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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 223                                                       
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There's signs of good stuff. There's just a lot of mistakes. I'm going to a golf course that I've had so much success on. If there's any golf course or any place in the world where I can get a bit of confidence from, it's Dubai. I've won there four times and I've won there twice, and I'm very familiar with the place. Looking forward to it.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many players do you think have career earnings of $45 million or more on the PGA TOUR?

A NEW RANKING: The R&A and the USGA reported they will administer a global ranking for golfers with disabilities. The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will launch on January 1, 2019 and will be administered in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) for both men and women via www.WAGR.com.

The R&A and the USGA will assume responsibility for the ranking following agreement with EDGA, who created the comprehensive and independent Ranking for Golfers with Disability in 2014. Further information for golfers and tournament organizers wishing to register with the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will be made available later this year. 

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Events at The R&A, said, “There is an accelerating growth in the number of events around the world for golfers with disabilities to compete in, so it makes absolute sense that there is a global ranking to provide a robust measurement of an individual’s skill and ability. It is another important step towards ensuring that golf is more inclusive of people of all ages and abilities. Along with our colleagues at the USGA we will continue to support EDGA’s drive to grow participation and competition in the sport among all disability groups.”

“One of golf’s best benefits is that it can be played by everyone, and it can be played for a lifetime,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships. “We are pleased to administer this ranking in partnership with The R&A, as it elevates an important population of the golf community that clearly loves the game and enables a variety of competitive opportunities around the world. Together with the modifications to the Rules of Golf for golfers with disabilities and the USGA’s work to make golf courses more accessible, we are working to create meaningful and lasting change to make golf more welcoming.”

Tony Bennett, President of EDGA and Director of Education for the PGAs of Europe, said, “This is a crucial step forward for the growth and development of the sport for golfers with disabilities and we believe it will act as a catalyst for encouraging more people into playing golf, both competitively and recreationally, around the world.”

LET’S DO IT AGAIN: ECCO has re-upped its partnership with Fred Couples. “I honestly can’t imagine competing in any other shoes,” said Couples. “ECCO Golf have been a big part of my journey for over a decade and I’m ecstatic to be partnering with them for the foreseeable future.”

“Fred has been an amazing ambassador for our brand for over a decade,” said Jesper Thuen, responsible for global golf sponsorship for ECCO Golf. “He’s an incredible golfer, a legend of the game and we’re very proud to be able to continue such a successful partnership together.” Financial terms were not disclosed.

WEB GEMS:

A CHANGE OF COURSE: Rory McIlroy’s decision to focus on the United States from the start of 2019 marks a significant blow to the European Tour. “I don’t know” when asked whether he will renew European Tour membership, a call he must formally make before May. “I am starting my year off in the States and that will be the big focus of mine up until the end of August and then we will assess from there,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of ‘pure’ European Tour events on my schedule up until the end of August. I guess my thing is that I want to play against the strongest fields week-in and week-out and for the most part of the season that is in America.” READ MORE>>>

WHAT HAPPENS IF THIS DOESN’T WORK? Lee Westwood is set to stick with a winning team and retain his girlfriend as caddie after splitting with long-time bagman Billy Foster. “Lee wanted to work differently to everything we had ever done, which basically meant me just carrying the bag,” Foster said. “I struggled to adapt to that situation as a caddie, and it created a bit of an uncomfortable atmosphere on the course. “Ultimately it was no good for Lee and not fair on me either. So unfortunately the partnership had run its course and we both knew that.  Times change. It has been a great 10 years of my life with Lee and we had many special times and successes together. I can only wish him good luck moving forward - although I do feel he could have waited more than a week before winning a million dollars!” READ MORE>>>

NO WORRIES? Golf Australia concedes it could have handled the Adam Scott affair better, but remains confident the former world No.1 will be back. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “There's signs of good stuff. There's just a lot of mistakes. I'm going to a golf course that I've had so much success on. If there's any golf course or any place in the world where I can get a bit of confidence from, it's Dubai. I've won there four times and I've won there twice, and I'm very familiar with the place. Looking forward to it.”--Rory McIlroy.

Matt Kuchar earned his first PGA Tour win in over four years at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. With his $1.296 million payday, he became the 10th player in Tour history to exceed $45 million in career earnings. H\For those interested here is the top 10:

1) Tiger Woods (who else?) $115,504,853
2) Phil Mickelson $88,254,084
3) Vijay Singh $70,971,328
4) Jim Furyk $68,633,709
5) Dustin Johnson $56,295,789
6) Justin Rose $49,715,560
7) Adam Scott $49,417,393
8) Ernie Els $49,093,738
9) Sergio Garcia $48,086,53

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