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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 49                                                         
Friday, March 10, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think one of the tough things about the game is the complexity of the rules. I think if you wanted to, you could stump me a hundred ways on rules questions. I do this for a living. I think I know the rules better than most. However, it's a complex game. I think it's tough to really simplify them because of all the awkward things that do come up in golf, particularly the professional game. I think it's great to try to simplify them. I think most people, they go out and play generally by the rules. I have tons of friends that fudge here and there. You want the game to be enjoyable, and simplifying the rules I think only helps make the game more understandable, more enjoyable. It's a good idea they are working on.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which one of these players has the most career PGA TOUR victories: Jason Day, Steve Elkington, David Frost, Nick Faldo, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth or John Cook?

TRUMPED: International travel demand to the U.S. has taken a hit since President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from certain countries, data analysts have reported. Total net flight bookings to the U.S. between January 28 and February 4 are down 6.5 percent compared to the same period the year before, according to data from travel analysts ForwardKeys. Meanwhile, flight search demand from international origins fell 17 percent between Trump's inauguration and the implementation of the executive order, according to Hopper, a big data company that analyzes airfares. READ MORE>>>

NEW LEADERSHIP: Troon has promoted three executives to division presidents. Mark Chapleski is the new president of Troon International and Mitch Harrell is the new president of Troon Golf. These announcements follow the recent promotion of Ryan Walls, who was named president of Troon Privé last fall. The Chapleski and Harrell appointments follow the recent promotions of former Troon International President Bruce Glasco and former Troon Golf President Mike Ryan to co-chief operating officers and executive vice presidents.

“Mark, Mitch and Ryan all have had long and distinguished careers with Troon and were ready to assume larger roles with our growing company,” said Dana Garmany, chairman and chief executive officer, Troon. “Our division presidents, including Bob Barrett who oversees our Honours Golf division and Rich Carter, president of True Club Solutions, are an impressive group of leaders. We’re excited about the future of Troon as we continue to grow each of our divisions through quality individuals and outstanding facilities.”

As president of Troon International, Mark Chapleski will oversee resorts, private and semi-private clubs covering cultures and destinations. He most recently served as the area managing director for Troon Middle East. He joined Troon in 1999 and has more than 30 years of experience in the golf industry.  Chapleski is based in Troon's Dubai office in the United Arab Emirates.

As president of Troon Golf, Mitch Harrell will direct a portfolio of daily-fee, resort and semi-private properties located across the globe. Harrell joined Troon in 1999 as vice president of operations. In 2005, he was appointed senior vice president of operations, supervising 18 facilities across the United States. In 2011, Harrell took over as general manager of Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. while continuing to oversee several other properties as vice president of operations for the company. Harrell will be based in Troon’s Scottsdale offices.

Since joining Troon in 1996, Walls has been in a number of operational leadership positions, including directing the company's Australia, Asia & Pacific divisions. As Troon Privé Division President he will oversee a collection of private clubs around the world.

WEB GEMS:

A BIG VICTORY OFF THE COURSE COULD BE THE BEST OF ALL: There haven’t been many great days for Bryson DeChambeau lately. He hasn’t made a cut in his last five PGA Tour starts. He had to withdraw from the Genesis Open after his right hand split open in two places because of severe blisters. Oh, and then there was the situation involving his side-saddle putting method, non-conforming putter and the U.S. Golf Association. (He has since switched back to conventional putting.) Wednesday, however, was a great day for the 23-year-old DeChambeau – and that might be an understatement. READ MORE>>>

YOU NEVER KNOW: Jim Herman was persuaded to play the Valspar Championship by an influential acquaintance, and he made it pay off Thursday with a 9-under 62 for a two-shot lead. No, it wasn't President Donald Trump this time. Herman wasn't getting much out of his game - three missed cuts and a tie for 27th - when he played the Seminole Pro-Member the day after the Honda Classic. Jack Welch, the former chairman of General Electric, came along for nine holes and liked what he saw from Herman, who said he would have had a 65 that day. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think one of the tough things about the game is the complexity of the rules. I think if you wanted to, you could stump me a hundred ways on rules questions. I do this for a living. I think I know the rules better than most. However, it's a complex game. I think it's tough to really simplify them because of all the awkward things that do come up in golf, particularly the professional game. I think it's great to try to simplify them. I think most people, they go out and play generally by the rules. I have tons of friends that fudge here and there. You want the game to be enjoyable, and simplifying the rules I think only helps make the game more understandable, more enjoyable. It's a good idea they are working on.”--Matt Kuchar.

John Cook has amassed 11 career PGA TOUR victories, which is one more than Jason Day, Steve Elkington, David Frost, Nick Faldo, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth each have.

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