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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 77                                                         
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I quit drinking Coke. No offense to Coke, one of our best sponsors. I quit drinking it. I was having two to three Cokes a day. But if I win the FedExCup in Atlanta, I'll start drinking Coke again.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which player in this group has the most career PGA TOUR victories: Jim Colbert, K. J. Choi, Lee Janzen, Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Brandt Snedeker, Mike Weir or Stuart Appleby?

LOOKS ARE OFTEN DECEIVING: Are all golf balls the same? An argument can be made they essentially are. After all, each has the same weight and size. Yet, differences exist. On the surface, for example, the dimple pattern varies. Some contend that isn’t a big enough difference except for the elite level of play. But all golf balls are not the same and the reason is found in the core of the ball.

All golfers, regardless of abilities typically measure golf balls under one heading: distance. It’s the equivalent of measuring someone strictly by home runs, goals scored or touchdowns. Statistical analysis is misleading when only viewed through a single lens.

“Organic peroxides,” isn’t something many know anything about or will immediately sit straight up upon the mere mention of it. Chemical compounds used in the core of a golf ball, specifically how it is cured for the purposes of compression make organic peroxides another difference in golf balls.

Since 2000, one company, few have ever heard of, has mastered the chemistry of golf balls that has led to 2,500+ tournament wins. Golf ball manufacturers, including Acushnet, utilize AkzoNobel’s organic peroxides in the production of their golf balls. Perkadox and Trigonox products are used in the curing process of golf ball cores. Why is that important? “If the core were too hard, it would be like trying to tee up a rock,” explained Mike Cubera, AkzoNobel Commercial Manager. “With the right parameters in the core, the manufacturer can help to maximize the distance the ball will travel.”

Cubera says the core of a golf ball is similar to baking bread. “Adjusting the ingredients can influence performance. Some companies bake bread at 300°F for 30 to 40 minutes, while others prefer 325°F.  Manufacturers have figured out how long it takes to cure for the compression they want in their golf balls,” he said recently.

The trend in the industry is to perfect the core to what manufacturers want. For example, some players prefer a softer feeling ball. The core consumes 95-97% of the volume of a golf ball. The core immediately absorbs the energy transfer from a club to a ball. This influences distance, which is the Holy Grail all golfers pursue. So the next time you strike a ball and it doesn’t travel the distance you wanted or thought it should, think about the transfer of energy. The white sphere is a sophisticated product made from rubber and not all cores are the same!

HEADING SOUTH! Earlier this year the PGA TOUR brought its big top tent to Mexico City for the first time. Now it is branching out to the Caribbean. The PGA TOUR announced that the Web.com Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic will transition to the PGA TOUR beginning next season. It will debut March 19-25, 2018, the same week as the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. It will offer 300 FedExCup points to the winner and carry a purse of at least $3 million.

Through a new four-year agreement, Grupo Puntacana, which owns and operates Puntacana Resort & Club, will serve as the host organization and the Tom Fazio-designed Corales course will remain the tournament venue. The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be held for the second time on the Web.com Tour this May 1-7.

“Hosting the very first PGA TOUR tournament in the Dominican Republic is an honor both for Puntacana Resort and Club and for the Dominican Republic itself,” said Frank Rainieri, Chairman and Founder, Grupo Puntacana. “This is an affirmation of the exceptional golf facilities we have down here, and we are thrilled to expose the international golf community to the Dominican Republic. The Web.com Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship debut in 2016 was a standout moment on the calendar for us and we are thankful for that experience. We look forward to another outstanding tournament on the Web.com Tour in May and then to grow our relationship with the PGA TOUR beginning in 2018.”

FAKE NEWS OR REASON FOR CONCERN? We shouldn’t be saying this a few days after the Masters, but we will anyway: Golf isn’t helping itself. In the United States, golf doesn’t have the luxury of time. In 2014, Nielsen noted that 63% of the PGA’s television audience was over the age of 55. Some 87% of that audience was white, while only 12% was younger than 35. By comparison, only 25% of the National Basketball Association’s audience is 55 or older, 47% is younger than 35, and 57% is nonwhite. Golf’s core audience is literally dying, and it’s affecting golf far beyond its television broadcasts. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

THE LATEST: Tiger Woods may return to golf next month, as potentially forecasted by NBC/Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III. If Woods does, his wedge game will need to catch up quickly. Woods was at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., on Tuesday to announce his first public course design. The 41-year-old also gave an update on his health, and, well, it’s maybe not as promising as some might hope. READ MORE>>>

THE BIG DAY: Rory McIlroy's secret is out of the golf bag. The Belfast Telegraph can exclusively reveal the date and the place of his big day. Holywood's sporting superstar is to tie the knot with his beautiful bride in READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I quit drinking Coke. No offense to Coke, one of our best sponsors. I quit drinking it. I was having two to three Cokes a day. But if I win the FedExCup in Atlanta, I'll start drinking Coke again.”--Webb Simpson on his explanation on losing 15 lbs.

Jim Colbert, K. J. Choi, Lee Janzen, Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Brandt Snedeker and Mike Weir have each won 8 times on the PGA TOUR in their respective careers. Australian Stuart Appleby has nine PGA TOUR victories to his credit.

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