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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 74                                                         
Friday, April 14, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's always nice to come back to places you feel comfortable and you've had success. It's not a course you need to be a long hitter. Certain holes it helps, obviously, but the long hitters, it's taking driver out of their hands a lot. So I feel like the playing field's leveled out.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only one player has finished inside the top 10 in the last four Masters? Can you name him? HINT: He’s never won it!

LUCK OF THE IRISH: Shane Lowry rebounded nicely after missing the cut last week in Augusta. He’s hoping the first round of the RBC Heritage can get his year going in the right direction. “I've had a lot of disappointments lately in golf. I feel like I haven't really had anything going for me,” Lowry said after his round. “And to see that putt go in at the last is a sigh of relief. Hopefully that's kind of turned the corner. I hit a decent putt, but I hit it too hard. And it's probably going ten feet past, at least. And it went in. It's one of those things where hopefully I'll look back at the end of the year and say that's the turning point.

“This is a tough golf course, it's tough off the tee. To be perfectly honest I didn't feel that comfortable. I hit it okay, I just went out and committed to every shot. And on the last I had a 5-iron and a bit of in between numbers, between 5 and 6, but obviously it was going to play for long. I said I committed to every shot today, I might as well commit to this one. That's what I need to start doing again. I need to commit to every shot, commit to every putt and see where it leaves me. Today it's a 66. Tomorrow it might be something different. And that's just the way it is.”

WEEKEND UPDATE: Its been more than a week since Phil Mickelson dropped this bombshell: “I know a number of guys on TOUR that are loose with how they mark the ball and have not been called on it. I mean, they will move the ball two, three inches in front of their mark, and this is an intentional way to get it out of any type of impression and so forth and I think that kind of stuff needs to stop.” Mickelson was responding the infamous Lexi Thompson incident the week before the Masters. Lefty’s accusations appear to be the equivalent of tree falling in the forest. Does it really make a sound?

The only one to respond to his comments on the record since was ANGC Chairman, Billy Payne. “I think golf remains a sport of great integrity. I don't know what he (Mickelson) was referring to, but it's certainly not something that I've ever witnessed,” he said. It would seem Payne speaks for the rest of golf’s power brokers on the matter.

SPORTS MARKETING: Mizuno has added five players into its endorsement portfolio. Jhonattan Vegas, Nick Watney and Lucas Glover join Keith Mitchell and Seth Fair from the Web.com Tour as the newest members of the Mizuno family. "We pride ourselves in making the best equipment in the world for dedicated athletes who push themselves to pursue better," said Ryan Ellis, golf brand manager for Mizuno USA. "In this rapidly changing and opportunistic marketplace, we purposefully chose to expand our Tour presence with players that align to our brand values, in an effort to continue to drive our brand and business forward."

R.I.P.: Dick De La Cruz, who grew from grinding and polishing thousands of clubheads a week to making hickory-steel shafted wedges and irons and other memorable designs at Callaway and other companies, died in California after a battle with cancer. He was 85.
De La Cruz is perhaps best remembered for his bore-through, hosel-less club designs that became the hallmark for Callaway’s woods and irons in the late 1980s and ’90s, eventually including the S2H2 line (short, straight, hollow hosel) which later begat the Big Bertha driver and irons. De La Cruz and Richard Parente founded the forerunner of Callaway Golf, Hickory Stick Golf, whose clubs featured a hollowed out hickory shaft around a steel core. When entrepreneur Ely Callaway called the tandem to say how much he enjoyed playing its wedges, he ended up buying the company in 1982. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER! Sergio Garcia may have raked in $1.98 million for his Masters win, but one lucky sports bettor also had a lucrative day thanks to Garcia’s major triumph. Prominent sports betting outlet Bovada posted this unbelievable winning ticket of a two-way golf parlay which one of their users made prior to the Honda Classic back in February. The wager was $60. The payout? A whopping READ MORE>>>

DON’T DO THE CRIME IF YOU CAN’T DO THE TIME: A pair of golf promoters who allegedly raised $2.1 million from investors to establish a pro golf tour they claimed was sponsored by golf legend Arnold Palmer — but instead used some of the money for themselves — will pay restitution, Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome said. READ MORE>>>

SBK17: Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler get over Masters disappointment with Spring Break blowout. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's always nice to come back to places you feel comfortable and you've had success. It's not a course you need to be a long hitter. Certain holes it helps, obviously, but the long hitters, it's taking driver out of their hands a lot. So I feel like the playing field's leveled out.”--Luke Donald after signing for an opening round score of 65 at the RBC Heritage.

Rory McIlroy is the only player to finish inside the top 10 in the last four Masters: 2017 (T7), 2016 (T10), 2015 (4) and 2014 (T8).

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