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John Daly upcoming biopic
Joh Daly is playing this week in Bermuda on a special exemption.
He has spoken recently on Instagram about the possible film of his life which promises to examine the excesses, scandals and athletic achievements of the “bad boy of golf”.Oscar nominated actor Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball) has been earmarked to play Daly and he has promised to take Hill to a driving range to teach him his over the top swing.
One wedding a beautiful thing, the other just odd
Congratulations to the beautiful couple Martin and Irene Kaymer who were married at the weekend.
And still bewildered at the news that Tom Watson’s third marriage in July to Leslie-Anne Wade has ended after three months.
bewildered not just it makes Greg Norman and Chrissy Evert’s one year marriage look like a Golden Wedding but for the fact that Ms Wade took to twitter to announce it and then interacted with all the comments.
She said this:
“Sadly, the inability to launch and build our relationship properly in these early days forces us to terminate our marriage. He will always mean the world to me and our connection is forever”
It sounded like their union was a silicon valley start up. “inability to launch” what does that mean? She cited an illness, but had said ahe had made a full recovery.
And rhen she carried on tweeting regardless, Very odd indeed.
Brooks and Bryson resume their sideshow
Just when we thought that LIV had done the remarkable and brought Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau together, hostilities resumed.
Brooks was asked about the difference between him and Bryson to which Brooks said “I don’t let ropes defeat me. I’m also just not a little bitch. And I’m better at golf and life.”
Bryson does look physically different. A lot less bulk.
Below is the horrendous rope incident which Bryson was involved in. Not his fault, poor marshalling. Which shows how inexperienced their staff are that they can’t even handle a gallery rope.
Ben Hogan’s tickertape parade after winning three majors in 1953
Just wondering why Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods didn’t get something like this. Only Hogan and Bobby Jones had a tickertape parade. Surely Tiger deserved this in 2000 after holding all four majors at the same time.
I want to start a petition now.When Tiger chooses to retire, let’s get him a tickertape parade. Jack at least had a ride in a vintage Rolls Royce around St Andrews recently, and the townsfolk all came out to cheer him.
How LIV Golf is structured
I found this useful chart which sets out who does what within LIV.
Under the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, MBS means Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. So, the total fund is $620 billion.
The Aramco Team Series, which has, in all fairness, revitalised the flagging Ladies European Tour.
This is also presented by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, though Saudi Arabia national oil company Aramco are the title sponsors.
Off shore holdings and investment companies are held in the UK tax haven of Jersey.
Liv Golf Incorporated is registered in the United States. Where CEO Greg Norman lives in Florida.
But the final three entries show the involvement of sports marketing agency Performance 54 which is based in Camberley, Surrey, United Kingdom. They will, at least be the brains behind the presentation and branding, and possibly the supply of tournament staff.
LIV Golf Ltd appears to be registerd at Companies House in the UK, its prior name being Performance 54i. So this company has just changed its name to LIV Golf Ltd in 2021, the same year when Performance 54 Group was registered. The company Performance54 was registered in 2015.
As LIV is 54 in Roman Numerals and Performance54 began in 2015, this may suggest that LIV has been in the planning for much longer than the public know, possibly seven years before its launch this Spring.
Sky Sports presenter Nick Dougherty becomes new President of the Golf Foundation
The former European Tour player and now Sky Sports Golf presenter and analyst Nick Dougherty has become the youngest President of the Golf Foundation. Nick was actually supported by the Foundation through coaching programmes in the late 1990s, when he met former President Bernard Gallacher, and he has been a strong supporter in recent years.
Nick aligns himself with the Golf Foundation’s core values, that golf should be fun, inclusive, innovative, inspiring and enriching, and has recently appeared at both The Open and the BMW PGA Championship as an unofficial ambassador of the Golf Foundation.
Dougherty’s vision now is to help make a significant impact at a junior level, with a particular focus on schools. Earlier this year, he helped the Golf Foundation to create and launch its ‘Golf Is Ours’ school campaign, aimed at getting golf into as many schools as possible.
Nick Dougherty said: “I am so grateful for the role that golf has played in my life. From the joy that the game brings to the life lessons that it teaches, I have seen through the experiences of both myself and so many others, the positive impact it can play in people’s lives.
“Introducing it to children when they are young, impressionable and ‘learning the ropes’ of life with its ups and downs, just like the game itself, usually has a profoundly positive effect for them and their futures. Because of this, it is an incredible honour to accept the role of President of the Golf Foundation, an organisation that has been sharing these wonderful golfing gifts for 70 years.”
Nick added: “The Golf Foundation played a hugely important role in my development as a youngster, and the chance to work with them to support today’s children is immensely rewarding and important to me. I am extremely excited to play my part in helping to reach more children with our sport, to make it more inclusive and, with this shared passion of the Golf Foundation, push to make golf a part of the curriculum in schools so that the benefits of this amazing game are available to all.”
Nick’s first official engagement as President came at London Golf Club, where we celebrated our 70th anniversary by presenting awards to those who have made a major difference in growing junior golf across the UK. Dougherty, who is the youngest President in the Golf Foundation’s history, congratulated five deserving winners on the day, and shared some stories of his own.
Concern for Branden Grace at LIV Bangkok event
I haven’t seen this because I choose not to watch LIV events, but real concern for Branden Grace. Leading the tournament in Bangkok he collapse with an apparent rib injury and appeared in real pain. Wish him a speedy recovery.
The injury was potentially painful as well in a financial sense. Grace came into the week trailing Dustin Johnson in LIV’s individual champion race which concludes following next week’s tournament in Jeddah. Johnson has 118 points and Grace is second with 79.
But with Johnson struggling a bit and Grace potentially contending, there was an opportunity to close the gap. The individual title is worth an $18 million bonus, with $8 million for second and $3 million for third.
Halloween golf balls
Manufacturers Taylor Made, Callaway and On Core have produced some snazzy Halloween golf balls. Check out the pumpkins made into Titekist Pro V1X and Bridgestone orange too.