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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 142                                                       
Monday, July 23, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Clearly, in my group, the attention wasn’t really on me, let’s put it that way, If someone was expecting a charge, they probably weren’t expecting it from me. But it’s been the same the whole of my career.”

BRAIN TEASER: Was the winning score, in relation to par, higher or lower than what the first round leader of the 147th Open Championship posted?

WHAT DO THE NUMBERS SAY? It isn’t an apple to apples comparison, but this might help offer some context on Carnoustie fared compare to recent Open Championship venues;

Scoring Averages at Par-71 Carnoustie Golf Links in 2018
                 Front 9       Back 9        Total         Cumulative
R1              36.705        36.455        73.160        --
R2              36.858        35.948        72.806        72.984
R3              35.468        34.759        70.228        72.426
R4              37.392        35.823        73.215        72.559

Bogey-free rounds
R1: None
R2: Tommy Fleetwood (65)
R3: Justin Rose (64), Yusaku Miyazato (65), Francesco Molinari (65), Jordan Spieth (65), Byeong Hun An (66), Jason Dufner (68), Webb Simpson (67), Austin Cook (67), Haotong Li (67), Kevin Kisner (68)
R4: Francesco Molinari (69)

Scoring Average at Par-70 Royal Birkdale in 2017:
Round         Front           Back            Total         Cumulative
R1              35.378        36.545        71.923        ---
R2              36.141        37.885        74.026        72.974
R3              33.545        35.481        69.026        72.193
R4              34.429        35.701        70.130        71.852

Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Jordan Spieth (65), Matt Kuchar (65), Joost Luiten (68)
R2: None
R3: Branden Grace (62), Dustin Johnson (64), Jordan Spieth (65), Shaun Norris (65), Jason Day (65), Jason Dufner (66), Rickie Fowler (67), Sergio Garcia (68), Alex Noren (69)
R4: Haotong Li (63), Marc Lieshman (65), Adam Scott (67)

Scoring Averages at Par-71 Royal Troon in 2016:
                 Front 9       Back 9        Total         Cumulative
R1              35.173        36.871        72.026
R2              37.240        37.143        74.383       73.201
R3              35.914        37.457        73.370       73.236
R4              36.235        36.568        72.802       73.161

Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Phil Mickelson (63), Martin Kaymer (66), Tony Finau (67) and Matt Jones (69).
R2: Soren Kjeldsen (68) and Marc Leishman (69).
R3: None
R4: Phil Mickelson (65)

Scoring Averages at the par-72 Old Course in 2015:
                 Front 9       Back 9        Total         Cumulative
R1              34.494        37.744        72.237        ---
R2              35.647        36.712        72.359        72.298
R3              34.562        35.150        69.713        71.770
R4              34.400        37.038        71.438        71.714

Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Dustin Johnson (65), Jason Day (66), Kevin Na (67), Luke Donald (68)
R2: Adam Scott (67), David Lipsky (69), Anirban Lahiri (70)
R3: Marc Leishman (64), Padraig Harrington (65), Paul Dunne (66), Jim Furyk (66), Jason Day (67), Greg Chalmers (69), Brooks Koepka (69), David Lipsky (70)
R4: Scott Arnold (66), Brendon Todd (66), Martin Kaymer (68), Brooks Koepka (68), Russell Henley (69), James Morrison (69), Jason Day (70)

Scoring Averages at the par-71 Muirfield in 2013:
                 Front 9       Back 9        Total         Cumulative
R1              37.162        37.435        74.597        ---
R2              37.595        37.778        75.373        74.984
R3              37.083        36.810 7     3.893          74.749
R4              36.655        36.560        73.214        74.478

Bogey-free rounds:
R1: None
R2: None
R3: None
R4: None

RUB OF THE GREEN: The U.S. Golf Association and R&A plan to severely restrict the information allowed in green-reading books. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the move will effectively render the books impractical to players who have increasingly leaned on them for reading putts. Three golf industry rules experts confirmed the plan to Golfweek. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the move. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

MAYBE? Francesco Molinari hopes his Open Championship glory inspires a new generation of Italians to play golf – and finally makes up for the Costantino Rocca losing in that St Andrews play-off 23 years ago. "It has been big news Italy, my recent run of form," Molinari , who has now won three out his last six starts and finished second twice. “But to achieve something like this is on another level. Hopefully there were a lot of young kids watching on TV today, like I was watching Costantino in 1995 coming so close to winning [against John Daly] at St Andrews." READ MORE>>>

FRANKIE GOES TO GOLF’S HOLLYWOOD: Francesco Molinari evoked memories of Nick Faldo’s memorable British Open win at Muirfield 31 years ago as the machine-like Italian played faultless golf before administering the coup de grace on Sunday. Faldo famously churned out 18 straight pars to land the first of his three British Open victories in 1987 and Molinari was even more efficient, going 37 holes without an error following his double-bogey at 17 in Friday’s second round. “To go the weekend bogey-free, it’s unthinkable. I’m very proud,” he said after rocketing from 15th to sixth in the world rankings and clinching his place in Europe’s team for the Ryder Cup in France in September. READ MORE>>>

HE WHO LAUGHS LAST, LAUGHS THE HARDEST: Francesco Molinari didn’t get the loudest cheers for the best golf at British Open. He was overlooked for so much of Sunday playing alongside Tiger Woods, who caused pure pandemonium at Carnoustie by taking the lead in the final round of a major for the first time in nine years. Molinari settled for the best cheer of them all. The last one. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “Clearly, in my group, the attention wasn’t really on me, let’s put it that way, If someone was expecting a charge, they probably weren’t expecting it from me. But it’s been the same the whole of my career.”-- Francesco Molinari, who was paired with Tiger Woods on Sunday at Carnoustie.

Kevin Kisner opened the 147th Open Championship shooting 66 (-5). Francesco Molinari, opened with a score of 70 but finished 8-under after 72 holes to win the Claret Jug.

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