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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 159                                                       
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Mark Brooks has the most PGA TOUR starts, so that's the guy I'm gunning for. I would like to try to hang in there long enough to get over 800 PGA TOUR starts and pass Jay Haas and Mark Brooks.”

BRAIN TEASER: At the 2017 Wyndham Championship, this player made an ace on the 16th hole in the final round, which moved him from outside of the top125 to inside of the number and ended up finishing 118th entering the 2017 FedExCup Playoffs. Can you name him?

FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME? There is considerable excitement for Tiger Woods after his performances at the Open Championship and more so the PGA Championship. It’s deserved. Woods has done more to elevate the public awareness of golf over his career than perhaps any other player in the history of the game. Timing has been a factor. Cable television, specifically ESPN often led its SportsCenter program with his personal highlight reel. The PGA TOUR, astutely, leveraged his popularity into a financial bonanza via an increased network contract, which in turn put pressure on tournaments to raise their purses. The Tiger effect is what many people call it. Some swear it exists and others are not as convinced. Compare and contrast the participation rates or recreational rounds played today and the Tiger effect is questionable when viewed through this angle of the lens.

However, given the immense excitement for his comeback, which there are some that already contend it would be bigger that Hogan’s, its worth questioning whether the industry is any smarter the second time around with Woods? TV rating still soar when he’s in the mix. Already dubbed the favorite for the 2019 Masters, its hard not to think the rating won’t be at record levels. Ironically though, last week PGA of American CEO, Pete Bevacqua acknowledged golf’s greatest challenge remains growing the game. “The biggest challenge is, I think, the challenge that everyone in golf shares, which is how do you grow this game? 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?” he said. 

When Woods turned professional at the end of summer in 1996, growth of the game was never considered a major obstacle for the industry. By the end of April 1997, he had won three PGA TOUR events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters. The rest as they say is history. Woods remains a minority, in more ways than one, and golf made (a lot of) money off of him back in the 90’s and into the 2000s. Yet, it never found a way to grow the diversity of the game at the grass roots level, despite having him as the so-called poster child, for argument’s sake. Will history repeat itself again now that Woods is yet again the focal point of the media’s attention??

The Tiger 2.0, shall we call it, won’t last nearly as long simply given his age. Therefore, if it wants to, its even more critical for golf to find a way to get more people interested in the game regardless of their gender, ethnicity or social economic background. Will it do a better job for the long-term health of the game or waste another opportunity?

I WANT TO HELP: Harold Varner III wants to inspire a new generation of African-Americans to come on to the PGA Tour so that there is more diversity on the professional circuit. READ MORE>>>

HE STILL HAS IT! There’s nothing like a late charge from Tiger Woods to juice the ratings of a major golf tournament. CBS reached 8.5 million viewers Sunday for final-round competition at the PGA Championship from St. Louis, a whopping 73 percent increase from the 4.9 million people who watched the same tournament’s conclusion in 2017, the Nielsen company said. READ MORE>>>

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN? When Nike Golf left the equipment business, you have to wonder if it considered what might happen if its club ambassadors when on to greater heights? Believe it or not, all four major champions in 2018 were at one time using Nike clubs. The reigning U.S. and PGA Champ relied on some of it in his victories. And at one time, some said its product was considered inferior?

The three (Patrick Reed, Franky Molinaro and Brooks Koepka) major title owners of 2018, still rep the Swoosh apparel. Tommy Fleetwood, perhaps the next European player to break through at a major, still uses Nike irons despite the fact he is running out of replacements. And Tiger Woods is yet again the talk of the sport!

BOY POWER! Niall Horan, the One Direction band member, has handed the beleaguered Ladies European Tour a much-needed boost for next season by being behind a new Northern Ireland Ladies Open. In another move that should be applauded, part of the event will also run concurrently at Galgorm Castle in County Antrim with the men’s Northern Ireland Open, mirroring a format successfully adopted by the Vic Open in Australia. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

ONE OF THE BEST YEARS EVER BY SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW: He's the hottest golfer on the planet, though you might struggle to recognize him. Brooks Koepka's second major title of the season at the US PGA was somewhat swamped by the Tiger Woods noise, but the 28-year-old's low-key approach is also keeping him under the radar. That could be about to change after Sunday's success. By holding off a charging Woods at Bellerive and to add to his successful defense of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in June, the muscular Koepka has propelled himself into the epicenter of the spotlight. The attention is something he doesn't necessarily crave, and yet sometimes he feels he deserves more. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Mark Brooks has the most PGA TOUR starts, so that's the guy I'm gunning for. I would like to try to hang in there long enough to get over 800 PGA TOUR starts and pass Jay Haas and Mark Brooks.”--Davis Love III

At the 2017 Wyndham Championship, Martin Flores made an ace on the 16th hole in the final round which moved him from outside of the top125 to inside of the number and ended up finishing 118th entering the 2017 FedExCup Playoffs.

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