Team TaylorMade’s McIlroy, Johnson, Fowler and Wolff Headline TaylorMade Driving Relief

Ladies and gentlemen. Live golf will be back on television.

TaylorMade Golf has announced that four of its stars will be teeing it up in a charity skins match. Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and young phenom Matthew Wolff will be taking part in “TaylorMade Driving Relief”.

TaylorMade Driving Relief

The PGA TOUR, NBC Sports, and Sky Sports made the announcement. The match to be played on May 17th is a “$3 million charity skins match supported by UnitedHealth Group to raise money and awareness for the American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation, two organizations helping to lead COVID-19 relief efforts”.

Unlike “The Match”, I for one, will be tuning in to this event. And I cannot wait. New televised golf and I guarantee that with the guys playing, this will be entertaining. For more details, please see the press release below as shared by Nick Obritsch. Nick is the Senior Marketing Manager for TaylorMade Golf Canada.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee


Carlsbad, Calif. (May 4, 2020) – The PGA TOUR, NBC Sports and Sky Sports today announced the return of televised golf with TaylorMade Driving Relief, centred around a $3 million charity skins match supported by UnitedHealth Group to raise money and awareness for the American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation, two organizations helping to lead COVID-19 relief efforts.

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On Sunday, May 17, from Seminole Golf Club, TaylorMade Driving Relief will feature two-time FedExCup champion and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and 20-time PGA TOUR winner Dustin Johnson, teaming up against two Oklahoma State University alumni: PGA TOUR superstar Rickie Fowler and 2019 first-time TOUR winner and 2019 NCAA National Champion Matthew Wolff. The competition will follow strict CDC social distancing guidelines, local mandates and will utilize appropriate testing measures to help protect the health and safety of the golfers, production crew and others on site.

Additionally, Farmers Insurance® has pledged $1 million to back a birdies-and-eagle pool to benefit Off Their Plate, a charitable organization helping COVID-19 healthcare workers and impacted frontline shift employees.

Building upon this initial fundraising of $4 million, PGA TOUR Charities will announce a Text-To-Donate activation and online donation platform powered by GoFundMe to allow viewers to make additional contributions and raise funds for COVID-19 relief.


  • Players: All four golfers will donate their time for the 18-hole, two-man team skins competition, with McIlroy/Johnson playing for the American Nurses Foundation and Fowler/Wolff playing for the CDC Foundation.
  • Location: Seminole Golf Club (Juno Beach, Fla.) A majestic Donald Ross design with a clever routing on a rectangular site, each hole at Seminole encounters a new wind direction. Seminole has long been one of America’s most-revered clubs and this marks the club’s first ever golf event broadcast. No fans or spectators will be permitted on site.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, May 17; live coverage will air from 2-6 p.m. ET
  • Television Broadcast: NBC, GOLF Channel, NBCSN, Sky Sports and other PGA TOUR global media partners.
  • Digital: Unauthenticated streaming of the entire event available via PGA TOUR LIVE (NBC Sports Gold and Amazon Prime Video), GOLFPASS, and GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR. Pre-match coverage as well as the first two holes of the event also will stream on Twitter.
  • Safety measures: PGA TOUR will follow all guidelines, executive orders and mandates issued by the state of Florida, Palm Beach County and the city of Juno Beach.

We are excited about the safe and responsible return of live golf and the opportunity to raise significant funds for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic through the TaylorMade Driving Relief event. With four of the PGA TOUR’s top stars in Rory, Rickie, Dustin and Matthew of Team TaylorMade participating and UnitedHealth Group serving as the foundation of charitable giving, and Farmers Insurance providing an additional bonus pool, golf fans around the world can look forward to a unique, interactive and entertaining event that will help those in need.

Jay Monahan, PGA TOUR Commissioner


PGA TOUR Entertainment will produce live coverage, which will feature commentary from NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico from his home in Michigan, as well as analysts Paul Azinger and Gary Koch and play-by-play with Rich Lerner from an off-site production facility. On-site at Seminole Golf Club will be on-course reporters Jerry Foltz and Steve Sands.

