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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 136
Thursday, July 13, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? "I played in windy conditions my entire childhood. But I was about 16 years old when I took my first trip to Scotland to play some junior tournaments, and got to do a bit of a tour around playing all the great courses. And you know, instantly enjoyed the challenge of something like I had never really seen before. Although we had courses by the ocean, and not really true links courses like over here. I really enjoyed that right from the start and have tried to embrace it. It took me awhile as a pro to figure out I needed to do something different in preparation for The Open. Just showing up on a Monday wasn't enough for me. Finally when I did figure that out, I started having some really good results and got close to winning. You know, again, every time I think about that, it motivates me to come back and do better this year."

BRAIN TEASER: Making his 16th consecutive start at the John Deere Classic, this player will begin the week on the strength of 33 consecutive rounds of par-or-better at TPC Deere Run (totaling 133-under-par). Who is he?

TWENTY SOMETHING! This year's John Deere Classic marks the twenty-year anniversary of the sponsorship agreement between John Deere and the PGA TOUR. The title sponsorship deal, which extends through 2023, has helped make the Quad Cities' tournament the third-longest title sponsor relationship on TOUR. Over the course of the last 20 years the sponsorship of John Deere has allowed the event to become the charity engine that has helped raise $80 million for hundreds of worthy causes.

WINNING WAYS! Bernhard Langer's win last year at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship marked the eighth time in PGA TOUR Champions history that a player has won the same event three years in a row. If he wins again this year, the four consecutive wins would be the second-longest streak in Tour history, trailing only Hale Irwin's five straight titles at the Turtle Bay Championship (2000-2005; no event in 2004).

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: The 2017 U.S. Women's Open purse is $5 million. The 2016 purse was $4.5 million, and the winner earned $810,000. At 15 years, 8 months and 21 days of age as of July 13 (the first day of the championship), Rachel Heck, of Memphis, Tenn., is the championship's youngest competitor. Anne Chen (15/11/16) is the only other 15-year-old in the competition. At age 47, Catriona Matthew, of Scotland, is the championship's oldest competitor. Becky Morgan, 42, of Wales, is the championship's oldest qualifier.

Field by Age

Age 15-19 – 20 players

Age 20-29 – 103 players

Age 30-39 – 30 players

Age 40-49 – 3 players

The average age of the championship field is 25.56.

Oldest U.S. Women's Open Champions (years/months/days)

43/0/6 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 1954

42/0/14 Juli Inkster, 2002

41/2/20 Meg Mallon, 2004

Youngest U.S. Women's Open Champions (years/months/days)

19/11/17 Inbee Park, 2008

20/9/8 Se Ri Pak, 1998

20/11/2 In Gee Chun, 2015

WEB GEMS:

WIDE OPEN? Johnny Miller has pegged Hideki Matsuyama as the early favorite to win next week’s championship at Royal Birkdale and become Japan's first major winner. But Miller, who won the title at the course in 1976, said that picking a champion was even tougher than usual in view of the poor form of several of the sport’s biggest names. READ MORE>>>

CANCER SUCKS: When world No. 3 Lexi Thompson tees off Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Women's Open, Judy Thompson hopes to walk nine holes with her daughter. That's the goal. There is no guarantee she will make it. She might do more. Judy Thompson's story is about life, and the fight for it, again. READ MORE>>>

DETERMINATION: Fresh from the humiliation of missing the cut at his own tournament, Rory McIlroy spent 90 minutes practicing his putting at the Scottish Open on Wednesday before predicting an upturn in his fortunes. Describing his last few months as "transitional", McIlroy said: "It's hard to sit up here and stand in front of a camera every single time and say to you guys: 'It's close', because I sound a bit like a broken record after a few weeks. But really, it's not far away.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I played in windy conditions my entire childhood. But I was about 16 years old when I took my first trip to Scotland to play some junior tournaments, and got to do a bit of a tour around playing all the great courses. And you know, instantly enjoyed the challenge of something like I had never really seen before. Although we had courses by the ocean, and not really true links courses like over here. I really enjoyed that right from the start and have tried to embrace it. It took me awhile as a pro to figure out I needed to do something different in preparation for The Open. Just showing up on a Monday wasn't enough for me. Finally when I did figure that out, I started having some really good results and got close to winning. You know, again, every time I think about that, it motivates me to come back and do better this year.”--Adam Scott, who is playing this week in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Making his 16th consecutive start at the John Deere Classic Zach Johnson will begin the week on the strength of 33 consecutive rounds of par-or-better at TPC Deere Run (totaling 133-under-par) Not since round three of 2008 (75) has he posted an over-par score.

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