#THEPLAYERSFBF - 1978, Jack Nicklaus

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

#THEPLAYERSFBF - 1978, Jack Nicklaus

The distinct challenges that THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass presents for THE PLAYERS Championship are all-conquering; every error seems to be punished tenfold. Since its inception in 1974, THE PLAYERS Championship has been the flagship tournament on the PGA Tour’s calendar. The perks; 600 FedExCup points, equal to the four major championships, a similar amount of Official World Golf Ranking points to the majors and a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. A prize fund of $10.5 million for 2016 - the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf - was further endorsed by the sheer level of competition in the field. To categorize such a prize, the $1.89 million winner’s fund usurps that of Arnold Palmer’s entire career earnings.

Players_Championship_1.jpgFor PGA TOUR players, this is an event that is ear-marked from the beginning of the season. Over the last twenty years or so, the event has grown both in stature and as a spectator experience. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass tests every aspect of a players’ game. The hole, often referred to as the “Island Green” is the course’s signature hole, and one of the most iconic and recognizable holes in the world.

The “Fifth Major” as it is so often referred to, is the PGA TOUR’s major. It brings the best of the best out, but also presents a course which can crucify you in a heartbeat (see; Bob Tway’s third round 12 on 17 in 2005). Patience really is a virtue here. 

 “It’s one of the toughest courses we play all year,” said 2015 champion Rickie Fowler. “Probably the toughest field that we play all year. So, I mean, whoever is winning is taking care of business, beating the best players at the time and conquering one of the toughest courses that we play.”

From its inauguration in 1974, THE PLAYERS has seen it all. From Greg Norman’s wizardry in 1994, where he shot a course record 264, to Steve Lowery finding dry land on 17th in 1998, only for a seagull to take it upon himself to dunk it into the lake, the history of this prestigious event is illustrious.

#THEPLAYERSFBF

Each Friday for the next 42 weeks, QuintEvents, in association with THE PLAYERS, will recount the story of each of the previous 42 winners. Beginning with Jack Nicklaus’ maiden victory at the Atlanta Country Club right up to Jason Day's triumph in 2016, we'll tell their tales of success leading us all the way up to 2017’s event!  

Jack Nicklaus, 1978             

Jack_Nicklaus_1978.png1978 followed an almost continuing trend. It was Sawgrass again, and for the third time in five years, it was Jack Nicklaus. That being said, this was not your vintage Nicklaus. The Golden Bear went the final 18 holes without making a single birdie for a three-over-par 75. As Sports Illustrated famously put at the time, “It may be written that Jack won his third TPC by playing two-over-par for the last seven holes. Compared to Jack’s birdie barrage at Inverrary, it was about as thrilling as an insurance symposium, but Sawgrass does that.”

Perspective is everything, and when you dissect the numbers, just one player, Mike McCullough, broke 70 all week. Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw were neck and neck with identical rounds of 70 and 71 after Friday. The standout hole for Nicklaus, and ultimately telling came on Saturday when salvaging a bogey on the par-4 16th. Nicklaus somehow managed to butcher his ball out of a jungle of rough after a wayward tee shot on his third attempt. Within 20 feet on the green, Nicklaus naturally slotted the ball home for a bogey 5. In the end, just one stroke separated him and Lou Graham. A bogey to win at Sawgrass seemed rather apt.

The 2017 PLAYERS® Championship

Players_Championship_2.jpgBeginning May 9, 2017, THE PLAYERS Championship is the PGA TOUR’s most anticipated tournament and coveted title. Held at TPC Sawgrass, the “Stadium Course” gives fans and unprecedented experience with on-site access you simply will not get anywhere else.

Watch the world’s best players battle it out at the purest test in golf. By choosing THE PLAYERS Club, you’ll have access to the practice and tournament rounds of your choosing on individual days or for the full week. You’ll also be granted private access to the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, as well as private suites overlooking the 18th Green and signature 17th Tee! 

 

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3 Must-See MotoGP™ Races in 2016: Britain, San Marino & Aragón

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 04:40 PM

It’s almost September, which means we have three crucial MotoGP races coming our way. The races in the second half of the season are always intense, especially because we start to see the rankings shift. We are very eager to see which MotoGP riders land on the podium – every race affects their chances at claiming the World Championship! With that being said, we’re highlighting the next three races coming up. Learn more about their locations below.

