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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 182                                                       
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I like winning and I like trophies and I like being in the history books and I like having my name on trophies that not many people's are on. It's not the money. The money is just a nice bonus that comes with it.”

BRAIN TEASER: How much in total prize money did PGA TOUR players compete for over the 49 tournaments in the '17-'18 schedule?

FORE! Hurricane Florence, unfortunately, left its mark. It could have been worse. Golf appears to have been part of the fortunate. All the Outer Banks of North Carolina courses escaped the brunt of Hurricane Florence. The three courses on the OBX Currituck mainland reopened Saturday, as there wasn’t any damage, according to reports and little impact at all for Kilmarlic, The Pointe and Carolina Club. The OBX bridges reopened to visitors on Sunday as Nags Head and Currituck Club is expected to open soon and be operational.
 
Pinehurst received a lot of rain and experienced scattered power outages on Sunday. It reported it escaped any significant damage from the storm. Its hotels and golf courses will be open and fully operational as of Wednesday.
 
As of Sunday afternoon, of the 20 courses on Hilton Head Island that responded, 9 are were open Sunday and 11 reopened Monday. This group includes the big resorts and most popular public play options around Hilton Head Island area.   
 
At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the Robert Trent Jones Course is open, while Arthur Hills and George Fazio Course reopened on Monday.
 
At Sea Pines Resort, Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III and Heron Point by Pete Dye are open, while Harbour Town Golf Links reopened on Monday at 11 am. At Heritage Golf Collection, Shipyard Golf Club is open, while Oyster Reef Golf Club and Port Royal Golf Club reopened Monday.
 
The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes, Hilton Head National, Island West Golf Club, Pinecrest Golf Club, Old South are open for business. At Sun City all three courses reopened at Noon on Monday.

REALLY? GOLF.com today has launched "Play With The Pros." It is calling it the golf industry's first Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for golf instruction. GOLF.com's new instruction platform promises to enable millions of golfers to immediately connect to a world-class golf teacher who will personally analyze a student's golf swing and provide two-way golf instruction anytime, anywhere.  

The underlying technology is called SwingAI. It uses artificial intelligence to accelerate the ability for a teaching pro to analyze and identify problems with a users' swing. This information is then personally scored by the instructor, resulting in an interactive and personalized lesson plan designed to correct swing issues and advance a player's overall game.

Tom Beusse, CEO of GOLF magazine and the GOLF.com website, said: "GOLF.com is our digital gateway to all things golf—from top-line journalism, to equipment and instruction, to travel and golf destinations. We are pleased to add this innovative Play With The Pros feature to the site, to further enhance the experience of golfers at all levels using the latest technology."

“The golf industry is going through a digital transformation that provides golfers a better user experience directly related to game improvement," added Rick Geritz, CEO of SwingAI. "When players improve, they play more, buy more, and grow the entire game."

WEB GEMS:

WU PREVAILS: Wu Ashun became the first player from China to win three times on the European Tour when he claimed a one-stroke triumph at the KLM Open in the Netherlands. Wu carded a closing four-under-par 67, finishing with a two-putt birdie at the final hole after his aggressive second shot with a hybrid club skirted a water hazard and ended in the heart of the green. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I like winning and I like trophies and I like being in the history books and I like having my name on trophies that not many people's are on. It's not the money. The money is just a nice bonus that comes with it.”--Justin Thomas after the 2017 Tour Championship.

There was/is $363 million in price money in the '17-'18 schedule, which is roughly a five-and-a-half percent increase year over year.

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