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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 105                                                       
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “You know, everyone has been influenced by Hogan to some point. All coaches anyway. You know, he's done some very amazing things. He's double jointed in his wrists. There are certain things he does that I just can't do. So I've never really modeled his swing, per se. Actually, funnily enough I model more Sam Snead than Ben Hogan. If we're going old school, that's what I try to I emulate a little bit more based on my physiology.”

BRAIN TEASER: There have been two Ohio-natives to ever win the Memorial Tournament. Can you name them?

NOT HOW YOU WOULD DRAW IT UP: A year ago, Jason Dufner set the 36-hole scoring record at the Memorial at 14-under 130, before firing a third-round 77 to drop into a tie for third place going into the final round. His third round speed bump, however, wouldn’t stop him from winning.

With the victory, Dufner has the second-highest score in the third round by an eventual winner (in a non-major, since 1983) in PGA TOUR history. Kenny Knox shot a third-round 80 at The Honda Classic in 1986 before claiming his victory. Including majors, Nick Faldo shot 77 in the third round of the 1989 Masters before eventually winning.

How did Dufner get the job done last year? According to ShotLink, his Strokes Gained Summary for the week (rank) was: Off-the-Tee +2.890 (10th in the field) Approach-the-Green +10.669 (1st) Around-the-Green +2.952 (14th) Putting -0.373 (47th) Total +16.151 (1st). The key to his success clearly came from his second shot (other than par 3s) around Muirfield Village Golf Club. Despite a balky putter and a more that respectable but not a complete difference maker off the tee performance, Dufner prevailed. His margin of victory was just three shots!

WINDOW DRESSING? For more years than anyone would care to admit, golf has failed (miserably) to attract the fairer sex into the game. As they say, it is what it is. Men have dominated golf for decades if not centuries; due to they are the ones who make the decisions. One can effectively argue that despite the growing reliance on artificial intelligence, women remain a mystery to most if not all men! Whether it will ever change, remains to be seen!

Nevertheless, the R&A (until recently a men’s only club) has unveiled a new Women in Golf Charter as part of the organization’s drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in the game and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the golf industry. The Women in Golf Charter aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and to enable more women and girls to seek their potential at all levels of the sport.
The Women in Golf Charter specifically aims to:
 • Strengthen the focus on gender balance and provide a united position for the golf industry
• Commit national federations and organizations to support measures targeted at increasing participation of women, girls and families in golf
• Call on signatories to take positive action to support the recruitment, retention and progression of women working at all levels of the sport
• Set individual targets for national federations for participation and membership and annual reporting of progress
• Develop an inclusive environment for women and girls within golf

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, outlined its plans to work in collaboration with its affiliated, partners and the wider golf industry to achieve these goals at a launch event at The View from The Shard, one of London’s iconic venues.
“We are asking the golf industry to recognize the real importance of increasing the number of women and girls playing golf and empowering more women to enjoy successful careers at all levels of the sport,” said Slumbers. “The Charter is a strong statement of intent from the golf industry that it has to change and a commitment on behalf of all of us to take measures designed to achieve positive change for women, girls and families. This is crucial to growing participation in the sport in the years ahead.

“We ask our affiliates and partners around the world to pledge their support and commitment to achieving this vision and to help us ensure that we have a thriving sport in 50 years’ time that our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can enjoy. The R&A plans to increase our overall investment in women’s, girls’ and mixed golf to £80 million over the next ten years, a clear indication of our determination to develop the game in this area.”

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society in the UK, reported, “We are committed to creating an environment where women and girls can succeed at every level of sport. Interest in women’s sports is at an all-time high, with increased global interest and record attendances. I welcome The R&A’s strong commitment to encourage more women into golf and nurture future generations of talent.”

Liz Dimmock, Founder of Moving Ahead, said, “The case for a more balanced and inclusive culture for golf is clear and a real cultural shift is required within the sport to create a more equitable participation base that reflects the demands of current and future generations. Women are also under-represented at every level of the governance and business of the sport and this needs to be proactively addressed. The Women in Golf Charter is a signal to the industry that change is required, which can be achieved with a strong, positive vision for golf.” 

The R&A also said it has provided an initial three-year funding package of £375,000 to its affiliates in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to support the appointment of new development managers to work on increasing participation by women and girls.

TIME TO GO ROGUE? Callaway Golf has introduced another iron for 2018. The company is looking to temp consumers with the new Rogue Pro Black Irons. The look may be all it takes for some to add it to their bag. The irons feature a premium multi-material construction, according to Callaway with a premium limited edition True Temper XP 105 shaft, a black medallion, and a Lamkin Z5 grip. It will make its retail debut on June 8th. Custom options are only on (5-PW, 4-AW) not in variations of 7-PW or 8-AW, for example. Callaway has priced the new Rogue Pro Black Irons at 5-PW: $825, 4-AW: $1,099.


SOUNDS GOOD BUT CAN IT WORK? Geoff Ogilvy says a world tour is a, “great concept” but also thinks it will be difficult to lure top players into signing up. “I’m not sure how developed this plan is, but it’s a complicated thing to get worked out,” Ogilvy told Reuters via email. “There have been rumors floating around about this idea for a long time, but I’d been hearing them more and more recently. I really had no idea that anyone was close to trying to do something. It’s a great concept. You would think a much larger market would make the best players even more money. And it would let more of the world see the game played at that level up close.” READ MORE>>>

NOT THIS TIME: John Elway will still be a part of the 2018 U.S. Senior Open. He just won’t be playing alongside the likes of defending champion Kenny Perry. The Broadmoor’s notoriously knotty east course got the best of Elway in his Memorial Day attempt to qualify for the 39th Open championship, where he’ll serve as the tournament’s honorary chairman next month. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “You know, everyone has been influenced by Hogan to some point. All coaches anyway. You know, he's done some very amazing things. He's double jointed in his wrists. There are certain things he does that I just can't do. So I've never really modeled his swing, per se. Actually, funnily enough I model more Sam Snead than Ben Hogan. If we're going old school, that's what I try to I emulate a little bit more based on my physiology.”--Justin Rose.

Born in Cleveland, Jason Dufner became just the second Ohio-native to win the Memorial Tournament, last year, joining tournament-host Jack Nicklaus, who won in 1977 and 1984.