Great Britain | 02 Sep – 04 Sep

Octo British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit

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Highlights of the Circuit

  • Average Speed: 153.0 km/h
  • Top Speed: 332.4 km/h
  • 2015-MotoGP-Championship-Seating-Chart-Great-Britain.jpgCircuit Record: 2’01.941 – Dani Pedrosa (2013)
  • Length: 5.9 km (3.67 miles)
  • Corners: 8 left, 10 right
  • Width: 17 m. (55.77 ft.)
  • Longest Straight: 770 m. (2526.25 ft.)
  • Laps: 20
  • Total Distance: 118.0 km (73.4 miles)


Fast Facts

  • More than 60 years of history
  • Revamped in 2010
  • One of the fastest tracks on the MotoGP calendar
  • Silverstone Wing – a state-of-the-art, multi-million pound complex – was added in 2011

2015 Results

  1. Valentino Rossi
  2. Danilo Petrucci
  3. Andrea Dovizioso

Places to Visit in the Area

  • Catanger Llama Trekking
  • Castle Ashby Gardens
  • 78 Derngate

San Marino | 09 Sep – 11 Sep

Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli ITALY

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Highlights of the Circuit

  • Average Speed: 146.6 km/h
  • Top Speed: 299.5 km/h
  • Circuit Record: 1’33.274 – Jorge Lorenzo (2015)
  • 2015-MotoGP-Championship-Seating-Chart-San-Marino.jpgLength: 4.2 km (2.63 miles)
  • Corners: 6 left, 10 right
  • Width: 14 m. (45.93 ft.)
  • Longest Straight: 565 m. (1853.67 ft.)
  • Laps: 28
  • Total Distance: 188.3 km (73.6 miles)

Fast Facts

  • Constructed in 1972
  • Maximum capacity of 60,00
  • Updated facilities, track and grandstands
  • Runs clockwise for World Championship races
  • Hosted Italian Grands Prix in the 1980s and early 1990s and then returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007

2015 Results

  • Marc Marquez
  • Bradley Smith
  • Scott Redding

Places to Visit in the Area

  • Guaita
  • Centro Storico Di San Marino
  • Mount Titan

Aragón | 23 Sep – 25 Sep

Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón at MotorLand Aragón

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Highlights of the Circuit

  • Average Speed: 167.8 km/h
  • Top Speed: 341.6 km/h
  • 2015-MotoGP-Championship-Seating-Chart-Aragon.jpgCircuit Record: 1’48.565 –
    Dani Pedrosa (2013)
  • Length: 5.1 km (3.16 miles)
  • Corners: 10 left, 7 right
  • Width: 15 m. (49.21 ft.)
  • Longest Straight: 968 m. (3175.85 ft.)
  • Laps: 23
  • Total Distance: 116.8 km (72.7 miles)

Fast Facts

  • Very modern facility
  • Rooted in a history of street racing in Alcañiz
  • Designed by German architect Hermann Tilke
  • Rewarded with the IRTA Grand Prix of the Year Award for its debut in 2010

2015 Results

  • Jorge Lorenzo
  • Dani Pedrosa
  • Valentino Rossi

Places to Visit in the Area

  • Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar
  • Monasterio de Piedra Park
  • Albarracin

Be a VIP at These Races!

Get MotoGP VIP Village™ access at one of these spectacular MotoGP races! Enjoy an open bar, buffet breakfast, gourmet lunch, tapas bar and more. Not only will you have great views of the races, but you’ll also be treated to a Pit Lane Walk and Paddock Tour. Don’t miss out on all of the excitement!  

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Barrett-Jackson®: Las Vegas or Scottsdale?

Posted by Allie Shriver on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 04:34 PM

 

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Admit it, a Barrett-Jackson® Car Auction is on your bucket list. You would love to see the cars roll down the staging lanes onto the auction block. You would love to sneak a peek of Craig Jackson in his element. Mostly, you would love to experience the weekend of a car lover’s lifetime. With six auctions a year there’s an option for everyone. So, how do you choose which auction to go to? We’re helping you out with a comparison of the next two auctions.

When and Where? 

LAS VEGAS
10/13/2016 - 10/15/2016

SCOTTSDALE
1/14/2017 - 1/22/2017

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Up Close and Personal

Car inspections are one of the highlights of attending a Barrett-Jackson Car Auction. While the auctioneers prepare their cars for the block, you have the opportunity to look under the hood. Both locations provide this opportunity in different areas. For Las Vegas, the cars are presented inside the ballroom under bright lights with plenty of air conditioning. In Scottsdale, your selection is much wider so you travel outside tent to tent. Pro tip here: check out the cars earlier in the day for the best lighting. Both shows include staging lanes you can check out as well. These lanes sit closer to the auction block for easy access. 

