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Sep 29, 2016 | 06:21 am

Stars, Stripes, and Socks

Here at LINKS, we try to not get involved in politics, even when it crosses into the world of golf. But some other companies really like to step in it. Literally. Take Kentwool, maker of premium golf socks, which has added a series of “Politico Socks” to its 19th Hole Collection. As you can see above, the socks are available in a choice of styles allowing wearers to show off their affiliation and preference while putting their best foot forward. The socks cost $20 a pair and are only available on the Kentwool website. We’re certainly not going to ask anyone which style—elephant or donkey—they prefer. But as for taking a stand, how about this suggestion: Go with the stars and stripes and wear them proudly during this weekend’s Ryder Cup Matches.

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Sep 28, 2016 | 07:53 am

Royal Farewell

With the outpouring of affection for Arnold Palmer continuing, the publication of his final memoir, A Life Well Played: My Stories, has been moved up from Oct. 24 to Oct. 11. "We set the record straight on a few familiar stories, added details to others, and Arnie brought new insights to some events in his life," says Dave Shedloski, who ghostwrote the book and adds that Palmer was funny and "really with it" during their time together in Latrobe, Pa., last September. "I grilled him on details to several topics, and later at lunch he saw me coming, and as I sat down he told Kit that I was being hard on him. He said it jokingly, but then he said, 'I don't know why I'm doing this.' And [his wife] Kit said, 'because you still have something to say.' And he nodded." No one enjoyed life more than Palmer. It should be a fitting farewell to the King.

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Sep 27, 2016 | 09:11 am

Honoring Arnie

The King is dead—and he has no successor, never will. For, whatever the future may bring—whatever magnificent, magnetic champion the global golf incubator may produce—in the hearts and minds of those for whom golf is more than just a game, there will never be another Arnold Palmer. From the moment the sad news of his death at age 87 began to circulate, the stories have poured forth—shared in print, on TV and radio, in social media, and most of all, from golfer to golfer among the throngs who have long marched in Arnie’s Army. Over the course of his more than 60 years of public life, Arnold Palmer likely signed more autographs, posed for more photographs, made more genuine human connections than any man on earth. Partly for that reason, the family has wisely decided to make his funeral a private ceremony. However, a public memorial service will be held at 11 am ET on October 4 at the St. Vincent’s College Basilica in Latrobe, Pa., Palmer’s hometown, and those wishing to pay tribute, leave flowers or messages, are encouraged to visit the nearby Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. At the Ryder Cup this week, flags will be flown at half mast, a moment of silence will be observed and a video tribute shown, the gallery members will wear commemorative buttons and the team members—on both sides—will wear commemorative pins. Finally, anyone wishing to share an Arnold Palmer moment is invited to visit iam.arniesarmy.com, the website of the Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

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Sep 26, 2016 | 06:01 am

Ryder Cup TV Schedule

NBC and Golf Channel have some interesting plans for their 25 hours of live coverage of the Ryder Cup, which begin at the end of this week. Here’s their schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 29   5-8 p.m.                 Golf Channel    (Opening Ceremony)

Friday, Sept. 30        8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.  Golf Channel

Saturday, Oct. 1        9 a.m.-7 p.m.         NBC

Sunday, Oct. 2          12 p.m.-6 p.m.       NBC

All times Eastern      

Furthermore, the networks have partnered with their national advertisers to present a number of commercial breaks without viewers having to miss any of the action. Copying a technique already used in auto-racing telecasts, NBC and Golf Channel will put up a split-screen image (like that shown above) with the ad playing on the right side and the match coverage continuing uninterrupted on the left: The audio will be from the ad and the sponsor’s logo will appear above the live golf (like the PGA of America logo in the example above). But visible will be all graphics as to what shot is being hit and if it’s to win or halve a hole, etc.

They call it “Playing Through” and estimate that it will be utilized, according to a network spokesperson, in about a third of the commercial breaks all three days “during times where there is the most drama.

“We’ll run ‘regular’ commercials toward the beginning of coverage when only a few matches are on the course,” the spokesperson told LINKS, “and the same toward the end of coverage when there’s a lot of downtime with only a few matches left on the course. The time when we’ll likely use ‘Playing Through’ the most will be when all matches are out there, and lots of action to cover that we won’t want the viewer to miss.”

Among those covering the action will be Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo, David Feherty, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch, Curt Byrum, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Notah Began, and Jerry Foltz.

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