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Former agent tries to sue Tony Finau for 16 million

Tony Finau is forced to take part in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff will try to recover more than $ 16 million from the golfer’s family. Molonai Hola, who heads Icon Sports, claims that for several years he paid the Fino family’s bills, but in the End did not receive compensation and agreed payments from the golfer’s income. The lawsuit also names Fino’s father and younger brother.

According to the lawsuit, Hola spent almost $ 600,000 to pay for the Fino family’s housing expenses, medical insurance, car purchases, and to move and live with Tony and his brother in Florida, where they took lessons from the famous coach David Leadbetter for about a year. And now the agent is demanding his money back along with a “penalty” of $ 16 million. Hola claims that he was promised 20 percent of the Fino family’s future income in professional Golf.

Over six years of playing on the PGA Tour, Tony’s prize money totaled about $ 20.3 million (including $ 300,000 for eighth place at the recent U.S. Open major). The younger brother Fino never managed to prove himself at the professional level, although initially he also showed great hopes.

Tiger Woods ‘ spare putter sold for record amount

It is no exaggeration to say that the legendary tiger Woods patter of the Scotty Cameron Newport II model is one of the most famous clubs in the world of Golf. Woods himself is very sensitive to his putter and admitted to reporters that even his children are forbidden to play with this stick (as with the Terrylium Scotty putter, with which tiger won his first major).

It’s hard to imagine how much collectors are willing to pay for a pattern with which tiger won 14 of his 15 majors (there is talk about amounts in the range of 3-5 million dollars), but his copies regularly “go under the hammer” for a lot of money. Every year, a couple of spare patters are made for Woods: for training and in case of unforeseen situations with the main one. And these are the patterns that sometimes get lucky fans.

At a recent auction, tiger’s spare patter, which he performed with in 2001, was sold for a record amount of $ 154,928, and its 2018 counterpart cost the new owner a hundred thousand less. Last year, another similar pattern was sold for 88 thousand. The uniqueness of the 2001 patter is that it was in that season that woods completed his Grand Slam, winning all four majors.

By the way, this week, on the occasion of the opening of the Payne’s Valley field, another charity auction was held, where 21 lots related to Woods ‘ career were presented. The total revenue of this auction was “only” 130 thousand in favor of the TGR Foundation, and the most expensive was the Full Swing Pro Series Simulator, sold for 41 thousand. A replica of the Golf cart used during the may match involving Woods, “went” for 16.5 thousand dollars.

PGA Tour: FedExCup Playoffs: TOUR Championship, day two. Dustin Johnson held on to the top spot

On the second day of the TOUR Championship tournament, Dustin Johnson defied the Golden rule of the East Lake field, which dictates that it is mandatory to go to the local fairways. Johnson visited only two fairways and was forced to constantly fight a” difficult ” rough, which did not prevent him from making four birdies (Dustin rolled a couple of long putts and executed a magnificent chip-in on the eighth hole). However, there was a place for four bogeys in the world Ranking leader’s score card, and he played a round of Pars, staying at the top of the standings.

Jon Rahm, who shared the lead with Johnson at the start of the day, initially played with the tee much more confidently and managed to get to the minus fourteen mark, but from the middle of the round, the Spaniard also began to have problems. Rahm made a triple putt, broke several drives (sinking one ball) and finished the day with a score of 74 (+4), falling back to fifth place. There are Also Tyrrell Hatton and Collin Morikawa, who made six birdies against the only bogey. Rory McIlroy failed to make it into this group, making an unfortunate mistake on the final hole.

The role of the main pursuer was taken over By Sungjae Im (Sungjae Im) with six cons who made the best score of the day and got close to Johnson. For comparison, Im in the second round went to ten fairways out of fourteen, providing a comfortable performance and a lot of good opportunities.

Xander Schauffele also had a great day, winning back five cons from the local arena. Recall that three years ago in his debut season Shoffley already won on the field of East Lake, and the last draw he finished in second place. Zonder played fourteen rounds in the local arena and performed better than par in each of them. By the middle of the tournament, Shoffley is third, one stroke ahead of Justin Thomas, who played with a minimal plus.

102nd PGA Championship. Colin Morikawa’s first major

Seven players shared the lead on the second nine on the final day of the major, notable for being the first time it was held without an audience.

