#THEPLAYERSFBF - 1982, Jerry Pate

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @ 09:02 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.

Players_Championship_1-4.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! 

Jerry Pate, 1982 

Jerry_Pate_Players_Championship.jpgThe beginning of an era, the 1982 PLAYERS Championship was won by Jerry Pate in what was the inaugural tournament at TPC Sawgrass. Starting the final round three shots back on Brad Bryant and Bruce Lietzke, Jerry Pate shot a final round 67 to beat Bryant and Scott Simpson to become the first winner at the Stadium Course, picking up a check for $90,000 while doing so. In what many onlookers describe as one of the most important golf tournaments of the last forty years, Pate’s victory was the birth of modern day golf.

Conceived by TOUR commissioner Deane Beman and designed by Pete Dye, the Stadium Course “put the crash in golf” said Dye, equating it to a pile up at an auto race. Birdying the last two holes to win by two, Pate’s splash soon followed. He tossed Beman and Dye into the pond to the left of the 18th green, and then dived in after them. On a day when The PLAYERS Championship became so much more than ‘another tournament’, golf became entertainment and that moment of Pate jumping into the lake on 18 will be forever etched into golfing folklore.

The 2017 PLAYERS® Championship

Players_Championship_2-5.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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A Breakdown of the Breeders’ Cup® By the Numbers

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 02:07 PM

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships® is just six weeks away! The ultimate test of a thoroughbreds’ stamina and talent, this year-ending event showcases the best horses from around the globe. Now in its 33rd year, the Breeders’ Cup will see the best international stars go head-to-head at Santa Anita Park from November 4th.

Here, we examine the Breeders’ Cup numbers as the event draws ever closer! (click to view larger version)

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Breeders_Cup_2016.pngWhat sets the Breeders’ Cup apart is the level of racing spectators witness. With $28 million on offer over thirteen races, the best of the home-grown talent face off against a plethora of international talent, giving fans an unprecedented level of drama over the two days of racing!

Get on board with one of our unique packages that includes private secure entrances, access to exclusive in-track hospitality party venues on race days, celebrity meet-and-greets, and more!

 

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Give The Perfect Christmas Gift This Year: Tickets to the Masters®!

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:21 AM

Believe it or not, we are less than 100 days away from Christmas! As the evenings begin to draw in and fall takes precedence, our thoughts will soon turn to December 25th. It will be upon us before we know it, and with that, the dreaded thoughts of what is the perfect gift for your loved one? While the question causes headaches, we have the perfect solution; tickets to golf’s premier event; The 2017 Masters®!

Tickets to The Masters are sports’ golden ticket. Searched for by many, but attained by few, this bucket list item is a once in a lifetime gift for your nearest and dearest. The game’s greatest showpiece event, ticket availability is scarce. However, we’ve got you covered! We are the leader in providing the highest level of excellence and ticket packages to Augusta National®! With single day and badge options available for this week-long event, plan the perfect gift by booking your spot to The 2017 Masters!

Birdie: Badge & Hospitality

1SatMasters1crop_t640-2-1.jpgMost definitely your best value if you are looking to attend several days at the tournament, a Birdie package offers one badge to the practice and/or tournament round(s) you’ve selected as well as an optional day of access to premium hospitality.

Eagle: Badge & Accommodations

For those looking to book for individual days or two-day blocks, an Eagle package includes one night of accommodations at the Sheraton Augusta hotel and one badge to the practice and/or tournament round(s) you’ve selected. 

Hole-in-One: Badge, Hospitality, & Accommodations

For those who want the complete Masters experience, our Hole-in-One packages provide the ultimate turn-key Masters trip with accommodations at the Sheraton Augusta, access to premium hospitality, and a badge to the practice and/or tournament round(s) you’ve selected.

Accommodations

Sheraton_Augusta.jpgThe Sheraton Augusta, just 2 miles from Augusta National, offers a number of services and amenities to draw you into the heart and charm of Georgia’s world-famous southern hospitality.  At the end of a long day on the greens, you’ll settle into an inviting guest room with the legendary Sheraton Sweet Sleeper (SM) Bed.  This isn’t just any bed – each one is outfitted with a plush top mattress, down pillows, fine linens, and down-filled duvets.  Additional amenities include a 37-inch flat panel HD television and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.

The Home2 Suites by Hilton, located 4 miles from the Augusta National Golf Course, Home2 Suites is an innovative mid-scale, all-suite hotel thoughtfully designed for the savvy, sophisticated travelers. The community space offers guests a friendly and casual environment in which to work and play. Amenities include full catered breakfast buffet daily from 6:30am-10:00am, complimentary evening reception, complimentary Shuttle Service to and from Augusta National, full service bars available at several locations around the hotel, a spacious state of the art fitness center for your enjoyment, and convenience to many local restaurants, shopping, and nightlife hot spots. 

