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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 91                                                         
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “First low round of the year and I have to go piss in a cup.”

BRAIN TEASER: Americans have won THE PLAYERS just four times in the last 13 years. How many can you name?

IT’S A BEAST: The 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass was the second toughest hole on the PGA TOUR schedule during the 2016- 2017 season, playing to a stroke average of 4.486. In 2017, there were more double bogeys or worse (57 in total) than birdies (37) at the 18th hole. The eighth hole was the second toughest par 3 on the PGA TOUR schedule a season ago, playing to a stroke average of 3.314

No player has gone all four rounds without a bogey at THE PLAYERS. Greg Norman came the closest in 1994 with a single bogey in the final round on No. 13. The 36-hole cut has been below par just twice in the last 21 showings of THE PLAYERS – 2-under 142 in 2010 and 2016.

The 13th hole has had more 3-putts than any other non-major hole on TOUR since the TOUR began tracking the statistics in 2003. On a brighter note, on the par-5 16th hole the reward for going for the green has been substantial over the years. Since 2003, players laying up have a scoring average of 4.96, while players going for the green have a scoring average of 4.46. In total, players laying up are -78, while players going for the green are -2,564.

There have been 26 total par 3s measuring less than 150 yards (scorecard yardage) in the last 15 years on the PGA TOUR. The par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is one of just four with an over-par scoring average (3.12). The field is a combined +762 total over par in the last 15 years on the 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. The highest recorded score on No. 17 belongs to Bob Tway, who posted a 12 in the third round in 2005. Zac Blair posted the highest recorded score in 2017 with a 9.

Since 2003, the player with the most total balls in the water at the 17th is Aaron Baddeley, with 13. Among the players in the field this year, Phil Mickelson has hit the most balls in the water on the 17th with eight. Among the players in the field with a minimum of eight rounds on the Stadium Course, Graham DeLaet, who was qualified but couldn’t compete due to injury, has gone the most rounds on the 17th hole without hitting a ball in the water, with a perfect 18/18 mark. Chez Reavie (12/12), Scott Stallings (12/12), Michael Thompson (12/12), Adam Hadwin (10/10), Robert Streb (8/8), Si Woo Kim (8/8), and Ross Fisher (8/8) have also never found the water at the 17th hole.

Over the last 15 years, there have been more total balls in the water on holes 16-18 than on the first 15 holes combined. 16-18 have accounted for 1,889 balls in the water, while Nos. 1- 15 have been responsible for 1,818. There have been more balls hit in the water on the 18th hole (704) than the 17th hole (703) over that time frame.

TITANIC? Titomic Limited (ASX: TTT) has teamed up with Callaway Golf to develop new products using Titomic’s kinetic fusion process. Under the 12-month collaboration agreement, Titomic’s additive manufacturing capabilities and kinetic fusion technology will be used to create new products for the world golf market. “This agreement establishes a strategic alliance with the intention of incorporating our Titomic kinetic fusion additive manufacturing process into the manufacturing of golfing accessories and will be carried out at our new state of the art Melbourne facility, which houses the world’s largest 3D metal printer,” Titomic chief executive officer and chief technology officer Jeff Lang said. READ MORE>>>

BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY: “For the elite game? I would tell you that in the last three months, I’ve never heard more comments about it and more people are getting on the bandwagon to do it. Mike Davis is a member here. He’s like, “My goal [by the end of] my career here is to get the ball rolled back.” So I would be very surprised if it doesn’t roll back. I don’t quite know how they’re gonna do it. You and I don’t want our ball to go shorter, we know that. Believe it or not, they have developed a golf ball that at our speed, it doesn’t change. At the speed of 108 or more miles an hour, it starts to go down.” READ MORE>>>

MONEY BALL: Shark Experience has partnered with Swing King – a Digital Golf Technologies company – as the hole-in-one partner for the platform. Swing King provides the first fully-automated hole-in-one contest that operates during every round, creating revenue opportunities for golf courses. Currently available at over 225 courses nationwide, Swing King requires no upfront costs for installation or technology and no additional work or daily setup from the golf course facility. The proprietary, non-intrusive HD camera and networking system is installed at an optimal Par 3 Hole location measuring at least 150 yards from the men’s tees, acting as a witness to verify all winning shots.

Swing King’s existing product integrates into the Shark Experience platform utilizing Shark Key – a new cashless on-course system powered by EZLinks. Rolling out in the second quarter, golfers will opt-in to a contest offering via the Shark Experience in-car screen and take their shot at winning cash prizes of up to $50,000.

“A win-win for both the golf course and golfer, Swing King is a fun and exciting product that is the perfect addition to Shark Experience,” said Greg Norman. “The introduction of a one touch hole-in-one contest is expanding on our vision to complement and enhance the entertainment value at every course,” said David Chessler, Co-Founder of Shark Experience.

“Swing King is proud to be partnering with Shark Experience to deliver golfers and golf courses an innovative and engaging new hole-in-one program” said Mike Jakob, Chief Executive Officer of Swing King. “The combination of Shark Experience and Swing King technologies creates a unique and exciting experience for golfers and further enables our vision of capturing, rewarding and sharing amazing golf shots every single day.”


INSIDER KNOWLEDGE? There are two remaining tilts at the career Grand Slam this year – Phil Mickelson at next month’s US Open and Jordan Spieth at the US PGA. The view of top coach Butch Harmon is that Rory McIlroy will be the first of the three to complete the set at the Masters. “Rory would be the one I would pick,” said Harmon. “Rory is a better player than Jordan Spieth. He has more tools than Jordan.” READ MORE>>>

GOLF’S ELDER STATESMEN: Their relationship has been softened by age. The needle is sharp as ever. Never mind that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have only five victories between them over the last five years. It’s a big deal when the two best players of their generation are in the same group at any tournament, much less The Players Championship. Mickelson, of course, wanted something even better. READ MORE>>>

CHANGE IS CONSTANT: The No. 1 ranking that Dustin Johnson has held for the last 15 months has never been more in jeopardy. Four players behind him — Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose — have a mathematical chance this week at The Players Championship to replace Johnson atop the world ranking. Spieth didn’t even know it. “Am I one of them?” he asked Tuesday. “Sweet.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “First low round of the year and I have to go piss in a cup.”--Peter Uilhein after shooting 62 on Saturday at the Wells Fargo. It was his career-best round on the PGA TOUR and came one shot shy of tying the tournament course record set by Rory McIlroy in 2015 (11-under 61). Uihlein was over five shots better in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green in his third round compared to his first two rounds combined and moved up 45 spots in the third round. He finished T5 for the tournament.

Americans have won THE PLAYERS just four times in the last 13 years: Rickie Fowler (2015), Tiger Woods (2013), Matt Kuchar (2012) and Fred Funk (2005). International players have won 11 of the last 16 PLAYERS Championships, while only 15 international players have won THE PLAYERS in the 44-year history of the event.