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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 143                                                       
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I was interested to see the list. I asked the guy, you've got three days. Why don't you just test everybody's driver? What's the difference? ‘Well, you know, time.’ I said, ‘You've got three days. How long does it take? Five minutes.’ I said, ‘Well, everybody's got five minutes.’ I don't understand. I don't ask questions anymore because for one, you never get answers, and it's not worth my time to bother. But, you know, my driver was well inside. My driver was 238. I don't know what they're trying to find. These club companies aren't going to make and release clubs that are illegal now. All the talk that everybody is hitting it so far. It's the ball that's the reason that everybody is hitting it so far. It has nothing to do with the driver.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player claimed his first PGA TOUR title at the Quicken Loans National earlier this year. Can you name him?

ALOHA: With his T6 finish at the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods moved to No. 50 in the official world rankings, which grants him a spot in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He returns to top-50 for first time since January 25, 2015.

PLAYING HURT: It’s easy to see the economics of tournament golf from a player’s perspective. Safe to say that many of us wish we were in that position. Nevertheless, Henrik Stenson wasn’t at Carnoustie for the money. He played with a bad elbow and acknowledged afterwards, what his reason was for being in Angus, Scotland. “I'm not 100 percent. If it had been anything other than a major potentially, I don't think I would have teed off this week.” He finished T28 at +1.

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING: Former Masters Champ, Danny Willett appears to be turning a corner. “It can come and go as it pleases, but the game is definitely on a path that it is a lot better than where it was. It's nice to come off disappointed, in 25th position in a major, whereas a year ago that would have been a really nice finish. It just says the state of where we are at is a lot better,” he said after the 147th Open Championship. “My time's coming up, I think.”

BACK IN BUSINESS! It was reported that NBC drew a 5 rating in the Nielsen overnights from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The ratings were up 38 percent from last year’s round. This correlation between Woods playing well in a big tournament and more people watching is nothing new. There was a time when the “Tiger Effect” extended to the entire golf industry: higher tournament attendance, more recreational rounds played, increased youth participation, spikes in sales of golf equipment and apparel. READ MORE>>>

MAJOR WINNER’S CLUBS: Francesco Molinari claimed his first major title, becoming the first Italian to win The Open, and first non-American since 2017 Masters tournament (Sergio Garcia/Spain). His results in his last three starts are: 1-T2-1, which moves him to 6th in the world rankings. He finished 2017, ranked 21st. He also slayed one of his demons (Carnoustie). “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years because I got beaten up around here a few times already in the past. I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots; you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide,” he said. “To play the weekend bogey free around here, obviously, I had done it at Wentworth for my win earlier this year, but to do it around here, it's even more impressive. I got here only Monday lunchtime from the States and walked a few holes, and I saw it was firm and fast and the rough wasn't too bad. And it reminded me of Muirfield. Obviously, that was a great experience to play with Phil in the last round and to see someone doing the job, getting the job done on Sunday. So I liked the way the course was playing, but, again, it's a beast of a course. So I don't think anyone feels too confident when they stand on that 1st tee at Carnoustie.”

The 35-year old Italian, who resides in London and went to school at the University of Torino (Business) averaged 307.37 in driving distance, went 48 of 72 in greens in regulation and recorded 111 putts on his way to being declared Champion Golfer of the Year. With his victory, he earned $1,890,000. Here is what Francesco Molinari had in the bag to win the 2018 Open Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade M4, 8.5*
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3, 13* 
Irons: TaylorMade P790 UDI (2-iron), TaylorMade P790 (4), TaylorMade P750 (5-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (50*, 56*); TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60*) 
Putter: Bettinardi DASS BBZero
Ball: Pro V1x

Francesco Molinari’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 17
Pars: 47
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 276

Jordan Spieth / 146th Open Championship
Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 915F (15)
Irons: 718 T-MB 3-iron, 716 T-MB 4-iron , 716 AP2 (5-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46), gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009
Ball: New Pro V1x golf ball

Jordan Spieth’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 2
Birdies: 17
Pars: 44
Bogeys: 9
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 268

Henrik Stenson / 145th Open Championship
Driver: Callaway XR 16 Driver (9*)
Fairway Metal: Callaway Diablo Octane Tour Fairway Wood (13*)
Irons: Callaway Legacy Black Irons (2-PW)
Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled Wedges (52*, 58*)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7H Putter
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Henrik Stenson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 25
Pars: 39
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 264

WEB GEMS:

COPING MECHANISM? “I was a little hungover, I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night. It was just some wine in the IMG house, and I was there with my coach. We just drowned sorrows for a half hour and had a good chat with a few people. Sometimes I have a few drinks. Tiger (Woods) is minus-7 (at the time), he didn't have a drink last night, I bet. He’s a proper athlete. I mean, I've done it all different types of ways in my career, and the next day it's been anything and everything. So there's no real rhyme or reason to it. I think it depends on how you feel. I like to socialize in the evenings really, if I can, and it certainly takes some of the pressure and the sting away from competitive golf at this level because it's stressful.” READ MORE>>>

WORTH THE WAIT: Troy Merritt capped a brilliant week by winning the rain-delayed Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Kentucky by one stroke on Monday to earn a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

ANSWERS:  “I was interested to see the list. I asked the guy, you've got three days. Why don't you just test everybody's driver? What's the difference? ‘Well, you know, time.’ I said, ‘You've got three days. How long does it take? Five minutes.’ I said, ‘Well, everybody's got five minutes.’ I don't understand. I don't ask questions anymore because for one, you never get answers, and it's not worth my time to bother. But, you know, my driver was well inside. My driver was 238. I don't know what they're trying to find. These club companies aren't going to make and release clubs that are illegal now. All the talk that everybody is hitting it so far. It's the ball that's the reason that everybody is hitting it so far. It has nothing to do with the driver.”--Pat Perez on driver testing at last week’s Open Championship.

Francesco Molinari claimed his first PGA TOUR title at Quicken Loans National. He also won his fifth European Tour title in May at the BMW PGA Championship.

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