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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 100                                                       
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “They were huge in developing my game. I wouldn't be here without them. Jokingly think of what I would have done if I came here right out of college and it wouldn't have been good, probably. They were huge and just you know it's so different. We play week-long tournaments now, we're on the road for 20-plus weeks a year. It was just a huge learning curve for me and for me to be able to do it against some of the best players in the world is really nice. They're all great. But I played really well on both those tours and without that confidence I got from winning on both of them and competing really well on both of them, it's truly, I wouldn't be where I'm at. I wouldn't have the confidence in my game that I do.”

BRAIN TEASER: This PGA TOUR rookie made his first hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Who is he?

VIRTUAL GOLF: The PGA TOUR is returning to the video game space in an exciting new way this summer when a PGA TOUR Career Mode that is integrated into the “The Golf Club” franchise for Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and PC platforms.

The career mode in “The Golf Club 2019” takes a player on a journey through Q-School, the Web.com Tour and a 32-tournament PGA TOUR season, including the FedExCup Playoffs, to become the FedExCup Champion. As players progress and complete challenges, they will also attract virtual sponsors who will offer rewards for continued success.

Launching in August, “The Golf Club 2019” features six replicas of TPC courses: Summerlin, Scottsdale, Sawgrass, Southwind, Deere Run and Boston. “We are so excited for the launch of The Golf Club 2019 featuring the PGA TOUR that highlights some of our best tournaments,” said Len Brown, PGA TOUR Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Licensing. “This will allow our fans to take the same path to the PGA TOUR by earning their card through the Web.com Tour.  Additionally, this will give gamers the opportunity to play under the same tournament conditions that our players face week in and week out.  We are thrilled with this partnership.”

MONEY MAKER: Golf courses have been a successful amenity to selling the dirt surrounding it. However, when the financial crisis in 2008 hit, the strategy began to show some cracks. That appears to be a thing of the past, as a new study has come out that highlights home values are higher within golf resorts. The study was conducted by European Tour Properties, a global network of 27 golf resorts and courses, with results based on a sample of nine golf resorts and the completed sale transactions of 500 plots, villas, townhouses and apartments during 2017.

It found that homes within golf resorts are worth 19% more on average than equivalent properties outside resorts. The most valued properties within golf resorts are those with golf course views, which benefit from a 9.5% price premium compared to properties without course views.

“From the perspectives of both developers and property buyers, being able to evaluate golf property prices and show their resilience is important in making informed investment decisions, which is why we undertook this study,” said Sandra Ruttle, Real Estate Consultant at European Tour Properties. “The resorts surveyed include some of the best known and most successful case studies of international golf resort developments, so the findings are relevant in terms of what they tell us about the market today. And it is clear that properties on golf resorts, especially those with views over the golf course, generate price premiums.”

Asked what proportion of the 19% golf resort premium was attributable specifically to a tournament quality golf course versus leisure amenities, the resorts estimated more than half of the additional value (54%) was attributable to golf, with 46% attributable to leisure. The study also confirmed that the majority of buyers of golf resort properties are not golfers. In fact, more than two-thirds of home owners (67%) are non-golfers.

“With urbanization growing, owning a property on a prestigious golf resort is a much sought after investment, which carries a premium reflecting the service, security and integration with other on-site leisure facilities – all key assets in the minds of international buyers,” Ruttle continued. “The vast majority of venues within the network are located close to an airport, which increases the appeal of the locations for both property owners and people on holiday. Many are situated within established golf destinations and this, coupled with hotel and extended range of leisure facilities, makes buying a property at a European Tour Properties member venue a very attractive proposition.”   