Perhaps the deciding shot was played on the par-4 16th hole at TPC Harding Park. Collin Morikawa made a masterful exit from the tee, sending the ball to the green from 268 yards. Next, a confident Pat from two meters and the ball in the hole, eagle! Thanks to this fantastic shot, 23-year-old Colin recorded a grandmaster score of 64 (-6) and secured his first major of the season. Which simultaneously became the third title of his career on the PGA Tour. By the way, 64 is the lowest score in the final round of the PGA Championship in 25 years.

“In the beginning, I had no plans to take any chances at all on the 16th hole,” said Morikawa, who was level with Casey before his memorable tee shot. “At first I thought that the wind was too strong to take the driver. The distance was 254 meters to the front of the green, and for me it’s just a good drive. But in this weather, the ball should land a little shorter, and then hope for a ride. My CADDIE looked at me and asked what I was going to hit with. I told him, ” let’s make a good drive. This is a moment I will always remember.” “What a blow!” said Paul Casey, now 43 and still fighting for his first major title. As a result, it will share the second place. “All you can do is take off your hat. Collin accepted the challenge and did it. That’s what Champions do.”

For Dustin Johnson, this Sunday brought disappointment again. For the fourth time in his career, he started the last day of a major as the leader and failed to win the title. The 2016 US Open champion shared second place with Paul Casey of England (-11). Brooks Koepka (-3) failed a planned hat-trick and had to settle for 29th overall after 74 shots on Sunday. “It was my first bad round in a major in a long time,” said Koepka, winner of the last two PGA Championships. “It’s time for Colin to lift the Wanamaker Trophy.”

Collin Morikawa not only won the 102nd PGA Championship, but also set several records.

1) Collin Morikawa’s 64 (-6) Score on the final day was not only the lowest score for a round in the tournament, it was also the lowest final round score among all major winners.

2) Morikawa is the third youngest PGA champion since World war II. Major winners at the age of 23: Rory McIlroy (2012), tiger woods (1999), Jack Nicklaus (1963).

3) Morikawa is the youngest major winner to score less than 65 strokes in his last round.

4) Morikawa’s Irons last week landed an average of 10.36 meters from the hole – this is the 1st place in accuracy. He also has the 1st patting record – 2,019 putts per round. Out of 56 possible fairways, he hit 39 (69.64%, 1st place in hit accuracy).

5) And about the range of strikes by the driver, which has been discussed so much in recent months. It’s nice to see that Morikawa is not a trucker at all, but his score is one of the lowest. On average, he sent the ball 265.63 meters from the tee (T40). For comparison, Cameron Champ led the statistics with a score of 293.61 meters and ended up tenth.

6) Making just 129 shots (65-64) over the weekend, Morikawa set a new major record.

7) Morikawa received 1.98 million dollars for the victory. In 14 months of his professional career, the Californian earned more than $ 6.8 million in prize money.

8) this Is only the second major Colin has played in his life. Since 1970, only two players have managed to make as many attempts for a first win. In addition, Morikawa became the ninth player to win his PGA championship debut.

9) this title was Morikawa’s third victory on the PGA Tour from 29 starts! So far, he has won more tournaments than he has missed the cut.

10) thanks to this victory, Morikawa rose to second place in the FedExCup. He also became number five in the official world ranking.

Tiger is officially great. Woods is inducted into the Hall of fame

It was clear that tiger woods would be inducted into the world Golf Hall of fame 20 years ago. However, it was on Wednesday, March 11, that woods officially entered the closed and exclusive company of the best golfers of all time. Tiger had already passed all the necessary criteria for a long time, except for one: age. Previously, you could only become a member of the Hall of fame at the age of 50, but since this year, amendments have been made, and now you can join the club at 45. Woods is due to turn 45 in December, so the doors of the Hall of fame will be open to him in 2021.

Playing standards for a golfer of tiger’s caliber seem ridiculous: 15 wins in the main rounds or two majors. Recall that only in the PGA tour, woods won 82 times, and he has 15 majors. Tiger reached the minimum mark of 15 titles and two majors back in 1999, so there was no doubt that woods would appear in the Hall of fame when he reached a certain age.

