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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It was great. I'd like to see more setups like this on the PGA TOUR in general. This is my type of golf. This is U.S. Open, British Open golf. Bay Hill will be just like this; so this is me type of golf. I'm not going to complain at all about the setup. I quite enjoyed it.”
BRAIN TEASER: Three players have made the Tampa Bay Championship, now know as the Valspar Championship, their first career PGA TOUR win. Can you name any of them? HINT: All three happened since 2005.
MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES! Welshman, Jamie Donaldson finished T2 at the 2014 WGC Cadillac Championship to top his previous-best PGA TOUR finish (T7 – 2012 PGA Championship) and World Golf Championships finish (T8-2014 HSBC Champions).
Last year, at the Tampa Bay Classic Jordan Spieth earned a Temporary Membership for the remainder of the 2013 season by virtue of his T7 finish. We all know what happened to him after that!
LET’S MAKE A DEAL: ECCO has signed 2014 PGA Tour rookie Will Wilcox to an endorsement deal. “Will has a great story mixed with some serious skills and a proven ability to win,” stated Jesper Thuen, Global Sponsorship, PR & Event Manager – ECCO Golf. “As a young, up-and-coming player, he’s an excellent complement to our roster of global stars.”
Taught the game by his mother, Kim, who coaches the University of Alabama at Birmingham women’s golf team, Wilcox was a nationally ranked junior before becoming a three-time collegiate All-American. He turned professional in 2009, winning four times between the NGA Tour and Canadian Tour before his breakthrough campaign. A 27-year-old native of Birmingham, Alabama, Wilcox earned his PGA Tour card by finishing No. 7 on the 2013 Web.com Tour money list. Wilcox will feature the company logo on his shirt collar and compete in its BIOM Golf shoes.
“I’ve worn my ECCO golf shoes in some very tough, wet conditions and have been really impressed by the comfort and durability,” says Wilcox. “My first season on the PGA Tour is off to a great start and I’m humbled to join the likes of Freddie, Graeme and Ernie as an ECCO brand ambassador.” Year-to-date, Wilcox has played in five events on the PGA TOUR wrap around season and has made the cut three times including one top 10 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii where he finished T8.
TIME AND PLACE: The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced sectional qualifying sites for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship, which will be held at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., on June 12-15. Sectional qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will be held on June 2 at 10 sites in the U.S. For the 10th consecutive year, Japan and England will host international qualifying, which is scheduled for May 26. READ MORE>>>
BOLD! As befits the brash brothers era he is helping to usher in, Reed did not shy away from the expectations. “To play against a field like that and go wire-to-wire and close it off at the end, it just shows that I have what it takes to play at the top level, as well as have what it takes to be one of the top players in the world, just like them,” Reed said Sunday night. His front-running victory, he added, “definitely just gives me confidence come Sunday that if I play how I’m supposed to at Augusta that we’ll be in the running.” READ MORE>>>
TWINS? "I'd love to play alternate shot with Tiger Woods. Why? Best golfer who ever lived. We wear black and red. Ok, red, white and blue. But it would definitely be a red shirt that day. My wife actually calls him my twin star. I am reckless like he is. I like to go for everything. But at the same time, that's how we win events, that's also how we lose events. It's one of those things that we don't play scared. That would be pretty fun." READ MORE>>>
SOMETHING WE CALL RELATE TO! “It has been a tough couple of weeks because Honda isn't an easy course and then you come here, it is almost like you forget how to make birdies," said McIlroy. who plans to see putting coach Dave Stockton when he is in Palm Springs watching Caroline Wozniacki play tennis this week. “I am all for having a tough golf course and a tough test but it is nice to make some birdies once in a while.” READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “It was great. I'd like to see more setups like this on the PGA TOUR in general. This is my type of golf. This is U.S. Open, British Open golf. Bay Hill will be just like this; so this is me type of golf. I'm not going to complain at all about the setup. I quite enjoyed it.”--Graeme McDowell on Blue Monster Course at Doral.
Last year, Kevin Streelman became the third player to make the Tampa Bay Championship/Valspar Championship his first career PGA TOUR win, joining Carl Pettersson (2005) and Gary Woodland (2011) with that distinction.
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