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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 168                                                       
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm just not seeing my lines. It's just one of those things where I'm struggling seeing the lines. The pace has been okay, not great, but my feel is just a little bit off because -- whether I'm seeing high lines or low lines, they are just not quite dialed in yet.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who currently leads the Race to Dubai standings?

THE TABLE IS SET: Srixon has announced the launch of the new Z Series, woods and irons crafted for the best players in the world. It officially launches in North America on September 14, 2018.

The full line of Z Series Woods feature advanced materials, according to the company. “The new Z Series Woods are pretty easy to explain: they’re long,” said Marketing Director Brian Schielke. “Longer than our past woods, and longer than the competition. Our stronger, faster titanium, combined with cup face construction is totally unique, totally different from everything out there, and it really shows up both on a launch monitor and on the course.”

The Z Series Drivers promises to boost speed and distance off the tee with the Ti51AF Cup Face. It is the thinnest, lightest, strongest, and hottest driver face Srixon says it has ever produced. “This driver’s faster. This driver’s longer. This driver’s better,” stated Keegan Bradley. “It’s really coming off hot and straight. It’s very forgiving and the sweet spot is really big.”

The Z Series has a lightweight carbon crown, which then shifts the weight to the perimeter, promising more forgiveness and less offline dispersion.  The Z 785 Driver promotes a low-spin, penetrating trajectory, Srixon said, in a tour preferred look and profile. The Z 585 Driver promises higher, straighter drives with additional forgiveness on off-center strikes. The same technologies are present in the Z F85 Fairway Woods and Z H85 Hybrids.

“A big key for me is accuracy,” stated Graeme McDowell. “I love the bulge and roll look to this head, and I really feel like I can hit a lot of fairways with it. It’s just a beautiful looking driver that’s got a nice high launch and looks like the ball wants to topple over and get max distance.”

The Z Series Woods will launch with a MAP of $499.99 for the Z 785 Driver, $399.99 for the Z 585 Driver, $249.99 for the Z F85 Fairway Woods and $229.99 for the Z H85 Hybrids.

The new Z Series Irons offer cutting-edge technologies, according to the company that help enhance distance, workability and feel. “The Z 785 and Z 585 Irons are yet another step forward for Srixon as we continue to produce some of the highest-performing irons designed for better players,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development.

The Z 785 Irons feature a tour cavity, providing additional mass behind the impact location for increased shot-shaping ability and versatility, Srixon pointed out. The Z 585 Irons have an added speed groove, which  Srixon says allows for more face-flex, enhancing ball speed and distance.
  
“The forged carbon steel Z 785 muscle-backs are the best feeling irons we’ve ever made, featuring best-in-class turf interaction from the Tour V.T. Sole, and enhanced control from deeper, sharper grooves,” said Brunski. “Meanwhile, the Z 585s are similarly forged; though feature a high-strength steel face for more ball speed – now with an added speed groove for even more consistent distance control. Outstanding feel, control and distance from two lines which can be seamlessly blended together into a mixed set.”

The Z U65 Utility Iron features a hollow, forged construction for a high-launch trajectory and a soft feel, according to the company.  “We already know that Srixon has one of the best forged irons on the market,” McDowell said. “The stats say that. Tour players choose it, even when they don’t have to. It sits great behind the ball and has that nice, soft buttery feel off the face.”

“When I’m putting the club behind the ball I have to be full of confidence and this club looks unbelievable,” stated Russell Knox. “The new Srixon Z 785 Iron is exactly how I want an iron to look. It’s very easy to hit, and I know I’m going to hit a very good shot even before I hit it. The sweet spot’s massive.”

The Srixon Z Series Irons officially launch in North America on September 14, 2018, at a MAP of $999.99 for 7-piece steel ($1,199.99 for 7-piece graphite) for the Z 585 and Z 785 Irons, while the U85 Utility Iron MAP at a price of $199.99.

SOMEONE TO WATCH OUT FOR: Braden Thornberry has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading men’s player in the 2018 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). The 21-year-old American will earn exemptions, if still an amateur, into The 148th Open at Royal Portrush and the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach.

“This is a prestigious award and I am honored to be among the group of past recipients,” Thornberry said. “There are many people who have made this possible along the way and I am grateful to everyone. I am really excited about my future in the game of golf and I hope to keep representing my country, my state and the University of Mississippi in the best way possible.”

Thornberry was a second-team All-American as a junior at the University of Mississippi in 2017-18 and became the third player in Ole Miss history to be selected to an All-America team multiple times. He also earned All-Southeast Region and All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) recognition for the second consecutive year. He was 15th among the NCAA leaders in stroke average (70.28) and is the program’s career leader with 11 tournament victories. In 2017, Thornberry won the NCAA Division 1 individual title by four strokes with a 72-hole score of 11-under-par 277 and received the Fred Haskins Award as the top collegiate golfer. He has had appearances in professional events this year include the US Open, the FedEx St Jude Classic (T-26), the RSM Classic (T-61) and the Web.com Tour’s North Mississippi Classic (T-22).