NBC Sports is proud to raise awareness for these charities that are directly making an impact on COVID-19 relief. We’re grateful to the four exceptional PGA TOUR players for donating their time, as well as all the sponsors for helping elevate this unique fundraising event, which will feature the first worldwide broadcast of a golf competition from Seminole Golf Club.

Pete Bevacqua, President, NBC Sports Group

Seminole Golf Club is honored to host this charitable event and welcomes all golf fans and sports enthusiasts to tune in to the broadcast to see these world-class players take on our course. This match is a pure public service, with all money raised providing COVID-19 relief to those most in need in Florida and around the country, and Seminole is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to such a worthy cause at this difficult time.

Jimmy Dunne, President, Seminole Golf Club


Thanks to a pledge from UnitedHealth Group, the primary charitable component will see the teams compete in a $3 million charity skins match as each team will compete for one of two charities, the American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation.

The 325,000 people of UnitedHealth Group continue to work tirelessly every day to support the health and safety of the people we are privileged to serve and to contribute to the resolution of this pandemic. This additional financial support for the American Nurses Foundation and the CDC Foundation advances our commitment to take care of those who care for us by helping to meet the clinical, emotional and mental health needs of our frontline heroes, doctors, nurses and all health care workers. We’re pleased to be a part of this event designed to bring attention to and encourage further financial support for those on the leading edge of fighting this pandemic.

David S. Wichmann, CEO, UnitedHealth Group

Additionally, Farmers Insurance also kicked off fundraising efforts with a $1 million pledge, to back a birdies-and-eagles pool to benefit Off Their Plate, whose work creates a conduit for local communities to provide nutritious meals to the hospital teams we depend on and economic relief to local restaurant workers who have been most affected by COVID.

For more than 90 years, serving our customers and helping communities impacted by disasters around the country has been in our DNA, and that remains true now more than ever. On behalf of everyone at Farmers, we’re proud of first responders and frontline workers for what they continue to do every single day during this unprecedented situation. It’s a privilege to support this event alongside our brand ambassador Rickie Fowler, and provide much needed funds to Off Their Plate, so they can continue to help those most impacted in this uncertain time.

Jeff Dailey, CEO, Farmers Insurance


TaylorMade brings four of the world’s best and most exciting players to the event, and all are donating their time to be a part of the COVID-19 relief effort.

While all of us navigate through the impact of this pandemic, we wanted to do our part for first responders and nominated COVID-19 charities. After speaking with our Team TaylorMade athletes, we are thrilled to make this TaylorMade Driving Relief event happen with our partners at the PGA TOUR and NBC Sports. The return of live golf and the opportunity to raise money for those affected is simply fantastic.

David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf


The reigning FedExCup champion and 2019 PGA TOUR Player of the Year is currently ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. McIlroy has 18 PGA TOUR victories and an additional nine wins worldwide including four major championships, the 2019 PLAYERS Championship, three World Golf Championships and the 2019 and 2016 FedExCup titles.

It’s been difficult to witness what so many are enduring over the last several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m excited and thankful to TaylorMade and UnitedHealth Group for making this event possible and providing us with the opportunity to show our support of those on the frontlines. I hope that we can provide some respite and entertainment for those tuning in across the globe. Dustin and I will have a lot of fun together and our games will fit well as we push to raise funds and awareness on May 17.

Rory McIlroy


Johnson, a 20-time PGA TOUR winner, is currently No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Johnson’s 20 victories include the 2016 U.S. Open, six World Golf Championships events and four FedExCup Playoffs events.

I’m really excited to team up with Rory and to get back out on the golf course. Seminole is a great venue and it will be cool to show it to the world through this event. I’m sure Rickie and Matthew will be ready for us, but hopefully Rory and I can take them and help generate a lot of money and support for charities and those affected most by COVID-19.

