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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 141                                                       
Friday, July 20, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't mind expectation. I feel like you've got to be a big boy, and you've got to be able to handle that. If you want to play at the top level, that's what you've got to live with. I've got no problem with that. I think the self-inflicted pressure -- you know, to win a tournament, you want to stay as free as possible, as loose as possible. You want to try to keep it as simple as possible as well because that's when your best golf tends to come out. So Thursday halfway through Sunday, that's kind of the mindset. Then it's about finishing it off.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player had the honor of striking the first tee shot on Thursday and making his 43rd appearance, the second-most behind Gary Player’s record 46. Who is he?

HOW’S IT GO? The first round of any tournament is not immediately about winning. In fact it’s more often about not losing it. A slow start can mean missing the cut. Perhaps that is more prevalent than ever at the Open Championship where the weather can have a say in the outcome. So how did the top 10 in the world rankings fare in the opening 18 holes in somewhat benign conditions at Carmoustie?

Dustin Johnson -- 76 --T129
Justin Thomas -- 69 --TT8
Justin Rose -- 72 -- T50
Brooks Koepka -- 72 --T50
Jon Rahm -- 69 -- T8
Jordan Spieth -- 72 --T50
Rickie Fowler -- 70 -- T18
Rory McIlroy -- 69 --T8
Tommy Fleetwood -- 72 -- T50

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK? After experiencing a series of visa and travel issues, Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas made it to Glasgow Thursday morning without his golf clubs and arrived at Carnoustie via helicopter just a few hours before his 10:31 a.m. tee time. The 2017 Presidents Cup International Team member posted a 5-over 76 to sit T129.

AND THE WINNER IS? Safe to say Carnoustie lived up to its reputation on Thursday. Here are some of the first round numbers to substantiate venue for the 147th Open Championship:

First Round Weather: Sunny with a high of 71. SSW wind at 5-10 mph in the morning, increasing to 12-18 mph in the afternoon before calming to 5-8 mph in the evening.

Course Statistics
Toughest Hole: Par-3 16th (3.462)
Easiest Hole: Par-5 14th (4.545)
Stat Leaders in R1:
Longest Average Drive: Bryson DeChambeau (379 yards)
Fairways Hit: Erik Van Rooyen (13 of 15)
Greens in Regulation: Patrick Cantlay (15 of 18)
Fewest Putts: Kevin Kisner (22)
Most Birdies: Tony Finau (8)
Scrambling: Kevin Kisner/Bryson DeChambeau (8)

Scoring Averages
Front 9: 36.705
Back 9: 36.455
Total Cumulative: 73.160 

Bogey-free rounds R1: None

TRUTH IN NUMBERS! The 147th Open at Carnoustie will be the best attended to date at the renowned Angus venue, according to our friends at the R&A. This week’s attendance has already surpassed the previous record of 157,000, set in 1999. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We know that there has been real excitement among fans about The Open returning to Carnoustie’s great links and the record number of spectators at the Championship here underlines its reputation as one of the world’s great sporting events. Attending The Open is a memorable experience full of iconic moments and we look forward to welcoming fans from all around the world for this global celebration of golf.”

NO WORRIES, MATE: Golf Australia has released their fifth golf participation report, presenting last year’s figures and trends on membership, competition rounds, general participation and specific program participation. The report includes data from the different states and territories and presents results from AusPlay and comparison trends with other sports. The findings from Ausplay included a total of 980,000 people who participated in golf in the 12-month period. Unfavorable figures in regards to growth of the game shows a cumulative loss in total members of 3.4% over the past five-year period, which equates to an average decline of 0.7% per year. The national golf club membership last year in Australia was 389,672  (a 1.1% decline from previous year), and was comprised of 80% male and 20% females. READ MORE>>>

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Earlier this week, PING introduced two new sets of irons, wedges and junior clubs. It doesn’t end there. PING Apparel has introduced its Autumn-Winter '18 collection, which is available in select golf shops now.

“We’re 100% committed to clothing that performs for golfers, moves as freely as they do, provides warmth without bulk and is engineered for the demands of the game,” said Andy Solheim, PING Executive Vice President. “We ensure all of that by sourcing the highest-quality materials because anything less affects playability. For AW18 we integrated extra-fine Merino wool, Primaloft insulation, and fleece that provides unrivaled softness. From our jackets and sweaters to the outer layers, the polos and pants, every piece combines comfort, breathability and freedom of movement.”  