Make Someone’s Christmas Unforgettable!

masters-rain-monday-practice-augusta-national-g-2-7.jpgGive your nearest and dearest the perfect Christmas gift this festive season by reserving one of our exclusive badges to golf’s showpiece event. Witness the game’s elite go head to head at Augusta National to compete for the green jacket as you immerse yourself in the luxurious surroundings of Augusta National! Get your exclusive ticket package to this unmissable event today!

 

 

 

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Crossing the Finish Line: MotoGP™ Final Race Locations

Posted by Allie Shriver on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 04:25 PM

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It’s almost fall and that means the MotoGP™ season is coming to an end. There are only five races left for the year and they are coming up fast. Japan and Australia have both sold out – for good reason, they have two of the largest MotoGP™ fan bases and are two of the top courses in this circuit. Don’t fret, we still have Selangor and Valencia to look forward to! Today, we’re giving you everything you need to know about these two race locations!

Selangor, Malaysia
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
October 28- 30, 2016

Highlights of the Circuit

  • Average Speed: 163.7 km/h Capture-1.png
  • Top Speed: 339.6 km/h
  • Circuit Record: 2’00.606 – Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) 2015
  • Length: 5.5 km (3.44 miles)
  • Corners: 5 left, 10 right
  • Width: 16 m. (52.49 ft.)
  • Longest Straight: 920 m. (3018.37 ft.)
  • Laps: 20
  • Total Distance: 110.9 km (68.8 miles)

Fast Facts

  • 2,300-acre complex houses a hotel, shopping center, and golf course
  • Completed in 1999
  • One of the best courses in the circuit

2015 Results

  1. Dani Pedrosa
  2. Jorge Lorenzo
  3. Valentino Rossi 

Valencia, Spain
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
November 11 – 13, 2016

Highlights of the Circuit  

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  • Average Speed: 156.7 km/h
  • Top Speed: 335.9 km/h
  • Circuit Record: 1’31.367 – Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) 2015
  • Length: 4.0 km (2.49 miles)
  • Corners: 9 left, 5 right
  • Width: 12 m. (39.37 ft.)
  • Longest Straight: 876 m. (2874.02 ft.)
  • Laps: 30
  • Total Distance: 120.2 km (74.7 miles)

Fast Facts

  • Completed in 1999
  • One of the smallest tracks in MotoGP™
  • All parts of the circuit can be seen from any seat in the stands
  • To host MotoGP™ until 2021

2015 Results

  1. Jorge Lorenzo
  2. Marc Marquez
  3. Dani Pedrosa

 

Be a VIP at MotoGP™

While both tracks offer a complex racing environment, they will be nothing alike. The riders will need to stay alert and use every ounce of skill they have to complete these courses. Lucky for you, all you have to do is watch! We want to help you get there. As a MotoGP™ VIP, you’ll experience race weekend like a rock star. Here’s what a MotoGP™ VIP Package includes:

  • MotoGP™ VIP Village™ Facility Access
  • Walking Distance from the VIP Parking Area
  • Upper-Deck Terrace Viewing Area
  • Complimentary Bar
  • Live Race Coverage on TV Screens
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Gourmet Lunch
  • Pit Lane Walk
  • Access to the Paddock
  • Official Program

 

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know College Football?

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 @ 03:55 PM

It’s that time of year! College football season is in full swing, and we’re enjoying every second of it. Since football season is such a big deal around here, we want to see how much you know about it. Think you’re an expert? Take our short quiz below to test your knowledge.

  1. Who is the all-time winningest FBS team?

  • Michigan
  • Notre Dame
  • Texas
  • Ohio State
  1. Which team has won the most National Championships?

  • Notre Dame
  • Alabama
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma
  1. What year did the College Football Playoff begin?

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  1. True or False? A receiver needs both feet in bounds for a completed pass.

  2. What is the oldest college football rivalry?

  • Lafayette – Lehigh
  • Ohio State – Michigan
  • Yale – Harvard
  • Army – Navy
  1. Which college football team’s stadium has the largest seating capacity?

  • University of Michigan
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Tennessee
  • Texas A&M University
  1. What is the longest field goal in NCAA history?

  • 69 yards
  • 67 yards
  • 63 yards
  • 60 yards
  1. Which one of the following schools did John Heisman NOT coach at?

  • Auburn University
  • Clemson University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Penn State
  1. Which state has the most FBS programs?

  • Ohio
  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
  1. Where is the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship?

