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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 128                                                       
Friday, June 29, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's fun to compete, but I'm really competing against myself to see if I can still hit good shots and play. Three, four weeks from now I'll go to the British Open because we're playing St. Andrews, so I do not want to miss that. But I'm 58 and I said I'll play as long as I can and I think my time's running out.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who won the 2017 US Senior Open and what was his winning score?

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Next year, Quicken Loans will shift its sponsorship dollars to a new event in Detroit. It leaves the DC event, which has Tiger as its host, holding the bag, so to speak without a sponsor. There was a time, not that long ago, it would have been ludicrous to think companies wouldn’t line up, if not fall over themselves to pledge an investment in an event that would always have Woods in its field as well as assist his personal foundation! But times change and as hard as it is to believe, even the Big Cat is having trouble finding a sugar daddy to fund his event.

“The support's been fantastic, we just haven't got the sponsorship dollars. This is a tough climate right now and to ask a company for $7, $8, $9 million, it's tough,” said Woods. “That's where we're at. This event's always been supported by our servicemen and women, by the local charities. It's just trying to get a big title in here, that's the hard part. I believe that this is a great sports town. They really support their sports here and they've supported us, it's just now hard to get the corporate dollars. I have been personally involved with all of it. It's been tough, been frustrating and it's unknown.”

The devil is always found in the details. In this case, it’s simply a matter of money and Woods didn’t try to hide the fact. “Well, we can have it here every year, that's not very difficult to do, but it's trying to get the sponsorship dollars and that kind of commitment going forward is the more difficult challenge,” he said. “We're certainly going to give our best efforts, but the future's unknown. That's frustrating for all of us, not just here at the foundation, what we do, but it's also frustrating for the community here and the people who have supported us and supported this event. The D.C. area really wants to have a golf tournament each and every year. It's just trying to get a sponsor that's willing to come up with the dollars like that and a commitment.”

Meanwhile, the PGA TOUR has yet to release its full 2019 schedule. Read into that what you want. Maybe, just maybe, golf is starting to price itself into a corner.

ORDER IN THE COURT: Vijay Singh moved closer to getting his day in court last week when a five-panel New York appellate court ruled that the Fijian’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour following his 2013 suspension for violating the circuit’s anti-doping policy should be decided by a trial. The court also ruled that there are issues of fact regarding statements made by then-Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and another official that should be decided by a jury. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

OOO LA LA: “Golf is not a good thing here. It’s for rich people and spoiled kids. That’s the image we have. Actually, we are trying to work on that. People like Alex Lévy are trying to make the game look more fun. But it’s a lot of work.” READ MORE>>>

CONFIDENCE: "At the end of the day, that 125 thing, it is not do or die for me," McDowell said at the US Open. "I have got plenty of things to do if I was to lose my card. I could go back to Europe, get a few starts here. It wouldn’t be the end of my life." READ MORE>>>

TOUGH RECEPTION: Though John Smoltz may have felt very much alone on the wind-whipped, sun-baked Broadmoor course, he wasn’t. The main difference between him and most of the guys battling the conditions Thursday at the U.S. Senior Open was that Smoltz does not do this for a living. The pitching Hall of Famer spent Day 1 of his fantasy golf camp in much the same position as the rest of the players — gouging out of ankle-high rough, then scrambling to put himself in position for par putts. But Smoltz didn’t make many. His round of 15-over 85 included only five pars and no birdies. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's fun to compete, but I'm really competing against myself to see if I can still hit good shots and play. Three, four weeks from now I'll go to the British Open because we're playing St. Andrews, so I do not want to miss that. But I'm 58 and I said I'll play as long as I can and I think my time's running out.”--Fred Couples at last week’s stop, the American Family Insurance Championship.

Kenny Perry played a bogey-free final round of 2-under-par 68 and finished with a string of 12 consecutive pars to win his second U.S. Senior Open title at Salem Country Club last year. He was 16-under-par 264, which set a new U.S. Senior Open record for the lowest score. The previous low was 267 by Hale Irwin (2000) and Perry (2013). His victory earned him a spot in the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club where he missed the cut after shooting two rounds of 79.

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