The nine venues in the European Tour Properties network included in the study were:
• Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, France
• Quinta do Lago, Portugal
• Troia Resort, Portugal
• PGA Catalunya Resort, Spain
• Finca Courtesin Hotel Golf & Spa, Spain
• Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE
• Black Mountain Golf Club, Thailand
• Bom Sucesso Resort, Portugal
• Estonia Golf & Country Club, Estonia

WINNER’S CLUBS: Aaron Wise earned his first career PGA TOUR victory in only his 26th career start on TOUR! He is the first rookie to win the AT&T Byron Nelson since Keegan Bradley did so in 2011. The 21-year-old entered last week ranked 99th in the world and his victory moved to 66th. He is now 18th on the FedExCup standings. “I haven't had time to reassess my goals but moving up to 18 on the FedExCup is incredible. Not many rookies have made it to the Tour Championship. When I did my goals at the beginning of the season, one of the main ones I picked to make the Tour Championship and play well. Now I have a true shot at doing that. Three weeks ago I really didn't and after a 2nd and 1st, I'm in a great spot to make that dream a reality,” he said after his victory.

His winning score of 23-under par is the third-lowest total in relation to par this season (CIMB Classic and Sentry Tournament of Champions won with 24-under par). In his previous start before the AT&T Byron Nelson, he finished runner-up to Jason Day at the Wells Fargo Championship. Wise is the fifth player with a win and a runner-up in back-to-back starts this season. The other four players (Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Justin Thomas) are all currently in the top-10 of both FedExCup rankings and the Official World Golf Ranking. Here is what Aaron Wise had in his bag to win the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson:

Aaron Wise 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson

Driver: Callaway Rogue Driver (10.5*)
Fairway Woods: Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood (15*)
Irons: Callaway X-Forged Utility (2-iron), Apex 16 (4-iron), MB 18 Irons (5-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50*, 56*, 60*)
Putter: O-Works Red V-Line Fang CH
Ball: Chrome Soft X

Aaron Wise’s– Numbers for the week
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 25
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 261

Billy Horschel 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson

Driver: PXG 0811X (*)
Fairway Woods: PXG 0341X (15*), PXG 0341 (18*)
Irons: PXG 0311T (3, 5-PW)
Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled (52*, 56*, 60*)
Putter: PXG Bat Attack
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Billy Horschel’s– Numbers for the week
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 21
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 9
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 268

Sergio Garcia 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson

Driver: TaylorMade M2 (9.5*)
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M1 (15*) and TaylorMade M1 (19*)
Irons: TaylorMade PSi Tour (3-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind (52*, 58*)
Putter: TaylorMade Monte Carlo Prototype
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X 

Sergio Garcia’s– Numbers for the week
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 19
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 265

WEB GEMS:

COMPETITION!? A new global golf circuit is being planned, multiple sources have confirmed to Reuters, in what would be the biggest upheaval in the professional game in decades. To be named the World Golf Series, the circuit proposed by the British-based World Golf Group has been in the planning stages for more than a year. The group hopes to stage 15-to-20 yearly tournaments around the world, each offering a purse of close to $20 million, according to sources familiar with the plans. Such a figure would dwarf the prize money currently on offer on the game’s richest circuit, the U.S. PGA Tour, whose biggest purse this season is $11 million. Several blue-chip sponsors are believed to be on board for the World Golf Series if top players can be signed. READ MORE>>>

R.I.P.: “It is always difficult to lose a member of your family,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Carol Mann was a tremendous competitor, but an even more amazing person. She was special in every way and she certainly left the game and the LPGA better than she found it. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “They were huge in developing my game. I wouldn't be here without them. Jokingly think of what I would have done if I came here right out of college and it wouldn't have been good, probably. They were huge and just you know it's so different. We play week-long tournaments now, we're on the road for 20-plus weeks a year. It was just a huge learning curve for me and for me to be able to do it against some of the best players in the world is really nice. They're all great. But I played really well on both those tours and without that confidence I got from winning on both of them and competing really well on both of them, it's truly, I wouldn't be where I'm at. I wouldn't have the confidence in my game that I do.”--21 year old Aaron Wise on the Web.com tour. His win marks the 500th PGA TOUR victory by a former Web.com Tour member

PGA TOUR rookie Tyler Duncan holed a pitching wedge from 111 yards at No. 8 for his first hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

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