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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 77                                                         
Thursday, April 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Really the most important thing that I think about right now in golf, a game that we love and adore and that has done so much for us, is that the rounds of golf are going down now. They're not increasing. We're in competition to a lot of other sports. We come here with a lot of laws and rules that young people don't want to abide by anymore. Winston Churchill said, ‘Change is the price of survival.’ We've got to make changes if we're going to get people to play the game. Young people, in other words, not our age anymore.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player made a 16 at the 2011 Valero Texas Open. Who did it?

GLOBAL WARMING! Compared to the same period in 2017, rounds played were significantly lower for Quarter 1 across all regions, leading to an average drop of over 22%. With a decrease of 15.7% Scotland was the territory least affected, with the North being the worst hit and losing a third of rounds compared to last year. READ MORE>>>

BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER: The weather is giving golf a chill. The prolonged winter weather is stifling early-season visits to courses, which may lead to more promotional activity and a smaller window to sell golf goods, analyst Andrew Burns said in a note. The cold, coupled with strong new golf gear from rival brands Titleist, TaylorMade and Ping, crimps potential gains for Callaway, he said. “While we usually do not place a lot of emphasis on early season rounds played, we believe this persistent year-over-year decline creates limited visibility to upside scenarios,” he said. Rounds played through February were down 7.2 percent compared with the same period a year ago, Burns said, citing researcher Golf Datatech. READ MORE>>>

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS! Last season, the greens at TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks course were the toughest to hit in regulation of all the non-major courses. Player hit 4,820 greens in regulation of the 8,316 holes played (57.96%).

From inside 125 yards, players only hit the green in regulation 73.53% of the time at TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks course at the 2017 Valero Texas Open, the second toughest greens to hit from this distance during the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season. Firestone CC (South) ranked first at 72.52%.

WEB GEMS:

GREAT SCOTT!  Adam Scott will this week end a seven-year absence from the Valero Texas Open to boost his chances of qualifying for June's US Open and keep his phenomenal active streak in the majors alive. Having played in every major since the 2001 British Open, Scott (67) sits behind only Sergio Garcia (75) for most consecutive starts on golf's grandest stage. “I think I need my strength to be my strength, and that's ball striking. It's starting to take shape nicely," Scott told AAP. “But I also need my putting to be at the PGA Tour average or better; it's not but the signs are there.” But for strokes gained putting, the Queenslander ranks a lowly 194th. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Really the most important thing that I think about right now in golf, a game that we love and adore and that has done so much for us, is that the rounds of golf are going down now. They're not increasing. We're in competition to a lot of other sports. We come here with a lot of laws and rules that young people don't want to abide by anymore. Winston Churchill said, ‘Change is the price of survival.’ We've got to make changes if we're going to get people to play the game. Young people, in other words, not our age anymore.” --Gary Player at the 2017 Champions Tour stop, Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. Has anything changed from a year ago?

During the first round of the 2011 Valero Texas Open, Kevin Na made a 16 (12 over par) on the par 4 – 9th hole en route to an opening round 80.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 76                                                         
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I’ve never watched it [golf] on TV except out of the corner of my eye. Not one round of the Masters, or even an episode of Golf Central. I’ve never seen the Feherty show. If I’ve watched a couple of hours of golf, total, I’d be surprised. I follow golf through Twitter, Instagram and the PGA Tour app. I’m very weak on golf history, because you pick up a lot of that on TV. I know Jack Nicklaus has 18 majors, and that Tiger has 14, but I have no idea who’s third. When I played in my first Masters I knew nothing about Augusta National except what I’d seen playing the Tiger video game. I had a couple of invitations to play the course in advance and appreciated them but was like, ‘Thank you, but I’m good.’ Not knowing what a big deal it was is probably why I didn’t play a full practice round. I walked the front nine on Tuesday with a wedge and putter and played the back nine on Wednesday. I tied for 10th that first year.”

BRAIN TEASER: Last year, then World No. 1 amateur and reigning U.S. Amateur champion made his professional debut at the Valero Texas Open. Who is he?

