Thursday, February 24, 2005

Stay in the Conversation

If you use golf to build rapport with your clients, then it's a good idea to follow the news about the professinal tournaments being played. So, if a client talks about what's going on, you'll be able to stay in the conversation.

The World Golf Championship - Accenture Match Play Championship starts today in Carlsbad, California. It's a match play format, which is different than the stroke play tournaments that we usually see on the weekends, so I thought I'd talk about it.

In stroke play, the player with the lowest score wins the tournament. In match play, two players compete against one another. The player who wins the most holes (by having the lowest score on a hole) is the winner of the match. Then, he goes on to play against another opponent.

If you see Tiger with the score of say "5 & 4" that means he had won five holes with only four holes to play, so he won the match. Scoring will be referred to by the number of the holes that the player has won or lost. So, if Tiger is one up with four to play, that means he's leading in the match by one hole and there are four holes to play. If he's one down with five to play, then he's losing by one hole with five holes to play. If the players have the score, then the hole is halved.

By the way, Tiger is the two-time defending champion of this tournament.

As to the LPGA, its first tournament of the year is in Hawaii at the SBS Open. Michelle Wie is playing as an amateur, so this tournament will be in the news.

If your clients watch the Champion Tour, then you might want to keep up with that tour as well. You can get the latest about all of the tours at

Enjoy the great golf in the coming days!

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