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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS, PRESENTED BY GOLF PRIDE? “I haven't putted as well as I used to the last little bit, which makes it difficult. Golf is a funny game; it comes and goes. Sometimes it seems like the harder you try, the further away it gets.”
BRAIN TEASER: Keegan Bradley equaled the HP Byron Nelson Championship tournament record with a 10-under 60 on Thursday. How many bogeys did he make?
BLISTERING START: Keegan Bradley’s opening round score of 60 tops the previous course record of 61 at TPC Four Seasons Resort, set by Cameron Beckman (2010), Justin Leonard (2001), Charlie Rymer (1996) and Billy Mayfair (1993). He is the first person to ever go eagle-birdie-birdie on Nos. 7-9 at TPC Four Seasons Resort.
Bradley is making his third start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, winning in his first start in 2011 and finishing T24 in 2012. He is in search of his fourth PGA TOUR victory (2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, 2011 PGA Championship, 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship). First-round leaders, however, have not fared well over the previous 59 playings of this tournament. Only seven players (eight times) have carried the opening-day lead on to victory, including Jason Day (2010), Scott Simpson (1993), Tom Watson (1979-80), Mark Hayes (1976), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1972), Earl Stewart (1961) and Don January (1956). Only two players have won the tournament in wire-to-wire fashion Mark Hayes in 1976 and Tom Watson in 1980.
SOLID YEAR: Mizuno’s golf business in the Americas region grew at 7 percent on a currency-neutral basis for its fiscal year ended Mar. 31. It was driver, according to the company, by the Mizuno Performance Fitting System and an industry leading two-day turn around on all custom orders. The company did not reveal its sales figures.
ALL IS WELL: Mike Davis would like you to know that the United States Golf Association is not in a standoff with the PGA of America (and its president, Ted Bishop) or the PGA Tour (and its commissioner, Tim Finchem). Although the latter two bodies have pushed back against the USGA and R&A's proposal to ban anchored putting, Davis, the USGA's executive director, says that his organization works smoothly with the PGA of America and PGA Tour on a range of issues, and adds that the USGA invited feedback on anchored putting, which, if banned, would be outlawed in 2016. The proposed ban is only the most buzzed-about way the USGA has asserted itself recently. READ MORE>>>
MATCH PLAY, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN: Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts were unexpected losers Thursday on the first day of the World Match Play Championship. READ MORE>>>
BUSINESS IS GOOD: It didn't take long for Tiger Woods to regain his dominance over the financial golf world once he started winning golf tournaments again. Sports Illustrated, who publishes a list of the 50 highest paid athletes of the previous year, announced this week that Tiger jumped Phil Mickelson as the number five highest paid athlete in all of sports, with Phil coming in just behind him at No. 6. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “I haven't putted as well as I used to the last little bit, which makes it difficult. Golf is a funny game; it comes and goes. Sometimes it seems like the harder you try, the further away it gets.”--Geoff Ogilvy.
Keegan Bradley’s opening round of 60 equaled Sam Snead/1957/R2/ Glen Lakes CC and Arron Oberholser/2006/R2/Cottonwood Valley. His scorecard, however, carried two bogeys in posting 60.
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