Ride and Drive

The Ride and Drive experiences at both shows are a must do! The top car companies are on site for the ride of your life in today’s hottest cars. A professional driver behind the wheel allows you to enjoy the ride through mazes and tracks you’ve never seen before. In Las Vegas, you’re in luck! As a smaller show, the lines are smaller for this experience. In Scottsdale, more families attend this auction making this a huge attraction. Keep in mind the lines will be a bit longer so get there early! 

Size Matters

Las Vegas and Scottsdale both offer up classic cars and memorabilia on the block you can’t resist. The biggest difference between the two is the size of the auction. Each show boasts the greatest of car collections up for auction. The celebrity sightings, superior venues, and educational programming are what make these auctions must dos.

Las Vegas is the smaller of the two auctions which allows for a more intimate experience over the span of three days. The number of vendors is smaller making the show easier to navigate, but it does cut down on the networking opportunities. Las Vegas does offer quite the nightlife and dining options post auction each evening.

Scottsdale is the largest show of the year. The number of cars and vendors is drastically different in here; you’ll need all nine days to experience it all!  Exploring the tents and extremely large venue are half the fun here! Of course,  the other half is the auction. The cars are great at all Barrett-Jackson auctions but here they are on a whole other level. Be aware that the parking here is vastly different and you may have to ride a bus to the actual event from the parking lot. 

The Decision is Yours

Now that you know the differences, it’s time to choose! Either way, you choose, choose to go as a VIP with Barrett-Jackson VIP Experiences. As a VIP, you’ll have access to the staging lanes, behind-the-scenes tours, premium food and beverages, and floor seating in the auction arena. You can’t go wrong with any of our packages, you just have to make a decision – Las Vegas or Scottsdale!

 

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A Race-By-Race Guide to the Breeders’ Cup

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

Since its formation in 1984, the Breeders’ Cup has become an annual series of the highest class of thoroughbred horse racing the world-over. With a total purse of $28 million on offer over two days of top class racing, the Breeders’ Cup has become an International spectacle not only for the most ardent of race fans, but novices who experience the sheer level excitement and unpredictability on offer.

Breeders_Cup-2.jpgHere, we examine the thirteen races which will be contested over November 4th and 5th.

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Run over 1 ¼ miles, the Breeders’ Cup Classic Grade 1 event is the season-ending event to crown racing’s champion. Open to horses three-years-old and above, the race is limited to 14 starters – seven of this year’s starters gain automatic entry via the “Win & You’re In” Series. The purse for horse racing’s blue riband event is $6,000,000. California Chrome will enter this year’s race as favorite in what will be racing’s superstar final race.


Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

A race that is typically dominated by the European invaders, the Juvenile Turf is restricted to male two-year-old’s. Ran over the grass course, Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has dominated this race is recent years with three wins in the past five, and will again travel to Santa Anita Park with a strong team.

Breeders’ Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile  

Run on the dirt course, runners will cover two corners of the Santa Anita track and is open to horses who are three or older. Goldencents, trained by Doug O’Neill, became the first horse to win this race back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. The winner will collect a cool $1 million.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

One of the Breeders’ Cup newer races, the Juvenile Fillies Turf was inaugurated in 2008. The race is open to the best North American and overseas two-year-old female turf horses. Since its inception, the race has always been limited to twelve starters.

Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff  

Zenyatta.jpgOpen to fillies and mares three and older, this race saw the coronation of a superstar in 2008 (then known as the Ladies’ Classic) when the mercurial queen of the Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta romped to victory under Mike Smith. Runners go toe-to-toe over nine furlongs (1 1/8 miles) for a purse of $2 million.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

A mainstay of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships since its first event back in 1984, the Juvenile Fillies is open strictly to two-year-old fillies for a prize fund of $2 million. This year sponsored by 14 Hands Winery, the distance (8.5 furlongs) roughly equates to just over a circumference of the track.

