$5 million for John Rahm!

More crazy money but I guess these top golfing stars warrant a fair share of the pot that is generated from such events.

And it needs to be remembered that only a few are in the huge money bracket, many of the other tour professionals eek out a living travelling economy and sharing hotel rooms with their peers.

It’s only glamorous  and lucrative at the top.at the top! Here is the top 50 for 2019:

Leaderboard
RK PLAYER EVENTS EARNINGS
1 Brooks Koepka 21 $9,684,006.00
2 Rory McIlroy 19 $7,785,286.00
3 Matt Kuchar 22 $6,294,690.00
4 Patrick Cantlay 21 $6,121,488.00
5 Gary Woodland 24 $5,690,965.00
6 Xander Schauffele 21 $5,609,456.00
7 Dustin Johnson 19 $5,534,619.00
8 Justin Thomas 20 $5,013,084.00
9 Jon Rahm 20 $4,990,110.00
10 Webb Simpson 21 $4,690,572.00
11 Justin Rose 17 $4,358,849.00
12 Tony Finau 25 $4,344,380.00
13 Paul Casey 22 $4,257,040.00
14 Adam Scott 18 $4,084,541.00
15 Rickie Fowler 20 $3,945,810.00
16 Marc Leishman 21 $3,886,577.00
17 Tommy Fleetwood 18 $3,853,651.00
18 Chez Reavie 28 $3,660,909.00
19 Patrick Reed 25 $3,593,844.00
20 Shane Lowry 14 $3,490,098.00
21 Kevin Kisner 25 $3,489,144.00
22 Francesco Molinari 15 $3,467,143.00
23 Hideki Matsuyama 24 $3,335,137.00
24 Tiger Woods 12 $3,199,615.00
25 Bryson DeChambeau 21 $3,186,232.00
26 Brandt Snedeker 27 $3,122,936.00
27 Charles Howell III 27 $3,039,049.00
28 Corey Conners 28 $2,919,864.00
29 Ryan Palmer 21 $2,873,316.00
30 Sung-jae Im 35 $2,851,134.00
31 Sung Kang 27 $2,801,650.00
32 Abraham Ancer 27 $2,688,625.00
33 Scott Piercy 24 $2,679,915.00
34 Jim Furyk 21 $2,669,938.00
35 Jason Day 21 $2,637,480.00
36 Lucas Glover 26 $2,613,965.00
37 Louis Oosthuizen 19 $2,539,183.00
38 J.T. Poston 29 $2,461,215.00
39 Phil Mickelson 20 $2,440,221.00
40 Andrew Putnam 23 $2,439,137.00
41 Keith Mitchell 26 $2,405,360.00
42 Rory Sabbatini 26 $2,382,298.00
43 C.T. Pan 25 $2,362,399.00
44 Jason Kokrak 24 $2,330,212.00
45 Kevin Tway 26 $2,300,050.00
46 Kevin Na 19 $2,257,309.00
47 Si Woo Kim 28 $2,191,808.00
48 Billy Horschel 26 $2,187,249.00
49 Ian Poulter 18 $2,162,306.00
50 J.B. Holmes 25 $2,147,065.00

And here is the bottom few:

Leaderboard
RK PLAYER EVENTS EARNINGS
251 Smylie Kaufman 0 $14,454.00
252 Tom Lehman 0 $13,952.00
253 John Merrick 0 $13,611.00
254 Charlie Wi 0 $12,735.00
255 Omar Uresti 0 $12,690.00
256 Brendon de Jonge 0 $11,904.00
257 Dicky Pride 0 $11,280.00
258 Brian Davis 0 $10,500.00
259 John Daly 0 $7,070.00
260 Heath Slocum 0 $6,685.00
261 Will MacKenzie 0 $6,510.00
262 Ken Duke 0 $6,450.00
263 Jason Bohn 0 $5,970.00
264 Jonathan Kaye 0 $5,910.00

Not going very far on these earnings!

Race To Dubai

Number 8 of eight, DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, of the tournaments for the race to Dubai, and of course being played in,where else,Dubai!

The Race to Dubai, comprising 47 tournaments in 31 countries across four continents is a season long competition to crown the European Tour’s number one player.

Main Contenders:

Berndt WiesbergerImage of Bernd WIESBERGER

Tommy Fleetwood                                                   John Rahm

Image of Tommy FLEETWOODImage of Jon RAHM

Shane Lowry                                                       Matthew Fitzpatrick

Image of Shane LOWRYImage of Matthew FITZPATRICK

The top ten.

