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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 215                                                       
Thursday, November 2, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I like the spot. I think it’s a great spot for him. I think that what you’re going to see is something pretty good out of Tiger. I’m very optimistic. I know a lot of people aren’t, but I’m very optimistic. I think that people’s expectations now are so low, I don’t think they really even care how he plays. I think people just want to see him out there playing and want to see this comeback if it has anything to it.”

BRAIN TEASER: Justin Thomas won five times last season. Jordan Spieth and Jason Day each won five times in 2015. How many seasons did Tiger Woods have at least that many victories?

THE COLOR OF MONEY: The start of each calendar year, which isn’t that far away, ushers in new equipment deals for players. At the start of 2017, Volvik bubbawatsonannounced that Bubba Watson signed a multi-year deal to play and endorse the company’s line of golf balls. "I was naturally intrigued by the colors Volvik offers,” said Watson in January. “Then I started testing the ball and saw what I could do with it. It does everything I want it to: go high, go low, curve, spin and it has the distance I’m looking for. I’m always trying to find new ways to grow the game and have fun out there and Volvik’s approach is the same. I couldn’t be more excited to have a colorful start to the year with Volvik!" 

By October, Volvik reported it has made a sensational impact on the UK golf ball sector since its arrival in April, with sales of more than one million colored balls over the past six months. The company said it is among the top five golf balls sold in Europe’s biggest golf market, with the VIVID ball accounting for almost 80% of Volvik sales. “This has been achieved without the usual seeding program associated with most golf ball launches,” stated Nigel Freemantle, Managing Director of Brand Fusion International, the company distributing Volvik balls in the UK.

Despite the apparent success, Watson is now reporting his multi-year deal has run its course. Playing this week in Sin City at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Watson revealed he is a free agent in terms of which ball he wants to play. “My contract is done with Volvik. I do not have a ball deal as we sit here today. So I can play with whatever ball I want to. I'm just going to go back to what I grew up with, so I'm playing Titleist.”

STAYING RELEVANT: Golf may have its challenging maintaining its relevancy with future generations, depending whom you ask, however it’s done a wonderful job preserving some of its illustrious history. For example, the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation has begun renovation of the historic Bobby Jones Golf Course. Built in 1932 as a tribute to Atlanta’s most famous athlete, Bobby Jones, the course has closed and begun a total renovation. It is anticipated to open in the fall of 2018 as an entirely new golf experience and expanded facility.

The non-profit Foundation said it will invest approximately $23 million in the re-development of the new golf course and clubhouse facilities. The first phase of the project includes a unique reversible 9-hole (one of only two in the United States), championship course designed by the late Atlanta architect Bob Cupp, state of the art driving range, indoor instruction building, and short game practice area as well as a new maintenance facility.

“This was Bob Cupp’s last project, and it will be an enduring legacy to both him and Mr. Jones, unique in design and playability. We want to thank the many donors throughout the State of Georgia and even beyond who have helped make the vision a reality, as well as those who have volunteered their time and expertise.” said Marty Elgison, President of the Foundation.

The Foundation is also coordinating with the tennis community at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center to construct a new parking deck to service both golf and tennis activities. A number of the existing tennis courts that are in the flood plain will be relocated on top of and adjacent to the new parking deck, improving environmental conditions and adding two additional hard courts to the tennis complex. The new tennis complex includes landscaping that will enhance the aesthetics of the property and environmental lighting to minimize impacts to the neighborhood.

The Foundation is partnering with the Georgia State Golf Association and the Georgia Section of the PGA of America in the second phase of the project to create the “Georgia Golf House,” a new facility that will become the center of golf in Georgia. Those organizations, as well the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Junior Golf Association, and others will call the Georgia Golf House home and use it for their headquarters.  

Junior golf and growing the game will be a major focus of the new Bobby Jones Golf Course.  The Foundation will work with the Georgia PGA and US Kids Golf to design instruction and programming for juniors in and around the community to foster interest in the game, and will partner with youth organizations like the YMCA to expand its reach. The Foundation is also partnering with the Shepherd Center to create a state-of-the-art program for adaptive golfers. The course renovations will include a 9-hole “wee links” of 50-70 yards, named the “Cupp Links” in honor of Mr. Cupp, designed specifically for adaptive golf and junior golfers.

The golf course will also become the new home of the Georgia State University (GSU) Women’s and Men’s golf teams. The Foundation will work with GSU to construct a second instructional center and practice area that will be used by the golf teams throughout the school year, and by the Foundation during the summers for junior golf clinics and lessons.  

The most current industry standards will be employed to construct an environmentally friendly and sustainable golf course and facility. In addition, the Foundation is working in partnership with GDOT, the City of Atlanta and the PATH Foundation to create trails and paths that will circle the new facility and connect to existing trail structures.  

“The golf community from across the state has come together to make the new Bobby Jones a spectacular golf course and home of golf, one that will be open for all golfers to enjoy, and one I hope future generations will enjoy for years to come,” commented Chuck Palmer, Chairman of the Foundation.

Born March 17, 1902, Jones died on December 18, 1971. However, his legacy lives on in more ways than one!

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? It didn’t take long for bookmakers to start looking to make a buck off of Tiger Woods. BookMaker.eu has posted Tiger Woods props for his return to professional golf, as well as the 2018 year.

