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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 131                                                       
Thursday, July 6, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's obviously going to be an amazing experience support-wise. It's the one course in the area that I've probably got the least experience on, just because of the exclusivity of it; it's Royal Birkdale. But I live an hour away now, so that's the first year The Open's there and I've got a longer drive to go, but I can still stay at home. But I think looking at it and people wishing me good luck and people talking about it, it's going to be an experience that I've never had in my life and I think very few people get the chance to have a home crowd that's massively in your favor and play a tournament where, however many people will be watching me, will all want me to do well.”

BRAIN TEASER: This person played all 72 holes at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic without a bogey, the first to do so on the PGA TOUR and not win since Bubba Watson at Tucson in 2006. He is coming off of a recent playoff loss. Can you name him?

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? The Champion Golfer of the Year will receive $1,845,000 at The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale. The R&A announced that the total prize fund for the tournament will be  $10,250,000. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are operating in an increasingly global marketplace and have made the decision to award the prize fund in US dollars in recognition of the fact that it is the most widely adopted currency for prize money in golf.”

Henrik Stenson earned 1,175,000 pounds last year, which equated to $1,549,590 for his win at Troon. The value of the pound has been under pressure after Britain voted last year to leave the European Union.

A PIECE OF HISTORY: Donald Trump's personal golf irons will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The Trump personally-owned and used full set of TaylorMade RAC TP Forged Irons, 3-PW, were gifted to his personal caddie, Andrew Lombardo, at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The hosel of each clubhead is engraved, “D. Trump.”

From 2004 to 2008, Andrew Lombardo served as Assistant Caddie Master and Director of Outdoor Operations while employed at Bedminster, caddying for Trump over 100 times from the day the club first opened until his resignation in 2008, including twice during the filming of The Apprentice.

“I knew the first set of irons were special and so beautiful, they were the only set of forged blades, the first set that TaylorMade gave to Mr. Trump and the only set that had (D. Trump) engraved on them,” said Lombardo in a letter of provenance.  According to Lombardo, Trump exclusively used these irons for a two-and-a-half month period while playing with and against a variety of celebrities, powerful businesspeople, and golf professionals at Bedminster. 
“These Trump-used irons are of the utmost rarity and represent the well-documented relationship between the sport of golf and the nation’s commander-in-chief,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. 

After premiering West Palm Beach’s Trump International Golf Club in 1999, Trump proceeded to amass a total of 17 courses in a span of two decades, with locations that include the Hudson Valley, Scotland, and Dubai, with another set to open in Indonesia next year. The 36-hole Bedminster club, slated to host the 2017 US Women's Open, has since become a stronghold for many notable Trump events. It served as the wedding site of his daughter Ivanka and Jared Kushner in 2009, and then, in the wake of the 2016 election, the meeting grounds for the presidential transition team.

Recently, President Trump’s weekend golf outings, which have mostly been to his Florida courses, due to the weather, have been generating controversial headlines and receiving widespread media coverage. He made one long-weekend visit to Bedminster in May, and is expected to go there more frequently in the summer months. The Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction from RR Auction began on June 26th and concludes on July 12th. More details, can be found online at www.rrauction.com

WEB GEMS:

LIFE AFTER BONES: Phil Mickelson heads into the next phase of his career with a new caddie on a course marking its comeback from devastating floods in West Virginia. Mickelson will have brother Tim Mickelson on his bag starting Thursday at the Greenbrier Classic in his first tournament since parting ways with his caddie of 25 years, Jim "Bones" Mackay. READ MORE>>>

TEMPORARY BAN? “I sort of regret sending it at the end but I actually gave my wife, Erica, my phone and my Twitter and told her, 'Change my password to something else and don't tell me what it is'. So as of the time being, I'm off social media just because of that reason. I don't need to read it. It's stuff that shouldn't get to you and sometimes it does.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's obviously going to be an amazing experience support-wise. It's the one course in the area that I've probably got the least experience on, just because of the exclusivity of it; it's Royal Birkdale. But I live an hour away now, so that's the first year The Open's there and I've got a longer drive to go, but I can still stay at home. But I think looking at it and people wishing me good luck and people talking about it, it's going to be an experience that I've never had in my life and I think very few people get the chance to have a home crowd that's massively in your favor and play a tournament where, however many people will be watching me, will all want me to do well.”--Tommy Fleetwood after his won at the HNA Open de France.

Charles Howell III (T9-2010, T32-2011, MC-2012, MC-2013, T52-2014, MC-2015) played all 72 holes at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic without a bogey, the first to do so on the PGA TOUR and not win since Bubba Watson at Tucson in 2006. Howell is coming off of a playoff loss last week at the Quicken Loans National to Kyle Stanley.

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