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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 70                                                         
Monday, April 10, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “This tournament was just not for me. I've won a lot of events around the world, but this one just eluded me. And that's fine."

BRAIN TEASER: Sergio Garcia joins an elite club with his victory at the 2017 Masters. In 1999, he won the low amateur honors and now becomes a Masters Champion. Only four others have accomplished the feat. How many can you name?

TREND REMAINS YOUR FRIEND: For the seventeenth consecutive year, TaylorMade was the #1 driver at the Masters (33 in play). According to the company, it was the eighth consecutive week that the Spider was the #1 putter model on PGA TOUR. Garcia's win is the 13th win in 15 weeks for TaylorMade's '17 M drivers. The Masters was the sixth win this season for the company’s new TP5/TP5X ball. Garcia has two of them (Dubai Desert Classic).

FootJoy captured the shoe (48%) and glove (25%) count at Augusta, while 62% of the field relied on a Titleist golf ball at the first major of 2017.

MAJOR WINNER’S CLUBS: Sergio Garcia’s birdie at the first extra hole, No. 18, proved too much for Justin Rose’s bogey. Garcia claimed his 10th career PGA TOUR title in his 313th start and his first major with his victory at the Masters. With the win, Garcia is projected to move to No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking. It also provides him with a five-year exemption to the PGA TOUR. Garcia is the first player from Spain to win the Masters Tournament since Jose Maria Olazabal did so in 1999. He also broke through in his 71st attempt to win a major championship.

“It's always nice to be recognized or seen as the best player to not have won a major, because at least best player, there's a good thing there,” he said. “So that's the way I looked at it, I don't have to answer that anymore. Now I'll have to answer, I don't know if I'll be the best player to have only won one major. But I can live with that!”

Here is what Garcia had in his bag at the 2017 Masters:

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver Dual Core TiNi 80TX
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M1 2017 (17 and 19 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80XTS
Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (54 SB-09 and 58 SB-11)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Sergio Garcia’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 14
Pars: 50
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 279

WEB GEMS:

CAREER CHANGER! "It's been an amazing week," Garcia said, "and I'm going to enjoy it for the rest of my life." After nearly two decades of heartache in the tournaments that define careers, Garcia finally showed the mettle to win a major. He overcame a two-shot deficit against Justin Rose and won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. READ MORE>>>

ELS’ SWAN SONG AT AUGUSTA: Early Sunday morning, seven hours before the leaders reached the back nine and the tournament really started, Ernie Els started what will likely be his last round at the Masters. For the last five years Els has qualified automatically because he won the Open in 2012. The exemption is about to run out and, given that Els is 47, is currently ranked No410 in the world and has missed the cut in nine of his last 10 tournaments, he may struggle to find a way back. Time was when Els would have had a late afternoon tee-time himself on Sunday. Between 2000 and 2004, he finished second, sixth, fifth, sixth, and second again, a perennial contender who never quite got it done. Now, he says he’s been “trying to look around” as he plays, “just in case this is the last one.” READ MORE>>>

HEAD GAMES: Jason Day’s wife, Ellie, got the response she was looking for in the third round of the 81st Masters after threatening to slap the world No.3 in the face as he looked like drowning in a sea of negativity. READ MORE>>>

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? Former champion Ian Woosnam will consider making a second retirement from the Masters after missing the cut for the 15th time in his last 17 appearances. Woosnam said last year he would not compete again at Augusta National after carding rounds of 81 and 82 on the 25th anniversary of his 1991 victory. And although the 59-year-old was persuaded by his wife to change his mind and play again this year, the former Ryder Cup captain made another early exit after rounds of 76 and 78. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “This tournament was just not for me. I've won a lot of events around the world, but this one just eluded me. And that's fine."--Ernie Els, who completed his 23rd Masters at 20 over par. His peak at the Masters came from 2000 through 2004 with five consecutive finishes in the top six, including runner-up finishes to Vijay Singh in 2000 and Phil Mickelson in 2004.

Sergio Garcia joins Jack Nicklaus (1960 low amateur and 6 times Masters Champion), Ben Crenshaw (1972-73 low amateur and 2 times Masters Champion), Phil Mickelson) 1991 low amateur and 3 times Masters Champion) and Tiger Woods (1995 low amateur and 4 times Masters Champion).

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