3/11/2014 9:33:00 AM
By Luke Kerr-Dineen
The 2021 U.S. Open looks to be heading back to Torrey Pines -- 13 years after Tiger Woods' thrilling victory over Rocco Mediate in what many consider one of history's most dramatic Opens -- according to a report Tuesday in the U-T San Diego.
The proposal is not yet finalized because it needs to be voted on by the city council, although San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer expects it to approve the measure. The 2008 U.S. Open was estimated to have had an overall economic impact of $142 million on the area, according to a San Diego State University study, and boasted the second-largest attendance in Open history.
The USGA faced competition for the site from the PGA of America, who were reportedly interested in bringing a PGA Championship to the public facility. The PGA of America and the USGA occasionally spar for the same courses, notably for Whistling Straits in the early 2000s. In that instance, Whistling Straits aligned themselves with the PGA, serving as the host of the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships, and the 2020 Ryder Cup.
Similarly, the USGA brought the U.S. Open to Bethpage Black in 2002 and 2009, but the PGA of America is now aligned with the facility to host a future PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.
A quote from USGA president Tom O'Toole Jr, from the U-T San Diego piece:
"There are a lot of chess pieces. It's a process that takes some time," O'Toole said. "We wouldn't have gone back to Torrey Pines any sooner than 10 years, and we're slightly outside that range now. We had a fabulous Open there; the city was great; and the community was incredibly supportive."
3/11/2014 9:05:00 AM
By John Strege
The new PGA Tour website, under Champions Tour, shows that Colin Montgomerie won the U.S. Open in 1994 and '97 and '06, the British Open in '05 and the PGA Championship in '95. It also shows a victory in the Players Championship in '96.
Those tournaments were inadvertently included in his profile under the category "PGA Tour Victories" when they are, in fact, belong in another category, "Best PGA Tour Finishes." Montgomerie finished second in all of them.
It is a rather unfortunate reminder that Montgomerie never won a major championship, nor any PGA Tour event, though he won 31 times on the European Tour, was a Ryder Cup superstar, and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
3/10/2014 9:13:00 PM
Open wide, Orlando. Loudmouth Grill, a restaurant spinoff of
the Loudmouth Golf clothing brand, opens March 22.
The restaurant will occupy the site of a former Perkins
restaurant just outside the gated Isleworth community on Conroy Windermere Road.
Sound familiar? Yes, that's right. It's the same Perkins
restaurant outside Isleworth where the No. 1-ranked golfer began an infamous relationship with a waitress a few years back. (Suggested slogan for the new restaurant: "Keep your pants on." Nah, maybe not.)
The place closed a little while after its tabloid moment, then became a sports bar
called MVP's Clubhouse & Restaurant.
There are tons of golf- and golfer-themed restaurants around
the country, from Sam Snead's Tavern to the Murray Bros. Caddyshack chain. And
there's at least one apparel-themed dining group: Tommy Bahama. But I am pretty
sure this will be the first golf
apparel-themed restaurant. So there's that.
How did this happen? California-based Loudmouth, famous for
its outrageous, John Daly-endorsed golf clothing, is licensing its name to MVP's
owner, Tommy Naddeo.
The restaurant deal is one of about 15 licensing contracts
Loudmouth has signed in the past few years, says CEO Larry Jackson. These
include agreements to put its signature garish designs on golf bags, umbrellas,
and shoes, ties and belts. "We have
another 10 or so deals in the hopper," Jackson adds.
Jackson declines to say exactly how much Loudmouth is making
off the restaurant deal. "Our main goal (with the Orlando opening) is
to see the restaurant survive and thrive, with the hope of creating a long-term
franchising opportunity and repeatable, cookie-cutter Loudmouth Grill vehicle,"
he says. "Our ultimate goal is to have a nice balance between wholesale
revenue, web sales, and licensing and though our licensing division is
relatively new, we are moving that direction."
The new Loudmouth restaurant will be a lot like most sports
bars: a beer-and-burger menu and 50-something flat screen TVs tuned to golf
tournaments. But its interior and exterior will have the Loudmouth look, as
will the servers' uniforms. Ultimately the company hopes to sell clothing and
other merchandise there, but in its early days, at least, it's sticking with
food and beverages.
With the opening less than two weeks away, Jackson says the
team is still brainstorming names for the various dishes. One item that will
definitely be on the menu: The Daly Double. It's a double cheeseburger, of