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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS, PRESENTED BY GOLF PRIDE?“I turn 26 at the end of the year. I've got plenty of Majors to play in. As long as I keep knocking on the door, I think I'll win a Major here soon.”
BRAIN TEASER: Do you remember how many shots Marc Leishman was trailing when he started his fourth round and went on to win the 2012 Travelers?
BRIDGESTONE WELCOMES A LADY: Bridgestone Golf announced the most popular ladies’ golf ball in the history of the game — the Precept Lady— is becoming part of its flagship Bridgestone brand. Effective July 1, 2013, the new Bridgestone Golf Lady Precept golf ball extends a franchise that for the past 13 years has been the #1 selling ladies’ ball, according to Golf Datatech's On and Off Course Units Sold Retail Market Share reports 1997-2012. Since 2000, Bridgestone said it has sold more lady specific golf balls than all other competitors.
Utilizing data from thousands of live fittings, Bridgestone has developed a ball engineered specifically for the average female golf swing. The 2013 Bridgestone Golf Lady Precept is considered the softest ladies golf ball on the market. It has a larger Gradational Compression Core for enhanced performance at moderate swing speeds. It features a cover that is 12% thinner and helps produce higher launch and less spin.
“After fitting nearly 14,000 ladies through our ball-fitting program, we have identified opportunities for product innovations that address lady golfers’ needs,” said Corey Consuegra, Golf Ball Marketing Manager- Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “With the new Bridgestone Golf Lady Precept, we’ve extended our commitment to developing golf balls for ladies and are excited to introduce this new product under our flagship Bridgestone brand.”
The Bridgestone Golf Lady Precept is available in three colors (White, Optic Pink & Optic Yellow) and features a suggested retail price of $19.99 per dozen. The Bridgestone Golf Lady Precept will be available at retailers nationwide beginning July 1. To welcome the Lady Precept to the Bridgestone family, Bridgestone will air this commercial throughout the summer.
DON’T FORGET TO BREATH! Justin Rose made the media stops on Tuesday and while at CNBC he said controlling his breathing was one of the reasons he won the US Open. “Breathing technique, and pre-round breathing, that is a huge key for me. I think it is a huge key for me and ultimately I felt like Sunday I was in control, but I had a vision or analogy of being in a tunnel all week, and the only things that existed with me in the tunnel is three or four specific thoughts and if I got out, I knew I was not helping, and so what, get back into the tunnel, and to keep it simple is the thing to do.” READ MORE>>>
GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY: The 118th Amateur Championship is underway at Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s with 288 competitors from 33 countries. Amateurs don’t compete for money, but the championship will deliver a half million pounds in cash, according to the R&A, which will boost the Kent economy from the weeklong event.
The prize awaiting The Amateur Champion is a place in next month’s Open Championship at Muirfield and next year’s US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina. Traditionally, an invitation is also extended to play in the following year’s Masters Tournament at Augusta. "Hosting the 118th Amateur Championship in Kent this week will help give local businesses in the county a boost from the additional tourism trade. I wish all the competitors the best of luck, with the winner being able to test themselves against the very best golfers in the world, including our latest major winner Justin Rose, at the next Open and US Open Championships," said Minister for Sport and Tourism Hugh Robertson.
The first two days of The Amateur Championship is stroke play over both courses before the field is cut to 64 and ties and the match play format finds the champion over the final four days at Royal Cinque Ports. Young Polish player Adrian Meronk and home favorite Craig Hinton led the qualifiers for the match play stage. The 20-year-old Pole, who is in his first year at East Tennessee State University, made six birdies and two bogeys on his way to a 4-under-par 68 at Prince’s for a 3-under-par total of 140. “I played a lot of irons off the tee today to stay on the fairways. My aim was to qualify and get into the match play stage and I’m really pleased to get this far. It means a lot to progress in this Championship and to win this week would be a massive achievement,” he said afterwards.
Meronk was matched by Hinton who holed a 60-foot putt at the last for a closing birdie and a 4-under-par 67 to break the course record at Royal Cinque Ports. “I played solid today. I was better yesterday tee to green but holed more putts today which made a difference,” said the 24-year-old from Oxfordshire. “I have great memories of this course; I scored 7-under-par to qualify for the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George’s. It seems to suit me though in match play, anyone can win. There is a long way to go in this Championship.”
