RORY MCILROY COLLECTS THIRD WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYING TAYLORMADE’S TP5X GOLF BALL

Team TaylorMade’s Rory McIlroy shoots a final round 68 to claim his 19th PGA TOUR title at Quail Hollow

CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 9, 2021) – Playing TaylorMade’s SIM2 driver and TP5X golf ball, Rory McIlroy jumps back into the winner’s circle with a win at one of his favorite tracks on the PGA TOUR, Quail Hollow.

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Rory McIlroy recorded his first PGA TOUR win eleven years ago at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2010 following a final round 62 around Quail Hollow. Today, with a 68 final round, Rory collects his third win in Charlotte, NC at the Wells Fargo Championship, with a full bag of TaylorMade clubs and ball.

NEED TO KNOW

  • Rory switched to the 2021 TP5X earlier this year
  • Rory recently added the new Spider X Hydro Blast putter to his bag
  • This is first time Rory has won a PGA TOUR event three times
  • Rory celebrated his birthday during the Wells Fargo Championship week, turning 32 on 5th May
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RORY MCILROY WITB

  • SIM2 9.0° driver
  • SIM 15.0° fairway
  • SIM 19.0° fairway
  • P730 Rors Proto 3-9
  • MG 48°
  • MG2 TW 56° and 60°
  • Spider X Hydro Blast
  • TP5X 2021 #22
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Episode 11 – A Drought Ends… A Golf Lockdown Begins

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to take a listen of my golf podcast. It’s definitely a work in progress, but I must say that it’s been a lot of fun.

Photo Credit: LPGA

This past weekend was newsworthy. A young lady has returned to form on the LPGA much in a way that we’ve seen with Jordan Spieth. A 47 year old captures his second victory of the season equalling only Bryson DeChambeau this season on the PGA TOUR. As impressive as it is, what’s more impressive. Two victories at age 47 or the tan line on his head? Hey, speaking of the PGA TOUR how about them introducing the “Player Impact Pool” and it’s associated $40 million prize pool?

Photo Credit: PGA TOUR

Last but not least. The only place in North America where golf isn’t allowed to be played right now, due to increased COVID-19 infections. Last year, I understood. It was an unknown with no answer or vaccination near completion. Protocols were put in place which were followed by golfers except for a few “meatheads”. It was proven that golf can be played safely with the right measures in place.

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Reflecting Back

It’s RBC Heritage week. The tournament known as the one where they play for the “Plaid Jacket” and the one where the lighthouse is. I will never forget my round there, I ended up carding a 77 from the tips with 2 penalties and 3 three putts. There’s only one tournament that I can say that I honestly can “relate” to on the PGA TOUR, and it’s this one because I can relate to specific holes and shots.

Also, a little bit of reflection on the last two weeks and what it meant for Japanese Golf. From Tsubasa Kajitani’s victory at the Augusta National Women’s Open, to Hideki Matsuyama’s ground-breaking victory at the Masters. And of course, the moment that stole the show, the ultimate sign of respect from Shota Hayafuji, Matsuyama’s caddie.

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Also available on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-big-two-weeks-for-japanese-golf/id1553717723?i=1000517016961

Perry Ellis International, Inc. Announces Extension and Expansion of PGA TOUR Apparel Licensing Partnership

(Miami, FL, April 14, 2021) — The PGA TOUR and the golf division of Perry Ellis International (PEI Golf) announced today they have extended their apparel partnership. The relationship began in 2004, and with today’s announcement, PEI Golf will continue as the PGA TOUR’s licensee for branded PGA TOUR apparel through 2025 with contingent renewal options that would extend the partnership through the end of 2028. The PGA TOUR and PEI Golf previously announced an extension of rights covering PGA TOUR branded accessories and headwear, also through 2025. This new extension, which includes men’s, ladies and youth apparel, will ensure all category rights held by the company (apparel, belts, accessories, training aids, headwear, and solar protection) will run concurrently, providing PEI Golf the ability to present the PGA TOUR brand as a full-scale, multi-category brand at retail.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with the PGA TOUR brand, an iconic leader in the golf industry.  Over the past 17 years, we have expanded our business across all channels of distribution adding new product categories from apparel to accessories.  The extension of our license demonstrates our ability to build a unique 360-degree powerbrand strategy into the foreseeable future,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, President and CEO of Perry Ellis International. The PGA TOUR branded apparel program, which features the PGA TOUR brand exclusively in internal labeling as well as external branding, launched modestly in 2004 with select department store retail partners. The branded product program has steadily grown since its launch, and today forms the foundation of the PGA TOUR retail program that is sold into more than 4,000 retail doors, across golf specialty retailers, department stores, sporting goods stores, e-commerce accounts and other specialty shops.

“Our apparel line has thrived at retail which speaks to the quality of the line and the strength of our partnership,” said Len Brown, PGA TOUR Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President Licensing and Merchandising. “It’s important to the PGA TOUR to provide consistent quality and service to our customers and this partnership has allowed that since 2004.”

The license agreements between PEI Golf and the PGA TOUR were negotiated and are managed by CAA Sports Licensing, the PGA TOUR’s exclusive licensing agency.

