Twelve Days of Fagan: In My Opinion… DAY 9

81.     Somehow the movie, “Analyze This” doesn’t fit on The Golf Channel.  Have they finally run out of golf re-runs?

82.     The best story of golf impacting young people can be found at the Glen Mills Golf Course, part of The Glen Mills School in suburban Philadelphia.  Young men with troubled pasts maintain the golf course and golf operations while they go to school.  It is truly an outstanding golf course and experience, and also a tremendous learning opportunity for the youngsters.

83.     The Champions Tour is the best mulligan not only in sports, but maybe in life as well.  The players get wined and dined, other income opportunities, virtually no competition from newcomers, extraordinary attention considering their status as aged performers, and most of all a regular platform on which to continue competing.

84.     The 2016 Olympic Games will benefit golf outside of America, but have little beneficial direct effect in the U.S.

85.     There are far more fantastic golf courses outside the United States than I had ever imagined, and that does not even include the British Isles.

86.     When you count the contributions of time and facilities, the charitable contributions raised from the PGA of America dwarf that of the PGA TOUR ten-fold or more.

87.     Maybe the PGA Championship would garner better television ratings if the telecast was not interrupted so often.  While the revenue keeps the Association healthy, it makes for the most disjointed telecast in golf.  Check me on this next August.  It’s absolutely horrible and has been for many years.

88.     The golf business is one incestuous club and quietly enjoys seeing newcomers fail.  (They laughed at Karsten Solheim <Ping>, resented Ely Callaway <Callaway>, Gary Adams had many doors slammed in his face <TaylorMade>, and the off-course retailers were ostracized, but all eventually prevailed.)

89.     There certainly is an abundance of beautiful and affluent housing surrounding American golf courses.

90.    Male players aged 26-45 leaving the game in substantial numbers since 2000 are a ticking time bomb for American golf in the future.

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