Scots Graeme Robertson and Scott Gibson were one shot further back on 2-under-par totals of 141. The qualification mark after the stroke play stages was a 4-over-par total of 147. Seventy-two players from 20 countries have progressed to the match play stage.
OPPOSITES ATTRACT? John Daly is some ways resembles a cat with nine lives. In his previous lives he has had equipment deals with Callaway Golf, TaylorMade, Pinnacle and Dunlop to name but a few. He helped to make a name for LoudMouth Golf along the way too. Now “Mr. Grip It and Rip It” has entered into business relationships with Polara Golf, which dubs itself the leader in game improvement equipment for the recreational golfer. "We're extremely excited to have John on board as our first Polara Golf Ambassador," said Dave Felker, Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer for Polara Golf. "John's all about enjoying the game and having fun on the golf course which is exactly what we at Polara Golf are all about. His bold, no-nonsense approach to the game is what makes him so popular with his fans, and John's fans are the same recreational golfers that we design and manufacture golf equipment for. So this is a perfect fit."
All of the Polara golf balls and clubs are designed for use by recreational golfers who want to take advantage of technology improvements designed to help them score lower and enjoy the game more. However, the ruling bodies of the game don’t permit the products in competition, which makes the union of Daly and Polara somewhat unique. The two-time major champion and 1991 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year won’t be able to use the products other than in his spare time. "I'm really excited about being involved with Polara Golf. They've created some exciting products for recreational golfers that will allow them to Grip It and Rip It, be more consistently in the fairway, and ultimately have a lot more fun on the golf course," said John Daly.
The two parties seem to share something in common. Both aren’t afraid to be non-conforming. Daly is an open book, while his new business partner may be able to draft off his reputation.
"Although we do not agree with the USGA's ban on anchoring, we do respect the USGA's right to make and amend their rules, which apply to USGA sanctioned tournaments and the professional tours, " said Felker recently. "But the fact is their rules and their adopted ban on anchoring only applies to about 15-20% of the golfers. That's the number of golfers that either keep a USGA handicap or play in USGA sanctioned tournaments. The vast majority of golfers don't follow the USGA's rules and simply play for fun and recreation. These recreational golfers either don't know about the ban, don't care about it or simply disagree with it. To even imply that this ban on anchoring would apply to recreational golfers is a case of the USGA overstepping their governing authority. The USGA does not rule all of golf, they only rule USGA sanctioned tournament golf and the small fraction of golfers that choose to play by the USGA rules during normal rounds, but this is a small fraction of golfers." Sounds like a match made in heaven!
LYLE’S ROAD TO RECOVERY: The rounds of chemotherapy, the four months in a Melbourne hospital away from his wife and daughter, the stem cell transplant, the tests upon tests, are all a memory for Jarrod Lyle now. Worries about survival rates have receded, his appetite has returned – “Finally, I think, it’s well and truly back now,” he said – and so are “seven or eight” of the 45 pounds he dropped from his 6-foot-2-inch, 225-pound frame during chemo. The best news: his 12-month screening came back clean earlier this month, and Lyle believes his second battle with acute myeloid leukemia is well on its way to being won. READ MORE>>>
A COACH AND FRIEND: Next week marks four years that Justin Rose first began working on his swing with Sean Foley. But in the moments after winning the U.S. Open for his first major championship, Rose referred to him as more than just a swing coach. He gave credit to Foley for improvements each year, particularly being able to hit the ball a little longer and a little straighter. Rose also mentioned a text that Foley sent him Sunday morning before he closed with an even-par 70 for his two-shot win. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “I turn 26 at the end of the year. I've got plenty of Majors to play in. As long as I keep knocking on the door, I think I'll win a Major here soon.” --Jason Day after his runner up finish at the 113th US Open.
Marc Leishman was T20 and six shots off the lead entering the final round. He fired a bogey-free, 8-under 62 in the final round, matching his career-best round in the second-best comeback in tournament history. Roland Thatcher, who was in the final group, had a chance to tie the lead with a birdie, but a bogey-5 sealed Leishman’s first win on TOUR.
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