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VOLUME 3, NUMBER 53
Thursday, March 15, 2012
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I identified that 30 to 40 was going to be the prime of my career. I got to 30 and I had not achieved exactly what I wanted to, so I figured that was a good story to tell myself, anyway.”
BRAIN TEASER: What was the original name of the Transitions Championship event?
TITLEIST ADDS NEW PUTTERS FOR 2012: Coming into 2012, putters were expected to get plenty of attention. Belly putters in particular due to some TOUR players using the product in competition last year. It may surprise more than a few to know that since 1997 and counting, more players on the PGA TOUR have turned to Scotty Cameron more than any other putter brand. Last year, Scotty Cameron putters were involved in 18 victories, second to none on TOUR. Chris Kirk, Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy and Kevin Na won for the first time at the Viking Classic, Greenbrier Classic, Reno-Tahoe Open and the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children, respectively and each used a Cameron model putter.
Nick Watney won twice in 2011, at the WGC – Cadillac Championship and the AT&T National. Rory McIlroy turned in a performance for the ages with one, lapping the field en route to his first major title at the U.S. Open with a GSS Newport prototype model, which he also used when he won the Honda a couple of weeks ago. With additional wins across seven different worldwide professional golf tours in 2011, including the 140th Open Championship (Darren Clarke), Scotty Cameron loyalists accumulated 58 victories. Scotty Cameron has found a way to satisfy the best players in the world.
Heading into the recreational playing season worldwide, there is a brand new Scotty Cameron by Titleist Select line of putters that features a few changes to its line up. The new family includes five modern blade models (Newport, Newport 1.5, Newport 2, Notchback, Newport 2.6), two mallets (GoLo, GoLo S), three mid lengths (Newport Two Mid, GoLo Mid, GoLo S Mid), and two long options (Big Sur, Big Sur S). It’s worth noting that half of the 10 models will be either belly versions or long, which is the type that Adam Scott uses.
“My ultimate goal when designing and building a putter is to provide the golfer pure putting confidence,” said Cameron in a statement. “Whether it is for the best players in the world or golfers who aspire to play their best, the performance and preference options available in the new Cameron Select line are my deepest yet. These putters have all been tour-validated, developed and refined through product and player research conducted at our state-of-the-art Cameron Putter Studio and on practice greens around the world.”
The conventional models - the new Cameron Select Newport, Newport 1.5, Newport 2, Notchback and Newport 2.6 putters - replace the Studio Select line. The head features a rich, dark, glare free Black Mist finish with red dot graphics and red dot weights in the sole, and is covered with a new Cameron Select headcover. The grip is a new Select black with a red dancing Cameron logo. All standard right hand models are available in 33, 34 and 35-inch lengths, as well as 34H and 35H custom heavier weight configurations.
The GoLo Mallets and GoLo Mids replace the Studio Select Kombi Mallet and Kombi Mid lines. The stock conventional length mallets are available in 33, 34 and 35 inches as well as 34H and 35H custom heavier weight configurations. The Newport Two Mid, GoLo Mid and GoLo S Mid come in a standard length of 43” with custom lengths of 40-46” available. The Select Big Sur and Big Sur S replace the Studio Select Kombi Long line in the Cameron putter family. The Big Sur and Big Sur S Long putters are available with a standard length of 49” and a lie angle of 79°, with lengths of 46-52” available through custom order.
All conventional length Scotty Cameron Select and Select GoLo putters begin shipping to golf shops on April 1, 2012, while the Select Mid and Long putters will be available beginning May 1, 2012. The new Cameron Select putters all carry a MSRP of $375.
ITS A STRUGGLE: Miguel Angel Jimenez admits that staging the Andalucian Open this week will cost him money because of a struggle for sponsorship. At 51st in the world, the 48-year-old Spaniard is the highest ranked player in the field at Aloha following the withdrawal through illness of defending champion Paul Lawrie. “My focus is all over the place. This is not easy and the most important thing is not my game.” READ MORE>>>
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’: When the members of the PGA Tour’s Policy Board gather next week at Bay Hill it seems a virtual certainty that decades of tradition will be dramatically altered. The top item on the nine-member board’s agenda is a makeover of the circuit’s Qualifying School process so profound that Rees Jones would be proud. “It’s a done deal,” said one Tour player who asked not to be identified. “The Tour is going to do what they want to do.” READ MORE>>>
KID’S PLAY: Italian teenager Matteo Manassero boosted his hopes of qualifying for the Masters with a 64 that equaled the course record on opening day of the Andalucian Open. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: Last week’s winner, Justin Rose said, “I identified that 30 to 40 was going to be the prime of my career. I got to 30 and I had not achieved exactly what I wanted to, so I figured that was a good story to tell myself, anyway.”
The tournament was founded in 2000 as the Tampa Bay Classic. It was originally an alternate event played the same week as the Presidents Cup in 2000, and the same week as the WGC-American Express Championship in 2002. It was supposed to be played the same week as the WGC-American Express Championship on September 13–16, 2001. However, the September 11th attacks forced the cancellations of both tournaments.
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