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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 112                                                       
Friday, June 8, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I really, really enjoy this golf course. I think it's the most underrated on Tour. It just rewards good shots, it doesn't beat you up with length, it's a precision golf course, nobody really runs away with it because it's hard to make birdies. It's challenging, but fair.  I'm really excited that we are coming back here for a World Golf Championship to end our season-long race next year. It's quickly become one of my favorite events.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which one of these players have NEVER won the St. Jude Classic: Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Gibby Golbert, Jodie Mudd, Nick Price or Fred Couples?

TIME IS MONEY: The first serious attempt to speed up play on a major golf tour was overwhelmingly rated a success by players in the opening round of the Shot Clock Masters in Austria on Thursday. Some threesomes completed 18 holes in less than four hours, nearly an hour quicker than average, and none took more than a few minutes over the four-hour mark. READ MORE>>>

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG! The players at the Diamond Country Club have 50 seconds to hit if they are the first in their group to play, and the limit reduces to 40 seconds for the second and third shots in the group. But 120 players in the field escaped a one-shot penalty for going over the limit, and the swift pace of play was clearly suited to Jimenez as he picked up five shots over the final eight holes after undoing a fine start with bogeys at the sixth and eighth. "I've never played that quick before," said the popular Spaniard after being informed his group had got round in less than four hours. "I felt like I was running a marathon out there but it was good." READ MORE>>>

WE SALUTE YOU! Bunkers in Baghdad, a nonprofit charity, has received a donation from DICK’S Sporting Goods. The national retailer, which also owns the specialty retailer Golf Galaxy, will donate golf clubs, balls and other equipment, which Bunkers in Baghdad will deliver to American troops and veterans deployed around the world and recovering at home.

“We’re proud to provide golf equipment to our nation’s troops and veterans through the Bunkers in Baghdad organization,” said Edward W. Stack, Chairman & CEO, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “At DICK’S, we believe that sports matter and inspiring and enabling sports participation is at the core of what we do. Supplying these great men and women with access to a sport they enjoy is something we’re honored to do.”

Stack, founder of DICK’S Sporting Goods, believed that sports play a vital role in teaching children fundamental values, like a strong work ethic, dedication, and team-spiritedness.

“We are truly excited to have this opportunity to work with a great national retailer to help bring the game of golf to our troops and veterans,” said Joseph Hanna, founder and president of Bunkers in Baghdad. “Many of the warriors we serve have been regulars at DICK’S Sporting Goods stores since their little league days. That a company they know and love is now helping Bunkers in Baghdad to deliver a ‘slice of home’ to bases, outposts, and rehabilitation centers all over the world makes a difference — it reminds our troops that we haven’t forgotten their sacrifices.”

spiderminiHERE’S HOPING LESS MEANS MORE: A couple of weeks ago TaylorMade introduced MySpider. Now it has added the Spider Mini, According to the company, it has a 15% reduction in head size compared to Spider Tour but still delivers the stability and high MOI properties of its bigger sibling.  The smaller head size results in a movement forward in CG from 37mm to 30mm away from the leading edge, TaylorMade said, enabling the release of the putter head easier through the hitting area of the stroke - more similar to that of a blade putter.

"Spider Mini gives golfers a brand-new look and feel while still remaining very much a part of the Spider Tour family. It has the same Pure Roll insert and presents many of the same features that make Spider such a successful putter, but it is delivered in a scaled-down shape for those seeking a smaller footprint without sacrificing stable, high-MOI performance," said Chris Trott, TaylorMade Tour Manager.

The new T-sightline, based on Tour player feedback, encourages proper alignment and a square club face. The new sightline’s depth mimics the dimensions of a classic blade putter to provide a seamless transition for golfers exploring mallet shaping and has been praised by players seeking alternative options to a through-line or current alignment options.   

The Spider Mini will be offered for $299 USD in both right and left-hand models in a Tour Red or Diamond Silver finish. It has a SuperStroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip in 33", 34" & 35" lengths.

WEB GEMS:

WILL THE STARS SHINE? Tiger Woods will begin his quest for a 15th major championship and first in a decade alongside world No. 1 Justin Thomas and No. 2 Dustin Johnson when the 118th U.S. Open begins Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Tuckahoe, N.Y. n other marquee groupings announced Thursday by the U.S. Golf Association, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson, who has finished runner-up a record six times in the U.S. Open, are playing together. Defending champion Brooks Koepka is out with Jason Day and Bubba Watson. READ MORE>>>

WILL THIS BE YOUR FATHER’S US OPEN? No one is more excited about a return to Shinnecock Hills than the USGA, which has tradition on its side for the 118th U.S. Open championship. As much as it tries to present the ultimate test, lately it has seemed more like a trivia quiz. Twice in the last three years, the U.S. Open has gone to golf courses barely a decade old — Chambers Bay in the Pacific Northwest and Erin Hills in the heart of Wisconsin’s pastureland — that featured wide fairways and the wrong kind of weather. It reached a point where Jack Nicklaus, whose name is on the gold medal awarded the winner, feared the U.S. Open was losing its identity. For him, that identity was narrow fairways, thick rough and hard, fast greens. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “I really, really enjoy this golf course. I think it's the most underrated on Tour. It just rewards good shots, it doesn't beat you up with length, it's a precision golf course, nobody really runs away with it because it's hard to make birdies. It's challenging, but fair.  I'm really excited that we are coming back here for a World Golf Championship to end our season-long race next year. It's quickly become one of my favorite events.”  --Phil Mickelson on TPC Southwind

Tom Watson never won the St. Jude Classic is his career. Jack Nicklaus (1965), Gary Player, (1974) Lee Trevino (1971, 1972), Gibby Golbert (1976), Jodie Mudd (1988), Nick Price (1993), Fred Couples (1991) have all won the St. Jude Classic in their respective careers.

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