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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 187                                                       
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I really, really enjoyed my time in France. It's a very strategic course. It's just very positioned. I hit seven drivers in four days. I think the conditions are going to be very different in terms of firmness, and we had some wind. That week it was just all about getting the ball in the fairway because the fairways are extremely narrow and the rough was very long and the fescue was very close to that, as well. It was more so about getting the ball in the fairway and then from there you could attack on some of the holes. It's a great test of golf, and I think it's going to be a lot different than some Ryder Cups in the past where you could have pars and bogeys winning holes.”

BRAIN TEASER:  Can you guess where Tiger Woods was ranked at the end of 2017?

TIMING IS EVERYTHING, THEY SAY: There are always plenty of distractions when its Ryder Cup week. It helps to sell the biannual event with its worldwide spiethaudience. Under Armour is hoping to leverage the added interest in a limited edition product. Whether people notice it that remains to be seen. But is there ever a bad time to introduce something new?

Jordan Spieth was two months old the last time Team USA won the Ryder Cup on European soil. It happened when Tom Watson led the Americans to a 15-13 victory over Europe in England. This week marks Spieth’s third time participating in the Ryder Cup.

To ‘celebrate’ the event, Under Armour has released a limited edition Spieth 2 in a red, white and blue colorway for the major champion to sport in France. As luck would have it, a similar version is now available for purchase on UA.com for $200.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Tiger Woods won his third TOUR Championship and 80th PGA TOUR title on Sunday. It had been 1,876 days since his last win on the PGA TOUR. “It's certainly up there with obviously all the major championships I've won, Players, World Golf Championships. But this is under different circumstances,” he said afterwards. “It means a lot. It really does. Just to be able to compete and play again this year, that's a hell of a comeback. Some of the people that are very close to me, they've seen what I've gone through. I was alluding to some of the players have seen what I've gone through, and they know how hard it was just to get back to playing golf again, and forget the elite level. Just be able to play golf again and enjoy being with my kids and living that life. And then lo and behold, I'm able to do this and win a golf tournament.”

Woods, No. 2 in the FedExCup, becomes the fourth winner of the TOUR Championship who did not claim the FedExCup. He shared what he felt needed to be accomplished in the final round to taste victory once again. “The game plan was to shoot under par, and I birdied the first hole right out of the gate,” he said, “Now, play the next 17 in even par, and we're good to go. I was just grinding out there, and I was telling Joey, it felt like more of a grind because of where I kept leaving myself. I had downhill putts virtually every single hole. The only three putts I made today at 1 and 4, the par putt, and 13 -- those were all uphill. It seemed like I was downhill, down grain every single hole, and I was putting very defensive and conservatively all day.

“To get to the 80 mark is a big number. Sam is still ahead of me. I've still got, I feel like, a chance to play some more golf and maybe I'll keep chipping away at that number and maybe surpass it. But I just think that what I've gone through and what I've dealt with, I've gotten lucky, to be honest with you. I've gotten very lucky. I'm not playing a full contact sport or I've got to move people around in that regard. At 42 years old with a fused lower spine; that's not going to happen. But in this sport, it can. I'm lucky to have the opportunity to have the people around me to have supported me and worked through this process with me, and I've ground out a chance to win golf tournaments again. It means a lot more to me now in the sense because I didn't know if I'd ever be out here again playing -- doing this again. I don't know, 20 years ago, hell, I thought I was going to play for another 30 years. That's just the way golf is. You can play until you're 70 years old. You see these guys on the Champions Tour playing tournament golf at 70. There was a point in time I didn't know if I'd ever do this again. So yeah, I appreciate it a little bit more than I did because I don't take it for granted that I'm going to have another decade, two decades in my future of playing golf at this level.”

Here is what Tiger Woods had in the bag to win the 2018 TOUR Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade M3 9.5°
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3 13° & 19°
Irons:  TW Phase 1 (3–PW) 
Wedges:  TaylorMade's Milled Grind (56° & 60°)
Putter: Scotty Cameron putter
Ball: Bridgestone Golf TOUR B XS

Tiger Woods’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 18
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 269

Xander Schauffele / 2017 TOUR Championship:
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees)
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees)
Irons: TaylorMade P790 (2), P750 Tour Proto (4-PW), 
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Works Big-T #5
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Xander Schauffele’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 17
Pars: 47
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 268

Rory McIlroy / 2016 TOUR Championship:
Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro 9.5°
Fairway Metal: Nike Vapor Speed 3-wood 15°, 5-wood 19°
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9)
Wedges: Nike Engage 46°, 56°, 58°
Putter: Scotty Cameron M1 Prototype
Golf Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum

Rory McIlroy’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 20
Pars: 43
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 2
Cumulative Score: 268

WEB GEMS:

HE STILL COULD DO IT! Jack Nicklaus believes Tiger Woods still has a realistic chance of matching his record tally of 18 major championships, the man known as the Golden Bear said on Sunday. “With today’s equipment, and the way the guys take care of themselves, I think they could play well into their 50s. Maybe Tiger’s got another 40 majors to play. Out of 40 majors can he win five of them, I don’t know?” READ MORE>>>

A ROSE IS A ROSE: Paul Lawrie believes Justin Rose’s rise to world No 1 is a “big boost”, not just for the Englishman but all his European team-mates heading into this week’s Ryder Cup at Le Golf National outside Paris. “I think both teams are really strong, I think they’re pretty even. I heard someone say a few weeks ago that the average world ranking of each team is 12 – if that’s the case then it’s probably the closest the teams have ever been on paper,” said the Aberdonian, who was one of Darren Clarke’s vice-captains at Hazeltine two years ago. READ MORE>>>

TIGER STILL THE TALK: Jim Furyk spoke of the added "buzz" in the camp brought about by Tiger Woods' PGA Tour Championship victory. Even European captain Thomas Bjorn admits he was pleased to see Woods back in the winners' circle. "Tiger winning tournaments again is brilliant and we all benefit from it. The game of golf needs that boost from someone like him who transcends the game." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “I really, really enjoyed my time in France. It's a very strategic course. It's just very positioned. I hit seven drivers in four days. I think the conditions are going to be very different in terms of firmness, and we had some wind. That week it was just all about getting the ball in the fairway because the fairways are extremely narrow and the rough was very long and the fescue was very close to that, as well. It was more so about getting the ball in the fairway and then from there you could attack on some of the holes. It's a great test of golf, and I think it's going to be a lot different than some Ryder Cups in the past where you could have pars and bogeys winning holes.”--Justin Thomas on Le Golf National, venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Tiger Woods was ranked 656 in the world at 2017. With his victory at the Tour Championship, he has moved inside the top 20 to #13.

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