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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 70                                                         
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The difficult thing for me is I continue to put a little bit too much pressure on myself in the Majors now because I know that I don't have a ton of time to win them, especially U.S. Opens. I need to keep my game sharp, but I really need to be on those weeks and in the past I've been on at Shinnecock and I'm hopeful to do it again.”

BRAIN TEASER: With Patrick Reed (1), Rickie Fowler (2) and Jordan Spieth (3) as the top three finishers at the Masters, it marks the first time since 2001 that the top three solo finishers were Americans. Can you name the three that did it in 2001?

DID YOU KNOW? The current major champions are all Americans in their 20s (27/Patrick Reed/2018 Masters, 24/Justin Thomas/2017 PGA Championship, 24/Jordan Spieth/2017 The Open, 27/Brooks Koepka/2017 U.S. Open).

The three PGA TOUR Champions professionals who advanced to the weekend at Augusta all shot par or better in Sunday’s final round –Fred Couples (72/T38), Bernhard Langer (72/T38), Vijay Singh (71/49th).

Doug Ghim, the only amateur to advance to the weekend, finished T50 with rounds of 72-76-74-74 to win the Silver Cup as low amateur. After making two eagles in the opening round (Nos. 15 and 18), he added a third for the week with an eagle at No. 15 in the third round to claim three sets of crystal glasses. Ghim led the field with the most eagles. On the par-4 18th hole last week, Ghim recorded a 2, 4, 5 and 3.

Phil Mickelson fired a 5-under 67 on Sunday to finish T36 at The Masters. In 98 rounds at Augusta National, Mickelson has just three rounds better than Sunday’s 67 (65/R1/1996, 66/R1/1995, 66/R3/2012). The last time Mickelson shot 67 or better at Augusta National was a third-round 67 in 2015 (T2).

First timers at the Masters (16): Tony Finau (T10), Satoshi Kodaira (T28), Haotong Li (T32), Xander Schauffele (T50), Doug Ghim (T50), Wesley Bryan (MC), Austin Cook (MC), Harry Ellis (MC), Dylan Frittelli (MC), Patton Kizzire (MC), Yuxin Lin (MC), Yusaku Miyazato (MC), Joaquin Niemann (MC), Matt Parziale (MC), Doc Redman (MC), Shubhankar Sharma (MC).

WHAT’S YOUR LOOK? Over the years, very little has changed with wedges. Yet, many players, professional and aspirational amateurs, enjoy putting personal touches on the product. Whether it’s the finish or stamping, it’s become a significant part of many players’ equipment preferences. If you have confidence at address then more often than not the odds are in your favor of success. Where as if you don’t believe, you’ll never succeed!

Callaway has introduced a raw finish to its Mack Daddy 4 wedges. A popular choice with TOUR players, the company initially created the Mack Daddy 4 Raw as a TOUR-only offering. However, that is changing starting today. The MD4 Raw provides a premium, non-glare finish and has been expanded with 15 different loft-bounce configurations (in 50/52/54/56/58/60/62), including two previously unreleased TOUR-only models: the 54-X and 56-X Grind.

It features Callaway’s proprietary Groove-In-Groove Technology. The main grooves are saw-cut and horizontal milled. The lower lofted wedges (52* and below) feature a 20D groove for consistent spin on fuller shots, Callaway said, while the higher lofted wedges (54* and above) feature an aggressive 5D groove for greater control out of the rough and around the green. The 16-groove configuration includes Callaway’s extra “Nip-It” groove near the leading edge for added control, especially on short shots. The Micro-Positive surface roughness, milled into the flat parts of the face, features three raised micro-ridges, extending the length of the hitting area, with micro-grooves between the ridges that help grab the ball’s cover to increase spin on a variety of shots. This combination of grooves plus micro-grooves provides 84 different contact points to grab the cover, Callaway said. All Mack Daddy 4 grooves are 100% inspected with a digital stylus and special software to ensure the tightest tolerance within the USGA rules.

The MD4 Raw can be custom ordered through retailers (in addition to online) or through Callawaygolf.com.

MAJOR WINNER'S CLUBS: Patrick Reed held off Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth to win the Masters Tournament and moved to #11 in the world rankings following his major victory. It was his sixth PGA TOUR title and first major championship, in his 166th career TOUR starts.

The eventual Masters champion has come out of the final Sunday pairing 23 out of the last 28 years, with Zach Johnson (2007), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012), Adam Scott (2013) and Danny Willett (2016) the exceptions.

At 13-under on the par 5s through 54 holes, Reed played the par 5s Sunday in even-par, failing to match the tournament record for most under-par on the par 5s (15-under, shared by Greg Norman/1995, Tiger Woods/2010, Ernie Els/2013, Phil Mickelson/2015). He shot three rounds in the 60s (69-66-67) before his final-round 71. In four previous appearances at the Masters, Reed's best score was 2-under 70 (twice, R1 and R4 in 2015). After starting with three rounds in the 60s, Reed's final-round 71 stopped him from becoming the first player in history to achieve a unique feat. Since the Masters began in 1934, not a single player has shot four rounds in the 60s during a Masters Tournament. Here are Reed's numbers and clubs used to win the 2018 Masters along with Sergio Garcia's in 2017 and Danny Willett in 2016.


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WEB GEMS:

CRACKING THE CODE: The 2018 Masters champion was 27 over par on Augusta National before this year. This year, Team Reed embarked on a “deep dive” to try to solve the riddle that is Augusta National. That meant back-to-back, eight-hour days in the week heading into the 2018 Masters. On the first day, they only played four holes – Nos. 1, 2, 12 and 13 – while walking the golf course with a local caddie to look for the ideal lines off the tees and flat putts on the undulating greens. Kirk estimates they hit 20 shots in those eight hours. “Maybe 30,” he said. “And about 5,000 putts.” READ MORE>>>>

PROPHETIC? Patrick Reed got some laughs a few years back when he declared himself a top five player, with little on his resume to back it up. No one is laughing now.
Reed’s breakthrough win in the Masters didn’t officially move him into the top five — he’s now No. 11 in the world — but it certainly moved him into the conversation when the debate turns to major championships. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The difficult thing for me is I continue to put a little bit too much pressure on myself in the Majors now because I know that I don't have a ton of time to win them, especially U.S. Opens. I need to keep my game sharp, but I really need to be on those weeks and in the past I've been on at Shinnecock and I'm hopeful to do it again.”--Phil Mickelson.

With Patrick Reed (1), Rickie Fowler (2) and Jordan Spieth (3) as the top three finishers, it marks the first time since 2001 that the top three solo finishers are American Tiger Woods (1), David Duval (2), Phil Mickelson (3).

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