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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 103                                                       
Friday, May 25, 2018

In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, the Daily Pulse will not be published on Monday, May 28th. For US readers please enjoy a safe holiday weekend.

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “We were driving to Oakland, California and Valerie said, ‘Do you know how much money we have?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I know, we have $86 left out of the $1400.’ So she said, ‘Well, what are we going to do?’ And I said, ‘Valerie, we made a deal to spend $1,400. We have $86 left and we're going to Oakland. I was driving a maroon Buick. I had a fairly early starting time. I left the hotel after breakfast, went across the street and my car, the two rear wheels are sitting on the rocks. They'd even taken the jack. So I came back to the hotel and bummed a ride with somebody. I can't remember who. I got to the course and it was late and I couldn't hit any practice balls because I'd be disqualified. So I played and I won $385. That’s the biggest check I've ever seen in my life.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many times did Ben Hogan win what is now called, but never was when he played it, the Fort Worth Invitational in his career?

DRIVE FOR SHOW AND PUTT FOR DOUGH: Predicative analytics is becoming the USGA’s modus operandi. For example, Mike Davis, the USGA’s CEO stated earlier this week, “When you set up a U.S. Open it is golf's ultimate test, it's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.” In another instance, he cited it in referencing the Association’s love affair with course set and rough. “The data would suggest that some U.S. Opens you get it in the heavy rough was pretty close to a half shot penalty. Others it was a little closer to a quarter shot penalty,” he said.

Data was also enlisted in its decision to change its playoff model to determine the champion on an annual basis moving forward. “We looked back and really the data suggested that whether it's three holes, which is our Women's Open used to be or believe it or not our U.S. Senior Open when we first went from 18 holes we went to a four hole aggregate, and that did seem to take a little too much time and sometimes it got to the last hole and it was already over. So we thought that by having two holes, that there would be more excitement, but it wouldn't necessarily be one shot over. And frankly, think about Shinnecock, if we have a tie after 72 holes, we're going to play the par-3, 17th. Wonderful par-3. And then that great finishing hole 18. Next year at Pebble Beach, 17 and 18. How iconic are those holes?” reported Davis.

So while golf’s ruling bodies are acutely focused on distance and one could easily argue it being driving distance, it might surprise more than a few that last year’s Fort Worth Invitational winner did not dominate the field off the tee. Yet, he still managed to win! Go figure?

According to ShotLink, Kevin Kisner became the first player since Jordan Spieth (2016 Sentry TOC) to rank inside the top three in both Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green and Strokes Gained: Putting and go onto win (4 measured rounds). But he ranked 30th in the field in Strokes KISNER2Gained Off-the-Tee. Could the ruling bodies have this all wrong? Oh the humanity!

The premise regarding distance is the closer you are to the intended target (the cup) the easier it becomes. Kisner offered some data points at last year’s Colonial that is contrary to this popular belief. One has to wonder if that fits into the equation? Be aware that no other course than Colonial Country Club has hosted a U.S. Open (1941), PLAYERS Championship (1975) and an annual PGA TOUR event (1946-present).

Meanwhile, let’s introduce a few more data points to see where the 2018 winning score comes in at in comparison to recently. Last year, Kevin Kisner won shooting  -10. In 2016, Jordan Spieth posted -17. In 2015, Chris Kirk was victorious at -12. Adam Scott won in 2014 at 9-under par. His winning score at the time was the highest at the Colonial since Olin Browne won in 1999 at 8-under 272. Scott defeated Jason Dufner on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.

HELLO SUMMER! Memorial Day in the United States marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans are expected to travel in near-record numbers this season. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being yesterday and today (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” reported Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

Orlando again tops this year’s list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings. Cruises to Alaska, originating in Seattle and Anchorage, as well as warm-weather destinations in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Phoenix and southern California top travelers’ domestic itineraries this summer.

According to Hertz, a 40-year AAA partner, the busiest airport pick-up locations for travelers renting a car this Memorial Day are expected to be Orlando (MCO), Las Vegas (LAS), Atlanta (ATL), Los Angeles (LAX) and Kahului, HI (OGG). The busiest day for rental pick-ups is expected to be today, May 25, with an average rental length of nearly six days, as travelers look to take advantage of the long holiday weekend.

However, the excitement of the start of summer can quickly fade as AAA said it expects to rescue more than 340,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day weekend. Dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience car trouble.

WEB GEMS:

PACE SETTERS: England’s Richard Bland made the most of ideal conditions to set the early pace at BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday, carding a five-under 67 to top the leaderboard. He was joined on five-under by compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick who saved par on the last with a chip and a putt after hitting his ball into the water. Former world number one Rory McIlroy, back at the European PGA’s flagship event for the first time since 2015, was one of the later starters and was one-over after three holes. READ MORE>>>

ONE OF THOSE DAYS: Kevin Na stood over his ball after taking a drop in the rough beside the ninth green following two wayward shots, on his final hole of the day and with a share of the lead in the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial. As Na looked toward the hole more than 90 feet away, he saw the huge ridge going through the middle of the green. He then noticed the caddie of one of his playing partners move a bag from behind the green. "Because I can chip it over the right down the other side," Na said. Instead, Na chipped in for an incredible birdie to wrap up an 8-under 62. That gave him a one-stroke lead over Charley Hoffman, who also had a bogey-free round Thursday. Jhonattan Vegas, Emiliano Grillo, Andrew Putnam and Beau Hossler all shot 64. READ MORE>>>

BEWARE THE SICK OR INJURED GOLFER: Steve Stricker was worried about withdrawing from the first round of the Fort Worth Invitational. Now he’s near the top of the leaderboard. Stricker felt his back crack on his fourth hole on Thursday and had trouble walking on his front nine. He signed for a 5-under 65 at Colonial Country Club, though, and was two back of leader Charley Hoffman after the morning wave completed play. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “We were driving to Oakland, California and Valerie said, ‘Do you know how much money we have?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I know, we have $86 left out of the $1400.’ So she said, ‘Well, what are we going to do?’ And I said, ‘Valerie, we made a deal to spend $1,400. We have $86 left and we're going to Oakland. I was driving a maroon Buick. I had a fairly early starting time. I left the hotel after breakfast, went across the street and my car, the two rear wheels are sitting on the rocks. They'd even taken the jack. So I came back to the hotel and bummed a ride with somebody. I can't remember who. I got to the course and it was late and I couldn't hit any practice balls because I'd be disqualified. So I played and I won $385. That’s the biggest check I've ever seen in my life.”--Ben Hogan on the tournament that kept his career alive.

Ben Hogan won a career-total five wins at the “Fort Worth Invitational” earning it the nickname “Hogan’s Alley.”

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