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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 65                                                         
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “For me, the most phenomenal Masters win was Jack in ’86 and, if he (Woods) were to win, I would put it right up there with it. I think it would be unbelievable for the game of golf if he were to be able to do it. And the one thing I would say about TW: you can never say never with TW. He can surprise you. He is an amazing golfer, even with what he has been through. Now do I think he is going to win? No, I don’t. But would I like to see him win? You are damn right I would.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only one U.S. president has ever been a member of Augusta National. Can you name him?

ANOTHER WAY TO CONSUME: ESPN+, a direct-to-consumer subscription, is launching on April 12th. It will offer fans a lineup of live sports, original content and a library of on-demand programming – all for a subscription price of $4.99 per month. Among the live content, which includes hundreds of MLB, NHL, MLS Games, thousands of College sports events, top rank boxing and PGA TOUR Golf, along with Grand Slam Tennis and more

Golf fans will be able to follow the PGA TOUR throughout the year, with more than 100 days of live coverage from 31 PGA TOUR events, including THE PLAYERS Championship, the FedEx Cup Playoffs, AT&T Byron Nelson, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Travelers Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational and dozens more. Coverage will include Thursday, Friday and some Saturday and Sunday play during the events.

ESPN+ is the first direct-to-consumer service offering from Disney Direct-to-Consumer.  “The launch of ESPN+ marks the beginning of an exciting new era of innovation for our media businesses – one defined by an increasingly direct and personal relationship with consumers,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company. “This new product reflects our direct-to-consumer strategy focused on combining our beloved brands with our proprietary, industry-leading technology to give users unparalleled access to our world-class content.”

HAT TRICK? AHEAD has launched its new Jack Nicklaus Majors Collection coinciding with the kickoff of the 2018 golf season with the Masters. The new headwear collection features four caps created as a tribute to the game's most decorated champion with 18 major titles.

Now available for purchase online, the Collection's cotton caps feature the Golden Bear logo on the front and all four are available in different styles and colors - Georgia green, marigold, black, and tan. The hats themselves recognize Nicklaus' impressive career record as a major Championship winner. In addition to his six Masters' titles, he won five PGA Championships, four U.S. Open Championships and three Open Championships.

"AHEAD has had the distinction of being a partner with Mr. Nicklaus for more than 15 years and this new Collection represents another special moment in our relationship," said Anne Broholm, CEO, AHEAD. "No pun intended, but a tip of the cap goes out to our friends with The Nicklaus Companies for initiating this idea. We are thrilled with the way the Collection looks, and we are confident the hats will be very popular, especially as the major season kicks off."

"The concept for the Collection started out as a fun idea over the winter and a few months later, we couldn't be happier with the end product," said Andy O'Brien, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for The Nicklaus Companies. "These caps are a wonderful tribute to Jack's distinguished career and his focus on the majors, and we thank the team at AHEAD for turning concept into reality."

AHEAD's complete line of Nicklaus headwear, including the new Majors Collection, are available for purchase at the company's online shop -aheadusashop.com/collections/jack-nicklaus. As part of a social media promotion, AHEAD announced it will give away a Collection cap autographed by Nicklaus. To participate, follow @Aheadusa and @Nicklauscompanies on Instagram, tag three friends, and comment with your best hashtag. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 8, the same day a champion will be crowned at the 2018 Masters.

WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE? The golf season typically begins with the playing of the Masters. It is clearly the start of the selling season for clubs and tee times, provided Mother Nature is on the same page. However, one cold weather location appears to have a few more challenges it’s facing.

A new two-year operating contract approved by City Council last month may have staved off the closure of Detroit's golf courses, but one lingering question remains: Is there a long-term future for golf in the city?  All four courses are in need of significant repairs – with estimates of between $5.9 million and $8.6 million for basic repairs at just Chandler Park, Rackham and Rouge Park. The fourth course, Palmer Park, is in much steeper decline and could be turned into a driving range.

On the high end, up to $18 million is needed to do comprehensive upgrades, according to a 152-page report completed late last year by the National Golf Foundation for the city.  READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Decide for yourselves whether technology is having any impact on scoring on the PGA TOUR. Ian Poulter won the 2018 Houston Open for his first PGA TOUR stroke play victory. His winning score was one shot higher than Russell Henley’s in 2017, but four fewer than Jim Herman’s in 2016. A Titleist ball was used all three years to claim the event, while its driver was victorious two out of the three years. Nevertheless, with the noise made earlier in the year about driving distance, Poulter averaged 280.8 yards off the tee, which ranked him 61st in the field last week. So much for it being a huge advantage or for that matter rendering the Golf Club of Houston obsolete. According to Shotlink, Poulter ranked 23rd in strokes gained off the tee, 3rd in approach to the green, 47th around the green, 15th in putting, 4th in strokes gained tee to green.

Here are the clubs Poulter used along with the numbers needed to win the Houston Open. For comparison purposes the previous two winners clubs and numbers are also included. Draw any conclusions if you will!

poulter

henley

herman

WEB GEMS:

HOW SWEDE IT IS! Swede Pernilla Lindberg made her first LPGA victory a major when she when she won a marathon playoff at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California on Monday. World number 95 Lindberg completed a big upset when she rammed home a 25-foot birdie putt to beat South Korean Park In-bee at the eighth extra hole at Mission Hills. Lindberg’s winning putt slammed against the back of the cup at speed and fell in at the par-four 10th. Seven-times major champion Park then missed a 15-foot birdie chance that would have extended the playoff. Lindberg is the third Swede to win the Mission Hills major, after Annika Sorenstam (three times) and Helen Alfredsson. READ MORE>>>

THE NEXT CHAPTER: First came Tigermania in 1997, when a fresh-faced Tiger Woods came to Augusta National Golf Club and set the golf world on fire. Then there was the Tiger Slam in 2001, when all the pressure in the world couldn’t prevent him from completing the impossible. Then came the Tiger-razzi in 2010, when a chagrined Woods made his public return after five months hiding in a tabloid storm and finished fourth. Now it’s time for the Tiger Comeback, and there’s no telling what the 42-year-old version of Woods might accomplish. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “For me, the most phenomenal Masters win was Jack in ’86 and, if he (Woods) were to win, I would put it right up there with it. I think it would be unbelievable for the game of golf if he were to be able to do it. And the one thing I would say about TW: you can never say never with TW. He can surprise you. He is an amazing golfer, even with what he has been through. Now do I think he is going to win? No, I don’t. But would I like to see him win? You are damn right I would.”--Butch Harmon.

Dwight Eisenhower is the only U.S. President to have been a member at Augusta National.

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