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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 148                                                       
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Bloody awful. 10 chances. 15 foot was probably the worst. And I missed them all. No positives at all. No, it's all negative in my world. There's a wee cloud that follows me around all over the place, a wee black cloud.”

BRAIN TEASER: What does Ben Crenshaw, Ernie Els, Doug Ford, Hubert Green, Tom Kite and Dustin Johnson all have in common?

GOLF IS A GAME OF SKILL: Einstein defined madness as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Golf has been likened to Einstein’s definition. Each time we play, employing the same methods and strategies, we anticipate a different (dare we say better!) outcome. Technology has a double edge reputation. It is the impetus for equipment companies to players looking for improved results. In a sense it represents hope! Yet, it also is considered the devil that has diluted the game over the years. How many times have we heard the golf ball goes too far?

Just recently, Martin Slumbers, CEO of the R&A, reiterated to any and all listening at the Open Championship the following decree: “Golf is a game of skill, and long may it remain being a game of skill.”

This topic is emotional for many and divisive by opinion. Nevertheless, scores haven’t changed dramatically or at least as much as some think. Jhonattan Vegas won the 2017 Canadian Open (in a playoff) posting 21 under par. Dustin Johnson was two shots better at 23-under par in 2018. The third round leader of the event in 2018 was at 17-under, while a year ago it was also at 17-under. In 2017, the second round leader of the Canadian Open was Martin Flores (-12), while Kevin Tway (-13) was in 2018. In 2017, 5 players after the first round were tied at -7, where as Robert Garrigus in 2018 opened with (-9). The numbers vary but not by a great deal. Weather is obviously a factor is any of this conversation/analysis. Yet, history appears to repeat itself.

Looking for another recent example, consider Miguel Angel Jimenez’ victory is at The Senior Open Championship. He won shooting -12. His countryman, Seve won the Open Championship also at the Old Course in St. Andrews back in 1984, posting 12-under par. More recent winners on the Old Course were 2010: Louis Oosthuizen (-16), 2005: Tiger Woods (-14), 2000 Tiger Woods (-19), 1995: John Daly (Playoff -6) and 1990 Nick Faldo (-18).

Anyone who watched the 2018 Senior Open Championship from St. Andrews understands the weather is clearly a major factor in scoring. Some years its yielded lower scores than other. Nevertheless, equipment has come a long way since Faldo won in 1990 (more than 10 years before the first Pro V1 was ever struck) posting -19! For those that like a little more history on the Open Championship at the Old Course Jack Nicklaus won in 1978 ( -7), and again in 1970 (playoff-5). In 1964 it was Tony Lema at -9 and in 1960 it was Kel Nagle at -10.

So much for technology ruining the scoring game, at least when you view it from historical scoring. Meanwhile, keep in mind: ““Golf is a game of skill, and long may it remain being a game of skill.”

WINNER’S CLUBS: Dustin Johnson missed the cut at the Open Championship only to bounce back with a victory at the Canadian Open. Golf is a funny game! The world #1 didn’t waste any time either as he was 10 under par in the first three holes over his four rounds. That is certainly making a statement. It also happens to be his 10th win in last 43 starts. “This is a special event,” said Johnson. “It's a big event for Canada. It's a big event for me. Every win is very special, but this one is definitely a little bit more special.”

Here is what Dustin Johnson used to win the 2018 RBC Canadian Open.

Driver: TaylorMade M4 -- 10.5 degrees
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M4 -- 16.5 degrees
Irons: TaylorMade DJ Proto P730 (3-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 60 degrees); TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black
Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Dustin Johnson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 3
Birdies: 24
Pars: 38
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 265

Jhonattan Vegas / 2017 RBC Canadian Open:

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017, 10.5 degrees
Fairway Woods: Nike Vapor Speed, 15 degrees, Nike Vapor Speed, 19 degrees
Irons: Mizuno MP-4 (3-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey prototype (54, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist GSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Jhonattan Vegas’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 27
Pars: 40
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 267

Jhonatthan Vegas / 2016 RBC Canadian Open.

Driver: Nike VR 8.5-degree with a Nunchuck shaft
Fairway Metal: Nike Vapor Speed 3-wood/15-degrees and 5-wood/19-degrees
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro (3-PW) with Project X 7.0 shafts
Wedges: Nike Engage 54-degree (toe-sweep) and 58-degree (square sole) also with Project X 7.0 shafts
Putter: Nike Method Core MC-12W
Golf Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum

Jhonattan Vegas’– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 23
Pars: 38
Bogeys: 11
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 276

WEB GEMS:

IT’S A HARD GAME IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE: Melissa Reid, a six-times LET winner and three-times Solheim Cup player, says: “It’s not really a schedule, is it? I got into a bit of trouble for talking about it, I got called in. It is my opinion, I have mates who have been out on tour for 10 years and had to get part-time jobs. People don’t understand that and don’t understand the struggle for girls, just getting a tour card and with no events to play. The tour is still giving out 30 cards a year which to me is daylight robbery because they have no events to play in.

“I just stated facts, which are people are having to get jobs and there won’t be a tour soon. Those are facts. They have assured me there will be events next year so we will have to see. I’d love to eat my words.

“I’m concerned about what the Solheim Cup team is going to do because you’re going to have girls playing six [LET] events in two years and be in the Solheim Cup which is, to me, ridiculous.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Bloody awful. 10 chances. 15 foot was probably the worst. And I missed them all. No positives at all. No, it's all negative in my world. There's a wee cloud that follows me around all over the place, a wee black cloud.”--Colin Montgomerie after his second round at the Senior Open on the Old Course. He finished T14@-3 under par.

Ben Crenshaw, Ernie Els, Doug Ford, Hubert Green, Tom Kite and Dustin Johnson each have 19 career PGA TOUR victories. Everyone, except Johnson is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame!

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