  • Atlanta
  • Tampa
  • New Orleans
  • Santa Clara

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Answers

1. Michigan. At the start of the 2016 season, Michigan holds the most wins with 925.

2. Alabama. Alabama claims 16 National Championships.

3. 2015. The College Football Playoff format began in 2015 and will continue through 2026.

4. False. Receivers need only one foot in bounds for a completed pass in college football.

5. Lafayette – Lehigh. The Lafayette - Lehigh rivalry dates back to 1884

6. University of Michigan. The University of Michigan's stadium has 107,601 seats.

7. 67 yards. The longest field goal in NCAA history is 67 yards, which has been accomplished four times.

8. Penn State. John Heisman was the head football coach at Oberlin College (1892, 1894), the University of Akron (1893–1894), Auburn University (1895–1899), Clemson University (1900–1903), Georgia Tech (1904–1919), the University of Pennsylvania (1920–1922), Washington & Jefferson College (1923) and Rice University (1924–1927).

9. Texas. Texas has 12 FBS programs: Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Rice Owls, Houston Cougars, UTSA Roadrunners, SMU Mustangs, Baylor Bears, UTEP Miners, North Texas Mean Green and Texas State Bobcats.

10. Tampa. The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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#THEPLAYERSFBF - 1981, Raymond Floyd

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Fri, Sep 16, 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.

Players_Championship_1-3.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! 

Raymond Floyd, 1981  

Raymond_Floyd_1981_Players.jpgA farewell to Sawgrass before a move to its current home at TPC Sawgrass, the 1981 Championship saw the first ever sudden death playoff in THE PLAYERS history. It wouldn’t be a fond farewell from Sawgrass if the weather didn’t once again show its true colors, and lone behold, it duly obliged. Coming off the back of a victory in the Doral-Eclipse the previous week, Raymond Floyd, who had been solid yet unspectacular in the opening three rounds, fired a four-under-par 68 to force a three-way tie at -3. Still three shots back at the turn, birdies on 11, 12 and a birdie 2 on 15 put him in a tie for the lead, and made him start to believe. Like all three playoff contenders, Floyd put a birdie attempt on 18 wide right which would have won him the tournament there and then.

Barry Jaeckel, who had led by three shots before the beginning of play on Sunday, was left to rue missed opportunities – a birdie attempt on 18 going awry which would have won him the tournament. Curtis Strange, consistent all week, parred the last to force the three-way playoff on the 175-yard 15th. With all three missing the green, Floyd played a perfect chip shot within a foot for an easy par and claim a check for $72,000.

The 2017 PLAYERS® Championship

Players_Championship_2-4.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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What is it Like to Go to an ICC Game?

Posted by Kristen Doolan on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 03:50 PM

With many different locations, fields and teams, ICC Experiences provided unique and special for each of our clients throughout each of the games. From exclusive in stadium hospitality to on the field action, here are a few of our favorite memories from some of the matches.

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Located in Ann Arbor, this stadium nicknamed “The Big House”, hosted European giants Chelsea and Real Madrid in an exciting match. Clients noted both the impeccable view of the whole stadium, watching player’s buses arrive as they entered the stadium, and the ever-so popular pretzel nuggets and carving station as some of their favorite parts about their exclusive hospitality experience. Chelsea’s assistant coach, Gianluca Conte brother of first-team coach Antonio, was also able to stop by to our hospitality to answer any and all questions regarding the club, the specific match about to go down or his career journey in what we like to call soccer. To top off the ICC experience, post-game, on field clients were brought down to the sidelines as soon as play ended to watch the MVP trophy presentation from the field, take pictures and hang out as the players exited through the tunnels.

Chicago

Having a rich history of hosting major sporting events, it’s no wonder that Solider Field was chosen to host one of the ICC games. With a thrilling, close match-up of Bayern Munich and AC Milan, customers were delighted by their on-field access, hospitality and much more. Our hospitality was set-up in the brand new event space, The Midway. Customers were delighted by this opportunity to view a new venue, indulge in gourmet food and beverage options, while maintaining proximity to their on-field access location. As soon as play was over on the field, ICC Experiences guests flooded the field to take pictures and let their kids run with joy throughout Solider Field.

Charlotte

20160730_160611.jpgHome to the Carolina Panthers and home to ICC Experiences, this match in Charlotte was one not to miss. Between the goal packed game (4-1), hat trick from American Bayern Munich striker Julian Green, and the amazing views, customers truly loved their experience at the Internazionale vs. Bayern Munich soccer match. Beating the heat was key to this southern summer location, which our hospitality provided. Overlooking the main entrance to Bank of America Stadium, hospitality provided a break from the heat and crowds, while providing delectable food and beverage options for all guests. Our favorite story from the game – guests and their excited kids getting autographs from both in-house Legend and current players of Bayern Munich after the game!  

