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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 183                                                       
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If you ask guys after a major, what's the next thing they want to win, there would be a short list of maybe an Olympic gold, FedExCup trophy, THE PLAYERS trophy, probably those three.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which one of these players has never won the FedExCup: Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson or Jim Furyk?

GROW THE GAME!!! In a recent golf.com interview, Michael Bamberger asked 2018 Ryder Cup captain, Jim Furyk for his take on the USGA. The 2003 US Open Champ said this: “Well, they’ve made it so easy to pick on them. The greens at Chambers Bay [in 2015]. How they handled Dustin Johnson’s situation at Oakmont [in 2016]. Then, with that gal [Anna Nordqvist] that same summer, in the Women’s Open. That was a travesty. Some of the pin placements at Shinnecock, on Saturday, on 13, 15 and 18. Plus, they changed the course so much from the last time we were there. The anchored putting ban. Now the green maps. But it was the USGA that let putting get there, let the maps get there. Then they want to turn it back. So it’s tough. But what I think people don’t realize is that they’re trying. They’re trying to do what’s right for the game. I know [USGA CEO] Mike Davis. I like Mike. But I don’t have a good relationship or a bad relationship with the USGA. I just don’t have much of a relationship. I’m not trying to be critical of the USGA. They have the best interests of the game at heart. They really do.”

It’s a fair assessment and one I think many likely share. Reading between the lines when Furyk states they are trying to do what’s right implies internally they know they have made mistakes and are looking to right some wrongs. That said, the USGA and the R&A have released an online questionnaire in a data-gathering exercise on distance. 

It is open to anyone to participate until Oct. 31, 2018. Administered independently by Sports Marketing Surveys Inc., it can be accessed at both usga.org/distanceinsights and at randa.org/distanceinsights

Each person who takes the survey is asked a series of universal questions about distance in golf (defined by how far shots travel), such as: 
•        What do you think makes golf most interesting to watch? 
•        Do you think recreational golfers are hitting shots farther than they did five years ago?
•        Do you think elite / professional golfers are hitting shots farther than they did five years ago?
•        What do you think should be most important to success in the game of golf?

Participants who indicate interest while taking the survey may be invited to take part in follow-up telephone interviews or online group conversations to gather deeper perspectives on the topic. While individual responses will be confidential, anonymous global survey results will be published in the final Distance Insights project report, to be delivered in 2019. 

The USGA and The R&A will also accept relevant original or commissioned data and research directly related to distance via email until Dec. 20, 2018. Individuals or organizations may also request to present their data in person. The Distance Insights email address as well as terms and conditions regarding the submission of research and data can be found here

“We’re inviting perspectives and opinions from the global golf community because we recognize the topic of distance is one that potentially impacts us all in some capacity,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “This is the best opportunity for people to share their thoughts and data with us. We know a final Distance Insights report that reflects a breadth of perspectives will be critical to deepening an understanding of the complex nature, and far-reaching implications, of this subject matter.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We want to hear the views of those involved in golf throughout the world about distance and what it means for the sport. This is an important stage of the Distance Insights project and we would encourage people with an interest in golf to share their perspectives with us. There are many different points of view and considerations on distance and we want to make sure we have as full a picture as possible.”

MONEY BALL: The bonus pool for the PGA Tour postseason doubles next year to $70 million in a revamped system that gives a head start to top players at the Tour Championship and pays $15 million to the FedEx Cup champion. The changes include a more compact schedule next season that ends Aug. 25, a week before football begins. The top 10 players in the FedEx Cup during the regular season are part of a separate $10 million bonus program that pays $2 million to the No. 1 player. The FedEx Cup playoffs are reduced from four events to three, with the winner of the Tour Championship being the FedEx Cup champion. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

R.I.P.: A star collegiate golfer from Spain was attacked and killed by a homeless stranger while she was playing a round alone near her campus in Iowa, police said Tuesday. Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was working toward joining the pro tour while finishing her degree at Iowa State University, was stabbed by the assailant Monday morning and left dead in a pond on the golf course, police said. Her body was found after fellow players saw her abandoned golf bag. READ MORE>>>

A LIFETIME GOAL: Next Friday, 28 September, will forever hold a place in Tommy Fleetwood’s heart. It is hardly being dismissive of the golfer’s idyllic family backdrop to suggest that in 2018 the date will carry extra resonance. “It will be a very special day,” Fleetwood explains. “I’ll stand on the tee and it’s my son’s first birthday as I play in my first Ryder Cup. As a Friday goes, that one will take some beating. The funny thing is Frankie won’t have a clue, he isn’t bothered one little bit.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “If you ask guys after a major, what's the next thing they want to win, there would be a short list of maybe an Olympic gold, FedExCup trophy, THE PLAYERS trophy, probably those three.”--Jordan Spieth.

Phil Mickelson is the only one from this group to have never won the FedExCup. Vijay Singh (2008), Tiger Woods (2007, 2009), Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Jim Furyk (2010) have each won it and the corresponding $10 million that went with it.

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