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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 138                                                       
Monday, July 17, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The most unusual place I took it must have been on a jet-ski in Orlando. At least it had a life vest on, safety first, as you know, and it seemed to enjoy it. I'll leave it with that.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the last victory by Rory McIlroy on the PGA TOUR?

A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME! Twitter is in talks to screen the US PGA Championship, one of golf’s “major” tournaments, in the UK, after Sky lost its exclusive broadcast rights to the event. The social media company is holding negotiations to obtain the digital streaming rights to the 2017 tournament for the UK, according to several people briefed on the discussions. READ MORE>>>

LIFE CHANGES: A year ago, Henrik Stenson was searching for his first major. Now he returns to the Open Championship as the defending champion. How has his life changed?

“It's kind of like after having kids,” he explained. “When you have kids, your life changes and you can't believe what you did with all the time you had before you had children. It's a little bit the same. I don't know what I did with my time before I had the Claret Jug in my possession. And I kind of treat it like my baby, as well. So it's a lot of similarities in that sense. It's been a busy year, but I don't want to sit here and complain about it. That's certainly not the way we look at it.

“It's been a challenge at times. I've been pretty good at saying no, but you've still got to do a lot of things, and I'm sure that impacts your focus on your game to a degree. And for the year that you are the defending champion, then every week you show up at a tournament: It's new, it's fresh, they haven't seen you since you won, and it's all the pictures and all the autographs and all the interviews.

“In this game, you've got to be in the moment and you've got to be focused and where you're at now and looking forward. And you're constantly talking about what happened six months, nine months, 12 months ago; so it's easy to be a little stuck in the past. I think it's going to be a bit of turning the page when I have to return The Claret on Monday, and then we're kind of looking ahead instead of looking back.” Stenson’s life will change again starting today. Time will tell which direction it moves for him going forward.

THRILL OF A LIFETIME! A group of 42 amateur men and women golfers competed in the first R&A Nine Hole Championship Final at Royal Birkdale on Saturday. The group participated in a handicap pairs competition at the famous Southport links just five days before The 146th Open gets underway, playing the 10th to 18th holes. Following a successful pilot at Royal Troon last year, more than 7,000 amateur golfers entered qualifying events across Great Britain and Ireland to reach the Final at the host venue of The Open. READ MORE>>>

twoballredSEEING RED: Odyssey is coming out with O-Works Red, O-Works Black putters. According to the company, the new O-Works Red and O-Works Black Putters were driven by extensive feedback from its staff players. Some prefer a clean, simple look at address, and a number of them, the company said, have asked to test models with a red finish and Odyssey’s Microhinge insert technology.

The red and black head colors have been generating interest, Odyssey said and it believes that if the best players like something and putt well with it, real golfers are going to like it too.

For head shapes: the O-Works Red includes some of the iconic 2-Ball, and the #7. The 2-Ball is the best-selling head shape ever, and both of these models have dominated Tour events and major championships for years. Odyssey is also introducing an alternative on the #7 model, featuring a short slant neck hosel. This hosel promotes more toe hang, which is a trend it’s seeing a lot lately with its pros.

The O-Works Black includes the #3T, a short slant neck version of our popular #7 head, and a center-shafted #2 mallet shape. The O-Works Red, O-Works Black will debut at retail on August 4th. Pricing is $199 (Winn pistol grip) and $219 (Superstroke Mid Slim 2.0 Grip).

WINNER’S CLUBS: Starting the final round four strokes back at 12-under, Bryson DeChambeau birdied his final two holes to post a 6-under 65, 18-under and a one-stroke victory over Patrick Rodgers. DeChambeau claims his first career PGA TOUR victory in just his 40th TOUR start. After missing eight straight cuts, he finished inside the top 30 in his last three starts before last week. “Feels like it's been a long time coming, even though I'm 23. It's pretty special to win here at the John Deere. Didn't know Payne Stewart's first win was here, and that broke me. God bless him. He's done some amazing things for the game of golf, and I hope I can do something similar down the road,” said DeChambeau.

He’s been called a mad scientist and by others a genius when it comes to his equipment/analytical approach to the game. He was asked whether it represents vindication after his win. “It is vindication I think. It's definitely nice to have me win under such conditions. There has been a lot of talk. I had somebody say, ‘Go back and get your old clubs,’ or whatever. This week out here there was somebody that said that. Happens every week. I just throw it to the side and say, ‘Don't even worry about it.’ You're going down the road you've chosen and you're comfortable with it, and you know it's going to in the end be the right thing.” Here is what Bryson DeChambeau had in the bag to win the 2017 John Deere Classic:

Driver: Cobra KING LTD PRO 8.5°
Fairway Woods: Cobra KING LTD 3/4 Fwy; 14.5°
Irons: Cobra KING Driving Iron, 18°, COBRA KING Forged ONE Length | 4-P
Wedges: COBRA KING V Grind | 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: SIK
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330

Bryson DeChambeau’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 24
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 266


R.I.P.: William W. “Hootie” Johnson never backed down from a fight. Whether it was on the football field, in the boardroom or over Augusta National Golf Club’s all-male membership, Johnson stood firm in his convictions. The former Masters Tournament chairman died Friday morning. He was 86. READ MORE>>>

WHO WILL IT BE? An era of dominance in the majors ended the last time the British Open was at Royal Birkdale, even if nobody knew it. Tiger Woods piled up so many majors so quickly that when he had knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines and had to sit out the last two majors, a few wags suggested that the next name engraved on the claret jug should include an asterisk. There is no longer talk about an asterisk. Now it's more like a question mark. READ MORE>>>

A FAIR TEST WAITS: "It has the flattest fairways of any of the Open courses," Chamblee, who will be part of Golf Channel’s team for its 'Live from the Open' show from England, said. "It's fair and you don’t hear any rumblings from the players. In general, Open championship golf demands the most out of players. You’ve got to be able to work the ball left-right, right-left, up, down, cope with cross-winds.” READ MORE>>>

ELS LOST HIS MIND OVER TIGER: Els lost five years of his career trying to solve the Woods conundrum. In the end, it was coach David Leadbetter and a non-qualified psychologist called Jos Vanstiphout, who sorted him out. “You could tell I’d lost my mind because I went to crazy Jos,” he says, laughing. “But I played some of my best golf from 2002 until I blew my knee out in 2005. I should have won more majors during that period. The one that really hurt was losing to Todd Hamilton at Troon in 2004. That really screwed me up. Something in my hemisphere changed and I was never the same after that.” READ MORE>>>

WINNING IS NEVER EASY: Rafa Cabrera Bello needed the best round of the week and one of the best shots of his life to end his 5½-year wait for a victory on Sunday. A 72nd-hole meltdown from Callum Shinkwin helped, too, at the Scottish Open. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The most unusual place I took it must have been on a jet-ski in Orlando. At least it had a life vest on, safety first, as you know, and it seemed to enjoy it. I'll leave it with that.”--Henrik Stenson on his travels with the Claret Jug in the past year.

Rory McIlroy’s last PGA TOUR victory, his 13th in his career, came at the 2016 TOUR Championship. He won in a three-way playoff with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore. It was his second time winning in 2016 as he also captured the Deutsche Bank Championship.