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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 211                                                       
Monday, October 29, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's important just because it's the only event that I play in the fall, at the beginning of the season. I'm not going to play again until January, which will be in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. It's a World Golf Championship. It's one that I want to play well in, but also, for the FedExCup, it's kind of the start to my season. Even though I do have a long break after this before I'll play another PGA TOUR event.”

BRAIN TEASER: The United States became the first country to have four players win the four World Golf Championships. Can you name the four Americans that won?

STILL ISN’T EASY SAILING: No doubt about it, Callaway Golf is on a roll. However, the retail landscape continues to present some challenges. American Golf, Europe’s largest golf retailer, was acquired out of administration but 20 of its 132 stores will be closed. “American Golf has been a significant customer of ours in the UK but has been heavily leveraged and was financially challenged for some time,” reported Chip Brewer, Callaway Golf’s CEO. “It entered administration resulting in a bad debt charge for the quarter and of course we have stopped trading with them as we work through the situation.

“Another party has now purchased the company and we are in discussions with them regarding how to proceed with no decisions made at this point. The situation negatively affected Q3 and could have a negative impact on the balance of the year on the region, but not in the matter that we view as material on a consolidated basis. We aren't sure of its impact for 2019 at this point. Any business failures such as this is always disappointing, but on the positive side, American Golf was over leveraged and thus this resolution will most likely be healthy for the UK market overall in the long run.” 

WINNER’S CLUBS: Xander Schauffele picked up his World Golf Championships and moved to No. 1 on the FedExCup ranking with his victory at the HSBC Championship. “It's a lot to take in honestly. I didn't have an incredible Asian Swing up until this point, so I think that flight home will be a little bit more special,” he said. Schauffele picked up $1.8 million, three days after his 25th birthday. “It just feels good to win again. Those two wins were pretty close in my rookie year and I didn't really know what I was doing. Not that I had a clue of what I was doing today, but it's a lot of fun. You practice, you play hard, and you do everything that you can to get in this position and it honestly is a great feeling to pull it off. My dad has been my only swing coach my whole life, as well as my mental coach. A lot of breathing and things he taught me when I was younger were put in play.”

Here is what Xander Schauffele used to win the 2018 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions:

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (10.5-degrees)
Fairway: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15-degrees, 18-degress)
Irons: Callaway Forged Prototype (4-PW)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (52-degrees), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (56 and 60-degrees)
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red #7CH 
Ball: Chrome Soft X 

Xander Schauffele ’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 21
Pars: 45
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 274

WEB GEMS:

NOT THIS YEAR: Rory McIlroy saw his hopes of winning a first European Tour order of merit title in three years sink in dramatic and humbling style at the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai yesterday. READ MORE>>>

A FEW LEFT SECOND GUESSING: “Definitely feel like I let one get away,” said Finau, whose only PGA Tour victory was at the Puerto Rico Open two years ago. “Xander played incredible golf today. It was playing tough out there. He posted a number and made birdie on a playoff hole when it counted. Hats off to him. He played nicely today and deserved to win.”

“Tough day for everybody,” Rose said, alluding to only three players shooting in the 60s in the final round. “You just look at the scoreboard. Seems like everyone fell apart. It was a three-horse race all day. It was hard to keep the mistakes off the card completely today.” READ MORE>>>

BLOODLINES: American Nelly Korda shot a flawless four-under-par 68 in the final round to win her maiden LPGA title by two strokes at the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship on Sunday. The 20-year-old daughter of former Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda shared the overnight lead with local hope Wei-Ling Hsu but two birdies and an eagle were enough to win her the title on 13-under 275 for the tournament. READ MORE>>>

DREAMS COME TRUE: Nine days before his one-year anniversary of turning pro, Cameron Champ picked up his first career PGA Tour victory. Champ, who decided Nov. 6, 2017, to forego his final semester at Texas A&M, completed his wire-to-wire win Sunday at the Sanderson Farms Championship with a final-round, 4-under 68 at the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.). READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's important just because it's the only event that I play in the fall, at the beginning of the season. I'm not going to play again until January, which will be in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. It's a World Golf Championship. It's one that I want to play well in, but also, for the FedExCup, it's kind of the start to my season. Even though I do have a long break after this before I'll play another PGA TOUR event.”--Dustin Johnson. He finished T30th at the HSBC.

Phil Mickelson won the Mexico Championship, Bubba Watson won the Dell Match Play, Justin Thomas won the Bridgestone Invitational and Xander Schauffele the HSBC Championship.

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