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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 73                                                         
Friday, April 13, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “He taught me to be very hardheaded in my golf game and not to listen to the voices out there. Because there are a lot of people out there that, with the best intentions, they want to help. And they want to try to tell you how they think you need to do it. But the only person that knows how I need to do it is me. And that's not to say I have it all figured out. Obviously I'm still looking for my first win. But I know what works for me. And I've developed that system that work works for me and I stick to it. That's the advice that I use from him every week out here.”

BRAIN TEASER: He owns a remarkable seven top-three finishes (including five runner-up finishes) in 12 previous starts at Harbour Town Golf Links. He has held three 54-hole leads at the RBC Heritage (2016, 2014, 2011) and failed to convert any into victory. Going into Thursday’s round, 32 of his last 35 rounds at Harbour Town have been even par or better. Who is he?

WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD: Golf is a game that you can play for a lifetime and many still do. Its unknown to what extent the millennial generation is aligned with the game. Yet, the 50 and above category continue to support the game they grew up with. Perhaps, that helps to explain Bridgestone move to be in front of an older audience as the PGA TOUR announced the company will become the title sponsor for the 2019 SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. It is a four-year agreement in place through 2022 The event will be played at Firestone Country Club’s South Course. Bridgestone also extended its Official Marketing Partner relationship with the PGA TOUR through 2022 and will remain as the “Official Tire of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.” The Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS will also continue to offer its champion a return trip to the PGA TOUR with an exemption into THE PLAYERS Championship.

“We are incredibly proud to extend our partnership with the PGA TOUR and ensure that world-class golf will continue at Firestone Country Club through the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship,” said Gordon Knapp, Chief Executive Officer and President, Bridgestone Americas. “The Akron community and the sport of golf have played significant roles in Bridgestone’s history and will continue to play significant roles in our future, so it is important to us that we carry the sport’s legacy in this area forward. We are excited to work with absolute legends of the sport to start a new chapter in a 65-year tradition of premier golf events that have made so many positive economic and charitable impacts on this community.”

The Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS will replace the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and does not impact the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which will be contested as scheduled, Aug. 1-5. 

IN GOLF WE TRUST: The PGA TOUR reported FedEx will become the title sponsor for the newly-named World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. It will move to Memphis, Tennessee, and TPC Southwind beginning with the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season. FedEx will assume title sponsorship of the event currently known as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“The World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is a significant milestone not only for FedEx and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but also the larger Memphis community,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president of Integrated Marketing and Communications for FedEx. “We are proud to continue our title sponsorship to benefit St. Jude, and we look forward to the many opportunities and positive economic impact a World Golf Championship event will bring to the city.” 

REACTION: Going from a World Golf Championship event to a PGA Senior Tour event is the equivalent of going from Major League Baseball to AA. But that’s what is going to happen at Firestone Country Club in 2019. Area golf fans no longer will be able to rub shoulders with household names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. No more Dustin Johnson. No Rickie Fowler. No Justin Spieth. Gordon Knapp, CEO of Bridgestone Americas, said Thursday that his company would have been permitted to keep the WGC event in Akron had it anted up enough money. But clearly Bridgestone’s sponsorship budget is lower than FedEx’s. “We looked at where the PGA was going with their --- pricing, and frankly, we had to take a step back and take a look at our own portfolio of sports sponsorship packages,” he said. READ MORE>>>

TICK, TOCK: An offer from the European Tour, LPGA and R&A to help the struggling Ladies European Tour (LET) is still on the table despite being rejected but will not be there “forever, ”according to Keith Pelley. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

ANOTHER CHANCE: Tiger Woods, fresh off competing in his first major championship since 2015, has filed an entry to compete in June’s U.S. Open, the United States Golf Association said on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

TWO AT THE TOP: Paul Dunne and Marc Warren both produced big finishes to sit atop a congested leaderboard after day one of the Open de España. Warren birdied five of his last seven holes to sign for a 66 and get to six under and it looked like he would lead on his own as heavy rain moved in during the late afternoon at Centro Nacional de Golf. The conditions proved no problem for Irishman Dunne, however, as he finished with an eagle to join the Scot on top and lead by one from a group of 11 players. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “He taught me to be very hardheaded in my golf game and not to listen to the voices out there. Because there are a lot of people out there that, with the best intentions, they want to help. And they want to try to tell you how they think you need to do it. But the only person that knows how I need to do it is me. And that's not to say I have it all figured out. Obviously I'm still looking for my first win. But I know what works for me. And I've developed that system that work works for me and I stick to it. That's the advice that I use from him every week out here.”--Sam Saunders on advice from his grandfather, Arnold Palmer.

Luke Donald owns a remarkable seven top-three finishes (including five runner-up finishes) in 12 previous starts at Harbour Town Golf Links, has held three 54-hole leads at the RBC Heritage (2016, 2014, 2011) and failed to convert any into victory and 32 of his last 35 rounds at Harbour Town have been even-par or better before play began on Thursday. He opened the 2018 tournament by shooting 76.

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