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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 140                                                       
Thursday, July 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I didn't have any options, really many, when I turned pro except to come over here and play. And I know I've said this a million times: It was the most fun I've ever had playing golf. Probably the funnest time of my life coming over here and playing. I enjoyed it way more than I probably do now playing on the tour."

BRAIN TEASER: Paul Lawrie won at Carnoustie in 1999 after Jean Van de Velde made triple bogey on the last hole. Who else was part of the three-man playoff? Can you name the third player that was part of the playoff?

PREEMPTIVE STRIKE?  Word out of Scotland is the warm summer (anyone remember beast from the east?) has Carnoustie running quite firm and fast. Reports indicate the fairways are at 9.5 in the Stimpmeter. Meanwhile, the R&A conducted COR testing on 30 drivers, as pointed out back in the July 6th issue of the Daily Pulse. Already there have been reports of drives going over 400 yards in practice rounds.

Some believe the driver could be the key club at this year’s Open Championship. “I think the really long hitters will hit drivers almost everywhere,” Pete Cowen, one of the European Tour’s leading instructors is quoted as saying. “If they find a bad spot, they’ll just play for the middle of the green and move on. If they hit the fairway, they will be in great position to make a birdie. And if the top players are all doing that, anyone else is going to be behind the eight-ball if they don’t do the same.”

If the weather cooperates for all 72 holes around Carnoustie (always a BIG IF), then perhaps the focus might not be on equipment but on the athlete! Perhaps, the R&A decided to get in front of this topic, if it arises, given the rhetoric already made on the distance golf balls are traveling these days.

READING TOO MUCH INTO IT? The brand of driver used by Rory McIlroy and other top golfers has been identified for testing at the British Open this week, the world number eight said on Wednesday. World number one Dustin Johnson, 14-times major champion Tiger Woods and world number three Justin Rose are among other leading players who use TaylorMade equipment. “I wasn’t (individually) selected,” four-times major winner McIlroy told reporters on Wednesday. “I did have a look and see who was selected. I think there was one manufacturer that was singled out a bit more than anyone else. The one that I’m using.” READ MORE>>>

ITS BIG BUSINESS: Fears that Carnoustie might this week be staging the Open Championship for a final time have been played down by R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, who wants to see the event “bring value to the town for decades to come” In a stunning development on the eve of the championship’s eighth staging at the Angus venue, the captain of Carnoustie Golf Club, Bill Thompson, claimed that golf’s oldest major had outgrown the Angus town. He also expressed concern that local residents are being inconvenienced by the tightening of security, parking restrictions and changing ticket policies. “We have 14,000 residents and we’re not built for 45-50,000 people,” said Thompson in a BBC interview. “It’s changing the balance. The balance was that you would always put up with an element of disruption, and a number of weeks with not playing the course. READ MORE>>>

SWAG: Golfers have the chance to make a statement about themselves and their game through one of kind opportunity. Callaway has worked with artists/creators around the globe and Oregon-based Seamus Golf to develop 30+ one-of-a-kind, hand-painted golf club headcovers. cally

Part of Callaway Create, which brings creators’ perspectives to golf, the unique headcovers are now up for charity auction exclusively on CallawayGolf.com. Each is meticulously hand-stitched and weatherproofed.

All auction proceeds go to Bunkers in Baghdad, an organization dedicated to sending new and used golf balls, clubs, and equipment to our troops around the world, with a focus on the brave men and women currently serving in combat titleisheadcoverszones. Bunkers also supplies golf equipment to our vets and warriors around the country to aid in their recreation and rehabilitation. It has collected and shipped 9 million golf balls and 700,000 golf clubs to our troops, vets and warriors in more than 65 countries around the world and all 50 states. Callaway has a long history of military appreciation efforts.

If you’re looking for something more traditional or even inspired by this week’s Open Championship, there is the 2018 Scotland Inspired Headcovers from Titleist. Featuring hand-selected leathers, rich embroidery and "2018" debossed details, this commemorative set will be seen in the bags of Titleist Brand Ambassadors competing this week at Carnoustie. They are available through My Titleist on Titleist.com.

 

WEB GEMS:

WILL CARNOUSTIE SHOW ITS TEETH? Shane Lowry believes the bombers could face at Car-nasty blow up in The Open if they take on golf’s toughest links with the driver. He fears for the bombers: "If I'm wrong I'll obviously eat my words,” READ MORE>>>

WIDE OPEN! More than half of the 156-man field have a realistic chance of winning the British Open, Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday as players prepared for probably the firmest major championship conditions in a generation. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I didn't have any options, really many, when I turned pro except to come over here and play. And I know I've said this a million times: It was the most fun I've ever had playing golf. Probably the funnest time of my life coming over here and playing. I enjoyed it way more than I probably do now playing on the tour."--Two-time U.S Open Champ, Brooks Koepka.

Justin Leonard joined Paul Lawrie and Jean Van de Velde in the 1999 Open Championship playoff.

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