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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 155                                                       
Thursday, August 9, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I haven't played a lot of golf with Tiger. I might put a few noses out of joint by saying, but in my opinion, the best player that's ever played the game. And that, for me, it was always a special place to be. I'm glad that this generation of players get to experience Tiger Woods, because that's what they need. They need to experience what he brings to the game, and they need to experience all that comes with the world of Tiger Woods.”

BRAIN TEASER: At the 2017 PGA Championship, two players each hit the century mark by playing in their 100th major championship. Do you remember who they are?

WHO IS NEXT? This will be Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America, last PGA Championship that he resides over. Bevacqua has accepted a position with NBC Sports and will maintain some involvement in golf in the future but from a different perspective. Meanwhile, his current employer still has to find a successor. He was asked for an update at the PGA Championship.

“I've had many conversations with our officers and our board about the CEO process and the next steps,” said Bevacqua. “ I think that what's most important is that the PGA of America takes its time and gets the right person. It's obviously a big decision for the PGA of America, and personally for me, nothing would make me happier than to see them get a person who will just take this place to all new and even better levels of excellence.” Based on his comments, it would appear to still be an open field!

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION! “The biggest challenge everyone in golf shares, which is how do you grow this game?” noted Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America. It’s a recurring theme within the game that has been a mystery for more years than anyone would care to admit. “How do you make this game more accessible and more diverse? How do you bring more women into the game? How do you bring more minorities into the game? Because I think we would all agree, or most of us would agree, that the face of this game has to change if it's going to grow. It needs to look more like the face of America, and that's not something you can do in a year, six years, or more. That has to be a constant pursuit, a generational pursuit,” Bevacqua added. “But whether it's the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, the USGA, the LPGA, I think all the key entities in this game understands that we need to make this game more diverse.”

WEB GEMS:

UPDATES! Heavy rains that fell at Bellerive this week hardly slowed its massive greens, which tournament coordinator Kerry Haigh said were running right where he wants them for the PGA Championship. Haigh said about 1 1/2 inches fell during Tuesday’s storm. That could make an already long course play even longer from tee to green, but the otherwise the course handled the rain quite well. Some players had grumbled after early practice rounds about brown patches on some of the greens, but Haigh said Wednesday that’s hard to avoid given the oppressive summer heat in St. Louis. Haigh added that PGA officials “love where they’re at. They’re rolling beautifully.” READ MORE>>>

WILL HE PLAY? The aura surrounding the 14-times major champion in his prime affected his playing partners, said Furyk, who believes times have changed and that Woods can only be a positive force on the team at next month’s event in Paris. “It was hard to partner Tiger with guys 15-20 years ago,” Furyk said on the eve of the PGA Championship at Bellerive. “To live in his shoes for a day was a rude awakening.” READ MORE>>>

OUR BAD: The European Tour has apologized to Tommy Fleetwood after his Open earnings of more than £120,000 were paid to a PGA club pro bearing the same name because of “a clerical error.” It was deposited into the account of another Tommy Fleetwood, an American club pro. He was with his friend Greg Thorner on Wednesday when he discovered the windfall. READ MORE>>>

R.I.P.: Popular and loved Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I haven't played a lot of golf with Tiger. I might put a few noses out of joint by saying, but in my opinion, the best player that's ever played the game. And that, for me, it was always a special place to be. I'm glad that this generation of players get to experience Tiger Woods, because that's what they need. They need to experience what he brings to the game, and they need to experience all that comes with the world of Tiger Woods.”--Thomas Bjorn

Ernie Els, four-time Major Champion and  five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson reached the historical marker of playing in their 100th major championship at the 2017 PGA Championship. The club is select as few have accomplished the feat. Other than Lefty and the Big Easy others to accomplish it are:

1. Jack Nicklaus - 164 majors
2. Gary Player - 150 majors
3. Tom Watson - 145 majors
4. Arnold Palmer - 142 majors
5. Raymond Floyd - 127 majors
6. Sam Snead - 119 majors
7. Ben Crenshaw - 118 majors
8. Gene Sarazen - 112 majors
9. Tom Kite - 109 majors
Mark O’Meara - 109 majors
11. Bernhard Langer - 104 majors
12. Sir Nick Faldo - 100 majors

Davis Love III will joined the select group this week in St. Louis.

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