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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 23
Friday, February 2, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? "It's unique to this tournament because of the setup of the hole, the stadium affect of it, the sponsors, the number of people out here, I think that it's very difficult to do, nor do I think you would want to duplicate it. I think it's a one-of-a-kind type hole and I don't think anybody else should try to replicate it. It's special in and of itself and other tournaments have done a great job of finding their own identity."

BRAIN TEASER: Since 2003, but before play started on Thursday, one player has found the water off the tee on the 17th hole nine times. Can you name him?

WORK IN PROGRESS?! Jon Rahm has made it look incredibly easy. The reality is that it hasn't been. By his own account he still has more to learn, despite already being #2 in the world rankings. Who knew this humility resided on the PGA TOUR!

"I said many times, last year at Augusta on the back nine on Sunday I just collapsed. I was extremely tired, dehydrated, my body couldn't just keep going anymore, hence the triple bogey on 18," Rahm acknowledged. "Kind of similar situation at the U.S. Open. Very similar situation at the PGA. I was just not; I didn't know how to deal with things because after the first few months it went from just being a bottom player to becoming top-10 in the world. So I had to change my schedule because of that. Hopefully I learned from my mistakes. But life has changed quite a bit in my case and it was quick. Because I played a U.S. Open as an amateur and the next day I was pro, teeing it up at Congressional in my practice round.

"I don't think there was an adjustment period. Usually people have weeks, months, I just had to go out and play. Luckily for me I performed outstanding and I got my PGA TOUR card early and started my career. Still the traveling is something you need to get used to. I went from college from 13 events a year and those events are three-day events to playing 28 events worldwide and those events are a whole week. So when I'm playing five times more than I used to play, you need to pick and choose when to rest and learn. I said many times how Mondays will be a traveling day, I won't play golf. Tuesday -- the more and more tournaments I go by, the less and less time I spend at the golf course. I won CareerBuilder without playing two of the golf courses. I played nine holes Nicklaus Course and that's it. Last week Torrey Pines I played the North Course nine holes that's it. This week only nine holes in the pro-am. So as long as you know the golf courses, right now mentality, I think we all have a similar one, to make sure we're rested so you can have a good level of golf all year long. There are still things I'm learning about." Rahm opened the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open by posting a score of 67.

HEY BIG SPENDER! Golf caters to the high-income earner. Always has and likely always will. The industry loves the demographics of its end users. Some equipment companies are not bashful about it either. It's there business model! Honma Golf is one of those companies that isn't afraid to push the price limits. In the January 31st issue, the Beres-06 line was introduced, which included a driver priced at $899.99, fairways at $499, hybrids at $449 and irons at $349 a piece. HONMA GOLF U.S., LTD., has added the Be ZEAL 535 series for golfers to choose from.

The Be ZEAL 535 series offers the performance features, according to the company, casual golfers seek day in and day out. An evolution of the Be ZEAL 525 series- The 535 combines quality materials with the latest golf technology for more distance and more forgiveness.

The Be ZEAL 535 driver, MAP pricing begins at $605, features Groove Power Area: Positioned from toe to heel. According to Honma, Groove Power Technology results in as little as 8% of performance variance across the face. It also has a 7gram weight, positioned near the heel of the head that lowers the center of gravity, promoting a draw biased ball flight. The Be ZEAL 535 driver has a Vizard Shaft, designed for it and offers an improved kick point, according to the company and enhanced stiffness higher in the shaft and improved vibration dampening material.

The Be ZEAL 535 Fairway, MAP pricing begins at $325, features the performance qualities seen in the driver. The Be Zeal 535 Hybrid, MAP pricing begins at $260, is also anchored by Groove Power Technology. The Be ZEAL 535 Irons, MAP pricing begins at $200.00 per iron (graphite shaft) and $160.00 per iron (steel shaft), and has slot technology, a proprietary titanium face, and tungsten weights that lower the center of gravity. Honma said next generation head design results in a lower CG for greater forgiveness and improved control, while tungsten weights placed at the base of the club, lowers and deepens the CG for higher launch conditions.

REASON FOR CONCERN? Heading into its fourth-quarter earnings report scheduled for Feb. 13, analysts are raising concerns about Under Armour Inc.’s relevance, with everything from the company’s products to its choice of a flagship location being called into question. READ MORE>>>

MORE OF THE SAME? How was 2017? According to Golf Datatech research, recreational rounds played in the United States finished down 2.7%. Within the numbers, public access play was down 3.6% in 2017, while private play was up 0.8%. The two places that saw the best and worst of the year, in terms of play was Palm Beach, FL up 12.1%, while Sacramento, CA, was down 10.8%.

For anyone wondering how 2017 stacks up against previous year, rounds played in 2016, according to Datatech, were up 0.6%. In 2015, it was +1.8%, while 2014 was down 1.7% and 2013 off another 4.9%. The cumulative net in the past five years is rounds played down 6.9%. Only two of the years were listed as statistical improvements.

WEB GEMS:

THE GOOD WITH THE BAD: The Waste Management Phoenix Open is known as the “Greatest Show on Grass,” but now it’s known for much more, the fairway streaker. During Wednesday’s Pro-Am event, one fan, with the courage of at least a few alcoholic beverages, stripped down and proceeded to bare it all to the shock — and applause — of the spectators on hole No. 17. READ AND SEE MORE>>>

ONE MORE TIME? Juli Inkster will captain the United States in the Solheim Cup for an unprecedented third time next year, the LPGA has announced. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's unique to this tournament because of the setup of the hole, the stadium affect of it, the sponsors, the number of people out here, I think that it's very difficult to do, nor do I think you would want to duplicate it. I think it's a one-of-a-kind type hole and I don't think anybody else should try to replicate it. It's special in and of itself and other tournaments have done a great job of finding their own identity.”--Phil Mickelson on the infamous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.

Since 2003, Rickie Fowler, Rory Sabbatini & Nick Watney have each found the water off the tee eight times on the 17th hole (most of any player). But Fowler also hit another one into the water during the 2016 playoff. Therefore, he has put nine into the water on the hole.

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