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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 95                                                         
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “My dad got me started in the game. He was a two-time a week golfer. He was great early on. He kept me in other sports, but he could tell that I was better in golf than the other sports. And what I loved about my dad was he had his normal Saturday or Sunday game, but once I got to be about 11, I started playing with him. I'd be his partner. And he coached me less on technique and things like that and more on just how to approach the game, how to respect the game, character. You know, I remember a time where I told him he should move his ball into this good lie, and he took that opportunity to tell me that the ball would be closer to the hole and that would be bending the rules a little bit. And so I have a lot of memories like that with my dad, how he just wanted me to be always kind on the golf course and good to play with for other guys. I still think about all those things to this day.”

BRAIN TEASER: Billy Horschel won the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson in a playoff against who?

STARS AND STRIPES: Summer is on its way and for many parts of the country, it can’t come fast enough. With the Memorial Day weekend just around the corner and the 4th of July not that far off,  Callaway has introduced a patriotic version of its Truvis golf ball. The new Chrome Soft Truvis Stars and Stripes features Callaway’s Graphene Dual SoftFast Core, which was introduced back in January with the introduction of the 2018 Chrome Soft, Chrome Soft X balls. Graphene is considered an incredibly strong material – stronger than diamond, 200 times stronger than steel, and believed to be the strongest material in the world. By incorporating Graphene, Callaway believes it can produce a much stronger outer core that’s also much thinner, that allows it to make the inner core bigger and softer and provides improved overall performance. For those who wish to display their American pride this product should appeal to them.

ONE MORE TIME: Tiger Woods is known for keeping his cards tight to the vest. However, he shared something that he wants to see happen in 2018. “One of my goals is to get into Akron, one last time, before we leave there. I've won there eight times and I would like to get there with one more chance. But I got to do some work between now and then, hopefully put together one good event,” he shared before exiting Ponte Vedra on Sunday.

KARMA? Webb Simpson was one player who opposed the ruling bodies when they banned belly putters. Now, he has had a chance of heart. “I certainly disagreed with it. I disagreed with the decision. My stance was, unless a lot of top putters are doing it, it's not really worth looking at, and I think probably why they took a hard look at it was Keegan wins the PGA, Adam Scott wins the Masters, I win the U.S. Open, and it started that conversation.

“But to be honest with you guys, I mean, I've never putted this well in my life, and I think if I had stayed with the belly putter, I think I maybe averaged 35th to 60th every year in putting, so very average. And this year I think I'm in the top 10.

“It's funny how those things happen, but, you know, it's been -- this is probably the first time I can say I'm glad they banned it, because I wouldn't have ever probably swayed away from the belly putter,” said Simpson.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Winning looks easy on the PGA TOUR. But it isn’t and Webb Simpson knows it. “I feel like it's my first win. I feel so similar to how I felt in Greensboro back in 2011. You know, to win a major championship and a few other TOUR events and then I guess it's over four years without a win, you know, I never doubted myself, but at the same time, that's a long time,” he said after winning the 2018 PLAYERS. “We train hard and practice hard to try to win, and there's been some tough moments along the way, but to come here against this field and put up some good numbers the first three days and do what I needed to do to get it done, I'm so happy.

“You know, I think I had been a pro for eight years, seven years, and you get used to playing at a level that you know you're capable of, and then you go a year or two playing below that capability, and it starts to get at you. And I actually think it's easier to work hard when you're playing well. And this game is so funny, you see it all the time, guys struggle for three, four, five, six months and then they go win. Every year on TOUR a guy will miss five cuts in a row and go win. I think I just kept telling myself that, that if I throw in the towel and if I give up, I will never be successful, but if I stay at it, who knows. And I'm glad I did.

“I think to beat the best field in golf will give me confidence going into the majors and World Golf Championship events. Everybody on TOUR I think wants to think of themselves as a top player, and I want to get back to kind of that top level caliber that I played at for a few years.

“More importantly, I just want to keep getting better. I want to enjoy this. It's going to boost my confidence, but I want to build on it and be in contention more in big tournaments. I haven't been able to do that as much as I want, so I think this will help in those tournaments.”

Webb Simpson / 2018 PLAYERS Championship
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5*)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 913Fd (18*), TaylorMade M2 (15*)
Hybrids: Titleist 913Hd (20*) 915Hd (23.5*)
Irons: Titleist 718 MB (5-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 gap (54*) and prototype lob (60*)
Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V Line Long
Ball: Pro V1

Webb Simpson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 2
Birdies: 23
Pars: 40
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 2
Cumulative Score : 270

Si Woo Kim / 2017 PLAYERS Championship
Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017 (8.5 degrees)
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15, 19 degrees)
Irons: TaylorMade P-770 (3 and 4 iron), TaylorMade P-750 Tour Proto (5-9 iron)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (48-08 F-Grind, 54-08 M-Grind and 59 J Grind)
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Si Woo Kim’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 14
Pars: 51
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score : 278

Jason Day’s / 2016 PLAYERS Championship
Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (10.5 degrees)
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 HL (16.5 degrees)
Irons: TaylorMade RSi 2 (2), RSi TP (4-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF (47, 54 ATV and 60 ATV)
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider Limited Red
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X 

Jason Day’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 22
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 3
Double Bogeys: 2
Cumulative Score: 273

WEB GEMS:

HOW IT ALL BEGAN: In 2010, a standout 16-year-old junior golfer named Jordan Spieth wrote to AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Tournament Chairman George Conant, asking to be considered for a sponsor exemption. It was later granted, and Spieth not only made the cut but finished T16. The rest, as they say, is history. Read the text from Spieth's letter. READ MORE>>>

WILL YOU REMEMBER? Webb Simpson jumped from 41st to 20th in the world rankings with his victory at the Players Championship on Sunday, still far from superstar territory in a sport with room for only a handful of household names. If capturing a U.S. Open at age 26 did not earn Simpson fame, a Players Championship six years later is unlikely to do so either. But the man who sat unrecognized in a local coffee shop on Saturday morning is among a group of players fractionally below the top echelon, capable of winning when they put all facets of the game together at the same time. That is just the nature of golf. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “My dad got me started in the game. He was a two-time a week golfer. He was great early on. He kept me in other sports, but he could tell that I was better in golf than the other sports. And what I loved about my dad was he had his normal Saturday or Sunday game, but once I got to be about 11, I started playing with him. I'd be his partner. And he coached me less on technique and things like that and more on just how to approach the game, how to respect the game, character. You know, I remember a time where I told him he should move his ball into this good lie, and he took that opportunity to tell me that the ball would be closer to the hole and that would be bending the rules a little bit. And so I have a lot of memories like that with my dad, how he just wanted me to be always kind on the golf course and good to play with for other guys. I still think about all those things to this day.”--Webb Simpson.

Billy Horschel birdied two of his final five holes of regulation to shoot a final-round 69 and match Jason Day at 12- under 268. He holed a 60-foot putt for birdie at No. 14 and two-putted the par-5 16th for birdie. Horschel won at the first hole of sudden death after making a regulation par and watching Day three-putt for bogey.

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