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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 74                                                         
Monday, April 16, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There's been quite a lot of lows in the last 18 months, to be honest. Not sure whether I got the PGA Tour card. Yeah, it's been tough. So if you ride the waves and you trust yourself and you believe in your ability, then hopefully it's still in there. It is. I'm proving it right now; I'm playing some great golf. I'm enjoying it. And I'm staying patient. Sometimes you have to go through the good, the bad to obviously come back.”

BRAIN TEASER: Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira won the 2018 RBC Heritage on Sunday. Can you name the last player from Japan to win on the PGA TOUR?

WHAT PROBLEM? Twenty years ago there were lengthy waiting lists to join many golf clubs in Northern Ireland. Today, that trend has reversed to worrying levels. Golf is an increasingly important selling point for Northern Ireland. According to the all-island Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) - which represents over 430 golf clubs with over 170,000 members - there has been a 30% drop in membership since 2004. This is particularly concerning given that Northern Ireland has never enjoyed more global exposure on the golfing map. Most weeks on the European and PGA tours, an NI player appears on the leaderboard. Golf should be booming here - so why does that not seem to be the case at grassroots level? READ MORE>>>

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FORE? Is there such a thing as Masters hangover? Winning on the hallowed ground of Augusta National fulfills a dream, but going inside the numbers reveals that playing well following a win at Augusta National is hard. Very hard. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Satoshi Kodaira overcame a 2-over 73 in the first round of the RBC Heritage with an 8-under 63 in the second, which was the low-round of the tournament. The 28-year old closed with weekend scores of 70-66 to finish at 12-under 272, resulting in a playoff with South Korea’s Si Woo Kim. After pars from both players on the first two extra holes (18-18), Kodaira sank a 24’ 6” putt for a birdie at No. 17 to claim the victory, which came in just his 15th start on the PGA TOUR.

A non-member, should Kodaira accept membership to the PGA TOUR with his win, he would automatically earn a two-year membership thus carrying him through the 2019-20 season. In addition, his non-member FedExCup points would transfer over to the member list. It would seem to be a no-brainer! Among the other perks by becoming a member (2017-18 season) are a spot (in order of play) into THE PLAYERS Championship, Fort Worth Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, The National and PGA Championship. “This is a stage I've been dreaming about. And having this opportunity to play full-time is a dream come true. So, of course, I will accept the full-time membership,” Kodaira said. “To win this quickly is a big surprise to me.”

Perhaps not surprisingly is the winning score, which was one shot higher than required in 2017. But it was three shots lower than Branden Grace in 2016. Each of the three past winners enlisted different equipment choices to arrive at the winning tally, which represents food for fodder in the infamous debate on technology in golf and its place towards golf course perceived obsolescence! You may recall from the April 11th issue that Harbour Town GL, last year, had the shortest Driving Distance (All Drives) on a single course of all PGA TOUR events. Nevertheless, scoring hasn’t been significantly impacted. Go figure?

Here are Satoshi Kodaira’ winning numbers and what he had in his bag at the 2018 RBC Heritage compared to the previous two years results:

Satoshi Kodaira’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 19
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 272

Driver: PRGR RS prototype (10.5*)
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15*), PRGR ID Nabla Black (18*)
Irons: PRGR ID Nabla RS (3), PRGR Forged (4-PW)
Wedges: PRGR ID Nabla Tour (52*); Fourteen RM 22 (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Wesley Bryan/ 2017 RBC Heritage:

Bryan’s Winning Numbers:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 16
Pars: 50
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 271

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (8.5 degrees)
Fairway Metal: Callaway GBB Epic (15 degrees)
Hybrids: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 2016 (4-PW)
Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (50-10 S Grind, 54-10 S Grind), Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (58-08)
Putter: Odyssey Metal X Milled #2
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Branden Grace/2016 RBC Heritage:

Grace’s Winning Numbers:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 18
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 275

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero Driver (8.5*) with a Fuji shaft
Fairway Woods: Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway Wood (16*) with a Fuji Pro shaft
Irons: Callaway Apex Utility 3-iron and X Forged '13 irons (4-PW) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
Wedges: Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind Wedge 52*, 56* and 60* with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
Putter: Odyssey Versa V Line Putter White/Black/White
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WEB GEMS:

THIS ONE IS SPECIAL! Jon Rahm delighted the huge crowds at Centro Nacional de Golf as he became the sixth Spanish player to win the Open de España. The World Number Four carded a closing 67 to get to 20 under and hold off the challenge of countryman Nacho Elvira and overnight leader Paul Dunne for his third European Tour title. His three wins have come in just 19 events, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark, and he joins countrymen Antonio Garrido, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Ángel Jiménez as Spanish winners of the event since it joined the European Tour in 1972. READ MORE>>>

For the final two days of the Lotte Championship, it was pretty clear that the only player who could beat Brooke Henderson was Brooke Henderson. The Canadian was too talented, and she had some very important people to play for, dedicating her victory to the people involved in the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash in Saskatchewan.
“It’s extremely sad, a terrible tragedy what happened up there,” Henderson said. “I know it kind of affected my whole country. Everybody really took it kind of personally.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “There's been quite a lot of lows in the last 18 months, to be honest. Not sure whether I got the PGA Tour card. Yeah, it's been tough. So if you ride the waves and you trust yourself and you believe in your ability, then hopefully it's still in there. It is. I'm proving it right now; I'm playing some great golf. I'm enjoying it. And I'm staying patient. Sometimes you have to go through the good, the bad to obviously come back.”--Ian Poulter at the RBC Heritage.

Satoshi Kodaira became the first player from Japan to win on the PGA TOUR since Hideki Matsuyama did so at the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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