MORE THAN A FASHION STATEMENT: 2-DG, the newest addition to the leisure apparel market, has introduced a multi-purposed product that is also giving back. Inspired by the desire to help fund research for the universal treatment of cancer, 2-DG founder Shail Shah and his wife Valentina combined their joined 40 years of experience in retail and manufacturing to create a luxury polo shirt that is unique in its design and purpose. “More than a brand, 2-DG is a cause,” Shah said. “After losing my father to cancer and nearly losing my mother to the same vicious disease, I knew I had to do something to help.”

When Shah met Dr. Theodore Lampidis and learned about his non-profit organization he wanted to create awareness and accelerate his research. 2-DG is the sugar molecule Dr. Lampidis has been developing, as the universal treatment of cancer and 10% of every sale will be donated to the Lampidis Cancer Foundation, which is conducting groundbreaking cancer research and treatments to eliminate the deadly disease.
 
Made in Italy from artisanal fabrics, the apparel contains SPF 50+ UV protection to keep skin safe from the sun’s harmful UV rays. “Our clients love living a healthy lifestyle and staying active outdoors, we don’t want them to worry about sun protection. Anywhere our 2-DG fabric is covering they are protected,” Shah said.
 
2-DG is also focused on reducing the carbon footprint, preserving the environment, and reducing waste, so it has launched a brand that focuses on creating products that are made from 100% recycled fibers. “2-DG’s fabric is made from fishing nets that were abandoned in the ocean,” Shah said. “We can’t take our planet for granted, our recycled fabric not only looks and feels luxurious, but it’s helping clean up our oceans.” Marine scientists estimate that fishing nets kill hundreds of thousands of marine mammals every year. Including whales, seals, turtles and birds.
 
2-DG apparel is available online at https://2-dg.com/ and polos range from $80 - $95. 

IT TOUCHES EVERYONE: Golf Beats Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving integrative therapy for cancer patients through the game of golf, has partnered with the American Cancer Society’s Sports and Entertainment Group, for a series of showcase events and fundraisers throughout the United States in 2018. 

Golf Beats Cancer was developed by founder Lee Embley as a way to cope with his own stage IV lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, which included an aggressive chemotherapy regiment. Following his oncology directive to stay active, Embley converted his local golf course into a wellness track where patients could fight fatigue, stay hydrated, improve cognition, practice balance, eat nutritiously and be social.

“What began as a lifestyle self-care solution for me evolved into Links To More Good Days, a complete wellness and patient support program that is now being adopted by golf clubs all over the nation,” said Embley.  “We are thrilled to partner with the American Cancer Society to effectively reach more patients and form more GBC Club partnerships.  We are all about improving quality of life for cancer patients, in and out of the clubhouse.” 

The American Cancer Society is planning a number of showcase events with GBC in 2018 in selected cities throughout the United States. “The American Cancer Society is delighted to partner with Golf Beats Cancer and participate in this first of many showcase events, so that cancer patients on the mend can have a fun way to exercise, improve their game, focus on wellness, and meet new friends in a healthy, outdoor environment,” said Cesley Tafoya, Strategic Director, Regional Sports & Entertainment for the American Cancer Society.

For more information on Golf Beats Cancer showcase events, to become a GBC Golf Buddy/GBC partner club or for other ways you can help support Golf Beats Cancer in its mission, visit http://www.gbcpatientsupport.org/.

jacoONE TO WATCH FOR: Joaquín Niemann, the world’s #1-ranked amateur since May 2017, has signed a multi-year equipment contract with PING. The 19-year-old Chilean turned pro after playing in his first Masters, having qualified by winning this year’s Latin America Amateur Championship. In 2017 alone, he took home seven trophies across the globe, including three at professional tournaments competing as an amateur. Since 2013, he has 22 victories across multiple continents.

“Joaquín is an exciting young player who won virtually every prestigious junior title and then rose to be the world’s top amateur, so we’re proud to be associated with that level of talent and accomplishment,” said company President John K. Solheim. “His skill is amazing. We look forward to supporting him as he pursues his goal to play at the highest level.”