1
Flag for AUT
WIESBERGER, Bernd
28
4,802.4
2
8
Flag for ENG
FLEETWOOD, Tommy
17
4,079.7
3
1
Flag for ESP
RAHM, Jon
12
3,898.3
4
1
Flag for IRL
LOWRY, Shane
14
3,613.8
5
1
Flag for ENG
FITZPATRICK, Matthew
19
3,320.9

Share of final Race to Dubai Bonus Pool

6
1
Flag for NIR
MCILROY, Rory
12
2,763.5
7
Flag for ENG
WALLACE, Matt
26
2,747.7
8
2
Flag for ENG
HATTON, Tyrrell
17
2,731.6
9
3
Flag for RSA
OOSTHUIZEN, Louis
13
2,682.6
10
2
Flag for RSA

VAN ROOYEN, Erik

28
2,662.5

The money is crazy!

Last week Tyrell Hatton wins the Turkish open. He won €1,809,627.27!

POS PLAYER TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL MONEY
1 Tyrrell Hatton -20 68 68 65 67 268 €1,809,627.27
T2 Benjamin Hebert -20 67 70 64 67 268 €389,603.69
T2 Kurt Kitayama -20 69 68 67 64 268 €389,603.69
T2 Victor Perez -20 68 69 66 65 268 €389,603.69
T2 Matthias Schwab -20 65 67 66 70 268 €389,603.69
T2 Erik Van Rooyen -20 70 67 66 65 268 €389,603.69
T7 Robert Macintyre -18 71 63 67 69 270 €146,217.88
T7 Shubhankar Sharma -18 71 64 71 64 270 €146,217.88
9 Romain Langasque -17 70 66 70 65 271 €112,739.77

This weekend past Tommy Fleetwood wins the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City South Africa, he wins: €2,268,190.89

P1 Tommy Fleetwood -12 69 69 73 65 276 €2,268,190.89
P2 Marcus Kinhult -12 69 69 70 68 276 €766,648.52
T3 Thomas Detry -8 66 71 69 74 280 €343,555.31
T3 Jason Scrivener -8 69 70 71 70 280 €343,555.31
T3 Bernd Wiesberger -8 71 69 70 70 280 €343,555.31
T6 Louis Oosthuizen -7 63 72 71 75 281 €178,052.98
T6 Lee Westwood -7 68 73 69 71 281 €178,052.98
T8 Zander Lombard -6 68 65 72 77 282 €126,905.28
T8 Robert Macintyre -6 73 76 65 68 282 €126,905.28

Next week in Dubai more millions to be won. Add to this sponsorship money on top of that and it’s no wonder the likes of Tommy Fleetwood on his win saying it’s not about the money!

Hangdong Headstones?


Looked like the course had placed markers for the final resting place for frustrated golfers!

Seemed to be only room for one at each hole so chances are they were there for some other reason.

Yep, turned out they are hole layouts etc which will be quite useful especially for newbies to the course.

However they have put them in the most peculiar places. Logic would have that the would be placed to the right of the tee box neared to the back  (White) tee off.

But no, that is not the case. Many of them are actually forward of the tee boxes and some have already been hit by players driving off, also a huge potential hazard from balls richocheting from them back towards the players and caddies.

Good idea to have the hole layout on show, bad idea to put them where they have!

Course Prices

Course Prices

Just been sent these, translated by Google let us know if correct or not .

1. Gassan Legacy 1300 Total Car
2. Gassan Panorama 1300 Total Car
Tel. 081-7167711 the two fields.
3. Gassan Khun Tan 2000 Total Car
Tel. 053-507006
4. Royal Palace (Royal Golf Club) Morning 1650 after 12.00 1250 inclusive of car.
Tel. 052-081995
5. Maejo 2850 driving force
Tel. 053-354431
6.3200 morning alpine 12.30 pm 2700 force car
Tel. 053-880888
7. Highlands Morning 3080, at 20:00 hours, forcing the car.
Tel. 053-261354
8. Green Valley
8.1 Dayton Golf Walk 1500 Car 2100
8.2 Night Golf Walking 900 Car 1300 (starting at 4 pm)
Tel. 053-298222
9. StarDome (9 holes) 1000 Total Car
Tel. 053-270599
10. Inthanon single seat 1200 seat double 1000
Call 081-2876622 (Khun Kung)
11. Lanna Walk 850 car 1450
Tel. 053-221911
12. Haripunchai (9 holes) Very good !!! Walk 700 1000
Tel. 053-096222
13. North Hills Day Golf 1600 Night Golf 1100 (start 16.00)
Tel. 053-908999
14. Hang Dong (9 holes) Walk 360 cars 860
Tel. 053-426201
15. Mae Moh 700, ride the bus, ride 1300, ride a 1000
Tel. 054-254-970.

