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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 158                                                       
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “In the summertime, I sweat a lot, and I lose a bunch of weight. I have the hardest time during summer maintaining weight. No matter what I eat, no matter what I drink, I just can't maintain weight.”

BRAIN TEASER: Brooks Koepka has four times in his career. Only one is a not a major. Can you name the event he won that wasn’t a major championship?

THE BUSINESS OF GIVING! The gift of giving knows no season as the Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open – awarded more than $3.1 million in grants to 51 Valley charities during its 2018 spring funding cycle. It includes a record one-time donation of $1 million to Special Olympics Arizona for its new State Competitions Distribution and Training Center. 

Additionally, Thunderbirds Charities awarded grants of more than $100,000 to six Valley Charities; including $300,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank, $200,000 to Child Crisis Arizona, $150,000 to Homeward Bound, $100,000 to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and $100,000 to Friendly House.

“Without a doubt, giving back to our communities is the most rewarding thing about what we do as tournament hosts,” said Carlos Sugich, President of Thunderbirds Charities.  “We’re thrilled and so proud to give these grants to deserving organizations around the Valley.  It’s an honor to see where all the money goes from the WM Phoenix Open and how it impacts those in need in our community.”

The $1 million donation to Special Olympics Arizona helped create a new Distribution and Training Center which allows SOAZ the opportunity to serve even more individuals with disabilities across the state, ultimately expanding the number of athletes reached while creating more teams and enhanced competitions for SOAZ athletes.  

“We are honored to receive this momentous donation from Thunderbirds Charities for the new Special Olympics Arizona Distribution Center,” said Jamie Heckerman, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Arizona. “This donation will allow us to build a one-of-a-kind facility, which is a necessary component to our rapid growth as an organization and will be instrumental in allowing Special Olympics Arizona to better serve the community.”
The $200,000 donation to Child Crisis Arizona went toward its Head Start Expansion Renovation Project, which included a remodel of its Mesa facility to house two additional classroom spaces for 40 children, as well as child-sized bathrooms and additional Head Start staff offices.
“We could not be more thankful to Thunderbird Charities for their ongoing support,” said Child Crisis Arizona Chief Executive Officer Torrie Taj. “Their generous gift is allowing us to expand our education programs, and provide valuable services to families, many of whom lack access to quality early childhood education and parenting resources.”

The $150,000 grant to Homeward Bound went to Empowering Homeless Families with Children, a project that not only provides housing, but also offers parents access to financial resources and the ability to emotionally support and advocate for their children, while the children receive high-quality education and enrichment experiences.

"I continue to feel astonished by the generosity and commitment of The Thunderbirds to our children,” said Homeward Bound President & CEO Becky Jackson.  “We get the pleasure of seeing the transformation first-hand, and know that each day, they are breaking the cycle of poverty, and learning to thrive. We are truly inspired by Thunderbird Charities."

UK JUNE RETAIL MARKET UPDATE: June’s retail market numbers, which show the overall sales value was up: over 9% up on last year (according to Golf Datatech’s golf specialty audit). The love continued through the other categories: with 11 product groups showing an increase and 6 showing some decline.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest drop year on year was in Outerwear – down a massive 56%. So what were the winners? Amazingly, the top 7 categories all had increases, ranging from 2% for Shoes, to a whopping 28% for Men’s Shirts. The two big Hardware categories also saw double-digit year-on-year growth. Balls were the 3rd largest growth category – up 22% on 2017. READ MORE>>>

MAJOR WINNER’S CLUBS: In his 100th start on the PGA TOUR, Brooks Koepka became just the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year. At 16-under 264, he set the PGA Championship record for best 72-hole score, previously 15-under 265. He is the first player since Jordan Spieth to win two majors in one season (2015 Masters, U.S. Open). Overall, 19 players have performed the feat 32 times. The only others who have won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season are Tiger Woods (2000), Jack Nicklaus (1980), Ben Hogan (1948), Gene Sarazen (1922).

Twenty players have now won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in their career. Before last week, Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship, 2014 U.S. Open) and Rory McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open, 2012/2014 PGA Championship) achieved the feat most recently. Here is what Brooks Koepka had in his bag to win the 2018 PGA Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460, 9.5 degrees
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M2 2017, 16.5 degrees
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX Tour 900 (4-PW):
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52, 56); Titleist Vokey SM4 TVD (60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 SLT 10
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Brooks Koepka’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 22
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 264

Justin Thomas / 2017 PGA Championship:

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 917F2 (15.0), 915Fd (18.0) 
Irons: 716 CB 4-iron, 718 MB (5-9)
Wedges: SM6 pitching (46), SM5 gap (52) and sand (56), SM6 lob (60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5
Ball: Pro V1x

Justin Thomas’– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 20
Pars: 40
Bogeys: 12
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 276

Jimmy Walker / 2016 PGA Championship:

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5*)
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M1 (15 degrees), Titleist 915Fd (18*)
Irons: Titleist 716 MB (3-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (48*), sand (54*) and lob (60*)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Jimmy Walker’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 19
Pars: 48
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 266


ONE TO FORGET? "It's been a year where I've shown glimpses of what I can do but I just haven't done it often enough. It's the major season over and we have to wait a few months to the next one but there's still a lot of golf to play this year and quite a bit to play for. There's a lot of room for improvement. My swing really hasn't been where I want it to be. It was pretty good at the start of the year but it's sort of regressed as the season has went on, you start to fall back into some of the habits you don't want to." READ MORE>>>

FALDO IS A BELIEVER: “I thought that 20-foot birdie putt that he holed at the 18th told him all he needed to know. He now knows that he can win again. There have been times this year when I didn’t think he had a hope in hell of winning another major but now you have to say that he does. You have to take your hat off and applaud his efforts. His determination to get back to the top is incredible. I think what we’ve already witnessed represents the greatest comeback in golf and if he wins again it will be, for me, the greatest comeback in sport.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: In the summertime, I sweat a lot, and I lose a bunch of weight. I have the hardest time during summer maintaining weight. No matter what I eat, no matter what I drink, I just can't maintain weight.”--Tiger Woods. We should all be so fortunate!

Brooks Koepka’s only victory that isn’t a major came at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.