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Blink and you’ll miss it – this race is built for horses poised with speed and agility. Open to thoroughbreds three-years-old and above, this Grade 1 event usually last about a minute with international competitors covering the 6 furlongs

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint                            

Run around one turn at seven furlongs, this $1 million race is designed for the fastest females three and older. Groupie Doll, the Champion American Female Sprinter, won this race in consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

The best female grass horses three and above race in this Grade 1 over 1 ¼ miles for a prize fund of $2 million. Stephanie’s Kitten became the first horse since Zenyatta to win different Breeders’ Cup races by claiming victory in this race last year. French-bred Sea Calisti will go to post as this year’s race favorite.

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Run over 6 furlongs, horses will reach top speeds of 40 mph as the world’s fastest thoroughbreds compete in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.  Open to both male and female horses three and above, Runhappy, trained by Maria Borelli, will return to try and win the crown he won last year.

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Goldikov.jpgArguably the Breeders’ Cup World Championships most hotly-anticipated race, the Mile, open to the world’s best grass milers, has seen a slew of superstars claim this crown in recent years; Wise Dan’s back-to-back in 2012 and 2013, to the wonder mare Goldikova’s three-peat (2008–2010), few will look past Tepin to return to the winners’ circle after success in 2015.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile     

Contested by two-year-old geldings, this too has been a mainstay of the Breeders’ Cup since it came to fruition in 1984. Over the years, this race has been a preview of the following year’s Triple Crown™ contenders, with last year’s winner Nyquist going on to win the 2016 Kentucky Derby®.

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Second only to the Classic in prize money ($4 million), this is another race where European runners have flourished. Run at 1 ½ miles on the grass course at Santa Anita Park, European jockeys Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori have both won the race four times.

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The world will stop to take notice of the Breeders’ Cup when it kicks off on November 4. The unprecedented level of racing and quality on show sets its festival of racing apart. From the highest quality of international thoroughbreds to the best of the home-grown talent, the Breeders’ Cup gives race fans an unmatched experience as the drama and unpredictability of two race days unfold!

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College Football Playoff: Teams, Mascots, & Tailgates! 

Posted by Allie Shriver on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 03:53 PM

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College Football starts up this week and we could not be happier! The big kickoff starts next weekend with several major matchups you can’t miss. College Football on Saturdays is a time-honored tradition here in the South. The experience is unlike any other. Campus Greek Life kicks the party off early with country music, cute outfits, and the best tailgates. Families trickle in and spend the day in the parking lot grilling, drinking, and reminiscing. Strangers bond and enemies are booed. When game-time finally arrives, the masses trek to the stadium to the sounds of chanting and excitement echoing throughout. Everyone is in full school spirit and ready to celebrate a victory.

We’re ready for some victories of our own here at QuintEvents! We’re kicking off football season by sharing our favorite teams, mascots, and tailgating foods with you. Here’s what some of our staff members said when asked to answer the following:

  1. Favorite College Football Team
  2. Best College Football Mascot
  3. Favorite Tailgating Food

 Food Football Fun- College Football Playoff

Mark
NCSU – Wolfpack
Kenny the Keg
Chili, Slaw, Onion Brats with a 2lb side of Chili Pepper Wings
Tiffany
WVU
Mountaineers
Smith’s Hot Dogs…Specifically Smith’s. Look it up #EriePride
Amanda
Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Duck
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
Kristen
Florida State
Chief Osceola and Renegade
Publix Chicken Tenders
Matt
Florida State Seminoles
Chief Osceola
Bratwursts or Hot Dogs
Katie
Ole Miss (Hotty Toddy)
Bevo (RIP) – University of Texas
Chicken Nuggets
Victoria
University of Miami
Uga – University of Georgia
Burgers
Allie
Notre Dame
Handsome Dan - Yale (#gilmoregirlslife)
Feta Turkey Burgers

Brad 
University of South Carolina
Cocky...duh!
Southern Fried Chicken 

Lindsay 
USC Gamecocks
WFU Demon Deacon 
Buffalo Chicken Dip 

Cooking with Gas  

No matter who your favorite team is, we can all agree spending the day hanging out with your friends and family in the name of football is a great day. You can catch us every Saturday, rain or shine, enjoying the best games with the best tailgates. We love burgers, hot dogs, and chicken tenders because they’re easy and delicious. Don’t forget tailgate classics, though! Nachos, pulled-pork, and chili are great for cold fall days. Here are two of my favorite game day recipes:

 

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Are you ready for some football? We are and we’ll be celebrating our teams all year – right to the playoff. Want to be at the biggest game in College Football? We can get you in! College Football Playoff Premium is the way to see the national championship game. You will enjoy great seats, gourmet food, an open bar, and more!

