Truth and Rumors: Jack says it's not U.S. Tour anymore, Harrington refracts and Golfsmith has another giveaway

Jack's back at itAs I noted last week, Jack Nicklaus has been anything but shy lately
about discussing how the PGA Tour handles (and should handle) its
business. At yesterday's press conference for his Memorial Tournament,
Jack was asked about requiring players to compete in a certain amount
of tournaments. Nicklaus was pretty clear about his feelings on the subject (transcript courtesy of ASAP sports):

...What
is happening on the Tour today is you have got your four major
championships. You have got your world championships. You have got your
other significant events. By the time you get done with it, and it's
not a U.S. Tour anymore. This is World Tour, whether you think it is or
not. The players from around the world, if they're going to come here
-- let's say they're required to play 12 events here. That is a lot of
events for them to play. They have got to go home and support their own
Tour. So that is a lot of golf for these guys. So you start designating
them to play more, it really becomes a difficult situation.











TMI? The Independent taking things just a bit further refractometer
Every day, Harrington will use a hand-held refractometer to determine if he is properly hydrated. He simply places a drop of urine on the prism and forwards the results to his health and fitness specialist Dr Liam Hennessy for analysis.
On the 15 to 20 weeks per year that Dr Hennessy travels with the Irishman to tournaments, the medic himself will conduct daily blood, urine and stress testing on Harrington to ensure he is in peak physical condition, especially going into that crunch time at tournaments -- Sunday afternoon.
Until recently, the fitness director at the IRFU, Dr Hennessy, played a key role in the success of Irish rugby entering the professional era, helping to develop the speed and mobility of our players at a time when others opted for brute strength.
Yet his work on Harrington's physiology is just one facet of the Dubliner's 24/7 devotion to the pursuit of further success at the Majors. If it is within reason (and, of course, the rules) he is willing to give anything a try.
50-year-old equipment Giving it all away Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch
Just months after Phil Mickelson's Masters win resulted in Golfsmith giving away a $1 million in golf clubs, the nation's largest specialty golf retailer, hopes to have a repeat performance with another million dollar golf club giveaway.
Golfsmith is teaming up with TaylorMade and a trio of golfers, two-time U.S. Open Champion Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia and Sean O'Hair with a new national promotion tied to the U.S. Open Golf Championship.
"Pick a Pro and Win" gives customers an opportunity to win new TaylorMade drivers, free of charge, if Garcia, Goosen or O'Hair, is victorious at Pebble Beach. Now through June 16 golfers who purchase one of three new TaylorMade drivers -- the R9 Super Tri, Burner SuperFast or the R9 460 driver -- at any Golfsmith store across the country will have the purchase price of their TaylorMade driver fully refunded by Golfsmith if the player they choose -- Garcia, Goosen or O'Hair -- wins the U.S. Open. Like the Phil Mickelson promotion, Golfsmith has purchased an insurance policy to cover the promotion.
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