Solheim highlighted three key technologies for guarding against the elements: Primaloft insulation, Zegna Baruffa fine Italian Merino wool, and Pertex for stretchable, breathable windproof and waterproof technology. He added that the AW18 collection carries on with its Sensor Technology Platform – SensorWarm, SensorCool, and SensorDry – apparel custom-engineered to perform from base layer to outer layer.

According to the company, Primaloft Silver Active Insulation provides the ultimate in thermal efficiency, offering warmth without bulk, extreme compressibility, and superior softness. The AW18 sweater range is constructed of 100% extra-fine Zegna Baruffa H2Dry K-Wool, PING said. H2Dry K-Wool ensures comfort and wearability, while offering a superb weight-to-warmth ratio, according to the company.

“Zegna Baruffa wool checks all the boxes: it’s incredibly soft, it’s warm yet light, and it’s easy to maintain so it’s amazingly durable – there’s nothing like it,” Solheim said. “There really is a difference when you experience the best.”

The ladies collection integrates premium-quality fabric technology designed to perform in everyday life as it does on the golf course. “Our women’s line delivers on ‘warmer, softer, drier’ and conveys that message of quality that we want to send across every piece in the collection,” Solheim said. “The clothes do a great job balancing style with superior feel, comfort and performance for golf or daily activities.”

WEB GEMS:

TIGER IS STILL THE MAN! For a few hours at a sun-drenched Carnoustie on Thursday it felt like 2000 all over again, or 2005 or 2006 as Tiger Woods rolled back the years and captivated a heaving British Open gallery. READ MORE>>>

MORE RED, WHITE AND BLUE: So much for US golfers not possessing the camaraderie. Maybe we can finally lay that famous Ryder Cup cliche to bed now that Kevin Kisner is the latest member of America’s ‘frat house to have garnered inspiration from his major-winning buddies to highlight the Starred and Striped dominance. Will the 147th Open Champion hail their sixth major win in succession for the first time in 36 years? The opening signs are certainly promising/concerning depending on which side of the Atlantic one’s heart lie. Kisner shot a five-under 66 to assume control, while one behind is countryman Tony Finau as well as two South Africans in Erik van Rooyen and Zander Lombard. Of the big names Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods inevitably stood out after a two-under 69 and a 71 respectively. READ MORE>>>

TOUCHY, TOUCHY: Rory McIlroy responded to criticism from Butch Harmon with a rebuke of Harmon's comments and a 69 in the first round of the British Open. Harmon said McIlroy looks like a "robot" when he is practicing his putting. "He is one of the best players the game has ever seen," Harmon said on Sky Sports. "If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don't have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf." McIlroy was asked about Harmon after his opening round Thursday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “I don't mind expectation. I feel like you've got to be a big boy, and you've got to be able to handle that. If you want to play at the top level, that's what you've got to live with. I've got no problem with that. I think the self-inflicted pressure -- you know, to win a tournament, you want to stay as free as possible, as loose as possible. You want to try to keep it as simple as possible as well because that's when your best golf tends to come out. So Thursday halfway through Sunday, that's kind of the mindset. Then it's about finishing it off.”--Justin Rose.

Sandy Lyle, the 1985 Open champion, had the honor of striking the first tee shot on Thursday. Lyle posted a 4-over 75 while making his 43rd appearance, the second-most behind Gary Player’s record 46 starts.

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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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 140                                                       
Thursday, July 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I didn't have any options, really many, when I turned pro except to come over here and play. And I know I've said this a million times: It was the most fun I've ever had playing golf. Probably the funnest time of my life coming over here and playing. I enjoyed it way more than I probably do now playing on the tour."

BRAIN TEASER: Paul Lawrie won at Carnoustie in 1999 after Jean Van de Velde made triple bogey on the last hole. Who else was part of the three-man playoff? Can you name the third player that was part of the playoff?

PREEMPTIVE STRIKE?  Word out of Scotland is the warm summer (anyone remember beast from the east?) has Carnoustie running quite firm and fast. Reports indicate the fairways are at 9.5 in the Stimpmeter. Meanwhile, the R&A conducted COR testing on 30 drivers, as pointed out back in the July 6th issue of the Daily Pulse. Already there have been reports of drives going over 400 yards in practice rounds.