“It is a great honor for me to be in the world Golf Hall of fame. I am very flattered by this decision. Last year was amazing for me. I have received incredible support from my family, friends and fans. The achievement that I achieved today once again proves that you can never give up and you should always strive for more,” woods said.

Why is tiger talking about “the solution”? Because compliance with regulations is not enough. Those players who meet the minimum requirements are shortlisted. This year, woods was one of 10 finalists whose fate was decided by a special Committee of 20 members. The heads of this Committee are well known people for Golf lovers: Beth Daniel, Nick Price, Annika Sorenstam, and Curtis strange. The player needs to get support from 75% of the judging Committee, that is, from 15 members out of 20. It is simply impossible to imagine that any of this Committee voted that woods was unworthy of being inducted into the Hall of fame.

The world Golf Hall of fame Museum, opened in 1998, is located in Florida. Already today, one of the biggest tournaments of the season — the Players Championship, which is unofficially called the fifth major-starts in this state. Unfortunately, woods will not join the company of the world’s strongest players due to a back injury. The very concept of “Golf Hall of fame” appeared in 1951, but then only in the LPGA, that is, in the American women’s tour. In 1998, members of the LPGA hall of fame were inducted into the overall world hall of fame. Men first entered the elite club in 1974. The first members were 11 players, most of whom can be called Golf legends: Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Francis Oumet, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, and Harry Vardon.

Most of the club’s members are famous players of the past and present, but almost immediately the Hall of fame began to distinguish major functionaries, architects, journalists, coaches, and even agents. In 2009 and 2011, the Golf achievements of two former us presidents-Dwight Eisenhower and George H. W. Bush — were recognized. Since the mid-80s, new members do not appear every year: for example, in the past decade, 2014, 2016 and 2018 were “empty” years. In 2020, new members will also not appear: recall that now woods has only been chosen, but the official ceremony will take place in 2021. In the coming days, the names of other golfers and golfers who will receive such a high honor will be announced.

The quarantine continues. What will happen to the Golf season?

Forced vacations in world Golf are being extended. On March 12, the PGA tour postponed the tournaments for four weeks, canceling the Players super tour that had already begun (golfers were only able to play one round). A few days later, the number of canceled competitions increased to eight, and two “majors” were rescheduled. It should be noted that we are now only talking about the PGA tour: in other tours, such as the Korn Ferry Tour (“challenge tour”), PGA Tour Champions, PGA Tour Latinoamerica, PGA Tour Canada and PFA Tour Series China, competitions are also not held.

First, the PGA tour leaders announced the postponement of the masters, and then the PGA of America (this is the organization that holds the PGA Championship) reported that their “major” will not take place in the scheduled time. It was scheduled to take place from may 14 to may 17 in California. “Throughout the entire period, we follow the recommendations of local public health authorities. Given that all residents of San Francisco now have to stay in their homes, postponing the tournament is the best solution for all parties,” said PGA of America CEO Seth woch. “We are in close contact with PGA tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and our other partners and friends on the PGA tour to find another date for the tournament that would suit everyone. We also talk to the mayor of San Francisco. I hope that we will be able to hold the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in the summer, when it will be safe, ” woch added.

Commissioner Monahan himself said that it was very difficult for him to inform their managers about the cancellation of tournaments. “They work all year round to hold their championship. This is working within their cities and States, working with players. Such tournaments are extremely important for the regions where they are held. The other thing is that when I have to talk to them, the news of the cancellation is no longer very surprising. We all get information, we all want to make the right decisions together. This situation is really unique, I’m talking about how quickly things are changing.”

It is impossible to say exactly how and when all the tournaments will be held. This season, with the Olympics and the Ryder Cup in mind, was already going to be very busy, and now the task of preserving all the tournaments and holding them in a limited period of time seems even more difficult. However, Englishman Paul Casey does not mind at all if the “majors” will go after each other. “If we don’t risk anyone’s health by holding tournaments, and if the situation allows us to do so, then let’s try to play as many majors as possible. I don’t care how screwed up the schedule is if we have to play three majors in a short space of time. That’s fine with me. I want to win a major, so why not? Maybe I will have an opportunity to win one of these tournaments, ” Casey said.

