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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 43                                                         
Friday, March 2, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think this is going to be the best week for their (TrackMan) branding, for sure, versus any other week. You look out on the range, about everyone's using one just because we're able to get a lot better idea of the numbers.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player celebrated his 42nd birthday on Thursday posting a score of 68 at the WGC Mexico Championship. Who is he?

THE KID IS ALL RIGHT! If you ever wondered whether Jon Rahm at the ripe age of 23, is wise beyond his years consider the following. “For people that don't know, while the hurricanes were hitting the southeast coast of the United States, there were also some bad things happening here. There was a bad earthquake that hit Mexico City and I think a couple days ago last week there was another earthquake that hit Mexico and they were both pretty hard and pretty high on the scale,” Rahm said. “I'm going to donate for every birdie that I make and every eagle, it will be a thousand dollars for the birdies, $3,000 for every eagle. It's all going to go towards the Mexican Red Cross to help out these people in need. Hopefully I get a lot of birdies and a lot of eagles to help out as much as possible.” The world #2 clearly has plenty of talent that could be rivaled by his maturity at such a young age.

Rahm picked a good place for his philanthropic efforts. The 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship held at the Club de Golf Chapultepec had the eighth most total hole outs of any course on the PGA TOUR. The 77-hole outs were the most recorded on a course that hosted a World Golf Championship stroke play event since 2003. At this event last year, Rahm reached 14-under and owned the solo lead for a short time. He eventually finished T3 in his first World Golf Championships event. Rahm made six birdies, zero eagles in his opening round on Thursday, thus donating $6,000 so far!

GET CHECKED! The PGA TOUR has announced that Cologuard, a noninvasive at-home colon cancer screening test manufactured by Exact Sciences (NASDAQ: EXAS), has signed a three-year marketing agreement to become the Official Colon Cancer Screening Sponsor of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions. As luck would have it the new sponsor makes it debut tomorrow in Tucson. Last year the event was known as Tucson Conquistadores Classic, which was won by Tom Lehman. It remains at Tucson National.

In November of 2017, Exact Sciences was named as the title sponsor of the three-year-old PGA TOUR Champions stop in Tucson. As part of the company’s marketing partnership players, tournaments, title sponsors, fans and TOUR staff will be challenged to take part in a season-long pledge program to get screened for colon cancer. Through Cologuard, the company will create an onsite presence at a number of PGA TOUR Champions events to encourage screening for average risk adults age 50 and over and to raise awareness about colon cancer.

“The PGA TOUR is a tremendous supporter of our efforts to help raise awareness about the most preventable yet least prevented cancer,” said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. “It is an honor to become the official colon cancer screening sponsor of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions. More than one in three Americans are not current with their colon cancer screening. With the help of Cologuard, ambassador Jerry Kelly, and the PGA TOUR, we are committed to ensuring more people get screened.”

LET THE SHAFT OUT: TPT Golf, a Swiss-based golf shaft manufacturer, is moving its full product line to all 30 current Club Champion, a Chicago-based company, locations. "With a TPT Golf shaft, golfers are going to create more distance. They're going to improve their accuracy. They're going to gain more consistency. But first, they must be properly fit for our shafts," stated TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. "Through this agreement with Club Champion, we're bringing the next level of performance to the vast majority of U.S. golfers while maintaining the high fitting standards that guarantee the full benefit of our technology."

TPT Golf shafts are available exclusively through the company's worldwide network of Authorized Fitters. In recent months, it has worked closely with Club Champion so that its master fitters and builders are trained to optimize performance with TPT Golf's 11 shaft models. "I couldn't be more excited to bring in a product that fits Club Champions brand so well," said Nick Sherburne, Founder of Club Champion and Dean of Club Champion University. "TPT Golf's innovation, understanding of market needs and quality couldn't have our fitters more excited. TPT Golf has been a great partner so far, making sure all Club Champion locations not only have every shaft in the line, but also the proper training to understand the line to fit our clients best. We can't wait for our clients to experience TPT Golf."

WEB GEMS:

ONE TO WATCH FOR: Each month brings a bigger stage and a new level of pedigree for Shubhankar Sharma. He arrived in Mexico City for his first World Golf Championship at No. 75 in the world, making Sharma, at age 21, the highest-ranked player from India. That’s not what made him eligible to compete against Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and the world’s best players for a $10 million prize fund. Sharma is the only two-time winner on the European Tour this season. He is leading the Race to Dubai. And he hopes he is just getting started. READ MORE>>>

HAS THE WORM TURNED? “I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Tiger make a run into the top 10 (in the world),” Golf Channel analyst and former world number one David Duval. “He’s close to winning a golf tournament,” said former PGA Tour winner and Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. READ MORE>>>

OH DANNY BOY: To say Danny Willett’s dramatic fall down the rankings must look especially stark to the Englishman this week is an understatement. While the world’s top players compete for a purse of more than £7 million in the WGC Mexico, he is playing in the Tshwane Open, a low-level European Tour event with a total prize fund of £920,000 – almost £400,000 less than the winner will receive in Mexico City. Now, way down in 220 in the rankings, the 30-year-old has been forced to return to the foothills of the mountain in the attempt to climb his way back up. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: I think this is going to be the best week for their (TrackMan) branding, for sure, versus any other week. You look out on the range, about everyone's using one just because we're able to get a lot better idea of the numbers.”--Justin Thomas on the elevation change this week at the WGC Mexico Championship.

Pat Perez celebrated his 42nd birthday on Thursday posting a score of 68 at the WGC Mexico Championship

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