Some believe the driver could be the key club at this year’s Open Championship. “I think the really long hitters will hit drivers almost everywhere,” Pete Cowen, one of the European Tour’s leading instructors is quoted as saying. “If they find a bad spot, they’ll just play for the middle of the green and move on. If they hit the fairway, they will be in great position to make a birdie. And if the top players are all doing that, anyone else is going to be behind the eight-ball if they don’t do the same.”

If the weather cooperates for all 72 holes around Carnoustie (always a BIG IF), then perhaps the focus might not be on equipment but on the athlete! Perhaps, the R&A decided to get in front of this topic, if it arises, given the rhetoric already made on the distance golf balls are traveling these days.

READING TOO MUCH INTO IT? The brand of driver used by Rory McIlroy and other top golfers has been identified for testing at the British Open this week, the world number eight said on Wednesday. World number one Dustin Johnson, 14-times major champion Tiger Woods and world number three Justin Rose are among other leading players who use TaylorMade equipment. “I wasn’t (individually) selected,” four-times major winner McIlroy told reporters on Wednesday. “I did have a look and see who was selected. I think there was one manufacturer that was singled out a bit more than anyone else. The one that I’m using.” READ MORE>>>

ITS BIG BUSINESS: Fears that Carnoustie might this week be staging the Open Championship for a final time have been played down by R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, who wants to see the event “bring value to the town for decades to come” In a stunning development on the eve of the championship’s eighth staging at the Angus venue, the captain of Carnoustie Golf Club, Bill Thompson, claimed that golf’s oldest major had outgrown the Angus town. He also expressed concern that local residents are being inconvenienced by the tightening of security, parking restrictions and changing ticket policies. “We have 14,000 residents and we’re not built for 45-50,000 people,” said Thompson in a BBC interview. “It’s changing the balance. The balance was that you would always put up with an element of disruption, and a number of weeks with not playing the course. READ MORE>>>

SWAG: Golfers have the chance to make a statement about themselves and their game through one of kind opportunity. Callaway has worked with artists/creators around the globe and Oregon-based Seamus Golf to develop 30+ one-of-a-kind, hand-painted golf club headcovers. cally

Part of Callaway Create, which brings creators’ perspectives to golf, the unique headcovers are now up for charity auction exclusively on CallawayGolf.com. Each is meticulously hand-stitched and weatherproofed.

All auction proceeds go to Bunkers in Baghdad, an organization dedicated to sending new and used golf balls, clubs, and equipment to our troops around the world, with a focus on the brave men and women currently serving in combat titleisheadcoverszones. Bunkers also supplies golf equipment to our vets and warriors around the country to aid in their recreation and rehabilitation. It has collected and shipped 9 million golf balls and 700,000 golf clubs to our troops, vets and warriors in more than 65 countries around the world and all 50 states. Callaway has a long history of military appreciation efforts.

If you’re looking for something more traditional or even inspired by this week’s Open Championship, there is the 2018 Scotland Inspired Headcovers from Titleist. Featuring hand-selected leathers, rich embroidery and "2018" debossed details, this commemorative set will be seen in the bags of Titleist Brand Ambassadors competing this week at Carnoustie. They are available through My Titleist on Titleist.com.

 

WEB GEMS:

WILL CARNOUSTIE SHOW ITS TEETH? Shane Lowry believes the bombers could face at Car-nasty blow up in The Open if they take on golf’s toughest links with the driver. He fears for the bombers: "If I'm wrong I'll obviously eat my words,” READ MORE>>>

WIDE OPEN! More than half of the 156-man field have a realistic chance of winning the British Open, Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday as players prepared for probably the firmest major championship conditions in a generation. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I didn't have any options, really many, when I turned pro except to come over here and play. And I know I've said this a million times: It was the most fun I've ever had playing golf. Probably the funnest time of my life coming over here and playing. I enjoyed it way more than I probably do now playing on the tour."--Two-time U.S Open Champ, Brooks Koepka.

Justin Leonard joined Paul Lawrie and Jean Van de Velde in the 1999 Open Championship playoff.

