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December 09, 2010

Truth & Rumors: David Duval announces beef jerky sponsorship

Perkyjerky David Duval's precipitous fall from the top of the world rankings has been well documented, but the state of his business/endorsement deals haven't been highlighted all that much. Nike stuck with him for awhile, but it's safe to assume that his agent's phone hasn't been ringing off the hook with offers during the last several years. The good news for Duval is that after his slight resurgence in '09 (second at the U.S. Open) and '10 (second at Pebble Beach Pro-Am), his prospects for added income have spiked dramatically, evidenced by his latest endorsement deal with Perky Jerky.

Yup, that's the name that will adorn Duval's golf bag in 2011: PERKY JERKY. Obviously he's a long way from shooting 59 and laying claim to the top spot on Tour, but one would think he might be able to get a few bucks from an equipment manufacturer to carry their staff bag. Regardless, according to Duval, Perky Jerky, which was created when someone accidentally spilled an energy drink on a bag of beef jerky, is the perfect on-course snack.  

“Perky Jerky's 2.2 ounce pack fits perfectly into my golf bag and gives me the fuel I need to play 18 holes,” Duval said. “I'm proud to be the newest member on the Perky Jerky team and I'm looking forward to being involved with the snack everyone is raving about on the PGA tour.”

'Nuff said.

Irish spirits are high

All golf fans know "silly season" events are nothing more than a cash grab for the pros and a way to blow off a little steam between "real" golf seasons. However, this week's Shark Shootout at Tiburon, which features a dozen two-man teams, might take things to a new level for the Northern Irish team of Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

According to a story by Ryan Ballangee, the twosome shared a few spirited exchanges at their press conference, expressing admiration for one another as well as their desire to have a good time this week. Here's a sampling of their dialogue: 

DARREN CLARKE: We could definitely win the prize for spending the longest time in the bar this week, I think.
GRAEME McDOWELL: Yeah, if the golf doesn’t go well, we’ll certainly enjoy ourselves, that’s for sure. We’re certainly here to try and put ourselves on the leaderboard as well.

Q. Where do go from here? How did you set your goals?
GRAEME McDOWELL: You know, 2011, I’m certainly looking forward to getting home for Christmas. I’m sure myself and Darren will have a few pints in Portrush.
DARREN CLARKE: Or 10.
GRAEME McDOWELL: Or 10 maybe. And, you know, really reflect on what’s been an amazing season and really enjoy it and celebrate it, because it has been amazing.

I guess a pint or 10 never really hurt anyone too much, but if this year was any indication of what lays ahead for G-Mac, it's safe to say he should keep doing whatever it is he's been doing for the foreseeable future. It's working so far, as shown by this viral video supporting G-Mac for BBC sports personality of the year (with guest stars Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy):

Historic Long Island golf club divided over Donald Trump proposal

Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor, NY, once hosted the PGA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship. Though that heyday wasn't too far removed from the turn of the last century, the club is still well respected as a solid, old-school track, and as such, it has attracted the interest of Donald Trump. It appears the real estate tycoon-cum-golf tycoon is seriously considering adding Engineers to his growing stable of NYC area tracks, and has been actively negotiating with the membership. However, some of the members, specifically the old-timers, aren't so excited about the prospect of becoming Trump Engineers. Here's an excerpt from a letter from the club's management to its members, taken from Evan Rothman's blog

We are writing to you to provide you with the current status of our discussions with The Trump Organization. It has been approximately three weeks since Donald Trump and his team met with us at our Club. Since that time, we have been working diligently in an effort to negotiate a number of important issues in an effort to arrive at a Letter of Intent that that Board felt comfortable presenting to the membership. In the course of this process, our objective was not to lose sight of our duty to the entirety of our membership.

With that said, it appears that we have reached an impasse in our negotiations. Our dealings with the Trump Organization have been extremely amicable and both sides have conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism. Unfortunately, there are a few key issues that could not be resolved in a way that our Board and it’s [sic] counsel saw fit. It is for this reason that both sides have mutually agreed to discontinue discussions at this time. While we are disappointed that a deal could not be agreed to at this juncture, we are appreciative of the significant efforts of all those involved.

According to Rothman, one of the club's veteran members told him this in regard to the Trump deal:

“My personal opinion is [the Trump proposal] will pass. I am not necessarily in favor it, but we had over 80 ‘trial members’ step up who have voting rights. They clearly did it for reduced rates, and they have a substantial voting block. It has created a lot of tension within the club. The club is divided between old-time members — those over five years — and newbies who just want the next best deal. It’s not a good scene."

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