Niemann has already accepted sponsors’ invites on the PGA Tour and will begin his pro career Thursday at the Valero Texas Open. He will also play the Wells Fargo Championship, AT&T Byron Nelson and the Memorial. Niemann will divide his time between the PGA and Web.com tours, with the goal of playing the PGA Tour full time.

“PING has a great reputation and I like being associated with them because their technology allows me to play my best golf,” Niemann said. “I have so much confidence in PING, and their people who’ve supported me are like family. Having the backing of PING means everything.”

BIGGER AND BETTER: Odyssey has introduced a new EXO line, which it said is the culmination of taking everything it knows about making putters and putting it all together in one lineup. The product debuted on Tour at Bay Hill, so for those avids out there that are glued to tournament telecasts, chances are you’ve seen a exoglimpse of the new EXO line.

According to Odyssey, there are four reasons why the EXO line performs better. The first is its appearance at address. This might not sound like it’s a big deal at first blush, however confidence is extremely important and first impressions also set the tone. “We’ve spent a lot of time over the last 18 months to really bring the quality of the product up,” said Sean Toulon, General Manager of Odyssey Golf. “When you look closely and see the milling and the mill marks both on the EXO Cage and on the steel body itself and the overall fit and finish, I think has it brings out the attention of detail for sure.”

The new line focuses on MOI, the company’s White Hot feel, Micro-hinge insert and toe hang. “This EXO line we were trying to innovate and bring new technology to the category with a couple of goals in mind,” said Luke Williams, Senior Director, Global Woods and Irons. “We wanted to maximize MOI, it gets talked a lot about in drivers and fairway woods maybe less so in irons but very little I’d say in putters. But it does have benefits to putters.

moi“We knew if we could maximize MOI and do so in a way without making a putter that was unwieldy in terms of size that we would get better performance. One of the things we wanted to do was bring back our White Hot feel, our most popular insert of all-time, probably the most popular insert of all time from anyone!” On a side note, the insert was part of Patrick Reed’s arsenal at the Masters. MOI is about protecting ball speed, regardless if whether it’s in a driver or a putter. “If we can increase the MOI by 20%, we effectively make the hole larger by as 65%,” said Williams. “Even the best players in the world miss putts off the center of the face. It doesn’t seem like something people think about miss hits with putters like they do with drivers but if you pay attention and know where you’re hitting it you can tell when you. Even the best players in the world, especially coming down the stretch on a Sunday you can tell when the catch one a little bit in the heel or towards the toe.”

moi2“The mindset was is there a way for us to really look at a way of effectively making a hole bigger and the way to effectively make it bigger is to have putts get to the hole at kind of a dead weight where they could fall in the front or the side,” said Toulon. “The problem with that is if you’re a dead weight putter and you have a normal putter with a normal MOI, let’s say 3,500 and you miss hit a putt it will come up short. With EXO putters they’re not going to be short. That’s a big deal.”

“We love what we have with our micro-hinge insert technology in the roll benefit it provides,” Williams continued. “All three shapes in the line are mallets and all of them are available with both face balanced toe hang options. We know that is a trend we’ve seen out on Tour and it’s catching in the marketplace, so we are going to continue to double down in that regard.

The EXO Putters are available in Seven, Rossie, Indianapolis (all available in face balanced and toe hang options) head shapes and at retail starting May 18th. They retail for $299.99.

WEB GEMS:

LIFE AFTER THE MASTERS: Tiger Woods built his comeback around the Masters, as was the case even in healthier years. He took a step back at Augusta National, not breaking par until the final round and finishing 16 shots behind Patrick Reed, the most he has trailed the Masters winner. Woods wasn't alone in his disappointment. Jordan Spieth geared his early part of the year toward being ready for the Masters, the major he says he most wants to win. Phil Mickelson took himself out of the hunt with a 79 in the second round. Jack Nicklaus can understand how they feel, and his message for anyone who puts so much emphasis on a green jacket is that the show goes on. "I had to learn that there were other tournaments in the country after Augusta," Nicklaus said at the Masters after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot. "I played Augusta a lot of times and lost. I won in '63, '65 and '66, and I just expected to win every year. I thought I would just continue to do that." READ MORE>>>

