Topgolfgears Morning 9: Tiger’s Firestone swan song | Golf Digest for sale | Who is Bryson DeChambeau really?
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.”
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
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.
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
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.
9. Place your bets