Don’t Miss the ICC Action in 2017!

With games all over the United States, it’s not hard to find a location that works for you. From the thrilling action on the field to the classic views from hospitality, and the food and beverage options, you can’t go wrong with ICC Experiences. Take our customers and event staff experiences from above and make them come true for you! Get on our waitlist, today!

 

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The Ryder Cup Stacked with PLAYERS Winners

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 09:14 AM

From September 30th through October 2nd, the Ryder Cup will take place at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. Held every two years with teams competing from Europe and the United States, the Europeans enter the competition as holders having won in 2014 for the third consecutive time.

With teams consisting of 12 players from each, the world’s best golfers will descend upon Chaska, Minnesota as captains Davis Love III and Darren Clarke’s picks battle it out.

European Power

Though the European team will include an unprecedented six rookies, three mainstays of the team, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson, veterans of 13 Ryder Cups between them, also share a common trait; previous winners of the purest test in golf, The PLAYERS® Championship.

Sergio_Garcia_Ryder_Cup.jpgIn 2008, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, returning as the previous years’ runner-up, his game came together on Sunday to claim the biggest win of his career. Despite taking a combined 67 putts on Friday and Saturday, Garcia claimed victory over veteran Paul Goydos on the first extra hole of a playoff. Having first appeared as a 19-year-old in 1999 at the “Battle of Brookline”, the youngest player ever, 2016’s edition will be his eight appearance with a record of 18–9–5 (.641) in his matches.

Capping off a memorable year for Swede Henrik Stenson where he finally broke his major hoodoo at the age of 40 with his British Open win, he will be one of captain’s Darren Clarke’s go-to guys. Stenson produced a brilliant final round 66 to beat 2016 Ryder Cup vice-captain Ian Poulter by four shots to win the 2009 PLAYERS Championship. On his Ryder Cup debut in 2006 at the K Club in Ireland, he holed the winning putt to ensure Europe won for a third consecutive time when he beat Vaughn Taylor 4 & 3 in the Sunday singles.

One of Europe’s captain’s picks, the 2014 PLAYERS Championship winner Martin Kaymer will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in Minnesota, having been victorious in all. Kaymer will look to use his record-breaking performance in Ponte Vedra when going wire-to-wire with a course record-tying 63 in the opening round as a daunting task awaits Team Europe.

Team America

Rickie_Fowler_Ryder_Cup.jpgNot to be outdone, the USA roster also boasts three winners from the purest test in golf. Rickie Fowler, the youngest US Ryder Cup player of all-time, won one of the most dramatic PLAYERS Championships in 2015 when finishing birdie-par-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie coming down the stretch five shots back with six holes to play.

Phil Mickelson, the most seasoned US Ryder Cup golfer ever, will make his eleventh appearance for the stars and stripes at Hazeltine. Despite making his debut over 20 years ago in 1995 at Oak Hill, Mickelson has won the Ryder Cup just twice. His win in the 2007 PLAYERS Championship came over Sergio Garcia by two strokes.

Olympic bronze medalist from Rio, Matt Kuchar will be appearing for the fourth time in a row seeking a maiden victory in the tournament.  A model of consistency, “Kooch’s” best win of his career too came in The PLAYERS Championship, in 2012 by two over Rickie Fowler.

Golf’s Truest Test

Players_Championship_2-3.jpgThe truest test there is to a golfer’s credentials, it is no surprise to see so many previous PLAYERS winners make the European and American teams respectively. As proven by their consistency, the PGA TOUR’s most anticipated tournament and coveted title is the must-see event of 2017! Beginning May 9, 2017 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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Ranking The Top 5 2016 Breeders’ Cup Horses

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 11:45 AM

Things are heating up. We are less than eight weeks away from the biggest international showcase of thoroughbreds in horse racing. Kicking off November 4th at Santa Anita Park in California, the world will stop to take notice of the Breeders’ Cup® and the unprecedented level of racing on show. With a total of 13 races on show and a purse of over $28 million to be won, we rank the top 5 horses headed to racing’s showpiece event.

