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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 107                                                       
Friday, June 1, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I get why they're doing it and I get why it creates a bit of buzz at the start of the week, but I would rather see Rickie and Phil and Tiger play on a Sunday rather than on a Thursday and two of them going home.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which player do you think has made the most money from playing strictly in the Memorial?

DAMNED IF YOU, DAMNED IF YOU DON’T: Is the USGA rigid in its methods? One might argue, hell yes! From its perspective it might argue equally, hell yes!! The Association is in the unenviable position of being in a no win situation. You can’t please everyone all of the time, as they say. Nevertheless, it decided not to implement lift, clean and place for Thursday’s start of the U.S. Woman’s Open. USGA senior managing director John Bodenhamer shared the Association’s thoughts a day before play started.

“We look at all the tools in our tool kit. We've talked about everything from the standpoint of how we mark the golf course, from what we do under the rules of golf, to how we set the golf course up,” he explained. “That's an important consideration. We think with some areas, we can address some of what is out there with setup and not compromise the integrity of what is the ultimate test and provide what really the U.S. Women's Open is all about from identifying a great champion. We intend to do that. I will say this; it remains our intention to play 72 holes and to play the ball as it lies. If we get cooperation from weather, it will keep getting better every day.”

Mother Nature’s forecast suggests more rain can be expected over the weekend for Shoal Creek Club. Let the Monday morning quarterbacking begin.

HOW’ S BIZ? Angel Ilagan, the outspoken golf outsider that was named president and CEO of Bridgestone Golf U.S. less than two years ago, is out. The company announced Thursday that Ilagan and the company “have made a mutual decision to part ways.” Shigeru Nakayama, a veteran leader of the global Bridgestone Sports brand and the former head of Bridgestone Golf in the U.S., will return to serve as as acting president and CEO. READ MORE>>>

FIT TO A TEE? Golf Datatech, LLC (www.golfdatatech.com), has released the 7th Edition of its exclusive report on the Evolution of Custom Fitting Golf Equipment in the United States.  “The percentage of golfers getting their clubs custom fit continues to increase,” reported John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC.  “This study takes an in-depth look at every aspect of the evolution of custom club fitting, while segmenting attitudes and habits by handicap, rounds played and golfers who have (and have not) participated in the custom fitting experience.”

The 200+ page report covers responses from 1,685 serious golfers, the company said of which 68% have “ever” been custom fit for clubs. Perhaps even more revealing is the 89% of total respondents that plan to be custom fit in the future.

Krzynowek added, “Custom fitting has evolved significantly over the past three decades, moving from static measurement of physical attributes, to dynamic fitting, to the current focus on data driven analysis, which places the proper product into the hands of the golfer to most positively benefit their game. Add in the advent of interchangeable heads/shafts along with adjustability in drivers, and the category today looks nothing like it did years ago. In the end however, the data is just a guide, and the skill level of the fitter combined with the personal connection with the golfer will lead to satisfied customers.”

The data suggests golfers who have had prior experience with custom fit clubs are now buying them at a higher rate than ever before. In the previous 2012 and 2015 Custom Fitting reports, Golf Datatech estimated that one-third of all iron sales were custom fitted at some level, and that percentage has grown significantly. The report also details how traditional Off Course Specialty stores remain the most popular place where custom fittings are done, but Custom Fitting Specialists has boosted their popularity beyond the Green Grass Pro shops.

The complete Evolution of Custom Fitting Golf Equipment in the United States report will be available starting on June 8th. For more information, contact Tom Stine at 888-944-4116 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

ANOTHER ONE IN THE FOLD: The reigning US Amateur champion Doc Redman has singed an equipment deal with TaylorMade. After playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage and the Masters as an amateur, Redman will forgo his automatic U.S. Open and Open Championship invites to begin his professional career. He is part of the field for the Memorial.

WEB GEMS:

EASY, PEASY? Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shrugged off her lack of course knowledge to take the clubhouse lead with a five-under-par 67 in the opening round at the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

TO ROME WITH LOVE: Where better to display the first signs of a long overdue renaissance than the Italian Open? On the shores of Lake Garda, amid a leaderboard overflowing with Englishmen on day one, stood the forgotten man, Danny Willett. The 2016 Masters champion, who has fallen all the way from the top 10 to 462nd in the world, shot a first-round 65 that left him just two strokes off the pace set by countrymen Robert Rock, who won this title in 2011, Laurie Canter and South African Richard Sterne. READ MORE>>>

EYE ON TIGER: One shot on the wrong side of the creek. One shot in the water. Another one in someone’s backyard. Tiger Woods was headed for another bad memory at the Memorial. One shot changed everything. Woods recovered from a rugged start Thursday by running off three straight birdies late in the opening round to salvage an even-par 72 at Muirfield Village. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I get why they're doing it and I get why it creates a bit of buzz at the start of the week, but I would rather see Rickie and Phil and Tiger play on a Sunday rather than on a Thursday and two of them going home.”--Rory McIlroy

With $3,226,343, Perry sits second behind Tiger Woods ($5,059,620) with most money earned at the Memorial Tournament.

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