MAJOR MOMENTS: Major champions today create memories for tomorrow.
Some of them, anyway. Still to be determined is whether the grit Patrick Reed showed at Augusta National — holding off Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler in that order — resonates with a junior who is just getting into golf or motivates one of Reed’s peers. “It’s such a nostalgic game,” McIlroy said last summer. “People remember when they watched Jack (Nicklaus) win a U.S. Open or Tom Watson chip in at Pebble Beach. Whatever generation it is, that’s what they’re going to remember and that’s their fondest memory.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I’ve never watched it [golf] on TV except out of the corner of my eye. Not one round of the Masters, or even an episode of Golf Central. I’ve never seen the Feherty show. If I’ve watched a couple of hours of golf, total, I’d be surprised. I follow golf through Twitter, Instagram and the PGA Tour app. I’m very weak on golf history, because you pick up a lot of that on TV. I know Jack Nicklaus has 18 majors, and that Tiger has 14, but I have no idea who’s third. When I played in my first Masters I knew nothing about Augusta National except what I’d seen playing the Tiger video game. I had a couple of invitations to play the course in advance and appreciated them but was like, ‘Thank you, but I’m good.’ Not knowing what a big deal it was is probably why I didn’t play a full practice round. I walked the front nine on Tuesday with a wedge and putter and played the back nine on Wednesday. I tied for 10th that first year.”--Daniel Berger, who has won the FedEx St Jude Classic the last two years and played in the Masters the past three years and finished 10th, 27th and 32nd. 

2016 U.S. Amateur champion and at the time World No. 1 amateur, Curtis Luck made his professional debut at the 2017 Valero Texas Open. Luck won the 2016’s U.S. Amateur Championship, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the World Amateur Team Championship en route to becoming the top-ranked amateur in the world.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 75                                                         
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's truly been the hardest Sunday I've ever had in any tournament because the crowd wanted it so much and I wanted it so much. You can tell how excited everybody is, I felt that tension, I felt that stress, I felt everything magnified. They played a huge part, I came for them mainly so I'm just glad I can win this one for the Spanish people."

BRAIN TEASER: The 2018 RBC Heritage was the 24th of 44 events in the PGA TOUR Season, believe it or not. Despite the calendar saying its only April, more than half of the TOUR season is already completed. Do you know how many points were needed last season to qualify for the season ending FedExCup playoffs?

HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES! The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But in a move we haven’t seen before, there will also be at least two games on -- Golf Channel! READ MORE>>>

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Arccos Golf has announced the premiere of Arccos Coaches Dashboard, a free, web-based platform that allows PGA Professionals, college coaches and other instructors to access, analyze students’ on-course performance data. It was developed in consultation with Bob Ford, Arccos Advisory Board Chair and General Manager at Seminole Golf Club.

“Almost all of the world’s best players and their coaches use on-course performance data to inform their practice regimens and tournament strategies,” stated Sal Syed, Arccos CEO and Co-Founder. “Now, every instructor and any player can benefit from the same type of factual, non-biased insights. This means much more efficient lessons, greater student satisfaction and enhanced revenue opportunities for coaches.”

Arccos Coaches Dashboard eliminates the need to rely on a student’s post-round feedback. The intent is to provide a wide array of insights to coaches such as advanced analytics; strokes gained analysis, accuracy and performance data for every club and distance as well as player performance trend identification.

"With the Arccos Coaches Dashboard, instructors can use on-course performance data to connect with their students in ways that weren't previously possible," said Bob Ford. "Coaches now have streamlined access to data-driven insights for every player. When play on the course dictates what happens on the lesson tee, a total paradigm shift in coaching begins."

“Every college team is looking for an edge, and having on-course performance data that’s automatically captured for every player is that edge,” said Chawwadee Rompothong, Yale Women’s Golf Team Head Coach. “In the Arccos Coaches Dashboard, I can look at each player’s unique tendencies and trends. This will make it an invaluable resource for our team going forward."