 

1. กัซซันเลคกาซี่ 1300 รวมรถ
2. กัซซัน พาโนราม่า 1300 รวมรถ
โทร. 081-7167711 ทั้ง 2 สนาม
3. กัซซัน ขุนตาล 2000 รวมรถ
โทร. 053-507006
4. ร่มหลวง (รอยัลกอล์ฟคลับ) เช้า 1650 หลัง 12.00 1250 รวมรถ
โทร. 052-081995
5. แม่โจ้ 2850 บังคับรถ
โทร. 053-354431
6. อัลไพล์ เช้า 3200 หลัง 12.30 น. 2700 บังคับรถ
โทร. 053-880888
7. ไฮแลนด์ เช้า 3080 บ่ายโมง 2590 บังคับรถ
โทร. 053-261354
8. กรีนวัลเล่
8.1 เดย์กอล์ฟ เดิน 1500 รถ 2100
8.2 ไนท์กอล์ฟ เดิน 900 รถ 1300 (เริ่ม 16.00 น.)
โทร. 053-298222
9. สตาโดม (9 หลุม) 1000 รวมรถ
โทร. 053-270599
10. อินทนนท์ นั่งเดี่ยว 1200 นั่งคู่ 1000
โทร. 081-2876622 (คุณกุ้ง ผจก)
11. ลานนา เดิน 850 รถ 1450
โทร. 053-221911
12. หริภุญชัย (9 หลุม) ดีมาก!!! เดิน 700 รถ 1000
โทร. 053-096222
13. นอร์ทฮิลล์ เดย์กอล์ฟ 1600 รถ ไนท์กอล์ฟ 1100 (เริ่ม 16.00 น.)
โทร. 053-908999
14. หางดง (9 หลุม) เดิน 360 รถ 860
โทร. 053-426201
15. แม่เมาะ 700 เดิน รถนั่งเดี๋ยว 1300 นั่งคู่ 1000
โทร. 054-254-970.

GOLFTV Discovery Channel & PGA Join forces

Golf-Discovery, PGA Tour to launch video streaming platform

  • The new service, GOLFTV, will launch on Jan. 1 outside the United States and will carry more than 2,000 hours of live action each year
  • Discovery and the PGA Tour said in June they were teaming up in a 12-year partnership to manage the PGA Tour’s international multi-platform rights, including for TV.

Discovery’s $2 billion swing at the international golf market is taking shape, with its upcoming streaming service to be branded “GOLFTV.” The OTT service will tee off around the world at the beginning of 2019 and have live PGA Tour coverage in a raft of territories at launch. More territories will get the live coverage in the next four years as existing rights deals play out.

Discovery upped former NBA and DirecTV exec Alex Kaplan from an EVP role at Eurosport (which Discovery owns) to run GOLFTV as president and general manager of Discovery Golf. He said the new service would be a digital experience that did not previously exist for fans of the sport.

“This is a really big bet for us,” Kaplan told Variety. “We are convinced that by focusing maniacally on specific super-fan verticals we can create a meaningful global, digital business. Golf is a huge piece of that [strategy] for us. Our hope here is we can aggregate the golf audience globally and really achieve some scale.

“The vision is to create global ecosystem for golf, a one-stop shop for golf fans,” he added. “We think there’s a huge business opportunity for us ,and it ties nicely with the future of how consumers are going to interact with media across multiple platforms.”

Discovery and the PGA signed a $2 billion pact earlier this year that will run for 12 years. It encompasses 2,000 hours of live action from the PGA Tour, including live coverage from the main PGA Tour events, and almost 150 tournaments in all, including the Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs and the Presidents Cup.

The ambitious plans for golf follows Discovery’s big move into the Olympics in 2015, when it snagged European rights to the Games between 2018 and 2024 for about $1.4 billion. It then sub-licensed those rights to partners throughout Europe. The new Discovery-PGA partnership will manage the linear and multi-platform PGA Tour rights outside the U.S. in a similar manner.

GOLFTV will replace the PGA Tour Live streaming service in international markets. The coverage of live events will hit Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia and Spain in 2019. Poland and South Korea will follow in 2020, and Belgium, China, Germany and South Africa in 2021. In 2022, GOLFTV will launch in Britain, Denmark, Finland, India, Norway and Sweden. France will launch in 2024.

Pricing has not been revealed, but Kaplan confirmed that there will likely be different tiers available and some free content, including snippets of PGA Tour events. He also said discussions were underway with other rights holders to add more live events to the lineup. “We want to engage a younger audience around golf…and one of the ways to do that is to bring them in in front of the paywall and, over time, convert them to higher-paying subs,” he said.

