Category: David Duval

April 12, 2013

Duval says Tiger, Furyk, Harrington are slow players

Posted at 6:27 PM by Mike Walker

He named names!

2001 British Open champion David Duval took to Twitter on Friday after Tianling Guan was penalized one stroke for slow play during the second round of the Masters. Duval said it was unfortunate that Guan received the penalty because there are many other slow-playing professional golfers, including Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk.

Guan's penalty might have caused the 14-year-old from China to miss the cut. He shot 73 on Thursday and 75 on Friday, leaving him at 4-over for the tournament. The top 50 and all players within 10 strokes of the lead play the weekend.














Once ranked No. 1 in the world, Duval, 41, is not in the field at the Masters this week; he's missed the cut in all four of his PGA Tour starts this season.

February 05, 2013

Sandy Lyle fears McIlroy club switch could trigger Duval-like nosedive

Posted at 12:54 PM by Mike Walker

SandylyleWith two major titles at age 23, the No. 1 ranking and a new multimillion-dollar endorsement contract with Nike, Rory McIlroy is on top of the golf world.

Two-time major winner Sandy Lyle remembers another player who changed clubs when he reached the summit, David Duval. And in an interview with Reuters, Lyle said he hopes McIlroy will avoid the doubts that derailed Duval's career after Duval switched clubs.

"That move hurt the momentum of David's career," said the 1985 British Open champion and 1988 U.S. Masters winner. "He wasn't driving the ball well which put the pressure on his putting and that in turn put pressure on him making cuts.

"David then started on a horrible spiral of missing cuts. It could be that all stemmed from his problems with his new driver and it could be the same thing for Rory now.

"Rory's momentum was very good last year but it can be very dangerous to change clubs," added Lyle, referring to the world number one's five worldwide wins in 2012 and his money-list victories on both sides of the Atlantic.

"David never got out of his spiral. He definitely took a huge kamikaze dive and never really got it back."

Lyle wasn't all doom-and-gloom about McIlroy's prospects. He said he suspects McIlroy will be fine with the club switch since he is "too young and too fit and swinging the club too well."

"It might just be that he goes through a bit of a hiccup for a few months before he gets back into full flow but the Duval story is not something you should just wipe away and not pay attention to."

[Photo: Sandy Lyle at the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Getty Images.]

July 30, 2012

Truth & Rumors: David Duval's home in Cherry Hills in foreclosure

Posted at 2:27 PM by Mark Dee

Editor's Note: This story cites a report which states that Duval's Cherry Hills home had entered foreclosure. Duval told the Associated Press in a story published on Tuesday that this was not the case, but he declined to further explain his negotiations with the bank.

No one is safe from an angry economy. Not even former World No. 1s.

David Duval, once golf’s top player, has been hit by the housing crunch as hard as anyone. According to the Daily Mail, Double-D's house in the Denver suburb of Cherry Hills is in foreclosure:

According to legal documents seen by TMZ, some of the repayments on the £3.7 million ($5.9m) loan have not been made.

The paperwork allegedly states that Duval and his wife Susie were loaned the money in 2005 so they could buy a £7.8 million ($12.4m) home in plush Cherry Hills.

However, the bank is struggling to get the money back from the golfing star so has issued a foreclosure on the property.

According to the article, Duval is still estimated to be worth roughly $19 million, so he's many, many pages away from Chapter 13. But his cash flow, at least from golf, appears to be in a decade-long slide. This year, he's only made $26,696 on tour. And, in 2011, Duval and his wife put the Cherry Hills house, along with an additional property, on the market for $14 million -- almost $6 million less than they paid for it. So far, no buyers have emerged.

Duval's mansion -- which you can check out in the uncredited Daily Mail photo below -- will go up for public auction Nov. 7 if the loan isn't repaid. So, note to any Duval fans out there with more money than the man himself: Mark your calendars.

Duval mansion

June 29, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Hossler who? A new teen phenom shreds records in Texas

Posted at 1:54 PM by Mark Dee

Sorry Beau. There's someone else. And, yes, he's younger.

