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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 61                                                         
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It holds a special place with me. It means lot to me here and the course is always in great shape, the weather is usually warm, and it looks like after tomorrow's rain, it looks like we're shaped up to have a good week of weather. And it's the last effort for me to try to get into Augusta. Played all four of the majors last year and I'm not in any of them this year, so I've got some work cut out if I want to play in some of those. It's a long shot to come here and win, but hopefully play well and see what happens.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many weeks has Dustin Johnson been the world #1 player?

HE’S GOT BALLS! There is no denying the excitement is back with Tiger Woods. After all, he has already been anointed the tournament favorite at next week’s Masters (no pressure). The bandwagon is filling up! Case in point by the latest news from Bridgestone Golf. The company announced you can play with Tiger’s balls!! tigerballsWhen Tiger played a Nike golf ball, it was his own version, as he preferred one with less spin. While Nike is no longer making golf balls, Bridgestone has decided to try and cash in on Tiger’s growing popularity. Hence, the creation of the TOUR B XS Tiger Woods Edition. According to the company, it is collaboration between Bridgestone Golf and Tiger Woods to benefit the TGR Foundation.

Each ball with have “TIGER” marked on it. According to the company, in the early season when Woods has teed it up, Bridgestone has experienced over 115% sell through of its TOUR balls with its national business partners versus the same period in 2017 when he was not teeing it up. The company said there has been a correlating trend to increased e-commerce sales. When Tiger was in the field in 2018, the average basket value with Bridgestone products increased by over 120% versus the same period in 2017.

The TOUR B XS Tiger Woods Edition will retail for $49.99/dozen and be available starting on April 1st.

“A core component of this project is the proceeds that will benefit the TGR Foundation. In its 22nd year, our flagship TGR Learning Lab has served more than 165,000 students, introducing underserved youth to STEM education, opening doors to college access, and helping students in need thrive in school, their communities and the working world.” said Woods. “The Earl Woods Scholar Program, in honor of my father, enjoy a graduation rate of 98.7%, one of the highest numbers for a scholarship program in the United States.”

BALL GO FAR! For all the conspiracy theorists out there that say the golf ball goes too far, chew on this. 63% of Russell Henley’s total strokes gained at the 2017 Houston Open, which he won, came from the greens. In total, he outperformed the field by +12.5 total strokes on the putting surfaces for the week, according to Shotlink! He made about 35 more total feet of putts (541’10” versus 505’6” by Zac Blair) than the next best player for the week.

PAY TO PLAY: It appears some in golf are trying cold hard cash as a motivational tool to attract interest in their respective products. Callaway Golf is offering a $1 million FanBeat Challenge and The Village at Machrihanish Dunes recently announced the kick-off of the “Mach Dunes Million” hole-in-one contest. 12 lucky participants are eligible to win $1,000,000 USD.  Through September 30, 2018, individuals who register and play an 18-hole round at Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club will be entered into a set of random drawings to determine the 12 finalists to shoot for the “Mach Dunes Million” on 13 October 2018.

Machrihanish Dunes is located on the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland. In order to get there by car, you need to take the “Long and Winding Road,” made famous by the Beatles. It’s a remote location and part of the course is up against Macrihanish Golf Club. For all the talk of courses becoming obsolete due to equipment, Machrihanish Dunes, which is a relatively newcomer to the area, likely should never have been built. At least an argument could be made against it for those familiar with its brief history including ownership changes. It has its challenges getting traction both with locals and visitors. The location is the primary reason, since most locals already belong to Macrihanish Golf Club, while others are not always interested in driving the scenic but long and winding road. Nevertheless, $1 million or at least the chance for it could sway some (likely locals) to give it a try. That is clearly the hope behind this strategy. Hole-In-One insurance is relatively inexpensive and worth a gamble should it lead to incremental increases in rounds played at Machrihanish Dunes. Maybe it will spark a trend? Should it, then it would give new meaning to pay for play as someone might be fortunate enough to walk away with a tidy sum of money!

WEB GEMS:

CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH! Consider this another tradition unlike any other. Two or three or more of the best players win tournaments in the months leading to April, golf fans hear the familiar, soothing notes of “Augusta” in TV spots and declare that this is shaping up to be the best Masters of them all. No doubt, there has been enough happen in 12 weeks to start counting the days. Dustin Johnson started the year with an eight-shot victory that featured a 432½-yard drive on a 433-yard hole. He remains at No. 1 in the world. Two players have had a mathematical chance to replace him, most recently Justin Thomas, who was one match away. Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion, won a World Golf Championship for his first victory in nearly five years. Bubba Watson, a two-time Masters champion, had not won in two years and now has won twice in his last four starts. The career Grand Slam became a popular topic again when Rory McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his first victory in 18 months. This will be his fourth attempt to become the sixth player to capture all four majors. The other three were not particularly close. One other element to this Masters: Tiger Woods. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It holds a special place with me. It means lot to me here and the course is always in great shape, the weather is usually warm, and it looks like after tomorrow's rain, it looks like we're shaped up to have a good week of weather. And it's the last effort for me to try to get into Augusta. Played all four of the majors last year and I'm not in any of them this year, so I've got some work cut out if I want to play in some of those. It's a long shot to come here and win, but hopefully play well and see what happens.”--Steve Stricker. He has two wins and a second on the Champions Tour this year.

Dustin Johnson has been the best player in the world for 58 weeks.

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