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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 131                                                       
Friday, July 6, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've got good memories of Carnoustie. I played my first Open Championship there 11 years ago. I think it's one of the best tests. I definitely think it's up there. I love Birkdale because it's very fair and I think Carnoustie is the same way. You've just got to hit good golf shots but if you do hit good golf shots, you'll get rewarded and if you don't, you'll make life difficult for yourself.”

BRAIN TEASER: Stuart Appleby closed the inaugural A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in 2010 with a 59 to record the last of his nine PGA TOUR victories. Can you name the last player to shoot 59 on the PGA TOUR?

ON NOTICE: At The 147th Open, The R&A reported its Equipment Standards Department will be performing a random driver test. 30 randomly selected players will be tested. The R&S said participation in this testing, if selected, is a condition of entry for the third major championship of 2018. The list of participants will be posted on or before, Friday July 13th and individual players will be informed of their requested participation during registration.

If a player is selected, he, or his representative, will be required to submit any driver he intends to use in the Championship for testing at the Equipment Standards location on the Practice Ground at any time between 9am on Saturday 14th July and 5pm on Tuesday 17th July. This testing is expected to take approximately 10 minutes and the player, or his representative, will be informed of the conformance status of the club at the conclusion of the testing.

If the driver is found to have a Characteristic Time above 257µs, the driver will be considered to have been damaged into a non-conforming state immediately prior to the test. The player will need to replace this driver with another of his choosing and provide this new driver for testing before noon on Wednesday July 18th, to ensure that the driver is conforming before the Championship begins. The conformance status of the club at the moment of testing has no impact on any events prior to The Open nor does a conforming status at The Open guarantee the conformance of any driver for future events.

SOCIAL MEDIA: It seems social media has a bipolar relationship. Its either a matter love or hate. For Graeme McDowell it’s a necessary evil based largely on his business relationship. “Twitter is a tool. I'm not as passionate about it as I used to be. I'm not really sure if I was ever that passionate -- but it's a part of my contract and a lot of instances with sponsors, so keeping up my profile on Twitter is important, Instagram and Facebook, it's important from a sponsor point of view,” he explained.

“I don't really look at it from a personal point of view like I used to. Used to have this dream of giving people the insight inside the ropes a little bit, give them the inside of the ropes experience, but it's become such a mammoth thing now, it's hard to be as engaged as I used to be because you log on there when things are good and people are nice to you, and you shoot 75 and they are ripping you to shreds the next day,” he continued. “I feel like I'm pretty good at ignoring the haters and focusing on the positive stuff and having a bit of craic from time to time with some of the idiotic statements that you get out there.

“I take it with a pinch of salt. I'm not that into it anymore. I use it as a tool and the Air France (lost clubs) scenario was an instance you use it as a tool. You try to get these guys' attention to hopefully get you to jump the queue a little bit because you're in an urgent situation. In this instance, it happened to help. It's a little bit of a negative tool most of the time nowadays. It's hard to use it well. People can be kind of nasty.”

CHANGE OF PLANS: ClubCorp has pulled out of the deal to acquire 16 private clubs from Concert Golf Partners. Details of the proposed deal first emerged in April after Peter Nanula, CEO of Concert Golf Partners, notified members of the clubs that would be acquired. The two companies then entered into a due diligence stage for a deal that could have exceeded $100 million, and been the largest in the golf industry since 2015. 
But one month later, ClubCorp announced that David Pillsbury was the company’s new CEO, and that Mark Burnett, who had shepherded the deal, was leaving the company. Nanula said he understood why ClubCorp squashed the deal. “Pillsbury is a great guy and he has a new strategy,” he said. “No new CEO will do a deal that large in their first two weeks on the job.”  READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

COURAGE: The women’s tour’s deafening silence during Pride Month and broader lack of support of the LGBTQ community is why many pro golfers don’t feel comfortable being out. I would know. I am bisexual. READ MORE>>>

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES: Defending champion Jon Rahm made back-to-back double bogeys around the turn in shooting a 2-over 74 in the opening round of the Irish Open on Thursday, leaving the world No. 5 seven shots behind leader Ryan Fox. One under par after his first eight holes, Rahm duffed his third shot from the rough at the par-4 No. 18 into a greenside bunker and slammed his club into the turf in frustration. Then the Spaniard drove into a fairway bunker on No. 1 and compounded the error by three-putting from long range. Rory McIlroy, the tournament host and ranked No. 8, shot 70 after two birdies in each of the front and back nines, and was in a good position to make a run at an event he won in 2016. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: I've got good memories of Carnoustie. I played my first Open Championship there 11 years ago. I think it's one of the best tests. I definitely think it's up there. I love Birkdale because it's very fair and I think Carnoustie is the same way. You've just got to hit good golf shots but if you do hit good golf shots, you'll get rewarded and if you don't, you'll make life difficult for yourself.”--Rory McIlroy.

Adam Hadwin shot 59 at the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge. He finished second at the event.

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