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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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 139                                                       
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “This one, like last year, I'm kind of coming back as a kind of defending champion. I'm quite familiar with Carnoustie. I've been back every year at the Dunhill Championship. It's not quite the same as Birkdale last year. The beauty of the golf course is there's a lot of different ways of playing it, but eventually you're going to have to grow up and hit the shots. You're going to have to take some chances.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who was the last non-American player to win a major championship?

THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Hard to believe the Open Championship hasn’t been to Carnoustie since 2007. Has the world changed since then? For these players, it certainly has:

2007 Open Championship Final Leaderboard Rank Player 72-hole Score
1 Padraig Harrington 277
2 Sergio Garcia 277
3 Andres Romero 278
T4 Ernie Els 279
T4 Richard Green 279 
T6 Stewart Cink 280
T6 Hunter Mahan 280
T8 K.J. Choi 281
T8 Ben Curtis 281
T8 Steve Stricker 281
T8 Mike Weir 281

YOU NEVER GO WRONG WITH NEW: In between is one way to describe TaylorMade Golf. Long gone are the go-go days of white drivers. The momentum spilled over to such products as RocketBallz (otherwise known as RBZ), R9, R9 460, R11, Burner, Burner SuperFast 2.0, SLDR, SLDR Mini, AeroBurner, M1, M2, M3 and well you get the idea. Let’s not forget the TP versions that often if not automatically and simultaneously mirrored each introduction. Drivers, no pun intended, drive sales and generate potential momentum for any brand in other categories.

Since it’s been a while that TaylorMade has been able measure up to its illustrious past, the new product carousel hasn’t slowed down. Suffice is to say, TaylorMade is not the company it once was, while striving to be more than it is today. Perhaps the GAPR may bridge the difference?

In fact, it’s been a month since the company introduced something new (Spider Mini/June 7th) and another month since it came out with MySpider custom program (May 29th). Now the latest to come from the creator of the Rescue line of hybrids in 1999, is the GAPR. As its name implies, it offers golfers the right clubs, according to the company, to fill gaps in the long game. Maybe it might do the same for the company’s revenue stream!

In recent years, the majority of hybrid clubs have gradually evolved into extensions of the iron set or simply smaller fairway woods, TaylorMade said. Few compelling options for golfers to upgrade their hybrids exist, according to the company, unless they purchase them as part of an iron set. On Tour, the number of wood-style gaprhybrids has steadily declined. Players are starting to adopt iron-style utility clubs and driving irons for better control and workability.

In each of the three different GAPR models, engineers have incorporated TaylorMade's SpeedFoam technology, which was introduced in the P790 irons last fall. SpeedFoam serves the dual purpose of generating ball speed while also dampening vibrations to create optimal sound and feel. SpeedFoam is injected into the club head in liquid form before expanding within the club, providing increased face support while maintaining the soft, solid sound and feel that golfers prefer.

Designed primarily for players with faster ballspeeds, GAPR LO is the smallest of the three models and features a low-forward CG, TaylorMade said, for distance with a mid-to-low trajectory. Its driving iron-type shape has a players profile that allows for excellent flighting and workability. It has a mid-thin sole width for performance and versatility for the stronger player.

Slightly larger in size than the GAPR LO, GAPR MID was designed with players of all skill levels in mind, according to the company. It has a CG that is low and forward. According to TaylorMade, the MID has an iron face profile that offers confidence and easy alignment and a medium-wide sole width for ease of play and versatility.

The GAPR HI is intended to appeal for the widest range of players. As the name implies, it is the largest of the three models and features a low/back CG. Where the HI differs from the other two models is it’s shaping, which features a modern Rescue look with a high-toe, peanut shaped clubhead. The dropped crown feature provides lower CG and improved alignment, TaylorMade said.

“More Tour players are adopting utility clubs to bridge the gap between their longest iron and shortest fairway wood. GAPR provides innovative options for players to confidently hit a specific yardage with a specific trajectory. With SpeedFoam, Loft Sleeve and Speed Pocket technologies, golfers have the performance and adjustability to fine-tune their long game for the right combination of distance, versatility and precision,” said Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation, Metalwoods.

The GAPR will be available starting on August 24th at an MSRP of $250.

