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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 153                                                       
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Some of the best majors I've played have been U.S. Opens and PGA Championships. I like the way they set it up. It's somewhat similar to a U.S. Open. The fairways maybe just aren't as tight. Well, that being said, the last two years have been a little bit different U.S. Opens, but I like the way the PGA sets it up. It's very difficult. Usually about 10 under par wins it. It's a battle, for sure.”

BRAIN TEASER: Three players have won three times so far in 2018. Can you name them?

CAUSE AND EFFECT! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, take into consideration the following data on the topic of distance. Granted, Rory McIlroy registered a T6 but it wasn’t his best week at Firestone in terms of DG: Approach to the Green (57th in the field). Make what you will of this but one has to wonder if the powers that be, USGA/R&A, take this into consideration when determining if a rule change is necessary?

The longest drives for Rory McIlroy last week:
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WINNER’S CLUBS: Justin Thomas won the 2018 WGC Bridgestone Invitation in convincing style. Carrying a three shot lead into the final round, he never let anyone get too close to him and finished with a four shot victory. He became the fifth and youngest player to win a FedExCup, major championship and WGC event. Thomas also won using some yet to be released Titleist products. “JT was one of the early testers in the development of the TS (driver),” said Titleist Tour re JJ Van Wezenbeeck. “He was excited from the get go and provided feedback throughout the development process. During a fitting in May prior to The PLAYERS, we found the TS3 9.5 gave him better ball speeds, with excellent launch to spin ratio, and preferred sound, feel, and look. He practiced with it over the next few weeks and put in at the US Open, the first week it was available for competition. At the Open Championship, he had his shaft shortened an 1/8” to help with centering the hit and maximizing control with the higher ball speeds seen with TS."

"It was very easy to transition, as it always is,” said Thomas. “The new TS driver was instantly faster off the club and I was able to get a few more yards carry when needed. More importantly for me, my spin numbers were more consistent therefore it has helped me drive the ball much better. The fairway metal too has gone up in spin to give me control and can easily fly it 280-285 off the tee if needed. Which is such a great asset and club to have." Here is what else Justin Thomas had in the bag to win the 2018 WGC Bridgestone Invitational:

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5*)
Fairway Woods: Titleist TS3 (15*), 915Fd (18*)
Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 (21*)
Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 4-iron, 718 MB (5-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46*), SM5 gap (52*), SM6 sand (56*) and lob (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 putter
Ball: Pro V1x

Justin Thomas’– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 21
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 265

Hideki Matsuyama / 2017 WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha (9 degrees)
Fairway Woods:  TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Hybrid: Honma TW727 UT (19 degrees)
Irons: Srixon Z945 (4-PW)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged (52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen prototype
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Hideki Matsuyama’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 23
Pars: 39
Bogeys: 9
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 264

Dustin Johnson / 2016 WGC Bridgestone.
Driver: TaylorMade M1 (10.5 degrees adjusted to 11 degrees) with a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X shaft
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M1 (3HL, 17 degrees adjusted to 16.5 degrees) with an Aldila RIP Alpha 90X shaft
Irons: TaylorMade UDI (2) with True Temper Project X HZRDUS Black and TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB ’14 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF (47, 52 and 60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Golf Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X 

Dustin Johnson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 16
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 10
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 274

WEB GEMS:

GROW THE GAME: On a golf course in northern Australia everything is swinging ... not least because 30 players are in the nude. READ MORE>>>

IT’S GOING TO BE HOT! The PGA Championship finally found its identity. It’s the one major where players are allowed to practice in shorts. They might not need to next year. This is the last year for the PGA Championship to be the final major. It will move to the middle of May and be held next year at Bethpage Black on Long Island. Based on the sweat pouring down faces — and legs — and drenched shirts Monday at Bellerive, next year will be a welcome reprieve. But it’s not just the steamy heat of golf in August. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Some of the best majors I've played have been U.S. Opens and PGA Championships. I like the way they set it up. It's somewhat similar to U.S. Open. The fairways maybe just aren't as tight. Well, that being said, the last two years have been a little bit different U.S. Opens, but I like the way the PGA sets it up. It's very difficult. Usually about 10 under par wins it. It's a battle, for sure.”--Two-time U.S Open champ, Brooks Koepka.

25-year-, Justin Thomas, 34-year old Dustin Johnson and 39-year old Bubba Watson have each won three times so far in 2018.

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