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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 80                                                         
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I cannot believe I'm going to get to go to Augusta National. Honestly, I had the opportunity to play it twice with Frank Broyles, who passed away. He was our athletic director at Arkansas and he asked me to go with him once. And another time I think we had a couple other people going because he was a member there. I didn't go and I just said, I'll just do it whenever I play it, and now I'm here so it's pretty cool.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who won the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans?

IN GOLF WE CONTINUE TO TRUST: Charles Schwab & Co., already a major sponsor on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, isn’t finished spending on the professional game. The investment firm announced it is assuming title sponsorship of the PGA TOUR’s Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club. The four-year agreement runs from 2019-2022. The new tournament name and logo will be announced at a later date, as will the 2019 dates.

“We are honored to support one of the country’s premier and longest-running PGA TOUR events that is a showcase for the game’s best players and is a TOUR leader in charitable giving,” said Jonathan Craig, Senior Executive Vice President of the Charles Schwab Corporation. “Schwab has a long history of investing in the communities in which we live and serve our clients and with our growing presence in, and commitment to the state of Texas, we could not be more delighted to support the tradition of this tournament.”

A FEW WATCH OUT FORE: Joaquin Niemann, the former World No. 1 amateur who made his professional debut last week at the Valero Texas Open, birdied his final three holes for a 5-under 67 to finish sixth. Prior to Niemann, the last player to finish inside the top 10 in their first TOUR start as a professional at the Valero Texas Open was Anthony Kim (T2-2006). While Niemann was already scheduled to play the Wells Fargo Championship courtesy of a Sponsor Exemption, now he’ll gain entry based on his top-10 finish this week.

One day after carding a current course record of 10-under 62, Trey Mullinax added a final-round 3-under 69 to finish a career-best T2. In search of his first PGA TOUR victory in his 41st start, Mullinax now owns three top-10 finishes in his career: T2-2018 Valero Texas Open, T8-2018 Valspar Championship, T9-2017 U.S. Open.

Making his 39th start on the PGA TOUR, Andrew Putnam finished T8 at the Valero Texas Open for just his second top-10 finish on TOUR, just two starts since a T5 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

A.I.: Arccos Golf has launched Arccos Caddie for Android users. “Our vision is to turn every club into a Smart Club via an Arccos sensor to automatically capture data for every shot. This then feeds into the Arccos Caddie AI platform, which helps golfers of all skill levels make smarter decisions and shoot lower scores,” said Sal Syed, Arccos CEO and Co-Founder. “Our users lowered their handicap by an average of 3.55 strokes in 2017. That’s 46.7x faster than the average player with a USGA handicap, and a huge testament to the fact that we are truly on the right track. We expect that trend to continue with the extension of Arccos Caddie to the Android platform.”

WINNER’S CLUBS: Andrew Landry missed four of his last five cuts before San Antonio. He made the most of his opportunity when it counted as he won in just his 32nd PGA TOUR start. Its a remarkable accomplishment and goes to show how, sometimes, unpredictable golf can be. Landry managed to improve on the winning score of the past two years by five shots. It was accomplished in part by only making four bogeys over 72 holes. In 2017, Kevin Chappell had 8 and a double bogey in his win, while Charley Hoffman also made 8 bogeys in 2016. Landry had 21 birdies in his winning performance compared to Chappell’s 22 and Hoffman’s 18. Here is what Andrew Landry had in his bag at the 2018 Valero Texas Open as well as his winning numbers:

Driver: Ping G30, 9*
Fairway Metal: Ping G, 14.5*, 17.5*
Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52*, 60*)
Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Andrew Landry’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 21
Pars: 47
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 271

Kevin Chappell/2017 Valero Texas Open:

Driver: TaylorMade 2016 M1, 10.5*
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade 2017 M1 15*, 18*
Irons: Nike Pro Combo
Wedges: Nike Engage Square Sole 48*, PXG 0311T Milled 52*, 56* and 60*
Putter: Scotty Cameron T5MB
Golf Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum

Kevin Chappell’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 22
Pars: 41
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 276

Charley Hoffman/2016 Valero Texas Open:

Driver: Titleist 915D4 (9.5*)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 915F (13.5*)
Hybrids: Titleist 915Hd (17.5*)
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB 3-iron and 716 MB (5-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 pitching (46*) and gap (50*), SM5 sand (56*, 58*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Golo 5 putter
Ball: Pro V1 golf ball

Charley Hoffman’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 18
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 276

WEB GEMS:

GOLF’S HELL: Watching Alvaro Quiros finish second this past week in Morocco, I was reminded of just how rare it is for player to come back from the depths of golf hell. Quiros, a player of immense ability, hype and length, won the Dubai World Championship – his sixth win in four years – to close out 2011 and then went down the rabbit hole of trying to change his golf swing. He would miss 11 cuts in 2012 and either miss the cut or withdraw in another 41 European Tour events over the next four years. Because he hadn’t won a major championship, his epic backwards slide in the world rankings (435th prior to this past week) mostly went unnoticed – but it was far from unusual.

Ian Baker-Finch won the 1991 Open Championship, but just three years later, when he played 20 events on the PGA Tour and missed 14 cuts, he no longer looked anything like a recent major champion. David Duval won the 2001 Open Championship and just two years later he shot 83-78 in the same event and missed the cut, which was one 16 events he either missed the cut or withdrew from that year. As I write this, PGA Tour winners Steven Bowditch (1,885th in the world) and Smylie Kaufman (337th) are in similar downward spirals in their careers and no doubt are desperate for, and susceptible to any suggestion. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I cannot believe I'm going to get to go to Augusta National. Honestly, I had the opportunity to play it twice with Frank Broyles, who passed away. He was our athletic director at Arkansas and he asked me to go with him once. And another time I think we had a couple other people going because he was a member there. I didn't go and I just said, I'll just do it whenever I play it, and now I'm here so it's pretty cool.” --Andrew Landry after his first PGA TOUR win.

The 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans was a 2-player team event featuring Foursomes (alternate shot) during the first and third rounds and Four-Ball (best ball) during the second and fourth rounds. The team of Jonas Blixt (Sweden) and Cameron Smith (Australia) won in a playoff over Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown. Both teams posted 27 under in what required a Monday finish.

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