Dustin Johnson


Fowler owns nine victories worldwide, including his memorable win at THE PLAYERS Championship in 2015 when he played the finishing stretch of holes 15-18 in a 5-under total of 11 strokes.

When I heard about this event, I couldn’t get involved fast enough. It’s special to be able to have an impact and raise charitable contributions through our sport and to do it with Matthew as a partner. I know how much I have missed sports and golf, especially, so to be one of the first events returning to television is very exciting and I’m proud to have Farmers, one of my sponsors, be a partner of this event as well. Playing aggressive has never been a problem for Matthew and me so we should have no issue testing the birdies-and-eagles bonus pool that has been backed by Farmers Insurance $1 million pledge.

Rickie Fowler


Wolff turned professional last June and by July, he earned his first career PGA TOUR victory at the inaugural 3M Open. Playing on sponsor exemptions, he needed just four starts to capture that first title and earned his PGA TOUR card at age 20. Wolff became the third player to win the individual title at the NCAA Championships and a PGA TOUR event in the same year, joining Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods.

I’m fired up to play alongside Rickie and raise money to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts. Rory and DJ have welcomed me to team TaylorMade with open arms and become great friends so I can’t wait for a fun competition against us Cowboys. Rickie and I are ready to bring our best and more importantly help the frontline heroes getting us through this extremely difficult time. Special thanks to the PGA Tour, NBC, TaylorMade and all our partners for the opportunity. See you at Seminole!

Matthew Wolff

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces the All-New TP5/TP5x PIX, Co-Developed and Played By Rickie Fowler


CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 29, 2020) – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in innovation and technology, introduces the second generation of the high-visibility line of pix™ golf balls. For the first time, pix™ will be available in both the TP5 and TP5x models with a revolutionary visual technology developed in conjunction with Rickie Fowler.

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Fowler has long been recognized as one of the best putters on the PGA Tour and his insights proved invaluable in the creation of pix. Over the course of a year, TaylorMade teamed with him to develop a golf ball that reflects his swagger and meets the performance demands of competing at the highest level.

“The pix graphics give you a precise focal point to work with. When we started developing the new design, one of my first comments was if we didn’t have the full TaylorMade logo in two places, we would have space to create a path that works for alignment and feedback.”

Rickie Fowler
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Like many golfers, Fowler prefers to draw a line on his golf ball to help him align putts on the green. The previous generation of pix and all other high-visibility products made that virtually impossible. Inspired by Fowler’s insights, TaylorMade uniquely positioned a single TaylorMade logo and aligned it perfectly with that TP5/TP5x stamp to form a natural pathway through the centre of the ball. Twelve (12) strategically placed multi-colour graphics frame the single TaylorMade logo and TP5/TP5x stamp to form the company’s new ClearPath Alignment™ – the marquee feature of the new pix.

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ClearPath not only helps with alignment, but it provides immediate feedback on the quality of the roll. On a well-struck putt where the ball is rolling end-over-end, the golfer can see a clearing in the middle of ball which provides two key pieces of information:

  1. You’ve started the ball on your intended line
  2. You’ve hit a quality putt

We learned a lot in the development of the first generation of pix, but through our partnership with Rickie Fowler we’ve learned even more. His vital feedback led directly to the development of the ClearPath™ Alignment System. It’s not just about unique cool designs that are easier to see, it’s now validated at the top of the pyramid with a performance benefit like nothing else out there. It’s the ideal combination of style and function.

Michael Fox, TaylorMade Category Director – Golf Ball & Accessories


In 2019, TaylorMade enhanced their flagship line of Tour balls and improved speed without impacting other areas of performance. The Speed-Layer System is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers, featuring a material called HFM. HFM is the fastest material TaylorMade has ever used and is essentially a tightly wound spring and when compressed generates more rebound energy for more ball speed.

The Tri-Fast Core consists of an extra-large, low-compression inner core (16 compression in TP5 & 25 compression in TP5x) and a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle. The combination of these three layers work in conjunction to create lower drag and increased carry – the primary reason TP5 and TP5x have become the hottest Tour balls in golf.

