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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 200                                                       
Friday, October 12, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I had a lot of holes in my game. After my rookie year I think I was ranked like 200th in chipping and I was outside the 100 personal mark on just about every category. So my coach and I just kind of went through and just started knocking it down and just trying to get better at things that actually make me score better. Instead of just trying to hit it as far as you can, I focus a lot more like inside 100 yards.”

BRAIN TEASER: Justin Thomas led the PGA TOUR is earnings the past two seasons, making more than $8 million in the 2017/18 season. Was that higher or lower than the previous season?

WE NEED A FEW MORE LIKE HIM: Billy Payne was asked what he thought his responsibility was as Chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, indisputably the most popular tournament annually. “I think the efforts that I was a part of during my 11 years at Augusta was a distinct effort to reflect back on the contributions that Bobby Jones and Cliff Roberts had made to golf, their love of golf, and their desire that golf would become a game, not only for the privileged, but for others, because of what they believed golf could do in the area of friendships and relationships,” Payne responded. “I didn't invent any of that. I simply thought it was my obligation as chairman to return us a bit to an all-out effort to be an asset to the game of golf and not just an asset to the community of Augusta and, you know, the membership and the four principle tournaments that take place every year.”

ASPIRATIONS: Jan Stephenson, also a recent induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame was asked if she might have helped to advance the game, particularly women's golf, in Australia? “I hope I did a lot,” she replied. “I mean, Karrie Webb at one time said she thought I just did calendars and didn't win golf tournaments. Of course, she's taken that back since. But Jane Crofton and some of the other players, like Sarah Jane Smith and Sarah Camp that now play on the LPGA Tour, I brought them over when they were 16 to the U.S. and now Karrie has followed on with that charity, and they see what it's like on Tour. It definitely motivates them. They said that was something that was the turning point for them to want to come to America, so hopefully that helped.”

WEB GEMS:

HOME GAME:  Tommy Fleetwood, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace shared the overnight lead at the Sky Sports British Masters. The English trio have five wins between them this season and fired rounds of 67 to get to five under and lead the way from countryman Richard McEvoy, Swede Joakim Lagergren, American David Lipsky, France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera and another Frenchman in Alexander Levy, who will have to complete the last on Friday after play was suspended due to darkness. READ MORE>>>

THOMAS MAKES LATE CHARGE: Justin Thomas birdied four of his last five holes for a 6-under 66 and was three strokes behind first-round leader and fellow American Bronson Burgoon at the CIMB Classic on Thursday. Burgoon’s 63 on the par-72 TPC Kuala Lumpur West Course gave him a one-stroke lead over Austin Cook. Two other Americans, Scott Piercy and Billy Horschel, and Taiwan’s C.T. Pan were another stroke back after 65s. Thomas was in an eight-way tie for sixth, including 2012 champion Nick Watney, Kevin Chappell and Paul Casey. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I had a lot of holes in my game. After my rookie year I think I was ranked like 200th in chipping and I was outside the 100 personal mark on just about every category. So my coach and I just kind of went through and just started knocking it down and just trying to get better at things that actually make me score better. Instead of just trying to hit it as far as you can, I focus a lot more like inside 100 yards.”--First round leader of the CIMB Classic, Bronson Burgoon.

Justin Thomas earned $9,921,560 in the 2016/17 season, winning 5 times. He made less last season ($8,694,821).

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