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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 141                                                       
Friday, July 20, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't mind expectation. I feel like you've got to be a big boy, and you've got to be able to handle that. If you want to play at the top level, that's what you've got to live with. I've got no problem with that. I think the self-inflicted pressure -- you know, to win a tournament, you want to stay as free as possible, as loose as possible. You want to try to keep it as simple as possible as well because that's when your best golf tends to come out. So Thursday halfway through Sunday, that's kind of the mindset. Then it's about finishing it off.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player had the honor of striking the first tee shot on Thursday and making his 43rd appearance, the second-most behind Gary Player’s record 46. Who is he?

HOW’S IT GO? The first round of any tournament is not immediately about winning. In fact it’s more often about not losing it. A slow start can mean missing the cut. Perhaps that is more prevalent than ever at the Open Championship where the weather can have a say in the outcome. So how did the top 10 in the world rankings fare in the opening 18 holes in somewhat benign conditions at Carmoustie?

Dustin Johnson -- 76 --T129
Justin Thomas -- 69 --TT8
Justin Rose -- 72 -- T50
Brooks Koepka -- 72 --T50
Jon Rahm -- 69 -- T8
Jordan Spieth -- 72 --T50
Rickie Fowler -- 70 -- T18
Rory McIlroy -- 69 --T8
Tommy Fleetwood -- 72 -- T50

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK? After experiencing a series of visa and travel issues, Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas made it to Glasgow Thursday morning without his golf clubs and arrived at Carnoustie via helicopter just a few hours before his 10:31 a.m. tee time. The 2017 Presidents Cup International Team member posted a 5-over 76 to sit T129.

AND THE WINNER IS? Safe to say Carnoustie lived up to its reputation on Thursday. Here are some of the first round numbers to substantiate venue for the 147th Open Championship:

First Round Weather: Sunny with a high of 71. SSW wind at 5-10 mph in the morning, increasing to 12-18 mph in the afternoon before calming to 5-8 mph in the evening.

Course Statistics
Toughest Hole: Par-3 16th (3.462)
Easiest Hole: Par-5 14th (4.545)
Stat Leaders in R1:
Longest Average Drive: Bryson DeChambeau (379 yards)
Fairways Hit: Erik Van Rooyen (13 of 15)
Greens in Regulation: Patrick Cantlay (15 of 18)
Fewest Putts: Kevin Kisner (22)
Most Birdies: Tony Finau (8)
Scrambling: Kevin Kisner/Bryson DeChambeau (8)

Scoring Averages
Front 9: 36.705
Back 9: 36.455
Total Cumulative: 73.160 

Bogey-free rounds R1: None

TRUTH IN NUMBERS! The 147th Open at Carnoustie will be the best attended to date at the renowned Angus venue, according to our friends at the R&A. This week’s attendance has already surpassed the previous record of 157,000, set in 1999. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We know that there has been real excitement among fans about The Open returning to Carnoustie’s great links and the record number of spectators at the Championship here underlines its reputation as one of the world’s great sporting events. Attending The Open is a memorable experience full of iconic moments and we look forward to welcoming fans from all around the world for this global celebration of golf.”

NO WORRIES, MATE: Golf Australia has released their fifth golf participation report, presenting last year’s figures and trends on membership, competition rounds, general participation and specific program participation. The report includes data from the different states and territories and presents results from AusPlay and comparison trends with other sports. The findings from Ausplay included a total of 980,000 people who participated in golf in the 12-month period. Unfavorable figures in regards to growth of the game shows a cumulative loss in total members of 3.4% over the past five-year period, which equates to an average decline of 0.7% per year. The national golf club membership last year in Australia was 389,672  (a 1.1% decline from previous year), and was comprised of 80% male and 20% females. READ MORE>>>

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Earlier this week, PING introduced two new sets of irons, wedges and junior clubs. It doesn’t end there. PING Apparel has introduced its Autumn-Winter '18 collection, which is available in select golf shops now.