At the moment, there is one known case of a positive test for coronavirus among golfers. South African Victor Lange passed the test at the end of the Estrella del Mar Open, which was held in South Africa, as a precautionary measure. It is reported that Lange accompanied a friend to the doctor and decided to take the test. On March 17, it became known that the result for the coronavirus was positive. The golfer has no symptoms. Lange is expected to make a full recovery. And some golfers continue to play now. Surprisingly, a three-round mini-tour tournament was held in Arizona, which was attended by 27 athletes. It was won by Anna Nordqvist, who is ranked 95th in the world ranking. PGA tour stars don’t stop playing either: Justin Thomas and rickie Fowler had several one-on-one rounds. So, on Thursday, they decided to arrange a “left-handed Tournament” and played only with the left hand: Fowler struck out 94 shots and was seven points ahead of his compatriot.

Coronavirus and Golf: fans, tournaments and prospects

What could be more enjoyable than walking from one hole to the next, spreading your arms to the sides and greeting the fans on the left and right? Not during an outbreak of the coronavirus, which is spreading all over the world, but miraculously bypasses Russia.

Rickie Fowler, one of the most popular golfers among fans, used to regularly come into contact with Golf fans, but over the past few years, he does this less and less often.

“Periodically, I became ill. I don’t want to say that this is directly related to manual contact with other people, but now I very rarely shake hands with someone. Sometimes I can greet someone with a “fist bump”. When you regularly reach out to someone, you increase the risk of catching something. At some point I realized it, and now I understand it even better, ” Fowler said.

The opposite view is held by Billy Horschel. He believes that contact with fans is an integral part of Golf.

“This is not Golf, this is not the sport that we are used to. I just hope that the people I shake hands with know their condition, and if they are ill, they just won’t come to the field,” Horschel said.

In the English football Premier League, handshakes of players before the start of matches were previously canceled, and in the NBA, players are asked not to pick up items from fans that can be autographed.

The PGA Championship should be held in San Francisco as planned

What about the upcoming Golf tournaments?

On the European tour, some events have already been canceled, while the PGA is still on schedule. However, there is a possibility that some tournaments may be held without spectators.

“Now there are rumors that the” masters ” can not let the audience. The players have been talking about this for a couple of days. It is simply impossible to imagine the masters without Golf fans, ” Horschel added.

There were also rumors that the PGA Championship, which is scheduled to take place in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park, will be moved to another city. The Commissioner of the PGA tour, Jay Monahan (Jay Monahan) has denied these rumors.

“PGA of America executives plan to hold the PGA Championship in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park. As for the WGC stage in Austin, which is scheduled to take place in two weeks, we expect that the tournament will take place. Another thing is that the situation changes so quickly that sometimes new information appears every day or every hour. But at the moment, we have plans to hold the tournament in Austin, ” Monahan said.

Jack Nicklaus: “I don’t think the masters Golf tournament will take place».

Will the masters be canceled? Jack Nicklaus (Jack Nicklaus) admits that the first Golf “major” of the season can be canceled.

On Friday, we learned that the masters, which was scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed. When? This question could not be answered then or now.

We know for sure that there will be no Golf in the next month. At the moment, the next start on the PGA tour is the RBC Heritage in South Carolina from April 16 to 19. Of course, its holding is now in question.

As for the masters, it has just been postponed, but it is not clear how you can change the calendar to hold all four majors, the Ryder Cup, the Olympics, the FedEx Cup playoffs, the WGC stage and other tournaments until the end of September.

Jack Nicklaus said that he spoke with the Chairman of Augusta National, Fred Ridley, even before the official announcement about the transfer of the masters.

“I think they made the right decision. I support it.

I don’t think anyone would want to come to Augusta and get sick. People come there from all over the world, and there is a high chance that someone may bring the virus with them,” Niklaus believes.

When can the masters be held?

Ridley himself, when announcing the postponement of the tournament, did not specify when golfers will still be able to play in Augusta. Experts believe that the tournament may take place in October, but the 18-time major champion is not sure that the masters will take place in principle.

“Technically, they just moved it, but I don’t know how they will be able to hold the masters later in the season. How will they manage to fit the tournament into the calendar? If it succeeds, it may not be fair to other competitions. I think the masters will probably be canceled this year. This is just my opinion, but I think there is a logic here, ” Niklaus added.

