game that is predicated on power to do exactly what he is doing. Where he has refined his skills are with his short game.”
Rolfing – “Until a year ago, he was not disciplined enough a player to do well on this course. Everything has changed. He has become one of the most patient, disciplined players on the entire PGA TOUR.”
Rolfing – “He can play any course well now because he understands his game and he is playing much more conservative.”
Billy Kratzert – “The fact that he is going to gear it back a little bit with irons off the tee is going to help him potentially get the job done this week.”
On the 12th hole
Oberholser – “I think we will see 20-25 percent go for it. I think there is too much risk and not enough reward on hitting the driver.”
John Feinstein – “The best thing about the 12th hole is that people are going to be talking about it. People are going to be debating it. People are going to be arguing if there is too much risk and not enough reward. And that’s a good thing.”
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“My future rests firmly in my hands – that’s why I choose TaylorMade. I’ve been around the game long enough and have tested most clubs on the market, but I have never been as excited about equipment as I am right now”
What’s in Rory’s Bag?
’17 M2 Driver
’17 M2 Tour Fairways (3 & 5-wood)
P750 Irons (3 & 4)
Rors Proto Irons (5-9)
Milled Grind Wedges (48, 54, 60)
TP5x #22 Golf Ball
TaylorMade 2017 Staff Bag
Press Release: TaylorMade Golf
9 May, 2017
Driven by Performance, Rory McIlroy Begins Next Phase of Career by Choosing to Play Full Bag of TaylorMade Equipment
4-Time Major Champion Joins Strongest Tour Staff in the World, Choosing TaylorMade’s Industry-Leading Products
Carlsbad, Calif. (May 9, 2017) – TaylorMade Golf Company announced today that four-time major champion and two-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year, Rory McIlroy, has chosen to sign a long-term agreement with TaylorMade after testing with nearly every major club manufacturer.
With his new full bag plus golf ball deal, McIlroy joins a Tour staff that now includes the top three players in the world and 6 in the top 12 of the OWGR. The signing of the 28 year-old Northern Irishman is yet another decisive move by the company that reaffirms its commitment to fielding the strongest Tour staff in the industry and putting the highest performing equipment in the hands of the best players in the world.
McIlroy joins Team TaylorMade with an impressive resume of accomplishments that already puts him in an elite class of golfers and rivals any active player on Tour. As one of the most tenacious, performance-driven players the game has ever seen, the 13-time PGA TOUR & 13-time European Tour winner is looking to reclaim his position as the #1 player in the world with an arsenal of new TaylorMade products in the bag as he embarks on the next stage of his career in pursuit of his fifth major championship and beyond.
“My future rests firmly in my hands – that’s why I choose TaylorMade. I’ve been around the game long enough and have tested most clubs on the market, but I have never been as excited about equipment as I am right now.”Rory McIlroy
In the summer of 2016, McIlroy stated that he intended to spend a full year playing and testing product from nearly every major manufacturer, but commented at the Barclays that if he came across a product that he liked and was comfortable with, he’d accelerate his decision and consider signing a long-term deal. His decision became clear after experiencing the performance of TaylorMade and realizing the noticeable benefits over the equipment he was previously playing.
TP5x Golf Ball
Critical to McIlroy’s decision was the performance of his golf ball, particularly in windy conditions. In the past, Rory has had to decide between playing a ball with good iron performance at the expense of greenside control and more recently, a ball that offered control around the green but didn’t have the trajectory and distance he was looking for with his irons. Knowing what his previous ball was capable of doing for every shot he hits, Rory tested the new ’17 TP5x golf ball and instantly realized an improved trajectory that will give him better, more consistent iron performance, especially into the wind. It was after testing with TaylorMade that McIlroy’s commitment to play TP5x materialized almost immediately.
‘17 M2 Driver
Rory’s length off the tee is one of the strongest parts of his game, so the optimization of a driver for him in testing was very important. A variety of driver heads, lofts, shafts, swingweights and adjustability settings were all tested, with McIlroy keen on finding his optimal setup. In the end, the team landed on a 9.5* ’17 M2 driver (more specs below in WITB section).
As evidenced by the following chart, his average numbers after multiple shots hit during his testing period were remarkable:
- 181 MPH ballspeed
- 12.3° launch angle
- 2119 RPM spin rate
- 315.8-yard carry average, 338.5 total average
’17 M2 Tour Fairways
Similar to driver testing, Rory took the opportunity to test multiple heads in both the ’17 M1 and M2 fairways, which included different loft configurations, weight settings and shafts. It was critical to fit McIlroy into a fairway that, per his preference, could be used both for positioning off the tee and going after par-5s in two. His desire for the M2 Tour fairways was evident at the Masters, where he had two of them in the bag and commented how easy they were to turn over compared to his previous product. In testing, his sentiment echoed those statements, as he was elated about the versatility and turf interaction they provide him.
