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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 138                                                       
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If I didn't win another major for the rest of my career, nothing is going to change in my life. I'd be disappointed but again, it's not going to change things. I don't panic. It doesn't keep me up at night. I just need to give myself chances. I was proud of myself just to get into the final group at the Masters this year. I didn't have a good Sunday. But I would have needed something pretty special to beat Patrick, anyway. U.S. Open was the U.S. Open. I've got two more chances this year to hopefully play myself into contention. That was my goal. My goal this year, it wasn't to win majors. It was just to give myself a chance and to put myself in positions to see how I fair. I did that at Augusta. I felt like I learned a bit from it and then hopefully going into Carnoustie and Bellerive, I can put myself in similar positions.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player recorded the lowest round ever in a major championship last year at the Open Championship. Who did it and what was his score?

PUTT FOR DOUGH: Scotty Cameron is looking to push the envelop. Perhaps this might become a breakout category?  The new Scotty Cameron Concept X models – CX-01 and CX-02 – blend the visual characteristics of a Newport 2 with the playability of a mallet through boundary-pushing design techniques and technologies, according to the company.

The new Scotty Cameron Concept X models – CX-01 and CX-02 – features high-MOI producing “wings” plus new dual-zone vibration dampening technology for sound and feel. Concept X putters are unique by the neck configurations: CX-01 employs a tour-proven “Nuckle Neck” with one shaft of offset, while the CX-02 is conceptxdesigned with a new low slant “Joint Neck” that promotes additional tow flow. As the name implies, Concept X is big on new ideas, according to Cameron, born out of his research and experimentations inside his Southern California Putter Studio.

“Concept X is for the player who wants the feel and performance of a Tour-proven blade style putter, but wants to benefit from the latest technology to achieve more forgiveness,” said Cameron. “What’s unique about these putters is that they’re fast looking and high-tech. But by making them wider, they’re more forgiving. You get a calm feeling like when you play a mallet. So, you get the best of a blade and the best of a mallet in one. It has a very elegant, high-end, industrial look. At address, after a few putts, the wings almost disappear and it’s like looking down at a blade. I like to say that Concept X is the top level of performance in a putter. Our new four-way sole balancing is designed into these models. The new Nuckle and Joint Neck technology. The enhanced vibration dampening chambers for better sound and feel. It’s all in there. Concept X truly is a prototype that’s come to life.”

The CX-01 integrates a revamped Nuckle Neck configuration that provides one shaft of offset in a familiar plumbing neck setup. The toe hang is similar to that of a Newport or Newport 2. The CX-02 is designed with a completely new low slant Joint Neck that provides one shaft of offset, according to the company and promotes slightly more toe flow than the CX-01 – similar to a Newport 2.5.

A new dual-zone vibration dampening chamber integrated into the face-sole construction offer precisely tuned sound and feel by separating each “chamber” with a band of stainless steel, the company said. The mid-milled aluminum face, anodized in bright dip black, is connected via internal screws that compress the vibration dampening material for a soft, solid sound and feel. Additionally, the sole zone’s anodized and engraved plate contains additional vibration dampening material, the company said, as well as allows for weight to be redistributed back and out toward the wings, increasing MOI and overall balance.

The putters feature a new, glare-reducing Stealth Gray finish that complements the bright dip black anodized face inlay and sole plate components.  Several engravings and the familiar three-dot milled pattern have been left unpainted in their raw, machined metal finish in keeping with the “prototype” feel of the Concept X models.

