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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 147                                                       
Monday, July 30, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I won three Canadian Opens, I think I won $165,000 combined with all three of them.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which of these players has the highest number of career PGA TOUR victories: Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson or Bruce Lietzke?
 
FREE AGENT? Make of it what you will. Perhaps some will read more into than is necessary or maybe it’s the start of something to come? One thing the three major champions of 2018 have in common is that none of them have an equipment sponsor. “It was a little disappointing when Nike got out of the club business, but it also opened up some good opportunities,” said Brooks Koepka. “You can kind of play whatever you want. You're not glued into anything. If some new manufacturer comes out with a driver, a wedge, some irons that you particularly like, you've got the freedom to go play it, go try it and do what you want, which is kind of the beauty of it. I think having so many different options for your clubs, your ball, anything; it makes it a lot easier for me. I'm not glued to I have to play this driver because it's the newest model. I don't have to do that. I can find whatever works for me and put that in the bag and keep that in the bag.” The two-time U.S Open champ doesn’t see any reason to make any changes to his current set up. “I'm happy with what I've got in the bag. I don't see any reason to switch. It seems to be working, so I'll stick with it,” he said.

Sports marketing is a big part of the equipment business. Tour validation has been an important part of the sales process. It can be difficult to evaluate precisely just what it means to the specific success of any particular club. The annual expense to equipment companies, large and small, is also noteworthy. It’s equally challenging to determine when any brand reaches the point of over spending with respect to a potential return on investment in this traditional strategy. So you have to wonder if this might come under review down the road as equipment companies look to maintain management of the expense side the business.

FOREVER YOUNG: It’s interesting that so much emphasis has been placed on analytics. Some swear by while others remain skeptical. Yet, in the business world it seems to be something that has appeal if not a broad application. However, it appears very little if anything has been determined with respect to how to get more people into playing the game at the recreational level. Case in point, the R&A used the Open Championship, its marquee event, to try and introduce the game to younger people. Will it be successful? READ MORE>>>

GOLF NERD NOTES: Since 1983, three players have made five or more eagles in a PGA TOUR event. Entering the third round, Keegan Bradley has made four eagles this week. He added another (hole out from 151 yards on the par-4 ninth hole) in the final round to finish with 5 for the week!

Miguel Angel Jimenez is the first Spaniard to win The Senior Open Championship, and the second Spaniard to win at St. Andrews (Seve Ballesteros, 1984 Open Championship). Next year, Jimenez will defend his Senior Open title at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the site of Ballesteros’ two other Open Championship victories. He posted top-10s in all five senior majors this season. The last player to accomplish that feat was Bernhard Langer in 2015. Jimenez finished with a Tour-best 68.40 scoring average in this year’s five majors.

It was a tale of two nines for Tommy Fleetwood (T6) at the Canadian Open, playing the front nine 4-over and the back nine 20-under.

WEB GEMS:

BOYS WILL BE BOYS: They are fierce rivals on the course but off it Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas like nothing more than sinking a few together. Beverages, that is, not putts.  The trio relaxed on a luxury boat alongside fellow golf star Jason Dufner following their exertions at The Open, where they were beaten to the Claret Jug by Francesco Molinari. And they had good cause to be there - Spieth was celebrating his 25th birthday. READ MORE>>>

REST IN PEACE: From 1976 to 1995 he was inside the top 30 on the money list 11 times and within the top 70 all but one season. In his prime, Lietzke hit a lot of greens (he led the PGA TOUR in 1982, ’85 and ’86) and consistently ranked among the top drivers for distance and accuracy. There was enormous talent, “but what he really had,” said Rogers, “was great perspective.” READ MORE>>>

MY BAD: Bryson DeChambeau has apologized after being rebuked for his behavior at the end of European Open in Germany on Sunday. He exchanged only the briefest of handshakes with the winner, journeyman Richard McEvoy, before striding rapidly off the green to sign his card. The display drew the attention of many on social media, including DeChambeau’s peer, Englishman Eddie Pepperell. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I won three Canadian Opens, I think I won $165,000 combined with all three of them.”--Lee Trevino

The late Bruce Lietzke won 13 times of the PGA TOUR, including two Canadian Opens. His last victory was the 1994 Las Vegas Invitational where he beat Robert Gamez by one shot. Rest In Peace. Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson each have 12 PGA TOUR victories.

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