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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 222                                                       
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Really sickened me that I kept getting off the first tee and everybody had gold bibs and I didn't have one. I was thinking, it's time you won one of these things. You need a gold bib on your caddie. They are great sponsors and obviously they put a lot of money into the Tour and without people like Rolex, the players wouldn't have the vast fortunes to play for that they do.”

BRAIN TEASER: Matt Kuchar became the fourth player in his 40s to win on the PGA TOUR in the 2018 calendar year. Can you name the other three?

SHE’S BACK AND PROMISES TO BE BETTER THAN EVER: When you hear the name Big Bertha, its synonymous with Callaway Golf. But the name pre-dates golf as German soldiers bestowed a 17-inch light naval cannon gun with the nickname "Big Bertha." It spread through German newspapers to the Allies, who used it as a nickname for all super heavy German artillery. As the world recently recognized the 100th anniversary of the war to end all wars on Sunday, Big Bertha still remains a constant in some golfers’ lives.

bbironsCallaway is relying on its name and perhaps more importantly its reputation, to once again resonate with consumers. One of the most iconic names in golf equipment is returning in the form of irons and hybrids.

The Big Bertha Irons began in 2014 led by Callaway’s 360 Face Cup technology, and continued in 2016 with Big Bertha OS Irons led by EXO-Cage. The latest to carry the Big Bertha moniker from the company features Suspended Energy Core. According to Callaway, Suspended Energy Core is a construction that’s never been achieved before in a golf club, featuring a core design that delivers: 1) incredible sound and feel; 2) long, consistent distance; and 3) easy launch.

Metal Injection Molded (MIM’d) Tungsten Floating Weight are suspended within a proprietary urethane microsphere material. This sounds costly and therefore the price reflects it the new BB irons! Suspending the floating weight allowed Callaway engineers to position the Center of Gravity deeper using a 3-piece iron construction. Suspended Energy Core is considered the engine of the new Big Bertha irons.  The design promises to deliver easy launch; long consistent distance; and incredible sound and feel, according to Callaway.

Next Callaway’s 360 Face Cup employs a flexible rim around the face that flexes and releases at impact to increase ball speed, it said. And by using the high launch angles generated by the Suspended Energy Core, it was able to make its thinnest face cup for increased speeds that promote longer distance versus its 2016 BBOS irons.

The latest rendition of Big Bertha has a clean Smoked PVD Finish. It will be available at retail starting on January 18, 2019. A stock set is 4-AW and $1,200 for steel shafts and $1,300 for graphite. Callaway said the new irons are available in a new premium Recoil or KBS shafts.

The newest Big Bertha Hybrids promise Jailbreak ball speeds and adjustability for easy launch, Callaway said. To combine Jailbreak and adjustability for the first time in a hybrid, Callaway said it developed an entirely new hosel system that’s shorter and lighter. It allows it to save weight that’s repositioned to optimize the Center of Gravity for easy launch and high, long-carrying flight. Also available at retail starting on January 18th (3H, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H, 8H) Big Bertha Hybrids are priced at $269.99 each.

WINNER'S CLUBS: Matt Kuchar set 36, 54 and 72-hole tournament records en route to his eighth career PGA TOUR win in Mexico on Sunday. Patton Kizzire's 265 was the winning score in 2017 at the Mayakoba Classic. Kuchar's was three shots better finishing at 262 and a one shot victory. It is the first time Kuchar has post four rounds in the 60s in a PGA TOUR event since the 2017 The RSM Classic (69-68-68-69/T29).

His 262 total sets his career low for 72-holes (previously 264 from 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii and 2008 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open). This tidbit of information surely didn't slip past those in Far Hills, NJ. His 22-under also set the 72-hole tournament record (previously 21-under by Harris English in 2013 and Pat Perez in 2016). Damn the distance those golf balls travel! Meanwhile, Kuchar was elated with the outcome.

"It's an amazing feeling to win a PGA TOUR event. It is a hard thing to do. It feels extra sweet having kind of suffered through a year this year not playing great in 2018, being four years removed since my last victory. I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA TOUR," he said afterwards. You have to wonder if his words were taken under advisement by any of the power brokers to the rules of the game? I guess golf is more than simply hitting a golf ball a long way!

"Winning here is so difficult because the strength of field every week is awfully good, the depth and the strength of these players now. The young guys that come up are just younger, stronger, bigger and better and pushing the ball forward and forward and making us all better along the way," Kuchar continued. "So for me to come out on top is a special feeling. Like I said, '18 hadn't been my best year. To get knocked out of the Playoffs early, to not be selected to the Ryder Cup, there were a handful of disappointments along the way. It was shaping up to be a pretty rough year for me, but always had great support from my wife, from the kids, and to have them here is awfully special."

Here is what Matt Kuchar had in his bag to win the 2018 Mayakoba Classic:

Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees)
3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Hybrid: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20)
Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees); Cleveland RTX-4 (56, 62 degrees)
Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Matt Kuchar’s– Numbers for the week: 
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 26
Pars: 42
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 262


WHAT A YEAR! Francesco Molinari had become Italy’s first major champion. There is a smile from the 36-year-old when asked whether he should now become a multiple major winner. “Should? No, I would never say that,” Molinari says. Against such a backdrop of stunning individual success it is an anomaly that a team event really catapulted Molinari towards wider prominence. That he was already the Open champion was, of course, significant but Molinari’s Ryder Cup heroics – largely in the company of Tommy Fleetwood. Footage of crowds chanting Molinari’s name as he got on the Eurostar at Gare du Nord to head home endorsed his profile. “It’s hard to say but I think probably, from my point of view, the Ryder Cup has been even bigger than the Open,” Molinari explains. “Having achieved those things so close together in time makes it a good combination and a big combination. Things have changed a lot over the summer. You would never expect that in a train station. That probably shows you; that was one thing that would never happen after the Open, so the Ryder Cup is so special. You could see this year, especially, the special relationship we had within the team. The public bought into that and loved it.” READ MORE>>>

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Robert Allenby plans to honor the memory of Jarrod Lyle with a tournament named after the former professional golfer, which he hopes, becomes a permanent fixture on the Australian calendar. Allenby, whose charity Challenge has raised more than $20 million to support children with cancer since its inception, insists planning is only in its infancy for the Jarrod Lyle Invitational, which he wants to be played in Melbourne each year. "I think there's a lot of companies out there that would love to be a part of it and we'd love to be the first tournament on tour that generates money for charity. Obviously Challenge would be one of those beneficiaries and that's because it was Jarrod's legacy. Realistically, I was his hero to start off and he was mine when he left us.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Really sickened me that I kept getting off the first tee and everybody had gold bibs and I didn't have one. I was thinking, it's time you won one of these things. You need a gold bib on your caddie. They are great sponsors and obviously they put a lot of money into the Tour and without people like Rolex, the players wouldn't have the vast fortunes to play for that they do.”--Lee Westwood after his win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa on Sunday, which is part of the Rolex Series on the European Tour.

Matt Kuchar (40) joined Tiger Woods (TOUR Championship/42), Phil Mickelson (WGC Mexico/47) and Ian Poulter (Houston Open/42) in the winner’s circle in the 2018 calendar year.