That's right, another teen phenom is tearing down course records in Dallas, according to Bill Nichols at the Dallas Morning News. Scottie Scheffler, a 16-year-old from Highland Park, Texas, shot two rounds of 61 at two different courses last week -- both course records. Because, you know, anyone can do that once. The first 61 came at Northwood Country Club -- host of the 1952 U.S. Open -- where Scheffler clipped the record held by Hunter Mahan. Later that week, he put up the same number at Dallas Country Club, matching the record set by 2011 U.S. Amateur champ Kelly Kraft.

His coach, for one, doesn't sound surprised. Or particularly impressed:

"He's a phenomenal talent," said Royal Oaks head pro Randy Smith, Scheffler's instructor. "He was just playing for fun. We'd like to see him take that score to a tournament."

Back when he was merely 15 and a sophomore at Highland Park, Scheffler won the Class 4A state title by three strokes. He has been working through a growth spurt of eight inches and 30 pounds over the last year.

"He's growing so much I don't recognize him each time I see him," Smith said. "When you're growing that fast, you just try to maintain some semblance of your swing and stay on top of the equipment to make sure it fits. He'll be fine as soon as he knows how long his arms are."

The Bear mad at the ball?
Jack Nicklaus put on his architect hat -- which is different than, say, his club- or wine-making hat -- to talk about the changes he made to the PGA Centenary Course at Scotland's Gleneagles last Wednesday.

Gleneagles, in preparation for the 2014 Ryder Cup, brought the Bear in to beef up the much maligned course, and Nicklaus managed to get a few shots in at why the course needed changing in the first place, according to The International News.

"When I was asked to do the course more than 20 years ago, in those days it was a pretty challenging golf course.

"With the equipment and the golf ball and everything going so much further, it needed alterations.

"I would prefer golf balls being altered personally but until that happens, alterations need to happen to golf courses.

"I don't think it's going to be a golf course that breaks the back, it's not meant to be that.

"There are plenty of opportunities for birdies - birdies are exciting in the Ryder Cup - but it also makes you play golf," the American added.


Golf and politics don't mix
Might Travelers champ Mark Leishman be kept out of the British because of…immigration law?

Maybe, according to Jay Busbee at Yahoo!'s Devil Ball Golf blog. The Austrialian (who is married to an American, with an American-born son) doesn't have a green-card approved for travel abroad. What the actual consequences of that are, I'm not sure. This is a golf blog. I imagine a Tom Hanks in The Terminal sort of situation, but with much more emphasis on the airport PGA Tour Shop.

Here's what Busbee makes of it:

[Leishman] didn't bother playing in the recent Gleneagles qualifier because he figured he'd be home with his new son, and so didn't bother getting his green card updated. "But I spoke to my lawyers, my immigration lawyers, two days ago, and it's looking like I will hopefully be able to go," he said. "I've been approved for an advanced parole to leave the country."

The trick is that these matters usually take about 30 days to resolve, and we're 21 days out from the start of the British. That's cutting it a wee bit close, yes? Still, nice problem to have.


Finally, something funny
As is our custom, we follow politics with humor. Specifically, humor at the expense of David Duval, courtesy of "America's Finest News Source" (i.e., The Onion). The article is titled "David Duval Still Shilling Nike Golf Products Years After Contract Runs Out," and here's a snippet:

"He's in here about twice a week putting a Nike VR Pro driver in somebody's hands and asking them to take a few swings," said local Sports Authority manager Aaron Camacho, adding that Duval hangs around the store's golf aisles in his full Nike gear for hours at a time. "We've thought about kicking him out, but he's used and read about these products more than any of us on staff, and to tell you the truth, he's purchased more of our Nike stuff than any other customer."

Read the rest and kick off your weekend in high spirits.

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June 26, 2012

Truth & Rumors: David Duval and Padraig Harrington added to Hall of Fame Ballot

Posted at 12:58 PM by Mark Dee

The World Golf Hall of Fame is digging deep to fill out this year’s ballot. According to, the St. Augustine shrine has added a trio of very active golfers to this years ballot:

New to the PGA TOUR ballot are David Duval and Steve Stricker while Padraig Harrington has been added to the International ballot.

The ballots have been delivered to their respective voting bodies, comprised of Hall of Fame members, golf journalists, historians and dignitaries from around the globe. The voting window closes on July 27 and an announcement for the Class of 2013 will be made later this year.