  • Cal_Chrome-1.jpegCalifornia Chrome, Breeders’ Cup Classic. Undoubtedly the biggest draw over the course of the two days, California Chrome is the leading thoroughbred in the world and the winningest horse of all-time with earnings over $13 million. The mercurial Cal will look to sign off on one of the greatest careers ever in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the blue riband event of the World Championships. America will come to a standstill as Chrome enters the starting gate as heavy favorite of the 14 starters on November 5th. California Chrome is the Michael Jordan of thoroughbred racing; winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby® and Preakness Stakes, no one would begrudge one last hurrah for racing’s biggest superstar.
  • Tepin, Breeders’ Cup Mile. In a race that has been dominated by European invaders (see: Goldikova 2008-10) since its initiation in 1984, Tepin proved to be the queen of turf when putting all others to the sword in taking the Breeders’ Cup Mile at last year’s renewal. The best thing about Tepin is she took her exploits further afield, specifically to Royal Ascot and beat the European’s on their own patch when taking the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Winner of seven straight races, frankly put the only person who can beat this champion mare is herself when she looks to go back-to-back in this race.
  • Frosted.jpegFrosted, Breeders’ Cup Classic. If there is any horse that can stop California Chrome’s assault at history, then look no further than Frosted. Fifth to Chrome in March’s Dubai World Cup, many would argue that taking aim at the Mile would enhance this Godolphin-owned colt at a chance of victory. However, wins in the Metropolitan and Whitney Handicaps have shown he is capable of brilliance at his very best. Though the most likely winner of the Classic not named California Chrome, Frosted has earned his right to take a shot at the king. 
  • Flintshire, Breeders’ Cup Turf. A strong favorite for the Turf race, Flintshire has been a model of consistency and a figure of speed since being transferred to US-based trainer Chad Brown this year from France. A brilliant second in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in 2015 as a five-year-old, he is 3-for-3 this year and on paper seems to be streets ahead of all other male turf horses in North America. Though he will face a stiff test from the European team, most notably Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, he will undoubtedly be one of the toughest horses to be at this year’s Breeders’ Cup. 
  • Songbird.jpgSongbird, Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The only horse on this list who has never lost a race, Songbird is 10-for-10 all-time. The leading filly in 2015 and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies race last year, Songbird will look to join an elite list of two-time winner of Breeders’ races when going in the Distaff. However, in order for Songbird to keep her unbeaten record intact, she will have to be at her very best in order to top her nearest rival in the market, Breeders’ Cup veteran and two-time winner (Juvenile Fillies, 2012; Distaff, 2013) Beholder.

 

Book Your Place at The Breeders’ Cup®!

Breeders_Cup_start-1.pngKicking off November 4th, the world will stop to take notice of the Breeders’ Cup. An unprecedented level of racing and quality on show, from the best of the home-grown talent to a plethora of international talent, race fans experiences will be unprecedented as the drama and unpredictability of two race days unfold!

Get on board with one of our unique packages that includes private secure entrances, access to exclusive in-track hospitality party venues on race days, celebrity meet-and-greets, and more!

 

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College Football Playoff: Fan Favorites by State

Posted by Allie Shriver on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 09:17 AM

College-Football-National-Championship Top Ten Football States

College Football is finally back in full swing and we’re loving every moment of it! This season has already seen some serious shakeups and we’re only in week 3. This is why the United States is in love with college football – you never know what is going to happen. As a country united in the love of a sport, we’re not afraid to be divided over the love of a team. College Football fandom is not taken lightly in the United States.

Based on common knowledge, a lot of “Googling,” and sheer guessing – we’ve compiled a map of the United States showing which team each state (mostly) pulls for.

 College Football State Favorites

Now, it is quite noticeable that several teams are missing from our map­ – this is by design. We wanted each state represented by one team, even when that state boasts three or more quality teams and fan bases. So as a consolation, I’m giving you the top ten football states in the United States of America! 

  1. Texas: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
  2. Alabama: Alabama, Auburn, Troy
  3. California: University of Southern California, Stanford, California, University of California Los Angeles
  4. Michigan: Michigan, Michigan State
  5. Ohio: Ohio State, Kent State
  6. Florida: Florida, Florida State, Miami
  7. Mississippi: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi
  8. South Carolina: University of South Carolina, Clemson
  9. Louisiana: Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech
  10. Georgia: Georgia, Georgia Tech

It is no surprise the south reigns supreme as the top College Football supporters in the US; it’s in their blood. Families are divided and friends become enemies during football season down south. You eat, sleep, and breathe your team. Waking up each Saturday in the fall feels like Christmas morning.  You can hear the call of “Roll Tide” walking down the street and soft sounds of “We Hail Thee” drift above William Brice Stadium. You can see the “Longhorn” fingers held high and arms “Tomahawk chopping” from miles away. Traditions are carried on by football fans across the nation, but nothing compares to football in the south. Dressed to the nines, the fans flock to the stadiums for tailgating and fun. You can tailgate like southerners this Saturday with some help from QuintEvents staff here.

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