Category: Ty Votaw

January 27, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 25

Posted at 12:47 PM by Mike Walker

Phil_quote1. "This reminds me a lot of Winged Foot in 2006, where I hit a drive way left off the tents. So this happened to be way right, but off the tents. You know, I've made some dumb, dumb mistakes, and, obviously, talking about this stuff was one of them."

--Phil Mickelson apologizing for complaining publicly about his taxes


2. “All he did was publicly say, ‘I may not be able to afford to live in California.’ And the sports media descended on this guy. The sports media is every bit as left-wing as their news media counterparts are.”

 --Rush Limbaugh on Phil Mickelson’s apology


Ty_quote3. “We will revoke the on-site credentials of all journalists affiliated with outlets that post play-by-play coverage, whether those posts are originating from tournament site or otherwise."

--PGA Tour executive Ty Votaw on the Tour’s new policy on real-time reporting of tournaments



4. “It's on my radar for the first time ever, the thought of being World Number One.”

--Justin Rose, currently ranked No. 4 in the world




Tiger_quote5. “Here I am just talking about it and my hands are sweating just thinking about the feeling I had to get through each and every day.”

--Tiger Woods on winning the 2008 U.S. Open with a broken leg



Rocco_quote6. “Nothing he did ever surprised me. He's that good. But he can't do it anymore because his golf swing is different. It doesn't produce the shots he used to hit.”

--Rocco Mediate on Tiger Woods, via USA Today



7. “We believe in the notion that one body of rules is important, and that's always our intent. We just reserve the option not to, if we have overriding reasons not to do so.”

--PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on the anchored-putter ban


Horschel_quote8. “I've played the Walker Cup in 2007 over in Northern Ireland at Royal County Down and there was a guy I competed against three times called Rory McIlroy.”

--Billy Horschel on being prepared for the crowds following Tiger Woods



9. “People always want to know why golfers from Asia are so good. Well, now we can see how all the countries stack up."

--Stacy Lewis on the LPGA’s new International Crown event




10. “The hardest thing for me to do is fall asleep because I can't wait to wake up and hear what I'm going to say next.”

--Lee Trevino on the "Feherty Live" television show


(Photos from Getty Images)

January 24, 2013

PGA Tour threatens to revoke credentials for media members who transmit 'play-by-play'

Posted at 9:09 PM by

The PGA Tour appears to be spoiling for a fight with some members of the golf press who have been using digital media to report on tournaments in real time.

The Tour has long objected to play-by-play coverage by non-broadcast reporters at its tournaments, whether the reporters were sending updates via Twitter or manning live blogs in the press center. However, the Tour generally allowed live blogs and Tweets that were done away from the course, with television or radio as the primary source of information.

But on Thursday the Tour sent an e-mail to members of the media that threatened stiff penalties for journalists who send "real-time, play-by-play transmission in digital outlets," even if those posts are sent from an offsite location. In addition to revoking the credential for the offending reporter, the Tour said it would revoke credentials for "all journalists affiliated with" that reporter's organization.

The complete e-mail from Ty Votaw, executive vice president of communications for the Tour:

"As you know, our media regulations prohibit the use of real-time, play-by-play transmission in digital outlets.  In order to enforce these regulations, beginning this year, we will revoke the on-site credentials of all journalists affiliated with outlets that post play-by-play coverage, whether those posts are originating from tournament site or otherwise."

The e-mail caused a great deal of grumbling among reporters at the Farmers Insurance Open, this week's Tour stop in San Diego, and on Twitter. will continue to report on the Tour's position and will also live blog Friday's second round.

March 02, 2011

PGA Tour's Ty Votaw in Colombia for Nationwide Tour event

Posted at 10:38 AM by

By Art Stricklin, special to

Making his first-ever trip to Colombia for this week’s Nationwide Tour Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, PGA Tour International Affairs point man Ty Votaw said branding and security were the keys to this two-year event going forward.

The current Vice President of the International Golf Federation said having the event this week was critical to the ongoing development of South American golf, when it becomes a part of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

"Only 14 of the top 500 players in the world rankings are from this area," Votaw said at a late Tuesday press conference. "We want to do better and if we do not, then this region will not have much (adequate) representation for the 2016 Olympics."

Votaw and Nationwide Tour President Bill Calfee said as a "business decision" the Nationwide Tour decided to drop previous stops in Australia and New Zealand to concentrate on branding in South America. Currently the tour stops in Panama, but plans call for 2-3 more South American events in the future. Votaw also discussed launching a South American developmental tour, which could lead to future Nationwide Tour opportunities.

The PGA Tour was very concerned about security when it was approached two years ago about bringing a Nationwide Tour event to one of the world’s most dangerous countries. But after a week-long, on-site security review, Tour officials said the Colombia national police surpassed every security milestone they set forward as a condition to play at Bogota Country Club.

"By coming here, I think we help combat some of the unfair negative stereotypes which existed here in the past," Votaw said.

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