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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 108                                                       
Monday, June 4, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Everybody's got their own way and I'm certainly a little unique in the way I play the game. I would have always loved to have met Einstein, obviously. That would have been fun. But there's a couple biomechanists out there that are pretty interesting, Dr. Phil Cheetham and Dr. Sasho MacKenzie. Those guys are pretty interesting cats, from what I've heard, and I would love to talk to them and meet them and try and find out kind of what their thoughts are.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which one of these former world #1 players was the last to win on the PGA TOUR: Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Lee Westwood?

pldGOOD FORE THE SOLE: PING has introduced a new mid mallet, limited-edition, PLD3 putter. Each PLD3 features a multi-colored, flame-torched copper sole plate that’s unique to that putter. PLD3 is a PING Putting Lab Design (PLD) original and part of the lab’s efforts to bring innovative putter designs, technology and engineering to golfers, according to the company.

“Every sole plate design on the PLD3 is a work of art, made here at PING, which speaks to the exclusivity and one-of-a-kind appeal of the PLD program,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “Using an open-flame torch, we put each sole plate through a multi-stage heating and cooling process that brings out the natural, living patina colors and unique patterns. Customers will cherish their PLD3 for more than its distinctive beauty, though. We collaborated with PING tour pros on the design and several of them have put the PLD3 in their bags. Plus, we precision-mill each putter at PING from T6 6061 aluminum to ensure precise engineering detail. You get a putter that looks unlike any other and it’s going to help you make more putts.”

A white, full-length sightline set against the dark head makes alignment easier, PING said. The head is finished with a type III black anodize for a rich, dark appearance, and the stepless shaft has a non-glare finish that eliminates reflections and enhances the look of the putter. The PLD3 putter is available at PING Authorized golf shops with an U.S. MSRP of $435.00.

GO FIGURE? The investment world is quick to point out that past performance is not any guarantee of the future. But does history repeat itself in professional golf? The 2017 Memorial cut line was at 3-over 147, 2016 saw it at 2-under 142. In 2015, it was 1-under. So what did it take to make it to the weekend in 2018 at Muirfield Village Golf Club? It was even-par. But who wants to be average? Has the winning score changed significantly in the past four times the Memorial has been staged? David Lingmerth was your winner in 2015 at -15. William McGirt won in a playoff in 2016 also at -15. He was tied with Jon Curran after 72 holes. In 2017, Jason Dufner won by three shots finishing at -13. This year it was -15 again!

So while the powers that be fret over the distance golf balls travel, consider the bigger picture. The best of the best are still shooting essentially the same scores year over year just as recreational golfers do. Does that suggest golf courses are truly endangered or on the precipice of becoming obsolete? If anything it implies the elite have something in common with everyone else. Call it golf’s version of Groundhog Day (the movie)!

THANKS BIG BROTHER! Cape Breton’s famed Cabot Links golf resort is getting a $2-million federal loan, bringing the total government funding for the luxurious links to almost $17 million. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency says the interest-free, $2-million “repayable contribution” will go towards spa facilities, high-end culinary services and tennis courts at Cabot Cliffs at Broad Cove, the sibling golf course to Cabot Links. READ MORE>>>

THE SEPARATION CONTINUES: TaylorMade Golf and adidas Golf are parting ways and will operate as two separate companies. The announcement was made in two communiqués, sent out simultaneously by TaylorMade Golf Asia vice-president and managing director Mark Sheldon-Allen and adidas Golf APAC vice-president and managing director David Chin. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

REFLECTIONS: “A lot of guys popped in now and then – David (Duval), Freddie (Couples), Vijay (Singh) – but it did seem like I was much more involved in the majors than anyone else. Apart from Tiger of course. I stepped up more than anyone else. More than Phil did anyway. Towards the end of Tiger’s best period, Phil did start to get some wins on him. But when we were all in our primes, I was the guy who faced up to him. I’m proud of that. Even if I didn’t get the number of wins I wanted. He was just phenomenal. Boy could he putt. He made Jordan Spieth today look very ordinary. I would go so far as to say no one has ever putted as well as Tiger for as long as Tiger. He went for years without missing a putt that really mattered.” READ MORE>>>

OFF THE COURSE NEWS: Bud Cauley has reportedly been hospitalized with multiple injuries following a car wreck in which he was the passenger. Cauley played in the Memorial Tournament earlier this week but missed the cut and, according to Golf Channel, has five broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a broken leg. READ MORE>>>

CIAO: Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen fired a final round of seven under par to pip home favorite Francesco Molinari and overnight leader Lee Slattery to the Italian Open golf title on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

BIGGER THINGS STILL TO COME? Tiger Woods made it interesting again, but slipped from contention on the last day of a tournament. Despite being done in by some poor putting at the Memorial, he believes there still was valuable progress. “I keep getting a little better,” the 42-year-old Woods said after shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday at Muirfield Village. “Week in, week out, I keep getting just a little bit more fine-tuned. For instance this week, just to be able to make the slight adaptations after the first nine holes and be able to flip it around and shoot a respectable number.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Everybody's got their own way and I'm certainly a little unique in the way I play the game. I would have always loved to have met Einstein, obviously. That would have been fun. But there's a couple biomechanists out there that are pretty interesting, Dr. Phil Cheetham and Dr. Sasho MacKenzie. Those guys are pretty interesting cats, from what I've heard, and I would love to talk to them and meet them and try and find out kind of what their thoughts are.”--Bryson DeChambeau, a different cat himself!

Adam Scott (WGC Cadillac--March 2016) is the most recent former #1 to have won on the PGA TOUR. He is followed by Martin Kaymer (US Open--June 2014), Tiger Woods (WGC Bridgestone--August 2013), Ernie Els (Open Championship--July 2012), Luke Donald (Transition Championship--March 2012) and Lee Westwood (St Jude--June 2010)

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