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said, “Braden has joined the likes of Joaquin Niemann, Maverick McNealy, John Rahm and Matthew Fitzpatrick as a winner of the McCormack Medal and we congratulate him on this fantastic achievement. He has delivered a number of outstanding results this season and is a deserving recipient of this award.”

“On behalf of the USGA, I wish to extend our congratulations to Braden Thornberry on being awarded the McCormack Medal,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “Braden has had a fine college career, as evidenced by his 2017 NCAA championship, and he has represented the USA with distinction in international competition, including his role on the victorious 2017 USA Walker Cup Team in Los Angeles.”

The R&A and the USGA jointly award the McCormack Medal each year. It is named after Mark McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.

WINNER’S CLUBS: I’ll bet you didn’t know that Bryson DeChambeau has now won more tour events in the past 13 months than Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler combined! He won the 2017 John Deere Classic, 2018 the Memorial Tournament and the 2018 Northern Trust Championship. With his victory at the first leg of the FedExCup playoffs, he moves up to 12th in the world rankings and now leads FedEx. “I'm a man on a mission right now -- with two missions, actually: One being The Ryder Cup and one being the FedExCup. I'm doing pretty well right now and just got to keep moving forward in the right direction,” he said after his third PGA TOUR career victory.

“I've worked really hard to be a great golfer, and albeit I'm not great every week, I've got three wins under my belt, and I'm really proud of that and I appreciate all the support that's been around me,” he continued. “To be classified in a certain young gun group, I think so, but I guess the weird part is for me, like I've learned so much, and I'm going to keep learning. I've played with a bunch of guys out here that are veterans that know way more than me, and so I kind of just feel like I get lost a little bit in that, and I don't really focus too much on it.” Here is what Bryson DeChambeau had in the bag to win the 2018 Northern Trust:

Driver: KING F8+ Nardo (TPT Model 14 MKP LT), 8*
Fairway Woods: Cobra King LTD, 14.5*, Cobra F8+ Baffler, 17.5*
Irons: Cobra King One Utility (4-5), Cobra Forged One Length (6-PW)
Wedges: Cobra King (50*, 55*, 60*)
Putter: SIK Midsize
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Bryson DeChambeau’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 24
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 266

Dustin Johnson / 2017 Northern Trust:
Driver: TaylorMade '17 M1 460 Driver / 10.5* 
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade 17 M1 Fairway / 17*, '17 M1 Fairway / 19*
Irons: TaylorMade '14 Tour Preferred MB Irons / 3-PW
Wedges: Milled Grind Wedges / 52* & 60
Putter: TP Collection Juno Putter
Ball: TP5x Golf Ball (#1)
Glove: Tour Preferred Glove

Dustin Johnson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 17
Pars: 51
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 267

Patrick Reed / 2016 Barclays:
Driver: Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond Driver (9*)
Fairway Metal: Callaway Golf XR 16 Pro Fairway Wood (18*)
Irons: PXG 0311 black finish (3), Callaway X-Forged ’13 (4-iron), MB1 Irons (5-PW)
Wedges: Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind Wedges (52*, 56*), Titleist SM6 (61*)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot RX #2 Putter
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft

Patrick Reed’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 16
Pars: 46
Bogeys: 9
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 275

WEB GEMS:

CHANGE IS A COMIN’? The PGA Tour is putting the final touches on a revamped FedEx Cup structure that would award a cash bonus to the leading player from the regular season, followed by a new scoring format for the Tour Championship to decide the FedEx Cup champion, The Associated Press has learned. Five people aware of the discussions say FedEx Cup points will not be involved in the final playoff event at East Lake. Instead, the No. 1 player would start the Tour Championship at 10-under par, with scores to par staggered depending on the 30 players’ position in the standings. READ MORE>>>

NOTHING STAYS THE SAME: It’s testament to the enduring appeal of past glories that the two men long considered locks as captain’s picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team have combined for one victory over the last five years. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the most accomplished and durable stars of their generation. It’s been 25 years since America fielded a team that did not include at least one of them, which has rendered unthinkable for many fans the notion of a team without them, if they’re healthy. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm just not seeing my lines. It's just one of those things where I'm struggling seeing the lines. The pace has been okay, not great, but my feel is just a little bit off because -- whether I'm seeing high lines or low lines, they are just not quite dialed in yet.”--Tiger Woods on his putting woes at the Northern Trust Championship

Francesco Molinari, Open Golfer of the Year, currently leads the Race to Dubai. He is followed by Patrick Reed and then Tommy Fleetwood. Rory McIlroy and Alex Noren round out the top 5.

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