ORLANDO, Fla. – It could be the most unfulfilling title in all of professional golf. Sure, ascending to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking can bring varying degrees of personal satisfaction, but there are no trophies, no checks, no exemptions – just a title and a target. From a competitive standpoint, for the confusing math to fall your way, there has been copious amounts of success that put you there; but few, if any, stand on random putting greens around the globe rolling in 5 footers to “become world No. 1.” With few exceptions – most notably Jason Day who admitted to dreaming about the top ranking – scaling to the top of the confusing world order ranks somewhere between earning a PGA Tour card and finding the winner’s circle in importance and prestige. Phil Mickelson never climbed to the top of the OWGR summit, and it’s safe to say Lefty wouldn’t trade one of his major tilts for the honor. Nor did one ever get the impression that his status as the perennial No. 1 (683 weeks total) was particularly inspiring for Tiger Woods. Although rewarding in as much as it’s a sign of how hard a player has worked to get there, the title also brings an exponentially higher level of scrutiny, which current No. 1 Jordan Spieth is learning one snarky social media post at a time. Last week after an opening 76 at the Valspar Championship, Spieth fired back at an Instagram troll and also took exception to an out-of-context quote that was tweeted from the PGA Tour’s own account. “You’ll probably never see me do that again,” Spieth said a day later. “I should never respond to any of that, just let it go and by the time the next tournament rolls around no one even remembers it anyways.” Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, photos and videos But for those who have lived in the same cauldron, it’s certainly understandable that a player would get worn down by all of the attention that comes with being the world No. 1. For Luke Donald, who ascended to No. 1 in the world in 2012, his stay at the top lasted 56 eventful weeks. “There is a lot more demand on your time. A lot more attention on you, you’re in the spotlight,” Donald said. “I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the challenge. I feel like I’ve always had to work for my success, so to get to world No. 1 was very gratifying.” Donald said the challenges of being world No. 1 are exclusively off-course situations and time management. As the Englishman explained, saying no becomes an art form and keeping the social media noise to a minimum is a daily challenge. He recalled, for example, getting into contention at the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah and turning his phone off so he wouldn’t be tempted to peak at the ongoing conversation. “We live in a world where we kind of want to know everything. It can be good and it can be bad,” said Donald, one of the more active Tour players on social media. “You have to be wary of the negative attention. It’s tough, you have that urge to hear what other people are saying but at the same time you’re not sure you want to hear everything.” On this front Day was uniquely suited for his short time atop the World Golf Ranking. The Australian largely avoids social media because, well, “I’m terrible at it. I think I’ve done 23 posts or something on Instagram and I’ve had it for a long time and Twitter . . . my wife tweets for me,” he conceded. Day, for better or worse, also didn’t have to endure the spotlight for too long, overtaking Spieth atop the rankings with his victory at last year’s BMW Championship but slipping back when the American won the Tour Championship the next week. “I couldn’t really go oh, yeah, man, this is really a high-pressure situation,” Day said. Day could, however, embrace the central theme of being world No. 1 which essentially is the ability, and desire, to deal with pressure, whether that’s on or off the golf course. “I played a few holes with Adam Hadwin yesterday,” Day said. “We were talking about how there’s guys out here that are just comfortable from 50 to 100 on the FedEx [Cup] and enjoy that spot. I was just telling him you got to be OK with feeling uncomfortable because if you’re uncomfortable it usually means you’re doing something right. “I just told him that I was looking forward to being uncomfortable for the rest of my life because I’m uncomfortable out here and I’m in that spotlight.” Only pressure comes with being world No. 1, no FedEx Cup points or paydays, which makes it difficult to quantify what the title means. But for the likes of Spieth and Day and Donald, how you deal with that scrutiny is it’s own unique reward.
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As the Gazette went to press the Ministry of Justice was believed to be poised to announce a delay to the implementation of its much-vaunted reforms of the handling of whiplash claims. The RTA claims portal could be postponed as ministers and officials struggle to meet the 6 April start date.Lawyers and insurers have grown increasingly sceptical about the MoJ’s chances of delivering on time as the essential pre-action protocol will not be agreed by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee until next month at the earliest. There has also been speculation the MoJ has not found a partner to operate its alternative dispute resolution function, which was supposed to offer unrepresented claimants an opportunity to check whether they have been offered a fair amount by insurers.Insurers have publicly opposed any delay, but senior figures are thought to be concerned by gaps in the plans. Tariff levels for whiplash injuries are yet to be published, and there is still no clarification on how damages for non-whiplash injuries fit into the system.Claimant lawyers would largely welcome a delay – possibly until August – but will be wary of continued uncertainty.The Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which is responsible for the portal, said the start date is a decision for the MoJ, but it is gearing up still for an April switch-on.A spokesperson added: ’Until informed otherwise, MIB continues to prepare the Official Injury Claim service to be ready for launch on 6 April.’The registration window opened in January, with over 200 organisations registered in the first two weeks and pre-launch testing is almost complete. The next seminar events for claims professionals are in early March, where MIB will present more detail about how the Official Injury Claim service will work for customers and support professionals. Over 450 people have already signed up.’
Riot Games has brought in more sponsors for its premier European competition, LEC, in the form of Warner Music and Tchibo.The LEC – otherwise known as League of Legends European Champonship – kicks off its Summer Split on June 7th.Image credit: Riot GamesWarner Music with act as the official music partner of the LEC for its 2019 Summer Split, providing a soundtrack for the league which’ll include at least one song per break. Warner Music will also create a content series that’s yet to be revealed.German coffee brand Tchibo will act as the first national partner for the LEC in the DACH region, covering Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It’ll sponsor the pre-show broadcast for Summoner’s Inn, LEC’s german broadcast partner.Alban Dechelotte, Head of Sponsorships and Business Development EU at Riot Games discussed the new sponsorships in a release: “We’re kicking off our inaugural Summer Split by welcoming two fantastic brands Warner Music and Tchibo. Our creative partnership with Warner Music and their artists will add a new musical flair and even more content to the LEC and our fans.“Tchibo is our first National parter. National partnerships will allow us to provide a custom approach for brands interested in specific markets. This is of course something only the LEC can offer and is thanks to our strategic partnerships in our key markets with our local broadcaster partners, O’Gaming TV in France, LVP in Spain, PG Esports in Italy, Frenzy in Poland and Summoners Inn in Germany who will produce a pre show broadcast with Tchibo as the sponsor for DACH region.”Since Riot Games rebranded the EU LCS to LEC alongside the implementation of franchising, a slew of new, well-known sponsors have been announced. This includes Beko, Red Bull, DXRacer, Foot Locker, Logitech G, Kia Motors, Alienware, and Shell.Esports Insider says: Riot Games has undoubtedly done a great job in acquiring unique sponsorships for the LEC, which has seemingly only benefited from the rebrand. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the LEC used as compass for other regional competitions from the developer in the future.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube