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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 75                                                         
Monday, April 17, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm playing golf like I really don't care, to be honest. I've had to work a lot on clearing everything out of my mind to go and play golf. And that's obviously what I needed to do to play some good golf. And I'm not thinking about it. I'm trying not to think about it. I don't care. Life's good. What have I got to moan about? Go and play golf like you want to go and enjoy the game of golf and good things will happen.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many first time winners have there been on the PGA TOUR this season?

STAY IN TOUCH! Today’s society places an emphasis on instant information and constant communication. There was a time when recreational activities were meant to be a chance to unplug and get away from everything. However, it no longer seems to have the appeal it once did for some. Now a company is attempting to build its business on catering to those that wish to remain social beyond simply who they’re playing with.

18Birdies, a mobile golf technology startup, has signed PGA Tour players, Willy Wilcox and Harold Varner III, in conjunction with the launch of Live Rounds, a feature that allows players to share their golf rounds, stats and achievements in real time. 18Birdies is rolling out the feature with Willy and Harold Varner III in addition to professional golfer, Paige Spiranac, all who have signed on with 18Birdies and will be playing Live Rounds regularly.

“A big focus for us is making golf more social and interactive,” said 18Birdies Founder and CEO, Eddy Lui. “Through the Live Rounds feature, we are excited to give our users a chance to interact live with Willy, Harold and Paige as well as share their rounds with their own golfing community.”  

A three-time All-American at Clayton State University, Wilcox turned professional in 2010 and quickly found success with a win and recording a score of 59 on the Web.com Tour. He has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2014, where his career highlights include finishing 2nd at the 2015 Barbasol Championship, 8 Top 10 Finishes, 9 Top 25 finishes, ranking 2nd in the 2015 PGA Tour’s “All Around’ ranking and recording a hole-in-one at the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass during the 2016 Players Championship.

“It is important to me that I regularly engage with my fans on social media,” said Wilcox. “The Live Rounds feature will finally give me the ability to have them join me virtually when I play a round.”

A graduate of East Carolina University and 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year, Harold Varner III has been playing on the PGA Tour since the fall of 2015, where his career highlights include netting four top-10 and seven top-25 finishes during the 2015-16 season. Additionally, he won the 2016 Australian PGA Championship on the European Tour in December.

“Usually golf fans only get to see how we do Thursday through Sunday,” said Varner III. “With 18Birdies’ Live Rounds, they’ll get a chance to follow me live during the rest of the week.”

Spiranac is considered a rising golf talent, media personality, and online influencer who's on a mission to show how much fun golf can be while making a positive impact on the world. A graduate from the San Diego State golf team, Spiranac currently plays on the Cactus Tour, where she won her first professional tournament last year at the Orange Tree Country Club in Scottsdale, AZ. “The Live Rounds feature is a great way for me to connect with fans,” said Spiranac. “18Birdies has done a great job in emphasizing the social nature of the game.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Wesley Bryan edged out Luke Donald by one shot to become the first South Carolina native in the history of the RBC Heritage to win. He posted his first bogey in 42 holes at the par-3 fourth, but reeled off four consecutive birdies at Nos. 4-7 and two more at Nos. 13 and 15 to post a 4-under 67. Bryan became only the sixth player in 49 years to win the RBC Heritage on their first try, joining Arnold Palmer (1969), Bob Goalby (1970), Stewart Cink (2000), Jose Coceres (2001), and Boo Weekley (2007).

Largely known as a YouTube sensation with his brother, 15 months ago he had never played in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. He won three times on the Web.com Tour and now the PGA Tour. “Will Farrell said it best, ‘Escalated quickly.’ Honestly I've got no idea. It's still kind of surreal. Maybe one day I'll wake up and kind of realize what's gone on the last, I don't know, 15 months or so,” he said after claiming his first PGA TOUR victory. “This is special. This is one behind any major I would put up on my list pretty high. To be able to knock it down, especially in front of the home crowd.”

What changed for him? “Honestly I have no idea. There are times I feel I was way better back in high school than I am now. I think I just manage my emotions a little better now. I feel like I'm a slightly better ball-striker from let's say 150 to 200 yards, definitely better than I was. But everything else I feel like stayed the same. It's not like I all of a sudden hit the ball really far or hit the ball really straight. I've got no idea what changed.”

Here is what Wesley Bryant had in his bag at the 2017 RBC Heritage:

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (8.5 degrees)
Fairway Metal: Callaway GBB Epic (15 degrees)
Hybrids: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 2016 (4-PW)
Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (50-10 S Grind, 54-10 S Grind), Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (58-08)
Putter: Odyssey Metal X Milled #2
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Wesley Bryan ’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 16
Pars: 50
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 271

WEB GEMS:

WHO KNEW? Wesley Bryan remembers pestering players with a lot of crazy questions at Harbour Town Golf Links as he followed father George III's only appearance at the RBC Heritage in 2004. "I was probably the most annoying 14-year-old there was," Bryan said. Once a pesky teen, Bryan's now a PGA Tour winner. READ MORE>>>

SEVEN YEAR ITCH: Edoardo Molinari came from four shots behind at the start of the final round to win a European PGA Tour event for the first time in almost seven years when he edged Irishman Paul Dunne at the first playoff hole to take the Trophee Hassan II on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

LIFE BEGINS AT 50! Stephen Ames won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour Champions victory, easily holding off Bernhard Langer at TPC Sugarloaf. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm playing golf like I really don't care, to be honest. I've had to work a lot on clearing everything out of my mind to go and play golf. And that's obviously what I needed to do to play some good golf. And I'm not thinking about it. I'm trying not to think about it. I don't care. Life's good. What have I got to moan about? Go and play golf like you want to go and enjoy the game of golf and good things will happen.”-- Ian Poulter, who is playing on a major medical extension after shutting down his season last May due to a foot injury. He had last week and one more start to collect $144,669 or 117.75 FedExCup points to satisfy the requirements of his medical exemption and secure his status for the remainder of the season on the PGA Tour. He finished T11 at the RBC, which has left him $30,624 short of his goal. He’ll have one more chance.

Wesley Bryan is the sixth first time winner on the PGA TOUR this season. Cody Gribble (Sanderson Farms), Mackenzie Hughes (RSM Classic), Hudson Swafford (CareerBuilders), Jon Rahm (Farmers) and Adam Hadwin (Valspar) are the other players to break through.

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