Mickelson Close to Padres Purchase
Phil Mickelson's bid to be a partial owner of his hometown San Diego Padres is getting very serious, according to Scott Miller of As Miller reports, Mickelson's consortium, which includes area businessman Ron Fowler, and the O'Malley family (who famously moved the Dodgers out west in the 50s) have entered into an "exclusive negotiating window" with Padres owner John Moores:

The final sale price is expected to be in the neighborhood of $800 million, though that includes $200 million of up-front television money from a new local contract the Padres signed with start-up channel Fox Sports San Diego that is worth $1.2 billion over 20 years. Moores figures to exit with that $200 million as part of the sale price.

Mickelson was born in San Diego and grew up in the city through high school. He still lives in the area, making his home in Rancho Santa Fe, in San Diego County.

Djoking Around
Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 tennis player in the world, looked like he was aiming for total country club dominance Monday during his first round match on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Djokovic pulled out an iron from his tennis bag before taking the court to beat Juan Carlos Ferraro, according to the AP.

As something of an inside joke with a sponsor, Djokovic pulled a kid's golf club out of his racket bag and put it on the sideline when he arrived to face 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero at the grass-court Grand Slam's main stadium. Then, after a bit of a slow and nervous beginning that included an early break, Djokovic righted himself and beat Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the second round at the All England Club.

"It was a little funny thing," said Djokovic, whose racket maker gave him a bag that has posts to make it stand like a golf bag. "Being creative, that's all. But fans corrected me right away. They said, 'This is not a golf course.' I said, 'OK.'"

Well, it’s not primarily a golf course. But I’ve often dreamed of popping a wedge off the grass at All England’s Centre Court. In the first round, at least. By the end of the fortnight, the courts look like greens only Mike Davis could love.

Here’s a quick video of Djok’s joke, via YouTube.

According to Emily Kay at SB Nation, the faithful were not amused. Perhaps golf’s No. 1 Luke Donald will even the score with one of those stringed-flyswatters at Royal Lytham next month. At this point, he’d try just about anything to win a major.

Irish Sells Out
How excited is Northern Ireland to get this week’s Irish Open? Pumped to capacity, according to the UKPA:

This week's Irish Open at Royal Portrush will be the first sell-out the European Tour has ever had for a regular event.

It is the first time the tournament has been held in Northern Ireland since 1953 and local heroes Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell are all taking part along with USPGA champion Keegan Bradley and three-major winner Padraig Harrington.

"We are preparing for a crowd around the 100,000 mark for the week," championship director Antonia Beggs said.

Bravo. And the way Northern Irish golfers have played the past couple years, there are plenty of reasons for excitement. And if one of their own takes home the trophy? Well, I don’t know what might happen, but I suspect I’d like to be there to find out.

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June 13, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Jack honored by USGA, picks Tiger at Open

Posted at 3:34 PM by Mark Dee

Jack Nicklaus announced his pick for the U.S. Open Tuesday night, according to the Monterey Herald. Hint: That guy who hit "the most unbelievable, gutsy shot" Jack had ever seen.

"If Tiger plays like he did at the Memorial, he'll be tough," Nicklaus said. "But there's also so many good players playing well right now. One thing's for sure -it's going to be a great tournament."

So he's not handing Tiger the championship. But whoever wins it Sunday will be handed Jack.

The Golden Bear stopped by Olympic Wednesday morning for a press conference announcing that the gold medal awarded to the U.S. Open champ -- previously unnamed -- will now be called the Nicklaus Medal. As if he doesn't have his name on enough USGA hardware.

Jack accepted the honor with his typical amused humility:

"Kind of neat, isn't it? Take an old guy and honor him. I think that's pretty nice. It's pretty humbling and meaningful, these honors…I appreciate that."

The full transcript of Jack's press conference is available at

Double D on TV

David Duval missed out on qualifying for the U.S. Open last week, but it looks like he found a way to get out to Olympic. ( And into your living room.)

ESPN announced that DD will provide commentary for ESPN3 in a press release Tuesday:

Duval, winner of 13 events and more than $18 million on the PGA TOUR, will be an analyst on feature group coverage that will air on ESPN3, ESPN's multi-screen live sports network…

"TV is definitely something that's interesting and intrigues me," said Duval. "I enjoy the game so much and I enjoy what's going on in the game right now so much. The opportunity to do this presented itself and it worked out, so I thought this could be pretty fun."

