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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 79                                                         
Friday, April 21, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Really the most important thing that I think about right now in golf, a game that we love and adore and that has done so much for us, is that the rounds of golf are going down now. They're not increasing. We're in competition to a lot of other sports. We come here with a lot of laws and rules that young people don't want to abide by anymore. Winston Churchill said, ‘Change is the price of survival.’ We've got to make changes if we're going to get people to play the game. Young people, in other words, not our age anymore.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who has made the most money playing the Champions Tour?

BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR: Tiger Woods announced he has undergone back surgery to alleviate ongoing pain in his back and leg. "The surgery went well, and I'm optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain," Woods said. "When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long."   

Due to previous herniations and three surgeries, Woods' bottom lower-back disc severely narrowed, causing sciatica and severe back and leg pain. Conservative therapy, which included rehabilitation, medications, limiting activities and injections, failed as a permanent solution, and Woods opted to have surgery. The procedure was a minimally invasive Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS ALIF) at L5/S1. The surgery entailed removing the damaged disc and re-elevating the collapsed disc space to normal levels. This allows the one vertebrae to heal to the other. The goal is to relieve the pressure on the nerve and to give the nerve the best chance of healing. 

The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Guyer of the Center for Disc Replacement at the Texas Back Institute. "After he recovers from surgery, he will gradually begin his rehabilitation until he is completely healed," Guyer said. "Once that's accomplished, his workouts will be geared to allowing him to return to competitive golf.

"If you are going to have single-level fusion, the bottom level is the best place for it to occur. Some individuals are born with one less vertebrae, which would be similar to someone who had a single-level fusion," Guyer added.

Woods will now rest for several weeks, then begin therapy and treatment. While each procedure and case is unique, patients typically return to full activity in about six months. "I would like to thank all the fans for staying in touch and their kind wishes," Woods said. "The support I have received has never waned, and it really helps."

EXIT STRATEGY: After more than a decade leading ClubCorp, CEO Eric Affeldt plans to retire after the company names his successor. In conjunction with news of Affeldt’s retirement, ClubCorp announced that it will not pursue a sale of the company. In September, FrontFour Capital, which owns around 3.4 percent of ClubCorp’s outstanding shares, urged the company to “retain an investment bank to pursue any and all strategic alternatives, including an outright sale of the company” after criticizing the company’s stock performance. READ MORE>>>

YOU CAN ALWAYS USE SOME LUCK! Callaway Golf Company has reached an endorsement agreement with Curtis Luck. The 20-year-old from Perth, Australia, was the #1 ranked amateur in the world before he turned pro. Earlier this month he was one of two amateurs to make the cut at The Masters.

For those unfamiliar with Luck, he won the 2016 U.S. Amateur, the 2016 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, and the 2016 Western Australian Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia. He did so with Callaway equipment. He also counted the Victorian Junior Masters and Western Australian Amateur among his wins.

“I’ve played with Callaway for many years, and I’ve been fortunate to win some of the biggest amateur events in the world with their equipment,” Luck said. “So it’s a natural choice as I start my pro career.” As a full Callaway staff member, Luck will use Callaway clubs, balls, gloves and an Odyssey Putter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

WINDSTOPPER: Galvin Green has announced the introduction of its Bow jacket featuring GORE Windstopper Active technology. According to the company, its exceptionally lightweight (other than price), the men’s Bow half-zip jacket (MSRP: $365) weighs just over 100 grams, the equivalent of two golf balls. Completely windproof and water resistant, Galvin Green  said, the Windstopper Active fabric offers an ultra-thin and exceptionally breathable layer.

“The practically weightless feeling of the Bow jacket is unlike anything else we’ve offered,” said Andrew Creed, president of Galvin Green USA. “Its innovative, technical material virtually eliminates the elements while maintaining maximum comfort and freedom of movement.”

arnieLONG LIVE THE KING! Tom Watson was asked to recall a story of Arnold Palmer recently. “I had a chance when I was 15 years old to play with Arnold Palmer at an exhibition in Kansas City, Brookridge Country Club,” Watson began. “You can just imagine, he was in his heyday, 1965. Jack Nicklaus was the villain. I didn't like Jack because he was beating Arnie, my hero. But I had a chance to play with Arnie. He couldn't have been any nicer to me and treated me with respect as a golfer. I think that gave me the dream of becoming a professional golfer because I had a chance to be with Arnold Palmer and play with him. Actually, I tied him on the front nine, then he got me by six shots on the back. Just to be around Arnie and the way he treated people and the way he loved the game. Arnie loved the game so much, it's probably his number one thing in life is to play the golf game. I remember he said that about the Masters, it was the most exciting time in my life to win the Masters. I said at his funeral there's never been a greater friend of golf than Arnold Palmer and I think that's true.”

WEB GEMS:

IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? Woods first had back surgery - a microdiscectomy - a week before the 2014 Masters, and he tried to return in three months. He sat out three months at the end of 2014 to let his body fully heal. But after a 2015 season in which he missed the cut in three majors, he had back surgery in September and another one in October. He went 15 months without competition before returning in December at his Hero World Challenge. Woods missed the cut at Torrey Pines in January, then withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 after opening with a 77, citing back spasms. And now he's gone through a fourth surgery. Questions about the 14-time major champion have shifted from if he will win another major to if he will play another major. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Really the most important thing that I think about right now in golf, a game that we love and adore and that has done so much for us, is that the rounds of golf are going down now. They're not increasing. We're in competition to a lot of other sports. We come here with a lot of laws and rules that young people don't want to abide by anymore. Winston Churchill said, ‘Change is the price of survival.’ We've got to make changes if we're going to get people to play the game. Young people, in other words, not our age anymore.” --Gary Player at this week’s Champions Tour stop, Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.

71-year old Hale Irwin has made $27,066,229 in his Champions Tour career. Bernhard Langer ranks second at $21,672,241.

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