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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 55                                                         
Monday, March 20, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's pretty good. I've got, I had a second in South Africa at the start of the year, felt like I started off pretty good. And then a 7th in Mexico and was playing in the final group for the last two days. And then here I'm going to finish Top-5 (Arnold Palmer Invitational). So it's been good. I haven't had the win that I've wanted, but it's been good consistent play and that hopefully bodes well for the year ahead.”

BRAIN TEASER: Marc Leishman went five years between victories on the PGA TOUR. Can you name his only other win before claiming the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational?

WORKING HOLIDAY? Online golf community and training resource UltimateGolf.com (UG) has announced the launch of its ‘Write On Par’ competition, which promises to send one golf fan to the 117th US Open in Erin, Wisconsin. The winner will get the opportunity to act as UG’s field reporter, delivering daily updates and details of their experience to the Ultimate Golf headquarters where it will be shared with the wider UG community across the country.

To enter, participants must submit a 200-word article on the 2016 US Golf Open (116th event) final round as well as a golf-themed selfie to capture their personality. The best and most original submission will be selected to win.

The grand prize includes round-trip air transfer to Wisconsin, 8-nights hotel accommodation and a ‘Trophy Club’ ticket package to Erin Hills, which grants the attendee access to the Gallery, the tented pavilion and every day of the tournament between June 12-18, 2017. A playoff ticket is also provided if needed. All entries should be submitted at http://www.ultimategolf.com/write-on-par-us-open-golf-ticket-competition/ by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in order to be included in the competition.

LOOKING FOR AN EDGE? Tour Edge considers itself golf’s most solid investment, due to its prices that come with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee. The company introduced a limited number of its new CBX irons at the PGA Show in Orlando, FL back in January. Now Tour Edge is ready for a full introduction into the market. The CBX forged irons feature new, softer materials, CNC milled face and cavity for the utmost in stability and forgiveness, according to the company.

The Exotics CBX irons are triple forged from Japanese S25c Carbon steel for a softer feel. Tour Edge engineers CNC mill the faces for perfect flatness, the company said. The square grooves are also CNC milled for 100 percent USGA compliant grooves. Every groove is computer laser engraved ensuring that every club head will pass USGA inspection.
 
The cavity in the CBX forged irons is designed for the most advantageous MOI and forgiveness by CNC milling, Tour Edge said. “The CNC milling allows us to control the depth precisely ensuring we take as much material out and place it in the flange area for more forgiveness and higher launch,” explained David Glod, President and Founder of Tour Edge Golf. 

Projected ship date is April 4, 2017. The CBX forged irons suggested retail pricing: $125 per club stock steel shaft, and $150 per club in Recoil graphite and custom steel shafts.

FORE! There were seven drives of 362 yards or more last week at Bay Hill. Four of them belonged to Rory McIlroy, all recorded in the final round. His longest poke was 383 yards!

A DIFFERENT DAY? Defending champion Jason Day posted rounds of 70-71-75-70 to finish at 2-under 286 (T23) at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This marks the second consecutive tournament Day has failed to post a round in the 60s (Genesis Open: 70-70-75-71). In 18 rounds this season, Day has only posted four sub-70 scores.

GO FIGURE? With weekend rounds of 69-68, Hudson Swafford finished T10, his first top-10 since his win in January at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Since his victory, Swafford missed three consecutive cuts and finished T38 at the Valspar Championship before his T10 at the API.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Raise your hand if you saw Marc Leishman winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational going into Sunday? You’re hardly alone if you didn’t see the Aussie coming out on top. Sports remains the best reality television! Leishman was complimentary of some of the equipment he used to close the deal. “I got a new Callaway driver in at the start of the year and it's really been a game changer. I've been driving it better than I ever have. Which, it's funny, the game's a lot easier out of the fairway. So that's been probably the biggest difference. And then just the putter. The putter's been amazing this year. The stats probably show that. Especially this week. But I feel like all year it's been really close and I just haven't played how I wanted to on Sundays,” he said after claiming the win. He earned a three-year exemption, instead of the two-year exemption awarded at other Tour events by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He also earned a spot in the 2017 Masters field, which he was not qualified for prior to the win.

Here is what Marc Leishman had in his bag at the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational:

Driver: GBB Epic Driver (9*)
Fairway Metal: GBB Epic (15*, 21*)
Irons: Apex Utility 3-iron, Apex Pro 16 Irons (4-PW)
Wedges: Mack Daddy Forged Wedge (54*), Titleist Wedge (58*)
Putter: Odyssey Versa #1 Wide Black Putter
Golf Ball: Chrome Soft X

Marc Leishman’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 16
Pars: 48
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 277

WEB GEMS:

END OF AN ERA? The Masters, with its famed azaleas, precisely manicured greens and towering trees is bigger than any one golfer, even Tiger Woods. With the first major of the year three weeks away, Woods is still nursing an ailing back and his chances of teeing it up at Augusta National, where he is a four-time winner, do not look promising. Even if Woods does play, his chances of making the halfway cut and playing on the weekend appear bleak. But sports industry analysts say an absence of Woods from Augusta National will not have nearly as much of an impact as in 2014 when, as the world's top-ranked golfer, he missed the Masters for the first time. READ MORE>>>

SENIOR MOMENTS! Tom Lehman took advantage of senior newcomer Steve Stricker's late mistakes Sunday to win the Tucson Conquistadores Classic for his 10th PGA Tour Champions victory. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's pretty good. I've got, I had a second in South Africa at the start of the year, felt like I started off pretty good. And then a 7th in Mexico and was playing in the final group for the last two days. And then here I'm going to finish Top-5 (Arnold Palmer Invitational). So it's been good. I haven't had the win that I've wanted, but it's been good consistent play and that hopefully bodes well for the year ahead.”--Rory McIlroy.

Marc Leishman’s maiden PGA TOUR title came at the 2012 Travelers Championship, which was 111 starts ago.

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