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VOLUME 3, NUMBER 81                                                        
Monday, April 23, 2012

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? Yeah, another learning experience. Been hearing that for about 15 years. They got to go in sometimes and it didn't today but it will one day. Saving for something bigger, maybe.”


BRAIN TEASER: Four of the past seven winners of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans made the win their maiden victory on the PGA TOUR. Can you name one of them?

KEEP IN TOUCH: Since 1860 the Open Championship has been played on British links golf courses. Today the Royal and Ancient announced it is making some openchanges to reflect the 21st Century. Mobile phones will be permitted at this year’s Open Championship with spectators able to keep up-to-date with all the action thanks to a host of official smartphone apps.

Since 2006, mobile phones have not been permitted throughout The Open venue for the entire week. However, at Royal Lytham & St Annes this July, spectators will be able to carry their phones, with calls allowed in designated areas. Photography and video recording will still not be permitted during Championship days although spectators will be allowed to check their smartphones from the course and in grandstands, and so they will be able to keep up-to-date with live scores, course guides, video, live action and much more from the official Open Championship apps.

“There is no denying the attachment people feel to their mobile phones both in terms of gathering information and staying in touch with family and friends. We understand this and allowing their use at the Championship will enrich The Open experience,” said Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A. “We are offering spectators access to an enhanced range of apps for Android, iPhone and iPad that will offer live video of play and other attractions at The Open and will keep them up-to-date with essential Championship information including scoring, tee times, news and an interactive course guide.”

Spectators will have restricted use of their phones and strict rules will be put in place designed to ensure that play is not affected in any way by the change. “We understand there will be concerns over this change in policy but will be liaising with spectators at the Championship to ensure calls are not taking place near play. Our spectators are very knowledgeable and understand golf, and so we are confident they will respect the players,” Dawson added.


MADE IN CHINA: A new tournament at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai later this year will offer a sizable prize fund of $7 million, the European Tour said on Monday.
The BMW Masters is to be staged from Oct. 25-28 and represents the third European Tour event this year on Mainland China. "I am already looking forward to teeing off at the tournament," said world number one Rory McIlroy, who won last year's Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters which is now being replaced by the new event. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Ben Curtis won the Valero Texas Open by two shots over Matt Every and John Huh. Curtis won with the help of Titleist. He played the 910 D3 driver (8.5 degrees), 910 F.d fairway metal (13.5 degrees) and two 910 H hybrids (18.0, 20.0 degrees respectively). He used AP1 irons (4-PW) with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts and Vokey Design approach (52) and sand (58) wedges. His putter was a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 and he used the Pro V1x golf ball in his victory. He also wore DryJoys Tour golf shoes, a StaSof glove and FJ Apparel.

Branden Grace won the Volvo China Open with help from Callaway Golf. The South African used the RAZR Fit driver (8.5 degrees), RAZR Fit 3-wood and a Diablo Edge Tour 18 degrees utility club. He carried the Callaway X Forged (3-PW) with Project X shafts, along with X Forged (52 and 60 degrees) wedges. He used the Odyssey Black Series Tour Designs #1 Wide putter and wore FJ ICON golf shoes. His golf ball of choice was the Callaway Hex Black Tour.

TOP 10: Ben Curtis returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2006 with a two shot win over second placed men Matt Every and Jon Huh at the Valero Texas Open.  His reward is a healthy jump up the FedEx Cup standings, the right to play almost any event he chooses for the rest of the season, and a 124 place leap up the World Rankings to 156th spot.

Branden Grace became only the second player in European Tour history to win three times in the season after graduating through Qualifying School as he claimed victory at the Volvo China Open. Having finished 2011 as World Number 271 Grace makes a further jump up the Ranking of 23 positions this week to World Number 66.

Despite having to play 32 holes on Sunday, and closing with a final round 74, Lee Westwood successfully defended the title he won a year ago at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. The win solidifies Westwood’s third place in the World Rankings as he chases down #1 Rory McIlroy and #2 Luke Donald.
1) Rory McIlroy
2) Luke Donald
3) Lee Westwood
4) Bubba Watson
5) Hunter Mahan
6) Martin Kaymer
7) Steve Stricker
8) Tiger Woods
9) Phil Mickelson
10) Justin Rose


BUTCH TALKS TIGER: How can Tiger turn it around? "If he ever asked me what I thought he needed to do, I'd tell him, look, go on the practice tee without anybody-without me, without Sean [Foley, his current coach], without Haney, without a camera, and start hitting golf shots. Hit some high draws, some low draws, high fades, low fades, move the ball up and down, move it around; don't worry about how you do it and go back to feeling it again. Quit playing golf-swing and just hit shots; just say to himself, I'm gonna hit a low fade, and I don't need anybody to tell me how to do it, I'm just gonna feel it. He's Tiger Woods, for God's sake. He doesn't know how to hit a shot?" READ MORE>>>

BAD FORE BIZ: Bubba Watson's Masters victory was a sparkling tonic for TV ratings, for pink shaft-makers, for the Ping company, for left-handers, for the Florida Panhandle, and for the hairstyle commonly known as the awakening muskrat. How about for golf instructors? "Bad for business," Bobby Lasken, the teaching pro at Arroyo Trabuco, said. READ MORE>>>

TRANSPARENCY: Badly behaved golfers should be named and shamed and not afforded the privacy given to them by the tours they play on, according to R&A chief executive Peter Dawson. The conduct of former world number one Tiger Woods, as the most high-profile golfer on the circuit, has often come in for criticism. Ironically, the American is one of the few players to have his punishment made public after he was reprimanded for spitting at last year's Dubai Desert Classic. Dawson would like more openness in the disciplinary process in order to discourage poor behavior, but admits they cannot enforce it for one week of the year at the Open, which this summer is being staged at Royal Lytham and St Annes. READ MORE>>>

HAT TRICK: Branden Grace became only the second player in European Tour history to win three times in the season after graduating through Qualifying School as he cantered to victory at the Volvo China Open. READ MORE>>>

JUST LIKE OLD TIMES: Lee Westwood, the world No3, successfully defended his Indonesian Masters title after completing 32 holes at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: Matt Every, who tied for second at the Valero Texas Open, said, “Yeah, another learning experience. Been hearing that for about 15 years. They got to go in sometimes and it didn't today but it will one day. Saving for something bigger, maybe.”

Players who won the Zurich for their first victory on the TOUR were Tim Petrovic/2005, Chris Couch/2006, Nick Watney/2007 and Andres Romero/2008.