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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 170                                                       
Thursday, August 30, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “This is one of the only areas I ever come to outside of golf; the reason being, my brother went to school in Providence for four years. I didn't really spend much time in Boston other than flying into there and training down or whatever. But in this New England area, I've really much enjoyed it, for the food, the atmosphere, the people. Real passionate sports fans up here. They have been pretty fortunate in some serious success over the last decade, too, which I'm jealous of. But love coming here.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player recorded a septuple bogey 12 at the par-5 second hole in the first round of the 2017 Dell Technologies Championship. Do you know did it?

DOES ANYONE CONSIDER THIS A PROBLEM? Golf has been voted the dullest sport to watch and the best one to “cure insomnia”, in a national poll by Calm. It beat cricket into second place, followed by baseball and soccer in joint third – in a survey of 1,002 Americans, conducted by pollsters eNation on our behalf. Golf topped the poll by a landslide – it won almost four times as many votes as second-placed cricket, on 13%, and over six times as many as baseball and soccer in third, with 8% each. READ MORE>>>

MIZUNO’S NEW J-SERIES: Mizuno has introduced the JPX919 Series comprised of the JPX919 Tour, JPX919 Hot Metal and JPX919 Forged. According to the company, each model was engineered from different base materials to help enhance performance for particular swing types. The JPX919 Tour is forged from 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon steel; the JPX919 Hot Metal uses high-strength Chromoly 4140M; and the JPX919 Forged is Grain Flow Forged from Boron-jseriesinfused steel.

The JPX919 Tour is a more compact, streamlined evolution of Mizuno’s JPX900 Tour iron from 2017/18. The top edge was narrowed by 10% compared to its predecessor. “The JPX919 Tour’s compact profile doesn’t tell the whole story,” said Jeff Cook, Mizuno’s PGA Tour Manager. “There’s a surprising level of stability and distance control built into this geometry. Its predecessor attracted a new wave of younger tour players into Mizuno irons and made a big impact by winning back-to-back US Opens, a PGA Championship, and recording a course record 61 at St Andrews.”

The JPX919 Tour will be availability: 3-PW / RH only with an MSRP of $1,200 8-piece set / $150 club.

The JPX919 Hot Metal features a multi-thickness face in a one-piece cup face construction. It offers a steeper transition, according to Mizuno, into more compact scoring irons and wedges, with set-matching gap, sand and lob wedges available. “The most impressive thing about the JPX919 Hot Metal is the launch control and flight apex,” said Chris Voshall, Senior Engineer at Mizuno. “The extra ball speed and distance doesn’t come from low-flying bullets – we work the design backwards from the correct landing angles. These are irons for the golf course, not just the launch monitor!”

The JPX919 Hot Metal will be availability: 4-LW / RH & LH with an MSRP of $1,000 8-piece set / $125

The JPX919 Forged has weight removed from the face, according to the company, that also allows a lower, deeper center of gravity. “A deeper, wider milling across the back of the face allows the JPX919 Forged to transfer more energy to the ball than any previous Grain Flow Forged iron,” said David Llewellyn, Director of Golf R&D at Mizuno. “None of that would have been possible without that small addition of Boron into our steel billets, which gives that additional strength needed to reinforce the face.”

The JPX919 Forged will be availability: 4-GW / RH & LH with an MSRP of $1,300 8-piece set / $163 club.

VIRTUAL AND REAL WORLD COLLIDE: Golfzon Newdin Holdings is acquiring the Leadbetter Golf Academy. David Leadbetter will remain fully involved once the deal is completed. Golfzon Newdin Holdings is the holding company of Golfzon Newdin Group, which possesses over 30,000 simulators around the world. Also the group distributes golf equipment and related products through its 57 golf specialty stores and online shopping mall. In addition, it also operates 7 golf courses in Korea. There are 40 Leadbetter Golf Academies in 15 countries and includes 100 Leadbetter instructors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We look forward to fully supporting the Leadbetter Golf Academies and continuing to grow the game by furthering the development of professional players, junior golf and amateur golf. We look forward to combining Golfzon’s VR technology with LGA’s brand power and coaching know-how to become a leader in the golf industry,” said Park Ki-won, CEO.

“I’ve spent my whole career dedicating myself to furthering golf education and establishing a world-renowned business alongside a team of exceptional instructors. In Golfzon, I have found a like-minded company that shared a similar vision to continue to grow the game across all levels. I fully believe that a combination of Golfzon and LGA’s experience will bring golf to a whole new level,” stated David Leadbetter

“Our goal is to create industry-leading golf technology to break the barriers of how golf is taught and played,” said Leadbetter Golf Academies CEO, Ben Riches.

WEB GEMS:

UNLIKELY PARTNERS? The U.S. based PGA Tour might partner with the European Tour for some co-sanctioned events in the near future, according to well-connected English sports agent Andrew “Chubby” Chandler. There has been speculation for some time that the mega-rich PGA Tour might even stage a takeover bid for the European Tour, but Chandler said in an interview with Reuters that he thought it would be a more amicable arrangement. READ MORE>>>

MONEY GRAB! It’s probably pure coincidence that the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match on Thanksgiving weekend was announced the same week as the first anniversary of one of the biggest con jobs in pay-per-view history. You might remember a year ago when Conor McGregor went from mixed martial arts into boxing to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the gullible fans of UFC couldn’t wait to plunk down $100 to see all the action unfold on their TV screens at home. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “This is one of the only areas I ever come to outside of golf; the reason being, my brother went to school in Providence for four years. I didn't really spend much time in Boston other than flying into there and training down or whatever. But in this New England area, I've really much enjoyed it, for the food, the atmosphere, the people. Real passionate sports fans up here. They have been pretty fortunate in some serious success over the last decade, too, which I'm jealous of. But love coming here.”--Jordan Spieth.

Kelly Kraft withdrew on hole No. 15 during the first round with a foot injury (right foot). He recorded a septuple bogey 12 at the par-5 second hole, the highest individual-hole score in an official PGA TOUR stroke play event last season. It is also the highest score on an individual hole in FedExCup Playoffs history. The previous high was 11 by Nick Watney at the 2011 Dell Technologies Championship (on the same hole) and Greg Chalmers at Liberty National GC during THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2009.

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