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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 111                                                       
Thursday, June 7, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I started playing golf when I was like four years old. I started because of my dad. He played golf, but just for fun. When I was like 14, 15 years old, I decided that this is what I wanted to do in the future and that was it. I don't think I have played many practice rounds with a lot of players, because almost no one plays on Monday and I play on Monday. And then on Wednesday they all play pro-am and I'm not playing in the pro-am. So kind of almost play alone, like a couple of rounds. I played with Fred Couples at the Masters and he was calling me every day, "good shot, kid." I can't wait until November when I turn 20 so no more teen years.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which one of these players has NEVER won the St. Jude Classic: Ted Tryba, Len Mattiace, Justin Leonard, Woody Austin, Brian Gay or Phil Mickelson?

TOKYO BOUND: The United States Golf Association said it will hold the 5th Golf Innovation Symposium in Tokyo on March 12-13, 2019. The purpose is to discuss and demonstrate the progress against the challenge statement issued by the USGA during the 2017 Symposium: Reduce critical resource consumption by 25 percent while improving golfer satisfaction by 20 percent by 2025.

Over the next several months, the USGA will work closely with the Japan Golf Association on a comprehensive study of facilities and golfers in Japan. The findings will be presented at the symposium.

“We attended the 2017 Golf Innovation Symposium in Vancouver, and we were very impressed by the way the USGA is thinking about the future of golf through research, science and innovation,” said Andy Yamanaka, the executive director of the JGA. “We look forward to partnering with the USGA not only to help Japanese facility managers operate more efficiently and provide a better experience for our golfers, but also to share our outcomes with the golf world.”

As in past symposiums, the USGA will canvass academia, the private sector and worldwide golf associations to select compelling, relevant and impactful content to help the industry achieve the statement’s goals.

POSTER BOY? Tom Watson has been appointed as the first ever Global Ambassador for The Open, golf’s original Championship. In his role, Watson will take part in a range of promotional and media activities on behalf of the Championship and will attend The 147th Open at Carnoustie.

"I am honored and very much look forward to be the Global Ambassador of The Open,” said Watson. “It's a role in which I am keenly interested because of the ever expanding global interest and importance of The Open as what is truly ‘The World's Open’.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A stated, “Tom Watson is one of the finest golfers ever to have graced the sport and has enjoyed an extraordinary career in The Open over many years. He has a special place in the hearts of generations of golf fans who have followed him and will always be remembered for the great joy he has given us with his incredible golf, warm personality and exemplary conduct.

“We have worked closely with Tom for a number of years and when we began to consider an ambassadorial role for the Championship he was an obvious candidate. We are delighted that Tom will continue to be part of The Open and will help us to further grow the Championship in the years to come.”

ONE TO WATCH FORE: Callaway Golf has signed 19-year-old Norman Xiong. Prior to turning pro, Xiong was one of the most dominant amateurs in the game. He won 6 college events this season as a Sophomore at the University of Oregon, more than any other player in the country, and received the Jack Nicklaus Award given as the Division I Player of the Year. Xiong also led the NCAA with an impressive 68.7 scoring average, was voted a 1st Team All-American, and was 3rd in the latest world golf amateur rankings. In 2017, he was named a 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Pac 12, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and he competed for the victorious U.S Walker Cup Team, and the U.S. Palmer Cup Team.

“Norman is one of the brightest young players that golf has seen in a long time,” said Callaway SVP of Global Sports Marketing Tim Reed. “He’s been a top player throughout his junior and amateur career, and we’re looking forward to helping him succeed at the highest level.”

“I’m ready to test myself against the best players in the world, and joining Callaway is absolutely the right choice for me as I begin my professional career,” Xiong said. “I’ve played Callaway equipment in my biggest wins as an amateur, and I’m confident their clubs -- and especially my driver -- will help me perform to the best of my abilities. I can’t wait to get started.”    

LIFE AFTER NIKE GOLF: TaylorMade Golf has signed Sean Foley to a multi-year agreement. "Sean's dedication to improving the game for millions of golfers around the world through his unique instruction philosophy combined with a mutual interest in furthering performance for all golfers make this an exciting partnership. Sean and TaylorMade are a natural fit and we're excited to collaborate," stated Bob Maggiore, Chief Marketing Officer, TaylorMade Golf.

WEB GEMS:

I HAVE MORE: "Right now I've had a pretty good career, but I know I can do better," said McIlroy. READ MORE>>>

TRYING TO CLIMB BACK: “A lot of people ask me: ‘How was it being No 1?’ I loved it. I embraced it. Everything was going right.” At 40 and afforded an idyllic family life in the US with his wife and three children, it is to Donald’s credit that he is not minded to write his professional obituary. “Hard work and belief” are key to a renaissance, he insists. The latter has been difficult to source at times. “It has been frustrating but I haven’t lost hope,” says the man with 17 professional wins to his name. “I haven’t lost the competitive fire. It was 2015 when there was an article saying I was thinking of giving up but I think we all go through those stages. Every story has lows and highs, this is just part of the low to add to my story. I’d like to finish it on a high. READ MORE>>>

INTEGRITY: A South Dakota high school golfer cost herself and her team a state championship when she self-reported an error she’d made on her scorecard. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I started playing golf when I was like four years old. I started because of my dad. He played golf, but just for fun. When I was like 14, 15 years old, I decided that this is what I wanted to do in the future and that was it. I don't think I have played many practice rounds with a lot of players, because almost no one plays on Monday and I play on Monday. And then on Wednesday they all play pro-am and I'm not playing in the pro-am. So kind of almost play alone, like a couple of rounds. I played with Fred Couples at the Masters and he was calling me every day, "good shot, kid." I can't wait until November when I turn 20 so no more teen years.”--Joaquin Niemann

Phil Mickelson has yet to capture the St. Jude Classic is his career. Ted Tryba (1999), Len Mattiace (2002), Justin Leonard (2005, 2008), Woody Austin (2007), Brian Gay (2009) have all won the event.

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