“We’re 100% committed to clothing that performs for golfers, moves as freely as they do, provides warmth without bulk and is engineered for the demands of the game,” said Andy Solheim, PING Executive Vice President. “We ensure all of that by sourcing the highest-quality materials because anything less affects playability. For AW18 we integrated extra-fine Merino wool, Primaloft insulation, and fleece that provides unrivaled softness. From our jackets and sweaters to the outer layers, the polos and pants, every piece combines comfort, breathability and freedom of movement.”  

Solheim highlighted three key technologies for guarding against the elements: Primaloft insulation, Zegna Baruffa fine Italian Merino wool, and Pertex for stretchable, breathable windproof and waterproof technology. He added that the AW18 collection carries on with its Sensor Technology Platform – SensorWarm, SensorCool, and SensorDry – apparel custom-engineered to perform from base layer to outer layer.

According to the company, Primaloft Silver Active Insulation provides the ultimate in thermal efficiency, offering warmth without bulk, extreme compressibility, and superior softness. The AW18 sweater range is constructed of 100% extra-fine Zegna Baruffa H2Dry K-Wool, PING said. H2Dry K-Wool ensures comfort and wearability, while offering a superb weight-to-warmth ratio, according to the company.

“Zegna Baruffa wool checks all the boxes: it’s incredibly soft, it’s warm yet light, and it’s easy to maintain so it’s amazingly durable – there’s nothing like it,” Solheim said. “There really is a difference when you experience the best.”

The ladies collection integrates premium-quality fabric technology designed to perform in everyday life as it does on the golf course. “Our women’s line delivers on ‘warmer, softer, drier’ and conveys that message of quality that we want to send across every piece in the collection,” Solheim said. “The clothes do a great job balancing style with superior feel, comfort and performance for golf or daily activities.”

WEB GEMS:

TIGER IS STILL THE MAN! For a few hours at a sun-drenched Carnoustie on Thursday it felt like 2000 all over again, or 2005 or 2006 as Tiger Woods rolled back the years and captivated a heaving British Open gallery. READ MORE>>>

MORE RED, WHITE AND BLUE: So much for US golfers not possessing the camaraderie. Maybe we can finally lay that famous Ryder Cup cliche to bed now that Kevin Kisner is the latest member of America’s ‘frat house to have garnered inspiration from his major-winning buddies to highlight the Starred and Striped dominance. Will the 147th Open Champion hail their sixth major win in succession for the first time in 36 years? The opening signs are certainly promising/concerning depending on which side of the Atlantic one’s heart lie. Kisner shot a five-under 66 to assume control, while one behind is countryman Tony Finau as well as two South Africans in Erik van Rooyen and Zander Lombard. Of the big names Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods inevitably stood out after a two-under 69 and a 71 respectively. READ MORE>>>

TOUCHY, TOUCHY: Rory McIlroy responded to criticism from Butch Harmon with a rebuke of Harmon's comments and a 69 in the first round of the British Open. Harmon said McIlroy looks like a "robot" when he is practicing his putting. "He is one of the best players the game has ever seen," Harmon said on Sky Sports. "If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don't have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf." McIlroy was asked about Harmon after his opening round Thursday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “I don't mind expectation. I feel like you've got to be a big boy, and you've got to be able to handle that. If you want to play at the top level, that's what you've got to live with. I've got no problem with that. I think the self-inflicted pressure -- you know, to win a tournament, you want to stay as free as possible, as loose as possible. You want to try to keep it as simple as possible as well because that's when your best golf tends to come out. So Thursday halfway through Sunday, that's kind of the mindset. Then it's about finishing it off.”--Justin Rose.

Sandy Lyle, the 1985 Open champion, had the honor of striking the first tee shot on Thursday. Lyle posted a 4-over 75 while making his 43rd appearance, the second-most behind Gary Player’s record 46 starts.

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