Will Tiger Woods announce retirement from professional golf before January 1, 2019?
Yes +240
No -300

How many PGA Tour/European Tour events will Tiger Woods compete in during 2018 calendar year?
Over 5.5
Under 5.5

How many majors will Tiger Woods compete in during 2018 calendar year?
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Will Tiger Woods win a PGA Tour/European Tour event prior to January 1, 2019?
Yes +2000
No -4000

Tiger Woods best finish during 2018 calendar year (minimum playing field of 100)
Over 18.5
Under 18.5

How many cuts will Tiger Woods make during 2018 calendar year? (minimum playing field of 100)
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Tiger Woods Official World Golf Ranking on January 1, 2019
Over 1180.5
Under 1180.5

Will Tiger Woods withdraw during any professional tournament prior to January 1, 2019?
Yes -600
No +400

Will Tiger Woods undergo back surgery in 2018?
Yes +130
No -160

Will Tiger Woods be the U.S. Ryder Cup Captain in 2018?
Yes +140
No -170

Will Tiger Woods shoot 80 or worse in a round in 2018?
Yes -130
No +100

Will Tiger Woods withdraw from the 2017 Hero World Challenge before the tournament begins?
Yes +220
No -280

Will Tiger Woods withdraw during the 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Yes +240
No -300

Tiger Woods finishing position at 2017 Hero World Challenge
1st +2000
2nd +1300
3rd +1100
4th-10th +300
11th-17th -155
18th +350

Will Tiger Woods finish in the top 5 at the 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Yes +600
No -1400

Will Tiger Woods finish last (18th) at 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Yes +350
No -500

Will Tigers Woods hit fairway on first round tee shot on Hole No. 1 of 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Yes -165
No +135

Tiger Woods score on Hole No. 1 during first round of 2017 Hero World Challenge
Birdie +250
Par -120
Bogey or worse +160

How many birdies will Tiger Woods record in the first round of 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

How many bogeys or worse will Tiger Woods record in the first round of 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Over 3.5
Under 3.5

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole during 2017 Hero World Challenge
Over 6.5
Under 6.5

Tiger Woods 18-hole score during first round of 2017 Hero World Challenge
Over 72.5 
Under 72.5 

Tiger Woods highest 18-hole score during any round of 2017 Hero World Challenge
Over 75.5
Under 75.5 

Tiger Woods lowest 18-hole score during any round of 2017 Hero World Challenge
Over 69.5
Under 69.5 

HELPING HAND: In response to the recent series of tragic weather events, the PGA of America has announced the formation of the Golf Relief and Assistance Fund, which will help provide relief to individuals in the golf industry who have suffered as a result of a current or future qualified disaster.

The Golf Relief and Assistance Fund was created so the PGA of America and other industry participants can support PGA Members and other golf industry personnel in qualified disaster situations. The PGA launched this fund with a contribution of $250,000. The fund will be administered by the largest community foundation in the world, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, of Mountain View, California. 

“We view the Golf Relief and Assistance Fund as a model of how the PGA Member can help show the positive role the PGA plays in the golf industry,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “We look to our Members to help spread the word about the availability of this fund to their fellow PGA Members and to others in golf industry communities who may be in need.”

To either make a tax-deductible contribution to the Golf Relief and Assistance Fund or to apply for assistance, please visit GolfReliefFund.org.

WEB GEMS:

YO’RE AS OLD AS YOU FEEL! Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer were among the golfers to pay tribute to Gary Player by taking part in a special challenge to mark the nine-time major champion’s 82nd birthday. Player is well known for his remarkable fitness and health for a man of his age, with his birthday being an opportunity for people to pay tribute to the South African in his favorite pastime. Last year's birthday saw players and fans asked to 81 sit-ups, while this year's task honored Player by requesting people to READ MORE>>>

YOU’RE NOTHING WITHOUT YOUR HEALTH: “It will be good fun to see him back out competing again as he’s been the top player to play our game and what he’s done for the game has been amazing,” said Stenson. “The No 1 thing is to be healthy. You can’t compete with the best players in the world if you’re not healthy, so that’s the first step. “He obviously feels like he’s there and ready to start competing again, so we welcome him back. It’s going to be a bit of a journey to be back in good form. He’s been away from the game for quite some time and it’s hard to go from just practicing to being competitive at the highest level. But he’s someone that you can never count out.” Rose, who shares the same manager, Mark Steinberg, as Woods, is equally excited about the prospect of seeing the 14-time major winner playing again. “You can tell he’s beginning to get some confidence back in his body. And obviously with that, confidence will come back in his golf game,” said Rose. “To expect him to come out and win and compete immediately is maybe unrealistic. But I think that is just fantastic for the golf world to see him back healthy and out of pain. For me, that’s the biggest thing for him and he can build on that.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I like the spot. I think it’s a great spot for him. I think that what you’re going to see is something pretty good out of Tiger. I’m very optimistic. I know a lot of people aren’t, but I’m very optimistic. I think that people’s expectations now are so low, I don’t think they really even care how he plays. I think people just want to see him out there playing and want to see this comeback if it has anything to it.”--Hank Haney on his SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio show. Click on the here to listen to more of his comments.

Thomas won five times last season. Spieth and Jason Day each won five times in 2015. Woods had 11 seasons with at least that many victories, and he had six years when he won seven times or more.

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