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1. Golf Digest for sale?


Geoff Shackelford writes…”The New York Times’ Edmund Lee and Sapna Maheshwari for Conde Nast in 2017 and say in an effort to bring in more revenue, the company will be trying to sell three magazines, including Golf Digest.”
  • Quoting the NYT piece…”The $120 million loss in 2017 was the result of a sharp decline in the ad revenue generated by the print magazines. Gains in the digital arena have offset the loss, but not enough to make the company profitable”.
  • “Based in part on the recommendation of Boston Consulting Group, the three magazines that the company will try to sell are Brides, Golf Digest and W, the three executives said.”
  • “John Wagner, who oversees ad spending at the media agency PHD, questioned the company’s strategy, saying that Condé Nast can be “quick to close things, versus trying to find a solution.” He added, “I’d like to see them continue to invest – keep the brands alive, even if you have to change their rate base or publishing frequency.”
2. Woods vs. Mickelson nearer to becoming a reality


Per Bob Harig…”Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said that “we are closer than we have been” to working out the details and that he expected it to occur “this year,” with the location and date still to be determined.”
ESPN’s Mike Greenberg says November 23 or 24 will be the date.


3. Woods’ Firestone swan song 


Quothe the Tiger...”It was brought up to me in Tampa … I need to get in the top 50, or somewhere around there, to be able to make this event. That was certainly a goal of mine,” Woods said Wednesday. “I was just hoping to, one, play the Tour long enough to be able to get an opportunity, but I also had to play well to do it and I was ranked pretty far in the world there. Starting last December, I was about 1,200 in the world and within a year to get down to 50, I think is a pretty good accomplishment, but it also got me into this event.”
It’s a bittersweet return of sorts. The tournament moves to Memphis next year. Firestone, which has held a professional tournament every year since 1954, will instead host the Senior Players Championship on the PGA Tour Champions.
“This event has been very special to me over the years, and it’s sad to see it leave Firestone,” he said. “We certainly understand it. But for me, I’ve always had such great memories of this golf course.”
4. The curious Mr. DeChambeau


Shane Ryan discusses the duality of Bryson DeChambeau in his latest piece
  • “Is he some crazy novelty act? Should we judge him by his artistic temperament and his penchant for gadgetry (see: augmented reality helmet, green-reading protractor that forced a USGA to decide its illegality, irons of the same exact length? Is he actually a wild eccentric, a mere cosplayer (dig the old school Hogan-esque flat cap) or something in between?”
  • “The definitive profile on DeChambeau so far was written by Alan Shipnuck, and it’s a story that’s equally about golf science as it is about the subject himself. In that piece, we’re introduced to DeChambeau through two of golf’s iconoclastic nonconformists, David Edel and Mike Schy. The former is a renegade club maker with some outrageous ideas, the latter is a technophile instructor with some complicated notions about the swing. That made them a perfect match for a young DeChambeau”
  • “Try as we might, it’s very difficult this early in his career for any of us to put a label on Bryson DeChambeau the way we might on Jordan Spieth. He is worse at the branding game, but that’s because it’s hard for someone like him to walk a single path. There is too much conflicting information, and it’s this trait-more than the science, more than the art, more than the uncontained emotion-that transcends the fantasy, and evokes a fascination of someone very real. And very human.”


5.  7 ways courses can be more welcoming to women


Keely Levins (who is emerging as a strong voice at Digest) tallies a number of ways golf courses can be more welcoming to women.
  • A dress code that doesn’t limit you to pants or knee-length shorts.
  • A pro shop that has shirts other than pink or wild prints.
  • Decently sized tee boxes.
  • A stocked locker room.
  • A reasonable yardage.
  • Long par 3’s that remain par 3’s.
  • Bathrooms on the course
6. “Intimidating” amateur golfer (allegedly) forced to withdraw from WMGA event


23-year-old Yonkers native Marianna Monaco alleges the WMGA forced her to withdraw from a tournament last week.


While stories differ, Monaco says WMGA president, Cheryl Brayman, told her she had to withdraw ahead of the final round of the July 24 Stroke Play Championship. Brayman instructed her she had to write a letter saying she’d WD
  • After a back and forth about what she did wrong that, according to Monaco, didn’t yield any substantive accusations, Brayman reportedly said…”Well, the reason is we feel intimidated by you.”
  • A Mike Zacchio and Mike Dougherty report for the, indicates Monaco was hitting range balls more than the maximum allowed 180 yards at North Shore Country Club. Monaco disputes this, saying she only hit one such ball before stopping at an employee’s request.
  • She took to Facebook following the withdrawal to voice her grievances.
  • The WMGA released a statement in response
  • “When conducting our tournaments, we require tournament participants to abide by the rules of those host clubs,” it read. “When, as was the case with Ms. Monaco at a recent event, a tournament participant flagrantly violates the rules of a host club, the WMGA takes action to prevent additional violations.
  • “At the event, Ms. Monaco intentionally hit golf balls at the driving range beyond the yardage limits set by the club (beyond those limits is an inhabited public area). Ms. Monaco was requested by the host club to stop her conduct and to conform to their rules. The WMGA reiterated the host club’s request, yet for reasons we cannot comprehend, Ms. Monaco continued to violate the rules and hit balls into the public area.
  • “It was not the first time the WMGA has had issues with Ms. Monaco violating host club policies. Based on her history of inappropriate conduct, the WMGA asked Ms. Monaco to withdraw from the tournament and the WMGA.”
  • Monaco told the Journal News she’s considering taking legal action.
7. Rose beleaguered by back


Hoping to be fit for next week’s PGA Championship, Justin Rose, a chronic sufferer of back issues, is experience spasms ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone and has elected to withdraw.
8. Molinari’s key


Rex Hoggard writes Molinari doesn’t see great import in his results.
  • The Italian no longer has any of those worries, following his victory at the Quicken Loans with a runner-up showing the next week at the John Deere Classic and his major breakthrough at Carnoustie.
  • “No, I couldn’t, and I don’t think anyone could, to be honest,” Molinari said on Wednesday when asked if he could have seen this run coming. “Golf is a tough sport and you need to be good at not reading too much into results.”
  • “I think I did a really good job of not reading too much into results earlier in the season, when results weren’t coming,” he said. “The goal going forward is just to keep getting better and see where that takes me.”
  • Also, FWIW, the Italian reportedly hasn’t imbibed from the Claret Jug.
9. Place your bets
  • Dustin Johnson +700
  • Rory McIlroy +1200
  • Justin Rose +1200
  • Tiger Woods +1200
  • Jordan Spieth +1800
  • Rickie Fowler +2000
  • Justin Thomas +2000
  • Jason Day +2200
  • Jon Rahm +2500
  • Francesco Molinari +2500
  • Tommy Fleetwood +2500


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