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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Golf is different late on Sunday. It is. And I think the more taste you can have at it, the better you end up doing. Houston I thought I played nice. I shot even par in some tough conditions. San Antonio really tough conditions. Augusta National on Sunday played some good golf. I bogeyed 17 and 18, which was a bit of a letdown to shoot 2‑over, but not at all disappointed with the performance. I'd like to shoot some better numbers, but I certainly am not going to try to change anything as to how I approach it Sunday. I feel like it's just a matter of getting more and more comfortable and playing some better golf. I feel like my game's ready. I've played some great golf on Sunday in some big events. I don't see any issue there.”
BRAIN TEASER: What member of the PGA TOUR is playing his first event as a 50-year old?
WHO KNEW? It’s no surprise to see Matt Kuchar on top of the leaderboard at the RBC Heritage. Kuchar has been knocking on the door more than once this year but has yet to find the winner’s circle. But you never know when surprises are waiting around the corner. Case in point, Kuchar, who is making his 11th start at the RBC Heritage, found Thursday had a couple of things waiting for him that had never happened before. His opening round of 66 yesterday is his lowest score in 39 career rounds at the Harbour Town Golf Links. His previous low was the final-round 67 in 2008, while his previous low opening round in this event was 68 (2003, 2011). He delivered a bogey-free round on Thursday, which was, believe it or not, his first ever in 39 career rounds at Harbour Town GL. He was the only player in the entire field that managed to keep a bogey off of his card on Thursday. The par 71 course played to scoring average of 72.206 in the opening round.
MOTHER NATURE: From parts of the Upper Midwest to the Northeast and in areas as far south as Texas and the Carolinas, the winter of 2013-2014 was one of the longest, coldest and most severe in memory. And according to golf course superintendents and turfgrass researchers who have been monitoring conditions with great concern, golfers getting in their first swings of the season are likely to get an up-close-and-personal look at the damage.
"I spoke with a superintendent the other day who has been in his current position for 22 years, and in the industry longer than that, and he thought this was the worst winter since the late 1970s, something like 40 years," said Kevin Frank, Ph.D., an associate professor in turfgrass science at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.
"Winter injury isn't uncommon on golf courses in many parts of the country, but it might normally be just a handful of courses that are affected. This year, it will likely be just a handful that aren’t affected."
"At a local superintendent meeting we just had, a climatologist from Michigan State told us that this was the worst winter in 100 years," said Steve Cook, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. "It was just so far out of the norm, even for those of us in this part of the country." READ MORE>>>
A DAY AT THE BEACH? While it appears the golf industry is off to a slow or soft start, some opportunities are available that might make it a little more tempting to dive back into the game. A birdie on No. 7 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, an evening by the fire pits at The Inn at Spanish Bay, the perfect sunset at The Lone Cypress. It’s moments like these that make a visit to Pebble Beach Resorts unforgettable. This summer, your unforgettable memories can be made with limited-time holiday specials at Pebble Beach Resorts.
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PUBLIC FUNDING? New Zealand Golf CEO Dean Murphy claims Lydia Ko has been rocked by the public backlash over an application for nearly $200,000 in public funding. Murphy says reports of Ko having large endorsement deals are off the mark, and the actual sum she receives is far less than what's been reported. READ MORE>>>
CARRY ON: There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday. Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt. The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour Town Golf Links. READ MORE>>>
GO JUMP IN A LAKE: Lee Westwood jumped out to a four-shot lead and Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a water hazard to escape hornets during the Malaysian Open second round on Friday. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “Golf is different late on Sunday. It is. And I think the more taste you can have at it, the better you end up doing. Houston I thought I played nice. I shot even par in some tough conditions. San Antonio really tough conditions. Augusta National on Sunday played some good golf. I bogeyed 17 and 18, which was a bit of a letdown to shoot 2‑over, but not at all disappointed with the performance. I'd like to shoot some better numbers, but I certainly am not going to try to change anything as to how I approach it Sunday. I feel like it's just a matter of getting more and more comfortable and playing some better golf. I feel like my game's ready. I've played some great golf on Sunday in some big events. I don't see any issue there.” --Matt Kuchar after the first round of the RBC Heritage, which he shares the lead.
Davis Milton Love III, born April 13, 1964, is in the field this week at the RBC Heritage. He turned 50 on Sunday and plans to play both the PGA and Champions Tour this year. Love, who has 20 PGA Tour victories, won his first of five tournaments at Harbour Town in 1987. He beat Steve Jones by one shot in what was then called the MCI Heritage Golf Classic. Today, people know it as the RBC Heritage. Love shot a 1-under 70 in his 691st career start on Tour.
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