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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 68                                                         
Friday, April 6, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I love the Masters. I will always watch it. I've played it, so I know where the guys are trying to hit the golf ball, and I said, whoa, that's going to be a tough one or, man, that's a hell of a shot, people don't realize how good that is. Things like that. I really enjoy that.  I enjoy the ambiance, the way the Masters Tournament really sets up for a dramatic finish. They know how to do it, and they do it right, from pin locations to tee setups. I just absolutely love watching it. It's more fun playing it, though.” 

BRAIN TEASER: Sergio Garcia made the worst score at the 15th hole in the history of the Masters, taking an 8-over-par 13 on Thursday that included five balls in the water that fronts the green. Do you know what the previous record was for the hole?

SHOW ME THE MONEY: AirbnbWATCH, an affordable housing advocate and consumer watchdog group, released a report showing significant price gouging by Augusta Airbnb hosts, many of whom are commercial operators running multiple listings, for rentals during the Masters Tournament weekend.

The report reveals rates for many Airbnb rentals increasing by thousands of dollars per night during the Masters Tournament weekend. These are similar to a finding in previously released reports during the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras. Now during the Masters Tournament weekend, a home in downtown Augusta, which is normally rented for $295 per night, was being advertised for $1,300 per night for the weekend. A typical four-night stay at that property would cost a total of $1,180, but the same length of stay during the Masters Tournament would cost more than $5,200.

"Airbnb's price gouging was a dream killer for many football fans during the Super Bowl and a buzz kill to party goers during Mardi Gras. Airbnb is continuing that practice with folks looking to enjoy the Masters Tournament weekend," stated Lauren Windsor, AirbnbWATCH's spokesperson. "Permitting their 'hosts' – who many times – let's be honest – are real estate professionals – to raise rent by these astronomical rates is a very worrisome precedent that Airbnb is setting at these widely attended events."

In a San Diego Union-Tribune article, Chris Lehane, Airbnb's Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs said, "It's pretty clear that our hosts don't engage in gouging. When demand for Airbnb increases, supply also tends to increase. When you look at big events, like for a Super Bowl weekend, there's maybe a $20 increase."
Windsor points out the reports exposing Airbnb hosts' gouging guests at major events like the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras and now at the Masters Tournament tell a very different story. "While many golf fans were expecting to enjoy 'a tradition like no other' while at the greatest golf tournament in the world, they weren't expecting to face extreme pricing while trying to book their stays," stated Windsor. "Commercial Airbnb hosts will be pushing golf fans' wallets to the limits, while driving thousands of complete strangers into the streets of Augusta neighborhoods."

THE TIGER EFFECT: The private aviation company Wheels Up tells Yahoo Finance that orders for private flights to Augusta for this year’s Masters golf tournament are up more than 50% over last year. It’s undoubtedly The Tiger Effect. READ MORE>>>

NOT EVERYONE IS A BELIEVER: In an age of Imax action movies and Ultimate Fighting, the leisurely sport of golf faces a harsh reality: Its biggest draw remains a 42-year-old with a bad back. That star, the inimitable Tiger Woods, returns to The Masters on Thursday. Golf fans -- and the $70 billion industry -- are thrilled that he is now a favorite. If he continues to bounce back from a decade of injury and scandal, could he revive the favorite pastime of U.S. presidents from Eisenhower to Obama to Trump? Probably not. READ MORE>>>>

HOME WORK ASSIGNMENT: The talk continues on the distance golf balls are traveling. The worry is the game will become easy or easier should players have less club in their hands for their second shots. The focus is always on the winning score but lets watch and see where the cut line falls for the 2018 Masters edition. Will history repeat itself, yet again? There are a variety of factors that influence the cut number with weather certainly being one of them. However, it would seem over the last five years scoring at Augusta hasn’t seen any significant moves that can some how be correlated back to technology.

2017 -- 51 professionals and two amateurs at 6-over 150 from a field of 88 professionals and five amateurs.
2016 -- 55 professionals and two amateurs at 6-over 150 from a field of 83 professionals and six amateurs.
2015 -- 55 professionals at 2-over 146 from a field of 90 professionals and seven amateurs made the 36-hole cut.
2014 -- 50 professionals and one amateur at 4-over 148 from a field of 91 professionals and six amateurs made the 36-hole cut.
2013 -- 60 professionals and one amateur at 4-over 148 from a field of 87 professionals and six amateurs.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Its Masters week and Miura Golf has introduced the KM-009. "This classic toe-weighted design proves it is possible to match looks with performance," said Hoyt McGarity, President of Miura Golf. "Although putters aren't our core focus, the Miura family has never attached their name to any product that did not live up to their extremely high standards."

Made of milled mild steel, this blade-style putter has a rolled top line and tapered heel that makes it easy to square to the putting line, according to the company. The KM-009 is finished in a clean, sleek white chrome. "We are committed to designing clubs for players who insist on the very best in terms of looks and performance," said McGarity. "The KM-009 will exceed expectations on both levels."

WEB GEMS:

END OF THE ROAD? Mark O’Meara will “more than likely” announce on Friday that he has played his final U.S. Masters. O’Meara, speaking after an opening 78 at Augusta National on Thursday, said he would probably make a statement after his second round. “It’s been a fun ride,” the 1998 Masters champion told reporters. “I don’t think anybody expected me to win, including me.” READ MORE>>>

LOOK WHO’S BACK: Jordan Spieth has taken control at Augusta National. The 2015 Masters champion birdied five straight holes beginning at the 13th, pushing his score to 7 under with a couple of holes to play. He has a three-shot lead over Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar. Spieth already has three major titles on his resume, even though he won’t turn 25 until late July. He’s certainly off to a good start in his quest for No. 4. READ MORE>>>

THE TOURNAMENT BEGINS ON THE BACK NINE ON SUNDAY: “A 73 is fine,” Woods said. “By the end of the week, this will be a pretty packed leaderboard the way the golf course is set up. They have it right where they want it. It’s really hard to run away from it, but it’s also really easy to lose it out there. By the end of the week there will be a bunch of guys with a chance to win this tournament.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I love the Masters. I will always watch it. I've played it, so I know where the guys are trying to hit the golf ball, and I said, whoa, that's going to be a tough one or, man, that's a hell of a shot, people don't realize how good that is. Things like that. I really enjoy that.  I enjoy the ambiance, the way the Masters Tournament really sets up for a dramatic finish. They know how to do it, and they do it right, from pin locations to tee setups. I just absolutely love watching it. It's more fun playing it, though.” --Tiger Woods

Sergio Garcia made the worst score at the 15th hole in the history of the Masters, taking an 8-over-par 13 on Thursday that included five balls in the water that fronts the green. Garcia broke the previous "record'' of 11 shots on the hole held by three players: Jumbo Ozaki (1987), Ben Crenshaw (1987) and Ignacio Garrido (1998).

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