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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 4                                                           
Monday, January 8, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's definitely something that I'm very proud of. I want to absolutely continue it as long as I can. I think it just shows I've been a pretty good player for a long time now out on TOUR and I want to continue that, keep continue to keep working hard and continue to have success out here.”

BRAIN TEASER: The 34 players in the Sentry field accounted for 100 PGA TOUR wins, prior to the start of the 2018 event. Which of the 34 players in the winner’s only field has the most career victories?

A DIFFERENT TYPE OF SCORECARD: The PGA TOUR and its tournaments generated more than $180 million for charitable causes in 2017, surpassing 2016 by approximately $14 million. This total includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR-China.  

According to the PGA TOUR, its cumulative total amount generated for charity is now $2.65 billion. The TOUR surpassed $1 billion in 2005 and $2 billion at the beginning of 2014.

“The entire PGA TOUR family takes tremendous pride in the positive impact that we continue to make each year through the millions of dollars that are raised for very deserving charitable organizations,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “As we often note, beyond the sheer dollar amount, the real story is in the hundreds of thousands of lives that benefit from these contributions every year. Thank you to all of the tournaments, players, sponsors, volunteers and fans who make all of this possible.”

In 2017, five PGA TOUR events raised more than $10 million for charity – the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Valero Texas Open, DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, the John Deere Classic and the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In addition to those tournaments, the biennial Presidents Cup announced a donation of more than $10.7 million as a result of the 2017 event held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. The PGA TOUR’s flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship, generated $8.7 million in 2017.

Six PGA TOUR Champions events generated more than $1 million to charity in 2017, with the Shaw Charity Classic leading the way at more than $6 million. Three Tour events generated more than $1 million, led by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at more than $2.1 million.

Unlike other professional sports organizations, the PGA TOUR relies on more than 100,000 volunteers annually to run its tournaments, and the vast majority of its tournaments are structured as non-profit organizations designed to donate the maximum amount of proceeds to charity.

THANKS JACK: On the day PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced more than $180 million given to charities last year, he shared how the tour turned to Jack Nicklaus to help protect golf’s model for raising money. The tax-exempt status of the PGA Tour and other sports leagues was in jeopardy late last year under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Part of the Senate version of the bill included a subsection called, “Repeal of Tax-Exempt Status for Professional Sports Leagues.” That’s when Monahan decided to call Nicklaus at his office, but he dialed his mobile phone. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Winning never gets old and Dustin Johnson continued his winning ways from 2017 into 2018. Johnson walked away from the winner’s only field as the closest competitor, Jon Rahm, finished eight-shots back. “I put the new M4 driver in play this week and I drove it really straight. I don't think I ever hit one bad drive all week. So for me that was the big key this week, is driving. I drove it really well,” Johnson said afterwards. “If I'm driving it well, I get a lot of wedge shots from the fairway. And so if I can hit some good shots with the wedges I'm going to play well. All my birdies (23) were pretty close to the hole. I don't think I made a putt outside 10 feet all week. Last year I thought I was driving it pretty good. But with this new driver and new technology, we got the Twist Face in there. My misses are barely off line. So I got a lot of confidence in it. Even in all these crosswinds I felt like I got no worries about where the ball's going to go. It's going right where I'm looking every time and that's a good feeling for me.”

Johnson, 33, has now won at least one PGA TOUR event in 11 consecutive seasons, dating back to his rookie season in 2008, the longest active streak on TOUR. His win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions is his 17th on TOUR. Here is what Dustin Johnson used to win the 2018 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees)
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M4 (HL, 16.5 degrees)
Irons: TaylorMade P-790, TaylorMade P-730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 60 degrees), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black 
Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Dustin Johnson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 3
Birdies: 23
Pars: 41
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 268


FLEETWOOD WANTS ANOTHER BIG YEAR: “I’m not going to tournaments for no reason or just for a party. I had a few moments in Hong Kong, the odd minute where you sit down and reflect more than anything of having that ticked off in your career.  I want to win a lot more, wherever those tournaments are; winning is a habit I want to keep up. I didn’t win in Hong Kong straight after Dubai and was annoyed by it. Majors would be a nice natural progression. In my career I want to win multiple major championships.” READ MORE>>>

TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Jim “Bones” Mackay – the former longtime caddie to Phil Mickelson and now NBC and Golf Channel analyst – will carry the bag for FedExCup Champion Justin Thomas in his Sony Open title defense next week. Thomas’ regular caddie Jimmy Johnson succumbed to plantar fasciitis after two rounds at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua and has returned home for treatment, leaving an opening for next week at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Mike Thomas – Justin’s father – took over duties in the third and fourth rounds at the Plantation Course where Thomas was unable to defend his crown after rounds of 71-75-75-67 left him well off the pace. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's definitely something that I'm very proud of. I want to absolutely continue it as long as I can. I think it just shows I've been a pretty good player for a long time now out on TOUR and I want to continue that, keep continue to keep working hard and continue to have success out here.”--Dustin Johnson on his 11-year winning streak on the PGA TOUR. His comments were made prior to the start of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

The 34 players in the winner’s only Sentry field accounted for 100 PGA TOUR wins before the start of play last week. Dustin Johnson has the most victories with 16 career wins, including his four wins in the 2017 calendar year at the Genesis Open, World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and THE NORTHERN TRUST. His victory at the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champion makes it 17 career W's. He is followed by Jordan Spieth (11), Justin Thomas (7), Jason Dufner (5) and Hideki Matsuyama (5).