The Dual-Spin Cover boasts an ultra-soft cast urethane cover and a 30% more rigid inner cover. This system creates a condition that is ideal for greenside control, as the rigid inner cover forces the soft urethane cover into wedge grooves for maximum spin generation.

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The TP5 and TP5x pix will be available at retail on 2/28/2020 at an MSRP of $59.99 CAD per dozen. To learn more about TP5 and TP5x pix golf balls, visit

#TeeBoxChatter January 2nd, 2020 – Sentry Tournament of Champions

A lot of great names to pick from to win this week in “The Land of the Tradewinds”. Kapalua – Plantation Course has seen some rejuvenation. This week is the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The first PGA TOUR event of 2020. With a field full of winners to choose from including Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Brendon Todd, Kevin Kisner and more, who did I pick to win this week.? Find out here. #TeeBoxChatter


Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #untilthenexttee

President’s Cup Day Three Gimmes

As the third day of the Presidents Cup has come to a conclusion the Ernie Els led International Team is up by two points leading 10-8. Heading into “Sunday Singles” the Americans have closed the gap. Here are my gimmes from Day Three.

  • Marc Leishman. I don’t know. Obviously, I’m not Ernie Els but all that I know is that after the first three matches that he played in, I would have benched him regardless of him being Australia’s own. As far as I’m concerned, Leish has just not “brought it”. He looks out of sorts out there although coming down the stretch he did come through. Good on him and playing partner Abraham Ancer to claw back after being 5 DN to salvage half a point in the afternoon session.


  • Tied in with that storyline. Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. They were 5 UP. I’m not suggesting that they choked but…
  • Tiger sitting all of Day Three. Alright, so there might be some speculation involved here. Maybe he was feeling “off”. Maybe he didn’t have time to sufficiently warm-up before the afternoon sessions. Maybe he liked the way that Rickie Fowler complimented Justin Thomas in the morning session. Or maybe, he just wanted to play the role of Captain. Clearly, the best player on the American team sitting out the entire day is a curious decision.

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  • Alright, I’m tired of reporting on Patrick Reed. but, in a case like this how do I refrain from doing so? As if he wasn’t bad enough, his caddie Kessler Karain got involved in a physical altercation with a fan. The caddie has a few jobs. Give course information, carry the bag, talk to his player throughout the round to keep him focused yet relaxed and tell the fans “quiet please” and defend his player when needed. At no time, however, does that mean getting into a physical altercation. It can’t be easy being Reed’s caddie these days and after days of hearing the heckling, I’m sure he got tired of it. Karain, will not be on Reed’s bag for the Sunday singles after a meeting with PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. I’m curious to see if any criminal charges come against him. It was an assault.


  • Speaking of caddies. Is it caddie or caddy? I prefer to go with “ie”.
  • The Presidents Cup is up for grabs. It’s anyone’s trophy. Ancer is leading off in a head to head match vs Tiger. Something he wished for in November. Well kid, you got it! Honestly, though, I think Abe has played very well in his first Presidents Cup. He has made some big putts this week.

Until The Next Tee!!

#seeuonthenexttee #fightandgrind

New SALTWATER Collection from PUMA Golf

Today PUMA Golf is releasing its new SALTWATER COLLECTION, part if it’s SS’20 lineup.

The Saltwater Collection, released this week in conjunction with the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, is part of PUMA’s Game That Travels collection (more information on the entire assortment of apparel, footwear and accessories to be shared shortly), which is inspired by key aspects of some of the most desirable locations that Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau and Gary Woodland visit each week on the PGA Tour. The Saltwater Collection highlights some of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the Bahamas – swimming with sharks, stingrays, and turtles.


Key pieces in the collection include:

The Slow Play Polo – featuring a fun, repeating golfing turtle pattern that is sure to be the highlight of your resort vacation. FusionYarn Flex fabric, a crafted blend of performance and natural fibers deliver the perfect fusion of everyday comfort and on-course performance, makes this polo a must-wear for your next golf round.