 

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The FedEx Cup Playoffs Are Upon Us

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 02:47 PM

That’s a wrap – the regular season of golf is officially in the books.

Si_Woo_Kim-1.pngSi Woo Kim win at the Wyndham Championship by five strokes on Sunday bringing it to a close by claiming his first PGA TOUR title, finishing out with a 3-under-par 67 to close out at 21-under, equaling the tournament 72-hole record.

The South Korean’s victory earned him 500 FedEx Cup points, as well as a tasty check for $1,008,000 in prize money. Kim also became the youngest winner on Tour this season at 21. Having made an incredible 26 birdies throughout the week, he also broke a 10-tournament winning streak by players 30 years and older. Prior to Kim’s win, the last win by a player in his 20s was by Daniel Berger at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Fear not, while the regular season has drawn to a close, the playoffs are upon us as the top 125 points leaders battle. Here’s how we’ve gotten to this point and how the playoff series will unfold:

During the regular season, PGA TOUR players earn points in each event they play. The number of points for winning each tournament varies from 250 to 600, depending on the quality of the field for each event, with the typical tournament awarding 500. Fewer points are awarded to other players who finish each tournament, based on their final position.

After the final event of the regular season, the top 125 players participate in the playoffs. The number of points awarded for winning each playoff event is 2000, which is four times the amount awarded for a typical regular season tournament. Points won in playoff events are added to those for the regular season, and the fields are reduced as the playoffs proceed.

After the third playoff event, the top 30 players move to the final event. Points are reset at that time, so the #1 player has 2000 points, the #2 player has 1800 points, down to the #30 player who is given 168 points. The goal is to ensure that any of the 30 players has a chance to win the FedEx Cup, but give the top players the best chance, with all of the top five players assured of winning the FedEx Cup by winning the Tour Championship, which is held at East Lake Golf Club each year.

Playoff Events

Event

Players

Cut

The Barclays (August 25 – 28)

Top 125 points leaders
(after the Wyndham Championship)

36-hole cut to top 70 players plus ties

Deutsche Bank Championship (September 2 – 5)

Top 100 points leaders
(after The Barclays)

BMW Championship (September 8 – 11)

Top 70 points leaders
(after the Deutsche Bank Championship)

None

Tour Championship (September 22 – 25)

Top 30 points leaders
(after the BMW Championship)

 

Playoff Rewards

The player with the most points after the Tour Championship wins the FedExCup itself and $10 million of a $35 million bonus fund. The runner-up gets $3 million, 3rd place $2 million, 4th place $1.5 million, 5th place $1 million, and so on down to $32,000 for 126th through 150th place. Beginning with the 2013 season, non-exempt players who finish 126th-150th in the FedExCup are guaranteed conditional PGA Tour status, but can attempt to improve their priority rankings through the Web.com Tour Finals. Previously, conditional status was earned through the money list.

The winner of the FedExCup also receives a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR.

What to Expect

McIlroy.pngRory McIlroy entered 2016 looking to re-establish himself as the world’s best golfer. Despite five top-5 finishes, he has fallen to number 5. The FedEx playoffs offers McIlroy a path to redemption. With five wins between them, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson have dominated 2016. While Day has amassed 2,735 FedEx Cup points and Johnson 2,701 respectively, arguably the story of the season has been Russell Knox. Currently sitting in fourth position, an unheralded Scotsman has been making waves. Front and center of Ryder Cup thinking for European captain Darren Clarke, Knox enters the playoffs bursting with confidence.

The debate of golfer’s decision to say no to the Olympics seems a distant past now following on from the success of the Games. While four of the top five names in the current standings said no to Rio, Day, Johnson, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth, none has played since the USPGA – will they regain momentum ahead of a busy schedule?

Be There in 2017!

Players_Championship.pngThe only thing more exciting than witnessing the FedEx Cup playoffs unfold over the next couple of weeks is planning a trip to one of golf’s most anticipated events of 2017, THE PLAYERS® Championship! Kicking off May 9th 2017, the “Stadium Course” at TPC Sawgrass gives fans and golfers alike an unprecedented experience that is unique.

Watch the world’s best players battle it out at the purest test in golf. By choosing THE PLAYERS Club, you’ll have access to the practice and tournament rounds of your choosing on individual days or for the full week. You’ll also be granted private access to the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, as well as private suites overlooking the 18th Green and signature 17th Tee!

