People in the news: David Fay, Gary Player, Harry Manion

 

• Now that the PGA Tour has agreed to the ban on anchored putting, Harry Manion could become a household name in the golf business. At least nine PGA pros – the group includes Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson, and Adam Scott, the winner of this year’s Masters – have retained the Boston-based lawyer to defend their right to use so-called belly putters. Manion, a partner in Cooley Manion Jones, will bide his time until the tour signals its intentions, a decision that’s expected to come this summer. His previous clients have included Nike, Dunkin Donuts, Larry King, Panera Bread, Mike Milliken and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

David Fay may have retired as the executive director of the United States Golf Association, but he continues to support youth-oriented grow-the-game initiatives. These days he’s serving as an unpaid advisor to one of the premier training facilities in Rhode Island, the Button Hole Short Course & Teaching Center in Providence. He has several administrative and developmental duties, but his most important role is fundraiser. “At one level, Button Hole is an easy sell, and people do support it,” Fay told the Providence Journal. “But in this day and age, you need consistent financial support.” And Fay is the perfect guy to deliver it.

• Talk about getting undressed in public: Not long after we read that Gary Player may be sued by his former best friend, it was announced that the 77-year-old course designer and South African stud farmer will appear naked in an upcoming issue of ESPN the Magazine.

• A former Wall Street investment analyst believes that sales of metal drivers may soon plummet, perhaps by as much as 40 percent. It all has to do with replacement cycles, says Andrew Glaser, the CEO of ClubCrown by Vive. Glaser contends that equipment manufacturers have squeezed all the performance they can out of their products, given the limits imposed by golf’s ruling bodies, and, as a result, consumers no longer have a compelling reason to upgrade. If consumers simply wait to replace their clubs after five years instead of after three, he says, sales will fall by 40 percent. “The implications will be dire, especially for those manufacturers and retailers who prefer to keep their heads in the sand,” he writes in his blog. Of course, the manufacturers have long understood that this day would inevitably come and have a solution: They’re going to boost sales of related products, particularly fairway woods.

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