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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 207                                                       
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think if you start thinking about the result or what might happen if you do something, that's the only time there's pressure because if you get any of these guys out here on the driving range, they can all flag it, they can all do whatever. Then all of a sudden consequences start coming into play and you start seeing trouble, you're worried about it. So I'm not thinking about what's going to happen if I hit this shot or if I hit this close and make birdie here I can, you know, turn this into three birdies. I'm not thinking that. I'm just thinking, okay, how do I get it close to the flag or whatever I'm trying to aim it, get it there and then make the putt. I'm not thinking about anything else or what might come of it.”

BRAIN TEASER: This is the first time in the history of the OWGR that the Top-4 players (Johnson, Thomas, Rose and Koepka) have ALL made the No.1 position in the same calendar year. It is also just the second time there have been four different No.1’s in the same calendar year. It previously happened in 1997. Can you name the four players that held the position of world #1 back in 1997?

SO LET IT BE WRITTEN, SO LET IT BE DONE! The golf business appears to be getting harder for one segment of the industry. The powers that be, i.e. ruling bodies, have issued an update to the Interpretation of the Rules of Golf regarding shafts. Among the arbitrary changes is the shaft must not include any features intended to improve aerodynamic performance. READ MORE>>>

PAY AS YOU PLAY! The PGA TOUR and pay TV operator Discovery Inc unveiled a live and on-demand video-streaming service on Monday that will allow golf fans access to nearly 150 tournaments annually. The new service, GOLFTV, will launch on Jan. 1 outside the United States and will carry more than 2,000 hours of live action each year, including tournaments such as the Players Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Presidents Cup. READ MORE>>>

NO SHOW: “After conversations with TaylorMade Professional Staff members and key leaders within the golf industry, we will be investing into growth initiatives that we believe will create even greater value for the game of golf,” wrote CEO David Abeles to TaylorMade staff professionals. “As a result of our additional spend, we have decided not to attend the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.” READ MORE>>>

WINNERS’ CLUBS: Is it the equipment or the operator? It is one of golf’s mysteries. One of its eternal debates. Consider Brooks Koepka earned his first career PGA TOUR win at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open as a full product line Titleist brand ambassador. He also won five times in Europe from 2012-14 with the assistance of his Titleist clubs and balls.

He switched to Nike to start the 2016 calendar year and did not win on the PGA TOUR immediately. He returned to the Titleist Pro V1x without an agreement at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open when he was ranked 19th in the world rankings. Within months, he returned to the winner’s circle in a major fashion.
 
After finishing T11th at the Masters in April and T16th at THE PLAYERS in May, he won the U.S. Open in June, tied for 6th at the Open Championship in July, tied for 13th at the PGA Championship in August and finished 6th at the TOUR Championship in September.  In between, he posted a 2nd (Valero Texas Open), a T5 (Zurich Classic of New Orleans) and a T9 (WGC-Match Play).

He finished the calendar year with a T2 at WGC-HSBC Champions and defended his championship at the Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan, concluding 2017 ranked No. 8 in the OWGR. Then in 2018, he won two more (U.S. Open and PGA Championship) major championships, including becoming the first player to win consecutive U.S. Open Championships in 30 years. Would anyone have suggested he might be the next Curtis Strange? With his win in Korea at CJ Cup Koepka sits to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time.

Here is what Brooks Koepka used to win the 2018 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES:

Driver: TaylorMade M3, 9.5 degrees
Fairway Metal: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL, 16.5 degrees
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3-iron), Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 gap (52), sand (56) and SM4 TVD lob (60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10
Golf Ball: Pro V1x

Brooks Koepka’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 2
Birdies: 23
Pars: 41
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 267

WEB GEMS:

HERE’S ZINGER: NBC Sports is hiring Paul Azinger as its lead golf analyst with hopes he can deliver his own brand of sharp, candid observations that made Johnny Miller such a strong presence in the broadcast booth for three decades. READ MORE>>>

HOME COOKIN’: Sergio Garcia won the Andalucia Valderrama Masters for a second successive year on Monday, catapulting himself up to 25th place in the Race to Dubai rankings. Garcia closed with a two-under-par 69 in his interrupted final round on Monday, after bad weather over the weekend forced organizers to cut the tournament to 54 holes and delay the finish by a day. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think if you start thinking about the result or what might happen if you do something, that's the only time there's pressure because if you get any of these guys out here on the driving range, they can all flag it, they can all do whatever. Then all of a sudden consequences start coming into play and you start seeing trouble, you're worried about it. So I'm not thinking about what's going to happen if I hit this shot or if I hit this close and make birdie here I can, you know, turn this into three birdies. I'm not thinking that. I'm just thinking, okay, how do I get it close to the flag or whatever I'm trying to aim it, get it there and then make the putt. I'm not thinking about anything else or what might come of it.”--Brooks Koepka.

In 1997, Greg Norman, Tom Lehman, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els were each ranked #1 in the world.

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