WEB GEMS:

CONSPIRACY THEORIST WARNING? You only have to spend a few minutes watching Jon Rahm blasting his driver into the wild blue yonder to feel that uncontrollable urge to hit something very hard with a stick. Just ask Rory McIlroy, who set off with the Basque beast on a practice round at Carnoustie early yesterday and walked off the 18th green a few hours later convinced — though not definitively — that heavy bombing might just bring down fortress Carnoustie. READ MORE>>>

BOMBS AWAY: Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson head a group of long hitters ready to take on Carnoustie with an aggressive strategy at the British Open starting on Thursday. While many players have spoken about how infrequently, if at all, they will use their drivers on the ultra-firm and fast layout, Koepka and Johnson subscribe to a grip it and rip it philosophy. READ MORE>>>

TIGER’S KIND OF GOLF: “Ever since I first came over, it’s been my favorite type of golf to play,’ he said. ‘I like the fact it’s all about feel, that you know you’re not going to get the most perfect bounces and the challenge that presents.” READ MORE>>>

CONTROVERSY? It would be an exaggeration to say the Open Championship is causing widespread anger in Carnoustie. Nonetheless, one need not scrape far beneath the surface to discover grumblings of discontent. The subject in hand is straightforward for those attending the 147th Open. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “This one, like last year, I'm kind of coming back as a kind of defending champion. I'm quite familiar with Carnoustie. I've been back every year at the Dunhill Championship. It's not quite the same as Birkdale last year. The beauty of the golf course is there's a lot of different ways of playing it, but eventually you're going to have to grow up and hit the shots. You're going to have to take some chances.”--Padraig Harrington, who won the Open Championship the last time it was played at Carnoustie.

The last time a non-American won a major was Sergio Garcia at the 2017 Masters.

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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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 138                                                       
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If I didn't win another major for the rest of my career, nothing is going to change in my life. I'd be disappointed but again, it's not going to change things. I don't panic. It doesn't keep me up at night. I just need to give myself chances. I was proud of myself just to get into the final group at the Masters this year. I didn't have a good Sunday. But I would have needed something pretty special to beat Patrick, anyway. U.S. Open was the U.S. Open. I've got two more chances this year to hopefully play myself into contention. That was my goal. My goal this year, it wasn't to win majors. It was just to give myself a chance and to put myself in positions to see how I fair. I did that at Augusta. I felt like I learned a bit from it and then hopefully going into Carnoustie and Bellerive, I can put myself in similar positions.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player recorded the lowest round ever in a major championship last year at the Open Championship. Who did it and what was his score?

PUTT FOR DOUGH: Scotty Cameron is looking to push the envelop. Perhaps this might become a breakout category?  The new Scotty Cameron Concept X models – CX-01 and CX-02 – blend the visual characteristics of a Newport 2 with the playability of a mallet through boundary-pushing design techniques and technologies, according to the company.

The new Scotty Cameron Concept X models – CX-01 and CX-02 – features high-MOI producing “wings” plus new dual-zone vibration dampening technology for sound and feel. Concept X putters are unique by the neck configurations: CX-01 employs a tour-proven “Nuckle Neck” with one shaft of offset, while the CX-02 is conceptxdesigned with a new low slant “Joint Neck” that promotes additional tow flow. As the name implies, Concept X is big on new ideas, according to Cameron, born out of his research and experimentations inside his Southern California Putter Studio.

“Concept X is for the player who wants the feel and performance of a Tour-proven blade style putter, but wants to benefit from the latest technology to achieve more forgiveness,” said Cameron. “What’s unique about these putters is that they’re fast looking and high-tech. But by making them wider, they’re more forgiving. You get a calm feeling like when you play a mallet. So, you get the best of a blade and the best of a mallet in one. It has a very elegant, high-end, industrial look. At address, after a few putts, the wings almost disappear and it’s like looking down at a blade. I like to say that Concept X is the top level of performance in a putter. Our new four-way sole balancing is designed into these models. The new Nuckle and Joint Neck technology. The enhanced vibration dampening chambers for better sound and feel. It’s all in there. Concept X truly is a prototype that’s come to life.”

The CX-01 integrates a revamped Nuckle Neck configuration that provides one shaft of offset in a familiar plumbing neck setup. The toe hang is similar to that of a Newport or Newport 2. The CX-02 is designed with a completely new low slant Joint Neck that provides one shaft of offset, according to the company and promotes slightly more toe flow than the CX-01 – similar to a Newport 2.5.