The Slow Play Tee – utilizing a fun tie-dyed pattern with a three golfing turtle screen print across the chest, you won’t want to forget this Slow Play Tee as you head out for your next golf vacation.


The Predators Polo – featuring a unique ocean-inspired pattern, incorporating stingrays and sharks, for a fun, all-over print that will have you turning heads as you make your way to the 1st tee.

P Snapback Cap – a little added flair to the popular P 110 Snapback.


IGNITE NXT Lace Shoes – part of the popular NXT footwear range from PUMA. Designed for comfort and style off course and performance on the course.

All pieces linked here:


Look for Rickie, Bryson and Gary to pieces from this collection at this weeks’ Hero World Challenge.


#PUMAGOLF #SALTWATERCollection #golfapparel #golfapparelreviews #rickiefowler #garywoodland #brydechambeau #slowplaypolo #untilthenexttee #seeuonthenexttee #fightandgrind


SARASOTA, FL – March 13, 2019 – Short Par 4, the #1 “Hand Curated Box” for golfers everywhere, is thrilled with brand ambassador Rickie Fowler’s start to the 2019 PGA TOUR season. He has seized three Top-10 finishes this season which includes a win at the Phoenix Open Waste Management, a tie for second place at the Honda Classic, and a tie for fourth place at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

To mark Fowler’s success, and kick-off to the new golf season, Short Par 4 is shipping Fowler’s favorite brand of golf shoes, Puma Golf, to every Fairway member in March and every Executive member in April. Puma Golf shoes are known for their TOUR proven performance, stability, traction, comfort and style.

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“Short Par 4 applauds Rickie for this season’s success. His comeback performances are legendary and this season proves it. Our team is confident that his courageous and stellar play will prevail,” said Bobby DiMeo CEO & Founder of Short Par 4.

Short Par 4 memberships include the Rickie Fowler TOUR Experience which features his one of a kind, apparel, accessories and gear for both on and off the golf course but the seasonal kick-off shipments of Puma Golf shoes is designed to serve the Fairway and Executive Memberships, a larger subscription base that will be introduced to Fowler’s favorite and iconic Puma Golf shoes.

Both the Fairway and Executive Memberships are subscriptions from the Classic Membership Collection. These costs vary from $49.95 to $99.95. The Fairway Membership is Short Par 4’s first subscription platform. It includes a two-item branded outfit or one branded item and accessory that is personally curated to your style and color preference. This box will be delivered monthly for a $49.95 subscription. Typically, this box on average should be worth $100 at retail.

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The Executive Membership is Short Par 4’s second subscription platform. This box includes “In-season”, premium, brand name apparel and complementing items. It also includes complimentary shipping and exchanges. This box will be delivered monthly for a $99.95 subscription. Typically, this box on average will be worth $200 at retail.

For more information on the Fairway and Executive Memberships, please visit the company website at



Short Par 4 is a personal stylist for the golf-inspired life that delivers brand name golf apparel, accessories and gear directly to its member’s doorstep – each for up to 60% off retail prices.

The vision of the company is to provide golf enthusiasts with the highest quality products at member’s only pricing delivered directly to their doorsteps – keeping their style tight and allowing them to spend more time on the course, not in their closet. As the premier styling service for the golf community, Short Par 4 boasts one of the fastest growing memberships of any subscription box on the web.

Every month, Short Par 4 delivers exclusive brand name golf apparel and products that promise to make their member’s look handsome both on and off the course. Whether on a date, on the tee box or at the office, Short Par 4’s Style Caddies have their members covered!

With a membership for all budget sizes, every box includes top rated and premium golf brands like Under Armour, Nike, Puma and Callaway and burgeoning brands like Travis Mathew, Linksoul, Greyson and more. Each delivery is hand-curated according to the season and the golfer’s unique style profile that they fill out on the website.