CHEERS: The PGA of America and Anheuser-Busch announced that Michelob ULTRA has been designated as the Official Beer Sponsor of the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship. This new partnership includes rights for the Ryder Cup through 2020, as well as the PGA Championship through 2019. Financial details were not disclosed.

The sponsorship will commence with the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Aug. 6-12. Then, beginning with the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island, New York, Michelob ULTRA will also serve as the presenting sponsor of the Wanamaker Club. In addition, the beer brand will be presenting sponsor of the International Pavilion for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

WEB GEMS:

LOVE NOT HATE: Patrick Reed won the Masters. Since then, he’s worn the green jacket multiple places, because he won the freaking Masters. That led a surprisingly large swath of people to mock Reed for doing so. Here’s one example: READ MORE>>>

THE HEAT INDEX: Patrick Reed unjustly catching heat for wearing green jacket to multiple sporting events. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's truly been the hardest Sunday I've ever had in any tournament because the crowd wanted it so much and I wanted it so much. You can tell how excited everybody is, I felt that tension, I felt that stress, I felt everything magnified. They played a huge part, I came for them mainly so I'm just glad I can win this one for the Spanish people."

365 points were needed to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs in 2017, 483 to qualify for Dell Technologies Championship, 689 for BMW Championship and 1,322 to qualify for the TOUR Championship. Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira won the 2018 RBC Heritage, which included $1,206,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 74                                                         
Monday, April 16, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There's been quite a lot of lows in the last 18 months, to be honest. Not sure whether I got the PGA Tour card. Yeah, it's been tough. So if you ride the waves and you trust yourself and you believe in your ability, then hopefully it's still in there. It is. I'm proving it right now; I'm playing some great golf. I'm enjoying it. And I'm staying patient. Sometimes you have to go through the good, the bad to obviously come back.”

BRAIN TEASER: Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira won the 2018 RBC Heritage on Sunday. Can you name the last player from Japan to win on the PGA TOUR?

WHAT PROBLEM? Twenty years ago there were lengthy waiting lists to join many golf clubs in Northern Ireland. Today, that trend has reversed to worrying levels. Golf is an increasingly important selling point for Northern Ireland. According to the all-island Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) - which represents over 430 golf clubs with over 170,000 members - there has been a 30% drop in membership since 2004. This is particularly concerning given that Northern Ireland has never enjoyed more global exposure on the golfing map. Most weeks on the European and PGA tours, an NI player appears on the leaderboard. Golf should be booming here - so why does that not seem to be the case at grassroots level? READ MORE>>>

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FORE? Is there such a thing as Masters hangover? Winning on the hallowed ground of Augusta National fulfills a dream, but going inside the numbers reveals that playing well following a win at Augusta National is hard. Very hard. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Satoshi Kodaira overcame a 2-over 73 in the first round of the RBC Heritage with an 8-under 63 in the second, which was the low-round of the tournament. The 28-year old closed with weekend scores of 70-66 to finish at 12-under 272, resulting in a playoff with South Korea’s Si Woo Kim. After pars from both players on the first two extra holes (18-18), Kodaira sank a 24’ 6” putt for a birdie at No. 17 to claim the victory, which came in just his 15th start on the PGA TOUR.

A non-member, should Kodaira accept membership to the PGA TOUR with his win, he would automatically earn a two-year membership thus carrying him through the 2019-20 season. In addition, his non-member FedExCup points would transfer over to the member list. It would seem to be a no-brainer! Among the other perks by becoming a member (2017-18 season) are a spot (in order of play) into THE PLAYERS Championship, Fort Worth Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, The National and PGA Championship. “This is a stage I've been dreaming about. And having this opportunity to play full-time is a dream come true. So, of course, I will accept the full-time membership,” Kodaira said. “To win this quickly is a big surprise to me.”

