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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 90                                                         
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I’d rather beat the ladies and miss every cut the rest of the year than lose and play well for the rest of the year.”

BRAIN TEASER: Four players have won multiple times on the PGA TOUR this season. Can you name them?

HIT OR MISS: TPC Sawgrass’s reputation precedes itself, especially the week of THE PLAYERS. Only five players have ever won the tournament twice and just one (Jack Nicklaus) three times. Tiger Woods is one of the few to be successful more than once and knows how the course can treat players. “It's one of those golf courses where when you're on, it seems so easy because every one of the balls funnels into the correct spot. If you're not on, then you're always in the wrong spot and it's a very difficult week,” he said. Woods is employing short memory after his performance at last week’s Wells Fargo. “The chances I did have, I missed them all. It was just a bad week, and good news is wipe your hands clean and go on to the next one.”

PLAY AWAY? They say a fool and his money are easily parted. However, many have a difficult time resisting the temptation. With that as a disclaimer, let the buyer beware. BetDSI Sportsbook is offering a lake-full list of props for The Players Championship this week. Naturally, most of the action is centered on the (in)famous "Island Green" 17th hole. After the equivalent of a warm up at Quail Hollow, odds makers at BetDSI have essentially positioned the chances of Tiger Woods making the cut at TPC Sawgrass as a tossup. He has 35/1 odds to win the tournament, which you can find below. 

Tiger Woods makes the cut
Yes -130
No +100

Best Finish
Tiger Woods +180
Phil Mickelson -220

Tiger Woods hits a tee shot into water on No. 17
Yes +200
No -240

Dustin Johnson hits a tee shot into water on No. 17
Yes +450
No -800

Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot into water on No. 17
Yes +550
No -1000

Jordan Spieth hits a tee shot into water on No. 17
Yes +500
No -900

Justin Thomas hits a tee shot into water on No. 17
Yes +575
No -1200

Phil Mickelson hits a tee shot into water on No. 17
Yes +550
No -1000

Total tee shots hit into the water on No. 17
Over 42.5 (-115)
Under 42.5 (-115)

Total tee shots hit into the water on No. 17 during Round 4
Over 9.5 (+100)
Under 9.5 (-130)

Highest score on No. 17 during any round
Over 8 (-115)
Under 8 (-115)

Winner hits a tee shot into the water on No. 17 during any round
Yes +450
No -800

Total birdies by winner on No. 17 
Over 1.5 (-105)
Under 1.5 (-125)

Hole-in-one recorded on No. 17
Yes +350
No -500

Hole-in-one on No. 12
Yes +6500
No -20000

Will anyone break the single-round course record of 63?
Yes +900
No -2000

Will there be a playoff?
Yes +350
No -500

Total score by winner over first three holes of playoff (playoff must occur for action)
9 or fewer +1100
10 +650
11 +180
12 or more +100

Here are some of the Players Championship Odds
Dustin Johnson +1250 
Rory McIlroy +1300 
Justin Thomas +1400 
Jordan Spieth +1400 
Jason Day +1500 
Rickie Fowler +2000 
Jon Rahm +2200 
Justin Rose +2800 
Henrik Stenson +2800 
Sergio Garcia +3000 
Patrick Reed +3300 
Phil Mickelson +3300 
Tiger Woods +3500 
Tommy Fleetwood +4000 
Bubba Watson +5000 
Adam Scott +6600 

GUESSING GAME? Bridgestone Golf has introduced the TOUR B ADF set. It is a bundled package designed to take the guesswork out of club buying by providing advanced, high-quality clubs from the Japanese domestic market, along with a stand bag and custom Bag Boy T-10 Travel Case. The set includes a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, two driving irons, forged cavity back irons and the TOUR B XW-1 wedges. The clubs were designed and developed in the Japanese market but brought to the U.S. following high demand from Bridgestone brand loyalists, according to the company. Wonder if that includes retailer feedback too?

