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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 24                                                         
Monday, February 5, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “My first experience. I just tried to block it all out, even though it's really difficult to. You just look down at the ground and try and look at the hole and that's all. What's funny is I was a little more nervous than I was at the Masters when I was an amateur, I can tell you that, that's for sure. It's just different. You're going to get booed or they're going to cheer for you. That's it. There's not going to be middle ground. So you definitely want to have the crowd on your side on that.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many shots behind was Gary Woodland going into the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday?

WELCOME BACK: True Temper Sports announced the hiring of Jason Jenne as Chief Financial Officer.  The name should be familiar to a few in golf. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of True Temper Sports, Inc. from January 2015 to 2016 and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President from October 2012 to January 2015. Most recently, Jenne served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Fred’s Inc, a $2 billion general merchandise retailer and pharmacy. In his return role, Jenne will be responsible for leading the strategic direction of the accounting and finance functions in addition to overseeing True Temper’s global information technology, legal, regulatory, insurance and risk management.
 
“We are thrilled to have Jason back at the company to lead these critical functional areas,” said Jeremy Erspamer, President and Chief Executive Officer of True Temper Sports. “He is a very talented CFO and brings a keen strategic business mind to our leadership team.  In addition, Jason has developed strong and productive relationships during his previous tenure with the current management team, employees, and customers and has proven himself as a highly capable and well-respected leader.  I am confident with his oversight of these key functional areas that True Temper is well positioned for continued success in the years to come.”

HAIL TO THE NEW CHIEF: Mark Newell of McLean, Va. has been elected to serve a one-year term as the 65th president of the United States Golf Association (USGA). The election took place at the Association’s Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. Newell will lead the 15-member volunteer USGA Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and oversight to the Association's full-time management and staff.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the game of golf as USGA president, and to champion our staff’s work to lead, grow and sustain our sport,” said Newell upon his election. “We are at an exciting time in golf’s evolution, and our collective focus on ensuring its future has never been stronger.”

The other members of the 2018 Executive Committee were also elected at the Annual Meeting, with four new additions: three-time major champion and former world No. 1 player Nick Price of Hobe Sound, Fla.; Kendra Graham of Winter Park, Fla.; Sharon Ritchey of Asheville, N.C.; and Paul G. Brown of Brookville, Md.

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG! For those paying attention or have a memory, they will recall the USGA’s infamous “While We’re Young” campaign was an overwhelming disappointment. The pace of play campaign was introduced back in 2013 and well we’re no better off today than we were then. Despite the organization’s shortcomings, it has created yet another pledge.

To ensure a “healthy future for golf,” the United States Golf Association announced the launch of Driving Golf Forward, a multi-year campaign focused on four key impact areas. “The health and future of golf are fueled by strong leadership, resources and meaningful initiatives,” said USGA CEO/Executive Director Mike Davis. “This campaign will support and develop programs that positively impact our game and create new opportunities for golf to grow and endure.”

The campaign, which is never specifically identified, will help fund research designed to improve the golfer experience and assist golf facilities reduce their reliance on critical resources such as water, nutrients, chemicals and energy by 25 percent by 2025. The planned increases in investment include the development of global forums to better connect the worldwide golf community and produce positive, collaborative change. 

It will also support the USGA’s long-term goal of boosting inclusivity in the sport through increases in participation by juniors, as well as broadly supporting accessibility and adaptive golf, improving golfer experiences in the game. Despite the temptation to swing away at this fastball I’ll let it sail by!

To learn more and to donate to Driving Golf Forward, please visit: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/clubhouse/foundation/usga-foundation-landing-page.html.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Another week where 72 holes wasn’t enough to determine a winner on the PGA TOUR. However, unlike San Diego, Scottsdale didn’t need to wait until Monday to crown its champion. Extra holes hasn’t been kind to Gary Woodland in the past as he lost to Jhonattan Vegas, 2011 CareerBuilder Challenge and Ryan Moore, 2013 CIMB Classic. But the third time was a charm as Woodland defeated Chez Reavie to win the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open. He shot 64 in the final round to set up the playoff. “I was in the zone,” said Woodland. “I mean I really had it going. My caddie asked me when we got done, did I know I made nine birdies. I didn't know that I did that. I knew I was just trying to give myself a chance. I'm kind of overwhelmed right now. I've played well the last five years; I think I had six second-place finish. I just haven't put four rounds together. That was the struggle last year.” Here is what Gary Woodland had in his bag at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open:

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440, 9 degrees
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M2 2017, 15 degrees, TaylorMade M2 2017, 18 degrees
Irons: Titleist 716 MB (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM 7 Raw (52, 57 degrees) and Callaway Mack Daddy PM (60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype
Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Gary Woodland’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 26
Pars: 37
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 266

WEB GEMS:

TIGER TIME: What a difference a year makes. I had fusion surgery last April and recently competed in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, my first full-field event in a year and only my second since August of 2015. I finished T23, and all in all, it was a very positive start. I am fired up to return to Riviera. I first attended the tournament when I was 9 or 10, my dad took me there. We went a few more times and then I tried to qualify a couple times. READ MORE>>>

NOT FINISHED YET: Graeme McDowell after falling outside the top 200: “I want to prove I have still got it.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “My first experience. I just tried to block it all out, even though it's really difficult to. You just look down at the ground and try and look at the hole and that's all. What's funny is I was a little more nervous than I was at the Masters when I was an amateur, I can tell you that, that's for sure. It's just different. You're going to get booed or they're going to cheer for you. That's it. There's not going to be middle ground. So you definitely want to have the crowd on your side on that.”--Bryson DeChambeau on the infamous 16th at the TPC Scottsdale.

Gary Woodland, who began the day trailing 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler by three strokes, closed with a 7-under 64 to enter a playoff with Chez Reavie and later win the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a par 4 on the first playoff hole (No. 18).

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