Perhaps not surprisingly is the winning score, which was one shot higher than required in 2017. But it was three shots lower than Branden Grace in 2016. Each of the three past winners enlisted different equipment choices to arrive at the winning tally, which represents food for fodder in the infamous debate on technology in golf and its place towards golf course perceived obsolescence! You may recall from the April 11th issue that Harbour Town GL, last year, had the shortest Driving Distance (All Drives) on a single course of all PGA TOUR events. Nevertheless, scoring hasn’t been significantly impacted. Go figure?

Here are Satoshi Kodaira’ winning numbers and what he had in his bag at the 2018 RBC Heritage compared to the previous two years results:

Satoshi Kodaira’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 19
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 272

Driver: PRGR RS prototype (10.5*)
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15*), PRGR ID Nabla Black (18*)
Irons: PRGR ID Nabla RS (3), PRGR Forged (4-PW)
Wedges: PRGR ID Nabla Tour (52*); Fourteen RM 22 (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Wesley Bryan/ 2017 RBC Heritage:

Bryan’s Winning Numbers:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 16
Pars: 50
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 271

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (8.5 degrees)
Fairway Metal: Callaway GBB Epic (15 degrees)
Hybrids: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 2016 (4-PW)
Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (50-10 S Grind, 54-10 S Grind), Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (58-08)
Putter: Odyssey Metal X Milled #2
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Branden Grace/2016 RBC Heritage:

Grace’s Winning Numbers:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 18
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 275

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero Driver (8.5*) with a Fuji shaft
Fairway Woods: Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway Wood (16*) with a Fuji Pro shaft
Irons: Callaway Apex Utility 3-iron and X Forged '13 irons (4-PW) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
Wedges: Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind Wedge 52*, 56* and 60* with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
Putter: Odyssey Versa V Line Putter White/Black/White
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WEB GEMS:

THIS ONE IS SPECIAL! Jon Rahm delighted the huge crowds at Centro Nacional de Golf as he became the sixth Spanish player to win the Open de España. The World Number Four carded a closing 67 to get to 20 under and hold off the challenge of countryman Nacho Elvira and overnight leader Paul Dunne for his third European Tour title. His three wins have come in just 19 events, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark, and he joins countrymen Antonio Garrido, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Ángel Jiménez as Spanish winners of the event since it joined the European Tour in 1972. READ MORE>>>

For the final two days of the Lotte Championship, it was pretty clear that the only player who could beat Brooke Henderson was Brooke Henderson. The Canadian was too talented, and she had some very important people to play for, dedicating her victory to the people involved in the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash in Saskatchewan.
“It’s extremely sad, a terrible tragedy what happened up there,” Henderson said. “I know it kind of affected my whole country. Everybody really took it kind of personally.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “There's been quite a lot of lows in the last 18 months, to be honest. Not sure whether I got the PGA Tour card. Yeah, it's been tough. So if you ride the waves and you trust yourself and you believe in your ability, then hopefully it's still in there. It is. I'm proving it right now; I'm playing some great golf. I'm enjoying it. And I'm staying patient. Sometimes you have to go through the good, the bad to obviously come back.”--Ian Poulter at the RBC Heritage.

Satoshi Kodaira became the first player from Japan to win on the PGA TOUR since Hideki Matsuyama did so at the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 73                                                         
Friday, April 13, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “He taught me to be very hardheaded in my golf game and not to listen to the voices out there. Because there are a lot of people out there that, with the best intentions, they want to help. And they want to try to tell you how they think you need to do it. But the only person that knows how I need to do it is me. And that's not to say I have it all figured out. Obviously I'm still looking for my first win. But I know what works for me. And I've developed that system that work works for me and I stick to it. That's the advice that I use from him every week out here.”

BRAIN TEASER: He owns a remarkable seven top-three finishes (including five runner-up finishes) in 12 previous starts at Harbour Town Golf Links. He has held three 54-hole leads at the RBC Heritage (2016, 2014, 2011) and failed to convert any into victory. Going into Thursday’s round, 32 of his last 35 rounds at Harbour Town have been even par or better. Who is he?

WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD: Golf is a game that you can play for a lifetime and many still do. Its unknown to what extent the millennial generation is aligned with the game. Yet, the 50 and above category continue to support the game they grew up with. Perhaps, that helps to explain Bridgestone move to be in front of an older audience as the PGA TOUR announced the company will become the title sponsor for the 2019 SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. It is a four-year agreement in place through 2022 The event will be played at Firestone Country Club’s South Course. Bridgestone also extended its Official Marketing Partner relationship with the PGA TOUR through 2022 and will remain as the “Official Tire of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.” The Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS will also continue to offer its champion a return trip to the PGA TOUR with an exemption into THE PLAYERS Championship.

“We are incredibly proud to extend our partnership with the PGA TOUR and ensure that world-class golf will continue at Firestone Country Club through the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship,” said Gordon Knapp, Chief Executive Officer and President, Bridgestone Americas. “The Akron community and the sport of golf have played significant roles in Bridgestone’s history and will continue to play significant roles in our future, so it is important to us that we carry the sport’s legacy in this area forward. We are excited to work with absolute legends of the sport to start a new chapter in a 65-year tradition of premier golf events that have made so many positive economic and charitable impacts on this community.”

The Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS will replace the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and does not impact the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which will be contested as scheduled, Aug. 1-5. 

IN GOLF WE TRUST: The PGA TOUR reported FedEx will become the title sponsor for the newly-named World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. It will move to Memphis, Tennessee, and TPC Southwind beginning with the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season. FedEx will assume title sponsorship of the event currently known as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“The World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is a significant milestone not only for FedEx and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but also the larger Memphis community,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president of Integrated Marketing and Communications for FedEx. “We are proud to continue our title sponsorship to benefit St. Jude, and we look forward to the many opportunities and positive economic impact a World Golf Championship event will bring to the city.” 

REACTION: Going from a World Golf Championship event to a PGA Senior Tour event is the equivalent of going from Major League Baseball to AA. But that’s what is going to happen at Firestone Country Club in 2019. Area golf fans no longer will be able to rub shoulders with household names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. No more Dustin Johnson. No Rickie Fowler. No Justin Spieth. Gordon Knapp, CEO of Bridgestone Americas, said Thursday that his company would have been permitted to keep the WGC event in Akron had it anted up enough money. But clearly Bridgestone’s sponsorship budget is lower than FedEx’s. “We looked at where the PGA was going with their --- pricing, and frankly, we had to take a step back and take a look at our own portfolio of sports sponsorship packages,” he said. READ MORE>>>

TICK, TOCK: An offer from the European Tour, LPGA and R&A to help the struggling Ladies European Tour (LET) is still on the table despite being rejected but will not be there “forever, ”according to Keith Pelley. READ MORE>>>

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ANOTHER CHANCE: Tiger Woods, fresh off competing in his first major championship since 2015, has filed an entry to compete in June’s U.S. Open, the United States Golf Association said on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

TWO AT THE TOP: Paul Dunne and Marc Warren both produced big finishes to sit atop a congested leaderboard after day one of the Open de España. Warren birdied five of his last seven holes to sign for a 66 and get to six under and it looked like he would lead on his own as heavy rain moved in during the late afternoon at Centro Nacional de Golf. The conditions proved no problem for Irishman Dunne, however, as he finished with an eagle to join the Scot on top and lead by one from a group of 11 players. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “He taught me to be very hardheaded in my golf game and not to listen to the voices out there. Because there are a lot of people out there that, with the best intentions, they want to help. And they want to try to tell you how they think you need to do it. But the only person that knows how I need to do it is me. And that's not to say I have it all figured out. Obviously I'm still looking for my first win. But I know what works for me. And I've developed that system that work works for me and I stick to it. That's the advice that I use from him every week out here.”--Sam Saunders on advice from his grandfather, Arnold Palmer.

Luke Donald owns a remarkable seven top-three finishes (including five runner-up finishes) in 12 previous starts at Harbour Town Golf Links, has held three 54-hole leads at the RBC Heritage (2016, 2014, 2011) and failed to convert any into victory and 32 of his last 35 rounds at Harbour Town have been even-par or better before play began on Thursday. He opened the 2018 tournament by shooting 76.

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