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VOLUME 3, NUMBER 52                                                         
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If anybody says they are not nervous going into Sunday that's around the lead or close to the lead or has a chance to win, they are just lying to you. Their psychologist is telling them to lie to themselves.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Gary Woodland, during his final round in 2011, faced putts of 20 feet or less a total of 17 times. How many did he make?

PRETTY IN PINK: According to PING, Bubba Watson has averaged more than 62% of his drives in 2012 over 300 yards. It ranks as the highest percentage on TOUR, not surprisingly. Last week alone, he launched 37 drives of 300 yards or more at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. His average driving distance was pegged at 318.4 yards. How would you feel competing against that week in and week out, especially when he uses an all-pink driver!

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THINK GREEN! With the season's first major championship right around the corner, FootJoy has announced the availability of a limited edition green sting ray printed leather through the custom MyJoys program. Only 200 pairs can be built due to the leather supplies. A complementary green patent leather print is also available in limited quantities, it said. Consumers can customize their Augusta-inspired golf shoes beginning Monday, April 2 at 12:01 a.m. EST on www.myjoys.com and through authorized FootJoy retailers.

SUSTAINABILITY: “Golf courses are part of the excess and greed of the ’90s and 2000s,” said Ron Bell, a Coldwell Banker Realtor and founder of the Reno Real Estate Investors Group. “A golf course membership used to be a status symbol that went hand in hand with Hummers … but baby boomers are scaling back now. You have many other competing sports and activities that are cheaper.” The difficulties experienced by area golfing communities are part of a golf hangover occurring nationwide, said Lewis Goodkin, an international real estate analyst with Miami, Fla.-based Goodkin Consulting. “You’re talking about relying on people who increasingly depend on income generated by investments as opposed to a steady job,” Goodkin said. “Given what happened to the stock market, a lot of people took a big hit with their pensions. Those who receive income from interest also face a difficult situation given how low rates have been in the last few years.” READ MORE>>>

BIG BUSINESS: Last year’s Solheim Cup, held in Ireland was worth an estimated Euros 37 million, according to analysis by Repucom International and Sports Marketing Surveys. The event’s total economic impact for the host county of Meath was placed at Euros 23 million, with an additional Euros 14 million of value through brand exposure from international television, print and online coverage. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

WRONG TIME TO BE ILL: Paul Lawrie has pulled out of his Andalucian Open title defense this week because of illness - and it could leave him sweating on a place in next month's US Masters at Augusta. The Aberdeen golfer is currently 45th in the world and at the end of next week the top 50 earn invitations to the opening major of the year. Lawrie, who has not played at The Masters since 2004, almost withdrew from last week's Cadillac Championship in Miami. READ MORE>>>

NO WORRIES MATE: Geoff Ogilvy isn't hitting the panic button despite his worst start on the US PGA Tour in eight years. Not since 2004 has Ogilvy gone this deep into March without at least a top-10 finish in America. In fact, five of his seven career victories came before this stage of the season. READ MORE>>>

LPGA BACK IN ACTION: "We play for the fans, and we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them, so we love doing it," Gulbis said. "Golf has been a great vehicle to do more and give back to the community and do stuff with charities. Almost every single player if you look into their bio, they are doing something with one particular charity or they have a foundation." The Founders Cup is another example of that pay-it-forward attitude. This year, $500,000 will be donated to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, which focuses on building life skills for young girls all the while teaching them golf. READ MORE>>>

INJURIES ARE PART OF THE GAME: Scott Verplank and Lucas Glover played a practice round together Tuesday at Innisbrook, which was only unusual considering where they have been — on the disabled list. They return about the time Paul Goydos goes on the DL for what could be three months or more. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: Bubba Watson said after the third round of the WGC Cadillac Championship, “If anybody says they are not nervous going into Sunday that's around the lead or close to the lead or has a chance to win, they are just lying to you. Their psychologist is telling them to lie to themselves.”

During the final round, Gary Woodland was an astounding 17-of-17 on putts from 20 feet or less. The key to his victory in 2011 was his putting as he recorded 23 total putts in his final round 67.

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