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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 54                                                         
Monday, March 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I remember him asking the server, ‘Can I get some A.1. Sauce?’ And the server said, ‘For your fish, Mr. Palmer?’ He said, ‘No, for me.’ So it was quite funny. But, yeah, that's Arnie, he's so good with people and I was just mesmerized for that two hours that I spent with him. So much time for everyone and I was very fortunate to spend that time with him.”

BRAIN TEASER: Bay Hill is one of three courses Tiger Woods has eight wins on. Can you name the other two courses?

MISDIRECTION? There are some, maybe more than we realize, that believe there are some golf courses becoming obsolete due to the distance golf balls travel. At the Honda Classic this year, Jack Nicklaus said, “I think we only have one golf course in this country, my opinion, that's not obsolete to the golf ball and that's Augusta National. They are the only people that have enough money that have been able to keep the golf course and do the things you had to. They are even buying up parts of country clubs and roads and everything else to get that done.”

Far be it for yours truly to try and challenge the greatest player the game has ever known on his opinions. However, it would seem this issue (if you agree there is an issue) is really about economics. So if a course has the financial resources, then the only thing standing in the way would be the available amount of the line of credit.

Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course, home to the Sentry Tournament of Champions, will undergo a multi-million dollar “enhancement project” aimed at refining and revitalizing the 27-year-old golf course.” No word on its pending obsolescence or the work to be done to preserve the course going forward! On-course work is expected to begin in February of 2019 and be completed in November 2019.

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the original Plantation Course design team, will assist with the refinement project. “We look forward to the opportunity to restore many elements of the Plantation Course and implement a few ‘refinements’,” said Bill Coore. “It’s like when you have a special piece of art, or something really special to you, and you get a chance to dust if off and make it new again. This will be a very thoughtful restoration and refining process, but it’s not a redesign. We are very happy with the way the course looks and the way it has gone through the past nearly three decades.”

Again no words devoted towards the course becoming obsolete. Meanwhile, funds are being deployed for other purposes. So is any course really potentially obsolete if it has the financial resources? I mean, its not like getting film developed (does anyone do that anymore? or using floppy disks! Those are obsolete!

Now lets also factor in the recent distance report issued by the governing bodies, which had very little data on recreational golfers. The fact of the matter is the USGA, which promotes for the good of the game, is really focused on the professional level and there has yet to be any evidence surface the golf balls have impacted golf courses outside of owners and operators being obsessed with creating longer courses.

HOGAN-ESQUE: Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company has introduced a new line of wedges named for one of Ben Hogan's favorite short game tools – the Equalizer.  The full line of left and right-handed Equalizer wedges can be pre-ordered immediately at www. www.BenHoganGolf.com and are expected to ship soon.

During his playing career, Hogan’s competitors called his Pitching Wedge his “Equalizer” because he played it so efficiently. Known as a legendary ball striker, he also carried a well known short game. Hogan credited much of his short game success to his wedge design and relentless practice regime.

Hogan knew that ‘unbalanced’ wedges, those with too much weight positioned near the sole of the club and, in turn, very thin faces, wouldn’t perform consistently. After years of experimenting with weight distribution, he found one of many “secrets.”

The Equalizer wedges are forged from a 1025 carbon steel and have 0.20" U-Shaped grooves cut into the face at increments of 0.40". The face is 100% CNC-milled as well.  According to the company, the bounce on the leading edge has been 'softened' slightly, and more bounce has been added on the sole. 

In keeping with the company’s factory-direct distribution and pricing strategy, the Equalizer Wedges are sold direct-to-consumers for $100.00 per wedge with either steel or graphite shafts.

WEB GEMS:

QUIET CONFIDENCE: “I kept telling everyone I was close," McIlroy said. "No one would believe me. I wasn’t that far away. I took a lot from the two performances in the Middle East. “I went through a rough patch when I went to the West coast and through the Florida swing but with golf, it is never that far away.” READ MORE>>>

WALK IN THE PARK: Inbee Park spoiled Laura Davies’ bid to become the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history, pulling away from the 54-year-old Englishwoman on Sunday in the Founders Cup Park closed with a 5-under 67 in cool and breezy conditions at Desert Ridge for her 19th LPGA Tour victory and first in a little over a year. The 29-year-old South Korean star finished at 19-under 269, a day after revealing she was 50-50 about retiring before returning from a long break. Davies, three strokes behind Park entering the round after the World Golf Hall of Famers shot matching 63s on Saturday, bogeyed the last for a 69 to finish five strokes back in a tie for second with Ariya Jutanugarn and Marina Alex. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I remember him asking the server, ‘Can I get some A.1. Sauce?’ And the server said, ‘For your fish, Mr. Palmer?’ He said, ‘No, for me.’ So it was quite funny. But, yeah, that's Arnie, he's so good with people and I was just mesmerized for that two hours that I spent with him. So much time for everyone and I was very fortunate to spend that time with him.”--2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational winner, Rory McIlroy on the late, great Arnold Palmer.

Bay Hill is one of three courses Woods has eight wins, including Torrey Pines, home of the Farmers Insurance Open, and Firestone CC (South), home of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. No player in PGA TOUR history has ever recorded nine wins at one venue.

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