 

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The_Masters.pngThe Masters® is a bucket list item, there is simply no other way to describe it.  While few fulfill their dream, those that do come to Augusta National® have an experience they will treasure forever! Experience golfing’s elite go head-to-head at Augusta National® next April to compete for golf’s most coveted prize, the Green Jacket! With our exclusive access and available accommodation, our hospitality options are unbeatable! Get your exclusive ticket package to this once in a lifetime event, you won’t want to miss it!

 

 

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Breeders’ Cup Classic “Win & In” Series: Where We Stand

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 10:41 AM

It was supposed to be the race of the year thus far, but ultimately it turned out to be a procession. In front of a crowd of 24,155 at Del Mar, the world’s number one thoroughbred California Chrome burst out of the starting gate in the Pacific Classic and the race was over before it began. With the victory, Chrome booked a place in November’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup® Classic at Santa Anita.

Cal_Chrome.png“He’s just an amazing horse,” jockey Victor Espinoza said. “He won so easy today. I’m going to say this now — this is the best horse I’ve ever ridden.” While talk of greatness is often batted around too often, California Chrome, now up to $13,252,650 in career earnings, is also unbeaten in 2016. Greatness and Chrome go hand in hand.

Shooting straight out from the off, he built a three-length lead over his rivals Dortmund and Beholder and never looked back. The winning time of 2:00.13 for the even-money favorite not only booked a fees-paid berth to the Classic through the “Win & You’re In” program, but ramifications over his victory could alter the entire shape of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships®.

Beholder’s year-end goal may now be the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4, while Dortmund's and Hoppertunity, who finished third and fourth respectively, have connections plotting their next moves after being no match on Saturday for California Chrome.  

All Eyes Now on Santa Anita

While the prospect of a final prep race in the Awesome Again Stakes remains a distinct possibility for Chrome - there is a $1 million bonus for a horse who can win the Pacific Classic, Awesome Again, and Breeders’ Cup Classic – trainer Art Sherman said that would have no impact on whether he goes in the Awesome Again.

Make no mistake about it, California Chrome will be ready to go on November 5. While he will undoubtedly go off as race favorite, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is shaping up to be the most hotly-contested renewal in years.

While victories for Bradester in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 18, Moanin’s win of the February Stakes back in February in Tokyo, Melatonin in the Gold Cup at Santa, Chrome’s most likely challengers will come in the shape of Frosted, an impressive winner of the $1.25 million Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, and Exaggerator, this year’s winner of the Preakness and Haskell Invitational. The line-up is far from complete, but expect to see Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and Irish-bred Mubtaahij line up.  

The Best Is Yet to Come!

BC_2016.pngCalifornia Chrome’s victory only whetted the appetite for what is sure to be an incredible Breeders’ Cup over two days from November 4 at Santa Anita Park. What sets the Breeders’ Cup apart from any other racing festival in the world is its sheer unprecedented level of racing. The experience of a lifetime is to be expected when attending the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The sheer class and level of horses that go to post is simply unbeatable. The highest level of international thoroughbred racing, they will be tested to the full. Better yet, as history has taught us, the sheer unpredictability of these races makes it an event you do NOT want to miss!

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#THEPLAYERSFBF - 1977, Mark Hayes

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

The distinct challenges that THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass presents for THE PLAYERS Championship are all-conquering; every error seems to be punished tenfold. Since its inception in 1974, THE PLAYERS Championship has been the flagship tournament on the PGA Tour’s calendar. The perks; 600 FedExCup points, equal to the four major championships, a similar amount of Official World Golf Ranking points to the majors and a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. A prize fund of $10.5 million for 2016 - the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf - was further endorsed by the sheer level of competition in the field. To categorize such a prize, the $1.89 million winner’s fund usurps that of Arnold Palmer’s entire career earnings.

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For PGA TOUR players, this is an event that is ear-marked from the beginning of the season. Over the last twenty years or so, the event has grown both in stature and as a spectator experience. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass tests every aspect of a players’ game. The hole, often referred to as the “Island Green” is the course’s signature hole, and one of the most iconic and recognizable holes in the world.

The “Fifth Major” as it is so often referred to, is the PGA TOUR’s major. It brings the best of the best out, but also presents a course which can crucify you in a heartbeat (see; Bob Tway’s third round 12 on 17 in 2005). Patience really is a virtue here. 