We at are taking a wait-and-see approach on this. Even money says he follows them in sunglassed silence. But hey, that launched a solid second career for Nick Faldo. As for Duval's golfing career, don't worry. He's still keeping his regular job.

Duval had intended to play in the U.S. Open but did not qualify and indicated his work for ESPN should not be viewed as a signal he's hanging up the clubs for good.

"I don't want it to be seen as a transition because I don't believe my playing career is over," he said. "I know I've had a rough year but I've also been dealing with other small injuries that I haven't talked about. But it (TV) is definitely something I'd like to do in the future."


Rory doesn't let us down

Rory McIlroy threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night's Giants game for Irish Heritage Night, which is apparently something different than any Red Sox home game.

But lo! He didn't shame himself, his country, or golfers writ large. Because that's the calculated risk you take when deciding to throw out a first pitch: you'll never impress us - the professionals are coming up in the top of the first - but you might well taint your entire legacy, a la Carl Lewis, John Wall, et al. brings us the video:

I was worried the Northern Irishman might bowl one in there cricket style. But it looked like he actually took some notes on American baseball and played a little chin music, high and tight. As omens go, we're not sure what to make of it.

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June 04, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Duval, DL3, Janzen compete for spots in U.S. Open

Posted at 3:38 PM by Mark Dee

The Olympic torch took a lap through Rory McIlroy's hometown of Hollywood, Northern Island, early this morning. 

An omen for the World No. 2?  Maybe not. 

But hundreds of pros and top-level amateurs are hoping for something to get them to the Olympic Club for this year's U.S. Open, now just a week and a half away, as Sectional Qualifying tournaments tee off across the country.   

Among the hopefuls is Chris Stein, head pro at the Olympic Club, who wishes to log some serious overtime next week.

Stein, 49, is playing in today’s Bay Area qualifier for a chance to compete in the national championship on his home track, according to the San Francisco Examiner. He's made it this far once before, falling just short of making the ’85 Open at Oakland Hills. Today, he's hoping for a couple of member's bounces:

“Knowing you’ve got a chance — 36 holes from possibly playing in the U.S. Open that you’re the head professional at, it’s quite a thrill,” Stein said. “You don’t get this chance very much in your lifetime.”

But in vying for one of six coveted slots into the U.S. Open at his home course on June 14-17 of a 129-player sectional field, Stein is employing a “we’ll see what happens on Monday” attitude.

He enters today’s contest nursing a bulging disk and nerve issues he sustained while playing in a tourney in early March. But despite his lumps, the local pro is looking to swing smart and often.

“I’m going to go out there and give it my best shot and just hope that I can stay calm, and play well enough to possibly do it,” he said.”

For more storylines from today’s qualifying, head over to the USGA’s website for a list of the big names still angling for a spot in the Open. Of note: giants of yore Davis Love III and David Duval; little giant of yore Fred Funk; past champ Lee Janzen; and Casey Martin, who if\s hoping to get back to the site of the 1998 U.S. Open, where he famously competed following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized the use of carts on the PGA Tour for players with medical disabilities. (For more on Martin, check out Bob Harig at

Cleveland Browns QB wears orange to follow Fowler at Memorial

Cleveland Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden put on a different uniform to follow fellow Oklahoma State Cowboy Rickie Fowler play his final round at the Memorial. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Weeden watched Fowler play his way into contention Saturday in his civilian clothes, but decided to show up Sunday in full regalia, making a pit stop en route to Muirfield to get Fowler’s look. That oh-so-orange look:

Weeden … bought his orange shirt, orange pants and white belt at Golf Galaxy on Sunday morning. After following Fowler in normal attire Saturday, he decided to step it up a notch . . . or 20. He looked like Fowler's stunt double.

"I wanted to give him support," Weeden said. "But he had to bring the hat for me. They didn't have any hats."

Turnabout is fair play. Fowler's photo on Twitter shows him in an Oklahoma State football jersey walking behind former Cowboys receiver Justin Blackmon. While Fowler was drawing unwanted attention for a round that included two birdies, five pars, eight bogeys and three double bogeys, Weeden walked the course, drawing his own looks from the gallery. A first-round draft pick who could glow in the dark? Yeah, people saw him.

"It's probably a bad idea to wear this getup, I guess," Weeden said with a smile.