A new dual-zone vibration dampening chamber integrated into the face-sole construction offer precisely tuned sound and feel by separating each “chamber” with a band of stainless steel, the company said. The mid-milled aluminum face, anodized in bright dip black, is connected via internal screws that compress the vibration dampening material for a soft, solid sound and feel. Additionally, the sole zone’s anodized and engraved plate contains additional vibration dampening material, the company said, as well as allows for weight to be redistributed back and out toward the wings, increasing MOI and overall balance.

The putters feature a new, glare-reducing Stealth Gray finish that complements the bright dip black anodized face inlay and sole plate components.  Several engravings and the familiar three-dot milled pattern have been left unpainted in their raw, machined metal finish in keeping with the “prototype” feel of the Concept X models.

The Scotty Cameron Concept X putters will be available in highly limited quantities at select network of Titleist authorized golf shops in North America on Aug. 31, 2018, and worldwide Sept. 28, 2018. The Concept X putters carry a minimum advertised price of $599.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Michael Kim notched his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2018 John Deere Classic. It came with a few added perks. First, he qualified for The 147th Open at Carnoustie by winning. Second he is the answer to a trivia question as Kim is the first player to post a victory with the new Titleist TS2 driver. Kim transitioned into the TS2 driver at the Quicken Loans National, making this the third event in which he has played the new driver. He ranked T2 in driving accuracy and 27th (4 round average 294.8 yards) in distance in his convincing 8 shot victory. Here is what Michael Kim had in the bag to win the 2018 John Deere Classic:

Driver: Titleist TS2 (10.5*)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 917F2 (16.5*)
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (21*)
Irons: 716 T-MB (4), 718 (5-PW) AP2
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 gap (52*), sand (56*) and lob (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS 350
Ball: Pro V1x

Michael Kim’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 30
Pars: 39
Bogeys: 3
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 257

Bryson DeChambeau / 2017 John Deere Classic:

Driver: Cobra KING LTD PRO 8.5°
Fairway Woods: Cobra KING LTD 3/4 Fwy; 14.5°
Irons: Cobra KING Driving Iron, 18°, COBRA KING Forged ONE Length | 4-P
Wedges: COBRA KING V Grind | 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: SIK
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330

Bryson DeChambeau’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 24
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 266

WEB GEMS:

THE MYSTERY OF CARNOUSTIE: “This will suit, not necessarily a short hitter but a very, very straight player. Somebody who pokes the ball around the place. Yes, a Matt Kuchar style of player will do nicely here," Harrington conceded. "Players who are quite happy to thread it between bunkers because that's how they play all the time. I'd be of the defensive nature and lay up.” READ MORE>>>

MORE MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB: Four years have passed since Patrick Reed, giddy with excitement following a World Golf Championship success in Florida, declared himself a world top-five golfer. Oh, how they laughed. Who does he think he is? In April, Reed delivered on that promise in emphatic style. Rory McIlroy was among those who could not keep pace with the Texan as he marched towards Masters glory. “The best thing about that is I get to go back every year now,” says Reed. “When I am 70 years old, I’ll be able to have my grandchildren caddie for me in the par-three contest” History tells us how unwise it would be to discard Reed’s next ambition as improbable. “It would mean a lot to win another major,” he explains. “But you are either a major champion or you are not. Then you are a career grand slam champion. Those are the two bars.” READ MORE>>>

PERSPECTIVE: “I remember that moment of crying in my mother’s arms; of course I do. But why does that have to be a bad memory? It was just part of growing up, part of becoming the golfer I am today. I have never been one to hide my emotions and it was better for me to let it all out. The way I see it, I was lucky that my mother was there to console me, and to help me get over the hurt and the pain I felt at not playing anywhere near my best. Yeah, it was really tough, but it showed me you need your family most at those times. My family has always been the most important thing for me and it was my father [Victor] who was first to give me a pat on the shoulder in 2007 and say: ‘Next time, Sergio, next time’. That makes me feel happy, not sad.” READ MORE>>>