 “It’s one of the toughest courses we play all year,” said 2015 champion Rickie Fowler. “Probably the toughest field that we play all year. So, I mean, whoever is winning is taking care of business, beating the best players at the time and conquering one of the toughest courses that we play.”

From its inauguration in 1974, THE PLAYERS has seen it all. From Greg Norman’s wizardry in 1994, where he shot a course record 264, to Steve Lowery finding dry land on 17th in 1998, only for a seagull to take it upon himself to dunk it into the lake, the history of this prestigious event is illustrious.

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Each Friday for the next 42 weeks, QuintEvents, in association with THE PLAYERS, will recount the story of each of the previous 42 winners. Beginning with Jack Nicklaus’ maiden victory at the Atlanta Country Club right up to Jason Day's triumph in 2016, we'll tell their tales of success leading us all the way up to 2017’s event! 1977 was a unique year for the tournament, a new venue and location in Ponte Vedra Beach, FLorida, and the first over-par winners of THE PLAYERS. 1977 was to be the year for Mark Hayes. 

 

Mark Hayes, 1977              

Mark_Hayes_Players_1977.pngMuch to the behest of PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman, 1977 was an embodiment of a vision that had been set since the tournament’s origins. Beman had foreseen a permanent home for the now yearly event, and Ponte Vedra’s Sawgrass Country Club was too irresistible to ignore. While the previous three outings of the event had allowed golfers to put their mark on the respective courses, (scores of -16, -10 and -19 were winning margins), 1977 was not so giving. A second round dubbed “Black Friday” annihilated half of the field. Playing in 40-mile per hour winds, Mark Hayes predicted it wouldn’t take “a real low” to win, and his prophecy came to fruition.

A final-round par of 72 for a total 289 gave Hayes, 20 strokes higher than the previous year’s, and the highest winning PGA total score in the previous five years.

The 2017 PLAYERS® Championship

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Beginning May 9, 2017, THE PLAYERS Championship is the PGA TOUR’s most anticipated tournament and coveted title. Held at TPC Sawgrass, the “Stadium Course” gives fans and unprecedented experience with on-site access you simply will not get anywhere else.

Watch the world’s best players battle it out at the purest test in golf. By choosing THE PLAYERS Club, you’ll have access to the practice and tournament rounds of your choosing on individual days or for the full week. You’ll also be granted private access to the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, as well as private suites overlooking the 18th Green and signature 17th Tee!

 

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6 College Football Players to Watch in the 2016 Season

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 09:46 AM

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With the college football season almost upon us, it’s time to take a look at the nation’s top players and evaluate who fans should be paying close attention to this year. There are several players with undeniable talent and precision, but we’re narrowing down the list to six. Take a look at the top college football players you need to keep your eye on in 2016.

1- Deshaun Watson

Quarterback | Clemson Tigers

Entering the 2016 season as a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, Deshaun Watson has done what no other quarterback in college football has. He finished the 2015 season with 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. It’s unheard of! Plus, he added 47 touchdowns on top of that as he led the Clemson Tigers to an ACC title and a shot in the National Championship.

2- Leonard Fournette

Running Back | LSU Tigers

Leonard Fournette is clearly one of the best running backs in the game. Last season, he rushed for 1,953 yards – second all-time in the SEC – and led the nation with 162.8 rushing yards per game. Even with his unfortunate game against Alabama, where he was held to 31 yards, Fournette possesses so much talent and explosiveness that have rightfully landed him as a Heisman favorite.

3- Christian McCaffrey

Running Back | Stanford Cardinal

Christian McCaffrey will likely be Heisman-worthy once again. This beast of a running back set an FBS-record in 2015 with 3,864 yards – yes, that is 1,227 more yards than the next best total – and he definitely has the drive and the work ethic to beat these numbers in 2016. And can we just talk about his footwork? It’s about as smooth as it gets and leaves most people wondering, “How in the world did he do that?”

4- Dalvin Cook

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Another Heisman-favorite, Dalvin Cook is looking to break records once again. In 2015, Cook ran for 1,691 yards, which broke the school record, and 19 touchdowns. He finished the season with 140.9 rushing yards per game and 7.4 yards per carry. He has one of the toughest schedules ahead of him this season, but this will provide plenty of chances to be in the spotlight and show voters why he could take home the Heisman in 2016.