The Fowlerites needed the levity, as their golfing idol finished five shots higher than in any of his previous PGA Tour rounds. Fowler, for his part, said Weeden's sartorial choices didn't jinx him.

"No, no, all on me today," Fowler said. "He can pull it off. He's just a lot bigger than me."

While Weeden looked like Fowler, Fowler played a lot like Weeden, firing off an 84, his highest round as a pro.

Doc Rivers takes notes from Tiger

Doc Rivers was going to watch Tiger Woods finish on Sunday, Eastern Conference Finals be damned. According to Yahoo’s Devil Ball Golf, the Celtic’s head coach rolled in late to Game 4 against the Miami Heat because wanted to see the end of the Memorial, just like the rest of us:

"It was unbelievable," Rivers said before the start of Game 4.

"Oh, yeah, I was watching. I was trying to leave my house to get here, and it delayed me for a couple of minutes, but that's fine. That's really cool."

Maybe Doc took some pointers from Tiger’s comeback: his Celtics evened up their series at 2-2 with a 93-91 OT win late Sunday night. Who cares if the boss is late, anyway?

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We are all believers, apparently.



January 21, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Harrington's DQ, Duval's stylin' hat and Westwoods teeth

Posted at 11:33 AM by David Dusek

Reaction to Harrington's disqualification
After a TV viewer's e-mail led to Padraig Harrington's disqualification from the Eureopan Tour's event in Abu Dhabi on Friday, reaction on Twitter was swift, and supportive of Harrington.



Ian Poulter, who was given a one-stroke penalty recently in Dubai after he accidentally dropped his ball on his ball marker, causing it to move, joked:


Mahan's proud wife
Hunter Mahan got married two weeks ago to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Kandi Mahan.


Hunter Mahan Trophy Husband

Rosey Lid
You never know who you'll see on a plane the Monday after a PGA Tour event.



Dustin and Natalie?
Dustin Johnson came out this week and denied that he is dating LPGA star Natalie Gulbis, who told SI's Alan Shipnuck in Hawaii that the two were, in fact, dating.


Ryder Cup Schwag
Rory McIlroy was given a sweet commorative club this week on the range in Abu Dhabi.


Westwood's new choppers
Several European Tour players have been needling Lee Westwood not only about his renewed dedication to fitness, but also about his recent dental work, including Ian Poulter:


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January 20, 2011

What to Watch For: Friday at the Bob Hope Classic

Posted at 9:51 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Vegas, Baby!
Vegas Tied for the lead with Boo Weekley heading into Friday's third round, rookie Jhonattan Vegas is starting to make a name for himself in his fifth career start on the PGA Tour. If Vegas goes on to win this week, it would cap an already amazing journey to the PGA Tour.

According to his bio in the PGA Tour Media Guide, Vegas grew up in Venezuela learning the game from his father by using a broom and rocks. Sound too crazy to be true? Vegas confirmed the story after his round Thursday.

"I hit plastic balls, rocks, whatever I could find around and started hitting everything around the house, breaking windows and all kinds of stuff," Vegas said.

Even more amazing is Vegas said he would love to change the mind of Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, who has called golf a "bourgeois sport" and closed several courses in Venezuela.

"I really hope to sit down with him, and talk to him, and tell him that it's not that way," Vegas said.

Charles Howell III Part 2?
In the age of young sensations Matteo Manassero, Ryo Ishikawa, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, it's easy to forget the prime of a player's career used to be in his 30's. Using the old logic, there is still plenty of time for Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Charles Howell III to live up to their potential.

Howell, who is one shot off the lead after rounds of 66-66, feels he's ready to start the next chapter in his career.

"The fact that I still feel, and others feel, I've under achieved ... that's good," Howell said. "I sure as hell hope I have. Because that means I've got better days ahead."

Duval Watch Continues
The "David Duval is almost back" story has been written several times, but after securing his PGA Tour card last season, Duval is at least playing his way back. Over the past few seasons, Duval has relied on on past champion's status, sponsor's exemptions and medical exemptions as he's battled injuries, personal matters and a desire to play golf at the highest level.

Sitting only four strokes off the lead, and at a tournament where he once shot a 59 to win, the former British Open champion is eyeing another solid finish on his journey back to the top.

(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

December 09, 2010

Truth & Rumors: David Duval announces beef jerky sponsorship

Posted at 1:01 PM by Michael Chwasky

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.
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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