Questions?

Where can I watch PGA TOUR LIVE coverage next year?

Beginning January 1st 2019, the live coverage and content you have enjoyed on PGA TOUR LIVE will become part of GOLFTV, a new dedicated destination and video streaming service for golf fans around the world (outside the United States). GOLFTV is being created by Discovery, a leader in real-life entertainment and international sport, and in partnership with the PGA TOUR.

You can read more about the partnership and new international golf service by clicking here.

What is the partnership with Discovery?

The PGA TOUR has partnered with Discovery to build a new international destination for golf fans. This will include a dedicated video streaming service, ensuring you can watch many of golf’s most exciting moments, players and championships anytime, anywhere on every screen and device.  All of the same great PGA TOUR LIVE coverage will be available on the new GOLFTV service.

The PGA TOUR’s 12-year partnership with Discovery will seek to create a true ‘home of golf’ for international fans in the coming years, with new content and features to build GOLFTV into the ultimate golf experience.

Which platforms will the service be available on?

GOLFTV will be available via a new App (iOS, Android) and online to start. Smart TV (Apple TV and Chromecast) and additional devices will be added as soon as possible.

What will the price be?

An announcement regarding content and subscription details will be made in the coming weeks.

As a current PGA TOUR LIVE subscriber, what do I need to do to access GOLFTV?

We’re working on it, and we’ll be in touch soon!

Don”t Want A Caddy?

For some reason some people do not want to take a caddy when they play here not something I would opt for personally but we all have our own choice.

Not many options here in Chiang Mai , in fact only two 9 hole courses where you can do it one of which you have to be a member.

 

Gymkhana Golf Course & Sports Club
Gymkhana Golf Course & Sports Club

Gymkhana Golf Course & Sports Club

This golf course is an history lesson in itself – founded in 1898, Gymkhana Golf Course is the oldest golf course and sports club in Thailand.

The location is simply amazing – in the centre of the city of Chiang Mai, at 349 Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road.

The Club House has an excellent restaurant, billiard room, library, pro shop, and a fitness centre.

Not only golf fans will be entertained here, the Gymkhana Sports Club also features tennis courts, 2 squash courts and a cricket ground.

This one you have to be a member to pull your own trolley and find your own balls!

 

Sand Creek Golf Course

Sand Creek Golf Course

Beginners will love this golf course, as it’s perfect for them. The golf course had better days, as the Club House and swimming pool are sadly closed (and have been so for a long time), but the course is in a decent shape, and the green fee is more than reasonable.

The course is now run by the caddies and their husbands, which makes it friendlier than most other courses. It’s fairly short, but it does have some water hazards that could keep you occupied.

You can arrive here by taking the Sankampaeng road towards Sankampaeng village. Just when you see the city lights, turn left, and a little further on the winding road you’ll see the golf course on the right side.

Course general information

Designer Unknown
Established 1992
Address 85 Moo 6 T. Huaysai A. Sankhampaeng Chiang Mai

 

This course is run by the caddies and ground staff and is one of the cheapest around at only 230 baht for 18 holes, including caddy fee.

They will let you take your own trolley, or carry your own clubs. Personally I think they should charge the same fees whether or not you want a caddy but they don’t.

Artitaya (Gold Canyon) A great deal-as usual

Artitaya (Gold Canyon)

Artitaya formerly Gold Canyon). During the golf festival you might want to add this very nice course to your itinerary as they are offering equally good deals although not part of the Chiangmai Golf Festival.

Every day it is just 1000 THB for green fee, caddy fee and golf cart except Tuesday and Thursday  when it is just 900 THB inclusive.

Opened in 2009 and located around 1 to 1.5 hours from ChiangMai, Artitaya is set in a rural area not far from Lamphun. Gold Canyon is surrounded by orchards, woodlands, and canyons. The rural setting provides a relaxing and scenic location and the ChiangMai golf course is enjoyable for all.

Trees are often a hazard and some are situated almost directly in front of many of the tee boxes.  Some of the original trees have been removed improving the access to some of the holes, golfers may still have to avoid the fairway hazards by hitting over them or simply risk trying to pass the ball through tree branches.

Artitaya plays to over 7,300 yards from the back tees and while the course is  fairly flat you need to be prepared to do a lot of  walking as the distance from green to tee is often long and undulating. The 1st hole is wide open with a huge fairway and relatively easy.  The course then gets tougher as you progress and the back nine is much more challenging than the front.  There are a few tight driving holes but most fairways widen out  around 200 yards off the tees.  Three of the par 4 holes would almost be considered par 5’s on some courses.