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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 155                                                       
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't miss it at all, actually. It's nice to get away from it. Again, trying to have more of a clutter-free sort of head and not really see anything. Everything that gets posted from my social platforms is not for me at the minute. Obviously it's a lot of promotional stuff. I would think that's what it will be for the foreseeable future.”

BRAIN TEASER: Weather is often a factor at a major championship. Can you name the last major that required a Monday finish?

CHANGE IN A CONSTANT: In what can be called the worst kept secret in golf for quite some time, the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR announced that beginning in 2019, the PGA Championship will be played in the month of May -- while THE PLAYERS Championship will be contested in March at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

"In weighing the complex evolution of the golf calendar, the PGA of America's key objectives were to promote the best interests of our signature spectator Championship, do what is best for the game and its great players, and find the most advantageous platform to fulfill our mission of serving our nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals and growing the game," said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua in a prepared statement. "Our analysis began in 2013 and included an extensive list of factors, including having to shift the date every four years to accommodate the Olympic Games. In the end, we determined that playing the PGA Championship the week prior to Memorial Day in May, making it the second major championship of the golf calendar, will achieve those three objectives.

"The golf calendar is dramatically different, especially in the latter portions of the schedule, than it was in the 1970s when our PGA Championship took up residence in August. We are excited about this move to May. It provides our PGA Championship a strong landing spot on the calendar and a consistent major-championship rhythm that golf fans can embrace. For nearly 85 percent of our Membership, May is also on the front-end of the golf season. This date change will allow them to engage new players and introduce various Growth of the Game initiatives entering the heart of the golf season across much of the country."

“We are thrilled to announce these two significant changes, which will greatly enhance the professional golf calendar starting in 2019,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Our thanks to the PGA of America for its partnership in what will allow both organizations to meet our short- and long-term objectives, while delivering incredibly compelling golf to our fans around the world.

“The calendar for the PGA TOUR season is among the most important and challenging aspects of our business, and the changes we’re unveiling give significant flexibility to create a schedule including the FedExCup Playoffs that is in the best interests of players, fans, tournaments, communities and our partners, from start to finish.

“THE PLAYERS Championship has grown in stature since we moved to May in 2007 and, regardless of the date, is clearly one of the premier events in all of golf – the best players in the world, a premier venue in THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, an unmatched fan experience and a significant charitable component that benefits the Jacksonville-area community. THE PLAYERS moving to March in 2019 will enhance an already strong Florida portion of our calendar and play a significant role in an overall improved schedule.” From May 16-19, 2019, Bethpage Black in Farmington, New York, will host the 101st PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy was asked for his thoughts on moving the clean up position of the Grand Slam to the on deck circle after the Masters starting in 2019. “I think a May date for The PGA of America is a really good thing, and just from a player's perspective, to now have one really big tournament every month from March, THE PLAYERS, to the Masters to the PGA Championship to the U.S. Open to the Open, and to have the FedExCup most likely at end of August or start of September; it just has a better flow to it, I think,” he said. “I've been a big supporter of it from the first time I heard about it. Obviously it's still a couple years away, but I'm excited to play a schedule like that going forward. It should be good. Especially with Presidents Cup and The Ryder Cup now obviously every year, I think it just gives especially the American guys who have to play a team event every year, as well, it just gives them just a little bit more time. Overall, I think it's a great thing.”

“I actually kind of like the changes they are going to make. It's going to kind of space everything out a little bit more instead of it all being kind of crammed together. So it gives you a little bit more time to prepare,” said world #1 Dustin Johnson. “It will be nice to have that time to prepare for each event.”

TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME! The European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, will move from its usual May date to September in 2019. READ MORE>>>

TWO IN ONE! SHOT SCOPE TECHNOLOGIES has announced the introduction of its second-generation golf wearable, Shot Scope V2, which combines GPS distance capability with Performance Tracking. The V2 has three modes to suit the golfer’s playing requirements, GPS; PRO; and GPS+TRACK. In both GPS and GPS+TRACK modes, the LCD screen displays distances to the front, middle and back of the green from the golfer’s real-time position using SMART GPS. Distances to hazards will be released in a software update later in the year.
Performance Tracking is activated in both PRO and GPS+TRACK modes. The watch works in the background to collect over 100 Tour-level statistics, broken down into five areas: clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting. Performance statistics of this caliber have previously only been available to Tour players. No manual input or phone use is required.

Following the success of V1 - a sell-out pre-sale campaign attracted over 2,000 users in six months in over 35 countries and 22 states in the U.S., as well as the European and Ladies European Tours – the V2’s launch has been considered highly anticipated. The V2 is now available for pre-order at the introductory price of $210.


EXPERIENCE TRIUMPHS: Paula Creamer will replace injured Jessica Korda on the U.S. team at next week's Solheim Cup. U.S. captain Juli Inkster announced the move Tuesday after Korda withdrew because of a forearm injury. READ MORE>>>

PICK OF THE LITTER: “I’ve been approached from a lot of different areas,” McIlroy said. “This sounds bad but I’m trying to get this week out of the way before I start to think about that. I have enough on my plate this week with trying to get ready for this tournament and trying to win. We’ve been inundated with people wanting to have a chance to carry the bag.” READ MORE>>>

IN NEWS OFF THE COURSE: The attorney for Tiger Woods says the golfer will not attend his arraignment on a driving under the influence charge. Under court rules, Woods' attorney can enter a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday. Any other plea would require Woods' attendance. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I don't miss it at all, actually. It's nice to get away from it. Again, trying to have more of a clutter-free sort of head and not really see anything. Everything that gets posted from my social platforms is not for me at the minute. Obviously it's a lot of promotional stuff. I would think that's what it will be for the foreseeable future.”-Rory McIlroy on his self imposed social media ban.

The last major championship to finish on a Monday was the 2015 Open Championship, won by Zach Johnson.