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! “I was young, I was angry and I didn't handle it very well at all.” Paul Lawrie admits Open critics held him back for years after 1999 title win. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “If I didn't win another major for the rest of my career, nothing is going to change in my life. I'd be disappointed but again, it's not going to change things. I don't panic. It doesn't keep me up at night. I just need to give myself chances. I was proud of myself just to get into the final group at the Masters this year. I didn't have a good Sunday. But I would have needed something pretty special to beat Patrick, anyway. U.S. Open was the U.S. Open. I've got two more chances this year to hopefully play myself into contention. That was my goal. My goal this year, it wasn't to win majors. It was just to give myself a chance and to put myself in positions to see how I fair. I did that at Augusta. I felt like I learned a bit from it and then hopefully going into Carnoustie and Bellerive, I can put myself in similar positions.”--Rory McIlroy

Branden Grace posted an 8-under 62 in the third round at Royal Birkdale last year, the lowest round ever recorded in a major championship. The previous low round of 63 had been posted 31 times, most recently by Justin Thomas during the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open.

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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 138                                                       
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If I didn't win another major for the rest of my career, nothing is going to change in my life. I'd be disappointed but again, it's not going to change things. I don't panic. It doesn't keep me up at night. I just need to give myself chances. I was proud of myself just to get into the final group at the Masters this year. I didn't have a good Sunday. But I would have needed something pretty special to beat Patrick, anyway. U.S. Open was the U.S. Open. I've got two more chances this year to hopefully play myself into contention. That was my goal. My goal this year, it wasn't to win majors. It was just to give myself a chance and to put myself in positions to see how I fair. I did that at Augusta. I felt like I learned a bit from it and then hopefully going into Carnoustie and Bellerive, I can put myself in similar positions.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player recorded the lowest round ever in a major championship last year at the Open Championship. Who did it and what was his score?

PUTT FOR DOUGH: Scotty Cameron is looking to push the envelop. Perhaps this might become a breakout category?  The new Scotty Cameron Concept X models – CX-01 and CX-02 – blend the visual characteristics of a Newport 2 with the playability of a mallet through boundary-pushing design techniques and technologies, according to the company.

The new Scotty Cameron Concept X models – CX-01 and CX-02 – features high-MOI producing “wings” plus new dual-zone vibration dampening technology for sound and feel. Concept X putters are unique by the neck configurations: CX-01 employs a tour-proven “Nuckle Neck” with one shaft of offset, while the CX-02 is conceptxdesigned with a new low slant “Joint Neck” that promotes additional tow flow. As the name implies, Concept X is big on new ideas, according to Cameron, born out of his research and experimentations inside his Southern California Putter Studio.

“Concept X is for the player who wants the feel and performance of a Tour-proven blade style putter, but wants to benefit from the latest technology to achieve more forgiveness,” said Cameron. “What’s unique about these putters is that they’re fast looking and high-tech. But by making them wider, they’re more forgiving. You get a calm feeling like when you play a mallet. So, you get the best of a blade and the best of a mallet in one. It has a very elegant, high-end, industrial look. At address, after a few putts, the wings almost disappear and it’s like looking down at a blade. I like to say that Concept X is the top level of performance in a putter. Our new four-way sole balancing is designed into these models. The new Nuckle and Joint Neck technology. The enhanced vibration dampening chambers for better sound and feel. It’s all in there. Concept X truly is a prototype that’s come to life.”

The CX-01 integrates a revamped Nuckle Neck configuration that provides one shaft of offset in a familiar plumbing neck setup. The toe hang is similar to that of a Newport or Newport 2. The CX-02 is designed with a completely new low slant Joint Neck that provides one shaft of offset, according to the company and promotes slightly more toe flow than the CX-01 – similar to a Newport 2.5.

A new dual-zone vibration dampening chamber integrated into the face-sole construction offer precisely tuned sound and feel by separating each “chamber” with a band of stainless steel, the company said. The mid-milled aluminum face, anodized in bright dip black, is connected via internal screws that compress the vibration dampening material for a soft, solid sound and feel. Additionally, the sole zone’s anodized and engraved plate contains additional vibration dampening material, the company said, as well as allows for weight to be redistributed back and out toward the wings, increasing MOI and overall balance.

The putters feature a new, glare-reducing Stealth Gray finish that complements the bright dip black anodized face inlay and sole plate components.  Several engravings and the familiar three-dot milled pattern have been left unpainted in their raw, machined metal finish in keeping with the “prototype” feel of the Concept X models.