The Scotty Cameron Concept X putters will be available in highly limited quantities at select network of Titleist authorized golf shops in North America on Aug. 31, 2018, and worldwide Sept. 28, 2018. The Concept X putters carry a minimum advertised price of $599.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Michael Kim notched his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2018 John Deere Classic. It came with a few added perks. First, he qualified for The 147th Open at Carnoustie by winning. Second he is the answer to a trivia question as Kim is the first player to post a victory with the new Titleist TS2 driver. Kim transitioned into the TS2 driver at the Quicken Loans National, making this the third event in which he has played the new driver. He ranked T2 in driving accuracy and 27th (4 round average 294.8 yards) in distance in his convincing 8 shot victory. Here is what Michael Kim had in the bag to win the 2018 John Deere Classic:

Driver: Titleist TS2 (10.5*)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 917F2 (16.5*)
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (21*)
Irons: 716 T-MB (4), 718 (5-PW) AP2
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 gap (52*), sand (56*) and lob (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS 350
Ball: Pro V1x

Michael Kim’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 30
Pars: 39
Bogeys: 3
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 257

Bryson DeChambeau / 2017 John Deere Classic:

Driver: Cobra KING LTD PRO 8.5°
Fairway Woods: Cobra KING LTD 3/4 Fwy; 14.5°
Irons: Cobra KING Driving Iron, 18°, COBRA KING Forged ONE Length | 4-P
Wedges: COBRA KING V Grind | 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: SIK
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330

Bryson DeChambeau’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 24
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 266

WEB GEMS:

THE MYSTERY OF CARNOUSTIE: “This will suit, not necessarily a short hitter but a very, very straight player. Somebody who pokes the ball around the place. Yes, a Matt Kuchar style of player will do nicely here," Harrington conceded. "Players who are quite happy to thread it between bunkers because that's how they play all the time. I'd be of the defensive nature and lay up.” READ MORE>>>

MORE MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB: Four years have passed since Patrick Reed, giddy with excitement following a World Golf Championship success in Florida, declared himself a world top-five golfer. Oh, how they laughed. Who does he think he is? In April, Reed delivered on that promise in emphatic style. Rory McIlroy was among those who could not keep pace with the Texan as he marched towards Masters glory. “The best thing about that is I get to go back every year now,” says Reed. “When I am 70 years old, I’ll be able to have my grandchildren caddie for me in the par-three contest” History tells us how unwise it would be to discard Reed’s next ambition as improbable. “It would mean a lot to win another major,” he explains. “But you are either a major champion or you are not. Then you are a career grand slam champion. Those are the two bars.” READ MORE>>>

PERSPECTIVE: “I remember that moment of crying in my mother’s arms; of course I do. But why does that have to be a bad memory? It was just part of growing up, part of becoming the golfer I am today. I have never been one to hide my emotions and it was better for me to let it all out. The way I see it, I was lucky that my mother was there to console me, and to help me get over the hurt and the pain I felt at not playing anywhere near my best. Yeah, it was really tough, but it showed me you need your family most at those times. My family has always been the most important thing for me and it was my father [Victor] who was first to give me a pat on the shoulder in 2007 and say: ‘Next time, Sergio, next time’. That makes me feel happy, not sad.” READ MORE>>>

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! “I was young, I was angry and I didn't handle it very well at all.” Paul Lawrie admits Open critics held him back for years after 1999 title win. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “If I didn't win another major for the rest of my career, nothing is going to change in my life. I'd be disappointed but again, it's not going to change things. I don't panic. It doesn't keep me up at night. I just need to give myself chances. I was proud of myself just to get into the final group at the Masters this year. I didn't have a good Sunday. But I would have needed something pretty special to beat Patrick, anyway. U.S. Open was the U.S. Open. I've got two more chances this year to hopefully play myself into contention. That was my goal. My goal this year, it wasn't to win majors. It was just to give myself a chance and to put myself in positions to see how I fair. I did that at Augusta. I felt like I learned a bit from it and then hopefully going into Carnoustie and Bellerive, I can put myself in similar positions.”--Rory McIlroy

Branden Grace posted an 8-under 62 in the third round at Royal Birkdale last year, the lowest round ever recorded in a major championship. The previous low round of 63 had been posted 31 times, most recently by Justin Thomas during the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open.

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