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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 119                                                       
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “U.S. Open just takes so much discipline. You have got to be a great putter and just kind of let things roll off your back. That is something we do pretty well. We were able to bounce back very well considering whether it be a bogey, a double and just kind of move on. It's a fun week. I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that's what I enjoy. I enjoy hard golf courses. I enjoy playing about the toughest in golf you are ever going to play.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many times has Brooks Koepka won on the PGA TOUR in his career?

JUST THE FACTS! The USGA professes to be a smarter organization due to the artificial intelligence it’s gained throughout the years. Back in May, Mike Davis, CEO, stated, “I think that the difference then (2004 at Shinnecock) versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.” Also at the media day, he added, “We hope you're feeling the enthusiasm that is here and continues to build as we inch closer to golf's ultimate test for the players and greatest celebration in golf for the fans.”

So armed with historical data determined to make golf’s ultimate test, the USGA has typically backed down on its principles setting up the final round. For example, in 2018 Shinnecock played it’s easiest for the field in the final round. The scoring average was 72.179 compared to the third round of 75.328, the second round of 73.596 and the brutal first round when it failed to properly take into account the effect of the wind. The first round scoring average was 76.474! It hasn’t been a one and done strategy either.

2017 Erin Hills Round 4: 73.926 (second highest scoring average of the week)
2016 Oakmont CC Round 4: 73.463 (second lowest scoring average for the week)
2015 Chambers Bay Round 4: 71.293 (lowest scoring average of the week)
2014 Pinehurst Round 4 72.403 (lowest scoring average of the week)

A few more data points to consider from recent U.S Open
2018 Scoring Averages at SHGC    Front 9       Back 9        Total          Cumulative
R1:                                         37.699        38.776        76.474 
R2:                                         37.000        36.596        73.596        75.035
R3:                                         36.910        38.418        75.328        75.087
R4:                                         36.000        36.179        72.179       74.650

2017 Scoring Averages Erin Hills: Front 9        Back 9        Total          Cumulative
Round 1                                  36.897        36.487                          73.385 
Round 2                                  36.535        36.690        73.226         73.305
Round 3                                  36.059        35.956        72.015        73.074
Round 4                                  37.441        36.485        73.926         73.204

2016 Scoring Averages Oakmont: Front 9        Back 9        Total          Cumulative
Round 1                                  37.455        36.788        74.244
Round 2                                  37.331        36.273        73.604        73.926
Round 3                                  36.701        35.328        72.030       73.589
Round 4                                  36.836        36.627        73.463        73.570

WELCOME BACK: Bridgestone Golf has appointed Dan Murphy as President and CEO. He was with Bridgestone Golf USA from 2004 to 2015, most recently as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  As President and CEO, he is responsible for directing the company's core business functions, including product planning and production, marketing, sales and customer relations.

“I’ve been with Bridgestone Golf since the beginning and the passion runs deep,” stated Murphy. “We make the most technologically-advanced golf balls in the world and my role is to help ensure Bridgestone is recognized as the industry’s leading example of how science and data is used to make products that improve the performance of all golfers.”

“Dan’s leadership skills, product knowledge, industry connections and assemblage of talent are exemplary,” says Shigeru Nakayama, Senior Officer for Bridgestone Sports and Chairman of Bridgestone Golf.  “He’s unafraid to push the envelope to find ways to make golfers better and, therefore, lifetime Bridgestone loyalists.”

THE LAND OF 10,000 LAKES: The PGA Tour will soon be making a regular stop in Minnesota. Long host to the 3M Championship, a thriving tournament on the senior circuit, the TPC Twin Cities course in suburban Minneapolis has landed a spot on the main PGA Tour with a seven-year contract starting in 2019. The event will be called the 3M Open, officials announced. READ MORE>>>

MAJOR WINNER’S CLUBS: Brooks Koepka became the first player to win back-to-back U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange did it in 1988 (The Country Club in Brookline) and 1989 (Oak Hill). He also is just the seventh player to win consecutive U.S. Open titles ever. “To be honest, probably couldn't have dreamed of it in my wildest dreams. I'm at a loss for words right now, but it's really incredible. I mean, I couldn't be happier,” he said afterwards. It was pretty special. To have my name on there twice is pretty incredible, and to go back to back is even more extraordinary. It feels so special. I'm truly honored to go back to back. It's much more gratifying the second time. I can really appreciate how hard it is to win a Major, and to win back to back is special.” Here is what Brooks Koepka had in the bag to win his second U.S Open:

Brooks Koepka/2018 U.S Open:
Driver: TaylorMade M4, 9.5*
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL, 16.5*
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52*, 56*), SM7 Raw TVD (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Brooks Koepka’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 14
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 11
Double Bogeys: 2
Cumulative Score: 281

Brooks Koepka@2017 U.S Open:
Driver: TaylorMade M2 9.5 degrees
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 2017, 16.5 degrees
Irons: (3) Nike Vapor Fly Pro, (4-PW): Mizuno JPX 900 Tour
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 gap (52 degrees), sand (56 degrees) wedges, and SM4 TVD lob (60 degrees) wedge 
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10
Ball: Titleist new Pro V1x

Brooks Koepka’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 21
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 272

Dustin Johnson@2016 US Open.

Driver: TaylorMade M1 (10.5* adjusted to 11*)
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M1 (3HL, 17*adjusted to 16.5*)
Irons: TaylorMade UDI (2), TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB ’14 (3-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF (47*, 52* and 60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Golf Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X 

Dustin Johnson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 11
Pars: 55
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 1
Penalty Strokes: 1
Cumulative Score: 273

WEB GEMS:

THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS? The U.S. Open, won by Brooks Koepka on Sunday, regained much of its reputation as the toughest test in golf when it staged an exemplary championship for three-and-a-half days at Shinnecock Hills. Had it not pushed the envelope with some needlessly risky pin positions near the edges of the greens on Saturday, there would probably be near universal praise for the way the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) carried out its 118th national championship. But that risk came back to bite it when strong winds and low humidity rendered a couple of hole locations demonstrably unfair late in the third round, penalizing some well executed shots, which USGA CEO Mike Davis acknowledged was unacceptable. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “U.S. Open just takes so much discipline. You have got to be a great putter and just kind of let things roll off your back. That is something we do pretty well. We were able to bounce back very well considering whether it be a bogey, a double and just kind of move on. It's a fun week. I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that's what I enjoy. I enjoy hard golf courses. I enjoy playing about the toughest in golf you are ever going to play.”--Brooks Koepka.

Brooks Koepka has three career victories on the PGA TOUR: 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, 2017 U.S. Open, 2018 U.S. Open.

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