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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 72                                                         
Thursday, April 12, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I almost pulled off the impossible. I had no idea. When I finished and I looked at the board I could have been in the lead by two and I could have been down four. And neither one would have surprised me.” 

BRAIN TEASER: Since 1986, this player has 59 under par rounds at Harbour Town GL, 22 more rounds than the next best player. Can you name him?

IN FORE A PENNY, IN FORE A POUND: Charles Schwab continues to invest in golf. There is the Charles Schwab Cup on the Champions Tour and now the investment firm has agreed to be a sponsor and “The Official Wealth Management Firm of the PGA of America and PGA Championship.”

The three year agreement—inclusive of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis; 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Long Island, New York; and 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco—encompasses a variety of interactive activities designed for spectators and top instructional online content.

“The PGA of America welcomes Charles Schwab to our impressive portfolio of sponsors,” said Luke Reissman, Senior Director of Partnerships for the PGA of America. “Schwab’s commitment to providing an array of premier financial services and enhancing the spectator experience at the PGA Championship presents exciting opportunities for PGA Members and spectators alike.”

“As a long-term supporter of the game of golf, we believe this relationship with the PGA of America and its teaching Professionals aligns well with the passions and interests of our clients,” said Derek Benbow, Managing Director of Corporate Sponsorships at Charles Schwab. “Schwab celebrates those who work hard, overcome challenges, and pursue their dreams – and we find some of the best examples of such individuals in sports like golf.”

BET ON IT! The PGA Tour would welcome regulated and legalized sports betting on its competitions if the Supreme Court overturns the federal ban that prohibits such bets in most states.  “You have keep in mind that betting is happening right now, with illegal black markets and offshore betting, and we don’t have any exposure to what is happening,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan told USA TODAY Sports in his first public comments on the issue. “If it’s legalized and regulated, you get to a point where you can better ensure the integrity of your competitions. You can provide adequate protection for consumers, which doesn’t exist today. There are commercial opportunities for us, which is one of the things we’re here to do, which is to create and maximize playing and financial opportunities for our players. And we believe we’d reach a much broader audience.” READ MORE>>>

WHY ASK WHY? Golf doesn’t seem to run out of tournaments or exhibitions, it just doesn’t seem to have the interest in driving participation rates. Perhaps under the auspice of the chicken or the egg conundrum, the American ruling body has devised a new effort to attract attention to its championships. Its also calling on a trusted friend to help get the inaugural event kicked off.

The USGA has introduced the Celebration of Champions event, a four-hole public exhibition honoring the winners of all 2017 USGA championships. It’s also intended to celebrate their achievements in the game of golf. The exhibition will pair 2017 champions as two-player mixed teams, and will be held on Tuesday, June 12, during the week of the 118th U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. 

“Our championships are open to all players who have the dream and desire to compete at the highest level,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “We believe hosting the inaugural Celebration of Champions – with our longtime partner Rolex – at the 118th U.S. Open is a fitting way to celebrate each champion’s incredible achievement and acknowledge their place in golf history.” Eight-time USGA champion Jack Nicklaus will help launch the inaugural festivities in what will become an annual tradition. FS1 will broadcast the foursomes (alternate-shot) exhibition, which will feature amateurs and professionals from multiple generations and all walks of life playing holes 10-13.

The event’s participants include: Frankie Capan (U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champion), Alice Chen (U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball champion), Kelsey Chugg (U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion), Noah Goodwin (U.S. Junior Amateur champion), Sean Knapp (U.S. Senior Amateur champion), Judith Kyrinis (U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion), Matt Parziale (U.S. Mid-Amateur champion), Kenny Perry (U.S. Senior Open champion), Doc Redman (U.S. Amateur champion), Sophia Schubert (U.S. Women’s Amateur champion), Taylor Totland (U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball champion) and Ben Wong (U.S. Amateur Four-Ball champion).

WEB GEMS:

IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY? Will Ferrell wears fake green jacket at NBA game to poke fun at Patrick Reed after Masters champion wore his courtside to watch the Knicks. READ MORE>>>

YOU’RE AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL! Senior golf? Nebraska college team has 61-year-old freshman. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I almost pulled off the impossible. I had no idea. When I finished and I looked at the board I could have been in the lead by two and I could have been down four. And neither one would have surprised me.” --Jordan Spieth after his Sunday round at Augusta National where he posted an 8-under 64. He reached 9-under for the round, and 14-under for the tournament, with the 72nd hole remaining. After missing the green and pitching to eight feet, Spieth missed the putt and a chance to tie the course record at Augusta National (63 – Nick Price/1986, Greg Norman/1996).

Since 1986, Davis Love III has 59 under par rounds at Harbour Town GL, 22 more rounds than the next best player. Tied for second place at 37 is Tom Lehman, Bob Tway. Jim Furyk and Scott Hoch!

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