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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 177                                                       
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I was pretty bitter there for a while. But you see a lot of guys that were using the belly or long putter that are putting great now. I'm so proud of that because I was so upset with that decision, and I still don't think it's right. But it's good to prove them wrong.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many years was it between victories for Keegan Bradley after his win at the BMW Championship?

PLAY BALL: It must be working on some level as the San Diego Padres and Callaway Golf announced that The Links at Petco Park, the original nine-hole ballpark golf experience, will return for the fourth year in a row. It will be available from Wednesday, November 7 to Monday, November 12.

The nine-hole course will once again feature signature holes from years past at home plate and the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. building. Holes throughout the course will also feature unique themes and the opportunity to win different prizes.. During their round, golfers will play with all Callaway equipment. Upon completion, golfers will finish their day in the Budweiser Loft, which will be transformed into a Callaway clubhouse.

Tee times to the general public will go on sale Friday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. Entry may be purchased for twosomes or foursomes with tee times throughout the day beginning at 7:00 a.m. Pricing starts at $150 for twosomes ($75 per player) and $300 for foursomes. Callaway clubs and balls will be provided for golfers to use for this experience. The cost includes a limited edition “The Links at Petco Park” hat, a nine-hole round for each golfer, scorecard, access to the clubhouse and a dedicated caddy for each foursome. Golfers may also add a hot meal, drink ticket or pre-purchased parking passes to any package for an additional cost. Spectator tickets will also be available for $5 with access to the clubhouse only.

KEEP THE FAITH: Rory McIlroy didn’t win the BMW Championship, but he certainly delivered some impressive stats. He was:
Strokes Gained off the tee 1st
Strokes Gained tee to green 1st
Driving Distance all holes 1st
Driving Distance 1st
Strokes Gained Approach 1st
Proximity 1st

ANOTHER PERK: Who would have ever predicted this? Tiger qualified for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach based on his top 30 FedEx Cup finish. His 10-year exemption for winning 2008 U.S. Open expired this year.

TIMES HAVE CHANGED: This is the sixth time in his career that Tiger Woods has shot 263 or lower. But it is the first time he didn't win with that score!

WINNER’S CLUBS: Keegan Bradley posted two rounds of 66 and another two rounds of 64 at the BMW Championship. He needed an extra hole to defeat new world # 1 Justin Rose for his victory. Interesting to note, that despite lift, clean and place conditions, Bradley’s winning aggregate score was only one shot better than Marc Leishman’s last year. It also is worth noting that Bradley returns to the winner's circle this season without the long putter.

“A lot has happened to me over these six years,” said Bradley. “The belly putter was a tougher transition than I thought, and I kind of fell off the radar there for a little while. It's tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams, being on Presidents Cup teams to not even -- outside the top 100 in the world. That was difficult. I had to really sit down with my coach Darren May, and we put a schedule together, and we worked hard to get back to this spot. It was about two years ago, maybe -- I can't remember. I had missed over 10 cuts. I was in jeopardy of not making the Playoffs, and I was exempt, but I was really struggling. I wasn't really aware of how far off I was. I had to really get serious and put a lot of work in. You know, it's scary when I look back because I didn't know I needed this much improvement. But to put it all together, especially with the putter the way it was this week and it's so gratifying, because for a little while, I didn't know if I was going to be able to get back to this spot, and today I did it.

“I switched to a shorter putter, kind of very similar to my belly, long, heavy. That didn't really work that well. And then kind of went back and forth from an arm lock to a short putter, but I didn't get mechanical with the long putter. I was so worried about my swing and everything, I didn't have time to really go and work on both. And when I got my swing to where it is, I was able to really sit down and focus on the fundamentals of putting with an arm putter, and it was really Webb Simpson, the way he was putting, and we're really close, and we had the same transition. Watching him do what he did really helped me focus in on this arm lock. Again, with my coach, we got down and we got a plan together, and I had never, ever been technical with my putting. Since over the last six, seven, eight months, I've been really able to focus on that, and it's drastic improvements.” Here is what Keegan Bradley had in the bag to win the 2018 BMW Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Fairway Woods: Callaway GBB Epic (15 degrees)
Hybrids: Callaway Apex Pro (20 degrees)
Irons:  Srixon Z U45 (20), Z 745 (4-9), Z 945 (PW)
Wedges: Cleveland RTX 3.0 (52, 58 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Works Red #1 Wide prototype
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Keegan Bradley’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 28
Pars: 36
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 260

Marc Leishman / 2017 BMW Championship:
Driver: Callaway GBB Epic 9 degrees
Fairway Woods: Callaway GBB Epic, 15 degrees, Callaway Steelhead XR, 21 degrees
Irons:  Callaway Apex UT (3), Callaway Apex Pro 16 (4-PW)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (54 degrees); Titleist Vokey SM6 (58 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Versa #1 Wide Black
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Marc Leishman’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 29
Pars: 37
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 261

Dustin Johnson / 2016 BMW Championship:
Driver: TaylorMade M1 (10.5 degrees) with a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X shaft
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M1 (17 and 19 degrees)
Irons: Tour Preferred MB ’14 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF (52 and 60)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider
Golf Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X 

Dustin Johnson’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 3
Birdies: 24
Pars: 38
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 265


NEW #1: Justin Rose became world number one on Monday when he finished second at the BMW Championship where he lost a playoff with American Keegan Bradley in suburban Philadelphia. The disappointment of not winning the tournament at Aronimink was eased by Rose’s rise to the top of the rankings for the first time, where he surpassed American Dustin Johnson. READ MORE>>>

ITS EMOTIONAL: Keegan Bradley had dreamt of winning a PGA TOUR event in front of his family. His last victory had come before he became a husband and father. He’d seen so many of his peers celebrate with their wives and children. He wanted to experience it for himself. That’s why he had to look away when he spotted his wife, Jillian, and infant son on the final holes of the BMW Championship. “I was getting emotional,” he said. READ MORE>>>

ITS OFFICIAL: Jim Furyk named his 12th and final player on Monday, opting for long-hitting Tony Finau to round out the team that will face Europe. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “I was pretty bitter there for a while. But you see a lot of guys that were using the belly or long putter that are putting great now. I'm so proud of that because I was so upset with that decision, and I still don't think it's right. But it's good to prove them wrong.”--Keegan Bradley.

It was six years between victories for Keegan Bradley. His last win before Monday was the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.