“RORS Proto” Irons
Rory has played muscle-back irons throughout his career and worked closely with TaylorMade’s R&D team in testing a new prototype the iron team in Carlsbad has been developing. Characterized by a shorter blade length, reduced offset and revised shaping, the “Rors Proto” iron has not only exceeded McIlroy’s performance expectations but also aesthetically suits his eyes perfectly, too. In addition to his new irons, he’s opted to play the 3 & 4 irons of the P750 Tour Proto.
Milled Grind Wedges
It’s no secret that McIlroy can overpower golf courses with his length; it’s this length that will leave him with more wedges into par-4s than the average tour player, so finding the optimal wedges & grinds to hit all the shots he needs is important. After a thorough process, McIlroy will eventually play the Milled Grind wedges that will be machine milled to his personal specification. The result – a competitive advantage over the competition with wedges engineered for unparalleled accuracy, optimal turf interaction and consistent performance.
Over the coming weeks, TaylorMade’s Tour and product teams will be working closely with McIlroy to find a model that is optimal for him.
“It’s incredible when a 4-time major champion who expects nothing but the finest performance from his equipment and golf ball reaches out to your company requesting the opportunity to meet with you. Our tour staff and product teams have been working closely with Rory for months and after extensive testing, we’re elated that he has chosen to join Team TaylorMade as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.” David Abeles, President & CEO, TaylorMade
A closer look the TaylorMade products in Rory’s bag this week at THE PLAYERS:
– ’17 M2 Driver / 9.5° / MCG Kuro Kage Silver 70 XTS
– ’17 M2 Tour Fairway / 13.5° / MCG Tensei CK Blue 90TX
– ’17 M2 Tour Fairway / 19° / Fujikura Composites Pro P95X
– P750 Tour Proto Irons / 3-4 / True Temper Project X 7.0
– “Rors Proto” Irons / 5-9 / True Temper Project X 7.0
– Milled Grind Wedges / 48°, 54° & 60°/ True Temper Project X 6.5
– TP5x Golf Ball / #22
(note: image may not reflect the exact equipment McIlroy will play at THE PLAYERS)
“That’s Tiger-esque, that kind of run,” said Adam Scott about Day’s win in 2016.
Groupings & Starting Times
Thursday & Friday, May 11 & May 12, 2017
The Players Record Book
Low 18-Hole Score at The Players
63 (9-under), Fred Couples, 1992, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round (30-33) (Finished T-13)
63 (9-under), Greg Norman, 1994, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round (33-30) (Won)
63 (9-under), Roberto Castro, 2013, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round (32-31) (Finished T19)
63 (9-under), Martin Kaymer, 2014, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round (29-34) (Won)
63 (9-under), Jason Day 2016, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round (36-31) (Won)
Low 72-Hole Score at The Players
264 (24-under), Greg Norman, 1994, TPC Sawgrass (63-67-67-67)
268 (20-under), Fuzzy Zoeller, 1994, TPC Sawgrass (66-67-68-67)
High Winning Score at The Players
289 (1-over), Mark Hayes, 1977, Sawgrass CC (72-74-71-72)
289 (1-over), Jack Nicklaus, 1978, Sawgrass CC (70-71-73-75)
285 (3-under), Raymond Floyd, 1981, Sawgrass CC (72-74-71-68)
285 (3-under), David Duval, 1999, TPC Sawgrass (69-69-74-73)
High 18-Hole Score at The Players
92 (20-over), Bob Murphy, 1979, Final round, Sawgrass CC
91 (19-over), John Lister, 1977, 2nd round, Sawgrass CC
High 18-hole score at The Players, TPC Sawgrass
89 (17-over), Michael Camplbell, 2003, 1st round, TPC Sawgrass
88 (16-over), Mike McCullough, 1984, 1st round, TPC Sawgrass
Low Start by Winner at The Players
63, Greg Norman, 1994, TPC Sawgrass
63, Martin Kaymer, 2014, TPC Sawgrass
63, Jason Day, 2016, TPC Sawgrass
Low Finish by Winner at The Players
64, Fred Couples, 1996, TPC Sawgrass
64, Davis Love III, 2003, TPC Sawgrass
65, Jack Nicklaus, 1976, Inverrary
High Start by Winner at The Players
73, Hal Sutton, 1983, TPC Sawgrass
72, Mark Hayes, 1977, Sawgrass CC
72, Raymond Floyd, 1981, Sawgrass CC
72, Justin Leonard, 1998, TPC Sawgrass
72, Tiger Woods, 2001, TPC Sawgrass
High Finish by Winner at The Players
75, Jack Nicklaus, 1978, Sawgrass CC
73, David Duval, 1999, TPC Sawgrass
30 Aces at The Players, So Far
Holes-in-one (30 total; 26 at TPC Sawgrass):
1976: Wally Armstrong, 6th hole, Inverrary, 2nd round
1978: Grier Jones, 12th hole, Sawgrass CC, 2nd round;
: John Mahaffey, 15th hole, Sawgrass CC, Final round
1981: Bill Kratzert, 6th hole, Sawgrass CC, 3rd round
1986: Jim Gallagher, Jr., 3rd hole, TPC Sawgrass
Brad Fabel, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round
1991: Brian Claar, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
1992: Chip Beck, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round
1994: Russ Cochran, 3rd hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
1994: Gary Hallberg, 8th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
1995: Phil Mickelson, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round
1996: Jay Don Blake, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
1997: Mark Brooks, 8th, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round; Fred Couples, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
1999: Bob Friend, 8th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round; Joey Sindelar, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round
