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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 85                                                         
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “We have equipment that is really designed for the recreational player, but which produces unhealthy distance for the elite players. I remember playing in pro-ams and occasionally being out-driven by an amateur. Now that never happens. Now the pros hit their 5-irons past the amateur’s drives. The professional game has never been more divorced from the amateur game. I think that is extremely dangerous. I’m not one for bifurcation though. One of the beauties of the game should be that everyone can play. But if we went to different equipment we would lose that. The game wouldn’t be what it is supposed to be.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who leads the PGA TOUR in official earnings year-to-date in 2018?

COMING IN HOT? With the First Quarter of 2018 equipment and apparel sales data released over the past few weeks and Rounds Played coming out late last week, it’s time to take stock of where the Golf Industry stands. Looking at the big picture, rounds played have been hampered by cold and rain (and unfortunately anecdotal evidence suggests April won’t be much better), however new product offerings have generated substantially improved consumer demand, driving club and shoe sales substantially higher.  Golf Apparel, which has been the shining star in golf products for the past 7 years is off to a slow start in 2018, with weather issues hitting a lot of warm weather golf courses and resorts. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: A year ago the team of Jonas Blixt (Sweden) and Cameron Smith (Australia) finished tied with Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown at 261 (-27) and a Monday playoff was required. This year Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy captured the Zurich Classic with a score of 266 (-22). What happened? I thought equipment by way of distance enhancements was making the game easier? Well, if true, then scoring isn’t reflecting it, yet again!!

Each player receives 400 FedExCup points for the victory. Piercy moves to No. 27 in the standings and Horschel to No. 33 by virtue of their win. The win is the fifth of Horschel’s career in his 191st start and the fourth PGA TOUR title in his 251st start for Piercy. Horschel, a Zurich ambassador, previously won the Zurich Classic in 2013. He is the 10th player to claim multiple victories at the event and first since Carlos Franco won back-to-back in 1999 and 2000. Here is what each player had in their respective bags at the 2018 Zurich Classic:

Scott Piercy
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5*)
Fairway metals: Titleist 917F2 (16.5*)
Hybrids: 816H1 (21*)
Irons Titleist 716 AP2 (4), 680 (5-9) irons
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46*), gap (53*), sand (57*) and TVD lob (63*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T2
Ball: Pro V1

Billy Horschel

Driver: PXG XXF (10.5*)
Fairway Metals: PXG 0341X (15*), PXG 0341 (18*)
Irons: PXG 0311T Gen2 (3-5, PW)
Wedges: PXG 0311T Sugar Daddy (52*, 57*); PXG 0311T Zulu Raw (61*)
Putter: PXG Mustang
Ball: Pro V1x

Here is what was in the winning bags at the 2017 Zurich Classic:

Cameron Smith
Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees)
3-Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (3-9)
Wedges: Titleist SM6 (46-08, 52-12 F Grind, 56-08 M Grind, 60-10 S Grind)
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M Prototype
Golf Ball: Pro V1x

Jonas Blixt
Driver: TaylorMade 2016 M2 (9.5 degrees)
3-Wood: Cobra King F6 (14.5 degrees)
5-Wood: Cobra King F6 Baffler (actual loft of 18 degrees)
Irons: Mizuno MP-25 (3-8), Mizuno MP-5 (9, PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (54-14 F Grind, 60-08 M Grind)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red (Plumbers Neck)
Golf Ball: Pro V1x

WEB GEMS:

A MIXER? Speaking after the two-man competition at the Zurich Classic, commissioner Jay Monahan told reporters we could soon see PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players competing in the same event. “We’re very interested in getting the men and women together inside the ropes in the same week and in the same competition,” Monahan said. “I think that’s something you’ll see in the future. It’s just a matter of time. That’s really exciting and interesting.” LPGA Tour commissioner, Mike Whan, is of the same mind. He told Golf Channel earlier in the week. READ MORE>>>
                                    
MASTER CHEFS! At the Masters, golf at the highest level is played at the grandest, most venerable of venues, Augusta National. Sixty-seven aspiring chefs from the Culinary Institute worked and helped serve 1,200-1,500 meals a day at various venues during the first major golf tournament of the year April 5-8. They also reportedly were paid an average of $11 an hour and there were plenty of hours. “Going to the Masters benefits our students in several ways, first by reinforcing what Nicholls instructors have taught them, including organizational and mass production skills,” Chef Jean-Paul Daigle, culinary instructor, said before the students left Louisiana the next-to-last day of March. “The biggest plus for Nicholls students is the networking opportunity, as our students get the chance to work with chefs who often hire our students upon graduation.” READ MORE>>>
        
ANSWERS: “We have equipment that is really designed for the recreational player, but which produces unhealthy distance for the elite players. I remember playing in pro-ams and occasionally being out-driven by an amateur. Now that never happens. Now the pros hit their 5-irons past the amateur’s drives. The professional game has never been more divorced from the amateur game. I think that is extremely dangerous. I’m not one for bifurcation though. One of the beauties of the game should be that everyone can play. But if we went to different equipment we would lose that. The game wouldn’t be what it is supposed to be.”-- Frank Nobilo

Once upon a time the money list was a closely watched statistic. Not so much anymore it seems as world ranking points has become a new currency! Justin Thomas (#2) is leading the PGA TOUR in earnings comfortably starting out the month of May. Thomas has made, so far, $5,221,300. In second place is Bubba Watson (#18) with earnings of $3,690,454. Both players have played 11 events thus far. In third place is Masters champ, Patrick Reed (#10) with $3,580,252 in earnings. Reed has already played 14 events in his season.

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