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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 156                                                       
Thursday, August 10, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I feel as though had Tiger not come around, I don't feel I would have pushed myself to achieve what I ended up achieving, because he forced everybody to get the best out of themselves. He forced everybody to work a little bit harder. He forced everybody to look at fitness as a big part of the game and I think that's actually helped me with longevity, working with my trainer, Sean Cochran, for 14 years now, trying to stay flexible and so forth to elongate the career. I don't think I would have had the same level of success had he not come around.”

BRAIN TEASER: Since 2009, can you name or guess the player that is the most under par at the PGA Championship?

ANOTHER SHOE STILL TO DROP? With the announcement the PGA Championship and PLAYERS are moving dates starting in 2019, it begs the question what happens to the remainder of the PGA TOUR schedule? “As you can imagine there's a fair amount of complexity within that and we have a number of constituents we have to work with. When we have more specifics, we'll come back and make those announcements. We are just not far enough along in our process to be able to say definitively where we are,” reported PGA TOUR Commissioner, Jay Monahan.

“The wraparound season has elevated all of our events. I think when you look at 46 events over the course of the season, right now, I don't expect that to change,” he continued. “As a true international sport, being on all the time and showcasing the world's best players over that period of time, we think is very helpful. I read some comments recently, at the fact that there are 46 events, a lot of players will say: You're playing 25 weeks and that's 21 weeks you have off; that's five months of free time. The benefit of having a steady rhythm of players, and we see the depth is across the game, we think that serves the fan base very well and that's reflected in the demand we have from sponsorship and tournaments and the support we get in all of the communities we play.”

HOW TO GROW? “What's more important for our organization, when we put our strategic plan together with our board of directors, a global growth for The PGA of America is key to our success,” said Pete Bevacqua, CEO of The PGA of America. “Whereas we talked initially about potentially having an international PGA Championship, our focus now in terms of global growth is squarely on education and employment. Our PGA of America professionals who are the best trained professionals in the world, how do we bring them overseas to help them grow this game and how do we bring them overseas to help teach people how to grow the game. Will we ever do an international PGA Championship? I think the answer is not in the next ten years but it's something we will always consider because potentially at the right time for the organization, it could be an interesting move.”

ONE TO WATCH: Coming off his victory at last week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Hideki Matsuyama picked up fifth TOUR title, and third this season. He’s been tabbed as the most likely Japanese player to win a major championship. Ernie Els, who is paired with Matsuyama at the PGA Championship has played plenty of golf with him and offered his two cents on his chances. “He's got the length and he's got the game now and he's got the confidence. But as we all know, it's not the easiest thing in the world to win a major championship. You need a lot of factors to go your way,” the Big Easy said. “I agree,” Phil Mickelson added, which drew a few laughs!

Since 2003, there have been 6,441 rounds played at Quail Hollow during the Wells Fargo Championship. The Green Mile, the final 3 holes,  accounts for 25% of all bogeys, 38% of all doubles, and 51% of all triples or worse at Quail Hollow Club. The field is a combined +5,899 over par on holes 16 thru 18 since 2003 (-1,270 on all other holes). Try this one on for size! Since 2003, 570 different players have at least one competitive round at Quail Hollow. Of players in this week’s PGA Championship field, Billy Horschel & Luke List are the only players under par on The Green Mile.

WEB GEMS:

FACE LIFT WASN’T NEEDED SCOTT SAYS: Former world number one Adam Scott thinks the Quail Hollow renovation is the equivalent of a person who undergoes a facelift just for the sake of it, not because it is needed. The PGA Championship venue has three completely new holes, 18 re-grassed greens and dozens of more subtle changes from the course that last year hosted a PGA Tour event. Scott reckons the course would have been just as well left alone. “The positive is they haven’t messed the course up by changing it, which (sometimes) happens,” the 2013 Masters champion told Reuters ahead of Thursday’s first round. “I’m not trying to sound like a smart aleck (but) surely they didn’t move the PGA here on the basis they’d only change three holes.” READ MORE>>>

HELP!Danny Willett’s latest bid to reverse a dreadful run has seen the 2016 Masters champion part company with his long-time coach Pete Cowen. Sean Foley, who coached Tiger Woods and now tutors Justin Rose, started an alliance with the troubled Willett at this week’s PGA Championship. Willett had his first session with Foley on Tuesday before a practice round in the company of Rose later in the day. READ MORE>>>

CASE CLOSED: Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his record wiped clean if he completes the program, a prosecutor said. Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge, which is a more severe charge than reckless driving. If he completes the program, he can ask a judge to expunge the reckless driving conviction. In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school and perform 50 hours of community service. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I feel as though had Tiger not come around, I don't feel I would have pushed myself to achieve what I ended up achieving, because he forced everybody to get the best out of themselves. He forced everybody to work a little bit harder. He forced everybody to look at fitness as a big part of the game and I think that's actually helped me with longevity, working with my trainer, Sean Cochran, for 14 years now, trying to stay flexible and so forth to elongate the career. I don't think I would have had the same level of success had he not come around.”--Phil Mickelson.

Since 2009, no other player is more under par at the PGA Championship than Rory McIlroy. During this timeframe he has played 14 of his 30 rounds at this event in the 60’s. McIlroy is 40-under par at the PGA Championship since 2009. Jason Day is 39-under, Henrik Stenson is 24-under par, Brooks Koepka and Steve Stricker are each 20-under since 2009. Meanwhile, it would appear McIlroy is the man to watch out for. In 26 rounds at Quail Hollow Club, he has a scoring average of 69.46, the only player with a sub-70 scoring average (min 6 rounds played) at this course.

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