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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 212                                                       
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think those guys would say the same for me when I was No. 1. It doesn't make any difference to how I'm going to approach my play tomorrow versus me playing with them or them playing with me if I was No. 1. The great thing about golf is that you play the golf course, you don't play the man. That's your ultimate competitor out there, so it keeps it pretty simple.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who was the last rookie to win on the PGA TOUR before Cameron Champ? HINT: It happened at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! This week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas marks the tour debut for the next generation of Titleist Pro V1 and PROV1Pro V1x golf balls. It is the first time players will be able to play it in competition. Over the practice rounds at TPC Summerlin, members of the Titleist Golf Ball R&D team will be working with players and fitting them into the respective model that is best for their game, according to the company.

Sin City is the place where the infamous original Pro V1 made its original debut. The rest as they is history. In 2000 at TPC Summerlin, 47 players immediately made the switch, including eventual winner Billy Andrade. He won the tournament, finishing at 28 under over five rounds to beat Phil Mickelson by one stroke.

It was a historic shift in equipment usage for a single tour event and in hindsight; you have to ask why more didn’t jump on board immediately. They did not that long after. Originally, it was just the ProV1 that was introduced with the ProV1x arriving in 2003. In 2018 alone, Titleist players have recorded 194 golf ball wins! It is more than six times the nearest competitor with 32.

Titleist's tour seeding and validation process for new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls signals the near conclusion of the company’s two-year golf ball development cycle. It also represents the next critical step in Titleist’s process. Tour validation is necessary with consumers and transitions to the sales process at retail.

HIGH TIDE RAISES ALL BOATS: Golf Datatech believes much of the 2018 sales improvement is based upon broad economic improvements in the US economy, coming on the heels of nearly a decade of very cautious spending, particularly on discretionary consumer durables, like golf clubs. So far thru Q3 2018 we’ve seen the following sales increases in equipment:
Consumables/Light Durables              +4.8%
Golf Clubs                                      +9.1%
Total Golf Equipment                        +7.2%

WINNER’S CLUBS: It was a battle of PING staff members at the Sanderson Farms on Sunday. Cameron Champ and Corey Conners were essentially a two-horse race to determine who would be victorious. Would it be the driver or the putter that would determine the winner? Conners, for example made 114’ 6” feet of putts in the third round, nearly 30 feet more than in rounds one and two combined. PGA TOUR rookie Champ is quickly making a name for himself with his incredible length off the tee. On the 2018 Tour, he set a record in the single-season average driving distance category at 343.1 yards!

So a quick look at the greens reading book (whoops, that’s not allowed!) might have helped to determine who would come out on top. Meanwhile, Champ cracked his driver head prior to the start of the fourth round, which had to have the ruling bodies offering a whole hearted harrumph (think Blazing Saddles!) in anticipation of the final round. Truth be told, both players are pretty good off the tee and on the putting surfaces. In the end Champ lived up to his name capturing his PGA TOUR victory in just his ninth career start!

Champ ranked second is strokes gained: off the tee as well as strokes gain: putting! Consider it a lethal combination. In case anyone outside of Far Hills, NJ or St. Andrews, Scotland are wondering which club meant more to Champ in his victory? It was the putter, according to the analytics. His driver gave him 5.68 strokes gained for the four rounds were as the putter contributed 9.088 shots. Think about that folks!

Champ’s driving distance at the Sanderson Farms was 334 yards, which will surely rile the ire of the USGA. Conners ranked fourth in strokes gained: off the tee and 34th in strokes gained: putting, despite his impressive performance on Saturday with the flat stick. Champ’s winning score was two shots better than Ryan Armour’s (269) last year.

“Obviously turning pro as a college kid, college golf is completely different from professional golf, in my personal opinion,” said Champ afterwards. “Just the traveling, figuring out your schedules, when you arrive, Monday or Tuesday, whether you play this certain amount of practice rounds and whatnot. Teaches you I think just how to score. On the Web, I feel like it's maybe 60/40. Some courses you really got to go low, and others stick to your game and make your birdies when they come. Just felt like it taught me how to play. Since it's a long season you're going to have good weeks and bad weeks. I think just every aspect and of playing professional golf it definitely prepared you for,” he said about his time on the Tour. “Once I got out here I was comfortable. I would definitely say my first few events on the Web were a little bit shaky. Obviously it was only about seven, eight months ago. I just fell like my maturity level from then to now is dramatically different, just the way I approach the game, think about it. There is no pressure. I just play, and I think that's just kind of what's made me, I guess progress as a player, but then also helped out this week.”

Here is what Cameron Champ used to win the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship:
Driver: PING G400 MAX (9°)
Fairway: PING G400 (14.5°@14.2°(Small +))
Irons: PING i500 #4, iBLADE (#4-9 -1/4", PW Std)
Wedges: PING GLIDE Forged (50°, 54°, 60°)
Putter: PING Prototype PLD Mid Tyne 4, 34.5", 1/2°Flat, 2°Loft, PP58 Midsize Full Cord
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Cameron Champ ’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 28
Pars: 37
Bogeys: 7
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 267


ALL FOR ONE? European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley believes closer co-operation with the behemoth PGA Tour in America is the way forward if golf is to take on the competing interests of other sports. The Canadian stopped short of saying there will finally be a World Tour in place in the near future but conceded it was a possibility. “I don't know the reasons why the relationship was strained between us and the PGA Tour in the past, but it's certainly changed now,” he said. “I have an excellent relationship with Jay (Monahan, the CEO for the PGA Tour) and we are talking right now about how we can work closer together.” READ MORE>>> 

ITS JUST BUSINESS: The European Tour is pressing ahead with staging a golf event in Saudi Arabia for the first time next year despite the kingdom facing mounting criticism for its involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. READ MORE>>>

IN OUR DEFENSE? World Golf Hall of Fame chief executive Steve Mona has defended the organization’s selection process amid criticism that some of the sport’s best players have yet to be inducted. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think those guys would say the same for me when I was No. 1. It doesn't make any difference to how I'm going to approach my play tomorrow versus me playing with them or them playing with me if I was No. 1. The great thing about golf is that you play the golf course, you don't play the man. That's your ultimate competitor out there, so it keeps it pretty simple.”--Justin Rose.

The last rookie to win on the PGA TOUR was Aaron Wise/2018 AT&T Byron Nelson. His first career PGA TOUR victory in only his 26th career start!