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FTR’s URL has changed … get excited!

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Just wanted to make a note of a subtle change around these parts. As of today, FTR will be directed from a new website: I’m not making any big changes to the layout, and I certainly won’t mess with the overall feel of FTR; I’m merely moving it to a new server to drop the wordpress and start this ship out on its own course. Hopefully we strike gold, or at least find a couple sleeves of ProV1’s, along the way.

You’ll still be able to access the site from the old, but my goal is to hopefully get everyone pumped about the new site and name. I unfortunately wasn’t the only one looking for the URL. Somebody is currently trying to sell it, and I’m not the kinda guy who pays large sums for a site name … so I’m adding the “deep” to the URL and making it official.

This concludes today’s public service announcement. Now get back to work perfecting that flop shot!


Written by Jonathan Wall

02/28/2011 at 3:14 pm

Posted in Media, Random

FedEx could hold the keys to PGA Tour’s television negotiations

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Unlike the 2010 PGA Tour season that was dominated by Tiger-gate and rules scandals, 2011 is shaping up to be a banner year for golf. With Woods making his return to the West Coast and players like Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler leading an extremely-talented youth movement, it’s safe to say the sport has never looked better — on the course.

Off the course? That’s a different story. With the tour in a negotiation year with network execs and a number of tournaments still struggling to find sponsors, the business side of the sport is on rocky ground. Whether Tim Finchem wants to admit it or not there are some loose ends that need tying up in the coming months. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

12/21/2010 at 4:42 pm

Posted in FedEx Cup, Media, PGA Tour

Just another reason why the FedEx Cup is bound to fail

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The one week lull between the BMW Championship and Tour Championship was supposed to give the PGA Tour enough time to build up the final event of the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize for first place.

Instead, the week has given the media even more time to poke holes in the FedEx Cup, an event that’s received a lukewarm response for the third straight year. Whether it’s the points system or the fact that players are forced to play three straight weeks, there’s something about the playoff event that seems to rub everyone the wrong way.

Aside from the obvious problems with the event (not giving the previous winner an exemption into the following years event), there are some less obvious problems that have come up in recent weeks, one of them being the tour’s decision to go up against the NFL for weekend television ratings.

As’s John Strege noted, this week’s telecast is starting smack dab in the middle of college and professional football on Saturday and Sunday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

09/17/2010 at 12:43 pm

Posted in FedEx Cup, Media

More frustration for Ken Green after his WD at CT Open

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Like most, I tend to root for the underdog in certain sports situations. Ken Green would definitely qualify as an underdog worth rooting for — when he has the energy to play in a golf tournament. Most golf fans know Green’s story, and how he recently made a comeback to the sport after a horrific RV accident that saw him lose some of the most important people in his life, as well as part of his right leg.

It’s hard not to want to see Green shine once more. After a couple of struggles with his game and the searing pain of having to get around a golf course with his prosthetic leg, Green hit his biggest rough patch in his comeback this past week, when he had to withdraw from the Connecticut Open.
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Written by Jonathan Wall

07/28/2010 at 4:43 pm

Posted in Ken Green, Media

PGA Tour tournament changes could be on the horizon

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Last week’s story of a possible change to make second-tier tour events mandatory for some of the game’s top golfers appears to have been a precursor for a bigger issue that could have the tour changing in a number of different ways over the coming years.

As usual, Golfweek’s Sean Martin was at the heart of the issue, getting to the bottom of what could be some interesting moves by the tour brass to get the galleries and fans watching at home into the center of the action.

Here’s a look at the potential changes for the upcoming year: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

06/11/2010 at 3:50 pm

Posted in Media, PGA Tour

Crowne Plaza’s return could be a game-changer for tour sponsors

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It’s been a nerve-wracking couple of months for the tournament committee at Colonial Country Club; and those nerves had nothing to do with getting the course in shape for this week’s tournament that boasts the best field in the past 15 years of the event.

Like a couple of other high-profile tournaments on the tour schedule, Colonial was forced to sweat out the possibility of not having their current sponsor, Crowne Plaza, back in the fold for next year. But unlike the Heritage Classic (one of longest-running events on tour without a sponsor) and tournaments before it, Colonial won’t have to worry about finding a title sponsor for at least another year.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram received word from Crowne Plaza that they’d be back in 2011 as the title sponsor at Colonial: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

05/28/2010 at 11:23 am

Second-tier PGA Tour events could be in line for a big boost

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The PGA Tour’s top players could be in for a pushing match with tour’s Player Advisory Council, or so it seems after reading an article discussing the possibility of forcing players like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods to play second-tier tour events in the coming years, all in the hopes of boosting interest before Tim Finchem and crew have to deal with a big issue in 2012.

The issue I’m talking about is the tour’s television contract with NBC and CBS, which is up for renewal in 2012. That, coupled with lack of sponsorship interest in second-tier events (read: all nine events on the schedule currently without sponsors for 2011) has forced the PAC to consider an idea that will be a touchy issue for a group of glorified independent contractors.

Golfweek’s Sean Martin has the info on the June 1 meeting that’s supposed to take place the week of the Memorial. After reading the takes from various players, it’s easy to see how this meeting could get a little heated. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

05/27/2010 at 5:27 pm

Posted in Media, PGA Tour