Indeed, there are no free weeks on the PGA tour calendar until the end of August. There is in September, after the end of the season and before the Ryder Cup, but, you must agree, this is a very strange time for the main tournament of the season. October seems a more reasonable solution. Accordingly, the points will go into the new season’s standings.

Is it possible to cancel some” normal “tournament in the spring or summer and hold the “masters” instead? Theoretically Yes, but as Mr Nicklaus said, it would be unfair to the organisers, sponsors and fans in a particular city who have been waiting a year for the top golfers to arrive.

Jack Nicklaus: “I don’t think the masters Golf tournament will take place».

On Friday, we learned that the masters, which was scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed. When? This question could not be answered either then or now.

We know for sure that there will be no Golf in the next month. At the moment, the next start on the PGA tour is the RBC Heritage in South Carolina from April 16 to 19. Of course, its holding is now in question.

As for the masters, it has just been postponed, but it is not clear how you can change the calendar to hold all four majors, the Ryder Cup, the Olympics, the FedEx Cup playoffs, the WGC stage and other tournaments until the end of September.

Jack Nicklaus said that he spoke with the Chairman of Augusta National, Fred Ridley, even before the official announcement of the transfer of the masters.

“I think they made the right decision. I support it.

I don’t think anyone would want to come to Augusta and get sick. People come there from all over the world, and there is a high chance that someone may bring the virus with them,” Niklaus believes.

When can the masters be held?

Ridley himself, when announcing the postponement of the tournament, did not specify when golfers will still be able to play in Augusta. Experts believe that the tournament may take place in October, but the 18-time major champion is not sure that the masters will take place in principle.

“Technically, they just moved it, but I don’t know how they will be able to hold the masters later in the season. How will they manage to fit the tournament into the calendar? If it succeeds, it may not be fair to other competitions. I think the masters will probably be canceled this year. This is just my opinion, but I think there is a logic here, ” Niklaus added.

Indeed, there are no free weeks on the PGA tour calendar until the end of August. There is in September, after the end of the season and before the Ryder Cup, but, you must agree, this is a very strange time for the main tournament of the season. October seems a more reasonable solution. Accordingly, the points will go into the new season’s standings.

Is it possible to cancel some” normal “tournament in the spring or summer and hold the “masters” instead? Theoretically Yes, but as Mr Nicklaus said, it would be unfair to the organisers, sponsors and fans in a particular city who have been waiting a year for the top golfers to arrive.

 

Hatton overcame nerves and a difficult field and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Rehearsal of “Major”. Tyrrell Hatton won the first PGA tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf tournament on one of the most challenging courses .

Florida prepares golfers for upcoming major tournaments. A week ago, sungjae Im won the Honda Classic with a score of “-6”, and last Sunday, Tyrrell Hatton won the Arnold Palmer Invitational with an even higher score – “-4”.

At the same time, the Bay Hill Club course has a par 72, meaning it has four par-5 holes, but for almost all golfers, the tournament has become a real test.

Suffice it to say that golfers hit the green with the standard number of strokes only 50.5% of the time. This is the lowest percentage on the PGA tour since 2005 (excluding majors).

In addition, the 284 strokes (which is how many Hatton landed) is the most for a PGA tour champion on a course with a par of 72 since 2014.

Another “-4” is the second highest result of the champion in the entire history of the tournament. Finally, only one round of fewer than 70 punches was recorded over the weekend. This is Matthew Fitzpatrick (Matthew Fitzpatrick) on Sunday passed the field for 69 touches and immediately rose to 27 positions, as almost everyone regularly allowed bogeys, doubles and even triples.

What is the reason?

Bay Hill field with an abundance of water barriers and high RAF is difficult in itself, but on Saturday and Sunday, the organizers also set up flags in hard-to-reach places, so the level of complexity of the Arnold Palmer Invitational was not inferior to the “majors”, and in some ways, perhaps even surpassed.

On Thursday, when the field was still relatively friendly, the main favorite, Rory Mcilroy, got off to a great start. However, after 66 hits on the first day, he hit 73 in the second and third, and on Sunday allowed two double bogeys and showed a score of 76.

Even though he made a lot of mistakes and played poorly, Rory was only a few strokes away from the lead at times during the final round.