“There are few license agreements of this nature within sports, and even fewer that stay in place for over 20 years,” said Scott Bouyack Co-Head of CAA Sports Licensing. “This relationship is unique in that regard, and it is a testament to the leadership of both the PGA TOUR and PEI Golf that this program continues to evolve and grow, and arguably has more momentum today than it has at any point in its successful history.”

About PGA TOUR

By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide.

The PGA TOUR, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, co-sanctions tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 29 countries and territories (94 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to 216 countries and territories in 28 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving, and to date, tournaments across all Tours have generated more than $3.2 billion.

Fans can follow the PGA TOUR on PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, on the PGA TOUR app and on social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram (in English, Spanish and Korean), LinkedIn, Twitter, WeChat, Weibo, Toutiao and Douyin

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist® and Farah®. The company, through one or more of its subsidiaries, enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel.  Additional information on the company is available at http://www.pery.com.

A Different Clambake

This week, the PGA TOUR visits the Monterrey Peninsula to play the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. But this year, there’s a totally different feel than golf fans are accustomed to. While we’ll still get to admire the beautiful vistas of the Monterrey Peninsula and for those of us who have never been out there, the pining to experience Monterrey. Namely, Pebble Beach Golf Links. One day, I would love to be able to fly out there and pay $575 USD to play there.

My favourite Par 3 on the PGA TOUR. (Photo Credit: PGA TOUR)

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, you’ll notice that the tournament features a different format this year. Instead of the field playing the customary three courses (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, and Monterrey Peninsula Country Club – Shore Course) The “AT&T” will be omitting MPCC from the rotation this year. Also, you might notice the lack of celebrities playing in the event.

“Gunga Galunga”. Bill Murray, a staple at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Photo Credit: Golfweek/USA Today)

Personally speaking, from a play standpoint, I don’t really miss the celebrities. We always see the same old, stale antics from the usual celebrities in the field. Sure, I loved Alfonso Ribeiro on “Fresh Prince” doing the “Carlton”. And, how could I not like Bill Murray? I love “Carl Spackler”. He was over the top long before Jim Carrey arrived on the scene. But, the material is so old and almost cliché that it’s become hard to watch. Larry The Cable Guy? C’mon man! But then you also have the “fringe celebrities” like CEO’s of corporations or former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice (ANGC’s first female member) playing as well. Not to mention the slew of athletes like Larry Fitzgerald, Aaron Rodgers, and the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky. What kind of soulless Canadian would I be if I left him out? More often than not, I opt out from watching the event. TOUR rounds take too long in the first place and then there is the slow grind that is the Pro-Am.

The Great One. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Don’t get me wrong. I like fun. I’m a fun guy. Potentially, the celebrities bring viewers to the event or television screen that normally may not have any interest. More exposure for the game is great right now. Even though, the pandemic has brought new or former players of the game – to the game. I’m all for new ideas and I’m proud to say that I have an open mind but, the last thing that you want to show is someone driving a cart or scooter over tee boxes or greens (those Finn Scooters, Phat Golf Scooters, and similar products are pretty cool). I present “Exhibit A” (see below).

I know what some people are likely to say. The damage is minimal and that’s not the point here. It’s a bad precedent to set and televise . Showing a whole bunch of “Weekend Warriors” or newcomers that it’s okay to drive there. As someone that has worked in golf operations for some time time, Pro Shop staff and Marshals deal with on the daily. They have enough to worry about out there. Hidden personal liquor (a total no-no here in Ontario), people parking their carts on the collar of the greens (carts displaying handicap flags notwithstanding), pace of play, and (ahem) “ball-hawking”.

As a responsible writer and “journalist” I’d be remiss if I failed to mention one important aspect of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The fundraising that occurs for the charities of the Monterrey Peninsula Foundation. An organization that had donated $12.3 million dollars in 2019-2020 alone. All supporting non-profit organizations in Monterrey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties respectively. Remember, this all stems back to 1937 when Bing Crosby invited a few friends for a “clambake” and to raise a little bit of money. After conducting some research I never found out how much it is to play in the pro-am. But one outdated figure that I found suggests that back in 2011, it cost $25,000 USD to play in the event.

Funds raised come from a variety of avenues. There is no doubt that without the celebrities playing and the lack of spectators in attendance, fundraising efforts for the Monterrey Peninsula Foundation will take a hit. So, Wednesday, a limited field of celebrities took part in the “AT&T Every Shot Counts Charity Challenge” that had a goal if raising $1.6 million for the Monterey Peninsula Foundation charities. Bill Murray, Larry Fitzgerald, Macklemore, Kira K. Dixon, Kathryn Newton and Alfonso Ribeiro competed in a five-hole match-play event at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Admittedly, I had to look up two of them and I cannot name one Macklemore song. But, I digress.

Miss. America Kira Dixon. (Photo Credit: San Francisco Chronicle)

Love them or not, the celebrities in the field at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am serve a purpose. While some of us may not like watching them and their antics, they do a lot of good. Bing Crosby has to be smiling down seeing what his “Crosby Clambake” has become.

Until The Next Tee!!

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