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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 101                                                       
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It was 14 years ago, it was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organization, we learned from it. I think that the difference then versus now is there was a lot more, we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands. And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water. There just wasn't enough water put in and essentially the grass itself kind of went dormant, there wasn't enough friction on the greens.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only two players can boast winning on the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour and Mackenzie Tour- PGA TOUR Canada. Can you name either of them?

THERE CAN NEVER BE ENOUGH! Columbus proved the world is not flat. However, that is becoming a harder and harder to believe as the digital world has taken many by storm. Flat screen televisions, tablets and phones are the world to many today and the United States Golf Association has more than its toe in the new world waters. The upcoming U.S. Open is living proof of it. Technology might be the Beelzebub for golf equipment, however the Association appears to have embraced it with its financial partner, Fox Sports.

“The USGA digital platforms continue to offer exclusive U.S. Open content,” reported Navin Singh, the USGA’s head of global content and media distribution. “ U.S. Open Facebook Live studio show will provide wall-to-wall coverage of 11 sectional qualifying sites on Monday June 4th, complimenting Fox's aforementioned sectional qualifying show,” he said.

“We're going to have video correspondents at five U.S. sectional qualifying sites doing live look-ins, we're going to have social media integration with audience questions and comments integrated into the programming and special live check-ins at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

“During championship week we'll expand our hours of coverage on U.S. Open Live programming via Facebook. Our content's going to include practice round coverage, player interviews, in-depth analysis and we'll take fans inside the ropes with players as they practice behind the scenes of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Monday through Wednesday.

“Complimenting Fox's coverage Thursday through Sunday we'll also do morning pre-round and evening wrap up shows. Our global digital coverage will include exclusive live action on four channels, two featured group channels and a featured hole channel, plus a bonus stream with sights and sounds of Shinnecock featuring first tee coverage. This year we'll feature our Flight Track technology on 12 tee boxes and Top Tracer technology on the other six. Flight Track will be used to enhance the broadcast by pairing the traditional behind-the-player camera shot with a virtual hole map presenting a real-time aerial view of the player's ball flight. Fox will also use top Top Tracer technology on their hand-held cameras for the third year in a row, giving viewers visual insights into shots from the fairway, rough, bunker and fescue. Also new for this year they will be introducing Green Reader technology to display the undulations and contours of the green using various innovations and display tactics.

“Our new multichannel video player will enable fans to customize their viewing experience. You can watch four channels at once, split screen, and we'll go picture in picture. Of course, you can also focus on one single stream and expand that to full screen. We're going to have a full channel guide detailing players as they come through holes, a full leaderboard, and content integration including highlights, social media, interactive polls and alerts. We're really excited to provide this enhanced platform to the fans, giving them a more flexible and enriched viewing experience.

“With respect to our U.S. Open app, we're going to continue to provide the best in U.S. Open content highlights, interviews, photos and features articles. We're also going to have up-to-date player locations and scoring information and a live video experience so fans can watch on the go.

“For our fans on-site we have upgraded our player locator so users will get the benefit of knowing when the players are at the practice facility doing their final prep for golf's ultimate test. We're also going to have push notifications to drive awareness and foot traffic to fan experiences on-site.”

The 118th U.S. Open app will be released on May 31st on IOS and Android devices.

CHANGE CAN BE GOOD: The USGA are stewards of the game. Within this territory is the burden of maintaining and preserving the game as it sees fit. However, this year’s national championship will possibly see a twist. Who said the USGA isn’t flexible?

In days gone by the Association settled a tie by forcing players to endure an additional 18 holes in order to break it. That isn’t going to be the case moving forward. Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA explained the change and why it came about. “How to decide a tie in one of our Open Championships has been a long-debated subject and we recently came to the conclusion, after really talking to the stakeholders in the U.S. Open. So who are the stakeholders?” Davis began. “They're the players who play in the Open, they're the fans that watch it both on-site as well as broadcasted, linear TV and digitally, and it's the vendors, it's really the club itself. And we came to the conclusion that people wanted, assuming Mother Nature's cooperative, the U.S. Open to finish Sunday. Wouldn't say it was unanimous -- so we started with that premise.

“There is no right or wrong way to determine a tie. You can do it by hole-by-hole or so-called sudden death, that's what the Masters does. You can do it by something less than 18 holes, which is what the British Open has done and what now the PGA does. It's actually it's what we do at the Women's Open. We felt that on balance I think the stakeholders just wanted us to finish. So we have made that change. We had always been 18 holes. You go way back and we used to have a 36-hole playoff. In fact there was a year in the early 1930s where they were tied after 36 holes, guess what? They went another 36 holes. 144 holes to hand out the U.S. Open trophy and that gold Nicklaus medal. So that's why we changed.”

WEB GEMS:

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ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON: Tom Watson knows a thing or two about winning The Open and the five-time Champion Golfer believes Tiger Woods is the man to beat at Carnoustie this summer. “He will win again, without a doubt, but whether it will be at Carnoustie I don't know - but he will win. The critical factor [in winning a major] is chipping and putting. If you can make up for mistakes with great chipping and putting then you will be okay - that's what makes the difference. Whether Tiger has that right now, I don't know, but he certainly has the golf game and that is the most important factor.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It was 14 years ago, it was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organization, we learned from it. I think that the difference then versus now is there was a lot more, we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands. And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water. There just wasn't enough water put in and essentially the grass itself kind of went dormant, there wasn't enough friction on the greens.”--USGA CEO, Mike Davis on the difference between the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club previously and in 2018.

Aaron Wise and Mackenzie Hughes are the only two players to have won on the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour and Mackenzie Tour- PGA TOUR Canada in their career.

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