The Scotty Cameron Concept X putters will be available in highly limited quantities at select network of Titleist authorized golf shops in North America on Aug. 31, 2018, and worldwide Sept. 28, 2018. The Concept X putters carry a minimum advertised price of $599.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Michael Kim notched his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2018 John Deere Classic. It came with a few added perks. First, he qualified for The 147th Open at Carnoustie by winning. Second he is the answer to a trivia question as Kim is the first player to post a victory with the new Titleist TS2 driver. Kim transitioned into the TS2 driver at the Quicken Loans National, making this the third event in which he has played the new driver. He ranked T2 in driving accuracy and 27th (4 round average 294.8 yards) in distance in his convincing 8 shot victory. Here is what Michael Kim had in the bag to win the 2018 John Deere Classic:

Driver: Titleist TS2 (10.5*)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 917F2 (16.5*)
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (21*)
Irons: 716 T-MB (4), 718 (5-PW) AP2
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 gap (52*), sand (56*) and lob (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS 350
Ball: Pro V1x

Michael Kim’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 30
Pars: 39
Bogeys: 3
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 257

Bryson DeChambeau / 2017 John Deere Classic:

Driver: Cobra KING LTD PRO 8.5°
Fairway Woods: Cobra KING LTD 3/4 Fwy; 14.5°
Irons: Cobra KING Driving Iron, 18°, COBRA KING Forged ONE Length | 4-P
Wedges: COBRA KING V Grind | 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: SIK
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330

Bryson DeChambeau’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 24
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 266

WEB GEMS:

THE MYSTERY OF CARNOUSTIE: “This will suit, not necessarily a short hitter but a very, very straight player. Somebody who pokes the ball around the place. Yes, a Matt Kuchar style of player will do nicely here," Harrington conceded. "Players who are quite happy to thread it between bunkers because that's how they play all the time. I'd be of the defensive nature and lay up.” READ MORE>>>

MORE MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB: Four years have passed since Patrick Reed, giddy with excitement following a World Golf Championship success in Florida, declared himself a world top-five golfer. Oh, how they laughed. Who does he think he is? In April, Reed delivered on that promise in emphatic style. Rory McIlroy was among those who could not keep pace with the Texan as he marched towards Masters glory. “The best thing about that is I get to go back every year now,” says Reed. “When I am 70 years old, I’ll be able to have my grandchildren caddie for me in the par-three contest” History tells us how unwise it would be to discard Reed’s next ambition as improbable. “It would mean a lot to win another major,” he explains. “But you are either a major champion or you are not. Then you are a career grand slam champion. Those are the two bars.” READ MORE>>>

PERSPECTIVE: “I remember that moment of crying in my mother’s arms; of course I do. But why does that have to be a bad memory? It was just part of growing up, part of becoming the golfer I am today. I have never been one to hide my emotions and it was better for me to let it all out. The way I see it, I was lucky that my mother was there to console me, and to help me get over the hurt and the pain I felt at not playing anywhere near my best. Yeah, it was really tough, but it showed me you need your family most at those times. My family has always been the most important thing for me and it was my father [Victor] who was first to give me a pat on the shoulder in 2007 and say: ‘Next time, Sergio, next time’. That makes me feel happy, not sad.” READ MORE>>>

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! “I was young, I was angry and I didn't handle it very well at all.” Paul Lawrie admits Open critics held him back for years after 1999 title win. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “If I didn't win another major for the rest of my career, nothing is going to change in my life. I'd be disappointed but again, it's not going to change things. I don't panic. It doesn't keep me up at night. I just need to give myself chances. I was proud of myself just to get into the final group at the Masters this year. I didn't have a good Sunday. But I would have needed something pretty special to beat Patrick, anyway. U.S. Open was the U.S. Open. I've got two more chances this year to hopefully play myself into contention. That was my goal. My goal this year, it wasn't to win majors. It was just to give myself a chance and to put myself in positions to see how I fair. I did that at Augusta. I felt like I learned a bit from it and then hopefully going into Carnoustie and Bellerive, I can put myself in similar positions.”--Rory McIlroy

Branden Grace posted an 8-under 62 in the third round at Royal Birkdale last year, the lowest round ever recorded in a major championship. The previous low round of 63 had been posted 31 times, most recently by Justin Thomas during the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open.

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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