2000: Paul Azinger, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round; Ted Tryba, 8th hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round; Joe Ozaki, 8th hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
2001: Chris DiMarco, 3rd hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
2002: Miguel A. Jimenez, 17th, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round; Craig Stadler, 13th, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
2004: Jose Maria Olazabal, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round
2006: Justin Leonard, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round; Jesper Parnevik, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round; Henrik Stenson, 13th, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round; Fred Couples, 13th, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
2008: Robert Garrigus, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round
2013: Michael Thompson, 8th, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round Chris Stroud, 13th, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
Eagle or Better at The Players
Double-Eagles at The Players
2007: Hunter Mahan, 11th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round (Driver/5-iron from 227 yards)
Peter Lonard, 2nd hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round (Driver/5-iron from 229 yards)
Most Eagles at The Players
Couples, Fred 15
Mickelson, Phil 11
Lehman, Tom 10
Woods, Tiger 10
Price, Nick 9
Watson, Tom 9
Garcia, Sergio 9
Most Eagles, One Tournament at The Players
3, Justin Leonard, 2000;
3, Kevin Stadler, 2008
3, Phil Mickelson, 2011
3, Sergio Garcia, 2011
3, Sung Kang, 2012; Derek Fathauer, 2015
You’ve no doubt heard about the USGA looking into the latest crazy in professional golf, green reading books. Some folks see it as an unfair advantage and others feel it’s the next evolution in golf equipment.
Here what the USGA and the R&A have said.
In a recent NBC Sports group media conference call, for the upcoming Players Championship, Jonny Miller, David Duval, and Justin Leonard committed on the subject of green reading books.
JUSTIN LEONARD: I played last week at the Texas Open, and Steve Hulka was caddying for me, and he had one of those books with, you know the arrows and everything. I looked at it twice and I couldn’t — it was too much information for me.
I think the reason they are looking at it — and I’ll tell you that I had a putt on Friday on No. 9 to make the cut, about a 25-footer. And Steve told me what the book said, and it did exactly what it said.
But that being said, I think to me, it’s a slow-play issue. It takes too much time. It takes the feel away from the game. I know we’re in a time where technology plays such a role in all sports, and it’s certainly playing a role in golf with TrackMan and everything.
But I think that there’s also a – there needs to be a feel and guys using instincts and using past experience, charting putts and things like that from years past. Practice rounds are important.
I’m not a fan of these greens books. I think they slow down play and they take away a player’s natural ability and need to feel and see what’s going on on the golf course.
DAVID DUVAL: I don’t believe they should be using them. I understand the pace of play aspect of it, but as long as – pace of play isn’t as big a deal to me in that. I think it removes the art of it. Everything has become so scientific. It does remove a bit of the art of putting and takes away some feel.
Certainly obviously you see players consulting them for extended lengths of time, and that’s a problem. But I don’t want to focus it on the pace of play issue, because I think there is a distinction between pace of play in recreation golf and then competitive golf at the highest level.
Certainly we want the game to move along properly, but you can’t expect the guys who are competing to win THE PLAYERS next week, the U.S. Open in June, to race around the golf course in two hours and 45 minutes like everybody likes to do when they are home playing recreational golf. It’s an entirely different entity. So to try to compare the two, I think you’re missing the mark there.
But I don’t think it should be part of the game. I think that you have enough information. It is about being out there and having a look and doing your scouting and figuring things out that way.
JOHNNY MILLER: I was like the second-fastest player on TOUR behind Lanny, and I went with my first instinct and my homework I had done in the practice rounds.
The problem with a line on the ball, putting the line on there, and the topographical maps and stuff, I just think anything – the thing is, it’s not just the pros. All of these young players are copying everything the pros do. So it’s slowing it all the way down to the junior ranks.
If you couldn’t put the line on the ball and you didn’t have these books that basically almost hit the ball for you; I just think it’s taken away – in fact, the older players, the one advantage they had was they had experience on these courses, and now with these super books that they have, that you can buy, it’s just – I think that, you know, you should have to learn these courses. It shouldn’t be that you could walk out there and shoot 63 the first time around, you know, with all this help that you get.
So I’m against anything that slows things down. I just think all these guys, these young kids, they all copy exactly what the pros do. They have taken more time than they need to, I believe. I’m a fast player, so I always go super fast.
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