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5- Myles Garrett

Defensive Lineman | Texas A&M Aggies

It’s no surprise that Myles Garrett was named college football’s top pass rusher. Last season, he led the SEC in both sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). His goal of 20 sacks in the 2016 season is certainly ambitious, but we wouldn’t put anything past this NFL Draft prospect. He likes to think of himself as a Deinonychus from Jurassic Park, which is a type of raptor who has raw speed and viciousness, goes for the killer blow, and has quick feet. We can’t help but agree with the comparison.

6- Baker Mayfield

Quarterback | Oklahoma Sooners

Last year, Baker Mayfield did not receive an invitation to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. But, we’re thinking that could definitely change this year. Last season, Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns with only seven interceptions (the fewest in the country among players with 30 touchdown passes or more). He also ran for 405 yards and seven touchdowns. He knows how to put up the numbers, and we expect this big-time playmaker to be even better in 2016.

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National Championship

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It’s very likely we could see one or two of these players in the national championship game, and you definitely don’t want to miss it. These Heisman hopefuls are some of the best players in college football, and nothing beats being able to see them in person. Join us in Tampa and enjoy premium seats, gourmet food, open bar, the opportunity to meet college football legends and more.

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A History of THE PLAYERS® Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 09:17 AM

A brainwave by former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane R. Beman, the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass was built in 1982 to host THE PLAYERS® Championship and become its permanent home. As the first true “Stadium Course,” it was designed to improve the overall on-site fan experience, with the Stadium Course existing as a championship-caliber course accessible to all golf fans.

In 1978, renowned golf course architect Pete Dye began to form an idea in his head. Invited to a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida by Beman and Tour project chief Vernon Kelly, Dye pursued a conversation about the formation of a course the world had yet to see at that point. Commissioner since the 1960’s, Beman had been dreaming about pursuing the idea of stadium golf long before it became a reality. Kelly recalled 30 years later a conversation that transpired.

“(Speaking of Beman) "Deane started talking about the finishing holes," Kelly said. "He wanted to have three really tough holes that tempted people to play aggressively. A real risk-reward. So Pete takes this place mat and starts making a sketch."

Dye began to scribble on a place mat. The rest is history.

Island_Green-7.jpgThe result was astounding; a design which refused to favor any particular style of play or any individual player. Both right and left doglegs, no two consecutive holes ever play in the same direction, with the Island Green on the par-3 17th hole undoubtedly the signature hole of the course, and one of the world’s most recognizable. Distant-varying par 3, 4 and 5s leave players’ consistently challenged. With tees stretching the course over 7,000 yards, this course has received numerous accolades since it came into existence. Golf Digest ranks it among “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”, while Golfweek ranked the Stadium Course the No. 1 “Best Course You Can Play in the State of Florida”

The Stadium Course – Built for Fans

The creation of TPC Sawgrass as host to THE PLAYERS was based on several unique concepts: It would be the permanent home of THE PLAYERS, and it would be built with spectators in mind, improving the on-site fan experience.

Dye identified locations around the 1st and 10th tees and at the 9th, 16th, 17th and 18th greens, where strategic viewing areas were built. Large, gently sloping mounds climbing up to 30 feet gives spectators unobstructed views of the golf – similar to that in a baseball stadium.


It’s most famous site, Dye credits his wife, Alice, with the concept of building an island green after she saw the construction site one day.

The inaugural PLAYERS Championship was held at TPC Sawgrass in 1982 – leaving most of the true players wide-eyed with wonder. The original design was met with mixed reactions, many of them highly critical. Adding to the controversy was the fact that many of the day’s top players didn’t make the cut – including Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The event’s first champion was Jerry Pate – who followed his win by tossing Dye and Beman both into the lake at #18 – then jumping in himself.

Make Memories in 2017!

Players_Champ_2-4-3.jpgOver 30 years after Beman began to set his dream into practice, THE PLAYERS’ Championship has consistently produced the strongest fields in tournament golf. From Craig Perks’ unprecedented victory in 2002, to Sergio Garcia’s exorcism of ghost in 2008 when winning via a playoff, THE PLAYERS Championship and the course has seen it all since 1982.

THE PLAYERS Championship is the PGA TOUR’s most anticipated tournament and coveted title.

Watch the world’s best players battle it out for the highest prize fund of any tournament golf. By choosing THE PLAYERS Club, you’ll have access to the practice and tournament rounds of your choosing on individual days or for the full week. You’ll also be granted private access to the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, as well as private suites overlooking the 18th Green and signature 17th Tee!

 

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