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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 176                                                       
Friday, September 8, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It’s hard to believe five years ago we didn’t let you bring a phone on-site. It’s a necessity we stay ahead of the curve and anticipate the next big thing.”

BRAIN TEASER: The upcoming President’s Cup will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ. Where was it played in 2015?

TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST, ONLY TOUGH PEOPLE: In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, PXG announced that it will match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million in support of Team Rubicon's disaster relief efforts. PXG's matching challenge will help raise needed funds for the veteran-led organization, which coordinates and deploys highly trained and capable military veterans as volunteers.

Providing relief to those affected by natural disasters is Team Rubicon's mission. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, the organization mobilizes highly trained teams to provide the greatest impact possible.

"Team Rubicon has created an exceptional program that enables veterans to continue to serve and protect during times of emergency," said PXG founder and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons. "Veterans are trained to act with precision, physically and mentally, amid chaos and disaster. They are often the calm during the storm. And together, they can move mountains."

"The matching challenge from PXG allows the veterans and first responders of Team Rubicon to better assist communities on their worst day," Team Rubicon co-founder and CEO Jake Wood shared. "From immediate floodwater rescues to long-term recovery in Texas, Team Rubicon is proud to help communities in need, and we're honored to have the outstanding support of PXG."

Together with its touring professionals and brand ambassadors, PXG will leverage its global reach to drive awareness of and raise critical funds for Team Rubicon's emergency relief efforts in Houston. Anyone wishing to double the impact of their support can visit http://www.teamrubiconusa.org or text HARVEY to 87872. Links to donate can also be found on http://www.pxg.com.

"This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to step-up and support people in dire need," Parsons added.

TRANSPARENCY: The R&A and the USGA reported they have received comments on the proposed new Rules from more than 22,000 golfers in 102 countries. With the worldwide survey and evaluation period now complete, The R&A and the USGA and their respective committees will continue to review all comments received with the goal of finalizing the new Rules next spring and beginning a comprehensive education program later in 2018. It is expected the new rules will be implemented on January 1st, 2019.

“It is pleasing to see that so many people from different parts of the world have taken this opportunity to engage with the process of modernizing the Rules,” said David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A. “We have received insightful comments and suggestions from throughout the professional and amateur game and will take time to consider the feedback in detail. We will then work on finalizing the changes ahead of their implementation in 2019.”

“After listening to golfers and reviewing the extensive comments, one thing is very clear – we all share a passion for the game and are eager to be a part of this process,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director of Rules and Amateur Status. “We appreciate everyone who took time to provide their thoughts and insights. They have been very helpful and encouraging.”

While the feedback will continue to be analyzed over the next few months, several common themes emerged, according to the governing bodies, including:
•        Golfers are enthusiastic about the scope and direction of the overall changes, such as pace-of-play improvements, the elimination of penalties and streamlined procedures.
•        Golfers provided the most feedback on the proposed Rules changes focused on the putting green (such as putting with the flagstick left in the hole, repairing spike marks and eliminating the penalty for accidentally moving a ball); the creation of “penalty areas” (extending water hazard type relief and eliminating penalties for moving loose impediments and grounding a club); and the new dropping procedures (including the size of “relief areas”).

MORE FROM TAYLORMADE: Distance remains the number one selling feature in equipment. Yet it seems to be limited to drivers and balls. Irons haven’t seemed to catch on the same way with consumers. Perhaps that will change? TaylorMade Golf is hoping so as the company is releasing all-new M CGB irons.

mcgb"The CGB name is iconic and represents some of the longest and most forgiving irons we’ve ever created at TaylorMade. The concept has now been re-created with all our latest technology to bring never-before-seen performance to golfers of all skill levels," said Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Iron Product Creation.

The M CGB is considered a super game-improvement option. Each iron has Speed Pocket, Face Slots, 360° undercut, Inverted Cone along with tungsten weighting. While traditional game-improvement irons feature a progressive COR that reaches closer to the max in longer irons, M CGB utilizes a consistent COR model, TaylorMade said, with every iron capping out at a substantially high COR limit. A constant COR is achieved using consistently thin face thicknesses and utilizing Face Slots and Speed Pocket technology all the way through to the PW. This produces optimized launch conditions throughout the set, according to the company. Each M CGB iron features four weight ports that house milled MIM (metal-injection-molded) tungsten weights. These tungsten weights work to increase MOI and move the center of gravity low and back for higher launching shots.

Available at retail starting on September 29, the M CGB irons will be offered in 4-PW, AW, or SW (8-pieces) with Nippon NS Pro 840 steel shafts ($1,199.99 USD) or UST Recoil 460 ES graphite shafts ($1,399.99 USD) with a TaylorMade Dual Feel grip. Additionally, a variety of custom shaft and grip options are also available.

TOUR LOOKING AT HQ OPTIONS: The PGA Tour recently filed a modification of the Development of Regional Impact for its property in and around the TPC Sawgrass golf club in Ponte Vedra. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

TURNING BACK TIME: Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 6-under round of 64 to be in a three-way tie for the lead after the European Masters first round on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It’s hard to believe five years ago we didn’t let you bring a phone on-site. It’s a necessity we stay ahead of the curve and anticipate the next big thing.”--PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan.

In 2015 the President’s Cup was played at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea.

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