“Not only have we optimized the individual elements of ADF, but also the buying experience, as we’re making it as easy as possible for discerning golfers to select a full set of premium products at an unbeatable price,” says Zack Kupperbusch, Golf Club Marketing. “From world-class tires to superior golf balls, everything Bridgestone makes is engineered for performance and the ADF Set includes an array of our most acclaimed equipment in one convenient package.”

The packaged set is available for $2,800 and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Offered in limited quantities at launch, it is available online at

WINNER’S CLUBS: Despite carding four bogeys in the final round (more than rounds 1-3 combined), Jason Day converted a two-shot lead to a two-shot victory for his second victory on the PGA TOUR this season. “I was fighting demons out there because when you're not hitting it good, it just feels like the life is getting sucked out of you,” said Day after the final round. “The confidence starts to dwindle, but you know that you've just got to keep pushing. I know that I have a lot of fight in me. When I really want to put my mind to it, I know that I can fight and keep pushing regardless of how bad things are going. So that's the biggest thing that I know is that my mental strength out there is actually quite strong. It's not up to the level of like a Tiger or anything like that, but just being able to keep myself around. Somehow getting it done when things aren't going great, because anyone can win hitting 15 greens and having six birdies and no bogeys and playing great, but the moments where you win and you don't have your greatest stuff is the moment that you learn the most. I learned a lot about myself, but I learned more about how much I actually wanted to get back to No. 1 and how much this meant was a good kick in the right direction. But the adversity and the determination of trying to get that win was huge today.”
Here is what Jason Day had in his bag at the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow:

Driver: TaylorMade M3 Driver 9.5*
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M4 Fairway | 16.5* HL
Irons: TM P790 3 Iron, P730 4-PW
Wedges: TM Milled Grind Wedges | 50° & 56°, 60°
Putter: TM Spider Tour Red Putter | 2.5° loft & 70° lie angle
Golf Ball: TP5X 

Eagles: 1
Birdies: 17
Pars: 47
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 272

Brian Harman/2017 Wells Fargo Championship (Eagle Point Golf Club)
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5*)
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15*, 18*)
Irons: Titleist 716 CB (3-9 iron)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (46*, 50*), TaylorMade xFT ZTP (60*)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Brian Harman’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 18
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 278

James Hahn/2016 Wells Fargo Championship (Quail Hollow)
Driver: PXG 0811 X (10*)
Fairway Metals: PXG 0341 (15*)
Hybrids: PXG 0317 (17*)
Irons: PXG 0311T (3-9)
Wedges: PXG 0311T (47*), Titleist SM5 (54*), Titleist Vokey Prototype (60*)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-ball
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

James Hahn’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 19
Pars: 40
Bogeys: 12
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 270


MOTIVATION: When Jason Day was 14 years old he walked into Colin Swatton’s office and asked a question few 14-year-olds would even consider. “He asked if he could be the world No. 1, I said absolutely,” said Swatton, who would become Day’s coach, caddie and confidant. “At any given moment, kids want to ask that question, but it’s how they present the question, and he presented it at the right time.” Unlike the vast majority of players, Day has never been shy about explaining how badly he covets the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, and although his victory on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship won’t propel the Australian back to that mathematical promised land, it was a steppingstone that is impossible to ignore. There’s no prize money that comes with being world No. 1, no trophy or FedExCup points. In fact, for the better part of the last two decades the top ranking was something of an afterthought, the byproduct of Tiger Woods’ stranglehold on the top spot. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I’d rather beat the ladies and miss every cut the rest of the year than lose and play well for the rest of the year.”--Eddie Pepperell going into the GolfSixes at the Centurion Club on Saturday where Pepperell and Matt Wallace faced Charley Hull and Georgia Hall. Hull and Hall would halve the England Men partnership!

Jason Day picked up his second win of the PGA TOUR season (2018 Farmers Insurance Open). He joins Justin Thomas, Patton Kizzire and Bubba Watson as the fourth multiple winner of the season.