Short Par 4 is represented on all the major golf tours. The company has compiled a global brand ambassador team that includes some of golf’s most iconic players.


PGA TOUR: Rickie Fowler, Wesley Bryan, John Chin and Tyler Duncan

LPGA TOUR: Lexi Thompson TOUR: Kevin Doughtery and Kevin Lucas



Short Par 4 continues to grow every year since its inception in 2014. Their membership and box shipments are the largest in golf industry, making the company the leading golf subscription service. The company is located in Sarasota, Florida.

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Plead The “Fifth”

In the words of Ebenezer Scrooge… “Bah Humbug!”

Another year, and it’s another year of the playing of The Players Championship. This tournament is a little different because it’s “their” tournament. 2019 is also different for a different reason. In 2018, the PGA TOUR announced that they were going to be rearranging the schedule. The major change in the schedule was The Players being switched from its date in May to March. Honestly, I think it’s a move that only makes sense. After all, they are currently in the “Florida Swing” as they are every year at this time. Doesn’t it make sense to go forward instead of backtracking to where you’ve already been?




Just because it’s a major schedule change doesn’t mean that the word major needs to be included in declaring The Players a “Fifth Major”. I wasn’t going to chime in on this topic but seeing that everyone and their uncle has I figured… Why not? After all, opinions are like arseholes. Everybody has one. While I realize that there are a million articles on the ongoing debate regarding the status of The Players becoming the TOUR’s “Fifth Major” I have my own spin on the topic.

If I may be totally frank, it’s the one thing that drives me nuts about the LPGA Tour. Maybe, I’m cantankerous and stuck in my old ways but when I think of Major golf tournaments I look at the number of them being four. It’s likely a direct by-product of the men’s game. The Evian Championship wasn’t declared a “Fifth Major” until 2011. Before going on, we need to be reminded that this tournament (founded in 1994)  and was once one of two Major Championships on the Ladies European Tour. It wasn’t until 2000 that it became a co-sanctioned event between the LET and the LPGA Tour. Regardless of how strong the field is at the Evian Championship, there’s just something that sounds off about a fifth major.


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Conversely, The Players Championship has been played since 1974 and at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course since 1982 in Ponte Vedra, FL. So by simple mathematics, it is older than the Evian Championship. The field is as strong as they get year-in and year-out giving it the sense of being a major. But why does The Players Championship need to have the label of “The Fifth Major”? Marketing… to make people happy? I just find it hard to find a reason why we need to have a “Fifth Major”. When a baseball player hits a “Grand Slam” does he touch four bases and home plate? No! It seems small, petty, and trivial but did Bobby Jones win the “Grand Bingo Bango Bongo” or whichever marketing term you’d choose to use. No! There’s something that just sounds “right” and poetic about Rory or Brooks chasing the career “Grand Slam”. Hey! While we’re at it… let’s take away Tiger’s Grand Slam. Heck, that shouldn’t count any longer. I know that statement will resonate with many readers.

It just seems like when discussions like this come up there is one thing affected by it. History. Why is it that this generation or era just feels a need to change history? It doesn’t necessarily relate to golf… but society in general. History is a phenomenal thing. History has defined us… shaped us. Good moments and bad. It’s just not renaming things or changing history or leaving heritage behind but this society also has a strong urge to be “butthurt” if they don’t like something. Hell, I’ve seen some people suggest nixing the PGA Championship in favor of replacing it with The Players Championship to keep it at four. The Wanamaker Trophy has been handed out to the winner since 1916. Erase it right?!


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My opinion regarding The Players is this. The Players Championship doesn’t need to be a “Fifth Major”. Every person that is a golf fan and observer knows and understands that this tournament is a “big deal”. The field is huge, the purse is bigger. It’s just not your every week tournament. It’s special and it’s practically its own entity. Just leave it alone and “Plead the Fifth”.

Until The Next Tee!!

#SeeUontheNextTee #FightAndGrind